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Lumia 820 and lumia 920 finally available at Flipkart, 920 widely available at retail stores in India along with 820

The wait is over. Nokia Priority stores are finally giving out Lumia 920s to customers in multiple cities across India. The stock is expected to sell out everywhere considering the pre booking numbers. I have personally witnessed people pay more than the pre booking amount just to get the device first and of course – priority for pre booking customers. Lumia 920 is being sold at 38,199 Rupees and Lumia 820 at Rs 27,599. I took a visit to Priorty store couple of days back and I haven’t seen such amazing response in ages. It feels like the N series era. Even the Priority guys were shocked to see so many orders and interest from people even though the device is one of the costliest device in the Indian market. Lot of positive signs for Nokia in India. Lumia 820 isn’t seeing the same traction unfortunately and my city didn’t even receive demo units however it’s supposed to be available for purchase this week.

Flipkart has also made both the Lumia WP8 devices available for purchase with an offer. No, no free accessories unfortunately but you get ” Zero Processing Fee on EMIs: 3,6,9 months” and offer valid till 18th January which gives you 2 days so hurry up.

Lumia 820 Flipkart page

Lumia 920 Flipkart page

There’s a couple of things I wished Nokia would have done:

 

  • Offered free accessories to pre order customers. Note that the accessories are still unavailable and pricing not yet revealed.
  • Priced Lumia 820 under 25k. Don’t see this picking up any momentum at this price. I think probably a month or two wait and we’ll be there.
  • Made Lumia 620 available ASAP. Lumia 620 if priced as stated will be a bestseller hands down. It’s absolutely perfect in every way in it’s price range. Make people aware of this phone by starting pre orders and marketing campaign early. 620 is a big moment for Nokia India and I think they should put in all they have for 620 launch. It’s going to be a huge success, hopefully. It will be the phone to put WP8 in average consumer’s hand.

Anyways, the devices are here. 620 coming early February. Our wait is over. India, time to  #switchtoLumia

 

Lumia 620 unlocked coming to Clove on January 28th, pre order now!

Lumia 620 was announced at Le Web last year and since then, it’s been touted as the WP8 hero device for emerging markets (just like Lumia 610 and 510 saved Nokia’s WP7 brigade in emerging markets). Lumia 620 was announced with a price tag of $250 and stated by Nokia that devices will be available first in Asia and Europe starting January. Lumia 620 is already available in China and pre orders are starting in January, according to WMPU . Nokia already announced Lumia 620 availability with multiple carriers in February for UK – but Clove.uk now has a date for a SIM Free Lumia 620. Clove.uk is selling Lumia 620 for £189+VAT (£226.80 inclusive) in black color. The availability date is set as “due week commencing 28th January”.

 

Clove UK lumia 620 pre order

Clove UK lumia 620 pre order

 

The availability for India is rumored as late January – so we’ll keep you updated about official date. Nokia India is doing an event on 10th January and WPSauce will be there, you can expect some WP8 goodies from the event. Stay tuned for more.

Source: Clove blog

Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 available for preorder on TheMobileStore.com, availability stated for 12th January in India

The excitement for Lumia 920 and 820 here in India is unparalleled. Everybody is eagerly awaiting for the launch of Lumia WP8 devices in India. False. Nobody is because 80% of the crowd is tired of waiting for these devices and have opted for something else. So for those of you (including me) who are still waiting for the launch, we had a breather for you last time around and from the buzz created around the post, I may be wrong on the 20% but not too far away from it. TheMobileStore.com today updated their website with details of Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 pre order. Lumia 920 is available for pre order for Rs 40,000 while Lumia 820 is up for pre order for 30,000 Rupees. The important point here is they do not know the exact price but whatever the final price is – it’s  below the pre order price (According to them, 35-40k for 920 and 25-30k for 820) so you will get a refund before delivery. Both 920 and 820 are stated to be available on 12th January and expected to be delivered in 5-7 days. Both the devices are up on pre order in 4 colors.

To be really honest with you, I don’t see the point of pre ordering – there’s no incentive to pre order. But for those of you who really want to, we have provided the links below:

Lumia 920 pre order page

Lumia 820 pre order page

What does it say about the actual pricing of both of the devices – I’d say not much but I think we have a good range in which you can fit in both the devices and quite frankly, it was expected. What disturbs me is the pricing for Lumia 820, if it’s on the upper bound of given range then I am more than certain that it’s going to be a Lumia 800 scenario all over again. It won’t work. What Nokia needs is to price it under 25k and price Lumia 920 under 35k – only then they have a chance to grab the majority of the high end crowd which is already a small subset but profit margins are pretty good in this subset which is why company may plan to take another chance.

The pricing and availability details from Nokia will be up really soon so stay tuned here for official updates.

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Launch and pricing details for Nokia Lumia 920, 820 and 620 in India

Yes, it’s been a long wait but according to our sources – your wait is going to be over very soon. According to our source, Nokia has finally has a concrete launch date for both Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 launch in India. Nokia India is planning to launch Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 on 14th January next year and it will be available in 9 Major cities (including Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore)  initially. Why 14th January? On this day next year, Makar Sankranti will be celebrated all across India. On Makar Sankranti, thousands of people all across India enjoy flying colorful kites and what better to complement these kites than color new Nokia Lumias (hint hint: potential marketing campaign material)!

On the pricing front, Lumia 920 is said to be priced Rupees 33k, which is a very well balanced and competitive price point. We do not have a price on Lumia 820 yet unfortunately. I am sure that’s a bummer but on the bright side, our source mentioned the Lumia 620 availability to us as well. Lumia 620 is expected to launch by the end of January and will cost you 12-13k which will be a game changer if Nokia goes ahead with it, but it’s too early to call.

That’s all we have for now. This is the holiday season and we hope this news is genuinely useful to folks who have been waiting for a Lumia WP8 for over two months now (including myself).

I have some thoughts on the whole WP8 launch fiasco , but I think I’ll save that for later (just in case you are interested, here’s HTC Windows Phone 8 launch story) . So folks in India, there’s more than one reason to look forward to Makar sankranti next year.

 

HTC Windows Phone 8

HTC 8X finally available on Flipkart, 8S nowhere to be found – HTC India’s disastrous WP8 launch

Windows Phone 8 launch in India has been, to be honest,  a disaster. Let’s do a recap: HTC announced Windows Phone 8 devices HTC 8X and 8S for Indian market with pricing  in November and followed up with availability info stating that devices will be available in “Early November“. Early November is long gone and HTC has done a horrible job with the launch of these devices. Before we dive into some of HTC’s mistakes, let’s talk about availability.

HTC 8X is available on Flipkart now, after weeks of “Pre order” -> Coming Soon -> Out of Stock fluctuations, for Rs 35,042 with delivery in 6-8 days. 8X is only in stock in black color and other colors (specifically blue) wont be in stock till 3rd week of December. Personally, if I  were planning on grabbing a 8X – I’d wait for a slightly more colorful 8X.

HTC 8X on Flipkart now available

HTC 8X on Flipkart now available

Saholic is also stocking black HTC 8X for 34,149 Rs and it’s the cheapest option available.

What’s the scene with offline stores? It’s a mess. HTC 8X is extremely hard to find. Some retailers are stocking 8X but do not have a working demo model for consumers. Even some of the HTC retail stores aren’t stocking 8X so you can imagine the scale of their disastrous launch. To top it all, their social media account disappeared for 20 odd days – so in this interval, every single query went unanswered. If there was a way to make their launch any worse, I think we could go back to 2011 when they silently launched HD7 and Mozart and I had to search tons of stores to find one device hidden in a cupboard. It’s pathetic. HTC is an email from HTC support could have fixed this but they prefer to be absolutely ignorant of this situation. making a fool out of itself and it’s consumers. We are stuck with HTC 8X in black (which doesn’t do justice to 8X) and 8S is absolutely nowhere to be found and there is no word on when it will be made available. A single tweet, Facebook post or even a mail from HTC support team could fix this mess but they prefer to remain absolutely silent on this. I wouldn’t call it silence, I’d call it pure ignorance.

 This couldn’t get worse for Windows Phone 8 as a platform. Just one WP8 device in market, which itself is hard to find, another announced but is NOT available anywhere after one month of supposed release date and most importantly, no Lumia WP8 in the market. HTC India is repeating the same mistake, they have great devices but they have NO marketing strategy in place. This is exactly what killed HD7 and Mozart in India and I have written about my HTC Mozart initial experience in brief  here.

I know it’s a bit aggressive but from what I have seen in the past month and from incredibly frustrated existing HTC consumers: HTC has poor support service, close to nonexistent social media presence and bare minimum interactivity, clueless PR folks and most importantly no marketing strategy for any WP8 device – so let me filter my entire rant in one line – Do not purchase HTC Windows Phone  8 devices until and unless HTC India clears up what the heck is going on – where are the devices? What’s causing the delay? We need answers. Better yet, let’s just not give our hard earned money to HTC, sounds fair, right?

This is bad for Windows Phone 8 in a country where Samsung has completely dominated the market. Microsoft should step up and guide HTC India and most importantly, Nokia should get their Lumia WP8 out in market. Lumia WP8 devices missed Diwali season and are probably going to miss out Christmas – New Year as well from the looks of it. As a Windows Phone 8 potential customer, I am disappointed to see such poor show from OEMs.

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Nokia Lumia 510 review

Nokia was kind enough to lend us review units of their latest and cheapest Lumias yet – 510 and 610. Lumia 610 was launched way back in July in India and was mostly received to negative responses from Windows Phone fans calling it the beginning of fragmentation in the ecosystem. However, with less than 5% apps being affected – I strongly disagree. Lumia 510 on the other hand, was launched last month as Nokia’s Diwali gift to India. I am going to do a quick impressions on Lumia 510 and what it means to consumers in India and why you should/shouldn’t buy it.

Hardware \ Design 

Here’s a question for you: Why Lumia 510? Why couldn’t Nokia just reduce the price of 610? It does make sense until you start using 510. Lumia 510′s back is surprisingly a soft touch cover panel coupled with subtle curves which make it a joy to hold. Lumia 610′s back is a wholesome plastick-y experience, so 510 definitely feels better in hand – sturdy and safe. There’s one downfall to this back cover though, it’s a dust magnet. However, the sturdy and well built hardware should make up for those tiny little dust particles sticking on the back of your phone. Lumia 510 weighs in at 129g v/s 132g on Lumia 610 however when you hold both the devices – you’ll feel that there is a lot more bulk attached to the 610.
When it comes to design – let’s put it simple terms – it’s uninspiring. Let’s just say it’s a mixture of Lumia 710 and Lumia 610, unfortunately the design borrows more elements from Lumia 710. I personally love the design on 610 but as mentioned above when you hold it – physically it feels a bit cheap. So again, Nokia had to make a compromise which some may or may not like. 

Lumia 510, exactly like the 610, has all the physical buttons (lock screen, camera and volume rocker) on the right side which is incredibly frustrating for me. Probably because I am used to HTC Mozart’s button placement – Lock screen button on top, volume rocker on top left and camera on bottom right. Sometimes when you are listening to music, you need to mess with the volume rocker without actually watching the placement of the button and I have ended up pressing lockscreen button most of the time. This isn’t much of a problem to be honest and if it is – I am sure with  a little more time, people can get used to it. You have a usb charging point right at the bottom and headset port at the polar opposite.

Let’s talk about my favorite part now – The screen. We are living in the world of smartphones where there’s a PPI war raging on..at the time of review – HTC just blew everyone away 5-inch 1080p 440ppi phone which is just an incredible achievement. However these are high end phones and it will take a considerable time for manufacturers to come out with non WVGA displays on lower end models (unless Apple comes out with an iPhone Mini!). Right, so Lumia 510 display is what makes it stand out. Lumia 510 comes with a 4 inch TFT 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi) display. Keep this in perspective, it has a larger display than Lumia 610, 710 and 800 and all these phones have WVGA resolution at 3.7inches. However the other models have higher PPIs but if you aren’t really used to retinas and One Xs (which you probably aren’t if you are looking to buy a lumia 510) – it won’t really be any issue at all. In fact, 4 inch v//s 3.7 inch difference is significant. After using 510, I personally am never going to a display < 4 inches. Windows Phone should be experienced at such displays – however at higher PPIs, no excuse on that which is why you should look at HTC 8X and Lumia 920,  meanwhile display nerds can feel free to skip WVGA displays on 820 and 8S (which is really a shame considering their pricing and competition).

Anyways, back to the screen. 4 inch display is a joy to use and Nokia undercutting 610′s price to bring out a larger display is an incredibly bold move (which resulted in some compromises that we’ll discuss later). The color reproduction is solid however the display is not to be compared with high end Windows Phone counterparts sporting SAMOLEDs and SLCDv2. It’s not a vibrant display and  lacks the viewing angles that I’d personally like. The outdoor visibility is fairly average. I prefer the 610 display if you look closely however I enjoyed 510 display more. Here’s another incentive to pick 510 display over 610: Windows Phone 7.8. Customizable tiles that would cover up your entire screen – the bigger the better, folks!

I am going to quickly go through some of the features on 510:

  • Camera: 510 sports 5 MP autofocus camera with no LED flash. The 5MP camera is highly unimpressive. I am no camera expert so I cannot really expand upon this, but as a consumer who can differentiate between a good and bad photograph, I’ll strictly put 510′s image taking ability at “below average” – keeping in mind the price point on this. There’s also no front facing camera which is also a huge downside to this device.
    As mentioned above, 510 undercuts 610′s pricing and had to compromise on some of 610′s feature. Well they didn’t compromise on the camera itself but on the lack of LED flash which is a bit hard to comprehend when all your competitors have it, something as simple as LED flash is missing. I can tell you my photo taking experience on Diwali (festival of lights) wasn’t pretty. Video recording is capped to VGA resolution (at 30fps) so it’s again..average.
  • Speakers: One word: Loud. The speaker grill is at the back and is a significant improvement to the disaster that the Lumia 800 loudspeakers are. I wrote this impression while listening to Nokia Music on 510′s loudspeaker and it’s an incredibly positive experience at this price range. I can’t stress enough how amazing Nokia Music is for the Indian market.
    Battery life: 510 has a 1300mAh battery. Nokia impressed me quite a bit here. The battery lasts more than a day of moderate use (over wifi). Unfortunately, haven’t been able to test this device on 3G. The back panel is removable – nothing new but many new phones tend to have a sealed back.
  • Storage: Alright, this is the only point where it becomes hard to justify the purchase of this device unless you are already on the cloud bandwagon and are connected to the internet at all times. Lumia 510 has just 4GB memory onboard with less than 2.9 GB memory available and most importantly, it doesn’t have Micro SD support so you have less than 2.9 GB to utilize. This can be a deal breaker for quite a few,. Personally, it hasn’t been much of a problem for me – all my files are on skydrive (free 7GB storage for all 510 customers) and  I am spending a lot of time listening to Nokia Music radio (free for one year). But yes, using Nokia drive offline maps coupled with applications and local music, videos – this is definitely not a device for offline media junky. This can be a deal breaker for quite a few.

Camera Samples

Lumia 510 camera sample at moderate lighting

Lumia 510 camera sample at moderate lighting

 

Lumia 510 camera sample outside shot

Lumia 510 camera sample outside shot

 

 

Lumia 510 camera sample outside shot - night | no flash

Lumia 510 camera sample outside shot – night | no flash

Performance

Powering the 510 is a familiar looking  Cortex A5 MSM7227A Snapdragon processor clocked at 800 MHz and of course the measly 256 MB RAM. There’s a lot of buzz around how this 256MB RAM is causing WP OS to move towards an era of fragmentation and how it’s not the right way to experience Windows Phone. This is the first time I have spent significant amount of time with a 800 MHz processor WP device coupled with 256 MB RAM and I can frankly say that if you have used a Windows Phone device before – you will never touch this device again. If you haven’t – we’ll it’s a smooth sail.
What this 256 MB of RAM does is that it excludes nearly < 5% of the applications from your reach. However this minority includes some massively used applications like Skype, Tango, Angry Birds, etc and even excludes Nokia’s own application City Lens so this is a bit of a bummer.

However, let me write about the much  exaggerated lag story on Lumia 510. Lag is there, no doubt, but it’s not really noticeable most of the times. Yes, the OS struggles to keep up sometimes – you miss a transition or two or you get a 2-3 second delay but it’s not signifcant enough to make a difference in buyer’s opinion. You have to keep two things in mind:

1) The competition is cheap android phones and Android tends to lag on dual core OS as well.

2) If you are using a Windows Phone already, you are not going to buy a cheap Lumia device. You notice the lag because you can relate to your existing device – for a new customer, this lag will be relative to either Android or Symbian which I can assure you would beat WP on 510 in terms of lag and performance issues at this price point.

 I have been using extensively 510 for couple of hours now (at the time of writing) with Nokia Music running in background with Mehdoh realtime streaming and I am constantly switching between Baconit and Metrotube and there’s no sign of lag anywhere. Sometimes it does lag inside the third party apps  and yes it’s not as buttery smooth as you’d expect from Windows Phone but it’s barely enough to deter users.

Nokia Windows Phone ecosystem

If you are buying a WP7 device, no two thoughts about it – get a Nokia Lumia. Nokia, since their announcement of WP device, has been working really hard and has produced an array of exclusive Nokia Lumia applications offering unparalleled experience on Lumia devices. Other OEMs don’t even come close to the offerings from Nokia on Windows Phone. There are a few applications I’d like to point out that you should weigh in when you put 510 in your buying list:

  1.  Nokia Drive: This is undoubtedly the best turn by turn voice navigation tool and every lumia owner gets this application for free. You can use it both online and offline. My city map was just worth 100MB of data so don’t worry about the   space on your device – there’s plenty left. My dad has a lumia as well and he absolutely loves Nokia Drive.
  2.  Nokia Maps: Well,  since the Bing Maps weren’t upto the task so again, Nokia saved the day with Nokia Maps. There are alternatives in the marketplace (such as gMaps which offer Google Maps based solution).
  3.  Nokia Music: This is on top of the list of why you should buy a Lumia. Nokia Music is just absolutely incredible. You can stream songs from their radio, download songs and best part is that it’s absolutely free (free download for first three months). Since there’s no spotify, pandora or even xbox music streaming – Nokia Music stands out as the best streaming solution at this point of time in India.
  4.  More incredibly useful applications like App highlights which give you list of relevant and popular applications, Counters – to check your data usage, Contact Transfer and Share – for contact management and lot more. There’s no doubt that Nokia has the best OEM marketplace and they do really offer substantial applications that contribute to your platform experience.

Final Thoughts

Summing it up: 510 is priced at Rs 9,999 and I will recommend it if you can survive the 4GB memory on board – if not I’d suggest you take 610 route. With Windows Phone 7.8 coming with bluetooth file sharing, I think 510 will definitely be a Value for money device which is exactly what the consumer at this price range requires.

Challenge for Nokia is to beat Samsung at micro level – starting right from local retailers who prefer to sell cheap Android phones over any other OS – it’s a big long struggle for Nokia. This is the device that we have been waiting for since WP7′s inception, the sub 10k WP device and I can say it doesn’t disappoint at all and with time – the  price will go down making way for WP8 to seep through the price barriers and this becomes an even better phone as it goes down the price rank. With right marketing push and most importantly, with help of local retailers – 510 could be a bestseller for Nokia that this company’s been waiting for a long time.

Further reading:

Lumia 510 specs

Lumia 510 review at UTP

Lumia 510 review at FA

 Lumia 510 review at WPDang

Lumia 510 and 610 compared at WPXbox

HTC Windows Phone 8

HTC announces pricing for 8X and 8S in India: priced sensibly at Rs 35,000 and Rs 19,260 respectively

This week, HTC announced 8X and 8S for Indian market and stated their availability couple of days back as early November, in fact they teased a “coming next week” post for their Winter Collection and from their post today on Facebook 8X (along with HTC One X+ ) are the Winter Collection devices so we can see them available in market as early as next week. HTC India however surprised us with pricing today. Not only did they surprise us with the time of pricing but also the way they have priced the devices. HTC was the first company in India to bring out Windows Phone 7 devices, it was initially sent to all Microsoft India employees, and some unlucky ones (like yours truly) had to pay for HTC Mozart (mostly because HD7 the only other phone was too big). They priced the phone at utmost ridiculous pricing and this trend was followed by Nokia which I firmly believe is one of the reason why Windows Phone 7 didn’t do so well in India. Enough blabbering, back to the point.

HTC India has announced 8X for Rupees 35,023 and 8S for Rs 19,260. Both the phones are aptly priced in my opinion however I would like to point out that 8S pricing by HTC is going to be an incredible sales booster. This is very aggressive and that is how exactly they should have been from the very beginning. The phones will be up for purchase next week. 

Do you think now Nokia will price 820 at similar pricing as 8S and give it a competition or price it at a slightly premium 25k and price 920 at 40k and face similar fate as Windows Phone 7? We’ll find out really soon!

More info at FoneArena

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Lumia 510 now available in India via Flipkart for Rs 9,999

Lumia 510 was announced in India last week as a Diwali gift from Nokia to India. Lumia 510 is Lumia 610′s taller but younger brother. 510 has a 4 inch display and 4 GB memory (plus 7 GB free on skydrive) and that’s the only thing which separates it from Lumia 610.  Last week, Nokia stated that 510 will be priced below 11,000 Rupees and I wanted them to price it below 10,000 and lo and behold – Flipkart is now listing Lumia 510 for immediate purchase at 9,999 Rupees.

 

lumia510 now available on Flipkart for Rs 9,999

lumia510 now available on Flipkart for Rs 9,999

 I recently received Lumia 610 review unit from Nokia. At first, I wasn’t too sure if the processor could handle it but I can tell you it’s been mostly a lag free experience but not as smooth as I’d like. Some applications also refuse to work but that’s a small number (yet some are important apps) that you’d be missing out on so do make sure that you keep this in mind when you purchase 510 as they have the same processor. For the first time, Nokia India has priced a Lumia device right and not only that, they have launched it right before Diwali and this could be a huge boost in sales for them. Also, with Lumia WP7 filled with Diwali offers and price cuts  and most importantly, with Lumia WP8 family arriving this month – this is Nokia’s most important month in a long long time.

Source: Flipkart via Sirajsoft

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Complete Diff of the Assemblies and Types between Windows Phone SDK for 7.1 and 8.0

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First Floor Software have published a complete diff of all the assemblies and types between the Framework that comes with the old Windows Phone SDK and the new Windows Phone SDK.

The largest chunk of assemblies removed from 8.0 seems to be in the absence of the XNA framework, and certain Xbox-Live gamer services. There are many many assemblies added to 8.0, essentially making it a much more complete .NET framework. This is probably a by-product of the NT kernel in Windows Phone 8, which allowed them to port over a larger chunk of the desktop .NET. Hopefully this means more compatibility with many .NET code snippets and controls out there!

Check the entire diff for rundown.

Yes, Multi tasking has been finally fixed in Windows Phone 8 with Fast Resume (Video)

Why did we not hear about this in the announcement yesterday? Anyways, looks like Microsoft has successfully implemented one of the two most requested WP8 feature – True mutli tasking (the other being Notification center which sadly is missing). Microsoft has come up with Fast Resuming – detailed here. Windows Phone 7 has Fast App Switching where you can save the state of your application and switch to and fro other applications however if you choose to open the application again from outside the multi tasking stack – it will open a new instance and you will lose your state. This was frustrating and Microsoft has fixed this in Windows Phone 8. What Fast resuming does is that it resumes the state of the running application instead of creating a new instance. Here’s a video of this in action, made by Dhruv Bhutani  

 

Developers must note that they need to implement this into their application – which also means that WP7 apps won’t have Fast Resume by default and I am assuming it’s going to take some time for developers to code it into their applications. Developers, please follow the steps noted here to make your app implement Fast Resume.

We’ll be posting about some more SDK bits since the new SDK is tasty and incredibly fun (NFC, Bluetooth, etc) – so we can’t wait to share some details with you. Stay tuned for more Windows Phone 8!

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