Metal Body of Nokia Lumia 925 Raises Concerns, Would It Be Able To Beat HTC and Samsung

Slated to release sometime in early June, Nokia Lumia 925 has already raised a few concerns. Certain reports indicate that Nokia is rolling out its upcoming device with an aluminum body. Now the plot thickens around the Finnish firm as the 925 is going to be the first in Lumia series with a metal body. This reason has compelled consumers to feel that the 925 will suffer from issues regarding antenna and reception performance.

However, to clear the air regarding this issue, Nokia released a statement on Thursday, May 23 via its official blog saying, “This [the phone’s metal exterior] looks gorgeous, and adds robustness to the phone. But what’s worth noting is that it does not impact on the strength of the signal you’ll be able to receive on the phone.”

Nokia states that the aluminum ring that the Lumia 925 is made of, in fact acts as an element of the devices’ antenna.

The firm’s blog post states that the Nokia Lumia 925 will have three antennas, the main one being at the base of the device and two others close to the top. There are also stripes on the device to keep the metal ring around the phone separated from the antennas to make sure there’s no problem with the performance.

Continuing its stance, Nokia writes, “Nokia-specific technology incorporated within the antenna solution maximi[z]es its use of radio bands – whether you’re on GSM, WCDMA or LTE networks. It will also adjust the ‘balance of power’ between the antennas according to how you’re holding your phone.”

The blog post ends by Nokia saying that unless users deliberately try to disrupt the antenna performance of the Lumia 925 by holding both hands over every edge of the phone, the metal handset will work just as well as a polycarbonate one. “So relax,” Nokia says, “and enjoy Nokia Lumia 925 and its sleek design, any way you like.”

What do you feel about the aluminum ring and metal body of the Nokia Lumia 925?… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 610: Will it Snatch the Limelight from Android Phones?

Nokia recently launched the Lumia 610, the third addition to its Lumia series of Windows-based smartphones. Priced at Rs. 12,999, it is the cheapest in the series and is aimed to corner a larger share of the smartphone market in the country with its attractive price point. But is the pricing enough to convince more smartphone users to opt for Windows over the ever so popular Android, or Blackberry, which also offer models at a similar price range?

Targeting the “youthful audience”, the Lumia 610 comes in four spunky color options – black, white, cyan and magenta. The Lumia 610 will provide users access to over 1 lakh applications including Xbox Live, Nokia Music, Nokia Drive, and Nokia Maps providing navigation support in even Hindi and Tamil. It will be powered by an 800MHz Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 200 GPU, and 256MB of RAM. While it will be shipped with Windows Phone 7.5 or Mango, Nokia has announced that it will provide an option to update it to 7.8 soon.

In terms of physical appearance, the Nokia Lumia 610 has a plastic body with a glossy finish and feels solid to hold. It has 3 touch sensitive buttons adorning the front bottom of the screen, while the right side has the power button, volume keys and a 2-step camera shutter button. On the back, the Lumia 610 has a 5MP camera, along with the LED flash. The 5MP camera works quite well, but runs into some trouble during use in low light situations. And yes, you can remove the back cover of the phone to access its battery. Speaking of batteries, a 1300mAh battery gives you over 10 hours of talktime, so that you can run the phone for up to 2 days on a single charge with light usage or a whole day with heavy usage.

The Lumia 610 has an internal memory of 8GB, as well as a complimentary 7GB of cloud storage space thanks to SkyDrive. You really couldn’t ask for more space, could you? You can convert your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot or choose to silence this feature with just a flip. A dual microphone lets you take voice calls with ample clarity. The GPS receives works very well and can lock location within seconds of its launch using either Nokia Maps or Bing Maps.

In terms of potential downsides, firstly, you can only use a microSIM card on the Lumia 610. We wonder why Nokia had to make such a strange design. What’s even more disheartening is that a number of apps and games, like Angry Birds, will not run on this phone due to the measly 256MB of RAM on board. Even Live Tiles only work with the phone’s core apps like People and Me. We get that Microsoft and Nokia had to sacrifice on the performance to bring down the price, but competitors like Android still offer adequate performance in the same price range.… Read the rest

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