Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Which phone should you buy

This is a guide to help you decide between different OEMs if you are looking to buy a new phone.  This will lay out the Pros and Cons of different manufactures but the end decision will depend upon your priorities and what you’re looking  forward in your next smartphone.

Camera  can be a pretty big deal for some people.  The best camera phone is Nokia lumia 1020. 
The next one is a tie between the 6 month old iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S5. S5 has a better resolution and some extra software features but iPhone 5s is better in low light. Next will be
 Xperia Z2 which is a pretty good camera.
Htc One(M8) is a good camera with a nice software but with only 4M, picture are not that good however hard you may try. The second camera provides a good U-focus feature but that is available in S5 too with the camera software.
Nexus 5 is a camera between Galaxy S5/iPhone 5s and the One M8 but if you just get it right you can click nice pictures through it. And with the new camera app by Google, it has only got better. Even bringing the after focus effect like Galaxy S5 and HTC One.

2)Build Quality-
Galaxy S5 is IP 67 rated and the Xperia Z2 is IP 55/58
Order goes as
1- HTC One M8
2- iPhone 5s
3- Lumia 1020
4-Xperia Z2
5- Galaxy S5
6-Nexus 5

3)Software Updates-
If you want latest version of the OS you are on ,as soon as it is release,  don’t buy SAMSUNG!
iPhone would be at the top. Only because it releases updates to devices that are 3 years old.
Next will be Nexus or any other Google play device. If you are in that 18th month period, you will get the update.
If you have a high end Nokia, you are bound to get the software updates.
HTC and Sony  also try hard to provide updates on time.
Samsung.  Don’t expect major updates on time. If you have bought a just released phone you will get the latest update.  Ex- SIII. It got updated to 4.1.2 pretty fast. After that, 4.2.2 was left after a leak came out but finally 4.3 was released which is buggy as hell and now they say its 2 years old so we can’t release 4.4.

 The iPhone 5s and Nexus 5/Google play devices are the best in performance.
Android runs best when its not modified to any level.
If want a skin Android then HTC would be the way to go. The software on the One M8 has been praised by all. Xperia Z2 will be next in line in terms of modified skin.
Here again, I wouldn’t recommend Samsung at all. Touchwiz may look colourful but that is all. Even on the great hardware it has, it stutters at times which you wouldn’t expect at any level, which becomes very frustrating.
Nokia lumia isn't bad at all. But the lack of apps is still a buzz killer.

If you want me to add any phone or other category please mention in the comments and your views on what I have said are always welcome.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Why and How can Whatsapp have a desktop client

Whatsapp is a very good messaging service. It can be very useful for sending images, videos, contacts and group messaging, etc. As with every app, whatsapp could also go for some improvements. But one of the most important, I feel, is a desktop client paired with multi-device sync. Hangouts, by Google, and Facebook Messenger, by Facebook already provide these services to their users. What multi-device sync means is you will get all your messages to all the devices and desktop you are signed in to with your same whatsapp number.

Whenever a user gets a notification of a message on whatsapp he has to turn to his mobile device to look read the message. That can be painful if you are sitting on your desktop/laptop and your mobile is away. This might seem like a small thing but it always diverts you from your desktop. It is more difficult to manage for the people with more than one phone. They are limited to having whatsapp with one number to one phone. So, if anything happens to the phone with whatsapp all their messages are gone.

One of the best ways to do it is, is to integrate with facebook. Not with facebook messenger but with every user's facebook id. Whatsapp can offer every user a choice, if they want to have whatsapp on desktop and other phone with the same number, they can sign in with their facebook id and then that facebook id can be linked to their number. Now once you sign in to any other whatsapp with your facebook id, it finds out the number linked with the id and verifies it and then all your contacts and messages will appear on the client. But this shouldn't mean that all the people with their facebook id or their facebook id linked with whatsapp should directly come to your whatsapp favorites. Whatsapp should still depend on phone contacts for favorites. Facebook id should only be used for the sync.

There are other ways to achieve this too. One of them is integrating with facebook messenger but I don't think that will go well with everyone. From the time whatsapp is owned by facebook we have been expecting some changes. And this could be a great one for both whatsapp and facebook.

If you have any other way to do it, mention in comments and let everyone know. This has been it for now, wait for next one.