Performance Review for the Karbonn Titanium S20

With foreign mobile companies like Samsung and Nokia flooding the Indian markets recently, a few Indian brands are trying to compete with these market giants by offering a number of smart phones, packing all the recent technology yet lower prices. Though these were initially dismissed as mere rumours, Karbonn, a leading Indian manufacturer of low budget mobile devices has managed to accomplish that. With a bevy of handsets directed for the low budget consumers to ones demanding the more premium handsets. There is a war regarding the pricing of smart phones in the current market due to the presence of a huge number of options. Most of the mobile phone companies are attempting to target the low budget segment since that sector is the least penetrated.

There are many service companies that are trying to make it big in this market. Everyday multiple Indian companies are trying to create high end products for the budget conscious users who want the best products at the lowest price.

Karbonn Titanium S20

Karbonn Titanium S20 is an attempt of the Indian manufacturing company to cater to the small budget consumers looking for a Smartphone. The Smartphone was priced at Rs. 4999/- to pitch it directly against other phones in the same budget category, such as the HTC desire 210, Micromax Unite 2 A106, Intex Aqua Y2, Samsung Galaxy Star2, Lava XOLO A500S Lite, Micromax Canvas Fire 2 A104. Released on 2nd October, the Smart phone comes with a package offer of 500MB data free for three months to attract consumers. The phone comes in two colours, black or white for you to choose from.

The major specifications of the Karbonn Titanium S20 have been stated below.

Performance

The performance of the phone is overall good. With the preinstalled Android v4.4 KitKat operating system, the phone gives the full Android experience. With GPRS and EDGE and 3G services, data browsing is fast and efficient. The 5MP camera also gives good function. Overall, the phone gives good performance.

Display

The Karbonn Titanium s20 comes with a 4.5 inch, full wide VGA display with a screen resolution with 480*854 pixels. Though the display is not the best it could have been at the price. The display screen features a full capacitive touch screen featuring a home key, menu key and the reverse key in the lower portion of the screen. The phone also features a button for volume control on the left side of the phone and the start button is situated on the right which allows a greater space allotted for the 4.5” screen. The display is bright and clear. The phone appears classy and the shiny surface does not get dirty. The spacing is adequate with the home screen having customizable display options for a fast access to all the favourite applications. However, a premium quality of looks should not be expected from the phone. However, the handset feels sturdy enough in the hand which lessens accidental slipping of the phone while using. The phone supports over 16000000 colours and does not have a secondary display.

Hardware

The phone runs on an Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, which is one of the best in its class providing for the best android experience. Getting to your applications is quick and easy and with thousands of apps downloadable from Google Play, you will never be bored. The phone has a 1.3GHz quad core processor which is a treat for all the heavy gamers due to the phone’s smooth and unhinged performance even while playing games which demand extreme performance. The 1GB RAM also enhances the speed of the phone by aiding in the levels of performance.

Memory

The phone has an internal memory of 4GB which allows you to store all your apps with ease and there is an additional option for increasing the memory up to 32GB with the use of an external micro SD card.

Battery Performance

One of the biggest concerns with smartphones is the lack of battery performance. The 1600mAH battery supported by the Karbonn Titanium S20 is removable and provides a talk time of just over 6 hours. In this department, however, the Karbonn Titanium S20 lags behind the other smartphones in the range which provide better talk time hours. To avoid any problems, you would require carrying the charger provided with the handset.

Karbonn Titanium S20

Camera Features

The handset features dual cameras. While the front camera has only 0.3MP resolution, it is okay for emergency video calls. However, the back camera with 5MP resolution takes pretty decent pictures. While the pictures are not of superb quality, they are clear enough for any Smartphone camera in the range. The back camera has options like auto focus and flash for those perfect clicks.

Connectivity Technology

The phone supports options for dual sim insertion. The phone supports only GSM sim cards. 3G connectivity is available on the phone along with Wi-Fi connection for efficient browsing. The phone supports Bluetooth, Wlan connections, USB connection and GPS connectivity. It does not support Infrared connections. The Data facilities can be accessed via GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Android Webkit. All in all, you can expect a good browsing experience from the phone.

Pricing and release date

The phone has an MRP of Rs. 4,999 or $111.09 and was launched on 2nd October, 2014.

Other Features

The phone has options for Video Calling, G sensor, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor.

Major competition

The major competition for the Karbonn Titanium S20 in the market are the HTC desire 210, Micromax Unite 2 A106, Intex Aqua Y2, Samsung Galaxy Star2, Lava XOLO A500S Lite, Micromax Canvas Fire 2 A104. There are a number of differences in the basic features of the phones so a comparative research is necessary to find the best option at the budget.

Specifications at a glance

  • 5MP primary camera having auto focus, LED flash and a 0.3MP front camera
  • 4.5-inch capacitive FWVGA touch screen
  • Android v4.4 KitKat OS with a 1.3GHz quad core processor, 4GB internal memory which is expandable to 32GB and a 1GB RAM.
  • 1600mAH battery

Review

The phone is good for the price. What it lacks in battery back-up, it more than makes up for in terms of android performance. The camera is pretty good as well and the internet browsing options are also good. The major feature to look out for is the KitKat OS.

Performance Review for the Motorola Moto X

Motorola is back in India and with a bang. The phone company once used to be a leading brand for mobile phones in India but was discontinued. Now, through the eCommerce giant, Flipkart, the American company has made a re-entry in the Indian market and soon after its arrival, has taken the industry by storm. With just 4 handsets available in the market, Motorola has completely nudged over other Smartphone giants of the same budget range.

The handsets sold out as soon as they were announced and Flipkart had to restock on the handsets due to popular demand. Currently, the handset models available in India are the Moto E, Moto G 2nd Generation, Moto X and the upgraded version, Moto X 2nd Generation. The company used a bevy of technological features and attractive pricing options to build up an ardent fan base in India. In fact, over 2.5 million Motorola smartphones have been sold in a single year of introducing the Smartphone series in India.

moto x

The major specifications of the Motorola Moto X have been stated below:

Performance

The performance of the phone is excellent. The phone features a full AMOLED display, which gives intense colour clarity and brilliant display options. The battery back-up is really commendable for a Smartphone with a talk time of 10 hours. With the Android Jelly Bean OS upgradable to v4.4.4 KitKat, the phone has amazing performance quality.

Display

The display of the Moto X is really commendable. The display is a full AMOLED capacitive touch screen with over 16 million colours supported. The pixel density is gorgeous with 312 ppi. The phone allows a multi touch option and comes protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which makes the phone extremely resilient to scratches and smudges. The screen is 4.7” and the phone just weighs over 145gms. The shallow curve on the body of the Moto X allows a snug fit in the hand and is splash proof.

Hardware Specifications

The phone runs on an Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS which is upgradable to v4.4.4 KitKat. The QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor allows super smooth navigation between apps with almost no lag between features. The CPU of the phone is a Dual-core 1.7GHz Krait which can be fully appreciated during extreme gaming. The gamers will be sincerely pleased with the performance of the phone which never slows down even while undertaking games that demand extreme performances. The GPU of Adreno 320 runs without a glitch to provide you the best android experience. The 2GB RAM is one feature that greatly enhances the processor speed in the handset.

Memory Specifications

The phone does not have a card slot but the internal memory options of 16-64GB are enough for all your requirements.

Battery Performance

One of the best features of the Motorola Moto X is definitely the trademark long battery life associated with the brand. This feature is just that cherry on the cake for the phone. The Smartphone provides a whopping talk time of up to 13 hours which is really commendable, since most smartphones in the budget offers a mere 8 hours. Heavy users can celebrate since your Moto X provides a stand-by of around 576 hours due to its Li-ion 2200mAH battery.

Camera Features

Though it’s no iPhone camera or even Samsung standard, the Moto X provides a decent camera for all your purposes. The front 2.0MP camera is quite efficient for all those random selfies. However, it is the back camera that shines. With a 10MP resolution, 4320×2432 pixels camera featuring autofocus and LED flash, the camera produces stunning images. Some additional features of the camera include geo tagging, face detection, touch focus and panorama mode. The video options are incredible with 1080p at 30fps and full stereo sound recording and options for full HD videos.

Connectivity Technologies

The phone offers 2G, 3G, 4G network connections with Nano-SIM, WLAN connectivity, Bluetooth and USB connections.

Pricing and Release date

The phone has an MRP of Rs. 23,999 or $849.99 and was launched on 19th March, 2014. An upgraded version of the Moto X, called the Moto x 2nd Generation was launched on the 4th October, 2014.

Other Specifications

The best feature of the Moto X is undoubtedly the always-on sensors of the device which makes Google services available at all moments. The Google Now launcher can be accessed by just swiping right to left. The media services are pretty basic, with Play Store, Movies, Play Music and Books. The Moto Display is also pretty good, displaying monochrome notifications by sensing touch. App bubbles show notification previews on touching leaving most of the screen black which don’t draw any power. The talk feature is pretty useful. Give any command, preceded by the phrase, “OK Google Now” and a virtual voice pops up to allow hands free phone functioning.

Major Competition

The major competition of the Motorola Moto X in the market is the Google Nexus 5, Motorola Moto G, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Specifications at a glance

  • Android KitKat OS
  • 4.7” capacitive touch screen with AMOLED display
  • 10MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • 2GB RAM, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 12 hours talk time and 572 hours standby
  • 16 MB internal storage
  • Voice Recognition features

Cons

The phone has a dual core processor while the other phones in the range come with quad core processors. The lack of options for expanding the memory of the phone is another drawback for the phone. The pricing is also relatively higher than the other smartphones of the same budget range.

Verdict

The phone is a good option for the budget. The features are extremely smooth and the Android experience is amazing on the Motorola Moto X. The best part is the power saving options available in the device which is a boon for the heavy users who use their phones for long. The phone, though slightly overpriced is a good buy due to the abundance of features which makes the phone totally worth the extra bucks.

Examination – Has It Killed Education?

Don't Let Examination Kill  Students

Don’t Let Examination Kill Students

Fourteen year old Raju looked at the ceiling fan. He started sweating and thought of cancelling his plan but that was not possible. He went ahead, threw the string around the fan and before he could change his mind, hanged himself using the same rope. Later on, it was discovered that Raju was under stress due to coming exams. He felt pressurized and didn’t know whom to talk with.

The above incident is not alone. In India, daily average twenty students use various methods for committing suicide. They all have different Modus Operandi but the same reason. Some have Stress of not getting admissions in esteemed institutions, others fear of not performing well in the exam.

Why students are taking such drastic steps? Have the authorities ever thought what is wrong? Is there any drawback in our education system which is putting pressure on students?

Students are not mentally grown-ups. Many still don’t know how to handle pressure. The students assessment is done based on their performance in few hours. In the examination hall, they have to give their best to do within the given short duration and then accept their destiny when the results come. You may be a scholar but if you fall sick during exams, no one is going to rescue you. I know a son of my friend, who gets so nervous during Mathematics paper that he literally forgets whatever he knows during the tests.

Life is uncertain and even the topper can get depressed and forget everything under the exam pressure. Is it good to leave one’s fate based on the performance in few hours?

What is Education?

Education develops the thinking of a person. It develops the thought process. Education is not about passing an exam or getting good grades. It’s also not about getting a good job after being educated. It’s an enlightening process. In schools, we are taught subjects viz Social Sciences or Poetry not as one day we will earn due to knowledge of such subjects. Social Science grows our knowledge about this world and Poetry enhances us in expressing ourselves. We start earning due to our interest or proficient understanding of a particular subject. Examination is there to assess the knowledge we gained at a particular time.

A person is referred as an Educated Person when he is humble, intellectual, knowledgeable and kind. Being educated and being financially successful is different thing and totally unrelated. However, examination has become a very important link between the two. Examination certifies a person’s knowledge at every step of learning process. It’s very easy to distinguish who is grasping the knowledge quickly and who is intellectual by way of examination. Those who excel in these exams have more chances to achieve success in life and do better in career. They are approached readily by organisations for jobs. They have been certified by examination that they are intellectual and they possess the knowledge well enough in a particular field which enable them to do requisite work swiftly.

However, as in our current education system, the biggest issue is that it has become exams oriented, instead of being education oriented. Today, nobody is interested in training students and to really measure their knowledge and understanding on the subject.  Everyone is just focused on grades and marks. As a result, today’s exams are not a good criteria to assess their genuine education skill, but they have just become a measurement of one’s retention skills. As a result, students have only one goal of how to perform professionally in the examinations. Nobody pays attention to actually gaining knowledge. They are not inclined to go an extra mile and do research which may give them better understanding of the subject.

It’s a sad reality that this kind of system prepares students for materialistic success and monetary gains. The fundamental education has gone in the background and students have lost the focus of learning.

What is the use of making them remember things which they are not going to use in the future? The education system should allow them to learn the subject and understand the fundamentals. Instead, the system emphasizes on how much students mug up and write during the exams.

Protect You Kid From the Pressure of Education

Protect You Kid From the Pressure of Education

A very important thing to understand here is those who are not excelling in these exams are not actually dumb. Many of them are really very smart. They just don’t have the sharp memory to mug-up things. They might not act quickly and perform well in short duration of exam time. But, can perform well in real-time demand of life situations. Many of my schoolmates who used to score 40-50 % in schools are successful managers. Many who are good in mugging up the things are left behind after school, as they lack the power of analyzing.

Enhancing Our Education System?

There are two major types of learning process that is used world-wide for education.

  1. Rote Learning Method
  2. Critical Thinking Method

Rote Learning is a method of memorizing by way of repetition. Critical thinking method is to educate someone by developing their thinking. Both have its own uses in the education system. Rote learning is used in early stages of our education to learn the basic things like counting, basic mathematical operations, memorizing alphabets, names of fruits,  flowers, birds, etc. Once the child is at a stage when they can analyze, think, act. Critical Thinking method is used to develop their intellectual skills.

In our education system, Rote Learning method is used even after the kid is grown-up. Like I remember in 7th standard, the one who could write each and every step of an experiment given in chemistry book or biology book used to be given full marks. I was unable to memorize well so I used to score poorly.

A balance of both the methods depending on the growth level of the kid should be applied to enhance the learning. The motto should be to impart the education rather than score more.

Schools should have regular meetings with parents to keep them updated about their child’s performances and interests. The pressure of study comes on a child by their parents. Parents wants their child’s future to be easy and secured. A simple way for this is to score high. Get certified that you are intelligent and you will be taken with both hands by companies after completing education. However, showing anger, frustration and admonishing to score high even after being in top ten in the class is quite common in our society.

Apart from this, the people who regulate the rules and make education policies should understand their responsibilities. Due to their ignorance, today our education system has become another name of rat race where learning has no chance to win! And even if the rules are changed, it’s a duty of every institution to see that they are implemented properly. Those in power should make proper changes in the policy. And the parents as well as teachers should make sure that the students do what they love to do instead of compelling them to learn what they don’t like. If the subject is beyond their capacity, they are hardly going to succeed. Letting them do things they like and letting them select their own destiny might be helpful. It might reduce the pressure from young students and reduce the suicide rate.

Hopes Beyond IIT

Students of 10+2 mathematics are crazy about IIT. May be you are one of them too who desperately want to be a part of IIT. But, let me tell you. There is life other than IIT which can be as good as a life with IIT. Here, I’m giving list of …