Samsung Galaxy S Duos: The best android phone under Rs 17000

Samsung Galaxy S Duos is undoubtedly the best android phone in the market which comes under this sweet price range and is also a look-alike of Samsung’s flagship smartphone Galaxy S3. The phone has a sleek design and has features which are only available in high end devices, much above the price range.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos is engineered with single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with 768 MB of RAM. It works on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and the latest TouchWiz UI dubbed as Nature UX which is present in Galaxy S3.

The phone features a 5 mega pixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, a VGA front facing camera for video calls, has 4 GB of internal memory and comes with a microSD card slot to expand the memory up to 32GB.

It boasts of features that are not available in other phones is having a “DUAL SIM”capability and a front and rear camera.

We all have two side to our lives, the professional and the personal. However, you can still manage your dual roles with one phone if that phone is the Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562. Designed for the active lifestyle the dual SIM (GSM + GSM) Galaxy S Duos uses the Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS that gives you unlimited features and functions. And to give you impeccable precision and speed the phone is powered by the 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor with 768 MB RAM

To bring this robust and powerful phone to life is the 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that supports WVGA, 480 x 800 pixel resolution with 16 M colours. With the Adreno 200 GPU you can enjoy smooth, rich and enhanced graphics.

A phone wouldn’t be complete without an impressive camera but the Galaxy S Duos S7562 comes with not one, but two cameras. The phone has a 5 megapixel primary camera with 2x digital zoom and a 0.3 megapixel secondary camera. Features like auto focus, panorama and photo effects make photography fun. You can shoot videos at 30 fps and relive memorable moments in vivid colour. To give you even more entertainment the Samsung Galaxy S Duos has an FM radio, video player and music player.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S Duos Specifications

Design

There is no denying that the slim design of the bar shaped S Duos grabs attention immediately. The smooth finish and compact design makes it quite appealing. The phone neatly packs a 3.5 mm audio jack and a micro USB port into its design. To give you the best view when you switch between applications the phone is equipped with sensors like the accelerometer, proximity sensor and compass.

Storage and Battery

The Android Galaxy S Duos has 4 GB internal memory and the memory can be expanded up to 32 GB using micro SD and micro SDHC cards. A 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery powers the phone and supports up to 12 hours of talktime on the 2G network and up to 8 hours on 3G. The phone supports up to 570 hours standby time on 2G and up to 470 hours on 3G.

Connectivity and Features

The phone is equipped with GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot for uninterrupted internet connectivity. The ChatON feature allows you to chat, group chat, share multimedia content and even create personalized animated messages. The S Duos has Bluetooth that facilitates unlimited transfer of music, videos and data files to other compatible devices.

The A-GPS enabled S Duos comes with useful features and apps like Google Maps, Document Viewer, Pushmail and Google Search to make this phone the perfect device to carry when you travel and to make every day fun.

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Metal Detector: The unbelievable android application

The third installment in a line of utility apps, the Metal Detector Android app from Smart Tools may be the ticket to finding buried treasure, or at least to finding your keys in a mess of other stuff.

Features

Metal Detector Android Apps Review

As the name would suggest, the Metal Detector Android app uses your Android’s built in sensors to detect metal and magnetic fields. It’s the kind of thing you knew your Android could do, but until now I doubt you saw much of a purpose for the feature.

A color-coded meter and numerical value display on the page. Blue means you are reading lower than average. The developers suggest approximately 49μT (microtesla) for an average magnetic field reading. If you’re in the green that means your reading is close to this standard. If your Android turns red it means you’ve got some serious metal detecting action going on.

It’s pretty neat to run this handy app while sweeping your office, living room sofa or your car. Although detecting it metals though my emulator does sends it into convulsions sometimes.

 

User Interface

There isn’t much to the Metal Detector Android app. Tap the app icon to open it and voila! Instant Metal Detector action.

There is a brief manual tucked into your Android’s menu button that tells you about the levels and how to tweak your Metal Detector Android app’s sensors. Additional info includes links to more Smart Tools products and the app’s homepage.

It is an extremely straightforward Android app. At least it’s super easy to use.

Functionality

Metal Detector Android App Review

There is one glaringly obvious flaw in this “metal detector” app. In reality the Metal Detector Android app detects magnetic fields, not the actual presence of metal. So despite the fact that things like aluminium are indeed made out of metal, the Metal Detector Android app has no response to them whatsoever.

There is no setting to change what exactly this app detects. So unless you’re after a highly magnetic type of metal and you can get super close to it this app has very little range, making it pretty useless.

 

 

 

Value

Despite my nit picking, the Metal Detector Android app is still pretty neat, especially with the handy price tag of free.

It’s worth getting this app to pull out for the occasional party trick, or if you want to find out which couch cushion ate your keys when you’re running late for work. Just don’t expect this app to be useful in say a search for buried treasure. The sensors just aren’t strong enough.

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Fast Burst Camera: The quickest way to click a pic

It goes without saying that we all use the cameras on our smartphone a lot more than we used to, because mobile camera technology has got better, the ability to share on social networks has improved too.However there occasions when even the best smartphone with the best camera can become useless, and that is often when you want to take images of fast moving items, such as sports. I can think of many occasions where I should have had an app like this on my phone but haven’t.
This app was created to mimic the fast burst camera mode feature on the Samsung Galaxy S III. Created by XDA Senior Member androidindian, this app allows those with older phones to experience what users on newer devices now take for granted.

You could record video I hear you say. That you could. If you had the HTC One X, you could then capture an image from the video at a later date. That is fine. But, what if you don’t have a One X, or you just want to have the simple life of capturing sports there and then as photos and without the photos becoming all blurry and squashy.
This is where you need an app like Fast Burst Camera.

Now there are many similar apps, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages.
What I like about Fast Burst is that it just works and does what it says.
I tried it out on a number of devices including the Samsung Galaxy S3,Samsung Galaxy Pop and a couple of Emulators.

The software, which is free from Google Play, lets you take up to 30 photos per second. 30 per second (device dependant)!!!
This has to be one of, if not the fastest camera app available for Android or perhaps any other OS.

There are enough customisation options to keep you happy, but not so many that you get bogged down in all the options. You have the ability to change the settings you need. Be it the shot mode or the location of where images are stored.

here are two versions, a FREE one and a paid for option. The difference is that the paid for version, you get zoom, exposure and flash options. In all honesty for most occasions you do not need this and therefore the FREE app will be sufficient but, for what is a very reasonable price of around Rs.185 the cost is outweighed by the long term benefits. Remember, once you have purchased it, you can use it on all of your Android devices.
Hold shoot button for continuous burst, or tap for fast single shots There is zero shutter lag – pictures are taken as soon as shutter button is pressed.

Image quality can be set, but it is fair to say that the final result is not as good as if you took time to compose the photo or were using a dedicated camera in sports/burst mode. However you have to consider this is you smartphone doing this and the results are more than acceptable for the main occasions you would need to use this.
Picture quality is affected by light, camera stability etc. but overall not bad results.

Conclusion:
There isn’t much more I can say about this app that it does just what you want it too. It is a no nonsense approach to fast image capture. Once you have the images you can do what you like, but I have to date used few other applications that come close to the speed at which this app takes photos.

Appometer Verdict: This empowers the old android phone cameras to work like galaxy s2 class cameras with higher capabilities.

Download from Android Play Store:

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CamScanner-Pdf Creator: Scan all your documents with clarity

CamScanner-PDF Creator is an app that instantly turns your Android phone into a scanner. It is one of those apps that is so simple you wonder why no one thought of it before. With CamScanner, you can take a photo of a receipt, document, note, bill, books, magazines, newspapers and then convert it into a PDF. You can save the PDF files on your phone’s SD card or share it on the internet.

How to Use CamScanner-PDF Creator (basics):

  • You can either use the phone’s camera or choose an existing photo from your gallery that you would like to convert to PDF.
  • After using the camera, just click OK. A new screen will pop out after. On that screen, you can finally choose to enhance the photo that you want to convert to PDF. Just click the Check symbol then you’re done!

Advantages:

  1. Camscanner-PDF Creator converts photos to PDF faster than any other scanner app.
  2. CamScanner’s results are impressive. It does an amazing job of enhancing the image quality.
  3. CamScanner can take pictures of multi page documents and convert into PDF fast. The whole process is called batch scanning.
  4. You can sync or back-up your PDF files to Dropbox, Google Docs or Box.net
  5. Send or share your PDF files to your Facebook, twitter or Gmail account.
  6. Navigation all throughout the app is simple and uncomplicated. There is also an easily understandable quick start guide featured on the main page of the application so you won’t get lost.
  7. Managing PDF files is easy. You can add tags to your documents so you can easily search and find them later.
  8. You can choose what paper size you prefer. Default size is A4.

Disadvantages

  1. Texts within PDFs are not searchable. I believe this feature is available for the iPhone version of the application.
  2. Automatic cropping of images is unreliable sometimes, so you have no choice but to do it manually.

Conclusion:

It works! It’s as simple as that. Does exactly what it is claimed. It is smart, efficient and useful in so many ways. CamScanner-PDF Creator for Android provides you a great and easy way of making PDF documents using only your phone’s camera. Perfect for students and business minded people.

Appometer Verdict: This is really crucial app for people on move who have to keep tab of a lot of documents.

Download from Android Play Store:

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GalaxIR : The best Space War strategy game on Android

GalaxIR is a space strategy game where you aim to conquer the universe one star system at a time.You send your ships to various planets to occupy them or drive the host forces out!

Free version feels limited, even for a free version.
Graphics are a bit on the basic side.
Has this habit of going from easy on one level to completely impossible the next.

Features:

GalaxIR offers a wealth of features and options, in addition to far more difficulty levels. There are also upgrades in GalaxIR and you can send a variety of new ship types to vanquish your enemies.You have up to 3 other AI enemies and you have to gradually whittle these down to size.And it is a very fast game.

I did find the free version of GalaxIR a bit limited however, even for a free version of a game. You only have access to 2 out of a whopping 23 sectors from the full game and the better ships to buy are also unavailable. I guess this is an alternative to placing ads in a game, simply encouraging players to go for the full version through limiting access to certain features, but I’m unsure which makes me want to invest in the full game more. I just felt there might not be enough for gamers to tempt them into buying the full version.

Gameplay:

When the plot of a game is as simple as ‘the goal is to conquer the enemy planets’, there’s no way that it can really fail.
The game is lots of fun in a solo mode, but even more so in multiplayer and there are plenty of extra features to keep you entertained such as new ships and sectors to beat. While the game is good, I did find occasionally the learning curve very steep- I’d win one game with ease then get blown away in the next, which isn’t fun and destroys your ambition to play on. Massively enjoyable however when you get a good run going.And when you have paid to get a full version which is worth it.

Graphics:

The graphics are quite basic to be honest, but perhaps marginally better than those on Archipelago. Nothing to write home about but they are bright, quick and smooth. Just lacking in much detail.

Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:

The music is very old-skool, reminds me of retro arcade games and weirdly, RPG background music. Could be much better but it takes little away from the gaming experience.

However I strongly feel the free version is very limiting and may ultimately put people off the idea of getting the full version, it shouldn’t have buy-rights because GalaxIR is a fine game and lots of fun, but the free version might not be enough to coax people in. I’m a big fan of strategy games and GalaxIR is a great addition to the genre on Android. Certainly check it out.

Appometer Verdict:A fast basic graphics game which is very addicting and doubt it should be missed

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Magic piano is one of the best android piano keyboard and a must for all piano lovers out there. After a huge success in iOS it comes to android. No need to have any piano skills still you are able to play your favorite song, simplest of applications, beautiful presentation, and huge collection of songs from different genres is what makes this application a huge success. You can share your performances via twitter, google plus, facebook etc too.