BlackBerry has launched its much anticipated QWERTY smartphone, Q10 in India. The smartphone will be available for Rs. 44,990. BlackBerry Q10 will start retailing from Friday in 20 cities and 1000 retail stories. We had reported a week back that the Canadian smartphone maker will be launching Q10 in India on June 6.
BlackBerry Q10 sports a 3.1-inch super AMOLED touchscreen. It also comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard, which has been associated with BlackBerry devices since the company started offering smartphones. There is an 8-megapixel rear camera on-board and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G and NFC. BlackBerry Q10 also packs in 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2100mAh battery.
BlackBerry Q10 was also available on pre-order from snapdeal.com. Interested customers had to shell out Rs. 1,000 in order to pre-book this smartphone.
BlackBerry had introduced the BlackBerry 10 operating system in January 2013 along with its flagship smartphone BlackBerry Z10. BlackBerry Z10 was launched in India almost a month after its global debut for Rs. 43,490.
BlackBerry Z10 is a full-touch device that comes with a 4.2-inch LCD screen with a 1280×768 resolution. The smartphone is powered by a dual-core processor that clocks at 1.5GHz along with 2GB of RAM. The internal storage available on the smartphone is 16GB, which can be further expanded by up to 64GB. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera that can capture 1080p videos and 2-megapixel camera in the front. Z10 comes with 1,850 mAh battery, which as per the company claims gives 10 hours of talktime and 312 hours of stand by time.
BlackBerry Q10 key specifications
- 3.1-inch super AMOLED touchscreen
- 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 8-megapixel rear camera
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi,Bluetooth, 4G and NFC
- 2100mAh battery
- BlackBerry 10
With the huge success of the Superfone Canvas A100, Micromax has decided to do raise the bar once again for what a sub-10K Android smartphone should look like. With the same massive 5-inch screen making a comeback, they’ve managed to fit in a dual-core CPU this time – all for the same price as the previous one. Too good to be true?
Design and Build
The Canvas 2 A110 once again borrows many design cues from the Galaxy Nexus. The chrome trim along the side is shaped in such a way so as to create an illusion of a curved glass. You get a nice chunky volume rocker on one side along with a power/sleep button on the other side. The phone appears larger than it actually is due to thick bezels on either side. There is a row of sensors beside the chrome plated earpiece and the back cover is quite sturdy and doesn’t scratch easily. The matt finish helps keep fingerprints away. The 8MP shooter produces quite a bulge at the back so you need to be careful as the lens cover will scratch easily.
A decent camera
The 5-inch LCD display has quite a low resolution of 854 x 480 which makes images, icons, etc. lose their sharpness. The screen doesn’t appear to be of a very good quality either as the viewing angles are pretty poor and there’s terrible banding throughout. We now know where Micromax has cut corners in order to offer this phone at the same price point.
Could have had a larger battery
Overall, the Canvas 2 is built well but is too bulky and quite heavy as well. We could have done without the chrome trim along the edges which quite frankly, gives the phone a cheap look. But then again, it is a cheap phone so there’s that. Unfortunately, the placement of the microSD card does not allow for hot-swap as the battery gets in the way.
The Canvas 2 A110 sticks to the stock interface of Android Ice Cream Sandwich for the most part, except for some changes to the notification bar, where we now have side-scrollable toggle switches. The UI is far from smooth though, which is a bit strange when you consider the fact that it’s powered by a dual-core CPU. It all makes sense when you take a closer look at the type of SoC used. Instead of a Qualcomm or TI OMAP, Micromax has used the MT6577 SoC from MediaTek. This comprises of a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and PowerVR GPU. This SoC is specifically designed for the sub-$200 smartphone segment and has the potential to support up to 720p displays and record videos at 1080p. Unfortunately, Micromax has not exploited its full potential, which is why we have to live with lag in the UI. Another important feature that’s missing is an ambient light sensor.
UI is not the smoothest
Other than the stock UI and apps, Micromax has added a SIM management option to set the default card for call, messages, Internet, etc. Both SIMs can be active at the same time if needed. Another feature added is a scheduled power off option, which lets you switch the phone on or off at a designated time and day of the week.
Audio is handled by the stock music player of ICS. The quality of audio is strictly average even with a good pair of earphones. The rear speaker is quite loud so you won’t miss any of the alerts even in a noisy place. You get 4GB of internal memory and a slot for expanding it up to 32GB. Video playback leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, the Canvas 2 can only handle up to 720p video playback smoothly. MP4 files play well in the stock player but AVI, MKV, etc. have trouble playing back even in MX Player. The colour reproduction is good but the viewing angles are weak so you have to hold the phone just right for a decent experience.
Decent audio playback
Connectivity and Misc. apps
The Micromax Canvas 2 only supports two bands for 2G and just one for 3G, which means you won’t be able to use this on all networks around the world. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi ‘n’, Bluetooth v3.0 and USB plug-and-play support. Other than the Play Store, Micromax also bundles their M! Store and M!Zone for added content. The bundled apps include some games like Cricket Fever, Fruit Devil along with some productivity apps like File Manager, M! Buddy and HookUp.
Good number of bundled apps
The upgraded 8MP shooter manages to capture decent outdoor images with pretty accurate colours and good amounts of detail. Touch-to-focus and face detection is also present along with many scene modes. Indoor picture quality is not the best and the dual-LED flash isn’t very powerful in illuminating a dark area. Macro shots fare pretty well with a decent amount of detail and depth of field.
Macro mode is pretty good
Video recording maxes out at 720p but the quality is not very good since the recorded file is not an MP4 video but 3gp. It’s a little strange that Micromax would limit the video recording capabilities to just 720p when clearly, the 8MP sensor and dual-core CPU could easily handle more.
The Canvas 2 come fitted with a 2000mAh battery pack, which is clearly not enough to power such a huge screen for the entire day. We got just about 7-hours in our video drain test. We expected a bigger battery given the size of the phone. The phone lasted about 6-hours and 15-minutes in our loop tests which included an hour of calls, two hours of music, two hours of music and the rest was taken up by audio streaming over Wi-Fi.
Verdict and Price in India
Micromax has priced the Superfone Canvas 2 at Rs 9,990, which is the same price as the first Canvas. However, in order to achieve this, they’ve seem to have compromised a bit too much on performance. The type of panel used is quite poor, the dual-core CPU doesn’t seem to be put to good use as the UI is very laggy and the phone cannot handle video beyond 720p. Crucial features like an ambient light sensor and quad-band functionality also seem to be missing. Overall, the A110 turned out to be a bit of a disappointment and we’d advice you give this a pass.
If your computer is having unexplainable hardware problems or compatibility issues, a BIOS upgrade will often fix the problem. The BIOS is located in a special flash chip on your motherboard and is where all the settings for your computer hardware are stored.
A BIOS upgrade can correct many hardware issues. If you make a mistake when flashing (updating) the BIOS, however, your computer may be rendered inoperable. A mishap during the BIOS update will usually result in the need for a replacement chip, which can be costly indeed. So learn how to perform the BIOS flash steps in the proper sequence.
You can try next steps in order to fix the problem:
1. Close IE and open it again and test it before doing the next one.
2. Install all Windows updates.
3. Scan your computer for malware (worms, viruses and spyware).
4. Verify that IE is working on unsecure web sites. Refresh this page.
5. Open IE and click on Tools icon (or press Alt+X key combination on your keyboard), choose About Internet Explorer
and look at the Cipher Strength.
It should be 128 bit or more. If the Cipher Strength is anything less then 128-bit, download and install the Internet Explorer High Encryption Pack.
6. Open IE, go to Tools menu, choose Internet Options.
Navigate to Advanced tab and scroll to bottom of list. The SSL and TLS options (all versions) should be checked.
7. Check Delete Cookies, Delete Files and Clear History in Tools, Internet Options, General tab and press Delete button.
8. Uncheck the box for Enable Third Party Browser Extensions in the Advanced Section (all other settings in Advanced Section are set to Default).
Click Apply button and restart IE.
9. Configure Security settings for the Trusted sites zone in IE: open IE, Tools menu, choose Internet Options, navigate to Security tab, select Trusted sites, Default Level.
Click Sites button.
Type the address (URL) of the site in the Add this Web site to the zone: box, click Add button, then Close and Apply buttons.
10. Check Firewall/Network Configuration. Make sure that the SSL port (port 443) is open on your network/firewall (if you have any). There are many different Firewall/Network products, so it is impossible to give set-by-step instructions. Check the documentation or help file of the product you use. If you are behind a broadband router, you may not need a firewall on your PC. Check security settings on your router.
11. Clear the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) state and AutoComplete history: open IE, open Tools menu, choose Internet Options, navigate to Content tab. Under Certificates, click Clear SSL State.
Click OK when you receive the message that the SSL cache was successfully cleared. Under Personal information, click AutoComplete. Under Clear AutoComplete history, click Clear Forms. Click OK when you are prompted to confirm the operation.
12. Verify that the Date and Time Settings on your computer are correct: because SSL certificates have an expiry date, if the date on your computer isn’t correct, it may prevent you from connecting to secure sites.
A large percentage of those who have a computer today make use of a laptop and that is because of the great speed, flexibility and portability a laptop computer provides. The problem however is that many people are starting to see the downsides of using a laptop computer due to the fact that their laptop is starting to respond slowly. A laptop computer might not be as robust as a desktop computer but there is definitely a lot that can be done to make your laptop fast and this article will be giving you 4 tips to help solve your slow laptop problems.
1. Free Up Your Hard Disk Space
The first step you should take whenever you start noticing that your laptop is misbehaving is to look into your hard disk to see if it is the problem. A lot of computer users install a lot of applications, download a lot of files and use a lot of multimedia. This alone is enough to consume a large percentage of their hard disk space and as result lead to their laptop becoming slow.
If you’re noticing your laptop is not as fast as it used to be then you might want to try freeing up your hard disk space. Most computers have a disk defragmenter that helps you with this, and you can also easily do that manually by uninstalling the applications you don’t really need.
2. Check If Your Operating System Is Corrupt
The next thing you need to look into if you notice your laptop isn’t as fast as it used to be is to check to see if your operating system is corrupt. In most cases we make the mistake of not shutting down our computer properly or of installing applications that are not in harmony with our laptop – this only result in corrupting your operating system and might as well lead to more problems in the future.
If you suspect your laptop might be slow due to your operating system being corrupt then you might want to take it to the nearest engineer to help you fix it.
3. Try Exposing Your Computer To More Fresh Air
Sometimes the reason for your laptop being very slow is because it is overheating, and this is a problem that can easily be prevented.
It is very important for you to ensure you don’t use your laptop in hot areas. You should do your best to make it faster by only using it in a cool dry area.
If possible you might also want to direct your fan to your laptop to see how it responds – if it responds better then the reason your laptop is becoming slow is due to overheating.
4. Do A Thorough Antivirus Scan to Reveal The Possibility Of A Virus
If none of the above tips seem to be of help to you then the problem with your laptop might be internal and one of the possibilities is that you have been infected by a virus.
Viruses can be very dangerous and they can make a great computer to be completely ineffective. Make sure you install the latest and up to date antivirus and then scan your laptop properly to remove the viruses that might be making it slow.