Saturday, June 27, 2009

iPhone 3GS vs. Nokia N97 - A Relative Study

Its a matter of curiosity and interest of every avid mobile user that whether the latest and more polished iPhone 3GS will bite the dust before Nokia N97? This is when we know that Nokia N97 has its shear elegance and monstrously powerful features? Here is a relative study to find the answer. Read on to know the outcome.

iPhone 3GS Nokia N97 Touchscreen and Display The displays of both is same at some 3.5 inch in size but with a higher resolution of 640 X 360, Nokia N97's display looks clearer as iPhone's has 320 X 480 pixels display only. iPhone scores over touchscreen functionality and compensates for a lower resolution. The iPhone's capacitive touchscreen has very good sensitivity and requires almost little pressure application for operation than Nokia N97's pressure sensitive resistive touchscreen which needs a little more pressure to ensure the touch action. Memory The iPhone 3GS is available in two varieties of 16GB and 32 GB internal memory. The Nokia N97 beats it competetitor infact many other phones as it has the largest storage capacity with its internal storage of 32 GB that is expandable by 16 GB more with additional micro SDHC card making a total of 48 GB. Processor, RAM The GPU used in both the phones are similar PowerVR SGX graphics supporting OPENGL ES 2.0. However, N97 uses ARM 11 CPU which clocks at 434 MHz and 128 MB RAM compared to iPhone 3G S which has ARM Cortex A8 processor clocking at 600 MHz and 256 MB RAM. The verdict is clear that iPhone 3G S has more speed than N97. Operating System Though Nokia N97 has JAVA support and Apple iPhone 3G S does not have it and lacks Flash also. Nokia N97 runs the Symbian v9.4 Series 60 rel 5 OS whereas for iPhone OS 3.0 is available. The iPhone OS apart from being a stable multi-tasking platform with ease of software development, is more internet ready than the N97 which haven't even got a decent browser. What makes iPhone best in this relation is that its every aspect is designed keeping in mind that today people live on internet. Configuring a new e-mail account, e-mailing pictures and general web surfing is a breeze on iPhone. The N97 is also claimed to be internet ready but doing things is not that pleasurable experience as the iPhone. Apple i Phone 3G App Store / Ovi Store Apple's iPhone is known for its App Store. iPhone is primarily purchased because it has great apps to go with. On the other hand, the Nokia N97 comes with preloaded Ovi Store to easily pick up any applications. Also you can pick your programs from wherever you like online. So it is not like the beautiful walled garden of apps from iPhone where you cannot get access to apps outside the Apple garden! Thanks Nokia for providing such flexibility. Keyboard Since a hardware keyboard is always better for purpose of fast, accurate and easy typing so the QWERTY keyboard is the winning feature of N97 over the iPhone. Anyone who have to type a lot for mailing or other purpose in their phone would simply hate the virtual keyboards of iPhone. Connectivity Both the phones are Quad Band enabled units capable of operating worldwide at GSM 850/900/1800/1900 bands. The 3G Bands though are slightly different. iPhone uses HSDPA 850/1900/2100 bands whreas N97 uses 900/1900/2100 bands although there is an American version available which has 850/1900/2100 bands. The iPhone 3GS also supports 7.2 Mbps whereas N97 supports 3.6 Mbps speed. Both devices support Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP but not infrared for local connections. EDGE, 3G and GPRS is supported and both devices are compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g networks. New Nokia N97 Camera Though Apple have made a marked improvement by making their crappy 2 mega-pixel camera module of the old version to incorporate autofocus and a higher 3 mega-pixel resolution but still N97's camera with 5MP resolution and Carl Zeiss optics is a far better option. N97 can also shoot at low light using its LED flash but that is lacking in the iPhone. Also N97 has both video and the photo editor already available. So also is the DVD quality of video captured by N97 that looks far better than of iPhone 3G S. GPS Both devices have built-in GPS receivers but the Apple iPhone 3G S uses a Google Map application while the Nokia N97 uses its own Nokia Maps 2.0 application with turn-by-turn ready to go out of the box. Battery The Nokia N97 have a 1500 mAh battery but there was no information on the battery of the Apple iPhone 3GS. Size and Weight The phones are similar in volume, though N97 is thicker by a few milimeters than the iPhone 3GS and slides open to look a bit more thicker. The N97 is slightly heavier at 150g whereas iPhone 3GS weighs only 135g. Other Features Both phones have the digital compass and TV Out port as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. But Nokia N97 has Stereo FM radio with RDS, Visual radio; FM transmitter which the iPhone 3GS lacks. Where Nokia N97 scores over iPhone 3G S * Wide Connectivity - MicroSD, MicroUSB, USB for Mass Storage, Bluetooth File Transfer * FM Radio * Handwriting recognition * Camera : 5 MP over 3 MP, High Resolution Video, Flash Light * Memory : 32 + 16 GB is maximum for a mobile Where iPhone 3G S scores over Nokia N97 * Processor : Faster 600 MHz Cortex A8 processor than 434 MHz ARM 11 processor * RAM : 256 MB over 128 MB * Touchscreen : Better response and multi-touch capabilities * HSDPA : Higher 7.2 Mbps speed * Thousands of App Store Apps * Light weight 135g over 150g of N97 The Bottomline Well both are at par, with their own original and unique features and we can simply say that there is a tie between the two great phones from two reputed brands with worldwide phones. Apple shows the popularity of their iPhone has not faded by removing all the drawbacks and adding more features to their new phone. Nokia N97 is a popular one too with its own admirers. is also a unique device with its own lovers.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Stylish Fiat Bravo

The wait for the new Fiat Bravo is almost over. Fiat has revived the 'Bravo' name for its new five-door replacement for the Stilo - the firm's ill-fated attempt to make an Italian Golf. The Bravo looks more elegant than the lumpy Stilo, with its front end similar to the pretty Grande Punto's. The short bonnet, rounded corners and wedged waistline look very contemporary, and are designed to disguise the distortions forced on new cars by pedestrian protection legislation. Inside, there is more padding than usual in a mid-range Fiat plus some rich-feeling materials. Fiat claims class-leading interior space, partly the result of similarly class-beating overall length; the Bravo is quite a hefty car. Engines now available are a 90bhp, 1.4 16v, two turbocharged 1.4 16v T-Jets (120bhp and 150bhp) and a series of diesels: the 1.9 16v MultiJet 150 and 1.6 16v Multijet 120 and 105 models. The Multijet 105 comes with an optional Eco pack to reduce consumption and bring emissions into the Band B tax category. Under the shapely skin lies a development of the Stilo platform, which was described at the time as a kind of modular, semi-spaceframe construction. Fiat makes no such technical claims this time, but is proud of the fact that the Bravo went from concept-freeze to production in just 18 months - a new record. According to Fiat, Bravo is the highest-quality mainstream car it has ever made. Certainly its structure feels very stiff (much stiffer than the Stilo's) and the interior finish is quite lush, with a padded dashboard and upper door casings, a padded cloth headlining, plus a metallic gloss black console panel and leather accessories on top models. To mention some drawbacks, the windscreen pillars lack the headlining's cloth finish, though, and there's plenty of hard plastic below the hip-level 'Plimsoll line' where many buyers don't really look closely. As for reliability, the Stilo was pretty dubious, though its glitches should not have been carried over to this new model. We can't help but be suspicious, however, as Fiat's reputation for build quality - and customer service at its dealerships - is still poor, despite recent efforts to improve the standards of both its production output and its after sales support. Top Bravo models have plenty of electronics, so fingers crossed. On the move, the Fiat Bravo's electric power steering is precise enough and has about the right amount of weight to make it feel natural most of the time, but there's very little in the way of a true feel of the road. The paintwork and panel fit are excellent, and the whole car seems well assembled. The attention to detail is not great, however, with some sharp-edged plastics and the odd squeak, rattle or intruding wind noise in our test cars. As for handling, this is an obedient car but hardly one to thrill its driver. There's plenty of grip, so the nose doesn't drift wide prematurely, and if you take a bend quickly and back off the tail will edge out just a little to help you around a tightening corner without drama. But you really have to unsettle the Bravo even to begin feeling such a reaction. The Bravo has 150bhp 1.9-litre diesel with its 225lb-ft of torque available at a low 2,000rpm. It pulls with muscular gusto and reaches 62mph in 9.0 seconds, finally reaching its top speed of 130mph. It's quite noisy when revved, and there are sweeter-sounding diesels, but the best way to drive it is to use all that low-end torque and roll along in stress-free, long-legged fashion. Click here to find more on Fiat Bravo Pictures.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Amazing Fiat Grande Punto

The much awaited Grand Punto is all set to arrive in the Indian market. The launch and public unveiling of the car will happen at a grand ceremony in New Delhi on the 17th of this month. Fiat India Automobiles Ltd, the joint venture between Fiat and Tata Motors, has just announced that it is all primed to launch the petrol and diesel versions of the Grande Punto, the company's mid-size hatchback. The Grande Punto is a perfect hatchback counterpart to the Linea which has already established itself among the C plus segment saloons. Manufacturing of this new hatchback will commence at Fiat's state-of-the-art plant at Ranjangaon which already manufactures the Linea and Palio. Fiat Grande Punto would compete in India with existing models like Skoda Fabia, Tata Indigo, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Accent along with the soon to be launched Maruti Ritz and the Honda Jazz which have already made their mark in the market. The true competition of the car would be with Honda Jazz which is also a new entrant. Fiat Grande Punto The beautiful lines of the Grande Punto have been penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who has received the accolade of 'Car Designer of the Century' for styling some of the most striking looking car designs of the 20th century. The car has consistently done well internationally since its launch in 2005 and it too has won many awards such as Brazil's 'Carro Do anno 2008' (Car of the Year 2008) among many others. Even on the safety front, the Grande Punto has received the highest 5-Star rating in the stringent Euro NCAP safety tests. To make the car a great value proposition in India, Fiat is aiming for 85-percent localization by the end of this year. The car has been developed by Italdesign-Giugiaro along with the Fiat Style Centre, the Grande Punto stands out in the current automotive scene, not only for its size but also for the beauty of its modern elegant exterior lines which seem to be inspired by the sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. Like the exterior, the interior of the Grande Punto carries forward the essence of Italian styling thanks to the quality of the materials used and the care that went into every detail. It is extremely roomy, with excellent front visibility, easy access and a large luggage compartment. Where quality is concerned, the Grande Punto is stylish and refined and comes with a great sense of solidity. What the customers get is a welcoming, plush and functional environment that is bound to excite. Available in two body styles internationally, which includes a three door version and a five door version, the Grande Punto for India will be available only in the five door version. Trim levels are yet to be decided for the Indian market, but looking at the Linea, we can expect Fiat to bring in the Active, Dynamic and Emotion versions. The Sport version might have to wait! How far the car is able to succeed in the market is yet to be seen with the time to come. Click here to find more on Fiat Grande Punto Pictures.