Launchpad: LG’s new G2 smartphone

The novelty factor in LG G2 lies in the absence of physical buttons.

Written by Chaitanya Gudipaty | New Delhi | Published:October 4, 2013 10:01 pm

LG G2

Rs 41,500

Value for money: ***

Novel design

LG G2 is a smartphone which the Korean manufacturer says has been redesigned based on extensive customer surveys. The novelty factor in LG G2 lies in the absence of physical buttons on the either sides of the phone. The traditional volume and power buttons have been shifted to the rear panel of the smartphone. Its aim,LG says,is to enhance user comfort. You can use these buttons with your index finger place on the rear panel of the phone to control volume,click pictures and even use the QuickMemo app on the phone. However,users may take time to adjust to the new position of these buttons. A deviation from previous LG smartphones is that G2 has plastic body which some users don’t like. The spec sheet boasts a 5.2-inch screen,13-megapixel rear camera,2.2 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM. It runs Android Jelly Bean OS and has 16 GB internal memory.

Gionee ELife E6

Rs 22,999

Value for money: ***1/2

Fresh UI

Riding on the success of E5 smartphone,Gionee,one of the top Chinese smartphone brands,has launched ELife E6. The smartphone has clear and crisp display (5-inch fullHD at 441ppi). Elife E6 is light and has a premium look. Though it runs Android Jelly Bean OS,the user interface is highly customised giving it a fresh look. Unlike Samsung’s Touchwiz and HTC Sense,Goinee’s UI has app drawer (all apps) on the homescreen. Users can sift through apps by sliding finger left or right on the screen. The camera widget on the lockscreen lets you click pictures without getting into camera app – a time saving option. Other tech specs inclue a quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (no expansion slot) ELife E6 comes with 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. It has 2000-mAh battery which should last a day. Gionee ELife E6 is for those who are bored of the traditional Jelly Bean interface and won’t shy away from trying a new UI.

Celkon AR45

Rs 7,999

Value for money: ***

For music lovers

Celkon Mobiles has tied up with Oscar-winning Indian music director A R Rahman for a new series of music phones. The series is called RahmanIshq,named after Rahman’s world tour that began recently. For Rs 7,999,Celkon offers an Android phone with a free headset. As is obvious,this phone is targeted at music lovers. Celkon AR45 has a 4.5-inch (854×480 pixels) display and a 5-MP rear camera with flash along with a basic front camera. The software version is Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and the phone is powered by a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor with 512 MB RAM. The internal memory is 4 GB,which can be expanded to 32 GB using a microSD card. It has all the usual connectivity options such as WiFi,Bluetooth,and 3G. The battery is rated at 2,000 mAh,and Celkon says lasts a day on moderate usage.

Sony GTK-N1BT

Rs 16,990

Value for money: ***1/2

What’s in a name?

Sony launched a wireless speaker that could win an award for having the most unremarkable name – GTK-N1BT. Thankfully,its looks are anything but unremarkable. With colour-changing disco light like LEDs and a great design,this speaker looks as if it has come from the future. Its key features include wireless playback via Bluetooth and NFC,and portability. It also lets users charge their phones or tablets via the USB port on the speaker. This port can be used to play music too. The speaker also plays FM radio stations. Sony says users can control this speaker with Android phones,using Sony’s App Remote application. The speaker’s output is rated at 100 W RMS,which should be sufficient for home listening or a small gathering.

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