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Say you got a smartphone as a birthday gift. And like others of yourage, you are forever preoccupied with it. Your mom always thought you was busy SMSing your friends, until one day she realized it was an array of applications you are obsessed with – the Facebook app, games, puzzles and many more. Even here in India study shows 58% smartphone users believe apps benefit their lives, relying on them while at home (31%), travelling (24%), or at work (10%). Apps are becoming intrinsic to the way we live. “Our relationship with apps has turned from occasional use into a real dependency .”

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As many as 77% Indians with smartphones have up to 30 apps on their phone, with men more likely to download an app (93%) vs women (87%), says the study. The most popular apps are social networking (40%), music (36%) and business (28%). Interestingly, women (43%) are more into social networking than men (38%). Our new devices are loaded with features such as one touch to FB, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.” Apple’s App Store, Nokia’s Ovi Store (store.ovi.com) and Android Market (market.android.com) are the biggest app stores. All have a wide variety of applications. Here are some of the best apps for your SmartPhone:

World Traveller (Ovi)

It is a useful app when you go abroad. It has a world clock that automatically shows you the local time when you move to another time zone, 5-day weather forecast for 5,000 cities and real-time exchange rates for 184 currencies. The premium edition has a flight assistant that gives you the schedules and real-time alert for delays.

Barcode Reader (Android)

Handy when you shop, as it helps you know more about a product. Open the app, place the phone above the barcode, the phone completes reading the barcode with a click and shows product info and even reviews some cases on the Web.

Google Goggles (Android)

This is great for tourists, who are in a new place and aren’t able to identify a well-known monument or building. All that she needs to do is open the app, click a photo of the monument, and the app will use that picture to search the web for information about it.

Burrp! (Ovi)

It’s an India-specific app that gives a list of the city’s best hangouts, events to attend, movies to watch, places to shop, gyms, salons; complete with reviews and recommendations.

Never forget

After you create text, photo, and audio notes with Evernote, you can synchronize them to your PC or the Web. From generating recipe ideas at the farmer’s market to capturing lecture notes in class, Evernote is one of those universal apps that everybody should use. Free; Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, WebOS, Windows Mobile

AccuWeather

Automatically get the local forecast using your phone’s location features, or punch in your upcoming destination. AccuWeather includes details on how the day’s weather will develop, with Doppler rain maps on display so you can play forecaster for your colleagues.

The New York Times

In this self-contained reader app, browse the latest news by category: world, politics, science, technology and so on. Stories come from the Gray Lady, formatted for your device. (BlackBerry users should go straight to mobile.nytimes.com.)

Google Reader

Your favorite news sites and blogs most likely offer an easy-access RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication). Google Reader downloads and compiles these feeds, letting you browse the latest articles in a manner similar to email, instead of jumping from site to site.

WorldMate Live

A jack of all trades for travelers, WorldMate converts currency based on current exchange rates, stores your flight itinerary, forecasts weather, references time zones and performs other useful tasks.

FlightView

Know when to take advantage of an airport delay by lingering in the shower or catching a train instead of a cab. Flightview tracks upcoming and in-route planes. If you don’t have a Pre, try browsing the company’s phone-formatted Web site at mobile.flightview.com.

Pandora

Unleash this music streaming software when you’re ready to relax. Enter a favorite artist or song, and Pandora plays those and other tracks that share similar traits, suiting your mood. Ideal for hotels, taxis and anywhere you can get online.

GoodFood

Make your smartphone into an always ready concierge. GoodFood automatically locates your position and shows nearby restaurants rated by other users of the app. Find one with a high score, enjoy your meal and post your own rating to share with fellow travelers.

ScoreMobile

While some excellent apps track a single sport—baseball fans should try mlb.com/mobile—ScoreMobile is always in season. Check current scores and game recaps for football, basketball, hockey, golf and many other sports. There’s no need to leave your team behind while you’re on the road.

Facebook for Android 1.2

This is the “official” Facebook app on Android, and it serves its purpose well enough. You can post status updates, take/upload photos, and check your news stream. It’s a lot faster than using the Facebook Web app, so it’s the best option on Android to stay connected to all your Facebook friends.

Google Voice 0.3.4

Google Voice for Android remains the best way to use Google Voice on a mobile phone. If you have a virtual Google Voice number, you’ll be able to make outgoing calls and SMS messages easily, including international calls that run about 2 cents per minute. This app also lets you integrate your phone’s built-in address book and call log for voice calls. There are other third-party apps out there that tap into Google Voice, but stick with Google’s native app; it works almost seamlessly.

Watch out my future posts on Free Apps on specific mobile platforms, there are 100s even 1000s of them but these are the one i always load them up.

In what can be called one of the most significant announcements that Microsoft made in recent times, the company unravelled its next generation Mobile OS at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company for the first time displayed what many analysts are terming to be an iPhone Killer (not my view, will keep that until I finally get to use it ;), but i would definitely say it will compete with google’s android and apple’s iphone OS ). So here’s looking into what the users need to know about Windows Phone 7 that is said to be Microsoft’s “final chance to get it right” in the rapidly-growing mobile market.

Windows Phone 7 Series. So foremost get used to the name, because it’s now a part of the smartphone vernacular… however verbose it may seem. The face of Windows Phone 7 is not a rectangular grid of thumbnail-sized glossy-looking icons, arranged in a pattern of 4×4 or so, like basically every other phone. No, instead, an oversized set of bright, superflat squares fill the screen. The pop of the primary colors and exaggerated flatness produces a kind of cutting-edge crispness that feels both incredibly modern and playful. Text is big, and beautiful. The result is a feat no phone has performed before: Making the iPhone’s interface feel staid.

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7 Series has rebuilt Windows Mobile from the ground up, featuring a completely altered home screen and user interface experience, robust Xbox LIVE and Zune integration, and vastly new and improved social networking tools. Gone is the familiar Start screen, now replaced with “tiles” which scroll vertically and can be customized as quick launches, links to contacts, or self contained widgets. Hardware supporters include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, Hewlett-Packard, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm.

The new OS uses a ‘live tile’ metaphor, showing dynamically updated information. Users can have tiles for e-mail, calendar, pictures and individual people, playlists and other applications and information types.

The OS arranges information in six sections: People, Pictures, Games, Music and Video, Marketplace and Office. The People section is actually contacts option. However, it is not your typical contacts list. The contact list is connected with the contact’s social networking accounts and users can see their updates right within the contact screen. The operating system is designed to have three hardware buttons: start, search — with a direct link to Bing — and back.

Other features are common with the browser being Internet Explorer. it won’t be as fast as Mobile Safari. Not to start. But it’s not bad that way! Then the Outlook email app makes me question how people read email on a BlackBerry. Bing and Bing Maps are built into the phone as the default search and maps services. Obviously, you’re not going to be playing Halo 3 on your smartphone (at least not this year), but yes, Xbox Live on a phone! It’s tied to your Live profile, and there are achievements and gamer points for the games you can play on your phone, which will be tied to games back on your Xbox 360. Microsoft’s vision of Zune is finally clear with Windows Phone 7. It’s an app, just like iPod is on the iPhone, though the Zune Marketplace is integrated with it into the music + video hub, not separated into its own little application.

Still, at first glance, Microsoft appears to have something new on the block. Would I wait on getting an iPhone, Android smartphone, or Palm Pre because of Windows Phone 7 ? No I guess. Every so-called iPhone-killer has revealed significant flaws at actual product release, and I can’t imagine that Microsoft would be any different. But I can easily see that in 2011 Windows Phone might a real force within the smartphone market, threatening the innovative but low-traction Palm WebOS most, but also Google’s Android OS.

So let me stop here, check out some pictures of what Windows Mobile 7 as to offer and a featured video on the same. If you are more interested u can check there official site: http://www.windowsphone7series.com. Have a great week…

User Interface on Winphone 7

User Interface on Winphone 7

Some thing Zuney !!

Gallery on WinPhone 7

Xbox on Winphone 7

Xbox on Winphone 7

Music & Video on WinPhone 7

Music & Some thing Zuney !!

I know there are plenty of excellent smartphones out there. Narrowing down a list of 5, and then ranking them in order of preference, certainly isn’t been easy. But one thing is true who says that there is nothing to great things to expect this year in terms of smartphones and mobile devices? Also inevitably, any such Top 5 list ends up being a subjective process. And any buying decision is going to be one based on a balance between your need, affordability, desirability and brand loyalty., and also I know most are intelligent enough to know that carrying around a cell phone and a PDA is inefficient so lighten your load by picking up an all-in-one device. Whether you use it as an organizer, an e-mail device, a cell phone, or all of the above, getting a smartphone is a smart move 😉

So let me start the show without much honks:

1) BlackBerry Curve (8310, 8320, 8330, 8350i, and 8900)

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The BlackBerry Curve is an all-around top-performing smartphone wrapped in a snazzy design. it though lacks 3G, but the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a solid update to the Curve series, bringing a better design, improved features, and faster performance and is one of T-Mobile’s top smartphone offerings. Also no much differential to Bold series

Specs: AT&T GSM 850/900/1800/1900, EDGE; Intel Xscale CPU; 64MB memory; BlackBerry Handheld Software
Price: $149.99 – $609.99

2) Apple iPhone 3GS (16GB and 32GB)

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iPhone 3GS doesn’t make the same grand leap that the iPhone 3G made from the first-gen model, but the latest Apple handset is still a compelling upgrade. The iPhone 3GS is faster and the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement, also Performance enhancements distinguish the otherwise evolutionary step-up iPhone 3GS from its previous iterations.

Specs: AT&T, OS Supported: OS:Mac OS, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 6:12, 16GB and 32GB
Price: $299

3) Nokia E71x

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Affordably priced, the Nokia E71’s sleek design and multitude of useful features makes it ideal for both personal and business use.

Specs: AT&T, OS Supported: OS:Symbian, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 4:48,
Price: $99.99 – $449.99

4) T-Mobile Mytouch 3G

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MyTouch 3G is high-tech android mobile and also as a first android phone T-Mobile’s G1 was a much welcomed entry into the smartphone market with host of features, with a big improvement from its predecessor, but the physical keyboard is sorely missed.

Specs:Carrier:T-Mobile, OS Supported: OS:Proprietary Google Android.
Price: $179.99

5) Palm Pre (Sprint)

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Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition but also sets a new standard in the way smartphones handle tasks and manage information, may not be the most innovative smartphone, but it’s extremely capable and affordable enough to fit any budget.

Specs: Carrier:Sprint, OS Supported: OS:Proprietary, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 5:17,
Price: $199.99 – $699.99

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Also here is the top 5 smartphones according to Consumer Reports:

Samsung Blackjack II
T-Mobile Wing
Motorola Q9C
T-Mobile Shadow
Blackberry Pearl Flip

These phones are all fine smartphones but it is surprising that only one Blackberry made the cut, and where the heck is the iPhone 3G? The iPhone 3G was further down the list and actually tied with the T-Mobile G1. Interesting list to say the least.