Tata Teleservices To Offer Free Voice Minutes For Viewing Mobile Ads


In a bid tap into the growing mobile advertisement market, Tata Teleservices will soon start offering subscribers free voice minutes for viewing ads on their handsets before making calls.
It has tied-up with a few companies to show their ads, a move that will add to Tata Tele revenues. The company will launch the service in partnership with mAdcall, a sister concern of Astute systems.
‘GET’, a mobile advertising application will be available on the GSM as well as CDMA networks (Docomo and Indicom brands) and is compatible with Android, Java, Symbian and Blackberry. The application can also be accessed over Wi-Fi and Tata Docomo Internet.

Tata Tele has over 63 million subscribers across India.
The application enables video advertising on mobile and users can choose when or where they want to view a video commercial on their phone.

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A company official said: “Users will be offered free voice minute, per advertisement viewed on their Docomo data enabled handset, for both pre-and post-pay customers.”
He added mobile users opting for the service will not be charged for data while using Tata Docomo Internet.
The advertisement will play on the handset without buffering on 2G, 3G or CDMA network.
“Users will be instantly rewarded with one minute of local or national talk-time for each advertisement viewed,” the official said.

It is the first operator to launch this application on GSM and CDMA technology in India, he added.
According to a recent report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International on digital advertising, 105 crore were spent on mobile ads in 2011-12.
The report said the number of active mobile Internet users had reached 48 million by March 2012 and as a result, advertisements placed on mobile phones and tablets are increasingly becoming commonplace.

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The company is of the view that the application will benefit advertisers as they will get accuracy in data, as to who watched the video and when.
“The mobile users are not offered any ads if they are trying to make emergency calls, given the nature of the call being made. Also no ads are offered while making calls to toll free numbers, international calls or while in roaming in off-network locations,” the official said.

10 Ways Android Beats iOS 7


When new, colorful, vibrant OSs, like Android and Windows Phone, were making their head ways in to consumer‘s psyche, iOS remained nearly still since its debut. iOS 7 is the first attempt by Apple at change. It turned out to be complete aesthetic overhaul of the interface. From the moment you turn on an iPhone running iOS 7, it’s different—every option, every app. The OS also sports amazing features like the Control Center, Lock Screen, Gestures Contorls, Slide to Unlock, Touch ID. All said and done, Android can still beat iOS in 10 ways, read on to know them as compiled by Business Insider.

#10 Endless Sharing Options

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The new iOS helps the user to share the content of the handset through only a few choices like Message, Mail, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. But Android opens up the endless options for the sharing task. It can list out all the apps that are capable of sharing the content, be it Mail, Whats App or WeChat . The capability also gives the consumers to try out many sharing apps that are flooding the Google Play Store.

#9 Third-party Software Keyboards

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There not many complaints about the typing experience on iOS 7, but Android still offers more options. The Jelly Bean models already come with the easy-to-use and fairly self-explanatory Swype, the users can dive in to Play Store for third party alternatives.

#8 More Customization

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Android offers you much option to customize the handset to suite your taste. If you don’t like your home screen try Nova Launcher or a fake Windows Phone 8. With Jelly Bean 4.3 you can get to make different accounts, each one having only selected apps. This especially useful when kids gets hands on your phone. So the iOS 7 offers no such liberty to the users.

#7 Visible File System

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When you connect your Android phone to your PC, you can see the content of your phone displayed on the monitor as if you just connoted a pen drive. It makes it as easy as to transfer files between two folders of the computer. With Apple, there is a tedious process of converting files to the compatible form before they could be transferred on to iOS devices.

#6 Better Notifications Bar

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Notification Center gets a huge overhaul and things are pretty different in iOS 7. Now you have notifications from the calendar showing what’s coming up, as well as a quick summary of the weather. The overcrowded notification can annoy you. And iOS7 only displays the updates, like new mail or SMS, but you have to go the apps to see the content you just received.   However with Android’s notification drawer, you can take action and respond without opening whatever app.

#5 Images with Contact List

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Android can automatically import photos for your contacts from the contacts email accounts. Which makes it a lot easier to see your friends contact pictures in your virtual address book than it is with iOS 7.

#4 Google Now Trumps Siri

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Google Search is the most preferred search engine by the masses. Google Now is extremely quick and can parse web pages to find the most relevant information. On the other hand, Siri produces results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine. However Siri can be appreciative when it comes to “assistant” commands, like when you want to set up an internal calendar event.

#3 Multimedia Ease

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Android is fine with your music files, let it come from anywhere. There are bevy of music players like Play Music and Power Amp. However even with all the new things iOS 7 has brought, you require iTunes if you want to load your iPhone up with songs.  In the same way you need other intermediate software to convert photos and videos to be compatible with iOS devices, where as with Android, just transfer and enjoy.

#2 More Free Applications

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Though Google Play doesn’t offer better quality apps than App Store, there are plenty of free apps that can fulfill your specific needs.  

 

#1 Unlock Options

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With Android you can unlock the phone to any app you want, like accessing contacts, camera or messages, from single unlocking swipe. The new iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner is pretty cool, but it doesn’t offer cool options like Android does for unlocking.

Latest Smartphones With Jaw-Dropping Features #Android #iOS7 #BBM


The competition in Smartphone market is currently measured on the basis of the mind-blowing features in handsets—something users didn’t experienced before. Samsung has already released the first Smartphone in world with a flexible screen and LG is following the same route. Nokia in the meantime is having the world’s first ever Smartphone with 41 MP camera.  There are many others who are bringing revolutionary features like rotating camera and 4K recording into devices. The verve to excel has led to these devices that sport first ever features— read to know 10 of them as compiled by Gizbot.

         #1 Motorola Moto X: Worlds First Smartphone That You Can Customize

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Moto X rose to popularity for its customizable options to fit the taste of consumers, and the device packs some nice specs too. When it comes to customization, you can choose from 18 back colors, 7 accent colors and 2 types of cases offered in various colors, Motorola is currently testing out 3 back panels made entirely out of wood, all of which will have a unique look, though they won’t be available at the time of launch.  In additionally to it, you can get a pair of headphones made by Sol Republic – either in-ear or regular in the color to match the back of Moto X. If you opt for customization, which can be done on Moto Maker – a handy web app for easy customization and preview of the result, it may cost you additional $100.

The device will have a 4.7 inch 16M-color 720p capacitive touchscreen, with RGB AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass. Under the hood it packs a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, a custom-built Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. The processor will be coupled with 2GB RAM and Adreno 320 GPU and runs on Android 4.3.

#2 ZTE Open: World’s First Firefox OS Phone

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Spain’s Telefonica has offered world’s first Smartphone with the Firefox operating system to compete with devices running Google Android and Apple IOS. Equipped with a 3.5-inch 480×320-pixel touchscreen, the ZTE Open includes a 3.2MP camera, 256MB RAM and 512MB flash memory enhanced with a 4GB microSD card that comes as part of the package. Mozilla executives said the ZTE Open is the “first chapter” in what they expect to be a long project, one that is already attracting interest from many other telecommunications companies.

The Firefox OS is entirely Web-based. It borrows some features from Android and iOS to unlock the phone, pull down notifications, and arrange app icons in a grid pattern. The OS comes preloaded with a variety of apps, including e-mail, an address book, a calendar, a data usage tracker, and Nokia’s Here maps. There’s YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, and, of course, Firefox’s tabbed browser.

#3 Sony Xperia Z Ultra: World’s First 6.44 inch Display Phablet

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The device comes with 6.44″ Full HD at 1080p resolutions screen , first ever for any phablet. The touchscreen display uses Sony’s TRILUMINOS and X-Reality for mobile technology, with an OptiContrast panel to reduce reflection and enable clearer viewing even in bright sunlight. The screen is highly responsive and compatible with stylus as well as regular pencils or metal pens.

On the inside, the Z Ultra is first smartphone announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. It comes with a sealed 3050mAh Lithium polymer battery, 2GB RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and also has a microSD card slot up to 64 GB.
It has a 2 megapixel front camera and 8 megapixel rear camera with an Exmor RS sensor, 16x digital zoom with auto focus, 1080p HD recording, HDR, continue burst mode, face detection.

#4 Lenovo P780: World’s First Biggest Battery Phone

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The Smartphone packs a mammoth 4,000mAh battery which is the biggest you have seen in a Smartphone so far. The device successfully tackles the low battery issues that nag many of the Smartphone users.

Lenovo also brings the home-backed software to P780 for power management that aims to enhance battery life. You can always customize the settings to match your needs, but the pre-defined power saving modes can work pretty well.

According to the gadget review by Economic Times, most users got at least 2 full days of battery life with 3G data on and anything else you can throw at it.The handset packs four 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 cores along with PowerVR SGX544 GPU on a MTK6589 chipset coupled with 1GB RAM.
Lenovo P780 comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It is powered by the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS.

#5 Acer Liquid S2: World’s First 6 Inch Display Mobile Phone With 4K HD Recording

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Acer Liquid S2 is the first Smartphone with the capability to record 4K HD videos, which is Ultra High Definition, or 3840 x 2160 pixels resolutions. It comes with 4 LED ring flash, which enables shooting pictures in low-light conditions and macro capturing. It is also loaded with a “back-illuminated sensor,” a significant add-on to the device’s camera enhancements. Liquid S2 has 13-megapixel sensor for front camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. The handset will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will have 16GB of on-board storage that can be expanded to 128GB.

The device features dual speakers powered by Dolby Digital Plus, and the company claims it is first ever for any Smartphone.

#6 Sony Xperia Z1: World’s First 10 Finger Touchscreen Phone

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Sony Xperia Z1 sports a 5-inch screen at 1080pizels resolution. It boasts Sony’s Triluminos technology, which brings better sharpness, colors and contrast. The most remarkable feature is that the screen is sensitive to 10 figure touches.

Another stands out feature includes a 20.7 Mega Pixel Camera to which external lenses can be attached. The model is considered to be the best from Sony, in the battle of phones with good camera. Sony Xperia sports an inbuilt camera with F/2.0 aperture Sony G lens and a mountable add on lens. The detachable external lens can be controlled from the phone screen with a pre installed app.

The phone is powered by a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snap dragon processor coupled with 2 GB RAM. Xperia Z1 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean platform and has a 2MP front camera and 16 GB of internal storage memory.

#7 LG G2: World’s First Smartphone With Back Camera Button

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The flagship model LG G2 by the South Korean manufactures has already hogged the lime light with its technical specifications and features. The model is smart enough to challenge leading market players like Sony, Samsung and HTC. The model is packed with a quad-core 2.26GHz processor and 2GB RAM. It has a rear camera of 13 Megapixel with optical image stabilization technology and an edge to edge screen that measures 5.2 inch. To enhance the music and video experience the model features a 24-bit/192kHz sound.

Some of the noticeable innovative changes in the model are- the physical buttons moved to the rear side. The ‘Answer me’ feature automatically picks the call when brought to ear. The plug and pop feature notifies if a device is plugged to the wrong port. The ‘Guest mode’ helps in keeping your private information secure when device gets into others hands.

#8 Oppo N1: World’s First Smartphone With Rotating Camera

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The lesser known Chinese Smartphone manufacturer OPPO, is lately in news for their well built, amazing Smartphones, its latest offering, Oppo N1 is especially interesting. Firstly, there sits the 13MP camera with CMOS sensor and f/2.0 aperture; specially-designed in partnership with Fujitsu IPS imaging chip. And secondly, the whole camera module rotates 206 degrees allowing it to act as a front-facing camera as well. Oppo says the swivel mechanism of the N1’s camera has been put through 100,000 times of rotating in a durability test. This means the Oppo N1’s camera can be swivelled 40 times a day for 7 years and it’ll be as good as new, according to GSM Arena.

Oppo dubs the N1 as the first Android smartphone to feature 6 piece lens design. It has also created special plug lens, and boasts it only takes 0.6 seconds for the camera to fire and shoot a photo.

#9 Samsung Galaxy Note 3: World’s First Phablet With 3GB RAM

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The device sports a new leathery design on its exterior and amazing new features that gets gadget geeks’ every attention. Coming to the hardware, Note 3 stands out with a beautiful 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, one of the biggest in the market. It’s 8.3mm in thickness and weighs 168 grams. The phone has a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera, which is capable of shooting 4K video at 1080p resolution and record at 60fps.

Coming to the power house, Note 3 is comes with two different processors with 3GB RAM in both variants. The LTE version will have a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and the 3G variant will run on 1.9GHz Octa Core processor. The phone also has 32GB/64GB storage options and has a powerful 3,200mAh battery.

#10 Nokia Lumia 1020: World’s First 41MP Camera

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Targeting camera aficionados, Nokia has launched 41 megapixel camera phones, Lumia 1020. The dual-capture feature of the phone allows taking a high resolution 38 megapixel image and also creates a 5 megapixel picture that can be shared on social networking sites. The device has an application called Nokia Pro Camera, which makes it easy for anybody to take professional quality images.The application allows users to click pictures first and then zoom later to get their desired shot.

Android KitKat Contest Comes To India, Winners Get Nexus 7


The KitKat contest that was launched in U.S. and some European countries has hit the Indian shore. Next time you walk into a store; don’t forget to get your hands on special KitKat packets with Android mascot on it. The delicious chocolate may get you a Nexus 7 tablet.

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Google is giving away the tablet in every hour to winners and there are a total of 1000 tablets that could be won.

The contest will be active till November 15.

All you have to do is message a special eight digit code that you find on the KitKat wrapper to 9880298802. Users will have to text – SMS KITKAT <space> <8 digit code>.

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Unlike in U.S. there is no option to directly key in the code on the company’s website, and you have to send an SMS to participate. You get a reply saying “we would contact you,” after sending the message. And the winners name will also be displayed on the company’s official KitKat Android page.

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Breaking its norm of opting generic name of sweets and confectionaries, Google has opted to christen its next Android as KitKat than Key Lime Pie, the name we thought until recently. The next version isn’t Android 5 but 4.4. Google, to popularize the new nomenclature and its partnership with Nestle, has launched the contest.

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Turn Your iPhone or Android into an RX100 with Sony’s “Lens Cameras”


Today we get a first look at Sony’s latest venture into providing premium picture-taking services in an increasingly mobile world. In this case, that desire manifests itself in “Lens Cameras” that clip onto the front of iPhones and Androids and communicate via Wi-Fi. A companion app controls the add-on camera’s functions and saves the resulting photos onto an SD card. One of the cameras featured above is supposedly based on the RX100 which uses a large one-inch sensor, while the other has a 10x zoom and a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel sensor.

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No word yet on any price or release date, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we hear more.

Four Young Indians Create a True ‘Smartwatch’ Before Apple


Off late, wrist watches have changed their image from a necessary time tracking device to an accessory, which doubles as a phone. It not only tells time but notifies you on incoming calls, previews the text messages, reads mails and a lot more.

However, none of these “Smartwatches” are not exact replica of a phone. They sync with the phone through Bluetooth and works accordingly. But many tech titans including Apple and Samsung are reportedly on final stages of developing Smartwatch, which is said to be the new ‘hot gadget,’ and a ‘killer of Smartphones.’

But before all of them, here is a watch developed by four Indian youngsters, which according to the developers, is a true wearable phone with size and design of a wristwatch, or a “Smartwatch”, reports TOI.

The four lads behind the innovative gadget are three 24-year olds and a school boy- software developer Ankit Pradhan, communications professional Pavneet Singh Puri, lawyer Apurva Sukant and Siddhant Vats, a 17-year old schoolboy the youngest member in the team. Four of them have formed their company, Androidly Systems Private Limited

“There are other such products in the market, but they mostly sync with Smartphones and are not phones in themselves. We have ported Android on to a much smaller board and built a wearable phone,” says Sukant, a Beethoven fan who is the resident designer of the group.

The watch with 2-inch screen has a 2-mega pixel camera and runs on an older version of android operating system. The device is built with a speaker and mic. Besides, the end of the wrist-strap can be plugged into a USB socket to charge the phone as well as to be used as a storage device. According to the developers, the device will be available in Indian markets from March 15 as well as abroad and each set will cost 12000.

The smart watches have been around more than a decade but it has failed to grab the attention as the lucrative touch phones ruled with their innovative designs, finish and software. Apart from the Indian quartet, other multinational companies like Apple and Samsung are also working on the similar, wearable devices with some of them like pebble, already available in the market.

For instance, wearable devices like Sony SmartWatch, LG Watch Phone, Samsung Cell-Phone Wristwatch and Nike+Fuelband were some of the popular ones. But none of them turned out to create a new space in the market.

The story of the device named to be ‘Androidly’ is quite interesting. “We have all been friends for years now and would hang out at Rajinder da Dhaba a lot. I was a member of my college student council then and was getting a lot of calls regarding the college fest. That day, my phone rang at a time when my hands were dripping with chicken curry. And I just couldn’t retrieve it from my pocket,” says Puri, who had been working two jobs in Melbourne during the development stage of the Smartwatch.

Hailing from middle-class backgrounds, the youngsters started their own company will little help from home. Currently, they are on the process of finding investors to have a close contact with Chinese manufacturers.

 

Best Upcoming Phones Of 2013


The month of January saw a bit of lull and stillness in the mobile phone market.  Prior to it, the holiday season had carriers announcing scheduled lineups. Now the manufacturers like HTC, Samsung and LG seem to wait for the most expected World Mobile Congress to announce their latest lineups for 2013.

But the wait may not be too long as we’ve witnessed the best, the strange and the most exciting phone models in pipeline from companies like Samsung and RIM signaling the release in coming months. If rumors are to be believed, it is better to stay back till you get the factual details of what’s in store for a big hit.

# 1 Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 has filed two new trademarks at Europe, both for application software for Smartphones, tablets and computers called Eye Scroll and Eye Pause.

If the Galaxy S4 comes with new features, then we should suspect that it will use some eye tracking technology, for example with Eye Pause, if you are watching a video and would move your eyes from the display to look at something else, the feature could possibly pause the video you were watching.

Wit Eye scroll feature, when you are browsing the web page on your device, as your eyes scroll down the screen display, then the tracking technology could take you to the next page on the web.

However these two functions are yet to be announced specifically with the device which is what we are all waiting for. Powered by Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A15,

The device will run on Android operating system version 4.2 (Jelly Bean, having a RAM of 2 GB and internal storage of 16 GB expandable up to 64 GB with microSD card.

With a good capacitive touchscreen display of 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels, the device is believed to have an upgraded camera with a 13 mega pixel sensor keeping spectators at watch making the choicest one for themselves.

# 2 BlackBerry Z10 and X10

The BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry X10, most anticipated phones from BlackBerry will be launched on 30th of this month. Users are excited with RIM staging a grand comeback, assuring to keep Z10 or the ‘L Series’ as the Flagship device of the company.

However questions on whether the device will hold its fans like last time still needs to be answered. Believed to be sporting RIM’s famous Qwerty keyboard, the BlackBerry X10 device aims to remind  you of a traditional feel but with a modern style that better fits the times than the aging designs of many current BlackBerry devices.

The Blackberry z 10, seems to implement a whole new user interface, doing away with the familiar blackberry system we were used to. However, with its  unique features, the device will resemble the likes of Android and iOS.

RIM is mercilessly using the phrase ‘Flows’, hitting on the idea of the device which is to be launched. The whole flow concept comes to light when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, minimizing the current app screen that you’re using and showing notification counts from the left hand side including new emails, BBMs, texts and social media messages. With a decent battery life that supports big screen, RIM is all set to launch the flagship device holding on to fans like previous years.

# 3 YotaPhone

The dual-screen Yotaphone might seem silly but it expected to give a break this time with more compelling longer use.

The phone is said to come with a secondary display that’s bigger, better and far more capable than Samsung’s Upstage which is a phone, when flipped, will change into a music player. The most basic think that you can get off with is to ‘throw’ any image from the front screen to the back. For instance, your airline boarding pass can be sent into the back screen keeping it there for a while when you work on something else. So the rear screen initially acts as a storage or reference case that you can use later.

The phone gets more powerful with interactive apps and is known to be developing its own apps for clock time, weather, to-dos, RSS reader, Twitter client and more. The Android phone comes with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor with a RAM of 2GB and 32GB of storage. Solidly built with a 4.3 inch 720p HD LCD screen on the front and a 4.3 inch, 200 dpi e-ink screen at the back. A 12 mega pixel and another 2 mega pixel camera come along with the device.

# 4 Sony Xperia Z

Looks pretty and possesses standing out features that Sony readily unwinds this year, The all new Xperia Z is a premium product that serves to be a waterproof device. The phone is reported to meet military specifications IP55 and IP57 which means that it is dust resistible and submersible up to 3 feet depth of water for 30 minutes almost.

Sony has added a ‘Battery Stamina’ to the phone’s settings, claiming to improve standby mode by four times or more by automatically shutting down battery draining apps when the screen is off and starting them up again when it comes back on. There are certain default modes that can be configured to your likes. You can also avail Sony’s Walkman app, while one-touch functions let you share music, photos and video via NFC between compatible Sony devices, which the Xperia Z lacks.

The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor  and runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, backed with a 2GB RAM  and 1GB of internal storage expandable via microSD slot. Standing out among all Android competition, the looks can say it all with its 5-inch 1080 pixel screen and featuring a 13 mega pixel camera with HDR capture. Covered with glass for water resistance, the super hit phone is available in black or white, reminding the Apple’s iPhone. The phone is believed to be priced approximately at 35,000.

# 5 SpareOnePlus

Those who desire ultimate safety can use the SpareOnePlus phone. Packed with extraordinary features, the phone comes in Flat Black and Matte Silver, both with red battery screen giving a premium look and feel.

The phone is known to run on AA battery and provides talk-time of 10 hours with 15 years standby time. However, what’s new here is the Plus model’s inclusion of a location based service which identifies the exact location of a cell ID, accessible through a free Smartphone app, as well as loud incoming calls and audible numeric feedback that reads the dialed number. Widely known as a disaster preparation kit like use, it is encouraged that the features of this phone should be made available in the phones everyone use for a better feasibility.

The features include Torchlight on top which provides continuous light for 24 hours, a dedicated 911 dial button to alert authorities which works even without a SIM, the ability to preset 9 speed dial numbers and a new talk through re-sealable waterproof bag that is floatable and  a humidity proof seal. The bag can resist temperatures of -22F to 140F and protect against water submersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter. What’s thought provoking is that the bag is also designed with room to accommodate small items such as credit cards, bandages and the like..

SpareOnePlus is available at $99.9