Nokia 5233 Mobile Phone

 

Mobile manufacturers are making handsets cheaper and still managing to keep the features quite relevant. They easily meet the demands of today’s youth looking for quick connectivity and transferable media for on the go entertainment. They even manage to throw in a few extras. In this particular case, I’m not referring to the ultra budget Java mobiles, but bigger brands like Nokia, specifically this, their much awaited 5233. 

Before I proceed with the review there’s something that needs to be clarified as there seems to be quite a bit of confusion regarding the features of this handset and that of the 5230 that’s been advertised. What seems like a bit of a faux pas on Nokia’s part is that the 5230 has been advertised all over but doesn’t seem to be available in the market and this, the lower-end version, the 5233 is available. The difference between the two models is that the 5230 is the 3G version and is equipped with integrated GPS according to Nokia’s website. However, the same website doesn’t mention that this, the 5233 has A-GPS when it actually does. Me thinks Nokia themselves are a bit confused.

 
Form Factor
It’s a carbon copy of its older brother the 5800. The only difference is that it weighs a couple of grams less than the original, that’s also because it lacks a Wi-Fi and 3G radio, ergo, less weight. It’s still has  a 3.2-inch resistive touch screen display. Not that it’s an issue as it’s quite responsive. The stylus is almost useless. Like the original, the 5233 also has a hot swap slot for both the SIM card and the microSD card. The camera’s resolution has also been dropped a little bit to 2 megapixels and is now devoid of the dual LED flash. A 3.5mm handsfree socket and micro USB port are located on the top.

 

It’s just as good looking as the 5800, which is of course a matter of opinion. I’ve got an innumerable amount of mixed responses to the question – is it a good looking handset? What no one can argue with is that it’s very well designed. 

Features and Performance
Interface

The 5233 is also equipped with an ARM 11 434 MHz processor used to run its S60 Symbian OS (v9.4, rel. 5). It’s smooth but the double tap process to access certain features can be a bit of a pain. That still hasn’t changed. You can get used to it though. The layout is very finger friendly though and the large display is crystal clear and easy to navigate. The only issue is that it gets a bit sluggish if you’re trying to run more than 3 apps at a time. That’s still pretty good as multitasking goes for a handset that’s priced less than Rs. 10,000. The touch sensitive Media bar option just above the display makes it really easy to access all multimedia features. The Home Screen’s Contact bar is also another handy addition to the UI.


All the sensors, including the accelerometer and gesture turning control for silencing the handset work just fine. The accelerometer though, is still a bit oversensitive. The virtual keypads are easy to use and there’s also the handwriting recognition option available for those who prefer that. 

Media
Thankfully the handset’s media functionality hasn’t taken a hit except for the fact that the 5233 doesn’t support TV out though it does have a Line Out option for audio only. The music player with Stereo Widening, EQ presets and of course the customizable option is great. From the quality of delivered audio the decibel level is all good. This time you’ll even get a couple of freebie vouchers for the Nokia Music Store. The FM radio has pretty decent reception in most places. Nokia’s Podcast feature as well as the voice recorder are both present.

MPEG4 and 3GP video files play without a hitch and you can also adjust the aspect ratio for videos, if you don’t mid a bit of stretching here and there. I still wish Nokia would include a few more video codecs, however it does play FLV files quite well. The video center service available allows you to access video feeds from different sites.

Connectivity
Connectivity
The 5233 is quite well equipped for connectivity. Except for Wi-Fi, there’s plenty of connectivity to go around. It’s not 3G capable but you still have EDGE or GPRS connectivity. It also comes with Bluetooth that supports A2DP and USB 2.0. The browser has never been much of an issue so no complaints. Nokia’s Facebook apps is at hand for the social networking and of course you can download apps for other sites as well through the Ovi Store. Nokia has still not managed to offer more services to upload images other than Vox.

Setting up emails of the POP and IMAP variety is a simple step by step procedure and doesn’t require you to enter too much information. Nokia’s Switch feature is quite handy especially if you’re switching from one Nokia handset to another. It allows you to transfer data via Bluetooth seamlessly from a compatible device to this one.

A-GPS
The 5233 also has A-GPS support for Nokia’s Ovi Maps that are preloaded onto the handset. I constantly received a flashing message that it was trying to locate GPS satellites which is odd as the app never asked me to pair the handset up with a GPS module like most others would if one tried to access the maps. So at the end of the day, although Nokia’s Indian website seems a bit confused about this feature, the one I tested had A-GPS functionality for sure.

Misc. Features
Like any other Nokia handset the 5233 also comes with quite a few relevant features. A calculator, alarm clock, Dictionary, unit converter and notes option are all available. It lacks Nokia’s Active Notes but the basic will just have to do. Nokia has also shaved the cost down by including just a single game, but if you have Flash games on hand, those will work.     

Camera
For a 2 megapixel camera, the 5233’s camera is loaded with plenty of features. Those features include Scene modes, White Balance, ISO levels, Sharpness and Contrast adjustment, a self timer and a few color tones as well. An image editor is also provided for post processing. It offers quite a few settings to help either adjust the image or make it a bit more ‘creative’.

Image quality for a 2MP camera is pretty good, both indoors and outside as well.

Battery
While Nokia claims that the 5233 is capable of about 10.7 hours of talk time, in reality it offers a little over five hours and 15 minutes. That’s still really good.

 


The Bottom Line
The 5233 comes with a price tag of Rs. 8,289 (MRP), which could make the Samsung S3650 Corby run and hide. But the only difference between the two is the large display and the fact that the 5233 comes with GPS. However when it comes to social networking, the Corby is preloaded with Twitter, Facebook and Orkut apps and offer a bit more when it comes to uploading images. The 5233 is a quite limited in this context but it’s a pretty good handset for the price and its overall functionality.

IT majors lift the cloud, with a hiring spree

After a recruitment freeze for nearly two years, Hyderabad’s IT industry is opening doors and loosening purse strings once again. As the process of campus placements started at the Osmania University (OU), where exams have been postponed and situation remains volatile, offers from top companies brought some cheer for students amidst the gloom and apprehensions of missing out on job prospects due to the agitations and shutdowns. However, students are keeping their fingers crossed hoping that the final exams are not postponed and the results are not delayed indefinitely if agitations for a separate Telangana start all over again.

“If exams are delayed or postponed and results are not out in time the companies may withdraw offer letters or keep them suspended. Companies showed solidarity and faith in the students by visiting even during the agitations, but they may not tolerate postponed or delayed exams and uncertainty of results,” says Shiva Kumar of the College of Engineering.

The top four IT majors – Infosys, Wipro, TCS and Cognizant Technology Solutions – have made 408 job offers in the OU College of Engineering. Placement Officer Shiva Kumar says that 15 IT companies made a total of 444 offers. “The four top IT majors made 408 offers, which is amazing. This year, we are expecting 98 per cent of our 680 students of BE, B Tech and M Tech will get jobs through campus placements,” Kumar says.

At the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), it is a bonanza. IT firms, including TCS and Infosys, have made 300 job offers and 22 students have received multiple job offers with salaries of Rs 3 lakh per annum. Yahoo and Google have made two job offers with remuneration packages ranging between Rs 8.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh. For the first time, Oracle Corporation has picked up 18 interns, Essar Steel and Maqsoft have picked up 10 each, while ADB and Idea Cellular have picked up several management students.

Dr Koorapati Eshwara Prasad, JNTU’s chief placement officer, says, “Looking at the placements you cannot say that effects of recession are still there. By the end of this month, we expect to wrap up the placements and 580 students of B Tech, M Tech, MS IT and MBA students will be placed.” Koorapati was surprised to see the number of offers made as JNTU opened placements with a feeling that students may be in for a disappointment due to recruitment freeze in companies due to the effects of recession.

Officials say despite the disturbances and volatile situation in OU, so many companies coming up with job offers augured well for the students who were apprehending that campus placements may not happen and they may not get jobs this year at all. “The students who were agitating and causing disturbances were only a few hundred, but due to the agitation the careers of hundreds of students were at stake. So amidst the gloom and agitations, the successful placements have cheered up everyone,” says Prof Hanumantha Rao, one of the placement officers of OU.

The OU management faculty received 25 offers from IDBI, State Bank of Hyderabad, TCS and Trinity Software Solutions. The IT and ITES Association of Andhra Pradesh says besides Wipro, Infosys and TCS, which plan to expand and thus would take around 20,000 freshers, more than 45 IT firms may start recruiting after March 31.

Amitabh Bachchan to act in a Malayalam film

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan will star with Mohanlal in a Malayalam film based on the hijack of an Indian Airlines flight to Kandahar in Afghanistan in 1999, the movie director Major Ravi said.

The veteran actor held discussions in this regard with Mohanlal and Ravi here last night.

Ravi said that the story of the film, presently named ‘Kandahar’ was narrated to Bachchan last night. “Bachchan ji was engrossed in the story and after hearing it said I am doing it,” Ravi said.

The shooting would begin by June, July or August this year as per Bachchan’s convenience, he said.

Bachchan would be playing the role of the father of a hijack victim and his portions would be shot either at Mumbai or Delhi airport. He would be appearing in the second half of the film and has a ‘meaty’ role’, Ravi said.

On the other actors, he said he was on the lookout for a young Tamil actor. Earlier, it was reported that Kamal Hassan will be acting in the film.

The female artist has not yet been decided, though it could be Ananya of ‘Naadodigal’, who played the role of Nallamma in the Malayalam film.

Ravi has directed films like ‘Keerthichakra’ starring Mohanlal and ‘Mission 90 Days’ with Mammootty.

Earlier, while addressing a gathering here, Bachchan was asked whether he would work in a Malayalam film, to which the actor replied, “somebody will have to make an offer to me”.

Agencies

Australia to cancel 20,000 visa applications

Melbourne, Feb 8 (IANS) In an overhaul of the immigration policy, Australia will cancel 20,000 visa applications from foreign nationals, including Indians, who have been staying in the country under the existing skilled migration programme.

The changes which will be unveiled Monday will see 20,000 current applications binned as a result of an overhaul of the list that identifies occupations in demand and awards points on the basis of professional qualifications of the applicants.

State governments will be asked to develop new migration plans and a new list will be prepared to define occupations in demand in the country. The government will also set a maximum number of visas for a single occupation.

The new system will favour skilled workers such as nurses, medical practitioners, engineers and teachers instead of groups such as cooks and hairdressers.

The cancelled applications apply to all offshore general skilled migration claims lodged before September 2007. Refunding 20,000 visa applications will cost taxpayers about $14 million, The Age reported.

The government, however, will make transitional arrangements for such applicants until 2012.

Foreign students who have a qualification for an occupation no longer considered in demand will get to apply for a temporary 18-month visa, allowing them to gain work experience.

If foreign graduates fail to find an employer willing to sponsor their applications, they will have to return to their country of origin.

According to Immigration Minister Chris Evans, the existing program ‘has been delivering self-nominated migrants from a narrow range of occupations with poor to moderate English language skills who struggle to find employment in their nominated occupation’.

Evans also acknowledged the unscrupulous migration agents in the country.

‘These (agents) have been misleading many international students into believing that a course in Australia will give them an automatic entitlement to permanent residence,’ Evans was quoted as saying. ‘It does not, and it will not’.

The minister, however, said that ‘The government supports skilled migration and continues to want migrants, ‘Be they from India, the United Kingdom or China – our three largest source countries or elsewhere’.

‘We want skilled migrants on terms that work both for Australia and for the migrants themselves. We need a program with integrity and direction,’ Evans said.

Indo Asian News Service

Saffron may halt or reverse sight loss

The new research indicates that saffron, traditionally used to colour and flavour curries and Mediterranean dishes, can prove to be an effective weapon in the fight against one of the commonest causes of sight loss, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The first trials of saffron on human vision shows it significantly enhanced eyesight, reports The Daily Express.

Lead researcher Professor Silvia Bisti said, “When patients were tested with traditional eye charts, a number could read one or two lines smaller than before. Others said they could read newspapers and books again.”

Bisti hailed the results as ‘remarkable’ and claimed saffron “may hold the key to preventing sight loss in the elderly”.

TCS restores its website after hackers put it up for sale

The Tata group company has restored its website tcs.com after hackers allegedly changed its domain name and put it up for sale

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, (TCS), India’s largest software company, has restored its website tcs.com after hackers allegedly changed its domain name and put it up for sale.

The Internet Protocol (IP) address of TCS’s website is 216.15.200.140. However, the hackers changed it to 205.178.152.154, re-pointing the name server (NS) records of the company’s website which may have been done by breaking into the NS or the registrar account, said a cyber-security expert.

The most prominent types of name servers in operation today are the name servers of the Domain Name System (DNS), one of the two principal name spaces of the Internet. The most important function of these DNS servers is the translation (resolution) of humanly memorable domain names (for example tcs.co) and hostnames into the corresponding numeric IP addresses (216.15.xxx.xxx), the second principle Internet name space, used to identify and locate computer systems and resources on the Internet.

Incidentally, the changed domain ID, 205.178.152.154, shows the ISP name as Network Solutions LLC, which is the registrar of tcs.com as well. So primarily, it appears that someone might have entered into TCS’s registrar account; possible using a compromised password, added another expert.

According to a report from plugged.in, the hackers had put up the domain name ‘tcs.com’ for sale and even provided their e-mail id ‘abed_uk@hotmail.com’, besides displaying a whos.among.us widget to display how many people are on the site at any given point. Although TCS has now restored its website, this incident has raised many questions on the alleged breach of security as well as the expertise of Indian engineers.

Blackberry Bold 9700 for price Rs.31,990 in India

RIM has launched Blackberry Bold 9700 for price Rs.31,990 and Rs. 33,990 in India. The new Blackberry Bold 9700 has better design and improved specifications over Blackberry Bold 9000. Blackberry Bold 9700 is perfect gadget for business class people and premium class customers. Blackberry Bold 9700 has catchy finishing and light in weight also.

Blackberry Bold 9700 has messenger 5 version for social networking while on the move, 3.2 mega pixel camera and 3G connectivity. Blackberry Bold 9700 is WI-FI enabled, powered with GPRS making it good companion while on the move. Blackberry Bold 9700 has specification better than Blackberry Bold 9000.

Blackberry Bold 9700 has been launched in India in collaboration with leading telecom players. Some of the companies are Vidafone, Airtel, BSNL, MTNL etc. Blackberry Bold 9700 is targeted for premium customers segment especially people who need to use mailing facility heavily. Blackberry Bold 9700 also preferred handset for designers.

However there is no surprise feature in Blackberry Bold 9700 over Blackberry Bold 9000. Also with 3G services launch is yet to happen and limited WI-FI connectivity, Blackberry Bold 9700 continue to be mainly used for mailing services.