Why buying a flagship device makes more sense


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Sure there are hundreds of Android phones to pick from and once you are in the market, you surely are spoilt for choices. Same goes with the Windows Phone, and now that there’s Windows Phone 8, there are plethora of hardware makers other than Nokia who are in the game. Then why are you still better off buying a flagship phone either of each software giant?

First things first, a flagship phone is the benchmark phone, the hardware for which the codes are optimized. Few examples of flagship phones are HTC G1 (the first ever commercial Android phone), HTC Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the very recently launched LG Nexus 4, for Android and Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 920 for Windows Phone.

Now why should one consider in investing a flagship device? Well, here are the reasons:

1.       Flagship phones are optimized for the OS it is running- Or to put it the correct way, the OS is highly customized to support the full hardware of the phone so that all the features come along together and give you the best user experience than any other phone in the market. Even than the phone which have better hardware on paper. All of which means,
 
A.      Your phone will have lesser compatibility issues
B.      Have better battery life in general
C.      Will face lesser common problems like crashing or forced reboot
D.      Stable and smooth operation

 2.       Run ALL the apps, without a hitch- Except for few apps which are specifically written for a particular phone model, say an app written specifically Galaxy Note 2, all the other apps will run smoothly. That’s what flagship phones are about.

 3.       Are the first to get updates- The flagship phones are not only the first phones to come with latest version of the OS, but also the first ones to get an update the day the updates are released! Other phones get updates after their manufacturer have modifies them enough to support the hardware of other devices, taking at least a month after the official release of the update.

 4.       (Nexus exclusive) Have the stock Android skin-  Although I do not know about others, but I’m a big fan of the stock Android icon theme it has, and all the flagship phones by Google has it! It’s terrible to see manufacturer throwing their own custom skin over the interface, and nearly everyone has their own;  Samsung has TouchWiz, HTC has Sense, LG has Optimus, Motorola has MotoBlur slapped on their phones and God knows what others have. Rather than improving the usefulness and ease of the OS, they have pretty much mess up the whole approach of putting a custom theme. But that’s just me, I like my wine the classic way.

That was about the pros about having a flagship device. Tell us in the comments what do you think about owning (or not owing) one.

IRCTC made Easy


One STRONG advice to all my humble friends who have a habit to have an unforgettable experience of travelling in a train always, and having a habit of booking a ticket at just the 12th hour; and those who also don’t have the habit of waking up early just to stand in loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong queues and book a ticket in tatkal, while only finding yourself a minute late and *poof*, all the available seats are gone by the wind, THIS IS YOUR GOLDEN MOMENT. 😛 And then, there are ones who constantly complain about the “breakdown” of IRCTC website every now and then; more so when booking in the morning hours.

Today, we’re going to tell you guys just the trick for that foolproof art of booking ticket through IRCTC, and never in life you’ll ever complain of not having a ticket. And we did this all on 128kbps connection, today! 😀

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#2. iPhone 4S: What’s new! [by Kshitij Rawat]


– Contributed by Kshitij Rawat
After a load of rumors and speculations, the fifth generation iPhone is here. What was supposed to be an iPhone 5 turned out to be an iPhone 4S. Kind of upgrade over iPhone 4. At least that’s what looks tell you. The iPhone 4S looks remarkably similar to iPhone 4 if not exactly identical. Inside however is all different.

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#1. Add the Facebook Stream to your Google+ Profile [by Assasin]


– Contributed by Assasin

Simply Connect to Facebook, and get all the updates on your Google+ Facebook tab.

CHROME USERS: If you prefer, you can install Google+Facebook extension directly from the Google Web Store

Just click on the link below and you are through.

http://crossrider.com/install/519-google-facebook

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How to Filter Email in Gmail


Gmail‘s filters allow you to manage the flow of incoming messages. Using filters, you can automatically label, archive, delete, star, or forward your mail, even keep it out of Spam — all based on a combination of keywords, sender, recipients, and more.

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FREE Google+ Invitations Up For Grabs


A day after Google unveiled its brand new social networking service Google+, the company decided to open up the

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invitation process late Wednesday afternoon to those lucky enough to have already been invited to participate in the service.

Google has stressed that Google+ is in its early stages. However, whatever Google was aiming for with its “field trial” must have been successful, because as everyone who was invited in to the service is now able to invite other people in. Even the second wave of invitees was able to invite friends to join the service.

But, after about six hours, the company shut the invitation process down over what Google’s senior vice president of engineering, Vic Gundotra, called “insane demand.” “We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way,” he posted to his Google+ page late Wednesday night. He did not specify when the invite functionality would return.

So, officially, one can NOT invite their friends to join Google+ now; but, we, here at Play! Inc. have found a workaround to  it! So, if you wish to join Google+, you just need to do one single thing: send an email!

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