With 3G services being rolled out by many telecom network operators across India, high speed data download and streaming of multimedia content (including movies) on the move have become a reality. It’s no surprise then that the idea of mobile TV is gaining traction by the day, with many phone manufacturers coming up with devices that can support broadcasting of television programs. And with the cricket World Cup just over a month away, this trend could gain serious momentum. One the 3G service providers get their act together, we can see an explosion in online video content available to you on your 3G cell phones.
If you have been thinking of buying a mobile TV-ready phone, the following list of 12 models–with prices ranging from Rs.2,249 to Rs.24,999–should prove useful in helping make up your mind.
What you get: The G’Five N92 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device that has a TV tuner, enabling it to stream Live TV content on a 2.2-inch LCD screen that renders a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. A standard 2.5mm headphone jack lets you enjoy TV channels on the move with earphones. A 1050mAh battery is said to deliver 500 minutes (around 8.5 hours) of talk time and a standby time of up to 100 hours.
Weighing 84.3gm and measuring 117 x 50 x 11mm (height x width x depth), this candy bar phone offers a dedicated music key (with mini stereo sound box), FM radio, a multi-format video player (AAC, AMR, MIDI, AVI, 3GP, MP4), a 0.3-megapixel camera (including video recording), and Flash support.
Users can store 500 messages and an equal number of contacts, with a microSD card slot enabling them to enhance memory to 8GB. Expect connectivity options in the form of Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and WAP. The G’Five N92 is one of the cheapest phones in India that offer mobile TV.
What you get: Measuring 109.9 x 46.0 x 10.9mm (H x W x D), the bar-shaped Samsung Metro is a CDMA phone that comes with the preloaded MimobiTV Mobile TV application–a customized software jointly developed by Samsung and Apalya technologies–which allows users to view Live TV and on-demand programs.
The device sports a 5.3cm TFT display (240 x 320 pixels), and carries a streaming capacity of up to 2.4Mbps. Expect an internal memory of 30MB which can be expanded to up to 8GB via a microSD card (the phone saves downloaded files on the microSD card itself).
Other key specifications of the Samsung Metro include stereo FM radio, dedicated music keys, a 2MP camera with video recording, Bluetooth, and an 880mAh battery (promising standby of up to 10.5 hours). It is priced at a very affordable Rs 3,748 in India.
What you get: The Micromax E360 streams TV channels by using the EVDO (Evolution Data Optimized–a wireless 3G data delivery service for CDMA platform) network in the 800 to 1900MHz band.
Measuring 113 x 50 x 13 mm, the candy bar phone has a 6.1cm, 262K color TFT screen that has a native resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Multimedia enthusiasts will find a 3MP camera (with video recording), stereo FM radio with recorder, video player, as well as support for Java-based apps (great for hardcore gamers). Micromax has also packed in a so-called BREW apps platform into the device. You can send e-mails, surf the Internet, and check social networking portals such as Facebook, Twitter, too. Transfer files wirelessly through Bluetooth. Other connectivity options include WAP and MMS.
The Micromax E360 comes with a price tag of Rs 4,500. Its storage capacity can be increased to 8GB, and it comes with a 1000mAh battery that is touted to offer as long as 6 hours of talk time and 8 days of standby time.
Price: Rs. 4,500
What you get: The Zen Z82’s claim to fame? Well, it is India’s first QWERTY cell phone to provide live analog TV streaming. Featuring a 2.4-inch display, this dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device works in 850/900/1800/1900MHz frequencies. Must read: Cheap QWERTY phones
Apart from analog mobile TV, other entertainment highlights of the Zen Z82 include built-in MP3 and MP4 players, FM radio with a 3.5mm jack, a 2MP camera, support for instant messengers (Nimbuzz and Yahoo) and social networking sites. You can expand the device’s internal memory of 9MB to 4GB, and transfer files wirelessly via Bluetooth. Expect talk time of 5 hours, and standby time of up to 200 hours.
Price: Rs. 4,799
What you get: The Samsung Corby–like the Samsung Metro–is a touchscreen phone that has a preinstalled MimobiTV Mobile TV app, enabling streaming of Live TV and on-demand content on CDMA 1X and EVDO 3G mobile networks.
Weighing 93.2gm and measuring 103.0 x 56.5 x 12.0mm, this CDMA mobile TV phone is equipped with a 2.8-inch, 262K color TFT display (240 x 400 pixels). The screen’s TouchWiz interface gives a cool vibration feedback–place your finger on the display, and voila, the screen touches you straight away!
Connect swiftly to seven leading social networking communities–Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Friendster and Photobucket–thanks to a preloaded Pop-up app. Apart from 26 other built-in widgets, users have the option of downloading 75 further apps.
Other salient features of the Samsung Corby include video and music player, Bluetooth, a 2MP camera, a Music Finder app and 68MB of internal memory (expandable to 8GB with a microSD card). A 960mAh battery is said to deliver talk time of 9 hours and standby time of up to 730 hours.
Price: Rs. 5,725
What you get: The Nokia 5330 is a compact 3G phone that uses DVB-H ((Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld–an open-source based technology standard for streaming Mobile TV) to show up to 50 television channels on a 2.4-inch TFT display (240 x 320 pixels; 16M colors). Users can plug in the customary 3.5mm headphones for personal viewing, or utilize the loudspeaker option to enjoy TV with buddies.
Another cool thing about the phone is that you can set reminders for key episodes so that your favorite programs aren’t missed. What’s more, an Electronic Program Guide (similar to the set top box in DTH) lets users create their own customized channel lists.
Since streaming mobile television on the Nokia 5330 is based on DVB-H, the device lets you perform other tasks even as you are using the TV feature–all of this while ensuring low battery consumption. A 1000mAh Li-Ion battery promises up to 26 hours of music playback, 350 hours of standby and almost 7.5 hours of talk time.
Measuring 101 x 48 x 14mm and weighing 113gm, the phone also offers a music player, FM radio, a 3.15MP camera (2048 x 1536 pixels), gaming options, Bluetooth V2.1 with A2DP, microUSB and access to social networking sites. Expect 70MB of internal memory, which can be expanded to up to 16GB through a microSD card.
What you get: The Micromax EG333, which is poised to be rolled out in India soon, can stream more than 70 TV channels in several languages on to its 7.6cm TFT display (240 x 400 pixels). With Tata Photon Plus as its broadband service provider, this Dual Active (Photon + GSM) touchscreen phone supports data download at the rate of 3.1Mbps. Also read: Micromax EG333 phone to offer TV channels with Tata Photon Plus
You also get a multi-format music player, video player (with recording), a 3.5mm audio jack, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth and 2 preloaded games. The 120gm device, which also serves as a modem on connecting to a PC, has a dimension of 115.5×53.5×15.6mm. An internal memory of 1GB Nand Flash and 512MB SD RAM can be increased to up to 4GB.
Internet enthusiasts get the Opera web browser, as well as preloaded apps for connecting to Nimbuzz multi messenger and Snaptu (for social networking portals). The Micromax EG333’s 1500mAh battery is claimed to deliver talk time of as long as 3
hours on GSM and 210 minutes on CDMA mode.
Model: EG333 (to be launched)
Price: Around Rs 10,000
What you get: The MOTO TV EX245 is a 2G phone that can stream TV content onto its 3.2-inch, 65k color TFT touchscreen at a resolution of 320×400 pixels. This GSM device is compatible with Java apps, and comes with a preloaded music and video player. Users will also find a 3.15MP camera (2048 x 1536 pixels), Bluetooth with A2DP, High Speed microUSB port, and WAP 2.0/HTML for Web browsing.
A microSD card slot allows you to enhance the phone’s internal memory to up to 8GB. The Motorola MOTO TV EX245’s 910mAh battery is touted to ensure 4 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time.
Model: MOTO TV EX245
Price: Approx. Rs.13,000
What you get: The LG GM650s lets you view TV channels by using a TV tuner based on the CMMB platform–a technology standard jointly developed by China Mobile and the China Broadcast Corp. for streaming Mobile TV. This 3G phone sports a 3-inch, 256K color TFT touchscreen that renders a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. The display is resistive, meaning it’s a little less responsive than capacitive touchscreen and so, users have to press it a bit harder.
Measuring 111.5 x 51.5 x 13.9mm and weighing 127gm, the GM650s comes with a multi-format music player, a 3MP camera (with video recording), FM Radio, games, Bluetooth V2.1 with A2DP and USB v2.0.
Price: Rs. 14,824
What you get: The LG SU420 Cafe’s TV tuner shows channels on the move by embracing the DMB 2.0 protocol (a mobile TV streaming standard that integrates Internet connection with broadcasting). A built-in Dolby Mobile sound feature should make TV viewing on the 3.0-inch, 256K color TFT touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels) that much more fun.
Other highlights of this 3G-enabled device include a 3.5 mm audio jack, a 3.2MP camera (2048×1536 pixels), 1.3MP secondary camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth V2.1 with A2DP.
Model: SU420 Cafe
What you get: The Nokia N96 is similar to the Nokia 5330 in the sense that it, too, adopts the DVB-H standard to stream Live TV content onto its 2.8-inch, 16M color TFT screen (240 x 320 pixels). The 3G phone packs in several multimedia features including a multi-format video player, digital audio player, Internet radio and FM radio. Expect support for Flash video as well.
Weighing 125gm, this mobile TV device comes with a 950mAh battery that promises TV playback of up to 4 hours. Not exactly cheap, this one comes with a price tag of above Rs. 20,000.
What you get: The Nokia N8 broadcasts on-demand TV in high-definition (720p) mode onto its 3.5-inch, 16.7M color AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (aspect ratio of 16:9) – with preloaded Dolby Digital Plus technology enhancing the user experience. An HDMI-put port allows you to view the content in a compatible HD-ready device (TV, projector, etc.).
The Nokia N8 is the flagship phone from Nokia. The 3G device sports three live home screens, which can be swiped with an easy gesture.
Measuring 113.5 x 59 x 12.9mm and weighing 135gm (including a 1200mAh Li-Ion battery), the Nokia N8 has 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded to up to 32GB via a microSD card. Other standout features include a 12MP camera with Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics, FM Radio, FM Transmitter, free voice-guided navigation across more than 70 nations, Bluetooth 3.0 and High-Speed USB 2.0. Expect up to 50 hours of music playback time in offline mode.
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