Third Interview-Yogesh on his long wait and Nokia N8

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So, while Apple iPhone interview with Deep ended last day with a warm note and some of the new things about iPhone 4, the choice of right person was also the hardest part to me.

Most of the times, when it comes to Apple products, then we get fanboys only, who wont take it if anything goes against Apple and I was looking for a balanced one. Deep really did the same job beautifully.

The next was equally tough, when I was to look for someone to interview on Nokia N8. Like Apple iPhone 4, it was equally hard to find someone owning Nokia N8, who might not go in fan boyish tone rather than talking real and still I was looking for people outside the blogging world.

The name of Yogesh came in my mind as a person, who was very active on twitter, yet away from blogging at least till now. His insights about various phones might have passed through your eyes as well, if you are active on twitter in those Nokia/ Symbian discussions.

Anyway, I know more than my words, the interview series is going all about the common people talking about their phones, so let me leave the stage now for the person himself and the questions of mine.

Yogesh, Can you tell us something about you  ? like your profession,background etc..blogging\ social life.
Hi, my name is Yogesh Nikam. I am 28 years old boy from Vashi, Navi Mumbai. Have a computer engineering degree ( BE ) from Mumbai university and have worked in my field for 4 years. But since childhood my dream was to get into the civil services, so left the job from last 1.5 years and right now going through my upsc exams.Hopefully one day I will get into the IAS / IFS service. MY interest areas are technology specially smart phones these days, reading, movies, sports and bikes.

Interesting to note that you are very active on smart phone related discussions on twitter, but still have no blog to voice your opinions? Why so? (Very much thinking to invite you as a guest blogger on my blog. You get hands on devices much before than me)
Right, I do get access to lot of phones early , but I don’t have any blog to express my impressions about the devices. I am pretty active on twitter which already allows me share and interact with lots of smart phone enthusiasts like me. Don’t have my own blog as it takes lots of time to maintain & update, but sure maybe sometime after my exams are over. Surely, I will be glad to contribute to your blog as guest writer one day.

The reason I started using twitter was that it gave me a great platform to interact with @phonedaz a.k.a. Mr. Damian Dinning, who is the chief architect behind Nokia Camera phones. From the start I have been a big fan of camera phones with SE k750i being my first gsm handset to start with. Since then I have used almost all camera phones.

Me: Sure, Yogesh, like I said, I would love to have you with me on my blog. Hope you don’t mind the name of blog that been the biggest obstacle in asking others to come with me.

How long do you use Nokia products? Any other brands, you might have been with earlier or now? Can you list out the phones you have used for last few years?
I started using Nokia products from Feb 07 with N73 ME because of being a Camera Phone lover and wanted to try out Symbian OS (before that I was using SE K750i).

I started with SE and then went with Nokia. A long list of phones used by me includes – K750i , N73ME, K790i, N82, N95 8gb, N85, N86,N79, Wave, Galaxy S and now N8.  In between, I had pretty good hands-on with SE K850i, SE C905, Samsung Pixon 8, LG Renoir, Samsung Pixon 12, Google Nexus one, HTC Desire, HTC Desire HD and Dell streak.

I have seen you keep a close eye over discussions related to Smart phones and not only that but you get hands on over devices very soon. Envy you. What’s the secret?
I have got few friends who are tech freaks. And Smart phones being the latest trend in technology these days, they do get all the latest & greatest Smart phones and hence I get to experience them early. HTC Desire HD being the latest one that I really liked.

When did you plan to go for Nokia N8, (was it a plan or accident?) Knowing the pros and cons, how the final decision went?
When did I decided on Nokia N8 ? Hmm.. very early, very very early. I Came to know that Nokia is working on a 12mp camera phone sometimes in November – December last year and being a hard core N86 fanboy, I knew N8 would be something very special. I kept on teasing Damian about that but no info came out of that channel. I thought they will show N8 in MWC 2010 but sadly no luck.

Finally a Genius from Russia leaked that and we came to know about Nokia N8. Nokia then officially came out with N8. So, I could say that the decision on N8 was made very very early actually and I was waiting for N8 for a very very long time. And now I am very happy with my decision and N8 is simply a great all round device for me.

Whats your views on touch screens? Do you really feel that they are at par with Non-Touch ones about text entries?
We are into the age of big touch screen phones. With the start of 3G services in India, if you want to experience the power of internet on your handset then you will need to have a big screen device, hence even if you been fan of non-touch, you can’t run away from a touch screen device.

I personally love them after using Wave, Galaxy S and now N8. Can’t say we can type as fast as good non touch T9 keypad devices such as Nokia N86, Nokia E52 or a good qwerty ones as Nokia E71, but you can achieve very good speeds with swype keyboard that came preinstalled on Galaxy S and now on N8. I just love that onscreen keyboard and its the best thing to have happened to text entry on touch only devices.

There are a lots of buzz around symbian that they are not coping well with things and people with money prefer going with other products, what you say?
Symbian is an excellent Smart phone OS as far as multitasking, contacts management, power management etc. factors go, but they are definitely lacking in UI, browser, text input, IM & social network integration in OS and need to improve on that as fast as possible to not lose customers to other competing platforms like Android. Quality of third part applications too need to rise quickly, same can be said for quality games now that, we have pretty good Broadcom GPU inside symbian 3 devices.

Nokia N8 related Special Questions

You use Nokia N8 for accomplishing which thing most… calls, browsing, navigation, movies, twitter.. which one?
I use my N8 in various different ways- Calling, texting being the basic use of course, I do use it as my main imaging device for photos/videos, Music / Movie player using HDMI out & USB-OTG, for video calling to my friends in other cities using MTNL 3g, twitter via Gravity, Fm radio/internet radio via wi-fi, Ovi maps, Gaming with Angry birds, NFS-SHIFT etc, a bit of browsing via opera mini and a bit of gmail via inbuilt messaging client. N8 being a very versatile device we can use it a hell lot of other ways actually.

Now days, the dead Nokia N8 issue is being pushed in media, what’s your views about that? I have not seen one, but have you seen any such case around you yet?
No idea about the much talked about power management issues. No issues with N8s around me. It seems to be true as even Nokia representative has said it himself. If such problem is indeed there then we can get it replaced under warranty. 

Everyone talks about responsiveness of iPhone and SGS. Nokia N8 has improved considerably due to capacitive finally. What you think different here, underlying screen tech or processor or OS itself?
N8 is very responsive, obviously because of capacitive screen technology, a powerful Broadcom graphics processor and an optimized symbian 3 OS. Its a combination of all three factors. Add to that they have upped the clock speed of ARM11 CPU to 680mhz on N8.

Hardware is undoubtably great, but there are some annoyances in hardware. Nokia Social is not a great one as people say, sharing was bring by Pixelpipe etc rather than inbuilt, what’s your views? Aren’t they really slow?
I don’t like the Nokia Social app at all. No idea why Share Online was not included in symbian 3 OS and we need to rely on third part pixpelpipe for that task. As of now, most of my media uploads are from pc only.

Nokia has been known for two thing since decades; Signal strength and battery lives. Anything improves or go average with Nokia N8.
In terms of signal strength N8 is excellent. Battery life on 2G is very good considering it has only a 1200mAh battery for a 3.5" display device. Battery life figures on 3G are not desirable to he honest.

Like in last interview, Deep said, if someone really need a great camera then digital cameras are already there and for people highly concerned on quality there are DSLRs. Is camera really important to be a part of smart phone to be treated as deal breaker?
I don’t know about others but for me, camera is very very important in a smart phone. You do carry your phone everywhere with you 24/7 and you can see a lot of people taking pictures with their phones, most of the  time with poor cameras built-in. Then why not have the best camera built in your phone.

Its not about competing with digital cameras, but its about how good your cell phone camera can be. Its been a great asset for me at least. I will say again, its very very important to have a excellent camera in your phone like N86 and N8.

You must check some of my photos taken from Nokia N8 to understand that how handy and full fledged thing this is.

Anodized Aluminum is something that is very special about Nokia N8 and amazing that they managed a unique shape for their product when Samsung, HTC etc seemed to following iPhone at some places. What you find good or bad about Nokia N8 build?
I do like its build quality. Its excellent, obviously with anodized aluminum and unibody design. It does feel great in your hand and I can only say one thing “A great Job well done for Nokia” .

In the hype and fanboys around, many simple and important points get missed like Pentaband of Nokia N8 or FM Transmitter or HDMI or USB OTG Support.. whats special about Nokia other than highlighted Camera, which you find absent with others? What use cases those features make for general people?
Features like Penta-band 3G is interesting to have. You can experience 3G services all around the world, if your a businessman on the move. Features like HDMI out & USB OTG along with native Divx/Xvid/Mkv format support make N8 a very potent media player. FM transmitter is a very handy feature to have in car and I do use it regularly.

Also simple things like "quality stereo audio capture" in video recording usually go unnoticed. Nokia is good at providing all these features in a single handset. May not be noticed or important to others, but highly appreciated from my behalf.

iPhone always stood as slimmest one around. With Nokia N8 they tried to come close of slimming finally. Where slim phones stand for you? While lowest weight is sure nice, but some say that slim phones are generally easy to get slipped from hands? real?
All these slimness crazy stuff is obviously going overboard. Things like that prevent manufacturers from putting bigger capacity batteries, excellent quality camera modules like N86 or N8, xenon flash in those handsets. I am not against slim devices, but I want all these practical stuff to be included instead.

I hear about the absence of Camera cover and their explanation of augmented reality and tougher glass. Is it really unbreakable, uncatchable? If not then does this thing really cut for people, who might be buying their Smart phone for next 5 years?
Active camera lens cover of N86 , N82 type is a must for any wannabe camera phone. It saves the precious lens from all the dust, dirt etc. Nokia had to go without that in N8 due to design restrictions. But I would have liked a camera lens cover in N8.

As about augmented reality apps – let them come first, only then I can comment on that. We have to keep cleaning that glass over camera lens in N8  which I seriously don’t like. No idea how tough or scratch proof it is, I can only say after 6-8 months of heavy use.

Portrait or Landscape.. what you prefer about texting? How much it worth having portrait on Nokia N8? How it will behave with narrower width due to 16:9 screen?
I use swype keyboard in a landscape mode, that’s it. The default ones are retarded anyways. Let Nokia come with a portrait qwerty and then can I comment on its usability.

The portrait keyboard on opera mini is pretty difficult to operate to be honest.

For symbian, Nokia N8 changes the meaning of camera, gaming on phone, data transfer (OTG), what it means to you?
For me N8 is a complete device specs wise, very long speck sheet of N8 says it all. No major things are missing in it apart from led flash for video recording. But then for good quality results, you need dual LEDs of N86 class and there wasn’t enough space for those. Also as stated earlier camera lens cover would have been great.

While Qt and Symbian^3 was to bring portability of app among phones, it frustrates when we see Swype was here for C7 but not N8, Skype came and gone due to unstability and bugs. Sure confusing. Is it really same across all phones now? Is it really easy to port old apps here? What are the view of common man watching all this?
Nokia is banking heavy on QT. Hope its helps developers port their quality apps from iOS and Android to symbian easily. It sure does feel bad when you have to use swype keyboard meant for C7 on N8, before official N8 version came out.

But then Nokia should work hard on increasing no of quality apps on symbian quickly. For a common man, its great to have good no of quality apps that are productive and quality games to play in his spare time.

12) How is GPS there on Nokia N8? I found the A-GPS part better than earlier, locking instantly sometimes based on cell tower even if not precise. Whats your experience with  it? Any place you visited with this only? Do you prefer to keep Google Maps installed on your N8 also?
GPS performance of N8 is excellent. GPS lock is instant with A-GPS on. No, I haven’t used Google maps on N8 as OVI maps is more than sufficient for my needs and can be used offline unlike Google maps.

After having used Muti-touch pinch to zoom in their beta Ovi Maps, isn’t age old Google Maps app annoy sometimes now?
As I said before I have not tried Google maps on N8. The multitouch support added in latest ovi maps is great. Nokia should keep on improving a very good product like ovi maps.

Now days China phones are making big in India and one thing they been concentrating on is loudness of music even if on cost of clearness. Nokia N8 is being praised for being loud and yet so clear. Whats your views on that? Do you find it louder than other or some others were better in this regard? Which one?
Mono Speaker on N8 is decently loud and pretty clear for sure. But somehow I would have liked to see Stereo speakers on N8 like Omnia HD or 5800 or X6 style. And a tad more loudness will surely be welcome. China handsets are loud, no doubt but then people do use it those handsets for that single purpose only.

I personally don’t like china handsets due to reliability issue, though I agree they are very famous among general people for that loudness factor.

Ovi Music Unlimited is a thing that is not being spread like wildfire, which it could have been if there were many WiFi’s around in India like foreign places. Did you tried that feature? What you think of it?
Ovi music unlimited is an excellent addition to N8. Yes, I have used it on pc as well as on N8 using wi-fi.  More wi-fi hotspots would increase the way people use this feature.

What’s your experience about Ovi Store? Its improved, but still there seems to be less apps and sometimes even available app crashes. Isn’t it seems serious lack of quality from their software division due to race of numbers?
Ovi store experience on N8 is greatly improved compared to previous Nokia handsets. Yes, no of quality apps is low compared to Android market. Most apps I downloaded from OVI store have worked fine on my N8 till now. Surely Nokia must work on this aspect of quality apps on symbian platform.

A suggestion of mine is that Ovi store application on N8 & other symbian 3 devices should have black background considering all these are AMOLED displays and it helps in improving battery life of these devices.

Nokia Messaging, push mail that never seems to work for many with WAP at least. Whats your experience with it? We asked for HTML since big time, but isn’t it look like that keeping HTML view optional was more efficient way?
I am not into heavy email usage on my smart phones. But my Gmail account is working pretty fine with Airtel mobile office internet connection on my N8. I have heard people having various issues with WAP connection, I cant comment on that.

Do you think Nokia N8 can act as a full time phone in your hands or you need some backup phone too .. considering touch screen and battery limitations in mind?
I don’t think I need any backup device for N8. It can surely be used as a full time phone with its battery life on 2G networks being very good. Though I think Nokia should have put atleast 1320mAh battery of 5800 in N8 somehow.

What about Nokia N8 Gaming? I have written a piece on it and really love it. What’s your experience? Is it at par with others?
Due to use of very good GPU like Broadcom BCM2727, the gaming experience on N8 is very good. Angry birds gaming experience on N8 and Galaxy S is pretty same. Same thing can be said for NFS SHIFT on N8 and Wave. I really want to see more quality games like iOS on symbian platform

If you have to show off your Nokia N8 to someone new, then how you go with that? Which features you list and in which order?
Of course the best way to showoff N8 is by showcasing its camera. No other smart phone can come close to it. USB OTG and HDMI out are two other features that can impress general people.

Me: I would prefer to show off the new music gallery first and also the instant thumbnails generation across the gallery.

What about Ovi Services? With one login in start pulling all contacts from cloud, they finally seems to be on right track like others. What’s your views on it? how customizable and simple things are with Nokia N8 when it comes to data transfer across devices?
About cloud services – I don’t use them and hence cant comment on them. But I have heard they are improving but still not as good as Google cloud services obviously

Now days, smart phones concentrating on Internet Apps more and more, but availability of internet and strength is still lame in most area. Let’s say, you got a SIM with no GPRS and you have to start a fresh piece of Nokia N8 without internet, is this really cut then? Specially keeping USB OTG in mind, when you can easily transfer sis files from your friends and your computer, what’s Nokia N8 worth, if it run without internet and data plans?
Even without GPRS or any data plan , N8 is a worth device to have. With that mind blowing camera, excellent sound quality through earphones, very good Amoled display, excellent video playback via HDMI out, some good games, USB OTG, fm transmitter, you can use your N8 in various different ways which sadly can’t be said for most other android devices without data connection.

Be honest, if your younger bro ask you for some phone, then considering the price of Nokia N8, will you prefer the same again for him or you have some alternative to it in mind? Which one? Nokias like C6-01, C7, E7 or some other brands.
If my younger bro wants a new smart phone and he is not hell bent on having best camera, then I will point him towards C7 and if he is on low budget then surely Nokia C6-01.

E7-00 is just too costly with that 1200mAh only battery for a 4" device.

What you don’t like about Nokia N8? And what things stand a chance after the next coming updates?
I wish N8 had super Amoled display like Galaxy S. But then that’s a Samsung exclusive for some time now. I wish it had dual LEDs for video recording, Variable aperture like N86 plus active camera lens cover.

About software update – the browser and text input are two areas I am looking forward too. I Will be glad to see continuous auto focus in video recording mode on N8 plus a bit better xenon flash performance in future software updates of N8.

Your score points to the Nokia N8 
My rating on N8 – 8/10 .. missing points due to browser, poor social networking client built-in and less no of quality apps available.

Having so many fans around with Nokia N8, it was really hard to pick one to say it all about Nokia N8 in most simplest manner to satisfy the urge of many others around to know more and more about it. And I must say, I am glad I am chosen Yogesh, who was almost certain to buy one even when it wasn’t even announced.

Sorry to all others, who wanted to speak up for Nokia N8 here, but I was to make a choice.

I want support from all of you to find people from other remaining platforms, I am sure you all want this series of interviews to continue more and more, right?

Second Interview-Deep Gantara about Apple and his iPhone 4

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So, here comes the second day and so the second interview. Kind of favorite phone for many and I would say a favorite man of mine coming together to give views over a part about which many of us really wish to hear in layman terms (in place of fanboy tone).

I met Deep Gantara a few years back (online of course) in early days of my writing and I will say, when I remember those days, then I feel like kind of laughing over myself sometimes. Anyway, though I didn’t found Deep writing much over tech now days, but the way, he writes in most simple ways, was always fascinating to me and I could easily say that he is was one of the people, who been the reason and inspiration of my blogging knowingly or unknowingly (I guess this statement might be a revelation to him).

Honestly speaking, when it comes to iPhone 4, then I have not seen anyone with it around me in real till now and Deep was the only Indian in my circle with it. So, he was for the perfect candidate to bring the common man perspective over iphone, specially because of being Indian, where users care about Value for Money most.

He has already given some very details and warm answers over my questions, which are sure much interesting than my words, so let me guide you over the questions and answers.

Deep, Can you tell us something about you? like your profession, background etc..blogging\ social life
I run a Web Development firm named Web1 Solutions and I am also Technology Director for BiteBank Websites Inc. I like blogging, but these days due to time constraints, I don’t get much time to blog. Social life.. well, in the online world, Twitter and FaceBook are going pretty good job so far. Hate the messengers, so don’t use them. Offline world is pretty much active too, I am no party animal but love to try out new places.

Congra8s about the makeover of first and isn’t it strange that even after being active in blogging, not interested in blogging about phones much?
I am more of a personal blogger than technology blogger, my blog is mainly about things around me, so I post what I personally feel like.

How long do you use Apple products?
I have been using Apple products for the past 3 years I guess. iPhone, iPod Touch and OSX (Mac Mini)

I have seen you keep a close eye over new apple products whenever they come, what fascinate you about them?
I love the simplicity added to their products. They keep doing new things. Good looking and very usable products. Innovating stuff I would say. Some examples would be iPhone first version, once they started with touch phones, everyone followed, Mac Mini is one of their finest products too, new Mac Book Airs gets added in the list too.

Was this always Apple or you used others like Nokia/ Samsung as well? Can you list out the phones you have used for last few years?
Nokia was the first love. It was time when Nokia used to make fantastic phones. I started with the banana shaped phone, Nokia 8110 I guess, then moved to Nokia 6510 (The best simple phone I have used till date), then I moved to Nokia 6110i, 6220. But then Nokia started making funny phones, e.g. the fat Nokia 6000, then Nokia phones started getting affected by virus and ended up becoming messy. (I think it was due to Symbian or something)

After this, I moved to Sony Ericsson, it was pretty good too, almost stable OS, very good music quality and all. Used 3-4 SE phones, 810i was the best. And finally moved to iPhone 3G when it was arrived in India. Never changed the brand after that.

When did you plan to go for your first Apple ,(is it a plan or accident ?) You bought from India or abroad? What was the price then?
It was planned, I wanted a smart phone and iPhone 3G was the best choice. I bought it from India, Vodafone store. Rs. 29,000 was the price.

Whats your views on touch screens? Do you really feel that they are at par with Non-Touch ones about text entries?
I have used touch screen phones of other brands and after iPhone, I found only HTC Touch phone with decent keypad. Quite comfortable with the touch keypad but yeah, in many cases, you can’t type without seeing the screen.

What personally I don’t feel comfortable about Apple product is their price and eccosystem that binds you, What’s your views?
Price is fine, new smart phones with decent touch interface cost around Rs. 23,000 – Rs. 35,000, iPhone 4 is around Rs. 27,000 in Dubai. In other countries it’s between the range Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000 (based on the tax structure. So I guess, price is fine. I am not saying this coz I am an iPhone user but I have not seen any phone coming near to iPhone’s user experience. HTC makes very good phones but they come 2nd after iPhone.

Eccosystem? iTunes sync.. yes, but things could be done without using iTunes too. But iTunes is advisable. The photos / videos can be copied directly too. Like the songs can be copied via Winamp too.. check this out


You use iPhone for accomplishing which thing most… calls, browsing, navigation, movies, twitter.. which one?
As it’s a phone first, so calls always take the first place. Use Calendar and mails very actively. Then Twitter and Facebook. The browsing come after these 2. I don’t listen to the music or watch movies on my iPhone. Use iPod Touch for the movies. Play games sometimes.

Though even I feel that Antennagate was some hyped issue, but whats your experience about signals? Any weak signal area around you? Office/Home?
Antennagate was super hyped, actually it’s a silly thing. I have been using iPhone 4 since it was released and frankly speaking, I have not faced single drop issues at all. May be this is because I use the free bumper but I have tried it without the bumper too, I did not see much difference. 2ndly, to see the signal loss, you need to hold the phone in funny position and talk. Practically, you can’t talk by holding your phone tight with 2 hands. So it was almost useless issue for me.

Everyone talks about responsiveness of iPhone 4. What you think what’s different here, underlying screen tech or processor or OS itself?
Oh yea, this monster is much more faster than 3G. I see lot of difference, it’s very quick, I have not faced issues so far. Yeah, I have seen it getting hung on the call screen sometimes but it’s majorly due to the software. Hardware is pretty strong. Loved the speed. It’s more about the power than the OS to me. Same OS works very slow on my 3G phone. So many power or technology using which the OS was built.

There were sure some frustrating limitations with earlier versions and iPhone4 has moved ahead of many things now. What’s changed for you with iPhone 4 in terms of usages? Something which was not a part of your life earlier and now is?
No idea about the frustrating limitations you might be talking about. But yeah, when it started i.e. 3G first generation with the OS, it did not have copy paste and message forwarding, it was kinda bad but I think they covered up the things. Multi tasking was the limitation in 3G, but I was not concerned about it much as I knew even if 3G had multi tasking, it never would have been able to run smoothly as it lacks powerful hardware to support it. Love the push notifications overall. Exchange sync is superb.

Battery is something which makes or breaks things for many. Where iPhone 4 stands about it?
Awesome battery life. Mine goes on till 12 or 1 AM plus daily. (With around 20-30 % remaining). The usage is mainly the calls and mails (with Exchange sync on always). Use twitter and FB daily too. On the older version, the battery used to die around 7-8 PM daily. This one is quite stronger.

Phone always stood as slimmest one around. Is it always a pro or any cons associated with it? Have you slipped it ever from your hands?
I don’t know if it’s the slimmest one but yeah, whatever it is, I am loving it. The 3G one used to slip many times but this one, thankfully, it has not slipped so far. But may be because I use Bumper. I don’t know the exact reason but it’s good. No disadvantages as such.

I hear about the glassy back. Isn’t dangerous to drop it? Do you keep it covered or like it open?
I use Bumper, but I don’t think the back is so weak.

Portrait or Landscape.. what you prefer about texting? What’s different about keypad here than other platforms you might have tried?
Most of the time I use portrait but for mails, I prefer landscape, it works lot more faster, you can easily use both the fingers. The typing is very fast in this, in many phones, you have to wait for first letter to get typed and then it will move to the 2nd one, here you can use multi touch. But again, I am not sure if it happens with all the phones or not, have tried couple of phones and was not happy with the keypads.

Many say iPhone is an ego booster in itself, but the same time dangerous to public places. How you keep it safe with you?
Ego boost? It’s just a phone. Those are the fools considering it as a Ego booster. I don’t see it being dangerous at all. Can you tell me what Dangers?

Facetime is on WiFi and many of the apps of iPhone too. What value the phone has for you when you might be cut off from internet connection? Is there other stuffs too which could keep you engaged when no internet connection in your phone?
I think it’s only FaceTime which needs WiFi only, rest work on the GPRS. Since my usage is mostly calls and mails, so I need internet access all the time. If net isn’t available, games are the best options. There are many other applications which work without the net but my usage revolves around the calls and mails, so not much into too many apps.

How is GPS there on iPhone? They use Google Maps, if I am right. Voice navigation? Ever used the GPS related things?
GPS is decent, yeah, it uses Google Maps, no voice navigation so far. But there are 3rd party apps, which has this, there is one Indian app for GPS, which I have heard is very impressive. (It costs around USD 75)

What about the build quality and what you think that could go more better? Like Anodized aluminum etc
I think this is the best build so far, plastic build was good but it was prone to scratches (on the back body), this one does not have a single scratch on the body so far. So for me, this is the best.

Is it loud on calls? What about the music performance, I have heard some extra praises, but what about the bundled headphones?
Yup calls volume and ringtone volume is good enough. Music, I don’t have much on this phone but it works well, no issues at all. Earpieces are very nice.

Be honest, if your younger bro ask you for some phone, then considering the price of iphone, will you prefer the same again for him or you have some alternative to it in mind? Which one?
iPhone is a smart phone, it’s best suitable for the people with usage of mails. For normal use any Sony Ericsson phones are good. But yeah, if someone asks me for the Smart Phone, iPhone will be the first preference then HTC phones.

Do you think iphone can act as a full time phone in your hands or you need some backup phone too .. considering touch screen and battery limitations in mind?
It works very well as full time phone. I don’t see any reason for carrying another phone. (Unless you want to have a separate SIM card for some other use)

What about iPhone Gaming? I hear many love iPhone and Apple solely on this. Any of your personal experience?
Angry Birds is the best game I have ever played. Fantastic controls. Have played couple of other games too, loved it. But I am more of a console gaming person so don’t play many games on the phone.

Nokia sure has contributed a lot to bring full fledged digital camera like phone in hands of people. Where Apple stands in camera battle? How is camera software interface? How tough is the glass window protecting camera? How the flash module cut it in darker conditions? Samples please.
Yeah, Nokia N8 has the best camera around I guess. But these are just phones, there is a digital camera thing for the purpose. Main purpose of the phone is to make calls and other functionalities working properly. Camera should be good no doubt but other things should be given high priority.

As far as the camera of iPhone 4 is concerned, yeah it’s pretty good, love the HDR mode. Clicks good pics in day as well as in nights. iPhone 3G camera was good to but much on the weaker side compared to this one or any other phones.

photo%204It does not have any separate window protecting the lens but it’s covered with a glass which is pretty strong. Flash is decent. I have attached some samples.



What feature(s) are completely different and most attractive to you on iPhone, which you find no where else?
The multi touch is awesome. I don’t think any other phones have such good touch functionality. 2ndly the speed is very good. And obviously, usability always comes on the top.

What you don’t like about iPhone 4 or Apple?
iPhone 4… hmm… nothing as such. It’s good enough to satisfy my needs. Apple, I hated their recent Beatles hype, it was pretty lame on their side.

What about Apple Services? I hear there is seamless integration among their product about the same and it just works fantastically if you have Apples around, but does it connect well with other brands too? 
Works very well with on my Windows 7, syncing is fantastic. Connects nicely with every other Windows machine, absolutely no issues.

Let’s say, you got a SIM with no GPRS and you have to start a fresh piece of iPhone without internet, is this really cut then?
iPhone is a smart phone, so are Nokia ones, blackberry or HTC Touch Phones. If there is no Internet, then why to spend money on the smart phones, normal phone costing around Rs. 2,500 – Rs. 5,000 should be good enough.

Your score points to the iPhone (rating if any..)
I would rate is 10/10 as I am totally satisfied with it. Personally I have not faced any issue with it. But yea, if you ask me about iPhone 3G then I would rate it 6/10 (the ratings changed after iPhone 4 arrived)

Have you ever convinced someone middle class to buy iPhone like pricy thing? Hard to make one buy some phone at this price in India where no subsidized rates from Service providers. Will you recommend it for normal people, who want value for their money and dont want to keep on spending on apps later on? Or what you want to say differently than my words about pricing and quality product?
I don’t generally convince anyone to go for any particular brand products. If someone asks me about smart phones, I suggest, iPhone and HTC phones, rest is on them to decide.

About the price factor, it’s not costly. Rs. 29,000 was the official price for 8 GB iPhone 3G. At that time Xperia was around Rs. 42,000, HTC and Blackberry phones used to cost almost the same amount.

Currently, iPhone 4 costs between Rs. 27,000 to Rs. 35,000 (Depending upon the country you buy from). The other smart phones are in range of Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 35,000. E.g. Nokia N900 is around Rs. 24,000, SE Xperia 10 is around Rs. 27,000, Samsung Galaxy S is around Rs. 27,000, Blackberry Torch is around Rs. 33,000 etc…

So iPhone is in the same range, price is fine. The gray market guys sell it at exorbitant rates but that’s not the place to buy from.

About recommending to normal people. This is a smart phone, the people who can afford phones in the range Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 35,000 can go for this one surely. I have seen so many friends buying iPhones and then sticking to the same brand for ages.

About the Apps, there are huge amount of Apps, which are free. I have only 3 paid apps, 2 paid games and rest are free. I have around 26 4rd party apps and 4 games.

What makes Apple an Apple for you and why you like them so much? Can others also learn something from Apple without raising the prices?
I am fan of beautiful products and great usability. It has both, so I am with them. I am sure, they are gonna make stick them for quite sometime. Don’t know what others can learn, there is nothing to learn. It’s just a brand, which makes good products, people can buy if they feel like. That’s it.

Price is a non-issue. I have mentioned it above.

Absolutely loved talking to Deep and honestly speaking after recent reviews of @MickyFin from Nokia DNA and now yours view on it, I am really really tempted to buy/ manage one in my own hands. May be dryness of Nokia/ Samsung review units for me now days have to do something with it, but seriously .. if like you say Price is a non-issue, then sure I might hit the nails very soon.

Felt suspicious at a moment about the fact that even if Antennagate was a hyped issue, you and many users still using it with bumpers, also felt a setback that it uses limited set of free navigation (no voice navigation like Ovi Maps), but it was a turn around for me, hearing about the prices.

Happy about one of the points that I was specially looking for, that a serious kind of office going person that might not be too much into apps and gaming still loves his iPhone 4. Thanks Again Deep, for giving me so much time and patience. You did a superb job for sure, like you always do.

So, this was the second part of the interview series, in which I am meeting with people from different smart phone backgrounds, who may raise their voices for their phones with being techie or crazy or fanboy-ish. And I must say that Deep came to put the Apple case very strongly.

This interview series certainly started looking more awesome giving much broad perspectives. I myself loving it. Wanna be part of it? Drop a message to me on @nkumar_ on twitter or comment below the post and you could be a part of these interviews.