It is long past the time when cell phones were just communicating devices. At a time when the midrange wagon on the cell phone express is the buzziest, I was firm on staying onto the low-end wagon. I was firm I didn’t need a smartphone. But needs and wants are meant to change. Particularly speaking, the change is always on the ‘increasing’ side. One look at the majestic S500i, and I did jump into the 10k wagon. A look at these pics would tell you why:
Looks and Build Quality
While the build quality can be a matter of concern over a period of time, the looks are simply astonishing. Can’t think of another phone that can match the looks of the S500i. Since the phone is supposedly ‘inspired by nature’, SE has taken extreme efforts to make this phone special. The phone flaunts some flashy lights at the sides, a la 3220, except that they look much more classy! The phone comes to life during an incoming call. You have a default theme which changes according to the time of the day and the current season. I’ll be writing a special post on it soon. I’ve bought the phone amidst speculations that the aluminium keys crack on use!! But I’ve had the phone for a month now and (bless my stars!), the keypad’s still perfect. SE replaced all faulty phones and the new ones don’t crack.
The earphones provided with the package aren’t the ones provided with the walkman phones and I must say they don’t sound as good either. But you could always upgrade those. The phone manages to squeeze a speaker under the circular navigation keys! This helps deliver sound in all directions. Another breakthrough innovation in design!!
The phone has Bluetooth v2.0 and it also supports A2DP. This means you could pair it with stereo wireless headsets and also play music through another BT device with speakers! SE also packages the regular USB cable.
Entertainment and Multimedia
The inbuilt music player is very similar to that of the walkman phones. The ‘Play Now’ is an added feature which allows you to download music, ringtones and stuff in just 3 clicks. All regular games do play on the S500i but none of em make use of the lighting effect on the phone. We’ll have to wait for SE to release games customized for the phone.
Set 5 different alarms at a time.
Customize the lights. i.e. choose a particular colour for individual contacts, choose whether the phone lights up during an coming call when it is in silent mode etc.
Separate tone for individual callers.
2.0 MP camera with video recording.
Flash Support for themes
Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) support (up to 2 GB)–14MB Internal Memory
240×320 pixel, 262.144 color TFT screen (looks really awesome)
Now the –ves:
Aluminium keys feel brittle.
Small key size could cause problems to some.
Not a 3G phone. No EDGE.
The Package contains:
Phone, USB cable, manual, charger, SE PC suite CD, HPM-62 handsfree kit.
The stage is set just as the Indian Subcontinent would have wanted it. It’s India v/s Pakistan. The First ever Twenty20 World Cup final couldn’t have been more exciting.
Pakistan took on New Zealand while India battled the not-so-mighty-anymore Ausssies, While some wanted an all Australian subcontinent finale,many prayed for an All Indian Subcontinent finale. And IvP it shall be!
What is really noteworthy is the healthy rivalry between the neighbouring countries. While Pakistan played NZ, an added billion had been praying for Pakistan. I’m sure when we were playing, our neighbours were praying for us. This proves that cricket could do what peace talks probably couldn’t achieve in a decade!
So whatever the outcome of the grand finale, both countries would be content.
May the best team win!!!!
Note: All my pre-tournament predictions have come true.
Talk of India v/s Pakistan and plenty of exciting close matches come to mind. The last ball six by Javed Miandad at Sharjah is still etched in the minds of millions of cricket lovers across the globe. But that thrilling encounter has now been dislodged by the World T20 first round match which ended in a tie. But since a twenty20 match doesn’t end in a tie, the cricketing world saw the first bowl-out of the world cup!!
Both teams scored the exact amount of runs which led to a bowl-out where both sides pick 5 bowlers each. Each bowler gets a shot at the wicket. The team which manages most no of hits wins the game(a la soccer style!!).
The IndoPak encounter could not have had a more fitting end than this!! Here’s a peek at the ‘bowl-out’. Since it is a cell phone recording, pardon the poor video quality and the lame Hindi commentry. I’ll try to replace it with a better video as soon as I find one!!
The much awaited Twenty20 World Cup is finally here!! Beginning 11th Sept, expect nothing but fireworks live from South Africa. Here is what makes this format of the game so special:
Each team shall bat for 20 overs unless all out earlier.
Fielding restrictions apply for the first 6 overs of each innings (only two fieldsmen permitted outside the fielding restriction area at the instant of delivery).
During the non Fielding Restricted Overs, no more than 5 fieldsmen shall be permitted outside the fielding restriction area.
No bowler shall bowl more than 4 overs in an innings.
In the event of a tied match, the teams shall compete in a bowl out to determine the winner. A bowl-out may also be used in the Final in the event of a No Result, provided weather conditions permit.
The captains nominate five bowlers, who will bowl one delivery each, and teams will take alternate turns to bowl at the stumps.
If, after both teams have bowled 5 deliveries, both have scored the same number of hits on the wicket, or have not scored any hits, a second series of deliveries must be started with the same players and shall continue until one team has scored a hit more than the other team from the same number of deliveries.
The sequence of bowlers need not be the same as in the previous series and the captain shall have the freedom of choice at the time of each delivery as to which of the 5 nominated bowlers shall bowl.
In the second series, all 5 nominated bowlers shall bowl a delivery before all of them are eligible to bowl a further delivery.
Delayed or Interrupted Matches
If, due to suspension of play after the start of the match, the number of overs in the innings of either team has to be revised to a lower number than originally allotted (minimum of 5 overs), then a revised target score (to win) will be set for the number of overs which the team batting second will have the opportunity of facing. The revised target is calculated using the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Additional time is allowed for matches when the start is delayed or play is suspended.