Manage Your Home With a Smartphone

We used to relish in the glory of the remote control, but now our smartphones are the remote controls of our lives. We can operate many of our household appliances from our phone — and not just within our homes. Many apps today allow us to control appliances and electronics from remote locations, such as the airport, the office or the shopping mall. Here are some convenient ways to automate your home:

Smartphone
Smartphone

Smart Thermostat

Add a smart thermostat to your home to help increase convenience and energy efficiency. According to The Gadget Guy Column, the company called Hunter has produced a Universal Thermostat that’s compatible with the iPhone. This thermostat can sync to your Wi-Fi signal, allowing you to control the temperature from your iPhone. This means you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn down the heat before you head out for a weekend getaway in the winter. You can simply adjust the temperature from your phone, and warm it up again before you head home.

The Samsung Zipel Oven

This technology is all the rage in Korea, according to Unwired View. The Samsung Zipel syncs up with your Android device to allow you to set your oven to the perfect temperature for whatever type of dish you want to make that night. This means you can start preheating before you head into traffic, ensuring that dinner time is as easy as possible.

The Xfinity TV App

Get the app from your local cable provider. Many cable providers, including Comcast, provide an app for phones and tablets that allow you to control your DVR settings and watch your favorite cable programs from your mobile device. The Xfinity TV app from Comcast allows users to watch the on-demand programming from mobile devices as well as set up DVR recording, so you don’t miss your favorite shows.

Music Apps

Purchase an app that allows you to control the music that’s played throughout every room in your home or office. One such app is the Sonos Controller app. This app is available for both Android and Apple devices. This allows you to play your favorite Motown hits while you’re cooking dinner, but let your children listen to their favorite tunes while they do their homework in the living room.

Home Security Apps

Keep an eye on your home while you’re away, whether just for the day or on an extended trip. According to Chris Writes, one of the most efficient home security apps is Home Watch, which is available from the App Store. Home security apps allow you to keep an eye on your home throughout the day, so you can rest easy knowing that everything is as it should be. These apps don’t necessarily have to be fancy in order to be effective — the goal is to keep you informed and increase the security level in your home.

Whether you have an iPhone and are devoted to the App Store, or you’ll defend your Android device to the death, you know that your smartphone has incredible capabilities. While you may use it most often to check email, Facebook and Twitter, it’s important to understand all of the different ways this tiny device can be used to help streamline your life. As www.securitycompanies.com points out, there are many wonderful ways to automate your home that allow you control and manage your household with the use of an easy and efficient app.

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Top 13 Popular Android Phones of the year

The Android Phones are becoming popular day by day and we find there are a few models that have got all features that are being more popular. We need to check out a few models here and find a few features they have.

 13 popular android phones of the year

  • HTC One SThis ultra-modern design phone has got 4.3 inches display and a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has got the famous HTC Imagesence in their camera and a built-in audio.
  • Samsung Galaxy NexusThis is another sleek and fast mobile with a glossy resolution and very black bezel body with the usual class of all Samsung phones. This has become a high quality model and very popular with the regular high-end mobile user.
  • T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide – The mobile has got best Camera and 4G network connecting facility, which makes it faster to use. The LCD screen is 3.7 inches and with superb resolution. The Android 2.3 is the operating system and it has a dual core processor and a super specification camera.
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXThis phone is a good model and almost identical to Droid Razr in looks and with much better battery life for more talk time and back up. This has 4 G connectivity and a great winner in its looks.
  • Samsung Epic Touch 4GThis slim and fast speed mobile has got 4G connectivity and all the features and assurance of Samsung phones. This also has a 2 year contract with the company on warranty.
  • Motorola Droid Razr – The Razr has come back with the 4.3 inches display and thin body. The dual core processor and LTE connectivity is packed with a 2 year contract.
  • Motorola Droid Bionic – The full featured mobile with 4G connectivity and dual core processor works with a fast speed for you. This has got an assortment of features suitable for businessmen and is loaded with fun for your free time.
  • Samsung Galaxy S II (T – Mobile)T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Android Smartphone has got a big screen and it comes with a powerful processor. It has got NFC and 4G a support which makes it faster and you start synchronizing with the speed of the phone.
  • HTC Evo 3DThe dual core phone has got a 3D display and 4G connectivity. Its resolution is good for you to love the screen that comes up and it has sleek design.
  • HTC Sensation The phone has large screen and high resolution for your eyes and it assures HTC build quality and HTC Sense UI. The operating system is named as Android gingerbread. The phone has dual core processor and 768 MB of RAM.
  • Google Nexus S This is another phone that comes with an advantage over the other similar phones as it receives updates for Android phones. It has the Gingerbread OS 2.3 and does not have special UI, offering you 4 inches of LCD screen and a good resolution of the screen.
  • HTC ChaCha High user friendly keyboard and a dedicated key for logging to Facebook and a sense UI. The HTC special screen resolution and a sleek body make it a special phone.
  • HTC Wildfire SThe phone is another sleek body and high resolution from HTC.

These are a few of the Android phones available in the market that you can check out and understand the features before finding the one that is to be yours.

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HTC Surround vs Samsung Focus

HTC Surround and Samsung Focus are both premium Windows smart phones with windows 7 operating system for phones. Samsung Focus is lighter and slightly bigger out of the two phones. At first glance, both the phones look similar, except that the Samsung Focus is simply mesmerizing and too tempting to have.

HTC Surround vs Samsung Focus
HTC Surround vs Samsung Focus

The design of the Samsung Focus is such that the side of the phone is raised up to the level of the screen so even if your phone falls down, there is at least some protection available to it. At the same time this also and makes nice place for the dust to settle in. The Focus will need more care. All LCD or Amoled phones because of the super glassy and shiny screen show finger prints after a while and need cleaning. This of course is a no biggie for people who are constantly using their phones, in fact aren’t we all!

Screen and Tactile Response

The HTC Surround phone has a Non-AMOLED screen, and still manages to look good. That is, till you get the Samsung Focus out of the box. The Super-AMOLED screen steals the show. With the Super-AMOLED screen, the HTC black looks duskier than the Samsung Black. Although both phones use the same operating system, there is definitely a difference in the response to the touch. The Focus has been designed such that the need to double taps has been reduced. The response to single tap is also better with Focus, even with low battery.

The design of both phones is such that buttons on the side of the phone are well spaced and accidental touch will be fewer. The ones on the Surround are raised a little and are easier to use. In fact not only these buttons, the HTC has all buttons like the volume rocker more distinguishable.

Sound and Picture

HTC Surround has a better sound quality because of the better speakers, built right into the phone. These speakers will slide out and you will have stereo when you are watching a video, or a movie. This feature is very important when you are trying to replace your TV with the phone, but do we really do that? Also, HTC Surround and the Samsung Focus both come with a 5 megapixel camera, but only the HTC comes with a dual LED flash, compared to single LED flash on the Focus. This shows in the pictures you click.

Generally, the speakers will use up the battery faster; you will definitely need it if you use the slide out speaker often. Thankfully, with the HTC Surround, you won’t need to charge the batteries again and again. HTC Surround has a better battery life compared to the Samsung. The HTC scores if you are into sound (without the earphones), music and pictures.

All in All

There are other small differences with big impact. Voice dialing is a very useful feature; sadly it isn’t available in the HTC Surround. The phones are both good, and the choice you make should depend on the feature you care about the most. However, we give the thumbs up to the Samsung Focus.

This guest post has been authored by Prashant Sharma, who runs Price India blog.

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Top 5 best selling Smartphones in market for 2011

Smartphone, a mobile phone which apart from calling and texting enables to send email and can edit office documents as well. It is not a phone any more, if asked it has marked its position as a basic necessity of people in these times after food, cloth and shelter. Every company is launching its android products with exclusive features and they are selling it at competitive prices to make good deal out of it. Dell, Sony Ericson, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Blackberry, Google and Apple are playing hard to get in this race. In the year of 2011, some of the best-selling android mobile phones are as follows:

Top 5 best selling Smartphones 2011 in market

#1 Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S

#2 Blackberry Bold 3G 9900

#3 Samsung Galaxy S2

#4 HTC Incredible S

#5 Nokia E7

Apple-iPhone-4s

Apple iPhone 4 is known for its stylish, slim and sleek body. Its IPS display technology and retina display makes it unique form other mobile phones. It has 16GB/32 gigabytes storage capacity within it. It also has 5 mega pixel high-resolution camera plus VGA front camera. Apart from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi facilities it also consists of 3G connectivity which is suitable for WCDMA network.

blackberry-bold

Blackberry was earlier popular in business class society only but now days everyone from school to college prefer blackberry to give a funky corporate look to their persona. Blackberry curve was more popular in crowd due to its cost-effective properties but soon Blackberry Bold series has failed all the records with their new 3G mobile smart phones. Fast internet, fast downloading and better connectivity are the three amazing features. Blackberry Bold 3G 9900 has 128 mega byte RAM and enough memory to save anything. Its comfortable keyboard style handset makes it more popular and different.

Samsung-galaxy-S-2

Samsung has recently launched its range of Galaxy range with Galaxy Y, Galaxy Ace and S1, S2. These days Samsung Galaxy S2 is quite popular due to its android OS v2.3 software. This Rs. 28,000 mobile set is famous for its exclusive features and applications. It has 1 GB RAM and dual camera with 8 mega pixel high-resolution rear camera.

HTC-Incredible-S

HTC incredible S has innovative and smart handset is far more different than that of other Smartphone. Its uni body designs, bullet and scratch proof covering, amazing mix match color schemes and brawny feel makes it desirable. It has all the facilities one is looking for from WiFi to 3G and incredible motion camera capability. Other HTC models including RHYME, SALSA, EXPLORER etc…are also making a good profit in the market but incredible S is considered the best-selling product for HTC Company in the year 2011.

Nokia-E7

Nokia always been in number one position is somehow lacking when it comes to android Smartphone. No doubt its better storage capacity, unique handset design and durability always makes it a good decision. Nokia E7 with rest of the E series is very popular among people these days due to its Symbian ^3 operating system for better service.

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