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Travel

TaxiPixi – Multi Operator Taxi/Cab Booking Mobile Application

taxipixi-mainIf you are living in a metro city, you have to use Taxis or Cabs for your travel. At least for pickup and drop to/from railway station, airport, bus terminal etc. Taxi scene has changed a lot in India in recent years. First you have to rely on local taxi operators who were very much unreliable for coming on time for the pickup. If you have to leave your home say around 6 am, you would tell at least 5.30 to the taxi operator for keeping a margin. If this was a really bad day for you, there was no sign for taxi even at 6. You start repeatedly calling the taxi operator at every 5 minutes and there was same response from other side – Taxi is on the way, just reaching in 2 minutes. Quality of taxis was also questionable, depending upon your luck.

Things got changed with arrival of Radio Taxis. Radio Taxi operators have good quality taxis which are GPS enabled. You can book taxi by calling to their dedicated call center. Some operators have provided online cab booking facility. Currently there are a lot of radio taxi operators in metro cities in India – Meru Cabs, Easy Cabs, Mega Cabs, Quick Cabs, Yo Cabs, Taxi For Sure, G Cabs, Olacabs, Tab Cab, EasyRide etc. Each operator has different type of pricing depending upon taxi quality. There is different calling number and different online portal for booking taxi for each operator. There is no guarantee of booking confirmation so sometimes you have to try booking one operator after another until there is confirmation, specially in the morning hours. Many times, I have also first booked Quick Cabs (Rs. 10 per km) to catch train in the morning but after no confirmation I have to book Meru Cabs (Rs. 20 per km). Due to this a lot of time got wasted in the morning when I have to be ready for the journey.

Now many radio taxi operators have started charging extra for cab booking via telephone so users who have access to internet prefer to book cabs online on the website of operators. Although most of operators have mobile versions of their websites but these websites are not very fast. Very few operators have native mobile applications which are really useful. TaxiPixi is a mobile application which could be a possible solution. TaxiPixi is one of the first multi-operator taxi booking mobile app.

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Some good features of TaxiPixi application are –

  • See all available taxis on a map nearby you current location
  • Send taxi booking directly to drivers of multiple radio taxi companies
  • Booking request can be send to 4 different types of taxis at once – Economy, Economy Plus, Regular and Premium. 
  • Real time tracking of cab movement within the application

Booking a taxi from TaxiPixi app is very easy and fast and could be done in just 15-30 seconds if you are 3G or Wi-Fi in following steps –

  • Provide your source and destination place using the map or by typing the address
  • Provide pickup date and time
  • Provide type of the cab – Economy, Economy Plus, Regular and Premium. You can select/deselect any option depending upon your choice.

TaxiPixi is currently available only for Android but I hope that versions for other platform, specially iOS, will come soon. At present taxis can be booked only in Delhi NCR area. 

Next time I am going to use TaxiPixi for booking a cab for my travel, what about you?

Download TaxiPixi from Google Play

TaxiPixi Website

 

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Travel

Recharge Delhi Metro Smart Card Online

Delhi-Metro-Smart-CardDelhi Metro is lifeline of people living in Delhi and coming daily to Delhi from adjacent cities. Delhi Metro is able to maintain its world-class status even after witnessing so much crowd daily. Further to add to its features now Delhi Metro has provided online smart card recharge facility to its commuters. Smart Card has many benefits over tickets including 10% discount on the fare and no waiting in long lines for purchasing tickets. Until now commuters have to recharge their smart cards on ticket counters and customer care centers. Now using the online recharge facility, smart cards can be recharged from home on Smart Card Portal of Delhi Metro. Even you can recharge your smart card on mobile by visiting the Smart Card Portal on your mobile phone as now a days there is not much difference in web browsers on computer and smartphones in terms of functionality.

At present the recharge process is not completely online because after every recharge commuters have to visit Add Value Machines (AVM) which have been stalled at Metro stations. Complete steps of Smart Card recharge are as following –

  • Visit Delhi Metro Smart Card Portal
  • Select E-Services from the Menu
  • Selection any one option from the two as below
    – Quick Top Up  (Recharge without Registration)
    – Recharge Your Card (Register on portal before Recharge)
  • First Option – Quick Top Up
    – Provide Engraved ID (Printed on back on the Smart Card), Recharge Value and Email ID
    – Choose Payment method from one of the four options – Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking (Not activated as of now), Prepaid Card (Not activated as of now)
    – Provide payment details
    – Visit AVM
  • Second Option – Recharge Your Card
    – First register on the portal by providing Name, Email ID, Password and Engraved ID
    – DMRC Smart Card Verification email will be sent to the provided Email ID
    – Click on the Activation Link mentioned in the email
    – Recharge Smart Card in same steps as for Quick Top Up

There are many benefits of registering on the Smart Card Portal as below –

  • No need for providing Smart Card Engraved ID every time which will reduce chances of providing wrong ID
  • Facility of adding multiple Smart Cards to your User ID
  • View past recharge history
  • Complaints/Grievances facility 

So use Delhi Metro Smart Card to avoid long queues, and use Online Smart Card Recharge facility to further save you time.

Visit Delhi Metro Smart Card Portal 

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Travel

Indian Rail App – Fast and Quick Train Seat Availability Enquiry

Indian-Rail-App-SmallTrains are a part of daily life of most of the people in India. For longer journeys trains are preferred way of travel as Air travel is not affordable for major population.  It is one of the world’s largest railway networks. According to data available on Wikipedia, Indian Railway Network comprised of 65000 km route and 7500 stations. Around 25 million people (more than Australia population)  are carried by more than 10000 trains on daily basis. Advance train seat/birth reservation is must for most journeys. Seats can be booked 60 days in advance (recently reduced from 120 days w.e.f. May 1, 2013) at reservations counters as well as online via Internet. There are many trains available from source to destination and passengers have to find which train has the available seats before booking. 

Indian Railway has two main websites for train reservation (IRCTC) and seat availability enquiry (IndianRail). Although both of these websites are very good for serving the purpose but these are not very user-friendly.  Most of the time these websites function very slow due to heavy load which makes whole process of seat availability enquiry very frustrating. Also, there is no option to view seat availability in all trains in one screen. Someone looking for seat availability has to check all trains one by one on the route which is very lengthy process. But very recently I discovered Indian Rail App when I saw one of my friend using it for train seat availability.  

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Indian Rail App is a web application which presents complete information only in one screen. You have to provide Source Station, Destination Station, Date of Journey and Class and rest of the work is taking care of by the application itself. Information has been divided into two parts. First part shows information related to all the trains available between source and destination stations. This information includes train name/number, departure time, arrival time, travel time, days of run and classes available.  Second part is the most interesting one and which is what we are actually looking for. It has two views Extended and Collapsed. Extended view is same like Indian Railway website so we are interested mainly in Collapsed view. It presents a calendar or table kind of view which shows Trains in rows and Journey Date in columns. Availability is being presented in all the cells of the table. Apart from the mentioned journey date, availability is shown for next five days as well.  Last column shows the fare for the journey. Green cell color denotes that seats are available for particular journey date. For checking seats availability in another class there is no need to start the whole process from starting. You just have to select the desired class from the options given and the table will be filled again with seats available for the particular class.

Best part of this application is that, unlike official websites, speed of fetching and showing information is very fast. Advanced web technologies have been used in developing the application so that there is no need for complete page refresh every time. Only the required portion is being refreshed based upon the input given by user. In fact, each row of the table is being loaded individually so that user does not need to wait for complete page loading. The application has been developed in a very intelligent way. Not much information is available on the website about the application. Just a Email and LinkedIn profile link of application developer has been provided in contact information. It has been developed by Rahul Goyal, ex-student of IIT Kanpur.

So next time, when you are checking train seats availability, use Indian Rail App. If you find this post useful, Please give your valuable feedback via comments.

Visit Indian Rail App

 

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Productivity

Hindi Keyboards for Android – Part 1

Android is becoming popular day by day specially in countries like India where purchasing iPhone is very costly affair till date. In US and other western countries, telecom operators bundle phones with contracts so situation is different there. In India, Android mobiles and tablets are available in large range which starts from as low as Rs. 3000. Though English is very common language for speaking and writing in India, sometimes there is need for typing in Hindi like for sending SMS or for updating status on Facebook etc. Android phones becoming cheaper day by day are also being used by people not much comfortable in English and for these people its easier to type in Hindi instead of English. Android native keyboard does not have any option to type in Hindi but being an open platform Android allows changing keyboards without much effort. There are third-party keyboard applications available which have functionality for typing in Hindi and other Indian languages.

1. Swiftkey Keyboard (Price – Rs. 99, One month free trial)

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Swiftkey Keyboard is the best selling keyboard for Android. In fact, it is one of the top paid android application in 38 countries including India. Major USP of Swiftky Keyboard is accurate predictions for the words as you type using Artificial Intelligence technology. Recently Flow feature has also been added to Swiftkey which allows swiping the finger for typing the word. Originally there was no option for typing in Hindi in Swiftkey. Support for Hindi has been added only in December 2012.  I am using this keyboard since very long time and it has never failed me in giving correct predictions of words. It has saved a lot of time of mine specially while writing long emails and messages. Now with added support of Hindi its now very easy to type in Hindi on Android. Its Hindi words prediction is very good. The  best part is that all Hindi alphabets have been placed intelligently on one page only.  Apart from Hindi, support has also been added for Hinglish (Typing Hindi words in Roman/Latin script) as well with words prediction. Swiftkey Keyboard one month trial application is also available on Google Play.

Purchase Swiftkey Keyboard from Google Play 

Download Swiftkey Keyboard Trial from Google Play

2. Google Hindi Input (Price – Free)

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Google has recently launched Google Hindi Input application for typing in Hindi. It has two modes available for typing in Hindi. First is Transliteration mode in which you can use English alphabets for typing Hindi words, the same which is being used in Gmail. Second mode is actually using Hindi alphabets for typing Hindi words. Transliteration mode is very easy and faster way to type Hindi. On Hindi keyboard, alphabets have been divided into two pages and to switch between pages you have to use a toggle button which is slightly cumbersome process. 

Download Google Hindi Input from Google Play 

3. Swype (Price – Rs. 53.83, 30 days free trial)

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Swype keyboard has been made available on Google Play recently after remaining in beta for long time . Its main feature is ability to input words by swiping the finger. At present both Prediction and Swiping features are available in Swype as well as in Swiftkey. So it should be matter of personal choice and usability whether to go for Swiftkey or Swype. If fact Hindi support is almost identical in both Swype and Swiftkey. Swype also supports both Hindi and Hinglish languages. I have used Swype only for a while but the placement of Hindi alphabets is not as good as in Swiftkey, I noticed few overlaps also which might be corrected in next versions. Swpye one month trial application is also available on Google Play.

Purchase Swype from Google Play

Download Swype Trial from Google Play

In next part of the series, I will cover more Hindi Keyboards available for Android.

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Finance

Mobile Applications of Indian Banks – Part 2

In first part of the series on mobile applications of Indian banks I have covered HDFC, ICICI and AXIS banks. In this second part of series I am going to provide details about mobile applications of three more Indian banks.

1. CITI BANK

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Citi Bank has named its mobile application Citi Mobile as mentioned on website of Citi Bank India. The application is available for Android, iOS and Nokia phones. There is no application for Blackberry and Windows Phone although a mobile web application has been provided which could be accessed via browser. The services available on the application  are as follows –

– Account Details
– Funds Transfer (including IMPS)
– Bill Payment
– Credit Card
– Requests
– ATM and Branch Locator

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/citibank-in/id467987820?mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citiuat

Nokia – http://store.ovi.com/content/285640

Mobile Web – m.citibank.co.in

 

2. Standard Chartered

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Standard Chartered bank has given very different name to its mobile application – Breeze Mobile. The application is available for Android, iOS and other phones including Blackberry. There is no separate application for Blackberry so I assume it should be normal Java application. I could not find any mention of mobile web application as well. Features of Breeze Mobile have been listed on bank website which are See Your Money, Calendar, List of Transactions and Day and Night Wallpaper.

 

 

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Following things can be done via Breeze Mobile application –

  • Pay your utility bills
  • Transfer funds to other banks in India
  • View account and credit card details on the go
  • Top up a pre-paid mobile phone (across all networks)
  • Find, book and pay for airline tickets (domestic)
  • Choose, book and pay for movie tickets across India
  • Personalize your accounts with icons and nicknames
  • Find the nearest branch or ATM across India

 

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/breeze-india/id460909294?ls=1&mt=8

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.app.scb.breeze.android.main.in.prod

Java Application (including Blackberry) – SMS  BREEZE to 09987123123

 

3. YES BANK

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 YES bank is one of the leading private banks in India but it does not have much in terms of mobile applications. It has application with name of YES Mobile for Android and Java platforms. No application is available even for iOS (Coming soon has been mentioned on YES bank website). The same is applicable for Windows Phone. The application also has very limited features which are mainly related only to Accounts, nothing has been mentioned for Credit Cards. 

 

 

 

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Services available in YES Mobile application are –

  • Balance Inquiry
  • Pay Utility Bills
  • Interbank Fund Transfer
  • Fixed Deposit Enquiry
  • Mini Statement
  • Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS)
  • Request for Cheque Book
  • DTH & Mobile Recharge
  • Make Donations

Download links for the application are as follows –

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atomyes

Java Application (including Blackberry) – SMS “YESMOB” to 567678

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Finance

Mobile Applications of Indian Banks – Part 1

Mobile phones have started to replace desktops and laptops in daily usage specially for accessing Internet and Internet enabled applications. People are using mobile phones for checking various social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn; for emails; for reading news; for reading books, for watching videos etc. This is equally applicable for financial and banking applications as well. In the first post of this series I am going to tell about mobile applications of three leading private Indian banks.

1. HDFC Bank –

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HDFC Bank is leading private and technology savvy bank in India. It has mobile applications for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Blackberry 10, Windows Phone and Nokia phones. It also has mobile web application for doing mobile banking through browser. HDFC Bank mobile application has various sections which are as follows –

  • Accounts
  • Funds Transfer
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Mutual Fund
  • Demat
  • Bill Payment
  • Insta Alerts
  • Others

I have personally used the application on my Android phone and I found the application to be very user-friendly and fast.

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad –  https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/hdfc-bank-mobanking/id515891771

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapwork.hdfc

Windows Phone – http://www.windowsphone.com/en-in/store/app/hdfc-bank/1c68e3c1-c88f-402f-a368-86dd944ce6a8

Blackberry – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/131957

Blackberry 10 – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/23758887

Mobile Web – http://m.hdfcbank.com/

 

2. ICICI Bank

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 ICICI Bank has its mobile application with the name of iMobile. iMobile is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Java phones. As of now there is no application available for Windows Phone. It also has mobile web application for doing mobile banking through browser. ICICI Bank mobile WAP site is also available for non-smartphones.  Services available in iMobile application are as follows –

  • Bank Account
  • Credit Card
  • Loan Account
  • Demat Account
  • mShop
  • Bill Pay
  • iServices

I have personally used the application on my Android phone. Although the application is very useful but I found HDFC Bank mobile application better than iMobile in terms of speed and user interface.

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/icici-bank-imobile/id375276006

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csam.icici.bank.imobile

Blackberry – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/134786

Java Phones – http://mobile.icicibank.com/dl

Mobile Web – http://m.icicibank.com/

 

3. Axis Bank

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Axis Bank has mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Java phones. It seems that its application for Java and Blackberry phone is same as I could not find it in Blackberry World application store. I also could not find any mobile web application for the bank. Services offered on the application are not as much extensive as of HDFC and ICICI as you can see below –

  • Bank Accounts
  • Funds Transfer
  • Bill Payment

Download links for the application are as follows –

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/axis-bank-mobile-application/id517266358

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.csam.axis.activity

Blackberry – http://mobile.axisbank.co.in/dl

Java Phones – http://mobile.axisbank.co.in/dl

In the next part of the series I will take you through mobile applications of other  Indian Banks.

 

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Entertainment

nexGTv – Watch IPL live on your mobile

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If you are looking to watch Indian Premier League (IPL) matches live on your mobile then there is a good news for you. nexGTv is an application which has the official rights for live streaming of IPL matches on mobile phone. This application is available for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Blackberry and few Nokia (not Lumia) phones. Apart from watching live matches you can enjoy Match Repeats, Highlights, 4’s and 6’s, Wickets and IPL Masala on nexGTv application.

Best part of the application is that there is no mandatory requirement of 3G or wi-fi internet connection on the mobile, it works even on 2G connection. As I have tested the application on my Andorid mobile, the application itself is free to download from Google Play store. 

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I am not 100% sure but as I have checked in the application for viewing live matches you have to take their Premium Channel Pack subscription which is available for Rs. 75 for 30 days and for Rs. 20 for 7 days. So far I have not watched live matches on the application as I am not an avid cricket fan. But I have checked Match Highlights section and it works very well. There are few other channels also available in the Premium Channel Pack including Star Plus, Sony, Colors, MTV, Pogo, NDTV 24X7, Life OK, Channel V and many more.

Download links for the application are as follows –

Download from nexGTv Website – http://www.nexgtv.com/nexGtvdwnload.aspx
 
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digivive.offdeck
 
App Store – http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/nexgtv/id495146199?mt=8
 
Blackberry App World – http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/search/nexgtv/?lang=en
 
Nokia Ovi Store – http://store.ovi.com/content/189734
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Entertainment

Listen All India Radio on Android and YouTube

Government of India has started adopting technology in good manner. Recently Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has launched All India Radio services on new technology platforms – Android application and YouTube channel. Apart from this live streaming of FM Gold and Urdu Service has also been started on its website.
All India Radio Android

Android application has been named as AIR NEWS. On this application news is available on both text and voice modes. Mode switch option is available in top right corner of the application. Text mode has been divided into various sections – Headline, National, International, States, Business and Sports Stories. In each section list of all news items is available and details can be seen after clicking on each individual news item. Audio mode is the most interesting part of the application. In this mode there are 3 sections – Audio News, Programs and Language. In Audio News section we can listen news in Hindi, English and Urdu in various time slots depending upon particular language. For example – Hindi section has four time slots – Samachar Prabhat, Dopahar Samachar, Samachar Sandhya and Hourly. Its very nice to listen impressive voice of news anchors Namaskar, Akashvani se prastut hai samachar prabhat after so many years as we rarely listen All India Radio now a days. In Programs section we can listen various current affairs programs like Samayaki, Sportlight, Money Talk, Surkhiyon se Pare etc. News in many Indian languages can be listen Language section. AIR NEWS looks like an application developed by some good professionals as its interface is easy and beautiful.  Application is available in Google Play store, download links are also available in the end of post.
YouTube channel has compilation of various All India Radio programs aired in past like ‘Excerpts from the Speech of Mahatma Gandhi 4-11-47’, ‘Balraj Sahni’, ‘Dilip Kumar’ and many more.

YouTube Channel Link – http://www.youtube.com/user/akashvaniair

Install AIR NEWS from Google Play –
Android app on Google Play

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Entertainment

Google launched Movies on Play and YouTube in India

After launching Google Books and Google Devices recently once again Google has come with something new for India. Google Movies has been launched in India on both Google’s application store Play and YouTube.
 
 
Both renting and purchase options are available on the same concept of CD/DVD shops available in market. Difference is that now you have to watch movies digitally on your computer or Android mobile screen. Movies can be rented or purchased in both HD and SD version. In case of renting a movie, you can watch the movie anytime but before 30 days from the date of renting. Once you start a movie taken on rental, you can watch it as many time as but only for maximum 48 hours. After 48 hours the movie will not be available. You can compare this with a typical DVD rental shop where you have to return the movie to the shop after 24 or 48 hours depending upon agreement with the shop.
 
 
 
Both Hindi and English movies are available in various categories like Action, Comedy, Drama, Family etc. Pricing differs from movie to movie and starts from Rs. 50 and goes up to Rs. 700 depending whether you are renting or purchasing a movie.
 
Enjoy movies !
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Gadgets

Google’s Holi Gift – Nexus 7 Tablet now available in India Play Store

Better late than never, finally the first Google tablet is now available for purchase via Google Play Store (https://play.google.com)  in India. It has been priced at Rs. 15,999 which is higher from its US price but still value for money in comparison of all other tablets available in India. The tablet was launched in July 2012 in US. Although it took too late for Google to release the tablet in India but still its very good move from Google to make this available in India. Till sometime back only Android Apps were available in India Play Store and Google Books were introduced last month. Now Google Play Store in India has three sections Apps, Books and Devices.
Nexus 7 tablet is the first tablet from Google which is manufactured by ASUS. Google partners with various manufactures to build its Nexus line of smartphones and tablets. Nexus 4 smartphone has been manufactured by LG while Nexus 10 tablet has been manufactured by Samsung, both of these devices have not been released in India so far. One distinct feature of Nexus line of products is that these have pure Android operating system without any customization done by manufacturers. Due to this feature, Nexus devices are being updated first with every new version of Android operating system.

The tablet is very fast and having very good build quality. Major features of Nexus 7 tablet are –

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 7 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen
  • Scratch-resistant Corning glass
  • 1280×800 screen resolution
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9  processor
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth (3G or calling facility not available)
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 4325 mAH battery
This tablet should be the first choice if someone is planning to buy a 7 inch tablet now or in near future and willing to sacrifice on 3G or calling facility. Apple iPad mini is available for around Rs. 21000 which is 5000 more than Nexus 7. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is having two versions – wi-fi only is available for around Rs. 12000 while 3G+wi-fi is of same price as Nexus 7. Galaxy Tab 2 is having a dual core processor so Nexus 7 is much faster than Galaxy Tab 2.
Google has shown support for India now so we can hope for availability of other products of Nexus line specially Nexus 4 to be available in India soon.