Planning to buy the Moto E? Read this before you place your order

Motorola in its comeback avatar appears to have geared up to overtake all competition in budget smartphone market in India which is otherwise dominated by homegrown manufacturers such as Micromax, Lava, and Xolo. Having already won much goodwill with its budget Moto G smartphone, the company on Tuesday introduced its much-awaited, low-cost Moto E smartphone, that packs in a lot of potential.

The Moto E has been launched in India at a price of Rs 6,999 and is available in India only via online store Flipkart. Here are my first impressions on Motorola’s entry-level Android smartphone from the brief period that I used it at the Delhi launch event.

The Moto E is in line with the design principles that the Moto G and Moto X are based on, making it look like the other two Motorola phones, but the absence of front camera and flash on the rear will make it easier for you to identify the phone. There are phones in this price range that come with front camera, but these cameras are so poor in quality that they remain more of a showpiece than of any value. The phone’s 5 megapixel camera captures impressive pictures in terms of both colour and detail.

The Moto E has been launched in India at a price of Rs 6,999 and is available in India only via online store Flipkart.

The Moto E has been launched in India at a price of Rs 6,999 and is available in India only via online store Flipkart.

I tested the camera in both soft-light and outdoor conditions, and the results were far better than what I had envisioned after first hearing the price. You may feel the absence of flash in low-light conditions. Given the experience it offers at this price, many would ignore the absence of flash, but I do wish Motorola had included the flash. Yet, I would not state the absence of front camera here as a major downside. The phone’s camera settings offers limited options to customize images. It also lets you trim and edit videos shot on the phone in slow motion on the device itself.

The phone has a 4.3-inch display and therefore is compact. It feels comfortable in hands; its plastic back with matte finish has a slightly rubbery feel that makes it easier to grip the device. The 12.3mm thickness of the phone may make you presume it to be weird-looking device, but it is not the case. Its curved back makes it look less thicker than what it would have appeared otherwise. The phone looks sophisticated.

Its display has good viewing angles and produces vivid colours. The touchscreen is very responsive and it’s smooth to navigate on the phone. The phone has a speaker at the front that produces loud music and fairly clear sound.

The phone is available in standard black and white colours, but its back panel is changeable. The swappable Motorola Shells for the Moto E come in a wide variety of colours, which will be listed on Flipkart, where the phone will go on sale starting Wednesday. The phone has three slots under the rear panel – two for SIMs and one for microSD card that supports up to 32GB of cards. The phone’s internal memory – which stands at 4GB (out of which only 2.2GB is user accessible) – is unlikely to suffice users, so they have an option for additional storage. While its rear panel is removable, users can’t take out the battery.

While some Android phones lack the built-in FM radio, the Moto E has it. The dual-SIM Moto E, as the company says, has an intelligent calling feature that learns your usage pattern to determine the best SIM for an outgoing call – which is actually based on your past behaviour.

On the software front also, the Moto E is a step ahead of other devices in this price range. The phone runs the latest version of Android – Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It comes with a guaranteed software update. The Moto E, Motorola says, will receive at least one software update to the current OS. Under the hood is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor along with 1GB of RAM.

The phone looks promising, but I would like to hold my verdict until I test it on other parametres including performance and battery.

Motorola Moto E: Detailed specifications
General Featires
In the Box Handset with Built-in Battery, QSG and Warranty Card, Charger, Headset, Back Door
Brand Motorola
Model ID XT1022
Form Bar
SIM Size Micro SIM
SIM Type Dual SIM, GSM + GSM, (Dual Standby)
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive
Call Features Loudspeaker
Handset Color Black
Platform
Operating Freq GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100
OS Android v4.4 (KitKat)
Processor 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Dual Core
Graphics Adreno 302, 400 MHz Single
Display
Size 4.3 Inches
Resolution qHD, 960 x 540 Pixels
Other Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Camera
Primary Camera Yes, 5 Megapixel
Secondary Camera No
Flash No
Video Recording Yes, 30 fps
Dimensions
Size 64.8×124.8×12.3 mm
Weight 142 g
Battery
Type Li-Ion, 1980 mAh
Memory and Storage
Internal 4 GB
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 32 GB
Memory 1 GB RAM
Internet & Connectivity
Internet Features Email
Preinstalled Browser Android
3G Yes, 21.1 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA; HSPA+
Wifi Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB, v2
Navigation Technology GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, with Google Maps
Bluetooth Yes, v4, Supported Profiles (LE)
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Multimedia
Music Player Yes, Supports MP3
Video Player Yes, Supports H.264, H.263, MP4, HD
FM Yes
Sound Enhancement Front Ported Loudspeaker Orientation, Audio Chip
Other Features
Call Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
Phone Book Memory Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Additional Features P2i, Single White LED
Warranty
Warranty Summary 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories

Source: IBNLive

6 reasons Moto E is best cheap smartphone

Motorola has shaken up the entry-level smartphone market with its new offering, Moto E. The new smartphone offers decent hardware, latest Android version, promises latest software updates and boasts of full-day battery life. With these features, Moto E seems to be a good option for those switching from feature phones or want a smartphone without burning a hole in their pocket.

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We take a look at six reasons that make Moto E the best entry-level smartphone in India.

moto e smartphone

moto e smartphone

Moto E offers a 4.3-inch display, latest version of Android, dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera and full-day battery life (as Motorola claims) at just Rs 6,999. These features make Moto E among the best smartphones at this price point.

moto e smartphone

moto e smartphone

Moto E offers 4.3-inch display with 960x540p resolution in a segment dominated by 3.5-inch to 4-inch screens and low resolution displays. The touch experience is great, acknowledging the lightest of touch inputs easily. Additionally, the screen is layered with Gorilla Glass 3, so the display is better protected against scratches compared to rival handsets.

Even though contrast and viewing angles are not exactly something to write home about, Moto E’s display is among the best in the entry-level segment today.

Moto E is the only smartphone running the latest version of Android, KitKat. It comes with stock version of Google’s mobile operating system and is free of unnecessary bloatware.

Additionally, Motorola has already promised that it will seed the next major build of Android (expected to be Android 4.5 or 5.0, likely to be unveiled in June) to this smartphone.

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No smartphone from a major company offers 1GB RAM at Rs 7,000. This is a huge plus for Motorola’s entry-level offering, as it is less likely to face ‘out of memory’ errors while running apps that demand resources. Moreover, the dual-core Snapdragon processor and Android 4.4, coupled with the 1GB of RAM, will ensure that the smartphone runs smoothly.

Moto E features a splash-resistant coating inside as well as outside the body, so that it can withstand a little water. This means that you don’t have water damage as soon as few drops of water hit the smartphone. Of course, you still can’t dunk it in the water and think that it will perform perfectly.

While most phones come with only black and white colour options, Moto E provides buyers the option to change the back cover to a more colourful hue. Some of the colour options include red, pink, green, yellow, turquoise etc. You can also opt for grip shells, which protect the device from damage in case it is dropped accidentally.

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Source: Times of India

Motorola launches budget smartphone Moto E at Rs 6999

Motorola has barged into the sub-Rs 10,000 segment with the new Moto E smartphone. Just like its two recently launched smartphones Moto G and X, the economical model Moto E will be exclusively available via online retailer Flipkart in the Indian market. The new smartphone is priced at Rs 6,999 and it will be up for sale starting May 14.

moto e smartphone

moto e smartphone

Moto E has a 4.3-inch display with 960x540p resolution, making it the only smartphone offering a high quality display at this price point. The dual sim phone runs on the latest Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS, and Motorola has promised that it will upgrade the smartphone to the next major version of Android. The smartphone packs a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Unlike Moto X and G, this phone supports microSD cards for storage expansion.

The budget offering of Motorola sports a 5MP camera on the back, but does not have rear LED flash and front camera. It can access the internet over 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks, while data can be transferred via microUSB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. The smartphone has a decent 1,980mAh battery and Motorola claims it can last a whole day once fully charged. Motorola has used a nano-coating that will make the smartphone resistant to splashes, so that it does not get damaged in rain.

Moto E will come in black and white colours and Motorola is offering swappable back covers and grip shells.

Motorola is eyeing the large number of mobile phone users who are switching from feature phones to budget smartphones with Moto E. At this rate and with these specifications, Moto E is likely to be a hot seller and take the market by a storm. This game changer handset can be expected to give several domestic players a run for their money in this bracket.

Source: Times of India

5 Ways To Get Job Recruiters To Come To You

It’s easy to be overlooked as a job seeker.

When you apply for a role advertised by a company, you’re probably competing against dozens, if not more, for the position. On top of that, you’re likely submitting your applications through online filtering systems, where they often get lost in the resume black hole.

“Unfortunately, most job seekers never hear back about an application unless by some miracle their details come up in a fluke search, often several months later,” says Paul Slezak, co-founder of RecruitLoop.

But if you can get a recruiter to approach you about a specific role, the level of competition is dramatically reduced, and your visibility skyrockets. “The candidate doesn’t have to fight to be represented (after all, the recruiter has come knocking), and the job seeker has far more ability to call the shots – especially around salary,” Slezak explains.

That’s why getting a recruiter to approach you may be your best chance at landing a job. But this is no easy feat. We asked career experts what you can do to get them them to come looking for you. Here’s what they said:

1. Establish yourself as a thought leader in your field. Independent human resources consultant Jay Canchola says if you have a reputation for being an “expert,” you will increase the probability that a recruiter finds you.

Slezak agrees. He says stand-out candidates are those who write for industry blogs, attend and participate in speaking engagements, and ultimately “create a bit of professional buzz on social media.” “These are the types of people recruiters set their sights on,” he says. “It might mean getting outside your comfort zone. But if you want to become sought after, it’s what you’ll need to do.”

2. Build and engage with your network. “This is about leadership, initiative, and getting involved in your industry and community,” says Deborah Shane, a career author, speaker, and media and marketing consultant. She says people naturally refer and recommend others who they follow, have a relationship with, and who they respect.

“Networking is by far the most important activity in the career and business worlds, both in person and online. It should be strategic, purposeful, and fun,” she says.

How can you grow and strengthen your network? Shane suggests engaging in small talk at events and establishing commonality. Then stay in touch and keep the conversation going.

Building a strong network gives you the opportunity to meet and engage with people who could become referral sources, advocates, and great connections. You never know who might pass your name along to a recruiter.

3. Maintain a LinkedIn profile that is up to date and 100% complete. It’s not just a matter of having the profile, Slezak says. “You need to build your connections and have solid references from past employers or testimonials from former clients.”

And it shouldn’t stop there. “Think about joining relevant groups. Not only those relevant to your career, but groups where recruiters will be able to recognize your contribution,” he says.

Other tips for using LinkedIn to stand out to recruiters: share interesting and relevant articles, endorse your connections, and use a professional headshot and customizable URL.

4. Showcase your work on a personal website. A 2013 study from Workfolio found that 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool, yet only 7% of job seekers actually have a one.

Create a basic website to display your work. Make it easy to find, and promote the site across your social networks.

In addition to displaying samples of your work, your website or blog should include a brief bio, contact information, your resume or professional objective, and testimonials from former clients, colleagues, and/or business associates.

5. Become a recruiter’s referral point. Try to refer potential job candidates to recruiters so that you get on their radar and they think of you when a job becomes available.

“Many years ago somebody referred at least half a dozen A-grade candidates to me,” Slezak says. “We never actually met, but I knew what he did for a living. So when an opportunity came up that I thought would suit him perfectly, I reached out to him exclusively since he’d been very generous to me by referring top talent. This was my way of saying thanks. He ended up getting the job and is still there today.”

Source: Business Insider, India

Flipkart to offer same day delivery amid rising e-commerce battle

The ongoing battle for supremacy in the Indian online retail industry already has a clear winner — the customer — as companies trip over each other to provide the best and most innovative service. The latest salvo has come from flipkart, the market leader, which on Monday launches same-day delivery across all categories in 10 cities. The importance of customer service, especially in last-mile delivery, is apparent as the Bangalore-based online marketplace has launched three new service in April.

The seven-year-old firm, which reached the milestone of annual sales of $1 billion (over Rs 6,000 crore) in March, has introduced deliveries on Sundays in 10 cities when a customer places an order on Saturday. Most other online sites do not deliver on Sundays. It is also piloting “try and buy” for a few fashion categories like men’s and women’s jeans in Bangalore.

“We have been working on this service (same-day delivery) for quite some time and we felt this is the right time to launch,” said Sachin Bansal, co-founder and chief executive of Flipkart. “Customers want quick service and we are able to offer this to them at scale.” These delivery features come at a time when there is a growing feeling among experts that Flipkart has been slipping up on customer service innovation and losing out to Amazon India.

Amazon.in, which entered the Indian market just 10 months ago, has scaled up its product selection rapidly and has about 23 categories offering over 15 million products. It launched women’s ethnic apparel less than a week ago. Earlier this month, Flipkart said it had millions of products across 21 categories and 40 sub-categories. At peaktimes, the Bangalore-based company ships 1.3 lakh products a day. Amazon India has been testing out a number of new features on the service side too. In March, it launched same-day delivery as a pilot in Mumbai.

“Flipkart should know the Indian customer better and provide innovative solutions faster,” said Ashish Jhalani, head of advisory firm eTailing India. “They should figure out something that Amazon is just not able to do in India.” Flipkart’s Bansal said that that being the leader in innovation is important for the company. “But we do not believe in thinking small. We want to expand services to as many categories and geographies as possible.” In fact, the competition to provide better customer service in last-mile delivery is evident in the way Flipkart and Amazon have been playing catch up.

Google Provides Entrepreneurs with Free Intuit Websites

Google celebrated entrepreneurial spirit on Monday with the launch of Google for Entrepreneurs, a website featuring a number of programs and resources for motivated individuals in the field of business.

“Startups and entrepreneurs have the power to build technologies and creative solutions that transform the world and move us forward,” commented Google Head of Global Entrepreneurship Outchreach Mary Grove in a company blog post.

Grove also cited statistics showing the presence of 400 million entrepreneurs worldwide, representing 54 different countries.

The initiative, available at google.com/entrepreneurs, provides the business community with focuses on partnerships, Google programs, and a feature that provides start-ups with tools from the online search giant.

However, what may be more notable to the web hosting community, in particular is a resource allowing entrepreneurs to set up websites featuring a year’s worth of free hosting. The opportunity is made available thanks to a partnership with small business provider Intuit, a company renowned for its QuickBooks accounting software along with its website creator.

Other free features include customization tools and training. Intuit Websites previously made hosting-relevant news when it was acquired by web-centric company Endurance International in August.

The top online search presence previously provided the country of India with free business websites, an initiative announced in November of last year. That service was made possible through a partnership with web host HostGator.

Google kicked off its Google for Entrepreneurs Week Sunday by announcing business partnerships with a number of companies in 26 cities worldwide.

Source: TheHN

How to find new business ideas in everyday life

None of those ideas will come to you by thinking really hard in a vacuum. You have to get out in the world and practice behaviors that lead you to new ideas. “Innovation is not about how smart you are; it’s about the hunt for ideas,” Boynton says. “Behavior trumps IQ.”

The idea for Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom was born on a family vacation. Walt Disney was visiting Tivoli Gardens, one of Europe’s oldest amusement parks, when he realized he could create a bigger, better version in California. His method is not unusual: Great entrepreneurs find new business ideas by paying attention to opportunities in everyday life.

“The world around you is filled with ideas that can be useful,” says Andy Boynton, co-author of The Idea Hunter (Jossey-Bass, 2011).

By learning to think and act in ways that bring new opportunities to light, you can find a constant stream of business ideas in everyday life. Here are three tips to help you find inspiration in the world around you.

1. Keep a list of opportunities
“At any given time, there’s a job that has to get done,” Boynton says, meaning the world is full of problems that need to be solved. As you go about daily life, keep a running list of jobs that others have abandoned, ignored, or failed to address effectively. Each is a potential opportunity.

“Start with your own experience,” Boynton says. Ask yourself, what bugs me? What could be easier? More fun? More convenient? Your own frustrations will guide you to real problems that can drive a new business idea.

2. Hunt for ideas in diverse places
New ideas require creativity, which thrives on novelty and diversity. You might find a great idea while you’re on vacation or unexpected inspiration in an experimental art exhibit. “If you open your eyes, the answer is there,” Boynton says. “But your world has to be broad enough and diverse enough to feed you the ideas you need.”

Your search needs to be intentional. “When effective idea hunters talk to people, they’re not just going through a social dance,” Boynton says. They’re looking to learn what others know or do — mining the world around them for useful ideas.

3. Notice how others solve business problems
In any situation, you are surrounded by problems that someone has tried to solve. Each is an opportunity to learn. Start noticing how convenience stores organize inventory, how packaging catches your eye, or how Amazon encourages impulse buys.

You might find a better way to solve the same problem or inspiration for solving a different problem. “You really can borrow and reuse ideas, and reapply them,” Boynton says. “If you develop a mental habit of [noticing others' solutions], it opens your eyes to what’s out there.”

 

Source: Yahoo

None of those ideas will come to you by thinking really hard in a vacuum. You have to get out in the world and practice behaviors that lead you to new ideas. “Innovation is not about how smart you are; it’s about the hunt for ideas,” Boynton says. “Behavior trumps IQ.”

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