5 awesome mobiles in the Micromax X series

Micromax has gone onto become one of the most selling mobiles brands in India. While all the buzz surrounds the latest mobiles like Micromax M2 and Micromax Bling 2, the Micromax X series continues to have some of the best value for money mobile phones. In this post we shall look at 5 of the best mobiles from this series. All these mobiles belong to Micromax mobiles below 5000.

Micromax X560Micromax X560: Priced at Rs. 4,237 , the Micromax X560 is the priciest mobile in this list!!. This bar shaped mobile weighs 100 grams and can house two GSM sims simultaneously. With a touch screen interface and a 2 megapixel camera, the X560 is completely worth the money. It would have been better if the touch screen were a little more responsive.

Micromax Psych: The Micromax Psych has almost all the important features of the X560 like touch screen interface and 2 mega pixel camera. The Psych has a better aesthetic appeal as well. Considering that it is cheaper by 1000 rupees compared to the X560, we recommend most people to go with the psych. However please note that the psych has a 2.8 inch touch screen as compared to 3.2 inch touch screen for X560. It does not have Wi-Fi support as well. It comes with a number of different color back covers as well.

Micromax X600Micromax X600: Touch screen and 2.0 megapixel camera seem to be the common minimum features for mobiles in this range. The Micromax X600 costs a little less than Rs. 4000. It is also known as Micromax Gravity because it can switch the active SIM when the user simply rotates the mobile by 360 degrees. The X600 has a 3.2 inch screen but does not have wi-fi connectivity. Micromax should have provided a stylus with the touch screen as the screen is not that responsive.

Micromax X510 PikeMicromax X510: This is simply the most popular mobile in this price range. The X510 Pike comes with a large number of backpanels of different colors. Like all the phones in this post, the Micromax X510 has a 2.0 megapixel camera, dual sim and touch screen. At close to 15 inches, it is one of the thickest phones in this list. However with a price tag of only Rs. 2856, it more than compensates for these minor issues.

 

Micromax X290Micromax X290: The Micromax X290 is quite different from the other four phones in this list. It does not have a touch screen. While the X290 has a camera, it is a 1.3 megapixel one. Even though the phone is available for only Rs. 1,719, it does not have most of the connectivity options. It does not even support social networking and email. So go for this one only if you need a very basic dual sim phone. Otherwise it makes sense to go for the X510.

5 awesome mobiles in the Micromax X series

Chanakya’s Chant Review

This review of Chankya’s Chant by Aswini Sanghi is the first book review done by MySmartPrice. While we had reviewed a few online stores, we have not been able to review any books due to lack of time. However recently I was on a small vacation and got a chance to go through Chanakya’s chant. The book is so good that I wanted to share my views with all wonderful users of MySmartPrice.

Details about Chanakya’s Chant

Review of chanakya's chant Name of the Book: Chankya’s Chant

Author: Ashwin Sanghi

MRP: Rs. 195.0

Price: Rs. 135 (as on June 01) For updated price check Price of Chankya’s chant

 

 

 

Review of Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi

The first thought that came to my mind after reading the book is the movie Rang de Basanti. Similar to the movie, the book has two parallel tracks running in parallel. On one track the author describes the story of Chanakya or Kautilya, one of the most famous characters of history known as  Chandragupta Maurya’s mentor. He single handedly planned and executed the death of Dhanand, the most powerful emperor of his time, to take revenge for the killing of his father. Chanakya’s chant goes deeper into the childhood of Chanakya and his journey to become Kautilya.

The other track of the story takes the reader to the present day. Pandit Gangasagar Mishra draws inspirations from Chanakya to ensure that his protégé Chandini Gupta becomes the Prime Minister of India. Pandit Mishra seems to have taken Chanakya’s advice that the end justifies the means to heart. Nothing can stop him from achieving his ultimate goal. Similar to Chanakya, Pandit Gupta makes use of saam, daam, dand, bhed to accomplish his goals.

Mr sanghi has managed to write a well researched book in a manner that will keep the reader engaged till the end. What I liked the most about the story is that turns of events in the story were quite unpredictable. The book is written in a simple style and there are lots of sharp and witty observations by both Chanakya and Pandit Gupta.

On the negative side, the book is a little too verbose at places and the writer could have kept the number of pages to a lower number by doing away with some gory descriptions. There is a fair bit of profanity in the book as well.

To conclude the Chankya’s chant review, I will suggest to try this book especially if you take interest in history and/or politics. It is a good weekend read as well. This is the first book review done by us. Please let us know what you think of our review of Chankya’s chant. BTW if you are planning to buy the book then find out the best price of Chanakya’s chant.

Chanakya’s Chant Review

Easily find a mobile that meets your needs

MySmartPrice was started to make it easy to answer the question “Where should I buy XYZ?“.  XYZ being a specific book or mobile model. In the last 6 months, while trying to answer that question, we have realized that most non geeks do not start with a specific model in their mind. Rather they start with a statement similar to I want an android based Touch Screen phone in the range of 7-11k. It will be great if it has a A QWERTY keyboard as well. Alternatively they may be looking for a Dual SIM mobile with support for CDMA connection below 6k. While buying a mobile offline that question is answered by the store assistant. We could find a few  tools that try to do something similar in the online world but we were not satisfied with those and decided to create something better for our users.

Here are the answers by the tool for your query for Android Mobiles with touch screen between 7000 and 11000 and here is the answer for Dual Sim CDMA mobiles below 6000. You can see the effect of all our hard work if you change your mind and want to change any of those criteria.

The tool is still under development. Please give it a spin and let us know your feedback in the comments.

 

Easily find a mobile that meets your needs

Nokia E7 Launched. Price drops to Rs. 28,699.

Nokia E7 has been launched in India and its advertisements have started hitting the newspaper and internet. While Nokia E7 Price in India is Rs. 29,999 at launch, some retailers have already dropped the prices and it is now available for as low as Rs. 28,699.

Visit our Nokia E7 page to check the current Nokia E7 Price in India as available in various online stores.

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Nokia E7 is a Business Smartphone with 4 inch AMOLED Display and full slider tilt QWERTY keypad. It supports real time push email including Mail for Exchange and secure internet access via built in VPN.

In my view Nokia E7 is slightly over priced as of now as similar phone HTC Desire Z is available for sub Rs. 25,000 price, in India. I am sure that in couple of months Nokia E7 Price should fall below Rs. 25,000.

Nokia E7 Launched. Price drops to Rs. 28,699.

The Ultimate List of Top Cricket Books

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Beyond a Boundary

Author: C. L. R. James

Part memoir of a West Indian boyhood, part celebration of the game of cricket, this self-portrait of a life spent playing, watching and writing about the game, tells us of its psychology and aesthetics, players the author knew, and the issues of class, race and politics surrounding it. This book is regarded as one of the fines cricket books of all times.

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The Art of Captaincy

Author: Mike Brearley

In what is widely considered the definitive work on the subject, The Art Of Captaincy, Mike Brearley, a psychoanalyst by trade these days–but most famously the England cricket captain behind that dramatic 1981 Ashes victory–delivers his thesis on what makes a leader, on and off the pitch. In his five-year Test career Brearley, a long-standing county captain but never much better than a relatively modestly talented cricketer himself, led England 31 times–winning 18, drawing 9, losing only 4–and explores the key elements of his theories via candid reflections on those experiences.

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Bob Woolmer’s Art and Science of Cricket

Author: Bob Woolmer, Timothy Noakes

This trail-blazing book represents the first time that a cricket coach and a sports scientist (both world experts in their field) have teamed up to create probably the most comprehensive book on playing and coaching cricket there is. The authors’ vision: to develop players who show not only technical but mental strength, and who are as physically fit and injury-resistant as possible. Much more than a coaching manual, this book reflects Bob Woolmer’s passion for constant innovation and questioning his dedication to the art and science of cricket.

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What Is a Googly?: The Mysteries of Cricket Explained

Author: Rob Eastaway

Here at last is a witty and revealing book that demystifies cricket jargon and answers all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Illustrated with pithy and instructive cartoons, it explains where cricket came from, what happens on the field, what the tactics are, and the dos and don’ts of being a spectator. If you’ve ever made a fool of yourself in the pavilion or wondered how to tell who’s winning, then Rob Eastway, co-inventor of the Coopers & Lybrand World Cricket Ratings, has written just the book for you!

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Buy W. G. Grace Ate My Pedalo : A Curious Cricket Compendium

W. G. Grace Ate My Pedalo : A Curious Cricket Compendium

Alan Tyers, Beach

W.G. Grace Ate My Pedalo is a spoof 1896 periodical from The Wisden Cricketer archives that looks at cricketing events of 2010 through a Victorian lens. Highlights include: cricketing insight from the greatest minds of the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin, Oscar Wilde and P.T. Barnum; outrageous tales of dressing-room scandal and derring-do; a panoply of contemporary advertisements (Mr Michael Vaughan’s Patented Hair Restorer, Boycott’s Finest Sticks of Rhubarb), and, of course, the first, exclusive eyewitness account of W.G. Grace and that Pedalo incident. A comedy cricket book of wit, intelligence and cheek that will appeal to cricket fans of all ages, be they members of the MCC or the Barmy Army.

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Buy The States Of Indian Cricket

The States Of Indian Cricket

Author: Ramachandra Guha

The States of Indian Cricket by noted historian and author Ramachandra Guha, is one of the most enjoyable books on cricket and cricketers of India. For the first time within the covers of a single volume, we find an informal, anecdotal, and immensely readable history of Indian cricket.

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Buy Out Of The Box : Watching The Game We Love

Out of the box- Watching the game we love

Author: Harsha Bhogle

Harsha Bhogle in his weekly column in the Indian Express has captured the entire gamut of Indian cricket. Out of the Box brings together the very best of Harsha’s writings, in a book that will be a veritable delight for any cricket fan. Knowledgeable, frank and witty, and with a sense of drama comparable to that of cricket itself, Harsha brings the nation’s cricketing ethos inimitably to life. And he is at his best when paying tribute to some cricketing greats—Lara, Inzamam, Jayasuriya, Ganguly, Sehwag, and the incomparable Tendulkar.

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Pundits from Pakistan: On tour with India, 2003-04

Pundits From Pakistan: On Tour With India, 2003-04

Author: Rahul Bhattacharya

A cricketing romp through Pakistan In early 2004, the Indian cricket team set out for Pakistan. Pundits describes the subsequent tour, detailing the matches, the moods, the games and the players. More than merely that, though, it is also a book about the first major sporting encounter between India and Pakistan in 15 years – a period in which the two countries had fought one war and come close to another. What emerges is a fascinating contemporary account of a beautiful game in its most crucial setting, captured through the eyes of a young Indian discovering Pakistan.

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Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World

Author: Harry Thompson

It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe. Except hold on a minute that’s not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine Colonels’ wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiot Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a whole lot more than you bargained for. Harry Thompson’s hilarious book tells the story of one of those great idiotic enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.

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Buy Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography Celebrating 50 Centuries In Test Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography

Author:  Vaibhav Purandare

This is neither a scorebook, nor the accumulation of facts or the extension of a globally recognised brand. This is the first in-depth and comprehensive biography of Sachin Tendulkar, and it puts Sachin the cricketer and the human being in perspective. Tendulkar’s story is told grippingly, with a wealth of rare, unpublished anecdotes that throw fresh light on a remarkable career. This book probes the psychological birth and growth of the world’s leading batsman, examines the historical forces that shaped his personal and cricketing character, analyses his cricket planning and actions and evaluates the history the man has created, whether by making his Test debut at sixteen or by breaking records with a stunning regularity.

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The Ultimate List of Top Cricket Books

Top 5 Nokia touch screen phones with prices

Few days back I had written a post about touch screen mobiles below 10000. That post has got an exceptionally good response and many people asked us to do brand wise posts as well. Since we are an India based startup, we did not have to think twice about which brand to start with. It had to be Nokia.

This post is an extensive list of Nokia touch screen phones with prices. Since this is a blog post, the prices will get obsolete very fast. If you want to get the updated price of Nokia touch screen mobile phones then please visit the Nokia touch screen mobile price in India page which gets updated on a regular basis.

Nokia touch screen phones above 20,000

Nokia N8: If you want the best possible touch screen phone released by Nokia, then it has to be the Nokia N8. It has got a 3.5 inch touch screen made from the brilliant Amoled glass. The Nokia N8 price in India as on 7th March 2011 is Rs. 22,700. You can get it for 22,400 because of our tie up with BuyThePrice. Other important properties of the Nokia N8 include a 12 megapixel camera, 16 gb internal memory and a dedicated graphic processor.

Nokia touch screen phones below 10000

Affordable mobiles has been one of the most important reason for the dominance of Nokia in the Indian market. Nokia has got two awesome touch screen phones at this price point. The Nokia 5233 best price is Rs. 5,999 whereas the price of Nokia 5235 in India is Rs. 8059. Please note that this price was valid as on 10th of March 2011. If you want the updated price then please check in our main site.

Nokia touch screen mobile phones between 10,000 and 20,000

This post can not reach its logical conclusion unless we talk about the touch screen phone available in the middle price segment. The Nokia C7 is the best touch screen mobile available in this price range. It sports a 3.5 inch touch screen with 640×640 resolution. Most importantly it has a 8 mega pixel camera as well. The  C7 makes use of the Symbian operating system and runs on an ARM 11, 680 Mhz processor. The C7 has got a good battery life and several additional features as well.

Top 5 Nokia touch screen phones with prices

Now get additional discounts on MySmartPrice

Some of you who follow me (@sitakanta) on twitter or our official twitter account (@mysmartprice), then you would have seen some strange status updates at odd hours last night. That was me working on the first twitter application of my life.The application is done and we are happy to announce that we have additional savings for you.

Get Buytheprice Coupon with a simple tweet

Buytheprice.com has provided us with 900 exclusive coupons for people who buy any mobile phone through MySmartPrice. You just need to tweet a simple message to get the coupon code. The buytheprice coupon will be valid for 7 days and one person can get a single coupon only.

See the buytheprice discount coupon in action

The coding part got over just recently and the coupon integration is just rolling out. You can see them on Nokia N8 and Samsung Galaxy Tab pages.

Now get additional discounts on MySmartPrice

Touch screen mobiles below 10000 in India

At a not so distant past, touch screen phones were one of things that only the rich could indulge in. Looking for a touch screen mobile for anything less than 10,000 rupees would have been a laughable thing. But a sudden drop in the prices of mobile phones has made a large number of phones available for less than Rs. 10,000. As a matter of fact at the bottom of our page about touch screen mobiles, you will see a large number of touch screen mobiles for less than Rs. 2,000!! In this post we shall look at some of the best mobile phones available at a price point below Rs. 10,000.

Touch screen mobiles below 10000

Nokia 5235: The Nokia 5235 is one of the best 3G touch screen mobiles available for less than 10,000 Rupees. It happens to be the most expensive one amongst all our recommendations in this post. It comes with a 3.2 inch TFT(Thin Film Transistor) resistance touch screen. The Nokia 5235 runs on the Symbian operating system. The processor is an ARM 11 processor. It has got a 2 megapixel camera but no wi-fi support. The Nokia 5235 is available for Rs. 8,499 in India.

Touch screen mobiles below 8000

Nokia 5230
Nokia 5230

Nokia 5230: The 5230 is another touch screen phone from the Xpressmusic family of Nokia. Similar to the 5235, the 5230 has a 3.2” TFT screen. Even the 5230 does not have any wi-fi support though it supports 3G networks. It has got an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and a number of really useful apps like skype. Both these phones enjoy the impressive support network of Nokia available almost anywhere in India. The cost of Nokia 5230 is only Rs. 7,028.

Touch screen mobiles below 7000

Micromax A60: The Micromax A60 is the cheapest Android mobile available in India. If you want to experience the Android platform and do not have the budget for more expensive models then the Andro A60 is one of the best choices. The screen is a 2.8” resistive one. The screen may create small problems at times but that should be good enough considering the fact that the best price of Micromax A60 is only Rs. 6,275.

Touch screen mobiles below 6000

Nokia 5233: The Nokia 5233 just qualifies for this category by a single rupee as the Nokia 5233 price in India is Rs. 5,999. In spite of being cheaper than the 5230 and 5235, the mobile has a 3.2” touch screen (same as 5230 and 5235 and better than the A60). It features number of interesting things like proximity sensor and accelerometer as well.

Touch screen mobiles below 5000

Lava A10: When I started writing this post about touch screen mobiles below 1000, I did not intend to have an entry for any mobile below 5000. But the Lava A10 available for Rs. 4,427 is actually good enough to deserve an entry in this list. The Lava A10 is a dual sim touch screen mobile. It has a 3 inch IPS touch screen. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera. It supports GPRS connections but does not have wi-fi or 3G connectivity.

Touch screen mobiles below 10000 in India

Learnings from 4 months after Starting Up

It has been more than 4 months since we said good bye to our jobs and started working on MySmartPrice.com. Since we have benefitted a lot by posts of other entrepreneurs about their failure, struggle and success , it is only fair that we share our experiences with the community as well. May be someone will manage to find some small motivation from it. We will particularly concentrate on some of the fear/doubts that we had while getting started on this journey and how they have played out in these 4 months days.

Living on 25K is difficult but possible: We were very clear from the first day that we will not monetize the site or think of raising any funding till we get the user experience right and build a good traction with users. That meant we have to survive on earnings from side projects for about a year. In order to be able to give maximum possible time to our startup we have to make do with the least amount of money that is absolutely necessary to survive. That has meant that we had to move from taxi to shared auto, using bike instead of car, living in the outskirts of the city or having daughter’s birthday at home instead of in some restaurant. We will be fooling ourselves if we say that it is easy. It is not. But given the alternative of not working on something that we so strongly and passionately believe in, we will choose this difficult life any day.

Side projects are a torture because they need us to stop working on something that we were 150% involved in last night and start working on something else. There are many things, like responding to customer feedback or code failure due to some stupid issue etc, that do not stop simply because we have to work on a client project. May be there is a better way to handle the project and we are trying to learn it but the only thing we will suggest is that do not go for this route as your first option.

People will notice when you do something good I could have never expected the CTO of MakeMyTrip or a product manager at Google to stop by to appreciate what we have done. Obviously these people get to see much more awesome things but still they have been kind enough to cheer us along this tough journey. A lot of bloggers have gone out of their way to introduce us to their readers. There is no way we can thank them enough. Bottom line is always strive to make a product that is simple, usable and does not confuse the user and never ever compromise on quality. It you stick to it, people will start taking notice.

People will notice even more when you are sloppy While we were busy developing the mobile pricelists, the books section was unattended and some of the functionalities were broken. We had assumed that since traffic levels are low, no one will notice during the few days it will take us to complete the new feature. Five emails within two days made us realize people do notice sloppiness. I hope we have learnt our lessons and will not let that happen ever in future. If something is broken and you know about it, it’s a crime not to fix it. Just fix it.

You will be amazed by what you can do: Sita was coming back to technology after 2 years at IIM Bangalore and 3 years in banking. I was a manager and into pre-sales and consulting for the last four years. So if anyone had asked us if we can develop a complete crawler in PHP, work with MySQL internal APIs to get the autosuggest to work properly, obtain millisecond response time with JavaScript and simultaneously market the site to get it to 1000 users a day mark within 100 days, our answer would have been have you lost your mind? But the fact is that not only we have done all that, but a number of other initiatives, like an Ajax based Mobile Finder, are already in the pipeline.

interesting life of entrepreneurs

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Thanks to Rodinhood and unpluggd for telling us about the interesting life to expect. But it has been totally worth it till now and hope it continues to be so.

Learnings from 4 months after Starting Up