Sunday, July 27, 2014

First Bike Trip - The good times begin

This post will not make a lot of sense if you have not read the first and second part of this recollection.

As I mentioned towards the end of the last post, the first good sign (other than the fun ride) was the food. Also, the dorm style accommodation was fun as we spent a lot of time like kids in a school or something chatting, doing pranks and lot of stuff. We also did not refrain from cursing the organizers quite some for the disastrous planning and such things. Needless to say, after dinner close to midnight and all that chit chat, dawn wasn't too far away when we dozed off.

When we woke up, not a lot of us were looking forward to the day, considering how bad the approach road to the 'resort' had been. But, considering that we had come and we had to make the most of it, a few of us did go out, and boy were we in for a surprise. The surrounding was a bliss. Green around a stream in front. How many people get to see that the first time they get out of a room. All of a sudden all that angst from the previous night was gone into thin air. The view was pure bliss. After freshening up, and a full and awesome breakfast, the next plans were chalked out. There was a trek planned through the scenery around. This also included parts of the forest. Half a day spent in the wild and drenched in rain was fun.

The way back to Bangalore was pretty uneventful. The ride was awesome though. This time all the bikers stuck together. There was a linear arrangement with people taking turns at the lead. Also the rule that everyone keep a lookout for the one in front and the one right behind so that if any one goes amiss everyone gets aware of this and stops. This, I realized is a good way to do a bike trip and I should have added the Safety Tips for Bikers I wrote some time back for IndiaStudyChannels. Have followed it in other trips as well.  Other than the fact that it ensures that no one gets left out or reduces the risk, this also looks awesome, if someone would capture a pic of this.

Mi3 - Are you kidding me?

One of my friends recently asked me to take a look at the configuration of the Xiaomi Mi3 when I was asking around for good phones. I have been thinking of buying a new phone for quite some time, but some of the new phones capture my attention and I want to get customer reviews before I splurge money on phones and that makes me wait. Now this phone, if the statements are to be believed are going to take over the market. Imaging the specifications given below for a price of Rs. 13999.

Specifications of Mi3

In the Box Handset, USB 2.0 Cable, User Guide, Charger
Brand Mi
Model ID Mi3
Form Bar
SIM Size Mini SIM
SIM Type Single SIM, GSM
Touch Screen Yes
Call Features       Loudspeaker

Operating Freq     GSM - 850, 900, 1800, 1900; WCDMA - 2100
OS Android v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Processor 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8274AB, Quad Core
Graphics                        Adreno 330

Type LCD
Size 5 Inches
Resolution Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Other Display Features       IPS Display

Primary Camera Yes, 13 Megapixel
Secondary Camera Yes, 2 Megapixel
Flash Dual LED
Video Recording Yes, 1920 x 1080
HD Recording HD, Full HD
Other Camera Features        Aperture f/2.2, Wide-angle 28 mm, CMOS

Size                                   73.6x144x8.1 mm
Weight 145 g

Type Li-Ion, 3050 mAh

Memory and Storage
Internal 16 GB
Memory 2 GB RAM

Internet & Connectivity
Internet Features Email
Preinstalled Browser Android
3G Yes, 42 Mbps HSPA+
Wifi Yes
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB, v2
Tethering USB
Navigation Technology A-GPS, GLONASS, with Google Maps
Bluetooth Yes, v4, Supported Profiles (HID)
Audio Jack 3.5 mm

Music Player Yes, Supports MP3
Video Player Yes
FM Yes
Sound Enhancement       Microphone Support, Dirac HD Audio Software

Other Features
Call Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
Phone Book Memory Yes
Sensors Light Sensor, Touch Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, eCompass, Barometer Sensor, Accelerometer
Additional Features Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Direct, Haptic Feedback Support, USB On-the-go, Wi-Fi Tethering

From what I hear, this kind of configuration is not available in India for prices below 30K INR in any other phone. If that is true, and the phone has no other drawbacks, then what makes it profitable? I hear that Xiaomi, the Chinese company, name Mi in the international market has a service driven costing model. It is said that the cost of the phone makes them no profit, but they provide additional charged services that brings in the money. This seems to have been a success in China. What do you think about this? Would it work in India? I think it will, at least considering the fact that FlipKart, its only authorized sales partner in India reported a site crash on the day of its launch, owing to too much traffic. 

If you find this phone interesting, you may . I hear FlipKart has a decent service record, at least for phones sold exclusively through them as people who got MotoG seem to claim.