Month: November 2012

QMobile Noir A2 : A Review

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Few months ago, QMobile Noir A2 gained popularity among Pakistani mobile users due to its fast processing speed and reasonable features in very low price. Qmobile Noir A2 is an Android based smartphone equipped with Gingerbread 2.3.6 version, 3.2 MP rear camera with 0.3 MP front camera, 1GHz single core Processor (ARM v7),172 MB internal memory, 235 MB RAM, 3.5 Inches Capacitive touchscreen, TV out feature, 32 GB MicroSD card support, FM Radio, 3.5 mm jack output, Wifi, Bluetooth, USB etc but without GPS and 3G.

Qmobile Noir A2 is still leading the market in its cheap category under 9K pak rupees, although there are also some cheap china made smartphones like Gfive A68 and A79 available. It is not a secret that QMobile is also a Pakistani importer & distributor of China made mobiles.

Please read the detailed review of Qmobile Noir A2 published on November 21, 2012. These are some important points of this review:

► 3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen (Multi-touch feature)
► HVGA display screen resolution (320 x 480 pixels)
► Maximum 5 homescreen panes with easy switching
► Dual SIM, Dual standby, Dual Band (900 / 1800)
► Dimensions: 114 x 61 x 12.9 mm (Height x Width x Thickness)
► Approximate Weight : 120g (battery included)
► 1 GHz single core processor (as claimed by QMobile)
► Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with QAPPS support
► CPU : MT 6575 Chipset, ARM v7 Processor revision 10
► BogoMIPS: 1998.84 MHz (Checked using Quadrant Standard Benchmark)
► GPU : PowerVR SGX 531
► Quadrant Benchmark Score: 1577
► AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 3313
► NenaMark 2.4 Benchmark Score: 29.9
► Google Play Store version 3.9.16
► Adobe Flash support: YES (Version 11.1 checked)
► Internal Memory : 172 MB (90 MB free user memory available)
► RAM : 235 MB
► Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Tethering and portable hotspot
► GPRS Class 12, EDGE Class 12
► 3G : Not supported
► GPS : Not supported
► 3.15 MP (2048 x 1536) rear camera, Auto-focus, geo-tagging, face detection
► Camera Flash light : NO
► 0.3 MP front video call camera
► MicroUSB 2.0 port (charging) and stereo bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support
► MicroSD slot (supported upto 32 GB), 4GB memory card included
► Standard 3.5 mm audio jack support
► Sensors: Motion, Proximity, Accelerometer
► Stereo FM Radio (with record as 3gpp audio file)
► TV Out feature (HDMI cable not included in the box)
► Android Live Wallpapers
► Documents To Go 2.5 Full version  (Create/ Edit/ View  of doc, xls, ppt, pdf files)
► Android Web Browser, Opera Mini 6.5 pre-installed
► Google Search & Voice-input search
► PC Suite software (with driver installation CD)
► Video chat support via wifi network (on Skype, Yahoo and Tango)
► Social media Integration (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger, MSN talk Pro, Gtalk, Google Maps, Latitude, Places etc)
► E-Mail solution (GMail, Yahoo Mail, Android Mail)
► Saavn, Calendar,AccuWeather widget, Angry Birds and Talking Tom pre-installed
► Practically unlimited phonebook
► Text messages in threaded view
► 1300 mAh Lithium ion standard battery, approx 6 hrs talk time, 10 hrs music play, 4.5 hrs web surfing (wifi), 5 hrs video playback, 60 hrs standby time (tested).
Price: 8700 Pak rupees (Karachi, Lahore confirmed)

Major Disadvantages of QMobile Noir A2:
► Low internal memory (only 90 MB internal storage available out of 172 MB)
► Low RAM ( approx. 40-50 MB free RAM available out of 235 MB)
► NO GPS support
► NO 3G support (this is not a disadvantage if you are in a country like Pakistan where 3G services are still not available for mobile users)

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Make Backup of Installed Apps of Your Android Phone on Memory Card (as .apk files)

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There are many Android users who want to make backup of installed applications of their Android phone or tablet on memory card (SD card). The possible reasons are as follows:

  • User want to apply full factory reset which will erase all manual installations.
  • User want to install same apps on another Android phone without any internet connection.
  • User have installed an application which has moderate importance for him but due to insufficient internal storage of phone, he want to uninstall it.

There may be any other reason for you but if this is the case, then My APKs is an ultimate solution for you. This is the best backup & restore solution of installed applications for your Android phone. This is completely FREE and also ADS FREE application. A must have application for your Android devices.

Main Features of “My APKs” application:

Create backup of installed applications on memory card. You have option to manually select every single installed application or just make a backup of ALL installed apps by a single click. I have 38 installed apps and it took approximately 15 seconds (for 57MB size) to save all these apps on SD Card as “.apk” files. It is assumed that you already know what is “apk” file (Android Application Package). For more info, please read this article.

The home screen of My APKs shows a list of all installed applications. Select any application and long press on the screen will show some options for you like:

Details : Shows information about installed application like version number, installation date, updated date, file size, permissions etc.

Copy to : Select the folder on memory card to save the selected application as a .apk file. I have manually created new folder named as “My_APKs”.

Share (apk) : Share the selected app via wifi, bluetooth, email, skype etc.

Share (url) : Share the web link of selected app present on Google Play Store.

Report : Save the list of all installed applications on SD card as txt, html or pdf file.

These are the screenshots of My APKs application running successfully on QMobile Noir A2 (1GHz version, Gingerbread 2.3.6):

The best part is that you can also save system apk files like Google Play Store. First, you have to select option “Load System Apps too : YES” under “Settings” Menu. Then make a backup which will save all apk files (APK Folder size : 176 MB for my case). One can easily find the required apk saved file if browse it from Android File Manager as seen in the screen shots above.

Developer’s Website link