The Telegraph
| Sunday, October 27, 2013 |


Mixed Bag

Published on 26 October 2013

It's just got bigger and better!

Blackberry, the Canadian smartphone maker has announced the arrival of its biggest smartphone called Z30, which boasts a 5-in display screen. The new all-touch Z30 smartphone operates on the BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2 and will hit the Indian market early next week at a price of Rs 39,990, which is cheaper than the other Android smartphones in its class today.

"The device is an ultimate buy for those who are looking for a smartphone with bigger screens coupled with long battery life battery and a class experience on the go," said Sunil Lalvani, managing director for India, at the Delhi launch.

The device flaunts a 5-in Super AMOLED screen that makes the display look larger and clearer. It runs on a 1.7 GHz processor with quad-core graphics that effectively makes the browsing faster and the game graphics more detailed.

The device also comes packed with powerful stereo speakers and the Blackberry Natural Sound, which according to the makers, allows for a richer audio experience and lets you hear nuances and variations in tone while using the phone. Its improved antenna technology helps users get better connectivity, faster data transfers and fewer dropped calls even in poor coverage areas, while the 2880 mAh battery conveniently gets one through the day.

Other key features include an internal storage of 16GB, which can be expanded up to 64 GB as well as a rear camera and front camera with a resolution of 8MP and 2MP respectively.

Cosy up

With winters right round the corner, what can be a better way to kill the chill than donning some cool cashmere? On the offer are simple yet stylish Cashmere Jumpers for men from Marks & Spencer. Take your pick from funnel neck collars or go with the round or V-necks. And you'll be spoilt for choice with colours ranging from deep purple to brown and navy blue. Priced between Rs 1,299 and Rs 2,999 these can be picked off M&S outlets across the country.

Table Talk

Festivals are all about revelry and feasts. And this time round, serve your guests in regal style with arttd'inox's latest range of dining ware called Pink Bloom. The ornate set by Indian stainless steel home products manufacturer is a 65-piece tribute to nature with a host of floral designs and patterns.

Intricately crafted flowers, leaves and buds have been hammered on the surface of each piece, giving it a textural dimension. The pieces are further embellished with the semi-precious rose quartz that's used to accentuate the knobs on the bowl lids. The set includes six dinner plates, six quarter plates, a rice platter, a tumbler, 12 small bowls, a medium and a small serving bowl, and cutlery (knives, spoons, forks etc) for six. The entire range is priced at Rs 41,000 but these products can be bought individually too. The collection is available at the brand's flagship stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Gurgaon.