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I am writ­ing this let­ter for ad­vice. I am plan­ning to buy the Sam­sung Galaxy S II. Please give me a de­tailed re­view about the de­vice. You could even sug­gest a phone for me that will cost a max­i­mum of 25,000. It should be an Android smart­phone, have a bright screen, fast pro­cess­ing speed, a good cam­era and GPS/A-GPS. It must also be 3G-en­abled. Sau­rav Ku­mar, on email

The Sam­sung Galaxy S II is an awe­some de­vice. Pow­ered by a 1.2 GHZ dual- core pro­ces­sor, it is quick in han­dling every­thing, in­clud­ing email, apps, brows­ing, cam­era, etc. The 4.3-inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play is su­per bright and rich and you would en­joy us­ing the phone. The only is­sue you might face is with the bat­tery. The Galaxy S II is fu­elled by a 1720 mah bat­tery that man­ages to run through a day if you have the nor­mal stuff run­ning on the phone.it sells at 29,990. Un­der 25,000 op­tions in­clude the LG Op­ti­mus 2X, HTC Sen­sa­tion and the Sony Eric­s­son Xpe­ria Arc.

My con­tact de­tails (around 4,000 of them) are stored in my Nokia E5 pur­chased around two months ago. I am hav­ing prob­lems now. When I get some calls, the caller’s name is not dis­played. Also, when I go to the search op­tions for con­tacts, I find that the phone num­ber of con­tacts with names from A to K (e.g., Abu, Ku­mare­san) are not dis­played. I feel that this is due to a mem­ory prob­lem. M Ma­haveer Chand , on email

Be­fore you try out any­thing, we would rec­om­mend that you back up all your data, in­clud­ing your con­tacts, with the PC suite so that you are not left high and dry. Af­ter this, go for a hard­ware re­set us­ing *#7370# fol­lowed by the de­fault 12345. This will wipe your phone com­pletely. You can then trans­fer your con­tacts to the phone again and hope­fully your phone should stop mal­func­tion­ing.

I re­cently bought a Dell XPS 173 D lap­top and af­ter play­ing games for a few hours, it got very hot. I want your sug­ges­tions on a good cool­ing pag which is durable and ef­fi­cient.

Viren Par­mar , on email

There are a plenty of cool­ing pads avail­able in the mar­ket. A cool­ing pad is rec­om­mended to help you avoid any burns or dis­com­fort. You can choose among the Philips cool­ing pad that bun­dles up as a car­ry­ing case, the Log­itech N120, N100 and the An­tec cool­ing pads. All these are good, but the Log­itech and An­tec ones are Usb-con­nected and would, there­fore, block a USB port on your lap­top.

I want to buy a 42-inch LED TV with 3D and In­ter­net ca­pa­bil­i­ties for around 70,000. Pls also sug­gest a good 1TB ex­ter­nal HDD for around 7,000. Rishab Kansal, on email

The prod­uct clos­est to your price point is the LG LW 4500 3D smart TV, but its price is 79,990. This 42-inch TV has all the spec­i­fi­ca­tions that you said you needed. As for the HDD, you can get the sleek Sea­gate Freeagent Goflex 1TB for around 6,500.

I want to digi­tise my large col­lec­tion of cut­tings from news­pa­pers and magazines, most of them printed on high qual­ity pa­per. They are tak­ing up too much space and are hard to or­gan­ise. Please sug­gest an all-in- one so­lu­tion, namely a printer + scanner + copier. BV Shrini­vasprasad, on email

Ob­vi­ously you will be do­ing a large num­ber of scans and copies. We would rec­om­mend the Canon Pixma MX366 for your needs, which in­clude scan­ning all your pa­per cut­tings and then or­gan­is­ing them as dig­i­tal files. The MX366 can print in both colour and black and is easy to use. This ef­fi­cient all-in-one costs 5,990.

I re­cently down­loaded a game tor­rent but I don’t know how to open that file. Please help me. How can I open tor­rent file and in­stall the game? If it re­quires a soft­ware please give a link from which I can down­load it.

De­vansh Chawda, on email

You need a tor­rent ap­pli­ca­tion to down­load a tor­rent file. The ap­pli­ca­tion is a soft­ware that con­nects to var­i­ous users and en­ables you to get the file. A pop­u­lar one is mu-tor­rent, or utor­rent. Down­load and in­stall an ap­pli­ca­tion, say utor­rent from www.utor­rent.com. Then you can dou­ble click on the tor­rent file that you want to down­load. It will be opened by the ap­pli­ca­tion. Se­lect where you want to save the file. The down­load will start in a few min­utes de­pend­ing on the num­ber of hosts/users avail­able with the same file. Make sure you choose a file op­tion that shows a large num­ber of users. Hav­ing trou­ble with your lap­top? Would like to boost your cell phone’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties? Want ad­vice on what cam­era is best for your needs? Write to us with all your queries and we will have ex­perts an­swer­ing them.

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