iPad users aggrieved for being charged double
May 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple_logo_Large Apple iPad Home Screen

After the successful British launch of the Apple iPad on Friday, there arises a point of disappointment for its users as they would be charged twice for accessing the internet with the new gadget.

It is shocking to know that the users who have already paid the internet browsing charges for their iPhones or mobile broadband dongles will also be charged if they want to access internet over the mobile phone network (3G).

The lowest iPad price starts at £429 which provides Wi-Fi access only thereby allowing the internet usage at wireless hotspots whereas you can also go with an iPad whose price starts at of £529 for wider internet access using the 3G mobile phone network.

Additionally, one also has to pay subscription charges to the network provider. Various deals were put forth last week by Vodafone, O2, Orange and 3 Mobile. The iPhone users from these carriers are however charged £30 a month for calls and internet usage. The iPad users on the other hand who access mobile broadband on their laptops also have to pay additionally for internet access.

Another point to worry is that the Apple iPad has been designed such that no other mobile Sim or mobile broadband dongle works with it and you have to buy a Sim specially designed for it. As a result, customers will have to bear double cost to access the same network if they own an iPhone or a mobile broadband service and an iPad as well.

Why are better deals not being offered by Apple and the network providers is an unanswerable question. Inspite of all the issues, iPad sales are expected to do well. The iPad has sold more than a million units within 4 weeks of its launch a month ago in the US. Globally, the number is expected to go upto 10m by this year end.

Initially, the iPad will be available at Apple stores, Currys, PC World and Dixons in Britain.

Sony Ericsson’s Vivaz Pro to hit the market
May 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Vivaz Pro

After the success of Sony Ericsson Vivaz, Sony Ericsson has now started to hit the stores with its latest Symbian smartphone, the Vivaz Pro which is bundled with a QWERTY keyboard and Symbian OS. It was confirmed by Sony Ericsson on its product blog that the Vivaz Pro shipment has begun in a few countries across the globe.

The Vivaz Pro is almost similar to the already existing Vivaz with a sliding QWERTY keyboard as an additional feature. Also, the Vivaz Pro comes with a 5 megapixel sensor while the Vivaz has an 8 megapixel camera.

However, Sony Ercisson is expecting positive response about the Vivaz Pro which has already shipped large number of Vivaz into the market successfully. The Vivaz Pro can prove out to be an excellent social networking and messaging device due to the QWERTY keyboard and the Symbian OS it runs on.

Moreover, both the handsets – the Vivaz Pro and Vivaz have been assured to provide 32GB micro SD memory cards. As such the music, video and movie fans regain confidence who were doubtful if the high capacity memory cards would be supported on their phones.

However the pricing details of the Vivaz Pro are yet to be unveiled by Sony Ericsson.

Apple iPad to offer mobile broadband
May 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple iPad Home Screen

The Apple iPad has revolutionised our lives in numerous ways and mobile broadband is just one of them.

Consultants at TNS research opine that people tend to look at the screen size and the internet browsing capabilities more importantly while selecting a mobile device.

The iPhone is primarily perceived as an internet browsing gadget and it is no wonder that people are inclined all the more to buy an iPhone or a Smartphone with touch-screen and a lot of other attractive features. Given the success run that the iTunes application library achieved this is all the more evident.

As per a survey conducted by the firm, 27 percent of the participants intend to buy the gadget and 18 percent of them look at it as a product to access the internet. And Apple has been delivering impressive gadgets from its bag for quite some time now. Internet has been an integral part of the iPad, the iPhone or the iPod.

However, there is still an element of apprehension in the market regarding the efficacy and price-worthiness of the iPad. Are people ready to dump their iPhones for an iPad? As per the research, two-thirds might not buy the gadget thanks to its sky-high price.

Opera Mini on the rage as it clocks 2.6m downloads on iPhone
May 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Opera Mini iPhone

Within two weeks of its launch, the Opera mini browser for the apple iPhone has clocked 2.6 million downloads as per official statements from Opera thanks to an unprecedented rush by iPhone users.

It was in April 2010 that Apple added Opera’s browser on its app store despite the fact that it was the competitor to its own browser, Safari. There has been a rise of around 7 per cent in the users of the Opera browser.

Opera Mini has thus turned out to be the most widely used browser for mobiles and Apple iPhone has become the third most popular gadget which uses Opera Mini.

Having captured around 8 per cent of the iPhone customer base, Opera Mini continues to figure out amongst the top three applications as per productivity.

With an astounding user base of 59 million users around the globe, which represents a growth of 152 per cent YoY, the pages viewed by Opera Mini users rose to 26.3 billion this April. Not surprisingly, it is the most populous countries like Russia, India, China, United States, Ukraine, Nigeria, and the UK where the browser is most popular.

New range of Android Smartphones from Orange
May 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

orange Android smartphones Orange Boston

The mobile phone operator Orange is planning to launch a new range of Android-based smartphones in the UK and throughout Europe. Orange is all set to launch handsets and tariffs on Android platform currently so as to double its revenues but later it will release on other platforms too over 2010.

The budget Orange-branded phone that would be the first Android smartphone is expected to be available for £15 a month or £100 without any contract.

Moreover, a set of Android devices on other platforms would also be released this summer across Europe though their pricing and availability details would be decided at the time of their deployment by the individual countries. It was also reported to V3.co.uk that Orange would deliver handsets with few other manufactures, which includes Huawei, Gigabyte, ZTE and LG.

Around 4 Android smartphones are expected to be launched in the UK by 2010. It is also reported that the Orange-branded Boston, an Android smartphone would not be launched in the UK which has been released recently in Spain.

Orange was however not willing to unveil information as to which models it will release in the UK. The call is left to individual countries as to which hardware and tariff plan they are going to support. The strategy carved by Orange is to offer smartphones at affordable prices and tariffs to provide flexible access to mobile data.

Samsung to launch Vodafone 360 H2 powered by Limo
May 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung I8330 Vodafone_360

Samsung is all set to release its latest phone the Samsung I8330 under the name tag Vodafone 360 H2. Vodafone would be the network provider for the handset. There are talks that the handset is powered by LiMo OS, which has been designed by the LiMo Foundation.

The LiMo OS is based on Linux platform to be used in mobile devices. The interesting thing is that Digital Rights Management (DRM) is supported on this platform. DRM is a term used to put control over copyright for software like eBooks.

The latest H2 handset which is an upgraded version of H1 comes with a camera of 8MP and LED flash that aids in HD video recording. The handset also uses a Qualcomm 1GHz processor. Added to this, the H2 is also bundled with a Super-AMOLED touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution. The handset will however have Wi-Fi given the fact that Samsung received Wi-Fi Alliance certification 2 weeks ago.

However, no release date of the handset has been decided yet given the fact most of the information unveiled by Samsung and put on websites is broken. It is also said that Samsung is looking forward for the World cup to start to make the launch announcement.

Dell Streak launch just a week away
May 28th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Dell Logo Dell Streak Smartphone

Here comes an exciting news for all those who have been desperate about the release of Dell Streak. Your wait time is now over as the much talked Dell Streak from O2 is now just a week away to hit the stores. The Dell Streak would be launched on June 4th as per the agreement with the Carphone Warehouse and O2.

Initially, the Streak would be released at CES 2010. Later its sales would start in the US through AT&T, Dell’s partner, which is also a distributor for the iPhone and iPad. It is expected by Dell that this miniature tablet might capture the market amidst the Apple iPhone and iPad. However, Dell hopes to benefit by releasing the Streak earlier as iPad is yet to be launched in the UK.

Unlike the iPad, you can also make calls with the Streak. The Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone comes with a 5-megapixel camera having a front and back lens, a 5-inch 800×480 pixel screen and multitouch functions. The handset comes with an in built Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to accommodate quick downloads during travelling. It also comes with 2GB of data storage and is powered by the Android 1.6 OS.

Nokia N8 Smartphone pre-orders Open on Vodafone
May 28th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia N8 Vodafone logo

Users who have been waiting for the Nokia’s next high-end handset, the Nokia N8 smartphone will be elated to know that the mobile phone operator Vodafone is all set to take preorders on Nokia N8 smartphone. Nokia N8 smartphone, the first mobile powered by Symbian ^3 OS and the latest model designed from the world’s largest mobile manufacturer will be sold on Vodafone.

The registration page on the Vodafone’s website shows a “coming soon” status. Nokia N8, powered by a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash helps users capture stunning images and also shoot 720p HD video.

The N8 also possesses a mini HDMI slot, a 3.5 inch OLED capacitive touchscreen display that has the ability to display 640×360 pixels, internal memory of 16GB with a microSD card reader, Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS and three different home screens. Moreover, it is claimed by Nokia that the handset has 960 minutes of video playback capacity without charging.

The most amazing thing is its price as the handset is available at a price tag of just £350 with SIM free. Thus, the price of N8 is very reasonable when compared to that of the HTC Desire which costs £420 and the 2-year old iPhone 3G 8GB version which costs £490. It is expected that Nokia N8 would hit the market on August 24th.

HTC Vision and Acer Liquid Stream, the forthcoming Handsets
May 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Vision 2 Acer liquid stream

Have you been waiting for the latest handsets being released in the later part of this year? If so, HTC and Acer started work on the project of their latest handsets to offer the Android smartphone.

The first handset lined up to come is the HTC Vision. Though it is rumoured to be an actual device, the Vision will certainly become a reality due to HTC’s commitment to release Android smartphones. It is interesting to know that the Vision is identical to the HTC Desire, having a sliding QWERTY keypad as an addition as per initial reports. The Vision is expected to come with a 5MP camera, 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU and an AMOLED capacitive touch screen display of 3.7 inch.

Added to this, another Android smartphone, the Liquid Stream is all set to be launched from Acer. The features of Liquid Stream are similar to that of the Liquid A1 except that the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor now runs at 1GHz speed. The handset possesses a 5MP camera, touch screen display of 3.7 inch, an HDMI output port besides the normal smartphone features like Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, etc and the older Android 2.1 Éclair OS.

However, both these handsets are expected to function well with the latest version 2.2 Froyo update for the Android OS. This version will provide tethering, native Flash and AIR support, Wi-Fi and few other features.

Why is Nokia N900 a Perfect Handset?
May 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia N900

Have you been looking for a perfect handset around the market? Then, the Nokia N900 would be one of the best choices which has all the required features you want in your mobile phone. You will be more than satisfied in terms of performance and functionality of the Nokia N900.

Powered by an ARM Cortex A8 600MHz processor and the forward-thinking Maemo 5 operating system, the Nokia N900 performs all important functions with ease. Added to this, Nokia also released a software update for the N900 smartphone that will bring new and exciting games for the device.

Due to the GPS system of the mobile and its Li-ion battery which gives more usage time, the Nokia N900 is considered to be a user-friendly and safe device. Communication also becomes very easy through this mobile phone due to which you can use this phone as a communication device. It comes with a 3.5 inch TFT touch screen which displays images of outstanding quality, thanks to its ability to display 16 million colours.

Added to this, it also comes with a 5MP camera and a MP3/MP4 player & a Stereo FM Radio to keep you engaged with entertainment options and then there are a lot of fun games. The 32GB internal memory of the N900 is one of the largest in the market.

Also, the Nokia N900 will always keep you connected to the outside world through the internet facility provided. For internet access at around 10Mbps, it has HSPDA and Wi-Fi connectivity. It is certain that you will be more available for the dear ones in your life with Nokia N900. Hence, the Nokia N900 has all valid features to be considered a perfect mobile phone. The Nokia N900 deals can be availed at mobile phone shop UK.

Nokia N97 Mini has been a long haul
May 26th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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The Nokia N97 Mini has been in use in the market for quite some time now. Although the handset lacks few amazing features as that of latest handsets like Nokia N8, the fact that it is still one among the best smartphones in use cannot be denied. The Nokia N97 Mini running on Symbian S60 5th Edition OS comes with a 5MP camera and a resistive touchscreen.

The Nokia N97 Mini that entered the market after the Nokia N97 has become more attractive due to its mini size. It is easy to handle and fits into the pockets well. The N97 Mini has a bright & colourful screen and is as sensitive as other capacitive screens.

The most eye catching thing about the N97 Mini is its keyboard which becomes one of the reasons to keep it above other smartphones. Quality of the handset is the other impressive factor with tactile aluminium finishing. Though the handset comes with a 5MP camera, it allows you to capture rich colourful images. As such, its picture quality has been much better than many 8MP rivals.

Added to this, the Nokia N97 Mini allows the usage of Ovi Maps & GPS for free satellite navigation and Bluetooth & Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity. Speed browsing of the web is also provided through 3G connectivity and microSD card allows expanding its storage capacity of 8GB.

All in all, the Nokia N97 Mini with a sliding QWERTY keypad is considered to be the best phone in terms of all-round usage though it is not the latest smartphone.

Nokia C3 now on Pay As You Go deals
May 26th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia C3 PAYG

Now a days with PAYG deals becoming more profitable and comfortable for the mobile users, every mobile company is offering PAYG deals with their handsets so as to beat the competition. However, the users do not look just at the PAYG deal but also the mobile with which it is being offered, as they always want to have the latest gadget with advanced features. So, here comes a great news for such users as the latest social networking mobile, Nokia C3 is being offered exclusively with PAYG deals from Vodafone.

Nokia C3, which is like the Blackberry phone is slated to land the market in June. The handset which comes with an array of latest features such as email, instant messaging, Ovi chat etc. can be owned with Vodafone’s PAYG deals. Vodafone also offers mobile internet deals at £7.5 with 250mb data web packs for 30 days.

Added to this, free internet deals are also made to be a part of PAYG phones which act as a pavement to own the latest gadget. Nokia C3 is bundled with all advanced features like full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity and 8GB of memory capacity. It also comes with a 2 megapixel camera which captures stunning images.

Overall, the best package is to own such phone with Pay As You Go deal. In PAYG phones, the user has the flexibility to switch over to other service provider at any point of time as the user is not bound to any contract. Though Nokia C3 is available in multiple colours, pink colour has grabbed all the attention.

3 Networks to launch Samsung S3370 Smartphone Exclusively
May 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

3 Mobile Samsung S3370

The much awaited Samsung S3370 touch-screen Smartphone is all set to be launched exclusively by Three UK on its Pay As You Go network and not on remunerative pay monthly deals.

The handset is an array of advanced features possessing a QVGA resistive touch-screen display of 2.7 inch, a micro SD card reader to support data up to 8GB, a camera of 1.3 MG, FM radio and a bunch of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Windows Live Messenger and mailing on 3.

“The head of Branded Devices at 3UK states that Samsung S3370 is the first and foremost branded touch handset designed particularly for its PAYG customers. It is expected that the customers will be more than happy with this social networking handset supported by 3G network which provides desired internet services at a lower price.”

One can avail the handset at Three UK for just £80. Its rival, Sony Ericsson T715 which is more snap-friendly is also available on sale with the same price tag. This phone comes with a 3.2 MP camera, the C903 having a 5 MP snapper.

The interesting thing is that the S3370 comes with a starting tariff of just £10 and free Skype-to-Skype calls. It is said to be the cheapest PAYG 3G handset from 3 UK.

Will we get Nokia N8 around August?
May 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia N8

Here comes an exciting news for all those who have been waiting for the Nokia’s next high-end handset, Nokia N8. The N8 is slated to land in the hands of eager gadget freaks via Amazon Germany on August 24th in Germany with a price tag of about 370 Euros. Although an official date has still not been revealed for the launch of N8 in UK, it is believed that the phone might capture the UK market around the same time.

N8 boasts of Ovi Maps enabling customers in more than 70 countries across geographies to navigate with ease. Nokia N8, powered by a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics helps users capture stunning images and also shoot 720p HD video. This high-end handset is powered by Symbian ^3 OS.

Additionally, the Smartphone vouches its support to Social media and allows the users to perform various actions including photo upload, status update, and disclosure of locations by integrating applications like Twitter and Facebook. The Nokia N8 comes with an option to watch television on demand in addition to access to mobile internet.

iPad Tablets in more demand than Apple Macs
May 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple iPad Home Screen Apple Mac

You will be surprised to know that the sales of iPad tablets have exceeded the Mac computers sales of Apple as per an influential technology analyst at RBC Markets.

More than 200,000 units of iPad devices are being sold every week in US according to RBC markets. This shows how strong the iPad sales have been after its launch. This can be observed when we compare the sales figure with that of Mac computers sales which is 110,000 over the same time period whereas about 246,000 units of iPhone 3GS have been sold.

From the above given estimations, it is predicted that Apple’s iPad sales would go up to 8 million as per the analyst at RBC markets(Abramski). However, Apple, which released the iPad in April has missed its first quarter sales entirely. In addition to this, iPad is a different thing from iPhone as the former is considered to be the groundbreaker rather than being a follower.

Also, the iPad is not supported by any service provider as in the case of the iPhone. Thereby, the sales figures of the tablet PC have become more perplexed.

Lack of Flash support aggrieves Ipad users
May 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple_logo_Large Adobe Flash

Ipad owners are unhappy due to the lack of Flash support in their devices as per a recent survey at Changewave. Apple’s leader, Steve Jobs has decided not to allow the usage of Adobe Flash on its Ipads which run on iPhone OS.

As per the report, most of the respondents use their Ipads for applications which require Flash support like web browsing and viewing video. As such, it is obvious that the users would get annoyed with the lack of Flash.

In spite of all the excuses made by Steve Jobs for not allowing Adobe’s Flash in the iPhone OS, the fact came out when Apple’s plans for its own Cocoa fuelled web were unveiled. This might make the Ipad users aggrieved who have made big holes to their pockets to own an Ipad.

However, knowing the fact that Apple would not join hands with Adobe, the latter has decided to come into a pact with Google and its Android OS. As such, one can enjoy all the web based features by going with an Android based device. However, the fact that Job’s decision might lead to the isolation of good number of its customers cannot be concealed.

The Ipad is expected to ship on May 28 or June 7, the same time when Google will launch its Android 2.2 that is bundled with Adobe flash 10.1 and multi-tasking. Both these features are missing in Apple’s Iphone.

Samsung Wave Vs HTC Desire
May 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Wave HTC Desire

The Wave which would be the first handset to run the new OS of Samsung, Bada is a higher end Smartphone from Samsung. Bada is the proprietary mobile environment of Korean chaebol entering the UK market.

The handset is in sync with the HTC Desire which is claimed to be most famous Smartphone in the market due to its eye catching features. Just like the HTC Desire, the Wave is also bundled with a Qualcomm processor of 1 GHz, a camera of 5 MP and WVGA screen resolution.

However, the Wave possesses a Super AMOLED touch-screen of 3.3 inch where as the HTC Desire has an inferior AMOLED screen. The handset’s battery is more powerful when compared to that of the HTC Desire (1.5Ah vs 1.4Ah). Also, the internal memory of the Wave is 2GB when compared to the internal ROM of the HTC Desire which is 512MB.

Last but not the least the Wave is also a step ahead of the HTC Desire in terms of hardware. The former provides 5.1 Surround audio, HD recording and playback, Wi-Fi 802.11n and DiVX format support whereas the Desire offers in-built tethering and pinch-to-zoom.

The other fact is that while the Wave runs on Samsung’s own Bada OS, the Desire on the other hand runs on the widely supported platform of Android. The highly featured Samsung Wave S8500 is being sold by LambdaTek for £301 whereas it is available from Vodafone for just £25 a month with unlimited text messaging, 300 minutes and 500MB of data.

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Preorder for Samsung Galaxy S for £10 a month
May 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy Vodafone logo

You will be excited to know that the Samsung Galaxy which is as much appealing as the Samsung Wave is set to ship in just two weeks of time. Preorder for Samsung Galaxy S handsets have been made available first with Vodafone deals at Mobiles.co.uk

The Samsung Galaxy S which is an Android titan model is bundled with an AMOLED screen and a camera of 5 mega pixel. The camera allows HD video recording and GPS as well. The handset also possesses a Samsung processor of 1GHZ, Wi-Fi with DNLA certification for media streaming and a storage capacity of 8 GB.

There are various Vodafone tariffs available at Mobiles.co.uk presently. The starting tariff is at £10 a month in addition to the handset’s cost of £289. You can own the Samsung Galaxy S for free by going with an 18-month contract by shelling out £40 a month or with a 24-month contract by paying £30 per month.

The Samsung Galaxy S is expected to hit the market at Mobiles.co.uk along with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini X10 by June 4th.

iPhone App from the Museum of London
May 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

The Museum of London iPhone

The Apple iPhone has got another app, this time one that would enthuse people who are interested in historical things. Streetmuseum is the name of the app which has been released by The Museum of London for the iPhone.

The users would get to know and see any of the 200 popular landmarks in London, just the way they used to look like in the past. The Great Fire of London, The Swinging Sixties and 1666 are some of the images used in the app.

The users can tap the relevant information button while viewing the images and Streetmuseum would respond with information relevant to the image.

The exhibition ’20 million galleries of modern London’ has been started at the Museum of London and this app marks its inaugural. More than 7000 objects which have been instrumental in the change that London has gone through are on display.

Samsung Wave pre-orders Open on Vodafone
May 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Wave Vodafone logo

Here comes flashing news from Vodafone that it has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Wave. Wave which would be the first handset to run the new OS of Samsung, Bada is expected to go on sale from 1st June.

The handset possesses AMOLED touch-screen of 3.3 inch and 1GHz processor. Users will have fun-filled experience with this handset of diversified features.

The name Bada has been selected by Samsung as Bada means “ocean” which indicates its vastness and depth. With this name Bada, Samsung aims to convey the various unlimited potential applications that can be made available with this handset using the new platform.

With this Bada platform, users can have a more friendly experience with mobile phones. With Bada OS, users can consolidate their social networks, text messages and communications of instant-messaging into a single place. Also, an exclusively committed Bada app store has been launched by Samsung.

One can avail the Wave free of cost by entering into a 2-year contract by paying £25 a month. With this deal, subscribers will be provided every month with 300 minutes of talk time, unlimited text messaging and data allowance of 500MB.

Analysts however are unable to buy the idea behind the creation of a new bespoke platform for the handsets by Samsung. The big question hanging around is whether we need another platform for mobile phones.

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