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Nokia C7 specifications leaked
Jun 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia C7

At last specifications of the forthcoming handset Nokia C7 made an appearance on Nokia’s website. It is said that Nokia C7 would be the flagship handset in the C series.

The Nokia C7 might not be able to match up its peers like Apple iPhone4 or the Samsung Galaxy S that have been launched during the recent past; however the C7 can still prove to be a popular handset.

Technology news site, Engadget expects the C7 to have a similar set of features as the much-awaited Nokia N8 which is expected to hit the shelves by the third quarter of 2010.

An XML posted on the Nokia website states that the Nokia C7 would have HSPDA and Wi-Fi for faster internet access and that the C7 will run on the Symbian 3 platform.

Earlier speculations and reports suggested that it will have an 8MP camera with a dual LED flash and a 3.5 inch touch-screen display.

There has been no talk about the pricing of the C7 from Nokia yet though Engadget claims the handset to be an inexpensive affair.

Android OS 2.2 available on Google Nexus One
Jun 29th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Android 2.2 Nexus One Handset

Finally, the much awaited Android OS 2.2 update has been unveiled to the general public. You need not surprise to know that Google Nexus One is the first handset to receive this update.

Also, no further custom configurations are required for the Nexus One unlike Sony Ericsson or HTC. However, other smartphones are also expected to receive the upgrade over the next few weeks.

This upgradation of Android 2.1 to 2.2 will include the major improvements like improved performance gains, built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot support, native support for Flash 10.1, improved Exchange support, better Javascript performance, closer integration between handset & desktop as well as application installation ability on microSD cards.

Android OS 2.2 was unveiled at Google’s I/O developer conference last month. Android OS 1.6 is likely to be replaced by the Android OS 2.2 as the default operating system in the forthcoming Android-based phones.

Gingerbread, Android’s next version which is already said to be in the pipeline is expected to be available by this year end. However, Android is yet to update their website with the introduction of Android OS v2.2.

SIM Free Dell Streak Tablet Smartphone for sale from £449
Jun 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Dell Logo Dell Streak Smartphone

You can now grab the miniature Streak Smartphone as it is now available for sale in the market. Dell has commenced the SIM free Dell Streak tablet sales for as low as £449 by limiting the customers to buy only 2 units each.

The smartphone will be bundled with a 16GB microSD card and with collect and return hardware support for one year. The Streak would be sold by Dell for £50 more than it is offered with the PAYG deal currently by O2.

The device can also be owned via O2 as a data device for just £25 per month on a 2 year contract whereas customers who want it as a traditional voice and data handset will have to shell out £35 per month.

The Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash 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 30-pin docking connector.

Streak will see competition from an array of smartphones including the likes of Evo 4G which have 4-inch and bigger screens apart from the iPad. However, Dell is powered by the Android 1.6 OS rather than the latest Froyo.

HTC Hero Android 2.1 update available
Jun 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo Android 2.1

Here comes some exciting news for the HTC Hero users as the long-awaited update to Android 2.1 is now available to download for those with unlocked handsets in the UK.

As of now, the update is available only to users having unlocked, SIM-free phones rather than phones available from Three and Orange on contract. Hopefully, phones available on contract will not have to wait too long for the update given the fact that the unlocked phones are blessed with the update now.

GSM Hero users will get HTC notifications regarding the availability of update to 2.1 as per reports. The download size of the update is about 80MB which apparently works without any problems.

However, two updates will be required to fully update your Hero. As the second update which is data-heavy will clean your phone, it is suggested to go with the 30-day free trial of MyBackup Pro which will save all your settings, text messages and apps.

Lot many exciting treats will be bundled with the update like those being enjoyed by the HTC Desire users including native Exchange support. As such one can check the Outlook emails without the need of a separate app installation. So, just keep your fingers crossed and wait for the update notification from HTC.

N8, the last Symbian N-Series Smartphone from Nokia
Jun 28th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Meego Nokia N Series

MeeGo is a Linux based mobile platform which inherits many features from Mobilin and Maemo. The Meego platform was announced at the annual Mobile World Congress, held this February.

A fusion of Intel’s Moblin operating system for MIDs (mobile internet devices) and Nokia’s Maemo operating system for smartphones is custom made to suit the systems which use Intel’s low-powered Atom chipset.

And now, Nokia has announced to do away with the Symbian operating system on its N Series Smartphones so that it could dish out Meego based phones. N8 would thus be the last Smartphone from Nokia on Symbian.

Meego’s target is netbooks, hand-held computers, communication gadgets, media phones, and entry level desktops.  Meego v1.0 is available for download too. As per analysts, this does not come out as a big news because Nokia made the announcement six months ago in the same regard.

Nokia’s belief in having its own platform for mobiles has been instrumental in its success as per the company top executives and they want to repeat the story this time with Meego. Nokia maintained that it would continue to dish out low and medium range phones on the Symbian platform.

Yet another business phone, this time from Motorola
Jun 28th, 2010 by Andy Miles

MOTOROLA LOGO Motorola ES400

Business persons and executives can rejoice as they have yet another business phone from Motorola’s mantle, the new ES400. The ES400 is a Smartphone which brings a lot of useful features for the busy people with it.

Motorola is trying to break the ground here by introducing the ES400 as a niche handset which can perform better for the business people and executives. The enterprise digital assistant is designed to multitask and to run apps assisting you on a busy work day.

The handset is lightweight and it can even take signatures with a pen on the screen. The rustic design and extended battery life are the other advantages. The phone can stand by for 250 hours and can empower you with 6 hours of talk time on the trot. Local Wi-Fi networks can also be leveraged to allow the phone to be used as a Walkie-Talkie.

Motorola plans a six year timeframe for the ES400 so that updates pour in for three years and support is provided for three more years. With its hopes to partner with O2, Orange, and Vodafone, Motorola is looking forward to sell two million units.

With the Window’s Mobile 6.5.3 as the operating system, it already supports a variety of mobile applications and software.

Another stylish handset on the anvil, Nokia E66 Grey
Jun 28th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia E66 Grey

It has become so common for mobile phone manufacturers to launch a new handset every fortnight or month so that they could mint money faster given the appetite of people towards new handsets and exciting features. Though a lot o players are in the fray, one brand stands apart with its class, looks, usability, quality and pricing and it is Nokia.

Having satisfied millions of users worldwide, Nokia has now come up with a business phone, the Nokia E66 Grey. The handset comes bundled with a host of accessories like travel charger, stereo handset, a 2GB microSD card, connectivity cable, a pouch, a wrist strap and so on.

The handset offers web browsing support for various markup languages like WML, HTML, XHTML, and MP. Options like SMTP, Pop 3, IMAP 4, Nokia Mobile VPN ?n? Intellisync Wireless Email are supported for mails. There are games like Global Race with portrait as well as landscape views. The mobile supports Javascript 1.3 and 1.5 with its mini map browser.

SMS, MMS, and picture messages are all supported in the handset and it has an option to delete multiple messages too. One can connect to the Windows Live Messenger app and opt for text to speech message reading option too.

Get to list your apps cheaper on Ovi, now
Jun 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium NOKIA OVI

Finnish mobile major Nokia seems to be trying up all the tricks so that more and more developers get to its online store. It has launched a new SDK for Qt applications, slashed the cost of listing an app on Ovi to €50 and has made signing applications free of charge.

The applications’ average signing time can go down to two weeks and the whole process can get a lot cheaper so that companies as well as individuals can contribute their work on Ovi shelves.

Gone are the days when we needed to buy a publisher’s Id for $200, spent €10 to sign a basic app and then spent €50 for registration with Ovi before getting the app listed. And all the above was possible only for companies. Voila, we can now sign basic applications for free and the signing-up fee is a mere €50 which can be paid by an individual or a company.

And the other important news is the launch of the new Qt developers SDK which was in Beta for the last couple of months. Qt is Nokia’s bet for creating applications which can run on either of the platforms, Symbian and Meego.

There is fear that making entry easy on to the Ovi will lead to too many apps on the store but then we need to see how popular Apple has been online with its app store.

Looking for a keypad and a touch-screen together? Turn towards Aino
Jun 26th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Aino

Sony Ericsson always brings mobile phones with some unique features. Sony Ericsson gadgets have unique audio and picture quality when compared to other handsets of the same range.

Sony Ericsson Aino is an extremely trendy handset which sports unique and innovative applications which are real treat for most mobile users. The gadget which has both a touch screen and a keypad is a blend of 2 technologies. Sony Ericsson Aino Contract Deals have already become much appealing to all.

Sony Ericsson Aino comes with a 3 inch display screen along with a WQVGA resolution of 432 by 240 pixels. The touch screen of the gadget supports 16M colours thereby providing the best picture quality. It is also bundled with an 8GB MicroSD card along with USB cable, a charger and manual.

The high tech handset supports both 2G and 3G networks as well. The 8.1 MP camera of the handset which supports auto focus and LED flash acts as an icing on the cake.

The Aino comes with the latest Remote Play feature for Play Station 3. So, this should be the heavenly handset for all those gaming freaks around. And if you thought that the phone is just for gamers, you are mistaken.

The phone has stereo speakers and matching headphones so that music lovers can have fun. The Aino has thus been the most loved phone by game and music lovers. Sony Ericsson Aino Contract Deals have already become much appealing to all.

Grab the Stunning BlackBerry 8520 Curve
Jun 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo Blackberry 8520 Curve Violet

Multimedia features and powerful web browser are the need of hour. If you are looking for a phone with such meticulous features and at affordable price, then go for blackberry gizmos.

BlackBerry is a well known mobile phone brand with great industry reputation. The newly launched BlackBerry 8520 Curve with stunning appeal is loaded with some high class features in it.

BlackBerry 8520 Curve weighs just 106 g and has a dimension of 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm, which indicates you can comfortably carry the handset. The handset sports a TFT screen with 320 x 240 pixels resolution having a display capacity of about 65k colours. It also boasts a full QWERTY keypad and a touch-sensitive optical trackpad.

The handset’s music player will rock the music lovers with its amazing audio and video quality which supports almost every file format like WAV, MP3, WMA, eAAC+ etc. The handset comes with a high quality camera with which you can capture fabulous snaps of your near and dear ones. It comes with an internal memory of 256 MB which is expandable to 32 GB using a microSD card.

Above all, the device is powered by BlackBerry OS and runs on 512 MHz processor. BlackBerry 8520 Curve deals are more popular among people. However, there are Pay As You Go deals offered as well. So, grab the stunning gadget by finding out the cheap BlackBerry 8520 Curve contract deals available in the websites.

Next Generation Smart phone, the HTC Evo 4G
Jun 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC EVO 4G

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G is the first 4G mobile phone launched by HTC in UK. This extraordinary handset is surely going to turn your heads around. This HD2 handset will have Android OS and WiMax.

Coming to specs of this gadget, it comes with a 4.3 inch WVGA display screen and a megapixel camera with 720p video recording. The unique thing about the handset is that it possess 2 cameras. One camera which is of 8MP provides better quality images. The other of 1.3MP helps to make videos. Additonally, it also boasts Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi.

There are various HTC Evo 4G O2 deals offered at reasonable prices. Valuable gifts like Laptop, Nintendo Wii, 42 inch LCD TV, Xbox 360 Elite, etc are also bundled with these deals. Various contract deals are available for online as well as offline users via Vodafone, O2, Virgin, Orange, T-Mobile ans 3 Mobile.

You can also own the HTC Evo 4G as a PAYG mobile phone which is also known as prepaid mobile phone. This is the most popular smartphone in UK which runs Android OS 2.1 and is powered by a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Internet is going to be the USP because the phone is a 4G handset, and we can expect speeds as high as three times its competition in 3G space.

Overall, the HTC Evo 4G is a unique device with promising and remarkable features which caters the need of both contract and Pay As You Go mobile phones.

Tesco Mobile Unveils its iPhone 4 Tariffs
Jun 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple iphone 4

Finally the wait time to lay your hands on the much hyped iPhone 4 is over as the gadget is now available for sale at the counters. Greater resolution, the amazing Face Time video calling, multitasking, a 5MP camera and longer battery life are few tempting things about the iPhone 4.

With the major network carriers viz. Vodafone, Orange, O2 and Three unveiling their tariff plans, now Tesco Mobile is geared up to join the iPhone 4 price war. Tesco Mobile came up with its PAYG and contract prices for the iPhone 4. A 16GB iPhone 4 is being offered for £479 whereas a 32GB one for £569 on Pay As You Go.

You can go with a 12-month contract for £20 monthly and avail 250 minutes. The device costs are £349 for the 16GB iPhone 4 and £429 for 32GB iPhone 4. Another option is 12-month contract for £35 a month with 750 minutes. The upfront cost of the 16GB iPhone 4 is £229 and that of the 32GB iPhone 4 is £299. The third option is going with a 24-month contract for £45 a month and £19 or £99 are the respective handset costs.

However, Three offers the best value for money so far. It offers a 24-month contract for £30 a month bundled with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and internet. Also, the 16GB iPhone 4 is offered for just £99. Though Tesco Mobile announces its prices for the iPhone 4, Three happens to be cheapest network provider so far.

Vodafone offering Nokia C3 for £80
Jun 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia C3

Here comes a great news for the mobile freaks as the latest social networking mobile, Nokia C3 is being offered exclusively with Pay-As-You-Go deals from Vodafone. Mobile giant Nokia has unveiled its latest C3 handset following the release of its C1 and C2 handsets.

Vodafone UK is offering the handset with a QWERTY keyboard for a price tag of £80 on PAYG deal. You can also grab the C3 without a SIM card online via Nokia’s Web Store for £119 or €90. Nokia C3 is available in multiple colours viz. grey, golden white and hot pink.

Nokia C3 which boasts a 2.4 inch screen is powered by the low end series 40 OS and UI rather than Symbian/S60. It has been designed keeping the younger smartphone users and social networking in mind. One can access Facebook and Twitter directly from its home screen. The handset also comes with an array of latest features such as built-in email, Microsoft Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo, Ovi chat, Wi-Fi etc. and a 2MP camera.

Nokia C3 is a combination of style and connectivity at an affordable price. It will always keep you connected in your desired way via email, social networks, web or IM. The 110 grams weighing handset can deliver a talk time of up to 8 hours and a standby time of up to 500 hours.

Additionally, free internet deals are also made to be a part of PAYG phones which act as a pavement to own the latest gadget.

Will Wave 2 hit the UK market in August?
Jun 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung logo Samsung Wave 2

After the launch of Samsung Wave that runs on the new Bada operating system, Samsung is all set to come up with its 2 sequels viz. Samsung Wave 2 and the Wave 2 Pro, both powered by the Bada OS.

The Samsung Wave 2 is expected to hit the UK shores in August. The Wave 2 Pro which is almost similar to the Wave 2 might also be available in couple of months.

Both handsets sport 3.2-inch touchscreens, 3 megapixel cameras, 802.11n standard Wi-Fi and GPS with video recorder. However, both the handsets lack 3G connectivity. Also, the Wave 2 boasts the slide-out QWERTY keyboard but not the pro model.

Earlier both handsets were planned to be released in only Russian and Asian markets. However, now the UK launch has been confirmed which might probably take place in August.

Samsung is said to be committed to lower its Bada-based smartphones cost so as to please the mainstream audience. The exciting thing about the Bada platform is that it is very much configurable. It can be applied to the high end Wave or to the Wave 2 Pro whereas this cannot be done with other platforms.

ARM-based Tablet from Nokia in Q4
Jun 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia Logo

2010 seems to be the year of touch screen tablets. With the increased tablet PC boom, the mobile phone giant, Nokia has also geared up to enter the tablet PC world. Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer is planning to come up with an ARM-based tablet device by this year end. The tablet PC is said to be powered by MeeGo (based on Linux).

The tablet would have a screen of 7 or 9 inch. ODM/OEM giant Foxconn will manufacture the tablet via its FIH subsidiary. 100 engineering samples have already been finalized for testing.

Nokia’s new tablet PC is said to use the MeeGo operating system. Meego emerged out of Intel and Nokia’s partnership which resulted in Maemo and Moblin mobile platforms from both companies.

Nokia is one of the several companies that are planning to come up with a tablet computer during 2010. As such, the Finnish manufacturer is keenly looking forward to catch up with Apple given the fact that the latter has already sold about 2M units of iPad in just two months of its launch.

However, Nokia’s last such venture of Nokia Booklet 3G did not do well probably due to its high price tag. So, let us just keep our fingers crossed and see how the ARM-based tablet from Nokia proves itself in this subsequent rejuvenation of the tablet computer market.

Touchscreen smartphone BlackBerry Bold 9900
Jun 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

BlackBerry 9900

For BlackBerry users that have grown accustomed to traditional design and form of Research In Motion (RIM), a device called the BlackBerry Bold 9900 could be on the cards. The new phone with a touch screen will be powered by BlackBerry OS 6 and would have the traditional form factor.

The exciting thing is that the Blackberry Bold 9900 touchscreen comes with a small screen with a more traditional bold shape and an optical track pad. However, the touchscreen display running the BlackBerry 6 makes it a potential rival to the Palm Pre Plus.

The smartphone comes equipped with an upgraded 5 megapixel camera and will also be sporting 512MB of RAM. The camera is expected to support HD video recording in 720p so as to compete its rivals including the iPhone 4. Also, you will be provided with improved and long lasting battery.

Another handset the BlackBerry Curve with a touchscreen is also expected from RIM apart from the BlackBerry Bold 9900. It is not yet sure if the device will run BlackBerry 6.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is expected to hit the market by this year end. Until then, we need to keep our fingers crossed to know if the smartphone proves to be an ace deal.

New BlackBerry App Store launched by RIM
Jun 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo

BlackBerry devices manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) announced on its official website that it is on its way of completing a major restructuring of its App World online application store.

The users will be able to add the cost of purchases to their mobile phone using the App World 2.0 along with the already existing monthly payment option via PayPal. RIM has geared up to allow all its BlackBerry users to do the payment via their monthly mobile bill by next year.

A wide range of new features are set to be included along with QR Bar Codes support and an updated search function on the App World 2.0 launched a few months ago.

A new feature called BlackBerry ID is the pick of the updates. This feature enables users to exchange applications between devices rather than buying newer copies for every device.

Despite the fact that the launch date for the App World 2.0 has not been revealed yet, we can expect the launch sooner than later.

Business Smartphone ES400 from Motorola
Jun 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

ES400

Mobile phone giant Motorola has come up with its latest smartphone ES400 which is a business-centric handset. The smartphone which is based on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is bundled with barcode scanning and signature-collecting features.

The ES400 is targetted at managers performing field or office related work tasks so as to deal with their responsibilities tactfully. It is said by Motorola at the launch of the ES400 that users are looking for business-centric phones rather than the user-friendly ones offered by Apple and Google Android. The handset includes exclusive MEUI so as to provide users with an enterprise-class customizable interface.

MEUI which has been specifically designed for more efficiency and speed offers comprehensive applications and functions such as home screen-centric business applications, direct access to applications, enterprise-class camera, single click activation of the bar code reader, etc. Motorola plans a 6 year life span for the device with ongoing updates and developments for 3 years. It will also offer dedicated support for 3 more years.

The ES400 Enterprise digital Assistant will handle multi tasking and run apps around a busy work day. The handset will provide you with 6 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time. It also supports local Wi-Fi so as to support push-to-talk function over a small distance.

Motorola predicts to sell around 2 million ES400 units in the first year of its launch and might get in pact with Vodafone, O2 and Orange carriers.

Apple iOS 4 available from Today
Jun 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

iOS 4 iPhone

The Apple iPhone users will be excited to know that they can download the revamped operating system iOS 4 from today. As such they will gain a sneaky peek at few of the iPhone’s latest features like iBooks and multitasking.

iPhone 3G and 3GS users will not only be able to read books on their device but also browse and buy titles from the Apple store with the iBooks application. iPad owners will also be allowed to sync their existing iBooks library as well as add PDF files to it.
Also, iPhone 3G and 3GS users will be allowed to organise applications into folders with click-and-drag using a new handy feature. Additionally, users can send apps as gifts to friends using iOS 4.

iPhone 3GS users can benefit with the multitasking feature that allows running multiple apps and switching between them without disturbing the main app performance.

The iOS 4 also adds improved email options such as a unified inbox for number of email accounts, photos plus the iPod app. It supports the set wallpaper and lock screen options too. iOS 4 will even enable users to correct the misspelled words in their Mail and Notes.

Unfortunately, users of the original iPod touch and iPhone cannot take the advantage of the iOS 4. Also, iOS 4 cannot support HD video recording like the high resolution iPhone 4, which hit the online stores on Thursday and recorded around 600,000 pre-orders in a single day.

HD Calling being tested by Orange UK
Jun 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Mobile services operator, Orange has launched trials in the UK to provide a new service named Orange HD Voice. The new service will enable Orange customers across the country to be able to experience High Definition voice clarity. Orange will launch this service in a few months as per the announcements made last year.

Orange stated that the introduction of the new HD service will herald a new era in the way we communicate and that it will set new standards in the telecom industry. The HD Voice clarity will make the callers sound as if they are just few meters away rather than being miles and miles away.

Orange has initiated trials amongst a small set of its 16.5 million customers starting with Bristol, Reading, and Southampton. Orange launched it first time in Moldova and the HD Voice is based on the WB-AMR (Wideband Adaptive Multi-Rate) speech codec.

Orange has not yet clarified if the better quality of sound will work between other networks or if it is going to be Orange customers only who will get benefitted.

Orange does not seem to support the service on all handsets at the moment though there is a good chance that a lot of handsets will support the service in the second half of the year.

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