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N8 Smartphone shipped out by Nokia
Sep 30th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Nokia_Medium Nokia N8

Nokia has finally started shipping the much awaited N8 Smartphone. Despite the fact that the handset will be made available depending on the country and the service provider, customers who pre-ordered the N8 shall be the first ones to lay their hands on the Smartphone.

The N8 was available for pre-order since mid-August and Nokia claimed that it got the largest number of pre-orders in its history. N8 is the first N-series Smartphone from Nokia based on Symbian ^3 operating system.

To brief out about Nokia N8, it is bundled with a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a 12-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, HD recording, a mini HDMI slot, Ovi Maps, Dolby Digital Plus technology along with 16GB memory.

The smartphone also features MP3 player, FM radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, social networking integration and three different home screens. N8 owners can also tune in to Web TV and get their dose of Paramount, CNN, E Entertainment, and National Geographic channels.

N8 is backed up by a great array of mobile apps thus making it all the more enviable. The free Ovi maps help N8 don the role of a GPS device across 70 countries.

Samsung plan for Windows Phone 7 out
Sep 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung_Logo Windows7

Samsung has revealed its handset plans and renewed its pledge to Microsoft’s new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7. The Korean electronics major termed the decision as a long term commitment naming the Windows Phone 7 platform a key component in its portfolio.

Though not much is clear about the new mobile phones, the specs have been defined as below. The handsets will have at least a 1 GHz processor, 3.7 inch WVGA screen, 5 MP Camera and dedicated graphic processing capabilities.

Samsung was announced as one of the key partners at the launch of Windows Phone 7 in February and Samsung is now geared up to announce a licensing agreement to get Windows Phone 7 handsets to UK this year.

As Windows Phone 7 gets launched next month, HTC and LG will figure out amongst the first makers to provide handsets powered by Microsoft. Samsung is aware of the gold that the former has struck in its sojourn with Android as well as Windows Mobile and hence it is not going to leave any stone unturned to launch competitive handsets on the WP7 platform.

As adrenalin continues to pump up and we get closer to the most promising mobile platform from the software giant, we need to see if Microsoft can pull off a coup in the Smartphone space.

Vodafone 945 and 553 models announced
Sep 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Here comes the announcement of two new entry level handsets from Vodafone this week viz. Vodafone 945 and Vodafone 553.

Vodafone 945 is the successor to the Vodafone 845 and it comes with Android 2.1 OS. The handset packs a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen having 480 x 272 pixel resolution. It also features a 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS along with FM radio.

The handset will allocate you with access to Android Market as well as Vodafone Music. Also, bundled with the device is 300MB of onboard memory which is extendable to 32GB via microSD card slot.

Coming to the Vodafone 553, it is a non-Android QWERTY handset having a 2.8-inch rotating touchscreen. The device comes with Opera Mini 5 pre-installed and is equipped with a 2MP camera, FM radio, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot to provide additional memory of 8GB.

No UK release dates and prices for the Vodafone 945 and Vodafone 553 have been officially revealed yet. Vodafone is not certain if it would release the Vodafone 945 in the UK. However, the Vodafone 553 would be released before Christmas.

Vodafone 945 will be available in black or silver colour whereas the 553 will come in white, black, silver or pink.

HTC HD7 specs and photographs, leaked
Sep 28th, 2010 by Andy Miles

HTC Logo HD7

The media is abuzz with reports about upcoming handsets from HTC and we are not very sure if HTC HD7 and HD3 are one and the same.

Reports from HTCInside.de claim that the Smartphone comes with a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive TouchScreen, a 5MP camera with dual LED flash, 8GB storage and HD video capabilities.

Powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon SoC  and the Windows Phone 7, the fastest operating system from Microsoft the handset is set to create ripples in the marketplace.

HTC HD7 has an array of sensors viz., the motion sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor and a digital compass. The handset has a 3.5mm audio jack and FM Radio to hep music lovers.

The handset has connectivity in the form of 3G and HSDPA so that users can do all kinds of surfing activities over the web and also keep up with their Social networking friends and relatives.

Nokia E7 available on preorder
Sep 28th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia E7

The globe’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia has revamped its popular ‘Brick’ communicator phone into a sleeker and jazzier handset christened as the E7. The full QWERTY Smartphone was launched on September 14th at Nokia’s annual World Event in London.

The E7, called as the ultimate business smartphone is expected to go on sale on January 10th, 2011 as per the UK online retailer Expansys. The Nokia E7, an apparent heir to the N900 is said to be available for £585, which is higher than the N900’s price of £340 from Play.com or the N8’s price of £330 from Tesco.

The handset, which is basically a Nokia N8 with a keyboard sports a 4-inch TouchScreen display, an 8 Megapixel camera which helps you shoot 720p video apart from clicking stunning imagery. The device which is powered by Symbian^3 OS comes with a HDMI connector plus USB on-the-go functionality.

The handset packs 256MB RAM along with 16GB onboard memory. The handset also comes with a 680MHz ARM11 SoC and a 1200mAh battery which lasts up to 18 days on standby & 9 hours while talking.

The E7 also has business features including support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Microsoft Communicator Mobile, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and Mail for Exchange. Unlike its predecessors, the Nokia E7 will sport colours viz., Silver White, Dark Grey, Blue, Green, and Orange.

Microsoft clears the air: No Tethering For Windows Phone 7
Sep 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Windows7

Microsoft cleared the air around tethering support on Windows Phone 7 devices and it is official that tethering is not supported by the mobile platform contrary to the rumours. The software giant did not mention the reasons behind the decision, however.

A feature which can help people use their Smartphones as modems for their laptops and notebooks is what is termed as Tethering.

Recently, Engadget got the director of Windows Phone 7 OS on record saying that tethering is supported provided the service provider enables the same. And the new announcement goes against that.

Android 2.2, iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry devices all support tethering and customers are gaga about it because of usability. Tethering is supported by Google’s N1 too at a nominal price by the service provider so that users can access internet on their laptops.

And it is going to be a daunting task for Microsoft to appease customers without tethering. Given the backdrop that all the five major mobile service providers in the UK are offering the Smartphone, we need to wait and watch how Windows 7 fares.

2011 could see Samsung 10-inch Galaxy Tab
Sep 26th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 3.0 Gingerbread

If an apparent slip up from one of its managers can be believed, Samsung might come up with a 10-inch Galaxy Tab in early 2011. If the tablet indeed is going to arrive in 2011, it should be powered by Android 3.0 ( code named as Gingerbread ) instead of Android 3.5 ( named as Honeycombe ).

Samsung quoted at IFA 2010 that Honeycombe shall be used for a larger tablet though there was no clarity about the size. Gingerbread might be the one in race for the bigger Galaxy Tab because Honeycombe has no scheduled launch date while Android 3.0 is expected to be out in Q4 of 2010.

Rumour mills are agog that Gingerbread is lined up for the 10-inch tablets while Samsung believes that the 7-inch tablets shall do very well with Android 2.2 i.e., Froyo.

The 7-inch Galaxy Tab features 7+ hours of battery life for HD content, and a Bluetooth headset that enables phone functionality. The tablet has 3MP cameras which can be used for videoconferencing and it can be used as an e-reader too. The 10-inch model shall support all the above features though there is not much clarity about whether the Gingerbread OS is going to be tablet-specific.

LG Town C300 Officially Announced
Sep 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

LG Logo LG C300

Korean phone manufacturer LG launched its LG Town C300 handset which is a full QWERTY bar phone. The mid-budget handset which is sure to be loved by people who do a lot of texting costs less than 100 Euros.

The handset comes with a 2.4-inch TFT display with a 320×240 resolution, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and a microSD card slot for adding up memory. Weighing just 92.5gms with a thickness of 11.9mm, the handset has a sleek look with nice curves and also makes it one of the slimmest mobiles with a full QWERTY keypad.

The handset has push email and onboard SNS so that you stay connected with people thanks to access to Twitter, MSN and Facebook clients. The handset’s synergy with Social Networking System widgets helps the user see all the updates on the home screen.

An MP3 player and wireless FM Radio make it entertaining stuff too. LG Town C300 is the new addition to LG Town family and is available in two colours, black and white. Orange, Tesco, and Phones4U should be bringing you the handset soon.

Tethering enabled on Windows Phone 7
Sep 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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A feature which can help people use their Smartphones as modems for their laptops and notebooks is what is termed as Tethering and Microsoft doesn’t want to invite public ire by not providing such a feature.

At the same time, tethering is not preferred by the network providers as it chokes their 3G networks. So, Microsoft decided to take the middle path by leaving it to the discretion of the network providers to enable or disable tethering though the OS will support it reports Engadget.

This is pretty much understandable because Microsoft has a herculean task to compete with the likes of RIM, Google, and Apple who are way ahead of it in the Smartphone segment. Tethering is supported by Google’s N1 too at a nominal price by the service provider so that users can access internet on their laptops.

Given the backdrop that all the five major mobile service providers in the UK are offering the Smartphone, we need to wait and watch who supports tethering and who opts out.

5-inch Dell Streak Tablet to be replaced by 7-inch model
Sep 23rd, 2010 by Andy Miles

dell_logo Dell Streak Smartphone

When Dell’s CEO pulled out a 7-inch version of Dell Streak Tablet PC at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, signals were clear to the world that Dell will launch a 7-inch model Android-based Tablet PC on the lines of its current Streak.

Though the company has not shared more details about the new Tablet, analysts suggest that the bigger version of the 5-inch Streak is slated to run on Froyo ( Android 2.2 OS ).

Amid rumours that the new model will be powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC, the new tablet is expected to provide better resolution (1024×600 compared to 800×480), Wi-Fi, and 3G.

And this should set the alarm bells ringing for South Korean technology major Samsung because this brings the Streak in direct competition with Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab is available at £587 while the 16GB 5-inch Streak is priced at £399 and hence the 7-inch Streak is viable for sub-£500.

Given the fact that Dell Streak (any version) is out of stock with O2 and with no ETA available, the 7-inch Dell Streak Tablet might simply replace the 5-inch model altogether. Dell Direct is the only way to buy a Dell Streak where the 16GB version is priced at £449.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet available at £587.49
Sep 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The much hyped Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet, a rival to the Apple iPad, is already on its way to land the UK market very soon. The users will be happy to know that the price of the Galaxy Tab would be certainly falling down to less than £590, which indicates a direct saving of £20 on the earlier price announced two weeks ago.

Insight Direct (UK) is said to receive around 500 units of the Galaxy Tab tablet on 22nd of October. Also, the preorders are said to be shipped the same day, around 10 days prior to that of the Amazon and other retailers.

So, the tablet called as the GT-P1000MSAXEU would be available from Insight for £587.49. Coming to further fall in the prices, they are not likely to change according to Insight Direct.

Moreover, customers can also get the device on lease directly from Insight Direct for as low as £17.94 per month or can preorder them. The price however does not include the P&P at £4.99. The Galaxy Tab is said to be the most expensive 16GB mainstream tablet PC as the 16GB Wi-Fi version of Apple iPad costs around £70 cheaper.

The Galaxy tab will be sporting a 3.2 megapixel camera to its rear with a 240 x 320 resolution camera on its front. It will be powered by a 1GHz ARM11 chip and also comes with Android OS 2.2 along with a new Swype keyboard.

Apple iPad, iTunes on Samsung’s hit list
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad Home Screen

South Korean technology major, Samsung left no stone unturned to take on Apple’s iPad in its own backyard by launching its Galaxy Tablet computer in the US along with an online hub for movies and TV shows.

Samsung stated that US carriers Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will be selling the Galaxy Tablet unveiled early this month at the IFA electronics trade fair held in Berlin.

Touted as Samsung’s answer to the Apple iPad, the pricing of the Galaxy Tablet was not revealed though the announcement said that the tablet PC shall be available in the US in coming months.

A new content service named as “Media Hub” from Samsung.com will be offered access to the Galaxy Tab. Samsung wants to provide an overall digital experience to its customers by leveraging the new Media Hub. NBC Universal, Paramount, and MTV Networks partner the Media Hub along with Samsung.

The Media Hub shall offer a library of movies, along with new releases, full TV shows and television episodes.

The Galaxy tablet has dual cameras thus allowing video chatting and it supports Adobe Flash 10.1 too thus highlighting the glaring differences from Apple iPad.

RIM to launch BlackPad to rival Apple iPad
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

RIM Logo BlackPad

Apple is set to find another competitor in RIM with the handset maker poised to launch its BlackPad as early as next week, reports from The Wall Street Journal suggest.

The rival tablet styled computer from RIM which some employees are calling the BlackPad will make its first public appearance in San Francisco at a Developers’ Conference. The Wall Street Journal claims that the report is based on information from people familiar with RIM’s plan and claims that the BlackPad launch is imminent at the end of this year.

Contrary to what you might have assumed, the tablet computer from RIM is going to be powered by QNX Software Systems, the company which RIM acquired this year instead of the new Blackberry 6 OS.

It will sport a 7-inch touch screen and will come with an in-built camera. Microsoft is also contemplating its options to make competitors to Apple iPad.

Blackberry lost a percentage point when its share of world-wide Smartphone sales was assessed at 18% for the Q2 of 2010 by a Gartner report. Apple and Android powered Smartphones are providing stiff competition to BlackBerry phones and hence the result.

E7, the new look of Nokia Communicator
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia E7

The globe’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia has revamped its popular ‘Brick’ communicator phone into a sleeker and jazzier handset christened as the E7. The full QWERTY Smartphone was launched at Nokia’s annual World Event in London.

By Q4 of 2010, the Smartphone is expected to hit the stores with a probable price tag of 495 Euros. The Nokia Communicator phone was the first business phone from Nokia in its Communicator series and was once considered a status symbol by the business tycoons.

Nokia Communicator was known for its bulky looks weighing 397 grams and now Nokia has made a sleeker snazzier lighter handset weighing just 176 grams ( heavy by today’s standards though).

The E7 has a 4-inch TouchScreen display, an 8 Megapixel camera which helps you shoot 720p video apart from clicking stunning imagery. The handset comes packed with a 16GB storage and the battery lasts up to 18 days on standby and 9 hours while talking.

E7 also has business features including support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Microsoft Communicator Mobile, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and Mail for Exchange. Unlike its predecessors, the Nokia E7 will sport colours viz., Silver White, Dark Grey, Blue, Green, and Orange.

PSP back on track? Sony looking for Android engineers
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Logo Sony PSP

The so-far muted Sony PSP phone showed up on the market again as Sony posted an ad for Android engineers.

The rumour mills are agog with a lot of them making predictions that the new PSP phone will sport Android as the platform for phone functionalities in addition to being a fully functional PSP with online games.

Sony posted an opening for a senior server engineer for its Online Technology group in Soho, London. Apart from Android apps experience, the suitor is expected to have cloud services experience and SAAS.

Sony might intend to create some sort of a PlayStation network on the phone given the fact that they are looking for someone with experience of online gaming. This makes it all the more imperative because rival, Microsoft Xbox Live service is also expected to be out there by October end for the Windows Mobile7 platform.

If all this gets nearer to truth, the new handset could be a hybrid of Android phone and the PSP Go. At the moment, we can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for more clarity. Hopefully, Sony PSP phone plans are moving to the next level and we shall see something more concrete soon.

HTC Desire HD for a monthly rental of £30
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC Desire HD

MobilePhonesDirect is offering the HTC Desire HD handset for a monthly rent of just £30 on a 2-year contract with an expected date of October 6th for despatch. The device will be made available by O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile.

T-Mobile however seems to trounce its competition as it offers 900 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB unlimited mobile web.

Short term contracts are also available costing you £35 per month for 600 minutes talk time, unlimited text and unlimited mobile web with the phone for a one time price of £19 or a TCO of £559.

HTC Desire HD is priced on the same lines as HTC Desire Z when bought on contract though the SIM-Free version of Desire Z burns a larger hole to your pocket.

The HTC Desire HD as known to many is a clear upgrade of the HTC Desire as the bulkier Desire comes bundled with more memory ( RAM and ROM ), a higher pixel camera, a faster processor and a larger screen.
The handset supports Dolby Mobile, SRS Surround and DLNA sound. Amazon currently offers the SIM-Free HTC Desire HD for £70 on pre-order.

Five UK Networks to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

Microsoft Windows7

It has been revealed by Microsoft today that all the five major UK mobile phone operators viz. Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Three are geared up to offer the Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Microsoft also revealed that it has received support from Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. According to Microsoft, Orange UK, which is said to amalgamate soon with T-Mobile, would be the lead partner for its Windows Phone 7 OS.

As such, Microsoft would have an advantage of offering a varied range of handsets to its customers along with an option to go with their desired network. Microsoft is said to be excited to work with all the major carriers in the industry who will be supporting their Windows Phone 7 launch.

Microsoft is also looking forward to get the support from smaller network operators like Tesco, Virgin Media and Talkmobile later on. However, Microsoft would launch the Windows Phone 7 on October 11th, 2010.

Also, it is still unknown if the recently revealed Zune music service would be offered by Orange or Vodafone. Moreover, Zune is said to be in direct competition with Orange’s Musicstore, 3 UK’s strategic partnership with Spotify and Vodafone’s Music.

also revealed that it has received support from Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. According to Microsoft, Orange UK, which is said to amalgamate soon with T-Mobile, would be the lead partner for their Windows Phone 7 OS.

As such, Microsoft would have an advantage of offering a varied range of handsets to its customers along with their desired network choice to go with. Microsoft is also said to be excited to work with all the major carriers in the industry who will be supporting their Windows Phone 7 launch.

Microsoft is also looking forward to get the support from smaller network operators like Tesco, Virgin Media and Talkmobile later on.

However, Microsoft would launch the Windows Phone 7 on October 11th, 2010. Also, it is still unknown if the recently revealed Zune music service would be offered by Orange or Vodafone. Moreover, Zune is said to be in direct competition with Orange’s Musicstore, 3 UK’s strategic partnership with Spotify and Vodafone’s Music.

Nokia N8 delayed yet again
Sep 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia N8

Stephen Elop, the new CEO of Nokia had to postpone the launch of the much awaited Smartphone, Nokia N8 as one of his first decisions at the top.

It is the second time that Nokia has delayed the delivery of the top-class Smartphone Nokia N8. Nokia will leave its N8 pre-order customers high and dry as it announced that the customers can expect the N8 sometime in October.

The Finnish mobile major has tried all the tricks in the bag to play down the delay and boast of the disclosures as transparency. Nokia stated that it wanted to maintain transparency with its loyal customers who helped it bag a record number of pre-orders online. It also stated that the Nokia N8 shall reach the customers some time in October instead of the earlier end-of-September plan.

Given the fact that Nokia showed off the N8 at its World event in London last week, this delay is all the more surprising. The handset did not really create a big flutter after the show-off but people have good expectations from the handset, thanks to Nokia’s reputation.

N8 is the first and last N-series smartphone from Nokia based on Symbian ^3 operating system. To brief out about Nokia N8, it is bundled with a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a 12-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, HD recording, a mini HDMI slot, Ovi Maps, Dolby Digital Plus technology along with 16GB memory.

Will customers pardon Nokia for the delay and continue to support the phone maker because of its highly usable handsets so far? Let’s wait and watch.

iPad game for Flash Games, courtesy iSwifter
Sep 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple AppStore Adobe Flash

Apple approved an app designed to play Flash-based games on the iPad with the help of remote streaming. Christened iSwifter, the app will make iPad owners to jump in joy; the users will now be able to play hitherto unsupported Flashy stuff on their tablets via web platforms like AOL Games, Facebook, Kongregate, and Yahoo Games as per insidesocialgames.com.

YouWeb has developed the game streaming service based on the cloud which works just the way YouTube video streaming works or the way Netflix buffers a movie. Crowdstar, Sibblings, and AuroraFeint have all got development firm YouWeb behing the scenes.

Close on the heels of Apple’s decision to revoke its ban on Flash based apps, iSwifter gets a nod from Apple and turns up on the iTunes App store.

The app is available for free on Apple iPads and uses Wi-Fi for connectivity. 3G connection for the same functionality is under development.

iSwifter has plans to add more gaming platforms to its supported list as it develops the app for Windows Phone 7 and Android operating systems.

App for Android Phones from We7
Sep 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Popular music streaming service in the UK, We7 launched an app for Android based handsets along with a free two-week trial period. We7 has thus taken another step forward to take its major competitor, Spotify.

Both the competitors offer free versions of the apps which can then be upgraded to £4.99 computer based versions and £9.99 mobile-supported versions.

The Telegraph puts the launch in the same league as the launch of a similar app from We7 for iOS, Apple’s mobile OS in February this year.

The company’s CEO put the launch as a logical step given its strategy to support users access music wherever and however. The app is available for a nominal monthly fee of £10 which can enable you to six million music tracks though the two-week trial is for free.

Users who subscribe to the Premium Plus plan get access to streaming music or cached music. The app for Android platform is different from its iPhone version in its user interface and other such features. It has support for offline mode to let you play tracks while you are away from internet, haptic feedback support, themed playlists and syncing capabilities.

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