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Apple’s FaceTime to be challenged by Skype’s iPad App
Jun 30th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Skype has prepared ground to launch a dedicated app for video conferencing for iPad 2, the popular tablet PC from Apple. This app from the VOIP services provider will compete with Apple’s FaceTime.

Given the fact that Microsoft is acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion, it seems to be planning to keep up with Skype’s multiple services on various platforms. Skype is popular among individuals already and business customers can not be far away from being lured.

iPad users were so far left with no option but to use Skype’s iPhone version app and thus did not get some key functionalities. A dedicated app will now be able to leverage on the popularity wave and help iPad users get all of it from Skype.

Users will be able to make voice and video calls over 3G and Wi-Fi networks. There will be a camera swap feature so that users can use both the front and the rear end cameras.

Apple FaceTime in contrast lets users make video calls using Wi-Fi alone. Business users would in that sense find life easier with the Skype app using which video calls can be made using 3G network.

The app pricing and release date are not yet announced though many of us expect it to come free.

Two new tablets from Archos with optional hard disks
Jun 29th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Archos launched a new range of tablets called G9 with fast processors and optional 250GB hard disks. The first two tablets will go on sale this September for £199 and above.

80 G9 comes with an 8-inch screen while the 101 G9 comes with a 10.1 inch screen. The intriguing feature about this range is that you have the option to choose the storage medium between an internal flash drive and the hard disk.

A 250 GB hard disk comes with both the models while you will get 16GB and 32GB flash drives for the 80 and 101 models respectively.

The thickness of the hard disk models will be 2mm more but just imagine being able to store 40 full length HD films on your tablet. Though hard disks can make things a little slow at times, Archos is confident that the presence of a 4GB internal flash memory cache will take care of the speed.

The G9 range is powered by dual core 1.5 GHz processors while Apple iPad2 and Motorola Xoom are still lurking with the 1GHz ones. The OS is Android 3.1 to start with and upgrade to 3.2 is likely.

Though Wi-Fi is the primary connectivity option, the tablets have 3G USB Stick slots for an additional £50 so that you can use 3G with a PayG plan. Let’s wait to see how these tablets fare in the crowd.

Orange to sell ZTE Skate as Monte Carlo soon
Jun 29th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Orange confirmed the news that it will sell ZTE Skate rechristened as Monte Carlo on its network and this offering will apparently be exclusive. Orange has put the handset on its “coming soon” page.

Orange has informed The INQUIRER that the dates and pricing are not yet decided. Orange had earlier sold ZTE Blade as ZTE San Francisco phone in a similar fashion. Monte Carlo can aim to be a better handset compared to the San Francisco as it is powered by an 800MHz processor plus the Android 2.3 platform.

The 4.3 inch touchscreen with 480 x 800 resolution is a lot better than San Francisco’s 3 inch screen. A 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and G-sensors are some other features of Monte Carlo. The handset is 10,mm thick and weighs 120g.

San Francisco is a budget Android handset and Orange sold it for as cheap as £79. Over 2 million San Francisco ( ZTE Blade ) handsets have reportedly been sold. We expect the pricing of the Monte Carlo handset to be competitive enough to appeal to all of us.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for £535 on eBay
Jun 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is being touted as the able competitor to the market leader, Apple iPad 2. This tablet is a successor to Galaxy Tab which was launched last year. If you are one of those desperate to lay your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, eBay is the first place to go.

A popular eBay reseller, Digigood has placed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for sale. Digigood has 162000+ feedbacks with 99.8 per cent positive ones and thus there is a very good chance that you will get what you want.

For just £535, you can expect the tablet to be delivered within four days. With a weight of 565g, the tablet is 8.6mm thick and is powered by a dual core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chip.

The 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 capacitive Touchscreen with 1GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage comes with a 3 Megapixel camera on the back and a 2 Megapixel camera on the front. HD Video recording is supported and it has LED Flash.

With Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi Direct support. Music can be played for three days on the trot, thanks to the 700mAh battery, the highest capacity on any tablet PC. A 30-pin dock connector and a microUSB port are available but there is no HDMI connector.

Android Handsets for less than £40, thanks to Samsung
Jun 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Samsung is favouring emergence of cheap PAYG handsets with features that are quite impressive and Samsung Europa is yet another example which is available for less than £50.

Galaxy Europa is available at £39.99 from O2 excluding a £7.5 minimum top up. Europa is the cheapest phone with a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive display, a 2 Megapixel camera, and a 600MHz SoC processor.

The Android 2.1 powered handset can be upgraded to Android 2.2. It comes with Wi-Fi, GPS, DLNA compatibility, a microSD card reader, a 1200mAh battery and Bluetooth.

Swype and Layar app are available on the handset and thus can be used to augment reality and visual search of local attractions. There are five PayG tariffs available in Text and Web, Your country, Favourite place, O2 unlimited and Simplicity.

Laying hands on such an efficient handset for such a low price is a rarity and hence this will be grabbed by quite a few people out there.

Other Smartphones in a similar league if not the same leagure include Sony Ericsson X8, Orange San Francisco, and HTC Wildfire. T-Mobile Pulse Mini phone is from £19.99 too.

UK to get Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 this August
Jun 27th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung logo Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will hit the UK this August as confirmed by Samsung. The tablet PC which was expected sometime in July or August is pretty much on time. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is being touted as the able competitor to the market leader, Apple iPad 2. This tablet is a successor to Galaxy Tab which was launched last year.

The P7100 Honeycomb tablet is powered by a 1GHz Dual Core processor which is possibly the Samsung Exynos 4210 system. It also sports 1GB RAM, 16GB of onboard storage along with an ARM Mali 400 GPU.

Just like other Honeycomb tablets, the P7100 also boasts a 10.1- inch WXGA TFT capacitive Touch-screen, a bigger tad than that of the iPad 2 and fully loaded with an array of sensors. The tablet is 10.9 mm thick which is slightly thicker than the Apple iPad. It is however 2g lighter than the iPad weighing only 599g.

Other specs of the tablet are dual surrounded sound speakers, full Google Services access, AGPS, Wi-Fi, Flash support, an 8 mega pixel rear camera along with Full HD recording and HD playback. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 thus is expected to give Apple iPad 2 a run for its money.

Will the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 just make the Apple iPad 2 run for cover or will it be a runaway hit? Let’s wait and watch.

Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 Tablet PC is coming
Jun 27th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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It is time CIOs can relax after harrowed by an array of new devices which have put data security at risk in the recent times. In their bid to save corporate information from leaks, Fujitsu’s new tablet STYLISTIC Q550 could be the first step forward.

Given the fact that it has Microsoft Windows 7 OS support, the 10.1 lightweight tablet PC from Fujitsu has the ability to integrated easily with most of the IT infrastructures.

The device has optional Advanced Theft Protection (ATP) security packages in addition to  SmartCard reader and a finger-print scanner for in-built security features. The data stored on the tablet can thus be protected even in case of lost tablet and the tablet can be managed remotely also.

The battery lasts a full working day and thus suits the office well. By end of June, the STYLISTIC Q550 Wi-Fi only tablet will be available in the UK while the Wi-Fi+3G variants will be available next month.

Tablet device from Panasonic
Jun 26th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Panasonic Toughbook tablet rugged

Panasonic has recently released a new rough look 10 inches Android based Tablet device under its Toughbook series.

This new Toughbook series Panasonic Tablet device is going to be available by the end of the year 2011 and company is trying to position it as business oriented Tablet device, with features specifically designed for enterprise usage. The tablet comes with hardware embedded security, which is ideally suited for enterprises to securely port their data on the device.

This going to be different from any regular tablet device as most of them are designed for household consumers, which lacks security that is required for organizations to port their data on these tablet devices. New kid on this Panasonic Toughbook series is engineered with appropriate levels of security and durability factors which give organizations confident to keep data on this tablet device. Panasonic is planning to target various market verticals like Government organization, IT organizations and all verticals which hire large number of mobile workforce for this tablet device.

This device goes beyond the limitations of PDA devices (which are traditionally used by Mobile workforce) in terms of number applications that can be loaded and amount of data that can be carried over.

Alcatel OT 990 now on O2 UK
Jun 26th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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UK Mobile network O2, these days, is going bully with Entry level phones and latest from that stable on its shelve is from Alcatel, Alcatel OT 990.

Android based phone from Alcatel, Alcatel One Touch 990, is all set to arrive at UK market by this summer and is going to be available exclusively on O2 network.

Alcatel OT 990 is an entry level budget phone, which is built on Android 2.2 (which is popularly known as Froyo). The Phone sports 3.5’’ TFT touch screen with 320 X 480 pixels resolution which can show 256K colors. Touch screen comes with Accelerometer Sensor feature which can auto rotate the content of the screen as per gravity force. The phone is equipped with 5 megapixel camera, with autofocus, LED Flash and also comes with Geo Tagging capability.

As per updates on O2 website, this Alcatel’s budget phone is going to be available on the network by this July. This phone is positioned to compete with Vodafone SMART. O2 is also expecting to upgrade the OS to Android 2.3 soon after launch (though there is no official announcement on this from O2 sources).

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray available on Three UK
Jun 25th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Recently Sony Ericsson has unveiled two new Xperia series phones. Those two new Xperia phones are Sony Ericsson Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray. Though not more details are available about both these phones, confirmed news is that Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is going to be available on Three network in UK. Apart from that no other news is available on these duet phones.

Three UK mobile network also confirmed the news that it is going to stack this Android 2.3 based new kid from Sony Ericsson Xperia series.

These Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is built on Android 2.3, which is more popularly known as Gingerbread, most recent version of Android Mobile Operating System in market. This phone sports Sony’s popular Sony Mobile Bravia Engine, which is powered by 1 GHz processor.

This Smartphone is interfaced through a 3.3 inch FWGA display and is equipped with 8 megapixel camera (which is more common these days on this class of high end phones) with HD recording capability. Boxed with all required high-end Smartphone features like Wi-Fi, Social networking capabilities, GPS and HSDPA.

One need to still wait to know pricing and tariff plans of this super gadget from Sony Ericsson.

Motorola Wilder – cheaper alternative for costly Smartphone
Jun 25th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

More and more Smartphones are flooding mobile market. iPhones, HTCs, Samsung Galaxy S series and many more are waiting to get introduced to market every day. All these high-end phones are not only bringing competitive features to market, but also taking prices of Smartphones to north. There is no real alternative in market, which can bring in decent enough features at reasonable price, if somebody is looking to buy a decent phone for their children.

Motorola has come up with Motorola Wilder to address this requirement. Motorola wilder is not just a touch screen enabled, but it is also a dust and splash resistant Smartphone, which is ideal for rough usage.

Motorola Wilder sports 2.8 inch QVGA resistive touch screen, with a decent enough display resolution of 240 X 320 pixels. This screen shows time, signal strength, battery life and incoming calls. The Smartphone is also equipped with 2-megapixel basic camera with video recording capability.

The Smartphone is also equipped with all basic expected features for youth like MP3 player and FM Radio. It also has social networking capability like Facebook, Myspace, YouTube and Twitter. With longer battery life, this phone is ideally made for rough and long usage users.

HTC Tablet on Honeycomb
Jun 24th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

If news in the air is to be believed, HTC is coming up with a Tablet device based on Android 3.0, which is popularly known as Honeycomb. Honeycomb is the latest version of Android, which is an Operating System developed for Tablet devices.

New HTC Honeycomb Tablet device has many features which will keep it ahead of other tablet devices in the market. First unique feature for this tablet, is HTC Watch. HTC Watch is on demand movies services, this new HTC tablet will not be sporting Google Movies.

New HTC tablet will be equipped with Stylus, which makes a lot of difference. It makes many things on tablet simpler and definitely enhances user experience.  The  HTC Sense feature allows users to back up user data over air using HTC cloud services. Though this not a brand new concept in market (Apple has already come up with iCloud), this will definitely be a remarkable feature. This HTC tablet is equipped with lmore powerful speakers, which allows users to enjoy multimedia better. Finally, this new tablet comes with a Facebook button, which was more popular with HTC Cha Cha

Google Maps out of iPhone 5 ?
Jun 24th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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There are rumours that Apple is working on its own navigation software and thus taking steps towards moving Google Maps out of its iOS devices. As per PC Mag, the market has everyone talking about Apple developing its own geo-location system for iOS 5 though there is no clear hint from the software giant.

It was MacRumors who unravelled the story for the first time claiming that Macs app in iOS 5 has a section for third party licenses which can be used for providing geo-location service to the iOS.

Apple acquired PlaceBase in September 2009 and Poly9 in July’10 both of which are navigation service providers and these events only give wind to fire.

There is however contradiction in the recent announcement made by Google in May 2011 stating that they renewed their map and search agreements with Apple.

The inclusion of companies like Urban Mapping, TomTom, Localeze, and CoreLogic hints at the possibility of Apple working towards its own navigation software. Let’s keep our fingers crossed till the fog clears.

Asus Eee Pad with 3G
Jun 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

One can now think of going online on Asus Eee Pad without connecting to any Internet Router. Yes Asus Eee Pad is going to hit UK market with 3G enabled on it.

Asus Eee Pad is treated to be one of the successful tablets in the market, which was treated to be the most pocket friendly tablets available in the market and it competes with most popular brands in the market in terms of features. Eee Pad transformer is built on Android Honeycomb, the version which is built specifically for tablet devices.

Till now Eee Pad is available only with Wi-Fi capability with multiple storage options, which means one needs to have connection to Wi-Fi internet router to get connected to a network. But soon Asus is planning to release Eee Pad with 3G capability.

3G enabled Eee Pad Transformer will be released in UK by August along with Eee Pad Slider. If one is wondering what the difference between both these tablet devices is, it is the keyboard architecture. Eee Pad Transformer comes with a keyboard dock, which makes the appearance of the tablet a bit bulky. Eee Pad slider has a built in tilt keyboard, which can slide from side.

We need to wait till August to comment on success of the devices otherwise it will be conjuncture at this stage rather than a conclusion.

Unveiling the N9, Nokia gets microSIM
Jun 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Nokia seems to be striking back the right notes just when it was being written off thanks to its ability to deliver great handsets time and again. N9, the latest device from the Finnish mobile major looks like a very good Smartphone on paper.

Powered by the MeeGo OS, it has the biggest display and highest resolution so far for any Nokia phone ( 3.9 inch, 854 x 480 pixels ). N9 is going to be the first Meego powered phone and looks like the Apple iPod Touch in its rectangular form. The handset will sport cyan, pink and black colours.

It comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB in-built storage capacity and it can support four-band GSM support as well as five-band CDMA support. NFC, Bluetooth, microUSB port, Wi-Fi network, and AV connector are all available for connectivity.

There is not HDMO port or microSD card reader though. The handset has microSIM card slot just like the Apple iPhone. N9 has an 8 MP camera with double LED flash, and Carl Zeiss optics.

N9 will have 11 hours talk time on GSM, abd 7 hours on 3G while the standby time will be 380 and 450 hours respectively.

Padphone prototype from Asus
Jun 22nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Asus prototype Padfone

Asus has recently unveiled twin devices, a 4-inch Android Smartphone and a 10-inch tablet display, as a prototype.

Both the devices are married to each other and like any other couple, one of them is dumb and the other active. The 4-inch Android based phone is the active device, which does all intelligent tasks, while 10-inch tablet is just a display extension to this cute little one. This tablet is basically a processor less device, the whole purpose of which is to only display contents of Smartphone hence needs larger screen. However it does have a front facing camera to support video calls.

Asus likely named this hybrid combo as Padphone and has unveiled it in Computex 2011, an event which happened in Taipei on Monday. The tablet has a docking station to dock the Smartphone, which provides this big brother with processing power to function through little one. With this docking station at the back of tablet, it looks bulky. Howevr, the combo is a good idea, where user can carry this device in the pocket, while keeping the bulky one in a backpack and can unpack, whenever there is a need for bigger screen.

Other than these technical details, not much information is available, except that it may be available in markets by Q4 of 2011. Let us wait for this combo to come onto retail shelves before we can comment on its acceptability.

HP Touchpad now available for preorder at Carphone Warehouse
Jun 22nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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HP is all set to come up with its first webOS tablet, the TouchPad which would give cutting-edge competition to the already dominating Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 tablets.

The webOS tablet which would be officially launched in mid-July in the UK is now available for preorder at Carphone Warehouse and HP. Also, it would cost the same as the competitor Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi. However, 3G version of the tablet would be available later.

You can place your hands on the 16GB model for £399 and on the 32GB model for £479. Also, 64GB version has not yet been made available for the UK market. Moreover, no network operator has taken a step ahead to offer the tablet with a monthly contract which could make the tablet price a bit cheaper.

The webOS tablet comes with a Wi-Fi connection, a 9.7-inch XGA capacitive touchscreen display as well as a 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. According to HP, the TouchPad would be a compelling alternative when compared to other tablets, thanks to its webOS.

It also features 1GB RAM, a front facing webcam with no rear camera as well as a 6300mAh battery. The tablet will be more suited for both personal and professional use due to the amazing features and flexibility offered by the webOS platform which features Beats Audio technology.

The users will be able to enjoy ‘next-level multitasking’ as well as improved web access with the HP TouchPad which integrates webOS.

Finally Motorola Defy will get updated to Android 2.2 in UK
Jun 21st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola Defy  will soon get Android 2.2 (popularly known as Froyo) update in UK after a considerable waiting time.

Motorola Defy was launched across UK in late 2010, but with earlier version of Android (Android 2.1),  initial expectation was that Motorola will provide regular updates for the Smartphone under discussion, but this particular update has not happened till now. There is no confirmed news from Motorola sources, if further updates will be available on time or not.

Android 2.2 has brought in lot of improvements on the handset. Most noticeable improvement is fastness with improved running of applications. This also allows most applications to be installed on external memory card, freeing up internal memory and also increases scope of installing more number of applications. The other improvements range from look of applications in grid version to network management including WiFi

Motorola Software Update tool, which is used for PC sync up will be used to perform this update on Motorola Defy Smartphone.

Three offering the HTC Sensation on The One Plan
Jun 21st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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It seems like a price war is going on among the carriers that are going to stock the much hyped handset, the HTC Sensation in their UK stores. The smartphone is now available for sale via other network carriers also which was originally exclusive to Vodafone and whose exclusivity period got expired now.

The power-packed smartphone from HTC is now available for the grabs from the Three Mobile store which is expected to ship on June 24th.

Though various deals are being offered by the operator, the flagship deal from Three is ‘The One Plan’. This deal which provides 2000 minutes, 5000 texts as well as unlimited mobile data costs £37 a month.

HTC Sensation is the first handset to be powered by Qualcomm dual core system on chip running at 1.2GHz. It features video playback via HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 4.3-inch, 540×960 qHD screen and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The handset boasts of dual-LED flash and comes with a front facing camera to allow videoconferencing.

The Sensation which comes with Super LCD screen technology weighs just 148g and is 11.9 mm thick. It also has five sensors, a 1530mAh battery and onboard GPS. With all sensational features built into it, HTC sensation is going to be another super Smartphone from HTC like its predecessors.

HP Pre 3 release in UK confirmed
Jun 20th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

For a long time, details about HP Pre 3 availability and other details in UK were at large. But now finally wait is over and release date and pricing information of HP Pre 3 in UK is out. Few online retailers have already updated their sites and made their preparations to accept pre bookings of super Smartphone from HP.

HP Pre 3 UK will be available in UK from July 8th onwards and pricing of the phone will be tentatively £ 349.99.

This business oriented Smartphone was announced in February. This is supposed to be fastest among its equivalents and is running on 1.4 GHz speed Qualcomm processor and runs on HP’s WebOS. It has a perfect blend of work and life. Sporting an WVGA display, beneath which is a vertically sliding QWERTY keyboard, which perfectly fits and easy to operate with single hand.

This Smartphone comes with HP Synergy, which allows users to sync their Business and Personal contacts automatically and supports Adobe Flash over its vivid touchscreen. The camera is equipped with all essentials for business. Has duel camera to support video calling and speakerphone has noise cancelling capability. This Smartphone comes with office is mobile, which allows you to carry work information more safely with Password and encryption facility. This Smarphone also allows you to connect to your company intranet through its VPN support.

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