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The Nokia touch
Jun 18th, 2010 by Uday Ananth

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The Nokia Xpress music phones, built for audiophiles, have been the most versatile and infamous handsets around. They feature the smartphone tag and yet, provide an extremely user friendly interface.

Nokia has now announced the launch of the 5228 Xpress music phone in the UK. Previously available only in Germany, The phone features a large 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 2 MP camera, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Symbian OS v9.4, support upto 16GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.0 and support for GPRS and EDGE networks.

Considered the stripped down version of the Nokia 5230, the 5228 lacks 3G  and GPS capabilities, but more than makes up for it in terms of the cost in owning the device. Rumoured to cost approximately £80, Nokia is making this sleek device very affordable to compete with the wide number of smartphones available in the market today.

The Candy bar Pearl
May 5th, 2010 by Uday Ananth

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Corporate phone maker RIM has confirmed that the new Blackberry Pearl 3G will be available on the Vodafone network by the end of this month.

The Blackberry Pearl 3G is the first business phone from RIM not featuring a full QWERTY layout, replaced by a 20 key alphanumeric keypad. The Pearl 3G also holds the distinction as the first smart phone supporting the Wi-Fi n standard.

The Blackberry Pearl 3G measures 108 x 50 x 13.33 mm and weighs in at 93 grams. The phone is rumoured to come with the new Blackberry OS 6.0 powered by a 624MHz processor. Reports also suggest that the Pearl 3G incorporates a 3.2 mega pixel camera with integrated flash and auto focus.

Other specifications include a 360×400 pixel display with a touch sensitive trackpad, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G and Bluetooth. The Pearl also features the SureType technology which enables simultaneous voice, data and email services. The phone also features a new web browser and social networking applications.

The Pearl 3G also comes with a refurbished device security system providing password protection and screen lock. This candy bar business phone will be available in Piano, Opal, Pink, Royal Purple, Flash White and Black.

XPERIA the Mini
May 5th, 2010 by Uday Ananth

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Vodafone has confirmed the launch of the Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X10 Mini also known as Robyn on its mobile network for this May. This announcement comes close on the heels of their release of the RIM Pearl 3G.

The XPERIA X10 mini, considered the lower end version of the XPERIA X10, measuring 83 x 50 x 16 mm and weighing 88 grams, comes loaded with the Android 1.6 powered by a 600MHz processor and is capable of displaying 16M colours on its 2.55 inch scratch-resistant touch screen.

The XPERIA X10 mini provides wireless connectivity through Wi-Fi, GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA and Bluetooth. It is fitted with a 5 mega pixel auto-focus, LED flash camera featuring Geo-tagging, a GPS and Stereo FM Radio. The XPERIA comes with 128MB of internal memory and a 2GB MicroSD card that can be expanded up to 16 GB. The phone also features Sony’s TrackID music recognition software in its MP3 player.

The XPERIA X10 mini, with a sophisticated exterior brings a touch of elegance unlike any other smartphone.

Without a definite pricing option yet, the XPERIA X10 mini is available in Pear White, Black, Pink, Lime, Red and Silver colours.

myTouch with T-Mo
May 4th, 2010 by Uday Ananth

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T-Mobile announced an Android smartphone, the myTouch 3G today, to build some hype around its release in June this year. The myTouch, manufactured by HTC, is probably the most customizable smartphones, in terms of user interfaces, out in the market.

The myTouch comes across as a well built phone with tons of features to play around with.

The myTouch measuring 4.55 x 2.37 x 0.6 inches and weighing 5.8 ounces comes with a 3.4 inch HVGA touchscreen, an optical joystick and slide-out Qwerty keyboard. Four buttons below the screen, include the home, menu, back and genius button. The genius button activates the voice command features built into the phone allowing you to make calls, send texts or e-mails and even read out texts for you. The phone also features a 5 mega pixel camera, an 8GB memory card and comes loaded with HTC’s Sense UI over the Android 2.1 OS.

The Faves gallery, another feature in the myTouch, enables instant connectivity to your 20 closest contacts in social networks and provides a special notification on receiving a message. The myTouch  also provides a host of connectivity options such as GSM/GPRS/EDGE along with 3G UMTS/HSPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. The myTouch, when launched, is expected to come in black, red or white.

Without a specific price announced for the myTouch, we can only wait and see if it lives up to the hype around it.

QWERTY with the S40!
May 4th, 2010 by Uday Ananth

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Vodafone U.K. has announced the latest Nokia C3 handset on an exclusive Pay As you Go plan from June this year.

The Nokia C3 is an entry level phone that comes with a 2.4 inch display, a Qwerty keypad, a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and an expandable Micro-SD memory card slot supporting up to 8GB of storage space.

The C3 comes with a re-worked version of the S40 and holds the distinction as  first S40 phone with a Qwerty keypad. It comes pre-loaded with the Opera Mini browser, for faster web browsing, and features an easy to use home screen providing direct access to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. It also supports Nokias’ own Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat.

The C3 comes with a choice in panels such as slate-grey and hot-pink, and will be available with data plans that start at £7.50 per month. Vodafone U.K. is yet to announce the price of the phone.

Smart. Not complicated.
Apr 30th, 2010 by Uday Ananth

LG OPtimus

LG Electronics, a global player in the mobile market announced their first Android powered smartphone. Titled the Optimus or GT540, LG seems to push the levels of user experience with the phone.

The Optimus, loaded with a rather heavily optimized Android OS 1.6 instead of the latest 2.1, comes with a 3 inch touchscreen, 3MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, an FM radio and with an internal memory of 2/4 GB. The memory can be further upgraded to 32 GB with the Micro SD slot.

Dr.Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company states that “The LG Optimus is the ideal choice for early smartphone users who expect all the features of smartphones without the complexity”.

True enough, LG  includes a host of multimedia features in their phone along with social networking tools for easy access to Twitter and Facebook. LG has also included several Google services in the phone. LG seems to have gotten the message right by trying to make the entire interface simple and straight forward rather than cluttering it with unwanted distractions and requiring the user to take a course on how to use it.

Expected this weekend, LG has no statements on its price.

845.. Oh! Its just the JOY!
Apr 30th, 2010 by Uday Ananth

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Vodafone finally put rumours to rest by officially announcing the release of their first own-brand handset incorporating the Google Android platform. The mobile christened the Vodafone 845 will be manufactured by Huawei – the largest telecommunications provider in China.

The interesting part is that the Vodafone 845 might be offered by other service providers as the Huawei Joy in what you can call a different wardrobe. And, for all those who love a petite phone, this Android is expected to be the smallest smartphone on the market come this May.

The 845 features a 2.8 inch QVGA touch-screen, an optical trackpad, a 3.2 MP camera and supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS/HSDPA (900/1200 MHz), Wi-Fi (b/g) and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. And all this in a form factor that is only 100 x 55 x 13 mm. The phone is also rumoured to come bundled with Vodafone 360 services, GMail and Google Maps.

As stated earlier, the phone is expected in May this year with a contract free price tag of 130 to 150 pounds, something we can consider, a steal!

Lightning, Thunder, Smoke and Flash
Apr 22nd, 2010 by Uday Ananth

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PC Maker Dell has announced beautiful pieces of perhaps some of the BEST designed mobiles from their pockets. These crafted pieces of glass would even put a smile on Steve Job’s face.

Dell had previously announced phones such as the ‘Mini 3i’ recently but the newly announced phones (rounded out after a leak) provide the best feedback for Microsoft since it incorporates the Windows 7 Phone OS. The ‘Lightning’ model features a 4.1 inch OLED screen, a 4G upgrade by 2011 and a powerful 1GHz Snapdragon processor to keep the phone running fast and smooth. The Lightning does for Microsoft what Steve Ballmer failed to do. It brings about a whole new outlook to the OS and  quite clearly evokes some response to relook the Windows 7 Phone OS.

Dell however, to buffer their gamble on Microsoft, have also pushed Android into other models. The ‘Thunder’ has almost the same specs as the ‘Lightning’ but feature the Android OS v2.1. Dell promises that it will run Flash 10.1 and provide Hulu support for the US models.

Dell also plans to release 2 mainstream models ‘Smoke’ and ‘Flash’ which lack several key features but have a sleek classy look. They’ve also renamed their ‘Mini 5′ model as the ‘Streak 5′. Their best release announced is the ‘Looking Glass’. The big brother to the streak featuring the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running the Android 2.1 and a neat glossy seven inch screen. It also features an optional TV tuner module for DVB-T transmissions.

Anyway, come what may, Dell seems to have announced their entry into the Phone market with what we presume are some of the best designed smart phones in the current market. Whether their gamble pays off, we will have to wait and watch.

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