Waterproof Smartphone from Samsung
Aug 14th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Korean Mobile phone manufacturer has added a durable touch screen device to its portfolio of mobile devices, which can resist water and is tough enough to resist wear and tear. The Smartphone is called Samsung Galaxy Xcover.

Xcover is made up of IP67 dirt and dust resistance, which not only gives it rough and tough look but also can resist water as deep as 1 meter up to 30 minutes. Xcover is built on Android 2.3 (which is more popularly known as Gingerbread) and is powered by an 800 MHz processor. It is interfaced via 3.65 inches wide touch screen, which is made up of tempered glass, a unique glass made in Samsung labs to make it four to five times tougher than normal glass. The tempered glass makes the touch screen to be scratch resistant.

Samsung is also introducing a new ‘Social Hub’ feature through this Xcover Smartphone. This feature allows users to update instant messenger status and social networking status updates in one place. The phone also comes with 3 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. This LED flash can be converted into torch through Android application.

O2 launches Alcatel One Touch 602 across UK
Aug 12th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Alcatel has launched a new cheap touch phone Alcatel One Touch 602 with England Rugby team theme and O2 pepping up to make it available across UK.

Yes O2 is launching another pocket friendly touch phone from Alcatel, the Alcatel One Touch 602 and interesting this is this touch pone is centered on the England Rugby team theme. It is little dynamite in your pocket of 2.4 inches diagonally size and capable of showing you content at 240 X 320 pixel resolution. It is powered by a just modest processor of 102 MHz power, which is not sufficient enough to run a phones of this many features.

It is also equipped with 2 MP Camera and comes with 4 MB of internal memory, which can be expanded via microSD cards, which just enough to store pictures taken through this phone. Charged via micro USB charging is running with backup of 850 mAh battery.

It is again not so attractive in terms of network capabilities. But it is expected out of the phone of that price. It does not come with 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity. You need to manage your Facebook and Twitter via GPRS only. Only feature other than price, which should drive the sales of this small phone is its theme, which is targeted to attract rugby fans of England.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally out in UK market
Aug 8th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Most anticipated Android based Tablet device Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally hit UK consumers and Yuk Lin Wong has been the first customer to lay her hands over first Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in UK.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been in news from a quite long time. It is built on Android Honeycomb version, which is optimized for Tablet devices. It is thin enough when compared to its peers measuring 8.6 mm and weighing 565 grams, which is lighter than many of its comparable tablet devices.

The device has been open for pre-order from last fortnight and has been up for sale from last week. Samsung Sources have been very excited about the response they got during pre-booking period of lightest and slimmest Tablet device available in market.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tab is available in two flavors 3G version of Wi-Fi only version and is also pocket friendly of its league and is priced at £399. Samsung has been trying to be front runner is race for tablet devices.

Hot Deals for Sony Ericsson Satio across UK
Jul 19th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

We all know Sony Ericsson has launched Sony Ericsson Satio back in February under name of Idou packed with all the best features available in  the market. till now plus a new Operating System. More precisely it is a combo of Walkman and Cyber shot and one can obviously make out that it will be equipped with superb camera and music capabilities.

Sony Ericsson Satio is flooded with contract deals across UK market cutting through all networks. All leading networks like Virgin, T-Mobile, 3G, O2, Vodafone and Orange are making sure that they are not missing out the bus.

Sony Ericsson has worked on aesthetic dimension too and provides handsets in attractive color shades like Back, Silver and Bordeaux. The Smartphone sports a camera with amazing 12.1 megapixel resolution and Xenon flash. A Cherry on top is the intuitive touch focus feature which allows users not only to take high resolution and stunning pictures, but also images which can be blown to bigger sizes

Gingerbread upgrade to LG Optimus 3D will be available only in October
Jul 17th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Bad news for already owners of LG Optimus 3D Smartphone and discouraging new for prospective users, LG has tentatively indicated that it will not be ready with Gingerbread (Android 2.3, latest version of Android Mobile Operating System) upgrade for LG Optimus 3D Smartphone until October.

Currently LG Optimus 3D is running Android 2.2, which is popularly known as Froyo and users are eagerly waiting for upgrade to latest version, for which they still need to wait for three more months, which will be ten months after the availability of Gingerbread version of Android Operating System, by which Google may announce Android 2.4, next version of Android Operating System and code named as Ice Cream Sandwich. In other words, immediately after getting upgrade for Gingerbread, LG Optimus 3D owners have to start waiting for next version upgrade. This is really not very encouraging news for prospective buyers of first 3D enabled Smartphone in the market.

October timeframe is for UK users, users from other countries may have to go through even longer waiting times before they could see the upgrade over their phones. This may indirectly help the sales of HTC’s Evo 3D, which comes with 3D feature and ships with Gingerbread version of Android.

ZTE following HTC footsteps
Jul 15th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Never heard of mobile brand ZTE? But sure you would have seen ZTE phone by now. ZTE is a Chinese Mobile manufacturing company, which has been producing Mobile equipment for other brands. Few examples of ZTE mobile phones in market under various operator brand names are ZTE Blade, out in market as San Francisco under Orange, Boston and Monte Carlo. ZTE was producing mobile phones for other brands and is second largest Chinese mobile manufacturing company. But it is not a very well known brand name to mobile users in UK.

Now ZTE is planning to enter into Mobile market with its own brand name in search for bigger chunk in mobile market.

It has already lined up contract with British Distribution Company to realize the plan in that direction and if news in air to be believed, ZTE (which has been providing budget phones till now), is planning to manufacture high-end Smartphones also.

ZTE is trying to replicate success story of HTC, which also has been manufacturer behind scenes for many leading operator branded phones for a decade and only after a decade, it has started producing mobile phone under its brand name. But only point to wait and watch is market dynamics have changed from times of HTC to now. Now there are lots of successful brands in market providing cut throat competition providing a very less space for new comers to enter into.

Motorola all set to set fire in UK market
Jul 13th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

It is raining budget phones in market these days. A set of budget phones are making foray into market, HTC is coming up with Wildfire S, Sony Ericsson is coming up with Xperia Mini and Samsung with its Samsung Galaxy Fit. Joining this band wagon is Motorola with its Motorola Fire.

Motorola is all set to set fire in UK market with its release of new budget phone Motorola Fire, which is also known as Spice XT316 in other markets.

Motorola Fire sports both touch screen as well as QWERTY key pad, it sometimes appears like it has borrowed these features from existing phones in market like HTC Cha Cha or LG Optimus Pro, which tried to imitate the look of Blackberry. It can be interfaced through 2.8 inches QCGA touchscreen on a QWERTY keyboard right below it.

This kid from Motorola is built on Android 2.2, which is popularly known as Froyo and is mostly expected to provide an upgrade to most recent in market Android 2.3, which is also called Gingerbread. With extended battery life, as boasted by Motorola, Motorola fire contains all expected features of a Smartphone of its range.

Samsung Galaxy Fit
Jul 13th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung is producing Smartphones across the budget spectrum. While it has best of high end Smartphones at premium end of this spectrum, it has come up with Galaxy Europa last year on the lower end and now it is coming up with another Android based Smartphone in this range.

Samsung has recently come up with Samsung Galaxy Fit in budget range of Android based Smartphone for budget conscious customers.

Samsung Galaxy Fit is not just on lower end of Samsung spectrum, but also on lower end when compared to its comparables like Wildfire S from HTC or Xperia Mini from Sony Ericsson. It is interfaced through a 3.31 inches screen with 240 X 320 pixel resolution. But it does support multi touch, which is not in its predecessor Samsung Europa or other comparables in market. Physically it tried to imitate high end phones with a single key home button.

It is appealing physically with rounded edges, which gives a bit of classical look. It is packaged with all expected features like camera, GPS, Wi-Fi. But one has to compromise on performance side for the cost they pay.

Overall Samsung Galaxy S is a decent Android based Smartphone for budget conscious customers.

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.

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

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.

LG’s unnamed dual screen mobile for T-Mobile
Jun 17th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

As per the market talks LG is manufacturing a dual screen mobile exclusively for T-Mobile network.

Though much information about this Smartphone from LG is not available, it comes with Twain screens. One of them being main touch screen other screen is embedded into QWERTY sliding keyboard. Even Name of the Smartphone is not yet out in market. It is recently showcased in one of the mobile event in UK.

Second screen in is fitted on sliding QWERTY keyboard amongst mid of keys. This screen is basically to sport frequently used apps for quick access, while main screen is where application will be launched. As per the news in market name of the device can be LG Flip II, though there is no confirmation from the manufacturer.

Information all that available is, LG is manufacturing this Smartphone specifically for T-Mobile. Information available is not enough to confirm if this is a high end Smartphone or not and to that point there is no information to confirm if it is a Smartphone. Another piece of confirmed information about the new Mobile is, it will be an Android based handset.

Motorola Photon 4G
Jun 14th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Riding high with success of Motorola Atrix, Motorola decided not to provide breathing space to its competitors before it could launch another super Smartphone.

In this direction, Motorola has come up with a new Smartphone, Photon 4G, 4G enabled Smartphone ready for release across worldwide along with UK.

Motorola has recently released specs of Motorola Photon 4G. Interfaced through 4.3 inch qHD captive touch screen with a resolution of 540 X 960 pixels, Photon 4G is one of the fastest Smartphone available in the market. Powered with Dual Core processor with Nvidia Tegra 2 processor of 1 GHz speed, processor speed is augmented with 1 GB RAM, which provides enough space for all most all types of Apps to be executed. The phone comes with 16 GB of internal memory, which can be enhanced to 32GB of external memory in form of SD Card.

The Smartphone is equipped with 8-mega pixel camera and a front facing camera to enable video calling. Comes with built in kickstand and is based on Android 2.3 version (also known as Gingerbread).

HTC Sensation review
May 30th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Sensation

The latest android phone from the HTC, Sensation, has been launched exclusively through Vodafone in UK (We, at Mobile hub, have updated you with that news – as always). The Android 2.3.3 running Sensation which has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 4.3” display is the very latest phone to catch attention. So, we thought to review it for you.

Sensation is an important release from the HTC stable but it feels pretty similar to the previous devices in the Android range from HTC. The consensual impression is that Sensation is like a big Desire S with a few modified touches in design and heavier than the Galaxy S II. However, it certainly scores marks as a friendly, familiar model.

The dual-LED flash and the camera sensor add to the features of Sensation giving it a better feel. Also adding to the feel quotient is the exterior that gives it a tougher, more rigid and curved feel than its predecessors.

The screen is a whopping 4.3” one but that doesn’t make the Sensation look bulky. It certainly is slimmer than the Desire HD and almost same in size of Desire.  Sense has been upgraded to 3.0 and the new interactive lock screen gives it a classy touch for the customers.

Overall, Sensation scores on more number of features making it truly a wonderful sensation to have the same. So much can be said about the market reception from the fact that the competitor service providers have already lined up Sensation in the coming months.

Nokia X7 going to be available in UK over Three UK network
May 15th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

After a long pause, there has been news from Nokia. Nokia is ready with its new Smartphone Nokia X7 in UK. This Smartphone is going to be available in UK over Three network UK and if has to go by market talk, the Smartphone will be available in market by June this year.

Three UK has updated its website’s coming soon page with new Symbian device details. The Smartphone is built over 680 MHz processor based on updated version of Symbian (which is popularly known as Anna). Interfaced through a 4-inch AMOLED touch screen, the Smartphone is equipped with 8 mega pixel Camera with dual LED flash, which can capture HD Video of 720p quality. It has all networking features expected out of a Smartphone like WiFi, GPS and 3G. The updated version of Symbian OS comes with a portrait QWERTY keypad, updated OVi Maps, better interface and some updated Social media integrations.

Though much detail about Three network plans and Tariffs are available, but the pricing of SIM free version of the phone is already out in market. SIM Free version of Nokia X7 is going to cost £ 405 and indications are on contract the Smartphone will be available at £30 per month.

Motorola GLEAM for UK market
May 13th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola, which is known for its design, has released new Flip Phone, called Motorola GLEAM for UK market.

Remember Moto Razr, first Flip phone model from Motorola has changed fortune for Motorola and brought it into premium league of mobile manufacturers. Now after Razr expectations for GLEAM are also set to high.

GLEAM is another style appealing phone from Motorola to target style conscious users. As thin as 13.9 mm, Motorola GLEAM has two screens, One inside (flip) and other on the outside, upper part of the mobile.

Apart from style quotient, Motorola GLEAM has all other required features expected out of a basic Smartphone. It supports all kinds of expected music playing capability like FM Radio, MP3 player support with headset jack. Equipped with a little poor quality of camera (only 2 mega pixel), it has good quality display resolution with a resolution of 320 X 240 pixels of 2.4 inches in size.  It is equipped with basic browsing capabilities through WAP compatible browser, which supports POP and IMAP email accounts. It is a basic GSM phone covering 900 MHZ and 1800 MHZ bands only.

With all reasonable features, Motorola is planning to price the phone at a reasonable price tag, to appeal style conscious basic phone users.

Motorola Xoom WiFi only 32 GB
May 12th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

The Motorola Xoom

Motorola  Xoom WiFi only 32 GB  version of Motorola Android 3.0 tablet is doing rounds in UK market. It is one of the fastest moving tablet PC in UK market.

It is definitely a fastest moving Tablet in UK market, with its eye catching design and colors. Its metal casing in grey and black colors coupled with Motorola brand is appealing factor and main reason for its success. One most noticeable feature is its weight. Current model under review (Motorola Xoom WiFi only 32 GB) weighs around 716g, though it is 100 grams more than current Apple iPad 2, is light when compared to other Tablets available in market.

Another remarkable feature is its battery life. Under laboratory testing, it proves to be lasting for more than 12 hours with HD video playing unlike other Tablets, which requires Docking units to be connected to stay live for such a long times. Power button for Motorola Xoom is placed near camera which provides with considerable number of chances of getting switched off accidentally.

With all other features which are expected out of any Tablet PC, it makes to be one of the fastest moving Tablets in the market.

Dell Venue Pro – New kid in the market
May 9th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Dell Venue Pro, which was announced in last October, has gone through a lot of back and forth reasons for several delays and finally is available in market to compete with several other new comers in market. But from the time Venue pro is planned and by the time it is released, features (which are exciting at that time) have become obsolete now.

Dell Venue Pro is the only Windows Phone 7 handset available in the market with slide-out QWERTY key pad, which gives an impression of Business Oriented Smartphone. But really Dell Venue Pro is not.

Dell Venue Pro with 4.1 inches diagonally wide Touch Screen and weighing about 192 g is quite heavy in comparison to its peers in market. It is bit bulky to handle it with single handed. Though Window Phone 7 supports 480 X 800 pixel, Venue Pro AMOLED Screen enhances picture quality.

Processing wise too, Dell Venue Pro is little slow, when compared to its peers in market. While new kids in market are coming with Dual Core processors, Dell Venue Pro is built on Single Core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor.

While it has all other features, which are expected out of a Smartphone, its pricing makes it to be one of the attractive releases in the market. SIM free version of Venue Pro is available at £420 in UK.

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