Monday, 5 May 2008

Nokia 2680 Slide - Internet and VGA camera

The Nokia 2680 Slide is Nokia's first slide phone developed for entry level markets. It combines multimedia features and internet access into an affordable and stylish handset.

A VGA camera is included and photos can be viewed on the 128 x 160 TFT colour display. Captured pictures can easily be shared via MMS, Bluetooth or uploaded using the 2680 slide's web browser. Video capture and playback is also supported.

GPRS internet connectivity is provided for high speed internet access. A GPRS Web browser is included and WAP 2.0 is also supported.

An FM radio is included and features a recorder that allows you to record songs from the radio. This may not work in all regions.

Personal information management applications such as calendar, converter, advanced calculator, notes and an Expense Manager are included. The phone book has space for up to 1000 contacts.

32MB of Flash memory and 4MB of SDRAM is available.

The Nokia 2680 Slide is expected to be available from the third quarter of 2008 for an estimated retail price of EUR 75 before tax.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Nokia 7070 Prism - Stylish and affordable mobile

Featuring a striking diamond cut design and geometric patterns the Nokia 7070 Prism has been announced as one of Nokia's up and coming phones.

Every feature of the 7070, including its hands free speaker and voice recorder, has been designed for people who want to stand out from the crowd. Users will be able to create their own style with personalised screensavers, wallpapers and MP3 ringtones.

The Nokia 7070 Prism has been designed to be an affordable phone and doesn't support luxuries such as a camera. But at an estimated retail price of 50 Euros, this handset still provides good value for money and provides up to 11MB or memory for downloads and storage.

GPRS connectivity is provided for fast internet access. A WAP 2.0 xHTML browser is provided for browsing over TCP/IP.

The Nokia 7070 Prism is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2008.

- Display: 28 x 160 pixels, 1.8” TFT display supporting up to 65k colours
- Memory: Up to 11MB of user memory
- Data transfer: GPRS, EGPRS, DARP
- Connectivity: Standard 2.5mm AV interface for headset, Dynamo Easy Flash II connector
- Browsing: WAP 2.0 xHTML browser over TCP/IP
- Personalisation: MP3 ringtones, 24 polyphonic ringtones
- Talk time: Up to 5 hours
- Standby time: Up to 480 hours
- Camera: No
- Bluetooth: No

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Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Nokia 1680 Classic - Affordable Camera Phone

The Nokia 1680 Classic has been announced as Nokia's most affordable Camera Phone to date.

Featuring a 300K pixel VGA camera with video recording, the 1680 Classic also features fast one touch access for videos and photos. The display is TFT with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels and supports up to 64,000 colours.

32MB of Flash memory and 4MB of SDRAM is provided for storing your photos, videos and other content.

The Nokia 1680 Classic also has a web focus and provides GPRS internet access for fast web surfing and downloads. A WAP 2.0 XHTML browser is provided.

A range of messaging and email features such as SMS, MMS, Nokia Express Audio messaging, instant messaging and native email support for POP3, IMP4 and SMTP are supported.

Talk time is up to 7.6 hours and standby time is up to 424 hours.

The Nokia 1680 Classic is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2008 for around 50 EUR.

Friday, 4 April 2008

miCoach Sports Phone from Samsung & Adidas

Samsung and Adidas have recently joined forces to launch the miCoach, a true sports music mobile phone. This handset has been designed for people who like to enjoy music and other multimedia while they are working out.

Equipped with a heart rate monitor and stride sensor, the miCoach can operate as an advanced interactive training system. Personal data can be collected and analysed to create customised training plans based on your fitness and desired goals.

Real time feedback of information such as heart rate, distance, speed and calories burned is available while you workout. Tapping the phone twice gives the user instant updates for the workout. Interactive coaching narration is also provided to help instruct the user during their workout.

The miCoach also features a 2 megapixel camera, 1GB storage capacity plus USB and Bluetooth connectivity options.

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 - Unique Arc Slider

The recently unveiled Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 features a unique Arc Slider design that allows the screen to slide out and reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The following image shows how the Arc Slider design is implemented:

The XPERIA X1 also features a metal body finish, 3-inch wide VGA display, touch screen with handwriting recognition and the Windows Mobile operating system for SmartPhone functionality. The XPERIA interface consists of customisable panels that can be touched to access your web, multimedia or other applications.

Multiple navigation sources are provided for convenient and intuitive interaction with the phone. The touch screen, 4-way key, QWERTY keyboard and optical joystick can all be used for navigation. The optical joystick works by brushing your finger over the navigation key to move the pointer on the screen.

HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and WiFi are support allow for fast and convenient Internet access. Web browsing and RSS functionality is included.

A 3.2 megapixel camera is included with 3x digital zoom, auto focus and video recording.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is expected to become available in selected markets from the second half of 2008.

- Screen: 800 x 480 65,536-colour TFT
- Internal memory: Up to 400MB
- External memory: MicroSD
- Camera: 3.2 megapixels, Auto Focus, 3x Digital zoom, video
- Connectivity: aGPS, Bluetooth, USB, WLAN
- Colours: Black
- Music: Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), Windows Media Player mobile

Monday, 24 March 2008

BlackBerry Pearl 8120

Research In Motion have this month launched the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 SmartPhone in Indonesia. This model combines SmartPhone power with stylish looks and multimedia features.

Multimedia features of the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 include a 2 megapixel camera with video capture, expandable memory via microSD card, media player and a 3.5mm jack for headsets. The 2 megapixel camera features 5x digital zoom, automatic flash and video capture in resolutions of 240x180 or 176x144.

SmartPhone functionality includes an email client, task list, calendar, memo pad, address book and web browser. A new "Page View" option is included for the BlackBerry browser that allows the user to quickly zoom in and out of selected areas of a web page.

The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 features RIM's trackball navigation system for fast and intuitive navigation. The trackball can also be used with the camera for adjusting the 5x zoom.

WiFi (802.11 g/b) is supported and allows fast and covenient internet access in hotspots. WiFi security protocols such as WEP (Wireless Equivalency Protocol), WPA (WiFi Protected Access) and WPA2 are included.

SureType keyboard technology is supported with a QWERTY layout for fast text entry.

- Display: Colour screen with backlighting and light sensing
- Camera: 2 megapixels, 5x digital zoom and built in flash
- Onboard memory: 64MB
- External memory: microSD support
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, high speed USB
- Battery life: 360 hours standby time, 4 hours talk time
- Keyboard: SureType in a QWERTY layout

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Nokia N82 Black SmartPhone released

The Nokia N82 SmartPhone has today been unveiled in a stylish new jet black. This is perhaps a response from Nokia to mixed opinions about the appearance of the older shiny silver model.

Multimedia capabilities, high-speed internet and integrated GPS navigation are standout features of the Nokia N82. The camera is top notch as well, providing 5 Megapixels, Xenon flash, Car Zeiss optics, auto focus, fast between shot reloading and DVD like quality video capture.

The integrated GPS and high resolution camera can work together to tag photos with capture location metadata. The capture location of each image can then be viewed at a later date from the phone or on a computer.

The Nokia Sports Tracker application is also supported by the N82. This GPS based activity tracker application automatically stores data such as speed, distance and time.

MicroSD cards of up to 8GB are supported. This storage space is quoted by Nokia of being able to hold either 3,600 high resolution photos, 5 hours of video capture, up to 6,000 songs or every available region for Nokia Maps.

The Nokia N82 Black model is expected to start shipping in the next few weeks for an estimated price of 400 euros.

Friday, 14 March 2008

Sony Ericsson G900 - 5 Megapixel Camera and Touch Screen

The Sony Ericsson G900 features a touch screen interface and camera with a high capture resolution of 5 megapixels. This is one of two touch screen organiser phones that have recently been announced by Sony Ericsson, the other being the 3.2 megapixel G700 model.

The G900 model has all of the functionality of the G700 with additional features including the higher camera resolution of 5 megapixels, touch enabled camera functions, touch photo album editor and WiFi support. Other camera upgrades include Auto Focus and a picture blogging feature.

All touch screen functions of the G700 model such as "one touch" control, hand writing recognition and finger navigation are supported. The Sony Ericsson G900 also supports "Quick Notes", a feature that allows you to quickly write notes on the screen with the stylus and then save or send them to your contacts. A single press on the Notes icon is all that is required to activate the Quick Notes feature.

3G broadband internet access is provided and allows the G900 to be used for streaming videos, music and news channels. An RSS feature is also included to allow you to subscribe to your favorite feeds and receive notifications when a new feed has been published. WiFi allows fast internet connections in internet hotspots.

The Sony Ericsson G900 is expected to be released in selected markets from the second quarter of 2008.

- Camera: 5 Megapixels, Auto Focus, 3x digital zoom, Image stabiliser, re-eye reduction
- Screen: 240 x 320 pixels, 262,144-colour TFT
- Onboard Memory: 160MB
- External Memory: Memory Stick Micro support
- Talk Time: 12 hours for GSM 900, 1800 and 1900, 4 hours for UMTS 2100
- Standby Time: 380 hours
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, WLAN, USB, Modem, PC synchronisation
- Internet: WAP 1.2.1, WAP 2.0 XHTML, Opera web browser
- Music: Media Player, MP3, ACC, Bluetooth stereo A2DP
- Operating System: Symbian

Sony Ericsson G700 - 3.2 Megapixel Camera and Touch Screen

The Sony Ericsson G700 is a 3G touch screen organiser phone that features a 3.2 megapixel camera. This is one of two touch screen organiser phones that have recently been announced by Sony Ericsson, the other being the 5 megapixel G900 model.

The large 2.4 inch touch display features "one touch" control for a range of organiser functions that include contacts, calendars, pictures, notes and shortcuts to your favorite websites. The touch screen on the G700 also features hand writing recognition and allows you to enter hand written text with the supplied stylus. Finger input is also supported to allow you to navigate your phone by simply touching the screen.

The camera supplies a capture resolution of 3.2 megapixels and features 3x Digital Zoom and an Image Stabiliser. Other features of the camera include Photo fix for adjusting light balance and contrast after the photo has been taken, Photo light for improving picture quality in poor lighting conditions and Red eye reduction. Camera features for video mode include Video light and Video stabiliser.

The G700 is also optimised for the web and features 3G broadband internet access speeds of up to 384 kbps. An RSS feeds feature lets you subscribe to feeds and notifies you when new feeds are available from the main display. The fast internet access also lets you use the phone as a media player for streaming music videos, movie trailers, news and sports.

The Sony Ericsson G700 is expected to be released in selected markets from the second quarter of 2008.

- Camera: 3.2 Megapixels, 3x digital zoom, image stabiliser, re-eye reduction
- Screen: 240x320 pixel 262,144-colour TFT
- Onboard Memory: 160MB
- External Memory: Memory Stick Micro support
- Talk Time: 12 hours for GSM 900, 1800 and 1900, 4 hours for UMTS 2100
- Standby Time: 380 hours
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, Modem, PC synchronisation
- Internet: WAP 1.2.1, WAP 2.0 XHTML, Opera web browser
- Music: Media Player, MP3, ACC, Bluetooth stereo A2DP
- Operating System: Symbian

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Motorola W161 and W181

The new Motorola W161 and W181 have been recently announced as new additions to Motorola's W series. These phones are marketed as affordable handsets for everyday communication.

Motorola W161
The Motorola W161 (above left) is a very simple handset that offers all of the basic functions that are required from a mobile phone. It features an intuitive user interface with a large display and keypad, simple messaging and CrystalTalk technology. CrystalTalk separates voice from background and wind noise to produce loud and clear audio.

A nice feature of this phone is an integrated FM radio with stereo support and an enhanced FM radio user interface.

- Display: 128x128 Monochrome
- Battery: 590 minutes of talk time, 465 hours of standby time
- FM Radio: Yes
- Memory: 20KB on-board (200 entry phonebook and 60 SMS inbox)
- Band: GSM 900/1800 and GSM 850/1900
- Weight: 85g
- Dimensions: 114 x 43 x 14 mm
- USB: V1.1 for charging

Motorola W181
The main difference between the Motorola W181 (top right) and the W161 is that the W181 supports a colour CSTN display. It also features a different keypad design and 70kB of onboard memory instead of the 20kB offered by the W161.

This handset also features CrystalTalk and an FM radio.

- Display: 128x128 65K CSTN
- Battery: 590 minutes of talk time, 465 hours of standby time
- FM Radio: Yes
- Memory: 70KB on-board (500 entry phonebook and 750 SMS inbox)
- Band: GSM 900/1800 and GSM 850/1900
- Weight: 80g
- Dimensions: 114 x 45 x 14 mm
- USB: V1.1 for charging
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Saturday, 8 March 2008

Samsung Soul - Stylish 5 Megapixel Slider Phone

The Samsung Soul 5 Megapixel kick slider phone has been announced as Samsungs flagship product for 2008. Soul, an abbreviation of "The Spirit of Ultra", was named to honor the completion of the Ultra Edition series of handsets.

This stylish, slim and lightweight handset has been designed to offer both features and looks for style conscious users.

Offering 5 megapixels, the camera is also equipped with a range of professional photographic functions that include Auto Focus, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), Face Detection, Image Stabiliser and Image Editor. The Soul also offers a large 2.2" 16M QVGA TFT LCD, ideal for viewing and editing photos.

Fast High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSPDA) internet access at 7.2 Mbps is also offered by the Samsung Soul, idea for sharing images and video taken by the phone. 7.2 Mbps is faster than what is offered by standard 3G networks.

Another standout feature of the Soul is an adaptive touch pad that changes to suit the active application. This feature is marketed as Magic Touch by DaCP. For example, if the phone is in music mode, music specific icons will illuminate on the navigation indicators. And when in camera mode, camera specific icons such as zoom and brightness will illuminate.

The Soul also features a thematic UI that allows users to change the User Interface to match their personal preference. An on handset UCS setup feature is also provided to let users create their own skins for the phone. Customisable display skins with options such as colours, fonts and background images are available.

The Samsung Soul will be available in European markets from April 2008.

- Display: 2.2" 16M QVGA TFT LCD
- Camera: 5 Megapixels, Auto Focus, Face Detection, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), Image Editor and Image Stabiliser
- FM Radio: DRM 2.0 + MDP (WMDRM)
- Bluetooth: V2.0
- USB: V2.0
- Size: 104 x 49 x 12.9mm

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Nokia 6124 - Compact 3G multimedia phone exclusive to Vodafone

The Nokia 6124 classic is a compact multimedia phone that has this month been announced exclusively for the Vodafone market.

Vodafone customer's world-wide will benefit from high speed access to Vodafone's internet and entertainment services. 3G broadband download speeds at up to 10 times faster what is currently available from 3G will be supported by the Nokia 6124. Customers who frequently use their mobile for internet browsing and video streaming should certainly benefit from this handset.

Other standout features include a large 2.0"display, 2 megapixel camera an external memory slot that will allow the user to expand the phones memory up to 8GB.

Based on the Symbian operating system, the Nokia 6124 provides SmartPhone capabilities and the freedom to download new applications to the phone. Multiple applications can run at once, making it possible to listen to music while browsing the web for example.

The Nokia 6124 will be available in Vodafone markets from the second quarter of 2008.

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Sony Ericsson C902 Cyber shot - 5 Megapixel camera phone

The Sony Ericsson C902 Cyber shot is a stylish camera phone that offers an impressive capture resolution of 5 megapixels. The C902 is one of two new Cyber shot phones recently announced by Sony Ericsson, the other being the C702 which was covered in the previous post.

Featuring a slim, compact design with slide out lens cover, this camera phone has been built for style. From the back view, this handset doesn't resemble a mobile phone at all!

The 5 megapixel camera features Face Detection, Auto Focus, Auto Rotate and photo flash. The Face Detection and Auto Focus feature lets the camera focus on the face of the subject instead of the background. For night photos, the Sony Ericsson C902 Cyber shot features the latest lighting technology and Photo Flash for quality photos in low light conditions. The established BestPic feature which lets you quickly take nine photos and choose the best, also now features a light solution.

Camera related user interface features include display lighting adjustments and eight camera touch keys. When in camera mode, the phones lighting changes from white to blue. The eight camera touch keys let you choose from available camera modes that include Face Detection, Photo Flash, and Auto Focus.

The Sony Ericsson C902 Cyber shot will be available in selected markets from the second quarter of 2008.

- Camera: 5.0 Megapixels with auto focus, auto rotate, face detection and 2.5 x digital zoom
- Display: 262,144 colour TFT, 240x320 pixels, 2 inches
- Memory: Up to 160MB, Stick Micro (M2) support
- Music: Media player, Music tones (MP3/AAC) FM radio
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Modem, USB, PictBridge
- Colours: Swift Black, Luscious Red
- Compatible Accessories: USB Card Reader CCR-70, Bluetooth Headset HBH-PV712, GPS-Enabler HGE-100, Design Collection IDC-23

Sony Ericsson C702 Cyber shot - 3.2 megapixels and GPS

The Sony Ericsson C702 Cyber shot offers a 3.2 megapixel camera optimised for single handed use and a GPS with location based imaging. This phone is one of two recently announced additions to the Cyber shot phone range. The other model is the 5 megapixel C902 which will be covered in the next post.

The C702 Cyber shot has been designed for a range of conditions and features a unique splash and dust resistant design. Sony Ericsson describes this model as a phone that can always be at your side wherever you go, whatever you do.

Designed to let you take pictures in any position, the C702 features a camera key and active lens cover that are specifically placed so one hand can stabilise the 3.2 megapixel camera and also take a photo. Other one-handed design features include steady-grip materials and a wrist strap.

An integrated GPS with a selection of location based imaging services is provided for adding a new dimension when capturing and editing photos. When a photo is taken, information about where you are located in the world is automatically attached to the image.

Google Maps for Mobile is included and can be used to help guide you to your destination when you're out and about. You can also get voice guidance using the GPS to get directional instructions for up to 20 million points of interest.

The Sony Ericsson C702 Cyber shot will be available in selected markets from the second quarter of 2008.

- Camera: 3.2 Megapixel with auto focus and 2 x digital zoom
- Display: 262,144 colour TFT, 240x320 pixels, 2.2 inches
- Navigation: aGPS (Assisted GPS), Google maps for mobile
- Memory: Up to 160MB, Stick Micro (M2) support
- Music: Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), Media player, Music tones (MP3/AAC) FM radio
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Modem, USB
- Colours: Speed Black, Cyan Blue
- Compatible Accessories: USB Card Reader CCR-70, Bluetooth Headset HBH-PV703, Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-65, Camera Phone Kit IPK-100

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Friday, 22 February 2008

Sony Ericsson Z770 - Web enabled clamshell phone

The new Sony Ericsson Z770 is an elegant clamshell phone optimised for the web with HSDPA data speeds. It is designed to make it straightforward to surf the web, receive the latest news and read emails.

Designed for web access on the move, the Z770 features an email setup wizard, high speed web access, intuitive navigation features for fast web browsing and Google maps for mobile. Once online, a Magnetic Mouse Pointer controlled by the navigation key can be used to help with web browsing. The mouse pointer icon changes depending upon its position on the Web page (i.e. from text input to pointer or link). Pan and zoom is also available for viewing areas of interest.

The Sony Ericsson Z770 can also receive RSS feeds direct from selected websites as soon as the feed is published. Alternatively, the user can click on the RSS title or widget to gain access to your favorite website from the phones desktop or standby screen.

A weather forecast feature is also provided that allows the phone to receive regular weather updates.

The Sony Ericsson Z770 also features a 2 megapixel camera with 2.5x digital zoom, photo fix, picture blogging, video recording and x-pict Story slideshows.

- Internet: Fast Web access with HSDPA, Access NetFront Web browser, RSS feeds, Google maps
- Music: Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), Media player, Music tones (MP3/AAC), PlayNow, TrackID
- Camera: 2.0 megapixel, 2.5x digital zoom
- Memory: Up to 32 MB, Memory Stick Micro (M2) support
- Display: 262,144 colour TFT, Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels, Size: 2.2 inches
- Talk Time: Up to 8.5 hrs
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Modem, PictBridge, Synchronization, USB
- Colours: Vogue Red, Graphite Black, Exquisite Gold
- Optional Accessories: Bluetooth Car Speakerphone HCB-150, GPS Enabler HGE-100, Bluetooth Headset HBH-PV703, Deskstand CDS-75

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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

LG KF600 - Stylish phone with Interactive Touch Screen

The LG KF600 is a stylish mobile phone that features a unique interactive touch screen (InteractPad) and kick-slider design. This handset was the winner of the 2008 iF Product Design Award.

The InteractPad features context specific virtual keys that change to match the current task. The intention of this design is to provide a simple way to navigate through the numerous menus and features that are available on modern mobile phones. The LG KF600's InteractPad helps the user out by illuminating the menu keys that are required for the task at hand. The virtual keys have been designed to be larger and better spaced than physical keys.

Another nice feature of the InteractPad touch screen is multi-sensorial feedback that provides the user with audio, visual and tactile (haptic) cues. The phone provides a sense of reality when the virtual buttons are pressed by making them larger, vibrating slightly and making a clicking sound. This feature is also designed to improve user interface accuracy and make the phone more comfortable.

The LG KF600 provides eight dynamic graphic user interface themes to give the phone a character that matches its owner's personality. When the user chooses a new theme, it will be reflected in the layout of each applications menus and icons as well the wallpaper.

A range of multimedia features are also provided that include a 3 megapixel camera, MP3 player, video recording, FM radio and Bluetooth. Games are also included that are compatible with the touch screen.

This LG KF600 features a sleek glossy finish that is available in pastel pink, shiny pink, wine red and titan.

- Camera: 3 megapixel with auto focus and 4x digital zoom
- Capture resolution: 320x240 (QVGA), 640x480 (VGA), 1280x960 (SXGA), 1600x1200 (UXGA), 2048x1536
- Screen size: 2 in x 1.5 in
- Internal memory: 40MB
- External memory: Micro-SD socket (up to 2GB)
- Bluetooth: EDR and BT V2.0
- USB port: Yes
- Talk time: More than 2.5 hours
- Standby time: More than 200 hours
- Size: 101.2 x 50.7 x 14.4

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Sunday, 17 February 2008

Motorola W230 - Music phone with long battery life

The Motorola W230 is a slim, pocket sized candy bar handset that offers mobile phone basics, a powerful music player and long-lasting battery life.

One of the standout features of the W230 is a dedicated music key for accessing the music player features. The integrated digital audio player supports MP3 and other popular formats such as iMelody, MIDI and AMR. A microSD card with up to 2GB of memory is available for storing songs.

An FM radio with RDS (Radio Data System) is also supported that can be played in stereo through headphones or on the internal speaker.

The long-lasting battery of the Motorola W230 provides up to 450 hours of standby time and up to 9 hours of talk time.

Other notable features include an enhanced user interface with one click to create a text, Hinglish predictive text, regional support for seven African languages and Motorolola's CrystalTalk technology.

The Motorola W230 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2008.

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Display: 1.6" 128 x 128 65k CSTN
Audio: iMelody, MIDI, MP3, AMR
Battery: 450 hours standby time, 9 hours talk time
Camera: No
Dimensions: 145 x 110.97 x 14.7mm
Weight: 80g

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Nokia N78 - Multimedia SmartPhone that features GPS

Nokia have introduced the N78, a smartphone with impressive multimedia capabilities and even a GPS. This handset is expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2008.

The Nokia N78 combines music, video, photography and navigation and is designed to take advantage of new services such as the Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maps and Share on Ovi - a new online service that lets users share their personal media.

The N78 features a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, integrated GPS with free Nokia maps, high-speed HSPDA 3G connectivity and a microSD memory card (currently available up to 8GB).

The combination of GPS and the 3.2 megapixel digital camera can be used for the increasingly popular practice of 'getotagging' images. When photos are taken, the N78 automatically tags them with capture location metadata, making it possible to view the capture location on a map on the device itself or online.

The Nokia N78, as an Nseries device, is marketed as a multimedia computer and features OMA DRM 2.0 support for music, internet radio, internal stereo speakers and support for standard 3.5mm headphones. It also has an integrated FM transmitter that allows your music to be played on any FM radio.

Compatible accessories include the Nokia BH-903 Bluetooth headset, MD-7W speakers and the DC-1 power pack.

- Display: 2.4” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT color display with up to 16 million colors and wide 160° viewing angle. Ambient light detector - to optimize display brightness and power consumption
- Camera: Up to 3.2 megapixel (2048x1536 pixels) camera, Carl Zeiss Optics, Tessar lens, MPEG-4 VGA video capture of at 15 fps
- Secondary camera: CIF (352x288 pixels) sensor
- Operating System: Symbian OS
- Internal memory: 70MB
- External memory: MicroSD (currently up to 8GB)
- Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, WLAN
- GPS: Integrated Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS)

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Friday, 8 February 2008

Sony Ericsson T280 and T270

The new Sony Ericsson T280 and T270 are stylish, affordably priced mobile phones that feature a slim 13mm brushed metal case and Bluetooth connectivity.

Sony Ericsson T270
This handset has been designed for the business user who just wants to get the essentials done well. The T270 was developed without a camera to keep things simple and is built in a metal housing with a clearly laid out keypad to provide a robust phone that is easy to use. Functions for the business user include a phonebook, calendar, one touch messages and a built-in speakerphone for conference calls.

Sony Ericsson T280
The only real difference between the T270 and the T280 is that the latter model includes a 1.3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom. Users can take photos quickly share them with friends using MMS picture messaging or a Bluetooth connection to a nearby phone.

Both models are compatible with Bluetooth Headsets such as the recently announced HBH-PV770. The HBH-PV770 headset offers remarkably clear audio, even in noisy environments, thanks to its Digital Noise Cancellation and fast Automatic Volume Adjustment features.

- Camera (T280 only): 1.3 megapixel, 4x digital zoom
- Entertainment and News: FM radio, Java, MP3 music, WAP 2.0
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Organizer: Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Phone book, Stopwatch, Tasks

- T270i - GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900
- T270a - GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900
- T280i - GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900
- T280a - GSM/GPRS 850/1800/1900

The Sony Ericsson T280 and T270 mobile phones will be available in selected markets early in 2008.

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Monday, 4 February 2008

E-TEN Glofiish V900

E-TEN have unveiled the Glofiish V900, the company's first Pocket PC Phone to support mobile TV. Support is provided for DVB-H, DVB-T, TDMB and DAB broadcasting standards.

This handset is connectivity focused and features HSDPA, GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Other notable features are a new touch-based user interface and VGA display, ideal for watching TV while on the move.

E-TEN will be displaying the V900 and other Glofiish products during 3GSM, scheduled for February 11-14.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

GPS Enabled BlackBerry Pearl 8110

The new GPS-Enabled BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Smartphone from RIM has this month been launched by Vodafone UK and Vodafone Spain. The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 is one of the smallest and lightest Smartphones on the market and the first BlackBerry Pearl model to feature built-in GPS.

The Vodafone Sat Nav application is included with the 8110 for UK customers. Sat Nav provides customers with voice instructions, 3D moving maps, live traffic updates and free local text search capabilities. Vodafone Spain customers are provided with the Vodafone GPS Navigator, a rich navigation and mapping system based on the Telmap Navigator.

As well as the addition of built-in GPS, the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 builds on the features of the 8100 model with both software and hardware enhancements.

The camera has been upgraded from 1.3 megapixels to 2 mega pixels and includes a 5x digital zoom, enhanced flash and video capture in two resolutions: 240x180 and 176x144. An expansion slot that supports micro-SD/SDHC is provided and will accept the 8GB memory cards that are currently available.

BlackBerry SureType keyboard technology is included and now features word completion, built in spell checker and an upgraded visual interface.

The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 can be ordered online from: Vodafone UK - BlackBerry Pearl 8110.

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Friday, 25 January 2008

E-TEN Glofiish X650

E-TEN Information Systems have this month announced the Glofiish X650, a connectivity focused SmartPhone that features a high resolution VGA display.

The most notable feature of the Glofiish X650 is the high 640x480 resolution of the VGA display, four times higher than what you would find on a typical SmartPhone. The high resolution means that the user will be able to fit larger proportions of documents, maps, web pages etc, on the screen at one time with the obvious advantage of less scrolling. Additional advantages of the 640x480 resolution include sharper text and more detailed images and videos.

The Glofiish X650 runs the Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system, providing Microsoft Office Mobile, Windows Live and other utilities. E-TEN's exclusive software suite is also preloaded onto the X650 and includes applications such as Mobile Shell, Namecard Manager and Backup Utility.

The Glofiish X650 is marketed as an "all-in-one connectivity solution" and features Wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPS and worldwide GSM.

One last feature that's worth mentioning is the inclusion of an FM Tuner and FM Transmitter. The FM Transmitter will let you listen to music you have stored on your phone through an FM radio that is nearby. This feature may not be available in all regions.

- GSM/EDGE Quad Band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- GPRS/EGPRS Class B, Multi-slot Class 10
- Processor: Samsung SC3 2442 500 MHz
- Memory: 256 MB Flash ROM, 64 MB SDRAM
- Display: 2.8inch, 640x480, 65536 Colours TFT-LCD
- Camera: Built-in, Auto-Focus, 2.0 Mega Pixels
- Connectivity: WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g, Bluetooth v2.0, GPS: Built in
- Expansion: Micro-SD Card Slot
- Operating System: Windows Mobile 6 Professional
- Battery: 1530 mAH
- Dimensions: 107 x 58x 14.7 mm
- In-box accessories: Stylus, USB sync cable, AC adaptor, headset, leather case, standard battery, phone strap
- Optional accessories: Car mount kit, battery pack

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Top 5 tips for buying a mobile phone

With so many makes and models of mobile phones available today, the task of purchasing a new phone can be quite daunting. Where do you start? I decided to put together a top 5 list of tips for purchasing a new mobile phone.

1. Set yourself a price range
Even if you have no idea of what type of phone you are after, the most important thing to do before anything else is to decide how much you are willing to spend. I have heard of many people who have walked into a mobile phone store without any idea of what type of phone they are after, only to end up walking out having spent twice as much as they needed to, for a phone full of features that they will never use.

2. Choose a suitable network provider
Choosing a suitable network provider for your region is a very important step. There is no point putting all of your hard earned savings into a new phone if the network you sign up with has poor coverage. This is why I recommend that you choose a network before a phone. It pays to do some research and find out the local knowledge about coverage in your area.

Another important decision to make when choosing a network provider is if you would like to use GSM or CDMA technology. CDMA technology is usually referred to as 3G. A previous article I wrote called GSM or CDMA? explains these two technologies, but to put it very simply, a GSM phone will support SIM cards and a CDMA (3G) phone will support high bandwidth and faster connections.

If possible, try to choose at least two network providers that will suit your needs. This will give you more flexibility when it comes to choosing your phone.

3. Decide on your payment plan
Most network providers will offer you a choice of pre-pay or contract options for paying for your phones usage. This comes down to a personal preference and your decision will probably be based on how much you use your phone. If you intend to be using your phone regularly or for business purposes, a contract option will probably work out cheaper. If you will only be using your phone occasionally, the flexibility of a pre-pay option will probably suit you best.

4. Write down the features that you need
Before you even start looking to see what feature are available in the latest mobile phones, I would recommend writing down a list of all the features that you need your phone to have. This way you are not tricked into believing that you need all of the "latest and greatest" features.

And be tough, ask yourself if your new phone 'really' needs to have a camera or an MP3 player, etc. Also remember that the more features a phone has, the bigger and bulkier it will be and the faster it will run down its batteries. Features do come at a cost.

You should also decide if your phone needs any accessories when writing down your feature list. The three most popular mobile accessories are cases, headsets and memory. If you are likely to be using your phone when driving, a hands-free car kit may come in handy. Or if you have decided that you need a phone with a camera or MP3 player, you may want to consider purchasing a memory card if your phone supports them.

5. Choose your phone carefully
Now that you have decided on a network provider, payment option and the features that you need, it's time to choose your phone. I would recommend doing an online search before walking into a mobile phone store.

Start out by choosing at least three phones that support all of the features that you need and that you like the look of. I would then recommend reading as many reviews as possible about these phones. There are many websites available where users can submit reviews about their phones and provide useful feedback.

The final decision you need to make is you are going to purchase your phone. The best deals are usually available online but I would always recommend going into a mobile phone store first to check out the phone that you like. Ergonomics are also important, so make sure that the phone fits well in your hand and is about the right size for you.

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Motorola ROKR E8

The recently released Motorola ROKR E8 should grab anyone's attention who likes to use their mobile phone as a music player.

The ROKR E8 is designed for music. It features ModeShift technology that allow a smooth transition from phone to MP3 player to imaging device at the touch of a button. Another main feature of the user interface is the FastScroll navigation wheel which allows for for scrolling through songs, contacts and the image library with the slide of a thumb.

Now is probably a good time to mention that the ROKR E8 is the first phone from Motorola to feature a haptic touch pad, providing a vibrating tactile feedback when the user touches the virtual buttons. Many people would argue that the ROKR E8 earns a few points over the iPhone in this respect. I have already heard of people who are selling their iPhones due to the lack of tactile feel that they are used to from the keypad on their previous phones.

The Motorola ROKR E8 is also compatible with Windows Media Player 11 on the PC, which allows users to easlily transfer music onto the device, simple drag-and-drop organizing of songs, artists, albums, playlists and access to more than 200 online music stores.

- Display: 2.0" QVGA, 240x320, 262k TFT, haptic tactile touch
- Camera: 2.0 megapixel with 8x zoom, multi-shot, video capture and playback
- Audio: 3.5mm stereo headset jack, stereo Bluetooth wireless technology (A2DP)
- Media formats: MIDI, MP3, AAC, AAC+, Enhanced AAC+, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB, Real Audio (RA) v10
- Memory: 2GB internal, up to 4GB external
- Band: Quad Band; GPRS/EDGE class 12
- Dimensions: 115x53x10.6mm

Recent Motorola Posts:
Motorola Z10 - A mobile film studio
Motorola RAZR2 V8 - Enhanced Multimedia features

Friday, 11 January 2008

Nokia 7900 Prism

The Nokia 7900 Prism is a striking looking 3G phone that features diamond cut geometric patterns, laser etched surfaces and polished matt finishing.

This style focused phone includes a lighting effects feature that lets the user customise their phone to 49 different colours.

The Nokia 7900 is one of the first phones by Nokia to feature an OLED (Organic LED) display. OLED displays do not need a backlight to function which means that they draw far less power than traditional backlit TFT displays. Another advantage of OLED techology over TFT is a much greater contrast ratio and rage of colours.

The camera on the 7900 Prism is 2 megapixels with 8x digital zoom and flash. DVD quality video (H.263) recording and playback is also supported.

- Camera: 2 megapixels, 8x digital zoom, flash
- Video recording and playback: QCIF, 3GPP, H.263, MPEG-4 codecs
- Display: OLED (organic LED), 16 million colours, 240x320 pixels
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, Micro USB for charging and data transfer
- Memory: 1GB internal

Recent Nokia Posts:
Nokia N81 Music Smartphone
Nokia 3110 Evolve - Nokia goes green
Nokia 6555 - Slick 3G flip phone

Monday, 7 January 2008

Motorola Z10 - A mobile film studio

Motorola has today announced the MOTO Z10 - a pocket-sized mobile phone film studio.

The MOTO Z10 is an update of the Z8, the worlds first kick-slider phone.

Users will be able to capture high quality video at 30 frames per second, edit footage and add a soundtrack, commentary and visual effects all from their handset.

- 3.2 megapixel camera, burst mode delivers 3 shots per second
- 30 frames per second video capture
- 2.2" QVGA display for 30 frames per second video playback
- Up to 32GB microSD card
- Instant media download and streaming at HSDPA 3.6Mbps
- MP3, AMR, AAC AAC+, WMA, 3GPP, H.263, H.264, Mpeg4
- Bluetooth and USB connectivity

The MOTO Z10 is a sleek and stylish phone with many features. It will be available in the first quarter of 2008.

3G vs 4G

There has been more talk about 4G (fourth generation) mobile broadband recently and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN's) has announced that the first 4G field trials have been completed in Berlin.

As 4G seems to have taken a step closer to reality, I decided to do some research and find out what advantages 4G may offer over 3G. The specifications for 4G are not standardized yet but the following 3G vs 4G table gives an idea of what 4G is likely to provide.

Frequency band1.8 - 2.5GHz2 - 8GHz
Data rateUp to 2Mbps100Mbps moving - 1Gbps stationary
FECTurbo-codesConcatenated codes

The existing 3G W-CDMA standard will be replaced in 4G by VSF-OFCDM and VSF-CDMA. VSF-OFCDM allows extremely high downlink connections, both indoors and outdoors. VSF-CDMA provides high-efficiency, high-speed packet transmissions for the uplink.

The 4G adoption of concatenated FEC (Forward Error Correction) will allow much larger data packets to be transmitted and at the same time reduce the bit error rate. This will increase the overall data through-put.

One of the main advantages that 4G technology will have over 3G is higher data rates. This will benefit the end user by allowing faster access to multimedia and video while on the move.

We may still have to wait a while for 4G though, as it looks like 4G networks won't be launched until 2008 and won't become widely available until 2010.

Sony Ericsson W760 - Global walkman

Sony Ericsson have today announced the first truly global Walkman phone - the W760.

The W760 will support tri-band HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) enabling downloads at broadband speed downloads from wherever in the world it is used.

I have been considering purchasing a mobile phone with GPS for some time and may just wait until the W760 is released. I currently own the w810i walkman phone which I am generally happy with. The addition of GPS would be a nice upgrade.

- GPS and Wayfinder Navigator plus Google maps
- Twin speakers with Stereo Widening
- An optional Active Speaker for outdoor use
- SensMe - analyzes your tracks your tracks and lets you search by mood (upbeat, sombre etc)
- Score big - gaming features including motion control and widescreen gameplay
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- Connectivity - Bluetooth, modem, USB

The W760 will be available from the second quarter of 2008.