Archive for February, 2007

By February 19, 2007 Read More →

Orange SPV M700 now in store

The Orange SPV M700 has been a device that’s long overdue and the subject of a great deal of speculation, especially where the built in GPS in concerned!

Orange SPV M700

However, today we learned that the M700 is now available from Orange retails stores throughout London so you should be able to go and pick one up!

We hope to have one to review later this week.


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By February 19, 2007 Read More →

nVidia show off GoForce 5500

Last week at 3GSM nVidia demonstrated their new GoForce 5500 chipset for mobile devices.

With 3D games, high quality video and a skinnable interface it certainly looks very cool. Interesting to see that it’s being demonstrated on a huge Dell widescreen monitor though!

Check out this video to see how it all comes together.


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By February 18, 2007 Read More →

UMPC Group Test (Part 4) OQO model 01+ review

This is the third week of our UMPC group test and this week I have been trying out the OQO Model 01+.

OQO Model 01

The OQO is the smallest and lightest device in our UMPC Group Test, weighing in at 421g and measuring just 134mm x 86mm x 23mm, bigger than a PDA but smaller than an ultralight notebook, the OQO Model 01 is an ultrasmall Windows XP computer that will appeal primarily to businesspeople who need applications with them when they’re out of the office.

Unlike the other devices we had in the group test, the OQO has a built in keyboard and TrakStik–a small, rubbery joystick that controls the cursor. The keyboard is hidden under the slide-up screen which moves on a rack and pinion mechanism. The keys may be quite small but the OQO’s keyboard is easy to use. You won’t be able to touchtype but thumb typing on it is easy enough. The TrakStik is placed to the right of the keyboard, and buttons for left- and right-click are on the left.

OQO Keyboard OQO Keyboard close-up

At the heard of the OQO is a 1GHz Transmeta processor and has a 20GB hard disk. I found the OQO to be adequately powerful, it wont win any records but for Word, Excel and Outlook it’ fine and it will quite hapilly play back full screen video.

The built-in 5-inch transflective screen has an 800×480 native resolution which is quite impressive looking considering the size of the display, the back light isn’t very even though with some noticeable light and dark areas. The OQO comes with a neat docking cable. This plugs into the bottom of the unit and provides connectors for an external keyboard, monitor, and speakers. The docking solution uses an unusual cable with a handful of ports (Ethernet, FireWire, video, USB, audio, and AC power input) spaced out along it.

OQO Bottom
OQO Dock Cable

The main complaint about the OQ is that is runs quite hot during normal use. This makes it quite uncomfortable to hold after a while and you end up changing hands while using it.

Another thing that’s differnt about the OQO is that the screen is capacitive rather than touch-sensitive. This means that you can only use the supplied stylus with it, you can’t use your finger or another pointing device on it. This can be rather frustrating when you just want to quickly tap on something on-screen. You also have to make sure that you calibrate the stylus correctly and it makes a big difference whether you are left or right handed when you use it. I struggled with the stylus accuracy on the OQO. The stylus is housed top right of the unit.

OQO Stylus

The OQO Model 01 has full wireless capabilities, both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth. There’s one FireWire and one USB port on the unit however the USB is 1.1 only, not the faster USB 2.0. There’s no video-out on the unit itself, this is provided on the docking cable, but the device doesn’t make for a good presenation machine.


The standard battery in the OQO lasted about 2 hours and the extended battery about twice as long. The battery seems to take rather a long time to charge and this too seems to develop quite a lot of heat. The power adapter is also rather noisy while the battery is charging, producing a high-pitched whine.

Overall the OQO model 01+ is a decent device. WiFi and Bluetooth quality is better than the other devices on test both in terms of range/reception and reliability. On the down side the temperature that it runs at is the biggest cause for concern though, it’s probably a bad idea to allow the unit to chage within its carrying pouch.

So come back next week to see how we rate each device side-by-side where we’ll consider thing’s like cost, warranty etc.

OQO Closed


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By February 18, 2007 Read More →

More on HTC Advantage

HTC announced 4 new devices this week but the one that everyone is talking about is the HTC Advantage.

The Advantage was originally called codenamed the HTC Athena but this was changed to HTC X7500, however earlier this week the official annoucement confirmed the new name of HTC Advantage, the device even got its own website .

So who will be buying this the Advantage? Are you looking to purchase one? We would like to hear your thoughts about the device!

For those amoung you that are impatient our friends at Clove are offering the chance to pre-order the HTC Advantage on their website.

HTC Advantage

Infosync world have been talking about the device on their site:

Though the Advantage has a quad-band GSM/EDGE/HSDPA radio, HTC told us they don’t imagine this device taking the place of a cell phone, which makes sense because holding the device to your ear would be ridiculous. The device is quite large, even larger than some UMPCs we’ve seen, which puts the Advantage in a strange position.

Read more about the HTC Advantage HERE and HERE.


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By February 17, 2007 Read More →

i-mate Ultimate 7150

The folks over at mobilmania have managed to get their hands on an i-mate Ultimate 7150.

i-mate 7150

The Ultimate 7150 works like the HTC Universal in that the screen swivels, flips and folds back on itself. Is this i-mate’s answer the the HTC Advantage? It’s certainly a big device!

i-mate 7150 specification:

  • Intel Bulverde 520 MHz cpu
  • 256 MB ROM & 128 RAM
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • VGA Screen
  • 2.0 megapixel camera
  • tri-band 3G
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/e/i
  • FM radio
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • 110 × 74 × 18 mm
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    By February 17, 2007 Read More →

    Intel abandons Centrino 3G support

    Intel has abandoned plans to add 3G wireless connectivity to its next Centrino platform codenamed Santa Rosa.

    The chipmaker said in September that it planned to embed Nokia networking cards to deliver HSDPA access to notebook computers.

    The decision to abandon the plans means that notebook users will have to rely on Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity, or purchase a separate networking card.

    Intel claimed that including the wireless chips is too expensive, but suggested that it might do so at a later time.


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    By February 16, 2007 Read More →

    SanDisk introduces TrustWatch security suite

    TrustWatch Provides Secure Management of Standard USB Flash Drives,Complementing SanDisk’s mTrust For Managing High-Security Flash Drives

    SanDisk today introduced the TrustWatch integrated suite of applications that transform off-the-shelf USB flash drives from a security threat to a competitive advantage in the enterprise. The announcement was made at the RSA Conference 2007, where SanDisk is demonstrating its security products and solutions at Booth #2431 in the Moscone Center.

    TrustWatch is built around a secure network appliance and a management console, through which IT administrators can easily configure and deploy secured USB flash drives (UFDs), while preventing information from being copied to unapproved devices. The TrustWatch solution allows the IT department to select from SanDisk’s line of standard flash drives for issue to employees.

    UFDs centrally managed by the TrustWatch suite can securely store work-related information, and support remote access to email and other applications. On the road, employees can use a TrustWatch device on a borrowed PC without leaving any trace of their activity on that PC. If the UFDs are lost or stolen, their data can be remotely destroyed.

    SanDisk is also offering mTrust, a proven solution which became part of the company’s product portfolio in November with the acquisition of msystems™ Ltd. mTrust provides an enhanced level of security with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption, enabling strong two factor authentication, on custom UFDs and mToken smart card-based products supplied by SanDisk.

    “Enterprise IT managers have always been concerned about UFDs as enablers of information leakage, whether by accident or malicious intent,” said Marc Metis, vice president, corporate marketing, at SanDisk. “TrustWatch and mTrust together change the rules. UFDs managed by TrustWatch or mTrust are secure, inside or outside the enterprise network, so knowledge workers can safely take their work anywhere.”

    In addition to data encryption, stealth Web browsing and Microsoft Outlook file synchronization, the TrustWatch solution’s many functions include RSA SecurID® dual-factor authentication technology from RSA, The Security Division of EMC, which enables the UFDs to be used as authenticators. In this two-factor authentication system, users must have something they know–a password–and something they possess—the UFD itself—to access data and applications stored within the corporate network.

    “We are excited to partner with SanDisk on TrustWatch, a solution that effectively balances cost, convenience and security as businesses seek options for strongly authenticating employees,” said Toffer Winslow, vice president of product management and product marketing at RSA. “Built-in support for RSA SecurID technology enables businesses to leverage unmatched interoperability, with over 350 enterprise applications and infrastructure devices.”

    TrustWatch was co-developed with RedCannon Security Inc., a provider of centrally-managed, secure mobile-access solutions for the enterprise.

    “We’re delighted that SanDisk picked RedCannon,” said Vimal Vaidya, founder, chairman and CEO of RedCannon Security. “RedCannon’s goal is to transform UFDs into enterprise-managed and compliant devices. As the need for remote access to enterprise information grows, TrustWatch is uniquely positioned to provide an economical solution to increase security and improve productivity anytime, anywhere.”

    Two other partners contributed to the TrustWatch suite: SecureWave and Safend Ltd., who are both providing endpoint information leakage protection.

    “SanDisk searched long and hard for best-of-breed partners to broaden its range of enterprise solutions with an exciting and important new product,” said Ron LaPedis, product marketing manager for SanDisk. “RSA, RedCannon, SecureWave and Safend are trusted names in the security field that give TrustWatch a solid technology foundation.”

    TrustWatch also includes a special enterprise version of SanDisk’s CruzerSync® technology, developed in partnership with Dmailer, for secure synchronization and back up of documents, browser favorites, computer settings such as desktop customization, email, contacts, notes and task lists from a personal computer to managed USB devices. Unlike the personal version of CruzerSync, the enterprise version can be centrally managed to allow or block specific functionality as well as synchronization of designated files.


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    By February 16, 2007 Read More →

    Toshiba release widescreen G900

    Toshiba have announced the release of the wide-screened G900.

    Toshiba G900

    The Toshiba G900 has a W-VGA screen, which a glorious 800 x 480 pixels! Running Windows Mobile 6 Pro, it’ll certainly have lots of real-estate for applications to play with. There’s also HSDPA, 3G, EDGE, Bluetooth and WiFi plus 2 cameras and a miniSD expansion slot.

    “Toshiba is going to denominate concretely to this new device like “Portegé G900”, will be available in Castilian and its price does not have to surpass the 600 euros. His small brother, also the interesting G500 of that shortly we will contribute more data will happen to denominate “Portegé G500”, also available in Castilian and with an approximated price of 500 euros.”

    See more at MoDaCo.


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    By February 15, 2007 Read More →

    Hands-on with the Orange SPV E650

    Arne over at the theUnwired, lucky guy that he is, is currently at 3GSM and has managed to get a hands-on with the Orange SPV E650 / HTC s710.

    Orange SPV E650

    No question, HTC’s latest Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, the HTC Vox (commercially available as HTC S710 and Orange SPV E650), is a compact and stylish messaging device which features – more or less – everything except UMTS (unfortunately).
    On the first sight, this compact smartphone just looks like a stylish phone, but, thanks to the cleverly concealed semi-sliding keyboard, it makes light work of messaging, web browsing and calls. Viewing Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents on the go is a pleasure on the 2.4″ screen with landscape view option and users can stay connected via user-friendly, real-time E-Mail in its original rich HTML format (thanks to Windows Mobile 6) and the ability to chat over Windows Live

    Read what else he has to say over at theUnwired.


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    By February 15, 2007 Read More →

    ActiveSync 4.5 released

    The latest version of Microsoft ActiveSync is now out of beta and is available to download from the Microsoft Download Center.

    Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5 is the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile-powered devices. ActiveSync provides a great synchronization experience with Windows®-powered PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box.

  • Faster file transfer speed and photo sync via Outlook are only available for Windows Mobile 5.0 powered devices.
  • Remote PC Sync (via WiFi or LAN) has been removed due to Enterprise customer feedback around security issues.
  • Customers using Microsoft Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 with devices running the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 will benefit from the following feature enhancements included in ActiveSync 4.5: Direct Push Technology, local device wipe, and certificate powered authentication to Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft® Outlook® 2000 is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5. It is highly recommended that users upgrade to Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 messaging and collaboration client.
  • Conversion of database files for use on a mobile device is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5. On previous versions, this feature was limited to devices running Windows Mobile software for Pocket PC 2003 and earlier.
  • Conversion of font files for use on a mobile device is not supported by ActiveSync 4.5. On previous versions, this feature was limited to devices running Windows Mobile software for Pocket PC 2003 and earlier.
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