Archive for March, 2007

By March 31, 2007 Read More →

Sim Unlock Orange SPV M700/HTC Trinity

I while ago I used IMEI Check to have my Orange M3100 Sim Unlocked so that Tracy could use it with her T-Mobile SIM.

Since I posted my Orange SPV M700 review about a week ago I’ve had a few emails asking if it’s possible to Sim Unlock the M700 so that it can be used on other networks. The simple answer is YES!

Florin at IMEI Check has come up trumps again and is now able to provide SIM unlocking for the HTC Trinity and Orange M700 (Although I did think the HTC Branded devices were unclocked anyway!?). The service costs £20.

I really do recommend IMEI Check, the service is really fast and efficient. Have a look on their website to see what they have to offer.

Matt

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By March 30, 2007 Read More →

JAVOscreen iPod screen protector review

Big thanks to Chris for this JAVOedge JAVOscreen review.

Once again, having only recently purchased a 2nd generation iPod Nano I was anxious to keep it looking pristine.

JAVOScreen

I was very impressed with how easy it was to fit the protectors. They are nice and thick making it easy to apply them without getting troublesome air bubbles. It also means you can remove them for cleaning, something you can’t do with thinner screen guards. A cloth is provided so that you can clean the screen before applying. One of the cool features of the protectors is that they are anti-reflective making it easier to see your iPod screen in daylight. Although the protector is thick it does not blur the screen. The pack also comes with a protector for the clickwheel.

Key Features

  • Keeps screen clean and protected
  • Anti-reflective
  • Scratch proof
  • Dust repellent and washable
  • Re-positionable
  • Durable
  • Overall: I am very impressed and feel confident the JAVOscreen will protect my iPod screen and clickwheel from being scratched.

    You can buy the JAVOscreen screen protectors from http://www.javoedge.com/reflexeshop/productCatalog/getProduct.do?poid=1012&pbmId=5606.

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    By March 29, 2007 Read More →

    HTC S720 appears

    The HTC S710 (HTC Vox) has been available for a little while now but at CITA 2007 in Orlando HTC announce the HTC S720.

    HTC S720

    The S720 is essentially a CDMA version of the HTC S710, other differences are, that the S710 is a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quadband smartphone while the S720 sports CDMA’s EV-DO standard.

    HTC S720 Specification:

  • 400Mhz 32bit Samsung SC32442
  • 128Mb ROM, 64Mb RAM
  • Windows Mobile 6 Standard
  • 2.4″ QVGA (240 x 320) TFT display
  • Slide-out QWERTY-type keyboard, 31 keys
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
  • CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, EV-DO
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • 1.9MP Camera
  • 1050 mAh battery
  • microSD Card slot
  • 50 x 100 x 18mm
  • 110 grams
  • Find more details of the device on EngadgetMobile.

    Matt

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    By March 28, 2007 Read More →

    Our Podcast feed

    We have started Podcasting!

    We thought it might be fun to start a Podcast where we can interview people about Windows Mobile related issues, and perhaps have a Podcast version of our reviews.

    To subscribe to the Podcast simply add this link ( http://feeds.feedburner.com/tm/podcast ) to iTunes or your favorite Podcast downloader.

    We’ll be adding other Podcasts soon as we are already in the middle of putting a few others together. Please let us know if you have any ideas for future Podcast if there is anything special you would like to see hear then please contact us!

    You can also download the MP3 of the CamerAware podcast from using THIS LINK or listen to the podcast using the embedded player below.

    Matt

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    By March 28, 2007 Read More →

    SanDisk announce 4GB M2 memory card

    SanDisk today expanded its Memory Stick Micro (M2) line by introducing a 4-gigabyte card. With the capacity to hold up to 1,000 songs, 2,000 high-resolution photos or 20 hours of MPEG4 video2, the 4GB M2 is compatible with Sony Ericsson’s latest generation of slim line, multimedia mobile handsets such as the Cyber-shot™ and Walkman® series. SanDisk announced the 4GB M2 at CTIA Wireless 2007.

    SanDisk 4GB M2

    “This new card, and other SanDisk cards for mobile phones such as our 4GB microSD™ High Capacity (SDHC), are reshaping the wireless landscape,” said Norm Frentz, director of marketing for SanDisk’s mobile consumer solutions division. “This is the threshold at which mobile phones provide enough capacity to become the user’s all-in-one portable music player, camcorder, photo album and video player.”

    The SanDisk M2 card line is designed for use with mobile handsets that have an M2 slot. By using an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo adapter, M2 cards are fully backwards compatible with all digital cameras and hand-held game players that have a Memory Stick slot.

    The M2 format was co-developed by SanDisk and Sony Corporation to meet the growing storage needs of highly compact, multimedia mobile phones. M2 measures 15mm x 12.5mm x 1.2mm, making it the second smallest flash memory media in the world, behind the microSD format, which SanDisk pioneered.

    The 4GB M2 card will ship to OEMs in May, and will be available in retail stores later in the year. Pricing is not yet determined.

    Matt

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    By March 28, 2007 Read More →

    Javoedge AlloyVision iPod case review

    Big thanks to Chris for this JAVOedge AlloyVision review.

    AlloyVision

    Having only recently purchased a 2nd generation iPod Nano I was anxious to keep it fit and healthy. The JAVOedge case is very easy to fit; all you have to do is slide the iPod in. I was initially skeptical that the iPod might fall out, but after extensive shaking I am happy to say that it stays put. There is a strip of non-stick material along the inside of the case to ensure this. There are cut-outs for the headphones, charger cable and hold switch. The jog wheel is exposed through a cutout. Most importantly, the case protects the screen, something that is missing from many hard cases. The case comes with a carry strap long enough to go around the neck (very good for the gym).

    AlloyVision

    Key Features

  • Very easy to fit
  • Does not add much to the size of the iPod
  • Provides the same protection as armor metal cases
  • Lightweight
  • Looks good
  • Screen is well protected
  • Available in five colours
  • Overall: I was very impressed and feel confident that should I drop or bump my iPod it would be well protected.

    You can buy the AlloyVision case from JAVOedge.com

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    By March 27, 2007 Read More →

    Excellent offers from Clove Technology

    Our friends at Clove Technology have once again come up with some excellent offers for you, our readers.

    Clove Technology

    First of all the price of Eten products has been reduced. Eten M700 is now £295 (+VAT) while the Eten X500 is down to just £289 (+VAT).

    BUT thats not all!

    In addition to the price reductions if you use the voucher code below you can save a further £20 when you purchase either of the Eten devices.

    Simply use this voucher code (TMBX5APR07) and £20 will be deducted from the price of the X500 when you reach the check-out (device sale only).

    Use this code (TMBM7APR07) to save £20 off M700 will be deducted from the price of the M700 when you reach the check-out (device sale only).

    Secondly, when you purchase any HTC device from Clove Technology and use this voucher code (HTC20APR07) you’ll get £20 off any accessory purchased along with the device. The only condition being that the accessory must exceed £20 in value (£20.50 is OK!!).

    Thanks very much to Clove Technology for providing our readers with this offer!

    Matt

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    By March 26, 2007 Read More →

    Orange SPV M700 review (Part 1)

    Edit: You can also listen to some other SPV M700 comments on our Orange SPV M700 Podcast.

    It’s taken a little while but finally we have been able to get our hands on an Orange SPV M700 to review. We’ve fielded a lot of questions about the M700 over the past few months so I’ll incorporate the answers in to the review.

    Orange SPV M700

    After a few false starts, the Orange SPV M700, which is the Orange version of the HTC Trinity/HTC P3600, was launched on the 19th February. There has been some confusion about the colour of the device but, as you can see below, the M700 is available in both black and white varieties. The black is aimed at business and the white at consumer customers. However the colour is the only difference between the devices.

    The M700 is the first device on the Orange network to have built in GPS so it is a little surprising that Orange are not shouting about this feature. In fact you’ll be pushed to find the GPS mentioned anywhere within the literature or on the Orange website. Furthermore, Orange customer service staff are struggling to get to grips with supporting this device many of them being unaware that the M700 has GPS capability. However I have been assured that Orange are addressing this issue and are updating their staff training.

    Upon initial inspection the M700 looks a lot like the SPV M600 being virtually the same size and having a very similar key layout. The most obvious difference between the two devices is that the M700 includes the front facing VGA Camera for video calls. Both the black and the white M700′s have a glossy finish with metallic accents on the bottom and sides of the unit. Size is where the similarity ends, the M700 is completely different on the inside!

    M700 vs M600

    Compared to the popular SPV M3100 the M700 is a little smaller and quite a bit thinner. It’s also quite a lot lighter than the M3100.

    M700 vs M3100

    M700 vs M3100

    On the bottom of the device you’ll find the Enhanced Mini USB (EMU) connector which acts as sync/charge as well as being the place to plug in the supplied headset. This proprietary connector has been a source of frustration to many but as most new HTC devices have this connector more and more adapters are becoming available to allow you to plug in your own headphones. Also on the bottom you’ll find the infrared port and the hole where you jam your stylus to reset the device. The full-sized stylus pulls out of the bottom of the device too.

    SPV M700 bottom

    On the left side of the device you have the Scroll Wheel which provides a useful way for scrolling through menus and emails. Pushing the wheel opens or selects the chosen menu or email. Below the wheel is the ‘OK’ button which functions more like a back button.

    M700 Left Side

    The right hand side of the device is home to the power button, Voice Speed Dial button Camera button and the miniSD card slot complete with protective covering flap.

    M700 Right Side

    Below the screen you’ll find the customary D-pad for menu navigation, two soft keys, the red and green phone keys, the Windows key and finally another ‘OK’ button. The D-pad on the M700 is positive and easy to use and, although it’s smaller than the one on the M3100, it sticks out that little bit further and is a little easier to use with your thumb.

    SPV M700 Keypad

    Turn the device over and you’ll see the main 2.1 Megapixel camera and slot for the loudspeaker. The rest of the back is seamless as the whole of the back removes, by popping upwards, in order to gain access to the battery and SIM card. This catches a lot of people out as they wonder where the battery goes!

    Opening the M700

    SPV M700 Back

    Camera
    The main camera is auto-focus so does not have the macro/normal switch found on many other HTC devices. This is handy as I always shot the first picture or two in the wrong mode. The picture quality is pretty decent, and is considerably better than the unit found in other devices at the moment. The M700 does not have a ‘flash’.

    Camera Application

    Battery
    The Battery in the M700 is physically quite large occupying a large cavity in the back of the device and is 1500mAh in capacity. In practice the battery life is impressive, compared to the M3100 the M700 lasts much, much longer.

    M700 Back Off

    Screen
    The screen on the M700 is 2.8″ diagonal and has a resolution of 240 x 320, pretty standard these days. However the screen is a lot brighter and more evenly lit than the M3100 and does not suffer from the yellow colour cast as on the M600. The contrast ratio seems a lot higher than on other devices we have seen in the past. This makes the M700 screen a pleasure to use.

    Software
    The M700 is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 and by default has the standard Orange homescreen. I know that the Orange homescreen puts a lot of people off so it’s worth mentioning that this can be disabled in favour of the standard Pocket PC homescreen. I wont go through the software installed in the device as there is no real difference between this and any other device you might find at the moment.

    Orange Today Windows Today

    GPS
    I’m sure that most people will be reading this review in order to find out more about the GPS built in to the Orange SPV M700. In some ways the built in GPS unit could be one of the best kept secrets of this device. As we mentioned in past posts, even Orange retail are largely unaware that the device is GPS capable.

    In the early days we had a lot of emails from people that had just purchased their M700 and thought that their device was missing its GPS. Strangely the M700 does not have any GPS control panel or settings that would give you any indication that there is a GPS installed. Not even the Comm Manager offers any GPS information. Furthermore there are no GPS applications installed by default.

    M700 Comm Manager

    In order to try out the built in GPS you’ll have to install some third party software such as CamerAware, Orange SatNav or even Tom Tom. When you register your M700 you qualify for a trial of the Orange SatNav software, the details of which should be given to you when you register, if not you’ll find details on the Orange NAV page.

    Orange SatNav Orange SatNav Orange SatNav Orange SatNav Orange SatNav

    The GPS unit installed in the M700 is pretty good. It picks up a satellite signal quickly and tracks accurately, for the most part it will even work indoors. One tip with the GPS is that you do NOT need to turn on the bluetooth in order to use it, doing so will only drain your battery more quickly!

    The Orange SatNav software isn’t bad. It will give you directions to a destination and provides live traffic information. You should bear in mind that the Orange SatNav software uses your internet connection to download map and traffic information so could quickly become expensive. However it will give you the chance to test the GPS in your M700 if you don’t have any other software.

    It’s a lot more convenient to use the M700 with its built in GPS than to use a bluetooth GPS device.

    Accessories
    The SPV M700 comes with a few more accessories than you might expect. On top of the normal mains charger and USB cable you get a leather effect pouch style case and, rather unusually, you get an in car charger that plugs in to the car cigarette lighter socket. You also get the standard ‘getting started’ guide and a generic manual, neither of which mention the GPS much beyond defining what GPS means.

    Conclusions
    A lot of people have been asking me of the M700 is worth the upgrade. I suppose that the answer is ‘it depends’. It depends on what device you already have, and what you use your device for. If you have an M600 at the moment and you want a faster device with 3G and Sat Nav then the M700 is definitely worth the upgrade. If you have an M3100 and can live without the keyboard and you are looking for a GPS enabled device then consider the M700. As much as a like the M700, and it really is a pleasure to use with its fast processor responsive operating system, I love having built in GPS. However I cant do without a built in sliding keyboard.

    If you have decided to buy an M700 which colour do you choose? Well if you are a consumer you will only be offered the white device and if you are a business customer you will be told that you can only have the black one. If you really want the one that is not normally available to you then I would suggest that you speak to a team leader or retentions and ask for the one you want. Most people that I have spoken to have said that they have been able to get their preferred colour. Having played with both I would say that the white is the one I prefer. You may think that the black is the more practical when it comes to getting dirty, however the opposite is true. The black one attracts dirt and finger prints whereas the white one stays relatively pristine looking. It’s also worth mentioning that the black units have had some problems with the metallic paint flaking off around the keys which is something that has not been reported with the white one.

    White M700 Front

    Overall the Orange SPV M700 is a good device and if you are looking for an all-in-one gps phone then you should seriously consider this.

    Orange SPV M700 Specification

  • Dimensions (width x height x depth): 58.2 x 108 x 18.4 millimetres
  • Mass: 143 grams (battery included)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition AKU 3.0
  • CPU: 400Mhz Samsung S3C2442
  • ROM capacity: 128MB, including 61.02MB user-accessible non-volatile memory
  • Expansion Slots: miniSD, SDIO
  • Display: 240 x 320, 2.8″ colour transflective TFT
  • Supported networks: GSM 850MHz, GSM 900MHz, GSM 1800MHz, GSM 1900MHz, UMTS 850MHz, UMTS 1900MHz, UMTS 2100MHz
  • Supported WAN standards: CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0
  • GPS: Qualcomm gpsONE
  • Wireless LAN: 802.11b, 802.11g 54Mbit/s
  • Main Camera: CMOS sensor, 1600×1200 (1.92 million pixels)
  • Front Camera: 640x480pixel, 20frame/sec
  • Battery: Lithium-ion, removable 1500mAh
  • Estimated Battery Life: 12 hours
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    By March 26, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Announce the HTC Advantage X7501

    Just weeks after the official launch of the HTC Advantage comes another announcement from HTC this time it’s the HTC Advantage X7501 which is basically the Windows Mobile 6 version of the HTC Advantage.

    HTC Advantage X7501

    Overview
    The HTC Advantage X7501 is a powerful mobile office device that lets you work wherever and whenever you want. Powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 with Direct Push Technology, you have the office tools you need while on the road. Attach the QWERTY keyboard and easily type up documents, e-mails, and messages. The huge 5-inch VGA display provides you more than enough room for surfing the Web and viewing documents. With its 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities, you stay connected to the world.

    The built-in 8GB hard drive gives you plenty of room to store your work and media files on the phone, and if that’s not enough, insert a miniSD card to add even more storage space. Use the TV Out feature to output contents on the screen onto an external display such as a Projector or TV when doing presentations or sharing photos. You can also print out documents by connecting to a Bluetooth or network printer. Have your office with you wherever you are with the HTC Advantage X7501.

    HTC Advantage X7501 Specification

  • 5″ 64k colors TFT display screen (640 x 480)
  • Intel Xscale 624 MHz processor
  • Built in GPS
  • 8Gb(!) on board storage
  • 3.0 megapixel camera
  • Front facing camera for video telephony
  • detatchable Qwerty keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 professional
  • GSM: GPRS/edge (850/900/1800/1900) and UMTS/hsdpa (2100 MHz for Europe)
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 133.1 x 97 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 355 grams
  • WiFi
  • You can find lots more photos on HPC.ru

    Matt

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    By March 25, 2007 Read More →

    O2 XDA Atom Life

    The O2 XDA Atom Life has appeared on the web and has been reviewed by HardwareZone.

    O2 XDA Atom Life

    The Atom looks like a well specified device with its 624MHz processor and massive 1GB ROM although interestingly only Bluetooth 1.2 and 64MB RAM.

    O2 XDA Atom Life Specification

  • Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition
  • AKU 3.5.0
  • GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
  • CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA
  • 624MHz Intel XScale PXA270 CPU
  • 1.9-megapixel CMOS camera
  • 2.7-inch 340×240-pixel LCD with 262,144 colours
  • 1024MB ROM; 64MB RAM
  • SDIO, miniSD expansion slot
  • FM radio reciever
  • Bluetooth v1.2
  • WiFi 802.11b/802.11g
  • 1530 mAh Battery
  • 58 x 106 x 18.5mm
  • 145 grams
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