Archive for March, 2007

By March 14, 2007 Read More →

Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX Deals

We have yet another special deal from our friends at Clove Technology. This time it’s on the Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX C550 or the N560 devices.

Pocket LOOX C550

If you purchase a LOOX C550 or a LOOX N560 from Clove in March and use our Voucher Code (MAR07SC10) obtain 10 Software Choice Points worth up to 100 Euros!

Find out more about the Software Choice Points programme HERE.

Fujitsu Loox C550
The Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX C550 combines slim, stylish looks with a powerful specification, including a 3.5” VGA display. Windows Mobile 5 has been included with the LOOX C550 providing updated versions of Word, Excel, Media Player and now PowerPoint. Persistent Memory is a new feature of Windows Mobile 5, which ensures programmes and data loss is avoided when at low battery levels, a worthwhile addition to the LOOX C550. A generous 128MB of Flash memory has also been provided.

The stunning crisp, clear 3.5” VGA display of the LOOX C550, instantly improves the appearance of all applications, making them easier to use and more effective. Bluetooth and WiFi communication have been integrated, to provide compatibility with WiFi Access Points and the latest Bluetooth accessories. The LOOX C550 also benefits having a fast Intel PXA270 520MHz processor, ensuring applications instantly react to instructions.

Fujitsu Loox N560

The Loox 560 offers a very impressive feature list with built in GPS and a VGA screen within a very slim and stylish design. With its 3.5 inch crisp, clear VGA display and integrated SirFStar III GPS receiver, the Loox N560 is ideal for GPS navigation. But the Loox N560 isn’t just a navigation aid. It also includes Windows Mobile 5, enabling Word and Excel documents to be created, Internet browsing and media files to be played, using Media Player 10.

The Loox N560 has an impressive specification, including a fast 624MHz processor, large 128MB Flash memory, Bluetooth, WiFi and a SIDO SD slot for adding extra memory or facilities.

Matt

[Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Windows Mobile blog, Fujitsu Loox N560, Fujitsu Loox N560, Fujitsu-Siemens, Tracy & Matt]

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By March 13, 2007 Read More →

SanDisk introduce 32GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk

You may recall that we reported about SanDisk’s 32GB 1.8″ Solid State Disk a few months ago. SanDisk have just announced the 2.5″ version of the drive with the following press release:

SanDisk today broadened its solid state drive (SSD) product line for the portable computer market with the introduction of a 32-gigabyte, 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) interface model, compatible with most mainstream notebook designs. Coming just two months after SanDisk introduced a 1.8-inch SSD for ultraportable notebooks, the 2.5-inch SSD is now available to PC manufacturers as a drop-in replacement for hard disk drives.

SanDisk Solid State Drive

“The SanDisk 2.5-inch SSD brings the extreme durability, outstanding performance and low power consumption of solid-state flash memory to the entire notebook computer market,” said Amos Marom, vice president and general manager of the Computing Systems division at SanDisk. “As SanDisk continues to drive innovation in flash memory, the per-gigabyte price of SSD storage will come down and SSD capacity will go up. PC manufacturers and consumers will find it easier and easier to move away from rotating hard disks to the superior experience of SSDs.”

The vast majority of notebook computers manufactured today use 2.5-inch hard disk drives. The SanDisk 2.5-inch SSD fits in the same internal slot as 2.5-inch hard disks, so notebook manufacturers can switch to the SanDisk SSD without altering their hardware designs.

The key benefits of SanDisk SSDs for computer manufacturers and their customers are:

  • Reliability. SanDisk SSDs deliver 2 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF)2, approximately six times more than notebook hard disks. With no moving parts, SanDisk SSDs are also much less likely to fail when a notebook computer is dropped or exposed to extreme temperatures.
  • Performance. In notebook computers, data moves to and from an SSD more than 100 times faster than data moving to and from a hard disk. SanDisk SSDs offer a sustained read rate of 67 megabytes (MB) per second3 and a random read rate of 7,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) for a 512-byte transfer4. As a result, notebooks equipped with a 2.5-inch SanDisk SSD can boot Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ Enterprise in as little as 30 seconds5 and access files at an average speed of 0.11 milliseconds6. A notebook using a hard disk requires an average 48 seconds to boot and an average 17 milliseconds to access files.
  • Power efficiency. SanDisk SSDs have minimal power requirements, with savings rated at over 50 percent compared with a hard disk drive — 0.9 watts during active operation versus 1.9 watts7. This is particularly important in extending battery life for road warriors, enabling them to remain productive while in transit.
  • Cool and quiet. Because SanDisk SSDs don’t need a motor, bearings or a moving head mechanism, they generate much less heat than hard disk drives. SanDisk SSDs are also completely silent, while hard disk drives always make at least some noise during read and write operations.
  • “There are several reasons computer users and manufacturers should consider SSDs as prices become more affordable,” said Joseph Unsworth, Principal Research Analyst for flash memory at the Gartner research firm. “For example, Gartner research shows hard disk failure is tied for first place with motherboard failure as the leading cause of overall hardware failure in notebooks, with each accounting for 25 to 45 percent of the total8. The higher reliability of SSDs lowers total cost of ownership, and could be a driver for adoption of SSDs. This is part of the explanation of why Gartner projects global consumption of SSDs in consumer and business notebooks to leap from about 4 million units in 2007 to 32 million units in 20109.”

    The 32GB, 2.5-inch SanDisk SSD is available now to computer manufacturers, with initial pricing of $350 for large volume orders. SanDisk SSDs will be demonstrated at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany, from March 15 to 21, 2007, in Hall 23, Stand B28, and will be featured on March 16 during the PressExpoUSA @ CeBIT 2007 event.

    Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): Tracy & Matt, SanDisk, Solid State Disk, SanDisk SSD, CeBIT]

    Posted in: Storage Devices
    By March 13, 2007 Read More →

    Orange official application unlock site

    If you are an Orange SPV C600 owner chances are that you have come across that application lock that prevents you from running certain software or installing your own certificates. Highly annoying.

    In the past, if you wanted to remove the application lock you had to contact Orange and explain why you wanted the application lock removed and they would (eventually) send you a CAB, that was specific to that phone, to unlock it. This became very annoying especially if, like me, you look after a lot of handsets for your business.

    However, Orange have now simplified the process and have launched their own official Application Unlock Site. You’ll be able to get your C600, as well as some older SPV models, unlocked in no time!

    Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Windows Mobile blog, Orange, application lock, Tracy & Matt]

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    By March 12, 2007 Read More →

    Skype contact details

    As a direct result of your email requests, we’ve just added some ways for you to contact us. You can now contact us via our Skype username: tracyandmatt or via telephone/voicemail on *0208 123 3757. We would be very pleased to hear from you!

    I’ve been really impressed with Skype and have been using both the PC and the Windows Mobile versions. We now hope to be able to bring you a couple of reviews of Skype certified WiFi phones over the next few weeks.

    *Please Note: This is MY Skype phone number – I am NOT affiliated or associated with Skype in anyway other than as a paying customer so please do not ring me with complaints about Skype services or to talk about credit card payments. Skype do not have a contact telephone number, for issues regarding your Skype account please visit the Skype website for guidance.

    Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Skype, VoIP, Tracy & Matt]

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    By March 11, 2007 Read More →

    What is HSUPA?

    There are a number of new devices being planned that list HSUPA as one of their connection protocols. The HTC P5500 and the HTC P4550 are two such devices.

    High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) is a 3G mobile telephony protocol in the HSPA family with up-link speeds up to 5.76 Mbit/s.

    The specifications for HSUPA are included in Universal Mobile Telecommunications System Release 6 standard published by 3GPP.

    Similar to HSDPA, HSUPA uses a packet scheduler, but it operates on a request-grant principle where the UEs request a permission to send data and the scheduler decides when and how many UEs will be allowed to do so. A request for transmission contains data about the state of the transmission buffer and the queue at the UE and its available power margin.

    In addition to this scheduled mode of transmission the standards also allows a self-initiated transmission mode from the UEs, denoted non-scheduled. The non-scheduled mode can, for example, be used for VoIP services for which even the reduced TTI and the Node-B based scheduler will not be able to provide the very short delay time and constant bandwidth required.

    HSUPA Category Max Uplink Speed

  • Category 1 – 0.73 Mbps
  • Category 2 – 1.46 Mbps
  • Category 3 – 1.46 Mbps
  • Category 4 – 2.93 Mbps
  • Category 5 – 2.00 Mbps
  • Category 6 – 5.76 Mbps
  • There is no date given for a planned UK deployment of HSUPA.

    Posted by: Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone, Pocket PC, Tracy & Matt, HSUPA, 3G, mobile telephony]

    Posted in: Phones
    By March 10, 2007 Read More →

    HTC P5500 appears

    Hers is yet another new device from HTC this time it’s the HTC P5500 aka HTC Nike.

    HTC P5500

    The HTC P5500 looks like a smartphone but in fact it runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional and has a touchscreen. The P5500 resembles the Gigabyte G-Smart. The P5500 expected to release around September this year.

    HTC P5500 Specification:

  • 400Mhz 32bit Samsung SC32442
  • 128Mb ROM, 64Mb RAM
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 2.6″ QVGA (240 x 320) TFT display
  • Slide-out numeric phone keyboard, 16 keys
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS800, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
  • CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • 2.8MP Camera
  • Built-in GPS: NMEA 0183
  • FM radio reciever
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • microSD Card slot
  • 120 grams
  • Note the built in FM Radio and GPS plus this is one of the first HTC devices (The HTC Kaiser being the other) to list HSUPA connectivity which offers high bandwith upstream data.

    Source

    Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Windows Mobile blog, HTC Nike, HTC P5500, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: Phones
    By March 10, 2007 Read More →

    T-Mobile MDA Mail launched in UK

    It’s been available in Germany for a while but yesterday T-Mobile UK launched the MDA Mail. The MDA Mail is the T-Mobile version of the HTC Excalibur (HTC S620).

    T-Mobile MDA Mail

    The MDA Mail will set you back up to £69.99 but, depending on your talk plan, it might even be free!

    The MDA Mail is a compact, all-round communication device that lets you email, instant message, check your calendar and chat on the go. The ample colour screen makes surfing the internet with web’n’walk, watching videos and reading emails a pleasure. And the qwerty keyboard lets you type messages in a flash. It’s also geared up for entertainment and you can store and listen to all your favourite tunes.

    T-Mobile MDA Mail Specification:

  • Quadband GSM with EDGE
  • TI OMAP 850 processor
  • 1.3-megapixel CMOS camera
  • 2.4-inch 340×240-pixel LCD with 65K-color support
  • 128MB ROM; 64MB RAM
  • microSD expansion slot
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP and AVRCP
  • 802.11g, USB and infrared
  • 111 x 62.5 x 12.8mm; 130g
  • Check out the T-Mobile MDA Mail page on the T-Mobile site.

    Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, T-Mobile MDA Mail, HTC, HTC Excalibur]

    Posted in: Phones
    By March 9, 2007 Read More →

    SanDisk introduces 8GB SDHC Card

    SanDisk introduced an 8-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Ultra II SD High Capacity (SDHC) card to meet the growing demand for more photo and video storage. The new cards can store over 4,000 high-resolution pictures or up to 15 hours of MPEG 4 video. The announcement was made at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where SanDisk is displaying its photographic products in Booth G191 on Level 1 of the South Hall.

    SanDisk 8GB SDHC

    The SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card features write speeds of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and read speeds of 10MB/sec. The cards are targeted at digital photography enthusiasts with 5 megapixel or higher resolution cameras or videographers with camcorders that require significantly faster flash storage cards. The card carries a Class 44 speed rating.

    The SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 reader, which normally retails for $19.99, will be included with the 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card at no extra charge. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader to transfer images from card to computer, and the MicroMate readers work with both SDHC and SD cards.

    “As new SDHC-compatible digital still cameras and camcorders arrive on the market with greater frequency, consumers should select a memory card that meets the demands of these devices,” said Anna Enerio, retail product marketing manager at SanDisk. “This combination of an 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card and a MicroMate reader gives consumers high capacity, proven performance and convenience at an exceptional value.”

    The 8GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC card adheres to the SD 2.00 specification, a new design that is required for cards and cameras to support capacities from 4GB to 32GB. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which also defined three speed classes for speed and performance capabilities. The speed rating system, adopted by the SD Association, is intended to help consumers select the right card for the desired application. It does not denote the fastest memory card.

    Though standard SD and SDHC cards look identical in size and shape, only SDHC-compatible cameras and devices can accept the new SDHC cards. SanDisk differentiates its new cards with the SDHC logo on the card and retail package.

    Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Windows Mobile blog, SanDisk, 3GSM, JAQ4, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: Storage Devices
    By March 9, 2007 Read More →

    HTC P6300 appears

    A few more HTC devices have surfaced and this one is the HTC P6300 aka HTC Panda.

    HTC P6300

    The HTC P6300 looks like a bit of a throw-back device, similar in design to the HTC Himalaya style devices of old, it seems a little strange to release this now and I can only assume that it will be a budget unit.

    HTC P6300 Specification:

  • 400Mhz 32bit Samsung SC32442
  • 256Mb ROM, 64Mb RAM
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition AKU 3.5
  • 3.5″ QVGA (240 x 320) TFT display
  • GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900
  • CSD, GPRS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • 1.9MP Camera
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • SD Card slot
  • 70 x 129 x 18mm
  • 160 grams
  • Note that there is no 3G/HSDPA or even EDGE connectivity!

    You can see our P6300 video HERE. Expect to see our HTC P6300 review online soon!

    Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Windows Mobile blog, HTC Panda, HTC P6300, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: Phones
    By March 8, 2007 Read More →

    DST Updates for Windows Mobile

    This is a public service announcement! 😛

    For our visitors from the US, Canada or Mexico there is an update available from the Microsoft Daylight Saving 2007 Update page.

    Updated March 5, 2007
    Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States starting in 2007. Canada has adopted similar DST dates. These changes could cause clocks and Microsoft Outlook calendar appointments on Windows Mobile-powered devices to display incorrect times for March 11 – April 1, 2007 and October 28 – November 4, 2007 and again in subsequent years. You can find more information about the exact dates and potential impact in the Changes in DST section.

    To make sure your appointments on your Windows Mobile devices are accurate, you’ll need to update your device. If you regularly synchronize your device with your PC, you’ll need to update Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Outlook as well.

    We have three tools that will help your make these updates:

  • 2007 Time Zone Update for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
  • Outlook Time Zone Update Tool
  • Daylight Saving Time 2007 Update Tool for Windows Mobile
  • So if you are in the United States, Canada and Mexico you should immediately install these updates. You should also install these updates you travel to the United States, Canada and/or Mexico or if you book meetings with attendees from these countries.

    Matt

    [Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Windows Mobile blog, DST, Daylight Saving Time, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: News