Archive for March, 2007

By March 8, 2007 Read More →

Where are the Orange SPV M700 reviews?

EDIT: Our review can now be found HERE.

Like Paul over at MoDaCo, a lot of people have been asking me about my review of the Orange SPV M700. In fact I haven’t seen any M700 reviews yet.

Let me take moment to explain why we haven’t put up a review yet.

Orange have been in touch with us recently and unfortunately there is a bit of a shortage of review devices at the moment which means that we are only able to borrow an M700 for three days. We do not think that this is enough time to do a proper review so we have decided to wait until we can get our hands on a device for a longer period of time.

Apologies, we’ll have a review up as soon as we can!

Matt

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By March 8, 2007 Read More →

O2 Graphite release imminent

According to a tip from a source at O2, the O2 Graphite is about to launch here in the UK.

O2 Graphite

The device has been sitting on the ‘Coming Soon‘ pages of the O2 website for ages and we understand that dummy models have been delivered to O2 shops for their displays. This, coupled with the same news appearing on coolsmartphone from a different source, could be evidence of an imminent release.

O2 XDA Graphite Specification

  • 2.2″ 64k colors TFT display screen (240 x 320)
  • Intel XScale 416MHz CPU
  • 128mb Flash ROM
  • 64mb RAM
  • Intel Hermon modem
  • 2.0-megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0
  • GSM Tri-band 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • microSD card slot
  • 109.5 x 46 x 18mm
  • 100 grams
  • Up to 300 mins talk time
  • Up to 275 hours standby time
  • It’s also worth mentioning that the Graphite is NOT manufactured by HTC but rather ASUSTek and is based on an improved version of their Vodafone V1210.

    Matt

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    By March 7, 2007 Read More →

    T-Mobile Ameo review

    MSMobiles have managed to get their hands on a T-Mobile Ameo and have published a nice review of the new device.

    T-mobile Ameo

    As you can see from the photo above it’s by no means a small device!

    Is it a bird? A plane? A pocket pc? A phone? Well except for the bird and the plane it is all of that and more! Too big to be carried in your pocket as the everyday mobile phone but fast and feature rich enough to replace your heavy weight laptop for certain jobs you may have to do. Let’s figure out the pro’s and con’s of the T-Mobile Ameo, aka Dopod U1000 or HTC X7500!

    Check out the full review on MSMobiles.com

    Matt

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    By March 7, 2007 Read More →

    Cheap HTC Headphone adapter

    We have been talking about headphone adapters for HTC devices for ages now but it looks like the people at GPSforless.co.uk have finally come up with an adapter for a reasonable price!

    HTC Headphone Adapter

    I know that a lot of you are looking for SPV M700 headphone adapters and this one should work with all the latest HTC devices. At under £5, that’s more like it!

    Thanks to Steve for the heads-up.

    Matt

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    By March 6, 2007 Read More →

    Orange SPV E600 available to business customers

    Looks like our friends at MoDaCo beat us to the post with this one but the Orange version of the HTC Excalibur, the Orange SPV E600, has just appeared on the Orange Business Site.

    Orange SPV E600

    At the moment the E600 is only available to business customers but I suspect that it wont be long before it’s available to all.

    Benefit from the svelte and compact design, with a full QWERTY keyboard and a large screen, composing emails and viewing attachments is almost as easy as if you were in the office. And when you’re out of the country, even continent, thanks to quad band technology it’s not problem – so that’s one less thing to worry about.

    One thing I did notice is that the blurb (see above) says the E600 is quad-band yet the details specification, also on the Orange site, clearly states tri-band. Maybe Orange isn’t sure!?

    I’ve been using an HTC S620 (basically the same device) for some time now and it’s one of my favourite devices and definitely my favourite smartphone. It will be interesting to see what the Orange customisation does to the SPV E600. Get your sugar cubes ready!

    Orange SPV E600 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 Orange E600 page HERE.

    Oh and the SPV E600 is quad-band by the way!

    Matt

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    By March 6, 2007 Read More →

    Nikon announce D40x

    Nikon announces the arrival of the D40x, its smallest camera to date that packs a punch with a host of innovative features. Featuring a 10.2 megapixel CCD the D40x is loaded with everything a photographer needs, despite its miniature size. Within the stylish and compact casing of the D40x, Nikon has packed in a number of exciting features to ensure that the user is able to achieve optimum results.

    Nikon D40x

    With 10.2 megapixels image quality is excellent and the D40x comes with Nikon’s exclusive 3D Colour Matrix Metering II and auto white balance which enables the user to produce quality shots that capture the vivid detail and true colour of the subject matter.

    The D40x is equipped with a compact lightweight 55-200mm Zoom-Nikkor telephoto lens. This lens – the R708 – is fitted with an ED glass element, making it easier to achieve images with higher resolution and high contrast. The Silent Wave Motor offers quiet and smooth autofocussing.

    For those taking pictures in a hurry the D40x is fast, despite its petite design. It has near instant power-up (0.18 seconds) whilst a continuous shooting mode enables the keen photographer to capture 100jpegs of images as fast as three frames per second. And with autofocus built-in even shots taken in a hurry are crisp and clear. Nikon’s innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates ideal flash exposure so the image light is always correct, whatever the conditions.

    An ample 2.5-inch LCD screen means the budding photographer can view, manipulate and navigate their images at ease. Unique Nikon innovations make it possible to manipulate the images in-camera, enabling amateurs to achieve results that a professional would be pleased with. Nikon’s unique D-Lighting function improves underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy of an image with added light and detail wherever necessary, leaving well-exposed areas untouched. Photographers can even fix red eye at the touch of a button or use the D40x’d monochrome effect to make an image black and white. Nikon’s exclusive PictureProject software also makes it easy to edit, organise, transfer and share the high quality images.

    For the creative photographer the fast and simple vari-program modes (the D40x has eight of them) also enable the enthusiast to be adapt the photographs at will, with the flick of a rotating mode dial.

    The Q560 is world’s lightest D-SLR with interchangeable lens using 10-effective-megapixel-class APS-C size CCD, without battery, memory card or body cap, as of March 6th, according to Nikon a survey.

    Nikon D40x Specification:

    Type of Camera

    Single-lens reflex digital camera

    Effective Pixels

    10.2 million

    Image Sensor

    RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 10.75 million, Nikon DX format

    ISO Sensitivity

    100 to 1,600 in steps of 1 EV with additional setting one step over 1,600

    Storage Media

    SD memory card, SDHC compliant

    Storage System

    Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline compliant

    White Balance

    Auto (TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning and preset white balance

    LCD Monitor

    2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

    Playback Function

    1 frame; Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation

    Video Output

    NTSC or PAL

    Interface

    High-speed USB: Mass Storage and MTP/PTP selectable

    Text Input

    Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi selector; stored in Exif header

    Picture Angle

    Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

    Viewfinder

    Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5m-1)

    Eyepoint

    18mm (-1.0 m-1)

    Focusing Screen

    Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets

    Viewfinder Frame Coverage

    Approx. 95% (vertical/horizontal)

    Viewfinder Magnification

    Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1

    Viewfinder Information

    Focus indications, AE lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator

    Autofocus

    TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus sensor module with AF-assist illuminator (range approximately 0.5-3.0m/1ft. 8in.-9ft. 10in.); Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)

    Lens Servo

    1) Autofocus (AF): Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2) Manual focus (M)

    Focus Area

    Can be selected from three focus areas

    AF Area Modes

    1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF, 3) Dynamic Area AF with Closest Subject Priority

    Focus Lock

    Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

    Matt

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    By March 6, 2007 Read More →

    O2 XDA Zinc reviewed

    We know that a lot of you have been following the progress of the XDA Zinc eagerly awaiting its launch here in the UK which is said to be later this month. Well to give you a quick Zinc fix the people over at Kaitech.hk have a review of the device for your reading pleasure.

    XDA Zinc

    Just before you head off to the review I should warn you that it’s not all rosy and that the device appears to be somewhat buggy:

  • Unexplainable crashes/freezes, resulting in frustrating soft resets
  • Character shift on keyboard is very slow: Shift+T reacts more convincingly than Chr+T (which gives you ‘5’)
  • During testing, I experienced a less-than-smooth 3G video calling experience. Picture was sometimes unlear (with full phone reception), or worse, the machine would hang and lock up
  • Does anyone miss the “metal, high-pitched” sound from the O2 Mini when it first shipped? If so, then you will be glad to know that the sound has made a comeback! I had to do a double take several times to make sure I wasn’t using a Mini.
  • No scroll wheel, and no “OK” button by default – the latter can of course be customized, but then you lose the Messaging key. This of course points to another problem: the lack of hardware buttons on the Zinc. But they do have that handy dedicated keylock button…
  • Bluetooth voice quality when paired with my Samsung WEP410 is noticeably worse than 838Pro. More hisses at close range and less distance allowed before static set in.
  • Phone application does not respond to hardware keyboard letters. You need to dial using the numbers which reside on the top row (‘1’ = Chr+Q, ‘5’ = Chr+T… which is a real PITA because of the slow Chr-key response time as noted above).
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    By March 5, 2007 Read More →

    Kaiser problem

    I’ve just been given a Kaiser to play with and I’m having some difficulty with it!

    Kaiser

    Whilst I like how thin and light the device is I’m finding the touchscreen a bit small and although I have managed to key in a phone number I cant work out how to make the call.

    Kaiser

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Matt

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    HTC Advantage review video

    The people over at MGCMAG.net have managed to get their hands on an HTC Advantage and have posted a video review. Visit the site to watch over 12 minutes of video putting the Advantage through its paces.

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    By March 5, 2007 Read More →

    HTC S730 (HTC Wings) details emerge

    The HTC S730 was rumoured quite some time ago but details of the device have recently emerged the S730 is once again thought to be another one of the HTC Smartphones set for release later this year.

    HTC S730

    The HTC S730 (aka HTC Wings) supersedes the S710 (which has only just been released) and has a very similar design.

    HTC S730 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
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • SiRF Star III , 20 channels
  • 1.9MP Camera
  • 1050 mAh battery
  • microSD Card slot
  • 50 x 100 x 18mm
  • 110 grams
  • Note the integrated GPS and 400mhz CPU which is unusualy fast for a smartphone!

    Matt

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