Archive for April, 2007

By April 30, 2007 Read More →

Orange SPV E650 and HTC S710 Unboxed & Compared

The Orange SPV E650 was finally released last week and since then it has proven to be very popular and is the device that we are emailed about most. In fact you probably wont find it at your local Orange retail outlet as, in most locations, it’s out of stock.

Both SPV E650 and the HTC S710 are based on the HTC Vox and are essentially the same device. However, I managed to get my hands on both so thought that I’d do a double unboxing video to see if there are any differences between the two.

A few things I would point out to anyone looking to buy an Orange SPV E650.

  • The neither device has built in GPS. We had several emails this week from people having just purchased an E650 and being disapointed to learn that the GPS isn’t there.
  • Orange have removed Windows Live Messenger from the E650. This is because they are planning to launch their own IM service later this year. The HTC S710 has Messenger left intact.
  • You can download the full length video, in higher res, from HERE or if you prefer to use YouTube you can see the video, on two parts, HERE (Pt1) and HERE (Pt2).

    The HTC S710 is now available to buy from Clove Technology. Thanks once again to Clove for supplying the S710 for review, and to Russell for letting me borrow his brand new E650 as Orange have yet to find us one!

    Orange SPV E650/HTC S710 Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
  • TI OMAP 850 CPU @ 200Mhz
  • Quad Band EDGE/GSM (No 3G!)
  • 2.4″ QVGA 240 x 320 screen
  • 96Mb RAM, 128Mb ROM
  • Bluetooth 2
  • Dimensions: 100 x 50 x 18mm
  • USB and WiFi (802.11b/g)
  • ‘Spring Loaded’ Qwerty keyboard
  • 2MP Camera
  • 5 way jog bar
  • MicroSD card slot
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    By April 29, 2007 Read More →

    Samsung First to Mass Produce 16Gb NAND Flash Memory

    Samsung announced today that it has become the first to begin mass producing 16 gigabit (Gb) NAND flash, the highest capacity memory chip now available. The company said it will fabricate the devices in 51 nanometers (nm), the finest process technology to be used in memory mass production to date.

    Samsung NAND Flash Memory

    “In rolling out the densest NAND flash in the world, we are throwing open the gates to a much wider playing field for flash-driven consumer electronics,” said Jim Elliott, director, flash marketing, Samsung Semiconductor. “To minimize production costs and improve performance, we have applied the finest process technology a ‘half generation’ ahead of the industry, which is introducing 55nm and higher.”

    Samsung’s 51nm NAND flash chips can be produced 60 percent more efficiently than those produced with 60nm process technology. Samsung achieved this new migration milestone just eight months after announcing production of its 60nm 8Gb NAND flash last August.

    The new 16Gb chip which has a multi-level cell (MLC) structure can facilitate capacity expansion by offering 16 gigabytes (GBs) of memory in a single memory card. Furthermore, by applying the new process technology, Samsung has accelerated the chip’s read and write speeds by approximately 80 percent over current MLC data processing speeds.

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    By April 28, 2007 Read More →

    Pocket Live TV 1.0 released

    Makayama introduces Pocket Live TV 1.0, software that allows you to watch 100 live TV channels on your Windows Mobile phone.

    Pocket Live TV

    Watch 100 channels from 10 countries live on your Pocket PC phone. With Pocket Live TV, your phone becomes a portable TV. Watch your favorite channels right in the palm of your hand.

    Watch live TV from the U.S., U.K. Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Netherlands and other countries. So whatever you would’ve watched on the sofa, you can watch elsewhere instead. In the room next door, down the pub, or on the beach a thousand miles away. Take your favourite tv-series, talkshow, sport events or news programs with you on your portable device.

    The most affordable way to get your television content in your pocket. No subscription, no bundled data-plan, just a one-time purchase of software.

    Includes top news channels * , such as CNN, BBC, Sky News, Deutsche Welle and NBC. Music channels, such as MTV, Ministry of Sound and 3for12. Sports channels such the Baseball Channel, Eurosport and Sportbox. Get the latest weather forecast from the Weather Channel. And tens of general news and entertainment channels.

    The channels are all broadcast over-the-internet, so if you have WiFi on you device, you can watch them for free, without data charges. Go to any Starbucks or free WiFi hotspot and watch free TV on your phone. It also works with UMTS, WCDMA, EVDO, EDGE and other wideband enabled Pocket PCs. Check out the free demo to see which channels from your country are available. Works on any Pocket PC (phone) with a WiFi or 3G connection.

    You can learn more HERE.

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    By April 27, 2007 Read More →

    Play-Off on the UK’s first video “gameshow” for mobiles

    Orange has developed the first service of its kind to offer the nation’s wanabees and extroverts a platform to pit their unique and bizarre talents against one another other.

    Play-Off has been designed specifically for the mobile phone – so it doesn’t matter if you’re on a bus, out with mates, on the factory floor or in the office – the competition lets you take part.

    How it works:

  • 10 to 15 second videos are submitted by users in response to a particular “challenge”
  • The best videos get entered into a series of “play-off” rounds
  • Users vote for their favourite
  • Winners progress to the next round and the losers drop-off
  • After each round the winners face a new challenger and compete again
  • The British public’s love of the game show format has run for many years – so, whether you look at X Factor, Dancing on Ice or even the Generation Game with a longing to have a go, or just have fun watching and voting on participants – Play-Off gives you the chance to get involved.

    Challenge categories for launch include Face-off, giving those who think they are the sexiest person alive a chance to prove it, Dance-off, for those with the craziest dance moves to let loose and finally Weird-off for, well, the weirdest stuff!

    “It’s all about fun and spontaneity” said Deborah Tonroe, Head of TV and Video at Orange. “Many of our customers love taking and sharing videos with their mobile phones, and many more can’t resist the opportunity to watch and vote in shows like this. We’re expecting 1000’s of viewers to watch and vote on the first competitions – so it’s perfect for anyone who fancies 15 seconds of fame!”

    Play-Off is being produced for Orange by IMP Media, a company specialising in multimedia services combining mobile, internet and TV. Tony Cuthbertson, Director of IMP Media, said: “Play-Off picks up on a number of big trends in television and the internet and adds the spontaneous interactivity of the mobile phone to create something that’s completely new and fresh.”

    You can find out what it’s all about by visiting Orange World on your mobile or by going to orange.co.uk. To be the next star of Play-Off, simply submit your clip at orange.co.uk or send it by MMS to (7469).

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    By April 27, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Kaiser previewed

    The HTC Kaiser (HTC P4550) with its built in GPS, 3G, HSDPA and spring loaded QWERTY keyboard looks like being one of the most sought after devices.

    HTC Kaiser

    The folks over at PDAMobiz.com managed to get hold of some new images of the HTC Kaiser and as above, show the tilt and slide mechanism in action as well as some angles of the device that have not previously been seen.

    The HTC Kaiser is one of the few devices that really interests me at the moment, Tracy thinks it might be too heavy or chunky but what does she know, she’s just a girl! :p

    HTC Kaiser (P4550) specification:

    • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
    • 2.8″ QVGA LCD Touchscreen
    • 256 MB ROM – 128MB RAM
    • Qualcomm 400MHz CPU
    • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS800, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
    • CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
    • 802.11b/g WiFi
    • Built-in spring-loaded QWERTY-type keyboard
    • microSD memory card slot
    • Bluetooth 2
    • 3.0 megapixel auto-focus camera
    • AGPS
    • USB 2.0
    • 58 x 110 x 18mm
    • 160 grams

    EDIT: You can order the HTC Kaiser/TyTN II now and get £10 off the purchase price. Details HERE.

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    By April 26, 2007 Read More →

    Philips Bluetooth Stereo Headset SHB6100

    Philips is probably one of the last brand names that would come to mind when you think about wireless, mobile or Bluetooth technology, but that could be set to change if Philips get thier way as they are now moving in to the Bluetooth headset market.

    There are currently 4 products in the range, each of them offering Bluetooth wireless connectivity and offering music as well as voice call capability.

    Philips kindly sent us their Bluetooth Stereo Headset SHB6100 “Neckband for phone and mp3 player” to have a look at and in the video below you can see me unboxing and having a look at them.

    What I like about this headset is that it comes with a Bluetooth ‘dongle’ that you can plug into almost any audio device to make it Bluetooth capable.

    Philips SHB6100

    You can see the full PDF specification HERE.

    Oh, and that elastic thing that I didn’t know about in the video was actually a ‘Wrap around pouch’ for ‘Extra portability’ – The mp3 dongle comes with a wrap around pouch to tie your mp3 player and the mp3 dongle into a tight bundle.

    The audio quality of the headphones is really quite good, with very little hiss or other noise that I have experienced with other bluetooth headsets. The large (32mm) speakers give a good base response that you don’t tend to get from in-ear heaphones. They are also quite comfortable to wear as the ear-pieces are filled with a soft gel. Despite having a built in Bluetooth receiver and battery they are not much heavier than a normal set of headphones.

    As I metioned above, the headphones can be used for stereo audio playback OR as a headset for making/receiving calls. This is an either or situation though as you have to set up two different Bluetooth profiles – one for stereo and one as a headset profile. You cannot have one profile for both jobs. However, in practice you can use the Philips Switchstream. With SwitchStream you will hear a ring tone in the headset when you are receiving a call on your Bluetooth enabled phone. You can then pick up the call from your headset and return to your music after ending the call. I wasn’t able to get this working when using the headphones with my laptop and receiving calls through Skype.

    Pairing the headphones with the included Bluetooth dongle could not be simpler and is a matter of a few button presses. I did try this out with my MP3 player and it works quite well.

    When using the headphone with my laptop I was able to use the buttons on the headphones to skip between tracks, play and pause etc. but this was not something that I was able to do when using the headphones with my Windows Mobile device.

    Overall I like these headphones, definitely worth considering if you are looking for Bluetooth stereo!

    As with all of our videos, there is a higher res version available to download HERE.

    Posted by: Matt

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    By April 25, 2007 Read More →

    Nokia N95 podcast review

    Following on from Matt’s unboxing video last week I have been using the Nokia N95 as my main device. I have to say that I am really very impressed with it. So here for your listening pleasure is my overview/review podcast.

    Nokia N95

    The keypad on the Nokia N95 is revealed when the screen is slid open upwards.

    Nokia N95 Keypad

    And the media buttons allow you to control music and video playback when the device is in landscape mode.

    Nokia N95 Media Keys

    On the left hand side you can find the headphone socket and the microSD card socket complete with its cover.

    Nokia N95 Left Side

    On the right are the camera and volume controls.

    Nokia N95 Right Side

    The camera on the N95 is 5 mega pixels and has Carl Zeiss optics.

    Nokia N95 Camera

    The (N95) camera has leap-frogged my existing Fuji digital camera… Still images; wonderful, Video; remarkable. The sound and picture quality is astonishing!

    The Nokia N95 is one of the best mobile devices I have ever had…!

    You can download the MP3 of the podcast directly without subscribing using this link or to subscribe to the Podcast simply add this link ( http://feeds.feedburner.com/tm/podcast ) to iTunes or your favorite Podcast downloader.

    The N95 is available to buy now from Clove Technology.

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    By April 24, 2007 Read More →

    Orange Unlimited Data – it’s nearly here!

    According to The Times today, Orange are finally ready to introduce unlimited, uncapped 3G and GPRS data usage.

    Although the £8 unlimited deal has been “around/not around/maybe around” for some time, there has never been any publicity or comment from orange about the tariff.

    However, according to the same source, Orange feels that per-mb pricing is keeping customers away (No! really?). Although there’s no fixed date for the introduction of the new plans, the times have managed to get a fair bit of information out of orange.

    So how do they shape up?

      Orange T-Mobile
    Pay Monthly

    £5 offpeak
    £8 anytime

    £7.50 anytime
    Pay-as-you-go £2 a day £1 a day

    OK, so its not a web-n-walk killer, but it is a step in the right direction, and for the people who prefer orange, but have been looking at moving, it may be worth holding off a while yet.

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    By April 24, 2007 Read More →

    Vakaadoo iPod case video review

    You may have seen my earlier post about a new company called Vakaadoo that make cases for Apple iPod. Today I managed to get my hands on one of their new iVak cases for the iPod Nano 2nd Gen and thought I’d put together a quick video to show you just how good they are and how easy to fit!

    For those of you not wanting to watch the video here are the main points: The iVak case comes in two parts that clip on the front and back of your iPod to completely enclose it. There is a clear window on the front that covers the screen and stops it from getting scratched. Also in the box there is a clear plastic cover for the click-wheel, a lanyard and a rubber Vakwrap that keeps your headphone cable tidy. The case is made from the same material that crash helmets are made of (not metal as a first thought) and are finished with a soft touch rubber-like paint.

    The cases come in all the same colours as the iPod including white so can either match your iPod or to act as a contrast.

    Vakaadoo also tell me that they are in the middle of updating their website and products but the new website will be up shortly where the new nano case will be available, as well as new special offers on the older models such as the 4g,5g iPod and the 1g Nano iPod.

    If you would like to download a higher res version of the above video you can do so using THIS LINK.

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    By April 23, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Advantage (X7500) unboxed

    It’s been a long time coming but finally the HTC Advantage is available to buy! Our friends at Clove Technology kindly let us have a look at the device so, following on from our popular Samsung i600 unboxed video, I am pleased to bring you our HTC Advantage unboxing video!

    The video above is a quick tour of the device as well as a look at what accessories you get in the box. I’m now off to play with the device for a while and will be back in the near future with a demonstration of the HTC Advantage in use as well as posting a review.

    You can also download a higher res version using this link.

    If you want to go and buy an HTC Advantage they are now in stock at Clove Technology and you you take a look at our Advantage Voucher post you can save a further £15 off the purchase price!

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