Archive for April, 2007

By April 11, 2007 Read More →

Samsung SGH-i600 coming to Orange?

It’s been a while since we had any news about the European version of the ever popular Samsung Blackjack, the Samsung SGH-i600. We have heard mixed messages about the device as some retailers, such as Clove Technology and eXpansys, are offering the i600 on preorder but Samsung’s own PR people say that they are not expecting a UK launch.

Orange Samsung i600

However the news from is that not only will it see a European launch but that Orange themselves are taking the device, what’s more it’s reported that the i600 will launch by the end of April!

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this device as I’m a big fan of it’s little brother, the i320. The i600 is a little larger but has 3G connectivity.

Samsung SGH-i600 Specification

  • Standard: EDGE, GPRS Class 10 (900/1800/1900 MHz), HSDPA
  • Camera: 1.3 Megapixel Camera
  • Display: 2.3” 240×320 65K Colour TFT
  • OS: Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphone
  • Push Email (Messaging & Security Feature Pack)
  • Input: QWERTY Keyboard
  • Video Recording & Messaging (MPEG4 / H.263)
  • Audio: MP3/ AAC / AAC+ / WMA/ WAV / OGG
  • Dual Speaker / Speakerphone
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2 EDR / USB
  • Memory: 120MB embedded , External Memory (microSD)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g
  • Size: Slim Design: 113 x 59 x 11.8mm
  • Weight: 105g
  • See for yourself on the Orange website or check out our Samusung i600 video.

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    By April 11, 2007 Read More →

    T-Mobile Wing replaces MDA

    T-Mobile have dropped the MDA from their range. The device expected to replace it is the T-Mobile Wing, slated to be released in August.

    T-Mobile Wing

    The new T-Mobile Wing is said to be an HTC Atlas based device, similar in design to the HTC P4350, with its spring loaded keyboard, and a face similar to the HTC P3400.

    T-Mobile MDA Wing Specification:

  • Quadband GSM with EDGE
  • Windows Mobile 6
  • TI OMAP 850 processor
  • 1.9-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
  • 1130mAh battery
  • 111 x 62.5 x 12.8mm; 130g
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    By April 10, 2007 Read More →

    End of the road for Dell Axim

    Dell launched their Axim range of Pocket PC devices back in 2002 and after 5 short years Dell have officially announced that they are killing off thier Axim range.

    Dell Axim

    Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden said that the Axim X51 family is no longer being offered and there are no plans for future devices. Apparantly sales have not been as good as Dell had hoped and for now it seems that the company is concentrating on its ‘other businesses’.


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    By April 9, 2007 Read More →

    Orange SPV E650 this week?

    Lots of rumours circulating about the eagerly awaited Orange SPV E650 as the moment the latest one suggests that the device could be released later this week!

    Orange SPV E650

    We have already been told that some stores have received shipments of the E650 but I’m not sure how true that is. Anyone in Orange Retail able to confirm?

    I’m have an HTC S710 in for review at the moment so will post a review of that shortly. In the mean time I can tell you it’s one of the nicest HTC devices I’ve seen for a while, if you want to ask me anything about it please feel free to contact me.

    Orange SPV E650 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 8, 2007 Read More →

    O2 XDA Zinc cancelled, replaced by XDA Trion

    You may remember that we discussed the XDA Zinc a while ago and the device was expected to launch in the UK some time in March. It’s now come to light that the device has been officially cancelled by O2. According to O2, the XDA Zinc failed to pass the stringent tests that a new device is subjected to and was therefore cancelled. Looks like they O2/Asustek unable to iron out the bugs that were mentioned in the Zinc review.

    However, it’s not all bad news from O2. At the same time they have announced the O2 XDA Trion, which is to be their version of the HTC Hermes.

    O2 XDA Trion

    While I appreciate that the HTC Hermes remains a popular device, it does seem a little late in the day for carriers to be launching HTC Hermes based devices. It’s getting towards a year ago that the first Hermes models went on sale. As you can see below, the specification is no different to other Hermes devices.

    O2 XDA Trion Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition AKU 2.0
  • Samsung SC32442 CPU @ 400MHz
  • 128MB ROM / 64MB RAM
  • 2.8″ TFT display, 65536 scales, 240x320pixel
  • 802.11b/g WLAN
  • Bluetooth
  • Slide-out QWERTY-type keyboard
  • 1.9 megapixel main camera
  • 352×288 pixel secondary camera
  • 1350mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • 58×112.5×21.95mm
  • 176 grams
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    By April 7, 2007 Read More →

    HTC P3600 Rom update with GPS

    Good news for those of you that have an HTC P3600. As you will know, HTC shipped your devices with the GPS unit disabled. This was due to some initial problems with the GPS chipset not playing nice with the GPRS. However, HTC have now worked out the issues and have made a new ROM update available to you. Futhermore they are giving you the chance to test the GPS with a demo version of Tom Tom Navigator 6!

    HTC P3600

    Up until now, the only way to enable GPS on your P3600 was to use unofficial rom builds from other operators.

    There are a few other enhancements in the new ROM:

    03 April 2007,

    Operating System [ROM] UpdateNew features and improvements are available with this operating software update.

  • GPS receiver capability enabled.
  • Browser improvements (mobile CSS, WAP, Iframe, etc.).
  • Bluetooth improvements.
  • New data network icons to differentiate between GPRS, EDGE, 3G and HSDPA connections.
    Streaming player added.
  • You can find further details of the ROM updates on the HTC P3600 software page at HTC Europe. You’ll need your IMEI number to hand before you can download though.


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    By April 6, 2007 Read More →

    O2 Ireland launches the XDA Orbit

    O2 Ireland have launched the XDA Orbit.

    XDA Orbit

    The Irish version of the XDA Orbit, which is based on the HTC Artemis, ships with CoPilot sat nav software, whereas the German version includes Tom Tom.

    Here’s the official press release:

    O2 Ireland today announced the launch of the latest addition to its Xda range, the Xda Orbit. The new PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) is the first Xda in O2’s range to offer built-in GPS and seamless door-to-door satellite navigation, in an ultra slim, stylish portable device. Using the latest technology, the Xda Orbit also features a 2 Megapixel camera, MP3 player, radio and WiFi functionality, whilst combining the latest Windows Mobile® OS 5 software – offering mobile Internet and email in the same easy-to-use format as Microsoft® Office on a desktop.

    Billy D’Arcy, Head of Business Sales & Services, O2 Ireland, said; “The new O2 Xda Orbit provides our customers with a truly mobile office that offers the latest product innovations, both in terms of satellite navigation and O2 Xda software. Our partnership with ALK Technologies to bundle the CoPilot® Live™ sat nav software is an important development for our customers and will give them the ultimate navigation experience directing them to their chosen destination quickly and safely. With its slim features and lightweight design, the O2 Xda Orbit is the perfect compact device for both business and leisure users, and adds to our already strong portfolio of Xda devices.”

    CoPilot Live navigation software is supplied on an easy-to-install memory card that has complete maps of Ireland and the UK preloaded. Detailed routes are calculated in seconds and turn-by-turn directions are provided on-screen and spoken, all the way to the destination. There’s a choice of map views, including ‘non-distracting driver-safety’, ‘itinerary’, ‘where am I?’ and 3D ’bird’s eye’ view. If a turn is missed CoPilot recalculates the best new route in seconds. Users simply type in the chosen destination on the large 2.8 inch full colour TFT LCD touch screen and the O2 Xda Orbit will direct them to their chosen destination quickly and safely.

    In addition advanced features enable real-time Internet tracking whereby users can let others view their location via the internet. Ideal for pedestrians as well as car travellers, the O2 Xda Orbit makes dedicated navigation systems unnecessary.

    With its WiFi and GPRS features, the O2 Xda Orbit is ideal for users on the go; it provides seamless synchronisation with Pocket Outlook. Offering the ability to open, edit and send Microsoft Office Excel Mobile, Word Mobile and PowerPoint Mobile attachments quickly and easily, it is a true mobile office device. Users also benefit from secure and cost-effective real-time email delivery, with Microsoft’s Push email solution enabling them to work securely from any place at any time. Synchronisation of the Xda with a desktop computer also means both calendar and contacts are always completely up to date.

    The Orbit combines a 2.0 Megapixel camera including video capability, FM radio (87.5Mhz–108.5Mhz) and MP3/AAC player, whilst enabling customers to view and play Windows Media Player 10 Mobile. It also offers quad-band functionality, supported by a battery life of up to 200 hours standby and 5 hours talk time. In addition the device features Bluetooth support allowing integration with car kits and hands-free headsets.

    The Xda Orbit is available exclusively from O2, priced from €272 ex VAT.


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    By April 5, 2007 Read More →

    Orange SPV M700 windscreen mount

    Since we posted our Orange SPV M700 review I purchased a few M700’s for work colleagues. All the devices came from business customer services and arrived at the same time. Strangely, some of them had a windscreen mount included in the box but others did not. The mount is pretty good, has a suction pad on one end and a flexible ‘arm’ to position the device where you want it.

    Orange SPV M700 Mount

    Now when I asked Orange Business Customer Services why some had them and some didn’t they said that the mount is not supposed to be included, it’s not something that they advertise as being included and that we are lucky to have them at all!

    So the question for all of you out there that already have an M700 is ‘Did you get a windscreen mount and car charger in the box with your device?’ I’m curious to know if more are shipping with or without. Let us know by leaving a comment below.


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    By April 4, 2007 Read More →

    Orange SPV M700 review Podcast

    Here we have the Audio version of our Orange SPV M700 review. Back with us again we have Nick Reynolds giving us a quick run down of the device and letting us know what he thinks of it!.

    To subscribe to the Podcast simply add this link ( ) to iTunes or your favorite Podcast downloader.

    If you want to download the M700 Podcast directly without subscribing you can do so with this link or you can listen to the Podcast with the flash player below.

    Please do let us know what you think by contact us via our feedback form or through Skype: tracyandmatt or you can even give us a call on 0208 123 3757!

    Our thanks once again to Nick for a job well done and don’t forget you can still listen to the CamerAware podcast too.


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    HTC Census appears on FCC site

    A new HTC device, the Census, has just appeared on the FCC site.

    HTC Census

    The unusual thing about this device is that it lacks voice capability and is a data only handset. Naturally not a great deal is known about the Census at this stage but you’ll notice from the image above that a fingerprint reader is included. With the lack of keyboard or keypad it obviously includes a touch screen.

    HTC Census Specification:

  • 416Mhz Intel Bulverde
  • 128Mb ROM, 64Mb RAM
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition AKU 3.5
  • 3.5″ QVGA (240 x 320) TFT display
  • GSM9850, GSM1900
  • Built in GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • 1.9MP Camera
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • SD Card slot
  • RJ11 Connector for phone(?)
  • 153 x 79 x 29mm
  • 350 grams
  • Don’t let the images above deceive you in to thinking that this is a small smartphone device – the screen alone is 3.5″ which puts the HTC Census in the same league as the older (circa HTC Blue Angel) handsets. Also look at the weight – 350g!?

    No idea when (or IF) the device will see release but another thing you’ll notice, if you take the time to look at the manually on the FCC site, is that the screen shots all show Windows Mobile 5!


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