Archive for May, 2007

By May 31, 2007 Read More →

Acer P630 Portable Navigator unboxed

EDIT: Our P630 review is now online HERE.

My parents recently decided that they wanted Sat Nav in their car. They would like something portable so that they can remove it from the car but didn’t like the idea of having a Smartphone or Pocket PC with with TomTom installed as they wanted to keep their current Nokia phones.

My initial thought was to get them a TomTom Go but these seem to be rather bulky so decided to see what else was available. That’s when I came across the Acer P630 portable navigator.

The P630 is a slim all-in-one navigation unit that includes CoPilot 6, built in GPS and a wide 4″ colour touch screen. With the Acer P630 you also get built in bluetooth for handsfree connectivity allowing you to connect your mobile phone, using the Acer as a speaker and microphone.

So I’m giving the Acer P630 a try at the moment and I’ll be posting my review soon. In the mean time, here’s an unbox video to show you what’s included in the package.

Download the WMV version of the video HERE.

Acer P630 Specification:

  • GPS: integrated SiRF III LP with internal antenna
  • Touch screen TFT LCD 4 inches, 16/9, 480 X 272 pixels
  • Processor: Samsung S3C2440A @ 400 MHz
  • 64 MB of ROM and 64 MB of RAM
  • Hands-free Bluetooth
  • SD memory card slot
  • Lithium-Ion of 1200 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 11.6 X 8.1 X 2.3 cm
  • Weight : 195 grams
  • Built in loudspeaker
  • Windows CE.net 5.0
  • Navigation software provided by ALK CoPilot 6 with prloaded maps from Navteq.
  • MP3 player
  • Image viewer
  • The Acer P630 is available to buy now from Clove Technology for just £239 (inc VAT).

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    Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
    By May 30, 2007 Read More →

    VITO AudioNotes updated

    VITO Technology is glad to announce a next update for VITO AudioNotes – mp3 and wav recorder. As many of you already know most Windows Mobile Pocket PCs Phone Edition do not allow recording phone conversation. The new trick in VITO AudioNotes 1.3 provides phone calls recording on most Pocket PC Phone Edition devices.

    VITO AudioNotes
    VITO AudioNotes

    In the new version you may choose to automatically turn on the speakerphone when calling. This enables VITO AudioNotes to record phone calls practically on all Pocket PC Phone Edition devices.

    Now it takes just a sec to find a necessary recording. You just type a part of its name using on-screen keyboard on Pocket PC or dial buttons on Smartphones and the program displays only the recordings with the typed symbols. The most recent recordings always appear at the top of the list. The QuickRecord function on Pocket PC when you start recording by a single press of a hardware button now works faster.

    It is also possible to rerecord an audio note from any point within. You just stop listening to a note at a point from which you want to record anew and press Stop. Now you can either continue listening or record anew from the stop point. Please note that after you press Resume > Record (in the drop-down menu for the given note) everything that was recorded to this audio note after the stop point earlier will be rerecorded.

    VITO AudioNotes is available for $ 19.95 at http://vitotechnology.com. Updates are free for customers who purchased VITO AudioNotes within a year’s time.

    VITO Technology ltd. is known for its high-tech products in the field of Windows Mobile and Symbian software, GPS navigation and custom projects. Introduced in the present article VITO AudioNotes is an easy to use MP3 and WAV recorder for PPC and Smartphones.

    Download the software and try for free for 2 weeks.

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    Posted in: Apps & Games
    By May 29, 2007 Read More →

    Toshiba Portege G500 unboxed

    The other day I managed to get my hands on a new Toshiba Portégé G500 smartphone. Tracy has been on the lookout for a small candy-bar style smartphone to replace her ageing MDA Compact. With its sliding keypad and curvy lines it might be just the ticket!

    The best of both worlds
    Ideal for business and pleasure, the Portégé G500 gives you the best of both worlds. This quality and compact slider phone uses fingerprint technology to protect the data stored on the handset. Combining phone, email, web and an MP3 player on a Windows Mobile® 5.0 operating system, the G500 helps you to stay in touch whilst on the go.

    The above video is an unbox and a quick look at the device, the full review is on its way! You can download the WMV version of the video HERE.

    Toshiba Portégé G500 Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone AKU 3.2
  • 312 MHz Intel xScale CPU
  • 64mb Ram / 64mb Rom
  • 2.3″ QVGA TFT Screen
  • GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS2100
  • CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA
  • Slide-out numeric phone keyboard, 12 keys
  • miniSD expansion slot
  • Bluetooth 1.2
  • Wifi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • 2.0 megapixel main camera
  • 49 x 96 x 22.9mm
  • 135 grams
  • You can buy the Toshiba Portégé G500 now from eXpansys (without a contract) for just £269.95 including VAT!

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    Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
    By May 28, 2007 Read More →

    HTC to annouce new handsets in June

    HTC, the maker of the MDA range of Smartphones as well as the newly announce Ameo, is gathering journalists together on the 5 June around the world, for what it says, “will be a major announcement”.

    HTC June handset announcement.

    According to the company, the announcement “heralds a new mobile experience that will change the way we use and control our phones”.

    The invite, which is of a women touching the number five (see picture) implies that some form of touch sensitive controls will be involved.

    We hope to be able to get to the event in London, so stay tuned for further developments!.

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    Posted in: News
    By May 27, 2007 Read More →

    UBiQUiO 501 Review

    Our friend Brody over as MSMobileNews has just published his UBiQUiO 501 Review.

    UBiQUiO 501
    UBiQUiO 501

    The UBiQUiO 501 looks similar the Samsung i600 and HTC S620 but where the UBiQUiO 501 differs from many similar devices is that this device runs Windows Mobile 5 Phone Edition and therefore incorporates a touch screen!

    Overall the 501 is a very nice phone to use, the keyboard is very comfortable in operation and all of the buttons are within easy reach which makes it a phone that’s very easy to use when writing long pieces of text without too much “thumb-strain”. The screen is set at a fairly decent resolution so you don’t get eye strain either and the battery has a decent capacity so you can get away with forgetting to plug it in overnight.

    UBiQUiO 501 Specification

  • Processor: TI OMAP 750 200 MHz
  • Platform: Windows Mobile 5.0
  • Memory: 128MB ROM/64MB internal RAM
  • Dimensions: 122 (L) x 65 (W) x 13.5 (D) mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Display: 2.5″ QVGA Colour TFT
  • Cellular Radio Module: GSM 900/DCS 1800/PCS 1900, GPRS Class 10
  • Device control: 5-way navigation control
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth – 1.2 with A2DP, WiFi – 802.11b/g, mini-USB, IrDA
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Expansion: mini SD slot
  • Read the full review HERE.

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    Posted in: Reviews
    By May 26, 2007 Read More →

    Orange Netherlands to be sold off!

    Orange Netherlands is to be sold off by current owner, France Telecom.

    Orange

    According to an article on webwereld.nl (Brush up on your Dutch!) the sale is taking place because France Telecom did not acquire the percentage of market share they had hoped to gain by buying the company in the first place.

    Deutsche Telekom, the German owner of T-Mobile and fourth largest provider in the Netherlands, looks like the bookies favourite to purchase Orange NL and have put in an offer of 1.6 billion euros.

    It looks like all those wonderful Orange SPV’s will disappear from the Netherlands, only to be replaced with T-Mobile’s lesser MDA range.

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    Posted in: News
    By May 25, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Kaiser unboxed

    There is no doubt about it, the HTC Kaiser is the device that everyone is talking about at the moment. That lucky Boy Genius fella has managed to get his hand on the device and has some excellent shots of the whole unboxing ritual!

    HTC Kaiser Unboxed

    HTC Kaiser Unboxed

    Detailed internal specs include quad-band EDGE, tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, a 3 megapixel autofocus camera, integrated GPS, WiFI, Bluetooth, a full QWERTY ‘board, and a unique option that lets you tilt the screen to have it sit on your desk perfectly aimed at you. The Kaiser comes in a little thinner than the HTC TyTN, and a tad bit thicker than the HTC P4350, which at the end of the day doesn’t make that much of a difference. The only possible downside at all I could find is that the HTC Kaiser could shave a few ounces off its weight. Nothing to get excited over though! Build quality is fantastic, and the GPS works extremely well. In addition, the 3 megapixel shooter takes wonderful photographs.

    According to the BGR contact at HTC, the Kaiser should start shipping in July!

    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

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    Posted in: Phones
    By May 25, 2007 Read More →

    Samsung i600 dust!

    Let me start by saying that I really like my Samsung SGH-i600, it’s the device that I use the most and has finally restored my love of smartphones! My vanilla i600 doesn’t suffer from the ringtone and alarm problem that seems to affect the Orange version of the device and now that I have an extended battery I get several days use out of it before having to recharge.

    There is just one problem that I have with my Samsung i600, and it’s pretty significant. I’m talking about the dust under the screen! I know that I’m not the first to mention this but up until about a week ago I was unaffected by the problem, however, all of a sudden a have LOTS of dust under the screen.

    Samsung i600 Dust!
    Samsung i600 Dust!

    As you can see from the picture above, I’m not talking about just a few specs but quite a large quantity of dust. There are times when you don’t notice it and it’s more evident when the screen is off but there are also times when daylight hits the screen just right and all you can see is dust!

    I gather that Samsung is aware of the problem and will replace your i600 if you request, but the device that they will replace it with will suffer the same fate soon enough as they aren’t actually fixing the problem. It seems to be that there is no seal around the LCD and dust is able to get in through the charge/sync and microSD card sockets.

    Dust under the screen is nothing new to Smartphones or mobile phones in general, I seem to recall the earlier SPV devices having exactly the same issue in the past but I thought we’d gotten past such ‘school-boy’ design faults.

    If you have an i600 please let us know if your device is affected!

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    By May 24, 2007 Read More →

    O2 Germany releases WM6 Upgrade for Xda Orbit

    O2 Germany have just released a free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the XDA Orbit.

    O2 XDA Orbit
    O2 XDA Orbit

    Remember though, this update is for German Orbit’s only at this time and should not be applied to Orbit’s from other locales or to other devices. Be patient, I suspect that O2 UK will not be too far behind with an English language version of the upgrade.

    I hope that Orange will soon follow with a round of upgrades for their current devices. However, if the past is any indicator, then we may have a long wait! :S

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    Posted in: Phones
    By May 24, 2007 Read More →

    US Senator who voted for cellphone-driving law crashes car – while on the phone

    I found this story elsewhere on the web and it made me snigger so much that I just had to mention it!

    California State Senator Carole Migden, a former voter for a state bill that fines people for using their cellphones while driving, rear-ended her state-issued SUV into a Honda sedan on Highway 12 in Solano County. While on her phone. The driver of the Honda was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

    I suppose that’s one way to prove a point!

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    Posted in: Editorial
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