Archive for June, 2007

By June 30, 2007 Read More →

JAVOedge release JAVOClearCase for Samsung Blackjack/i600

Optimum protection with this crystal clear, poly-carbonate JAVOClear Case! This hard clear case is designed to protect and maintain the originality of Blackjack/i600 without compromises. The perfect case, the perfect look! One of the best case in the market today!

Samsung BlackJack/i600 case
Samsung BlackJack/i600 case

The JAVOClear Case is a stylish yet functional case which protects and allows you to showcase the original look of your device. This lightweight yet sturdy JAVOClear Case is made out of PC (poly-carbonate plastic) making it extremely durable. It is form-fitting and snug with a strong locking mechanism. This clear case also provides accessible openings to the screen, sync port, buttons, headphone jack, camera, etc. If you are looking for a case that is light, protective and still be able to enjoy the look of your device, the JAVOClear Case is for you.

Compatible devices:

  • Samsung Blackjack
  • Samsung SGH-i600
  • Samsung SGH-i607
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    By June 29, 2007 Read More →

    HTC P6300 goes on sale

    The new HTC P6300, formerly known as the HTC Panda, has just gone on sale over at eXpansys.

    HTC P6300
    HTC P6300

    The HTC P6300 is a return to the classic HTC styling found on the HTC Himalaya and Alpine devices from a few years ago. For those prefering a phone with a larger display the P6300 features a 3.5″ touch screen. It also has 256Mb ROM and 128Mb ram coupled with a decent 400MHz CPU.

    The HTC P6300 Pocket PC is designed to offer business users a practical all round unit. This device includes the latest high speed mobile communications and a large easy to use touch screen. HTC P6300 Pocket PC has the same 3.5″ colour Touch Screen, as the old Qtek 2020i and i-mate PDA2 Pocket PCs.

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

    HTC P6300 Specification:

  • 400Mhz 32bit Samsung SC32442
  • 256Mb ROM, 128Mb 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!

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    By June 29, 2007 Read More →

    JAVOedge release the JAVOClearCase for Blackberry 8800

    Optimum protection with this crystal clear, poly-carbonate JAVOClear Case! This hard clear case is designed to protect and maintain the originality of Blackberry 8800 without compromises. The perfect case, the perfect look! One of the best case in the market today!

    JAVOClearCase for Blackberry 8800
    JAVOClearCase for Blackberry 8800

    The JAVOClear Case is a stylish yet functional case which protects and allows you to showcase the original look of your device. This lightweight yet sturdy JAVOClear Case is made out of PC (poly-carbonate plastic) making it extremely durable. It is form-fitting and snug with a strong locking mechanism. This clear case also provides accessible openings to the screen, sync port, buttons, headphone jack, camera, etc. If you are looking for a case that is light, protective and still be able to enjoy the look of your device, the JAVOClear Case is for you.

    Compatible with:

  • AT&T Blackberry 8800 Phone
  • Cingular Blackberry 8800 Phone
  • RIM Blackberry 8800 Phone
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    By June 28, 2007 Read More →

    Celebrate 4th July with Fireworks from Astraware

    Astraware is pleased to announce a brand new version of their fun application Fireworks which is available for a limited time.

    Astraware Fireworks
    Astraware Fireworks

    Fireworks is a simple FREE application, showing sequences of fireworks flying and exploding into the air. As 4th July is traditionally a time for fireworks and celebrations in the USA, the features have been created to help our American friends highlight one of their major holidays – Independence Day! Fireworks features a selection of patriotic backgrounds including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Stars and Stripes, and offers a choice of stirring tunes including the Star Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes Forever!

    Fireworks is available for devices running Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® including support for 240×240 square screens and QVGA landscape smartphones. What better way to celebrate 4th July than with some Fireworks? Download your copy today at http://www.astraware.com/fireworks – it’s available for a limited time only! Oh, and did we mention, it’s FREE?!

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    By June 28, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Advantage X7501 on Amazon

    For those of you in the USA desperate to get your hands on the HTC Advantage X7501, we bring you good news! The X7501 has just appeared on Amazon.com for pre-order for “just” $849.99 with an estimated delivery date of 6th August.

    HTC X7501 on Amazon
    HTC X7501 on Amazon

    The HTC Advantage X7501 is the Windows Mobile 6 version of the X7500 which is already available to buy here in the UK. If you can’t wait ’till August you can order the X7500 from Clove Technology who will happily ship worldwide, or you might want to take a look at our HTC Advantage video to keep you going!

    HTC Advantage X7501 Specification

  • 5″ 64k colors TFT display screen (640 x 480)
  • Intel Xscale 624 MHz processor
  • Built in GPS
  • 8Gb(!) on board storage
  • 3.0 megapixel camera
  • Front facing camera for video telephony
  • detatchable Qwerty keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 professional
  • GSM: GPRS/edge (850/900/1800/1900) and UMTS/hsdpa (2100 MHz for Europe)
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 133.1 x 97 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 355 grams
  • WiFi
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    By June 27, 2007 Read More →

    T-Mobile USA Launches HotSpot @Home service

    T-Mobile USA has just launched its “HotSpot @Home” hybrid GSM / WiFi calling service throughout the US.

    HotSpot @Home Handsets
    HotSpot @Home Handsets

    The GSM to WiFi crossover is a first among the US’ big four carriers, @Home relies on traditional cell airwaves out in the field but switches seamlessly to WiFi when it gets within range of a T-Mobile hotspot or any other wireless router you’ve configured your phone to latch onto.

    For the millions of us with less-than-stellar reception in our homes, the service could be a life-saver — and even better, WiFi minutes aren’t deducted from your plan. Launch handsets are the Nokia 6086 and Samsung t409, both of which will go out the door for $49.99 on contract and include a Linksys or D-Link router — both specially designed for @Home service — for free after rebate, though any 802.11b access point should work. The service itself will run $9.99 per month on individual and $19.99 on family plans for up to five handsets.

    Really hoping that T-Mobile launch this service in the UK sometime soon. Not having T-Mobile reception at home is the only thing keeping me on Orange at the moment!

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    By June 26, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Kaiser spotted at MEDC Europe

    As I mentioned in my previous post, Jason Langridge is currently at MEDC Europe and as well as finding a docking station for the HTC Advantage he also spotted the HTC Kaiser!

    HTC Kasier at MEDC
    HTC Kasier at MEDC

    The photos look like they might be some of the first shots of what may very well be a production device.

    The Kaiser is considered as the next generation of the HTC Hermes or TyTn device. It has 3G, GPS and a 3.0 Mega Pixel camera. The interesting thing about the device is the screen can be twisted forward to allow you to view the device in differing sunlight conditions as well as using the device on a table.

    We’ve also heard a rumour that T-Mobile are likely to be making an announcement about the Kiaser very soon! Fingers crossed!!

    See more on Jason’s Blog.

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    By June 26, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Advantage (X7500) dock spotted

    Now here is an extrremely cool piece of kit. Our friend Jason Langridge is at MEDC Europe 2007 this week and has spotted a docking station for the HTC Advantage.

    HTC Advantage dock
    HTC Advantage dock
    HTC Advantage dock
    HTC Advantage dock

    The dock has has a VGA, headphone and USB sockets and will allow you to connect a full sized keyboard and mouse! This begins to turn the Advantage in to a viable laptop alternative. All we need now is a WM6 version and we’re sorted!

    See more photos on Jason’s Blog.

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    By June 25, 2007 Read More →

    Toshiba Portégé G500 review

    Living with the Toshiba Portégé G500

    what’s Toshiba’s New Shiny Slider really like to live with? my comprehensive review

    Continuing the tradition of reviews based on my real world experiences of handheld devices, thanks to the generosity of Tracy and Matt, I’ve had the chance to test drive the Toshiba Portégé G500 for a week or so.

    Toshiba Portégé G500

    Toshiba Portégé G500

    The G500 is Tosh’s first Windows Mobile Device since the e830 back in September 2004 and represents the first release of a Toshiba device with voice capability since 2002

    The G500 runs Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3.2, think of this as Windows Mobile 5.5 as it includes Push email, xT9, WPA2 for WiFi, A2DP for enhanced sound quality for Bluetooth headphones and Internet sharing instead of Dial up Networking.

    Connectivity wise the G500 supports WLAN (802.11b&g), is quad band including 3G, with HSDPA, GPRS and EDGE. The obligatory camera is a lowly 1.9 Megapixels

    Environment
    Once again the Toshiba has been used in a real business environment, as part of an Exchange 2003 messaging system using exchange activesync, it’s been a complement to my notebook which is unfortunately not a Toshiba (see why later)

    At this point I have to say that returning to WM5.0 from my E650 / S710 was a bit of a wrench.

    Highlights:

    • Finger Print reader: quite an innovative addition, great security measure but somewhat poorly positioned and fussy when registering a finger.
    • Stability: not a single hang or crash, no resets in over a week, quite unusual in a WM5.0 pull it apart test

    No Lights:

    • OS: Windows Mobile 5.0 = bad bad timing
    • Applications : the best one (Goldkey) works only with other Toshiba hardware, but you do get the Opera browser
    • Finger Launch : great idea but not actually a convenience or a time saver

    Lowlights:

    • Voice Quality: it’s a bit tinny
    • Size: frankly it’s a bit big

    Review

    Toshiba Portégé G500

    Toshiba Portégé G500

    As I’ve intimated the Form factor is a traditional slider but the Tosh is big, nice looking but big, sliders are traditionally smaller than other devices however even when closed the Tosh is not dissimilar in size to my E650.

    Toshiba Portégé G500 vs. Orange E650

    Toshiba Portégé G500 vs. Orange E650

    The screen is pretty good not quite as big or bright as the E650 but a reasonable size and clear my only criticism would be that the on screen notifications are a bit blocky and appear unsophisticated.

    Toshiba Portégé G500

    Toshiba Portégé G500 Homescreen

    The slide of the slider is quite satisfying and the finish is visually appealing.

    Toshiba Portégé G500 left

    But in the hand it feels quite plasticy and I fear might be susceptible to wear.

    When I showed my wife the device she expected it to have a hidden keyboard due to its size (she’s been spoilt by the E650) and was a little underwhelmed by the aesthetics so a reasonable pass but no distinction.

    The Portégé G500 is quite small compared to other WM 3G devices though so if 3G is your bag then this could be the handset for you.

    The hardware buttons on the periphery (power / volume / camera only )- are well located, the volume rocker falls easily under the (right handers) thumb when in a call.

    Toshiba Portégé G500 right

    The camera button placement is where you’d expect it to be on a landscape camera.

    Toshiba Portégé G500 camera

    The front mounted function keys are logically laid out and provide positive tactile feedback when operated, as do the keypad keys beneath the slider. The soft keys in particular are very responsive and a great size.

    Toshiba Portégé G500 dpad

    The SIM slot is hidden beneath the battery and is a git to get a SIM out of, there is an external MicroSD card slot but it’s hidden beneath the back panel, the phone remains powered so hot swapping of SD cards is possible.

    The flaps covering the headphone jack and USB port are flush with the casing and traditionally, well, flappy when open secured with a slender piece of plastic.

    Toshiba Portégé G500 USB

    The G500 has a mini USB port and thankfully a simple 2.5mm headphone jack, which is provided with an adaptor to allow you to use your own choice of phones with the Tosh wired handsfree kit.

    Operation
    Apart for the retrograde step of WM5 the G500 seems pretty zippy to use.

    I was worried to see the first section of the manual after the compulsory terms, licenses and trademark acknowledgements the first section details how to reset your device, however this was unfounded as I’ve had no problems at all with hanging or general speed of operation (the G500 has a 416MHz processor and 64Mbytes RAM)

    In the week of using it regularly there were no problems with operation either in applications or voice calls

    Battery life is good although the quoted 4 1/2 hours / 10 days actually equates to about 2 days realworld usage (3G, GPRS, voice, a little WiFi)

    Configuration
    The slider is OK, even though I’m not normally a slider fan this one is quite satisfying, the fingerprint reader is not designed to be used with the same hand holding the device and is actually quite limited in scope apart from great the security use that is.

    Applications – it’s all about fingers
    The G500 is Windows Mobile 5.0 so there is no Office Mobile, the core Apps should all be familiar to you so I’ll concentrate on the G500 specific applications in particular those associated with the G500′s key feature the fingerprint reader:

    Toshiba Portégé G500 fingerprint reader

    Biometric Security: you can unlock the device with a finger through the inbuilt fingerprint reader this is great however it takes a few goes for the finger to register and there’s no indication as to what happens if you fail the verification. The biometric security is probably the single best aspect of the G500 as it reduces time to use from locked and provides a level of security unusual in mobiles.

    Finger Launch: on paper this application looks great however it’s fundamentally flawed, the premise is that you can launch an app by registering it to a specific fingerprint.

    This is OK for couple of fingers but you soon forget which is which and, can you imagine how awkward it is to launch anything with your little finger.

    Finger registration is time consuming and a bit hit and miss

    You get to see this screen a lot

    and this one

    until you see this one

    In any case the finger launch app doesn’t run as a matter of course and to launch it you have to navigate past all the apps you are going to launch with your finger – far from saving time it actually increases the time required to launch apps. a sensible compromise would be to be able to launch the finger launch app with a finger, but you can’t do this.

    Toshiba Gold Key: this is the most promising application in the Toshiba suite, it’s a Bluetooth proximity lock for your notebook. Goldkey is designed so that when your G500 is in close range of your notebook the notebook is unlocked, when you (well your phone) leaves the area your notebook automatically locks – a great idea.

    Unfortunately Goldkey only works with a Toshiba Bluetooth stack so unless you have a Tosh notebook or USB card you aren’t able to make use of this app – shame.

    As I’m exclusively HP at the moment I wasn’t able to test this nor it’s affect on battery life.

    Toshiba Teleport: teleport requires installation of an application on the desktop and provides two distinct remote control functions over Bluetooth or USB :

    1. remote keypad
    2. remote screen
    Teleport

    Teleport

    I’m a bit bemused by both these applications.

    Keypad allows you to use your phone’s keypad to manipulate your desktop, it’s very limited

    Remote Keypad

    and the only viable use I have found is as a remote control for PowerPoint, however it’s too much of a palaver to set it up so I’m not sure I’d bother

    remote screen is similar to Soti pocket controller although it only allows you to control your phone from your screen – it is free which is a bonus

    Toshiba Portégé G500

    Toshiba Portégé G500

    Tiptalk: is a VoIP application, unfortunately I don’t have an account so was unable to test this application at all.

    Opera Browser: Toshiba have included Opera as well as Internet explorer, tbh I couldn’t see an appreciable difference in performance between Pocket IE and Opera, I suppose it’s a nice addition for an IE hater.

    Stability
    Overall stability is very good, I had no problems with application hangs or voice performance, the Tosh seems very stable, much more so than some other WM5.0 devices I could mention.

    Ease of Use
    The handset is a bit big and one handed operation could be easier, it’s a bit of a reach from keypad to action buttons with the slider open the fingerprint reader use is counter intuitive you have to hold the handset in your other hand and pull the finger up the phone to make it work.

    Overall Assessment
    The Portege G500 is an above average smartphone, however I wouldn’t relinquish either my m3100 or E650 for it, although if I had a Toshiba Notebook that might change my view as the G500 should work well in conjunction with Toshiba’s notebook portfolio.

    3G is a welcome addition although somewhat sullied by the size of the device and why Windows Mobile 5.0 Toshiba ? why?

    The Toshiba specific applications are good ideas but frankly poorly executed, finger launch has not been thought through at all, Goldkey is a great idea but you must have a Tosh notebook or Tosh Bluetooth device. Teleport …….. what?????

    The Fingerprint reader is innovative and may come into its own with additional applications as a security feature it’s great.

    In conclusion, the Portege G500 is a reasonable re-entry into the smartphone arena by Toshiba however to get the full benefit of the device it needs to be treated as a Toshiba Laptop companion as which it should be excellent.

    Go check out the Toshiba Portégé G500 product page on the eXpansys website.

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    By June 24, 2007 Read More →

    Nokia N800 Internet Tablet unboxed

    The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is a welcome update to the popular, yet under-powered, N770. The N800 features a faster CPU and more RAM and also includes an VGA camera for video calling.

    We thought that the Nokia N800 was an interesting looking device and wondered if it could work as a mobile internet companion. Here’s a first look video of the device with an unbox and a quick look at some of features.

    Over the next few weeks Nokia Nick will be posting his review of the device while he uses it in a real-world environment.

    The Nokia N800 Internet tablet provides the user with an Internet calling device with all the portable Internet and media service the user will desire. The tablet is compact and beautifully designed with usability in mind and measures 75 x 144 x 13 mm which is slim and easy to hold in a single hand.

    So far I’m quite liking the Nokia N800, the screen is stunning and web browsing is a pleasure. There isn’t a working version of Skype or MSN messenger for the device yet (as far as we know) but are apparently in the pipeline.

    Nokia N800 Specification:

  • Internet Tablet OS 2007 Edition Operating System
  • 4.1 Inch 65k Colour Touch Screen 800 x 480 pixels
  • 330MHz TI OMAP 2420 CPU
  • 128 Mbytes RAM & 256 Mbytes Flash ROM
  • Built-in VGA Camera
  • 2 x SDHC Compatible memory card slots
  • Bluetooth® 2.0
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g
  • FM Radio
  • High quality stereo speakers and microphone
  • 3.5 hours browsing and approximately 288 hours standby battery time
  • 75 x 144 x 13 mm
  • 206 grams
  • Internet Calling with Video
  • Built in email client
  • RSS Feed reader
  • Instant Messaging
  • Media Player
  • Opera 8 Browser
  • Flash 7 compatible
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