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Orange – Powered by… err… wind?

Are you bored of “emergency chargers”? You know, the pointless single use chargers that generally support Nokia and not much else?

Well worry not. Orange have certainly won today’s award for innovation, with their all new Windy-Charge 500* designed especially for Glastonbury and the festivals

Orange Wind Charger

Orange Wind Charger

The idea is, you fix your wind powered charger to the top of your tent during the day, and your windmill zooms round and charges up a small battery connected below. Then later, when you arrive back, you plug your phone into the battery and charge it back up.

Sounds pretty cool actually, though there’s no info on cost or availability as yet. In fact the only information we have, is that it weighs just 150g and is Orange.

*-This name might have been made up by me. ­čś│

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HTC Touch review

Just over a week ago HTC held a press conference to announce their new baby, the HTC Touch. Since then a whole host of reviews have appeared on the web, it’s obvious that the device has created quite a stir!

HTC Touch

HTC Touch

One review that we particularly like is the one from Solopalmari. Their review is rather extensive and includes dozens of photos as well as some nice video of the device in action.

It’s hard to remain unbiased and objective towards the HTC Touch – we really feel that HTC should be praised for their initiative and innovative spirit, especially when coming from such an important market giant that could have easily chosen to stay on the well-beaten track of ‘standard’ Windows Mobile devices. Comparisons have already been made between the Touch and the iPhone – some may find the association irreverent, sustaining that Apple’s device has superior potential capabilities and implementation. We feel, however, that HTC’s new proposal will make a name for itself in what is a growingly competitive market, just like we are confident the company will be rewarded for its new approach to mobile computing. Together with Apple.

After all that praise, we can’t fail to point out that the CPU is a bone of contention. We ourselves have often expressed doubts over the speed of the TI OMAP 850 in previous tests. However, the impression when using the device is positive and the benchmarks seem to back up the sense of speed.
Before posting this review, we would have liked to have carried out one more test covering battery life, but time restraints have not yet allowed us to carry out more than two recharges – not yet enough to give a true indication of the battery life. We will put our heads on the line though and say that the HTC Touch can easily withstand a long day of intensive use – and that’s no small feat, considering that this device also runs Microsoft’s new constant ‘Push Email’ technology

You can read the full HTC Touch Review over on Solopalmari.com

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HTC S720 released on the Telus network

It’s been a while since we saw anything of the HTC S720 which is essentially a CDMA version of the HTC S710 (HTC Vox). However, we just go wind that the device has appeared for sale on the Telus network in Canada.

HTC S720

HTC S720

You can get the phone for just $149.99 if you want to commit to a 3 YEAR contract although I can’t imagine who would sign up to three years? If you want a 1 year contract it’ll set you back $449.99, whereas the handset only price is $499.99.

Are these long term contracts common in Canada and the USA? Perhaps someone could let us know!

The HTC S720 re-invents the wireless smartphone by combining the features of a wireless PDA in a familiar ‘phone-like’ design, with Windows Mobile 6.

Take your entire Outlook┬« contact list wherever you go, keep track of important events and tasks, access the internet anywhere with Internet Explorer Mobile┬« on the TELUS High Speed (EVDO) network. It’s also easy to stay connected with email, SMS, and IM using the slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Available exclusively from TELUS, the HTC S720 is the first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone in Canada, and the only smartphone to offer a 12 key numeric dial-pad for single-handed use in addition to a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easier messaging.

HTC S720 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, EV-DO
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi: 802.11b, 802.11g
  • 1.9MP Camera
  • 1050 mAh battery
  • microSD Card slot
  • 50 x 100 x 18mm
  • 110 grams
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