Archive for August, 2007

By August 11, 2007 Read More →

TomTom GO 720 unboxed

A while ago we reviewed the Acer P630 Sat Nav device and we were pretty impressed with it. However, since then TomTom have released a number of new standalone devices the latest of which is the TomTom G0 720.

The TomTom GO 720 is a widescreen form factor device designed for in-car navigation and includes a couple of neat features. First of all you can use it with your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone as a hands-free car kit. Secondly the unit has a built in FM transmitter allowing you to hear the navigation prompts while also giving you the ability to listen to MP3’s that you might have stored on the generous 2GB’s of internal storage.

The review is coming soon but here is the unbox for now:

TomTom GO 720

The TomTom GO 720 also sees the introduction of TomTom’s unique new map improvement technology, TomTom Map Share. This technology enables you to easily and instantly improve your own maps. It also lets users share improvements and benefit from all other users’ improvements, automatically and easily via TomTom HOME. You can ensure that you have the latest and most up to date maps, thanks to other TomTom Go users.

TomTom GO 720 Specification:

  • CPU – 400MHz
  • Memory – 64MB Ram, 2GB Internal Storage Memory
  • Screen Size – 4.3″ 480 x 272 pixels
  • Dimensions – 118 x 83 x 24mm
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Transmitter
  • Built-in speaker and mic
  • SD memory card slot
  • Weight – 220g
  • Battery Time – 5h
  • Pre-installed maps of Western Europe
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    By August 10, 2007 Read More →

    Astraware Sudoku updated with a new look and new features

    Astraware is excited to announce a major update to its award-winning Astraware Sudoku game for Palm OS and Windows Mobile Smartphones and PDAs.

    Astraware Sudoku,version 1.40, has been given a full makeover. Behind the scenes the game has been transferred to a brand new games framework, and graphically has an updated look and support for more new resolutions, as well as some brand new features.

    Astrware Sudoku

    Astrware Sudoku

    Suitable for all players from beginners through to experts, Astraware Sudoku is packed with features.

    There are several ways to get puzzles: from the pre-built puzzle packs available at; by using the integrated Puzzle Builder which creates literally billions of puzzles; or download any of the Puzzles of the Day over the air and then compare your times with other players worldwide. Players can also play puzzles from newspapers or books they’ve entered and get Astraware Sudoku’s expert help and assistance to solve them.

    Astraware Sudoku offers a range of different options to help players solve puzzles including manual or automatic pencilmarks in a choice of styles; a smart hints system; and the brand new hold and highlight system which can display an overlay for a specific number or pencilmark helping players to see where to look and what to look for. In touchscreen devices there’s the added bonus of the notepad overlay, allowing players to make their own pencilmarks and notes on screen too.

    Following requests from existing users, Astraware Sudoku version 1.40 now includes an extensive Puzzle Manager which allows players to select a specific puzzle to play, or delete puzzles they’ve already completed.

    The game also offers a choice of control methods where players can move around and enter numbers using the 5-way, number keys, stylus and touchscreen, keyboard shortcuts, or any combination of these, so you can play it the way you want to.

    Astraware Sudoku is available for Palm OS 5.0, and Windows Mobile 2003, 2003SE, 5 and 6 Classic (Pocket PC), Professional (Phone Edition) and Standard (Smartphone), priced $19.95. The game is available at a very special price to Club Astraware members during August 2007. Version 1.40 is a free update for registered owners of Astraware Sudoku and is available from The existing version of Astraware Sudoku for Palm OS4 will continue to be available from the Astraware website.

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    By August 9, 2007 Read More →

    Skype now available for Nokia N800

    Back in July when we posted our review of the Nokia N800 internet tablet there were only a few IM client options available for the device. However, a version of Skype has now been released specifically for the Nokia N800.

    Skype for N800

    Skype for N800

    The Skype client really does make the N800 into a much better connected device and a more tempting prospect. The software for the N800 allows you to transfer files, as well as have text and voice conversations with your contacts. I’m not sure if it will support video calls though.

    You can download the N800 version of Skype from the Skype Website.

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    By August 8, 2007 Read More →

    Another day, another new HTC device?

    According to the smartmobilegadgets blog, this is the first picture of the HTC Artemis beater – Polaris.

    HTC Polaris?

    Not too dissimilar then, but the way the spec sheet is looking, the could be one of the most powerful and feature-packed devices we’ve seen.

    Drool over this…

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 3.5″ VGA screen
  • 256 ROM / 128MB RAM
  • Qualcomm MSM7200 @ 400 MHz
  • WCDMA 2100 MHz, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • EDGE/ GSM/GPRS, quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g
  • Digital compass
  • FM radio
  • 3 megapixel camera with auto focus
  • miniUSB, USB 1.1
  • MicroSD expansion
  • If all of the above manages to make it to the final design spec, I may even be tempted away from the QWERTY loveliness of the Kaiser!

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    By August 8, 2007 Read More →

    Exclusive HTC devices coming to Orange?

    I do not normally post rumours but I heard this nugget from a couple of unconnected sources so I thought I would share it!

    The ‘news’ goes a something like this: Orange are allegedly working with HTC to release some new and exclusive devices that will only appear on the Orange network. These mystery devices are said to have unique form factor and never seen before specification.

    So what sort of devices could we expect? Could it/they be based upon the HTC Kaiser or maybe more like the HTC Shift devices? Who knows, it could be something totally differnt!?

    As I said, this is all unconfirmed speculation. I’ll be asking Orange to comment but doubt that they will confirm or deny the rumour. However if you know anything else then please do let us know!

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    By August 7, 2007 Read More →

    HTC P4550 / Kaiser rebrands as TyTN II?

    HTC are to call their long-awaited Kaiser device the ‘HTC TyTN II’. At least if you like to believe net rumours! It does seem likely though, and the source is apparently from an HTC certification request. It was to have been released as the ‘HTC P4550’, but since the media and punters alike were refering to it as the successor to the TyTn, it does seem to be a understandable change.

    Since the TyTN was so successful for HTC, I’m sure they are also hoping for increased sales for their new mass market device.

    The latest information on releases, is that the TyTN II will almost certainly be on Vodafone, and will probably be on Orange, T-Mobile and o2. It’s unclear at present as to whether it will be an SPV branded device on the Orange network.

    HTC Kaiser (P4550 / HTC TyTN II) Latest 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
  • 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
  • TouchFlo included!
  • The last bullet is interesting. Contary to earlier reports, the TyTN II will support TouchFlo, but the rumour is that this will actually be a cut down version. The reason for this is down to the standard touch screen. The HTC Touch had a highly sensitive and specially strengthened screen to enable the advanced features. Currently, the TyTN II does not.

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

    Posted by: Mark

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    By August 6, 2007 Read More →

    MDA Touch on T-Mobile website

    T-Mobile started selling the MDA Touch on the 17th July but have only just added the details of the device to their website.

    T-Mobile MDA Touch

    T-Mobile MDA Touch

    The world’s first phone to feature an intuitive touch screen, the MDA Touch marries style with cutting-edge technology. Simply sweep your finger across the display to access the animated menu. Touch scrolling and the 2.8 inch LCD screen make web surfing pure pleasure, plus you can receive your emails instantly. Because it runs on powerful Microsoft software, you can browse, email and chat using programmes you know. It also comes with a 2 mega-pixel camera and 1GB microSD card so you can store up to 1000 photos.

    The price of the MDA Touch seems really reasonable costing from nothing to £99 depending on the price plan you choose.

    Check out the details on the T-Mobile site.

    MDA Touch Specification:

  • Dimensions: 99.9mm (L) x 58mm (W) x 13.9mm (T)
  • Weight: 112g with battery
  • 1GB microSD storage card included / 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
  • 2.8’’ LCD touch screen with backlight, 240 x 320 dots resolution with 65,536 colours
  • Battery Life: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1100 mAh
  • Standby time: Up to 200 / Talk time: Up to 5 hours
  • Camera: 2.0 mega-pixel CMOS colour camera
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional with Direct Push Email and HTML email support
  • Wireless Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE Tri-band: 900, 1800,1900, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Choice of two colours at launch – elegant soft black or alluring wasabi green
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    By August 5, 2007 Read More →

    Sony Ericsson P1i unboxed

    W’ve just got our hands on the new Sony Ericsson P1i and we’re going to be put together a real world review of the device. But first we have our regular unbox/compare video for you.

    Sony Ericsson P1i Unboxed

    I’ve only been playing with the device for a short time but have to say that I quite like it. However, the Symbian OS takes some getting used to after years of Windows Mobile and Smartphone use!

    Sony Ericsson P1i Specification:

  • Symbian OS v9.1, UIQ 3.0
  • 208Mhz ARM9-based Nexperia NX4008
  • 2.6”, 240 x 320 pixels TFT touchscreen, 256K colors
  • 128MB RAM / 160MB internal storage
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • USB 2.0 Full speed 12 Mbps with Mass storage support
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
  • Memory Stick Micro (M2)
  • WiFi: 802.11b
  • 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus camera
  • Dimensions: 106 x 55 x 17mm
  • Built in FM radio
  • Weight: 124g with battery
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    By August 4, 2007 Read More →

    O2 UK releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrades

    Following in the footsteps of O2 Germany, O2 UK finally released its Windows Mobile Professional ROM upgrades for the O2 Xda Orbit and O2 Xda Trion which can be downloaded free of charge from O2 UK.

    XDA WM6 Upgrades

    XDA WM6 Upgrades

    Unlike many other manufacturers/sites you need tom provide your device serial number (Structured like S/N HTxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or S/N: SZxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) rather than your IMEI number.

    You can download the WM6 updates for XDA Trion and >XDA Orbit from O2 UK’s website.

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    By August 3, 2007 Read More →

    UBiQUiO 503G review

    Another review from Mark, this time the UBiQUiO 503G.

    The device is the very first non-HTC Windows Mobile device I’ve ever used. Naturally, as I nearly end up throwing my Hermes device out of the window at times, I was eager to try it.

    I must point out that I am reviewing a pre-production unit here. There are a number of issues with the unit, which I’ll address; but these are apparently known faults and I have been assured that they will be resolved in the final retail build of the device.

    UBiQUiO 503G Front

    UBiQUiO 503G Front

    Design-wise the UBiQUiO 503G looks similar to the iMate JAQ3 (both are manufactured by TechFaith Wireless). In fact the keyboard looks identical.

    On the left side of the device you’ll find a scroll wheel, voice notes or voice navigator button and a button for the camera.

    UBiQUiO 503G Left Side

    UBiQUiO 503G Left Side

    To the right you have you’ll find nothing more than a microSD card slot under a rubber cover that seems to have become standard amoung WM devices.

    UBiQUiO 503G Right Side

    UBiQUiO 503G Right Side

    When powering up the unit, there is one “feature” that immediately jumps out at you – the screen. It’s brilliantly bright, clear and the colours are exceptional. Even my acid-test of a converted YouTube video looks great on it. The 503G wipes the floor with any device I’ve used. This extends to the touch screen functionality as well. It’s very very sensitive, with only the lightest tap enough to activate whichever control you are targetting. Similarly, it seems highly accurate at well.

    Running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, also means you get all the usual niceties with the newer applications, gradient taskbars, and… annoying Customer Satifaction rubbish from Microsoft!

    The UBiQUiO 503G itself reminds me a little of a scientific calculator. It’s very thin, has a lot of buttons, and is a similar shape too. It is made of plastic, but doesn’t look or feel like it. A brushed metal look is used throughout – apart from a chrome directional pad. There’s no joystick or trackball to be found here – but the direction pad seems fine to me. However, there is currently a problem with the pad, and indeed the QWERTY keyboard as well. While most keys work fine, feel sturdy and give a nice click sound – there are a few troublesome ones which don’t always fire. I’ve been assured that this is a known fault, and well definately NOT affect the final retail device.

    UBiQUiO 503G Keyboard

    UBiQUiO 503G Keyboard

    I very much like the use of a touchscreen with a keyboard as well. It just seems the best solution for a “use anywhere” approach – and although slightly larger than its Blackberry competition, I think it pulls this off rather well. It’s also possible, after practise, to use the device keyboard with just one hand. Certainly useful at times to me, and I’m sure to quite a few people.

    Unlike operator-branded kit, and indeed HTC, UBiQUiO don’t appear to have added any of their own software to the mix. It looks to be a fairly plain Microsoft install of WM6. This is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your outlook I guess. I certainly don’t hold it against the device. Not even a today plugin is included – beyond the WM defaults. As you might expect though, all the today plugins I tried worked fine.

    There’s another couple of oddities about the device I should bring your attention too; firstly, CAB files designed to put Operator specific connections and so on, onto HTC devices, don’t seem to work. I couldn’t work out why this is. I used the HTC windows .exe installer, selected Orange UK, and it all downloaded and installed OK via Activesync. Indeed, the connections are even listed correctly on the device but they simply do not work, and just hang when connecting. This is strange, especially as setting up seemingly the same connection manually works fine!

    As well as this, the device seems to only want to charge from its own AC charger – and not any of my old mini-usb chargers (usually sourced from HTC devices). This is slightly annoying, as I have gotten used to not having to remember to take chargers with me! It doesn’t even seem be able to run from AC power, unless using the one supplied!

    UBiQUiO 503G USB

    UBiQUiO 503G USB

    Aside from these minor issues, the UBiQUiO 503G is good. It’s very quick, and seems to handle full screen MP4 videos fine and copes just well with anything else thrown at it. The form factor seems to fit my hand quite nicely, and although it’s fairly large in some respects, it’s so thin that it fits nicely in the pocket.

    The integrated WiFi is nice on any device, and certainly a bonus on a device that genuinely can be used for useable web access. The 503 connects quickly to the WiFi point I have at home and performs very well. Along side this, is full HSPDA 3G connectivity. Whether Orange have enabled HSDPA in my area yet, I’m not sure, but the device absolutely flies, both in PIE and Opera and my email arrives VERY quickly.

    It’s always hard to judge whether a WM device is easy to use or not, because I’m so used to the OS now. I certainly don’t see any major problems here though. If I was being picky – I’d say having the full stop on a secondary function on the keyboard is a mistake though!

    As I’ve said – the device is fussy about how it charges – but it does have a standard Mini-USB socket.. and… wait for it… a normal 2.5″ earphone jack!! Round the corner from this, you’ll find a Micro-SD slot, with nice rubber cover so no need to remove the battery to change cards!

    The 2 megapixel camera is about what you’d expect for a phone this size…. not bad, but no digital camera replacement. Phone-wise, calls were good quality, better than I’m used to I think, and it seemed to keep a signal is the area I live very well.

    UBiQUiO 503G Camera

    UBiQUiO 503G Camera

    Despite the ‘issues’ with this pre-production version I would still recommend the UBiQUiO 503G and once the problems have been resolved in the retail version it has all the potential to be a killer. I’ll be following up the review with an update just as soon as I can get my hands on the retail build!

    As a final note for Gilbert, who asked about Program and Storage space. Currently, the UBiQUiO 503G shows the following memory usage:

    Total: 192.00 MB
    In Use: 158.05 MB (!!)
    Free: 33.95 MB

    This is down to the pre-release rom build. The ‘fluff’ will be removed from the final retail ROM build.

    UBiQUiO 503G

    UBiQUiO 503G

    UBiQUiO 503G Specification

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • AKU 3.5.0
  • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
  • 520 MHz Intel 270 CPU
  • 1.9-megapixel CMOS camera
  • 2.4-inch 320×240-pixel LCD Touchscreen 262K colours
  • 192MB ROM, 96MB RAM
  • SDIO, microSD expansion slot
  • Stereo Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP
  • WiFi 802.11b/802.11g
  • 1250 mAh Battery
  • 65 x 123 x 15.7mm
  • 150 grams
  • You can order the UBiQUiO 503G now from eXpansys for just £389.95.

    Review by: Mark

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