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HTC Touch Pro price revealed

If like me you are eagerly awaiting the HTC Touch Pro (aka Raphael) then you might want to head over to Devicewire.com as the have just revealed the RRP of the HTC Touch Pro, £468.07 ex VAT or £549.99 inc VAT. It’s set to arrive on September 1st and, if you didn’t know already, it’ll add a QWERTY keyboard to the existing HTC Touch Diamond! You can now pre-order from Devicewire to ensure that you get yours on release day.

HTC Touch Pro

HTC Touch Pro

As I said above, the provisional release date of the Pro is September 1st but that’s certainly subject to change. Full details can be found HERE.

HTC Touch Pro specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Qualcomm MSM 7201A @ 528MHz
  • 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM
  • 7.2MB HSDPA / HSUPA
  • 2.8″ VGA screen
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • eGPS
  • 3.1MP Camera with flash
  • Forward facing VGA camera
  • TV out
  • G-sensor (same as the Diamond)
  • FM Radio
  • microSD card slot (thank goodness!)
  • 1350mAh battery
  • 51x99x17mm
  • 145 grams
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    Polaroid officially launches the PoGo!

    A few months ago we were invited to a Polaroid press event where we were one of the first to see their new instant digital printer the Polaroid PoGo.

    Polaroid today made an official announcement about the PoGo which you can see below. We’re hoping to get our hands on one to review pretty soon too!

    Polaroid PoGo

    Polaroid PoGo

    The magic of instant photos is going digital. Polaroid, the company that pioneered instant photography 60 years ago, is launching the first in a new line of digital instant photo products. Using a revolutionary, pocket-sized inkless printing process, the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer, unlocks photos trapped on mobile phones and digital cameras.

    For fans of the original Polaroid instant camera, the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer, short for Polaroid-on-the-go, provides a new way to continue the magic of instant printed pictures, and is the biggest innovation for the brand since the commercial launch of the iconic instant film in 1948.

    Weighing just eight ounces, the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer uses a Bluetooth or USB connection to receive pictures and creates full-colour digital photos without the need for ink cartridges or ribbons. The pictures print in 60 seconds – instantly dry to the touch, removing the need to ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’. “For decades, the name Polaroid has been synonymous with white-bordered pictures, although change and innovation have always been, and will continue to be, a key part of this business,” explains Tom Petters, Chairman and owner of Polaroid.

    “Dr. Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid, reinvented this company many times through its 70-year history – from polarized lenses to eyewear to the iconic instant camera,” said Petters. “With the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer, we’re reinventing the magic of instant printed pictures for the 21st century.”

    The Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer was exclusively unveiled by popular Hollyoaks actress, Leah Hackett, at PC World on London’s Tottenham Court Road today and will go on sale nationally tomorrow at retail outlets for £99 including PC World, selected Curry’s and John Lewis stores, Play.com and Amazon.com.

    Polaroid PoGo™ products employ Zink™ Zero Ink™ Printing Technology from Zink Imaging, using a unique composite paper which houses cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals in a protective coat. The millions of crystals embedded within the special Polaroid paper are colourless before printing, so the paper appears white. The secret to the process is the heat activation which brings the photos to life through colourising the crystals, printing high quality images in less time than a traditional Polaroid photo.

    More than a decade in the making, the ZINK™ Zero Ink™ Printing Technology originally hatched within the research and development department of Polaroid, before spinning out as a separate company. As the company’s namesake innovation reaches the digital age, it’s only fitting that Polaroid will pioneer this inkless printing technology through its new digital instant printer.

    Facts about Polaroid:

  • Polaroid reinvents instant photography with the launch of the Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Mobile Printer, the world’s first such product.
  • In 1936 Edwin Land and George Wheelwright demonstrated the world’s first polarised, anti-glare car headlights
  • Polaroid the company was founded in 1937 by Edwin Land and a group of small investors and unveiled the first commercial instant camera, the Land Camera, in 1947
  • When Polaroid first started trading, its main product was polarised sheet glass to be used for sunglasses and windows of railway observation cars in the USA
  • Edwin Land was so innovative, that he stands second only to Thomas Edison with the number of US patents granted to him (over 500)
  • During World War II, Polaroid technology was used to help pilots with anti-glare goggles, with the same Polaroid technology used by fighter pilots in their visors today
  • In 1952, the first instant x-ray print was created – taking just 60 seconds to produce
    While the initial application for Polaroid was for sunglasses and scientific work, it has been key to many other products including LCD flat screen TVs
  • Hip Hop band Outkast bought Polaroid to a whole new generation in 2003 with their hit song ‘Hey Ya’, which included the immortal line ‘Shake it like a Polaroid picture’
  • The Polaroid instant picture has long played an important role for many professions and trades including the police and forensic crime teams, insurance companies, artists, film & TV directors for continuity purposes and of course photographers – to name but a few.
  • While the Polaroid photo has a plethora of fans and admirers world wide, artist Andy Warhol was one of the most significant users of Polaroid instant film, which was instrumental to the creation of some of his most famous pieces
  • Polaroid enters new segments of consumer electronics business with the launch of portable DVD players and LCD TVs in 2003
  • By the end of 2004, Polaroid is the number one selling brand of portable DVD players
    Just a few years after launching its portable DVD player, Polaroid achieves top ten rankings among global brands in other CE categories such as LCD TVs and digital cameras
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    Free HTC Diamond… and a free gift

    htc_diamond_ps3 HTC Diamond is free on Orange in the UK. Some probably think that’s rather mad, some would say you are mad to pay for it. Whatever way you look at it, free is a great price. Tracy and Matt take a look at it. And if you look here you can even get a free PS3… barmy!

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    HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, Samsung i900 Omnia & Sony Ericsson X1 camera comparison

    htc_touch_diamond_no_flash_small It’s a  tough choice, which phone you would go for? In my circle I know a person piping for each. One of the lesser features is the camera. Windows Mobile devices have always had less than stellar cameras.

    Of them all, which one excels? The Unwired investigates.

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    Use your Phone/PDA/PSP in class

    hkstudentslucky Hong Kong has got it! Mobile Learning Platform is what it’s at. PSP Fanboy quotes "students can use mobile devices including PDA, mobile phones or mobile gaming devices to log in to the mobile learning platform and then test their own knowledge anytime and anywhere."

    Soon you will be able to study for a BSC in being a Mobile Tech Addict.

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    Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft has to deliver!

    image With the imminent launch of the iPhone 3G and it’s App Store, Google Android peeping around the corner and now Symbian about to be owned by Nokia and made open source, Windows Mobile is in big trouble if it fails to deliver something really special with Windows Mobile 7.

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    HTC Touch Diamond to be free on Orange?

    I just picked up a copy or Orange’s July catalog and discovered the HTC Touch Diamond now appears in the main section of phones available on contract. What’s more, the catalog says that the Diamond will be free on all contract worth £40+ per month. However, what it doesn’t say is whether this requires a 12, 18 or even a 24 month (do people sign up for 24 months?) contract in order to get it free. Assuming it’s 12 months then that really is an excellent deal when you consider the SIM-free price of the Diamond.

    The other thing you’ll notice on the page scan above is that it states that the Diamond is ‘Mobile Instant Messenger Compatible’ – this clearly means that Orange have hobbled Windows Mobile again and removed Windows Live Messenger from the ROM.

    You may recall, we discovered that Orange are planning to charge to use ‘Orange Messenger’. Costing we’ve hear will be: Unlimited use for £4 a month or £1 a day with Unlimited bundles. Or, if you’re not a regular user you can sign up to use it for 5p per message. At 5p per message that will soon become expensive!!

    You may also notice in the scan below of the Diamond spec as listed in the catalog there is an error on the listed internal/external memory. Just in case you are buying from Orange – the Diamond doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot but has 4GB rather than the listed 256MB of internal storage. I also think that the listed 16.5 days of standby time is rather optimistic – I get about 2 days from my Diamond!

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    Play NES Nintendo Games on Windows Mobile Smartphone

    Solsie.com have published an article showing how to play NES video games on your Windows Mobile Smartphone.  All you need is  Pocket Nester Plus to install on your device and then grab some NES games. The site shows you where to get them from too. Check out the video after the break.

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    4iPhone, 4smartphone and MobileMe Exchange solutions

    image With the launch of the 3G iPhone and the firmware 2.0 update, one of the major new features will be the ability to get push email, push contacts and agenda over the air. As a Windows Mobile and iPhone user for me this is great news as I have been using Exchange 2007 with Windows Mobile for a long time now and it is a brilliant way to manage your PIM data.

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