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Apple iPhone Software 2.0 Upgrade Experience Preview

imageWondering what the experience is going to be like on Friday when Apple makes its long awaited iPhone Software 2.0 available? Well, wonder no more, Paul Thurrott has got his hands on a near-final version of iPhone Software 2.0 and iTunes 7.7, and he shows you the install experience as well as some of the MobileMe and Microsoft Exchange integration pieces.

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MSMobiles Podcast with Mobile Tech Addicts

image Was lucky enough to join the team at msmobiles on Saturday and talk Windows Mobile with Edward and Mickey Papillon from The Cell Phone Junkie. Had a good time and it looks like this may become a more permanent arrangement. You can get the podcast from MSMobiles or download it directly here. Show notes after the break.

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Samsung i900 Omnia and HTC Touch Diamond go head-to-head

If you are looking for a new top of the range Windows Mobile device, chances are you’ll be considering the HTC Touch Diamond and possibly the Samsung i900 Omnia. So you may be wondering which of these two devices is best?

Luckily the guys over at GSM arena have put together an extensive head-to-head review of the Diamond and the Omnia and although they struggle to come up with a difinitive answer as to which one is best, looking through the review should help you make up your own mind.

HTC Touch Diamond vs Samsung i900 Omnia

HTC Touch Diamond vs Samsung i900 Omnia
Diamond over Omnia:
  • VGA display (2.8-inch, 480 x 640 pixels)
  • TouchFLO 3D Home screen (better than Omnia’s Touchwiz UI)
  • Nicer design
  • More compact body
  • Lighter weight
  • Active magnetic stylus (Omnia has no stylus slot)
  • Touch-sensitive scroll wheel (better than Omnia’s optical joystick)
  • Better sunlight legibility (by a small margin)
  • Standard miniUSB slot (as opposed to Samsung’s proprietary custom plus)
  • Dedicated graphics chip with 64MB memory
  • Comes with the amusing Teeter game (uses the accelerometer)
  • Has pre-installed YouTube client and MP3 Trimmer application for ringtones
  • Better video playback performance

 

Omnia over Diamond:
  • Bigger, though lower-res display (3.2", 240 x 400 pixels)
  • Has a better, more solid build and finish
  • Almost double battery life
  • Better CPU performance (by a nice margin according to software benchmarks)
  • Quad-band GSM support (Diamond has two versions to cover all the four bands)
  • microSD card slot (Diamond has none)
  • 8 or 16 GB of storage memory (Diamond has 4GB)
  • Much better 5 megapixel camera (better processing, higher resolution, face and smile detection, geotagging)
  • TV-out (Diamond lacks that)
  • Landscape QWERTY keyboard (Diamond has one but only in browser)
  • Auto screen rotation is available in all applications and can be switched off
  • Comes with DivX video support (Diamond has none, but DivX players can be installed)
  • Has pre-installed a custom Alarms app, a Video editor and a unit converter

Anyway, it’s nearly impossible to give a conclusive judgment as to which of these two fine PocketPCs deserves your money better. The Samsung i900 Omnia and the HTC Touch Diamond are both excellent choices with their own set of advantages and shortcomings. The good thing is they hardly overlap, so getting your priorities right is all you need to make the right choice.

Read the full review HERE.

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Acer Aspire One starting the Eee PC massacre

intro Given the success Asus has had with their ever evolving Eee PC it seems only logical that other companies jump on the bandwagon. Acer have the Aspire One and the french Blogeee.net has been Beta testing it. The site is french but thanks to the power of Google translation all can be revealed to the English speaking nation. Also there are videos and photos for covering EVERY angle.

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Diamond vs. Omnia: Head to head

gsmarena_032 GSM Arena have done a rather tasty comparison review of two rather similar smartphones. Its long, thorough and extremely well done.If you are entertaining the idea of an upgrade to either of these phone, this is a must read.

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LG Secret (KF750) unboxed

The LG Secret (LG KF750) was released a few months ago and it’s proven to be a popular phone. This will be the third LG device that we have reviewed recently so I am keen to see what this high-end non-Windows Smartphone is capable of.

The Secret is certainly a good looking phone and one that you’ll probably want to show off to all of your friends. There’s a touchscreen and built in touch panel with haptic feedback, it seems that more and more phones have some element of touch screen action these days.

Here’s our unbox to have a look at while we’re getting the review sorted:

LG Secret (LG KF570) unboxed

LG Secret (LG KF570) Specification:

  • 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4″ touch screen
  • 5 megapixel digital camera with flash
  • 102.8 x 50.8 x 11.8 mm
  • 116 grams
  • Touch-sensitive navigation panel with haptics
  • GPRS, EDGE, UMTS & HSDPA
  • MPEG4/DivX(up to 640×480) player
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • microSD card slot
  • 5 MP, Camera with autofocus and face detection
  • built in email client and web browser
  • MP3/WMA/AAC/AAC+ player
  • FM radio with RDS
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    BBC iPlayer 2.0 Beta

    image The BBC have released a beta upgrade to the brilliant iPlayer website where you can watch BBC TV from the last seven days, the new interface is much slicker and also there is an iPlayer mobile beta site too, I have just been playing around with it on a Windows Mobile device with Opera 9.5 and it looks great but I haven’t managed to get any video streaming without error just yet.

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