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By September 24, 2008 Read More →

BenQ E72 review

New as I was to Windows Mobile I was intrigued by the BenQ E72 a fully functioning smart phone operating using windows mobile 6.0 and all for a price tag of just over £100? So could the days of paying not such smart prices for a smart phone be over? Well the BenQ E72 certainly hopes to achieve just that.

The 10 second review:
Device: BenQ E72
Cost: SIM free only: £101.99 (£91.99 with our discount voucher!)
Available from: eXpansys (Go and buy one from here)
Summary: A great introduction to Windows Mobile for new users and a neat, well designed Smartphone for WM veterans.
Best of: price, size and looks
Worst of: MicroSD limited to 2GB

BenQ E72

The BenQ E72 Smartphone


At around £100 the BenQ E72 entry level Windows Mobile phone offering many features that you would expect to find on higher priced handsets at a fraction of the cost. This device could well entice new users away from the likes of Nokia and Samsung. I’m totally new to Windows Mobile myself and so perhaps well placed to review the E72 on that basis.


BenQ E72 Specification:

  • 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches TFT, 65K colours Display
  • 2 MP Camera, 1600×1200 pixels, video
  • 108 x 46 x 13 mm (90 g)
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
  • 64MB DDR RAM (24MB user memory)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0
  • WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Email, MSN
  • microSD (TransFlash) Slot. (Supports up to 2GB)
  • MPEG4/WMV/3GP player
  • MP3/AAC/AAC+/WAV/WMA player


The phone is easy on the eye with sleek styling that is very similar to previous BenQ phones, it feels small in the hand similar to a standard candy bar phone rather than a Windows Mobile Smartphone, however feels substantial and fairly weighty for a phone of its size.

The front of the phone is fairly not eventful with not great design features that particularly stand out. The screen is a decent size with the 2 menu buttons located just below and the call buttons bellow that. There is a 4 directional button for navigation and in the middle of this is the select button. Housed on the red bar are the return & home buttons and sitting below this is the numerical keypad, no QWERTY keyboard for this smartphone.

BenQ E72 front view

BenQ E72 front view


The back of the phone as you would expect fairly plain however does house a 2.0 MP camera. The phone is home to a Li-Ion 900 mAh and also located under the battery cover is the MicroSD slot which will support up to 2GB and of course the SIM card holder just above this.

BenQ E72 back view BenQ e72 memory card slot

BenQ E72 back views

The left side of the E72 is simplistic and surprisingly lacking button wise compared to other smart phones. There are two thin buttons one which is used for quick access to messages and the other will initialise the phones voice recorder for memos etc.

BenQ E72 left side

BenQ E72 Left side

Again just the two buttons on the right hand side used to control headset volume, the right side is also home to a mini USB connector used for charging and also as a headphone connection.

BenQ E72 right side

BenQ E72 right side

Nothing to be found on either the top or the bottom of the E72.

 BenQ E72 top view BenQ E72 bottom view

BenQ E72 top and bottom view


Highlights & Lowlights

+ Low Price

+ WiFi

+ Windows Mobile 6.0

-Slow Processor

-Low Memory support



The BenQ E72 dares to be different by offering all the benefits of windows mobile without the large price tag and having to carry a brick around in your pocket. At first view the E72 looks pleasant with simplistic styling and a minimalist feel especially when it comes to buttons. The Screen is a decent size for a phone of this size and is certainly adequate for viewing emails and messages however feels a little on the small side when it comes to watching videos & clips. The phone is certainly small for a smart phone and even small for a standard Candy Bar phone however as I said it feels substantial and solid enough with some weight to it and certainly feels like a good quality handset. The addition of a QWERTY keypad would have been simply for using it for email and browsing IE. However with the phone the size it is a full size keypad would simply not be practical so there has to be some compromise. The 2MP Camera and video functionality is a nice addiction and to find this teamed with windows mobile all for around £100 is fantastic value.

Using windows mobile the phone has all of the features associated with this including Internet Explorer and windows media player which allows you to view videos and listen to your favourite music however with all the available options it would have been nice if the phone were to support a larger MicroSD card than the 2GB support it offers which in many phones is perfectly acceptable however in the scale of things within this smart phone it feels small picture like having a desktop PC at home with only a 50GB Memory, however that said I didn’t find myself using this phone for listening to music or watching large video files anyway.

Windows Mobile offers fantastic features which are fantastic to use however due to the phones small processor obviously related to its price applications were often slow and the phone often felt clumsy when loading certain files and folders, however it was certainly not an unbearable amount of time but while these applications were loading I had time to remember that this is a smart phone with full Windows Functionality, WiFi and all for a shade over £100 which soon makes you forget the few seconds extra you have to wait.

The E72 also has a built in voice recorder which is always helpful when recoding memos or notes and with the quick start button on the side of the phone is very easy to get started using this feature, although the E72 is a smart phone and is likely to be used as such for checking emails and wireless connectivity due to its low price tag it is likely to attract other customers and they are catered for with games, ringtone creator, video features as well as the obviously playback of music and videos.

Browsing the internet using the E72 was easy with built in WiFi and Internet explorer. Often mobile internet is considered as a tedious business however has to be done however I found it enjoyable and very easy. IE. On the E72 is very similar to a desktop PC in fact is almost identical however obviously due to the screen size more navigation is required but that is an easy compromise to make.

The BenQ E72 smartphone



Overall the E72 is a good phone with its minimalist style and simplistic layout with regards to buttons etc. It is very easy to use and windows mobile 6.0 plays a big part in this as it allows for easy navigation of the handset, however due to the phones small processor you will often be reminded that this is a budget smart phone but that said considering it is a budget smart phone it is a very good budget smart phone with great connectivity and ease of use. The E72 would be perfect for the enterprising university graduate just starting out in the rat race with its great blend of work and pleasure the E72 with windows mobile an enjoyable phone to use and all for a fantastic price. The E72 is what is it is and fantastic for it.


Review by: Nick

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By September 24, 2008 Read More →

The Unwired video view of the HTC Touch HD

image Arne over at the unwired has just posted a 24 minute video look at the HTC Touch HD. Thanks to O2 Germany, which will exclusively carry the HTC Touch HD in Germany, Arne got his hands on an early prototype and while the ROM build wasn’t anything close to a release candidate, the hardware looked pretty final already. Visit the Unwired to watch the video here.

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile G1 Launch Event video

image Mobility Today were invited to the T-Mobile HTC G1- Google Android launch event early this morning and got to test out the phone first hand. It is the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google exclusively to T-Mobile customers . The T-Mobile G1 features a touch screen component in addition to a QWERTY keyboard with popular Google applications like Google Maps Street View, Gmail, Youtube and my favorite Savy Shopper all running on Google’s new mobile OS, Android. Watch the video highlights of the event after the break.

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

Software Review: SPB Online

clip_image002It’s barely out the door, but I have taken a quick look at a piece of software I have been quite excited about for a few months now. SPB Online is a portal to software and entertainment on your Windows Mobile, but is it any good? Read on.

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile G1 – Press Release * Breaking First *

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T-Mobile Unveils the T-Mobile G1 — 
the First Phone Powered by Android

T-Mobile Phone Boasts an Intuitive Touch Screen and QWERTY Keyboard,  
Plus Popular Google Products and Fresh, New Applications 

NEW YORK – Sept. 23, 2008 – T-Mobile today announced the international launch of the world’s first Android™-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. Available soon only for T-Mobile customers spanning two continents, the T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes the popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™
and others.

“We are proud that T-Mobile is the first operator in the world to launch an Android-powered mobile device,” said Christopher Schläffer, group product and innovation officer of Deutsche Telekom.  
“Since 2005, Google has been an established partner in T-Mobile’s groundbreaking approach to bringing the open mobile Internet to the mass market. With the T-Mobile G1, we are continuing our strong tradition of being pioneers in the world of the open Internet.”

Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA, said, “The Internet and the mobile phone are both indispensable tools for our hectic lives, but only a fraction of us access the Web on our phones. The T-Mobile G1 is our opportunity in the U.S. to accelerate the mass adoption of the mobile Web, by unleashing Google innovation with a unique software experience that mobilizes the Google services hundreds of millions of consumers rely on every day.”

“Increasingly, connectivity does not just mean a phone call, but rather access to the world’s information,” said Andy Rubin, senior director of mobile platforms for Google. “Today’s news signifies an important first step for the Open Handset Alliance: With Android, we’ve opened the mobile Web not only for millions of users, but also to mobilize the developer community that understands the next most important platform in the world rests in the palm of our hand.”

With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is also the first phone to provide access to Android Market, where customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle.

T-Mobile customers in the U.S. have the opportunity to pre-order the T-Mobile G1, in limited quantities, beginning today at and be among the first to experience this game-changing phone. The device will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online in the U.S. beginning  
Oct. 22, for a price of $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. The T-Mobile G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November, and across Europe in the first quarter of 2009. Countries include Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Delivering the Familiarity of Google for a Superior Mobile Internet Experience:

The T-Mobile G1 with Google delivers a premium, easy-to-use mobile Web and communications experience in one device. Working together, T-Mobile, Google and HTC integrated Android and  
T-Mobile services into the phone’s form and function. The T-Mobile G1’s vibrant, high-quality screen slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, great for communicating with friends online or using the phone’s e-mail, IM and mobile messaging capabilities. As another option for accessing the device, the  
T-Mobile G1 comes equipped with a convenient trackball for more precise, one-handed navigation.

“T-Mobile, Google and HTC share a similar vision for making the mobile Internet practical, relevant and fun,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. “The T-Mobile G1 represents the culmination of this vision by offering a variety of services, applications and content that introduces an Internet experience that everyone can enjoy. We are honored to be joining T-Mobile and Google today for this historic unveiling of the T-Mobile G1.”

With one-click contextual search, T-Mobile G1 customers in a flash can search for relevant information with a touch of a finger. A full HTML Web browser allows users to see any Web page the way it was designed to be seen, and then easily zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on the screen.  
With built-in support for T-Mobile’s 3G and EDGE network as well as Wi-Fi, the T-Mobile G1 can connect to the best available high-speed data connection for surfing the Web and downloading information quickly and effortlessly.

Google Maps Street View:

With Google Maps, Google’s groundbreaking maps service, T-Mobile G1 users can instantly view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local business and get driving directions, all from the phone’s  
easy-to-use touch interface. The T-Mobile G1 also includes Google Maps Street View, allowing customers to explore cities at street-level virtually while on the go. Without taking a step, customers can tour a far-away place as if they were there — standing on the street corner. Even better, the Google Maps feature syncs with the built-in compass on the phone — an industry first — to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand. Google Maps Street View is available today in many U.S. locations and soon in European countries.

Communicating on the Go:

The T-Mobile G1 features a rich HTML e-mail client, which seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services. The T-Mobile G1 multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background. It combines Instant Messaging support for Google Talk™, as well as AOL®, Yahoo! Messenger ® and Windows Live Messenger in the U.S. With access to high-speed Web browsing and a 3-megapixel camera with photo-sharing capabilities, the T-Mobile G1 is ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle, whether sharing pictures, checking the latest sports scores or accessing social networking sites.

Embracing User-Generated Content:

Customers can use the T-Mobile G1’s 3G and Wi-Fi connection to attach and share pictures over email and MMS or download music from their favorite Web sites, and soon, upload and post pictures to their personal blog.  Built-in support for YouTube allows customers to enjoy YouTube’s originally-created content, easily navigate through YouTube’s familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos.

Music at Your Fingertips:  
The T-Mobile G1 comes pre-loaded with a new application developed by that gives customers easy access to Amazon MP3,’s digital music download store with more than  
6 million DRM-free MP3 tracks. Using the new application, T-Mobile G1 customers are able to search, sample, purchase and download music from Amazon MP3 directly to their device (downloading music from Amazon MP3 using the T-Mobile G1 requires a Wi-Fi connection; searching, sampling and purchasing music can be done anywhere with a cellular connection). The T-Mobile G1 will be the first device with the Amazon MP3 mobile application pre-loaded.

Android Market:

The T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mash ups of existing and new services from developers around the world. With just a couple of short clicks, customers can find and download a wide range of innovative software applications — from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping — to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. When the phone launches next month, dozens of unique, first-of-a-kind Android applications will be available for download on Android Market, including:

  • ShopSavvy: an application designed to help people do comparative shopping. Users scan the UPC code of a product with their phone’s camera while they are shopping, and can instantly compare prices from online merchants and nearby local stores.
  • Ecorio: a new application developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like. With access to tips and tricks, Ecorio allows users to record the steps they take throughout their day to help offset their impact on the environment.
  • BreadCrumbz: a new application that enables people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos. Customers can create their own routes, share them with friends or with the world.

For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., please visit For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the United Kingdom, please visit

Notes: Additional charges may apply to features and services. 3G may not be available in all locations. Price and availability of device subject to change; taxes and other charges may apply.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. operation of Deutsche Telekom AG’s  
(NYSE: DT) Mobile Communications Business, and a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile International, one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications. By the end of the second quarter of 2008, 125 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 31.5 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S.  
in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit  
T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

About T-Mobile International

T-Mobile International is a global leader in mobile communications offering wireless voice, messaging and data services capable of reaching more than 125 million people where they live, work and play.  
T-Mobile International operates in 12 markets worldwide, with a significant customer base in Central and South Eastern Europe as well as the United States.

The company provides its customers with the latest technologies and innovative multimedia services and continues to be one of the foremost developers of the mobile Internet. Following its vision of “connected life and work,” the company has also developed products and services whose intelligent access options, intuitive operation, and ease of use make them stand out from the crowd. Moreover, the company is a founding member of FreeMove, one of the world’s leading business alliances consisting of Orange, Telecom Italia, TeliaSonera and T-Mobile. FreeMove offers multinational companies a seamless service tailored to their specific needs at both a local and international level.

T-Mobile International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. Deutsche Telekom is one of the foremost integrated telecommunications companies worldwide. With its three product brands,  
T-Home, T-Mobile and T-Systems, the company offers its customers around the world modern telecommunications products and services from a single source — fixed-network telephony, broadband Internet, mobile communications and ICT solutions. As an international group of companies with some 240,000 employees in around 50 countries throughout the world, Deutsche Telekom generated half of its revenues of EUR 62.5 billion outside Germany in 2007. For more information about T-Mobile International, please visit

About Google Inc.
Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit

About HTC Corporation

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design. Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations and launched state-of-the-art smartphones with mobile operators and distributors around the world. These devices are available as HTC devices and as products customized for operator and device partners. HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit

Google, Android, Google Maps Street View, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

Posted by: John

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

WM 7 Delayed?

Partners who had expected to have a final release of WM7 in their hands by early next year have been told now that the new Windows Mobile platform won’t be ready until the second half of next year.

Definitely bad news because Windows Mobile urgently need its refresh and if Windows Mobile 7 is postponed to the second half of 2009, it’s most likely that we will not see devices before end of 2009. Nevertheless, every bad news also have a positive aspect and in this case it means you don’t have to hold out for a new device and you can go out and get your new i900 Omnia, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro or Touch HD today because based on this news it will be the latest for the next 12 months at least.

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) – More Live Photos

Ok so here are some photo’s live from the press conference in New York:


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More photos to come soon.

Posted by: John

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

Official HTC G1 Android Press Release

image T-Mobile today announced the international launch of the world’s first Android™-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. Available soon only for T-Mobile customers spanning two continents, the T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes the popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and others. Updated with video after the break.

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Google Android event highlights – UK release in November

image Well it looks as though PC Magazine had this one spot on with this being a feature phone and not a smartphone, it has been confirmed today that the latest Google Android G1 handset will have no exchange support, no A2DP, can only read office docs like word, excel and powerpoint with no ability to create the documents. No skype support and it will sync over the air to only Google Services. No desktop client is available and you cannot tether it to your laptop as a modem.

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

The Samsung 3 – New Camera’s, New Features

Samsung today announced the release of 3 new camera’s to their catalogue. Here is the press release.

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From Left to Right we have the NV100HD, L310W & NV9

Get Picture Perfect with Samsung Cameras

– Never suffer with bad skin or frowning photos again –

23 September 2008 – Samsung Cameras has come to the rescue for all those times when you’re not looking your best in a photo. With social networking sites such as Facebook meaning the world can see your party poses, looking your best in photos has never been so important. Luckily, Samsung’s new and unique Perfect Portrait System means you’ll never have to suffer from the shame of an embarrassing photo again.

If blotchy, uneven skin tone has you hiding and ‘de-tagging’ your photos in embarrassment, Samsung’s clever “Beauty Shot” function allows you to retouch facial skin for a brighter, smoother skin tone. So if you’re having a ‘bad spot day’ you can rest safe in the knowledge that retouching is no longer just a treat for A-list stars.

There’s nothing worse than taking a photo before anyone’s smiling, unless of course you’re aiming for that killer Posh Spice pout. With Samsung’s “Smile Shot” function, the camera automatically takes the photo when it detects smiles. With a great smile and perfect skin sorted, your photos should be looking great – now it’s up to you to find the perfect pose!

The Samsung Perfect Portrait System is available on the L310W, NV9 and NV100HD and is a great addition to the existing features offered by Samsung’s camera range. The L310W is priced at £199, the NV9 is priced at £179 and the NV100HD is priced at £229. All three will be available on the high street nationwide and online retailers from September 2008. All Samsung cameras include a two year warranty. Customers requiring further information should call 0845 726 7864 or visit


So lets start with the NV100H. The NV100HD features touch-screen technology for intuitive navigation, and HD capability for high definition images and videos. Stats include a 14.7 MP, 3.6x Optical Zoom & a 3.0" hVGA Touch Screen.


Lets look at it in more detail:

  • 28mm Wide Schneider Kreuznach Lens
  • High Definition (HD)
  • Smart Touch 2.0
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • DRIM
  • Face Detection
  • Red-Eye Fix
  • Blink Detection
  • Beauty Shot
  • Smile Detection
  • Scene Mode
  • Auto Contrast Balance
  • Photo Help Guide
  • Li-on Battery, in camera charging system
  • Recycle Bin
  • Function Description
  • Multi Slide Show

Next up we have the L310W with 13.6 megapixels, 28mm wide angle lens, 3.6x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Screen and a host of other quality-driven features.


In detail these features are:

  • 28mm Wide Schneider Kreuznach Lens
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • Face Detection
  • Red-Eye Fix
  • Blink Detection
  • Beauty Shot
  • Smile Detection
  • Scene Mode
  • Auto Contrast Balance
  • Photo Help Guide
  • Li-on Battery, in camera charging system
  • Recycle Bin
  • Function Description

    Finally there is the NV9 with 10.2 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, 2.7" Screen and Advanced (MPEG4) movie mode.


    Looking closer at the camera we see that it has:

  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • PMP
  • Face Detection
  • Red-Eye Fix
  • Blink Detection
  • Beauty Shot
  • Smile Detection
  • Scene Mode
  • Auto Contrast Balance
  • Photo Help Guide
  • Li-on Battery, in camera charging system
  • Recycle Bin
  • Function Description

    Hopefully we should be getting a hands on for these camera’s and will be able to report more when we get them but for now have a look and see what you think.

  • Posted by: John

    Posted in: Cameras