The guys over at areamobile have put together another video this time giving us a comparison of the Touch HD and the Xperia X1. It’s in German buts its another good opportunity to look at these two high end devices side by side. I don’t see these as competing devices as you either want a device with a slide out keyboard or you don’t, so there is definitely room for both. Check out the video after the break and thanks Big Mo for the info.
Archive for October, 2008
We just, ahem, found this video of the HTC Touch HD. Looks like this is the Orange version of the HD although there’s no Orange logo on the unit. As you know, the Touch HD will be exclusive to Orange for the first three months!
The video is very short but interesting nontheless.
You might want to check out our HTC Touch HD unboxing video too!
So is this the device that everyone is now waiting for?
Posted by: Matt
Another video of the Touch HD this time showing how easy it is to customise the tabs on the bottom of the screen in TouchFlo 3d. We should have ours next week so expect a massive review with videos and high res pictures aplenty. Personally really looking forward to getting my hands on this device. Video after the break.
This week on the Friday deals eXpansys have some great offers on Toshiba products:
Toshiba Friday Deals:
Selected deals between 11am and 4pm, 31st October 2008 by following the links below only. Normal pricing will apply outside of these hours*.
Toshiba Portege G910 – Normally £399.99, now £269.99 inc VAT, save £130
Toshiba Portege G810 – Normally £349.99, now £249.99 inc VAT, save £100
Toshiba Portege G710 – Normally £209.99, now £169.99 inc VAT, save £40
Toshiba G450, normally £154.99, now £99.99 inc VAT, save £55
*Voucher codes do not apply with these deals. Limited to 2 units per customer.
Prices and availability subject to change, www.expansys.com website price and availability always applies. All prices inclusive of VAT unless stated.
Posted by: Matt
Our latest podcast is now available to download, in episode 10 we discuss Windows Mobile 6.5, Xperia X1 first impressions, HTC Touch HD availability and Orange exclusivity, Google Earth and other iPhone Apps, iPhone features rant and lots more . You can subscribe via iTunes, RSS or download the mp3 file here. Full show notes after the break.
Folks I feel like I have been neglecting you all when it comes to news and reviews on the G1 front. Let me start off by saying that the UK wait is finally over and there are some very lucky people out there just now playing happily with their brand spanking new T-Mobile G1 handset. I have pestered the life out of HTC and T-Mobile and hopefully we should have one of these next week to play with (fingers crossed). I know that what is seen below is a lot to take in but I think it’s a worthwhile post and would like to hear your comments and thoughts on the G1.
G1 in Black
London, 30 October: The T-Mobile G1 – the phone built for the Internet and the first to run on the innovative Android open source mobile software platform – went on sale in the UK today prompting a queue of gadget enthusiasts outside T-Mobile’s Central London store stores eager to get their hands on this year’s most anticipated mobile phone.
Queues began at 5:00 am at T-Mobile’s Oxford Street store which opened early to allow shoppers to get their hands on the T-Mobile G1.
Exclusive to T-Mobile, the G1 offers a completely new mobile internet experience with full touch screen plus QWERTY keyboard for easy online communication and high speed internet with popular Google services already on board. The T-Mobile G1 also offers access to innovative application downloads from the new Android Market, 50 of which are available now to download for free. These initial applications enable you to do everything from compare prices to mix a cocktail and even measure the earth’s movements.
Andy Burgess, a software programmer from Farringdon, London, was the first to emerge from T-Mobile’s Oxford Street store with a T-Mobile G1. He said: "Being the first person in the UK to own this mobile phone is amazing – I’m going to be popular at work! I’ve been waiting for this phone for months and I knew I had to be the first to own it."
Jim Hyde, CEO, T-Mobile UK said: "With the richest web experience ever seen on a mobile and thanks to the Android Market, the unprecedented ability to make your mobile work just the way you want, the T-Mobile G1 is set to revolutionise the way we use our phones. And judging by early reports coming in from our stores today, people are enthusiastically embracing this revolution and signing up for the T-Mobile G1."
The T-Mobile G1 is available for free on T-Mobile Combi and Flext price plans from £40 a month, including unlimited fast mobile internet browsing powered by T-Mobile’s award-winning network.
The G1′s full QWERTY keyboard makes it simple to write exactly what you want to say and navigating is even easier using the touch screen and trackball. There’s also one touch access to all your favourite Google applications including web search, Google Maps, Google Talk and Google Mail. So whether it’s email, instant messaging, social network updates or even calling and texting, the T-Mobile G1 is perfect for whatever form of communication you prefer.
With Google Maps, T-Mobile G1 users can instantly view maps, satellite imagery, find local businesses and get driving directions. And Google Maps synchs with the built-in compass – an industry first – to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand.
The 50 applications available to download for free at Android Market include Wikitude, which displays local information from Wikipedia live on-screen when scanning your local surroundings using the phone’s camera. There are also a number of applications designed to help consumers make their money go further including ShopSavvy, which uses the G1′s camera to ‘scan’ product barcodes and then searches the web using the browser to find the best available prices. Other applications help users indulge their interests. SplashPlay teaches users how to play the guitar by streaming video over the web, whilst Cooking Capsules and Cocktail! comb the web to provide recipes and instructions based on the contents of your kitchen or drinks cabinet.
So much has happened since the release stateside of the G1 starting with the fact that an exploit had been found and then there was the ability to unlock the handset by IMEI. number making it open for use on any network.
G1 in White
The phone itself is available on the following T-Mobile G1 Price Plans:
Combi: get the T-Mobile G1 free with 800 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited* mobile internet browsing for a total of just £40 a month
Flext: get the T-Mobile G1 free on Flext with web’n'walk plus for just £40 per month including unlimited* mobile internet browsing and up to 1,250 minutes or up to 2,500 texts or any mix of the two
Vital statistics: The T-Mobile G1
- Available in two colours – black and white
- GPS and compass
- Rich HTML email client which seamlessly synchs email with POP3 or IMAP services
- 3.5G (HSDPA/HSUPA) and Wi-Fi connectivity
- 3 Mega pixel camera
- MP3 music player
- Pre-installed 2 GB Micro SD memory card (device supports up to an 8 GB card)
- Up to 130 hours standby and up to 5 hours talk time
- Dimensions: 117.7 x 55.7 x 26.5 mm
- Weight: 158g
Applications available free on Android Market from 30 October
- Barcode Scanner v2.1 – Scans and recognises the barcode of any product
- ShopSavvy – Compares prices online and on the high street
- CompareEverywhere – Scans barcodes and gives directions to local stores using Google maps
- Mandelbrot Map – Map viewer
- Krystle II – Pet your phone
- Pocket Seismograph – Monitors the phone’s accelerometer
- Translate – Translation tool
- Pro Football Live! – Football news / information
- BreadCrumbz – Navigate via user-generated pictures
- e-ventr – Event organizer and friendship scout
- iMap Weather(tm) – Weather application
- Ecorio – Track and reduce your carbon footprint, "green community"
- Cocktail! – Database of cocktails
- Cooking Capsules Taster – Cooking application
- Wikitude – AR Travel – Mobile travel guide
- AccuWeather.com – Global weather
- Shazam – Identify music, store and buy music
- PicSay – Personalize pictures with text
- Panoramio – Finds pictures of interesting places in your area
- TuneWiki – Next generation social media player
- BlueBrush – Draw with friends, share the same canvas
- Video Player v.01 – Plays video files off of the G1′s SD card
- Photostream – Photo browser for Flickr
- Ringdroid – Create ringtones
- SplashPlay – Music application
- QuickList – To do lists
- WikiMobile Encyclopedia – Wikipedia for mobile devices
- Maverick – IM compatible to Google Talk
- Radar – Draw a bearing between the user’s current location and latitude/longitude
- Task Switcher – Search-Space is the new "Alt-Tab"
- Spare Parts – Android developing tool
- Text-To-Speech Translator – Text-to-speech services
- Any Cut v0.5 – Home shortcuts to "anything" on your web or your phone
- Locale – Manages phone settings based on conditions (e.g. location)
- Contacts De-Duper – De-duplicate your contacts to streamline your contacts folder
- Shutter Spead – Detailed camera settings to make the most of the in-built camera and web access
- DiskUsage – Utility to examine SD card content to manage what you store on your phone
- Rings Extended – Replaces standard ringtones
Games & Puzzles
- PAC-MAN by Namco
- Metamath Solitaire
- Anagrams v0.2
- Slide Puzzle
- Divide and Conquer!
- CB Black jack
- Bubble Bash
- Bonsai Blast
- Balls 2 The Wall
- Android Says
Posted by: John
Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220
30th October 2008 – O2 today announces that the BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphone is available online at www.o2.co.uk and in O2 retail stores.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is the first ever BlackBerry® smartphone to come in the popular flip form factor. Sleek and stylish, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip offers a large, high resolution display, a second LCD colour display on the outside for dynamic viewing of incoming messages and calls, SureType® keypad that makes typing text and dialling numbers quick and easy, built-in Wi-Fi® and rich multimedia capabilities, that includes an easily accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot that supports up to 16GB of storage.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is ideal for people who want a uniquely sleek and sophisticated clamshell smartphone, delivering the powerful capabilities of the BlackBerry® solution that include voice, email, messaging, organiser, Internet browsing and access to thousands of mobile business and lifestyle applications. It also boasts a robust media player for displaying pictures, listening to music and watching videos, a 2 megapixel camera with flash, digital zoom and video* recording, as well as a voice recording application. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone also works with the new BlackBerry® Media Sync application making it quick and easy to sync iTunes digital music onto the handset**, and comes with DataViz® Documents to Go® preloaded, allowing users to edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the smartphone.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is available from free on certain O2 contracts. For more information on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone visit www.O2.co.uk.
Thanks very much to Emma over at o2 for dropping us this press release today. I’m sure you will agree that this is a very nice handset to add to the o2 range and a world first for RIM. This is the only BlackBerry handset to feature flip technology which shows that RIM are diversifying their range to make it more appealing to more markets and if we look at the upcoming Storm touch screen handset then this only adds more fuel to the expansion plans by RIM.
- GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- Dimensions: 101.1 x 50 x 17.5 mm
- Weight: 102 g
- Display Type: 65K colors
- Dispay Size: 240 x 320 pixels, 2.6 inches
- QWERTY keyboard
- Trackball navigation
- Ringtones: Polyphonic, MP3
- 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
- microSD (TransFlash), microSDHC, up to 8 GB
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g
- Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
- USB v2.0
- BlackBerry OS
- SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
- Browser; HTML
- Colors: Black
- 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels, video, flash
- BlackBerry maps
- DataViz document viewer/editor
- Media player MP3/WMA/AAC+
- Video player DivX/WMV/XviD/3gp
- Voice dial
- Built-in handsfree
- Voice memo
- Standard battery, Li-Ion 900 mAh
- Stand-by Up to 336 h
- Talk time Up to 4 h
Posted by: John
The Unwired is reporting that during Motorola’s Thursday earnings call, Sanjay Jha, co-Chief Executive of Motorola and Chief Executive of mobile devices, said “Windows Mobile 6 has not delivered the experience that I think Apple has been able to deliver, but as you look at the plan that is Windows Mobile 7 and even 6.5, I think there are significant new added features which will help the platform”. According to Jha, Motorola will open a new office in Seattle “in order to work closely with Microsoft to deliver differentiation” via the Windows Mobile platform and a first Windows Mobile 6.5-based smartphone is expected in the second half of 2009. First we have heard of Windows Mobile 6.5 so hopefully we can get some more details soon.
via The Unwired
This post is for the readers who were as saddened as we were with our Touch HD exclusive to Orange post as we were.
HTC Touch HD
Devicewire.com have mailed us over details of their exclusive offers and bundles on the Touch HD so here they are.
|HTC Touch HD (Handset Only)||£514.99||Unlocked Handset for use on any network.|
|HTC Touch HD Office Bundle||£537.99||This bundle includes the HTC Touch HD, the Official HTC Desktop Cradle and the Official HTC UK Travel Charger.|
|HTC Touch HD Travel Bundle||£536.99||This bundle includes the HTC Touch HD, the Official HTC International Charger Pack and the Official HTC Rapid In-Car Mini USB Charger.|
|HTC Touch HD UK/Ireland Sat Nav Bundle||£574.99||This bundle includes the HTC Touch HD, the Official HTC Generic Car Kit Upgrade Kit and CoPilot Live 7 (UK and Ireland).|
|HTC Touch HD European Sat Nav Bundle||£611.99||This bundle includes the HTC Touch HD, the Official HTC Generic Car Kit Upgrade Kit and CoPilot Live 7 (European).|
Stock of the Touch HD is due on November the 5th and are available to pre-order now from devicewire.com
Posted by: John
Matt recently sent me a SanDisk Sansa View which made such an impression on me that I asked for another SanDisk MP3 player to review. Matt got hold of his contacts over at SanDisk and got hold of a Sansa Clip for me.
SanDisk Sansa Clip
This was great news but he then told me I had to do a review on it too which kind of scared me a little because I had only ever reviewed Phones before and admittedly I was a little worried about how this review would go.
The 10 Second Review
Device: SanDisk Sansa Clip
Available from: SanDisk Store
Best of: Sound, Packaging, Price, Ease of Use, Ability to add music
Worst of: No separate power cable
What’s in the box?
- Quick Start Guide
- Warning Leaflet
- Special offer card from audible.com
- MicroUSB Charge / Sync Cable
- SanDisk Sansa Clip
- Mini Installation CD
- 4 GB internal memory (2 & 4 GB model available)
- FM Radio
- Built in microphone for recording
- Four-line OLED screen
- Easy-to-wear clip
- Battery Life: Internal rechargeable battery lasts for up to 15 hours of continuous playback (Depends on settings and file types)
- MP3, WMA, secure WMA and Audible file formats
- 2.2 x 0.6 x 1.4 inches
The SanDisk Sansa Clip is the smallest in the Sansa range and is very lightweight.
Taking a look at the front of the Clip there is a very small OLED display but not so small that it can’t be read or seen. A HOME button, jog dial and select button can also be found here.
SanDisk Sansa Clip Powered On
On the left there’s a MicroUSB port and an ON/OFF/HOLD slider switch which moves to left or right.
SanDisk Sansa Clip Left View
The right side has the volume rocker and the headphone jack socket.
SanDisk Sansa Clip Right View
The bottom and top of the Clip are very empty except some printed text on the bottom telling you the model number and I think the part number.
SanDisk Sansa Clip Front View
The back of the clip again is very straightforward and has just the namesake plastic clip and the SanDisk name printed with the size of the model.
SanDisk Sansa Clip Back View
Highlights and Lowlights
+ Superb sound
+ Ample Memory Capacity for Size & Price
+ Light Weight
+ FM tuner (20 Presets)
+ Voice Recording
+ Loveable Design with Fantastic Colour Options
+ Format compatibility (MP3, DRM WMA, WMA, Audible)
+ USB 1.1 and 2.0 connectivity
+ Can be used as a USB drive / mass storage
+ Can sync music with drag & drop or via software
- Only way to charge is via Data Cable
The sound quality of the Clip is surprisingly up there with the View. Comparing the same MP3 track and using the same headphones the sound given from the Clip is very much like the sound like that you come to expect with the View.
There are various EQ modes and sound level adjustments available in the menu too which will help get the sound perfectly suited to various audio devices.
When I opened the box of the Clip I was seriously shocked at just how little it was. Not many things this small have a screen of any sort and the OLED display hides itself with a mirrored front on the silver version and when powered on stands out very clearly.
The first thing I wanted to do after getting it powered on was to stick some songs on it so I took out the Data / Charging cable stuck into my USB 2.0 port on my Windows XP ran laptop and immediately it changed into sync mode and started finding the drivers etc….
SanDisk Sansa Clip Angled View
Transferring the music was simple, drag and drop…. no iccy manufacturers software to load / run.
After getting the music across I then disconnected the device safely using the safely remove hardware function on XP and plugged in the earphones to start my review.
I was impressed with how easy the menu system was and also how many features it had.
The music quality was awesome without even tweaking the EQ settings which made life a lot easier as I plan in giving this to my 7 year old daughter.
Once again SanDisk have done impressed me beyond what I expected. If you are looking for something small, lightweight and affordable with an excellent battery life then this is just what you need. The other good thing is the fact that you wont be rejected by your loved ones for not having an iPod as it’s sill very stylish.
Defo worth the money and a device that I would fully recommend to others
Review by: John