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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 delayed (again)

Just heard from Clove Technology that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is subject to further delays.

The X1 was due to start shipping to customers this week but it would seem that there are further supply issues with the device. No word on the extent of the delay at the moment but I suspect maybe another week rather than any lengthy delay.

I know this will come as a disappointment and frustration to many of you but I know that SE are keen to get things right rather than release a product that needs patching or updating a week after you purchase it.

I’ll try to get official word from SE in the morning.

On the more positive side I’ve just managed to get my hands on a pre-release (PR Unit) X1 and I’ll be starting off the review shortly. I’ll take plenty of photos over the weekend for you to drool over.

Please do get in touch with me by commenting below if you have any questions that you would like me to answer of if there is anything specific that you think that we should cover in the review.

EDIT: Please check out my new Xperia X1 Answers post.


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Xperia delayed till end of October

image The Xperia X1 that we were expecting to be released on the 30th September has now been delayed till the last week of October. This is strange news as Sony Ericsson’s blog stated a few weeks ago that the devices were leaving the factory to the stores in the UK,  Something must have gone wrong somewhere and hopefully this date will not slip any further. Thanks to forum member RussST24 for the heads up.

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Motorola VC6096 – Windows Mobile ON a whole new level

I’ve often heard people complaining that their phone is like a brick but Motorola have decided to give this term it’s very own phone.

The VC6096 is the worlds heaviest Windows Mobile device at 4.85 pounds. I’m not gonna lie, the phone has features like no other but it really isn’t designed for the standard user market. Aimed at transportation and logistics providers this In-Vehicle / Fixed Mount mobile computer has been designed to achieve cost-effective compliance, maximize driver productivity, improve safety and vehicle utilization, reduce costs and improve customer service.

Enough babbling from me, here it is:

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Motorola VC6096


VC6096 WWAN In-Vehicle/Fixed Mount Mobile Computer

The VC6096 all-in-one in-cab solution is designed to help transportation and logistics providers achieve cost-effective compliance, maximize driver productivity, improve safety and vehicle utilization, reduce costs and improve customer service. Built to handle the rigors of the road, the device provides drivers with the comprehensive simultaneous wireless voice and data capabilities needed to maximize operational efficiency — including wireless WAN (WWAN), wireless LAN (WLAN), Bluetooth, GPS and telematics support. An open-platform solution, the VC6096 gives you the power of choice, allowing you to select and control the applications and peripherals that best meet your business needs.

I’m not often taken aback by stats but lets be honest when have you ever seen some of the weird and wonderful stats like the ones shown below?

  • Audio: Headset; speakerphone; volume control
  • CPU: XScale™ PXA270 624 MHz processor
  • Expansion options: SD slot (maximum 2 GB)
  • Memory: 128MB SDRAM/256MB Flash
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition
  • GPS: SiRFstarII GSC3ef/LP GPS chipset
  • Dimensions: HxWXD – 9.53 in. H x 9.25 in. W x 1.95 in. D / 24.2 cm H x 23.5 cm W x 4.95 cm D
  • Keyboard: Full backlit QWERTY, 65-key with tactile feedback and audible key beep
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs./2.2 kg.
  • Altitude: Operating range: 1,200 ft./365 m below sea level to 15,000 ft./4,572 m above sea level
  • Crash hazard: MIL-STD-810E, 516.5 Proc VI
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD): +/- 15kV air discharge, +/- 8kV direct discharge
  • Humidity: Up to 95% non-condensing at 50 degrees C
  • Mechanical shock: MIL-STD 810E 516.4, Procedure 1 – Functional Shock
  • Operating temperature: -4 degrees to 140 degrees F / -20 degrees to 60 degrees C
  • Salt fog: MIL-STD 810F (survives eight hours of 5 percent salt solution fog at 35° C)
  • Solar radiation: MIL-STD 810E, Method 505.3, Procedure I
  • Storage temperature: -40 degrees to 140 degrees F / -40 degrees to 60 degrees C
  • Thermal shock: -40° F to +176° F/-40° C to +80° C
  • Vibration: MIL-STD 810E, Method 514.4, Ground Mobile (VIII)
  • Warranty: The standard one year warranty will be offered for workmanship flaws. For breakage and user damage, a pre-determined fixed fee repair/replacement policy will be implemented. Display breakage may be covered with certain contract offerings, such as Service From the Start with Comprehensive Coverage.
    Powered by vehicle: Voltage input 10V to 33Vdc
  • Electrical safety: IEC 60950-1, Certified to UL / cUL 60950-1
  • Environmental: RoHS/WEEE compliant
  • RF exposure: USA: FCC Part 2, FCC OET Bulletin 65 Supplement C; Canada: RSS-102, EU: EN 50360

I for one wont be buying one but you can be assured that this will end up being the must have gadget for company’s in 2009.

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XDA Orbit 2 gets Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade

o2 have just put the Windows Mobile 6.1 update online for the o2 XDA Orbit 2. The update brings better battery management, (slightly) improved Internet Explorer experience and a quick start help system.

You’ll need a valid IMEI to proceed, and as usual we’d advise backing everything up and charging your battery

Also remember that there are Windows Mobile 6.1 SMTP issues so have a think before you upgrade.

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HTC S740 – Pre Release Orders Now Available

The guys over at devicewire have just told us that they are now accepting Pre Release Orders of the HTC S740 with a new release date of October 23rd. The pricing sits at a nice £339.99.

HTC S740

Matt recently completed a post on this device so have a quick look there before heading over to devicewire.

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Another Touch HD video preview

image Just spotted this video that has just been added to Youtube in the last 18 hours and it is another bit of Touch HD eye candy, this time it’s a Czech site that has a Touch HD and they have shared a ten minute video of the device for your viewing pleasure. As usual we don’t speak Czech so don’t know what’s being said but it didn’t stop us just longing to get a Touch HD oh and drooling a bit too. Check out the video after the break.

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Spore Origins for Windows Mobile

image Well we have it on the iPhone and now you can also get it for Windows Mobile Professional devices. EA Games have released Spore Origins, eat-or-be-eaten! Guide your creature through its early evolution and shape its destiny. Devour smaller creatures, explore primordial worlds filled with bizarre organisms, and avoid larger, lethal life forms. Grow your creature from single-cell to complex predator as you rise through 18 interactive levels.

Available from Handango online store

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Orange internal statement on Blackberry Bold quality issues

image We mentioned the other day about Orange removing the Blackberry Bold from sale due to quality issues, well today we received an anonymous tip off with an alleged copy of the Orange internal statement explaining the decision to their staff. Seems like Blackberry have a few problems to iron out with the Bold, you can read the alleged statement after the break.

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Go!View competition – Winners Announced

Last month we kicked off our PSP competition giving you the chance to win one of 5 PSP games or an exclusive Go!View t-shirt!

I’m pleased to announce the 6 winners are:

Sandy Goodson, Rod Cook, Kevin Honey, Ray Long, Peter Arnold and Karen Foster

Congratulations to the 6 of you!

The competition question was: ‘How many steps are there to use Go!View?’ and the correct answer was of course 5 steps.


As always, thanks to everyone that took part. We’ll be starting another competition later on so watch this space!


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Moto Q11 is official

image The Motorola Q11 which Mobility Today spotted a few weeks ago has finally been given the official treatment, for mobile professionals and consumers who want a fully featured smartphone complete with a QWERTY keypad for fast messaging, easy access to email, location services and multimedia applications, the MOTO Q 11 delivers all of this at an affordable price so they tell us. Full specs after the break

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