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Rumour – GT-C6620 is the name of Samsung’s next Windows Mobile smartphone

According to the winowsmobileitaly team Samsung are about to release a brand new Windows Mobile based device.

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Image from FCC Site

As many of you may remember, a few days ago we were the first in the world to disclose the existence of a new Windows Mobile smartphone manufactured by Samsung. Unfortunately, we are not able to publish any pictures yet, but here are some new details about it that we have been told about by our confidential and exclusive source.

The new smartphone is named the Samsung GT-C6620 and, as the name clearly indicates, it will be the first smartphone to sport Samsung’s new coding for naming its products. Below you can read further information about this smartphone, once more published by us as world exclusive.

The Samsung GT-C6620 is a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard based phone and therefore it lacks a touchscreen but nevertheless it sports a built-in QWERTY thumb keyboard, a similar form factor to the Samsung i600 Mail’n’Call although it is not to be a real follower of the successful SGH-i600, so that it wouldn’t be correct to dub it a new Samsung Black*ack.
Samsung’s new smartphone also sports a 2 Megapixel camera, a microSD expansion slot, Bluetooth connectivity (but it’s lacking Wi-Fi support) and a special user interface which is completely customized especially for the mobile operator which will be offering it and its Value Added Services.

Among the other remarkable specifications of the GT-C6620, which has just been approved by FCC – Federal Communications Commission, a two-tone casing (in white matched with another high color), confirming once more thatit was designed with the younger generation in mind (yet another remarkable milestone in the WinMo history), UMTS/HSDPA 3G/3.5G connectivity and full support for 3G video calling thanks to the in-built front camera.

According to our source the Samsung GT-C6620 will probably be launched in Italy before the end of 2008 as an exclusive by the new MVNO – Mobile Virtual Network Operator MTV Mobile (powered by TIM – Telecom Italia Mobile) at a price lower than € 200. Unfortunately official images of the C6620 are still lacking but below you can see the back casing’s profile, taken from the FCC documents.

Unfortunately the team were unable to break down the FCC document but with a little PDF knowledge I have been able to do this and show you it in it’s full glory.

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Images from FCC Site broken down

Now all I need is for someone to read the lingo on the page and tell us all what it means.

Posted by: John

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Google Earth now on iPhone

Continuing in their quest for World Domination, Google have now made Google Earth icompatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.

In the words of the girls over at shinyshiny.tv…..

Having Google Earth on your iPhone means that you’ll now be able to… Well, I guess you could… Nope. I’ve never really found a use for it apart from trying to find my house on my street, and that’s only amusing for so long.

If you’ve got an iPhone you can connect via 3G as well as WiFi, and there’s special gyroscopic functionality, such as the ability tilt to adjust your view.

 
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Apple App Store

So Google now seem to have their hands in virtually every O/S possible although I’m sure I will stand corrected on this comment.

Posted by: John

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HP iPAQ 914C Price Drop

The guys over at Devicewire.com have just dropped us a line to tell us that there has been a reduction on the HP iPAQ 914C. The original price was £354.99 and it has now been dropped down to £347.99. Buy this today and you can get FREE delivery. Just use the code FDTAM at the end of the check out process to receive a £6.77 (Ex VAT) £7.95 (Inc VAT) discount (Their standard delivery charge).

HP iPaq 914c Business Messenger
HP iPAQ 914c

A quick word of warning though, there are only 2 of these devices left so if you really want one then you need to move quickly.

HP iPaq 914c Business Messenger Description

The HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger is powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional and offers 3G data connectivity.

The 3-way TrackWheel allows navigation through documents, texts and Emails. Typing on the HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger is easy with the use of the QWERTY keyboard. The large 2.46" transmissive screen is clear and bright and with Windows Mobile 6 Professional the screen is touch sensitive for stylus or fingertip use.

The HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger has GPS navigation in built and can be used with the included Google Maps providing both street-level maps and aerial photographs on demand. An optional HP iPAQ GPS Navigation Kit for the 914c enables turn-by-turn journey directions, for faster and automatic navigation to your destination.

Main Features
  • 3G HSDPA data connection at up to 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds
  • Whilst driving, have Email read out and replied to via speech
  • with HP Voice Reply and HP Voice Commander
  • Assisted GPS satellite location with Google Maps
  • Dual standard Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11b/g
  • Large 2.46” 320×240 pixel transmissive TFT colour display
  • Ultra-fast 520Mhz Marvell PXA270 processor
  • 3 way TrackWheel, Touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard
  • Quality built 64x113x16mm design case, 146g
  • 3.0 Megapixel integrated camera

The HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger supports 3G data connectivity as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth access. HP Voice Commander and HP Voice Reply applications enable the HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger to read out incoming Emails and permit replies to be dictated. Many aspects can be assigned voice tags for voice control.

The HP Enterprise Mobility Suite software suite allows remote application installation and maintenance, diagnostics, rollout and software changes, plus improved iPAQ security with remote device locking and wiping data off lost or stolen devices.

Additional software includes Microsoft Office Mobile, portable viewers for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat PDF documents. Mobile versions of Internet Explorer, Calendar and Contacts. HP PhotoSmart Mobile for use with the 3.0 Megapixel camera, iPAQ manger software for the Bluetooth and Wireless connectivity and HP Help and Support.

Additional Memory is provided via 64bit MicroSD card slot. Memory plugged into this socket is in addition to the main 128Mb RAM and 256Mb ROM the HP iPAQ 914c Business Messenger has built-in as standard.

Posted by: John

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LG Cookie going direct to Carphone Warehouse

LG Are said to be shipping out their KP-500 (Cookie) this week to the Carphone Warehouse. The Cookie, LG’s budget touch screen handset, aims to bring touch screen technology to the mid-range market for the first time. It will be available on £25 per month contracts from November, and on prepay for around £159.95 which should be dropped in time for the Christmas market.

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LG Cookie

“The LG Cookie was developed to reflect the desire of many consumers who want to own a full touch screen phone without having to pay a premium price” said LG Mobile head of marketing Jeremy Newing.

“LG has stepped up to meet the demand of today’s ‘Touch Generation’ as more and more consumers look to experience the pleasure of using touch screen phones. With the introduction of the LG Cookie we are continuing to build on our range of feature-rich yet affordable handsets.”

LG understands that a lot of you want to be a part of the touch screen generation but can’t or don’t necessarily want to fork out the big bucks for one either. This is where the Cookie steps in. It offers a decent range of features including an intuitive active flash user interface which will use haptic feedback when touched and:

  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • Dimensions: 106.5 x 55.4 x 11.9 mm
  • Weight: 89 g
  • 3 inch TFT touch screen, 256K colours 240 x 400 pixels
  • Flash UI
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Polyphonic (64 channels), MP3
  • Vibration
  • microSD (TransFlash), up to 8GB
      48 MB internal memory
  • GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
  • EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • USB v2.0
  • SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
  • WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
  • Games 4 + downloadable
  • Colours: Black, Vandyke brown, Anodizing silver, Elegant gold
  • Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, video ([email protected])
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • MP3/WMA/AAC player
  • MPEG4/3gp video player
  • Organiser
  • Document viewer (DOC, XLS, PDF)
  • Voice memo
  • Built-in handsfree
  • T9 predictive text
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 900 mAh
  • Stand-by: Up to 350 h
  • Talk time: Up to 3 h 30 min

Posted by: John

[Various Sources]

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Dual SIM Samsung S9402 DuoS leak?

According to the guys over at GSM Arena and mobilmania.cz the Samsung S9402 DuoS could be coming soon.

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Samsung S9402 DuoS

Photos of the first dual SIM-enabled luxurious handset leaked online. The hand-crafted Samsung S9402 Duos relies on exquisite materials and great build-quality to impress potential buyers. The rhodium-plated body is resistant to almost any kind of mechanical damage and disruption and is among the most expensive precious metals.

In addition to the attractive looks and quirky name the Samsung S9402 will have a 262K color OLED display and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. The network data transfers will have to go through GPRS or EDGE on both SIM cards since the new Duos has no support for 3G networks.

The internal memory of Samsung S9402 Duos is 1GB and can be expanded further through the microSD card slot. The list of features of the handsets is completed by USB and Bluetooth (v 2.0).

The new Duos handset will first hit the shelves in Russia but neither the exact date nor the price is yet known. However, rumor has it that it will directly compete with Nokia Arte phones and Motorola Aura, so you might expect a price tag of about 1000 euro.

Normally we see Dual Sim handsets sitting in the Asian market but could this be a first for the EMEA markets?  The phone itself will be a luxury candybar phone which is made from premium materials including hardened scratch resistant display glass and a metal frame covered with rhodium. Audio quality is not compromised as well, featuring a Bang & Olufsen/ICEPower amplifier with the following specifications :-

  • Triband GSM (900/1800/1900 Mhz), GPRS/EDGE connectivity on 1st SIM card
  • Dual band (900/1800 Mhz), GPRS/EDGE connectivity on 2nd SIM card
  • 2inch 262K color QVGA AMOLED display
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Image stabilization and smile detector
  • Integrated FM Radio with RDS
  • 1GB internal memory
  • microSDHC memory card slot (up to 8 GB)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 and USB connectivity
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • 960 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 115 x 48 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 140 g

I can’t be 100% sure on whether this is real or not for the time being given that there are no manufacturer labels (branding) shown anywhere on the handset. The one thing I can be 100% on is the fact that it won’t be cheap to buy given that it’s designed to compete with the Motorola Aura and the Nokia Arte handsets.

Posted by: John

[Various Sources]

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HTC Touch HD exclusive on Orange in UK until 2009

image Just received a press release from Orange announcing the upcoming HTC Touch HD.

Orange today announced that the HTC Touch HD handset will be available in the UK from early November, exclusively on the Orange network. The Touch HD is a premium multimedia enhanced mobile handset, designed with a focus on entertainment that is set transform how people experience multimedia on the move. More after the break.

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HTC Touch HD – Orange exclusive leaked document!

For those of you that doubted what we were saying about the HTC Touch HD being an Orange exclusive in the UK please have a look at the leaked press release below!

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HTC TOUCH HD EXCULSIVE ON ORANGE IN THE UK

Orange today announced that the HTC Touch HD handset will be available in the UK from early November, exclusively on the Orange network. The Touch HD is a premium multimedia enhanced mobile handset, designed with a focus on entertainment that is set transform how people experience multimedia on the move.

Its extensive 3.8 inch, high resolution, widescreen WVGA touchscreen offers users stunning clarity and vibrant colours, providing an unrivalled experience when watching movies or using Orange’s mobile TV service, browsing the internet on Orange’s high speed data network (3G+) or even scanning through photos taken with its 5 megapixel auto focus camera. The Touch HD also renders websites quickly and in full-page width, providing a browsing experience closer to that using fixed line broadband and allowing users to navigate more easily.

What’s more, the stylish new device features HTC’s beautiful TouchFLO 3D user interface to provide quick and intuitive access to the people, messages and content that are most important, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack has been incorporated, allowing customers to use high-performance headphones with the device for the best possible sound quality.

Speaking on the announcement, Francois Mahieu, Director of Devices, Orange UK said: “"We are very pleased to launch this state of the art mobile internet device exclusively on the Orange network. It is a great phone but also a wonderful multimedia handset which paves the way to even more innovations from Orange next year in the mobile internet space. The HTC Touch HD on Orange will be the must have device this Christmas for the person that wants it all".

The HTC Touch HD is exclusive on the Orange UK network until 2009 from £79.99 on an 18 month, £40 per month contact *Package includes inclusive option of anytime mobile internet browsing (subject to 250Mb per month).

The phone is available from Orange via Orange stores, Orange Telesales (0800 079 2000) and Orange’s online shop http://www.orange.co.uk

Key Touch HDTM product specifications:

· Size: 115 x 62.8 x 12 mm

· Weight: 146.4 grams/5.164 oz with battery

· Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHzWCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz.

· Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO 3D with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional

· Display: 3.8 inch Wide Screen VGA screen (480 x 800 WVGA)

· Camera: 5.0 megapixel with auto focus – Second Camera: VGA

· Internal memory: 512 MB flash; 288 MB RAM

· Memory card: microSD™ memory card (SDHC™ capable)

· WLAN: 802.11b/g

· Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR

· GPS: GPS/AGPS

· Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)

· Battery: 1350 mAh

· Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 390 minutes*** / GSM: Up to 310 minutes***        

· Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours*** / GSM: Up to 390 hours***

· Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7201a™ 528 MHz

Cant wait to get my hands on one! I suspect that you’ll still be able to get the Touch HD SIM-Free from your favourite reseller but not on contract from anyone but Orange!

 

Posted by: Matt

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Google Earth now available for iPhone

image Google have released Google Earth for the iPhone and it is available now as a free download in the iTunes App Store. With just a swipe of the finger you can explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version, including high resolution imagery for over half of the worlds population and a third of the worlds land mass. Tilt your phone to adjust views, view geo-located Wikipedia articles and use the location feature to fly to your current location. All available for free at the app store right here.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 review

About a month ago I was invited to go to the newly built Sony Ericsson HQ in Lund, which straight away was a great recognition from SE that more and more people are using Blogs etc. as their main source of information for reviews, updates, advice etc. the company have demonstrated that they are aware, ignoring this route to launch any kind of news or new device is done at your own peril. Although it wouldn’t make or break a device, if certainly doesn’t do any harm to encompass any and all avenues available to market.

As far as I am aware this is the first time that invites had been sent to anyone but the mainstream journalists and analysts, rubbing shoulders with the likes of the New York Times, The Telegraph etc. was very enlightening, if not somewhat boring at times. The hardships I had to endure to get a glimpse of the new X1!

This device has been long awaited and been victim to the usual release date delays…only this week becoming available in earnest, as mentioned by Matt, now available at Clove Technology.

As a different kind of review, I imagine that the X1 for many is going to end up as straight race between it and the Touch Pro. As I reviewed the Pro some time ago, I will try and add some direct comparisons taken from that review.

The first departure from the norm is that the unit I have been given is a ‘C&J’ (Customer and Journalist) model so the box itself is plain white with nothing on it apart from ‘Prototype’ and the basic phone details, we can probably update this part of ‘What’s in the box’ feature as and when the full retail device arrives, hopefully this week.

 

Whats in the box?

  • 4 plain white boxes presumably for CD’s, Manually etc.
  • Spare stylus
  • 2 pin mains charger
  • Stereo 3.5mm headset
  • MiniUSB to USB sync cable
  • 1500mAh battery

Perhaps any early buyers could confirm what, exactly, is in the retail box?

 

Xperia X1 Specification in comparison to the Touch Pro


Xperia X1Touch Pro

Windows mobile 6.1 Professional Windows mobile 6.1 Professional
Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528MHz Qualcomm MSM 7201A @ 528MHz
512MB ROM / 256MB RAM 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 900 / 2100
Recessed 3″ WVGA (800×480) screen, 65k colours Flush 2.8″ VGA screen (480×640),65k colours
7.2MB HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2MB HSDPA / HSUPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
A-GPS function A-GPS function
3.2 Megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash 3.2 Megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash
Secondary videocall camera Secondary videocall camera
FM Radio FM Radio
MiniUSB MiniUSB
1500mAh battery 1340 mAh battery
110.5 x 52.6 x 17 mm 102 x 51 x 18.1 mm
158g 165g

General

The Xperia is very well made, my first impressions where that it was smaller than I imagined and a lot heavier than I had thought, as I am used to the Diamond, the majority of the people I showed it to commented on the weight. For me, as mentioned on previous reviews, I like my gadgets with plenty of buttons rather than the trend to have the minimal look, and the X1 doesn’t disappoint with no less than, 9 in total plus the d-pad. The phone is a great combination of chrome, metal and rubber available in both black and silver, it is very stylish and I think best described as well designed and good looking.

Around the device starting from the top, is the non-telescopic, 85mm long, slim stylus holder, the 3.5mm headset and the Power/Standby button.

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Xperia X1 top view

On the left is found the miniUSB sync/charge connector, and one of the back release clips.

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Xperia X1 left side

The flip side houses the volume up/down rocker and the dedicated camera button. As well as the second back release clip.

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Xperia X1 right side

At the bottom of the device you can find a recess for a lanyard, or fridge magnet, dangly thingy, and nothing else.

 

Behind the X1 is the 3.2 megapixel camera and LED flash, no portrait mirror. There is also the battery housing which is released by pressing the 2 VERY small clips on either side of the cover, if you have no nails, you will be prodding it with the stylus or pen or anything to hand that will fit, to access the back.

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Xperia X1 back view

Out of interest and don’t tell SE or Matt, during my time with the X1 I did drop it a couple of times and the back always flew off, but I wouldn’t recommend this as the preferred release method.

The business end of the device is found the recessed 3” 800×480 Wide VGA screen. Above which is the speaker, light sensor and miniscule front facing camera. Below, you can see the array of buttons including the left and right soft keys, the send and end keys, which also locks the device, an ‘X’ key which switches the phone back to the panels screen, covered later. And finally, an ‘OK’ Button.

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Xperia X1 front view

 

In the midst of all these buttons is the recessed optical joystick and surrounding d-pad. Although present I don’t think I found the need to use these to any great extent, I have managed without them for quite some time now and did not see the need to start using them now. For those of you who do use them, you will find them very quick, and unless you set to the least sensitive, almost uncontrollable, not for me, thanks I’ll manage without.

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Xperia X1 controls

At all 4 corners of the device on the sides there is some unusual, customisable and ‘switchoffable’ (is that is a new word?) status indicators, these warn of received SMS, Mail, Instant Messages, etc.

Finally, underneath, is the much talked about keyboard slider, this reveals the 4 line keyboard which again which I shall cover shortly.

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Xperia X1 keyboard

 

Highlights

  • Stunning screen
  • Easy used with third party applications
  • Nice build quality
  • Adaptable ‘Panels’
  • Connectivity with accessories

Lowlights

  • Keyboard
  • Reset button
  • Back release

 

Software

 

Being of Windows Mobile 6.1 professional ilk, a lot of the software is familiar and easy to use as normal The usual programs are present such as Google maps, messenger, windows live etc. also included on top of these are eJava, QuickGPS, Adobe reader LE and Handango In Hand, which directs you to lists of available software and accessories with the likes of ‘Best Sellers’, ‘Recommended’, ‘Games’ and so on, also on offer is various promotions and savings.

Settings available are also familiar, with nothing much out of the ordinary apart from an illumination icon which allows access to configure the aforementioned LED notifications, an optical joystick icon, also accesses the.. er.. optical joystick, you can switch it off if you want, at least turn down the sensitivity.

I especially found that loading and using third party applications with this phone as a doddle, the likes of Tomtom runs great and the fears of certain application not being compatible with wider screen aren’t present at all, the X1 handles the differences very well and the crisp, sharp screen even allows a greater peripheral view of the map, especially in landscape mode, Google maps, which is preinstalled works fantastically well also. One more added benefit for me is that. in landscape, with the keyboard open, the car charger connects to the bottom of the Keyboard and is completely out of the way, it points downwards rather than, as normal out to the side.

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The installed Opera 9.5 as always with this type of screen was also great to use and the extra width of the screen came into its own when viewing lists in portrait or webpage’s in landscape, no issues with compatibility here either.

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(The EBay search was for Mark to make sure he wasn’t missing any deals.)

Most importantly of all, especially to Sony Ericsson, is the ‘Panels’ concept which Magnus from SE talked of at great length at the launch in Lund, this I covered in the video of the presentation previously posted, http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/blogs/index.php/2008/09/30/xperia-x1-showcase-video, this for me was a bit of fun and good to be able to switch ‘Today’ screens dependant on your mood or what settings you wish to have easily accessible, there are 9 available ‘panels’ all bar one of which are customisable. The only one that is fixed is the standard Windows Mobile ‘Today’ screen panel. It is like having a new phone every now and then when you fancy a change.

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Over at Sony Ericsson’s website you can keep up-to-date with some of the developments and downloads available, they are also actively inviting companies and individuals to progress this area, should be interesting to see what peoples imagination can come up with, already available is Spb Mobile Shell from the SE website.

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I like the idea of being able to switch the screens to different views, I found myself using the middle one more often than not. A point to note here is that there is quite a lag when loading these panels, sometimes between 2-4 seconds is not unusual.

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Unfortunately at this point, there are a few issues that will need to be resolved, whilst using the email I have fallen victim to the ‘smtp’ issue, and running the .cab’s didn’t seem to rectify the problem. Although this is obviously not an Xperia issue but a WM 6.1 issue, frustrating none the less.

Also certain applications do cause issues but I am confident these will be adapted and corrected as the device becomes available; such issues include this problem that I encountered with my favourite SMS chat, amongst others…take a look at SMS chat in landscape….

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…this doesn’t always happen but occasionally, it does.

 

Review

 

First off I like this phone, the screen is fantastic, although the fact that is not flush can be a bit of an issue, digging into the corners to close programs etc, and scrolling is not as easy as it is on the likes of the Touch Pro/ Diamond. However the longer screen is helpful, the device I have been playing with has a trailer for the upcoming 007 film ‘Quantum Of Solace’ which looks and runs absolutely superbly.

The call quality and signal lock is perfectly functional, the loudspeaker is not necessarily the best but again adequate.

The camera is fine, it has the built in flash don’t expect fantastic results in low light conditions, it has autofocus and the unique touch autofocus by which you can select on the touchscreen an area to focus in on, the picture qualities for a non expert, like me, are perfect useable.

The battery life is, for me, the best I have used in a long time. Being a Diamond user, this has been a refreshing change, going a fully day with normal use ie. 2 hours of calls, a bit of web, 20 texts or so etc.etc. would result in half battery left at the end of a 14 -16 hour day. If only the diamond……

The 3.5mm jack is a welcome addition and allows personal choices of headset / headphones connection.

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Now, one of the biggest questions, the keyboard, personally I don’t like it, I think the Touch Pro’s 5 row layout and key size is more user friendly. I found that the keys on the Xperia in the wrong lighting conditions are absolutely unreadable; I have no doubt that those who use it regularly and are comfortable with the usual layout will manage fine and with practice it does get easier. Being grey on silver I really struggled to be able to see what keys I needed. It was better to use in low light, because it is white light illuminated, and easier to see when it was darker; in bright light for me was a complete pain, having said that, I am also very aware that I am not a great keyboard fan anyway. I do feel that especially on the black model, which I have been using, a black keyboard with white keys would be have been preferable.

Another pet hate of this device is the reset button and microSD card slot, as I have mentioned already it is somewhat fiddly to remove the back panel because of the small release catches, but this you will have to endure if you want to soft reset the device as, ridiculously, the hole for resetting is under the cover, as is the microSD card holder.

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Xperia X1 memory card and SIM card slot

 

I also agree with many that the omission of and accelerometer to enable automatic screen orientation was a minor slip up, I have been using the device with the left soft key configured to screen rotate and that works fine for me, as a second best option.

I do like the fact that Xperia proved really easy to connect with other devices, such as my laptop, car kit etc. these are not always trouble free but not an issue here. On more than one occasion, however, when I jumped into my car the automatic pairing did not happen because the Bluetooth had switched itself off for no apparent reason. Hopefully teething troubles soon and quickly sorted out.

I did also note that occasionally when I removed the phone from my pocket all sorts of things had been happening on the screen, top tip would be make sure you lock it before stowing it away. This could also have been the cause of the Bluetooth switching off.

 

Conclusion

 

I have been using this phone on a daily basis for about 2 weeks or so, and I find it very easy to live with, the speed, clear screen (albeit recessed) and quality of the device makes it very enjoyable. The battery life for me was the best bit; the ability to switch about in and out of the different panels was fun. I am sure that given time out in the wild, development in these areas, will prove that this is probably one of the all time classic devices.

My doubts on the keyboard and the d-pad are definite put off’s. I think in comparison to the Touch Pro, I have to agree with Matt, it really depends with your personal uses and preferences. My personal decision is that I really don’t use the keyboard enough to warrant having one on a phone; I have convinced myself that I can operate just as quickly on a touchscreen SIP, so for now I will be sticking with my diamond. But I will definitely be interested in the directions that software and ROM developments take this phone, it has a great starting point and can only get better, this is definitely the start of things to come and not the finished article.

As a footnote, whilst in Lund, I took the opportunity to suggest to the Guys in development that a great solution for me would be an X1 / Touch Pro, with a detachable keyboard, so that during the week, it is a business phone, but in the evening and at weekends, detach the keyboard and have the benefits of a slim, pocket friendly, social phone.

Watch this space, if it materialises, that was my idea!

 

Now I am going to try and answer some of the questions posted that Matt has not already answered:

What’s it like as a phone?

Works very well. Signal strength seems good, better than the Pro in this respect, and holds on to signal while in call quite well. Had a few dropped calls but only in known black spots. Battery life is good and sound quality/volume also good.

Navigating to the place to make an outbound call?

There is a send hardware button as pictured, which opens the standard Windows smartdialer.

What does it do when the phone rings? (pop up? etc)

Standard Windows Mobile fare, a pop up which can be disabled.

What about when an SMS comes in? Or if you want to write one?

Once again standard WM. Pop up, sounds etc can be configured. To write WM messages.

Is user is able to text message single-handedly?

You can, it’s easier for me on the screen, as I use TouchPal, you can on the keyboard but adding Capitals, figures etc tricky one handed.

Which display is better in sunlight?

As soon as I see some sunlight I could answer! Seriously though there isn’t much to choose between the two, the X1 has a slight edge as it seems to have one less layer of plastic in front of the screen for light to bounce off.

Hi, only major question I’ve got is how solid is the slider mechanism, is there any slop or lateral movement in it?

This is very good, very positive, satisfying click once open, very little to none lateral on this one, slightly more when shut than open but still good.

Can you confirm what the 3G specs for the device you have are? 850,1900 and 2100 mhz or just 2100?

According to reported specs 850, 1900 and 2100.

When will Xperia 1 be launched in Guam (part of u.s. territory)?

No idea sorry. Now on general release though.

What are the contents in the box if I will get to know dat it wud be easy to get my hands on em thanks a lot

As mentioned this is a C&J device, hope to confirm soon

Hey, I’m just wondering about one thing…how much do you think the X1 would be?…

Now appearing in stock, check out prices, as they are country dependant.

 

 

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