Archive for October, 2008

By October 30, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile UK G1 launch

image The guy’s at Techradar got out of bed early this morning and headed down to the T-Mobile flagship store on Oxford Street in London to see what was going on, it seemed the queue make-up was very different to the one outside the O2 shop for the release of the iPhone 3G, not least because the queue only comprised of around 25 people compared to the hundreds that flocked to get their hands on Apple’s latest offering. Overall, the launch was much as expected. Getting people through the doors was a little slower than some hoped, as processing transactions took around 30 mins in most cases.

via Techradar.

Technorati Tags: ,,,,
Posted in: Phones
By October 29, 2008 Read More →

Rumour – GT-C6620 Takes Shape & Colour

On Monday night we gave you FCC photos of this new and rumoured device from Samsung (courtesy of windowsmobileitalia) and now tonight (courtesy of TIM and GSM Arena) we give you the phone in all it’s colour and glory.

It seems now to have leaked onto the website of Italian carrier TIM and is rumoured to be only 11.9mm thick. With a full QWERTY keyboard, tri-band GSM support and UMTS with HSDPA support it is also rumoured to have a landscape QVGA display.

Samsung C6620 Samsung C6620 Samsung C6620 Samsung C6620
Samsung GT C6620

All that being said, the Windows Mobile 6.1 powered Samsung C6620 is still a lower to midrange phone which is why it has no GPS or Wi-Fi connectivity. It also sports only a 2 megapixel camera which is rather lame these days.

Samsung C6620 Samsung C6620 Samsung C6620 Samsung C6620
Samsung GT C6620

The Samsung C6620 is still not available, but when it starts selling, it will retail for 199 euro with 1GB microSD memory card on a pre-paid basis.

Posted by: John


Posted in: News
By October 29, 2008 Read More →

HTC Touch HD available on the 4th November from Clove

image Just received an email from Clove with some great news, “we can today confirm that as of next Tuesday, the 4th of November, we will have limited stock arriving. This exceptional unit has received phenomenal levels of interest and is the ultimate Windows Mobile device. If you want to get your hands on it as soon as possible you can order it right now here. I have ordered mine and hoping to get it on the 5th November, should help the day to go off with a bang!!

Technorati Tags: ,,,,
Posted in: Phones
By October 29, 2008 Read More →

Camcorder group test (Part 4) Sanyo Xacti HD700 Review

The Xacti HD700 is Sanyo’s weapon for its foray into the budget end of hi-definition consumer video. As seems to be the trend these days, it eschews traditional video tape for solid state storage for reasons of cost and robustness. In a rapidly growing market for cameras of this type how does it fair against recently reviewed competition?

hd700_no_dock hd700_open

The Sanyo Xacti HD700


What’s in the box?

  • Xacti HD700
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • USB cable and converter cable
  • AV cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Mains charger
  • Charging cradle/docking station
  • Remote control
  • Strap
  • Soft case
  • Printed instruction manual
  • Quick start guide
  • Software CD inc’ Adobe Premiere Elements


Sanyo Xacti HD700 unboxing video


The Xacti is entirely unconventional in appearance. It’s a bit like a cross between one of those widgets Captain Kirk used to point at misbehaving aliens and some kind of water pistol. In fact using it is like holding a gun – point, aim and shoot. More about that later.

The design is clean, simple and compact. It’s not much bigger than some mobile phones when the screen is closed. For this reason it’s eminently pocketable in a way that most videocams aren’t and therefore ideal for my travels on my motorcycle. It fits easily in the small amount of underseat storage I have or in the tankbag on top of the petrol tank. Fab!

The specification can best be described as very comprehensive for a budget camcorder.


Rear: (Left) stills record, (centre) zoom control, (right) video record, (lower centre) menu activate, (lower right) record/playback select, (bottom) 5-way multi-navigation switch for selecting modes and menu items, (top centre) full auto mode switch.

Underneath: HDMI socket, tripod mount.

Left: Power/standby switch (under the screen when folded).

Front: Flash.

hd700_controls hd700_sdcard hd700_angled

Sanyo Xacti HD700 Specification:

  • Effective pixel count: Stills: 7.1 megapixels. Movies: 4.08 megapixels (in HD). 3.58 megapixels (NORM).
  • CCD: 1/2.5 inch, 7.38-megapixel (total)
  • Recording media: SD or SDHC Memory Card (Up to 8GB)
  • Recording file formats: Still: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.2, DPOF standard)
  • Video: MPEG4 AVC/H.264. Audio: 48kHz Sampling,16bit, 2ch, AAC (stereo)
  • Video resolution (pixels): [HD-SHQ] 1280 x 720 (30fps, 9Mbps), [HD-HR] 1280 x 720 (30fps, 6Mbps), [TV-SHQ] 640 x 480 (30fps, 3Mbps ), [TV-HQ] 640 x 480 (30fps, 2Mbps ), [Web-SHQ] 320 x 240 (30fps)
  • Still resolution (pixels): [7M-H] 3072 x 2304 (low-compression), [7M-S] 3072 x 2304 (standard-compression), [5.3M(16:9)] 3072 x 1728, [2M] 1600 x 1200, [0.9M(16:9)] 1280 x 720, [0.3M] 640 x 480.
  • Lens: 6.3 – 31.7 mm (38 – 190 mm on a 35 mm camera), 5x optical zoom lens, f/3.5 (W) – 4.7 (T)
  • Photo range: Standard: 10cm (wide) / 80cm (Tele) to infinity, Macro: 1cm to 80cm (wide)
  • Shutter speed: Video: 1/30 sec – 1/10000 sec (high-sensitivity mode, lamp mode: Max 1/15 sec.)
  • Still: 1/2 sec ~ 1/2000 sec. (Flash: 1/30 ~ 1/2000 sec., Lamp mode: max 4 secs)
  • Digital zoom: Shooting: 12x max. Playback: 58x max. ([10M] mode, depending on the resolution)
  • Focus: Auto (Still: 9-point AF/Spot, Video: Continuous AF
  • Scene Selector: Auto/Sports/Portrait/Landscape/Night View/Fireworks/Lamp
  • Exposure correction: +/-1.8 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
  • Still Image Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 50-400)
  • Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600/3200)
  • Self timer: 2sec./10 sec
  • White balance: Full Auto TTL
  • Manual: Fine/Cloud/Fluorescent/Incandescent/One push
  • Flash: Auto/Forced/Off (Slow, synchro mode possible in Night View mode)
  • Audio microphone: Built-in stereo, Speaker: Built-in mono (L/R mixed output)
  • Monitor: 2.7-inch, Amorphous Silicon TFT Colour Widescreen LCD display (transmissive type), Approximately 230,000-pixels, 7-level brightness, 285 degree rotation
  • Video output interface: HDMI, Component Video, Composite Video, S-Video, NTSC / PAL (interfacing via included docking station or connecting adaptor)
  • Power source: Lithium-ion battery (DB-L40/1200mAh, included), Charging AC adapter included)
  • Dimensions: 2.9 x 1.4 x 4.3 inches (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 6.7 oz. approx. (main unit only), 7.5 oz. approx. (including battery and a standard SD card)


  • Easy to use, simple but not limited
  • Uses SDHC cards
  • Very compact
  • Good battery life
  • Docking station


  • Build quality is a bit “loose”
  • No conventional viewfinder
  • Could be mistaken for a pistol in use!


The Xacti is so simple to use that my other half can use it whilst sat on the back of my speeding motorbike and wearing leather gloves. If a camera passes that test then it’s usable. The usability is key because I found it opened up a whole new way for me to use a videocam and the portability meant I was more able to carry it with me more often.

Fold the screen out and it switches on automatically to either present you with either stills mode or video mode. Start-up is quick and I never found myself waiting which, is a real bonus because a camera with a tardy start-up means you miss the action.

Filming is just a case of pointing it at the action and pressing the record button for either stills or video. There’s two buttons here and I think this is slightly less intuitive than it should be – instead of one button for stills and one for video, I would rather have a single trigger for both with a two-way mode switch that selected either stills or video. You might think that the choice of the word “trigger” is a bit odd – it isn’t. I used it because using the Xacti is a bit like pointing a gun and then pulling the trigger. In practice it soon becomes entirely natural and much less fatiguing than a more conventional videocam. Conversely, at the same time it also feels odd because it does look like you’re holding a gun and taking aim!

The Xacti is capable of recording in HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per second (fps). This is on a par with the competition and more than enough for action work. As I said previously, you should be aware that editing such large images is fairly demanding for any pc and some well-known photo-editing applications still aren’t HD ready. The Xacti has a variety of video modes that will also go down as far as 320 x 240 pixels at 30fps – ideal for YouTube or if you want to conserve space on the memory card. Talking of cards, the Xacti takes SDHC with an 8GB £10 card providing ample space and performance for nearly 2hrs of footage in HD mode.

hd700_dock hd700_lens

Movie quality was fine. I had no criticisms of it at all. The anti-vibration feature wasn’t massively successful, although I think that using on a motorcycle at unfeasible speeds probably extended it beyond its design parameters (and no I am not going to fess up to how fast we were travelling – which reminds me – I must clean the bugs off the lens before returning it). The anti-vibration function is a digital one and does seem to have some minor effect upon sharpness of images but it worked well enough in general use.

As a stills camera the Xacti works well with a 7.1Mp sensor. It produces some decent results although composition is not always easy when having to rely upon an LCD screen in bright light. Of course, an optical viewfinder would help massively and this is something that is becoming increasingly rare on digital cameras and videocams. As I always say – if you want a stills camera then buy one, meanwhile the Xacti certainly is good enough for it to be your main stills camera if all you do is take snapshots.

Like the H10 I last reviewed, the Xacti has a 5x optical zoom. As I said before, this is quite limited when compared to conventional DV-cam opposition, but fairly typical for a budget camera. Again, like the H10, the lens zoom is a bit lethargic and something I think many cameras in this class suffer from. The slow zoom renders the camera less than ideal for sports footage. In normal general filming it’s less noticeable though.

Unusually for a camera in this price range, the Xacti comes with a very handy docking station for charging and connection to a desktop pc. This saves having cables hanging around.. Of note is the fact that the Xacti is Mac compatible. In this day of Windows-centric devices this is good to see and top marks are also awarded for including a comprehensive package of cables meaning that everything you might need is available out of the box.

The menu system itself is very easy to navigate and understand without having to refer to the manual although accessing it is a bit fiddly initially because the menu button is quite discrete. If you can use a conventional digicam then you can use the Xacti. That’s not to say it’s limited though – it isn’t. There’s enough flexibility to meet most needs in terms of customisation. If you are the sort of person who likes to avoid settings, then fear not – using a key on the screen it is possible to switch between simple menu mode and normal full menu mode. This has the effect of turning off all the detailed menus and restricting the user to just a few – quite handy if you want to stop a casual user from screwing up all your carefully chosen settings.

The battery is a removable 3.7v/1200mAh item which is charged via a conventional 5v power jack at the rear of the pistol grip. I never actually ran out of battery when using the Xacti so, it appears to have a good lifetime in general use. As readers of this erstwhile column will know, I loathe built-in, non-replaceable batteries so I was pleased to see that the Xacti is equipped with a removable battery. Whether a replacement is easily obtainable at a sensible cost is another matter altogether, but at least you have the option.

The overall feel of the camera in the hand is good due to its compactness and ergonomic design. However, it does all feel a little bit “loose” in terms of fit and finish. The screen moves when folded against the body, the battery cover is flimsy, the covers on the power jack and headphone socket are flimsy too and are just asking to be broken off eventually. The lens cover is a snap-on affair which is pretty shoddy and not in keeping with the rest of the camera. It is retained by a skinny strap that is more akin to a thread of cotton than anything else so it won’t be long before that is lost when it snaps. However, the cover does stay put and is not easily dislodged. Any owner would need to exercise some care to keep it in tip-top condition.

You can download a sample video – taken straight from the HD700 memory card with this link.


Of all the videocams I have tested to date the Xacti is my favourite because it’s compact, easy to use and gives decent results that satisfy most of my needs. It is probably the best travelling videocam so far and because of this I used it more than the others. At about £250 from the likes of Amazon you get a comprehensive package and highly-specified and capable videocam.

Join me again soon for the next camera in the Camcorder Group Test or head over and look at Part 1 to see which cameras we are including or have a look at my Panasonic SDR-S7 review or my Toshiba Camileo H10 review.


Review by: Nigel

[ Post Tags: Sanyo Xacti HD700, camcorder, video cameras, ]

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By October 29, 2008 Read More →

Log Me In coming for the iPhone and iPod Touch

image As a regular user of Log Me In for my home PC’s this announcement caught my eye. Get fast, simple access to your remote Internet-connected LogMeIn computers whenever you want, wherever you are and soon with your iPhone or iPod Touch. If you haven’t used this before you install a small application on your client PC and then you can access it and take full control from a remote source through the Log Me In web interface, it works really well and has saved me lots of times before. You can register now for the beta right here.

Technorati Tags: ,,
Posted in: Phones
By October 29, 2008 Read More →

HTC confirm November Touch HD launch

image As though we didn’t know this already, but HTC have via twitter announced that the Touch HD is confirmed as November for European and Asian markets. In a separate update they also announced that they will be having an informal meet up in Seattle on the 14th November without any more details than that.


Technorati Tags: ,,,,
Posted in: Phones
By October 28, 2008 Read More →

Podcast delayed this week

image Due to building works going on at home, the Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast will be delayed this week until probably Thursday, apologies for any inconvenience but I cannot get near my office as its stuffed full of wardrobes and beds. Don’t forget, if you have any comments or questions email us at [email protected] or leave us a skype message, our skype address is mtaddicts.

Posted in: Site Announcements
By October 28, 2008 Read More →

Samsung i8510 (Innov8) unboxed

Until fairly recently a 2 megapixel camera was about al you could hope for when it came to phones with built in cameras. There are some exceptions to this of course, notably the Nokia N95 with it’s 5 megapixel sensor. However, recently there seems to have been a race among several manufacturers to be the first out there with an 8 megapixel camera phone.

Recently we saw LG enter the race with their Renoir, Sony Ericsson with the C905 and now Samsung with their new i8510 Innov8. I’m not sure who actually won the 8MP race but Samsung are the first to actually send us their phone for review.


The Samsung i8510 Innov8


The Innov8 is a fairly good looking candybar style handset with a slider that reveals a numeric pad and looks a little like a bigger N95. The screen is a generous 2.8" QVGA which does make the handset a little more chunky than I would like.

We’ll have a review for you in a week or so once we have had a chance to use the i8510 properly. Until then enjoy the unboxing video!


Samsung i8510 (Innov8) Unboxed


Samsung i8510 (Innov8) specification:

  • Operation System – Symbian 9.3 / S60 v3.2
  • Memory – User Memory 16GB microSD (up to 16 GB)
  • Display – Internal Technology 16M colour TFT 2.8” QVGA
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G
  • GSM&EDGE Band Quad Band
  • Browser – WAP 12., WAP 2.0, JAVA
  • Input Device Numeric Keypad
  • Bluetooth
  • USB 2.0
  • PC Sync Application
  • TV-output
  • Wi-Fi
  • 8 Megapixel Cameer with ‘Professional Imaging Applications’
  • LED Flash
  • Video player DivX support, 3D Surround Sound System
  • Video recording MPEG4
  • FM RDS Radio
  • FM Radio Recoding
  • Document Viewer Doc/ Viewer (PPT, Word, Excel, PDF)
  • Talk Time (Standard) 8.5hrs (2.5G), 5hrs (3G)
  • Standby (Standard) 310hrs (2.5G), 330hrs (3G)
  • Weight – 136g
  • Dimensions – 106.5 x 53.9 x 17.2 mm


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By October 28, 2008 Read More →

Movement on the Windows Mobile 7 front

windows-mobile-7-topMobileTopSoft is forecasting that Windows Mobile 7, the next generation mobile operating system for handhelds and smartphones, will debut this week at the Professional Developers Conference (2008) in Los Angeles, CA. The event’s main focus isn’t Windows Mobile. Other platforms and development projects at Redmond will also be featured at the conference.

Posted in: Phones
By October 28, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile G1 available from 9am on Thursday in UK

image Just received an email from T-Mobile, if your interested in the G1 Android phone you will be able to order it online from tomorrow or get it in-store from Thursday at 9am. If you fancy being one of the first to see the G1 in the flesh, T-Mobile is hosting an exclusive early opening of their store at 287 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DP (nearest Tube Oxford Circus). You’ll need to be there for 7am to find out what they have planned for the T-Mobile G1 launch.

Technorati Tags: ,,,,
Posted in: Phones