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By January 7, 2008 Read More →

Windows Mobile 7 images leaked

It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about leaked screens and hacked versions of Windows Mobile 6 appearing on the web and this morning we wake up to see that Windows Mobile 7 images and specification have already been leaked.

Windows Mobile 7

Windows Mobile 7

WM7 is not expected to be released until the end of 2008 or the begining of 2009 but we can already see some of the new features that MS has in store for us courtesy of a leaked document mentioned on the ‘Inside Microsoft‘ website.

Looking through the details it’s is clear that WM7 is intended to be the Microsofts answer to the iPhone interface and will include ‘multitouch’ and gesture based touch screen control as well as motion based gesture control that will allow you to shake and tilt the device in order to control certain elements of the user interface.

WM7 Multitouch

WM7 Multitouch
WM7 Motion Detection

WM7 Motion Detection

Windows Mobile 7 will use touch gestures, similar to how the iPhone does. You will be able to flick through lists, pan, swipe sideway, draw on the screen. A lot of emphasis has been put on making navigation easier and doing away with scrollbars, including a new scroll handle that allows for multiple ways of finding items extremely fast.

Windows Mobile 7 will use motion gestures, something the iPhone does not. It will not use an intricate and complicated series of gyroscopes and accelerometers. Instead, it will use the camera on the phone to detect motions and create appropriate actions. You will be able to shake, twist and otherwise manipulate the phone and get things done. The phone will be able to perform actions when placed face down on a surface, and it will know when it is in your pocket or bag.

Head over to ‘Inside Microsoft‘ for more info and then tell me you don’t want WM7 right now!

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By January 6, 2008 Read More →

News from CES

I’m sure that most of you will know that CES (The Consumer Electronics Show) kicks off tomorrow morning in Las Vegas.

As always our contacts have promised to give us the latest news as soon as it breaks so I hope to have lots of news for you over the next few days.

From the CES website:

With more than four decades of success, the International CES reaches across global markets, connects the industry and enables CE innovations to grow and thrive.

The International CES is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. CEA represents more than 2,100 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

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By January 5, 2008 Read More →

i-mate ULTIMATE 6150 unboxed

It’s been quite a while since we saw any new devices from i-mate so I was quite keen to get my hands on the i-mate ULTIMATE 6150 this morning.

First impressions are that the 6150 is a nice looking device and it’s great to see another Windows Mobile phone with a VGA display and the addition of the VGA output is interesting. However, it’s strange how quickly new technology seems to become the norm so the lack of GPS is slightly disappointing.

We’ll be working on the review over the next few weeks so here’s the unbox for you to look at:

i-mate ULTIMATE 6150 unboxed

The i-mate ULTIMATE 6150 utilises the latest in global mobile device technology. With a high quality large 2.8″ VGA screen, 3.5G and Wi-Fi high speed connectivity.

Powered by Windows Mobile 6, the i-mate ULTIMATE 6150 is a quad-band device with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options.

XGA Video Out allows you can connect to a digital projector, desktop screen, or TV and view your photos, emails, presentations and important documents in larger than life high definition.

i-mate ULTIMATE 6150 Specification:

  • Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100
  • Quad-Band GSM/GPRS EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Video Out: XGA (1024×768)
  • Xscale® PXA 270 520MHz
  • Nvidia GoForce 5500 graphics accelerator
  • 128MB RAM/256MB ROM
  • Windows Mobile® 6 Professional
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g/e/i
  • 2.8″ TFT 65K colour screen
  • 2.0 Megapixel digital camera/video with flash and auto focus and 4X digital zoom
  • Supports microSD expansion cards
  • 118.5mm(L) x 60.5mm(W) x 15.5mm(T)
  • You can look forward to seeing our review online soon.

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    By January 4, 2008 Read More →

    i-mate JAMA 101 from Devicewire

    The new range of i-mate devices have just arrived at Devicewire and the i-mate JAMA 101 and the i-mate ULTIMATE 6150 are now in stock. What’s even more impressive is that Devicewire have already dropped the price of the i-mate JAMA 101 by £20 meaning that you can pick up this bad boy for just under £200!

    i-mate JAMA 101

    i-mate JAMA 101

    The i-mate JAMA 101 is one of the world’s most compact Pocket PC phones. The large 2.4″ touch screen is housed in a stylish jet black finish.

    Just like a mini PC with a built in mobile, digital camera, and MP3 Player, the i-mate™ JAMA 101 is ready for action. The large and dynamic full colour touch screen brings your emails, documents, photos, videos and games to life.

    The i-mate JAMA 101 is powered by Windows Mobile 6. With access to all the latest Microsoft® tools just one click away, you can leave your laptop at home.

    i-mate JAMA 101 Specification:

  • Tri-Band GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900
  • Samsung 300MHz CPU
  • 64MB RAM/128MB ROM
  • Windows Mobile® 6 Professional
  • Bluetooth
  • 2.4″ TFT 65K colour screen
  • 2.0 Megapixel digital camera/video with flash and auto focus and 4X digital zoom
  • Supports microSD expansion cards
  • Windows Media Player: Supports MP3/AMR/WAV/WMA
  • You can customise your JAMA 101 to suit your unique requirements. From Today Page images and web site favourites through to email accounts, the look and feel of your JAMA 101 is completely your call.

    You can look forward to seeing our review online soon.

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    By January 3, 2008 Read More →

    Site changes

    We’ve recently made some site changes and those of you with displays over 1024 pixels wide should have noticed that we’ve gone widescreen!

    What you wont have noticed (Hopefully!) is that all of the underlying site code has changed. It should be seamless and I don’t think anything is broken yet. The main advantage here is that it allows us to make some of the bigger changes that we have planned for later in the year.

    As always, please do let me know if you notice anything strange!

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    By January 2, 2008 Read More →

    Devicewire competition winner

    I am pleased to announce that we a winner in our Devicewire Christmas competition.

    The lucky winner of the Silver HTC Touch, coutesy of our good friends at Devicewire, is Allard Knook. Congratulations Allard, I’m sure that you are going to love the Silver Touch, I’m quite jealous!

    HTC Touch Silver

    HTC Touch Silver

    The correct answer to the competition question – what colour is the devicewire.com’s snowman’s scarf? – is of course GREEN. Thanks to all of you that took part in the competition, there were so many entries!!

    There is still time to enter one of the other competitions here: Competition 2, Competition 3, Competition 4.

    Good luck!

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    By January 1, 2008 Read More →

    Happy new year & news!

    Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year and all the very best for 2008. I hope there aren’t too many hangovers out there!

    We also have one other announcement for you, rather off topic and nothing to do with the site as such, but I’m really excited to be able to tell you all that Tracy and I are expecting our first baby! The due date is June 12th but I’m sure that the next 6 months will just fly by.

    So if anyone out there wants to send us some baby stuff to review we’d be more than happy! 😛

    Before anyone asks, I wont be posting a review or unboxing video of the baby!

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