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By November 4, 2008 Read More →

Samsung release the T*OMNIA in Korea

For those of you who love(d) the Omnia have a look at this and think……. I wish I had this version!

The Samsung T*Omnia comes with a larger 3.3-inch screen and four times the pixels and a DMB TV tuner for watching terrestrial digital TV on the go.

Naturally the new T*OMNIA is larger than the original standing at 115.2 x 58.1 x 13.65 mm but only marginally.

Again running on WM 6.1 the phone will have quad-band GSM support plus HSDPA. Most of the other hardware specs are the same as those on the original Samsung i900 Omnia except perhaps that they have now added the Samsung proprietary DNSe audio technology.

T Omnia 
Samsung T*Omnia

The new Samsung T*OMNIA will be produced in two variations. The Samsung SCH-M490 model sports 4GB of embedded memory, while the Samsung SCH-M495 has 16 GB worth of storage.

Unfortunately, the Korean version of the Samsung Omnia won’t be available to other countries and will be sold exclusively by SK Telecom starting from mid-November.

Posted by: John.

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By November 3, 2008 Read More →

Free Windows Mobile 7 phones when you buy Windows 7

image The Register is reporting an exclusive that Carphone Warehouse looks set to give away free smartphones running Windows Mobile 7 with copies of the upcoming Windows 7 PC operating system. A phone manufacturer source familiar with the phone retailer’s plans told them that the Windows Mobile 7 phone and Windows 7 bundle boxes will be released on the same day that the new desktop OS is launched in the UK, which he said could come during September or October 2009.

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By November 3, 2008 Read More →

Blackberry Storm Exclusively from Phones4U

News of RIM’s first touchscreen handset has admittedly  lacked on this site, however here is some very interesting news that has been given to us and you might not yet be aware of.

Blackberry Storm 9500 
Blackberry Storm 9500

Phones4U have secured the exclusive rights to sell the Blackberry Storm on (we believe) Vodafone.

Due for release in November 2008 pricing is still up in the air but one thing is very certain, the battle for the iPhone replacement just got bigger.

  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSDPA 2100
  • Dimensions: 112.5 x 62.2 x 14 mm
  • Weight: 155 g
  • TFT touchscreen, 65K colours 360 x 480 pixels, 3.25 inches
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Vibration
  • microSD (TransFlash), microSDHC, up to 8 GB
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 1 GB storage memory
  • 624 MHz CPU
  • GPRS: Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
  • EDGE: Class 10, 236.8 kbps
  • 3G: HSDPA
  • Bluetooth v2.0
  • USB v2.0
  • BlackBerry OS
  • SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
  • Browser: HTML
  • Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, video, flash
  • Built-in GPS
  • A-GPS function
  • BlackBerry maps
  • DataViz document viewer/editor
  • Java
  • Media player MP3/WMA/AAC+
  • 3.5 mm audio output jack
  • Video player MPEG4/3gp/H.264/WMV
  • Organizer
  • Calculator
  • Voice dial
  • Built-in handsfree
  • Voice memo
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh
  • Stand-by Up to 360h
  • Talk time Up to 5h 30 min

Posted by: John

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By November 3, 2008 Read More →

Samsung T*Omnia announced but only for Korea

image Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a leading producer of mobile phones, today announced the Korean market launch of “T*OMNIA”, the Korean version of “Samsung OMNIA”. Samsung OMNIA, renamed as “T*OMNIA”, will be available from mid-November under exclusive deal with SK telecom, the largest mobile operator in Korea. Compared to the original Samsung OMNIA, “T*OMNIA” will have upgraded 3.3” WVGA touch screen (480×800) and added Satellite DMB function, an essential feature for Korean users who would like to enjoy Mobile TV and internet with their mobile phones any time, anywhere.

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By November 3, 2008 Read More →

Press Release: MOTOZINE ZN5 – Motorola & Kodak

Looks like Motorola are well and truly back on the mobile phone scene with the release of this their latest mobile phone. The Motozine ZN5 unfortunately is only available in the US for the moment but never the less it is a nice looking handset with a nice 5MP camera.

motorola zn5 front view
Motorola Motozine ZN5

Shoot, Share and Show Off: MOTOZINE™ ZN5 Debuts in North America at T-Mobile USA
Mobile imaging experience redefined with Motorola and Kodak technology
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Nov. 3, 2008 –Motorola (NYSE: MOT), a leader in wireless communications will bring the mobile imaging powerhouse, MOTOZINE™ ZN5, to North America today, available exclusively for T-Mobile USA customers. Created in collaboration with Kodak (NYSE: EK), the world’s foremost imaging innovator, MOTOZINE ZN5 combines a high-quality phone and camera experience to help users click together and share the memories they capture.
MOTOZINE ZN5 delivers a picture-perfect camera and mobile experience. ZN5 is the first mobile phone to combine Motorola’s ModeShift technology and KODAK Imaging Technology. Together, they redefine the quality, convenience and connectivity of mobile imaging devices. The dedicated, simple share key allows one-touch sharing with friends and family while on the go through access to: picture messaging, T-Mobile

MyAlbum, Kodak Gallery and compatible Bluetooth enabled printers.
“The arrival of the MOTOZINE ZN5 at T-Mobile provides a new opportunity for customers to instantly capture and share each special moment in their lives,” said Dennis Burke, vice president, Sales, Motorola Mobile Devices. “The MOTOZINE ZN5 simplifies mobile imaging while empowering users with the tools they traditionally rely on in a digital camera.”
“The MOTOZINE ZN5 is a terrific phone for T-Mobile customers who value instant connections with loved ones,” said Travis Warren, Director of Device Marketing at T-Mobile. “Who wants to lug around several tech devices during the holidays when
one – the ZN5 – will suffice, making it easier than ever to snap and share photos with family and friends.”

Built to Shoot
ZN5 puts image capture first with a high-resolution screen and one of the fastest click-to-click times available. To launch the camera, simply slide open the lens cover to transform the phone into an ultra-fast, natural-feeling 5 megapixel imaging device. Unlike most “camera phones” on the market, the ZN5 has the feel of a digital camera with the shutter button, flash and viewer in the standard placement consumers expect. Plus, with auto focus for sharp, vivid pictures, a Xenon flash, an included 1 GB memory card (with 4GB of optional external memory support) to store favorite images, optimized settings for low-light environments and red-eye reduction, there is no longer a need to carry two devices. ZN5 is both a phone and a digital camera.
Built-in KODAK Imaging Technology ensures that every picture taken with ZN5 looks its best. When KODAK Imaging Technology is combined with KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology, images become brighter and more vivid on the spot. Multiple capture modes, like multi-shot and panorama, which automatically stitches together continuous shots taken on the horizon line into a single, extended image, makes taking photos fun.

Built to Share
With one click, photos can be viewed right from the home screen; no menus, no searching. This multimedia device provides a fun, quick and easy way to share favorite photos with friends and family. Using high speed Wi-Fi or GSM networks, full resolution pictures can be wirelessly uploaded in one simple click to the KODAK Gallery (www.kodakgallery.com)¹. Consumers also have additional options for sharing, whether sending over MMS¹, transferring to a computer via USB, showing slideshows on a TV (TV output/AV cable included in box), or using Bluetooth wireless technology2. T-Mobile customers who purchase a ZN5 will receive 50 free prints from Kodak Gallery (www.kodakgallery.com).

Built to Talk
In phone mode, ZN5 features Motorola’s patented CrystalTalk™ technology to help callers hear and be heard, even in noisy environments. With dual compatibility for GSM and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), users can connect in more areas around the world3 and enjoy high-speed wireless connections to surf the Web1 via a full HTML browser. To complete the communications experience, ZN5 also supports SMS, MMS, IM and personal e-mail1.

Availability
MOTOZINE ZN5 is available today at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.t-mobile.com. For more information on the MOTOZINE ZN5, please visit www.store.motorola.com or www.t-mobile.com.

I have to openly admit that I’m not the world’s greatest fan of Motorola on the Mobile Phone front but reading through what this device can really do does kind of sway me a little.

motorola zn5 back view
Motorola Motozine ZN5 Back View

At this stage we still don’t know if it will ever be available in the UK but at just $99 on a two-year contract I’m sure it well sell well out in the states before Christmas.

Posted by: John

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By November 2, 2008 Read More →

A trio of Touch HD videos

image The Dutch seem to have hit it lucky this weekend and managed to get their hands on the hottest device in Windows Mobile history. We have three videos after the break showing Video and Audio Quality, TouchFlo 3D and finally Opera Mobile 9.5. If your sick of hearing about the Touch HD or from the USA we apologise but it is one exciting device. Videos after the break.

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By November 2, 2008 Read More →

Windows 7 on an Eee PC 1000H

eeepc-w7 Finding a beta copy of Windows upcoming reinvention of their operating system is fairly simple however some clever chappies have decided it would be interesting/manic to test it on an Eee PC 1000h with some rather positive results. There is an interesting article over at Laptopmag to chronicle the caper.

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By November 2, 2008 Read More →

HTC Touch HD user manual

image Thanks to the guys at wmpoweruser for the heads up on this, now you can download the manual for the HTC Touch HD, we have the link right here and I am downloading it now to get myself familiar with anything new ready for receiving mine next week. XDA-Developers also have a very interesting thread going on where you can read and ask questions from a member who has his Touch HD already.

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By November 2, 2008 Read More →

Gigabyte M528 unboxed

There are lots of contenders out there in the UMPC market and Gigabyte are no strangers to small portable devices. Just a few days ago I managed to get my hands on the Gigabyte M528 which is their latest UMPC model. The unit we have on review is effectively a prototype but I’m told it’s very close the the final unit which is due out soon.

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The Gigabyte M528

 

The M528 form factor is similar to the HTC Shift but is significantly smaller.

The GIGABYTE MID M528 has a stylish, simplistic design and elegant appearance, and is compact in size. It is equipped with a 4.8” LCD touch screen display and only weighs 340g.

With a built-in 3.0 Mega-pixel camera and a 300K pixel webcam for video conferencing, it is also a great communications device.

In addition, the wireless communication design of M528 allows users to connect to the Internet and to process e-mails and messages anywhere.
The QWERTY slider keyboard and handwriting recognition make editing e-mails and documents easy. The M528 also has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver.

 

Gigabyte M528 Unboxed

 

Gigabyte M528 specification:

  • CPU – Menlow 800MHz
  • OS – Linux with Merry-Go-Round i-CON interface
  • Core Logic – Poulsbo
  • System Memory – 512MB on board
  • LCD – 4.8” LCD panel 800×480 with touch panel
  • Hard Disk Drive – 4GB Intel Solid State Disk
  • Input Device – 47 key keyboard/Pointing button/Volume +/-
  • 1 x Std. USB Host,
  • 1 x mini-USB Client,
  • 1 x micro SD
  • 1 x 3.5mm Earphone-mic,
  • 1 x GPS RF switching connector
  • SIM card slot
  • Bluetooth – Bluetooth 2.0 via USB I/F
  • Camera – 300KP CMOS Web Cam,3MP CMOS AF Camera
  • LAN/Wireless LAN – 802.11b/g via SDIO I/F, HSDPA capability
  • Keyboard – QWERTY keyboard w/ EL backlight
  • Battery – 3.7V 3060mAh
  • Dimension – 152 x 80 x 22.5mm
  • Weight – 300g

Nigel will have the review for us shortly!

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By November 1, 2008 Read More →

Kinoma Play has the Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast

image Russ has just informed me that the Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast is now listed in the Kinoma Podcast section of their software. Russ has it running on his Xperia X1 and has taken a few screenshots of the podcast part of the software showing us under the mobile section. Good to see us in there and watch out for a full review of Kinoma, not the free but the full version which apparently can sync with iTunes in some way or another. Screenshots after the break.

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