Archive for January, 2009

By January 23, 2009 Read More →

We are back for good

logo-600x2351Things have been pretty hectic over the last few days, firstly the problems with the WordPress upgrade and then after that was sorted out, Dreamhosts apparently were subjected to a ddos attack which lead to the site being down for nearly two days. We had enough and have now transferred the blog over to a new reliable host so this should now be the end of the problems. We also have a new look which hopefully will make the site a more enjoyable experience. Thank you for all your patience this should be the end and the start of a much better Mobile Tech Addicts experience.

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By January 23, 2009 Read More →

Touch HD Special offer

Devicewire.com just dropped us a line to tell us about their special offer on the HTC Touch HD today.

image If you head over to devicewire.com and buy a Touch HD before 4pm today you’ll be able to pick one up for just £499.99 – a significant saving on the regular price. Furthermore they’ll even deliver it for free!

Have a look at the devicewire.com site for more info.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Deals & Offers
By January 23, 2009 Read More →

eXpansys Friday deals

This week we have some great Windows Mobile device offers from eXpansys!

These deals are available on Friday the 23rd of January 2009 between 11am and 4pm by following the links below only. Normal pricing will apply outside of these hours*.

HTC Touch HD HTC Touch HD
Enjoy music videos, films and streaming like you never thought possible on a mobile device.
Normal price £539.99, special offer price £499.99, save £40
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=178081&partner=tracyandmatt

 

 

HTC Touch Diamond HTC Touch Diamond
Re-defining the perception of advanced mobile phones… the HTC Touch Diamond™ signals a giant leap forward in combining hi-tech prowess with intuitive usability and exhilarating design.
Normal price £329.99, special offer price £299.99, save £30
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=175207&partner=tracyandmatt

 

Toshiba Portege G710 Toshiba Portege G710
Intelligently combining personal navigation with communications – the G710 delivers.
Normal price £179.99, special offer price £149.99, save £30
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=175542&partner=tracyandmatt

 

iGo EverywherePower 3500 iGo EverywherePower 3500
Charge all your portable devices anywhere with a single charger, e.g. charge your Apple iPod or Apple iPhone with this as well as your HTC or Toshiba smartphone!
Normal price £19.99, special offer price £9.99, save £10
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=173095&partner=tracyandmatt

 

 

Voucher codes do not apply with these deals. Limited to 2 units per customer, available while stocks last.
Prices and availability subject to change, www.expansys.com website price and availability always applies.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By January 22, 2009 Read More →

HTC Iolite becomes the All New HTC Touch Cruise

There have been a lot of rumours about the The HTC Iolite since it appeared to have been leaked on the eXpansys website a few weeks ago and today the Iolite has just appeared on the HTC website as the ‘All New HTC Touch Cruise’ (aka. HTC Touch Cruise ’09). If the recent wave of HTC handset leaks is anything to go by then I suspect that this is just the first of many new handsets to appear on the site.

 

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The new HTC Touch Cruise

 

HTC Touch Cruise Specification:

  • Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
  • Operating System: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Memory: ROM: 512 MB/RAM: 256 MB
  • Dimensions: 102 X 53.5 X 14.5 mm
  • Weight: 103 grams with battery
  • Display: 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with QVGA resolution
  • Network: HSDPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
    Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 4-Way Navigation Wheel with Enter button
  • HTC Footprints™ button
  • Internal GPS antenna
  • A-GPS capable (service provided by Google)
  • Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for stereo wireless headsets
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB and audio jack in one), full-speed USB 2.0
  • 3.2 megapixel color camera with fixed focus
  • Audio supported formats     AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, AWB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI
  • Video supported formats     WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery Capacity: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time:  Up to 375 minutes for WCDMA – Up to 400 minutes for GSM
  • Standby time: Up to 400 hours for WCDMA
    Up to 330 hours for GSM
  • microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • Photo geotagging

 

Your Life Chronicles
We all strive to capture and hang on to the moments that touch our life. The HTC Touch Cruise does just that. Take a picture and the HTC Your Life ChroniclesFootprints automatically saves your location. Embellish your instance further by adding the thoughts that surrounded that special moment. You can even grab the sound of your friend’s laughter to go along with your memory.
The best part about HTC Footprints is that you can use them to find your way back to the hidden little café you visited last year, or the elm tree under which your loved one popped the big question. And if you want, you can simply flip through your collection and laugh about the times that helped create who you are today. HTC Footprints is like a journal of your life’s highlights, making them always within your reach.

Introducing HTC Footprints

The new HTC Touch Cruise is the first mobile phone to offer HTC Footprints, an application experience that enables people to permanently chronicle their special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favourite restaurant or special place while identifying its specific geographical location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS co-ordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area.

Flipping back through their photos, HTC Touch Cruise users will be able to retrace their steps to that exact location in just a few touches. Unlike other devices with geo-tagging functionality, HTC Footprints works effectively outdoors and indoors, offering a more accurate record of location for future reference and navigation.

“Just as we have seen GPS technology transform how people navigate to new places, we are now seeing location-based applications like HTC Footprints changing how we interact and carry our memories,” said Peter Chou, President and CEO, HTC Corporation.

 

Find out more on the HTC website. It’s going to be an O2 exclusive in the UK though apparently.

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: News
By January 22, 2009 Read More →

B-Grade bargains from eXpansys

Here are a couple of great i-Mate bargains from eXpansys. Granted these devices have been around for a little while but both are excellent and proven handsets and they are both available at excellent prices.

 

image B-Stock i-mate JAM Smartphone – A classic Windows Mobile device with a 2.8-inch touch screen. The i-mate JAM features tri-band GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth, an SDIO memory card slot and a 1.3 mega-pixel camera. eXpansys have secured a fantastic price for you – so follow the link below to get your order in today*!
Now only £69.99
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=178056&partner=tracyandmatt

 

 

 

image B-Stock i-mate K-JAM Smartphone – Another classic Windows Mobile smartphone, featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, quad-band GSM/GPRS, WiFi, Bluetooth, a miniSD memory card slot and a 1.3 mega-pixel camera. eXpansys have secured a fantastic price for you – so follow the link below to get your order in today*!
Now only £99.99
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=178027&partner=tracyandmatt

 

 

 

*Voucher codes cannot be used in conjunction with this deal. Available while stocks last.
Prices and availability subject to change, www.expansys.com website price and availability always applies. All prices inclusive of VAT unless stated.

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Deals & Offers
By January 21, 2009 Read More →

Windows Mobile 6.5 devices not coming until end of 2009

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Reports are popping up today telling us not to expect to see any Windows Mobile 6.5 devices until earliest third quarter of 2009 and more than likely the end of the year for the majority. If as expected Windows Mobile 6.5 is announced next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona how come it takes so long to appear on devices and do we even care anymore. Looking at this more closely where does this leave Windows Mobile 7, if this follows a similar path and also taking into account that it supposedly is a much bigger update than 6.5 can we expect to see this any earlier than 2011 now. It is not looking good for Windows Mobile, lets hope this 6.5 update is worth waiting for, multi touch would be a nice surprise but a media interface overhaul, finger friendly OS and a central app store are the bare minimum.

Posted in: Phones
By January 21, 2009 Read More →

Sony Ericsson W980 unboxed

If you are a regular here on tracyandmatt you’ll know that we’ve looked at a few Sony Ericsson handsets lately and have tried to compare their features to Windows Mobile devices. Nick recently reviewed the W595 and was pretty impressed with it’s music features, not surprising perhaps given that it bears the Walkman moniker.

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The Sony Ericsson W980

Nick wanted to have a look at some other handsets from Sony Ericsson in their Walkman range so SE kindly sent us the W980 to review.

Unlike the slider of the W595 the W980 is a flip-style handset occupying the higher end of the market. It has a decent feature set, which you can see in the specification below and has 8GB of built in storage for your music – A pretty decent amount but a shame that there is no memory card socket to enable you to increase the capacity.

Nick’s using the W980 as his every day phone and putting the review together at the moment. For now, enjoy the Sony Ericsson W980 unboxing video below:

 

Sony Ericsson W980 unboxed

 

Sony Ericsson W980 specification:

  • Size:92.0 x 46.0 x 17.0 mm
  • Weight: 100g
  • Main Screen: 240 x 320 pixels – 2.2 inches
  • External screen: 176 x 176 pixels
  • Memory: 8GB Phone Memory – Stores up to 8000 songs (eAAC+ format)
  • Networks: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900 & UMTS 2100
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel camera, 3.2x digital zoom
    – Picture blogging
    – Video blogging
    – Video recording with 4x digital zoom
    – Photo fix
    – Auto rotate
    – x-Pict Story™
    – PictBridge printing
  • Music: Walkman® player
    – Clear stereo
    – Clear bass
    – Album art
    – FM transmitter
    – Shake control
    – SensMe™
    – PlayNow™
    – TrackID™
    – Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Internet: RSS feeds, Access NetFront™ Web Browser
  • Entertainment: Music tones (MP3/AAC), 3D games, Java™, FM radio with RDS
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth™ technology, Modem, Synchronization
  • Messaging: Email, MMS (Multimedia Messaging)

Be true to the original recording

The W980i Walkman® phone is designed to allow you to listen to music as it should be heard. Clear stereo enables the music to sound like the original recording. Clear bass delivers distortion free sound even at higher volumes. These features combine with the premium headphones, the Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-77, to deliver an incredible clear audio experience and music that sounds as true as possible to the original recording

Share your music with friends

The W980i Walkman® phone has a built-in FM transmitter, which allows you to send whatever’s playing on your phone to other devices with a built-in FM radio receiver. This gives you the ability to share your music with all those around you, whether through a friend’s hi-fi or your car stereo.

Quality music is made for sharing with the W980i. Unplug your headset, sit back and let the music flow through the integrated stereo speakers for all to enjoy. Select a track from the extensive music library – the W980 lets you store up to 8000 songs – or tune in to your favourite radio station and listen out loud. No need to plug in an FM Receiver (which is usually built-in to the handsfree kit), since this is on-board with the W980i.

Posted by: Matt

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Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By January 21, 2009 Read More →

Why Apple won’t make an iPhone Nano

iphone-nano There has been rampant speculation all over the internet about an iPhone Nano. The rumor mill was whipped into a frenzy around the time of Mac World, when a couple of case makers had iPhone Nano cases appear on their websites just before Phil Schiller took the stage to give his keynote address. Of course the iPhone Nano didn’t materialize then, and now reports are coming out that the Nano may come out as a China only (or China first) release. Read on for the full story

Posted in: Phones
By January 21, 2009 Read More →

Nokia XpressMusic 5730 slider rears its head in Russian

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Russian gadget site has a review of an unannounced S60 music phone with a side sliding qwerty keyboard. This is not a form factor Nokia has made in the past,  but it looks like they are making a big push in that direction with their N97 superphone, and also the unannounced (widely leaked) E75. It appears Nokia is abandoning the communicator in favor of these side sliders. Look for an announcement in the coming weeks, just a guess, but the announcement may come at Mobile World Congres in Barcelona (February 16-19).

Source: Mobile Review via Cellpassion

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By January 21, 2009 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast No 21

logo Our latest podcast is now available to download, in episode 21 we discuss the new Microsoft Windows Mobile services and 6.5 rumours , a couple of new Windows Mobile devices, iPhone copy and paste Clippy jailbreak application, Palm Pre coming to Vodafone possibly, some new Android devices plus much more. You can subscribe via iTunes, RSS or download the mp3 file here. Full show notes after the break.

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