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G1 coming to Orange in France

orange_france_htc_dreamHot on the heals of Vodafone UK’s HTC Magic announcement comes confirmation that Orange France will launch the HTC Dream on March 15th.  The Android device – which is better known as the T-Mobile G1 – will be the first to use the platform in the country, prior to the HTC Magic’s launch on SFR later in the year.

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Road picking Android for S101 HandyPC?


Here is a story that caught my attention over at Android Community. This cute looking device is hopefully going to hit soon as one of the ghostly Android phones rumoured to be released this year. Click on for the full story and a little video too.

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Acer shows new Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets

the-acer-f1-conceptAcer  has shown off prototypes of its next slew of smartphones at an event in London, with the pick being F1, a full touchscreen costing up to £445 and released in the second half of 2009.

The F1 (its codename, with the proper title to be applied closer to launch) will sport a high resolution screen (which we assume will be HVGA) with home screen widgets and gaming capabilities.

It will also use a 5MP camera with LED flash, and has four simple buttons at the base of the screen for navigation, including call / reject and a home screen link. More details after the break.

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O2 helps busy family lives with O2 Joggler

image Press Release: O2 today announces the O2 Joggler, a first-of-its-kind device which will transform the way families manage their busy lives. Taking the place of all the notes traditionally placed on the fridge door, the O2 Joggler is always on and can be used by the entire family. It sends text message reminders which mean every family member will know who needs to be where by when. The O2 Joggler launches in early April.

The O2 Joggler has been built on the insight that family life is hectic and can be difficult to manage. Appointments, birthdays, school runs, work deadlines and more can all be stored on the O2 Joggler’s calendar, which will text handy reminders to family members’ O2 mobile phones.

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HP iPAQ Voice Messenger unboxing

Just a few weeks ago we had a look at the HP iPAQ Data Messenger, the review of which will be live in shortly. This week we’re looking at it’s little brother, the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger. This model is smaller and lighter than the Data Messenger and has a 20 key compact QWERTY rather than the sliding QWERTY keyboard.


The HP iPAQ Voice Messenger


The Voice Messenger has a candy-bar style form and runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard (Smartphone) so there’s no touchscreen. However, we do get integrated GPS, WiFi and a pretty fast CPU coupled with decent ROM and RAM capacity. The front is gloss black and the back and sides are made of polished silver-grey metal which really looks nice if a little Blackberry-ish.

We’re reviewing the Voice Messenger at the moment alongside the Data Messenger and we should have those review here for you soon. For now, here is the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger unboxing video which you can watch to find out more.


HP iPAQ Voice Messenger unboxing video



HP iPAQ Voice Messenger specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard
  • Qualcomm 7201A 528MHz CPU
  • 128 MB SDRAM
  • 256 MB flash ROM
  • 2.4” transmissive TFT, 64K colours, 320 x 240 pixel non-touch screen display with LED backlight
  • 20-key keyboard with alphanumeric/QWERTY layout
  • 5-way optical navigation key
  • Integrated WLAN 802.11b/g with WPA2 security
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • Micro-USB connector for synchronisation and charging
  • Micro SDHC card slot – supports up to 8GB
  • Tri-band UMTS (900/1900/2100 MHz), HSDPA Category 8 (up to 7.2Mbps downlink) and HSUPA
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Integrated GPS navigation (Assisted GPS)
  • 3.1 Megapixel autofocus camera, 5X digital zoom
  • LED flash
  • Removable/rechargeable 1260 mAh Lithium-Polymer Battery (user changeable)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) – 5.0 x 1.36 x 11.4 cm
  • Weight – 107g


First and foremost, you want it to be a phone. You’ll appreciate how easy it is to quickly dial a number on the 20-key keypad. Text messaging is easy, too, with intelligent predictive text that learns your words and style from messages and emails. You can instant message from your phone with your network of friends and colleagues with integrated Windows Live Messenger. And when you need to quickly silence your phone, simply push the convenient ringer/sound switch on top of the device. Familiar Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Edition means you can skip the “new phone” learning curve.

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BlackBerry App World, an App store for Blackberries

image You can now register for the Blackberry App World which is the name that they have come up with for their incarnation of the application store. This is what they have to say about it, Coming soon, Find tons of great applications designed for your BlackBerry® smartphone in one convenient place – BlackBerry App World™. Personalize your BlackBerry smartphone with games, social networks, personal productivity applications and so much more. Message your best friend, track the stock market, or channel your inner rock god. Sign up for BlackBerry App World today and discover how to put more of your life on your BlackBerry smartphone.

So we now have app stores for the iPhone, Symbian and Blackberry, Windows Mobile version is coming, but as usual last again.

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