Archive for April, 2009

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Twikini a Twitter client for Windows Mobile

image Using the iPhone you have a huge choice of high quality Twitter applications, the stories not the same if your a Windows Mobile user. Well the news just got a bit brighter. Twikini offers a powerful and efficient way to use Twitter on your phone. It conveniently updates your favourite feeds in the background, and leverages the camera, GPS, media, touch screen, keyboard, graphics and storage capabilities of your device. We have more information and some screenshots after the break, it’s only a beta at the moment so be careful. You can also follow us on Twitter for all the latest news, @mtaddicts

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By April 10, 2009 Read More →

Acer DX900 unboxing video

The Acer DX900 is one of the first, if not the first Dual-SIM Windows Mobile handsets to be sold here in the UK. The DX900 will allow you to combine your work and personal mobile numbers in to one handset which means that many will be able to carry one instead of two phones!

This is the first handset to be released by Acer since they acquired E-Ten last year. There is a lot about the DX900 that reminds us of earlier Glofiish products.

The Acer DX900

The Acer DX900

The Acer DX900 allows you to have uninterrupted access to two separate phone services, for example; one for business and one personal, or one for calls and another for data, in a single device. Frequent business travelers can use local SIM card and home SIM card in the same device at the same time.  International business and cross boarder travelling becomes so much easier with this device from Acer.

The DX900 features support for both high-speed 3.5G (UMTS/HSDPA) and 2G (GSM/EDGE) communications, as well as GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, a high-resolution VGA display, and a 3-megapixel auto-focus camera.

We’ll be reviewing the DX900 over the next couple of weeks so for now we hope you enjoy the unboxing video:


Acer DX900 unboxing video


Acer DX900 Specification:

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Samsung S3C 6400 533 MHz Processor
  • ROM: 256 MB / RAM: 128 MB
  • 2.8" VGA (468×640) colour transflective TFT
  • HSDPA / UMTS ( 2100 / 1900 / 850 MHz )
  • Quad-Band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • microSD
  • Connectivity – USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • WiFi 802.11b, 802.11g
  • GPS – Embedded SiRF Star III chipset
  • Built-in 3.0 mega pixels Auto-Focus CMOS camera, up to 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • 0.3 mega pixels Fixed-Focus CMOS camera for conference call usage
  • Built-in microphone and speaker, external stereo headset jack, hands-free mode supported
  • Composite TV out support
  • Battery – Removable 1530 mAh
  • 106(L) x 60.5 (W) x 17(H) millimetres
  • 147 grams (battery included)


Posted by: Matt

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By April 10, 2009 Read More →

Windows Mobile answer the Facebook questions

image We reported a while ago that the Windows Mobile Team were asking for questions on their Facebook channel and they have eventually got round to answering some of the questions thrown at them. Unfortunately there is no order to the questions and answers so we have put them together to make it easy to follow. As expected a lot of “we can’t comment on that at this time” answers but there is some interesting information none the less. Take a look after the break, there are quite a few questions.

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By April 9, 2009 Read More →

Documents To Go for iPhone update

iPhone Just received an update on the application I know I am waiting patiently for, here’s what they have to say:-

Thanks to all who have been waiting patiently for the arrival of Documents To Go for iPhone. The next time you hear from us, it’ll be to tell you that Documents To Go is available for your iPhone and iPod touch in the App Store!

When will that be, you ask? Early to mid May. And trust us, there are some very exciting things about this app that we haven’t let out of the bag yet. We hope you’ll agree it’s worth the wait!

So there you go, next month and Office editing on the iPhone should be here.

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By April 9, 2009 Read More →

Need for Speed running on a HTC Touch HD

image After the recent statement at CTIA by EA Games that all future games will be coming to Windows Mobile, Italian site HD Blog have got a copy of Need for Speed running on an HTC Touch HD. The Touch HD in question is also running on Windows Mobile 6.5 too. The graphics look pretty smooth and frame rate high. Take a look for yourself after the break and don’t forget to click HQ for the HD version.

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By April 9, 2009 Read More →

SanDisk Sansa Express unboxing video

Over the past few years we’ve looked at and reviewed almost all of the media players in the Sansa range from SanDisk from the original e260 onwards. However I noticed one model missing from our review list; the Sansa Express.

The SanDisk Sansa Express

The SanDisk Sansa Express

I’ve been extremely impressed with all of the models in the Sansa range and still use the original e260 to this day. They are all simple to use with an intuitive user interface but the one thing that has always made these media players stand out is the phenomenal battery life. I can use my e260 for 2 hours per pay and I dont have to charge it for WEEKS!

The Sansa Express is at the lower end of the model range. It’s pretty small, not much bigger than a regular USB memory key and in fact that’s exactly what it looks like. Because of its diminutive size you wont be able to watch video on this model but there is a decent OLED display on the front so that you can look through your music list and see what’s currently playing etc. There’s even a built in FM radio.

The Express comes in several different capacities, we are reviewing the 1GB model. However the nice thing about the Express is that it had a MicroSD card slot so that you can increase the storage space available and it will support up to 8GB SDHC memory cards.

I’ll be spending the next few weeks using the SanDisk Sansa Express on my commute and will be back with a review soon. Have a look at my brief unboxing video for mode details:


SanDisk Sansa Express unboxing video


SanDisk Sansa Express specification:

  • 1GB internal memory (2GB model available)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H) 1 in x 0.7 in x 3.1 in
  • microSD slot to expand your capacity and provide portability of music
  • Direct USB connector-No cable needed 
  • New sleek, compact design      
  • With this MP3 player you can enjoy music & FM radio
  • Built-in Mic for Voice Recording
  • Four-line, bright OLED screen
  • Digital FM tuner, with FM recording
  • Simple to use controls for fast device interface navigation
  • Supports MP3, WMA, protected WMA, WAV, and Audible files
  • 15-hour, rechargeable lithium polymer battery life


Posted by: Matt

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By April 9, 2009 Read More →

Huawei’s first Android phone

Huawei’s first Android phone has been confirmed as due for launch on T-Mobile later this year.

Showcased at the Mobile World Congress event earlier this year, the OEM offering had been scheduled for a third quarter launch, but with whom was not known.

Huawei Android
Huawei’s Android Phone

Now a Huawei spokesperson has confirmed the device will join the G1 in T-Mobile’s Android-based line-up: "I can confirm that Huawei will be releasing the third Google phone on T-Mobile this year".

The handset, said to be "low-cost", will boast a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack and Wi-Fi connectivity.

So far the T-Mobile G1 is the only Android phone available in the UK, although Vodafone and HTC are to offer the rival "Magic" from May.

Posted by: John

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By April 8, 2009 Read More →

New spectrum for mobile TV in the UK


image The prospect of mobile TV in the UK had a major breakthrough this week, as it emerged that the European Commission could release a new band of spectrum, earmarked for satellite companies, next month.

The move, which will be voted on in May, may see mobile operators forming MVNO-style partnerships with satellite companies to use the spectrum for new services, as well as expanding their 3G networks.

The European Commission has decided to pool the ‘S-band’ licence, rather than allocate it on a country-by-country basis, and is expected to give it to two satellite companies for use in 27 countries across Europe. It has said it would like the spectrum to be used to develop services such as mobile television.

It is expected that the 18 year licences will be awarded to the UK satellite operator, Inmarsat, as well as to Solaris – a joint venture between Luxembourg-based SES Astra and French company Eutelsat – who could then partner with mobile operators to make TV services available in countries including the UK.

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By April 8, 2009 Read More →

HTC Touch HD ROM Upgrade available

image An updated ROM is now available for HTC Touch HD users to download. [The update is available for the following languages: English (Pan Europe and UK), Italian, Dutch, French, Finnish, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish.]

1. Updated the Connection Setup Database.

2. Improved emergency call connections while using Airplane Mode.

3. The GPS position updating speed has been enhanced.

4. A Title bar display flicker in TouchFLO 3D has been corrected.

5. Fixed multiple browsing issues.

Available from HTC right here

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SanDisk Extreme IV compact flash review

As soon as you hear the mention of SanDisk’s name I’m sure that memory cards will spring to mind. SanDisk are arguably the top memory card manufacturer and certainly the choice of many a professional photographer.


Here we are looking at the SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash card. So what’s the Extreme IV part all about? Extreme IV refers to the fact that this Compact Flash is UDMA so should be capable of up to 45MB/s transfers. 

One of the ways you’ll know that you are looking at a quality product is that it comes neatly boxed and well presented rather than in a plastic blister pack that you’d find cheaper memory cards in.


You may be wondering why speed is so important and why not simply focus on capacity? As DSLR manufacturers continue to push the boundaries with their sensors we’re starting to see even the entry level cameras with 15 megapixel sensors with the higher end going to 25+. If you add the RAW shooting capability in to the mix then you’ll find that each photo can be upwards of 17MB. That’s a fair amount of data to write to a memory card every time the shutter it released and if you add in high speed burst shooting you can start to see why memory card speed might be important. The faster the memory card the more photos can be recorded in a burst. So taking the Extreme IV for example and recording JPG images to the memory card on the Canon EOS-50D you can record in bursts continuously! Pretty important if you are photographing a lot of action.


So in order to see how much difference the UDMA technology makes to the Extreme IV I’ve compared it to another unbranded 8GB compact flash card.

In the test I wrote a series of RAW photo files to the memory card and timed the overall write speed. I performed the test several times with each card and took the average of each. I’m writing 6 RAW files to each memory card and the images are 17.1MB each.

SanDisk Extreme IV 8GB CF 6.03 seconds
Generic non-branded 8GB CF 14.94 seconds

So just simply looking at the results above you can see that the Extreme IV is more than twice as fast as the generic compact flash, this will certainly make a noticeable difference.

However, it’s not just about write speed, we should also consider read speed.

Having used the generic no-name memory card in my Canon 50D for such a long time and reading a few hundred images in from the card at a time this can take a few minutes. I’ve been using the Extreme IV for the past few weeks and it’s obvious that it’s a much faster card when it comes to downloading images, in fact I’m pretty sure that the memory card is faster than the USB connection on the camera and the card reader, so we’ll be looking at a Firewire reader soon.



Is the SanDisk Extreme IV compact flash card worth the extra money? That al depends on how much you use your camera. If you are a casual photographer then I’d say the Extreme IV isn’t going to be worth the additional cost (more than twice as expensive as a generic brand). If however you are a very keen amateur or a pro then you might want to invest in one of these. I’m sure that the time you’ll save at the end of the shoot will mean that the SanDisk Extreme IV will pay for itself in no time!


Review by: Matt

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