Archive for April, 2009

By April 27, 2009 Read More →

LG Arena (KM900) unboxing video

You may have seen the adverts for the LG Arena on TV where the phone is demonstrated as a completely touch-screen device. Fans of the HTC Touch may hove noticed some similarities between the user interface on the Arena and the Touch Cube on the HTC Touch.

The LG Arena has an extremely sensitive screen thanks to the capacitive technology used. It’s similar in response to the iPhone but has higher-res WVGA (480×800) screen that will help you make the most of your videos as the Arena will even playback DivX/Xvid Video.

Play your music more powerfully with Dolby Mobile for Music to experience a superior sound quality. Plus, take advantage of the 3.5mm jack, for connecting high quality headphones. Finally, the LG Arena allows you play your music in multi-formats meaning all of your music – MP3, AAC, AAC+, RA and WMA).

We’ll be reviewing the LG Arena over the next few weeks but for now take a look at our unboxing video.


LG Arena (KM900) unboxing video


LG Arena (KM900) Specification:
  • 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 
  • 3G Network HSDPA 2100 
  • Size Dimensions 105.9 x 55.3 x 11.95 mm 
  • Weight 105 g
  • Display Type TFT capacitive touch screen – Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.0 inches
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
  • Internal 8 GB
  • Card slot microSD (TransFlash), up to 16GB
  • EDGE, 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth v2.0 
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592?1944 pixels, Schneider-Kreuznach optics, autofocus
  • Features Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, EMail, Instant Messaging
  • Ringtones Type Polyphonic, MP3
  • Customization Composer, Download
  • Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • Radio FM radio; FM transmitter
  • A-GPS
  • Battery   Standard battery, Li-Ion 1000 mAh
  • Stand-by Up to 300 h
  • Talk time Up to 3 h 50 min


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By April 26, 2009 Read More →

Samsung S8300 Tocco Ultra review


Samsung have sprung upon us another 8 megapixel camera phone with a few features to note only a couple of months after their notable Samsung Pixon. How does it shape up you ask? Read on for more.

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By April 26, 2009 Read More →

iBattleships for iPhone released


Remember that classic board game we used to play when we were kids, well it is now available for the iPhone or iPod Touch. We haven’t tried this one yet but it looks very promising especially with the WiFi two player mode. This is the description the developer has sent us.

Show your skill as Commander and lead your fleet to victory. Challenge your iPhone or another Player through WiFi and try to achieve the highest rank possible. Even a defeat can be important. Deploy your fleet, consisting of an Aircraft Carrier, Battleship, Frigate, Submarine and a Mine-Sweeper and get ready to begin the battle in a fantastic 3D Scene!

– Single Player Mode
– Two Player Mode (WiFi Connection)
– 3D Graphics
– Vibro and Sound Control


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By April 26, 2009 Read More →

WSJ for iPhone released, offers paid content for free

Until recently the battleground of smartphone wars were hardware features. 9 months ago Apple launched an app store and everything changed. Now the main battleground of smartphone wars are applications: what kind of applications you can run on your smartphone and what applications you can’t. It looks like Apple is doing well in this battleground because there are several applications for iPhone and iPod touch that are not available for any other mobile platform. Wrong! Not only mobile: here comes WSJ app for iPhone that offers FREE access to content that even on PC and Mac is not free and must be paid for!

Here is how this app looks like:

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By April 26, 2009 Read More →

HTC Touch Diamond2 review followup

Since I published my review of the HTC Touch Diamond2 a few days ago several people have posted some important questions so rather then answer them through the comments system or privately I thought I would post this review follow up for you all to have a look at.



"One thing I’d like to know is if the device has a proximity sensor to shut the display off when you put it to your ear/face while having a call."

I forgot to mention the reasoning for the amazing battery life. One of the things that makes this so energy efficient is the built-in display management.

The device does dim and increase the screen brightness as you use it, however it doesn’t switch off the screen. This was something that the Original Diamond used to do, and annoyed the hell out of so many users, I think they redesigned it. The longer you talk, the dimmer the screen goes, however almost instantly it "relights" as soon as you take it away from your face. It’s so fast I actually had to make a test call in front of a mirror in order to check it out. However.. this is NOT a proximity sensor.. It’s an ambient light sensor! This is confirmed on page 23 of the User Manual.

sinaplenty & Adam:

"Have you got an idea how it compares with the OS on the Touch HD – that’s still around with bigger screen and proper headphone jack, and would think is a pretty decent alternative to the Diamond2?"

The Touch HD is a viable alternative in my opinion, however.. You have to remember it came out over 7 months ago. HTC have had a lot of time and a lot of feedback to finalise this Diamond 2, its hardware and the ROM. Overall, the Diamond 2 feel "snappier" and its Touchflo is far better. The larger screen is a plus for the HD, as the 3.5 mil jack, however the headphones supplied with the Diamond are not bad at all, and the amount of adapters out there for Extusb to 3.5 jack, do not make that a real deciding factor anymore, at least not in my book. At the end of the day it’s a matter of taste, battery and weight…


Touch HD

  • Dimensions
  • 115 x 62.8 x 12 mm
  • Weight
  • 146 g
  • Screen Size: 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches

Diamond 2

  • Dimensions
  • 107.9 x 53.1 x 13.7 mm
  • Weight
  • 117.5 g
  • Screen Size : 480 x 800 pixels, 3.2 inches


Can you please add a few landscape screen shot of Opera. I would love to know whether sites are more readable in landscape view now that they don’t need to be zoomed out as much. Also can u please comment on 640*480 video recording. And review the new ISO settings of the phone. Does a higher ISO really help with low light situations?

Well, Here’s Google News (click to enlarge):

opera googlenews landscape

and as well as the landscape mode does for browsing, it’s terrible for text entry!

sideways keyboard

As for the camera:

I have to admit, I didn’t really review the camera that well . Having gone back, I took a closer look at all the new features, and was surprised to find quite a few things had changed.

The auto ISO does help a bit, but it’s still bad in low light! The video recording is quite good with the ability to record in H.263, H.264 and Mpeg4 and sizes of 128*96, 176*144, 320*240, 352*288 and 640*480.

Again, low light is a problem, as you can see from this short video of my cats!

As for the exchange functionality that Joy asked for, I am currently writing a review for that topic on the Diamond. Should be ready in a few days, as its quite extensive, and aimed not only for "end users" but also system admins interested in using Windows Mobile devices as an alternative to Blackberry. so it will cover quite a bit of ground.


Review by: Piero

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By April 26, 2009 Read More →

T-Mobile USA TEK-onition™

image What is a Tek-onition™, and what does it have to do with T-Mobile? It is my little cute reference to a premonition of tech things to come. This particular TEK-onition™ is regarding a potentially new feature on T-Mobile’s 3G network. Peaked your interest? Details after the click.

OK, let’s get to stating, and making the probability case for the current TEK-onition™:

TEK-onition™ 1 of ?

My techie sense leads me to believe that when T-Mobile USA releases, or announces, their version of the HTC Touch Pro 2, they will also be announcing a new feature for their 3G network…3G video calling.

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By April 25, 2009 Read More →

iPhonedocked review Leaf Trombone World Stage

image We gave this one a miss as to be honest, never quite got into the original Smule game Ocarina. Maybe it was just us as it was a hugely popular application. Anyway Geoff over at iPhonedocked has put together a video showing the application, what it’s all about and how to use it. Check it out after the break it does look a little different and may be your cup of tea.

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By April 25, 2009 Read More →

HTC Magic Delayed Launch

HTC and Vodafone might have created what they thought was the perfect storm of interest with the new Magic when they unveiled it at Barcelona earlier this year, but delays mean it won’t hit the UK until May.

Vodafone’s Magic mini-site (as in a site for the phone, rather than a site where cool things happen) previously stated that the phone would be coming in April this year when pre-orders were announced earlier in 2009.

But this has now been shifted to May, with Vodafone rather sheepishly stating that if you order today "we will aim to deliver by 5 May," hinting that the problems that have plagued the handset might not have been fully resolved.

HTC Magic Mini Site

Issues with the handsets hardware, as well as rumoured issues with the latest version of Android (necessary to work the virtual keyboard on the device, which is pretty important when there are only three physical keys) meant that the HTC Magic was subject to a last minute delay.


Posted by: John

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By April 25, 2009 Read More →

Review: SplashNotes – yet another outliner for iPhone

image Mobile software companies with big experience in making programs for PDAs and mobile phones are nowadays entering also iPhone market but some of their products for iPhone are not as good as they were in versions for other platforms. It seems that iPhone is a big reset where many established companies struggle to get market share and where many new, until now known companies are the winners.

Here we are reviewing SplashNotes for iPhone – a commercial outliner that allows for note taking in hierarchical way. It has been developed by SplashData – a company that before iPhone has been developing software for many mobile platforms, including Palm OS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry.

Here is how this program looks like (main screen):

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By April 25, 2009 Read More →

HTC Touch Pro2 videos

image A Russian site have managed to get hold of an HTC Touch Pro2 and shared some videos of the hardware and software. The device is due for a June launch so this will be a pre-release ROM but never the less it is looking pretty good. The written review also has a lot of pictures with comparisons to the iPhone 3G, Diamond2 and the HTC Max. In case you missed it we posted our review of the HTC Diamond2 this week and will follow up with a Touch Pro2 review as soon as it is released. For now take a look at the videos after the break.

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