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Android growing rapidly

image Google’s Android operating system is gaining support in the mobile industry, with 8 million Android phones to be sold in 2009, up 10-fold from a year ago, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Monday.

With the overall handset market shrinking as economies slow globally, the mobile industry is focussing investment on more advanced smartphones and their software.

Google’s Android was introduced in the United States in the second half of 2008, and now all top mobile phone vendors except Nokia have said they would use Android. "Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years," said Neil Mawston, a director at Strategy Analytics.

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Hands-on review of Palm Pre


palm-pre-1 Prethinking have an excellent Hands-on review of the Palm Pre. Covering most of the aspects this is an essential read for anyone interested in this device. Check after the break for the review.

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Samsung i7500 caught on video

image Looks like the Android device promises are starting to appear at long last, here is a video hands on with the Samsung i7500 which has some really nice specs. This one will surely give HTC a run for their money as Samsung seem to understand the whole 3.5mm headset jack and camera flash requirements where other manufacturers do not.

  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Quad-Band GSM
  • Tri-Band 7.2Mbps HSDPA (900/1700/2100MHZ)
  • 320×480 pixel 3.2? AMOLED Screen
  • WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • 8GB Internal Storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD)
  • 3.5mm Headset Jack

Take a look at the video after the break.

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Sony Ericsson C510 Review

It seems that not a day goes by when Sony Ericsson are not announcing a new device to add to there already amazingly large, ever expanding Walkman or Cybershot range. But then you have to say with these iconic brands like this from Sony at their disposal, why not. The C510, one of the latest additions to the Sony Ericsson Cybershot range I feel looks the part, but with just a 3.2 megapixel camera can the device really compete with other mobiles and of course the much loved compact digital?

C510_angled_right The Sony Ericsson C510


What’s in the box?

  • Sony Ericsson C510 handset
  • Battery
  • Mains charger
  • Stereo headset/handsfree
  • USB cable
  • Manual


Sony Ericsson C510 specification:

  • Dimensions: 107 x 47 x 12.5 mm
  • Weight: 92g
  • Display: 240 x 320 pixel, 256K colour TFT,  2.2 inches
  • Camera: 3.2 mega-pixels, Autofocus
  • Smile ShutterT
  • Face detection
  • Network: – GSM: 900/1800/1900 (Tri-band)
  • UMTS (3G), EDGE
  • Music: Media player
  • Album art
  • BluetoothT stereo (A2DP)
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, E-mail & Instant Messaging
  • Memory: Phone Book: 1000 entries, up to 2500 numbers
  • 100MB (internal)
  • Memory Stick Micro M2 (external)
  • USB support
  • Geo tagging of photos (cell-id)
  • Google MapsT
  • FM radio with RDS
  • YouTube client



The C510 is a classic candy bar style device, and compared to other Cybershot camera phones, it looks and feels very small, and it can often be the case in technological products that this can be best.

C510_frontSony Ericsson C510 – front view

A clear a large display is the centre of attention on the front of the device below this are four way navigational buttons with a select key in the centre, the soft keys for shortcuts, cancel and of course the call control keys surround this and a full numerical pad with individual keys below this.

C510_keypad Sony Ericsson C510 – keypad view

The left of the device sees that familiar Sony Ericsson style connector which I have always felt is a little to large for devices in the walkman range however its presence is some what reassuring in the Cybershot range. Along from this is the all important M2 Card Slot with cover for storing all your photos and multimedia.

C510_left Sony Ericsson C510 – left view

The right of the C510 is home to the two way zoom control which also takes care of volume and checking your devices status (battery life etc.) The shutter button is located at the opposite end to this and as you can see that clean, attractive blue stripe continues around the entire phone.

C510_right Sony Ericsson C510 – right view

The back of a Cybershot is more often than not would be described as the business end of the phone, a separate sliding camera cover can reveal the 3.2 megapixel camera and a dual LED flash for lower light situations, that is about it for the back of the C510 other than the usual Sony Ericsson branding.

C510_back Sony Ericsson C510 – back view


  • Small compact design
  • Dual LED flash


  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera
  • 100MB Internal Memory

The biggest compliment I can give when giving a review is to state that I would quite happily spend my own money on the product in question. Acknowledging a phone as a great piece of kit is one, thing but whether or not you would buy it is a different ball game all together. As with most consumer products you have certain models or brands that you just love and others which you well…. just don’t. Well with me mobile phones are no different. Some phones can have a fantastic spec, great quality, price, etc. but if you don’t get on with them you just don’t. I am happy to say that the C510 is not one of these and is one of the few phones I have really enjoyed using.

The C510 does not posses stunning or ground breaking looks, a standard candy bar device but managing to stay clean and ‘swish’ looking with the single strip of colour encasing the C510. The phone is what I would describe as practical in its appearance and it would have been easy enough for Sony Ericsson to go over the top and turn this phone into something more at home in the Tate Modern (Art Gallery) as appose to your jeans pocket. But, they managed to restrain themselves and the result is a great looking device which is surprisingly pleasant to use.

C510_angled_left Sony Ericsson C510

The device feels light in the hand however has a clear somewhat sturdy feeling centre. If that sounds strange – basically it means you can feel the weight of the screen on this comparatively lightweight device, which may sound a very strange thing to say but it is just something on this device that did stand out. Not only is the screen heavy but it is rather large for a candy bar style device. This does leave less room for the keypad, and although they are all individual keys and are reasonably sized they do still feel a little close together, and for anyone with thumbs of a regular size may find themselves having to retype words due to what I like to call clumsy thumb syndrome which is something phones obviously want to avoid.

As you would expect it would make most sense to dedicate the most attention to the phone’s advertised purpose which, in this case is as a Cybershot digital camera, so how does the C510 compare to other Sony Ericsson Cybershot devices? Well, I am afraid on paper not well at all. In the past few months we have seen phones of 5, 8 and even 10 megapixel make their way through the doors of mobile phone manufacturers across the world, so when you see the C510 with just a 3.2 megapixel it seems that Sony Ericsson have been a little harsh in limiting the C510’s potential. It is a little like casting Tom Cruise as a sheep in the school nativity.
That said, the C510 does actually pack a fair punch when it comes to photography – that is if you don’t mind sacrificing picture quality. The reason I say this is a 3 megapixel picture is certainly substantial and clearly superior to other cameras of a similar spec mobiles but if you wish to use the somewhat limited zoom it will cost you a fair amount of picture quality as zoom is only available when the phones camera resolution is set to VGA. This is a big disappointment and one which if you are buying the C510 purely for its photography capabilities you will find it hard to overlook. The phone does however come with a Dual LED flash but with this sort of quality on the table it loses an extreme amount of purpose this again goes back to what I said a moment about it being a little cruel of Sony Ericsson to dangle carrots in front of the users face while still holding it back by with straining its features in what you could call quite key areas.

The camera comes with the usual amount of features such as burst and a number of adjustable elements such as exposure. Other features which are not so standard but certainly a welcome addition include facial recognition, and something which I have always found useful and that is Geo-Tagging. Storing your photos and videos is done via M2 card of which the phone supports up to 16GB.
Camera aside, although not a dedicated walkman device the C510 is still more than capable of catering for your music and multimedia needs and it features playback of the expected formats. The phone also features album art which provides your musical collection with that creative touch. Transferring music music from Pc to phone is simple as always with the included cables and software and playback sounds great through headphones however is a little questionable through the phones speakers.

The C510 is a little short of solid dedicated features, but then again it is a phone aimed more at the amateur photography, music loving youngster rather the jet setting suited businessmen. Navigating through the extremely familiar bordering on boring Sony Ericsson menu is made a little better on the C510 as the screen is absolutely one of the best I have seen. Spec wise it looks nothing special but when you see the display for yourself it looks bright and crystal clear. This combined with the inbuilt accelerometer make things such as viewing photos or using YouTube through the YouTube client that much better when compared to previous Sony Ericssons and other mobile phones of a similar spec. The usual fun applications such as photo and music DJ and track ID are present and the usual selection of games to while away the hours on those bus and train journeys. The device also features an FM radio.

Connectivity-wise the ‘standard’ features such as Bluetooth and USB connectivity are included on the C510 and something which came as a little bit of a surprise to me is the addition of Google maps support and, as I mentioned earlier, the YouTube client which is handy for quick and easy access to your favourite videos. I had a few little problems with lag while quickly navigating through the menus but nothing that didn’t sort itself out within a few seconds and therefore was nothing that really affected day to day use.

The phone’s sound quality is great when in a call or using speakerphone and I am pleased to conclude that I found no problems with muffling or change in volume etc. during a call. Battery life is quoted at 400 hours stand-by and a massive 10 hours talk time which is fantastic but I am sure you are aware this is likely to be reduced significantly if using the phone for heavy photography. I was personally extremely impressed with the battery life of the C510 and only had to charge the phone once in the entire time I used it.

The Sony Ericsson is a combination of both massive potential and mild disappointment. The lack of real power in the camera department is – if I’m honest – a let down considering this is advertised as a Cybershot device. However, it does make up for it in the multimedia department with crystal clear video playback and shortcuts to all your favourite social network sites. The Sony Ericsson C510 is the perfect phone for the budding amateur photographer with a real passion for music, which in today’s world is an awful lot of people. So, with my honest regards Sony Ericsson the best of luck with this one.



Reviewed by: Nick

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