Archive for June 9th, 2009

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Samsung Omnia 2 (i8000)

So if the rumours are correct it looks like Samsung will soon be launching the update to the original Omnia and it will be called the Omnia 2 or i8000.

If the info is to be believed: a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 480×800 pixel resolution, 8.1-megapixel LED flash camera, Wi-Fi, DivX and Xvid support.

Also there is a video after the break and hopefully this is an early ROM as the phone runs like a dog and looks just an awful experience.

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Palm Pre in pieces

 

palm-pre-disassembly

Many people across the country eagerly waited in line to get their hands on the most anticipated handset of the year, the Palm Pre. While the overwhelming majority of people who took a Pre home with them are counting on it to be their reliable companion for the foreseeable future, the people at Rapid Repair were merely interested in taking it back to their offices and ripping it apart. So what did we learn other than the fact that disassembling a Pre is best done by people who really, really know what they’re doing? Pre components are worth about $170 — a massive leap above the iSuppli estimate of $138. In other words, it’s probably best to actually have a unit on hand before estimating its production cost. Just a thought.

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O2 bites the hands that feed it, but not mine!

image So after all the excitement of yesterdays iPhone announcements, O2 the exclusive Apple partner for the iPhone in the UK has destroyed the buzz for all current iPhone 3G subscribers. To upgrade my iPhone 3G to the new iPhone 3GS I have to pay the remaining 6 months of my contract off then sign a new 18 month contract and pay a minimum of £175.00 for the 32GB flavour.

So lets do the maths, 6 x £45.00 + £175.00 would give a cost to upgrade of £ 445.00 or at today’s exchange rate $717.00.

I understand that a contract was signed for 18 months but as a loyal O2 customer they could offer a little sweetener to help the early adopters, twitter is awash with complaints aimed squarely at O2’s twitter presence and so far they have patronised us with poor responses.

I have now made my decision and it has been hard to come to, I will not be upgrading to the iPhone 3GS it’s just not worth the money and I cannot bring myself to commit any more of my hard earned money to a network that obviously does not understand it’s customers or the old adage that a new customer costs 3 times more to win than to keep an existing one.

And don’t even get me started on tethering charges, £14.68 for 3 Gig or £29.36 per month for 10 Gig, not bad when your already paying for unlimited data as part of your iPhone contract.

So the iPhone killer never appeared as hardware but actually from one of it’s supposed allies #02Fail

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LG Viewty Smart unboxing video

We first saw the original LG Viewty over 18 months ago and surprisingly that handset remains popular today and is still offered by many of the mobile networks both on-contract and on PAYG.

The new LG Viewty Smart (LG GC900)

The new LG Viewty Smart (LG GC900)

 

When LG announced the new version of the device, the LG Viewty Smart, I’m sure that a large number of Viewty owners were pleased with the news and will be looking to upgrade. The new handset offers a larger and higher res touchscreen display as well as an improved 8 megapixel camera, TV output (with additional cable), AGPS, photo geotagging, Google maps, etc.

Naturally we’ll have a full review for you within the next week or so but until then you can check out my LG Viewty Smart unboxing video below.

 

LG Viewty Smart unboxing video

 

LG GC900 Viewty Smart – Smart Photography.
Take pictures with razor sharp detail, thanks to the 8 mega-pixel camera, autofocus and high quality Schneider-Kreuznah lens. The high ISO 1600 sensitivity and included LED flash lets you take images even in poor lighting conditions. Face detection, smile shutter and a host of other advanced camera options makes sure your photos always look their best. On-board AGPS geo tags your photographs, letting you see where and when your photos were taken.
LG GC900 Viewty Smart – Smart Video.
Not just for stunning still images, experience exceptional video with the LG Viewty Smart. Record video in DVD quality or choose slow motion video for fast moving objections. Support for a wide selection of movie formats, like DivX, lets you simply drag and drop your movies to watch.
LG GC900 Viewty Smart – Smart Display.
See things different with the LG Viewty Smart. The large 3" high resolution WVGA display brings your photographs and movies to life. Wide-screen support lets you see your movies in wide-screen, view complete web pages or just view photographs in pin sharp detail.
LG GC900 Viewty Smart – Smart Interface.
Make using the LG Viewty Smart easy, thanks to the innovative S-Class interface. Use simple gestures to access common features and options. Rotate your finger while taking a picture to zoom, double tap to expand web pages, or simply swipe your across the screen to move through your photographs.
LG GC900 Viewty Smart – Smart Information.
Support for widgets, brings information to you, see the weather or news as easily as checking for missed calls. A built in web browser brings the internet directly to you hand while haptic feedback provides subtle vibrations to confirm on-screen actions.

LG Viewty Smart specification:

  • Dimensions: 108.9 x 56.1 x 12.4mm
  • Weight: 102g
  • Battery:
    – Talk Time: 4 hrs
    – Standby Time: 350 hrs
    – Capacity: 1000 mAh
  • Display:
    – 800 x 400 pixels/3 inch
    – Touch Sensitive
    – Haptic Feedback
  • Network:
    – GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
    – WCDMA: 900/1900/2100 (Tri-Band)
    – HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
  • Camera:
    – 8 mega-pixels (auto-focus)
    – Digital Zoom
    – LED Flash
    – Schneider-Kreuznach Lens
    – Image Stabilization
    – Geo Tagging
    – Smile Shutter
    – Multiple Face Detection
    – Panorama Shot
    – Continuous Shot
  • Video:
    – Hi-Resolution VGA Video Recording (DVD Quality)
    – 120fps Slow Motion Video
    – Supported formats: MP4, 3GP, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviD & WMV
    – Video Streaming
  • Music:
    – Supported formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC+ & WMA
    – Windows Media Player Sync
  • Messaging:
    – SMS
    – MMS (with video)
    – E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4)
  • Memory:
    – Phone Book (1000)
    – Dialled Calls (40)
    – Missed Calls (40)
    – Received Calls (40)
    – 1.5GB (internal)
    – microSDHC (external)
  • Call Features:
    – Hands Free
    – Caller ID
  • Connectivity:
    – Bluetooth (2.0)
    – Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)
  • Navigation:
    – AGPS
    – Google Maps
  • Features:
    – Accelerometer
    – Office Document Viewer (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
    – PDF Document Viewer
    – TV Out

 

Posted by: Matt

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O2 to launch iPhone 3G S in the UK on 19 June

Unless you have been living under a rock you’ll probably be aware that Apple are due to launch a new version of the popular iPhone some time this month. It’s possibly one of the worst-kept Apple secrets. So Apple have finally made the announcement official and have introduced the new iPhone 3GS. Not a radical change from the existing iPhone 3G and possibly a little disappointing that it doesn’t go further, however O2 have been quick to confirm that they will be carrying said handset here in the UK.

 

O2 to launch iPhone 3G S in the UK on 19 June

O2 today confirmed two exciting iPhone developments. Firstly, the launch of two new iPhones, the iPhone 3G S 16GB and iPhone 3G S 32GB. Both will be available in the UK exclusively on the O2 network on 19 June. The second announcement is confirmation that the release of iPhone OS 3.0 software will also be available to download through iTunes on 17 June and is free to all existing iPhone customers, offering over 100 new features.

The new iPhone 3G S will be free on selected O2 consumer and business tariffs and also available to Pay & Go customers.

iPhone 3G S combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone 3G, O2’s fastest selling handset, with improved battery life, a higher resolution 3MP autofocus camera and a new built-in digital compass for instant navigation. From 19 June all iPhone 3G handsets with the latest iPhone OS 3.0 software will feature the hotly demanded Picture Messaging (MMS), as well as an Internet tethering option*** to connect your PC or Mac to the Internet using the iPhone 3G as a modem.

iPhone 3G S will be available in the UK through O2, Carphone Warehouse and Apple sales channels. It can be purchased online from 19 June by visiting o2.co.uk/iPhone.

All customers will continue to receive unlimited browsing on their iPhone over O2’s HSDPA network** and unlimited access to over 7,500 Wi-Fi hotspots through both The Cloud and now BT Openzone.

Both the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3G S will also be available to Pay & Go customers at the following prices:

· iPhone 3G 8GB – £342.50

· iPhone 3G S 16GB – £440.40

· iPhone 3G S 32GB – £538.30

iPhone 3G S 16GB and 32GB models will also be available on a number of O2 business tariffs on a 24 or 36?month contract.

**Subject to O2’s excessive use policy

*** Available with the Internet Tethering Bolt On

See the O2 website for pricing details – www.o2.co.uk/iPhone

 

Posted by: Matt

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