Archive for August, 2009

By August 13, 2009 Read More →

Palm Pre is tougher and more stable

Remeber the Palm Pre? Remeber how it likes to fall apart? Not anymore, PreThinking has an excellent article following the self destrusctive nature of the first genertion Palm Pre. Some of those poor soles who spent money that saved the company merely ended up with a fragile plastic device lead to no end of headaches. Have a look at the guided tour of Palm Pre horrors and the phone works its way to perfection, again (If your Mobile phone under 18 months you should maybe place it in another room as some of the imagery can be disturbing.)

If you’re an early Pre adapter like myself that nabbed one of the first batches of Palm Pres, then chances are you experienced it firsthand or have heard of some of the build quality issues surrounding the first shipments of Palm Pres. Although the particular Pre I got was one of the solid ones. Palm acted swiftly from the reports, and looks like Pres manufactured in July and up, fixes some of the issues.

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By August 13, 2009 Read More →

Panasonic HDC-SD10 review


The High Definition HCD-SD10 is Panasonics almost identical twin of the TM10. With a range of camcorders to choose at the moment, is this going to be the one in your pocket?

The Panasonic HDC-SD10

The Panasonic HDC-SD10


What’s in the box?

  • SD10 Video Camera
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery, 7.2V/725mAh
  • AC adaptor
  • AC and DC cable
  • USB cable
  • Component cable
  • AV cable
  • Stylus pen
  • Software CD

Also take a look at Matt’s Panasonic SD10 unboxing video for more.


Panasonic HDC-SD10 Specification:

  • Image Sensor: 1/6" MOS
  • Total Pixels: 1.47 megapixels
  • Motion Image: 1.17 megapixels [16:9]
  • Still Image: 1.17 megapixels [16:9]
  • F Value: F1.8(WIDE)/2.8(TELE)
  • Optical Zoom: 16x
  • Digital Zoom: 40x- 1000x
  • Focal Length: 2.95-47.2 mm
  • Filter Diameter: 30.5mm
  • 35mm Film camera Equivalent: 44.1-706mm (16:9)
  • Minimum Illumination: 9 lx (1/25 Low Light Mode) / 1 lx (Colour Night View Mode)
  • Image Stabilizer: Advanced O.I.S. [Optical Image Stabilization] with Active Mode
  • Focus: Auto / Manual
  • White Balance: Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set
  • Motion Image: Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25-1/8000 , OFF : 1/50-1/8000
  • Still Image: Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/25-1/8000 , OFF : 1/50-1/8000(Progressive : 1/25-1/500)
  • Backlight Compensation
  • Monitor(LCD): 2.7 Wide LCD
  • Recording Format: JPEG
  • Still Picture: 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080) [16:9]
  • Flash: Yes
  • Pict Bridge: Yes
  • Recording Format: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)
  • Recording Mode: HA (17Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HG (13Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HX (9Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HE (6Mbps / VBR) , (1440 x 1080)
  • Playback Mode: HA (17Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HG (13Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HX (9Mbps / VBR) , (1920 x 1080) / HE (6Mbps / VBR) , (1440 x 1080)
  • Audio Recording System: Dolby Digital (2ch)
  • Microphone: 2ch Stereo, Zoom mic.
  • Speaker: Dynamic type
  • AV Out
  • HDMI (mini)
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Video component



As soon as you remove this from its box you appreciate just how small and light it is, the cube shaped battery makes up a large portion of the camcorders size. And yet for a small unit it is packed with lots of features.

Rear: Video record; battery release; mode switch

Panasonic HDC-SD10 back view

Panasonic HDC-SD10 back view


Top: Optical image stabiliser; intelligent Auto (iA) button; zoom lever; photoshot button; SD card slot

Panasonic HDC-SD10 top view

Panasonic HDC-SD10 top view


Underneath: Tripod socket

Left: Touch screen LCD display with record, zoom, menu, light and delete buttons; PRE-REC button; power button; battery compartment; component socket; HDMI socket; USB2.0 socket; AV socket

Panasonic HDC-SD10 left side

Panasonic HDC-SD10 left side


Right: Grip belt, lens cover switch, SD activity light




  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • 16 x optical and 1000x digital zoom
  • Easy to use
  • SD card
  • Nice feel


  • No internal memory
  • Not keen on fast panning



Considering you could spend a week reading up on all the features and how to use them, this is a straightforward point and shoot video camera that a novice could use with ease.

After you first turn the unit on, you can power on or off by opening and closing the LCD display. The touch screen display is simple to use and even comes with a plastic stylus which looks like someone has run over a whistle with a steamroller. At first I thought that the small size would make operating difficult, but once I slipped my hand into the grip and tightened it, the unit felt comfortable and operating it was easy and painless.

There isn’t any internal memory, so a high capacity SD card is recommended as you can record around 8 minutes of high definition video per GB. This is the only difference between this camcorder and the TM10 which comes with 8 GB of internal memory.

The SD10 has some good features including 16 x optical zoom, the PRE REC button which records 3 seconds before you actually press the record button, so you don’t miss any ‘You’ve been framed moments’ and Panasonic’s Optical Image Stabiliser which helps eliminate a lot of the camera wobble. You will find that if you try to pan the camera fast a warning will come up saying ‘Camera panning to fast’ , this is more noticeable whilst zooming.

As well as downloading to your PC you have the ability to download your videos straight to a recorded media and your photos to a printer with PictBridge. The still pictures are taken at around 1.17 megapixels which nowadays isn’t anything amazing but this is a camcorder not a camera and its features like this that allow you to take one device out with you and enjoy yourself.




The software supplied was adequate and converted the videos into the m2ts format so that you could burn them onto Blu-ray. My test videos didn’t run properly through media player so I had to watch them through the supplied software.



This is a wonderful little unit, light and small enough to fit in a good sized pocket or small handbag and yet packed full of features which make this camera ideal for a beginner through to someone that wants to have a bit more control.

There is a dilemma, if you bought the TM10 instead of this (for around £25-30 more) you would get the same camera but with 8GB of internal memory or you could buy the SD10 without the internal memory but with the savings go out and buy a larger memory card. Whichever choice you make, it will be a good one.


Review by: Gary

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By August 13, 2009 Read More →

ASUS Eee PC T91 in stock

We’ve looked at a number of the models is Asus’ Eee PC range from the Original Eee PC 701 onwards. The 701 really was a groundbreaking product really starting off the ‘netbook’ craze.


Where the T91 differs is that it’s actually a small a small touchscreen tablet.

A key benefit of the ASUS Eee T91’S touchscreen and tablet PC form factor is the flexibility they afford users. No longer must the device be used on a flat plane such as a table. With the ASUS Eee T91 folded flat like a slate, users will be able to use it comfortably while standing up. Users will be able to read notes, sketch ideas directly onto the screen, chat on IM, surf the Internet, and play games while walking. Furthermore, the ASUS Eee T91 accepts fingertip input and handwriting, ensuring that scrolling through documents and keying in text are simple affairs.

Our friends over at SuperEtrader just emailed us to say that they’ve now got the ASUS Eee PC T91 in stock for just £409.99.

We’ll be getting our hands on one of these over the next few days and will have an unboxing video and review online for you soon.


Head on over to superEtrader to find out more about the T91, to see the full spec and to place an order!


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Deals & Offers
By August 12, 2009 Read More →

Microsoft, Nokia plan mobile Office deal


Microsoft is expected on Wednesday to announce a partnership with European mobile giant Nokia to help get its Office software onto that company’s mobile phones, CNET News has learned.

With the next version of Office, Microsoft is trying to expand its desktop hold on the productivity market into one that spans the PC, Web, and phone, and this deal is seen as a significant move in that last category.

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Samsung S5600 unboxing video

Samsung seem to be releasing a lot of handsets at the moment and the S5600 is just one of the new handsets to hit the market. Design-wise is bears a striking resemblance to the Samsung Jet but on the inside it’s a fairly different beast. The S5600 has a lower resolution display than the Jet, just QVGA and overall has a more limited spec. Don’t be fooled in to thinking that the S5600 is a basic handset, it has 3G and HSDPA support, Touch Wiz interface, capacitive touch screen and built in GPS.

The Samsung S5600

The Samsung S5600

Here in the UK the Samsung S5600 (aka Samsung Preston) is an Orange exclusive and is available in White, Black and Pink. You may also find it avaialable SIM-free if you look around.

We’ll be reviewing the handset over the next few days and will have the review online for you shortly but for now have a look at the unboxing video for a taster of what the S5600 has to offer.


Samsung S5600 unboxing video


Samsung S5600 specification:

  • 3.15-megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth®
  • GPRS, EDGE 3G and HSDPA support.
  • MP3 player
  • email 
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Java™ capable
  • FM radio
  • internal memory 80MB
  • MicroSDHD memory card support
  • speakerphone
  • accelerometer sensor
  • wap
  • USB compatible
  • 2.8" QVGA Capacitive touch screen
  • width: 54.8 mm
  • length: 102.8 mm
  • depth: 12.9 mm
  • weight: 92g
  • standby: 12.5 days
  • talk time: 3 hours

The Samsung S5600 is perfect for keeping in touch on the move, particularly with the latest social networking trends and comes with Orange Windows Live embedded for easy access. Mobile widgets can be dragged and placed on the screen for one-click access to favourite applications. Fast internet browsing with an accelerometer sensor for auto screen rotation gives users an exciting mobile internet experience. The 2.8" QVGA full touch screen really helps the user to design, customise and personalise the way they use their phone.

The Samsung S5600 also includes a 3.2MP camera with the latest digital camera features such as smile shot, so users can easily take pictures and upload them to show friends and family with the Orange photography service. The phone also features music recognition using Shazam’s ‘Find Music’, so users can find any song they want to listen to wherever they are and purchase it through the Orange Music Store.


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By August 12, 2009 Read More →

Docs to go for Android


The ability to natively view and edit Microsoft Office documents on smartphones is often limited to Windows Mobile devices only. For other platforms to be able to do this requires third party software like Documents to Go from DataViz.

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Planned Maintenance complete


You might have noticed, I certainly didn’t, that the site has been moved to another server. From here on it we should be a little speedier as the oscillating hooslebinder has been recalibrated. Hopefully no one missed out on their full of mobile tech news.

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By August 12, 2009 Read More →

Nokia 5530: Touchscreen Smartphone for under €200


Nokia recently announced their latest entrant into the touchscreen smartphone market, the Nokia 5530. The standout feature here is the cost, for around £170 unlocked, even less on PAYG, you too can join the swishy transition party and play the phone envy game on the train.

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, a music-focused, touchscreen phone running S60 5th Edition is available now from Carphone Warehouse, featuring a 2.9 inch (640 x 360) touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, accelerometer, stereo speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio, WiFi, Bluetooth and will include a 4 GB memory card.

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By August 11, 2009 Read More →

Nimbuzz for Android Launches


Nimbuzz is a multi community mobile social messenger combining Instant Messaging, (geo) presence, and VoIP.  The free application lets users connect and interact with their buddies across popular communities, including  Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk (Orkut), AIM,  and social networks including Facebook and MySpace.

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By August 11, 2009 Read More →

Looking for a Sony contact!

Ok so this post is a little out of the ordinary, it’s not often that I’ll post such a blatant appeal for help but I’m looking for a Sony contact, either someone inside Sony or else someone that works for one of Sony’s PR agencies. I’m specifically interested in talking to Sony about camcorders so if anyone from Sony is out there reading this or if you know anyone that handles PR for Sony the please do get in touch with me using our feedback form. I would be extremely grateful!


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Site Announcements