Archive for August, 2009

By August 3, 2009 Read More →

Mobile Number Porting to become even quicker


The time it takes to port a mobile phone number could fall according to new plans from Ofcom, the independent communications authority. Thanks to Ofcom, the UK already had shorter porting times than the majority of Europe when they were able to reduce the process from five days to two working days. But, while we have bragging rights over the vast majority of Europe, it seems two days is one two many for Ofcom’s liking with the proposed changes shortening the process to one day and potentially even as short as two hours.

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By August 3, 2009 Read More →

Elan Digital Systems Mobidapter review

The Mobidapter from Elan Digital systems is an intriguing device. It is a portable mobile adapter allowing the transfer of files between a USB data stick and any mobile phone with an external micro SD slot without the need of a computer.


Looks wise the Mobidapter is not likely to be on its way to winning any style and design awards however this certainly does not affect it’s performance in any way. The device could not be easier to use connection is quick and easy and achieved in just two steps;

1. Insert USB Pen
2. Insert Mobidapter

Once this has been completed simply browse the files using your phones file manager and copy the items you require from the USB stick to phone or of course the reverse. One of the first things I thought when I saw the Mobidapter was when would I use it? Well after spending a little white with the device it soon became clear whether it be transferring pictures, music, documents or just simply backing up and storing files you may have on your mobile phone which you wish to back up on a USB stick without the hassle of connecting it to a PC. One of the things that I also felt the Mobidapter would be great for is in theory adding additional memory to your phone, what I mean by this while on out and about taking pictures can now consume a fairly large amount of memory which can be a problem particularly for phones capable of taking high Quality images as it restricts the number of photos the micro SD card can hold however with the Mobidapter simply connect it up to your 4GB memory stick for example and in seconds you have added 4GB to your phones’ memory.

So for every positive there tends to be a negative and the Mobidapter is not faultless. It is fairly costly coming in at around £35 and another problem I faced was the obvious need for an external micro SD slot, many new devices especially Samsung, in their quest to reduce clutter on the exterior of the device, are now housing the SD card alongside the SIM underneath the batter which obviously renders the Mobidapter helpless to operate on these phones.

The only other drawback I can see is that if you plan to use your mobile to copy files between USB memory and a microSD card for example you’ll first have to copy those files on to the phone itself. No big deal I hear you say but consider that the internal memory on many mobile devices will be limited to around the 128MB mark you wont be able to copy the entire contents of even a modest 1GB USB key in one go.

However that said there are still plenty of phones out there with external Micros SD slots and still many people finding transfer just that little bit to tedious especially when you consider the constant need for a PC to make the simplest of transfers, the Mobidapter is one of those simple devices which solves a simple problem it offers peace of mind through the ability to back up files stored on your phone as well as offering simple, easy and effective mobile data transfer on the go.


Posted by: Nick

Posted in: Reviews
By August 2, 2009 Read More →

Survive 2012 – the 2012 Movie app for iPhone released by Sony Pictures

On December 24, 2012, some global event will take place and some people claim that it will be a massive catastrophe. With this app you can increase your chances of surviving the 2012 event!

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By August 2, 2009 Read More →

HTC Hero retail unboxing video

Just a quick video for you today. Last week I unboxed a pre-retail version of the HTC Hero which was in a pretty plain box. Thanks to our friends over at Orange we managed to get our hands on the full retail version.


As you’ll see from the video below the final packaging is quite different to the plain box we saw last week and is quite smart. I think also hats-off to HTC for coming up with a box design that’s not only smart looking but also isn’t too heavy on the packaging.


HTC Hero retail unboxing video


If you’ve decided to splash out on the HTC Hero then you can pick it up from Orange on contract or take a look at this post for a list of retailers offering the SIM-free version.


HTC Hero Specification:

  • Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
  • Operating System: Android™
  • Memory:  ROM: 512 MB / RAM: 288 MB
  • Display: 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution
  • Network:  HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz – Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
    – Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Device Control: Trackball with Enter button
  • GPS: Internal GPS antenna
  • Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Camera: 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery Capacity: 1350 mAh
  • Talk time: Up to 470 minutes for GSM
  • Standby time: Up to 440 hours for GSM
  • Expansion Slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • G-sensor
  • Digital Compass
  • Dimensions (LxWxT): 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm (4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)
  • Weight: 135 grams ( 4.76 ounces) with battery


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By August 1, 2009 Read More →

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 unboxing video

We’ve reviewed a lot of Panasonic digital cameras in the past and have always been pretty impressed with the performance of the models in the Lumix range.

There’s a large selection of cameras in the Lumix range so if you are looking for a slim camera that’ll fit in your pocket then you’ll find one, if you want a camera with a wide angle lens you’ll find one and if you want a camera with a super-zoom then you’ll find one: the Lumix DMC-TZ6.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6


Panasonic DMC-TZ 6 – 25mm Ultra Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens and iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with AF Tracking
The TZ series packs a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 12x optical zoom into a compact body. This versatile photographic tool lets you shoot everything from sweeping vistas at the 25mm wide-angle setting to dynamic 300mm telephoto shots. And the lens system’s exquisite rendering ability lets you capture even the subtle nuances of the sights and scenes in your travels.

As always, we’ll be reviewing the Panasonic Lumix TZ6 over the next few weeks in real-world situations. Have a look at the brief unboxing video below to see the camera in a little more detail and then you can come back for the review later! 🙂


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 unboxing video

EDIT: The Lumix TZ6 review can now be found on the forum.


Panasonic Lumix TZ6 specification:

  • Zoom: 12x optical
  • Resolution: 10Mp
  • Sensor size: 1/2.5in
  • Sensor type: CCD
  • Max. image size: 3648×2736
  • File type: JPEG
  • Sensitivity: ISO80-1600 (ISO6400 in High Sensitivity mode)
  • Media type: SD/SDHC, built-in
  • Focus types: Normal, macro, continuous AF, Tracking AF, Quick AF
  • Normal focusing: 50cm-infinity
  • Close focusing: 3cm-200cm
  • Metering types: Intelligent Multi, centre-weighted, spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/- 2EV in 1/3 step increments
  • Shutter speed: 8-1/2000sec (max. 60sec in Starry Night mode)
  • Flash: Built-in, 0.6-5.3m (Wide at ISO Auto), 1.0-3.6m (Telephoto at ISO Auto)
  • Monitor: 2.7in TFT LCD (230,000dot)
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Power: Li-Ion battery
  • Size: 103.3×59.6×32.8mm
  • Weight: 206g (excl. battery and card)


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By August 1, 2009 Read More →

Three days with the Palm Pre



Diana McDonough over at has written a report chronicling three days with the new Palm Pre. Better than a review it reveals the ups and downs of breaking in a new phone in daily life. If, like me, your ears prick up at Palm Pre news then you should have a read.

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By August 1, 2009 Read More →

Motorola to unveil Android phones in September for Verizon and T-Mobile



The stakes are high for Motorola.  Many people have questioned if their bet on Android can turn the company around.  I’m no Wall Street analyst, but I’m here to tell you the answer is yes.

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By August 1, 2009 Read More →

Android to run Windows Mobile apps


Citrix held their iForum 2009 this week in Singapore.  Among the announcements came news that Citrix was working on their Receiver application for Android.  Citrix specialises in virtualization and remote access software for business.  This allows a central server to deliver applications over the internet to a number of devices.  Citrix Receiver is currently available for iPhone.

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By August 1, 2009 Read More →

Sirius XM app for iPhone – review

The bottom line is: this app sucks. Do not buy it!

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