Archive for October 15th, 2009

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Optimization World competition

A while ago I wrote a brief piece about HDMI cables from a US company called Optimization World. This company supplies a variety of quality video and data cables at sensible prices. I bought a couple of HDMI cables from them a few months ago and I was pleased with the products I bought and the service I received that I decided to write about them.

Well that was back in May of this year but David from Optimization World just sent me an email to say how delighted he was that we’d given his company a mention and that he would like to invite our readers to enter his Messy Cable Contest where you could win $100 to spend in his store!

Would your readers would be interested our “Messy Cable Contest” that we are holding through the month of October, you can find the details here it is just a fun contest for a chance to win $100 store credit.

“Tracyandmatt should be a daily read for anyone interested in Tech. I visit it every day to be caught up on the newest gadgets and technology information. I know first hand that their reviews are thorough, unbiased and truthful. Any companies wanting to get their name out there and see an increase in traffic should not hesitate to have them review a product.” – David French, Optimization World


Thanks for the testimonial David!


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HTC Sense presentation

Untitled picture Nice little video from HTC showing HTC Sense on Android. Nothing about HTC Sense on Windows Mobile. Really helps to outline just how flexible the system can be. However, I did notice that the audience is hardly as enthusiastic about this as the audience was at the WebOS unveiling.

HTC Sense is a holistic experience that is focused on improving how people live and communicate. HTC Sense is built upon three fundamental principles – make it mine, stay close, and discover the unexpected.

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Motorola Cliq video review by Phonescoop

moto-cliq Here is a nice, quality review of the Motorola Cliq. Good views on an interesting phone. D-pad is good but the keys are “mushy” on the qwerty keyboard. The build quality seems to be of a lesser standard unfortunately. MotoBlur interface looks confusing but is actually quite well thought out. See the video after the break.

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Sony Ericsson’s PS3 compatible Aino mobile hits store shelves


It seems that not a month passes without someone claiming that they have it on good authority that Sony is releasing a Playstation phone to battle it out with bitter rival Apple (rough translation: a bloke down the pub told them so).
As far as rumours go it’s the perennial favourite, in spite of the fact that Sony’s official line on the whole thing has thus far been pretty negative, to say the least.

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Acer Reveals Specs of Android Smartphone


Acer has disclosed more details about its upcoming Android-based Liquid smartphone, a thin device with a 3.5-inch touchscreen.

Liquid uses version 1.6 of Google’s Android mobile operating system and is one of a number of new Android smartphones announced in recent months. The company talked up the phone at a London press conference on Wednesday but did not provide specifications at the time.

Liquid is 115-millimeters long, 62.5mm wide and 12.5mm thick, according to a spec sheet provided by Acer. The Qualcomm 8250 Snapdragon chipset on board carries a 768MHz processing core.

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Palm Pre arrives in Germany


After a few months of the first webOS device from Palm making its debut in the US, Europe now also has the Palm Pre too. Our neighbors up north got the same CDMA version we have, but now the first GSM version has been released in Germany.

Finally our cousins from across the pond will be able to enjoy and play with the great webOS device called Palm Pre. According to many reports, the O2 stores selling the Pre in Germany were full of people trying to get their hands on the Pre.

Many reports also mention champagne and beer as well as some appetizers and of course, water, you didn’t think Germans drink only beer, did you? So what do you think, new Pre owners, are you happy with your new toy? Let us know about the things you like and dislike about it. And most important, enjoy!

[Source Mypre]

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Samsung Omnia II unboxing video

Samsung seem to be getting a lot of mileage from the Omnia brand, this time launching the Omnia II complete with the new Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. This is the first non-HTC device that we’ve seen with WM 6.5 so it’ll be interesting to see what they have done differently.

The Samsung Omnia II (GT-i8000)

The Samsung Omnia II (GT-i8000)


The Omnia II (GT-i8000) is similar in size and design to the HTC Touch HD, virtually the same size screen and almost the same form-factor, however, Samsung have given the Omnia II more power with a 800mHz CPU and obviously have it powered by WM 6.5. Samsung have kept their desktop widgets that have proven to be popular on the original Omnia and have skinned the Start menu and settings screen in a similar way to HTC to the point that there is virtually no need to be exposed to the Windows Mobile screens and menus if you don’t want them.

James will be reviewing the Samsung Omnia II over the next week so please do feel free to post your question over on the Omnia II forum post if there is anything specific you would like to know or that you would like covered in the review.

Have a look at the unboxing video below to see the handset in a little more detail and to have a quick overview of the OS and UI.


Samsung Omnia II unboxing video

NOTE that the handset in the video is a pre-release model and you’ll see that it has Windows Mobile 6.1 installed – the final retail version will have Windows Mobile 6.5 and our review will be of the 6.5 version. Sorry for the confusion!


Samsung Omnia II specification:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional
  • 8GB Internal memory (16GB Available)
  • Processor – 800 MHz
  • AMOLED resistive touchscreen, 65K colours, 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
  • Operating Frequency – 2G Network – GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G Network – HSDPA 900/1900/2100
  • HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • Wifi – 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • Built-in with A-GPS
  • MicroSD socket supports up to 32GB
  • DixX / XviD / MPEG4/ H.263/ H.264/ WMV player
  • Camera – 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, Auto-focus, Dual Power LED flash
  • Li-Ion 1500mAh battery
  • Stand-by Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 430 h (3G)
  • Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)
  • 118 x 59.6 x 11.9 mm
  • Weight – 117 grams with battery


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