Archive for October 19th, 2009

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Microsoft and Danger recover “most” Sidekick user data


These past two weeks have been one hell of an emotional roller coaster for Sidekick users, but it looks as if all isn’t lost as Roz Ho, Corporate Vice President of Premium Mobile Experiences for Microsoft posted this message on T-Mobile’s Sidekick forum:

We are pleased to report that we have recovered most, if not all, customer data for those  Sidekick customers whose data was affected by the recent outage.  We plan to begin restoring users’ personal data as soon as possible, starting with personal contacts, after we have validated the data and our restoration plan. We will then continue to work around the clock to restore data to all affected users, including calendar, notes, tasks, photographs and high scores, as quickly as possible.

We now believe that data loss affected a minority of Sidekick users.  If your Sidekick account was among those affected, please continue to log into these forums for the latest updates about when data restoration will begin, and any steps you may need to take. We will work with T-Mobile to post the next update on data restoration timing no later than Saturday.

So just what was the cause of this who debacle? Oh you know, just another one of those “system failures” caused by a mischievous data gnome that triggered a “data loss in the core database and the back-up.” Oh well, it happens. At least you’re likely to get getting your data, one months free service and a $100 gift card for the inconvenience. Or maybe not the last two parts?

[Source via BGR]

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The Blackberry … watch!


You might recall that RIM was rumored to be following down Sony Ericsson’s path of branded Bluetooth watches to accompany its phones, and now, it looks like we might have the first real renderings of the final product before our eyes. This here wrist candy is possibly called the "inPulse" (not to be confused with Verizon’s similarly-named prepaid offering), featuring an OLED display, real-time message preview, and presumably some sort of glance-able caller ID to make needlessly pulling your Tour out of its holster a thing of the past. Interestingly, it seems like the watch isn’t being developed in-house — instead, work has been farmed out to some company dedicated to the BlackBerry aftermarket with an official announcement expected "soon." As far as we know, Sony Ericsson’s watches — which arguably look nicer on account of their analog / digital hybrid design — haven’t been hot sellers, but who knows, maybe RIM’s got some neat tricks up its sleeve with this one.

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Firefox heading to Android

fennec_logo2 With little or no chance of ever being able to make it through the draconian approval process of Apple’s iTunes App Store, Mozilla, the not-for-profit organization behind the Firefox browser, is betting on two major, if emerging, mobile operating platforms: Maemo, Nokia’s new Linux-based operating system, and Google’s Android OS. But don’t count on Mozilla supporting RIM’s BlackBerry OS anytime soon.

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HTC HD2 available to pre order from Devicewire

If you are keen to get your hands on the new HTC HD2 when its released our friends at Devicewire are taking orders now,  ready for the expected release on November 11th.



They are selling the HD2 for £499.99 with free delivery which is a bargain.

If you have not seen handset specs be prepared to be blown away!

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 with Sense UI
  • 4.3 inch capacitive screen 480×800
  • Snapdragon 1GHz processor
  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 3.5mm headset jack


Impressed? Even iPhone users are looking forward to seeing this bobby dazzler!

HTC have also produced a car mount for the HD2 which Devicewire are also selling.

HD2 Car

HD2 Car Mount

The mount, which is £59.99, has been designed to attach to most surfaces of your cars interior, from the dashboard to the windscreen. One feature I really like is the fact that you can charge the device while mounted as it comes with a MicroUSB car charger and also a new back cover for the device which incorporates a charging circuit connection.

This will look so nice in the car. I had better start saving up my pennies!

Check out Devicewire. You know you want to.

By the way, don’t foget to let me know if you have any questions about the HTC Touch HD2, I’ll make sure that Matt either covers it in his unboxing video or else I’ll cover it in the HD2 review which we’ll have as soon as we get our hands on the little blighter!


Posted by: James

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Nokia E55 Review

The Nokia E55 is compact, stylish and designed with messaging in mind. It’s is geared towards the business men and women out there, and as it’s a Nokia phone it should be quite easy to use.

E55_angled_right  The Nokia E55

What’s In The Box?

  • Nokia E55 handset
  • Nokia Charger AC-10
  • Nokia Charger Adapter CA-146C
  • Nokia Battery BP-4L (1500mAh)
  • Nokia Stereo headset HS-48
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101) supports charging
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD card (MU-37) inside device
  • User Guide
  • Nokia PC Suite (v7.2) in microSD card

See also Matt’s Nokia E55 unboxing video.


Nokia E55 Specification:

  • Dimensions: 116 x 49 x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 98g
  • Talk Time: 480 mins
  • Standby Time: 672 hrs
  • Display: 320 x 240 pixels/2.4 inch
  • Network: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
  • Camera: 3.2 mega-pixels (auto-focus)
  • Video: Hi-Resolution VGA Video Recording
  • Music: Supported formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC+ & WMA
  • FM Stereo Radio (RDS)
  • Nokia Music Store
  • Messaging: SMS / MMS (with video)
  • E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, MS Exchange)
  • Memory: 100MB (internal) / microSDHC (external)
  • microUSB
  • Nokia 3.5mm AV connector
  • Bluetooth (2.0)
  • Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)
  • AGPS
  • Nokia Maps
  • Flash Lite 3.0 Support



Front – First of all there is the 2.4 inch QVGA screen. Next are the left and right soft keys. Below these keys are the home, calendar, messaging and back button shortcut keys. Next are the send/receive (or call/hang up) buttons.

In the middle of this is the D-pad for navigation through the phone. In the centre of this is the select button.

E55-frontNokia E55 – front view

Keyboard – Compact QWERTY keyboard

E55-keyboard Nokia E55 – keyboard view


Top – There is a 3.5mm headphone/handsfree connection and power button on the top of the phone.

E55-top Nokia E55 – top view

Bottom – All there is here is the microphone is and the hole for a lanyard/wrist strap.

E55-bottom Nokia E55 – bottom view

Left – There isn’t much on the left side except for the sync/charge connection.

E55_left Nokia E55 – left-hand side view

Right – From the left you can see the dedicated camera button, then there is the up/down rocker buttons with a voice control button placed between them.

E55_right Nokia E55 – right-hand side view

Back – The battery, sim card and microSD card are housed under the back cover. You can also see the 3.2MP camera and flash. Under this is the loud speaker.

E55-back Nokia E55 – back view



  • Stylish design
  • Light weight
  • Good in-call sound quality
  • Great battery life



  • Camera quality is disappointing
  • The compact QWERTY keyboard take a lot of getting used to



The Nokia E55 is Slim and stylish. It’s lightweight yet feels robust and of good quality. Battery cover is metal with a discrete pattern on it which provides a bit of extra grip. 
As far as I’m aware the E55 is available in two colours. This black and chrome one that I’m reviewing, and a plain chrome one.

E55-angled-left The Nokia E55

The screen display is bright and sharp It can sometimes be slightly difficult to view the screen in bright sunlight, but this can be expected with most phones.

In-call sound quality is quite good. It’s active noise reduction helps to eliminate background noise. I made and received a few calls on this phone and I’ve not complaints on the call quality.

The button between the up/down volume keys on the right side of the phone acts as a mute button when on a call. As this phone is directed towards the business market you can imagine that this is quite idea having the mute button so accessible.

The compact QWERTY keyboard was definitely not my cup of tea. I’m just not used to it. Takes quite a bit of getting used to and feels very awkward to use at first because of this. Liking/disliking the keyboard on the E55 will just come down to personal preference though so best to make up your own mind on this.

The Nokia E55 has Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 OS. The home screen can be switched between and business and personal profile/mode so you can set up shortcuts on the home screen to suit. Then you can just toggle between the two modes. The home screen can look quite cluttered. Of course this has been thought of. So, you can select a basic theme which will provide you with a clean home screen.

Although it’s aimed at business users Nokia have still provided N-Gage support so that you can access the vast range of games, and with the 3.5mm headphone jack you can use your own headphones if you want. I normally prefer to use my own headphones so the 3.5mm jack is a plus point here for me.

The Nokia headset/handsfree that comes with the phone has pretty good sound quality too. You do sometimes find that headsets that are packaged with phones can lack quality – not in this case. So, when playing games and listening to music you can make the most of the great audio quality. What’s more – the Nokia E55 has an impressive battery life which means you will get a generous number of hours out of it.

There are quite a few handy applications on the phone . For example, Nokia’s Ovi maps, FM radio, video player, Calendar, etc.

One change from other Nokia handsets is the Mobile Office package. You would normally expect to pay extra in order to be able to edit documents. With the E55 you immediately have the capability to edit documents straight out of the box. It even supports the Office 2007 file formats. This is definitely a phone that means business! 

The E55 also includes a pre-installed dictionary. The English language pack is provided by default but you can download other languages from the Nokia website.


For connectivity, the Nokia E55 offers 3G, WIFI, GPS, Bluetooth and USB connections.
Emailing and messaging seems pretty straightforward. If you use Gmail all you have to do is enter your Gmail user name and password and the phone does the rest for you. It’s simple to navigate through and I would be even better is I could just get used to the compact QWERTY keyboard! The email client also supports other personal and corporate email types such as, IBM Lotus Notes Traveller, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! mail, etc.

The browser is not too bad but it can’t compete with the likes of Safari, or Google’s browser. But this is a candy bar style phone so I wouldn’t expect it to be brilliant. It is adequate enough though. It even supports Flash Lite which means that some flash content can be displayed.


As you can probably imagine, the camera on the E55 isn’t one to write home about. But, the phone is designed with business and messaging in mind. It is a 3MP camera and has an LED flash. There is no auto-focus and the pictures taken with the camera are not brilliant. In good lighting you can get a decent picture from it though.

Video recording isn’t any better with the E55. But again, the phone wasn’t designed for this.



The Nokia E55 is a great looking phone. Amazingly slim and light, yet still feels pretty robust.

The battery life is excellent and the sound quality for media and calls is great.
As marketed, this phone is designed for messaging. I would definitely agree. It’s simple to use and navigate through. Of course, if texting/messaging is something you do a lot the compact QWERTY keyboard will definitely be a big decision maker if you’re considering this phone.



Reviewed by: Emma

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