Archive for February, 2010

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Sony VAIO E Series with “no-boot” Quick Web Access

On the 2nd of February, Sony announced their new VAIO E Series which will be available from the end of the month. It’s being marketed as compact and easy to use, with ‘no-boot’ Quick Web Access.

EB_S01_BJ_Back The Sony VAIO E Series


It sports a high-contrast 39.4cm (15.5″) VAIO display and full keyboard including full size numeric keypad. It’s extra compact yet manages to fit many connections such as HDMI out and up to 4xUSB, including eSATA/USB port for high speed transfers. Above the keyboard Sony have placed ASSIST and VAIO buttons as well.

EB_C04_MW_Tenkey The Sony VAIO E Series keyboard



Sony VAIO E Series Specifications:



Processor Intel® CoreT  i5-430M 2.26GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology (max. 2.53 GHz)
OS Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Memory 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (1066 MHz)
HDD 500GB (5400 rpm)
Screen 39.4cm (15.5″) 16:9 VAIO Display (1366×768)
Graphics ATI Mobility RadeonT HD 5650 with 1GB VRAM
Optical drive DVD+-RW/+-R DL/RAM
Weight & size

2.7kg (with supplied battery);

248.2 x 31.1 x 369.8 mm (D x H x W)

Others WLAN 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; MOTION EYE® camera; stereo audio with Dolby Home Theater v3; HDMI out; 3xUSB + eSATA/USB; WEB/ASSIST/VAIO buttons; matt white/matte black colour finish options


Here’s what Sony had to say about the VAIO Eseries:

Power, looks and multimedia performance – they’re in perfect harmony with the easy-to-use new VAIO E Series of multimedia notebook computers from Sony.

Compact and easy to carry, stylish new VAIO E Series boast many features that you’d expect to find on bigger, bulkier notebooks. Beautifully designed to look great in your home or on the move, VAIO E Series makes mainstream computing brilliantly affordable. Delivering all the processing power, graphics muscle and easy-to-use productivity features you need, it’s a great value way to enhance your digital life.

Brand-new VAIO E Series is packed with luxurious design touches that add to its premium feel. The high-contrast VAIO Display is bordered by an extra-narrow bezel, boosting available screen size while adding to the new PC’s desirable looks.

Despite its compact chassis size, the new E Series features a responsive, full size keyboard with isolated keys for comfortable, positive typing. For the first time in a VAIO notebook computer with such space-saving dimensions, the keyboard is enhanced further by a full-sized numeric keypad. Ergonomically laid out with evenly-pitched columns, it’s a pleasure to use – whether you’re gaming or entering long lists of data at speed.

Inside every VAIO E Series you’ll find the all-new 2010 Intel® CoreT processor family, partnered with up to 4GB of high-speed DDR3 memory to make light of everyday computing tasks. And with up to 500GB of hard disc capacity on board, there’s plenty of space to store your personal media collection. Complemented by up to 1GB of video RAM, all-new ATI Mobility RadeonT 5000 series graphics handle image editing, HD movie playback and media-rich web sites with ease.

Whether you’re editing photos or just browsing the web, you’ll enjoy a high-contrast, detail-packed picture on the generously-sized 39.4cm (15.5″) VAIO Display. Selected models feature VAIO Display Plus with 1920×1080 resolution for a breathtaking view of Full HD video clips or images from your DSLR camera.

A thrilling home cinema experience is enhanced further by latest Dolby® Home Theater v3 for a powerful, immersive soundtrack with music, games and movies.


EB_G01_Group01_EUThe Sony VAIO E Series


Despite its compact footprint, there’s no shortage of connectivity options. An HDMI output adds an extra dimension to enjoying your HD media collection on a connected BRAVIAT TV. Three side-mounted USB ports are joined by a fourth high-speed eSATA/USB port. Hook up an external SATA hard disk drive to enjoy super-fast file transfers up to 6x faster than via USB2.0. It’s a far more efficient way to back up your media files or edit video on an external drive. Alternatively, use the additional port as fourth USB connection if you don’t need eSATA just yet.

Despite its powerful features, new VAIO E Series delivers a computing experience that’s even more convenient and reassuring. Just press the WEB button and you’ll be surfing within seconds, without even needing to boot up your PC. Saving time and battery power, it’s perfect for casual surfing or checking e-mails while you’re on the move. New Quick Web Access now goes even further with multiple tabbed browsing and a new ‘split window’: click a button to browse two web pages side-by-side on the wide 16:9 display.

Quick Web Access is enhanced further still with the integration of Evernote for VAIO. This easy-to-use ‘web clipping’ tool keeps track of anything that interests you while you’re browsing. Click on text, pictures or whole documents as you surf: Evernote automatically tags, sorts and saves them remotely. Then view your personal collection of indexed ‘clippings’ from any PC or even your mobile: it’s a great way to keep track of all the stuff you find on the web.

A dedicated ASSIST button gives one-touch access to VAIO Care, helping maintain, diagnose and troubleshoot your VAIO with just a few clicks. Even when Windows won’t boot properly, just press the ASSIST button and VAIO guides you through diagnostics and fuss-free resolution of problems.

Unique to VAIO, there’s also a choice of applications by Sony to help you enjoy your personal media collection. Launched with a touch of the front panel-mounted VAIO button, Media Gallery makes it beautifully easy to explore your music, photo and video collection. It even offers helpful choices based on your personal browsing history and preferences. New PMB (Picture Motion Browser) VAIO Edition lets you manage, edit and share video clips and photos. Every new VAIO E Series comes shipped with Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium Edition for an intuitive, streamlined computing experience.


Posted by: Emma

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By February 7, 2010 Read More →

MSmobiles Podcast 319

319 Podcast 319
(format: MP3)
(right click above to download the podcast)

You can listen to this podcast also from this web page, through the Flash player:

URL to RSS feed of this podcast (for your podcast catcher) is:

If you use iTunes then click HERE to subscribe to this podcast.

In this episode Edward from is chatting with: Alli, Ching and Gareth from, Surur from

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iCatchall for iPhone – 27 apps in one – free today!

There are 2 kinds of “all-in-one” apps: one that take itself too seriously and the one that deliver also fun. iCatchall that is free for today, is the fun one:

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By February 7, 2010 Read More →

Emma’s doing the Race For Life for Cancer Research!

Hi everyone! I’m just going to take a small detour away from reviews for a moment to ask you all for you help!

I took part in Cancer Research’s Race For Life through in Edinburgh last year after finding out that my Auntie was diagnosed with lung cancer. The brilliant news is that she pretty much has been given the all clear! But by taking part in this event made me realise how important it is to continue supporting Cancer Research

The Race for Life was great fun to take part in and an absolutely inspiring event that I was proud to be a part of. So my friends (who took part in this with me last year) and I are going to do it again this year in Glasgow on the 6th June.


So, please dig deep and help us raise as much as we can by clicking on the link below and sponsoring what you can!



Thanks everyone

Emma x

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By February 7, 2010 Read More →

Is this Windows Mobile Seven?

The guys over at PPCGEEKS have announced the below spec which they say is the closest info yet know about Windows Mobile 7.

Zune Phone 

Is this what it may look like?


-The User Interface is based upon codename “METRO”. It will be very similar to the Zune HD User Interface with a complete revamp of the “Start” screen. The UI is “Very Clean”, “Soulful” and “Alive”
-Unfortunately there will be no Flash support at the get go as there was not enough time to implement these features.
-Windows Phone 7 will only support application installation through service based delivery. (i.e Marketplace). Application installation via storage card will not be possible.
– No Multi-Task support. Applications will “Pause” when in the background, however will support notifications via push notifications.
-Marketplace will now support “try before you buy” as well as an API
-No NETCF backwards compatibility. This means the original rumour of no backward compatibility for applications holds to be true. That being said, there are high hopes of porting the NetCF to the newer platform easily.
-Microsoft is confident that devices will be ready by September 2010
-Full Zune Integration
-Windows Mobile Device Centre will no longer be used. Zune software to take over syncing via PC.
-OEM Interfaces will not be allowed to run on the device. Say goodbye to Sense UI / SPB Mobile Shell / Point UI / Infinity, etc, etc
-Full XBOX Gaming Integration (Gamer tag, achievements, friends, avatars, merchandising, etc)
-Full support for social networking


Now the Zune is not a bad bit of kit but do I want the same UI on my phone with no option to change it – Hell No!

None of the above has officially come from Microsoft and if it turns out that this is true then I think I may give up all together with Windows Mobile. There must be more to it that this?


Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By February 6, 2010 Read More →

James and Matt do podcasts

mta-logo If you have not heard us recently on the mobiletechaddicts podcast then don’t worry as you will be able to listen in future. As from today, both Matt and myself (James) are officially now co-hosts of the MTA podcast along with regulars Gareth Myles and Andy Lee.

So this means that most weeks you will be able to hear the four of us discussing the previous weeks mobile news and more than likely also talking about any good handsets we have been playing with.

To download or subscribe to the podcast click here.  In addition, if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch then the new mobiletechaddicts app is also available. Click here for more details.


While you are over at you may as well check out their competition to win one of two Bluetooth headsets.  How about that for a bonus!


Posted by: James

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By February 6, 2010 Read More →

Competition reminder!


The new podcast is out and we are looking for some folks to win these headsets. Send me a picture of you listening to the podcast. When at Mobile World Congress I shall ask the coolest and most prominent person I can find to choose their favourite two photos (To be honest it will probably be the most attractive booth babe.) The two photos chosen will win! Simples.

You can send your photo to [email protected]. Entries should be in by midnight on 17/02/10. I will be posting all photos received so keep them clean 🙂

Best of luck!

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By February 6, 2010 Read More →

HTC HD2 extended battery pre-order

hd2-extended We mentioned the extended battery for the HTC HD2 quite some time ago and you may also recall that we said it would come with a funky kickstand. Images have surfaced on the web and our friends over at Clove Technology have added the product to their site and are offering pre-order.

The battery is 2300mAh, almost double that of the original HD2 battery. It’s supplied with a cover that has its own ‘kickstand’ allowing you to sit the HD2 on your desk in a landscape orientation. Personally I think it’s a pretty ugly looking thing that makes the handset rather chunky but I suppose it depends on how you plan to use your handset.

If you fancy picking one up for your HTC HD2 then head over to Clove and pre-order today. Stock is due in March.


It is always good to have a big battery in a smartphone, so that you can work for longer without having to charge the phone. Larger batteries often mean a larger overall size, which isn’t for everyone.

However, sometimes the need outweighs the shape, aesthetics and weight of the product.  So if this is the case for you and you own a HTC HD2, this extended 2300mAh battery will be ideal.

An official extended battery for the HTC HD2, this 2300mAh battery comes complete with a replacement back cover, that has a kickstand (allowing you to stand the device up – perfect if watching a film).


Posted by: Matt

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By February 6, 2010 Read More →

Vodafone’s Twitter attack


Vodafone is looking into a ‘severe breach of rules’ by staff after an offensive ‘tweet’ was posted on its official Twitter account, Vodafone UK.

The offensive ‘tweet’ was posted at 15:47 and deleted shortly afterwards. Since then, the operator has sent out numerous apologies to its followers on the social networking site. Vodafone reacted quickly to the breach and posted an apology, just under an hour after the original post, which said: ‘We’re really sorry. A severe breach of rules by staff in out building, dealing with that internally. Please keep your faith in us.’

Only this week the operator was used as an example of a company using Twitter for good customer services by BBC programme Working Lunch. Followers of Vodafone UK on Twitter started ‘re-tweeting’ and asking Vodafone what had happened and have speculated that a disgruntled employee created the post.

One follower said: ‘Have I missed something???’

A Vodafone spokesman said: ‘This afternoon an employee posted an obscene message from the official Vodafone UK Twitter profile. The employee has been suspended immediately and we have started an internal investigation. This was not a hack and we apologise for any offence the tweet may have caused.’


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By February 6, 2010 Read More →

LG GW620 (LG Etna) unboxing video

We first broke the news of this new Android powered LG handset back in September 2009 when John managed to unearth some photos of the handset while it was still referred to as the LG Etna. The trail turned cold on the Etna for a while until later in 2009 and at the beginning of 2010 when the handset was announced as reportedly coming to Virgin and T-mobile in the UK and the name here would be the LG GW620.

The LG GW620

The LG GW620


At the moment it looks like the GW620 is going to be exclusive to Virgin and T-Mobile, I’ve not seen anyone offering it SIM-free as yet. (Feel free to tell me if you know any different!) The GW620 looks like a decent handset and the most striking thing for me is the quality of the QWERTY keyboard, it’s really on-par with the HTC Touch Pro2 in that department; large individual keys, good layout and 5 rows – all very impressive.

I’ve had a quick play with this handset already since recording the video below, and quite like it but there are a few niggles. Being only Android 1.5 seems like a real shame when 2.0 and 2.1 handsets fill the rest of the market. 1.5 may have been ok when the handset first surfaced last year but now it’s bit behind the times! There are a few other things to tell you about it but you’ll have to wait for my review! 🙂


LG GW620 (LG Etna) unboxing video


The LG GW620 specification:

  • 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • Dimensions: 109 x 54.5 x 15.9 mm
  • Weight:139 g
  • Display: TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colours
  • Size: 320 x 480 pixels, 3.0 inches
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Internal Memory: 150 MB
  • microSD, up to 32GB
  • EDGE    Class 10, 236.8 kbps
  • 3G    HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth: with A2DP
  • Camera: 5 MP, 2560 x 1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Android OS, v1.5 (Cupcake)
  • Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
  • GPS,  A-GPS
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh


Posted by: Matt

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