Archive for February, 2010

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Smartphone Survey

A slightly different post, but I am hoping all you smartphone and technology fans could assist a friend of mine in a study.

Currently completing a dissertation at Bournemouth University, he is investigating the relationship between innovation and competitive advantage, in relation to manufacturers of smartphones, with particular focus on HTC.

Whilst he has undertaken a study into secondary data, he does need primary data to be able to draw conclusions and recommendations (this is where you come in!)

I kindly ask that you help him out by completing a very simple and pain free questionnaire which can be accessed HERE.

The study is quite interesting and in a couple of months time, when the study is complete he should be able to send a full copy of the report, that you can read, should you wish. He passes his thanks on in advance.

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Editorial
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Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs [Combi Pack] – Review

‘Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs’, or ‘Cloudy’ for short, is an animated film from Sony based on a much loved children’s book.

You may think that a Blu-ray film review is a little unusual for us, and you’d be right. This is the first time we’ve done such a thing but I thought it might make a refreshing change for a Friday afternoon feature here on the site and something that, if popular, we’d like to do more often! So it’s important that you let us have your feedback. You can think of this as our ‘Something for the weekend’ segment.

Matt

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It features the voice talents of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr T and more.

The movie tells the story of young Flint Lockwood, who’s only wish is to become a great inventor. After the death of his supportive mother Flint is left alone with his emotionally distant father and focuses his energies into his inventions, which don’t quite work out as he’d intended them to.

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BlackBerry Storm2 on T-Mobile

If you wanted a BlackBerry Storm2 but didn’t want to get one on Vodafone then their is good news for you.

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BlackBerry Storm2

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T-Mobile

 

The Storm2 will be available on T-Mobile UK sometime this month! Vodafone had the initial exclusive on the BlackBerry Storm2, much the same as with the original Storm but that must have come to an end. With BlackBerry sales still growing I wonder if any of the other networks will take it up?

T-Mobile more than doubled its BlackBerry base in 2009, shifting 10,000 units per week in Q4. It told dealers last week the number of T-Mobile customers using BlackBerry devices had increased by 125 per cent during 2009.

More than 2,900 BlackBerry handsets were activated on the T-Mobile network on Christmas day alone!

Posted by: James

Posted in: News
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eXpansys Friday deals 5th February

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    eXpansys Friday Deals: Selected deals between 11am and 5pm, 5th February 2010    
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15
12MP Digital Camera

Normally £124.99
Now £104.99
Save £15

i-mate Ultimate 8502 Windows Smartphone
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i-mate Ultimate 8502 Windows Smartphone

Normally £109.99
Now £99.99
Save £10

Samsung C6625
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Samsung C6625
Windows Mobile 6.1

Normally £109.99
Now £99.99
Save £10

LM Technologies SIM Recovery Pro
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Swann Bulldog Professional Security CCD Camera with IR

Normally £89.99
Now £54.99
Save £35


These deals are available on Friday the 5th February 2010 between 11am and 5pm by following the links above only. Normal pricing will apply outside of these hours*.

 

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Deals & Offers
By February 4, 2010 Read More →

Major iPhone app store change: web pages for apps!

At last! So you want to show how cool some iPhone app is, including screenshots, to your friends who have no iPhone and no iTunes installed on their PCs? No problem anymore. Just send them a link and then instead of trying to open iTunes, a webpage with given app appears, like this:

Posted in: Phones
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Mobile Tech Addicts iPhone Application

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Yup, we’ve done it. There is now a handy tool for downloading, streaming and enjoying the Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast on the iPhone. Over the next two weeks we will be implementing big changes to the podcast to make it all so much for interesting for you. Hope you enjoy it and look forward to hearing from you.

You can download it from iTunes directly here.

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The calm before the MWC storm!

MWC_logo We’ve noticed that general industry news seems to be slowing over the past week or so and we started to wonder why. However, the reason could be that Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 starts in a little over a week and there’s a good chance that many of the hardware and software vendors are hanging on to their news to announce later at the event in Barcelona.

Some of the manufacturers are having pre-MWC events, the first of which we shall attend next week, while others are having post-MWC parties that we’ll also be at the week after.

James will be in Barcelona for the main event and has already been booked up by some of our big name friends for meetings and press conferences, to say that he’s excited may be an understatement!

So if there’s something that you would like our roving reporter to go and find out about at MWC, if you are at the event or of you are an exhibitor at the event then drop us a line and we’ll do our best to sort something out.

As for me, I’ll still be stuck here in not-so-sunny London picking up the news and press releases and posting from a dark room while James lives it up in Spain!

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: News
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Nokia N86 unboxing video

I know the Nokia N86 isn’t among the newest of Nokia handsets but I was going through our review list the other day and realised that it was one of the more popular of the Nokia range that we hadn’t already reviewed. A call to our friends Nokia and 24 hours later the review was underway.

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The Nokia N86

 

The Nokia N86 is a decent looking handset with sliding keypad mechanism that reveals a 12 key numeric pad. The 2.6″ QVGA screen is a fabulous AMOLED display which offers excellent rich colours and amazing brightness, useful is you want to crank up the brightness when you want to use the handset outside. It also has some cool features that you would normally only expect from the higher end smartphones such as accelerometer for screen rotation, 8GB built in memory and built in GPS with Nokia Maps preinstalled. Don’t forget the decent 8 megapixel camera on the back and the Dual-LED flash.

We’ll have the review of the Nokia N86 online for you shortly. Have a look at my quick unboxing video and brief tour of the handset below.

 

Nokia N86 unboxing video

 

Nokia N86 specification:

  • Dimensions: 103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • Display: 320 x 240 pixels/2.6 inch AMOLED Display
  • Network: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
    3G/HSDPA: 900/1900/2100 (Tri-Band)
  • Camera: 8 mega-pixels (auto-focus), Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens
  • Dual LED Flash
  • Video: Hi-Resolution VGA Video Recording, 30fps Video Recording (VGA)
  • 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), Instant Messaging (MSN)
  • Memory: 8GB (internal) / microSDHC (external)
  • Nokia 3.5mm AV connector
  • Bluetooth (2.0)
  • Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)
  • AGPS
  • Nokia Maps
  • Office Document Viewer (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
  • PDF Document Viewer
  • Accelerometer
  • Flash Lite 3.1 Support
  • Battery: Talk Time: 378 mins / Standby Time: 315 hrs

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
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Sony Ericsson X10 announced by Vodafone

News just in this morning that Vodafone have just announced that they will definitely have the eagerly anticipated Sony Ericsson X10. I got the press release just a few minutes ago (see below) which confirms that it’s coming soon – Actually April!

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SONY ERICSSON X10 COMING SOON TO VODAFONE UK

The Sony Ericsson X10 is coming soon to Vodafone UK. The Android-powered device is easy to sync with your Google account – and with Picasa, Google’s popular photo sharing site.

It’s a looker too, with a huge four inch touchscreen that’ll blow you away. Switch fast to widescreen by turning the X10 on its side. Then enjoy movies and the web in stunning definition – as well as photos taken with its 8.1 megapixel camera.

Want great apps for your X10? Choose from hundreds at the online Android market. Get everything from the latest sports, news or weather updates to favourites like Last.fm and Facebook.

The incredible Sony Ericsson X10 is powered by AndroidT. So it’s easy to sync with your Google&trade account – and with Picasa&trade, Google’s popular photo sharing site.

It’s a looker too, with a huge four inch touchscreen that’ll blow you away. Switch fast to widescreen by turning the X10 on its side. Then enjoy movies and the web in stunning definition – as well as photos taken with its 8.1 megapixel camera.
Want great apps for your X10? Choose from hundreds at the online Android market. Get everything from the latest sports, news or weather updates to favourites like Last.fm and Facebook.

Experience Android
Powered by Android – a clever system that makes Sony Ericsson’s X10 an amazing experience
Three home screens
Slide your finger across the screen to move between three home screens that let you set things up just the way you like them.
Feels like a PC
Drag and drop apps like you do on a computer. And search Google by typing straight into a handy bar right there on your home screen.
Works brilliantly with Google
Got Google Mail&trade? Get it sent straight to your phone. Use Picasa to share photos? You can upload them without a computer.
Pinpoint places and people
Google Latitude&trade works with the X10’s built in GPS to show where friends are. And Google Maps&trade gives you directions to find them.

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Press Releases
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GSmart Android handset ‘fake’!

GSmart Fake! Last week a few pictures of a new Gigabyte GSmart handset surfaced, claiming to be GSmart’s first Android powered smartphone offering. I was pretty pleased to see these images as they seemed to support my prediction that we’d see an Android handset sometime this year and this was earlier than I would have expected. We reported the news of the new GSmart handset as did a lot of other sites at the time.

However, yesterday I had a long conversation with my good friend over at GSmart. She is the GSmart PR guru based over in Taiwan. We spoke for a while about upcoming handsets etc. and she confirmed to me that the images and specs we all reported last week are fakes, they aren’t anything to do with GSmart.

She went on to say that the next few handsets to be released by GSmart will run Windows Mobile and although there will be an Android OS handset from them at some point it would not be until later in 2010 at the earliest and the prototypes they are working on at the moment look nothing like the fake images in circulation. GSmart have promised to keep me informed and will let me know when they are able to confirm specs of both the new Windows Mobile handsets and the Android one.

Perhaps a bit of a shame that we’ll have to wait a while to see what GSmart can do with Android but I’m not disappointed to learn the the images we have are fakes and I thought the handset looked pretty naff and dated!

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: News