Archive for February, 2010

By February 22, 2010 Read More →

LG BL20 Review

BL20-angled-open The LG BL20 is the "New Chocolate". It has a very similar look to the BL40 (which was reviewed by us last year). It has a glossy black finish to it and has the stylish red metallic trim – but this time it’s a slider-style handset. It’s a lower end model too in the sense that it’s a bit more basic compared to its fancy touch screen predecessor.

 

What’s in the box?

  • BL20 handset
  • Battery (900mAh)
  • Mains charger (microUSB connection to the phone)
  • USB cable (again, a microUSB connection)
  • Stereo earphones/handsfree (connects via microUSB)
  • Userguide and mini CD
  • Phone recycling bag from O2

 

Overall the BL40 was a hit with us so please read on to see how this LG BL20 shapes up…

 

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By February 21, 2010 Read More →

Apple cuts down on apps with adult content but some are slipping through yet

The main news story of latest days, when it comes to iPhone app store is: Apple has removed thousands of apps with adult content and is rejecting new ones that have some adult content, even if it is just silhouette, not photo, that might be visible. While browsing apps that were released in latest 3 days, we have encountered this one, that obviously must have slipped through Apple’s strict review process (approved merely few hours ago!):

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By February 21, 2010 Read More →

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro demo video

Xperia_X10_mini_pro_Open_Black Following on from the Sony Ericsson press conference held in Barcelona just before the official start of MWC a week ago James managed to track down a couple of the new handset announced by Sony Ericsson, namely the X10 Mini and the X10 Mini PRO.

These are two handsets that really surprised me, I didn’t expect Sony Ericsson to actually announce these. Both new handset have run on Android 1.6 but have a heavily customised user interface. In fact when I saw them in action earlier this week they were almost unrecognisable as being Android.

As you’ll see in the video both the X10 Mini and the Mini PRO have a footprint not much larger than a credit card but still manage to pack in plenty of cool features and what impressed me so was just how usable the QWERTY keyboard is on the Mini PRO, I expected it to be far too cramped to be viable for everyday use but I think it works pretty well!

We’ll be pushing Sony Ericsson hard to get our hands on these ASAP for a full review, but have a look at the demo video that James recorded at MWC where a nice lady from Sony Ericsson takes us on a quick tour. Video, photos and press release follow.

 

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By February 21, 2010 Read More →

Samsung Wave demo video

The Samsung Wave As I mentioned the other day, one of the handsets to get quite a lot of attention at MWC was the new Samsung Wave.

The Wave is the first Samsung device to have the new Bada operating system and the new TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. On top of that it’s also the first handset to incorporate Super AMOLED technology and DNIe. DNIe technology is proven display technology which incorporated to Samsung’s LCD TV and LED TV lineups.

James popped over to see the folks on the Samsung stand at MWC and got them to give him a quick demo of the Wave. I think James was quite impressed with the clarity of the display and the responsiveness of the touchscreen on the Wave.

We hope to get our hands on the Wave over the next few weeks for a full review but until then have a look at the demo video, photos and full press release after the break.

 

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By February 20, 2010 Read More →

Else Intuition hands on

Emblaze-First-Else Whilst the big names are blasting out samey-samey phones with Android or Windows Mobile it was refreshing to see something a little different. From the video you can see I was having a little bit of trouble with one handed operation but the OS is striking and might they might have something if they can spend a little more time refining it. Video after the break:

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By February 20, 2010 Read More →

HTC Smart hands on

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HTC announced they would be pumping out their Smartphone for the people at Mobile World Congress and here is a quick flip through the operating system and a look at the device. It’s okay so far. Appealing and swish are two words that come to mind. For the Kids out there who are wanting to get into Smartphone’s this seems like a great starting block. Video after the break:

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By February 20, 2010 Read More →

MSI Tablet

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We managed to get a little show and tell with a new MSI Tablet. Hidden behind most of MSI’s other toys we thought this was actually an iPad and for good reason. From a distance they look almost identical however when running you can clearly see this is an Android powered device. Even though this is not finalised and they device we played with was about to undergo a serious hardware revision it’s still something of a head turner. To be priced competitively and have a more handsome feature list, this MSI Tablet is something I’m going to keep my eye on. Video after the break:

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By February 20, 2010 Read More →

HTC press conference video

HTC-press So you have probably seen our video coverage of the new device from HTC, the Legend, Desire and HD mini that we’re announced at MWC this week. Now that James has returned from Barcelona we can start to upload some more of the video content that James recorded while he was there.

So lets start more or less at the beginning with the press conference from HTC. This is virtually the full press conference as recorded by James. It’s a pretty long video, around 20 minutes, so probably worth making yourself comfortable before you start watching.

Don’t forget to also have a look at our video demo of the HTC Legend, HTC Desire and HTC HD mini also recorded at MWC. We still have more MWC coverage to upload and we’ll be doing so over the next couple of days.

Video after the break.

 

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By February 19, 2010 Read More →

Michael Jackson’s This is it – Blu-ray Review

cover In 2009 Michael Jackson was preparing for a sold-out concert tour at the O2 Arena, a tour that, as it turned out, he was never to perform.  With the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson this film is made from behind-the-scenes and documentary footage that was filmed during these preparations to offer us a glimpse of what might have been.

 

Contents

2 Making of documentaries
8 Featurettes
Photo Collection
Theatrical trailer
Vignettes for Thriller and Smooth Criminal
Making of Thriller vignette

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By February 19, 2010 Read More →

HTC Smart video

HTC_Smart Just a few days ago HTC and O2 held a joint press conference at MWC in Barcelona. The main announcement was the O2 have partnered with HTC and that the HTC Smart will be available on the O2 network throughout Europe, and yes here in the UK, within just a few months. It does look like it will be an O2 exclusive though and we don’t think there will be a SIM-free version either.

The HTC Smart has been designed as a mass-market handset and brings features that you would typically associate with a smartphone to a more ‘mainstream’ feature phone.

James managed to get his hands on the HTC Smart while in Barcelona this week and recorded a brief video ok the user interface. HTC seem to have done a good job with the Brew platform, and you’ll probably notice that the UI looks a lot like the Sense UI that we see on many other HTC devices, nice to see some consistency.

 

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