Archive for April, 2010

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UK to only get one of the new BlackBerry Pearl 3Gs

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Yes you did read the header correctly. I have been told today that the UK will only be getting the Blackberry Pearl 3G 9105.

That’s the one with the T9 keyboard. Why this decision has been made kind of baffles me but that’s the way it is. If RIM were only to supply one of them here in the UK then I do think they have made the right choice in terms of which of the ‘Pearls’ it is. I quite often speak with people who say they are so used to typing with there feature phone they couldn’t handle using a full QWERTY keyboard. So, in my opinion, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 will enable those users to make the transition over to a BlackBerry without making the change complicated.

As the 9105 is packed with the same high end features as on other bigger BlackBerry devices, users are going to get a decent specced compact messaging device. It wouldn’t surprise me if all the major UK carriers picked this one up.

 

More after the break.

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By April 30, 2010 Read More →

Skyfire Launches the First Flash Video Enabled Mobile Browser for Android

The first ‘mobile browser for the Social Media generation’ eliminates
broken links from your Facebook stream, tracks Twitter buzz, and makes
sharing easy

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By April 29, 2010 Read More →

Apples iPad 3G goes on sale in USA Friday 30th

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If you are in the United States or know someone that is then Friday 30th April (yes, that’s tomorrow if you are reading this today!) is a big day in the Apple world. The Apple iPad 3G will go on sale. You will have to wait until 5PM to get one and clearly some shops will have queues so turning up early may be a good idea.

The iPad 3G comes with a micro sim built in and AT&T will be the carrier of choice. Prepaid data plans will be available for $14.99 (250MB cap) and $29.99 (unlimited).

The Apple iPad 3G will be priced as follows:

  • $629 for 16GB
  • $729 for 32GB
  • $829 for 64GB

Here in the UK we are still waiting for the launch of the iPad and our prices are not yet confirmed. Both Matt and I have been lucky enough to get the Wi-Fi only iPad imported and we are both loving the experience. You can view Matt’s iPad unboxing video here.

If you are off to get a 3G version tomorrow I wish you the best of luck.

Posted by: James

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By April 29, 2010 Read More →

BEST BUY GRAND OPENING OFFERS

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Best Buy, a leading consumer electronics retailer, is set to open its doors to the public on Friday, 30th April at 7am. The highly anticipated first store will open to expectant crowds at the West Thurrock Retail Park, Essex and will be marked with four days of activities over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, with plenty of amazing deals, competitions and entertainment.

The doors will open at 7am on Friday to allow technology enthusiasts from the local area and London to take advantage of the great deals on offer before heading to work. The rest of the bank holiday weekend will be themed to showcase the breadth and depth of Best Buy’s offer with a focus on music, movies and games.

Best Buy is offering a wide range of amazing deals during the weekend, saving early customers hundreds of pounds on the latest and greatest technology. Samsung’s current 32" LED HD TV is available for only £399.99, equating to a saving of £300, whilst the Toshiba 32" HD-ready LCD TV is available for only £179.99!  Best Buy is also offering the latest Blu-Ray content, with the Avatar Blu-ray and DVD combi pack at just £9.99.  Meanwhile, football fans will have an extra reason to celebrate this, as foremost amongst the offers to look out for is Best Buy’s pledge to give customers their money back on any TV over £499 bought before 5th June if England wins the final.

Lots more info after the break…

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By April 29, 2010 Read More →

Nokia N8 Promo Video

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Earlier in the week we announced the launch of Nokias first Symbian 3 handset, the N8.

The Nokia N8 looks to be packed full to bursting point with top end features and to give you a little taster of what is to come Nokia have given us a promotional video, and what a nice video it is too.

If you didn’t see our post the other day here are just a few of the N8s great features:

  • 3.5 inches Capacitive Touchscreen display
  • supports multi-touch gestures
  • Symbian^3 Operating System*
  • 12-megapixel Camera
  • Video – 720p at 30 frames per second
  • HDMI output
  • Divx Support
  • web TV feature

Check out the video below and please let us have your thoughts on the forum.

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By April 29, 2010 Read More →

Aspire One D250 Review

Aspire ONE D250Acer were one of the first to get on the netbook train with their Acer Aspire One AA0 that we tested some 18 months ago.

As time has gone on they have expanded the range and here we have the D250 which is a dual booting version – in this particular case it’s dual booting Windows 7 and Android.

Android on a netbook you say, isn’t that normally used for mobile phones? Well yes, but as proven here it can also be used as an OS on other hardware.

 

Let’s take a look…

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By April 29, 2010 Read More →

Vodafone’s Nexus One out of stock already?

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The Nexus One isn’t exactly the biggest hit of the year, but then again I don’t think it was planned to be. Google’s little phone was due to hit Vodafone and Verizon with the latter pulling out just as folks were getting excited.

For consumers in the UK everything was rosy until pre-orders started coming back with this message:

“Thank you for placing your order, reference number [redacted]. Unfortunately we have suffered a surprisingly high demand for the Nexus One From Google, which means that it is unexpectedly out of stock. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. We hope to have further stock available within 7-10 working days and will contact you again once your order has been dispatched.”Vodafone Customer Care

I wonder just how high a surprisingly high demand is? Or perhaps Vodafone are trying to generate a little buzz for a “must have” device. Or perhaps Google are cutting their looses and only manufacturing a limited batches. Only time will tell.

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By April 29, 2010 Read More →

Windows Phone 7 shows off Office

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One thing that the competition will have a tough time topping is Office integration. Microsoft has put out a couple of rather nice videos showing you just how easy it is to work from your phone. The interface seems to lend itself very well to the office environment. Check after the break for the videos:

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By April 28, 2010 Read More →

HP to buy Palm!

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HP and Palm today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.
The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications.

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Nokia E72 gets update and is also now available in white

Nokia E72 White

With free satellite navigation rolling out to Nokia devices the E72 is the latest to get OVI Maps with free voice guided navigation.

Today’s update also includes improved overall performance for email, contacts, calendar and browser and Nokia E72 owners will also be able to listen to internet radio.

The OVI Maps Sat Nav is not something I have tried but I will be reviewing it shortly so watch this space.

Nokia have also announced that the E72 will now be available in white and this new edition will come with the above update pre – installed.

Not sure when we will see the white version here in the UK as at present it is only showing on the Nokia Asia website.

If you have an E72 please use your Nokia software updater to grab the update and enjoy.

Posted by: James

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