Archive for April, 2010

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Palm Pre sales a ‘disaster’


Store staff in Carphone Warehouse and O2 shops claim sales of Palm Pre device have been terrible.

Palm Pre sales have been a disaster, claim staff in O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores. This follows news that Palm is to be put up for sale. Many stores have registering zero sales.

An O2 spokesperson said: “Palm Pre sales are in line with our expectations.”

But one store manager said “Our store has sold hardly any Palm Pres, It never stood a chance against the iPhone and they both advertise themselves as doing the same things”.

A Carphone staffer added: “It is a good device but it doesn’t really have a place in the market. No one knows who Palm is.  So Nokia, Sony Ericsson and the iPhone will always be preferred.”

The Pre is available exclusively on O2 contracts. It was also launched on a premium £35 per month tariff but has since become free on all tariffs to “shift stock” staff claim.

According to O2 forums, sales were so low many smaller stores stopped selling the Pre. Other shop staff have reported software and hardware issues including freezing, poor battery life, and faults with its slide track.


I am certainly not surprised by this news. When I reviewed the Palm Pre I thought much the same as most people that the New Web OS was great but sadly let down by the cheap feeling hardware. Will Palm get some good news one of these days?

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By April 28, 2010 Read More →

Android-Powered Vodafone 845 Coming Soon To Vodafone UK


Vodafone UK is already offering some of the hottest Android-powered smartphones of the year, and customers will soon have even more choice available with the launch of the Vodafone 845.

The Vodafone 845, demonstrated here by Vodafone UK’s eForum team, is the first Vodafone-branded handset to be based on Google’s Android platform and will offer an outstanding experience and great value on the UK’s best network.

The high spec, low cost Vodafone 845 runs on Éclair, the latest version of the Android platform, and will give users access to thousands of free apps on the Android Marketplace. It will also be pre-loaded with Vodafone 360 apps, giving users access to unique services such as Vodafone Music and MyWeb.

The device itself has a 2.8″ screen, offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G/HSDPA connectivity, and features a 3.2MP camera and 500MB of memory as standard.

The Vodafone 845 is the latest addition to an extensive range of Android-based devices already available through Vodafone, which includes the HTC Desire, Sony Ericsson X10 and the HTC Legend, which is available exclusively through Vodafone in the UK. With the Google Nexus One just around the corner, Vodafone UK will be able to offer an Android device to suit everybody.

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By April 28, 2010 Read More →

James demos the iPad

ipad I was lucky enough to get myself an iPad at the weekend. Apart from the obvious games and web browsing that we all know is fantastic on the iPad, I thought I would demonstrate how I will also be using the iPad for my day job.

Although it is early days with the iPad I have discovered that it is a superb device for presenting PDFs and pictures which is something I often do in my job. Whipping out the iPad not only looks better than taking a product catalogue or brochure out of a briefcase, but it also delivers great quality images which hopefully will impress. The iPad allows you to have pretty much as many PDFs, pictures and office documents as you need, all in one compact device. No need to boot up a laptop or notebook anymore. The iPad is good to go in a split second.

Check out the video below. You never know, it may be a handy tool in your job too?


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By April 27, 2010 Read More →

BlackBerry OS 6 previewed at WES 2010

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Today at WES 2010 RIM finally gave BlackBerry addicts and users what they have been waiting for – a sneaky peak at BlackBerry 6.

As you will see in the below video the new OS is still very much BlackBerry but with some nice tweaks. And we will not have to wait too long for it, like other new operating systems announced recently. RIM founder and CEO Mike Lazaridis said today that we can expect to see the new OS lanched within the next calendar quarter – good news!

If you like BlackBerry, the Black Eyed Peas or crazy unnecessary dancing then have a look at the video. It’s a bit whacky!

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By April 27, 2010 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 68

Web bannerBack for another podcast are James, Andy, Matt and Gareth. This week a more relaxed agenda includes much tomfoolery and a hint of mobile related chit chat.

Regulars: James Richardson, Matt Davis, Gareth Myles and Andy Lee

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By April 27, 2010 Read More →


Nokia N8

The Nokia N8 is the First Device Based on Symbian’s Innovative New Platform.

SAN FRANCISCO AND LONDON – 27 APRIL, 2010: Symbian today announced that Nokia Corporation, the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer, has chosen the Symbian^3 (S^3) platform to power its new Nokia N8 device.  Nokia is the first device manufacturer to showcase S^3, Symbian’s first platform release following the ground-breaking transition to fully open source in February this year.

The Nokia N8 takes full advantage of the S^3 platform, offering major advances including: multiple, personalized home screens, usability enhancements, including single tap and multi-touch gesture support, a faster and more responsive user interface with smooth transitions and improved look-and-feel, and more efficient memory management, enabling even faster multi-tasking on the device.

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By April 27, 2010 Read More →

Best Buy opens its first UK store


Yesterday I stopped off Best Buy at Thurrock, Essex. Best Buy kindly invited me to come and have a look around the new store situated on the Lakeside retail park and after walking through the doors I was pretty amazed.

If you imagine a Comet, PC World and Curry’s all rolled into one and doubled in size you get a Best Buy! The store is absolutely gorgeous. The staff were extremely friendly and really keen to discuss their products. Each section has a dedicated staff team to ensure you are getting the best experience possible when shopping with them.

I clearly made a b-line for the mobile section of the store and what I found was fantastic.

As you will see in the photos below the devices are split into sections depending on manufacturer. The beauty here is that every single phone in the store is not only on but also has a SIM card so you can give the handsets a proper test drive. Not a plastic dummy phone in sight. It’s no wonder Best Buy sell so many phones over in America.

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By April 26, 2010 Read More →

Early iPad virus strikes users

BitDefender_logo Just had an email from the chaps over at BitDefender about a threat that’s targetting iPad owners and while it doesn’t directly attack or infect the iPad it plays upon the fact that iPad owners may want the latest firmware for their new toy.

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By April 26, 2010 Read More →

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone

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26th April 2010: Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry® PearlT 3G, the smallest BlackBerry® smartphone yet. Despite its impressively compact and elegant design, this stylish new handset is a powerful 3G BlackBerry smartphone with uncompromising performance and top-of-the-line features, including all the industry-leading BlackBerry® email, messaging and social networking capabilities that so many people love.

“The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is unlike any other smartphone in the world and we expect a broad range of new and existing customers will be drawn to its powerful features and compact design,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones and the fact that more than three-quarters of the people in the global mobile phone market are still buying handsets with a traditional alphanumeric keypad, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity. It allows consumers to upgrade their traditional mobile phone to a full-featured, easy-to-use and fashionable 3G BlackBerry smartphone that supports BlackBerry Messenger and many other apps while maintaining a handset design and layout that is familiar and comfortable.

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By April 26, 2010 Read More →

WES 2010


This week in Florida is the biggest BlackBerry show of the year – WES 2010. Although it is not confirmed what announcements we are going to get I am confident we will get a device as well as software previews. I would love to say I am going over to Florida to cover the show but sadly not. We will however endeavour to bring you all the best bits from WES 2010 here on

If you are a BlackBerry fanatic or developer and are thinking of attending WES in the future here are five good reasons to make the commitment:

  • Get your hardest questions answered: Speak one-on-one with BlackBerry® experts from Research In Motion (RIM), join a hands-on lab, and attend targeted breakout sessions.
  • Learn from your peers: Share insights, experiences, and challenges with like-minded people from across the globe.
  • WES is a great value: More than 100 breakout sessions in four tracks, hands-on labs, keynote speakers, training, certification exams-these opportunities and more are all available at a great price.
  • Supercharge your mobility strategy: Take home the strategies and techniques needed to meet your organization’s mobility objectives in 2010.
  • The Solutions Showcase: Preview mobility products and services from carriers, ISVs, and solution integrators.

Sounds a bit too technical for me. I think I will stick with phone reviews for now!

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