Archive for April, 2010

By April 20, 2010 Read More →

Motorola making 3D Android phone


Yes I know a physical phone is three dimensional, and they have been this way over a few years and I would imagine will continue to be for a little while yet, however in a recent patent Motorola have described something interesting:

“A cover is mechanically coupled to the housing and may be moved to overlie the display. The cover includes an optical element, such as a transparent lenticular material, through which the display may be viewed. The display presents images in two dimensions, and when the cover is “open“, the operator sees the displayed images, for example, diagrams and text, in two dimensions. However, when the cover is “closed“, the operator perceives the images presented through the optical element as three dimensional.

A rather astonishing technological revelation that could very well change the way we do things, I’d even go as far to say, on all electronical device. If implemented well then all will jump on the band wagon to have it pretty quick.

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By April 19, 2010 Read More →

Gizmodo get their hands on the new iPhone

So the super secret Apple infrastructure looks like it has been blown apart this year after a guy managed to leave an iPhone 4G or G4 in a bar in Redwood City.

Sure we have seen fakes come and go but the evidence that Gizmodo have dug up after getting their hands on this points to it being the real deal.

What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×460 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the "Connect to iTunes" screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery


via Gizmodo

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By April 19, 2010 Read More →

HTC Droid Incredible gets reviewed

Droid Incredible

Last week we mentioned the announcement of the HTC Droid Incredible. If you remember, this device is only available in the USA on the Verizon network but does have a lot of similarities with our HTC Desire. Some of the specs are slightly better that the Desire but overall they are pretty much one in the same. The great thing for the American users is that they can now have HTCs Sense UI on there flagship HTC device as the Google Nexus one was missing it.

Phil Nickinson from Android Central has spent some time with the device now and has posted his review. If you fancy reading what we are missing out on (or maybe what’s to come in the future?) then head on over to and see what Phil thought of the device. I know that Phil has been using a Nexus One for some time now and even flashed Sense UI onto it so it will be interesting to see if the Droid Incredible will make him switch devices again.


Posted by: James

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By April 19, 2010 Read More →

iiView Vpad unboxing video

vpad I’m pretty sure that 2010 will go down as they year of the tablet computer. Since well before Apple made the iPad official we know that something tablet-like was on the way and may speculated over the eventual name and format of Apple’s tablet.

So we’re already starting to see several other manufacturers coming up with their own tablet computers and the likes of HP have their tablet out there.

SO this week I have a tablet PC from a little-known company called iiView. We have their Vpad tablet here at the moment and we’re going to be testing it out. The Vpad is more like a full-blown PC in that it runs Windows 7 and has a 320GB hard drive, Atom CPU and a 10.2″ 1024×600 display.

So if the iPad isn’t what you are looking for and you are after something with perhaps a little more power and flexibility to run anything you want under a ‘real’ operating system then perhaps the Vpad or other tablet might be worth considering. In the video below I’ll show you around the Vpad in terms of the connectivity and what’s in the box. Not too much of the OS itself as it’s a pretty standard implementation of Windows 7.


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By April 18, 2010 Read More →

Sony NWZ-A845 Walkman review

nwz_a845 We have here the latest instalment of Sony’s Walkman media players the NWZ-A845. The first thing that comes to mind for me is “Is the device as good as it looks? And will it be an IPod Nano beater?” To find out if the answers to these questions are yes; I have prepared a full review of the device for you to make your own judgement and maybe for you to answer them for yourselves.


Sony as a company have been making walkman MP3 and media players for many years always improving on what they previously released to the point where people say ‘wow’. Here at tracyandmatt we have had quite a few of Sony’s MP3 and media players to have a play around with and to also review and we have always been very impressed with the sheer quality of the devices so when I received this one I definitely expected it to give the same impression. We first heard about the product early in January of this year so we have been really anxious to get hold of one to review so when we finally received it I jumped at the chance to do the review.

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By April 18, 2010 Read More →

HTC HD mini vs HD2 video

HDmini-v-HD2a I hope that by now most of you have had the chance to take a look at our recent review of the HTC HD mini.

As I mentioned in the review there are a few differences between the HTC HD mini and the HTC HD2 both in terms of hardware and software.

I thought I would follow up Matt’s earlier unboxing and demo video with another just showing you some of the differences between the HD mini and HD2 so you can see for yourselves and hopefully if you are considering buying either device this video may help a little.


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By April 17, 2010 Read More →

HideIP VPN review

IMG_0071 As you may or may no know, our US friends are able to enjoy all sorts of free streaming video and audio services that we just don’t have access to here in the UK. There was a time when I used to listen to Pandora radio all day long as it allowed me to choose the type of music I like to listen to and it customised the station for me. There are also services like ABC Player, similar to the BBC iplayer, that allows them to watch many of ABC’s TV shows on-demand.

You may be wondering why we cant simply use these services here in the UK? Well the fact is that when you attempt to connect in to these services either from your computer or iPhone you’ll be stopped at the outset by a message warning you that you the service is not available in this country. They know by the IP address of the connection which country you are coming in from and were not allowed to connect from the UK.

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By April 16, 2010 Read More →

HTC Droid Incredible will be rocking the USA soon

Droid Incredible

The HTC Droid Incredible is another one of those devices that will be available in the USA only. The handset will be launched on the the Verizon network at the end of the month and joins the ‘Droid’ family, coming after the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris.

You may think how lucky our American friends are to get this nice new device but check out the below specs and you will see that is extremely similar to the Google Nexus One but without the Sense UI. That means its just like our HTC Desire with a few tweaks!

  • 3.7" 480×800 WVGA OLED Touch screen
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
  • Camera: 8MP camera w/auto-focus and video capture
  • OS: Android 2.1, Google Experience Device
  • Integrated Google, Exchange & Facebook contacts
  • User Interface -next generation Sense UI
  • Push Gmail and Exchange
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor

It would have been nice if we too could have had the 8GB of internal memory and 8MP camera on the Desire but that’s life. Maybe next time.

Posted by: James

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By April 15, 2010 Read More →

HTC Desire Accessories

Desire DW

So you have got or are bout to receive your new HTC desire but you are missing a case.

You want to protect your device from bumps scratches, dust and more. Frustratingly there isn’t one in the box so you need to get your hands on one.

To date there have been none.

Well good news, we now have several cases available for order on our website.

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By April 15, 2010 Read More →

HTC HD mini Review

HD mini-Black_Front Back Left

It was back in February that I first got my hands on the HTC HD mini. One of four devices announced at Mobile World Congress, the HD mini is the third to be released, following on from the HTC Legend and Desire. Still to come is the HTC Smart. The HD mini is the only Windows Phone out of the four and with Windows Phone 7 coming at the end of the year a lot of people are wondering if the HD mini is worth getting.

Like its big brother, the HD2, the HD mini runs Windows Mobile but now with version 6.5.3. There are not too many changes in terms of software but a few hardware ones. As the name of the phones says, it’s more or less a mini version of the HD2 just with slightly less power.

Interested? Read on to find out what I thought of the device and how it compares to its big brother.


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