Archive for July, 2010

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The BlackBerry BlackPad

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Earlier in the week we leant that RIM had secured the domain name blackpad.com and the interwebs were having mixed reviews on whether RIM would or would not be releasing a iPad rival under that name.

Now Bloomberg have reported that RIM are to announce a tablet later this year, in November to be precise and it will be called the BlackPad.

The device is rumored to be a similar size to Apples iPad, sporting both front and rear cameras for video calling. Although not connecting to the internet using its own sim card the BlackPad will allegedly connect to mobile devices via Bluetooth to allow for mobile connection.

Will the BlackPad be a real contender for top place in the tablet wars? Not sure about that but we will endeavor to get hold of one for review, as long as RIM make things official.

Posted by: James

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By July 31, 2010 Read More →

Milestone XT720 CPU speed confusion

motoxt720 If you’ve seen my unboxing video of the new Motorola Milestone XT720 perhaps you will have noticed that I stated that the CPU speed was 550MHz. You might be thinking that I’ve made a mistake in quoting the spec. In fact I too thought I’d made a mistake with it, I originally thought that the XT720 got it’s name from the 720MHz CPU.

There’s been a lot of confusion over the clock speed in fact. The original spec sheet we had from Motorola stated 550MHz but elsewhere on their website they go on to claim 720MHz and the main spec page says ‘Up to 720 MHz’.

So what does that all mean and what is the correct figure? Well I’ve not been able to get a proper answer from Motorola yet but I have discovered that some retailers are selling the Milestone XT720 have added comments like: “…the 550MHz processor (with free software update to 720MHz expected in August)…”

I can also tell you that our review XT720 definitely is clocked at 550MHz see below -

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By July 31, 2010 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S now available on Three

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Samsung’s latest superphone, the Galaxy S, is now in stock and available at Three’s UK store. James wrote an excellent review on the Galaxy S, and if the wonder of a 4″ Super AMOLED display has you mesmerised, then it’s all yours, providing you sign two years of your life away. 

As well as a beautiful display, the Galaxy S also features a 5MP camera which also boasts HD video recording. And of course it runs Android, and its probably the best Android handset yet (but not for long probably).

Three offer the phone free on £35, £38 or £40 contracts which range from 500 inclusive minutes to a ridiculous 2000 minutes per month. All three plans include 5000 texts, yet only 1GB of data. It seems all UK operators seem to be moving down this route, away from the unlimited data we know and love. Still, 1GB should be more than enough for everyone but the most hardcore users – though I suspect you’ll spend most of your time drooling at the screen.

 

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By July 30, 2010 Read More →

Another Phone Getting Froyo, This Time, The Droid

Over the past couple of days, it has been upgrade crazy. Firstly, the US carrier Sprint announced that the EVO 4G was going to receive Android 2.2 on Tuesday, then earlier today, HTC announced that European Desire’s would get Froyo as well. And now Verizon has just said the the original Droid is going to get the update next week!

No word on the UK version of the Droid, the Motorola Milestone getting the Froyo update, but  with this many phones receiving the latest version of Android, it can only be a matter of time before it happens.

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By July 30, 2010 Read More →

Another BlackBerry 9780 video

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It was earlier today that we posted a video of the BlackBerry 9780 but bbleaks have published yet another demo, this time slightly more in depth.

What is really promising is that OS 6 only takes up about 180MB of the 512MB RAM, a lot less than on the 9800 Slider. Does this mean we may see BlackBerry 6 on the 9700. Fingers crossed. 

As we already know, the 9780 looks pretty much identical to the 9700 apart from the bezel around the phone which is gun metal in colour. I think I prefer the chrome on the 9700 to be honest but a small factor.

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By July 30, 2010 Read More →

Good Reader for iPhone Review


Good Reader is one of the best apps available for reading documents on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is able to store and view very large files in a number of different files formats such as Microsoft Office documents, iWork files, PDF’s, website archiving, images, audio files and videos.

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By July 30, 2010 Read More →

HTC Desire Getting Froyo This Weekend

Yesterday, HTC announced that the HTC EVO 4G was going to get Froyo on Tuesday. And now they are  continuing with the Froyo roll out, with the HTC Desire coming this weekend! As long as your Dsyncesire is european (most of them are) and not carrier locked, you should see the notification to update this weekend. The update also brings a couple of new features to the Desire. 720p video mode, iTunes sync for  your music and the newest version of HTC Sense. There is also the App Share widget coming to the Desire and the smart Caller ID feature. features they first debuted on the HTC Wildfire. However, carrier locked Desire’s won’t be getting the update until ” several weeks’ time.”

Press Release:

“The Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for HTC Desire will start rolling out across Europe this weekend. As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense. The update will provide 720p video capture, HTC’s App Share widget, as well as our enhanced HTC Caller ID, and improved multi-language keyboard. Also, through the update, HTC Sync will allow HTC Desire users to sync their music with iTunes.

HTC Desire users will be notified that the over-the-air update is available to download when their phone automatically checks for software updates. The update won’t delete any of the phone’s content. However, due to the size of the update, we would advise using a WiFi connection to download it wherever possible to avoid additional data charges.

This update will initially roll out to unlocked HTC Desire handsets. Operator specific versions of the update are undergoing testing and we expect to make them available in several weeks’ time.”

Update:

The Froyo update is now being pushed out to all unlocked Desire’s. Go check it out now.

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By July 30, 2010 Read More →

HTC’s official Desire FroYo update statement

HTC LogoNews just in from HTC regarding the official update to FroYo for the HTC Desire:

“The Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for HTC Desire will start rolling out across Europe this weekend. As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense. The update will provide 720p video capture, HTC’s App Share widget, as well as our enhanced HTC Caller ID, and improved multi-language keyboard. Also, though the update, HTC Sync will allow HTC Desire users to sync their music with iTunes.

HTC Desire users will be notified that the over-the-air update is available to download when their phone automatically checks for software updates. The update won’t delete any of the phone’s content. However, due to the size of the update, we would advise using a WiFi connection to download it wherever possible to avoid additional data charges.

This update will initially roll out to unlocked HTC Desire handsets. Operator specific versions of the update are undergoing testing and we expect to make them available in several weeks’ time.”

More as we get it.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By July 30, 2010 Read More →

LG Viewty GT405 Review

GT-main LG’s Viewty line started with the original KU990 which proved extremely popular as an accessible touchscreen alternative to the iPhone. The combination of a high-quality camera and an easy to use interface pulled in huge sales numbers for LG, and now, after the second iteration by the name of the Viewty Smart, they’re back with the third evolution of the well-known Viewty series.

This time it is equipped with a 3 inch display to compliment a 5MP camera on the back, as well as their tried and tested UI borrowed from other phones such as the also popular Cookie. In this reviewty, we’ll see if the GT retains the all rounded experience and excellent camera of its predecessors, as well as LG’s ability to sell mass market phones in droves. So can the GT405 continue the success story?

Click through to find out.

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By July 30, 2010 Read More →

BlackBerry 9780 caught on video

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Driphter.com have once again released a rather interesting video. This one shows BlackBerry 6 running on the Bold 9780. We don’t know too much about this device but it looks like it will be the successor to the 9700.

As you will see in the short video, using BlackBerry 6 on a non touchscreen device looks to be as smooth and easy as I hoped.  The web kit browser seems to work beautifully and I personally cant wait to test this bad boy out. If you are a BlackBerry fan I think you are in for an exciting few months. The big question will be which new device to buy.

Video after the break:

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