Archive for March, 2011

By March 21, 2011 Read More →

HTC 7 Pro Review

HTC 7 Pro

I have been using Windows Phone 7 for some months now but here in the UK we have only had one method of text input and that is with a touch screen. Not anymore though. The HTC 7 Pro has arrived and brings us an alternative, a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

Now, although I am a BlackBerry user I did use the HTC Touch Pro 2 for a year so I am no stranger to a horizontal keyboard. So I set myself a challenge. To write all the text for this review on the 7 Pro.

How did I get on and how impressed am I with the HTC 7 Pro?

You will need to read on to find out.


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By March 21, 2011 Read More →

O2 first to switch on new superfast 3G 900MHz network


O2 announces that it has switched on a new superfast 3G network across London this week, having gained permission to reuse the 900MHz spectrum for 3G services from Ofcom, the UK Communications Regulator, back in January. O2 is the first UK operator to take advantage of the change to its 900MHz network licence and the new 3G900 network layer in London is expected to deliver a 50% increase in capacity to O2’s existing 3G network.

The 900MHz frequency band was previously only licensed for 2G services in the UK, but it offers the capability to significantly improve the potential of 3G services. Since being granted its new network licence in January, O2 has already deployed 3G900 services in key cities across the UK, including Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, with other cities set to follow in the coming months.

Rigorous customer experience testing has shown that, on average, O2 customers on 3G900 compatible devices* are now receiving data 30% faster than before the new spectrum was allocated for 3G use. Network capacity in the areas where 3G900 has been rolled out has also increased by 50%, allowing more people to take advantage of O2’s high speed data services and in more places.

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By March 20, 2011 Read More →

HP Veer could be with us in May


That little cutie, the HP Veer could be with us earlier than expected. HP said when the device was announced that they expected a Q3 release. It turns out that O2 Germany have said via Twitter that they will have the device in May.

If they are ahead with the Veer lets hope that the same applies for the Pre3 and the TouchPad.

See a reminder of the Veer specs can be found below:


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By March 20, 2011 Read More →

Archos high end devices to be announced in June

archos-logo-09An old favourite for many when it comes to personal media players is the name Archos. Whilst the more recent tablet offerings have had mixed reviews it looks like their efforts in the last year have paid off and they have posted a rather tidy profit from the latest generation. With profits of around up from 13.5% to 23.3% it looks like they are doing something right.

What’s next for the little French company? Well, Global domination it seems. Their legacy is primarily high quality audio/video experiences and in the last few years this has changed to cater for cost effective Android tablet experiences. So why not combine them and come up with high quality Android Tablets?

If done right, the following will just be amazing:

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By March 19, 2011 Read More →

BlackBerry Protect release for all European, Middle Eastern, and African users


BlackBerry Protect v1.0 has launched in App World Test Center today (Saturday, March 19th) for all European, Middle Eastern, and African users.  Users in these regions can now download and install the released version of the BlackBerry Protect 1.0 client at or via App World.

I have been using BlackBerry Protect for quite some time now as a beta tester and in my opinion it is the most vital application you can have on your device.

As well as backing up all your contacts and calendars to the cloud BlackBerry Protect will allow you to find your BlackBerry if it is lost or stolen.

If you have a BlackBerry you have to download Project. Do it. Do it now.


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By March 19, 2011 Read More →

Sarah Harding shows her dark side for HTC Incredible S

article-1362785-0D74F396000005DC-385_634x430 Despite always being the blonde bombshell of the group, it seem that Sarah Harding is using her newly darkened locks to attract some serious advertising revenue.

Despite only been raven-hared for two weeks, the Girls Aloud singer is fully embracing her darker side in a vampy new photo-shoot for HTC.

The all-black outfit and vampish make-up in a new ad campaign for the latest HTC Incredible S makes Miss Harding look every inch the smouldering brunette.

The 29-year-old looked slinky in black leather trousers and a pair of killer heels as she posed with the new matte-black HTC Incredible S mobile phone.

Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer for Best Buy Europe, said: ‘We are very excited to be working with Sarah and HTC to launch this great phone. The Incredible S is the latest in a series of cutting-edge mobiles from HTC and with its perfect combination of high-end style and advanced features is yet another example of why HTC is leading the way in pioneering technology.”

Harding posed for the shoot just two weeks after she debuted her new hair colour at London Fashion Week, where she attended the Vivienne Westwood show with super stylish band-mate Nicola Roberts.

Harding’s new look is said to be inspired by Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winning film Black Swan, which she has previously claimed to be obsessed with.

The HTC Incredible S smart phone has received the usual praise, commonly heaped on HTC, for its innovative appearance and features. The Incredible S has a large, 4-inch touch-screen and a ridged back that sets it apart visually from the similarly rectangular competition.

The innovative contoured, matte-black case gives the handset an attractive, industrial appearance.

At 4-inches, the phones screen is the same size as the popular Samsung Galaxy S, and sits between the HTC Desire HD and the new HTC Desire S handsets. In big screen sizes HTC now have something for everyone.

For the latest HTC handsets at unbelievable and exclusive prices visit


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By March 19, 2011 Read More →

BlackBerry 9780 keyboard stutter

stutter I tweeted about this a few weeks ago and was surprised by the number of other 9780 owners that replied to me saying they had the same issue. I am of course talking about the apparent problem with the BlackBerry Bold 9780 where the keyboard keys periodically ‘stutter’.

On my 9780 this affects almost all of the keys on the keyboard. When typing I frequently end up with letters appearing more than once despite pressing the letter only once. This is particularly noticeable when there are double letters in a word and can then result in either 3 or 4 instead of two letters appearing.

A search on the web seems to reveal that this is a relatively common hardware issue that requires RIM to replace the phone. One suggestion is that it depends upon where the phone has been made as the 9780 is manufactured in more than one place. My 9780 was manufactured in Hungary. Does that fit with anyone else?

The image cap. above is an un-simulated example of the problem.


Posted by: Matt

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By March 18, 2011 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 111: St. Patricks Day

Web-banner11Time for another podcast. On this joyful St. Patricks Day Gareth, Tracy, Matt and James natter about the Palm Pre, ZTE, the Playbook and Matt invites you all out to have a drink with him.

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By March 18, 2011 Read More →

Facebook 2.0 for BlackBerry


RIM yesterday released Facebook 2.0 via the BlackBerry Beta Zone and we have some nice new stuff which I am rather pleased about.

You can now check to see which of your Facebook friends are online and start a Chat conversation from within the Facebook application or within the unified mailbox on your BlackBerry smartphone.

On Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, as long as your status is set to online, you still receive notifications even if you are not using the Facebook app.


More details below:

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By March 18, 2011 Read More →

LG 3D G-Slate overview… by a girl!

lg-g-slate-1LG is one of the other big names bringing an Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet to the market over the next few months. Their tablet will be available through T-Mobile USA and run on their “4G” network. The LG Girl got some hands-on time with it, and shot a little promo type video. It gives us a little insight on what the G-Slate is all about. We still don’t have a firm release date or price point for the device.

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