Archive for May, 2011

RIM Introduces New BlackBerry Bold Smartphones

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New BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 Smartphones are the Thinnest and Most Powerful BlackBerry Smartphones yet, Featuring the Renowned BlackBerry Keyboard Together with a Brilliant Touch Screen and the New BlackBerry 7 OS

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today unveiled two new BlackBerry Bold smartphones. The high-performance BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones feature a stunning and iconic design that integrates an incredibly easy-to-use BlackBerry keyboard with a brilliant, high resolution, capacitive touch screen. These exceptional smartphones are built on a new, performance-driven platform powered by the BlackBerry® 7 operating system and designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity for users around the world.

"The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. "These fully-loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant touch screen and an outstanding typing experience."

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By May 2, 2011 Read More →

Qualcomm demonstrates MSM8660

qualcomm There is an obsession at the moment with dual-core CPU’s in phones with the Optimus 2X  already on sale and HTC’s Sensation due out soon both sporting whizy new dual-core mobile CPU’s.

Now we’ve already see the benchmarks of Qualcomm’s latest MSM8660 CPU which runs at 1.5GHz, impressive enough for sure but a few days ago Qualcomm uploaded a demo video of the new Snapdragon in use within one of their own development devices. In the video, which I’ve embedded below, you can see them show off HTML5 video streaming, Flash video streaming, and 1080p playback. Not only that but there’s multichannel audio support and a phenomenal user interface.

Oh and they’ve crammed in a 13 mega-pixel camera on the back.

Check out the game demos too! I WANT ONE!!

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By May 2, 2011 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Pro unboxing video

GalaxyPro-main Samsung are back with another handset using the Galaxy name, this time the Galaxy Pro. One of just a couple of Android handsets to have a fixed, forward-facing QWERTY keyboard.

The keyboard on the Galaxy Pro is quite large, the keys are significantly bigger than the keys on a BlackBerry for example and as a result the Pro is quite a wide bodied handset, a fairly large slab.

The 2.8″ screen is a capacitive touchscreen which, as a BlackBerry user, takes some getting used to. I all too frequently tried using the keyboard or looking for a trackpad to interact with menus. It’s a shame though that the screen is only QVGA, the resolution feels really cramped.

Check out the video below where I unbox the Galaxy Pro and then take a look at the user interface as well as a few key features. The review will be here soon.


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By May 1, 2011 Read More →

Dell Venue Pro unboxing video

Venue-main The Dell Venue Pro was announced quite some time ago and it was all the way back in October that James first had the chance to play with the a sample. For some reason there have been lots of delays for this handset which, as a result, means that it only recently went on sale. Whether this has anything to do with Windows Phone 7 rather than hardware, as has been the claims on Twitter, is pure speculation.

The Venue Pro is the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone to have a forward-facing, sliding QWERTY keyboard. Hardware QWERTY fans may well be pleased by this one.

With a 4.1″ screen and sizable bezel and the sliding mechanism, the Venue Pro is far from a small and lightweight handset. In fact is has to be one of the largest and heaviest phones I can think or right now.

This is actually my second go at unboxing the Dell Venue Pro. As I mention in the video below, it has a curved screen on the front which for same reason caused the autofocus in my video camera to have a fit. So sorry for the delay in getting this video up!

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By May 1, 2011 Read More →

Android 2.3.4 to have Video Chat

google-video-chat-for-androidAccording to the Google Mobile blog, Google has begun it’s roll out  of Android 2.3.4 which will begin being sent to Nexus S handsets sometime in the near future. Google will bring a new key feature in 2.3.4, Video Chat. The chat will operate on your android device through the Gmail and GTalk applications and will allow video chats to take place with someone else on a compatible phone, tablet or any computer. Video chat fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the video chat feature will be available over the mobile network and Wi-Fi.

Using the new features is simple. On your Android device, from the Google Talk contacts list, you’ll see a video and voice chat icon next to each contact. Touch the button for the feature you’d like to use, and chat away.

Video can be paused while audio chat continues if you need to navigate elsewhere during a video session. During voice or video chat, text chats from that contact are overlaid on the device screen.

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PicSay for Android – Quick Review

PicSay - Photo Editor - Android Market

When it comes to Photo Editors there are quite a few on the market which will give you half decent results, but PicSay (and even more so the “pro” version), delivers more than most. PicSay is available for Android Smartphones and can be found in the Android Market.

Wrapped in a simple, easy to use interface it includes, alongside the technical effects of exposure, contrast, brightness etc, a fantastic choice of distortion, colour adjustment, artistic and photo effects such as lomo, faux HDR, tilt shift etc.. You can also add stickers, emoticons, word balloons (with innumerable colour and style options) and it has the ability to superimpose parts of another photo (someone’s head for example) onto your original snapshot. You can also upload your masterpiece straight to Facebook or FlickR etc in a couple of clicks. All in all, a super photo editor that “does what it says on the tin”. The “Pro” version is a little on the expensive side at around £2.50 ($4.14), but in my humble opinion is well worth it if you are into this sort of thing.


Below you can see some sample pictures edited with PicSay.

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