Archive for October 11th, 2011

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Vodafone reduce the price of the iPhone 4S


What nice people Vodafone are. They have lowered the upfront cost of getting an iPhone 4S on contract. In addition there are some other benefits which you will see detailed below.

Data Test Drive
All new and upgrading consumer pay monthly customers will be able to use as much data as they like, for whatever they like, for three months so they can fully explore what the latest version of Apple’s iPhone can do.
Vodafone’s Data Test Drive is designed to give customers the confidence to experiment with their new iPhone, get to grips with the new features in iOS5 and explore all the apps that are available for it. At the end of the three month period we’ll let the customer know exactly how much data they’ve used and whether the price plan they have chosen suits their needs.
Buy Back
We will buy back a customer’s current handset – up to the value of £270 – and guarantee to match the best price available today. Customers can bring their old phone back, or send it to us and in return we’ll give them a new phone at a reduced price, a high street voucher or cash.
Collect in store
Our customers lead busy lives and may not wish to wait for their phone to arrive at their home.  They can choose to collect the iPhone4S in a store convenient to them – we’ll let them know when it’s there.

The new plans are set out below – those highlighted have been lowered:

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 now available on Orange


The Blackberry Curve was the best selling Smartphone in the UK last year. The latest version, the 9360 has now rolled out on Orange, packing an improved processor compared to previous Curve models and also running BlackBerry 7, the latest version of operating system.

You can pick up the BlackBerry Curve 9360 from £249.99 on pay as you go or from free on a contract.

We now have the Curve 9360 here at trayandmatt towers so expect a full review in the coming weeks.

You can see a bit more information about the device below:

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ViewSonic launch the View Pad 10e

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ViewSonic is launching the ViewPad 10e, a thin powerful 9.7″ 4:3 ratio tablet aimed at providing value conscious consumers with a superior display experience combined with Android technology.
ViewSonic has utilised its pedigree display history and coupled this with its innovative tablet expertise to create a 9.7″ mobile device that measures only 9.1mm thin and weighs only 620grams, making it perfectly portable. Powered by the more than ample 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor, the ViewPad 10e has extremely fast DDR3 memory, combined with 4GB built-in memory which can be expanded with an additional 32GB via the Micro SD slot.
Virtually hidden within the slim device is a range of connectivity options that ensures the ViewPad 10e is connected and makes an impact wherever it goes.  The Wireless b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity ensure high speed data transfer when required.  The Mini HDMI connector offers a display output of up to 720p resolution, making the ViewPad 10e a strong portable media playing device.
The ViewPad 10e does not just have impressive hardware specifications; Amazon Kindle is pre-installed providing immediate access to 700k+ books, magazines and papers, all displayed as  they were meant to appear on the extra wide viewing angles an IPS panel brings. In addition ViewSonic includes a market place application which allows access to 000’s of additional applications and games.
ViewScene 3D completes the ViewPad 10e by providing a customisable 3D style user interface that really maximises the IPS panel technology.  Offering 16 customisable panels, intelligent interactive grouping, 3D style widgets and multiple time zone support, ViewScene 3D takes the ViewPad 10e to the next level.

The ViewSonic ViewPad10e will be available from the beginning of November initially in the UK; pricing will be released at time of launch.

Sounds pretty good. We will of course be trying to get one of these in for a review.


Posted by: James

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Pre order the HTC Explorer from The Smart Phone Centre


We posted just a couple of weeks ago that The HTC Explorer had been announced. The Smart Phone Centre are now taking pre orders and the device will set you back a reasonable £179.95 which includes VAT and delivery.

HTC Explorer Overview
With HTC Explorer we’ve put what’s most important to you right at your fingertips. The lockscreen lets you access your contacts, mail, camera, and messages in one swipe even when your phone is locked. And to make things convenient for you, HTC Explorer offers an intuitive, clean homescreen design that focuses on the most frequently used features and notifies you when you’ve received an email or text message or have a calendar event.
Web browsing similar to your desktop computer.
With HTC Explorer, you’ll enjoy web browsing that’s similar to your desktop computer. Websites are easy to find and easy to read. To make your viewing even easier, the HTC Explorer automatically adjusts the text on your screen so you won’t have to pan left and right to get all the news. Zoom in and dial a phone number on the web page in one easy step. And when you click on an address, a map opens up instantly for you to check out its location.

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Samsung Galaxy W available now on Three

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Looking for a new Android device that comes at a pretty decent price? Why not consider the Samsung Galaxy W which is available today at Three?

The powerful new Samsung Galaxy W comes with a fast 1.4GHz processor, allowing users to switch between apps and the web quickly, and a 3.7″ Super LCD touchscreen, perfect for watching films on the fly. The Galaxy W is also packed with invaluable timesaving features including email integration and GPS maps.

Personal contacts are integrated into one place using the Social Hub feature, allowing Galaxy W users to see texts, tweets and status updates in one live feed. There is also a 5MP camera for taking photos and videos on the go.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said, “Samsung’s Galaxy range of handsets brings the exciting world of smartphones to the masses, and the Galaxy W is sure to be no exception. As the number one network for smartphones*, Three customers can be sure that they’ll get the most from this new high-tech handset.”

The Samsung Galaxy W is available from £22 a month or £32 a month on The One Plan with all-you-can-eat data, 2,000 anytime, any network minutes and 5,000 texts.

PAYG customers can get the Samsung Galaxy W for £249.99. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-days access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

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Facebook app for iPad goes live

FB iPad

The wait is over iPad users. There is now an official Facebook iPad app at last.

Here are some of the highlights:

A hands-on Facebook

Use your fingertips to scroll through your News Feed. Give the screen a swipe to page through albums. Pinch a picture to zoom in. Whatever you’re up to, using Facebook on your iPad just feels fun.

Bigger, better photos

Photos really shine on the iPad. They’re bigger and easy to flip through, like a real photo album. It’s like having a slideshow with all your friends and memories, wherever you go.

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Vlingo (voice to text) demo video


With the imminent launch of the iPhone 4S and the new Siri feature that will allow you to use voice commands I persuaded myself to download Vlingo Plus for my BlackBerry. I used Vlingo a couple of years ago but the speech to text was a bit hit and miss. I am pleased to say that things have improved greatly now and as you will see in the demo video the application will allow you to perform a wide range of tasks on your phone without having to type.

Vlingo is not just a BlackBerry application. You can also get it for iPhone, Android, Nokia and Windows Mobile.

Tell your phone what to do!  The Vlingo Virtual Assistant turn your words into action.  Vlingo combines voice to text technology with its "intent engine" to help you quickly complete your desired action.   Simply speak to your phone or type a command through the ActionBar to get just about anything done while on the go.

You can see my demo video of Vlingo below:


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