Archive for October, 2011

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ZTE Libra Unboxing Video

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The ZTE Libra is the new mid range Android Smartphone from Chinese technology company ZTE. The Libra has a simple, classic smartphone design with a capable 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen and is powered by Android 2.2.2 Froyo and a 600MHz Qualcomm processor.

ZTE specialise in low budget, feature filled devices and the Libra is no exception. The vanilla Gingerbread installation is as lightweight on processing power and as customisable as Google originally intended, whilst the Flash enabled browser provides you access to rich web content. The 5.0 Megapixel auto focusing camera lets you take a sharp image under most conditions.

Available for £166.80 including VAT from Clove the Libra is pretty good value for money.  You can see the unboxing video below along with the full specification.

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Samsung Galaxy Note to arrive in the UK on November 17th


Following the recent global launch at IFA, Samsung has today announced that the latest device to join its Galaxy range, the Galaxy Note, will be available in the UK on 17th November 2011.

Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “We’re delighted with the overwhelming reception the Galaxy Note has received since it was announced earlier this month and are looking forward to offering Samsung customers a whole new smartphone experience. The Galaxy Note is a great example of Samsung’s passion for innovation by bringing to market a brand new category of mobile products. It is our fastest handset to date and brings together all the benefits of our award-winning smartphone technology and services.”

The Galaxy Note combines the benefits of a notebook with the portability of a smartphone. Thanks to its 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED screen, the largest, highest quality display available in any phone, consumers can view movies, photos, and documents, as well as play games on the device with crystal-clear clarity.

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Nokia maps spotted in the Marketplace


Someone at XDA seems to have spotted some screenshots of Nokia Maps for Windows Phone 7 over in the Marketplace. This is great news as Navigation apps here in the UK on the platform are lacking. The screenshot shown clearly shows a map of Central London.

With Nokia lagging behind on the the release of mango phones, compared to the likes of HTC and Samsung, could Nokia Maps be the unique selling tool they have up their sleeves?

If I was going to buy a Windows Phone I would more than likely get a Nokia if It came with free satellite navigation.

Hands up who agrees with me?


Posted by: James

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Fabled Touchpad Go details emerge

touchpad-go-specsHard to believe that a mere two months ago there was a fire sale on the HP Touchpad. A shrewd manoeuvre by HP to get Touchpads into the hands of plenty around the world to play with and develop. Now it seems the legacy of the Touchpad was to be grander and more ambitious than previously  thought. just posted exclusive details on the HP TouchPad Go 7 inch version of the TouchPad that was killed before it was released.

After looking at the images, slides, and details, I think I actually may have liked the TouchPad Go since the smaller form factor is appealing for mobile usage, the design looks nicer with a soft touch back, metal buttons, and a higher pixel density display. All the basic elements of the TouchPad are packed into the Go along with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor and GPS receiver. I haven’t seen any of these sneak out on ebay or Craigslist and maybe with the new change at HP there is a chance we may eventually see these released.

Would you have purchased the HP TouchPad Go? Do you find it more appealing than the HP TouchPad?

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By October 2, 2011 Read More →

HTC Hub for WP7 Mango gets updated

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If you are an HTC phone user on Windows Phone 7 you will be pleased to hear that HTC have updated their hub.  The update is only available for  Mango devices but if you have not received the Mango update yet it is only a matter of time. Microsoft have said all phones should be offered the new version of the OS over the next few weeks.

George over at wpcentral has done a nice demo video comparing the new version of the HTC Hub compared to the old and as you will see HTC have made some nice changes.

You can see the video below and thanks to for the video.

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By October 2, 2011 Read More →

Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook – Video Demo


Blaq has been around for some time on the BlackBerry PlayBook but recently got an update bringing some nice few features to the application.

As well as bug fixes the following features have been implemented so I thought I would give you a brief run through on video of the app. It is without doubt the best Twitter application on the device.


  • Refreshing new icon – Crisp lines, bold colors.
  • Native notifications – Native notifications provide an easy way of knowing when you need to get back to Blaq. It’s also configurable. More on that later.

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  • Real-time Indicator – To make it easy to understand if your tweets are updating in real time, we’ve added a convenient indicator.
  • Read without interruption – Timelines (Home, Mentions and Direct Messages) now pause once you being scrolling so you have a chance to catch up without new tweets pushing you down.


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By October 1, 2011 Read More →

Vodafone Data Test Drive

Vodafone have launched a new initiative to help you get on the right data plan depending on your needs. All new Smartphone users will be able to use as much data as they like within the first three months of a contract. At the end of that time Vodafone will tell you how much data you have used and advise if a different plan is required. How jolly decent of them.
Vodafone say:

We’re changing how we charge for data to help you unlock the full potential of mobile internet on your smartphone. Whether you’re browsing the web, using the latest apps or just keeping up with friends by email, we want you to feel in complete control.

Choose from our range of the latest smartphones and you can use the internet as much as you like – with no additional charges – for the first 3 months of your plan.

We’ll keep an eye on your usage. Then – at the end of your 3 month Data Test Drive – we’ll send you a text to let you know how you’ve got on.

You might be surprised to find that you’re already on the right plan. So you can go on using the internet on your smartphone, knowing there won’t be any bill shock.

But even if you exceed your data allowance during the Data Test Drive, don’t worry – you’ll have the option to add a higher data allowance to your plan, and we’ll let you know the monthly cost.

If you decide you’d like the higher data price plan, all you need to do is reply to the text within 3 days, free of charge. We’ll make sure your new data plan is applied to your account at the end of your Data Test Drive.

So whichever of the latest smartphones you choose – with our Data Test Drive offer you’ll know which data package suits you best.


Posted by: James

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Thames Valley Police use the BlackBerry Solution – Video


We have covered UK Police Forces using the BlackBerry solution a couple of times before here on tracyandmatt, however RIM have released a new video on their YouTube channel this time featuring Thames Valley Police.

As you will see in the video after the break, Thames Valley Police are reaping the rewards of using BlackBerry Smartphones. With officers carrying the devices it allows them to spend more time on the streets and less time in the Police Station. With us, the public, paying for our Police the more time they are visible the better and statistics prove this presence alone deters/prevents crime.

Deploying BlackBerry is about enabling our front-line officers to police smarter, not harder. Being able to access police computer systems via BlackBerry smartphones means less time spent travelling between stations. Officers no longer need to go back to the station every time they need to access information from a computer, or pick up briefing information for a shift. Officers will also be better informed with up-to-the-minute information which will significantly improve their service to local communities’ said Keith Gough, mobile information project manager at Thames Valley Police.

You can see the video below:

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Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3 unboxing video

pic_additional_01 Many of you will know that I am currently sunning myself with the family in Orlando, Florida. I decided to bring my HTC Evo 3D with me as I thought that pictures and video of us all enjoying the attractions would be fun. However, as good as the Evo is, when you take those 3D photos and try to either print them or convert them to 2D for review on a PC or a Mac they are a bit lacking, mainly because the photos are not captured at the full 5 megapixels that the cameras are capable of but instead uses only 2 megapixels. You may well ask why there are two 5mp sensors then but that’s a topic for another time!

So enjoying the idea of the 3D photos and video I decided to see what other options there were out there and stumbled across the Fujifilm Finepix W3 digital camera. This one seemed to tick all the boxes, has dual 10 megapixel sensors and takes full 10 mp 3D photos as well as taking 720P 3D movies. Furthermore the W3 has a 3.5″ 3D LCD screen and 3x optical zoom. The price isn’t too bad either so I ordered one for delivery here and decided to unbox from the comfort of my hotel.

Below you’ll find a short unboxing video and I’ll have a full review for you once I get back from my travels.


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Quick review: Digital Journal for BlackBerry PlayBook

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Digital Journal is a beautiful News Feed application that has recently come to the Blackberry Playbook and the iPad. It has taken a place in my ‘Favourites’ on my Playbook due to its beautiful design and handy information.
Now Digital Journal isn’t like most news applications in that the News stories aren’t from websites, they are from bloggers who write specifically for Digital Journal. So if you are looking for an application in which you can input your own News Feeds, look elsewhere. However, this application is still a very useful as the bloggers that write for it clearly have a high level of experience. In addition, all the stories that are written are relevant to current affairs.

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