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By August 24, 2011 Read More →

Motorola FIRE to arrive in September

Moto Fire

I have not been too impressed with the recent Android devices that come in this form factor. However as the Motorola FIRE has a 2.8 inch screen things may well change.

The fashionable Motorola FIRE smartphone offers a full QWERTY keyboard with touchscreen display and ultimate personalisation options users expect from the fun and versatile Android platform. The Motorola FIRE is expected to be available in the UK towards the end of September.

Motorola FIRE has a sleek, modern design and a sophisticated finish. Its full QWERTY keyboard and 2.8-inch touchscreen display provide the perfect combination of tools for emailing, texting and browsing the Web. Users can stay in constant contact with friends and family through the world’s leading social media applications.

Motorola FIRE also comes with best-in-class battery life, allowing users to talk, browse the Web, text, play games and videos all day long. Motorola FIRE also has the Moto Switch user interface, which allows users to switch to a friends-centric mode when they finish work and head home for the day

“We are excited about extending our growing smartphone range in UK, and Motorola FIRE opens up new possibilities in the smartphone market. The device’s stylish design and its exciting and versatile social media applications will wow younger, tech-loving users in particular,” said Victoria McManus, UK marketing director, Motorola Mobility EMEA.

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By August 24, 2011 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 133: HP be gone

Web bannerIt’s the end of the road for WebOS as HP ceases sale of the HP Touchpad, Pre 3 and the Veer. Matt has unboxed the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, the Nokia X7 gets a luke-warm review and James get’s some time with the new Blackberry Curve 9360.

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By August 23, 2011 Read More →

BlackBerry Curve 9360 – Hands on video

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I popped along to the press event held by Research in Motion today to check out the new BlackBerry Curve 9360. Running BlackBerry 7 and with some improved specs such as screen resolution, camera and a 800mhz processor this new addition to the Curve family looks to be a huge hit.

With the BlackBerry Curve being the best selling Smartphone in the UK the big question will be ‘is how much is this one going to cost?’ As yet I cannot answer that as it will depend on the carrier but it has to fall in line with the current 3G Curve, the 9300.

As soon as we can get our hands on a review device we will of course bring you an unboxing video as well as the full review but in the meantime you can see my hands on video from today below.

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By August 23, 2011 Read More →

Samsung unleashes a powerful gaming notebook

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the Series 7 GAMER notebook PC, designed to deliver a smarter and richer gaming experience.

The high-performance notebook PC is powered by a quad-core Intel® Core i7 processor and combined with a high-end gaming AMD Radeon HD graphics card as well as an 8GB ExpressCache system to deliver incredible gaming speeds. The notebook PC guarantees rich visual imagery through its 3D 17.3″ display with full HD 1920×1080 resolution. Additionally, the Series 7 GAMER comes equipped with the latest 3D surround sound for an immersive experience.

The Samsung Series 7 GAMER features four different optimisation modes for ultimate versatility. In addition to the main ‘Gaming’ mode, it includes a ‘Balanced’ mode for everyday use, ‘Library’ mode for quiet surroundings, and ‘Green’ mode for maximum battery performance. The modes can easily be switched using the Mode Dial.

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By August 23, 2011 Read More →

RIM announce new BlackBerry Curves

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With me off to a BlackBerry press event this morning I wonder what they could be showing off? Oh, they released a press release overnight! Anyway, you can see the details below and watch out for some hands on video footage later in the day.

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced three new BlackBerry smartphones featuring the BlackBerry® 7 Operating System (OS). The all-new BlackBerry Curve 9350, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9370 smartphone are exciting additions to the popular BlackBerry Curve series.

These new models are designed to address a large and important segment of the global mobile phone market where customers are looking to upgrade their existing feature phone or existing BlackBerry Curve with an affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially-connected smartphone.

"These new models will build on the incredible success of the BlackBerry Curve line and further expand the largest global launch of BlackBerry smartphones in our history," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones are absolutely stunning and offer a significant performance upgrade with an unmatched mobile social experience for the millions of feature phone users in the market as well as our existing Curve customers."

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By August 22, 2011 Read More →

The new Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

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London, UK – Sony Ericsson today announced Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, an Android smartphone that delivers a unique social music experience. A dedicated Walkman hardware button provides instant access to the music player and consumers can also like, share and discover content through a deep Facebook integration. The infinite button lets the consumer explore even more and the *Qriocity service from Sony provides music and video content for the consumer to enjoy.

  • Android 2.3 powered by a 1Ghz processor
  • 5MP AF camera with 720p HD video recording
  • Front facing camera for video chat and Skype
  • Sony’s xLoud for enhanced audio output
  • Infinite button to access further content from their favourite artist
  • Qriocity music and video services from Sony
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By August 22, 2011 Read More →

Nokia X7 Review

Nokia-X7 When I was asked to review the X7 I was quite excited to see the changes that the latest update to the Symbian operating system brought to the table. My first smartphone was a Nokia and I had pretty much every new flagship device up to and including the N95. I’ve since moved on to be a confirmed iOS user with the occasional use of the systems (even WebOS!) but I have ignored Nokia’s devices since the 5800 showed how, in my opinion, not to do a touch interface.

Nokia’s X7 was launched at the same times as the new version of its Symbian mobile platform, Anna. Together with the E6, the X7 is shipping with Anna preloaded. Many Nokia and Symbian fans out there will love this smartphone as it has a fair crack at finally delivering a usable touch based interface.

Is the X7 an alternative and does Symbian Anna have what it takes to compete with Android, Windows Phone or iOS?


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By August 22, 2011 Read More →

LG announce the Optimus Sol


LG’s latest mid range device, the Optimus Sol as been announced and looks to be a fine addition to their range. It also comes with some pretty good specs. Running Android 2.3 the Optimus Sol is sporting a 3.8? Ultra AMOLED display, at 480×800 resolution,which LG say delivers high clarity that is easy to view even under bright and sunny conditions. Battery life is supposed to be 20-30% better due to a new power system.

The LG Optimus Sol will be available in Europe mid September.

LG Optimus Sol main features:

  • Qualcomm MSM8255 processor at 1GHz
  • Network: Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900), dual-band UMTS (900/2100)
  • RAM: 512MB
  • ROM: 2GB
  • Program memory: 150MB internal
  • External memory: 2GB microSD card included
  • Rear camera: 5MP with autofocus
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • aGPS
  • DLNA
  • Dimensions: 122.5 x 62.5 x 9.8 mm
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh


Posted by: James

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By August 21, 2011 Read More →

Advent Vega gets honeycomb 3.2

advent-vega_feature_0ff975fc-7766-4e23-96ef-c53fa4979bb3Though the Advent Vega ships with a version of Android better suited for mid-range handsets than a decent tablet, for its price you really can’t complain. After Honeycomb was first ported to the budget dual-core tablet back in the Spring, the latest release of the OS has been shoehorned onto the slate, complete with native GPU acceleration. There are still some bugs in this unofficial Android 3.2 build, as should be expected, but weighing your options that seems better than nothing. You can check out the ROM and instructions at the the Tablet Roms site. There is a video demo after the break.


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By August 21, 2011 Read More →

Eee Pad Slider detailed

asus-eee-pad-slider-sept-launchIt appears from reports that ASUS may be gearing up to release the Eee Pad Slider in September. Also, the full specs have been revealed:

  • Android 3.1 installed, with a promised 3.2 upgrade later
  • QWERTY-Sliding Keyboard
  • 1280 x 800 WXGA display
  • Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader
  • WiFi and Bluetooth

It will come in 16GB and 32GB "flavours" and will probably go for $400 and $550 models respectively. Asus is also throwing in one year of "unlimited ASUS Web Storage."

Posted by: Gareth

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