Archive for April, 2012

By April 23, 2012 Read More →

Jabra announce the SUPREME UC Headset


According to a study from IDC, the worldwide mobile worker population is set to increase to 1.3 billion in 2015, accounting for 37.2% of the workforce,  indicating that workers everywhere are leaving the 9-to-5 days in the office behind by working remotely, traveling and collaborating via the cloud.  Much of this increase is driven by the popularity of laptops, smartphones and tablets. To meet the demands of the mobile worker, Jabra today announced the Jabra SUPREME UC. After introducing the Jabra SUPREME last year, the first non-stereo headset to incorporate Active Noise Cancellation to block out noisy environments for the user wearing the headset, Jabra is introducing a variant that expands the capabilities of the original product to work with all leading Unified Communications (UC) applications (Microsoft®, Cisco, Avaya, SkypeTM, and several others), as well as mobile phones and tablets. The Jabra SUPREME UC makes wireless communication universal for individuals working from the office, home or on the road.

“As the workforce continues to move towards mobility, both inside and outside of the office, Jabra is focusing on making communicating on the go as productive and seamless as possible,” says Mogens Elsberg, CEO of Jabra. “The mobile worker is a key customer of ours, and we want to be sure we are offering products that keep them connected wherever, and however, they please.”

Posted in: Press Releases
By April 23, 2012 Read More →

Skype for Windows Phone leaves beta

Skype WP

Good news if you use Windows Phone. Skype is now rolling out version 1.0 of the app which has been in beta for a few months. I’m not seeing the update here in the UK just yet but it is available in the US so be patient British people.

The update now brings the ability to search for contacts as well as call landlines. The app is still currently let down in my opinion by the fact it will not work in the background. This will be fixed in due course but Skype cannot give a time frame.

So as it stands the iOS and Android versions are still far better. Still, it is early days.


Posted by: James

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By April 22, 2012 Read More →

JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart unboxing & water test video


We mentioned earlier in the week that the JCB Pro-Smart was now available to order from Clove. The Android 2.3 device may be big and chunky but it will withstand drops, knocks, water, dust and scratches. The Pro-Smart may not be suited to everyone but if you are in the sort of business where dropping your smartphone could render it useless this may be the perfect handset.

One feature I love with the JCB Pro-Smart is its battery size. 2000mAp should easily get you through the day and some, especially as it is only powering a 3.2 inch touchscreen.

You can see the unboxing video below and I also perform the scratch and water test. Will it survive?


Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By April 21, 2012 Read More →

The Bargain Basement

Bargain Basement

If you listen to our Mobile Tech Addicts podcast each week you will know that the team move around our big house and always visit our bargain Basement. I thought it was worth sharing our weekly findings on here too as many offers we discover are too good to miss.

So if you are in the market for a bargain smartphone you can find this weeks selection below.

Should we make this a regular weekend feature on here?

Posted in: Phones
By April 20, 2012 Read More →

Nokia record a commercial using just the 808 PureView


We know what a wonderful camera the Nokia PureView has and Nokia are showing this off with the latest commercial they have posted on their YouTube channel. The video has been filmed only using the 808 and it goes to show what an amazing job the 41 megapixel image sensor does.

I am still a little dubious as to how well the 808 PureView will sell for two reasons. The first is its price. Sim free the 808 is over £500. That is a lot of money and this leads me into the second reason which is the OS. The 808 runs Symbian. While Symbian has been a huge success for Nokia they have clearly said that Windows Phone will be their primary OS of the future. So to spend over £500 on a device that may have limited support in the future concerns me.

That said the camera capabilities are outstanding on the 808. You can see for yourself below.

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By April 19, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry Curve 9220 thoughts and images

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With yesterdays announcement of the BlackBerry Curve 9220 over in India I thought it was worth bringing you some nice images of the device as it may well be one of Research in Motions best selling handsets in certain parts of the world. This 2G successor to the 8520 will not be suited to the UK market, in my opinion, and I would expect that we will see the BlackBerry Curve 9320 launched here instead, which is the 3G variant.

That said, the two devices are very similar in design and specs so if you are in the market for a new low cost BlackBerry in the UK it is still worth taking a look at the following pictures to give you a rough guide.

There is no doubt that the Curve 8520 is now out of date. It may have been the best selling smartphone in the UK for the last couple of years but it is time for an overhaul. The new Curves take the budget BlackBerry into the next era with the latest version of the OS (7.1), FM radio, a larger battery and a dedicated BBM hardware button on the left side of the device.

Remember last month when the likes of the BBC and The Guardian reported that RIM would not be supporting consumers? I said then that it was rubbish and that Thorsten Heins (RIM CEO) said no such thing. These new affordable BlackBerry smartphones go to prove that.

Anyway, you can see some nice high res images of the BlackBerry Curve 9220 below.

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By April 19, 2012 Read More →

Jawbone Prime Bluetooth Headset Quick Review


There are hundreds of options when it comes to Bluetooth headsets from a wide range of manufactures. A few names in particular stand out from the crowd and Jawbone is one of them. They are certainly one of the market leaders in Bluetooth technology so I was happy to discover I would be reviewing the Jawbone Prime with Noise Assassin.

Having never previously reviewed a Bluetooth headset I’m sure you are wondering how I got on?

To find out you will have to read on.

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By April 18, 2012 Read More →

JCB Pro-Smart in stock at Clove


If you are in the type of business where having a smartphone is likely to end up in it getting broken the JCB Pro-Smart may well be the perfect device for you.

JCB’s first Android smartphone (discounting the limited edition of the DEFY+), the Pro-Smart, is now in stock at Clove.

Priced at £259 (£310.80 inc.VAT), the Pro-Smart features Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has an IP67 protection rating, as well as the usual smartphone features.

For some it might not always be feasible to have a nice smartphone because of the environments we work or find ourselves in, they are just too vulnerable to damage and the last thing you want is to spend large amounts of money replacing, protecting or repairing phones. You might have a smartphone you use occasionally or for personal reasons but for work it’s a basic phone that can cope.

JCB have been making phones for a while but they have still been fairly limited in capability, but they have been rugged.

Motorola have created waves with their water resistant and dust resistant DEFY, and it has become highly appealing to trades people or those who are a bit clumsy with phones.

The Pro-Smart is JCB’s answer to the Motorola DEFY. It is a fully fledged smartphone that is capable for calls, texts, web browsing, navigation video playback and more. However the difference is that the unit is IP67 rated meaning it will survive being dropped in water (for short periods of time). It will take a few knocks and will be more resistant to dust and dirt than many other phones.

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By April 18, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry Curve 9220 – Video




Posted by: James

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By April 18, 2012 Read More →

Huawei Ascend P1 announced for a May release

Huawei Ascend

Huawei have today announced that the Huawei Ascend P1 will be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia through operators and retailers by May 2012, in Latin America from June 2012 and in Europe from summer, with availability in other markets to follow.

"The global availability of the Ascend P1, which combines smart features and a sexy design, represents a significant milestone for Huawei Device.  We are sending strong signals of our intention to transform into a consumer-facing brand and extend our market leadership globally by strengthening our range of flagship products. We are also expanding our sales and distribution channels to move beyond a focus on operators," said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device.

The Ascend P1 is beauty meets brains – proof that technology and good looks can go hand-in-hand. It features a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor and measures 7.69mm thin and 64.8 mm long, providing a very comfortable grip. With a 4.3-inch super AMOLED 960 x 540 touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, an 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera and Dolby Mobile 3.0 + 5.1 surround sound technology, the Ascend P1 provides a home theatre experience in the palm of your hands.

Posted in: Apps & Games