Archive for June, 2012

BlackBerry Music Gateway goes on sale

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You many remember that when I was at BlackBerry World last month we showed you a video of the new BlackBerry Music Gateway that RIM were demonstrating.

If you are not familiar with the product I will summarize it. Essentially, the Gateway is a small gadget that connects to your TV or stereo system and by using NFC on your BlackBerry you connect your device to it with a quick tap and then control music output and volume controls via the handset itself. Not only perfect for at home but great for parties allowing multiple users to play what ever music they happen to have on their BlackBerry.  I don’t have a UK price as yet but the in the USA the Music Gateway is priced at $49.99 which seems very reasonable.

If you missed my hands on video you can see it again below and we will of course have one of these in for a review ASAP.

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By June 4, 2012 Read More →

Nokia Lumia 710 Review

lumia710 Nokia have been and quite possibly still are one of the most influential manufacturers of mobile phones to date, so when they announced that they were struggling this surprised me a lot, as they were at one time (before Apple’s dominance) the number 1 mobile phone company in the world! But then they announced that were partnering with Microsoft to make Windows Phone their ‘Flagship’ Operating system, I was quite worried for them at this point because of the Windows platform being so young at this point.

Then there was the huge announcement of 2 brand new Nokia Windows Phones! My worry started to fade as what I saw was the Lumia 800 which is their flagship device for the moment and the phone that I have here.the Lumia 710, this basically is just a slightly smaller, thicker, cheaper version of its sibling as it has the same processor and operating system but in cheaper packaging.

How did the little sibling perform during testing?

To find out you will have to read on, but only after you’ve made sure to watch the unboxing video of this lovely little phone.

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By June 3, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S3 benchmark video

Samsung-Galaxy-siii_azul Following on from our Samsung Galaxy S3 unboxing and demo video we have another short video of the S3, this time James runs Quadrant so that we can see what the benchmark scores say.

We’re all expecting to see the Galaxy S3 put in a massive performance here but just how quick is it compared to it’s closest competitor the HTC One X? Check out the video below to find out, it’s a close run thing but does the S3 actually come out on top??

 

Galaxy S3 benchmark

 

Posted by: Matt

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Samsung Galaxy SIII unboxing and hands-on video (the pebble blue version)

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Thanks to Vodafone we have managed to get our hands on not just any old Samsung Galaxy S3 but the infamous pebble blue one that is currently delayed and not available to buy just yet.

Tipped to be the best Android phone of the year the SGSIII sure has some great specs that may well out do the competition. Its 1.4GHz quad core processor sure makes things speedy and combined with the 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display it it certainly looks like the phone to beat.

Our man Vince will be doing the review over the next week and he will also have with him the HTC One X so expect some comparisons.

Which one will come out on top I wonder.

Stay tuned for the review and in the meantime you can see the unboxing and hands on video below:

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 unboxing and demo
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By June 2, 2012 Read More →

Motorola Motoluxe Review

Motorola Motoluxe Review In the past Motorola have released some let’s say ‘interesting’ devices that haven’t necessarily done that well in general. However they have recently announced and released a new smartphone with a whole new look, the product in question is named the Motoluxe, which admittedly isn’t the most attractive name but the question is:

Is the phone more attractive than its name? And is it any good for today’s market?

To find out the answers to those questions and any of your own you will have to read on, and just to note if you haven’t done so already I would take a look at James’s unboxing video for a rundown of specifications and a quick look around the device before you read this review.

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New Vodafone Freebee Rewardz – TV advert

 

Vodafone TV Advert

 

Posted by: James

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Nokia Lumia 710 only £99.95 at Carphone Warehouse

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Carphone Warehouse today announces the simple yet smart Nokia Lumia 710 at  a great value price of £99.95 just in time for pay day.

This marks the first time a Windows Smartphone has dropped below £100.  This ‘Pre-pay Pay Day’ deal will be available for the next seven days (1st – 7th June) on Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone pay as you go.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is perfect for showcasing personal style. Xpress on covers and a customisable start screen means that users can easily match their phone to their mood. Powered by Windows® Phone 7.5, the device uses ClearBlack technology which cuts glare on the 3.7″ touchscreen. It also has a fantastic 5MP camera, 3G mobile internet and built-in social networks for keeping up with friends.

The Carphone Warehouse Smart Prepay Pay Day offer is available in store, online at www.carphonewarehouse.com or by calling 0800 925 925.

Full specs below:

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HTC Desire C now available on Three

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The second announcement from Three today, this time featuring the HTC Desire C and some rather sweet prices.

The new smartphone combines all-round performance and the latest technology at an affordable price. With features to make everyday tasks easier and more enjoyable, the HTC Desire C has a five megapixel camera to capture special moments, a large 3.5″ screen for viewing the latest YouTube clips and a 600MHz single-core processor for seamless internet browsing and switching between apps.
Plus, with built-in Beats Audio technology, the HTC Desire C provides the best, most authentic music quality straight out of the box.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said, “The HTC Desire C is a great all-rounder with a really powerful battery life, meaning that people can stream videos and music to their heart’s content over Three’s fast network.”

The HTC Desire C is available from £13 a month with no upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan. Both the Essential Internet and Ultimate Internet plans offer a fear-free mobile internet experience, with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.
The smartphone is also available on Pay As You Go for £149.99 All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day 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.

Key features:
. Beats Audio technology
. 25GB online storage with Dropbox (free for 24 months)
. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
. 4GB internal memory
. 600MHz single-core processor
. 5 megapixel camera

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Press Releases

New budget MiFi goes on sale today at Three

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From today, Three customers can get their hands on a new value-model MiFi on pay as you go or contract from all Three stores or online at Three.co.uk.

The Huawei E5331 Value MiFi offers affordable fast, secure Wi-Fi access, for up to 5 of your Wi-Fi gadgets at once, making it the perfect accompaniment to tablets, laptops and handheld gaming consoles wherever you are so you don’t need to rely on public hotspots or expensive coffee shops to get online. Fast and secure just for you; no waiting and no need to share unless you want to.

Mark Brewer, Head of Mobile Broadband Devices at Three said, “As the leading network operator in mobile broadband, we’re delighted to be able to offer our customers a cheaper alternative to getting online, without having to compromise on speed.”

Mark Mitchinson, Executive Vice President at Huawei Device UK & Ireland, said: “Huawei’s family of mobile WiFi products are among the best kept secrets in the wider consumer market; gadgets which offer portable and personal WiFi connectivity that can be shared across multiple devices and people. The Huawei E5331 Value MiFi brings these benefits to a much wider market, supported by Three’s exceptional 3G data network.”

The Huawei E5331 Value MiFi is available for a one-off upfront cost of £29.99 on a one-month rolling contract at £15.99 per month for 5 GB of data or from £49.99 on Pay As You Go with 1GB of data.

Key features:
. LED screen with clear icon display
. One button connection
. Up to 21.1 Mbps technical standard Download (HSPA+)
. Up to 4.5 hours battery life

 

Posted by: James

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