Archive for July, 2012

By July 31, 2012 Read More →

Viewsonic Appoints New Managing Director for Europe

Mark_Lufkin ViewSonic Corporation, a global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Mark Lufkin as Managing Director for the European Region.

Mark will be heading up the whole European operation across Western/Eastern Europe and Russia. He will be in charge of the entire ViewSonic product range across the region.

Mark brings a strong, diverse background in both the sales and marketing of electronic solutions for European markets. He has extensive experience in growing new business by driving sales teams across multiple European locations and is skilled in developing channel strategies, programmes, systems and tools.  Mark was most recently Director of the Software and Peripherals Business Unit of Lenovo EMEA driving sales to commercial and consumer markets through European distribution channels. Prior to that Mark was Vice President of EMEA and APAC Channel Sales for Promethean, a global leader in interactive, integrated digital education solutions. Mark will be located in the Regional Head Quarter offices in Central London.

“I am pleased to have recently joined the ViewSonic Corporation, a company I have long known and respected for its diverse product range and its sustainability in a challenging and constantly changing market place. I am looking forward to pursuing the numerous possibilities that exist for ViewSonic in Europe in order grow the business and build the brand.” Mark Lufkin-Managing Director-Europe

ViewSonic Europe will be focusing its strategy to concentrate on its core products; projectors and monitors. ViewSonic aims to become one of Europe’s leading brands by providing a diverse range of high quality products and by developing its channel and customer relationships across Europe.

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Press Releases
By July 30, 2012 Read More →

Sony Xperia Go unboxing video

sony-xperia-go-2 Yet another Android smartphone hitting the market with the Xperia name on it, this time the Xperia Go. This one is a little different though with a stand-out feature of being IP67 rated which makes it waterproof and good for up to 30 minutes submerged in 1m of water.

In terms of the rest of the spec it’s something of a mixed bag in my opinion. The 1GHz dual-core CPU and 512MB RAM keep things humming along at a reasonable clip but then we look to the screen and find a rather limiting QVGA (320×480) display the likes of which we haven’t seen in smartphones of this ilk in some time.

Then there’s the matter of the OS that the Xperia Go is shipping with. Presumably in a bid to get the handset to market on time, Sony have decided to ship the Go with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the promise of an update to 4.0 ‘soon’. This may put potential punters off, especially considering the track record of the X10 and X10 mini OS updates.

However, with all that said, the Xperia Go still represents good value for money considering the performance and durability features. Currently under £200 from Clove Technology.

As always, you can check out the unboxing and demo video below and we’ll be back soon with a full review.

 

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By July 29, 2012 Read More →

Tokyoflash Kisai Online unboxing video

online_black_natural1 Something a little different for a Sunday morning. A couple of days ago I got my new watch from Tokyoflash. Tokyoflash is a company specialising in cool and unusual timepieces. Rather then conventional dials or LCD number displays the watches from Tokyoflash have many different ways of displaying the time from coloured LEDs with binary representations of the time to LCD segments and blocks.

The watch I picked up is the Kisai Online. This one has a series of LCD lines across the display that also run all the way around the stainless steel wristband. These looks like lines on a circuit board. However, when you turn the watch to face you, as you would when you turn your wrist towards you to see the time, the display updates and the lines on the ‘circuit’ move to reveal the numbers that tell the time. The numbers are a little abstract so takes a little getting used to but look great!

Have a little look at the unboxing/demo video below for more and then check out Tokyoflash.com

 

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By July 28, 2012 Read More →

ZTE Grand X unboxing video

zte-grand-x We first saw the ZTE Grand X when James attended the launch event last month. The initial impression was that this new ZTE handset represented great value for money bringing features and spec that you’d commonly find in higher-end devices while maintaining a relatively budget price tag.

With a 4.3″ display, dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 8 Megapixel camera and 4GB of internal memory, the Grand X is probably the least expensive smartphone to be able to deliver on this specification.

Performance-wise the ZTE Grand X doesn’t disappoint as you’ll be able to see in the unboxing and demo video below.

 

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By July 27, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry Curve 9320 in white now available on Three

356x267_BlackBerryCurveWhite_9320_multiview The BlackBerryT Curve 9320 is now available online at Three.co.uk and from 31st July in all Three stores.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 has been reinvigorated with a glossy white finish but still features the much-loved Qwerty keypad that people can use to type quickly on the go. Instant alerts of new e-mails and social network updates will also ensure that even the busiest of users can stay on top of things.

With a focus on immediacy, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with two side buttons allowing people to jump straight into their favourite apps. Added to that, this great device comes with BBM Music letting musical maestros choose from millions of tracks and share the music they love with their friends. Together with a great battery life, there’s no need to worry about running out of power when you’re out and about.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said, “The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is a great smartphone for those who want quality and style at an affordable price. With its refreshing new white colour, this phone is sure to attract fashion-conscious consumers, who can update, tweet and BBM to their heart’s content using Three’s All-You-Can-Eat data plans on both Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly.”

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 in white is available from £15 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 £139.99 plus a top-up. Our 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:
. Instant alerts for email and social network updates
. Full Qwerty keypad for easy messaging
. Instant access to your favourite apps
. Access to 9 million music tracks with BBMT Music
. Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
. Great battery life
. Up to 32GB expandable memory
. 3.2 megapixel camera

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Phones
By July 25, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 178: Presenting the Grand X

Web bannerGareth, Matt and James address a number of unboxings. The Motorola RAZR, Huawei Ascend G300 and the Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition. ZTE announce a new gaming phone and Matt shamlessly plugs his Safehosts project.

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By July 24, 2012 Read More →

Qantas to provide iPads for each passenger

180px-Qantas_Airways_Limited_logo.svg As a fairly frequent flyer I was intrigued with this story when it hit the web earlier.

Australian air carrier, Qantas, are ditching their in-flight entertainment systems on many flights and providing each passenger with an iPad to pass the time. To me this seems like a great idea and I suspect this probably works out cheaper and easier than the bloated in-flight systems that most long-haul carriers use. How many times have you been on a flight where the screen doesn’t work or the buttons are broken?!

Now I am guessing that Qantas will be tethering the iPads to the seat somehow and at the very least having some branding on them to distinguish from those that their customers bring on board, maybe mounting them in the seat-back where LCD screens would typically be.

According to reports, the airline will put Apple’s tablet in all 23 of its Boeing 757 planes, making a total of 5,842 iPads. I hope they are getting a good deal on those!

Qantas has partnered with Panasonic to stream content wirelessly to the iPads from a central storage unit on the plane.

“We’re now looking at ways to evolve this technology platform even further with our partner Panasonic to bring new standards of in-flight entertainment to our customers,” said Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi in a statement. This could include the addition of internet access, live television, and the ability to order food, drinks and duty-free goods via the iPad.

Qantas’ total fleet size extends to a total of 137 aircraft with over 60 more on order so that’s a lot of iPads if it goes to the full fleet!

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: News
By July 23, 2012 Read More →

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition unboxing video

motorola-xoom-2-media-edition-16gb-wi-fi The guys over at eXpansys have kindly given us a Motorola XOOM 2 media edition to review. We looked at the original Xoom some time ago so we were keen to check out the follow up from Motorola.

The tablet from Motorola with a go anywhere, do everything attitude, the Xoom 2 Media Edition is a versatile and powerful media hub that’s awesome on the move or on your sofa.

The Xoom 2 Media Edition tablet has a 8.2 inch high definition screen that’s the perfect ratio for watching movies and with it’s new design it’s lighter and thinner than a paperback book, and just as comfy to hold for long periods. With an 8 hour battery life plus a super-fast processor, the Xoom 2 Media Edition works all day, either at home or wherever you want to take it.

Check out the video below.

 

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By July 21, 2012 Read More →

Motorola RAZR hands-on video

RAZR There have been a few devices from Motorola to bare the name RAZR over the years but this latest offering from Moto is, in fact, a sweet looking Android touch-screen slab.

The Motorola RAZR, also know as the Motorola Droid RAZR (in the US), is a brand new super-thin Android phone that not only offers a solid build and stylish design, but a range of powerful features and accessories.

Measuring just 7.1mm in thickness, the Motorola RAZR is one of the thinnest smartphones on the market. Slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S II and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, which are slim handsets anyway.

So keen were Motorola to make the RAZR special, they have in fact made the back of the device with Kevlar (the material in bulletproof vests) fibre, to keep size and weight to a minimum but increase strength and rigidity in the phone. So that is the back protected, what about the front? Well Corning Gorilla Glass protects the Super AMOLED Advanced screen that sits below it. Super strong, this glass will protect the device against scratches and scrapes that would normally damage any other display.

Oh, and in case that was not enough, they have coated the RAZR with a nano technology which makes the device splash-proof. Spill water, coffee, beer or out in the rain the device will resist all of these. (Please note, the RAZR is not waterproof and is not designed for immersion in water. Ports are exposed and have no covers).

Pleasing to the eye, the RAZR is also extremely powerful. An evolution of Motorola’s other dual-core device, the Motorola ATRIX, the lightening fast Motorola RAZR rocks a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and with 1GB of RAM, it really does pack a powerful punch.

So what else is special about this top of the range superphone? It comes with a stunning display – 4.3" Super AMOLED Advanced with a 960 x 540 resolution. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G capability, an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording and a front facing camera for video calling.

Lots of features often equals a lot of power use, but with the RAZR, there is a massive 1780mAh battery that will ensure it lasts the whole working day (on average) – all of this in a device 7.1mm thick!

Record HD video content with the 8 megapixel camera in 1080p content. Sit your device in a HD dock (sold separatley) and control it using a wireless keyboard and mouse or Smart Controller (sold separately) and watch the content back on a HD display.

This new phone from Motorola runs Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System but will be compatible with the new version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). However, not only does it offer the latest features of the Android operating system, but a range of features that have been developed by Motorola specifically for its own handsets.

Check out the video below.

 

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By July 20, 2012 Read More →

Huawei Ascend G300 Unboxing Video

huawei-ascend-g300

The Huawei Ascend G 300 has been available on Vodafone for a few months now but it wasn’t until the other day that I realised we hadn’t reviewed it yet. A quick phone call and it was here.

While the G 300 may not be able to take on the big boys in the Android wars, such as the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III, it does have one BIG advantage over them. Its price. You can pick up the Huawei Ascend G300 from Vodafone on Pay As You Go for a mere £100.

That will give you a 4 inch display, a 1GHz CPU, Android 2.3 and all the other standard features of a modern smartphone. You can check out the unboxing video below and we will have a full review in the next week or so.

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