Archive for 2012

Sony announce the Xperia go

Xperia go

Sony Mobile today announced the new Xperia smartphone for consumers looking for premium specifications and beautiful design with extra durability and water resistance. Xperia go has a scratch resistant mineral glass display and meets industry standard IP ratings* (International Protection) for protection against dust and water immersion.

Xperia go enables easy connectivity to share and enjoy content on TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet. They also come preloaded with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network giving access to Hollywood blockbusters, TV series and millions and millions of music tracks. Xperia go will be available in the UK from the third quarter of 2012.

Key features for Xperia go:
With Xperia go consumers can watch the latest movies and TV shows in razor sharp quality and with super fast performance. Its sleek and stylish design means durable and water resistant smartphones no longer have to look bulky and ruggedized:
.    3.5″ Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine gives razor sharp clarity
.    5MP fast capture camera goes from sleep to snap in just over a second
.    Scratch resistant mineral glass display with wet finger tracking
.    Highest level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone – IP67 Rating
.    1Ghz dual core processor gives consumers super fast performance
.    Launching on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
.    Available in black, white and yellow colours
.    Xperia go will launch in the US market under the name “Xperia advance”


Posted by: James

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Everything Everywhere invests £50 million to revolutionise service for its 27 million customers


Everything Everywhere, the UK’s biggest communications company, has today announced a £50 million investment programme which includes a revolutionary new way to deliver service to its 27 million customers. The company – which runs Orange and T-Mobile in the UK – has overhauled its service approach, designing it around handset operating systems and the devices that use them. For the first time in the UK, customers will now be able to access highly trained specialist agents who are experts on specific devices and related operating systems, giving customers unrivalled service for their Apple iOS, BlackBerry, Android and Windows phones.

The unprecedented smartphone growth the UK has experienced means that customers are using devices in a completely different way and this new service approach is designed to meet customers’ changing needs.  Orange and T-Mobile staff will become experts in all aspects of customers’ digital lives, advising them on device, technology and account specific needs without having to transfer them between departments, which has been the traditional approach to telecommunications customer service. This is a fundamental shift in how the Orange and T-Mobile service experience is delivered and is central to Everything Everywhere’s plan to be the UK’s number one for customer loyalty.

The new service approach is actively rolling out across the organisation following successful trials which showed dramatic improvements in the resolution of issues at first point of contact, as well as a double digit increases in Net Promoter Scores – a key measure of customer service.

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By May 30, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 170: Also available in Pebble Blue

Web bannerIt’s Gareth and James returning this week. Addressing the Samsung Galaxy SIII shortages, A slurry of Orange/T-Mobile/Everything Everywhere announcements and HTC’s Ice Cream Sandwich roadmap.

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Win a MOTOLUXE with T-Mobile and Motorola

Moto What's your line

Motorola and T-Mobile are teaming up with a new and funky app which will see them give away a brand new MOTOLUXE.

Every week for 10 weeks, they are asking people to take part in their ‘What’s your line up?’ app to be in with a chance to win the MOTOLUXE ( 

The app lets you create a ‘Social Graph’ – a cool graphic that shows you who your best friends are on Facebook, brings them together in a beautiful collage and lets you share your graph online. You can find out who you interact with the most on Facebook with the automatic selection button, or choose those nearest and dearest to you via the manual option.

The app is also a fun way of demonstrating the MotoSwitch application that comes pre-loaded on MOTOLUXE handsets. With MotoSwitch, the MOTOLUXE learns who you talk to and which apps you use the most, and puts all that information front and centre. The more frequently you communicate with someone, the bigger their icon becomes!

To get started, click on


Posted by: James

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The BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour kicks off in Milan

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The BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour holds its first stop in Milan today, providing Italian developers with the opportunity to learn more about the unique capabilities of BlackBerry® 10 and become one of the first to develop for the new platform. More than 200 developers pre-registered for the now sold out hands-on event at NHOW Hotel, via Tortona 35, Milan.

“The level of enthusiasm among developers for BlackBerry 10, including those here in Italy, has been amazing. We are hearing every day from partners who want to start building and showcasing their work on BlackBerry 10,” said Alberto Acito, Managing Director for Italy at Research In Motion.

Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations, Research In Motion, added, “At BlackBerry World in May this year, we launched the BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development and seeded 1500 developers with a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. We look forward to kicking off the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour in Italy and working with local developers to help them ready their apps for the launch of BlackBerry 10.”

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Nokia Lumia 900 ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ limited edition hits Phones 4U

Dark Knight

Listen up Batman fans. If you have been waiting to pick up ‘The ‘Dark Knight Rises’ special edition Nokia Lumia 900 then the wait is over. Phones 4U will have 900 of the handsets available today for pre-order and tomorrow (June 1st) in selected flagship stores.

Nokia has released the limited edition smartphone to celebrate the launch of The Dark Knight Rises– the latest installment in the hugely successful Batman blockbuster movie franchise, releasing nationwide on July 20th.  Perfect for Batman fans and film buffs, the smartphone builds on the signature sleek and attention-grabbing design of the 900 range. Available in matte black, it is embossed with the famous Batman logo and also comes presented in limited edition packaging, with a Nokia exclusive app for the movie.

Throughout June all Phones 4u customers who order any Nokia Lumia 900 device – either the classic design or The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition – will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to The Dark Knight Rises in cinemas! And as if that isn’t enough, every customer who purchases a Nokia Lumia smartphone will be entered into a competition for the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime, VIP experience tickets to the London premiere of The Dark Knight Rises movie.

Exclusive to Nokia, the official app for the The Dark Knight Rises is also included. Bringing exclusive The Dark Knight Rises content, including trailers, wallpapers and ringtones. Play the location-based challenge “Claim Gotham City”: choose a side – Batman or Bane – and check in using Foursquare at nearby locations to get points and unlock rewards. Find theaters near you and get directions to the show. Get info about the film, the cast and the social buzz on The Dark Knight Rises.”

The Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone features a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display for rich, bright images and Nokia’s highest capacity battery making it the perfect smartphone for enjoying media and entertainment on the move all day long. The primary camera on the Nokia Lumia 900 has exclusive Carl Zeiss optics, a large aperture for improved performance in low light conditions and wide angle focal length for capturing full 16:9 images.  It also features a front-facing 1 MP HD camera, with large aperture and wide-angle lens for sharp, bright images and video calling.

Available free on contract from £31 a month or SIM free from £599.95, the Limited Edition The Dark Knight Rises Nokia Lumia 900 will be available online and in-store at flagship stores across the UK from 1st June. For those who can’t wait the smartphone can be preordered from Phones 4u from 29th May.

Posted by: James

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Samsung Galaxy S III delays

Galaxy S III

Set to be one of the best selling smartphones yet, the Samsung Galaxy S III is not off to a great start. Numerous sources are reporting that the pebble blue variant of the device which officially goes on sale tomorrow is now delayed along with the white 32GB version.

Clove have stated that they are expecting stock of the pebble blue GSIII to arrive on June 5th although at present this date is still to be confirmed. They are also reporting a one day delay with the white 16GB version so if you did pre order it looks like you may not receive it until June 1st.

The reason for the delay is not clear but I would imagine there are a lot of very unhappy Android fans out there today.


Posted by: James

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LG sell three million LTE smartphones


Here in the UK we are still waiting for some LTE goodness, however in other parts of the world LG seem to be doing rather well in terms of LTE supported devices. The South Korean company has announced they have topped the three million mark in terms of sales which puts them up there with the other big players.

LG’s offering of LTE smartphones to date include:

  • Revolution by LG — LG’s first LTE model released in May 2011.
  • LG Optimus LTE — The world’s first HD LTE smartphone was launched in October 2011 and exceeded sales of one million units within the first 100 days, making it the most popular LTE-capable phone in a highly competitive market at the start of the year.
  • LG Optimus Vu: — Launched in Korea in February 2012, the Optimus Vu: with its 5-inch IPS display and 4:3 aspect ratio offers a unique viewing experience. At 8.5mm, the Optimus Vu: is the slimmest LTE phone currently on the market.
  • LG Optimus LTE Tag — This smartphone offers Tag+, a unique feature which uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to interact with special stickers that change the phone’s settings automatically.
  • LG Optimus LTE II — The latest in the series and the world’s first LTE smartphone with 2 GB RAM.

“Reaching the three million milestone this early in LTE’s global roll-out is a strong sign that customers are on board with our LTE strategy,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “Improving the user experience is at the core of LG’s vision and we’ll continue to take leadership in the LTE market by offering features that offer clear customer benefits.”

According to a report by Jefferies & Company, LG is the global leader in LTE patents with ownership of 23 percent of approximately 1,400 LTE patents filed worldwide worth almost USD 8 billion. LG demonstrated the world’s first LTE technology in 2007, developed the world’s first LTE modem chipset in 2008, introduced the world’s fastest LTE technology in 2010 and conducted the world’s first video phone call on a LTE network in 2011.

Now we just need Ofcom to give the go-ahead here for a LTE roll out.


Source: LG

Posted by: James

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By May 28, 2012 Read More →

Finally. A 22” tablet!

22tabWe all feel that the 7″ and 10″ have been covered over and over again. Well,  Viewsonic is planning on introducing a 22" Android ICS tablet at the upcoming Computex conference in June. These tablets will be a new breed of “smart business tablet monitors” and they are expected to be running both Android and Windows 8 when introduced. We think a more apt name is Moblet (Monitor Tablet) since these dimensions are reaching monitor size and Viewsonic is well known in that market. No other specs or details are available at this time but from the looks of the picture it appears that the models will have some sort of kick-stand or base to allow them to be propped up when in use.


Posted by: Gareth

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By May 27, 2012 Read More →

Sony Xperia U unboxing video

sony-xperia-u Sony have been releasing Xperia handsets with regularity recently and the latest to be made available is there Xperia U that we are looking at here.

The ‘U’ is the smallest of the new Xperia range with ‘only’ a 3.5″ screen. Having said that Sony have still crammed 480×854 pixels in to that relatively small space which gives it a sharp and clear appearance. Colours are strong and even thanks to the LED backlight technology.

The Sony Xperia U is touted as the budget Xperia but it doesn’t really have a bargain price-tag, there’s quite a lot inside that keeps the price fairly high so the ‘budget’ label is rather relative here.

There are perhaps two main bugbears with this handset. The first being that there’s no memory card slot. Whist there is 8GB of internal storage that’s a fixed amount that cannot be expanded and let’s face it, 8GB isn’t huge these days.

Secondly, Sony have chosen to ship the Xperia U, and indeed all of the current Xperia range, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This feels a bit ‘old hat’ now and whilst Sony have promised Ice Cream Sandwich soon I suspect that many will be wary of such claims and will remember a similar situation with the X10 and X10 mini being left as 1.6.

Anyway, you can check out my unboxing and demo video below.


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