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By December 8, 2008 Read More →

HTC Release Fix for Touch HD Screen Freezing

Not a problem that I have ever encountered with the Touch HD but I’m sure there are lots of people who have had it hence HTC’s fast Hotfix release.

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HTC Touch HD

Hot fix to enhance response time for HTC Touch HD

Date: 2008-12-04 Category: Hotfix

Sometimes the screen stops responding for about 3 to 5 seconds when running an application that needs to use the stylus to click the screen repeatedly within a short time. For example, the windows built-in software like SMS, email, solitaire, etc.
Installation Instructions: Follow the instructions below to install this software onto your device.

Note: This hot fix can only be installed in ROM version less than 1.19.???.?. To check your ROM version, tap Start > Settings > System tab > Device Information to confirm the ROM version.

Follow the instructions below to download and install the hot fix on your device:

  1. Make sure you have Microsoft ActiveSync® installed on your Windows XP PC or Windows Mobile Device Center on your Windows Vista® PC. You can find Microsoft ActiveSync from this link or Windows Mobile Device Center from this link.
  2. Connect and synchronize your device with your PC via Microsoft ActiveSync® orWindows Mobile Device Center using the USB cable.
  3. To download the hot fix, first select the check box below. Next, select the hot fix and the desired FTP site then click Download.
  4. Copy the hot fix, which is an .exe file, to your device.

To install the hot fix, tap the .exe file and follow the on-screen instructions.

* If you perform a hard reset of your device, you need to reinstall the hot fix after the hard reset. 

To get the hot fix head on over to HTC’s website and carry out the instructions shown there.

Posted by: John

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By December 7, 2008 Read More →

Rumour: Motorola MOTO Atila touch phone spotted

Yet another Motorola phone has been spotted out there before general release. Motorola is preparing its touchscreen MOTO Atila smartphone with features and parts including a Qualcomm 7201A chipset and 2.8-inch 240×320 touchscreen display.

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Moto Atila

The picture below lists the specifications but it’s a little sketchy so to sum it up the Atila is rumoured to to support tri-band WCDMA 3G, HSDPA/HSUPA, quad-band GSM and have WiFi the MOTO Atila will run Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.

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Moto Atila Specs

Posted By: John

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By December 6, 2008 Read More →

Press Release – Nokia 2608 – Stylish and practical meet in the middle

OK So here is another phone by the Phone Giant that is Nokia. The “comes in 3 colours” handset should appeal to the teen to mid 20’s market and the retail price is currently unknown.

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Today Nokia announced a bright new addition to their CDMA portfolio, the Nokia 2608. With its high-gloss exterior, racy stripe down the middle and three colourful options, the Nokia 2608 fold phone was designed for style enthusiasts and consumers who want convenient functionality when they’re on the go. Whether it’s fuchsia with pink stripe, silver with green stripe or black with blue stripe there are choices for expressing individuality. In addition to the eye-catching exterior, consumers can personalize their Nokia 2608 by using the pre-loaded ringtones and wallpapers or by downloading new ones.

When it comes to being practical the Nokia 2608 offers easy to use functions such as quick touch access to one’s PC, using the phone as a modem; a voice recorder for capturing those key thoughts and an integrated speakerphone for conference calls on the run. The practical Nokia 2608 is also the lowest priced browser offered in Nokia’s CDMA portfolio and features a quick-press flashlight, FM radio, LED indicator light that blinks when there is an incoming call or message waiting and an option to send a business card or calendar appointment via SMS.

The Nokia 2608 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2009, in select CDMA markets outside the US.

Posted by: John

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By December 6, 2008 Read More →

Lenovo P80 to hit China

I bet you that when you read the title of this post you immediately thought of a Laptop. I’m afraid you were wrong in going down that route, I was infact talking about a mobile phone.

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You may not know it but Lenovo do also make mobile phones and they sold their China-based cellphone business along with the brand to a company called Hony Capital who up to now have not been greatly successful.

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The Lenovo P80 main display is a 2.8-inch TFT unit, but the device also has an ingeniously hidden 1-inch OLED one on the outside. The rest of the modest specs include a 3 megapixel snapper (CIF video @15fps), FM radio, Bluetooth and a microSD slot. There is dual-band GSM support and of course, but no 3G.

The target market for Lenovo P80 is logically China and it will be available in seven different colours. Unfortunately there is no info on pricing and availability yet.

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By December 6, 2008 Read More →

Samsung i8510 Innov8 Review

We now have our first 8MP mobile phone but how will it compete with the others?

Introduction

Like Matt mentioned in his unboxing post the Innov8 was the first 8MP camera phone sent to us but what he didn’t mention was that this was the UK’s first 8MP camera phone. It was almost a dead set that the 8MP phones would be hitting shelves before the end of 2008 and with this review you can read exactly how it fares as a mobile and an 8MP camera.

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What’s in the box?

Have at look at the unboxing video by Matt here

Samsung i8510 (Innov8) specification:

  • Operation System – Symbian 9.3 / S60 v3.2
  • Memory – User Memory 16GB microSD (up to 16 GB)
  • Display – Internal Technology 16M colour TFT 2.8” QVGA
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G
  • GSM&EDGE Band Quad Band
  • Browser – WAP 12., WAP 2.0, JAVA
  • Input Device Numeric Keypad
  • Bluetooth
  • USB 2.0
  • PC Sync Application
  • TV-output
  • Wi-Fi
  • 8 Megapixel Camera with ‘Professional Imaging Applications’
  • LED Flash
  • Video player DivX support, 3D Surround Sound System
  • Video recording MPEG4
  • FM RDS Radio
  • FM Radio Recoding
  • Document Viewer Doc/ Viewer (PPT, Word, Excel, PDF)
  • Talk Time (Standard) 8.5hrs (2.5G), 5hrs (3G)
  • Standby (Standard) 310hrs (2.5G), 330hrs (3G)
  • Weight – 136g
  • Dimensions – 106.5 x 53.9 x 17.2 mm

General

The Samsung i8510 looks a lot like the Nokia N95 8GB. It’s rather chunky, it’s black and it packs a whole lot of features but look closer and you start to see the trademark industrial styling that differentiates Samsung from the rest of the crowd. A tough-looking, relatively large phone the Innov8 feels reassuringly solid with a smooth slider mechanism brings it together.

Starting a the front of the phone with the slide closed we can see the 2.8” QVGA screen with printed 8GB text to the top left, an earpiece grill in the middle and the front facing 3G camera and flash to the right. Underneath the screen sits 2 hot keys (one left and the other right), an optical touchpad surrounded by a d pad and the call start / call end buttons.

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Samsung Innov8 Closed Front View

With the slide open we see the numeric keypad with the cancel button in the middle and an M1 button to the left / M2 button to the right.

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Samsung Innov8 Open Front View

While the mechanical keys underneath the screen are well laid-out, as is the i8510’s keypad, it’s easy to brush the small optical touchpad by mistake. It should also be noted that it’s cumbersome to use unless you’re browsing the Web, where it works very well for scrolling through pages.

Moving to the left hand side of the phone and starting from the top down you will find a lanyard / pendant hole, volume rocker switch, 3.5mm headphone socket and the generic Samsung charging port.

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Samsung Innov8 left hand side View

The right hand side of the phone there is again top to bottom a 3 point camera function slider switch, MicoSD slot and a hotkey.

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Samsung Innov8 right hand side View

The bottom of the phone is very uneventful and contains nothing except plastic.

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Samsung Innov8 Bottom View

Moving swiftly on to the back of the the Innov8’s we see it’s star feature, the 8-megapixel camera which looks every bit like a real camera, with an automatic lens cover that opens when you activate the camera and shuts when you’re not using it. Disappointingly, there’s no xenon flash on the camera you and only get a dual LED photo light that works well at close range but doesn’t illuminate very much past a few metres. The only other thing on the back of the phone is the printed text and speaker holes.

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Samsung Innov8 Back View

Highlights and Lowlights

+ 8MP Camera

+ Auto function lens cover

+ DivX Support

– Location of headphone jack

– Proprietary charger

– Lack of Xenon flash

– No optical zoom

REVIEW

A 3.5mm headphone jack is one of the small details that makes this one of Samsung’s most feature-packed phones but unfortunately, as with the Nokia N95’s headphone jack, it’s on the side rather than on the top. This means you may find that the headphone pin sticks out at an awkward angle in your pocket.

Whilst the Innov8 screen packs some punch it isn’t as sharp as I expected, particularly when watching videos.

It’s the i8510’s camera that packs the most punch. Boasting an 8-megapixel sensor, auto-focus and a range of options, the camera also features an incredible panorama mode, facial recognition and smile recognition, which immediately takes a picture when someone is smiling.

For panorama, all you have to do is put the camera in panorama mode and click the shutter button once, and the i8510 instructs you to move the camera in a certain direction following an orange box it then stitches a 180-degree picture together for you so you don’t even need to press a button.

Another trick up the i8510 camera’s sleeve is the ability to shoot slow-motion video at up to 120 frames per second, similar to the LG Viewty, which is great for shooting fast-paced action. We found the slow motion mode worked well even in low light, where the LG Viewty didn’t perform so well, according to many users’ complaints. It’s not all good, though, the i8510’s camera doesn’t have an optical zoom, which means that zoomed-in pictures come out fairly blurry, and as I mentioned before there’s no xenon flash. With only a dual LED photo light, shots taken in low light only come out well at close range.

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Samsung has generously provided the i8510 with 16GB of on-board memory, and as if that wasn’t enough you can add memory via a microSDHC slot. That means you can carry around up to 32GB worth of data with you, giving you plenty of room to store pictures, videos or apps.

Given that the i8510 runs on Symbian, you can download a fair amount of software, including Opera Mini to browse the Web and mapping software such as Google Maps, which can be used in conjunction with the i8510’s built-in GPS. You can also use the GPS to geo-tag your pictures so you can see exactly where you took them.

If all that is not enough to wet your mobile appetite, HSDPA and Wi-Fi are also available on the i8510 an the ability to play DivX movies, particularly useful if you want to carry several films with you without needing sacrificing too much memory. Also, there’s an FM radio. Combine all of the above features and you get something very close to Nokia’s incoming N96, which I think makes for a battle of Godzilla-like proportions. But when the dust settles, we think the Samsung i8510 might just take it.

Audio quality during calls is good, with no noticeable distortion or muffling, and the loudspeaker is loud enough to hear even in a moving car. Picture quality from the 8-megapixel camera is fine, but not massively better than certain 5-megapixel camera phones such as the Nokia N95 8GB.

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Battery life is quoted at 300 to 500 minutes talk time, depending on whether you’re using 3G or not, and around 330 hours standby time respectively. We found that we got a full day out of the i8510 with heavy usage, but if you cut down on battery-intensive apps such as browsing the Web and using GPS, you’ll find that it lasts for at least two days.

Conclusion

Having not properly reviewed the Nokia N96 just yet, I don’t want to speak too soon and say the Samsung i8510 definitely wins out, but what I can say is this is Samsung’s best phone yet. A solid design combined with more features than you can shake a moose at, the i8510 genuinely took me by surprise

Review by: Phillip Cooper

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By December 4, 2008 Read More →

Press Release: LYCAMOBILE’S FREE TEXT MESSAGE OFFER

If only all UK operators had the same thoughts as Lyca Mobile.

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTSMS WITH LYCAMOBILE’S FREE TEXT MESSAGE OFFER

First-rate offer of free text messages to mobiles in ALL countries
Why send cards? Deliver your holiday greetings for free and on time via SMS
Pay As You Go SIM is the ideal stocking filler and secret Santa gift
Festive offer period lasts from 1stDecember to  2nd January

LYCAMOBILE, the international mobile telecoms provider, helps to unite friends and families across the globe this Christmas and New Year with a special festive offer that gives international mobile phone users the opportunity to send their loved ones UNLIMITEDtext messages to mobiles in ANY country in the world.
From this 1st December to 2ndJanuary 2009, all users of Lycamobile’s Pay As You Go SIM, who top-up with £20 in December, can send free Christsmsto mobiles worldwide, may it be to Australia or to Zimbabwe. Complementing Lycamobile’s existing cut-price international call rates, starting from as little as 3p per minute, the festive offer is much more than just the icing on the Christmas cake.

“As always the focus of our festive promotion is to unite family and friends. In line with the increasing trend of sending text messages, we have developed a unique SMS promotion that allows our customers to interact on a global scale in a more straightforward and uncomplicated manner,” says Lycamobile’s CEO Milind Kangle.

Lycamobile’s free text message deal offers users unlimited opportunities that can range from getting your Christmas party started via free SMS invitations to sending seasonal SMS-powered greetings rather than spending extra money on extravagant cards and international postage fees.
As well as sending free text messages to any country, new Lycamobile customers get an extra £2 credit on registration and all customers get an additional £10 worth of calls on £20 top-up vouchers. Calls can be made by simply replacing an existing SIM card, in any unlocked UK mobile handset,with the Lycamobile Pay As You Go SIM. Top-ups and SIM cards are available from more than 85,000 UK retail outlets, including newsagents, convenience stores, payzone and e-pay. Top-up vouchers can also be purchased online at www.lycamobile.co.uk.
On top of its seasonal rates Lycamobile always offers cut-price national tariffs, with calls to UK landlines costing 8p per minute while calls to UK mobiles are 10p per minute. Calls made between Lycamobile customers are even less at 0p per minute plus a one-off connection charge
“Why not give the gift of free worldwide text messages and bargain rate calls to your family, friends and colleagues? Our compactly-sized Pay As You Go SIM card makes an ideal stocking filler and secret Santa gift,” adds Kangle.

I’m not sure how much a PAYG simcard from Lyca Mobile will cost but I know that Tesco sell them, so why not get over there and see what this is all about.

For the sake of a £20 top up to take part in this offer it makes me think "where’s the catch", but in all honesty there is none.

Fantastic offer folks, I’m off to get myself a simcard.

Posted by: John

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By December 4, 2008 Read More →

ModeLabs Group Announce MTV 3.4

ModeLabs Group, the French manufacturer of tailor-made phones (like the Christian Dior and the Hummer HT1 ones) has announced the availability of MTV 3.4 “Non-Stop MTV” – a new handset designed for youngsters.

ModeLabs Group: MTV 3.4 “Non-Stop MTV”: A New 3G Mobile Available with an Exclusive Offer By SFR

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

ModeLabs Group (Paris:MDL), the creator of tailor-made handsets, announces the commercial launch of its new MTV 3.4 “Non-Stop MTV” mobile telephone. Following the success of the MTV 3.3 launched in May 2008, MTV is thus reinforcing its range of 100% Music and TV mobiles with the MTV 3.4 to be made available as an exclusive SFR Pack in all SFR shops and retail distribution.

The MTV 3.4 “Non-Stop MTV” mobile incorporates the full range of multimedia functionalities. In particular, its “one-click” ergonomics developed by ModeLabs provide it with SINGLE CLICK access to MTV channels and to MTV’s musical playlists. The MTV 3.4 also possesses a large choice of preloaded MTV content (ring tones, videos, logos and games) and is equipped with a 2 mega pixel camera, an MP3 player, a videoconferencing function, an RSS feed reader and a memory that can be enlarged via a micro SD card.

Available for €29 as part of the SFR pack, this new generation mobile will be the perfect occasion to satisfy young consumers during the year-end festivities.

Coming after the MTV 3.3 phone, which was released in May this year, MTV 3.4 “Non-Stop MTV” obviously offers a set of features that will bring people closer to the popular music TV channel.

These include MTV musical playlists, single click access to MTV channels, exclusive ring tones, logos, wallpapers and two MTV games (Dirty Sanchez and Urban Attack).

MTV 3.4 “Non-Stop MTV” may be a good-looking slider, but except for the stuff mentioned above, its specs are rather modest:

  • 3G connectivity

  • MP3 player

  • 2MP camera

  • Videoconferencing

  • RSS feed reader

  • MicroSD card support, up to 2GB

MTV 3.4 “Non-Stop MTV” is currently available only in France, via SFR, for as low as €29 (as part of a SFR pack).

No word yet about the phone’s availability in other markets.

Posted by: John

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By December 4, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile G1 Price Drop

The folks over at T-Mobile have done us all a big festive favour with this little offer.

Previously at £40 per month over 18 months they have decided to knock £10 of the price per month which is a more than welcomed move.

Flext 30 with Web n Walk Plus will get you a monthly credit worth up to 700 mins / 1400 texts or any combination in-between and comes with unlimited mobile data allowance (fair use policy in place).

Whilst we are STILL waiting on someone to send us a G1 I think this is a great deal and if I weren’t tied up with O2 just now I might well consider a move.

Posted by: John

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By December 4, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile Shadow II on FCC

In a move that seems a little unusual to say the least the T-Mobile Shadow II has appeared on the FCC website in all it’s glory.

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T-Mobile Shadow II

Very much the same as it’s predecessor featuring Windows Mobile Standard, QVGA display, scroll wheel, Wi-Fi, microSD slot and a modest 2 megapixel camera the Shadow II will be Manufactured by HTC. Windows Mobile 6 has been upgraded to version 6.1 with additional support for Hot Spot Wi-Fi-based calling.

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T-Mobile Shadow II

The main difference this time round is the more rounded edges and front buttons. The 20-key keyboard is still there using again a Blackberry style QW-ER-TY layout.

Since the phone is not officially announced yet, we don’t have any information about release date or expected price.

Posted by: John

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By December 4, 2008 Read More →

Press Release: HTC Bolsters Design Credibility With Addition of One & Co

OK so have a quick read through the below press release then I’ll tell you what this means to us.

HTC Bolsters Design Credibility With Addition of One & Co

Leader in lifestyle design will be cornerstone of HTC’s design capability and philosophy

while continuing as an innovative design consultancy

Taoyuan, Taiwan and SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2008 – Furthering its reputation as a global leader in mobile innovation and design, HTC Corporation today announced the continuation of its design focus with the acquisition of San Francisco-based lifestyle design firm One & Company Design, Inc. (One & Co).  Recognized for its award-winning work with some of the world’s best known and most design-savvy lifestyle brands, One & Co will maintain its name and client base while it joins forces with HTC to create an unparalleled force in global mobile design.

“Design is key, it is why you love or hate something,” said Horace Luke, Chief Innovation Officer, HTC Corporation. “Integrating iconic design into HTC products is an inspiring and dynamic challenge that requires a unique combination of consumer insight, creativity, innovation and an appetite to take risks; attributes that embody One & Co.”

HTC and One & Co first began collaborating in 2006 on the initial incubation and creation of the HTC Touch Diamond, a highly touted phone with iconic design that blended unprecedented use of material and industrial design.

“One & Co is excited to bring our lifestyle, user focused approach to HTC and we look forward to creating iconic, compelling products together,” said Scott Croyle, partner of One & Co. “Knowing about HTC’s cutting edge technology and proven track record of innovation, we are excited to collaborate with HTC as a global lifestyle brand.”

In addition to its work with HTC, One & Co has broad design experience in a variety of industries that range from footwear, snowboarding and skiing, furniture, packaging, houseware, timepieces and more.  One & Co has been recognized by the design and business communities by winning numerous BusinessWeek/IDSA IDEA Awards, the Good Design Awards, CES Innovation Awards, and ID Magazine awards.

Well basically the story goes that One & Co designed the Touch Diamond which I’m sure you will agree was a first for HTC and a very nice looking handset so if anything can be taken by this move its to expect more very well designed handsets coming from the HTC camp.

Posted by: John

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