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By October 17, 2008 Read More →

Nokia 7110 Slide – Rumour

Havine never really seen this announced anywhere it seems like the Nokia 7110 slide is set out to cover Nokia’s getting to be old midrange phones. With features including a 1.3 MP camera, MicroSD slot, and FM radio this tri-band GSM/Edge phone is rumoured to cost around 200 euro although this does seem a massively high for a device with such low end specs.

Nokia 7110 Front View Nokia 7110 Keypad View Nokia 7110 Side View Nokia 7110 Back View
Nokia 7110 Slide Photo’s

I believe that if the price was dropped and the phone was released before Christmas it might actually do not bad but knowing Nokia there will be a lot more to come before the release of this one.

Posted by: John


Posted in: Rumours
By October 17, 2008 Read More →

A Great Giveaway

We all love freebies but there is nothing better than getting a freebie that’s actually useful. Devicewire and ourselves have teamed up to give away 5 HTC Touch Diamond branded 2gb memory card drives and 5 HTC Lanyards.


We were considering ways in which to just give these away and decided that we would just keep it simple so all you have to do is send an email to matt with the subject "I’ll have one",  your name and address and the first 5 people to mail will be given them.

EDIT: Sorry folks, they’re all gone already!


Posted by: John

Posted in: Competitions
By October 15, 2008 Read More →

Eten Glofiish X610 Review


So this is my second Glofiish review in the past 3 weeks and with this review I intend to cover some of the points raised by readers in the past few reviews. I have been using both Glofiish phones for the past 3 weeks and of the two I’m afraid that this one was not my favourite.

Eten Glofiish X610

The 10 second review:
Device: Eten Glofiish X610
Cost: SIM free only: £464.13 (Inc VAT).
Available to pre-order from: CLOVE technology (Go and buy one from here)
Summary: A pretty depressing device with very little more to offer than GPS and an FM radio that requires no headset attached.
Best of: Box & Packaging, FM Radio, Battery Life
Worst of: WiFi connection, phone signal loss, Design

What’s in the box?

Well we wont go into too much detail about what’s in the box as we have an Unboxing Video already online.


Matt has posted the specs along with the  Unboxing Video already so have a look there before reading on.


The Eten Glofiish X610 not unlike the other x range Glofiish handsets out there. Weighing in at 136g it’s a good bit lighter than the V900 which was reviewed earlier this month.

The phone design is rather rectangular and apart from the curved edges it looks old. With a  large 2.8" 320 x 240 touch screen its not a clear in resolution as the V900. At the top of the screen there is an small square earpiece grill and a status light to both the left and the right hand side of it. The bottom of the pone consists of (from left to right) a call start button, quicklink GPS button, 4 way D-Pad with silver submit button in the centre, home key and call end button.

Angled view of Glofiish X610

The left hand side of the phone has just 2 buttons starting at the top with the rocker volume switch and a button a bit lower down which is defaulted as Voice Command but can be customised. The reset button and the 2.5mm Jack socket (please stop this device manufacturers) can also be found here.

The Left Hand Side

Moving over to the right hand side we find the power button and the camera button.

The Right Hand Side

The top of the handset again has nothing interesting to see except for a simple GPS logo etched in.

Top View

At the bottom we find (from left to right) the telescopic stylus, microphone, MicroSD slot and the miniUSB port.

Bottom View

Looking to the back of the phone we find the 2MP camera, the tinniest self portrait mirror I have eve seen, an LED flash, and large speaker sitting just to the right of it. At the bottom of the back cover there is simply a windows logo etched into the plastic. A surprising addition to the back of the phone is the sticky out part of the stylus which means that if you want to remove the back cover the stylus has to be removed too (not a great move Eten)

Back View

Removing the back from the phone allows you access to the Li-Ion 1530 mAh battery and simcard area. The battery can be removed by flicking a catch downwards that is set to lock the battery in place.

Highlights and Lowlights


+ FM Radio

+ Screen Size

– Loss of phone signal

– Poor ability to hold a WiFi signal

– No full paper version of instructions

– Design & Shape


Considering the phone is priced phone is priced alongside the better V900 I was surprised at just how depressing the phone was. Aimed I guess at the business end of the market and the less techy people this phone really didn’t do a lot for me. You might find when reading through this review that is reads very similar to the V900 review but take it from me that whilst paragraphs may well read the same the phone’s are very different.

When I took the phone box out of its box the first thing that caught my eye was again a very simplistic yet very orange box. Opening the box again like the v900 was very refreshing, no confuddle of leaflets, cables etc… just a very plain cardboard insert housing the phone. Underneath the initial cardboard insert lay a cardboard box which was very neatly packed with the cables and leaflets that normally clutter the box.

Powering on the phone gave the normal Eten bright orange background After running through the normal Windows Mobile set up it loaded the spb Shell interface which we are seeing being built in as standard more and more now.

Navigation was very simple as you’ll find that all Windows Mobile systems handle the same way. The D-Pad was a lot better than the V900 to navigate with.

Inside the phone menu there was not a great deal on offer program wise with the highlight being the Multimedia folder which had the FM Tuner.

The MicroSD slot this time was 1 million times easier to use than the V900 with a simple slot at the bottom which took and released the card very easily with a finger push.

Moving on to some of the normal asked questions I’m gonna go with Matt’s X1 Q&A section to keep it clean.

What’s the in-call sound quality like?

Actually very good, I had not a single complaint from anyone whilst on a call either outbound or inbound

What is the actual RAM in the device?

64MB SDRAM however the settings page shows 46.25 Storage memory and 49.13 Program memory

What is the Spb Panel like?

Not a big fan of this at first but it seems to work really well and its pre installed which is always a good thing

Can you post sample shots taken from the X610 camera?

I’ll ask Matt if he has the time to post some of these however I will say that the picture quality on its low spec 2mp camera is bumpy and doesn’t really take a great photo.

Does it have a motion sensor?

Nope, fraid not

How is the speed switching between  screens?

There is an approx 0.5ms delay in switching screens or launching apps.

How is the feel and reaction of the control touch screen?

To touch it’s the normal smooth texture and the touch is nice and sensative.

How is the sound output quality of the speaker?

Very poor to be honest, in speaker phone mode it’s quite distorted and a little annoying

How well does the FM radio work? How is its reception in areas with weak signals?

This works really well but I do have a very high signal where I live and round about me given that most places in my town can see the FM transmitter mast.

How well does it hold on to cellular signals during calls?

During calls it’s great but off calls it seems to loose itself every 10 to 15 minutes and when you have put the device to sleep it wakes itself back up as a result of this.

Is the hardware fast enough to cope with several applications in the background?

100% no, it’s slow when running 3 apps never mind multiple.

How quickly does using GPS, 3G/HSDPA and Wi-Fi drain the battery?

The battery is one of the better bits of the phone, even using the WiFi it seems to last over a day.

Which is better, the V900 of the X610?

This is a simple one for me, the V900 everytime

How did the GPS handle?

I honestly have no idea because despite having the GPS ability there was nothing worth using on the phone to test it.

Left Angled View


I used the phone for over a week and found it a tad simple and boring. I not saying I never enjoyed having the phone but for me there we just too many downsides and I would not be wiling to spend the money wanted for the phone. I am a big Windows Mobile fan and in general love all phones so to have a phone I didn’t find exiting was a bit disappointing for me. I really hope Eten stay away from making devices like this in the future and concentrate in making the v900 a better phone.

I intend to be sending the phone back this week so if you have any more questions then let me know and I’ll do my best to post them before handing the phone back to Matt.

If you are interested in this handset then why not pop over to CLOVE technology where you can pre-order this handset for £464.13 (Inc VAT).

Posted by: John

Posted in: Reviews
By October 14, 2008 Read More →

LG announce Prada II

Yes folks that’s right, LG have announced the second coming of the Prada handset. This time around LG have decided to throw in a QWERTY keyboard which will slide to the left and make the screen orientation change to landscape.

LG Prada 2
LG Prada 2 – Angled View

LG have not yet announce the full specs of the handset however we can tell you that it will have a 5 MP camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach certified lens. Not the best on the market by a long way but it does go along way replace the not so great 2 MP camera on the original Prada.

LG have also included 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity in the KF900 Prada II and we know that HSDPA is also on board, improving data transfer rates even further.

LG Prada
LG Prada 2 – Front View

The new Prada mobile will be available though in Italy, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Netherlands in the 4Q of 2008. The price will be around 600 euro (810 US dollars).

Posted by: John


Posted in: News
By October 12, 2008 Read More →

Disney & Sharp to team up again?

On Friday the FCC approved a new Sharp manufactured WCDMA Triband phone codenamed DM003SH which if my guess is correct points it towards the  Disney Mobile brand.

Sharp DM003SH
Sharp DM003SH FCC Image

Disney Mobile has already said no to its US-based MVNO operations, and are now going to try out the Japanese market with time leased already from Japan’s Softbank.

Having announced the DM001SH in Febuary 2008 they decided to keep going and in June 2008 Sharp announced the DM002SH mobile phone which was dubbed as the Cinderella phone, it featured a 2.6 inch internal display with a WQVGA resolution (400×240 pixel), a 0.5 inch external OLED display, 50MB of memory, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth, microSD slot, and a 1Seg Tuner. Both models were available in three colour variants which basically were Crystal, Brown, and Pink

Sharp DM001SH  sharp-dm002sh
Sharp DM001SH & Sharp DM002SH

I can almost say hand on heart that if the DM002SH was ever released in the UK it would sell to our female teen to young lady market like there was no other phone out there.

Judging by the previous two attempts made by Disney and the fact the the FCC details are being restricted just now we can only guess that the new DM003SH will also be a flip styled phone following in a similar style to the 2 predecessors.

So what can I tell you so far about this new phone? Well here is all I know:

  • Triband
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.2 MP Camera
  • 3G

I’m looking forward to seeing more of this phone and will keep you all updated.

Posted by: John McKenzie

Posted in: News
By October 12, 2008 Read More →

o2 XDA Serra Coming Soon

According to the guys over at coolsmartphone the o2 XDA Serra will be coming soon (likely to be first week in November). You might well be asking right now what the XDA Serra is, well I’m now going to put you out of your misery……. it is of course the HTC Touch Pro.

HTC Touch Pro
Expect the usual o2 branding

News of the future release comes from the o2 instore catalogue. Unfortunately we don’t have a copy of the catalogue to post the pageas it’s seen but we will be contacting o2 directly on Monday to see what info we can get from on this and of course the upcoming release of the Zest.

Posted by: John McKenzie


Posted in: Rumours
By October 11, 2008 Read More →

LG KC780 Emerges

After a bunch of leaked photos over the last couple of weeks, the KC780 officially joins the LG sharp-shooter ranks. Succeeding the affordable LG KC550, the KC780 is aiming at the mid-range market.

LG KC780 Angled Right
LG KC870

The main highlight of LG KC780 is quite obviously its 8 megapixel autofocus camera. It is also capable of shooting D1 (720 x 480 pixels) resolution videos at the cool 30fps. The camera has a long list of sweet sounding features. Those include face and smile detection, beauty shot, image stabilization and ISO 1600.

LG KC870 Open View 

The display of LG KC780 is a 2.4" 262K-color unit of QVGA resolution. Some of the other niceties on-board are Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, USB v2.0 and a microSD card slot that tops 140MB of built-in storage. There is no 3G support, so EDGE will have to do for network data transfers.

LG KC870 Back View

The LG KC780 is also able to stream live video over Bluetooth connection with PC, which is a great way to have a webcam on you at all times.

The LG KC780 will be the mere 13.9mm thick, which is a feat considering the 8MP shooter and the large display. The tri-band (900/1800/1900) handset will start shipping as early as November this year at a price that’s yet to be announced.

Posted by: John

Written by: GSM Arena

Posted in: Phones
By October 11, 2008 Read More →

Orange drops BlackBerry Bold – “quality issues”

Orange UK have pulled the BlackBerry Bold due to quality concerns. Which means Vodafone has an exclusive on the Bold for the time being, should you hanker for a buggy smartphone.

Blackberry Bold

According to a leaked internal document, Orange is pulling the handset until software issues have been ironed out.

The Orange internal statement to staff says: “Following reports of software issues with the BlackBerry Bold handset across a variety of mobile operators, Orange has decided to act in the interest of its customers by suspending shipments of the device in the UK. We are currently awaiting feed back from RIM as to when an industry wide fix for these issues will be in place, and expect this suspension to be an interim measure. We apologise for any inconvenience this issue may cause you. BlackBerry/RIM are doing everything they can to resolve this issue and will be completing full testing and validation to ensure future handsets do not have any quality issues. This may take a couple of weeks so it’s up to us to do what’s best for our customers.”

Vodafone UK, meanwhile, is still offering the Bold. But for how long remains to be seen. After all, AT&T in the US has repeatedly put back the smartphone’s launch, presumably because of the same software bugs.

Posted By: John


Posted in: Phones
By October 10, 2008 Read More →

ASUS EEE Top – All in One Touch Screen PC

We have just been informed from an source that will remain secret that ASUS have released a full touch screen all in one PC. The Device will be called the EEE Top and will come with Windows XP installed. The price range is extremely good for what this device is at only £399.99 (inc. VAT).

Asus EEE Top

The specs on the laptop are listed as:

  • Operating System – Windows XP Home (SP3)
  • CPU – Intel ATOM (1.6GHz/533MHz FSB/512K Cache)
  • Chipset – Intel 945GSE ICH7M
  • Memory -1GB (DDR2 667)
  • Storage – 160GB, SATAII 5400rpm
  • Display – 15.6" (16:10 Wide Panel)
  • Touch Screen – Single Touch Panel
  • Graphics – Shared Graphics (128MB)
  • Webcam – 1.3 Mega Pixel
  • Microphone – Digital Array  Microphone
  • Audio Chips – 2 x 4W Hifi Speaker SRS
  • Communication – 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • WLAN – WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • I/O Ports:
    Side – Memory card slot (SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro), USB ports x 2
    Rear – Audio Ports x 3 (Microphone, Line in & Line Out), USB ports x 4, Gigabit LAN port
  • AC power – 19Vdc, 4.74A, 65W power adaptor
  • Net Weight – 4.3kg
  • Software – StarOffice, Adobe Reader 8.0, Norton Internet Security (90 day trial version), Express Gate, Skype, Eee Memo, SoftStyles, Eee Cam & Eee Cinema 
  • Keyboard and Mouse – Wired Keyboard and Mouse
  • Warranty – 2 year Collect and return

The device is already listed for pre-order sale over at Clove Technology.

The all in one touch screen PC!

Evolving the ASUS EEE PC line up, ASUS have released the ASUS EEE Top.  A desktop version of the ASUS EEE PC, with a difference; that difference being the EEE Top has a touch screen.

Making for an innovative approach to computing at home or in the office, the EEE Top has a range of features that make it ideal for a range of tasks, from sending an email to listening to your favourite music; the EEE Top offers a fun and functional form for doing just this.

The ASUS EEE Top, comes pre loaded with Windows XP (Service Pack 3).  Running the robust XP operating system you feel familiar with the interface and the Windows Operating system gives the flexibility you need in the applications that can be run on this machine.

Powered by an efficient Intel ATOM (1.6GHz) processor and with 1GB of RAM multi tasking is effortless, and even traditional memory hungry programmes can be used easily.

Storage of documents and media files is offered through a 160GB internal hard drive.

With a 15.6"Single Touch Panel, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam as well as in built microphone, speakers and WiFi 802.11b/g/n the EEE Top is an ideal home computing solution.

Added functionality comes from an on board memory card slot (SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro), 6 x USB Ports and Gigabit LAN.

Features of ASUS EEE Top – Windows XP – Black
  • 15.6” Touch Screen
  • Windows XP Operating System
  • Intel 1.6GHz Processor
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • 160GB Hard Drive for all documents and media
  • In built SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro car reader
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam
What’s in the box of ASUS EEE Top – Windows XP – Black
  • ASUS EEE Top – Windows XP – Black
  • Wired Keyboard and Mouse

Unfortunately there are no really good graphics for it yet but if you have ever seen an ASUS PC Monitor then it looks very similar to that.

This looks to be a very interesting and exciting innovation from the ASUS EEE range and I cant wait to see it in action.

Posted by: John

Posted in: Desktop Computing
By October 10, 2008 Read More →

Future Of Mobile 2008 Competition

 Future of Mobile 2008

Our Commander and Chief Matt has been given 2 tickets to the Future of Mobile 2008 show in London on the 17th & 18th of next month and has decided to offer one of our readers the chance not only to spend the a bit of time with himself (that’s a whole other competition) but to attend the event with him.

The Future of Mobile show (or FOM for short) features answers to questions like:

  • How will the threats and opportunities of increased openness affect you?
  • What is the future of mobile operating systems?
  • How to gain adoption of your apps in emerging markets
  • How you’ll be affected by Google’s latest moves in mobile

    Expert analysis of new mobile services worldwide will be given and you will get the chance to see ideas and tactics for breaking down the barriers inhibiting mobile start-ups.

    The ticket we are offering is worth a massive £580 and includes a 1 Day Conference Pass, lunch paid for by Matt and access to the workshops being run at the event.

    Speakers at the event include:

    Daniel Appelquist James Body Jason Langridge Rich Miner Doug Richard Simon Rockman Christian Sejersen David Wood
    Daniel Appelquist James Body Jason Langridge Rich Miner Doug Richard Simon Rockman Christian Sejersen David Wood
    Vodafone Truphone Microsoft Google Trutap SonyEricsson Mozilla Symbian

    Our usual competition rules apply. Simply send us a paragraph on why you should win along with your your name, mobile number and email address using our normal contact page. One entry per person please, but feel free to get your friends and family to enter too!

    Find out more about the event visit :

    Good luck and we’ll announce the winner really soon!

    Posted by: John

  • Posted in: Competitions