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By September 26, 2008 Read More →

Samsung M8800 Pixon (AKA Bresson) appears

The 8 megapixel full touchscreen Samsung M8800 seems to have been announced today – rather quietly in fact. And it’s already been previewed by a Russian team, who provided some nice images along the way.

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The Samsung M8800, be it Bresson or Pixon, is the second 8 megapixel handset by Samsung, following the Symbian-powered Samsung i8510 INNOV8 .

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The Samsung M8800 however is not a smartphone and has no keyboard but a 3.2-inch touchscreen display and has the same TouchWiz interface as the Samsung Omnia and Samsung F480 Tocco, however this time they’ve added Weather and Google widgets.

 

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Samsung M8800 is called either Bresson or Pixon

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True, it’s not a smartphone, but the Samsung M8800 has an impressive specs sheet, which includes goodies such as:

  • Quad-band GSM, tri-band HSDPA
  • 107.9×54.6×14.9mm, 110 g
  • 3.2-inch touch screen display (240 x 400 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, face recognition with smile detection and blink detection. WDR (wide dynamic range), ASR (advanced shake reduction), GPS geotagging, ISO 1600, WVGA (720×480 pixels) and VGA (640 x 480 pixels) @30fps video recording
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • Accelerometer
  • DivX playback
  • FM radio with RDS
  • microSD card slot
  • Bluetooth
  • Landscape virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Handwriting recognition
  • ShoZu integration – direct image and video upload
  • Office document viewer

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Samsung M8800 next to Samsung i900 Omnia

Unfortunately, the lack of Wi-Fi functionality is a bit of a downer and would make it hard to compete with the rivaling LG KC910 Renoir.

The Samsung M8800 is set to start shipping as early as 10 November 2008 at a starting price of 550 euro (800 US dollars).

Posted by: John

Source: GSM Arena

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile G1 – Press Release * Breaking First *

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T-Mobile Unveils the T-Mobile G1 — 
the First Phone Powered by Android

T-Mobile Phone Boasts an Intuitive Touch Screen and QWERTY Keyboard,  
Plus Popular Google Products and Fresh, New Applications 

NEW YORK – Sept. 23, 2008 – T-Mobile today announced the international launch of the world’s first Android™-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. Available soon only for T-Mobile customers spanning two continents, the T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes the popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™
and others.

“We are proud that T-Mobile is the first operator in the world to launch an Android-powered mobile device,” said Christopher Schläffer, group product and innovation officer of Deutsche Telekom.  
“Since 2005, Google has been an established partner in T-Mobile’s groundbreaking approach to bringing the open mobile Internet to the mass market. With the T-Mobile G1, we are continuing our strong tradition of being pioneers in the world of the open Internet.”

Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA, said, “The Internet and the mobile phone are both indispensable tools for our hectic lives, but only a fraction of us access the Web on our phones. The T-Mobile G1 is our opportunity in the U.S. to accelerate the mass adoption of the mobile Web, by unleashing Google innovation with a unique software experience that mobilizes the Google services hundreds of millions of consumers rely on every day.”

“Increasingly, connectivity does not just mean a phone call, but rather access to the world’s information,” said Andy Rubin, senior director of mobile platforms for Google. “Today’s news signifies an important first step for the Open Handset Alliance: With Android, we’ve opened the mobile Web not only for millions of users, but also to mobilize the developer community that understands the next most important platform in the world rests in the palm of our hand.”

With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is also the first phone to provide access to Android Market, where customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle.

T-Mobile customers in the U.S. have the opportunity to pre-order the T-Mobile G1, in limited quantities, beginning today at www.T-MobileG1.com and be among the first to experience this game-changing phone. The device will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online in the U.S. beginning  
Oct. 22, for a price of $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. The T-Mobile G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November, and across Europe in the first quarter of 2009. Countries include Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Delivering the Familiarity of Google for a Superior Mobile Internet Experience:

The T-Mobile G1 with Google delivers a premium, easy-to-use mobile Web and communications experience in one device. Working together, T-Mobile, Google and HTC integrated Android and  
T-Mobile services into the phone’s form and function. The T-Mobile G1’s vibrant, high-quality screen slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, great for communicating with friends online or using the phone’s e-mail, IM and mobile messaging capabilities. As another option for accessing the device, the  
T-Mobile G1 comes equipped with a convenient trackball for more precise, one-handed navigation.

“T-Mobile, Google and HTC share a similar vision for making the mobile Internet practical, relevant and fun,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. “The T-Mobile G1 represents the culmination of this vision by offering a variety of services, applications and content that introduces an Internet experience that everyone can enjoy. We are honored to be joining T-Mobile and Google today for this historic unveiling of the T-Mobile G1.”

With one-click contextual search, T-Mobile G1 customers in a flash can search for relevant information with a touch of a finger. A full HTML Web browser allows users to see any Web page the way it was designed to be seen, and then easily zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on the screen.  
With built-in support for T-Mobile’s 3G and EDGE network as well as Wi-Fi, the T-Mobile G1 can connect to the best available high-speed data connection for surfing the Web and downloading information quickly and effortlessly.

Google Maps Street View:

With Google Maps, Google’s groundbreaking maps service, T-Mobile G1 users can instantly view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local business and get driving directions, all from the phone’s  
easy-to-use touch interface. The T-Mobile G1 also includes Google Maps Street View, allowing customers to explore cities at street-level virtually while on the go. Without taking a step, customers can tour a far-away place as if they were there — standing on the street corner. Even better, the Google Maps feature syncs with the built-in compass on the phone — an industry first — to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand. Google Maps Street View is available today in many U.S. locations and soon in European countries.

Communicating on the Go:

The T-Mobile G1 features a rich HTML e-mail client, which seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services. The T-Mobile G1 multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background. It combines Instant Messaging support for Google Talk™, as well as AOL®, Yahoo! Messenger ® and Windows Live Messenger in the U.S. With access to high-speed Web browsing and a 3-megapixel camera with photo-sharing capabilities, the T-Mobile G1 is ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle, whether sharing pictures, checking the latest sports scores or accessing social networking sites.

Embracing User-Generated Content:

Customers can use the T-Mobile G1’s 3G and Wi-Fi connection to attach and share pictures over email and MMS or download music from their favorite Web sites, and soon, upload and post pictures to their personal blog.  Built-in support for YouTube allows customers to enjoy YouTube’s originally-created content, easily navigate through YouTube’s familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos.

Music at Your Fingertips:  
The T-Mobile G1 comes pre-loaded with a new application developed by Amazon.com that gives customers easy access to Amazon MP3, Amazon.com’s digital music download store with more than  
6 million DRM-free MP3 tracks. Using the new application, T-Mobile G1 customers are able to search, sample, purchase and download music from Amazon MP3 directly to their device (downloading music from Amazon MP3 using the T-Mobile G1 requires a Wi-Fi connection; searching, sampling and purchasing music can be done anywhere with a cellular connection). The T-Mobile G1 will be the first device with the Amazon MP3 mobile application pre-loaded.

Android Market:

The T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mash ups of existing and new services from developers around the world. With just a couple of short clicks, customers can find and download a wide range of innovative software applications — from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping — to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. When the phone launches next month, dozens of unique, first-of-a-kind Android applications will be available for download on Android Market, including:

  • ShopSavvy: an application designed to help people do comparative shopping. Users scan the UPC code of a product with their phone’s camera while they are shopping, and can instantly compare prices from online merchants and nearby local stores.
  • Ecorio: a new application developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like. With access to tips and tricks, Ecorio allows users to record the steps they take throughout their day to help offset their impact on the environment.
  • BreadCrumbz: a new application that enables people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos. Customers can create their own routes, share them with friends or with the world.

For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., please visit www.T-MobileG1.com. For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the United Kingdom, please visit www.T-Mobile.co.uk/G1.

Notes: Additional charges may apply to features and services. 3G may not be available in all locations. Price and availability of device subject to change; taxes and other charges may apply.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. operation of Deutsche Telekom AG’s  
(NYSE: DT) Mobile Communications Business, and a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile International, one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications. By the end of the second quarter of 2008, 125 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 31.5 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S.  
in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit www.t-mobile.com.  
T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

About T-Mobile International

T-Mobile International is a global leader in mobile communications offering wireless voice, messaging and data services capable of reaching more than 125 million people where they live, work and play.  
T-Mobile International operates in 12 markets worldwide, with a significant customer base in Central and South Eastern Europe as well as the United States.

The company provides its customers with the latest technologies and innovative multimedia services and continues to be one of the foremost developers of the mobile Internet. Following its vision of “connected life and work,” the company has also developed products and services whose intelligent access options, intuitive operation, and ease of use make them stand out from the crowd. Moreover, the company is a founding member of FreeMove, one of the world’s leading business alliances consisting of Orange, Telecom Italia, TeliaSonera and T-Mobile. FreeMove offers multinational companies a seamless service tailored to their specific needs at both a local and international level.

T-Mobile International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. Deutsche Telekom is one of the foremost integrated telecommunications companies worldwide. With its three product brands,  
T-Home, T-Mobile and T-Systems, the company offers its customers around the world modern telecommunications products and services from a single source — fixed-network telephony, broadband Internet, mobile communications and ICT solutions. As an international group of companies with some 240,000 employees in around 50 countries throughout the world, Deutsche Telekom generated half of its revenues of EUR 62.5 billion outside Germany in 2007. For more information about T-Mobile International, please visit www.telekom.com.

About Google Inc.
Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.google.com

About HTC Corporation

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design. Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations and launched state-of-the-art smartphones with mobile operators and distributors around the world. These devices are available as HTC devices and as products customized for operator and device partners. HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

Google, Android, Google Maps Street View, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

WM 7 Delayed?

Partners who had expected to have a final release of WM7 in their hands by early next year have been told now that the new Windows Mobile platform won’t be ready until the second half of next year.

Definitely bad news because Windows Mobile urgently need its refresh and if Windows Mobile 7 is postponed to the second half of 2009, it’s most likely that we will not see devices before end of 2009. Nevertheless, every bad news also have a positive aspect and in this case it means you don’t have to hold out for a new device and you can go out and get your new i900 Omnia, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro or Touch HD today because based on this news it will be the latest for the next 12 months at least.

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Posted in: Rumours
By September 23, 2008 Read More →

T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) – More Live Photos

Ok so here are some photo’s live from the press conference in New York:

 

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More photos to come soon.

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By September 23, 2008 Read More →

The Samsung 3 – New Camera’s, New Features

Samsung today announced the release of 3 new camera’s to their catalogue. Here is the press release.

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From Left to Right we have the NV100HD, L310W & NV9

Get Picture Perfect with Samsung Cameras

– Never suffer with bad skin or frowning photos again –

23 September 2008 – Samsung Cameras has come to the rescue for all those times when you’re not looking your best in a photo. With social networking sites such as Facebook meaning the world can see your party poses, looking your best in photos has never been so important. Luckily, Samsung’s new and unique Perfect Portrait System means you’ll never have to suffer from the shame of an embarrassing photo again.

If blotchy, uneven skin tone has you hiding and ‘de-tagging’ your photos in embarrassment, Samsung’s clever “Beauty Shot” function allows you to retouch facial skin for a brighter, smoother skin tone. So if you’re having a ‘bad spot day’ you can rest safe in the knowledge that retouching is no longer just a treat for A-list stars.

There’s nothing worse than taking a photo before anyone’s smiling, unless of course you’re aiming for that killer Posh Spice pout. With Samsung’s “Smile Shot” function, the camera automatically takes the photo when it detects smiles. With a great smile and perfect skin sorted, your photos should be looking great – now it’s up to you to find the perfect pose!

The Samsung Perfect Portrait System is available on the L310W, NV9 and NV100HD and is a great addition to the existing features offered by Samsung’s camera range. The L310W is priced at £199, the NV9 is priced at £179 and the NV100HD is priced at £229. All three will be available on the high street nationwide and online retailers from September 2008. All Samsung cameras include a two year warranty. Customers requiring further information should call 0845 726 7864 or visit samsungcamera.co.uk

 

So lets start with the NV100H. The NV100HD features touch-screen technology for intuitive navigation, and HD capability for high definition images and videos. Stats include a 14.7 MP, 3.6x Optical Zoom & a 3.0" hVGA Touch Screen.

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Lets look at it in more detail:

  • 28mm Wide Schneider Kreuznach Lens
  • High Definition (HD)
  • Smart Touch 2.0
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • DRIM
  • Face Detection
  • Red-Eye Fix
  • Blink Detection
  • Beauty Shot
  • Smile Detection
  • Scene Mode
  • Auto Contrast Balance
  • Photo Help Guide
  • Li-on Battery, in camera charging system
  • Recycle Bin
  • Function Description
  • Multi Slide Show

Next up we have the L310W with 13.6 megapixels, 28mm wide angle lens, 3.6x Optical Zoom, 2.7" Screen and a host of other quality-driven features.

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In detail these features are:

  • 28mm Wide Schneider Kreuznach Lens
  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • Face Detection
  • Red-Eye Fix
  • Blink Detection
  • Beauty Shot
  • Smile Detection
  • Scene Mode
  • Auto Contrast Balance
  • Photo Help Guide
  • Li-on Battery, in camera charging system
  • Recycle Bin
  • Function Description

    Finally there is the NV9 with 10.2 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, 2.7" Screen and Advanced (MPEG4) movie mode.

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    Looking closer at the camera we see that it has:

  • Dual Image Stabilisation
  • PMP
  • Face Detection
  • Red-Eye Fix
  • Blink Detection
  • Beauty Shot
  • Smile Detection
  • Scene Mode
  • Auto Contrast Balance
  • Photo Help Guide
  • Li-on Battery, in camera charging system
  • Recycle Bin
  • Function Description

    Hopefully we should be getting a hands on for these camera’s and will be able to report more when we get them but for now have a look and see what you think.

  • Posted by: John

    Posted in: Cameras
    By September 23, 2008 Read More →

    T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) To Feature Amazon MP3 Store

    If you have been digging around for news recently on this handset then you probably have already seen this but if not Amazon just announced that its MP3 music store will be pre-loaded as an application on the T-Mobile G1. Users will be able to search, download, buy and play music from Amazon MP3, that’s a selection of 6 million DRM-free MP3 songs from all four major labels and many independents. The pre-loaded Amazon MP3 application provides G1 owners with a phone-optimised view of the Amazon MP3 store. WiFi is required to search, browse, listen to samples, and buy tracks at a cost of around $0.89 with most albums priced between $5.99 and $9.99. This obviously, at this stage will not be on the UK Version when it gets here as the Amazon MP3 store has not yet launched in the UK (sort it out Amazon).

    Posted by: John

    Posted in: Phones
    By September 23, 2008 Read More →

    HTC G1 (Dream) – Specs & Official Photo Leak?

    OK So with just over 8 hours to go until the official release of the HTC G1 on T-Mobile I have seen loads of articles, breaking news alerts and so on about this device.

    Here are a few things I’ve heard so far. The G1 will only be released on T-Mobile in USA for the time being, not such a big surprise in itself but there is rumour that it will also be released in the UK on T-Mobile pretty soon too. Personally I find this a strange move by  HTC given that the UK normally never lag behind the US in classy phones so why HTC, why?

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    HTC G1 (Dream)

    Here are the specs on the device and what’s known so far:

    • In-store, immediate sales only available in stores within 5 miles of a 3G covered area. If a store is beyond that range, representatives will walk customers through a T-mobile.com purchase
    • One touch access to: Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, and Google Talk
    • Gmail account and data plan required
    • GPS
    • 3.1 mp camera, no video recording
    • No stereo bluetooth (A2DP)
    • Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63 in
    • Weighs 5.6 ounces
    • 480×320 65K color screen
    • 5 hour talk time, 130 hour talk time
    • Expandable up to 8GB

    What else have we been able to find? Well on the US my.t-mobile.com page after login a splash screen was found featuring the G1 handset. The bad news on that is that is was a dead link.

    G1 Link page

    T-Mobile Website

    As the news breaks today on this handset we will bring it straight to you.

    Posted by: John

    Posted in: Phones
    By September 21, 2008 Read More →

    Nokia promo video shows off the Nokia E72 and E75

    A demo video of the latest and greatest business messaging devices by Nokia leaked online revealing the yet unannounced Nokia E72 and Nokia E75.

    The Nokia E72 is a full-QWERTY successor of the E71, while the E75 features a hybrid form factor incorporating both a normal keypad and a slide-out side QWERTY.

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    Nokia E75

    Both the Nokia E72 and E75 seem to have built-in GPS receivers and advanced email capabilities. We guess the other specs will be high-end as usual.

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    Nokia E72

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    Posted in: News
    By September 20, 2008 Read More →

    Apple recalls tiny iPhone 3G power adapters

    Apple Inc. on Friday advised iPhone 3G users in many countries to replace the device’s power adapter following reports that metal prongs broke off and stuck in power outlets, creating a risk of electric shock.

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    Apple said it will exchange the ultra-compact USB adapters for a redesigned model, without charge, in retail stores and online starting Oct. 10.

    In the meantime, iPhone 3G users who received the tiny USB adapter with their phone or who bought it separately should immediately stop using it. Apple said iPhone 3G owners should use its standard USB power adapter, which has fold-up prongs, or charge the device by plugging it into a computer.

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    "We have received reports of detached blades involving a very small percentage of the adapters sold, but no injuries have been reported," Apple said in a statement online.

    Spokeswoman Natalie Kerris could not say exactly how many adapters have broken in this way.

    The recall affects ultra-compact USB power adapters sold in the U.S., Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

    Adapters with a green dot on the bottom are safe and do not need to be replaced, Apple said.

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    http://www.apple.com/support/usbadapter/exchangeprogram/

     

    Posted by: John

    Posted in: Phones
    By September 19, 2008 Read More →

    Pantech OZ2 / Helio Ocean 2 approved by the FCC

    Whilst it’s not siting at the top of the Mobile Phone market Pantech’s new OZ2 has sailed through the FCC’s testing process, sporting Helio branding that suggests this is the much-anticipated Helio Ocean 2. Since Helio was acquired by Virgin Mobile, it’s not unreasonable to expect to see this cell phone hit Virgin Mobile’s lineup shortly.

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    You may wonder why I am posting such a low end device well the answer lies in the Dual Slide function which is explained below. I thought this was kind of neat!

    The Pantech OZ2 packs a QVGA display and dual-slider form factor, with a numeric keypad sliding out from the bottom and a QWERTY keyboard sliding out from the side. The stats look like:

    * 3 megapixel camera

    * Dual slider, just like the original

    * microSDHC support

    * 1GB internal storage

    * In-browser Flash support

    * 30fps video recording

    * Touch-sensitive directional pad

    * PC sync capability

    Posted by: John

     

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