By July 31, 2006 Read More →

IE7 a ‘High Priority’ update?

Microsoft has decided to push Internet Explorer 7 out to your PC as ‘high priority’ via Windows Update.

Although IE 7 will be pushed out over Automatic Updates, people will be able to choose whether they want to install it or not, Schare said. Automatic Updates will first notify people when IE 7 is ready to install and then show a welcome screen that presents key features and the choices to install, not install or postpone installation.

Personally I will be saying ‘No thanks’ to the update. I’ve had a look at IE7 Beta and really didn’t like it. To me it was a really dumbed down version of IE. The only thing I did like about it was the ‘Tabbed Browser’ approach. However, a better alternative for tabbed browsing is Avant Browser


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By July 26, 2006 Read More →

HTC Wiki Site

HTC Wiki

Smartphone and Windows Mobile device manufacturer HTC have launched their own Wiki.

For those of you that don’t know, a wiki is a type of website that allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit and change most available content, sometimes without the need for registration. Thus enabling anyone to contribute to the knowledge base.

In their own words: “We’ve started the wiki by seeding some basic information about the current devices available in the American market, but we’re leaving it up to you, the user community, to take it to the next level by filling out the content.”

It’s about time that HTC did something like this!

Check out the HTC Wiki.


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By July 26, 2006 Read More →

Orange M3100 shipping to shops?

If you are looking for the M3100 review it’s HERE

Just a quick bit of information for you this morning. Sources at Orange have suggested that the Orange SPV M3100 is currently being shipped to Orange stores ready for it’s release.

Orange M3100

Based on previous product launches and if this is true it should mean that the M3100 will be launched within the next few weeks!

Watch this space!!!


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By July 25, 2006 Read More →

HTC Wizard Screen Problem

I’ve had my iMate K-Jam (HTC Wizard) based mobile device for about 6 months. Despite having newer handsets it is the device I use most. It’s the combination of small form factor and the integrated keyboard that appeals to me.

Recently however the handset has been subject to a rather annoying problem. About 2-3 times a day I have to re-align the touch screen as it seems to suffer with some kind of drift problem. It’s getting to the point of being unbearable!

If any of you have a similar problem I would love to hear from you!


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By July 24, 2006 Read More →

Orange SPV C100

Our blog readers are becoming a demanding bunch. The slightest mention of the Orange SPV C100 (HTC Oxygen) in an earlier post resulted in a number of you emailing for more info.

I must admit that Smartphone devices aren’t my area of expertise these days since I turned to Pocket PC Mobile devices. But not wishing to turn readers away I have gone on a mission to find out what I can.

The Orange C100 has yet to be official announced but I know it’s coming, I had a play with one just a few weeks ago at the MoDaCo summer event. It’s a really nice looking device, much more stylish recent Smartphone devices. Smartphones have had a look all of their own until now but the C100 breaks the mould looking more like a ‘regular’ mobile phone. I’m sure that the sleek design will appeal to a whole new demographic.

Orange SPV C100

The C100 is targeted as a budget Smartphone and as such is a slightly ‘cut down’ device. It does have Windows Mobile 5 AKU 2.3, the screen resolution, however, has been reduced to 176×220 which is rather a step down from the 320×240 that has become the Smartphone norm.

  • O.S.: – Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Edition
  • Processor: – TI OMAP850 201Mhz
  • Memory: – RAM 64MB / Flash 64MB
  • Screen: – 176 x 220 TFT with 65536 colours
  • Memory Card: – NONE, will use SIM+
  • Connectivity: – Tri-band, GPRS, Bluetooth 1.2
  • Camera: 1.3MP
  • The C100 is unusual in that it does not have space for a memory card but instead uses SIM+,which enables special SIMs with additional storage capacity, with 512MB SIM+ cards already being in existence. Not sure its such a great idea though. I wonder if the memory is still accessible even if the SIM is dead?


    Thanks once again to Sporkyguy for allowing the use of the excellent photos!

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    By July 23, 2006 Read More →

    Orange M3100 Release Date

    A number of people have been emailing me about the release date of the Orange SPV M3100 (HTC Hermes). I don’t have a specific launch date to tell you but I have been told that it should be in Orange shops by the end of August at the latest.

    I would imagine that it will be restricted to business customers only to begin with as this it what Orange have done with the previous devices such as the M2000, M1000 and the M500. It may well be the case that they will give preference to new connections too.


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    By July 22, 2006 Read More →

    Orange SPV M3100 Specification

    You can find my Orange SPV M3100 review here.

    As so many people are arriving at this site having Googled for ‘Orange M3100 Specification’ or ‘SPV M3100 Specification’ and ‘HTC Hermes Specification’ I thought I would dig out the information for you and post it up here!

    Orange SPV M3100

  • Connectivity: Quad Band, UMTS, Edge, GPRS, HSDPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g
  • Processor: 400MHz Samsung stacked CPU
  • Camera: 2.0 Megapixels with Flash
  • Display: 240×320 pixel 2.8″ 65,000 Colour TFT
  • Keyboard: Slide out QWERTY keyboard, similar to HTC Universal, one Video Cam (front)
  • Form Factor: Similar size as HTC Wizard, also side Slide QWERTY
  • Memory: 64mb RAM + 128mb flash ROM
  • Power + Battery: Removable and rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer, Typical capacity: 1350 mAh, Standby time: Up to 200 hours for GSM; 180 ~ 250 hours for UMTS, Talk time (Screen off): 4 ~ 5 hours for GSM; 2 ~ 4 hours for UMTS
  • Memory Card: External MicroSD Slot
  • Interestingly the M3100 we saw at the MoDaCo summer event, like the SPV C100 (HTC Oxygen) and a few others, had a proprietary USB connector. If it comes to market with this connector, which I’m sure it will, it’s going to be really annoying!

    You can now pre-order the M3100 from Expansys although the picture and specification they have listed is all wrong!

    Some of you may be familiar with my review of the Orange SPV M2000 about 2 years ago. Well we are hoping that Orange will be kind enough to allow us to review an M3100 prior to it’s official release so that we can let everyone know whether or not it is worth ordering or waiting for. Orange, if you are listening, PLEASE!?!?

    I’ll keep you posted!


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