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O2 XDA Orbit Review

Matt recently did an unbox video of the O2 XDA Orbit and asked me if I would like to review it for him. Naturally I jumped at the chance to play with a Windows Mobile device with built in GPS!

The O2 XDA Orbit is the O2 version of the HTC Artemis, essentially the same device internally but the Orbit has a different, more modern looking, exterior design.
O2 were the first UK operator to offer a Windows Mobile device with built in GPS. I had high hopes for this device!

O2 XDA Orbit

O2 XDA Orbit

Impressions
The 02 Active homescreen is gone! Let that be the headline statement, and we shall all rejoice. Yup it’s true. FINALLY O2 have got rid of the awful thing, and actually given the Orbit a nice selection of “normal” today screen plug-ins.

It’s a nice first impression, and it does immediately feel like an expensive device. The Orbit is the smallest Pocket PC/WM Professional device I’ve ever used, and it feels a lot less bulky in the pocket than my now-aging TyTN.

O2 XDA Orbit Side View

O2 XDA Orbit Side View

The problem I have with reviewing devices such as this, is that hardware wise, and OS wise – they are all very similar. I’ll try and concentrate on the major features and add-ons the Orbit has over other similar devices.

This helpfully brings me onto the mouse pointer. Yes, a mouse pointer, with trackball, on a Windows Mobile device. Although I was quite excited to finally try this out, I was a bit unsure as to how effective it would be. I shouldn’t have been. It’s a totally new way to control a mobile device without the need to get a stylus out. It works really well in the main, and can be used completely OS wise. The trackball is small, but perfectly useable, and I found it to be especially useful for navigating around the OS, and for surfing the net through Pocket IE. The mouse pointer is not the most accurate thing in the world, but it’s good enough for anything you’ll need to do on the Orbit.

O2 XDA Orbit trackball

O2 XDA Orbit trackball

This was also my first device with a built in GPS chip. Again, I was impressed, and the quality of the lock and signal seemed fine. I used both the supplied Co-Pilot and a copy of i-Go. I’ll speak more about Co-Pilot in a second, but i-Go worked fine!

O2 don’t appear to have made many “Orange” style mods to the OS or its icons. They seem to have kept their modifications to a simple theme, and the obvious Hardware skin. The usual array of user manuals, and outlook software licences come in the book, and as mentioned, the supplied O2 today screen plugins are available too. These appear to be O2 in-house programs. I’ve certainly not seen them elsewhere.

The review device I received also came with a copy of Co-Pilot. As a Tom Tom Navigation user, and part time i-Go “faffer”, I was really excited to be able to trial a different navigation system, but unfortunately, I was distinctly underwhelmed by it.

The major factor for me was the speed. The program didn’t appear to respond to key taps very quickly, and the same can be said about the navigation itself. I suspect this may have been an individual problem, I don’t know. Certainly, I was happy to get back to Tom Tom. As I said, I tried i-Go on the device instead, and it seemed fine, so I can only assume Co-Pilot was the issue. The GPS itself seems very good quality and as expected for a Sirf III chipset – the fix was quick, and stable.

The lack of a full hardware keyboard is a shame, but understandable since this is designed to be as sleek as possible. I just find the on screen keyboards hard to use, as they require a stylus. The mouse point is not really accurate enough to use for typing. These problems are compounded since the removal of the Phone Pad from HTC devices.

O2 XDA Orbit Stylus

O2 XDA Orbit Stylus

The integrated wi-fi is welcome, but becoming fairly standard, and the FM radio is easy to use, and seems to perform well. This is quite unusual for Windows Mobile devices, but may tempt some of the Nokia monkeys (sorry Nick!) to the platform.

Once again, all this is powered and charged via the ExtUSB connector that HTC do at least seem to be using as standard now. You’ll also need an adaptor to use normal 3.5 jack headphones with the device, and I’m not 100% sure if this will make the FM radio useless. For charging, as with other devices, a standard mini-usb will fit in the weird shaped socket, and will charge/power.

O2 XDA Orbit bottom

O2 XDA Orbit bottom

For external memory, microSD is used, which I know will annoy some/most but for me, having used the format for the M3100, it works fine. The position of the reader however, doesn’t. Located under the battery means there’s no chance of swapping cards without removing the battery, and SIM card. Not really ideal on the move, and I ‘d have preferred HTC to keep the reader on the side of the phone, similar to the TyTN.

The 2 megapixel camera is about average for HTC – not great(!) but they are improving, both in terms of quality, and the software included to take photos. The standard phone services are also just that – standard. Quality and signal strength seemed as average as my other phones, and although the lack of 3G is very, very annoying, it does at least have GPRS.

O2 XDA Orbit camera

O2 XDA Orbit camera

I was happy using the device, and although there are a couple of things which concern me, I have to recommend it. It’s quick, powerful, has an array of extra little features which are currently exclusive to this model. On an O2 UK subsidised contract, it’s also surprisingly easy on the wallet!

O2 XDA Orbit left side

O2 XDA Orbit left side
O2 XDA Orbit right side

O2 XDA Orbit right side

O2 XDA Orbit Specification:

  • Windows Mobile 5 for Pocket PC AKU 3
  • Quad Band GPRS / EDGE
  • FM Radio
  • TI OMAP 850 @ 200MHz
  • 128MB ROM
  • 64MB RAM
  • 2.8″ QVGA 65K colour screen
  • microSD expansion underneath battery
  • 2.0MP camera
  • miniUSB connector for sync / charge / headphones
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Built in SiRF Star III GPS
  • up to 3.5 – 5 hrs talktime
  • up to 150-200 hour standby
  • 58mm x 108mm x 16.3mm
  • 127g
  • Review by: Mark

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    By June 19, 2007 Read More →

    Portable Battery Charger – JAVOedge

    Just got a new bit of kit “hot off the press” from JAVOedge. Not sure batteries come from presses actually, but moving on…

    Portable Battery Charger1

    Most of the stuff JAVOedge sell, can admittedly be found elsewhere. You know the stuff – 99p off ebay with £20 postage from Hong Kong etc. If you want that, then off you go. But one thing I’ve noticed, not just from this item, but from JAVOedge branded stuff in general – is the quality. It looks and feels well made, rather then just random bits of plastic stuck together with a glue gun.

    Onto the battery then. I was a bit unsure as to its use when I received it. I drive a lot, and have chargers in my house and workplace. I have a car charger for the… er car as well.

    So where does it fit in? Luckily enough, being a northern monkey, the weather helped out by flooding my village and cutting off the power. Its just the usefulness of it really. Plug phone into battery. Charge phone. The end. It kept me on the net, it kept up my push email and charged 3 phones off a signal battery charge.

    I also found it very useful, when my ever-battery hungry M3100 was required in the ground floor of my home. Unfortunately, it needs to be next to a window, which is helpfully a long way away from the nearest plug. Not a problem anymore – I just take the battery with me.

    I’m also gonna be using it when I’m on holiday. Even when you do remember your charger, for some reason, it always seems to end up being discharged, and then theres the fight for the only charger!

    Its a simple product, but effective, and genuinely useful. My only bugbear (which is quite important frankly), is that for some inexplicable reason, JAVOedge haven’t included a Nokia adaptor. I found one from another kit that works, but this needs addressing pretty quickly, as its a major limitation.

    Portable Battery Charger2

    You can buy the Portable Battery Charger from the JAVOedge website

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    By June 14, 2007 Read More →

    HTC Touch review

    Just over a week ago HTC held a press conference to announce their new baby, the HTC Touch. Since then a whole host of reviews have appeared on the web, it’s obvious that the device has created quite a stir!

    HTC Touch

    HTC Touch

    One review that we particularly like is the one from Solopalmari. Their review is rather extensive and includes dozens of photos as well as some nice video of the device in action.

    It’s hard to remain unbiased and objective towards the HTC Touch – we really feel that HTC should be praised for their initiative and innovative spirit, especially when coming from such an important market giant that could have easily chosen to stay on the well-beaten track of ‘standard’ Windows Mobile devices. Comparisons have already been made between the Touch and the iPhone – some may find the association irreverent, sustaining that Apple’s device has superior potential capabilities and implementation. We feel, however, that HTC’s new proposal will make a name for itself in what is a growingly competitive market, just like we are confident the company will be rewarded for its new approach to mobile computing. Together with Apple.

    After all that praise, we can’t fail to point out that the CPU is a bone of contention. We ourselves have often expressed doubts over the speed of the TI OMAP 850 in previous tests. However, the impression when using the device is positive and the benchmarks seem to back up the sense of speed.
    Before posting this review, we would have liked to have carried out one more test covering battery life, but time restraints have not yet allowed us to carry out more than two recharges – not yet enough to give a true indication of the battery life. We will put our heads on the line though and say that the HTC Touch can easily withstand a long day of intensive use – and that’s no small feat, considering that this device also runs Microsoft’s new constant ‘Push Email’ technology

    You can read the full HTC Touch Review over on Solopalmari.com

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    By June 10, 2007 Read More →

    Acer P630 Portable Navigator review

    A few weeks ago we started looking at the Acer P630 portable navigator. The P630 is a stand alone GPS navigation device similar to the Tom Tom Go units.

    Acer P630 Portable Navigator

    Acer P630 Portable Navigator front
    Acer P630 Portable Navigator

    Acer P630 Portable Navigator back

    Regular visitors will have seen our P630 unboxing video so will have some idea of what you get with the device. In the box you’ll find:

  • The Acer P630 Portable Navigator
  • Car windscreen mount
  • A padded pouch to keep the device in
  • Car charger
  • PC USB cable
  • AC Adapter
  • 1GB SD Card
  • CoPilot 6 software
  • Part of the P600 series, the P630, is an all new Personal Navigation device from Acer. This slim and ultra-portable designed unit incorporates a clear and bright 4” display, perfect for navigation, viewing photos and accessing MP3 audio files.

    With the built in SiRFStar III GPS receiver, satellite acquisition is fast and reliable. Put this with ALK’s CoPilot Live 6 which uses the latest Navteq map data, and you have a winning combination. Simplicity is guaranteed thanks to the intuitive interface and the powerful features that this software incorporates.

    Make calls safely whilst driving, the P630 has on board Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to connect your mobile phone, using the Acer as a speaker and microphone. Also listen to music stored on an SD card with the devices integrated MP3 player, which will play music whilst you navigate, without interference!

    This is the first time that I have used CoPilot, in the past I’ve used Tom Tom navigator. I have to say that I am really impressed with CoPilot, the maps seem a lot more accurate than those provided by Tom Tom. We recently took a long trip across country and during the entire journey it only got one one bit wrong, coming up to a junction it said bare-left rather than turn left. Not a big problem though.

    The GPS built in to the Acer P630 is a 12 channel SiRF StarIII low power and high sensitivity chip. It picks up a signal pretty quickly and tracks accurately. On our recent trip it displayed our position on the map quite precisely.

    Acer P620 menu

    Acer P620 menu

    The CoPilot software is easy to use and is accessed via the large, 4″ touch screen.

    CoPilot Navigation Menu

    CoPilot Navigation Menu

    As the P630 screen is fairly hi-res (480 x 272) and is widescreen there is plenty of room on the screen for all the information you need while driving. As you can see in the screen shot below the map is displayed in the main area along with a count down to the next turn or road, with the next turn/junction shown in an overlay on the left hand side. At the bottom you’ll find your current speed, current road you are traveling on, arrival time and overall distance remaining.

    CoPilot Navigation Screen

    CoPilot Navigation Screen

    The supplied mounting bracket is the windscreen kind that uses a ‘sucker’ to attach. It has both tilt and swivel adjustment.

    Acer P630 Mount

    Acer P630 Mount
    Acer P630 Mount

    Acer P630 Mount

    Overall the Acer P630 portable navigator is a decent piece of kit, I found it to be much better than the Tom Tom equivalent. The added Bluetooth and MP3 playing features are a real boon too! I highly recommend this device.

    Acer P630 Specification:

  • GPS: integrated SiRF III LP with internal antenna
  • Touch screen TFT LCD 4 inches, 16/9, 480 X 272 pixels
  • Processor: Samsung S3C2440A @ 400 MHz
  • 64 MB of ROM and 64 MB of RAM
  • Hands-free Bluetooth
  • SD memory card slot
  • Lithium-Ion of 1200 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 11.6 X 8.1 X 2.3 cm
  • Weight : 195 grams
  • Built in loudspeaker
  • Windows CE.net 5.0
  • Navigation software provided by ALK CoPilot 6 with preloaded maps from Navteq.
  • MP3 player
  • Image viewer
  • The Acer P630 is available to buy now from Clove Technology for just £239 (inc VAT).

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    By May 27, 2007 Read More →

    UBiQUiO 501 Review

    Our friend Brody over as MSMobileNews has just published his UBiQUiO 501 Review.

    UBiQUiO 501

    UBiQUiO 501

    The UBiQUiO 501 looks similar the Samsung i600 and HTC S620 but where the UBiQUiO 501 differs from many similar devices is that this device runs Windows Mobile 5 Phone Edition and therefore incorporates a touch screen!

    Overall the 501 is a very nice phone to use, the keyboard is very comfortable in operation and all of the buttons are within easy reach which makes it a phone that’s very easy to use when writing long pieces of text without too much “thumb-strain”. The screen is set at a fairly decent resolution so you don’t get eye strain either and the battery has a decent capacity so you can get away with forgetting to plug it in overnight.

    UBiQUiO 501 Specification

  • Processor: TI OMAP 750 200 MHz
  • Platform: Windows Mobile 5.0
  • Memory: 128MB ROM/64MB internal RAM
  • Dimensions: 122 (L) x 65 (W) x 13.5 (D) mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Display: 2.5″ QVGA Colour TFT
  • Cellular Radio Module: GSM 900/DCS 1800/PCS 1900, GPRS Class 10
  • Device control: 5-way navigation control
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth – 1.2 with A2DP, WiFi – 802.11b/g, mini-USB, IrDA
  • Camera: 2MP
  • Expansion: mini SD slot
  • Read the full review HERE.

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    Orange SPV E650 review

    Since our HTC S710 vs Orange E650 video we’ve still not had any luck getting our hands back on a new Orange SPV E650 from Orange PR nor are we due an upgrade. However, our friend and long-time follower of the blog, Alasdair Ford, wrote this great review of the device as he has been using the E650 for a few weeks. So here for your viewing pleasure is Alasdair’s ‘warts-and-all’ assessment of the E650.

    Orange SPV E650

    Having lived with the E650 for a full three weeks this is a summary of the journey so far, overall it’s been a very positive experience.

    I’m not stat hungry so I’ll be providing real world measures of performance, my perception of the way the device operates not stopwatch statistics.

    The device has been used in a real business environment, as part of an Exchange 2003 messaging system using exchange activesync so some of the snazzier features associated with Exchange 2007 are not there yet but our upgrade is imminent so hopefully the three month review will be able to include these.

    I am a geek and a techie but I try to apply the mother test for ease of use – I.e. could my mother use it? – a good yardstick for the levels of technical aptitude and patience displayed by most directors 🙂

    My most recent devices of choice have been the Orange SPV c600 a candy bar smartphone running window Mobile smartphone edition 5.0 AKU 2 and the Orange SPV m3100 a traditional PDA form factor with touch screen 3G which I wanted it for and the addition of a sliding QWERTY keyboard (which I didn’t want at the time but now love) running Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2.3 Pocketphone edition (for now)

    The E650 has complemented my traditional notebook for two weeks but for the last week it’s been my only contact with work as I’ve been away on Holiday (more about that in an Off-Topic later).

    Conventions :

    Where I refer to keypad I mean the E650 standard phone alphanumeric keypad where I refer to keyboard is the slide out QWERTY keyboard

    Highlights:

  • The Keyboard – it’s a great addition to a Windows Mobile 6 Standard device mitigates a lot of the fiddliness of the interface
  • Fetchmail – until you try it you’ll not appreciate how much of a difference something this simple makes.
  • recoverability : I’d have loved to have said stability but I’ll explain later
  • Search as you type in Pocket Outlook AND Text messages
  • Lowlights:

  • Proprietary USB connector and stupid flap cover
  • That damnable noise
  • No Lights:

  • Search as you type search in Pocket Outlook only searches on display name and subject and suffers the unfortunate keyboard glitch in text and PO
  • Lack of ‘add word’ in T9 mode (mitigated by keyboard)
  • Stability seems a little suspect when battery level is low
  • No MSN messenger or Voice command (included in the SDK by Microsoft but incomprehensibly omitted by Orange (I’ve bought Voice Command 1.6 US version from Handango – again more later)
  • So on to the review!

    Form Factor:
    E650 Form Factor E650 open
    it’s a Vox I know but the E650 skin isn’t out in MobiControl just yet

    The device is a lovely piece of kit, a little heavier and bulkier than the C600 and most standard candybar format phones – way heavier and thicker than the slim Jim LGs of this world but it fits comfortably in the shirt pocket and the weight provides a reassuring feel that suggests great build quality.

    The keyboard is a real surprise to people not in the know the E650 just doesn’t look like it could hide a QWERTY in a device that size. the keyboard action is very slick only requiring a little push to expose or close the keys, much nicer than the m3100. Portrait to landscape transitions can be a bit slow occasionally but it’s no massive deal.

    E650 Keyboard

    The screen is great much more vibrant and clearer than either the m3100 or c600.

    The phone has four hardware buttons on the periphery – on/off on the top; the voice activation and volume rockers to the left of the screen and the camera button to the right – the camera button placement is somewhat counter intuitive as when you access the keyboard you rotate the phone clockwise which leaves the camera button on the bottom of the rotated handset if you are shooting in landscape mode – a minor gripe.

    E650 Left

    E650 Right

    The front mounted function keys are easy to access, I was worried about the placement of the send and end keys as they look like they could be easily operated in a pocket however the E650 actually suffers less from this than the c600.

    The soft keys are a little fiddly at first but you get used to that, and anyone with more slender fingers than mine wouldn’t be troubled.

    The SIM slot is hidden behind the keypad and is accessed when the keyboard is exposed and there is an external MicroSD card slot covered with a rubber shield, again a great improvement on the c600 but less vital now that MicroSD cards are Multi-Gigabyte

    E650 Sim cover

    E650 miniSD cover

    USB and accessory connection is via an HTC extended mini USB port – a pain in the backside tbh which is covered by another rubber flap which makes the handset unstable when stood up on its end, a minor design flaw that only grates because the rest of the device seems so well thought out.

    E650 Bottom - miniUSB cover

    Operation:

    The E650 is great to use, much zippier than the equivalent WM5 device, despite the underpowered processor (only 201 MHz). occasionally (very occasionally) the Camera application refuses to start due to memory usage but this is down to the fact that there is no native way to end an application apart from through the task manager a disappointing feature of smartphone versions of the WM platform.

    Battery life is good although the quoted 5 hours / 7 days actually equates to about 2 1/2 days realworld usage (GPRS, voice, a little WiFi)

    Configuration

    I’ve always found the smartphone interface a little fiddly for making settings changes however the keyboard is a real bonus here – there’s no massive differences between the WM5.0 & 6 menus in this area.

    Applications:

    I’m concentrating on the core business applications – for me that excludes the camera although the 2 Megapixel produces pictures sharp enough to annoy your coworkers when you are on holiday.

    Office Mobile in WM6 is great but is really only designed to read attachments the giveaway is that the apps start in view mode – you could (at a push) compose on the E650 as the keyboard makes this possible for those with thinner digits – I still hit space+n or b+space a bit too often for my liking.

    Pocket Outlook tends to be the place I spend most of my time 🙂 – Highlights are Fetchmail which is a massive productivity tool and a real encouragement to download the rest of any message, it’s that smooth. (and a nice GPRS earner for Orange)

    Keypad shortcuts are fantastic

    E650 Shortcuts

    Email triage is speeded up no end and this is a major use of most smartphones.

    The E650 even has Adobe Reader LE installed so clicking on a PDF attachment allows you to read it.

    E650 Adobe Reader

    We’re still running on Exchange 2003 SP2 in our production environment so when internal IS get Exchange 2007 sorted I’m sure Webready and HTML mail will be fantastic additions, looking forward to this.

    Contacts quick search is much improved and now ignores gaps between consecutive keypresses and the # is interpreted as a space which makes finding the actual Richard or Dave or Andy you want that much easier.

    E650 Quick Contacts

    You at last can send a contact as a vCard however the E650 insists on sending it as an MMS rather than a text which seems odd and might affect your bill – it doesn’t work at all on my work SIM as we disable MMS for all our staff by default.

    Calendar operation is slick as well week view with appointment details is another great productivity aid and the ability to add both required and optional attendees from contacts or the company directory when creating an appointment was something I always yearned for in WM5

    Orange E650 Calendar

    Where’s my Microsoft Voice Command Orange? and MSN messenger ?

    Voice command is bundled by Microsoft and I’ve just gone out and spent £20 on it because of this omission.

    No messenger is not so bad for me as we use office communicator but I can see it annoying some people – there are suggestions that Orange’s new flat rate tariffs will exclude IM and VoIP so this might be the reasoning

    Stability

    Overall stability is good apart from when the battery runs low when you get occasional application errors – this would have been a problem on WM5 however on the E650 the device seems to recover without a glitch and I’ve yet to lose any data at all – apart from a momentary annoyance this is much less of a problem than it has been in previous versions.

    Ease of Use

    The handset feels great in the hand and one handed operation is easy in phone mode, all the keys falling easily under the thumb, in landscape mode with the keyboard exposed a juggler can manage to use the E650 one handed.

    Missing Links

    Could I get rid of my c600 at the moment? – absolutely the E650 outclasses it in every way how about the m3100? no I use TomTom navigator 5 a lot and memory map when walking neither of which are windows mobile 6 compatible. I do miss the touch screen in some apps however the E650 is rapidly weaning me off it.

    Overall Assessment

    I use the word slick a lot in this review that’s exactly what the E650 is, slick; very, very slick.

    There are a few minor niggles but they are outweighed by a factor of 10 by the improvements

    Do I use the E650 more often than the equivalent WM5 devices? no

    When I do use it is it faster brighter and better? sure thing

    Do I get more done? oh yes

    Will Orange get this eval unit back ? NO CHANCE

    The Orange E650 isn’t my perfect device but it’s not far from it.

    Should you buy one – at £0 on most contracts and £165 on the Orange business price list yes you should, it’s a steal. if you are a business you’ll get that £165 back in a couple of weeks in improved productivity.

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    Our sincere thanks to Alasdair for letting us use his review and for providing the screen shot images. You can find other news and reviews on Alasdair’s own site Mashup of Mayhem.

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    Photo credit: Tracy

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    Philips Bluetooth Stereo Headset SHB6100

    Philips is probably one of the last brand names that would come to mind when you think about wireless, mobile or Bluetooth technology, but that could be set to change if Philips get thier way as they are now moving in to the Bluetooth headset market.

    There are currently 4 products in the range, each of them offering Bluetooth wireless connectivity and offering music as well as voice call capability.

    Philips kindly sent us their Bluetooth Stereo Headset SHB6100 “Neckband for phone and mp3 player” to have a look at and in the video below you can see me unboxing and having a look at them.

    What I like about this headset is that it comes with a Bluetooth ‘dongle’ that you can plug into almost any audio device to make it Bluetooth capable.

    Philips SHB6100

    You can see the full PDF specification HERE.

    Oh, and that elastic thing that I didn’t know about in the video was actually a ‘Wrap around pouch’ for ‘Extra portability’ – The mp3 dongle comes with a wrap around pouch to tie your mp3 player and the mp3 dongle into a tight bundle.

    The audio quality of the headphones is really quite good, with very little hiss or other noise that I have experienced with other bluetooth headsets. The large (32mm) speakers give a good base response that you don’t tend to get from in-ear heaphones. They are also quite comfortable to wear as the ear-pieces are filled with a soft gel. Despite having a built in Bluetooth receiver and battery they are not much heavier than a normal set of headphones.

    As I metioned above, the headphones can be used for stereo audio playback OR as a headset for making/receiving calls. This is an either or situation though as you have to set up two different Bluetooth profiles – one for stereo and one as a headset profile. You cannot have one profile for both jobs. However, in practice you can use the Philips Switchstream. With SwitchStream you will hear a ring tone in the headset when you are receiving a call on your Bluetooth enabled phone. You can then pick up the call from your headset and return to your music after ending the call. I wasn’t able to get this working when using the headphones with my laptop and receiving calls through Skype.

    Pairing the headphones with the included Bluetooth dongle could not be simpler and is a matter of a few button presses. I did try this out with my MP3 player and it works quite well.

    When using the headphone with my laptop I was able to use the buttons on the headphones to skip between tracks, play and pause etc. but this was not something that I was able to do when using the headphones with my Windows Mobile device.

    Overall I like these headphones, definitely worth considering if you are looking for Bluetooth stereo!

    As with all of our videos, there is a higher res version available to download HERE.

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    By April 25, 2007 Read More →

    Nokia N95 podcast review

    Following on from Matt’s unboxing video last week I have been using the Nokia N95 as my main device. I have to say that I am really very impressed with it. So here for your listening pleasure is my overview/review podcast.

    Nokia N95

    The keypad on the Nokia N95 is revealed when the screen is slid open upwards.

    Nokia N95 Keypad

    And the media buttons allow you to control music and video playback when the device is in landscape mode.

    Nokia N95 Media Keys

    On the left hand side you can find the headphone socket and the microSD card socket complete with its cover.

    Nokia N95 Left Side

    On the right are the camera and volume controls.

    Nokia N95 Right Side

    The camera on the N95 is 5 mega pixels and has Carl Zeiss optics.

    Nokia N95 Camera

    The (N95) camera has leap-frogged my existing Fuji digital camera… Still images; wonderful, Video; remarkable. The sound and picture quality is astonishing!

    The Nokia N95 is one of the best mobile devices I have ever had…!

    You can download the MP3 of the podcast directly without subscribing using this link or to subscribe to the Podcast simply add this link ( http://feeds.feedburner.com/tm/podcast ) to iTunes or your favorite Podcast downloader.

    The N95 is available to buy now from Clove Technology.

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    By April 24, 2007 Read More →

    Vakaadoo iPod case video review

    You may have seen my earlier post about a new company called Vakaadoo that make cases for Apple iPod. Today I managed to get my hands on one of their new iVak cases for the iPod Nano 2nd Gen and thought I’d put together a quick video to show you just how good they are and how easy to fit!

    For those of you not wanting to watch the video here are the main points: The iVak case comes in two parts that clip on the front and back of your iPod to completely enclose it. There is a clear window on the front that covers the screen and stops it from getting scratched. Also in the box there is a clear plastic cover for the click-wheel, a lanyard and a rubber Vakwrap that keeps your headphone cable tidy. The case is made from the same material that crash helmets are made of (not metal as a first thought) and are finished with a soft touch rubber-like paint.

    The cases come in all the same colours as the iPod including white so can either match your iPod or to act as a contrast.

    Vakaadoo also tell me that they are in the middle of updating their website and products but the new website will be up shortly where the new nano case will be available, as well as new special offers on the older models such as the 4g,5g iPod and the 1g Nano iPod.

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    Orange SPV M700 review Podcast

    Here we have the Audio version of our Orange SPV M700 review. Back with us again we have Nick Reynolds giving us a quick run down of the device and letting us know what he thinks of it!.

    To subscribe to the Podcast simply add this link ( http://feeds.feedburner.com/tm/podcast ) to iTunes or your favorite Podcast downloader.

    If you want to download the M700 Podcast directly without subscribing you can do so with this link or you can listen to the Podcast with the flash player below.

    Please do let us know what you think by contact us via our feedback form or through Skype: tracyandmatt or you can even give us a call on 0208 123 3757!

    Our thanks once again to Nick for a job well done and don’t forget you can still listen to the CamerAware podcast too.

    Matt

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