Archive for August, 2010

By August 17, 2010 Read More →

Here Come The Tablets – MSI Slatebook gets official

msi_wind_pad_100_2 MSI have today officially announced two tablets at Computex 2010 in Taipei. Both come strapped with 1024×600 10" multitouch displays as is becoming a standard but here the two devices part ways.  Somewhat unfortunately sounding like an anti-flatulence product, The Wind Pad 100 adheres closer to the netbook-in-a-box model with the de-rigueur Atom 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM and a 32GB SSD.  Running Windows 7 Ultimate, it also sports 2 USB ports, 3G mobile data, a webcam for social interactivity and a HDMI output for HD video playback (although it’s not know what, if any HD acceleration the 100 has).  The 110 by contrast is an Android 2.1 tablet powered by Nvidia’s dual core Tegra 250, promising HD video playback and a healthy speed.  The 110 has only the 1 USB port but apparently still has the webcam and HDMI out, so will be quite happy pushing out 720p video to your HDTV.  Additionally, the 110 has swappable back plates (including an um, interesting wood grain effect) for the fashion conscious or just clumsy.

The Wind Pad 100 and 110 are expected by the end of the year with retail pricing around $599 and $499 respectively.

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By August 17, 2010 Read More →

Xbox Live games arrive for Windows Phone 7


An impressive list of Xbox Live titles for Windows Phone7 has emerged for the launch of Microsoft’s new mobile operating system. Totally 63 there is a selection of classics, recent hits and new titles to cater for all tastes. This will certainly entice an everyday gamer who’s debating going Apple and isn’t terribly impressed by Android, more over there is a bit of a gap in the market for a gaming platform to rival Apple and Nintendo’s DS now the PSP is showing it’s age. Could this be a great new gaming platform? Check the list after the break.

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By August 17, 2010 Read More →

Nokia debuts ‘Touch and Type’ design with the latest Nokia X3


In a move to continue driving innovation, Nokia today unveils the super slim Nokia X3 Touch and Type, with a unique combination of a touch screen and traditional 12 button phone keypad.  As Nokia’s first ‘Touch and Type’ phone, the Nokia X3 allows people to tap quickly on the bright color touch screen, as well as enjoy the familiarity of the full keypad for quick fire text messages and phone calls.  Anticipated to be on sale in the third quarter, the Nokia X3 is expected to retail for approximately EUR 125, excluding taxes and subsidies.

“We continue to push innovation at all price points. The Nokia X3 brings new consumer value with a device that combines a touch screen and a keypad at an affordable price, offering consumers the best of both Worlds.” said Mark Loughran, Managing Director, Nokia UK.

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By August 17, 2010 Read More →

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Running OS 6


We have now seen plenty of videos of BlackBerry 6 running on the BlackBerry Torch but what we have not seen much of, if al all, is it on a non touch screen device. The guys at bbleaks have released a video of OS6 running on a Bold 9650. Although we don’t have this device here in the UK I am hoping the experience will be much the same on the devices that will be eligible for an OS upgrade.

Enjoy the video after the break.

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By August 17, 2010 Read More →

Canon Pixma MP560 review

pixma-mp560This is the first Canon printer that I’ve looked at in years, the last one I owned was the BJC4000 so this is a review that I’ve been looking forward to ever since the guys over at offered it to us.

There are a number of models in the PIXMA MP range all of which are multi-function devices. They are aimed at those that want to have a true all-in-one printer so claims to offer a photo-like print quality whilst being a capable of day-to-day document printing, scanning etc.

So have Canon managed to achieve this, can you truly have a single printer for all your home office needs? Read on to see what I think of this the Canon PIXMA MP560.


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By August 17, 2010 Read More →

Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Launches in the UK

vodafone_wifi_hotspot_r201_h1_2 Vodafone UK has launched the Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi (R201), a mobile broadband device that allows up to five people to simultaneously connect to the internet over the Vodafone network.

Available free on a £25, 18 month price plan including 5GB of mobile data, the new device makes it possible for Wi-Fi enabled products, such as laptops and tablet PCs, games consoles and music players, to simultaneously access to the internet through a single Vodafone mobile broadband connection, making it ideal for staying connected on the move.

The device is designed to be easy to set up and use, incorporating a display screen to provide information about the type and strength of signal available, Wi-Fi connectivity and battery life.

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By August 16, 2010 Read More →

Dell reveal low-end Blaze Android handset

117456-dellblaze Seemingly named by the creators of TV’s Gladiators, Dell’s phones are sounding increasingly ‘extreme’ with Streak, Thunder, Lightning and now Blaze!!  Ok it doesn’t have the exclamation marks a name like Blaze so richly deserves but we can see it does have a small screen (likely 320×240), a surface that is a fingerprint magnet and allegedly Android 1.5!

Whether this is just in pre-production models is unclear but any smartphone with an OS over 15 months and nearly 4 revisions old would be hampered from the beginning.  Even the lowest of low end phones come with at least Donut 1.6 and many applications are beginning to require this or higher.  Alternatively it could even be an ultra-budget handset, somewhat negating the Neolithic OS.  We’ll have to wait though, as there’s no firm release date at present.


Posted by: Ian

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By August 16, 2010 Read More →

Sony Ericsson X10 mini awarded European Mobile Phone 2010-2011


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini praised for its compact style and performance by the European EISA Awards

London – August 16 2010 – Sony Ericsson is pleased to announce that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini has been awarded "European Mobile Phone 2010-2011" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA*). Chosen for its unique combination of compact size and excellent performance with a comprehensive range of features, the accolade highlights Sony Ericsson’s commitment to deliver smartphones optimised for communication and entertainment through its Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphones.

Editors from 50 special interest magazines across Europe singled out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini as their number one mobile phone, highlighting the mobile phone’s style and design features and the easy way you can use it to communicate with just one hand. This recent accolade follows the earlier announcement that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini has received the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award 2010.

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By August 16, 2010 Read More →

Motorola Milestone XT720 Review

XT720-main The introduction of the original Milestone brought about Motorola’s resurrection in the mobile world, and now they’re back with their second Milestone, the XT720, to market here in Europe. Ever since that first iteration, Motorola have stuck with Android and to great success so far. It was a pretty large and imposing phone with its sharp edges and lines, and the XT720 is no different. It’s still large and imposing though Motorola have made some changes – the most noteworthy being that they’ve ditched that sliding qwerty in favour of a slimmer slate design, and adding a stand-out camera.

On paper, this really is a Milestone for Motorola as it’s the first Android phone that truly takes image snapping seriously with its proper xenon flash. It may look all well and good on paper, but is the second Milestone in Motorola’s comeback significant enough to cement their place back in the industry?

There’s only one way to find out!

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By August 15, 2010 Read More →

Archos 3cam Vision unboxing video

archos3camv_intro Archos have a long history of producing portable media players. In the past these have been chunky devices with built-in hard drives and large touch-screen displays aimed at those that want to take their video library on the go.

A while ago Archos started to expand their offering though and are now offering Internet Tablets, Netbooks and also Media Players with both their own linux based operating systems and, more recently, Android OS.

This latest product that we have on review from Archos is the 3cam Vision. It’s a small portable media player with a 3″ touchscreen display capable of playing a variety of both audio and video formats. The 3cam vision also has a slightly more unusual trick up its sleeve in that it has a built-in digital camera capable of recording video and still images.

The 3cam also has an FM radio as well as an FM transmitter which allows you to use it in-car for example and listen to your media through your car HiFi.

As always, we’re taking our time over the review and will have it live on site for you soon. For now you can see the Acrhos 3cam Vision in more detail in the unboxing video below.

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