Archive for June, 2009

HTC Snap: Bringing Style and Practicality Back

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
HTC-Snap-FrontThe HTC Snap is part of a family of smartphones from HTC that targets mid-level professionals, mainstream consumers and executives alike. With the flexibility offered by the HTC Touch, it would surely be an indispensable companion to both new smartphone users and those who would like to try something other than HTC Snap’s executive cousin, the HTC Touch Diamond 2.

Stylish in black
If you’re unhappy with mini-phones like the absurdly small Hyundai MB 910, the HTC Snap won’t disappoint. Full-sized and lightweight, the HTC Snap is the perfect solution for those who want a substantially sized tool when communicating with business colleagues and family. The HTC Snap is encased in a sleek black body from front to back, top to tip. It can satisfy the taste for both the simple and the stylish. If you’re looking for a word for it, call it synergy. The HT Snap is a toned down version of the aggressively feature-packed HTC Touch Pro 2.
Operating system & processor
HTC-Snap-Front-and-BackThe HTC Snap operates with a flexible Windows Mobile operating system. Compared to other recent phones like the Nokia 6710 Navigator, HTC Snap’s 528 megahertz Qualcomm core seems a bit slow. But it has a lot of features that make up for the processor speed. For example, it has an engaging 2.4-inch resistive display, just enough for clear video streams and imaging. The HTC Snap also has a decent 256 mb ROM capacity and 192 megabytes for the random access memory. 192 megabytes is enough to run even 2 applications at the same time.
Connecting the Snap
HTC Snap is HSDPA/CDMA-enabled and has a download speed that can reach up to 7.2 Mbps during downloads. It can also connect to other basic data and communications services via Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, operating at the following frequencies in Europe: 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 megahertz.

For those who miss the Nokia’s Navi-Key, you’d be glad that the Snap has a trackball and a return key, as well. The Snap also has Bluetooth and is Wi-Fi capable, with an ExtUSB™ (11-pin port), a patented accessory from HTC.

Blackberry 9300 Gemini: Faster, Bigger & Brighter

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Everyone was excited when the Blackberry Storm came out. But how can the developers of Blackberry keep the excitement level up with the successive releases they’ve done these past months? Well, they’ve kept the fire of interest burning with the news of the Blackberry 9300 Gemini. While the developers of Blackberry have yet to show actual shots of even a prototype of the Blackberry 9300 Gemini, mock-ups have emerged.
Blackberry-9300-GeminiTrue to the trend started by the likes of Apple’s own iPhone, TG01 and other smart phones, it has been confirmed that the Blackberry 9300 Gemini would have a faster processor and an even larger display. For fans of the Blackberry saga of mobile phones even before Android and Symbian mobile phones came, here’s a bit of good news: the 9300 Gemini would have a QWERTY keypad and rounder keys.
To compare with other Blackberry mobile phones, visit earlier reviews of this pipeline prototype. We have learned that the Blackberry 9300 Gemini has been installed with a faster processor. We’re hoping it pegs at least 1000 megahertz of computing power; if not, 800 megahertz is a fair deal already. If the Blackberry 9300 is an upgraded Blackberry Curve 8320, then we’re fairly sure that the UK market would be happier with the Blackberry brands.
Gemini’s connectivity

The Gemini connects via HSDPA and UMTS. Of course, this Blackberry would have 3G capabilities, and can connect with GSM (for basic communications features), GPRS and even EDGE. There still hasn’t been any news when this model was going to be released. But if we were to follow the trend of mobile phone releases, it’s possible that by next year we would finally glimpse something out of the pipeline. Meanwhile, you can check out other units like the variant of the Flip model from Blackberry: the Blackberry Apex. If you’ve seen the Apex and didn’t like it, you can explore the features of the Blackberry Niagara, instead.

Exploring the Slim and Svelte Gigabyte GSmart S1200

Monday, June 29th, 2009
With the amount of noise other smartphone manufacturers are creating, only a few mobile phones are worthy of a review. The Gigabyte GSmart S1200 is one of these new smartphones.
Built for extra storage
Gigabyte-GSmart-S1200One of the weak points of smartphones (including the iPhone and even the S1200) is the low internal storage. This is remedied in the S1200 with the help of a singular feature that solves all the storage problems: a MicroSD slot so you can expand the 256 mb they’ve included. Though 256 mb is enough for a few music and video files, it’s better to have a lot of storage to spare.
Executive smartphone
As a business phone, the Gigabyte GSmart is a sophisticated model, indeed. The S1200 is encased in a shiny silver frame, with a resistive front surface bound in subdued black. To add to the appearance is the decent computing speed of 512 megahertz, provided by a Qualcomm core processor.
But the S1200 can also be used for recreation; it has been installed with an autofocus camera, with a 3.0 megapixel CMOS sensor. For viewing of streaming videos and still shots, the S1200 uses a 3.1-inch display. Instead of directly pressing down on the resistive display, you simply have to ‘swipe’ to get to the part of the menu system that you need. A few swipes and you’re there.
The Gigabyte S1200 is capable of supporting both HSPA connections and Wi-Fi, making the S1200 a great choice if you’re working in a wireless Internet environment. Like the Blackberry Storm, you can use your smartphone as a mini-notebook. Like the iPhone, you can view your websites in full size and you can stream videos, as well.

Instead of a Symbian OS, the Gigabyte GSmart S1200 runs with a Windows Mobile™ 6.1 and has been pre-installed with Gigabyte’s GSmart division’s patented user interface, SmartZone UI.

LG KF757 Secret UMA: Multimedia Entertainment & More

Monday, June 29th, 2009
LG-KF757-Secret-UMAWhat makes an LG phone unique is not really its interface or its design (only recently did LG unveil a new designer phone). LG KF757 Secret UMA is like an upgraded Samsung Lucido. LG KF757 Secret UMA is more powerful and can support more media format types than the Lucido. The number of formats it can support is comparable to what the Samsung MBP200 Pico can support.
Examining the Secret
A 360-degree spin of the Secret UMA would probably convince you that this device looks exactly like another LG mobile phone, the LG Secret KF750. Before you get sore because LG produce an identical twin for the KF750, know that this UMA-capable device has more connectivity than the older device.
Empowering your multimedia experience
You won’t have to worry about your music and video files going to waste with the Secret UMA because it can handle many file formats. One of the most popular portable video formats around, DivX, can now be played continuously with the Secret UMA.
Imagine the hours of fun you’d have with the Secret UMA, given the fact that you can now connect to high-speed Internet connections via Wi-Fi. If you’re passing through blank areas in your city, the UMA functionality can take over, giving you an almost seamless connectivity to the world at large. Enjoy your social networks like never before and email your friends from the Web itself, while viewing actual websites through the 2.4-inch display.
Form & features

For those who dislike the candy-bar form factor of some phones (Sony Ericsson and Nokia are notorious for overusing the candy-bar form factor and producing nastily awful sliders), the LG Secret UMA is actually a slider. But in contrast with other sliders, you’ll actually enjoy the slide form factor because user experience is not minimized at all. You have a wider space to work on and a wider screen to view.

The Time Has Come for the Sony Ericsson Yari to Spread Its Wings

Sunday, June 28th, 2009
Sony-Ericsson-YariAfter the anticipation brought about by its two older cousins—the Sony Ericsson Aino and the Sony Ericsson Satio—the time has finally come for the Yari to spread its wings. The new Sony Ericsson Yari has arrived and is now ready to impress the world with its innovative features and unsophisticated yet appealing design. 
Main Attraction
Sony-Ericsson-YariThe main attraction of the Yari has to be its gesture-gaming feature. Although it may not be the highly-awaited PSP phone, this new feature still allows users to play mobile games at a whole new level—ala Nintendo Wii. The fact that the game icons are also sitting happily in the home screen makes access to these games a lot easier.
Sony-Ericsson-YariAside from this state-of-the-art technology, the Yari is also proud to have a 5-Megapixel camera that will allow you to take excellent quality photographs. Also on board is an RDS-capable FM radio as well as a GPS receiver that supports AGPS, which works well with the Wayfinder Navigator app.
Also Included
Aside from providing a new and unique way of playing games on your mobile, the Yari also has many more features it can be proud of. Included in this list is NetFront web browser that has received numerous plaudits because of its excellent performance. The TrackID music application also recognizes and gives you info on the songs you listen to while the mobile email and instant messaging features of device that will help you stay connected.

The Sony Ericsson Yari is set for release in Q4 of 2009. Although the launch price is yet to be confirmed, some believe that it will be much cheaper than its more powerful older cousin the Satio (fearless forecast: around £330). At that price this device is definitely worth a second look especially for those who want an out-of-the-box experience in terms of mobile gaming.

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Spotlight: The Nokia 6121 Classic

Sunday, June 28th, 2009
Nokia-6121-ClassicWhat can you expect from a classic mobile phone? Aside from being manufactured by a large enough company like Nokia, you’d expect excellent features to back up the heavy connotation of a word like “classic”. It turns out that Nokia was true to its promise of delivering, indeed, a real classic into our hands in the form of the new Nokia 6121 Classic.
Modern entertainment in a Classic
Nokia-6121-ClassicYou won’t go wrong with the Nokia 6121 Classic. The name is deceptive enough; you’d expect a boring, low-tech unit with the physical architecture beautified but none of the features. The Nokia 6121 Classic actually has more connectivity than other phones like the Hyundai Mobile watch phone.
Joining the group of smartphones and non-smartphones with improved connectivity, you can now access real websites via GPRS and EDGE. You also have OMA-DRM to make sure that you’re downloading activities safe and optimized.
Nokia has improved upon the concept of classic by including all the modern connectivity features that you can expect from something like the LG Secret or something similar. The only problem is the upload and download rate; the 384 kilobits/second rate is a few notches lower than what other phones have to offer. Phones like the HTC Touch Pro 2 can reach speeds of up to 7.2 mb/s with a good, secure connection. This is the handicap of mobile phones that are stuck with using GPRS/EDGE networking instead of Wi-Fi connectivity.
Other important specifications
The Nokia 6121 Classic does not run with any Windows Mobile version. Nevertheless, this model has been installed with one of the most solid operating systems available for smartphones: Symbian. All enhancement software and the user interface itself were developed by Nokia for the series.

It should be noted that despite the lack of a Windows OS, the Nokia 6121 Classic can still support a fairly large amount of external storage through its MicroSD card slot.

The Nokia 7020: Bringing Mobile Internet to a Whole New Level

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
Nokia-7020-pink-frontNokia has expanded its range of mid-level handsets through the launch of three new mobiles in the second half of 2009. They have recently introduced the Nokia 2720 Fold, the Nokia 2730 Classic, and probably the most stylish of them all, the Nokia 7020.
Aside from having a shiny, colourful, and very stylish face, the Nokia 7020 also brings with it a lot of substance. Estimated to have a launch price of somewhere in the 80-pound region, the 7020 is a reasonably priced mid-level handset that allows users to access the internet without the high costs.
Surfing the Waves
In the 7020 Nokia has brought mobile internet to consumers at a very affordable price. Nokia has recognized the need of emerging markets to access the internet through their mobiles and they have responded well. Nokia Vice President Alex Lambeek could not have said it any better when he stated that "the power of the internet is undeniable. We’ve seen mobile technologies catalyze the growth of the informal sector across the world, empowering local entrepreneurs and having an immediate and lasting impact on people’s lives. Services like Nokia Life Tools and Ovi Mail, combined with the Nokia 7020 mobile phone we’re launching today, brings powerful solutions that can be the gateway to knowledge, entertainment and people, without the need for a PC." 
Social Butterflies

Aside from being internet-ready, the Nokia 7020 is also specially designed for those who just love social networking channels. This mobile has pre-installed applications that will allow for easy access to sites such as Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook. With one click you’d be able to check on the latest updates of your accounts within seconds. You no longer need to worry about not being able to follow your friends’ recent activities as the 7020 will make sure that you remain in the loop. It also works both ways as you can constantly update your profile to let your buddies know what you’re up to.  

Sony Ericsson Aino: The Multimedia Computer

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
Sony-Ericsson-Aino-White is a very engaging slider phone. It has almost the same features as the other Sony Ericsson mobile phones, but it does all the things better. It comes with some superb multimedia features like touch menu inspired by PS3, big 3 inch touch screen, VGA video recording at 30fps. It is the first touch screen feature phone from Sony Ericsson and its main points are support of PlayTV service and remote play with Play station 3l. It also comes with a camera with 8 megapixels. Some of the other features of Sony Ericsson Aino are A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Stereo Bluetooth and 3G support.
There are some very nice features in this phone like you can focus the object just by pointing it on the touch screen. Sony Ericsson Aino has some usual iPhone features like being able to interact with the phone’s total menu by pushing, dragging, pulling, and waving the touch screen. The interface of this mobile phone from Sony Ericsson has been implemented very well. Aino has not been designed as a smart phone, and does not compete with Palm Pre or the iPhone, but the multimedia section and the camera keys on the screen responds to touch.
The main design of the Aino is based on multimedia, and can easily connect to the PC or the PS3 and has the ability to stream material from these gadgets anywhere. You can also play videos, music, or live TV from the internet from anywhere on the globe to the Aino if you have web connection. In fact the Sony Ericsson Aino is a small SlingPlayer, which comes with a good camera. It has GPS, MP3 player, as well as all everything else you would want from a superior mobile phone. It is a very efficient phone. The innovative Sony Ericsson Aino can be said to be a proper multimedia computer.

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The Nokia 2730 Classic Unveiled

Friday, June 26th, 2009
Nokia-2730-classicNokia’s intention to join the race for the best entry level to mid-range mobiles has been made clear by their release of three new affordable models all falling under the 100-pound mark. Given that the Nokia 7020 and the Nokia 2720 Fold are both flip phones some believe that among the 3, the Nokia 2730 Classic perhaps possesses the best design. It’s sleek and slim styling combined with a sizable colour display makes it a very reasonable handset for an estimated launch price of around £70.

The Mobile
The dimensions of the 2730 are 109.6 x 46.9 x 14.4 and it weighs only 87.7 grams. Once released towards the latter part of May, users can choose between two colours: dark magenta or black. It also has a 2-inch 240 x 320-pixel TFT colour display that can accommodate up to 256K colours. Aside from a stylish standard keypad, the 2730 is also equipped with a 5-way navigation key to make it easier for users to go through the menu. The standard Li-Ion battery of the 2730 is quite impressive as it will last up to 17 days on standby and will provide more than 7 hours of talk time.
According to Nokia the 2730 Classic is currently the cheapest 3G mobile in the market as it will work in UMTS 900 and UMTS 2100. On the 2G network it is compatible with GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900.

Features & Functions
The 2730’s camera is so-so at only 2 Megapixels. You can store your photos on the mobile’s 30MB internal memory or opt to add a microSD external memory card of up to 2GB. You can choose to listen to its FM radio or your favourite MP3’s either through the 2730’s loudspeaker or plug in a standard headphone to its 3.5mm audio jack.

Aside from having SMS and MMS capabilities, the Nokia 2730 Classic also has support for EMS and email. You can also surf the net using its WAP 2.0 xHTML browser with Java support.

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LG GW520: Latest Phones To Keep You Updated

Friday, June 26th, 2009
lg-gt505-and-gw520LG has introduced its latest mobile phones creatively called the GW520 and GT505. The LG GW520 is a mid-range device which is targeted towards individuals who are inclined towards social networking. It supports push notice of updates from most social networking sites and you will find new updates and messages on your screen as soon as they are posted.  
LG GW520 offers faster Internet connection compared to LG GT505, as it comes with 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity of data, compared to the 3.6Mbps. What this means for many people is that Facebook will load faster on this handset. The mobile phone has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2.8 inches touch screen, a three megapixel camera, which is smaller than that of LG GT505.
This mobile phone from LG has been specially designed for messaging, through emails, the social networks or IM and SMS. It helps you as the user to keep connected to your communities and develop your social life even when you are moving. LG’s LiveSquare feature has been integrated in the device which allows you to view people you are talking with. They may show as animated characters on the home screen. In fact the characters also help in easy contact and access people you want to get in touch with.
The LG GT505 and LG GW520 and the first phones from LG which provide push social networking updates. You can get keep posted your status, personal pages or pictures from the phone conveniently. This mobile phone launched by LG blurs the line connecting the smart phone and the low cost cousins. Some time back the touch screen, QWERTY keypads and numerous application phones were the elite realm of high places business executives who could spend a lot of money on their new mobile phones. LG handsets are here to change the scenario.

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