Archive for September, 2009

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2: Quite Possibly the Best Smartphone

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

XPERIA2_04The new offer from Sony Ericsson might just be the best smartphone out in the market today. Not only is the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 a beautifully designed sliderphone, it also has the necessary functionality to match. This gives it the perfect combination of looks and brains that will easily satisfy people’s needs and wants.

The Design

In terms of the design, this beautiful sliderphone exudes a feeling of style and grace, with a hint of modernity. This 111.0 x 54.0 x 16.0 mm mobile phone comes with a very responsive 3.2-inch touchscreen with a pixel display of 800 x 480 pixels. This is also a slider phone, which means that it slides open and reveals a full tactile QWERTY keyboard that helps people to easily type emails, instant messages, or SMS. It also comes with an optical trackpad that helps in navigating the user interface. It also has an accelerometer and some dedicated keys.

Its Functionality

As for the functionality, it is here that this smartphone truly shines. It comes equipped with 110 MB internal memory, a 256 MB RAM, and 512 MB ROM, which allows it to give a fluid performance. It also has microSD (TransFlash) support, email and push-email support, instant messaging capabilities, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth connectivity, and the SlideView key and Windows 6.5 that provides one instant access to his/her applications.

It also comes with a built-in 8-MP autocofus camera, with LED flash, touch focus capabilities, geo-tagging, video capture, face detection, and image stabilizer. It also comes with a secondary camera that can be used for video calling or conferencing.

The Verdict

That might seem like a lot but the above mentioned features are but the surface of a deep and rich application offer from Sony Ericsson. If you are looking for a smartphone that will satisfy your every need, then go and grab the new Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 because this might just be the best mobile phone out in today’s market.


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Vertu Announces New Handset

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Vertu Constellation F AyxtaVertu has just unveiled their latest mobile phone, the Vertu Constellation F Ayxta – the first flip phone produced by the company and part of the Constellation collection, it includes many innovative new features.

Thanks to a sleek hinge using ruby bearings, (which are visible and beautiful,) the phone opens smoothly. Once open one will note that the Constellation F Ayxta also provides GPS functionality, letting the phone know what city its user is in and then suggest various dining and entertainment options for that particular location. The external display is also a full touch screen and can be used to see caller ID or read messages quickly and easily without having to actually flip open the mobile phone. The casing is constructed from stainless steal and aluminium with the choice of either a stainless steel or ceramic keypad and a real leather exterior.

The Constellation F Ayxta has evolved significantly from the original travel themed Constellation models, with the mobile phone aimed at users who are looking for a high end, high class handset to suit their high standard of living wherever they might be in the world. The mobile phone offers plenty of features for balancing both normal social activities and business related options and is designed to let you take your work with you.

The Vertu Constellation F Ayxta doesn’t come cheap however, with the lower end body costing €4,900 (approximately £4,477,) and the high end handset setting you back a whopping €6,500 (approximately £5,939.)

As nice as the handset is with its rubies and real leather exterior we can’t help but think that even for a luxury mobile phone, the price isn’t right.

Nokia N97 Mini – Coming In October

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Nokia N97 MiniIt seems that those of you longing to get your hands on a Nokia N97 Mini mobile phone may not have to wait much longer for the compact version of Nokia N97 handset, with rumours circulating that the 28th of October could be day – and although this has not yet been confirmed by Nokia, it has not been denied either; so we’ve got our hopes up pretty high so far.

The mobile phone looks much like it’s predecessor, besides from the obvious difference in size, and with a closer look you will find that the screen is slightly smaller as well, at 3.2 inches and that to allow for the smaller size the navigation pad from the full QWERTY slide out keyboard has been removed. Naturally, to suit the much smaller size, the weight has also decreased significantly, which is one of the first things you will notice when handling the mobile phone.

Although the Nokia N97 Mini has lost a few of the aesthetic features the N97 had, it has some very impressive internal features including an onboard memory of 8 GB and an option to bump that up using a microSD card to add some additional memory; not that we think you will need it.

With a 5 mega pixel camera boasting auto focus as well as dual LED flash and the ability to shoot video at 30 frames per second, (with 200 minutes of video playback,) a FM capable radio, music player, improvements to the new home screen widgets and added functionality for “flick” scrolling we are very impressed with what the Nokia N97 Mini handset has to offer – although it is sure to upset a few N97 owners, as the mobile phone now looks somewhat bulky when compared to the newest addition to the Nokia family.

Android Powered Acer A1 Release

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Acer A1The mobile phone manufacturer’s first Android powered smartphone will soon be on shelves around the UK, with pre orders already open for both France and Germany.

The Acer A1 handset will come with Android 2.0, even though that particular version of the operating system has still not been officially announced, (unlike its predecessor, the Acer F1, which ran the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.) The mobile phone’s CPU is a Qualcomm 8250 which runs at 768 MHz – reportedly making it the most powerful processor to date to be paired up with the Android operating system.

The mobile phone features a 3.5 inch touch screen with WVGA resolution and measures 115 x 62.5 x 3.5 mm with a weight of 135g. The Acer A1 also boasts Wi Fi support, a GPS navigation system, an inbuilt 5 mega pixel camera, the stock standard 3.5 mm headphone jack along with a microSD card slot to allow for additional memory.

There is also some additional specifications available, including that the Acer A1 Android based mobile phone handset features a talk time of up to 300 minutes, or a standby time of up to 400 hours, which is approximately 16 and a half days. The device also has Bluetooth 2.0.

It is expected we will see pre orders open up for the UK sometime in October, so stay tuned as we will be sure to post an update along with some specifics on the price of the handset itself and available contracts and carriers, as well as whether or not the mobile phone will be available outright or on pay as you go.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pureness: Some Respite from Technology

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Sony Ericsson Xperia PurenessA Little Vacation from Technology

Have you ever felt the need to go out and free yourself from everyday life? Have you ever experienced that feeling of being suffocated by your dependency on technology? If you have, then join the club. Like it or not, technology has made so that people cannot escape it. It is everywhere and it is very, very exhausting. That is why the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pureness is a very welcome sight for it allows people to get away from their dependency and have a little vacation from its overpowering grasp.

The Design

The design of this mobile phone is one that adds to the feeling of escaping the tension and chaos of technology and entering a feeling of calmness and serenity. Firstly, it comes with black keypads that only light up when touched. This means that it remains solid black, when on standby and thus, provides a sense of peace to whoever looks at it.

Its transparent screen mimics the calming effects of water. It does not bombard you with flashing lights and moving backgrounds; instead, it offers one a sense of serenity when looking at it.

The Functionality

This mobile phone also runs on the basics of “talk, text, time” philosophy. This means that it is focused on simplicity and only features the basest of functions. This allows one to treat this mobile phone for what it truly is, a gadget to help one’s life, not rule it.

People, for too long, have made their lives depend on their mobile phones. They bring it everywhere and feel empty and incomplete without it. This is also the source of their anxiety and exhaustion. That is why, this new offer from Sony Ericsson is so important, for it allows one to have a little respite from the pressures of life. We all need a little break now and again, and that is exactly what the XPERIA Pureness offers.


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Orange To Offer iPhone To UK

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

iPhone OrangeMobile phone users in the UK are set to have a new choice when it comes to networks now that Orange has revealed plans to start selling the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS later this year.

Up until now the iPhone was only available on the O2 carrier, which has been Apple‘s exclusive partner since November 2007, when the iPhone originally launched. Of course, Carphone Warehouse sold the handset itself too, but when it came to an actual service provider, O2 was the only available option.

Now Orange, who claims to have the biggest 3G network in the country, will be selling the iPhone in its stores, on its website and using telesales as well as through select partners. As yet, no pricing has been announced, but we aren’t expecting Orange to be much cheaper than O2. In most countries where multiple networks are an option prices have always tended to remain relatively close.

The benefits to Apple of a second carrier becoming available in the United Kingdom are obvious; they now have an audience of customers who didn’t previously buy the iPhone because they preferred their own network over O2; meaning they potentially have the attention of every Orange user who has ever considered buying an iPhone before – that’s a pretty big market, and will likely be a fair source of revenue.

It has been announced that the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will be available in the UK on the Orange network mid October this year – so although there are no current plans to make it available on T Mobile or Vodafone in the UK, there will now be at least some choice for consumers.

Apple Sells 2,000,000,000 Applications

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

app storeThat huge number represents the 2 billion applications Apple has sold over the past 14 months. The population of the entire world was at an estimated 6.7 billion in mid 2008 – so we are talking about 1 in every 3.35 people having bought an application from Apple; talk about world wide appeal!

Considered the fact that Apple’s app store for the iPod touch and iPhone only opened in July 2008, this number is absolutely mind shattering. The number of app downloads had reached 300 million by December of that year, before crossing the billion milestone in April 2009, then finally hitting 1.5 billion around the time of the stores first birthday in July this year.

Currently, there are over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users across the world, meaning that Apple’s app store, with it’s 85,000 applications, has got a very large audience.

According to Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, “The rate of the App Store downloads continues to accelerate with users downloading a staggering two billions apps in just over a year, including more than half a billion apps this quarter alone.” – When you consider the success of the company it is no wonder that Steve Jobs has become a name everyone knows, even those who have little to no interest in technology.

The Apple app store has now started to segment, stocking applications in its library that will only with the iPhone 3GS, which has superior hardware and thus added functionality capabilities over the iPhone 3G.

With the rate of sales seeming to only grow stronger, it seems highly probably that by 2010 Apple will have reached an incredibly 3 billion app sales.

iPhone Coolest UK Brand

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Apple iPhoneThe Apple iPhone has just been named the coolest brand in the United Kingdom for the year 2009 and in the latest survey by CoolBrands.

The mobile phone has been an icon, in and out of the news, most recently due to the end of its exclusive partnership with O2 drawing to a close to make room for Orange to join the party – which is an even greater achievement for Orange now that the iPhone is being officially recognized as the coolest brand out there.

Apple not only took out the top spot in the survey of cool with its iPhone, but Apple itself was in third place along with the iPod which came in fourth.

Last year the ultimate cool brand was Aston Martin, which is currently occupying the 2nd spot, while Nintendo sits at spot 5, Youtube at number 6 and Google at number 8 – it seems like the top ten was thoroughly dominated by technology, which is something we like to see!

The Chairman of the CoolBrands board, Stephen Cheliotis, (who is also the chief executive of the Centre for Brand Analysis,) was quoted as saying, “Aston Martin has finally lost its top spot in the rankings – but only just.” To be honest we aren’t surprised; the iPhone was huge at its launch back in November 2007 and has only grown in popularity since then.

Although what is cool today may not be cool tomorrow, technology seems like it is set to stay in the top spots for a long time to come yet, with brands such as Xbox, BlackBerry and BBC iPlayer also finding their way onto the list.

Rage – Coming To A Phone Near You

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

jude_law_rage_cropRage is going to be the first feature film of all time to be premiered on mobile phones around the world; it will be distributed at no charge exclusively to the handsets of, well, anyone who wants it!

The download of Rage will come in seven different parts, (which is probably a good thing as an interruption at 95% of the download would make a lot of us want to smash our handsets,) and has an impressively star studded cast, featuring the fabulous Jude Law, Eddie Izzard and Steve Buscemi, and directed by Sally Potter.

Snippets of the movie has already been available for a week to anyone lucky enough to use an iPhone, but it is now experiencing its full length mobile phone premiere thanks to IPTV platform, Babelgum.

The film makers are promoting Rage as the “first feature film to premiere exclusively on mobile phones”, which is incredibly innovative; this may very well be remembered and talked about 20 years from now when the next generation think watching movies on their phones is “old fashioned”.

Talking about the mobile format, they describe it as something that “links directly to Sally Potter’s vision for the film, as Rage tells the behind the scenes story of a crisis at a New York fashion house through a series of intimate interviews, as if shot by a schoolboy on his mobile phone over a seven day period.”

We’re excited by the whole concept, especially because the premiere is focussed around us media centric types; the movie is going to be available for free online as well as on your mobile phone handset – but can also be seen at the cinema and on DVD.

If you want to find out more about the innovation in film that is “Rage”, visit www.ragethemovie.com/mobile.

Samsung S3650 Corby: Three Selling Points

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Samsung CorbyThe Samsung S3650 Corby is the newest offering from Samsung that is designed to fit the needs and style of the young. This budget touchscreen phone basically has three main selling points; its design, its functionality, and of course, its cost.

Its Design

First of all, this small 103 x 57 x 13 mm mobile phone comes in a design that is both sophisticated and fun at the same time. It accomplishes this by having a serious, all black front that comes in an array of colored back covers, which grants it with its hip and young style. It also comes with a 2.8 touchscreen providing consumers with a good enough display to view their pictures and their videos.

Its Functionality

This budget smartphone also comes with an array of features that should leave the younger crowd smiling. Firstly, it comes with the Touchwiz UI, which is a great tool for managing applications and navigating the system. It also comes with its own built-in 2.0 camera, with video capture and smile detection technologies. It has Bluetooth connectivity, a multimedia player, a microSD card slot, an FM radio and access to such sites as Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites. This mobile phone might not have the same functionality as most smartphones out in the market today but it will suffice the basic needs of its target market.

Its Cost

Samsung has released an average phone, which is quite apparent when one takes a better look at the functions it provides. Its real appeal is that it provides adequate functionality and design for a fraction of the price. And for the youth, which do not have steady incomes and rely on theirs savings (or their parent’s money), cost is a major point of consideration. Yes, the Samsung S3650 Corby is not the most functional or the prettiest but it is one of the most “value for money” deals anyone can get in today’s market.


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