Archive for July, 2010

The Nokia 5288: Offering a Cheaper Alternative Just For You

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Nokia 5228 2Nokia has released the cheaper version of the Nokia 5230 and it is called Nokia 5288. If there is one thing to commend about Nokia, it is their capability to provide a new mobile model based on their previous release while altering some features to better fit a certain consumer class.

For some, that concept might be a bit confusing but definitely not for Nokia as they are able to capture a broader market with this technique. It gives the consumer an option of choosing which mobile would fit them best depending on the available budget. After all, not all consumers are willing to pay that much to get the convenience of having a Smartphone. It may also be a concept that Nokia uses to gain consumers from different geographical markets.

The perfect example is still the Nokia 5230 which was made for T-Mobile USA and served as an inspiration to the Nokia 5233 which targeted the Asian segment. The release of the Nokia 5228 aims to give the European segment a cheaper alternative in the hope that other markets would also embrace this wonderful option provided to them. This mobile costs only around £100 which is a pretty impressive price compared to the other Smartphones available in the market today. You can also check to see what Nokia 5288 deals are currently being offered.

Bunch of Features

The Nokia 5288 has a resistive touch screen display just like most of the Smartphones offered by Nokia. For those who are uncertain of what a resistive touch screen can do and what advantages it holds then here it goes.

Resistive touch screen technology gives you the benefit of using your stylus, therefore letting you maximise this added feature instead of just settling for finger-tapping. Though getting used to using a stylus for writing a text message usually takes some time, after overcoming this initial stage you would realize that it actually has its fair share of benefits. Interesting right? You might even eventually find yourself using your stylus to type a text instead of using the QWERTY keypad.

Nokia 5228The screen of the Nokia 5288 is quite admirable at 3.2 inches and is sure to provide you with good quality images with its capability to display up to 16 million colours. The accelerometer plays an important role in a good Smartphone experience because of its auto-rotate feature. When you are on a call, the proximity censor does it job by cancelling the touch feature of the screen so that the call won’t be cancelled once your face makes contact with the display.

It has an internal memory of 70MB, but with the help of a MicroSD card it can be expanded up to 16GB. That type of memory space is already enough for you to keep almost everything you’ve downloaded or to keep as much photos and videos as you wish.

One of the not so good side of the 5288 is that it only has a 2MP camera. Nonetheless, it still serves its purpose of capturing candid moments just when you need it. Looking at the brighter side, compared to the Nokia 5230 which can only capture VGA videos, this mobile can surprisingly capture nHD video with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. This is definitely an advantage for users who enjoy capturing videos more than snapping photos on their mobiles.

Battery life is also one of the assets of this mobile. For those who use their device a lot to listen to music, the Nokia 5288 can play songs for as long as 33 hrs. The stand by time is 18 days and a total of 67 hrs talk time. It is fit for those who can’t afford to find time to charge their mobile often.

A Symbian S60 Device

Nokia 5228 4Symbian has offered its service to mobile users for a long period of time now and many prefer to use this reliable OS. Luckily, Nokia has chosen Symbian S60 as the operating system for the Nokia 5288. This operating system has opened an endless number of applications to choose from may it be games, office applications or communication programs.

Thanks to technology, social networking sites has made it easier for us to stay connected to our family and friends. This OS lets you access your favourite social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The 5288 will definitely keep you updated all the time.

Some might criticise Nokia for sticking with a mobile OS that has received its fair share of critics through the years. However, with the vast improvements on this enhanced version, it may just be the case of patience paying dividends for the Finnish mobile manufacturer.

Connectivity

One very important feature of a mobile that consumers take a look at first is its capability to access the internet as well as its speed. It is undeniable to say that internet has become part of our daily lives and some feel that something is missing when they are unable to check their social networking accounts such Facaebook and Twitter on a daily basis.

Nokia 5228 3Nokia continues to satisfy the demands of its ever-changing consumers and still offers web accessibility in the Nokia 5288. We are all aware that the 5288 is the cheaper version of its older brother, the Nokia 5230. However it clearly shows that Nokia needed to cut down on some of its features to level with its affordable price.

In terms of data communication it does not support HSDPA or 3G but it is compatible with EDGE and GPRS. Nonetheless it is still perfect for casual web browsing. For those who don’t stay online for hours, the connectivity of this mobile is still okay.

Though the connectivity features of this mobile is not top of the line, it is still fair to say that Nokia still did a good job in providing a quality handset with a cheaper price though the release of the Nokia 5288. Aside from connectivity this mobile still has a lot to offer which definitely makes it as a good buy. Read more Nokia 5288 reviews on the reviews page.

How Samsung Galaxy 3 (I5800) Impresses

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Samsung Galaxy 3Based in Korea, Samsung is one of the leading makers of some of the most cutting-edge mobile phones today. Throughout the years, they have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with in the mobile phone industry. And one of their latest releases is the I5800 model of their Samsung Galaxy 3 line. The phone, which was announced in June generated a lot of buzz among consumers and critics who can’t wait to get their hands on this mobile baby that is dubbed to be a smart, social media powerhouse. There are also many fantastic Samsung Galaxy Apollo deals on offer.

Design and Display

With the I5800 targeting the youth as its audience, it’s not too surprising to see that the aesthetic appeal of this phone has been taken into careful consideration. Measuring 113.5 x 55 . 12.99 mm and weighing 109.7 grams, the phone boasts of a relatively simple design with curves and not angles, making up the built of this phone.

The 3.2-inches touchscreen has a WQVGA resoultion which is the first Android smartphone to feature such resolution. Users will be happy to learn that the touchscreen is able to sense the lightest of taps as it uses capacitive technology. While some mobile phones  have trouble when it comes to image quality, users of this minimalistic will be happy to use a screen that has good brightness and contrast. However, don’t expect the same kind of image quality when you’re out in the sunlight. It has poor image performance in the sunlight; you can barely distinguish anything on the screen with all the reflection. Designwise, this mobile phone does not boast of the ability to get your attention.

Multimedia

While this is not a music or video phone, Samsung has obviously exerted a lot of effort in ensuring that this handset is a genuinely good all-around smartphone with its A-plus multimedia features and performance.

The phone’s Music player is an attractive feature that is actually a custom job by the company themselves. It offers a 5.1 channel emulation, bass enhancement, concert hall, DNSe with Music Clarity, and other interesting presets. The interface of its music player will surely delight the youth as it is similar to a popular cover flow interface. But with the I5800, CDs and album arts rotate in the interface.

The Video player on the other hand offers a more minimalistic approach compard to the phone’s music player. But despite the simplicity of the player’s interface, it really packs a powerful performance punch. The player can handle every DivX or XviD file even those with a resolution of a 720 x 400 pixels.

Samsung Galaxy 3 (2)When it comes to browsing media files in the Samsung Galaxy 3 (I5800), the Media Browser is the one-stop feature for all of these. The browser is capable of 3D transitions without being complicated. Two pleasant surprises about the multimedia features of this I5800 is that it has an FM radio which tends to be discarded on some Android units while its Media Browser is also able to view pictures from Facebook and MySpace. Now, that’s some really good multimedia features.

Camera

Moving on to the capabilities of the I5800 in the camera and video recording department, it can be said that this is where they fell short. Its unexceptional 3.2 megapizel camera has an autofocus and QVGA video at 15fps. The phone itself does not even have a shutter key.

Breaking down the camera modes, there are the continuous shooting mode and panorama. But they’ve thrown in some new camera modes but the most notable is the Action Shot. Scene presets are also available in this model including, macro mode, manual ISO selection which has a range of 100, 200,and 400, and more.

When it comes to video recording, it offers really basic effects including negative, sepia, and the ubiquitous black and white.

User Interface

Samsung Galaxy 3 (3)The user interface of the Samsung Galaxy 3 (I5800) looks a lot like their very own Bada OS. They were able to merge Bada and Android and make it their own, creating a unique interface that is all their own while being smooth and consistent too.

The homescreen features four buttons at the bottom—dialer, contacts, messaging and applications. In Android 2.1, there are five homescreen panes but with this mobile phone, there are seven panes to select from. Users can easily switch their homescreen from looking like a full-blown business tool to a personal social gadget with the customizable homescreen.

The notification area in the home screen has also been improved. There are now four options available that lets users mute sound, turn their Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth on or off.

The I5800’s home screen is also loaded with a lot of widgets. Some of these widgets are truly functional and useful such as the Daily Briefing widget which is like an all-in-one application lets you in on the weather, stock quotes, news, and even meetings or appointments in your calendar. Then there is also the Feeds and Updates widgets which collates all updates from social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter into a single feed for convenience and ease.

Browser and Text Input

Samsung Galaxy 3’s browser is remarkably functional while also seeing improvement in design and appearance. The browser is able to render even the most complex pages faultlessly and allow seamless navigation as well. The browser also features three zoom methods which include a double tap, a pinch, and one-finger zoom.

Texting on this phone is a fairly easy and unique experience with the Swype capabilities of its Qwerty keyboard. So instead of tapping on the keys, one just needs to sweep or drag a finger across the keyboard—easy. If you’re worried about messing up the word you’re trying to type, the Swype actually recognizes the word with accuracy.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy 3 (I5800) offers an array of features and improvements that surely impresses. But as it is priced at around $400, this functional and user-friendly mobile phone however is too expensive citing its select notable features. You can read more Samsung Galaxy Apollo reviews here at Moby1.

2010 Sales for Android Devices Increase

Friday, July 30th, 2010

According to GfK, a retail research company, the demand for Android smart phones is continuously increasing. The news broke out just a couple of days ago and despite the importance of the info, it is not all that surprising. Indeed, the Android operating system has become the new by word of mobile platform development. These days, Google seems to have stolen the open source thunder away from Linux –at least, among consumers (developers and programmers are far too rooted to be affected).

Looking at the devices that were released this year, it is no surprise that sales for Android smart phones have increased.

First off, Google’s very own Nexus One smart phone; for an Android fan there is no other handset that is as compelling as owning Google’s self branded handset. And for good reason too. The Nexus One sports more than just the official company name, it also brings together impressive hardware, new features in speech to text technology, integration of new apps and features ahead of other devices and of course, it is currently the only handset that supports the Android 2.2 Froyo update.

Speaking of a Froyo update, it has leaked out for one impressive Android offering; Samsung’s i9000 Galaxy S. Following in the footsteps of the HTC Desire and the XPERIA X10, this smart phone packs a massive 4 inch super AMOLED capacitive touch screen display. The Korean manufacturer certainly topped off their Galaxy series with a rather impressive handset this time around.

And of course, as mentioned above, the HTC Desire is playing a very odd game of push and pull with Android fans. On one side, HTC makes the most impressive Android devices (they even manufactured the Nexus One. At the same time, they really love to slap their SENSE user interface into almost any handset available. Hopefully, when Android 3.0 comes out, it will no longer support custom UI’s.

Three’s Plans for the iPhone 4 Revealed

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Three seems to be the last in line to get Apple’s highly popular iPhone 4. After T-Mobile has announced their own plans of releasing the device this coming July 30, Three has also spilled the beans on their own plans. The two very prominent mobile network operators will have to slice of the iPhone 4 pie when getting consumers to peruse their services.

This news came from Three’s very own sponsored blog site, namely, Mobile Buzz. Which means that this little tidbit is as confirmed as it gets. With regards to what the contracts entail and the details of the subscription, it is looking mighty tempting.

For any Apple die hard in the UK that has yet to get an iPhone 4, Three gives you choices. For a reasonable 30 GBP per month and an initial payment of 99 GBP for the actual mobile phone unit, you will get the 16 GB version of the iPhone 4 coupled with 5000 text messages, 500 minutes of non-stop talk time (Three to Three) and 1 GB of data transferred through web surfing.

The data focused mobile network carrier also has an option for consumers who would rather go for the 32 GB version of Apple’s controversial device. For a 32 GB capacity iPhone 4, it will cost about 189 GBP initially. Interestingly, there is no 35 GBP plan available for consumers.

For those who would rather forego the onetime payment of 99 GBP or 189 GBP, there is a 45 GBP per month option without an initial cost. At the very least this helps ease the purchase instead of requiring you to pay a significant amount up front.

While Omio does not have any news regarding the deals as of now, there is a way to get email alerts by signing up for the service on their site.

Android Update for Galaxy S Leaked

Friday, July 30th, 2010

If there is one thing more exciting that the Google Android operating system, it is the updates for the Google Android operating system. Each major update of the open source mobile platform brings plenty of new features, improved performance and a whole host of new things that users can do with their mobile phones.

Currently, the latest version of the Android operating system available for download on most mobile phones is the 2.1 Éclair operating system (which was recently released for HTC Hero owners –so for those of you who own a Hero handset, now is the best time to update), and the 2.2 Froyo, despite being officially launched by Google, is currently only available for the Google branded Nexus One smart phone.

According to reports, the Samsung i9000 Galaxy S is still awaiting an official update to Android 2.2 when the leaked update came out. While the leak is not a complete version –it apparently lacks support for Flash content, it is already useable and is going to bring the current Galaxy S OS to top form.

And by top form, we mean speedy fast. It may seem exaggerated, but speed is a serious issue for Android smart phones. Sure, the user interface is already smooth and efficient, but the update to Froyo provides a serious boost that turns the user experience into something completely new. To give an idea on how fast that UI is, anyone who started with using a Nexus One running Android 2.2 would feel that the OS is slow and lag-ish when using the HTC Desire running Android 2.1.

A word of warning to all Samsung i9000 Galaxy S owners, the leaked update is not sanctioned by Google or by Samsung, and thus, using it could possibly void the store and manufacturer warranty on the handset. Also, it is possible that the installation might cause some unwanted side effects on your device.

Nokia E5 – A Mid-Range Mobile Phone Fit for High-End Business Users

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Nokia E5The world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, announced recently its newest addition to its E Series line, the Nokia E5 mobile phone. The E5 is a mid-range mobile handset in a slab form factor which has a full QWERTY keyboard up front and is a direct continuation of what Nokia earlier in the previously released Nokia E71 and E63 models.

Not necessarily only for business users

The E5 mobile phone is particularly designed with the business user in mind, who will also want to use the device for personal purposes. Nokia has made a strong strategic sales move by choosing this particular target group as business persons not only use their mobile device for business purposes alone but for diverse other reasons as well. One of the obvious factors which point to the E5 as a business phone is the fact that users can conveniently and easily create up to ten email accounts with the device.

The E5 mobile phone will run the popular Symbian OS v9.3, Series 60 rel. 3.2 along with a S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 and will be powered by an efficient ARM 11 600 MHz mobile processor. It will ship with a 5 megapixel digital camera, full network connectivity, built-in GPS support and 256 MB of internal RAM. The E5 mobile handset is the first in a series of Symbian-powered Nokia phones which will have this particular combination.

Nokia E5 (4)The E5 mobile phone will also come with an all-inclusive suite of social messaging applications, as well as email, instant messaging and social networking support. If you lose your way, for whatever reason, you can let the phone’s A-GPS capability point you towards the right direction with Ovi Maps, Nokia’s free mobile navigation solution.

Connectivity and multimedia

Without a doubt, speed is always an essential element in mobile phones. Many of today’s mobile software applications get heavier and more complex, including the data which are being transferred back and forth.

The new Nokia E5 mobile phone supports 2G network (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) as well as 3G network access (HSDPA 10.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2.0 Mbps). It will access the internet through both Class 32 EDGE and GPRS connections as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP & DLNA technology. This will come handy in wireless local area networks or just to keep in touch whilst on the move. Date transfer is enabled by both Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP ann microUSB v2.0.

The E5 mobile handset has a dimension of 115 x 58.9 x 12.8 mm, 75 cc and weighs in at 126 g. The phone sports a 2.4-inch TFT matrix screen which runs at 320 x 240 pixels resolution. The bright display is immediately above the phone’s D-Pad and QWERTY keyboard.

The matrix screen is capable of reproducing up to 250,000 colours at a pretty fair resolution. The display, whilst not that big, provide clear and crisp images which makes it easy enough for reading emails or browsing the web. The Menu, Home and Contact buttons are easy to access just beneath the E5 mobile phone’s display. The front-facing QWERTY keypads are tactile and responsive to the slightest touch, which makes it ideal for typing long documents and messages.

Nokia E5 (3)If you like to preserve memorable events, the Nokia E5 mobile phone is equipped with a 5 megapixel fixed-focus digital camera. It comes with an LED flash and allows users to record VGA-quality video at 15 fps. The E5’s multimedia capabilities are demonstrated through its pre-installed versatile media player.

The player is capable of playing back different multimedia file formats such as MP4, H.264, H.263 and WMV for video and MP3, WAV, WMA and eAAC+ for audio. The E5 handset also comes with a stereo FM radio with RDS which can be enjoyed through the phone’s 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones or through its built-in speakerphone.

Battery and memory power

Chances are, every business user is nearly always a member of some form of social networking website such as LinkedIn. The E5 mobile phone has dedicated applications which will allow users to access their favourite social networking sites and update their personal and business contacts by posting their most recent status.

The mobile phone is fired up by a Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D) standard battery which the Finnish mobile phone giant claims can go for up to nearly 6 hours of talk time in 3G mode and up to 8.5 hours of talk time if used in the GSM mode. Standby time is 705 hours on both 3G and GSM, which translates to nearly a month. The E5 mobile phone’s long-life battery can play your music collection non-stop for 38 straight hours on a single charge.

The new Nokia E5 mobile phone comes out of the box pre-loaded with 250 MB of internal memory and a microSD memory expansion card with 2 GB of storage memory. If you are the type of user who needs to bring your huge music collection with you on the road, then the phone will allow you to increase your storage memory to provide more room for your huge multimedia collection via its micro SD card slot.

Nokia E5 (2)The E5 likewise supports memory expansion through microSDHC to increase memory capacity up to a maximum of 32 GB. With all of today’s heavy software programs, social networking connection, business applications and multimedia downloads or collections, large storage space becomes a premium and is now considered a necessity rather than an option in mobile handsets.

The highly-anticipated E5 mobile phone is scheduled to be released in the third quarter of 2010. It will be available in a variety of striking colours which include Chalk White, Carbon Black, Sky Blue, Silver Grey, and Copper Brown.

The phone’s price is around £150 before taxes and subsidies, and comes with some great talk plans with Nokia E5 deals from online retailers. To get more opinions on this new phone please visit the Nokia E5 reviews page, where you can also leave your own thoughts.

The Samsung Galaxy Europa (i5500): A Quick Overview

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Europa 5Samsung is not at all quitting the fight in the competitive mobile industry. They have launched another remarkable mobile in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Europa (i5500) which offers a number or Smartphone features and abilities. This mobile belongs to the family of the Samsung Galaxy and is well known as being the cheaper version of the extraordinary Samsung i900 that made a mark in the Smartphone industry.

The design of the mobile is somehow the same as the Samsung Galaxy I5800 Apollo and the resemblance is undeniably evident as the design of the device is also small in size. The compact architecture of this mobile makes it a very convenient device which you can carry around anywhere you go. You can read more Samsung Galaxy Europa reviews in the reviews section.

Though small in design, functionality is not compromised at all. It may be a surprise to a number of people that this compact mobile can actually do so much. Thanks to the technology brought by Samsung, a good amount of useful features can be found in this Smart mobile.

Just like the other powerful Smartphones this mobile is also operated by the Android OS which is known worldwide for providing endless possibilities in terms of downloads and functionality. It also supports Bluetooth, Wifi and 3G HSDPA.

Stylish Look and Compact Size

Now that mobiles have been somewhat of a fashion trend, there is no doubt that the design of a mobile is an important factor that a lot of consumers consider. It should somehow speak of the personality that they have. The Samsung Galaxy Europa (i5500) has a very graceful appearance because of its curvaceous casing together with very nice chrome edges. The colour of the casing is primarily black and the edges are silver resulting in a very pleasing and elegant look.

For consumers it is also important to consider the weight of the mobile. This is for the purpose of convenience in the sense that they are able to carry their mobile anywhere that they go without the bulky feeling in their bag or in the pocket. The weight of this mobile is only 102 grams which makes it a perfect mobile to bring along. Not to mention that the Samsung Galaxy Europa (i5500) only measures 10.8 cm x 5.6 cm and the depth is only 1.23 cm.

Another good thing about this mobile is the 2.8” touch screen display. Aside from the vivid colours it displays, the mobile also has a good resolution providing its users with a great venue for viewing their photos and videos. For convenience, this functional mobile also offers auto rotate, therefore providing it’s user to choose their desired view may it be horizontal or vertical.

This mobile also uses Android 2.1 which gives excellent personalization options thereby giving each user their own touch. The look of the i5500 is undeniably sleek and stylish – a device that will definitely require a second look.

Camera and Multimedia

Aside from its stylish looks, the Samsung Galaxy Europa (i5500) also offers a number of features that could prove to be quite useful. The back part of the mobile holds the 2-MP camera which is great for capturing still photos. This mobile is very efficient in capturing candid moments anytime. Video taking is also an option if this is more your thing. Now that we have come to a point that photos are almost taken everyday, it is very relieving to know that we can always count on our mobile to capture those memorable moments.

Samsung Galaxy Europa 5 (3)The i5500 also has a built-in FM tuner. This is a different kind of way to keep you on track with new songs and to stay in the loop in the music scene. Aside from that, you can also listen to the news anytime. Playing your own songs on this mobile couldn’t be missed out as well.

You can store your favourite songs and listen to them anytime you want. This mobile gives you the freedom to either tune in to the radio or just listen to your favourite songs right away. Now to give a personal touch to you can select from one of your stored song and even apply it as a ring tone. The i5500 would definitely give you the ultimate multimedia experience.

Technology at its Finest

The Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 is more than prepared to store data with its internal memory of 170 Megabytes. If this is not enough the memory can still be expanded by the use of a microSD card to a maximum 16GB capacity. That amount of storage is surely enough for you to save almost all the type of files that you want.

Samsung Galaxy Europa 5 (2)Internet may have become a necessity nowadays and the Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 offers a superb way of getting online. This mobile supports 3G HSDPA which means it would work perfectly with 3G and GSM networks therefore providing you with faster internet access. You can tune in to your favourite social networking sites anytime that you want. Because of Wi-Fi connectivity on the i5500, you need not worry about paying on a minute-by-minute basis as you surf through your favourite websites.

If you feel the need to share files with your friends then Bluetooth gets the job done. Needless to say though, the mobile that you want to share the files with needs to be compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 for the exchange to take place. Nonetheless, you can also use the USB port to transfer files from your PC to your mobile and vice versa.

Technology had really made our lives easier. This has become especially true in the mobile phone industry as manufactures strive to adapt to their changing consumer’s needs just to be able to satisfy them. The Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 is definitely one of those mobiles than we can consider a complete device; it gives you the look that you want and the functionality that you need, all for a very reasonable price. You can also benefit from the many Samsung Galaxy Europa deals on offer.

Nokia News: 5250 Leak, N8 and Choose a Phone Contest

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Nokia is really turning things around in this past couple of weeks. With the recent report that the company has hit a first time low in several years, it seems that even the largest mobile phone maker in the world needs to reconsider its business strategies. Not to say that Nokia has been ignoring the trends, they were supposed to take a bead on the smart phone industry with the introduction of the Nokia Maemo operating system but the sudden tie up with Intel to develop Moblin has side tracked the company.

Anyway, it has been recently leaked that a new phone, the Nokia 5250 is currently in the works. While we are inclined to believe that this handset is likely going to be a Symbian device, we are also hoping that this might be a Moblin handset –because Nokia certainly needs more of those. Sadly, it is likely that the n-series handsets will be the only lineup where we can spot the Moblin OS –which makes the N9 a device truly worth looking forward to.

Of course, the N9 is not going to come out before the upcoming Nokia N8. As much as the public’s lack of interest in the Symbian operating system may be, this is going to be the first time that the Symbian^3 operating system will be made available. Considering how the initial screenshots and videos look, it is possible that the Symbian Foundation might be able to bring back life to Nokia handsets with their latest operating system.

In other Nokia news, the company is letting fans decide on what new concept device will be making it into the production line. There are currently three concept phones that people can choose from and depending on the online vote results that appear, Nokia test out the winning handset for production.

HTC Hero: Updated to Android 2.1 Éclair

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

HTC has always been at the forefront of Android related updates and news. In fact, many could say that the Taiwan-based mobile phone maker is one of the most influential forces in the development of the Android operating system. They are among the first members of the open handset alliance and they have been the first mobile phone manufacturer to create and Android handset. They would later take another milestone by manufacturing the Nexus One for Google.

Considering HTC’s long history with the open source operating system, it comes as to no surprise that their devices are considered to be the best available for the Android mobile platform.

Last year, HTC’s biggest Android handset would have to be the HTC Hero. It was stylish, top of the line and had everything that a smart phone owner could wish for in an Android smart phone. In fact, many considered the HTC Hero to be the best Android handset of its time. Until the Nexus One and the HTC Desire arrived; HTC would also bring to birth a second version of the Hero –the HTC Legend.

In a most ironic twist, it appears that the HTC Hero has not been given an update to the 2.1 Éclair version of the Android operating system. Originally, it was announced that the handset would be getting an update as early as January this year. However, the launch of the update was delayed by several unannounced factors. This drove several Orange Mobile UK users to stop using their subscriptions and switch to another network to get a hacked update.

In any case, those who have stuck it through with Orange UK will be happy to know that the update is now finally available for download. After this, handset owners will be looking forward to the Android 2.2 Froyo update instead.

Samsung Galaxy Q Rumors Spread

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Q point at a rather impressive handset in terms of overall specs, though nothing that we really have not seen before on the i9000 Galaxy S. According to reports, the Q is going to be showing off Samsung’s new 1GHz CPU, the Hummingbird. This would bring up the number of available 1GHz processor options for many smart phone makers.

The Galaxy Q takes plenty of influence from the original Samsung high-end Android, the Galaxy S. It takes the whole concept of a high end smart phone, but uses a slightly smaller screen to appeal to more users. After all, as impressive as the Galaxy S might be, not everyone is a fan of having a very wide touch screen display, and more importantly, plenty of folks want a physical keyboard.

While it is not actually confirmed, many believe that the Q will have a slide out QWERTY keyboard. This is an important feature for many users who love to type long emails, are active in forums and simply like to type on a mobile phone. While the touch screen does have a nice layout for the virtual keyboard, it is not as fast as tapping rapid, successive keystrokes on a keyboard -even with Swype technology. Besides, the world really needs more Android devices –particularly those with physical keyboards.

As stated, the Q follows the lead of the Galaxy S, which means that it too makes use of Samsung’s super AMOLED technology, also seen on the Samsung Wave. The 3 inch capacitive touch screen also comes with a scratch resistant surface, an accelerometer (for re-orientation of the screen), and a proximity sensor. It is rumored that the device may also have an optical trackpad as well. Lastly, the Galaxy Q comes with an 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and 720p HD video recording support.