Archive for the ‘Motorola Phones’ Category

3G Motorola Xoom arrives in the UK

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Do your loyalties belong to Apple and the iPad 2 or Android and the Motorola Xoom? If you picked the latter, you might be amused to find out that you can now pre order the 3G equipped Motorola Xoom tablet for no more than £600. Although the availability of the tablet is listed as “in stock” we highly doubt that the actual tablets will be delivered before the first week of April unless Carphone Warehouse knows something that we do not.

The 3G + WiFi equipped device can be bought with a free charging dock which is valued at £34.99. The Motorola Xoom tablet will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb which is the latest version of Android built specifically for tablets. The resolution of the device is pegged at 1280 x 800 with 10.1 inches of screen real estate and unlike the iPad or iPad 2, it comes with a 16:10 aspect ratio which should be perfect for viewing movies and the likes.

For output to a television there is HDMI out so you can mirror your furious racing games to any HDMI screen as long as you have a connector. The device also comes with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor that sports a 1GHz clock speed and 1GB of RAM for all the processing power you need. Lastly there is a 2 megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing and an 8 megapixel camera on the back that also supports the recording of 1080p video content at 30fps. Battery life is excellent and has been tested to last almost 8 ½ hours which is quite impressive for a device with such a large screen. Other minor features include Bluetooth 2.0, 16 and 32 GB flavors and microUSB slot for charging as well as a wireless keyboard.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

Motorola Xoom Street Egg ad released

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Motorola has not been experiencing the best of press in the last days leading up to the official launch of the Motorola Xoom tablet. Thanks to news leaked earlier this week that the device will not be supporting Flash at launch, though we should add this has nothing to do with Motorola but rather Adobe, to the extremely high price point that puts it way above the price range of its direct competitor, the Apple iPad to the lack of 4G at launch. However, those still interested in the tablet might want to take into account that Motorola has lightened the load some with the information that the tablet will not feature the infamous bootloader lockers and encryptions that are attached to its phones, which should make customizing the tablet pretty easy.

That aside, the company has gone ahead and released a new trailer for the device which is set to hit store shelves in the United States this Thursday (February 24th, 2011) and the trailer is a bit scary, albeit interesting.

In the video a man is walking down a boardwalk when his eyes spots a Motorola Xoom tablet hovering in the air. He holds it and all of a sudden a futuristic space capsule encapsulates him while he is still using the device. The commercial then ends with the release date, name and service provider of the Xoom tablet.

While the add is quite original, we’re hoping that Motorola decides to do something about the price point of the Xoom as whoever buys it will surely be in a capsule. Hopefully, if a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n version comes to market, we could see some major price drops that would bring it in line with the iPad. But seeing no official date is announced for such a launch as yet, we would not keep our fingers crossed.

Source: YouTube

Motorola Xoom getting Flash after launch

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Motorola is nearing the launch of their Xoom tablet; the device is supposed to hit U.S retailers later this week and as some late news is being spread, it could be that early adopters are in for a rude awakening.

According to a Verizon webpage that details specs on the device such as Honeycomb, HD widescreen display, 10.1 inch screen and 1GHz dual-core processors, Adobe Flash, which currently resides on Android 2.2 and 2.3 will not be coming to the Xoom tablet at launch. Rather, early adopters will have to wait till “Spring 2011” for the update to arrive. Need we remind you what happens when companies make promises like this? As great a force as Android is, its main problems are the fact that many manufacturers refuse to push out updates on time. Samsung has been promising 2.2 Froyo for its Galaxy S owners since last year and just now are the updates trickling to phones.

Motorola has a bad history of not updating on time as well and this could mean that instead of the update coming Spring 2011 as planned, it could be pushed back to summer or God forbid fall. With Flash being one of the biggest selling points of the Xoom tablet, it is hard to see why Motorola would decide to keep such a crucial piece of software off the device until after launch when Apple has long been condemned for not including Flash in the iPad and Motorola has used that as one of the biggest pitches for its Xoom tablet.

We’ll just have to wait and see if this is going to be a trend among tablet manufacturers or if we’re dealing with a lone case here. At any rate, be aware that your favorite flash games won’t be Xoom compatible, at least not for the near future.

Source: Verizon

Android Devices Take the Spotlight

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

LG is bringing music and class to the Optimus 2X (and a few other LG smart phones) this coming January.

According to reports, the Korean phone maker has signed up composer, musician and maestro Ennio Morricone to provide specially made music for their handsets. The scores, totaling 15 in all, are going to be originally composed by the music genius who brought life to many great movies (“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “A Fistful of Dollars”, etc). Aside from the 15 original tracks, about 10 scores from his movie audiography will also be made available. These tracks are going to be used as ringtone options for the devices –which means that the Optimus 2X will not only look good, it will sound good too.

For those of you wondering when the 2X will finally be available, the official word is that the phone will be coming this January of 2011. No word yet as to which networks will be getting the device first, but January is the official UK release of the handset. So those of you who are hoping to get this dual core processor equipped handset (running at 1.5GHz no less), might want to start prepping up for the pre orders.

Motorola has a bit of sad news for Milestone owners: the update for 2.2 Froyo will not be around until later in Q1 2011. The update has been recently just a while back and is getting plenty of negative reactions already. Motorola is assuring the European markets that they are working on being able to bring the update to users as soon as possible. Originally, the update was supposed to come out these last few months of 2010 (Q4).

Lastly, for those of your who have been lucky enough to get a Nexus S (or are planning on getting one), Google has made a quick list of useful tips and functions of the Gingerbread and the new smart phone. Head over straight to the official Google blog and see what they have in store for Nexus S owners.

Motorola Stingray Teaser Video Released

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

It is all fair sport in the advertising world, and companies can and will point fingers at each other and laugh if it helps boost their products. Motorola has taken a quick jab at both Apple and fellow Android supporters Samsung on their tablet devices as the company prepares the world for their upcoming Stingray unveiling at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show this coming 2011.

According to the advertisement, the iPad is basically a giant iPhone. While it was meant to be a criticism, a second look at the tech specs reveals that Motorola was a bit off. Calling the iPad a giant iPhone gives it more credit than what is due. For one thing, the iPad lacks texting and calling capabilities, and of course, the lack of a camera on the tablet is pretty evident.

The Galaxy Tab on the other hand, was called an Android OS device, but using an Android OS for a mobile phone –which is more on the spot and actual state of the device. Even Google has specifically stated that the pre-Honeycomb versions of the open source platform are not optimized for use with tablet devices.

Where this criticism fails is in forgetting the fact that Samsung could easily update the tablet to the latest version of the OS (unless Motorola paid off a very expensive exclusivity deal on the Honeycomb –or at least, a time delay before a multi-device patch comes out).

So are we excited about the Stingray? For all accounts, we are pretty much expecting another Galaxy Tab that simply has an updated Android OS. Aside from that, the specs are pretty much what we would expect to see from a high end tablet these days. What would change the game is if the Stingray provided us with a faster dual core processor and impressive graphics capabilities as well as a high internal memory capacity –of course, all of that would still need to be complemented by a whole new line of made-for-tablet apps in the Android Market.

Today’s Top Stories in Mobile News

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Nokia is fast becoming the new king of delays. With the massive scheduling setback that the Nokia N8 has already gone through, one would think that Nokia would be more prudent with the release date. Now, the Nokia E7 has been set back for a January launch, hopefully this is the only delay that the handset will go through.

A new social networking phone from Nokia is also coming out. The C6 handset will feature a touch screen display, an 8 mega pixel camera and support for HD video recording and playback. Expect to see this mid range device spreading out once it becomes available to the public.

Sony is moving away from the Sony Reader hardware and has just released the Sony Reader application for mobile phones. Anyone who has used the Reader will be familiar with the app controls and will also appreciate the familiar visual layout of the tool as well.

Motorola has announced that the heavy duty Defy Android smart phone will finally receive an update to the OS bringing it t version 2.2 Froyo. Users of this Gorilla glass protected smart phone should expect the updated to be released shortly.

A new Tron inspired light cycle application from Coke combines a basic game with GPS for a massive real world light cycle match. Of course, the game is not as fast paced as one would think, but being able to navigate through town without crashing a light wall is going to be a pretty tough challenge once a lot of players start joining in.

It has been stated that the news iOS update will be coming out on December, Apple’s new 4.3 update promises plenty of focus on RSS feeds and content publication so iOS users might want to check out this new update when it comes out. Also it has been announced that a Jailbreak feature for the third generation iPhones has come out for version 4.2.

Smart Phone News: the Top Headlines

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

LG is heavily supporting the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform with the launch of the Optimus 7 just a while back. Now it seems that a second LG made WP7 handset is also coming out: the Optimus 7Q. The Q stands for Quantum and despite the fact that it looks a lot like the Optimus 7; this is an entirely new device.

Specs wise, the Quantum still follows Microsoft’s hardware requirements though the screen is a lot smaller at 3.5 inches (still carries the required resolution at least). The best part about the new handset is the slide out QWERY keyboard.

For those looking forward to the Windows Phone 7 handset, the Dell Venue Pro, this might be a good time to belay that purchase and consider your alternatives. According to a recent report, the smart phonies having some serious hardware issues; aside from the battery problems and the issues it has been having with WiFi connectivity, the Venue Pro is now having some SIM card problems as well.

Moving on to the Android OS, Motorola’s next generation smart phone is going to be the Olympus. So far, initial reports peg this device to be the best contender for the next gen device as it packs the Tegra 2 CPU. The handset can easily be mistaken for a larger version of the previously released Motorola Defy (which has certainly made a lasting impression with its super tough casing).

A new smart phone from Acer seems pretty close in concept to the Dell Streak. The device has yet to be given an official name, but so far we are certainly interested in what it can do. The biggest draw of this handset is the 4.8 inch touch screen display –which is the closest that comes to the Streak’s 5 inch capacitive touch screen.

Mobile News: HTC Sense and More

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

If you constantly lose track of where your smart phone is, finding it in a cluttered room or a busy office can be quite the challenge. Fortunately, a new service has been created by HTC for its Desire users that will allow them to easily make their phones beep, ring and more.

The Sense cloud based service also functions as remote access portal and security tool. This service allows users to easily get data from the handset for backups and at the same time, allows users to lock or even memory wipe the handset’s information. Many business companies will certainly appreciate having this feature –for cases when employees accidentally lose phones and subsequently, important private data in the device.

HTC is also launching the Merge Android handset pretty soon. While the basic 800MHz CPU and 5 mega pixel camera are nothing too innovative, the device does come with a slide out, physical QWERTY keyboard that allows users to easily type messages. The device has yet to be confirmed for a UK launch.

Motorola’s Milestone 2 is going to be available SIM-free in the UK as of next week. As one would expect from the Milestone series, this handset will sport a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Naturally, the device will have better specs than the original Milestone; a 1GHz CPU, a 5 mega pixel camera and more. The only drawback to this new handset is that it lacks the ragged, edgy look of the older Milestone. Instead, the Milestone 2 has a sleeker and smoother appearance.

O2 and T-Mobile UK have announced that the Android Éclair update for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 will soon be available. The expected launch date is next week –which means that X10 owners will finally be able to update their aging Android 1.6 Donut operating system. So far, it has not been confirmed when the Android 2.2 Froyo will be available for the handset.

Vodafone’s Impressive Line Up: Pre-Christmas

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

With the holiday season just a few short weeks away, many network operators are already beefing up their handset lineup to bring in some of the most intriguing and impressive mobile devices of the year. Mobile network operator Vodafone UK has just announced several new devices that they will be offering in tariffs and plans.

Motorola’s Defy is certainly getting two thumbs up from us for being the toughest little touch screen smart phone around. Technically, this handset is the only true tough smart phone that we have seen. With its Gorilla glass screen from Corning and its IP7 certification, this is one smart phone for those with semi active lifestyles –we still would not recommend bringing this to a rough and tumble hiking trip.

Samsung’s Galaxy Europa has also been confirmed to be part of the new lineup. This Corby-Galaxy mash up handset brings in the best of both worlds. The Android OS delivers the most impressive Corby experience to date and the aesthetic style is certainly a lot fresher and hip compared to the more serious models.

Even the new BlackBerry Bold 9780 has been added in the Vodafone listing. This update to the already successful 9700 makes you wonder what else RIM can improve on the BlackBerry handset. Aside from being updated, the phone still retains many of its most important assets, such as the physical QWERTY keyboard.

Already part of the list is the HTC Desire HD, which brings a new high end Android experience to all users. With the larger touch screen and super LCD technology, video playback on this updated Desire handset is certainly something to look forward to.

Nokia’s newly launched Nokia N8 Symbian^3 smart phone also joins the Vodafone line. Expect to see an all new OS from the ever familiar Symbian platform brand.

Apple Gets Headphones, Carphone Warehouse Launches Phones

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

In a very interesting move, Apple has confirmed that they have acquired Bluetooth handset manufacturer, Wi-Gear.

The company acquisition is just one of the many moves that Apple has been pursuing in the past few months. Earlier, the Cupertino based industry leader took in a company that focuses on near field communications technology. And while the technology has not been implemented in any of Apple’s new devices, many believe that it will be applied in later models.

The acquisition of Wi-Gear however has shown different results. Bluetooth headsets after all, are a very crucial and integral part of modern smart phone accessory kits and the iPhone has needed a few good ones. Apple’s decision to get Wi-Gear has brought hope that impressive, official ones will be made available before the end of the holidays.

In other mobile news, Carphone Warehouse is offering two new devices in their smart phone lineup.

While Apple’s decision to seemingly cancel the white iPhone may have disappointed many people (so far, no official statement contradicts this, though it is only a perceived fact from the fact that the device is no longer visible on the official online site), Samsung has delivered on its promise of a white variant for the i9000 Galaxy S. Carphone Warehouse is exclusively selling the handset.

For those unfamiliar with the stats for the Galaxy S, this Android smart phone is packed with a 5 mega pixel camera and Android 2.1 Éclair. The screen is an impressive 4 inch super AMOLED capacitive touch display and the processor is clocked at a pretty high speed 1GHz.

CW’s other handset offering is the toughest Android (and smart phone) in the market, the Motorola Defy. Completely dust proof and offers a few layers of protection against water and shock, this mobile phone boasts of Gorilla Glass and shock absorbent material.