Posts Tagged ‘HTC-Gratia’

In Focus: HTC

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

HTC is back in the headlines again this week as they have confirmed that the HTC Gratia is indeed heading to the UK but the original November launch will no longer push through. This latest development may come as a bit of a disappointment for some who were looking forward to the device, but according to the Taiwan based phone maker, the Gratia will be launching here pretty soon.

The device is a well made, mid range handset. From the 3.2 inch TFT touch screen to the 5 mega pixel camera, everything about this phone speaks of smart phone practicality. The Gratia will have a slight edge over the original Aria as the new handset will come packed with the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system.

HTC is currently known for being a heavy supporter for both the Google Android and the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS. However, there have been a few reports that the manufacturer might also start working on its own mobile platform. Given the market success and acceptance of the HTC Sense user interface, it might not be such a bad idea at all –even Samsung’s Bada is currently doing great as the Korean phone maker balances all three mobile platforms.

Speaking of the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform, the HTC HD7 is currently considered as HTC’s flagship WP7 device. However, recent news indicates that the device is not entirely as good as it seems.

It appears that the device’s antenna is located in the bottom of the device. While this is not as bad as the design flaw on the iPhone 4, it is still something that users should be mindful about. As with the antennagate, it is feared that touching the exposed area is likely to block out the device’s signal and might result in dropped calls.

New Handsets are Coming to the UK

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

While we all shed a quick lone tear for Samsung’s unconfirmed dual SIM QWERTY handset, the Chat 322 (the Chat is written with an “at” sign, which makes it actually spelled as “chatt”), the fact is, so many handsets are already heading for the UK that one less phone is not all that bad.

Right off the top of our list is the new BlackBerry Bold 9780. Yes, the phone is not just a rumor and despite that oddly shaped BB Style that was shown off just a day ago, this new handset sticks true to RIM’s tried and tested form factor: the portrait oriented keyboard. Since we expect to get the best typing experience from RIM’s physical keyboards, there is certainly no loss to having the 9780 over the Samsung Chat.

Moving on, Sony Ericsson is launching a new camera phone loaded with a 16 mega pixel camera. While the lenses are top notch, many point out that the lack of a decent operating system might be the biggest drawback for the handset. Had this been an Android device, then it would certainly be more exciting.

For many, the fact that the handset is announced as an exclusive for AT&T US is a major blow. Fortunately, HTC had the right mind to bring over the device as the HTC Gratia. While the name may have changed, the hardware stayed the same. Fans of the Android will enjoy version 2.2 Froyo preloaded on the handset.

For those looking for a different OS experience, the upcoming Samsung Omnia 7 offers the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform. With the handset already available on pre-orders at T-Mobile UK, it would not be surprising to see the slots slowly running out in a couple of days –so for those who want to have this device, head on over to T-Mobile and get it free on a 2 year, 35 Pounds a month contract.

Mobile News: Today’s Highlights

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

It has been another exciting week for the mobile phone industry and if you have been having keeping tabs on all the latest news updates, here’s a quick list of all the important things you would not want to miss out on.

First off is the launch of the Windows Phone 7. The new mobile platform from Microsoft is officially out but the first handsets to showcase the OS will not be out until the next few days. Expect to see plenty of sold out pre-orders for some of the latest devices like the HTC HD7 and the Samsung Omnia 7.

Samsung’s also got another killer handset on the way. The Wave II has just been confirmed for a launch in the UK this coming holiday season. The massive update to the first device that brought to us the Bada operating system and is taking away all that disappointment high end smart phone fans had with the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro (though we can expect those two devices to sell significantly better). The new phone will also be showcasing super LCD technology as a replacement for the super AMOLED screen on the older Wave.

In more Samsung news, the i9000 Galaxy S is getting its much awaited update to the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. After a long wait, the OS if finally moving up to match that of the HTC Desire keeping the Galaxy S as still one of the most coveted Android devices around. If the impressive new firmware update is not enough, let us remind you that this phone also packs a 4 inch super AMOLED touch screen display.

HTC’s previously exclusive Aria handset has finally made it to UK shores. And like many other smart phones that were deemed to be US carrier exclusive, a quick name change (to the HTC Gtatia) was all it took to bring the handset over locally.