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Oct

Samsung Wave II S8530 with Super Clear LCD


Samsung has just announced its fifth Bada OS-based smartphone, the Wave II S8530 (not to be confounded with the Wave 2 S5250).

Coming to replace the Wave S8500, the Wave II looks almost the same, but it’s bigger and has a larger display (3.7 inches, WVGA).
Unlike the first Wave, which has a Super AMOLED screen, the new handset features a Super Clear LCD screen – which can only mean that Samsung does have AMOLED production problems, as rumored last week.

Apart from the bigger and different display, the Wave II S8530 features TouchWiz UI 3.0, HSDPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, access to Samsung Apps (which currently hosts more than 1000 applications), TV-out, 5MP autofocus camera with flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1GHz processor, and MicroSD card support up to 32GB.

4
Oct

HTC Launch new colours for Desire and Legend


It’s almost a given that HTC may have a little announcement for us next Monday, but chances are you’d like to let Windows Phone 7 settle in for a bit while you cling on to your trusty green bot. Assuming neither the Desire HD nor the troublesome Desire Z / G2 tickled your fancy, you now have two more options for consideration: a “phantom black” Legend and a “brilliant white” Desire (as seen a few weeks ago). Patrons in Europe should be seeing these new handsets starting this month, but here’s a caveat: we’re told that rather than going 100 percent SLCD for the Desire, it’s actually a mix of both SLCD and AMOLED, so be sure to double-check with your store before handing over your hard-earned euros. Read more »

4
Oct

Amazon Kindle 3 Review


We’ve been a huge fan of the Amazon Kindle since it first launched, although the Kindle DX with its 9.7-inch screen proved too bulky. With iBooks on the Apple iPad, Amazon’s own cross-platform Kindle app and the Sony Reader Touch Edition, is the third version of Amazon’s Kindle still the e-reader king?

Amazon’s introduced two versions. The 3G version we tested enables wireless transfers anywhere, but for £109, you can get a WiFi only version, which is perfect if you can time your downloads to being in the vicinity of a WiFi hot spot.

21% smaller than its predecessor, the Kindle is slimmer than a paperback book and at 247g, light enough to carry in a bag and hold in one hand. We’re a big far of the new charcoal (or graphite) exterior which seems more sophisticated.

The QWERTY keyboard is now over four lines, the keys are tiny, so typing isn’t comfortable for prolonged periods, but it’s fine for the off web address and book title.

The joystick (which we never really had an issue with) has been replaced with a more comfortable square four-way controller. Menu and Back buttons are integrated into the keyboard, instead of on the rim. Page forward and back buttons are slightly smaller, but still on either side to suit right and left-handed readers. Read more »

4
Oct

Nokia N8 Review


Nokia’s time in the doldrums has been well-documented, but with a revised UI and a boatload of top-end tech, it’s hoping the new N8 will catapult it back to the sharp end of the smartphone game.

With the N8, Nokia has seemingly thrown all the tech it can think of at the new handset in a bid to rival the likes of Android and the iPhone – a 12MP camera with ‘proper’ Xenon flash, XVID and DIVX support, HD video capture, Dolby Mobile sound and an HDMI-out port are just the tip of the iceberg. Read more »

4
Oct

Windows Phone 7 Oct 11 Launch event confirmed


It’s now official like a referee whistle. There’s Windows Phone 7 worldwide launch event talking place in NYC (and everywhere else in the world I guess) on October 11th. But this is apparently not really related to the Open House press event taking place on the same day in NYC. The WP7 event will be held at the Microsoft Technology Center located in Microsoft’s NYC office  and doesn’t seem to be a press event (members of the press have already received their Open House invites which AFAIK don’t even mention Windows Phone 7) . So I’m guessing that this is aimed at Developers, marketing, retail partners. T-Mobile will also be present to showcase its WP7 devices. Stay tuned for more…

4
Oct

T-Mobile myTouch announced: Android 2.2, video calling, and HSPA+


Looking a bit like a myTouch 3G Slide sans slide, the newly-announced myTouch — yes, just “myTouch” — is the latest addition to the consumer-centric side of T-Mobile’s Android lineup, featuring a 3.8-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel primary camera with 720p capture, and a next-gen MSM8255 Snapdragon core running at 1GHz. Notice how we said “primary camera”? Yep, it’s true: the myTouch features a second, front-facing cam as well, becoming the first phone from T-Mobile (and one of the first in the States, of course) to offer video calling. Looks like it’ll be supported over both WiFi and 3G using Qik and Yahoo Messenger, so you’ll be able to see the beautiful faces of your EVO-sporting friends from afar. Like the G2, it’s got full support for T-Mobile’s up-and-coming HSPA+ network along with 802.11n and Android 2.2 out of the box. We don’t have pricing or a launch date yet, but we’re told it’ll be available “in time for the holidays” in your choice of four scintillating colors: white, black, plum, and red. Follow the break for the full press release.

4
Oct

New Windows Phone 7 Promo Video online


October has come and Microsoft should be super busy with their Windows Phone 7 launch. We have heard it for so many months and here is the latest Windows Phone 7 promotional video.

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