Sunday, December 30, 2007

Review of UMTS-communicator Samsung i780 Part two – hardware platform, navigation, preinstalled software


Mobile-review have posted the second part of their Samsung i780 review. Here is the final impression.

The reception quality was never an issue with the i780. The loudspeaker's volume was average or a tag higher than that, which made for audible calls in most environments. We found a couple of things to fault the vibro alert for – we couldn't feel it when the i780 was in outerwear or in a bag. The earpiece fared well in general with its pretty much average volume, however people on the other end of our calls would frequently complain about the phone's extremely sensitive microphone which rendered our voices excessively loud. But keep in mind that we didn’t have a commercial unit in our laboratory, so we believe when the i780 arrives this drawback will have already been dealt with.

The Samsung i780 has no direct rivals in sight – neither design-wise nor in terms of technological talents. And while its looks may be questioned by some (not all consumers are fond of thumbboards and thus thick casings, as well as square-shaped displays), as far as its spec sheet is concerned, the Samsung i780 packs more punch than any other device available today.

In this sense, the i780 is somewhat like the HTC TyTN II, however, the latter boasts a batter camera, yet a weaker CPU. Both retain displays with average resolutions, however the Samsung's matrix has the upper hand here. Here is a brief conclusion on what is good and what is bad about the i780:

The good:

New platform, PXA3xx, packing the best-performing CPU among WM-powered solutions
128 Mb of RAM
Decent display
Robust build quality
Well-picked suite of applications
The bad:

Mediocre (for Samsung) 2 Mpix camera, which is only in line with other WM communicators
Non-standard display resolution (320x320 pixels), bringing about issues with games and some applications
Touchpad, installed instead of a conventional navigation key (not everyone finds it convenient)
And the most interesting. The device is slotted for early 2008 (in Russia), no word on exact release dates, though. But they have already let some info on its retail price slip – the i780 will go for 700 USD for both European and Russian (!) markets. We put an exclamation mark in there on purpose – there will actually be one price for these two markets. So even if you throw its letdowns into the equation, specifically a weakish camera, questionable ergonomics and a suqare display, all thanks to its price tag, the i780 morphs into one of the most intriguing offerings on the market of Windows Mobile communicators.

In essence, its price is almost half of what the HTC TyTN II goes for, lower than that of the HTC Touch Cruise, Glofiish X800, M800, X650, Asus P750 and even the Mio A702. What is more, while the Samsung i780 may not trump the above in some departments, it surely is on a par with them.

And now for the revelation we promised earlier in this write-up – why the i780 is very likely to be overlooked with all its merits and strengths. There are several reasons for that and the first one is that Samsung is not synonymous to Windows Mobile communicators in minds of most users. Many believe Samsung rolls out intuitive and eye-candy phones, which can be mastered by the very act of turning them on. Then, brand name. Which is all famous and renowned, yet has nothing to do with Windows Mobile. Essentially, the reverse thing is true as well – the consumers bent on Windows Mobile do remember that Samsung occasionally forays into this market with some solution, but they will hardly focus on devices from this maker alone. And that’s the place where another factor comes into play - the way the company treats the platform.

It is an open secret that most of Samsung's resources on the market of mobile devices are allocated to phones, whereas the segment of smartphones and communicators running Windows Mobile is more of a proving ground for the manufacturer. That's where the way it looks at this market stems from - as a rule, Samsung's solutions are loners on the Windows Mobile market, meaning that once they forge a new device, off it goes – no ad campaigns whatsoever, since the company doesn’t find the segment that interesting. But let's leave all these sad things behind. All we have left to say is that despite its oddball controls, quirky design and a very questionable square display, the Samsung i780 is still worth a glance or two.

Who will fall for this communicator? There is only one question to ask yourself to determine whether you are one of them or not – if you can live with all the abovementioned letdowns, then you should definitely keep the Samsung i780 towards the top of your short-list, as it is one of the best offerings on the WM market in terms of the price/quality ratio.

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The World's Most Expensive Mobile Phones


They're studded with gems and loaded with extras, from data-encryption systems to MP3 players. And they're a big hit with the super-rich

Struggling to find a gift for that hard-to-buy-for multimillionaire on your Christmas list? Why not splurge on one of the world's most expensive mobile phones? For as little as $7,200—to as much as $1.3 million—these handsets sport luxurious extras ranging from diamond-encrusted keypads to ironclad data protection, as well as the standard digital camera and Web-browsing features.

O.K., that could be a bit more than you planned on spending. But luxury cell-phone brands such as Vertu, a British-based subsidiary of Nokia (NOK), have posted triple-digit sales growth in recent years as the ultrawealthy look for something more exclusive than mainstream upmarket models such as Apple's (AAPL) iPhone or LG's (LGEJY) Prada handset.

Targeting the growing number of megarich in developing economies, as well as more-established markets in Western Europe and North America, luxury phone brands have become a big business. Click on to see which companies are vying to create the world's most expensive mobile phone.

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Sony Ericsson K850 vs Nokia N82 pics

-5 megapixel camera phone with Auto focus and Xenon flash
-Tri-Band HSDPA phone for high-speed picture and video blogging
-Advanced digital camera features – BestPic™, Photo fix and PictBridge

Beautiful images - The 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and Xenon flash produces true digital camera results. Even if you are not an expert photographer, the K850 does everything to help you get the best possible shots on your phone. Photo fix automatically improves light balance in one click to make your picture as good as it can get. When taking a picture of a moving object, for example at a sports event, you can select BestPic™ and take nine pictures in one burst. Then simply choose the best and delete the rest.

Discover, capture and share
The Nokia N82 enables you to explore your surroundings and find your way with navigation and routing; document your adventures with the high quality imaging capabilities; and instantly share your experiences with one click upload to the web.

Featuring A-GPS, 5 megapixel camera, Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics and internet connectivity, the Nokia N82 also incorporates all the multimedia computer features common to Nokia Nseries. Like its predecessor the Nokia N95, the Nokia N82 is the latest epitome of a truly converged device that is not one thing but is many.

So which one do you guys prefer?














Pics from planete-nokia

Mobile phone bath cradle

The phone looks really comfy in that bath tub...

Gold Star P1i Dual SIm Phone (not Sony Ericsson)






Check out this Sony Ericsson P1i ripoff/clone. Here are the full specs.

Product Feature:
Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.
Unlocked for use on GSM 900/1800Networks in UK, Europe, Asia and Australia
TV Receiving
FM Radio
WAP
CameraImage Viewer
Video Recorder
Video Player
Audio Player
Sound Recorder
E-Book Reader
Games
Theme
Calendar
To Do List
Alarm
World Clock
Stopwatch
CalculatorUnit Converter
Currency Converter

CAMERA DETAILS:
Shutter Sound: 3 sound for you to choice or off
EV -4 to +4
Banding: 50Hz/60Hz
Delay Timer: off/5/10/15 secs
Continue Shot: 1/3/5 shots
Image Quality: Low/Normal/High/Fine
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloud, Incandescence
Scene Mode: Auto, Night
Effect Setting: Normal, Garyscale, Sepia, Sepia Green/Blue, Color Invert, Gray Invert, Blackboard, Whiteboard, Copper/Blue Carving, Embossment, Contrast, Sketch
Add Frame: 10 Wall Paper Frames for you to choice or off

Video Details:
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloud, Incandescence
EV -4 to +4
Night Mode: On/Off
Banding: 50Hz/60Hz
Video Quality: Low, Normal, Fine, High
File Size Limit: No Limit, 95k, 195k, 295k, No Limit
Record Time Limit: 15/30/60, No Limit
Record Audio: On/Off
Encode Format: Mpeg4, H.263
Effect Setting: Normal, Garyscale, Sepia, Sepia Green/Blue, Color Invert, Gray Invert, Blackboard, Whiteboard, Copper/Blue Carving, Embossment, Contrast, Sketch

Multimedia:
Camera
Built in High Quality Speakers
ImageViewer
Video Recorder
Video Player
Sound Recorder
FM Radio (87.5-108), Background Play On/Off

Extra:
Calendar
To Do List
Alarm
Calculater
Bluetooth
Phone Book: 500 contacts

Memory Details:
External Memory: MicroSD (1GB included)

Package:
1 x Gold Star P1i TV Phone
1 x Charger(will provide different Type adaptor upon your posting address)
2 x Batteries
1 x Stereo earphone handfree for phone and audio
1 x USB cable(for connect PC or charging)
1 x 1GB MicroSD(T-flash) card
Only downside is no English manual but the operating system and menus is English and pretty obvious - besides, manuals are for wimps

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007

Review of UMTS-communicator Samsung i780


Mobile-review have posted their Samsung i780 review and here are the specs and final impression.

We will look how well the i780’s 2 Mpix camera fares in the second part of the review, as well as the platform’s specs and software. The handset’s hardware department is interesting for combining the Qualcomm platform and a latest-gen CPU - the Marvell PXA3xx. Also we will be covering the operating system’s abilities, bundled GPS and other bits and pieces.

Our first impressions from hands-on with the i780 are very positive - the communicator is palm-friendly, offering both QWERTY-powered input and the convenience of single-handed handling. Its design won't leave you indifferent, being in keeping with Samsung's finest traditions - top-notch materials and very sturdy feel.

Specifications:
Type: Windows Mobile-communicator
Form-factor: QWERTY-enabled candybar
Rivals: no direct rivals
Position in the line-up: first of a kind
Materials used: plastic
Operating system: Windows Mobile 6 Professional
CPU: Marvell PXA3xx (416-624 MHz)
RAM: 128 Mb (78 Mb for applications)
ROM: 256 Mb (150 Mb available to user)
Connectivity: microSD, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (A2DP), Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/e), proprietary socket for charging/PC sync/headset
GSM: 900/1800/1900, EDGE/GPRS; WCDMA 2100/HSDPA
Display: 2.55”, 320x320-pixel resolution, 65K colors
Camera: 2 Mpix, 320x240-pixel video recording
Extras: GPS, touchpad, display tweaked for finger-based navigation
Battery: detachable Li-Ion
Dimensions: 116x62x15 mm
Weight: 120 g

Sony Cybershot: DSC-T9 vs DSC-T100

Just got the Sony Cybershor DSC-T100 digital camera!, its amazing!... it sports 8.1MP of resolution, double anti-blur technology, 5X optical zoom, super big screen and other amazing features! chieck theses comparision pictures between my old DSC-T9 and my new DSC-T100!














Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Google's Android - First look


Mobile-review have posted a great preview of Google's Android. Very interestng stuff and worth checking out. Here is the final conclusion.

Conclusion
We were thrilled to check out this emulator, so as to assess the abilities of the new platform. Regrettably, there are no operational applications available as yet, so our take on it was skin-deep. Among the prospective amenities of the Android are its touch-sensitive display that can be handled with fingers alone, Google Maps and phonebook. We were a little puzzled by the browser, however. But let’s not forget that this is only the first demo of the OS, so we will reserve our final judgment until first Android-based devices arrive. One thing is for sure, though: most contemporary approaches to device management and interface layout have been implemented into the system’s software, which is obviously a good thing.

SKY IM-S300


The SKY IM-S300 is made by Pantech and was introduced to the Korean market with the name "Romantic Wave Slim Phone (SKY IM-S300)". It has a very sexy curvy design and features a slider form factor, 2.2 inch display, 1.3 mega pixel camera and costs about 300 Euros.

Sony Ericsson names Opera Mini best productivity app


Opera Software, the only company that puts the Web on any device, today announced that Opera Mini 4, the browser for all mobile phones, won the category for Productive Mobility in the 2007 Sony Ericsson Content Awards.

The jury said: "The sophisticated and smart features of Opera Mini 4 take mobile Internet browsing to a whole new level. A superior mobile Web experience."

"The best mobile browsing experience. Now I can go to any website in the world on my mobile phone."

The awards were given in the categories for Gaming, Imaging, Productive Mobility, Music & Audio and Themes & Graphics. Winners were chosen by a jury of content industry professionals and judged on ease-of-use entertainment factor, mobile innovation, functionality and audio performance.

"We are excited to present the 2007 Sony Ericsson Content Award winners," said Ulf Wretling, Head of the Sony Ericsson Developer Programme and Communications. "Looking at all the award nominees has been extremely interesting and the excellent work that we have seen proves that the third-party content industry is thriving and full of innovation and drive. By working with creative and innovative content creators such as Opera Software, Sony Ericsson continues to give consumers unparalleled access to a broad variety of engaging and user-friendly content."

Opera Mini 4, freely available for download at operamini.com, enables the full Web on a full range of mobile phones. As a result, anyone can use the real Internet from their phone today. Opera Mini has more than 27 million users worldwide.

"Opera Mini is a champion in our cause to deliver the best Web experience across devices," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "In the future, the Web will power content on all connected devices. Therefore, we're thrilled to be recognized in this category by Sony Ericsson."

The award-winning Internet experience includes zooming options that make it easy for users to view and navigate page content on a small screen of a mobile phone. New to version 4 is Opera Link, which dynamically synchronizes bookmarks that are stored from any other browser directly to Opera Mini.

As a 2007 Sony Ericsson Content Award winner, Opera Mini 4 will be preloaded on select Sony Ericsson phones and will be available through Sony Ericsson's PlayNow™ download service. To learn more about the Sony Ericsson Content Awards 2007 visit www.sonyericsson.com/contentawards

About PlayNow™
PlayNow™ is Sony Ericsson's popular over-the-air (OTA) download service, available directly from the menu on most Sony Ericsson phones. On November 6, 2007, Sony Ericsson revealed a first glimpse of its new PlayNow™ arena, which marks the latest evolution of the PlayNow™ experience. The new PlayNow™ arena provides end-users with an expanded content catalog, accessible via both the phone and computer, and uniquely integrates the TrackID™ music recognition service. Introduction of the enhanced PlayNow™ service starts in selected markets from Q2 2008 with continuous roll-out during the year.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Swarovski covered phones

Check out these Swarovski covered phones. The first one is the iPhone and the seond one is the Samsung X520. Their prices have been jacked up of, of course...



Pics from gsmhelpdesk.nl

Google announces Yann Arthus-Bertrand layer in Google Earth


Almost 500 photographs by French photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand have been unveiled in Google Earth today. The photographs are presented as a layer in Google Earth with striking facts and figures about the state of the globe today. Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his non-profit organization GoodPlanet.org aim to promote environmental sustainability by highlighting the beauty of the planet and the issues it faces through his photography.

The layer, which is called "Earth from Above," will be regularly updated with new photographs plus facts and figures by GoodPlanet.org, using data from various agencies around the world. It will be accessible from the Global Awareness folder in Google Earth, home to a number of layers highlighting environmental and humanitarian issues. To access the Global Awareness folder, users should go to the Layers folder in the left hand toolbar in Google Earth. Google Earth can be downloaded for free from: http://earth.google.com

The stunning Yann Arthus-Bertrand photographs can also be accessed on iGoogle, the personalized Google homepage. By adding the "Earth from Above" gadget to their homepage, users can discover a new photograph each day and pinpoint its location on Google Maps.

The layer, iGoogle gadget and introductory video can be accessed from the "Earth from Above" microsite: www.google.com/earthfromabove. The Earth from Above will be available in 14 languages: French, English, German, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Czech and Russian.

FM Scan Radio W/ Clock


Product Introduction:
Features:
Digital auto scan FM radio
12 hour format
Alarm clock
Power Source:2 ×AAA battery (not included)

Packing information:
1.Unit Size: Ø 26×93mm
2.Unit Weight (w/ packaging): G
3.Packaging Size(color box size): CM
4.Packing Info: 100PCS/CTN,38*35*23.5CM,6.8KGS

Nintendo Controller Back Pack


This officially licensed Nintendo backpack is comprised of a large main compartment, as well as 3 external zipper pockets and 2 net storage pockets. The padded inside panel and heavy-duty padded straps make this backpack very comfortable for the wearer. The bag measures about 12" X 17" X 6" and features the original NES controller.

Sony Ericsson website redesigned


It is not a major redesign but some minor changes to the page layout to make navigation easier. I personally like it more now. Some people are speculating that this redesign might be related to some new Sony Ericsson announcement...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Model poses with the Nokia N82

Here are some pics of a Chinese model posing with the Nokia N82. Enjoy!











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