Jul 28, 2009

Nokia N73 Music Edition

Nokia N73 Music Edition

Nokia N73 is a GSM phone. Nokia N73, a CandyBar mobile comes with a great list of features. Nokia N73 price is optimal and it is a great buy.
Nokia's N73 music edition encompasses the N73 as base and jazzes it up with a variety of music related functions to enthral the user. The N73 is capable of storing up to 1500 tunes on the onboard 2GB card, a dedicated music key for easy access to stored music, easy access to the music library, and a dedicated shutter for the 3.2 mega pixel camera.

This phone utilises the advanced Carl Zeiss optics, and is capable of directly uploading images to Flickr, the online photo sharing website. The N72 is also equipped with the Nokia music manager to organize music tracks stored onboard. There are integrated 3D speakers also for great music experience while on the move or whenever you wish to share a few private moments with yourself.

The Nokia N73 operates on Quad band EGSM on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies, dual mode WCDMA/GSM/ and on 2100 MHz WCDMA. Along with the S60 user interface 3rd Edition, it has an active standby screen with a multimedia key, which is capable of providing access to predefined applications.

Moreover, the Nokia N73 music edition has superlative options for browsing, connectivity; data transfer, and call management. Also, this phone has options for digital services, advanced voice features, advanced device management, and an advanced personal information management system. The sales package consists of Nokia Battery BP-6M, Nokia Travel Charger AC-4, Nokia Classic Stereo Headset HS-28, Nokia 2 GB miniSD Card MU-36, Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-53, CD-ROM: Nokia PC Suite & Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition and extensive user documentation.

As per the manufacturer, this phone is capable of offering up to 3.7 hours of talk time, and up to 15 days of standby time. Not to mention that you are assured of support and assistance for this product from Nokia's support and assistance centre. For further information, read the information guide that you will get along with this excellent Nokia product.

N70 Music Edition

Nokia N70 Music Edition

Nokia N70 is a GSM phone. Nokia N70, a CandyBar mobile comes with a great list of features. Nokia N70 price is optimal and it is a great buy.

The Nokia N70 is a music lover's delight. With many features similar to the N70 regular series, this edition scores on a variety of features especially added for complete music enjoyment. The phone can store up to 700 different tunes on the inbuilt 1 GB card, and also has a dedicated key for easy access to music. Additionally, it has the capability of supporting different music formats, a 2 mega pixel camera, a dedicated shutter key and a camera activation slide. Additionally, it is possible to send and receive data via blue tooth technology as well.

The Nokia N70 has triband GSM connectivity capability on 900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies, dual band WCDMA/GSM and WCDMA 2100 MHZ operating frequencies. It also has automatic switching between modes and bands. Moreover, the Nokia N70 has superlative options for browsing, connectivity; data transfer, and call management. Also, this phone has options for digital services, advanced voice features, advanced device management, and an advanced personal information management system.

The sales pack contains Nokia Battery BL-5C, Nokia Travel Charger AC-4, Nokia Stereo Headset HS-3, Nokia 1 GB MMCmobile Card MU-13, Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-53, CD-ROM containing Software (PC Suite and Adobe package), User Guide, Quick Start guide, and Add-on Application guide. According to the manufacturer, the phone is capable of delivering a talk time of up to 3.5 hours, and up to 11 days of standby time. Not to mention that you are assured of support and assistance for this product from Nokia's support and assistance centre. For further information, read the information guide that you will get along with this excellent Nokia product.

Jul 27, 2009

The Black Berry Tour

The BlackBerry Tour Smartphone

Waterloo, Ontario -- Research In Motion (RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Tour(TM) - a powerful new 3G BlackBerry® smartphone for CDMA customers in North America. The new BlackBerry Tour smartphone offers state-of-the-art communications and multimedia capabilities with outstanding mobile performance and consummate styling. It is a feature-packed and highly refined world phone that keeps you connected and lets you tour the world in style.

"BlackBerry continues to be the top selling smartphone brand in North America and we are proud to add this powerful new 3G world phone to our successful product portfolio," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "With its striking design and exceptional performance, the new BlackBerry Tour will offer a compelling choice for the growing number of wireless customers looking to upgrade their existing cell phone to a smartphone."

The BlackBerry Tour smartphone allows customers to stay seamlessly connected - across town and around the world. It supports high-speed 3G EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America, as well as 3G UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad.

The BlackBerry Tour smartphone also provides the industry's leading mobile solution for email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and social networking together with built-in GPS and advanced multimedia capabilities, enabling customers to make the most of both their personal and professional time.

The BlackBerry Tour features a chic black finish with chrome highlights surrounding its sleek design (112mm x 62mm x 14.2mm and 130g). It includes a large, highly tactile, full-QWERTY keyboard with chrome frets and finely sculpted keys for fast and precise typing. In addition, the large (2.44"), bright display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi) delivers the highest resolution available on a BlackBerry smartphone, presenting pictures, web pages and videos with incredible clarity.

Other key features of the BlackBerry Tour smartphone include:

- 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording(i)

- Full HTML web browser, including support for streaming audio and video (RTSP)

- Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music, a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and support for the Bluetooth® Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP)

- 256MB Flash memory

- Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot, supporting cards of up to 16 GB today and expected to support next generation 32GB cards when available

- Built-in GPS with support for geotagging, BlackBerry® Maps and other location based applications and services

- BlackBerry® Media Sync allows customers to quickly and easily synch music from iTunes® and Windows Media Player with the smartphone(ii)

- Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, enhanced background noise cancellation, a low-distortion speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals

- Preloaded DataViz® Documents to Go®, allowing users to edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset

- Easy mobile access to Facebook®, MySpace and Flickr®, as well as popular instant messaging services including BlackBerry® Messenger, Yahoo!® IM, AIM®, Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger(TM)

- Support for BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include travel, productivity, entertainment, games, social networking & sharing, news & weather, and more

- BlackBerry® Internet Service allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts

- BlackBerry® Enterprise Server provides advanced security and IT administration features within IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® environments

- Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby time

The BlackBerry Tour smartphone (model number: 9630) is expected to be available this summer from carriers in North America.

For more information visit www.blackberry.com/tour

(i) Video recording requires microSD card, which may be sold separately

(ii) Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies

Nokia N97

Nokia N97

Over the past two weeks the Nokia N97 was put through its paces. So how did the phone hold up? Turns out the N97 is the best all-in-one phone to come from Nokia to date, and those who

can afford the phone won’t regret the purchase. Here’s why.

Below is a compilation of the N97 mini-reviews published over the last 14 days, summarized for your convenience:


“So how does the camera hold up? Well, the N97 has the best camera phone I’ve ever used (it’s similar to the N82’s), but it definitely won’t give standalone cameras a run for their money. People planning to take photographs quickly as the moment happens will be disappointed as well. As with any other photography session under less-than-ideal lighting conditions, taking pictures with the flash off sometimes led to better results.” -The Nokia N97’s 5 Megapixel Camera: How Does it Do?


“For now though, one thing is clear: based on my (admittedly undemanding) usage, the Nokia N97 almost lasted for two days. A definite improvement over the N96!” -Nokia N97 Battery Log

Bundled Extras

“All things said, each Nokia N97 comes with a lot of useful items. At the very least, the USB data cable, hands-free kit, charger adapter, and the phone’s built-in 32GB of memory means you don’t have to buy accessories to maximize the N97. The bundle is good, but pretty much standard for a high-end phone.” -The Nokia N97: What Comes in the Box

Build Quality and Durability

“The N97 isn’t the most fragile thing in the world. In fact, despite it’s moving display it does pretty well in terms of rigidity and build quality. It can also survive the occasional accidental fall—which we learned the hard way after a particularly cringe-worthy impact on a tiled floor. Except for a couple of minor problems, Nokia has done pretty well, and the N97 definitely features better build quality than the N96.” -The Nokia N97: Build Quality and Durability


“…it seems Nokia learned a thing or two from its experience with the 5800; the initial touchscreen responsiveness issues reported by early adopters of that phone (eventually fixed with a firmware update) are not present on the N97. This high-end phone can actually function as quickly as its less-powerful counterparts, despite having more features to manage.” -The Nokia N97: Responsiveness

Exterior and Styling

“In short, those who decide to buy the phone won’t end up with a cheap looking device. The N97 boasts an exterior and styling that is worthy of its price, coming across as a luxury item without calling too much attention. Owners will have to do a bit more to protect the Nokia N97 from oil, fingerprints, and scratches though.” - The Nokia N97: Exterior and Styling


Is this phone worth its P34,000 launch price? It’s hard to answer that question objectively, but here’s a guide: the Nokia N97 literally has every feature Nokia bothered putting into its phones, boasts a big screen, and is actually quite responsive. The touchscreen interface is good enough that you can access all of the phone’s functions without sliding out the QWERTY, and actually get caught by your friendly neighborhood MMDA for texting while driving. Speaking of which, the small keyboard is very easy to type on, rendering the bundled stylus unnecessary.

More importantly, the phone enjoys the support of a high-capacity battery, making it possible to use all those features for an appreciable amount of time. The only thing missing from this phone is a flashlight, ladies and gentlemen.


Nokia 6760 slide.

Nokia 6760 slide


Nokia today announced the Nokia 6760 slide, a messaging optimized device with a sliding QWERTY keypad. Ideal for individuals who want to stay connected when they are out and about, the Nokia 6760 slide offers fast and easy access to favourite social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace or Twitter as well as email accounts from Ovi Mail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Windows Live Hotmail and thousands of other email providers.

Setting up an existing email on the Nokia 6760 slide is simple. Only the email address and password are required. Push email is available through Nokia Messaging. Instant Messaging no longer needs to be confined to a computer as the Nokia 6760 slide also offers access to instant messaging solutions from Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger.

In addition to great messaging options, features like the inbuilt A-GPS module together with the 3D landmarks and the terrain maps give a greater dimension to the Nokia 6760 slide.

At the end of the day, the Nokia 6760 slide is a great multi-tasker – you can tweet, email, IM, share online, browse the web, listen to music, all at the same time. And it makes phone calls too!

The Nokia 6760 slide will be available during the third quarter of 2009 for EUR 199 before subsidies and taxes.

AT&T phones

AT&T phones

AT&T Wireless has released a slew of impressive phones in the last few months. We take an in-depth look at all these new AT&T phones.

AT&T Wireless made a huge splash with the recent introduction of the Nokia Surge, a consumer QWERTY smartphone powered by cheap mid-range hardware. Furthermore, the carrier recently introduced the Sony Ericsson C905, boasting a high-end Cyber-shot 8-megapixel camera. Three Samsung phones have also seen the light of day on AT&T this spring, including the Samsung Jack WinMo slab QWERTY phone, Samsung Propel Pro WinMo QWERTY slider, and the Samsung Impression consumer QWERTY phone with its shining 3.2-inch AMOLED screen. And lastly there's the top-rated Nokia E71x QWERTY smartphone, providing a powerful solution at a low price point for business users.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Four months have passed since its announcement in October 2008 and the 5800 XpressMusic has finally landed in Singapore. It is the first touchscreen smartphone that runs on the Series60 (S60) 5th Edition platform and bundled with an unlimited music download service, Comes With Music (CWM).

Meanwhile, Nokia has already announced the N97, its second touchscreen S60 model, in December last year. That is expected to be available worldwide in the first half of 2009. Samsung, too, has shown off its Omnia HD based on the same software at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Editors’ note:

As this is the first handset that runs on the S60 5th Edition platform and bundled with CWM, we are taking a different approach for the review of the 5800 XpressMusic. Our evaluation will be split into three main sections looking at the software, service and hardware before ending with our usual performance tests and conclusion.

S60 5th Edition Software

Naturally, the highlight of this device is the touchscreen-enabled S60 interface. This is an extension of the current S60 3rd Edition UI, dubbed the S60 5th Edition. What happened to “4″, you might ask. Without elaborating too much, Tuula Rytila-Uotila, vice president for Live, GoToMarket, said the company traditionally doesn’t use that number in its products. In the Asian context, the number 4 is considered unlucky.

The 5800 doesn’t have a directional pad or an Enter button, but is instead fully controlled using the touchscreen and the three hardware keys below the display. The resistive LCD which allows you to use your fingers or a stylus for input requires a little more pressure to tap compared with capacitive screens.

Going with the music theme, Nokia has even included a plectrum–normally used with a guitar for plucking or strumming–as an alternative pointing device. Making up for the absence of tactility associated with hardware buttons is onboard haptic feedback.

User Interface

A lot of what you expect on an S60 phone has been retained, including the ability to bring up a list of running applications by holding down the menu button. To quit any application, just press and hold the corresponding icon and a context menu will pop up for you to do so. Additional shortcuts have also been added to capitalize on the touch interface. You can set an alarm by tapping on the time or switch from Silent to General by hitting on the profile. The battery indicator, on the other hand, brings up the connection manager.

The key takeaway with the touch interface is the inconsistency with scrolling and tapping gestures in the software. It’s not a deal-breaker, at worst marring the initial experience with the device. The irregularity makes it seem like Nokia hasn’t put much thought into what it wants to deliver with the 5800.

For instance, you slide your finger down in the menus to scroll down, but you “push” a page up in the Web browser instead. The swiping finger gesture is also implemented only in selected applications. One example is the picture gallery.

Applications need only one tap to activate, while other menu options require you to tap twice. Granted that a possible reason for implementing a second click is to prevent accidental presses, the constant switch between single and double taps is something which takes getting used to.

While we like the overall “stickiness” of the interface, it doesn’t beat the iPhone in terms of fluidity. Given an option, we would have preferred the rim that runs around the circumference of the device to be flush with the display instead. That will make it easier to scroll pages using the onscreen bars at the sides.

The Home screen on the 5800 prominently shows pictures or avatars of those contacts you want quick access to. Tapping on their pictures, you can then see your recent activity log with them on the screen and conveniently call or message them. Vital information like your RSS feeds and calendar appointments are also easily accessible via this Home screen.

Alternatively, you can switch back to the standard Shortcuts bar which you can customize with four frequently accessed applications. The icons are noticeably bigger to cater for finger-based inputs.

On the top right corner, a touch-sensitive “button” above the LCD brings up a shortcut dropdown column which allows you to access your music, videos, pictures and the Internet browser quickly.

Text Input

Various text input methods have been implemented including a full QWERTY for landscape mode use, a mini QWERTY if you’d rather thumb type in portrait format, the good old onscreen numeric keypad for one-hand operation, and handwriting recognition.

There is haptic feedback for every action, a useful feature when you don’t have the tactility of physical keys. You can adjust the intensity, and we found that keeping it to the minimal, so that the vibration was subtle, gave us the best experience overall.

During our review, the mini QWERTY input was much too small to be useful. On the flipside, the full QWERTY and numeric keypads both take up the entire screen so you can’t see the screen you are on. That may also cause problems in some cases where you have to type in something while referring to text or images on the display at the same time.

While we fully understand the need for these onscreen keypads to be large for accessibility, some size compromise could have been implemented so you can still see part of the original page. That said, we got up to speed typing on the full QWERTY the moment we picked up the phone and it was our preferred mode of text input.


According to Rytila-Uotila, programs created for current S60 phones will also work on the S60 5th Edition, though many of them have not been formatted for the 5800’s 640 x 360 display and may look odd. The software development kit (SDK) for the S60 5th Edition has been released to developers and they will be able to tweak their current applications for this UI and create new ones, too.

Bear in mind that there are still very limited applications that are fully compatible with the 5800. Preinstalled are the Web browser, Maps 2.0, music player, file manager, calculator, converter, voice recorder, FM radio, Podcast, RealPlayer and your usual Calendar, Contacts and Messaging facilities. Missing are Quick Office and a PDF reader which would have been useful for document handling. Mail for Exchange, one of our favorite free apps for syncing with Microsoft Exchange, worked perfectly fine on our review unit though.

The Web browser hasn’t seen much improvement, so it’s basically still the Webkit version, but with touch capabilities. It’s a pity because Nokia could have taken the opportunity to make it more polished than the Safari browser on the iPhone. What’s good is that the browser supports Flash and Java.

The 5800 is preinstalled with two games–Bounce and Global Race-Raging Thunder. Interestingly, only the racing game makes use of the onboard accelerometer for steering the vehicle in-game.

Comes With Music

Also a big part of the 5800, other than the new software, is Comes With Music (CWM), Nokia’s unlimited music download service. According to the company, Singapore is the first market to get the 5800 bundled with CWM for S$798. For comparison’s sake, a local export set without CWM is priced at S$560.

Here’s the proposition of CWM’s unlimited premise. You can download as many songs as you want, within 12 months, from the Nokia Music Store and you get to keep or re-download the tracks after the service period. So far, tunes from EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music, Universal Music Group and local labels including Rock Records and Ocean Butterflies are available from the store.

Music downloaded from the store are encoded with a 192kbps bitrate in WMA format and are shackled with Windows Media DRM. This means you cannot copy the tracks to another MP3 player, for example, an iPod. Burning music onto a CD also requires additional rights which you must pay for. You can, however, transfer the songs you’ve downloaded to a new PC within three years of purchasing the CWM handset.

So is this for you? Depends, but the price-for-feature ratio is rather compelling. In the four days that our CWM service was activated, we downloaded over 700 songs, though we would chalk that number to our initial enthusiasm over downloading whatever that’s readily available. That brings us to the next point.

What we find most appealing about CWM is the instant gratification it offers. The only thing to watch out for if you are downloading from the device are the airtime charges incurred, which means you’ll need to factor in a data plan with decent bandwidth. What would have been great complements to the service are a music recognition app like Track ID on Sony Ericsson mobiles and a feature that pulls the lyrics of the song you are listening to off the Web.

A few other things to note about CWM are that after the initial phase of downloading all the music available on the storefront, it comes to a point where you either search for a particular album or track that you want, or wait for Nokia to refresh the store’s page so you can pick from there again.

The downloading speed is also dependant on the network which can make or break the user experience. Mass downloads are best on a PC (no support for Mac) and single tracks on the handset. Syncing between the PC and device is only via the bundled micro-USB cable connection (no Bluetooth). A nice feature to have is the ability to charge via micro-USB.

We did encounter a few errors during downloading where the songs couldn’t be found and albums couldn’t be downloaded fully. A Nokia representative said that could be due to our network connection as she didn’t encounter the problems we noticed on her end. There were instances where we resume the download though that doesn’t work all the time.

The 5800 XpressMusic

The 640 x 360-pixel display on the 5800 may seem strange at first because it’s not the VGA (640 x 480) screens we are more used to seeing. The reason for this becomes clear when you think about its 16:9 aspect ratio. 640 x 360 is exactly one-quarter of 1,280 x 720, the minimum resolution for something to be classified as high definition (HD).

If you visit video-sharing sites like Vimeo which allows you to upload HD clips, you will notice that the streaming clips are displayed at 640 x 360 within the browser. For a media-centric mobile phone like the 5800, this is ideal for watching movies and television clips originally formatted for HD displays. You may also want to know that the 5800 has 50 percent more pixels than the iPhone 3G, but has a smaller display which measures 3.2 inches diagonally.

The choice of a plastic chassis may irk users who are used to the metallic accents on premium handsets, but we found the build quality impressionable overall. The SIM card, once inserted, is difficult to remove without a prodding stick (stylus), but that’s not an issue unless you swap SIM cards often. A keylock switch is found on the right edge of the 5800 and it was indispensable for quick locking of the touchscreen.

Internally, there’s little to gripe about. This handset comes with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and a touchscreen display. An 8GB card is included as standard and the microSD card slot supports up to 16GB and even 32GB cards when the latter becomes commercially available.

Having lots of storage is, of course, important to a music-focused mobile phone, and that’s further complemented by its built-in speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack so you can plug in your favorite headphones. This same jack also lets you to output the sound and screen onto an external display using a TV-out cable that’s included by default.


Overall, we found the 5800’s performance to be snappy and there weren’t any issues with call quality. Audio playback via the onboard speakers was also surprisingly good. If you own a pair of decent earphones, the 5800 is a very good alternative to standalone MP3 players.

The 3.2-megapixel camera wasn’t fantastic, although it would suffice for occasional snapshot moments.

On average, the 5800 lasted two days with combined Web browsing, music playback, calls and text messages. Your experience with the device may vary depending on your usage pattern.

Nokia rates the 5800 for up to 9 hours of talktime and 35 hours for music playback.


Though we expected Nokia’s first touchscreen UI to appear on a high-end device like one of its Nseries or Eseries products, the birth of the S60 5th Edition on a mass market phone like the 5800 has its advantages, too. For one, it has an amazing price of 279 euros (about US$386). That’s phenomenal considering the features you get–a comparable Windows Mobile phone is easily 50 percent more expensive than that. With Comes With Music, the additional premium puts the device in the midrange portfolio.

The positioning of the phone also makes sense if you take into account the competition the 5800 faces. Most manufacturers are already into their second- or third-generation touchscreen handsets. For Nokia to come in at this price point and with a laundry list of features, it will force other makers to revisit their lineup.

That’s not all. The Finnish outfit is also going all out with Ovi, its online portal for a range of services. In the case of the 5800, the Comes With Music is key. Building a tightly integrated ecosystem is pertinent to a successful product. The Apple iPhone clearly showed the way with iTunes. BlackBerry is catching up and Nokia is obviously not far behind.

The 5800 isn’t without misses, too. There aren’t that many third-party apps right now, though that will change down the road. Plus the touch user interface isn’t consistent, which is what the company should urgently address. We were close to giving the 5800 our Editors’ Choice award but felt that this aspect caused it to miss the mark slightly.

Overall, it’s hard to find a touchscreen smartphone that matches the 5800 in terms of price and features.

According to Nokia, the red and blue versions of the 5800 XpressMusic bundled with a grey plectrum will be available on February 28 in Singapore. A silver-black model will come in mid-March. Nokia added that a standalone 5800 XpressMusic without CWM won’t be available at launch, but didn’t comment on whether its decision will change in the future.


Physical design
Phone type Candy bar
Dimensions (W x D x H) 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm
Weight 109g
Secondary display resolution x pixels
Input method(s) Touch screen
Available colours Silver–Black, Red, Blue
Network Quadband
Network type(s) GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Connectivity options 3G, GPRS, GPS, HSDPA, Bluetooth, A2DP, USB, WLAN
Calling Features Video calls
LCD display size 3.2-inch 640 x 360-pixel, up to 16 million colors
Color LCD? Yes
Operating system Symbian OS
Max. talktime (in hours) 9 hours
Max. standby time (in hours) 408 hours
Internal memory 81 MB
Expansion slot(s) TransFlash / microSD
Included accessories Handset with stylus, extra pen stylus, stylus plectrum, headset, 8GB microSD card, carrying case, portable stand, video-out cable
Built-in digital camera? Yes
Maximum camera resolution 3.2 megapixels.

Nokia N96

Nokia N96

The new Nokia N96 is a new stylish handset of Nokia with trendy look and unique attributes. The handset is 3G network phone which comes in three stunning colours viz black, silver and quartz. The device weighs 125 grams and has the dimensions of 103 x 55 x 18 mm. The screen displays 16M colours with 240 x 320 pixels resolution. The memory is embedded with an internal memory of 16GB and also supports microSD card which enhances its storage capacity. The Nokia N96 has a 5 megapixel camera with advanced features like Carl zeiss potics tessar lens, dual LED flas, autofocus etc. The users can capture flawless picture and record videos of their nearest and dearest ones. The Nokia N96 enables users to enjoy high paced connectivity through 3G, HSDPA, USB, EDGE and WLAN Wi-Fi technology. With the Nokia Web and HTML browser one can access internet with a high speed on Nokia N96. The messaging service encompasses SMS, MMS and Emails.

Jul 26, 2009


It's June 29th and Apple is finally ready to let the public play with the iPhone. The past six months apple iphonehave shaped up to be the highest profile mobile phone launch ever, Apple has conjured up an amazing amount of buzz for a device that only a handful of people have actually held. While the early adopters are busy waiting in lines across the country to be the first iPhone users, others are busy betting (real money!) on what bugs will be found.

AT&T came out in support of its EDGE network today amid heavy criticism from the first round of iPhone reviews. The combination of a "2.5G" data technology and a HTML/CSS compatible browser can mean some heavy wait times (expect about a minute to render a complex page like nytimes.com). Most phones, even many inexpensive models, from competitors Verizon Wireless and Sprint ship with 3G data support.

Apple has not announced how many units it has on hand, but analysts believe it's around 3 million. Steve Jobs noted that Apple has "built factories to build these things" so supply may not be an issue despite the lines outside stores. Apple employees are set to get free iPhones starting in July.

Get it tonight starting at 6PM. If you're an early adopter and would like to share your iPhone impression with us, get in touch.

Update: After getting a chance to sit down with the iPhone, our first take is that it's a big step forward in the industry and should help force all the major players in the space to focus on software and user experience. There are a number of serious limitations with the iPhone, but it's a solid first try and we're excited to see future revisions.

iPhone with call screen, Visual Voicemail screen, and contacts screen
iPhone displaying a now playing screen featuring The Killers and an iPhone playing the movie The Duchess

An iPhone surrounded by application icons

T-Mobile G1 with Google Android officially announced

tmobile-g1-closed.jpgT-Mobile USA has officially confirmed what unofficially has been the talk of the town--the debut of the first Google Android based mobile phone. The T-Mobile G1 is made by HTC (the device was code named the HTC Dream) and was introduced this morning at a press conference in NYC. While this is the first Android device to be announced there should be many more following. The G1 is a T-Mobile exclusive (both USA and Europe).

Specs and features of the G1 include:

  • Quad-band GSM / Dual band 3G / EDGE / Wifi
  • Touch screen with iPhone like dragging
  • Slide out QWERTY keyboard
  • 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus
  • Amazon MP3 store app to download DRM-free songs over WiFi
  • Multi-tasking
  • IM (Yahoo/MSN/AIM/Google Talk)
  • Google Maps with street view
  • HTML email client (POP3 and IMAP) plus contact and calendar syncing for Gmail users
  • Web browser using WebKit

The G1 will retail for $179 with a 2-year contract when it starts shipping on October 22nd. Current customers can order online and the G1 will be delivered when it's launched. Like the iPhone, the G1's service agreement requires a data plan. Unlimited data with 400 messages runs $25 monthly while unlimited data and unlimited messaging will cost $35 monthly. Since it's a 3G device the phone will only be made available in T-Mobile's current 3G markets. You can use T-Mobile USA's coverage search tool to find out if your area is 3G or not, though the number of markets should be expanding rapidly. The G1 will not be available without a contract or via pre-paid service.