Archive for the ‘Phones’ Category

Versace Launches Its First Touchscreen Mobile

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Versace Unique is the fashion designer’s first step into the world of touchscreen handhelds, and just like its previous phones, it’s pretty high-end.

ModeLabs, a company with significant experience in building lush mobile phones, colborated with the Italian fashion company, on the Unique, putting its mark on the original design. LG was responsible with putting together the innards, that include the 3-inch display and a 5 megapixel camera. The Versace Unique features Dolby Surround mobile technology that’s bound to make listening to music a pleasurable experience, 3G, email client and media player.

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Jaguar Phone-Watch Has You Talking to Your Wrist

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The CVSL-M48, a.k.a. The Jaguar tries to combine entertainment anc communication functionality in a tight stylish package that fits on your wrist.

The Jaguar might look like just another nicely designed wristwatch, but it’s actually a mobile phone designed as a watch. Like most Chinese handhelds, it features 2 SIM card slots, as well as 1 Gb of memory, a full keypad, and two integrated speakers, so you don’t always have to keep the watch near your ear, when you receive a call.

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NEC Docomo Pro N-08B Is More of a Laptop Than a Phone

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Looking a lot like the old Nokia Communicator, the new NEC Docomo Pro N-08B looks a lot more like a mini laptop, rather than a mobile phone.

Set to launch under NEC’s Docomo Pro series, the new N-08B features a large, 4.6 inch display, and full QWERTY keyboard, both in a 80×180×18.1 body. As far as weight goes, the new NEC handheld is 300 grams heavy. Couple that with WIFI connectivity and POP3/SMTP email service, and the NEC Docomo Pro N-08B feels a lot like a small laptop.

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Garmin and ASUS Join Forces for the Garminfone

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T-Mobile has announced it will be distributing the new Android-powered phone, dveloped by ASUS, in collaboration with GPS-device specialist, Garmin.

Garminfone was announced late last month, and T-Mobile has announced it will be available in June, for $199, with a two-year agreement. This collaborative effort of ASUS and Garmin features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, a 3 megapixel camera, GPS, and Garmin’s own custom UI, meant to facilitate in-car use.

Garminfone obviously focuses on GPS technology, and it will offer users real-life weather and traffic updates, auto re-routing and access to Garmin’s huge points of interest database. Pre-order isn’t yet available, but the Garminfone’s custom features are bound to make it a big hit among drivers.

Motorola Flipout Runs Android

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I’m not to big on square phones like the upcoming Motorola Flipout, but the Android operation system is definitely a positive.

Announced earlier as the Twist, a name borrowed from rival Nokia Twist, a phone that ironically enough, has relatively the same shape, the Flipout will apparently be based on the Android OS. Though still just a rumored handheld, the Motorola Flipout is scheduled to hit retailers in three different colors (black, green and pink) that make it obvious it will be targeting the female clientele.

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Samsung Seek M350 Available For $29.99 On Selected Price-Plan

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The Samsung Seek M350 has now gone official on Sprint and comes in an eco-friendly package that will allow its users to reuse the packaging to ship old wireless phones and other phone accessories for free.

The phone has a 2.6-inch QVGA intuitive touchscreen display and a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard. It features a 1.3 megapixel camera, microSD card slot for up to a 32GB memory card, threaded messaging, social networking support for Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, 3G, 128MB of RAM, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headset.

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Nokia N8 Replica Already on the Market, in China

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The Nokia N8 hasn’t even been launched yet, and the Chinese have already launched a 1:1 replica. These guys sure work fast.

But, like most Shanzhai, the Chinese N8 doesn’t come close to the original, as far as technical specifications are concerned. It has a 3.2 touchscreen with a 240×400 inch resolution, WAP, GPRS, FM radio, Bluetooth, webcam and Java support. Battery life ranges between 3 and 5 hours of talk time and 8 to 12 days, in stand-by mode.

But the N8 replica has no WIFI, 3G, Symbian OS, and we can’t even mention the 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss sensor. The 75 euro price tag seems pretty reasonable, and accessories are even cheaper: 3 euro for a second battery, 2 euro for a 4 Gb SD card, and 6 euro for a Bluetooth headset. Still, judging by its features, I’m not sure it’s worth it.

Check out more photos of the N8 replica, after the break.

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Samsung Monte : Iron Man 2 Version

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Samsung has officially announced that they will launch a special edition of their Monte handset dedicated for the upcoming Iron Man 2.

The device is a mid-range touchscreen handset and it will be available exclusively on O2 in UK. The phone comes with an SD card loaded with the original Iron Man 2 movie that you can watch on its 3″ capacitive touchscreen display. The handset also features a 3.2 megapixel camera, FM radio,  WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS and runs under Samsung ‘s own TouchWiz OS.

Via Pocket-Lint


The Senior Citizen Cellphone That Can Save Your Life

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Those huge keys can be a bit misleading, but that is neither a pocket calculator, nor a remote control. It’s actually a mobile phone for the elderly.

Suddenly, those huge buttons make a little sense, right? They’re for people who’s eyesight isn’t what it used to be, and it saves the time they’d spent looking for their glasses. The Senior Citizen phone also comes with a built-in flash light, for seeing in the dark, FM radio and, most importantly, an SOS button. This can be programmed to dial four  phone numbers and send SMS to them, in case of emergencies. When the SOS button is pressed, it also makes a loud warning sound, alerting everyone in the premises.

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COOL GTW18 Smartphone with Built-in Video Projector

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COOL, a tech company from China, who specializes in making Apple iPhone replicas, has launched a new smartphone, with an integrated video projector.

This phone should be packing some mean features, to live up to its COOL name, but apparently to the guys at m8cool, the GTW18 isn’t impressive at all. It comes with a 3.2 inch 240×400 resolution touchscreen, and a MP4 video projector that supposedly works in 1080p mode. Only, when it was tested, the projector couldn’t manage resolutions higher than 640×480. Though the inscription clearly says 1080p, I think they meant VGA, at best.

The COOL GTW18‘s projector can only be used in dark room, and even then, the projection is not much larger than the phone’s screen and it’s totally unimpressive. If you’re looking for a projector smartphone, I’d go with the Samsung Beam, instead.

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The Nokia E72 Goes White And Gets A Firmware Update

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The Nokia E72 handset has received a new firmware update and is the latest handset, after the Nokia N97 and X6, to become available in white.

Probably the main competitor of the BlackBerry businessphone, the white edition of the E72 comes with lots of accessories such as an equally pristine Nokia BH-216 bluetooth headset and Nokia C-313 jeweller.

The phone’s features are impressive, it comes with a 2.36 inches TFT display with 320 x 240 resolution, a full QWERTY keyboard and five-way scroll key. Since it’s a businessphone, you’ll have unlimited phonebook entries and fields. The internal memory is only 250 MB, but the microSD card slot allows you to extend it up to 16GB.

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Nokia N8 : The First Symbian^3 Handset Goes Official

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Announced a few months ago, the Nokia N8 is finally official and it seems to deliver an impressive new Symbian UI.

As Nokia announced in the past, the phone runs Symbian^3 and is a touchscreen-only device. The 3.5″ display has a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels and features multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate and scratch-resistant surface.

Talking about its storage capacity should be a pleasure since it has 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB. The phone also features 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB 2.0, ARM 11 680 MHz processor, 3D graphics  accelerator.

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Chinese Make COOLK99 Transformers Phone

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The Transformers franchise is apparently as popular in China, as it is in the Western world, and the COOLK99 Transformers inspired mobile phone is the latest proof.

Featuring an all-metal structure the COOLK99 is colored in orange and black, and has the Decepticons logo on it. Design wise, the COOLK99 isn’t very impressive, but it doesn’t burn my retina either, so hardcore Transformers fans could actually get used to it.

When it comes to features, the COOLK99 Transformers phone isn’t very different from all the other Chinese phones we’ve seen lately. And by that I mean they don’t come close to the new generation smartphones, but they have enough built-in features to please the average customer. The COOLK99 has a 2.6 inch display that rotates 90 degrees, so you can make full use of the TV function. It also has an FM radio, GPS, WI-FI, Bluetooth, high definition camera and dual SIM card slots.

You probably won’t spot the COOLK99 Transformers phone in Western shops, anytime soon (or ever, for that matter), but you ca at least soak your eyes in a few more photos, after the jump.

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MATO Soccer Ball Doubles as a Phone

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You didn’t think the Chinese would miss the opportunity to cash in on an event, like the Soccer World Cup, did you? The MATO Soccer Ball is a mobile phone (you guessed it) shaped like a soccer ball.

MATO is just another unimpressive Chinese mobile device that hopes to catch the eyes of soccer fans, with its ridiculous design. Shaped like a miniature soccer ball, MATO is perfect, if you need a ball for a game of finger soccer. Its features are just as modest as its design, and include a 1.3 inch display, microSD card, 1 Gb of integrated memory, camera and microphone.

The MATO Soccer Ball costs $80. A bit much for a gadget you’ll most likely throw away, after the soccer fever wears off. More photos of MATO, after the jump.

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Lenovo LePhone Launched in China

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Lenovo has finally launched LePhone, the smartphone that made such a big impression, on everybody, at CES 2010.

As announced the stylish LePhone, has first launched on Lenovo’s home turf, in China. Powered by the Android 2.1 and featuring a 3.7 inch wide AMOLED display, as well as a number of interesting features, the Lenovo LePhone is one of the few Chinese phones worth drooling over. Sadly, we’ll have to wait a while, until the Chinese manufacturer tests its mobile device in China and other emerging markets.

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Samsung And Sprint Mobile Network Developing Eco-Friendly Mobile Phone

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Preparing for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Samsung and the mobile network Sprint have agreed on developing a new green mobile phone, the Samsung Restore.

The phone’s body is made from post consumer recycled plastic and it can be recycled again at a rate of 84%. The Samsung Restore comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an optical joystick, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, microSD card slot and other.

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Handheld Cellphone Jammer Is Diabolical

handheld-cellphone-jammerIf you’re a secret agent, or just a big tech geek, this cellphone jammer doesn’t seem very impressive, but for the rest of us, it’s a pretty big deal.

Using this easy to conceal jammer, you can cause panic everywhere you go, and just sit by and watch everyone around you scramble in despair. It looks like an oversized pack of cigarettes, with a few cigarettes sticking out, but it won’t hurt your lungs, just mobile phone frequencies.

The 3W High Power Cellphone Jammer affects all major cellphone frequencies, including GSM 900/1800, 3G, CDMA GSM, DCS and PHS, but it only has a range of about 20 meters. Powered by a 1,600 mAH battery, and can even block the L1 frequency from GPS satellites.

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Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Update Comes With Great Promises

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The long awaited iPhone OS update will be presented tomorrow in a special event initiated by Apple.

The next version of the software is the iPhone OS 4.0 and rumors claim that the most important feature of this new update will be the multitasking which may work the same way Expose works on Mac OS and it will be available for the first time for third-party applications.

Another aspect about the new iPhone OS is that some features from the Apple’s iPad could be added to the iPhone OS, including the ability to customize the background wallpaper using the iPhone in any orientation you want. Also, it is possible to see a merge between the iPhone OS and the iPad OS later this year which will be the iPhone OS 4.1

Via Cnet

Philips Xenium X312 Has a One Month Battery Life

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Stop rubbing your eyes, silly, they’re not playing tricks on you. The Philips Xenium X312 mobile phone really keeps you talking for one whole month.

Philips’ Xenium series really follows a simple and effective pattern. Get all the basic features on the device, then concentrate on the one thing that makes it special. In this case, it’s the battery life, and the Dutch tech giant really outdid itself once again. Xenium X312 promises up to one month of battery life, in stand-by mode.

Other specs don’t really match up to today’s hot mobile devices, but they’re satisfying, if you’re not a phone geek. The Philips Xenium X312 has a modest QVGA display, FM Radio, Bluetooth, a 2 megapixel camera and microSD card slot.

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Samsung Monte S5620 Now Available In India

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Samsung has entered the Indian market with a new affordable touchscreen phone, the Samsung Monte S5620, which was officially announced back in February.

The Samsung Monte comes with a 3″ WQVGA display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, 3.15MP camera with Geo-tagging and smile recognition, 200MB internal memory and microSD card slot for up to 16GB memory card and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Also, the Samsung Monte features Google Maps 3.0, social networking integration with live updates and a Li-Ion battery which will keep it alive for up to 10 hours of 2G calls and up to 5 hours of 3G calls.

The Samsung Monte S5620 is currently available in India and retails for 8,850 INR or $198 .