Archive for the ‘Smartphones’ Tag
HP just released two new smartphones with Vodafone (Europe) today.
The new iPAQ Voice Messenger and iPAQ Data Messenger both run on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
The Data Messenger features a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen. The Voice Messenger doesn’t have a touchscreen, and features a standard alphanumeric keypad, as it is focused primarily on voice calling.
The Android platform is following in Apple’s footsteps as Google has specified in their terms and conditions that it could remotely “remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion”.
This means that they control what you can and cannot use on your own device.
Of course, Google will probably only use this in case certain applications are messing up with the internal components of the software to a point were it could make the device operate outside of their established norms.
Only time will tell.
Here is yet another touchscreen phone that could have been interesting but that just isn’t: The Motorola Krave ZN4. It’s available now with Verizon Wireless for $149 (after $50 mail-in rebate).
The first thing to know about this flip-type phone is that it has only one screen but two touchscreens. When the phone is closed, you see the screen that is behind the flip cover because it is made of clear plastic. The flip cover is also touch sensitive so you can still access the main phone features even if the flip is closed. Continue reading
T-Mobile is the exclusive carrier to offer the BlackBerry Pearl Flip in the US and has now announced that the device is available for purchase.
The base price is $349.99. Subscribers that sign up for a 2-year contract will get a $150 instant rebate and a $50 mail-in rebate.
Orange is one of the big players amongst the mobile phone carriers in Europe, and they made a “bold” move yesterday towards the RIM device.
They asked their associates in the UK to stop sales of the BlackBerry Bold altogether because of software malfunction that causes headaches to both their users and their tech support people.
This will probably force RIM to work twice as fast on a patch to the existing problems that the BlackBerry Bold suffers from, here in America as well as in the European market.
Engadget has a very nice and complete hands-on article on the new BlackBerry Storm 9500 touchscreen smartphone.
In the end, it’s a positive review and it looks like a real good quality and durable phone that is feature-rich and expendable (with the App Center).
Read the complete article. It’s worth it!
One thing that the G1 and Android community could say they had that the iPhone didn’t was Google StreetView.
Bad news for them, Apple will be releasing a new update for the iPhone (2.2) and it should feature Google StreetView within the maps application. This update will also fix a few bugs, add an option to disable auto-correction in SMS messages, and support for emoji icons (email smilies and such).
No release date has been set for this update.
The new business model that has been around now for a few years is to build a service around a product so that people are “forced” to spend more money even after having bought the product.
Music, software, games, etc. It has always been around but now is more integrated than before with virtual stores appearing on all games consoles (Wii, PS3, Xbox), music stores specifically designed for specific products (Zune Marketplace, Apple iTunes), and app stores designed only for specific devices (Apple iTunes Store, Android Marketplace).
Now there is a new one joining the hype: the RIM App Center. At first, the application center will support only the new Blackberry Storm touchscreen smartphone but will (probably) be supporting other devices as time goes by.
Each carrier will have their own RIM Application Center so they will be able to control what appears on theirs and maybe have “exclusive” content not available to other carriers.
Apple is doing really well with it’s iPhone 3G product in the U.S. market, selling more than 10 million units in 2008.
Since its launch, the smartphone has become the #2 best selling overall mobile handset just after Motorola’s RAZR.
The iPhone 3G has also surpassed sales of all Blackberry and Palm products to become the best selling smartphone in the U.S.