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Motorola Shadow leaked.

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 by Eric77lv

<!– @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –>The Droid is a very successful phone, bringing the power of Android with a nice, thin form factor. Though a successor could be coming soon to Verizon, among other carries. The Motorola Shadow was first leaked as the “Nexus Two”, which is supposed to have a full QWERTY keyboard, which was missing from the Nexus One. Though telling from pictures this is not the case, and could be a successor to the current Droid or the Droid tablet.

Pictures and specifications have been found on HowardForums, and so far looks promising. For one, the Shadow follows a new trend of thin devices with a massive screen, as seen on the HTC HD2 and EVO 4G. The screen measures 4.1 inches across, though there is not word if the screen is a AMOLED screen, as screen with a higher resolution and consumes less battery life. There is also a faster TI OMAP 3630 processor with 720MHz speed, versus the current OMAP 3430 550MHz processor found in the current Droid. The camera is also improved with a 8MP camera and flash, along with 8GB of on board storage. There is also an option for HDMI out, which is a feature that was first seen on the HTC EVO 4G. No word yet if this runs the newly announced build of Android Froyo 2.2 or even if it runs Moto Blur.

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RIM announces the BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Bold 9650

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2010 by Eric77lv

RIM is known for the most popular smartphone aimed at business consumers to date, the BlackBerry. It has become a symbol of business, which also popularized the modern QWERTY keypad. RIM is destined to keep the BlackBerry going, and today RIM did so.

BlackBerry Bold 9650

The Bold 9650 is the successor to the BlackBerry Tour that is currently on Verizon and Sprint. It adds Wi-Fi and RIM’s new optical track pad, which has been seen on newer BlackBerrys, like the Bold2 and Curve 8520. It still has the same size and camera seen on the original Tour. As for specifications, the only difference is that there is 256MB more of internal storage, for a total of 512MB. For now Sprint has announced that they will carry it starting May 23 for $200 on a 2 year contract. As for international carriers, none have been announced yet.

BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100

Quite possibly the biggest announcement today, RIM has announced a successor to the much popular BlackBerry Pearl, which has been overdue for an update. Coming from the name it now includes support for 3G cellular networks, and Wi-Fi with 802.11n connectivity. The Pearl 3G also comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash on the back. What is the most interesting part of this handset is that it has keyboard layouts: the 20 key SureType keyboard seen on the original Pearl, and a new T9 layout (Which seems very weird for RIM). The Pearl 3G should be coming to AT&T and T-Mobile soon, but wouldn’t be surprising if we see it on all 4 carriers here in the US like the first Pearl. No prices or international carriers have been announced yet.

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Microsoft announces the Kin line of social networking phones.

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2010 by Eric77lv

Microsoft’s only foray into the mobile phone business was Windows Mobile, which has been a success. Yet, Windows Mobile has only been target at business users and power users. Soon, Microsoft bought Danger, one of the the partners that makes the T-Mobile Sidekick, a phone aimed at younger users.

Today, Microsoft has put Danger to use, by announcing the social networking based Kin line of phones. The Kin OS is based on the upcoming version of Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7. Two phones have been announced in the Kin line, the Kin One and Two.

Kin OS

As previously said before,  Kin’s OS is based on WP7, but also aggregates many popular social networking platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. Instead of the usual Windows Phone 7 home screen, it has been replaced by the Kin “Loop”, which is the first thing you see when you unlock the Kin. It shows what your friends have been up to with status updates and tweets. Sadly, the Kin does not run third party applications. The browser in the Kin OS is also based on the browser that has been seen on the Zune HD. There are many elements of the Zune OS in Kin, which the service handles media playback on the Kin. There is also a cloud feature with Kin, called Kin Studio. This saves your media, contacts, and messages on a cloud. Which is a nice move on Microsoft’s part, which could prevent another Sidekick disaster of 2009.  You can mostly do almost anything on the Kin, from the studio.

Kin One and Two

Kin One was leaked earlier in the year as “Turtle”, today it was announced that the final name would be Kin One. The One has a Palm Pre like style, with a slide out horizontal keyboard. The screen is slightly smaller at 2.8 inches diagonally. Kin One comes with 4GB of on board storage. The camera is average for a phone that is aimed for this market, at 5 megapixel for stills, and SD video quality, along with an LED flash.

The Kin Two, has a bit better specs than the Kin One. The Kin Two shines in the camera department, with an 8 megapixel still camera, and records in HD for video, it also boasts the same LED flash as seem in the Kin One. The Two comes with 4 GB of more storage, having a total of 8GB.

So far, Verizon has announced that they will be the exclusive carrier in the US, while abroad Vodaphone will carry both Kin phones in Europe. Microsoft, Verizon, and Vodaphone have not announced pricing for both phones. Do you see the Kin taking off?

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HTC announces HTC Legend, Desire, and HD Mini.

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2010 by Eric77lv

HTC has been a leader in phones for quite some time, delivering what we want in an Android or Windows Phone phone. At MWC 2010, HTC is ready to keep that tradition going.

Changes to Sense

HTC Sense has been HTC’s skin for Android and Windows Phone for about 1 year. Though that year HTC has received some feedback on the Sense skin, and has put that feedback to work. HTC has added 2 new features to Sense, one of them is Leap. Leap is a feature where you are at one of your homescreens and you pinch to see all your homescreens on different cards, which like multitasking on Palm’s WebOS. Another new feature to Sense is Friend Stream, which is much like the social aggravator built in to MotoBLUR. It brings in all your friends status updates from Twitter and Facebook and puts them into one single page or widget, which seems to be a nice feature.

HTC Legend

The HTC Legend is the successor to HTC’s Hero, which was the first phone to run Sense. The Legend has a brand new unibody aluminium build, which has been seen in Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups. The screen size stays the same at 3.2 inches, but bumps it up to an AMOLED screen, which has been seen in phones like the Samsung Wave, or HTC/Google Nexus One. The Legend also has the standard set of connectivity including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, though no word on GPS or aGPS. HTC, much like RIM, has been removing trackballs from its line up of phones and replacing them with a new optical trackpad, the track pad is also one large click able button. The Legend, along with the HTC Desire will run the updated Sense skin on Android 2.1. So far no pricing has been announced, but it will be available on Vodaphone in Europe starting in early second quarter.

An promotional video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14MEt8VoU3s

HTC Desire

The HTC Desire can be described in a few words: A Nexus One running Sense. The Desire runs almost identical technical specifications, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera with LED flash, and the same 3.7 inch AMOLED screen. It also carries HTC’s new optical trackpad, which doubles as a clickable button. Though HTC did manage to pack a suprise inside the Desire, which ironically makes you want to desire the Desire, which is full flash support and will be Flash 10.1 ready. It runs the new updated version of Sense over Android 2.1. No word on pricing, but will be available in Europe and Asia in the second quarter, and will be on Telestra in Austrailia.

An promotional video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLxsxnlGFnE and a second one here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltSyVNO5tvM

HTC HD Mini

This is not the first time a manufacturer has done this, they have shrunk down their flagship phone into a smaller, more versatile phone, while still retaining the wow factor. For HTC, they have shrunken down the flagship HTC HD2 into the smaller HTC HD Mini. It still retains many of the same specifications, including: Wi-Fi, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Bluetooth, GPS, and Windows Phone 6.5.3. Though, something had to give in for the smaller size, and that was the screen which was shrunken down from a massive 4.3 inch screen to a smaller 3.2 inch HVGA screen. It is heading for Europe and Asia with 7.2 mpbs HSDPA sometime in the 2nd quarter. No word if it is coming to T-Mobile USA, since they are carrying the larger HD2 next month.

The promotional videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTtCGiykDW0 and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hSSEx2F7K8

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Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 7: Windows Phone 7 series

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2010 by Eric77lv

Windows Mobile has been in need for a massive overhaul recently, and today at Mobile World Congress it got that overhaul.With a complete make over, Windows Phone is coming back to blow the competition away.

What changed

This is the largest and ambitious overhaul Microsoft has ever done. From now on Microsoft will drop the Windows Mobile name and go for Windows phone, which started after the release of Windows Mobile 6.5. Now, every single thing about Windows Phone 7 Series is different, it has gone away from trying to bring the Windows desktop experience as it did in the early 2000’s, doing away with skins also like Sense on HTC phones, and TouchWiz on Samsung phones. So this means carriers  like Verizon can not change anything on 7 Series, since every phone running it will be the same verison.  Though, all phones that run 7 Series have to have specific technical specifications.

Whats new

Windows Phone 7 Series is a whole new interface, taking cues from the Zune interface as seen on the ZuneHD. 7 Series has gone away with the today screen in favor of the new tiles interface, which act more like widgets. Each tile will display updates from social networking services, and other updates such as missed calls and test messages. Speaking of social networking, hold on to your seats Xbox Live fans, 7 series has INTEGRATION of Xbox Live. The integration includes profiles, games, and avatars. 7 Series also will have updates from other social networking platforms, thought it has not been said which services will be integrated. Another Microsoft service that will be integrated will be Zune services, which includes many of the Zune HD features.

Availability

Microsoft has said the first handsets with 7 series will be available around the holidays. Though so far, it is known that the HTC HD2 will get an update for 7 Series, which sounds beliveable since T-Mobile USA is a carrier partner. So far these carriers have partnered with Microsoft on 7 Series: AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile Europe) , Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia (TIM), Telefónica(O2), Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. So far Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm have partnered as a hardware partner.  Here are some press screenshots released by Microsoft:

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Samsung announces first phone running Bada OS, Samsung Wave.

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2010 by Eric77lv

Recently, Samsung has stepped up to the plate of making their own smartphone operating system, called Bada. Bada was announced in November 2009, and previewed in a event in December. So far no official phone was announced that runs Bada, until today at Mobile World Congress in Spain.

Today, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain (it’s like CES, but for mobile phone industry), Samsung announced its first phone running Bada, called the Samsung Wave. It has a 1GHz processor (which is presumed to be the same Snapdragon processor in the Nexus One, and HTC HD2), along with Samsung’s new “Super AMOLED” screen, which is a new type of screen the provides crisp and colourful pictures. Also it has the standard set of smartphone specifications and features including 802.11N Wifi, new to the market Bluetooth 3.0, aGPS, and expandable storage via MicroSD. The Wave also packs a pretty amazing camera, a 5MP camera with LED flash, along with 720p recording and 5.1 surround sound, which sounds stunning considering it is a mobile phone. The Wave also has support for DivX, XviD, MP3 and WMV files. Samsung is also teasing its new mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine), which has been used in Samsung’s LCD and LED televisions. Samsung has also introduced its new TouchWiz 3.0 interface, which as been seen on many other Samsung phones, such as the Omnia 2 and Behold 2. The Wave sounds like a very impressive phone, and will be in pockets by April, though no word on pricing yet, or if it is coming to North America with 3G. Here are more press shots of the Samsung Wave:

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Review: Nintendo DSi (Black)

In Nintendo, Review on April 5, 2009 by Eric77lv

At midnight today I had gotten my DSi. I have played with ti long enough to review it. First off is Pros and Cons.

Pros

Has bigger screens, more Wifi support, downloadable games, free 1000 Nintendo DSi Points, SD card support, matte finish, camera with distortion lens, much better sound quality, Virtual Console for GBA coming soon.

Cons

Removal of Game Boy slot, flash cards wont work, no video support, battery life in the range of 4-5 hours

Nintendo DSi Camera

With the addition of 2 new cameras and a distortion lens, I think it is very nice. Now when they say .3 megapixels It really looks like 1 or 2 megapixels. Unfortunately my SD card was acting up, so I cannot post a picture I took with my DSi. Over all the DS camera is very nice. Yet, it is not for professional use, just a camera to have fun and play around with.

Nintendo DSi Sound

Now the Nintendo DSi has the ability to play back audio. You can with record it or put a song on a SD card. There are many cool things that you can do with that audio. You can make the tempo faster or slower, or you can make it high pitched or low pitched.

Nintendo DSi Shop

Nintendo now has made a shop for the Nintendo DSi. You can download games and applications from DSiWare, which is much like WiiWare. Wii Points have now been rebranded as Nintendo Points. If you charge them to DSi they are called Nintendo DSi Points, if you charge them to Wii they are Wii Points. Right now the pricing structure is Free, 200 points, 500 points, and 800+ points. Nintendo has said that they will add more things to Nintendo DSi Shop at the start every month. Nintendo has also said that they will have Virtual Console on DSiShop for GBA games. Nintendo has also said that they will have Virtual Console on DSiShop for GBA games. Right now there is now much. Right now this is what applications/ games are on DSiShop: Nintendo DSi Browser (Free), Bird & Beans (200 points), Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face (200 points), WarioWare: Snapped! (500 points), Art Style: AQUIA (500 points), and Brain Age Express: Math (800 points).

Final Words

The DSi is not for everyone. If you have the first DS and have money for the DSi, I say go for it. Yet, if you have a DS Lite I would just wait, unless you have the money. It’s also great for people who are on the go or are with friends much of the time.

Details

Right now the MSRP for the DSi is $169.99. If you are in Nevada with taxes it would be $183.16. The DSi currently comes in 2 colors: Ice Blue and Black.

I give Nintendo DSi a 4.9 out of 5