Archive | July, 2009

New LG Chocolate video has has drooling for more!

31 Jul

RIM announces the BlackBerry Curve 8520

31 Jul

In an apparent bid to be more competitive in the affordable smartphone space, Research In Motion has announced a cheap, QWERTY keyboard equipped BlackBerry phone – the 8520.

The 8520 is a 3G-less basic GSM, EDGE enabled device with Wi-Fi and a 2.0 MP camera. The device will compete with the likes of the Nokia E63, which is priced well under Rs 15,000, a segment where BlackBerry does not have any presence at the moment.

Detailed specs of the BlackBerry Curve 8520:

Dimension: 109x16x13.9 mm
Weight: 106 gram
Talktime/Standby time: 4.5 hours/17 days
Battery: 1150 mAh Li-ion
Display: 2.64 inch, QVGA display
Camera: 2.0 MP with video recording
Network: Quadband GSM
Optical Trackpad

Samsung prepping Galaxy Lite i5700?

31 Jul

In a world where every product has to be certified by dozens of authorities, it is very difficult to keep upcoming products under wraps. And the Wi-Fi Alliance certainly isn’t known for its secrecy. What we have today is the Samsung Galaxy Lite i5700, which could be a stripped down version of the Android running Galaxy i7500. Hmm, are we looking at an ultra-cheap Android smartphones? It certainly looks like we are!!

Wi-Fi Certificate

Nokia N97 has a mini sibling?

31 Jul

We ain’t sure how legit this image is, but Engadget Mobile has received photographs of the N97 posing with a smaller look-alike. We had seen a similar looking product in one of the N97 designer videos but somehow our gut feeling says that Nokia won’t launch a stripped down version of the N97 and call it the N97 mini. But stranger things have happened with Nokia and who knows, they might just announce a Maemo running N97 Mini in September, price it significantly lower than the N97 and make N97 users cry tears of blood.

Moto's Android running Scholes gets pictured in the flesh

31 Jul

Time is running out for Motorola to deliver on its Android smartphone promise and the desperation is visible as excited product managers are finding it difficult to keep their protos away from the limelight. Clicked here in all its glory is the rumoured Moto Scholes, one of the speculated four Android devices Motorola has in store this year. The Scholes is rumoured to have a 3.7 inch 480×854 pixel touchscreen, a 5.0 MP camera and a 3.5 mm audio jack. It is apparently heading out to Verizon Wireless, a CDMA carrier in the US. All this info falls in line with what our source told us a week or two ago.

via PhoneArena

LG Layla peeks out!

28 Jul

We had told ya that LG is prepping a GM730 follow-up device and we called it the GM750. Now we have with us the Wi-Fi certification of the phone with a codename Layla! Yup, Layla! We sure hope that this this one is as tempting as the one that Mr Clapton was trying to woo…

HP iPaq K3 shows up in Hanoi, headed for AT&T

24 Jul

A Vietnamese blog has got hold of an HP iPaw K3 that they claim was for sale at some store in Hanoi. There are two interesting points over here – the first, the phone has AT&T branding and second, it runs WinMo 6.5, which is not yet available commercially and is expected sometime in September.

The blog claims it will be launched in the US in November and will be one of the few QWERTY+touchscreen candybar smartphones in the market.

The blog claims the following specs:

2.46 inch, QVGA AMOLED display
Qualcomm 7200A processor clocked at 528 MHz, 256 MB RAM/512 MB ROM
GPS, Wi-Fi
3.2 MP camera

VNExpress via GSM Arena

Nokia launches 6700 Classic, 6303 Classic in India

24 Jul

Nokia India today launched the 6700 Classic and the 6303 Classic for Rs 14,000 and Rs 8,000, repectively.

Nokia 6700 Classic features:

WCDMA bands: I+II +VIII (900/1900/2100)
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
User Interface:S40
Dimensions:109.8 x 45 x 11 mm (L x W x T)Weight:116 g
Display:2.2 inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) with up to 16.7 million colors
Battery: Nokia Battery BL-6Q, 960 mAh
Memory:Up to 170 MB internal memory, support for up to 8GB MicroSD memory card
Main Camera:
Image capture:5 megapixels
Video capture:MPEG-4 VGA at up to 15 fps Flash:LED flash
Operating Times:
Talk time:Up to 4.0 hours
Standby time:Up to 300 hrs
Music playback:Up to 20 hours

Nokia 6303 Classic features

EGSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
User Interface:S40
Dimensions:108.8 x 46.2 x 11.7 mm (L x W x T)Weight:96 g
Display:2.2 inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) with up to 16.7 million colors
Battery: Nokia Battery BL-5CT, 1050 mAh Memory:Up to 17 MB internal memory, support for up to 4GB microSD memory card
Main Camera:
Image capture:3.2 megapixels
Video capture:MPEG-4 VGA at up to 15 fps
Flash:Dual LED flash
Operating Times:
Talk time:Up to 7.0 hours
Standby time: Up to 450 hrs
Music playback: Up to 15 hours

RIM patents the Rotoberry

24 Jul

A patent application recently made public shows BlackBerry maker Research In Motions plans for a BlackBerry handheld with a rotating display.

There are several variants of the concept device all featuring a display that can rotate to reveal a QWERTY keypad.

It might sound good but out experience with phones with swivelling displays has not been amazing and based on that we certainly don’t think it’d be a good idea to implement on a business phone.

If RIM really wants a new form-factor, it should look no further than the HTC Touch Pro2 for inspiration.


Living with the LG GM730

24 Jul

Thanks to the APAC teams of Microsoft and LG, I have been using LG’s latest Windows Mobile phone for about three weeks now. The GM730 is LG’s first smartphone that has its trademark S-Class 3D UI on it, which masks Windows Mobile’s traditional interface. At the moment, I’m using it on Windows Mobile 6.1 but I have been informed that it will eventually run on Microsoft’s new version of Windows Mobile called version 6.5.

While I’ll be reviewing the device in detail in the upcoming print version of CellPassion, I’d share some key take-aways from my review.

UI: The S-Class 3D UI does a great job of masking Windows Mobile UI and making it look more lively than the boring, business-like Windows theme. The guys have done a great job with e-mail set up that requires just three steps to configure popular ISP e-mail accounts.

Design: From the front, the GM730, in my opinion, is by far one of the best looking phones from LG’s stables. And yeah, I think it looks prettier than the Arena with its curved edges and metallic trimmings. However, the back is a different story all together. It is a cheap, thin piece of plastic that one would not even like to have on a budget multi-media phone, leave aside a pretty high-end smartphone.

Call quality: LG has had a chequered past when it comes to in-call audio quality and many of its devices have been infamous for frequent call drops (the Secret, for instance). In my opinion, the GM730 has one of the best in-call audio quality not only in LG’s portfolio but even among smartphones from other brands. I didn’t encounter any significant call drops either.

Battery performance: This is one area where the GM730 is a bit disappointing. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned off and just about an hour of calling and an hour of web browsing, the battery has not lasted me for more than a day, which means that if I turn on Wi-Fi for browsing, it would give me a battery performance somewhat similar to the iPhone 3G (I have not tested the iPhone 3GS yet). I believe if LG can overleap this hurdle, the GM730 has the potential to be a good mid-end Windows Mobile smartphone.