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The iPhone 5 is coming, and here’s what you need to know

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After the usual barrage of speculations, rumours and some surprisingly accurate leaks, the sixth generation iPhone has finally made its official appearance. The iPhone 5 – as the Cupertino based company calls it – is noticeably lighter and slimmer than its predecessor while also packing a larger 4-inch display. With 4G LTE connectivity and twice the processing power under its hood, the world’s most-discussed gadget appears to be well poised to keep fans of Apple products well and happy for another year. Continue reading “The iPhone 5 is coming, and here’s what you need to know” »

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Info-Explosion: the Nokia X7 and E6 edition

Last  week, along with a few other fellow bloggers, I’ve attended an interesting meeting with Nokia X7 and E6 product mangers. After having some solid hands-on time with the said phones, I went back home with mixed feelings. This is all what Nokia has been in the past years – an ongoing conflict between the old and and new.  Nokia X7 and E6 are Symbian^3 (Anna update) smartphones, featuring two entirely different directions  – entertainment and productivity. And yet, the struggle is still the same. What are the challenges that Nokia ought to overcome before the release of these phones – in my latest blog post on My Nokia Blog .

 

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Nokia E7: First Reactions

Sometimes before actually writing a fully fledged review it’s useful to put down some raw impressions first. These immediate reactions of using the Nokia E7 might be able to convey a more vivid image than a perfectly constructed and though-out review. Of course, for every type of article there’s the best time and place. Now let’s get going!
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Brief look at the new Nokia C3-01 ‘Touch and Type’

Confusing names aside, the new  Nokia C3 is the second handset in Nokia’s  Touch and Type family. Along with the Nokia X3, these two Series S40 based feature phones offer a no-nonsense user interface and lightweight design for those who doesn’t necessarily need the extended functionality (and complexity) of smartphones.

At first glance, you might say the C3 is just a more reserved version of the X3, and, for the most part, you’ll be right.  But there are still some subtle differences to be found, so let’s have a closer look…

Size and weight : Both phones can be considered compact and slim, with a barely noticeable weight in hand. Still, the Nokia X3 pushes the limits even further by having a thinner, although a bit wider, body. Oh, and it’s lighter too.

Nokia C3 vs X3

100 g vs 78 g

111 x 47.5 x 11 mm  vs 106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6. mm

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The Nokia E7 is no small business. Find out why…

Since it’s announcement during the recent Nokia World event, the E7 has gotten quite a lot of attention. And for a good reason. It was passionately dubbed by Annsi Vanjoki as the direct continuation of the Nokia’s ‘communicator’ legacy, and thus, has quite some shoes to fill.

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Do you like… pink? Nokia X3 Touch and Type hands-on impressions

So, with the Nokia World 2010 ending in a flash, I can finally start  digesting the enormous stream of mobile information that was coming from more directions I could manage to catch. It’s was a monster. There was only but a few things that kept us running with a constant supply of adrenaline, and more specifically, one – the all new devices from Nokia. By now, you probably know what the new portfolio is like, and what can we expect from Nokia in the next couple of months. There’s definitely lot to talk about, and choose in which phone to invest our money in, but one thing’s for sure, there’s just about everything to everyone. But let’s stop here, and have a closer look at one of the phones that appeared at the event. Hands-on [p]reviews of other devices will follow.

Meet the Nokia X3. Or,  if you like it better that way, X3-02. Confusing? Most certainly, as there’s already a Nokia X3 with a slider form factor, released in late 2009. Especially confusing is the fact that ‘X3’ is clearly visible on front of the device. Suddenly, using the righteous X3-02 isn’t so attractive anymore, now is it? But let’s leave this for later discussions, and instead have a quick virtual tour around the device in question.

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Nokia C6 initial reactions and the microSD card write speed conundrum…

This is just a quick response post to my friend @the_accidental regarding the file transfer speeds on the Nokia C6 vs Nokia N900. I thought it’s an interesting topic so I looked into whether the C6 will have greater transfer speeds with my Kingston microSD card (class 4) than with the supplied no name 2Gb card. And here are the curios results:

Write speed from PC to phone:

Nokia C6: Kingston Class 4 microSD card  ~ 2.6 Mb/s vs ~2.9 Mb/s Noname microSD card;

Nokia N900:  Kingston Class 4 microSD card ~ 6.6 Mb/s vs ~ 6 Mb/s Noname microSD card.

After looking at the above figures I think it’s rather obvious that there’re almost no significant difference in USB transfer speeds between the two memory cards that were used. While I can’t guarantee that my results are 100% correct, the overall picture is quite telling, I’m sure of it. The outcome shouldn’t comes as a surprise, since the Nokia C6 I’m currently reviewing is a budget smartphone foremost and it would make perfect sense the manufacturer tried to cut expenses wherever possible. Surprisingly dull, however, is my find that the C6 doesn’t support charging via microUSB port, probably another indication of older parts being used.

But that’s perfectly alright. It’s not the Nseries chart stormer for ultra-tech geeks (like me). For about 200 euros you get a device with a 3.2 inch resistive touchscreen, a very convenient and easy to use 4-row qwerty keyboard that is perfect for social media and emails, a decent enough 5Mpix camera, and all the connectivity you can eat plus free GPS navigation with Nokia Ovi Maps. There’s just no other word for it, it’s a steal!

To conclude this quick mindstorm session, here’s my unboxing and quick tour video of the Nokia C6:

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HTC Desire has arrived…

This is just a short welcoming speech of the latest trial unit I’ve acquired, along with some 5Mpix camera samples I’ve uploaded to my flickr account and the now obligatory unboxing video of the retail package.  I will touch upon this high-end smartphone at a more personal level  in the next few days. As always, stay tunned…

Update 1: One week has passed with HTC Desire, and I can confidently say this smartphone has grown really close to my heart. I’ve reviewed a couple of Android devices before (the most recent being Android 1.6 running XPeria X10), yet I’ve never seen anything as special as HTC’s Sense UI. It’s not just an overlay UI on top of the stock Android OS 2.1, but it’s a set of widgets, applications and other little customizations and tweaks that bring the already fluid and intuitive Android experience to a new level. I  can already see how this, coupled with the ever expanding Google online services, can easily hook more customers in who are looking for a solid smartphone experience.

Of course there’re a few noteworthy problems here and there. While the built materials are top quality, design wise HTC played a very safe game, there’re little eye catching features aside from 3.7 inch touchscreen that offers a really vibrant  and sharp image. Another no-go  is the very  mediocre camera. While I really enjoy the built in features like touch-to-focus and face detection, the weak LED flash and lack of 720p video recording  makes the Desire a poor man’s show. And finally, the ridiculously low space  available for installing applications -120 Mb-  a limitation that I had run into disturbingly fast. It’s not clear why the manufacturer didn’t equip it’s leading Android flagship with a bigger internal memory since extending functionality with heaps of various apps from Android Market place is such an integral part of the smartphone experience. Romors has it now, that Android 2.2 will allow installing apps on the microSD card and put the powerful 1Ghz processor to a good use with HD video recording and Divx/Xvid codecs support.

Seems like many of my mentioned problems can be easily fixed with future firmware updates. The only question remains, whether customer will be wiling to wait or simply look for an absolute winner elsewhere. Samsung Galaxy S is more than a capable alternative since HTC is no longer the only top player in Android smartphone field, even though the most experienced.

The full contents of the European retail package of HTC Desire (minus the mini disk with documentation)

Camera gallery

(Just click on the thumbnails to open the camera sample collection)

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Unboxing of the Desire, a powerful high-end smartphone from HTC, running Android 2.1 and sporting 3.7′ capacitive AMOLED touchscreen with multi-touch support. HTC utilizes it’s own customization on top of the stock Android OS v2.1 (Eclair) called Sense UI that ensures a seamless and beautiful experience across all smartphones released by the manufacturer.

The internals are equally impressive with Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor and 576 MB of RAM, and a ‘touch to focus’ 5Mpix camera with sharing features to social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.

HTC Desire is equipped with a Li-Ion 1400 mAh battery that should last around a day for most users, but it strongly varies depending on the number of online services running in the background.

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Sony Ericsson X10 – Does X mark the Spot?

It’s been quite some time since I’ve had a smartphone on my hands running on Android OS. Since my last visit, the little green robot’s operating system has been rapidly gaining ground and is now picked up by almost all top players in the mobile industry. Moreover, for some (read: Motorola) it has even been the saving grace from being steamrolled by Apple’s cult phone. A quick  glance over the latest review headlines and it’s crystal clear the market becomes increasingly saturated with Android devices varying quality and covering different price segments. No doubt, it’s a definitive step forward since the release of G1 a mere two years ago. Now we see this open source platform steadily feeding off Windows Mobile market share and ready to take the leap for Symbian OS that still remains the leading software platform for smartphones.

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