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Æsir, the $61,000 Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2011

The Æsir is just about making calls and sending texts. It has an interesting Scandinavian design and is named after the ‘Norse gods’. The CEO of the company calls it ‘an anti-smartphone’. It also has an anti-smart price at £6,400.

The phone took three years to make, and offers ‘watch-grade material’ crafted by European craftsmen. It also has custom created ring tones. The regular model will cost you £6,400($10,560), while a gold-plated version is £37,000($61,000).

Nexus S 4G on Sprint now official

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2011

The Sprint version of the Nexus S has been available for pre-order for a while now, but things just got a bit more official. We have a date. And that date is May 8th. You’ll have to do the usual two-year commitment with Sprint and pay your $200 of course.

You won’t have long to wait now. The device is identical to the Nexus S on T-Mobile’s airwaves except for the addition of CDMA and a WiMAX radio. It features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor with dedicated graphics support and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Bluechip BC5i Big Button Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2011

The latest elderly-friendly phone sports the usual hugely oversized buttons and pretty much looks like a toy. The Bluechip BC5i Big Button mobile phone is designed to be appealing to those who shy away from the latest streamlined gadgets.

As you might expect, the phone comes with enhanced loudness, an SOS button and speak aloud numericals, which confirm each and every keypress using audio. There’s also an LED flashlight on the top. Only £29.95. It won’t help them when they misplace the phone however.

K-Touch W700 Tegra 2 Android Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2011

K-Touch has introduced the W700, an Android smartphone powered by dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, with Android 2.2, 512MB of RAM and 8GB internal memory. It packs in a 3.8-inch 480×800 capacitive touchscreen, a 5 Megapixel camera with 720p video recording and a 0.3 Megapixel front camera for your video chat needs.

The K-Touch W700 should prove a little tougher than normal thanks to it’s metal casing and it supports GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi. Since it was designed for China market, it comes with apps for Sina Weibo, QQ, Kaixin, and Youku. There’s also an FM tuner, microSD card slot, digital compass, accelerometer and an ambient light sensor.

Sprint says all phones will charge and sync through microUSB by January 2012

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on March 22nd, 2011

Last year, the European Union ordered cell phone manufacturers to standardize their syncing and charging solutions: all phones should use microUSB to transfer data and charge. And let’s face it, to have things any other way is just annoying. The only problem is that the European Union failed to stand tough and at the last minute agreed to allow cell phone makers to comply with the law by shipping their phones with microUSB adapters. That’s crazy.

We can only hope that things go better here in the states, because Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has confirmed that by January 2012, all US phones will use microUSB chargers, which would do us the great favor of making all chargers and syncing cables cross-compatible. Why he thinks this, we have no idea.

Nexus S 4G arrives on Sprint

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Google is just a tad biased toward it’s own phones, so the Google Nexus One is getting all of the Android updates first before other models, just like the Nexus S, which is the first handset to be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And now there is a new handset from Google today, the Nexus S 4G.

The hardware has been co-developed with Samsung and will be on Sprint’s high-speed 4G data network. It features a 4” Contour Display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware. The Nexus S 4G will arrive later this spring.

Kyocera Echo Dual-screen Android phone arriving on April 17th for $199.99

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2011

Echo, the dual-screen phone from Kyocera, set to arrive on Sprint’s network finally has a release date and a price. It was announced awhile back, and spotted at the FCC after that and now this odd Android handset will be making its way into our hands very soon.

Sprint has just announced the phone’s release date as April 17. Starting on March 26, you can reserve the phone if you like what it offers. The Kyocera Echo will cost you $199.99 with a 2-year contract on Sprint when it arrives.

CellBlaster UV Cell Phone Sanitizer

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2011

If you are worried about germs on your cell phone, I mean really worried, then there’s a better way than spraying it with cleaner every hour. The CellBlaster is the world’s first universal UV cell phone sanitizer. Just pop your phone in and clean it.

This device features an extra-long, powerful germicidal UV tube and a super-reflective scanning bed that quickly eliminates 99.9% of disease-causing germs, bacteria and viruses. The device is compatible with almost any type of cell phone, PMP and other portable gadgets.

Elfoid human-shaped phone from Japan is creepy

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on March 4th, 2011

The Telenoid R1 just got creepier. Elfoid was developed at Osaka University and with help from NTT DoCoMo and looks just like the Telenoid, even does pretty much the same thing, which is: giving you a human-like silhouette to talk to. At least this one can go in your pocket.

It tickles you when it rings, alerting you to the call. Just talk into its belly and it speaks to you, playing the voice of whoever’s on the line. It also moves and gestures as if you’re actually holding the person you’re conversing with. Weird.

SnapKeys 2i lets you type without a keyboard

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2011

SnapKeys has come up with a new way to input text into your touchscreen mobile devices. Called 2i (Imaginary Interface), they basically have done away with the keys used in an onscreen keyboard, and replaced it with just 4 keys instead. The 4 keys appear briefly onscreen so you know where they are, and then disappear.

When typing, you have the whole document in front of you, without an onscreen keyboard taking up half of the screen. We aren’t sure how this technology works, but 2i basically allows users to “blind type” their text in a fraction of the time compared to typing with other keyboards.

Pantech Vega S Smartphone for Korea

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Pantech is well known for it’s budget phones, but recently they’ve started making high-end Android handsets, and their latest will be released in Korea. It goes by the name Vega S IM-A730S and the phone features a 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU, DDR2 RAM, a 4″ (800 x 480) touchscreen, Android 2.2, support for HD video playback and HSPA+ capabilities.

We don’t have any word on pricing yet or if it will be coming to the U.S., but if you live in Korea you will be able to purchase it at the end of this month.

Sonim XP3300 Force is rugged, delivers longest talk time in the world

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

Sonim is back with another rugged handset at MWC this year with the XP3300 Force. The Force has one major feature going for it, the ability to offer the longest talk time of any cellphone in the world at 20 to 24 hours, or 20 to 24 hours of continuous GPS tracking, along with 800 hours of standby.

Sonim made this just as rugged as it’s other offerings, casting the Force in a fiberglass shell with 1.5 millimeters of Gorilla Glass over the display, all adding up to an IP-68-rated device that can survive a two-meter drop onto concrete, two meters of submersion in wastewater and temperatures ranging from 20 below zero to 55 degrees Celsius (-4 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit).

INQ Cloud Touch and Cloud Q Facebook Phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

INQ has been working on some Facebook Phones, and now the company has unveiled two models the INQ Cloud Touch and the Cloud Q. Both feature Facebook integration and both run on Google’s Android OS and come with Android 2.2 Froyo.

The INQ Cloud Touch features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, while the Cloud Q has a 2.6 inch display and a QWERTY keyboard. The Cloud Touch packs in a Qualcomm 7227 processor and comes with 4GB of storage, which can be upgraded via a microSD card.

Softbank and ZTE team up for Senior Citizen Smartphone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

Calling this a smartphone is not entirely accurate, but it isn’t stupid either. Simplicity is the focus here. This tracking device is meant for senior citizens and young children, to keep them safe. That large button in the center is for emergencies. Just press it and it will send an email and a notification to your relatives informing them where you are.

If you want to be tracked, just pull the cord on top and a sound is emitted, aiding the responder in reaching you.

Huawei shows off Ideos X3 phone, S7 Slim tablet

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2011

Huawei is showing off two of the mobile devices it will bring to the Mobile World Congress show in Spain next week. The Ideos X3 smartphone and a new Ideos S7 Slim tablet. Both use the Android operating system. It looks like the hardware button from the face is gone, replaced with touch buttons. Otherwise, the seven-inch tablet looks nearly the same as the current one. The preloaded OS should be Android 2.2 or maybe even 3.0 rather than 2.1.

We don’t yet have any specs to go with the photos, but we do know that the Ideos X3 smartphone will also sport front and rear cameras and be available in at least four colors: red, blue, silver and black.