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Palm Treo 500v Launches with Vodafone

Posted in News,Palm,Smart Devices,Vodafone by Darrin Olson on September 12th, 2007

Palm Treo 500v with Vodafone launches in EuropePalm has officially announced the release of the first major revision to the Palm hardware with the new Treo 500v 3G smartphone, coming to Europe via Vodafone October 1. The new sleek looking Treo will come in two different colors of glacier white or charcoal grey.

The 500v will be running on Windows Mobile 6 and supports Direct Push along with POP3 for email connections. It also houses IE mobile with access to Google Maps and eBay and will have Vodafone live! for accessing sports, news, etc.

The hardware on this model lacks a touchscreen (and Wi-Fi), but does have a 2 megapixel camera, 150MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot for capacity expanding. It also features a full QWERTY keyboard, a nice 320×240-pixel Transflective color screen and a center-mounted 5-way navigator for making your way through the features …

HP Unveils the iPAQ 610 Business Navigator

Posted in HP,iPAQ,Mobile Phones,Smart Devices by Reuben Drake on September 7th, 2007

HP iPAQ 610 Business NavigatorHP unleashed another new mobile phone along side the iPAQ 914, named the iPAQ 610 Business Navigator. Unlike its 900 series sibling the 610 features a numeric keypad instead of the full QWERTY keyboard, but has many of the same features along with a little larger display.

An integrated scroll wheel in the keypad of the iPAQ 610 is a slick feature that makes navigating the menus a little easier, and seeing the content won’t be bad either on a decent-sized 2.8-inch touchscreen. It’s a global 3G and Quad-band mobile phone that also includes Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and an integrated GPS and Bluetooth 2.0.

HP Intros iPAQ 914 Business Messenger

Posted in HP,iPAQ,Mobile Phones,Smart Devices by Reuben Drake on September 7th, 2007

HP introduces the iPAQ 910 and iPAQ 914 Business Messenger smartphoneHP has introduced a slew of new iPAQ products this week with one of them being this ultimate world traveler device called the iPAQ 914 Business Messenger. Th 914 just reeks of connectivity as a Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone with tri-band HSDPA, built-in 802.11 b/g with WPA2 security, Bluetooth 2.0 and integrated GPS.

This Business Messenger fits its name well, meeting the majority of the connectivity needs for a world business traveler. It features a full QWERTY keyboard for fast typing of messages, a convenient scroll wheel and the HP VoiceReply and VoiceCommander let you listen to emails and reply (among other things) without touching or looking at the device, making it easy to do while driving.

BlackBerry 8820 With Wi-Fi Official

Posted in BlackBerry,News,RIM,Smart Devices,Wi-Fi by Chris Weber on July 18th, 2007

BlackBerry 8820 dual mode with WiFi smartphone launched by RIMMobile Wi-Fi fans, here is your BlackBerry. Research In Motion (RIM) has now officially launched that new dual-mode smartphone we’ve all been waiting for. The Blackberry 8820 sports the desirable broad connectivity of working on global cellular networks (quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE) as well as 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi networks and it even has GPS built-in.

“The BlackBerry 8820 is an extraordinary business phone for people who really care about mobile communications and productivity. It features all the renowned power and usability of the BlackBerry platform with executive class styling and unprecedented connectivity features, including cellular, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS,” said Mike Lazaridis, RIM President and Co-CEO in the RIM press release.

The 8820 is RIM’s thinnest smartphone yet with a full QWERY keyboard, 320 x 240 display and it supports memory expansion through microSD / microSDHC. The Wi-Fi capabilities …

Omni First Contact

Posted in HTC,Smart Devices by Chetz on July 6th, 2007

HTC Omni CommunicatorIt turns out that the veil of mystery surrounding the HTC Omni Communicator had lifted a bit with the publication of some renders and specs on this upcoming piece of hardware now due out in October.

While nothing about the unit’s price was gleaned we do have its dimensions (130 mm x 81 mm x 16 mm), and know that it supports WiFi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, has a 4” WVGA 800×480 screen, internal 256 ROM / 1280 RAM with microSD memory card slot, can handle GPS/A-GPS, is UMTS/HSDPA compatible and runs off of Windows Mobile 6.0 OS.

Oh yeah, it’s also got VGA and TV outputs somewhere on it. We very much dig that red ball floating at the center-top of the QWERTY keypad, it has a very HAL-9000 look to it. This baby is still new enough that it doesn’t even have an …

The Chumbys Are Finally Coming

Posted in Chumby,Media Players,Smart Devices by Chetz on June 26th, 2007

Chumby released and pricedRemember those fuzzy little monitors/alarm clocks/WiFi widgets called Chumbys that we told you about oh so long ago? Well now we know when you can get your hands on one of these digital darlings: if you’re one of a privileged group of insiders you will be the owner of a Chumby this August but if you’re like us it will have to wait until the fall.

The unit will retail for $179.99 and be built with a 350 MHz ARM processor, 64 MB of RAM, a 320 x 240 3-inch screen, two USB slots, 2W speakers, a built-in microphone and accelerometer and come with a cleaner case. You will be able to customize your Chumby to perform a bunch of tasks like play videos, share photos or other fun things that you can download from the website and you will be able to modify …

More Palm Gandolf/Treo 500 Rumors

Posted in Mobile Phones,Palm,Smart Devices by Reuben Drake on June 18th, 2007

More rumors about the Palm Gandolf / Treo 500 series mobile phoneA tipster leaked more info on the rumored “Palm Gandolf” phone to someone at IntoMobile today with some details on device. According to the “trusted’ source, the Palm Gandolf will be the Treo 500 series that will come in multiple versions and colors. There is expected to be a model running Windows Mobile 6 Standard and another with the Palm Garnet OS sans touchscreen.

Other features include 3G + HSDPA, Bluetooth, 256MB internal memory with 64MB of RAM, a 2.4″ QVGA display, a 2 megapixel camera and overall thin dimensions of 117mm x 65mm x 13.8mm (hence the flat Gandolfini name).

The common thought is that this 500 series offering from Palm will be a scaled down, more affordable smartphone broadening the consumer base for Palm devices.

via Electronista

HTC Touch Smartphone Rivals iPhone

Posted in HTC,Mobile Phones,Smart Devices by Nino Marchetti on June 5th, 2007

HTC Touch Smartphone unveiled with features that could rival the iPhoneHTC is taking it to Apple’s upcoming iPhone with its debut today of the HTC Touch. This new mobile phone, like the name implies, has a touchscreen interface similar to Apple’s soon to be released product.

The HTC Touch, which will initially debut overseas, should find its way to American shores in the second half of this year. It makes use of “TouchFLO”, a technology HTC says it has been developing. TouchFLO reportedly lets consumers “simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an animated, three-dimensional interface.” This interface can be manipulated by similar on-screen finger movements as can built-in functions such as scrolling and and browsing of Web pages and messages.

HTC Touch runs Windows Mobile Professional 6 and has a small, stylish body that sports a 2.8-inch screen and built-in 2-megapixel digital camera. Talk time through …

Samsung i620 Slider SmartPhone First Look

Posted in Samsung,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on May 31st, 2007

Samsung i620 slider smartphone with QWERTY keyboardHere’s a look at the latest design in smartphones from Samsung called the Samsung i620. The i620 is a slider style design which exposes a full QWERTY keyboard with slid up and makes for a very attractive looking style.

The designers still managed to keep this one with a thin a narrow profile despite the full keyboard. It’s overall dimensions are 113 × 59 x 11.8 mm which makes it only slightly larger than the Blackberry Pearl, (6mm taller and 9mm wider), but the i620 is actually a couple of mm thinner.

The phone appears to have some type of navigation wheel on the face with a few buttons probably for managing phone calls and quick navigation. Some other features that are expected when the Samsung i620 is officially released include a 2 megapixel camera, VGA camera on the face, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a …

Palm Foleo Mobile Companion Announced

Posted in Mobile Phones,Palm,Smart Devices by Chris Weber on May 30th, 2007

Palm Foleo Mobile CompanionRoad warriors seem to often encounter a similar problem with their mobile computing devices. Laptops are too big to carry around everywhere and use in small spaces, and PDA’s are too small to really be able to modify documents or type an email of any significant size, even with a QWERTY keyboard. Today Palm announced a solution intended to fill this gap between the handheld device and a notebook computer with the Palm Foleo Mobile Companion.

The Palm Foleo is smaller than most notebook computers with a 10 inch screen and weighing just 2.5 pounds. The main purpose of the device is to synchronize with your handheld mobile device and allow a full keyboard and larger screen to view and edit documents, write emails and surf the internet. It connects via Blutooth or WiFi to your mobile device and estimates a battery life of about …

P1 Designed For Work and Play

Posted in P1,Smart Devices,Sony Ericsson by Chetz on May 10th, 2007

P1 Smartphone from Sony EricssonSony Ericsson’s P1 mobile phone/PDA hybrid is a step forward and upward from its predecessors. Positioned in-between a bland corporate tool and something with more of a personality the P1 has a ton of functionality and features embedded into its svelt frame (which is 25% smaller than the P990.)

It’s got Bluetooth, USB 2.0, WiFi and infra-red capabilities, is GSM and 3G functional, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a built-in FM radio, a touch sensitive screen, 160 MB internal memory and a battery talk time of three-and-a-half hours.

There’s something called a business card reader which can snap a picture of your contact’s card and then instantly port the info over into the P1′s address book. Another nifty feature is the remote wipe facility so if you ever lose it or have it stolen you can erase all your sensitive data wherever your …

Palm Treo 755p

Posted in Palm,Smart Devices,Treo 755P by Darrin Olson on May 9th, 2007

Palm Treo 755pPalm has recently released the latest in its ever-slowly-improving lineup of smart devices, this time expanding on the 700 series with the Palm Treo 755p running on the Sprint network.

The Treo 755p is the first Treo that ships equipped with the Microsoft Direct Push technology for email as well as Google Maps for mobile devices. The Google Maps support lets you can not only see maps and satellite photos, but also get directions, see listings local to your area and even get real-time traffic updates. It’s a CDMA device and unfortunately WiFi support is still a lacking nice-to-have that we always look for in a smartphone.

The device does however have support for EvDO (Rev.0), mini-SD card slot supporting up to 4GB cards, a 1.3 megapixel camera that takes stills and video, SMS support for Yahoo, AOL and Gmail, and the ability to watch …

BlackBerry Curve

Posted in BlackBerry,Curve,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on May 3rd, 2007

Blackberry Curve Smartphone from RIMThe BlackBerry Curve (aka the 8300) is the latest model that’s been added to the BlackBerry lineup of handheld devices from Research In Motion (RIM). The claim to fame for this new model lies in the combinations. The BlackBerry Curve sports a smaller size combined with a full QWERTY keyboard, and also packs in blend of features to serve both work and play.

The BlackBerry Curve is the smallest and lightest BlackBerry yet that has a full QWERTY keyboard. At only .6 inches thick, 2.4 inches wide and 4.2 inches tall, the device is almost the same size as the BlackBerry Pearl aside from being just a little bit wider to accommodate the QWERTY keyboard. The Curve also outweighs the Pearl by .7 ounces with a total weight of 3.9 ounces. The BlackBerry Pearl is the smallest BlackBerry device that …

FIC Neo1973 Smartphone

Posted in FIC,neo1973,OpenMoko,Smart Devices by Chris Weber on April 18th, 2007

FIC Neo1973 SmartphoneThe Neo1973 from FIC is the first mobile phone available to consumers which will run on the open-source Linux based OpenMoko software platform. This new platform means that for the first time anyone, not just the manufacturer and service provider, can control what the phone does and how it interacts with the hardware for its interface, microphone and screen.

The idea is that any Joe-Programmer will be able to write a unique application to run on the OpenMoko platform and then make it available for any users to download onto their own Neo1973 or any other device in the future that runs on OpenMoko through an easy-to-use interface.

The FIC Neo1973 can connect to a PC via USB which also charges the device, and the device supports Quad-band, GSM/GPRS and Bluetooth. A SIM card from AT&T or T-Mobile will get you mobile service and $350 will …

Cuddle Your Chumby

Posted in Chumby,Smart Devices by Chetz on April 10th, 2007

ChumbyThrow away your alarm clock and place a new Chumby where it used to go. This customizable gizmo lets you program it to display your favorite websites, photos, sound files, online games, media files, RSS feeds and whatever else you tell it to do.

You can place it anywhere inside your home (granted that the Chumby’s power cord can reach the closest wall socket, but there is a backup battery just in case.) You set up your Chumby through the 3.5-inch touchscreen, or something called “squeeze sensors” that we’ve just got to try out.

WiFi connectivity allows the device to download the content and then it gets displayed. There’s also a USB port, audio input/output and a pair of built-in speakers to listen to whatever it is that you like to hear. The Chumby has been devised so that it’s easy to customize it, either by programming …