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HTC Desire Review

Announced earlier this month with the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire is an Android 2.1 device which is set to be one of the fastest Smartphones on the market when it is released sometime over the next few months.Featuring the super fast 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 576MB of RAM and a 3.7 inch OLED touchscreen, the HTC Desire should be great at surfing the internet and playing media files as well as allowing multiple applications to run at one time. With similar styling to the Google Nexus One (also manufactured by HTC), the Desire features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, a 3.5mm headphone socket for listening to media and 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity to surf the internet. GPS is also included as is Flash 10.1 support and of course with any Google Android device there is a plethora of other application to download from the marketplace.It’s not the smallest device in the world measuring 119 x 60 x 11.9mm and weighing in at 135 grams, but it’s easily one of the fastest and feature ladened Android devices so far. HTC state that the Desire will be available from April onwards but there is no word on price yet.

Nokia N900 – bringing Maemo 5 to the masses

The Nokia N900 is billed as a computer-grade device and takes its inspiration from the N810 internet tablet and N97 mobile phone. It runs the new Maemo 5 operating system, which is said to be its most user friendly OS.This quad-band device has a large 3.5 inch touchscreen display, a full slide out QWERTY keyboard and a 32GB internal hard drive, as well as a microSD card slot for up to 16GB of expandable memory. The Nokia N900 also features a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a 3.5mm headphone socket and supports both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.GPS navigation and Ovi Maps are also supported and the media player is capable of playing various music and video files including MP3, WMA, MP4 and Xvid. Files can be transferred to the device via Bluetooth or the bundled microUSB cable.Measuring a healthy 111 x 60 x 18mm and weighing in at 181 grams, the N900 is a similar size to the N97, but does seem to have a smaller keyboard and the lack of a tilt mechanism may hinder visibility when using the QWERTY keys.All in all, the Nokia N900 seems to be a viable alternative to the Nokia N97, focusing more on the internet functions and if the operating system proves to be user friendly enough then its sure to be very popular.

LG KC550 Slider Phone

The LG KC550 is an excellent mobile phone that also functions as a camera as well.  This device is designed as a slider which keeps the size down while still providing users with a large screen which is 2.4 inches in size and supports 256K colours.  There is an accelerometer sensor built into the device which allows the user to rotate the device on its side.The KC550 from LG is 96.9 mm long by 51.4 mm wide and it is 14.9 mm thick.  The weight of this LG mobile phone is 110 grams.  Users can expect to get around 6 hours of talk time or 450 hours on standby out of the battery that comes with this mobile phone.The 5 megapixel camera that features Schneider-Kreuznach optics is one of the most notable features of this mobile phone.  The camera has an LED flash and has image stabilization to improve the quality of the photographs taken with the device.  One thing that really makes the camera nice is that there is a lens cover provided so you do not have to worry about smudges and scratches.  To make the camera easier to use, there are a number of dedicated camera buttons which become active once the lens cover is retracted.The LG KC550 is also great for listening to music as well.  This device recognizes file formats like MP3, WMA, and WAV.  There is an FM radio built into this mobile phone.  Users can store music on microSD cards which can be used in the device’s expansion slot.

Sony Ericsson W995 – first 8.1 megapixel Walkman phone

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a brand new Walkman phone named the W995. This new device is the first Walkman branded phone to feature an 8.1 megapixel camera and only the second to feature such a camera (the other is the Cyber-Shot C905).The Sony Ericsson W995 is a slider phone reminiscent of the W705 and has a 2.6 inch TFT display with accelerometer, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a dedicated media player and built-in GPS with A-GPS support.The 8.1 megapixel camera has autofocus and LED flash and also features image stabilisation, face detection and Geo-tagging; there is also a front mounted VGA camera for video calls. Being a Walkman phone, the W995 features a fully fledged multimedia player, FM radio and a 3.5mm headphone socket; files can be stored on Memory Stick Micro cards (8GB card included in the retail box). The Sony Ericsson W995 measures 97 x 49 x 15mm and weighs 113 grams, with a battery life of up to 370 hours on standby, 9 hours of talk time and up to 20 hours of music playback. The device will be available in black, silver or red, depending on the network.Sony Ericsson says that the W995 will be released in the second quarter of 2009; price network availability TBC.

Samsung GT-S8300 Tocco Ultra Edition has AMOLED screen

Samsung has announced a new 8 megapixel camera phone, which has both a touchscreen display and a slide out keyboard. Called the Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition or the GT-S8300, this will be one of Samsung’s flagship phones.Although this new device sports the Tocco name, like the Samsung F480, the GT-S8300 is a totally different device with upgraded specs. The Key features of the GT-S8300 Tocco Ultra Edition are its 2.8 inch AMOLED touchscreen display and the powerful 8 megapixel camera.The device also benefits from a slide out numerical keyboard for easy texting, 3G HSDPA connectivity, a built-in GPS receiver and a fully fledged multimedia player. Internal memory is 80MB and a microSD card slot is also included, capable of taking up to 16GB.Bluetooth and USB connections are included, so files can be transferred and stored on the device, and Samsung has also said that the GT-S8300 will have the upgraded user interface TouchWiz 1.5, which is already getting great reviews.The Samsung GT-S8300 Tocco Ultra Edition is expected to be available from the beginning of March; there is no word on availability or pricing at the moment.  

The Motorola A3100 – powerful touchscreen smartphone

Motorola had a busy year last year, releasing numerous mobile handsets including the music playing Motorola ROKR E8 and a whole host of pre-pay devices, but started this year by announcing a brand new Smartphone, the A3100. The A3100 is one of the most powerful Motorola devices to date and features a 2.8” touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi and Windows Mobile 6.1 OS.The Motorola A3100 is quad-band so can work worldwide, and features 3G HSDPA connectivity as well as GPS, multimedia player and a 3 megapixel camera.  Internal memory is 256MB and a microSD card slot is also included, which can take up to 32GB; perfect for storing all of your music and video files on.As stated before, the Motorola A3100 has the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, which is capable of browsing the internet, receiving emails and opening Word and Excel documents. Connecting the device to a PC is easy with either the USB cable or Bluetooth connectivity and a trackball is also included for alternative navigation of the device.The Motorola A3100 measures just 110 x 59.7 x 13.7mm and weights 199 grams, which is pretty small by today’s standards and battery life is up to 298 hours on standby and 7 hours of talk time.There is no word on whether or not the device will come to the UK, but being a quad-band device you can expect it to come at some point. The Motorola A3100 will be released in Asia and South America in Q1 2009, with other territories to be confirmed.  

Sony Ericsson C905 Cyber-Shot Mobile Phone

Sony Ericsson’s latest Cyber-Shot mobile phone sports an impressive 8.1 megapixel camera and a range of other features that is bound to make it one of the must have devices this Christmas.

Along with the big camera, the Sony Ericsson C905 also has a Xenon flash and a host of other camera features including auto focus, image stabiliser and face detection, which are designed to rival a standalone digital camera.

HTC reveals new dual keyboard phone

HTC have announced details of a new device for their Smartphone range, the HTC S740. The new device will replace the popular S730 and boasts styling similar to the Diamond Touch and Touch Pro.

The HTC S740 still retains one feature from the S730; the dual keyboards, a numerical keyboard on the front and a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard in the middle. The S740 will also feature Wi-Fi and HSPDA, a 3.2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth connection.

Polaroid PoGo – Mobile Inkless Printer

With the Polaroid PoGo Instant Photo Printer you can easily and affordably print your pictures wherever you go. The Polaroid PoGo is lightweight and small, only about the size of a mobile phone and prints 2 inch by 3 inch photos directly onto self-adhesive sheets that use Polaroid’s Zero Ink printing technology.