Pantech to Launch “Wide LCD” Terrestrial DMB Phone

“Pantech has announced the launch of the IM-U160 handset, a new terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) handset that can be used as a portable TV with its wide LCD screen. The new IM-U160 includes a 2.6-inch wide QVGA LCD screen, ensuring the most visually enhanced TV viewing experience for mobile phone users. It also features an aspect ratio – the ratio of the width of the LCD display screen to the height – of 15:9, considerably in advance of the 4:3 screen ratios usually offered by other mobile phones. The IM-U160 has a touch sensor keypad on its upper slide, which permits an easy and quick navigation. The touch sensor keypad can also vibrate when its surface is being touched, offering quite a unique feel. The visual experience can be further enhanced when using the accompanying stereo earphones to function as the TV’s antenna, or a separate TV antenna which can be combined with the handset if needed. The IM-U160 features a large internal memory of up to 184MB and can be further expanded with an external Micro SD card.Other features include a 2 mega pixel camera with Auto Focus, delivering high-quality pictures, a PictBridge function, as well as an MP3 player. IM-U160 features include: Terrestrial DMB phone 2.6″ wide 260K QVGA LCD Dimenstion: 99 x 49.6 x 18.8 mm / weight: 118g Multi-tasking fuctionality 2M CMOS wtih Auto Focus MP3 Player 64 polyphonic ringtones User memory capacity: up to 184MB External memory card slot provided Touch sensor keypad Electronic dictionary Document viewer GPS ” via

Head to Head Review of Navigation Software for Palm OS

“Voice prompting is very important in a navigation system. Once you start driving, there should be little need for interaction with the unit. All three of these applications use voice prompting to varying degrees of success. Mapopolis was very robotic, and often hard to understand, but it does announce street names. For example “Take next left, Larpenteur Ave”. TomTom has a slight static sound, but was otherwise easy to understand. Emtac was clear and loud. Of the three, Emtac was the easiest to hear and understand with road noise.Sometimes you may want to schedule several stops on your route. Only TomTom has itinerary planning; Mapopolis and Emtac do not, although with Emtac, you can route one extra stop on a route. ” Read this nice head-to-head review here:

Review of GSM handset Samsung F300 (Ultra Music)

“The pursuit of slim-and-sleek curves and shapes of handsets has brought to live numerous top-notch approaches and tricks that might pop up in the upcoming models as well. The F300’s thickness is 9.4 mm which is a world of difference compared to the thinnest-ever 6.9 mm of Samsung X820. However this phone has its height evenly spread throughout the casing, so that there are no parts that would stick out, whereas the X820 houses a camera module has is approximately 1 cm deep. Measuring 103.5х44х9.4 mm and weighting only 78 this phone feels nearly like Nokia 6300 (even though the latter offering is slightly thicker) and the next slim Walkman-branded gadget by Sony Ericsson. Having such portable dimensions, the F300 will readily jump into anywhere; on top of that it is relatively lightweight and comes with good ease-of-use characteristics, boasting standard width, acceptable height that allows you fingers to get a good grip on it. Furthermore, the F300 doesn’t feel weightless – on the contrary, you may rest assured that the phone will give you a nice feeling of something heavy in your hands, yet there is nothing bad about it.” Read more here:

New Nokia N91 with 8GB hard drive music phone!

“The new incarnation of the Nokia’s N91 music phone is labeled on the company’s U.S. Web site as “coming soon.” In case you don’t know, this second N91 has an 8GB hard drive for storing your tunes (double the 4GB hard drive on the first N91), and it sports a sleek black color scheme (as opposed to silver). After black was the new silver, and pink was the new black, it appears that, at least for smart phones, black is the new black. The phone also will offer an A2DP stereo Bluetooth, and Nokia promises that it will be compatible with Yahoo Music and other music sites. Otherwise, the new N91 is about the same as its predecessor. It’s still a bit big and bulky, but the slider design is somewhat cool. Features include a 2-megapixel camera with video, a digital music player (with integrated RealPlayer), voice commands and dialing, USB mass storage, e-mail, personal organizer applications, and a speakerphone. It all runs Nokia series 60, third edition, on the Symbian 9.1 operating system. Though we didn’t love the original N91’s sluggish performance, we hope that this new model does a better job of managing its tasks. And since Nokia is calling the N91 an “Xpress Music” phone like the excellent Nokia 5300, we expect to deliver this time around. Since carrier-supported N-series phones are scarce in the United States, we’re hoping the N91 breaks the trend. Yet to make it happen, Nokia should increase the current tri-band (GSM 900/1800/1900) coverage to quad-band and change the N91’s WCDMA band support from 2100, which is a band used in Europe. We don’t know pricing at this point, but we’ll post more release information when we get it. Nokia is dedicating a whole tent to its N-series smart phones (or “multimedia computers” as Nokia calls them) at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, so we may learn more there.” via