Nokia N810 Internet Tablet Review!

“As expected, everything comes at a price. The pop-up, swiveling camera is replaced with immobile one. There are Home and Back keys on the front, but the D-pad is missing. It is relocated on a slider that opens from the bottom. Here also is the 4-row QWERTY keyboard, which although a fast method for text input is not the best. There are a few drawbacks: it is flat, the keys are rather hard to press, and the top row is very close to the upper slider. If you input numbers often, the fact that there is no separate row for digits would be another drawback. We preferred to use the on-screen keyboard for short texts, but opened the slider when there was more text input.” Read more here:

SoMo 650 Pocket PC handheld with antibacterial coating!

“Socket Mobile has reported it will soon release its SoMo650 handheld built with an antibacterial plastic. The original SoMo 650 was released last spring. Designed for business users this semi-rugged Pocket PC can stand a fall from one meter’s height to concrete. It features Intel PXA270 (624 MHz) processor, Windows Mobile 5.0, 3.5” QVGA display, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM.The updated SoMo 650 with antibacterial coating is targeted toward healthcare and labs that involve hygiene-sensitive environments. The company believes that the antibacterial product will provide an additional layer of protection against the multiplication and spread of potentially harmful bacteria and microbes. The new handheld will hit the stores early in 3Q 08.” via mobile-review.com

TOP10 selling phones in February 2008 by krusell!

The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics, Krusell, has released their “Top 10”-list for February 2008. The list is based upon the number of pieces of model specific mobile and smart phone cases that have been ordered from Krusell during February 2008. Krusell’s list is unique due to the fact that it reflects the sales of phones on six continents and in more than 50 countries around the globe. 1. (1) Nokia 6300 2. (3) Nokia 3109/3110 3. (2) Sony Ericsson K810i 4. (7) Nokia E51 5. (5) Sony Ericsson K850i 6. (4) Nokia N95 8GB 7. (6) Nokia 6500 8. (10) Sony Ericsson K530i 9. (9) Nokia N95 10. (-) Nokia N73 () = Last month’s position. By taking seven out of ten positions, Nokia is in total lead of the Krusell Top 10 list for February. It is rather fascinating to see that no other brand than Nokia and Sony Ericsson are represented in the list this month, says Ulf Sandberg MD at Krusell. At least for the next month I will expect to see one of the units from HTC, Apple and Samsung making a comeback.

Google releases native Google Maps client for Symbian UIQ 3

“This is something many UIQ 3 users have been waiting for (me included!). A native SIS client for Google Maps instead of a Java Midlet. The new client is fast, looks neat and has a function called ‘My Location’ which basically gives a guess of your whereabouts. No press release whatsoever, but for you who want to test it, head over to http://www.google.com/gmm using your UIQ 3’s internet browser and download the SIS file.In my opinion, this is a good sign, showing support for UIQ application development. Not to forget that UIQ Technology signed an agreement with 6 new partners early this year and this could be one of the results. It is a very welcome move and hopefully it will not stop here. There are other Mobile Google Apps clients which need to be made available as native Symbian, especially the GMail Mobile client. The current Java implementation, while it does the job really well, is getting slower and not as good as it would have been, if it was made available natively.” via allaboutsymbian.com

General Mobile DSTW1 communicator with dual SIM

“General Mobile has unveiled its DSTW1 communicator, which supports two SIM-cards – the first one designed for quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and the second one – for tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz). The DSTW1 is running on Windows Mobile 6 Professional. It will come out in several European countries in March 08, however we’ve got no word on pricing.The specs of General Mobile DSTW1: OS – Windows Mobile 6 Professional Networks – GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (SIM 1) and GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz (SIM 2), GPRS/EDGE Display – 2.8” 240×320 pixels, 65K colors 2-megapixel camera Bluetooth 2.0 256 MB of onboard memory microSD-slot Talk time – up to 4 hours Standby time – up to 6.25 days Dimensions – 117x61x18 mm Weight – 144 g” via mobile-review.com

KaonMedia Preps for Launch of UPOP Slider PMP in Korea

UPOP1.jpg “KaonMedia is currently prepping for the launch of its new slider PMP — the UPOP — in the Korean market. The 4.8-inch UPOP has a slide-and-tilt 800 x 480 pixels resolution LCD touch screen. The PMP features a 61-key pad and has electronic dictionary support of 46 different types of dictionaries with focus on English and Korean ones. For video playback, its DaVinci chipset does the work, which is utilized extensively with its T-DMB with time-shift function support. The battery can support up to 5 hours of video playback. The UPOP PMP also has the ability to be used as a portable PVR set-top box. Various other features include Text to Speech function, image/text viewer, Office Viewer, Widget interface, calculator, calendar, and mp3 player.” via mobilewhack.com

BlackBerry PIN Exchange Application for Facebook Unveiled!

“The BlackBerry PIN Exchange enables Facebook/BlackBerry users to easily discover the device PIN numbers of their BlackBerry-toting friends and business associates. Members can dictate the level of privacy they want to maintain – sharing their PIN only with other BlackBerry using friends, listing it on the profile page for all friends to see, or making it viewable to all members of the PIN Exchange. In addition, it offers users the ability to: Easily view the device PIN numbers of Facebook friends Discover new friends on The Global Exchange Create a profile and meet someone special in the PIN Meet area (a mini-personals site) Invite other BlackBerry-using friends to join Learn more about BlackBerry via CrackBerry.com-powered content Now to quote myself…. “For existing BlackBerry users upgrading to newer device models and for all the first time BlackBerry owners out there, we wanted to find an easy way to discover the current device PIN of friends and associates,” said Kevin Michaluk, CrackBerry.com’s founder and community editor. “The BlackBerry PIN Exchange application does just that, and also adds the social-networking component for those who want it. Now Facebook users, which happen to include a good cross-section of BlackBerry users, have another great way to stay in touch with their contacts and make new friends.” You can find the BlackBerry PIN Exchange application for Facebook by visiting www.pinexchange.com from your computer. If you already have a Facebook account, just login and you will be taken straight to the BlackBerry PIN Exchange application page. The BlackBerry PIN Exchange already has nearly 1200 members with more being added every day. ” via crackberry.com

Samsung i550w Symbian GPS phone gets WiFi


“When it was announced, Samsung i550 GPS Symbian phone was one of the more interesting handsets in Samsung’s line-up.It had a lot going for it – novel candybar shape, interesting trackball navigation, big 2.6″ display, GPS sensor and well implemented Symbian S60 OS.Now Samsung i550 got even better. Samsung has recently started shipping a new updated i550w version, which also includes Wi-Fi connectivity.All other specs in Samsung i550w remain unchanged and include:
HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz +2100 MHz connectivity
3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash
2.6? QVGA 262K color TFT display
Built-in GPS
FM Radio
Bluetooth 2.0(A2DP)
USB 2.0 High Speed
3.5 mm headphone jack
Symbian 9.2 OS with S60 3.1 UI
Full HTML browsing
RSS support
1200 mAh battery
150 MB of built-in memory
expandable to 4GB with via microSD
Dimensions: 115x53x13.8 mm” via unwiredview.com

Motorola Z8 firmware updates go live!

“We’ve just received word from one of our readers, who’s obviously been keeping a keen eye on things, that Motorola have FINALLY released a public firmware update for the Z8. To update the phone, you’ll need to download Motorola’s software update tool, available on their website or in our downloads section. Once downloaded, install the application then connect your Z8 by USB cable. (the phone is only detected by the software update program when in USB Modem mode) You should now see an updated firmware available for your phone. ” via motosmartphones.com

S11HT (EMONSTER) or HTC TyTN II for Japan’s EMOBILE

“EMOBILE, a young 3G operator in Japan, has launched preorders (effective from March 1) for the S11HT communicators with a threatening name “EMONSTER”. Other regions know this device under the name of HTC TyTN II. The operator timed the sales of the communicator to the launch of voice services in its networks. EMOBILE was positioned as the carrier of HSDPA data transfer services and thus lacked voice ones. Reportedly, the S11HT runs on a Japanese version of Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition and is the first smartphone in Japan with GPS onboard. The short technical specs of the S11HT (EMONSTER): Operating system: Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition (Japanese version) Display: 2.8” touchscreen TFT, 240×320 pixels Slide-out QWERTY-keyboard Wireless: HSDPA / W-CDMA (1700 MHz), up to 3.6 Mbps downstream/ max. 384 Kbps upstream; WLAN (IEEE802.11b/g); Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Main camera: 3-megapixel auto focus (CMOS) Camera for video calls: VGA (CMOS) microSD 2.0 slot miniUSB jack (USB2.0 Full Speed, charging and audio connector in one) Dimensions: 112x59x19 mm Weight: 190 g” via mobile-review.com