Rumored: Blackjack III Coming in October from AT&T

“Word on the street is that the Samsung Blackjack III is coming soon to American soil. By soon we mean October, which is quite around the corner. The third Blackjack looks good so far and will certainly deliver what’s expected from it.AT&T is rumored to offer this smartphone. On other streets, the word is that SK Telecom will retail this Blackjack for around $600 or so in Korea starting this month. The Blackjack III comes equipped with a Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS. Among its features, the A-GPS, WiFi support and 3G HSDPA high speed connectivity are worth mentioning. I’d be curios what will customers choose this autumn. The Blackjack III or the Thunder from RIM.” via

Smart in the Real World the Nokia N95 takes on all comers in a dozen common tasks

The three contenders

“Regular readers may know that, in the interests of knowing what to recommend, I’m fond of device advocacy, i.e. comparing the pros and cons of different phones to try and come up with some kind of ranking. Usually these pieces are centred around specification or feature lists, not unnaturally, but here I’m going to take a dozen real world tasks, things that you or I do (or would like to do) every single day, and then assess how easy and/or quick these tasks are to perform.For the purposes of this comparison, I’m going to take the six month old Nokia N95 8GB, typical of the current S60 range, the brand new Apple iPhone 3G and the also-new HTC Touch Diamond. If Apple (and HTC’s) marketing is to be believed, the iPhone should be an easy winner in a usability test, but the extra maturity and featurettes in S60 3rd Edition also make it a hard act to follow.” Read more here:

Samsung i740 officially launched!

“Few weeks ago we told you that Samsung i740 Windows Mobile 6.1 GPS enabled 2.5G smartphone is coming soon.Well, it didn’t take long for it to get official. At least in Ukraine.Except for the lack of 3G connectivity, Samsung i740 is a pretty cool smartphone.It comes with 3.2 megapixel camera, big 2.8″ QVGA display, built-in GPS sensor, FM radio, optical joystick and other goodies. Samsung i740 will price will be somewhere around 285 Euro
Full Samsung i740 specs include:

  • Tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 connectivity
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 OS
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • 2.8″ 320×240 QVGA, 262K color TFT display
  • FM Radio
  • GPS Navigation
  • USB 2. and Bluetooth A2DP
  • 150 MB of user memory
  • microSD memory card slot
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 107x59x13.9 mm” via

First Nokia S60 Touch UI screenshots at symbian freak!

“What we have here are the first screenshots of the upcoming S60 Touch platform. From what we can tell, all that additional space beyond QVGA is used in a best way. Going through images or watching a video will be a real pleasure on a device using the S60 Touch.Existing S60 users won’t have hard time getting used to the modified environment, while the new entrants to the “S60 world” will also find the platform appealing. Now, if Nokia would be kind enough the release the first devices this year that would be awesome.” More photos here:

Beta SDHC Driver Released for Palm Handhelds

“Dmitry Grinberg of PalmPowerups has released the first public beta version of his SDHC driver for Palm handhelds. The software updates the memory cards drivers for certain Palm PDA’s so that they can read and write to larger SDHC compatible cards of 4 GB and higher. Dmitry’s writes,As you may be aware, most Palm devices that do not carry a “Treo” or “Centro” brand cannot read or write to the new SDHC cards. This leaves everyone owning such devices behind in terms of storage and costs. SD cards top out at 2GB, while SDHC cards are available at 32GB sizes already, and 16GB cards can be obtained for less than $80 USD. Palm Inc has repeatedly refused to write an SDHC driver for their handhelds. This has long been regarded as a lost cause by most Palm owners. Luckily Palm Inc are not the only ones in power to help. PalmPowerups to the rescue! We’ve been hard at work creating an SDHC driver for your devices. It is very difficult and has been one of the most complex projects we’ve ever undertaken here. It is made harder yet since each individual device needs to be uniquely supported and programmed for. The current beta is still a work in progress and due to its pre-release nature is only recommended for advanced users at this time. It supports the following devices: Palm TX, LifeDrive, Tungsten T5, E2, Zire 72 and Zire 31. Installation instructions and caveats are detailed at PalmPowerups. A trial version is available that runs for 3-4 days, after which the beta can be purchased for $35. Dmitry says the initial release version is being worked on and once available will cost $20. He also aims to support additional devices such as the Tungsten T3, Tungsten C, E and the Tapwave Zodiac. ” via

Messaging focused LG KS360 to be released in Europe this week

“LG is to release a messaging-focused phone, with a QWERTY keyboard in Europe this week. Pricing is currently unknown. It is set to launch in a host of colours, including titanium and bright blue, white and soft pink, black and red, and black and silver. By the looks of it, it’s intended for the text-mad youth market.
The tech specs are as follows:

  • Connectivity: GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Display: 2.4” QVGA, showing up to 262,144 colours
  • Camera: Two megapixels
  • Memory: 15MB internal, with MicroSD card slot
  • Extras: QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth and USB 2.0 connectivity, FM Radio
  • Battery: 800 mAh
  • Dimensions: 101.5x51x16.8 mm ” via