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Review – Nokie N95 8GB

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Photo from All About Symbian

Two new reviews came out this week on the Nokia N95 8GB. Both reviews indicated that the Nokia N95 8GB to be “the hottest thing in the mobile world right now” and “the best smartphone ever made”. I have to say with all the improvements made to the N95 8GB, I am impressed myself. My only query now is how well it works with my Outlook Exchange. As usual, I will update more along the way.

Nokia N95 8GB – The Review from nokiageek.com

Nokia N95 8 GB from Steve Litchfield over at All About Symbian

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Nokia, Review | , | Leave a comment

Time Magazine’s Invention Of the Year – The iPhone

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Photo from Time

Time Magazine crowned the iPhone as the Invention of the Year, their logic behind - 

  • The iPhone is pretty
  • It’s touchy-feely
  • It will make other phones better
  • It’s not a phone, it’s a platform
  • It is but the ghost of iPhones yet to come

Click here for the full article and see whether you agree.

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone, News Related | , | Leave a comment

First Look Video – LG VX10000 Voyager

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Photo from Engadget

[4 October] The LG Voyager was dubbed the iPhone Killer following the announcement made by Verizon Wireless yesterday. The specs we know of so far is that the Voyager will feature a dual-screen setup, a large external QVGA touchscreen (but still smaller than the iPhone) and an internal QVGA display, a QWERTY keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera, and high-speed wireless connections for fast music and video downloads, Bluetooth A2DP and a MicroSD slot for 8 GB of extra memory. The phone is target to release around Thanksgiving.

If you want to take a quick look at it, check out the ABC World News video podcast for 3 October (13:40 into the clip) where they ran a short story on it. From the clip one can notice that the screen orientation of the Voyager flips just like the iPhone, pretty cool. For more pics, check out the Voyager gallery over at Gizmodo.

[Updated: 5 October] Just added this YouTube clip from phonescoop.

[Updated: 1 November]  Phone News have the latest spec datasheet out on the LG Voyager, check out their post here.

Source – MobilitySite

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone | , , , , | 2 Comments

Review – Upgraded HTC Touch – Sprint Touch

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Photos from Geek.com

Joel Evans of Geek.com published the latest review of the Sprint Touch, an upgraded version of the HTC Touch and this upgraded version from Sprint do look sweet.

Processor-wise, it’s been upgraded from a TI’s OMAP™ 850, 201 MHz (HTC Touch) to a 400 MHz Qualcomm MSM7500 (Sprint Touch).  Pretty much the same processor as the HTC Touch Dual which features a 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7200 processor.  Memory-wise, it’s been upgraded from 64MB RAM and 128 MB ROM to 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM.

The TouchFLO UI been modified and now includes a 20-key and 12-key input options for the on-screen QWERTY keypad.  Additional quick-access icons been added to the homepage as well.  Other improvements includes bigger Close buttons and a bigger Start Menu.

My guess is we won’t see this upgrade version in Hong Kong as the upgraded specification is very close to the HTC Touch Dual, which is due to release in mid-November.  A real bummer as I think that this upgraded version do have its market here given its small size, form-factor wise and the fairly big group of non-3G users here in town.

Source – via jkOnTheRun

October 31, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Review | , , , | Leave a comment

My Take – Samsung i608 3G Video Phone

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The much anticipated Samsung i608 (the 3G blackjack with video call capability) is finally launched in Hong Kong and I got to play with it for a bit today. My first feeling towards the phone, ubber-plastic. The phone have the most awful plastic feel to it (maybe that’s why it’s so light, @ 105g). It is very thin, @ 11.8mm and it fits nicely when tuck into my front shirt pocket. Apart from that real plastic feel, the other major bum factor (trust me, there’s a few) is the what Samsung does so well, and that is not incorporating the industry standard mini USB adapter. Instead, one is stuck with their proprietary USB charging cable and that means you probably need another one if you are planning to have one at home and one in the office and trust me, you need an extra one as reviews on local forum indicated that the i608 is a battery hungry master.

“Battery is really a problem of Samsung, the standard battery can’t last for 2 days if you use if frequently. Yesterday I use it for ~30mins voice call, ~30mins WiFi, 15mins game….then it is down to 50% by 8PM….”

“到中午食飯已經無晒電…..發現左部機系電力低下時, 會自動關左backlight去節能, 更嚴重時直頭關埋receiver, 即系變左flight mode, 打唔到電話, 都幾智能……” (RingHK.com i608 user forum)

The biggest bum factor regarding the i608 is that when used as a HSDPA (1.8 Mbps) modem connected to the notebook via the USB, the phone would not be charged up like the HTC’s phone (that I think is a major design flaw), imagine how long it would take to drain the i608 when used as a modem.

Well, so much for the bumming factors. During the promotion launch , you’ll get a free Executive Pack which includes a Plantronics Explorer 220 Bluetooth Headset, a Plantronics Designer Case, and a 1GB microSD™ memory card. Still not too bad a deal if you’re really looking for a WM6 smartphone, with a nice keypad and all the freebies. The going price is HK$4,280. For more info and full specification, check out Samsung’s press release here.

October 30, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Review, Smartphone | , , | 7 Comments

First Look – Nokia S60 Touch

[17 October] This phone sure looks like the iPhone, but doesn’t it look slightly larger than the iPhone?

Source – the gadgetsite

[Updated: 29 October] This is the video they played in the background, much clearer.

October 29, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Nokia, Video | , | 1 Comment

Nokia N81 and N95 8GB Imports are Here

The N81 8GB version would not be available here in Hong Kong, but imported version is now available in Sintat for HK$5,680, together with the imported N95 8GB version (HK$6,750).

October 26, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Nokia | , | 1 Comment

Gmail IMAP for the iPhone

If you don’t know it by now, here’s the how-to-setup Gmail video.

October 26, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Software, Video | , | 1 Comment

Facebook on Blackberry Finally

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Photo from Gear Diary

Facebook are finally available on Blackberry, now you can do status updates, upload pics, poke at your buddies, do wall postings and send and receive messages. Wayne Schulz over at Gear Diary have a great write-up on the application, hop over for the read, link here.

October 25, 2007 Posted by | BlackBerry, Facebook, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Social Networking, Software | , | Leave a comment

First Look – Samsung i620 aka Blackjack Slider

source – eXpansysTV

PhoneDaily also have a review (in Chinese) out on the phone, click here for the article. The phone sure looks sweet but my take on it is a no no. Proprietary USB for charge and headphones, what were they thinking, thought the manufacturer already learned the lesson by now.

October 24, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Smartphone, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

3G – Changing the Course of History

Jesus and Judas on video phones, funny.

via – IntoMobile

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Mobile Phone, Video | | Leave a comment

Media Player on Meizu MiniOne (aka Meizu M8)

Remember the Meizu M8 we blogged about back in March?

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Ring a bell? Now check out their media player, gee, talking about clone.  According to Engadget, the Meizu MiniOne (aka M8) is expected to go up for sale in early 2008 (Jan).

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Photo from Engadget

October 20, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone | , , , | Leave a comment

Another iPhone Killer? The Samsung F700

source: SlashGear

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Video | , | 4 Comments

Review – HTC Touch Dual

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Photos from CoolSmartPhone

Well the review on the HTC Touch Dual is out over at CoolSmartPhone.  The first you’ll noticed is that there’s no WiFi on this new phone.  If WiFi is a crucial requirement for you, then forget about it.  Form factor wise, slightly larger than the HTC Touch, due to the add-on of the keypad and being a 3G video phone.  From the review, we noticed that HTC had made some tweaks to the UI and the softwares, some of those I think are pretty neat.  The review even included a few YouTube vids on the software tweaks, so check it out.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Review | , , | 2 Comments

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