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iPhone Firmware v1.1.2 – Launching in UK on Friday

As reported by engadget, the new firmware will be launching together with the iPhone release in UK this coming Friday.  Whether the firmware will be a general release, no body knows yet, but a  good chance.  So double check and make sure auto-update is not turned on.  From engadget, “Besides support for French and German keyboard layouts and characters, the other notable change is the shuttering of the TIFF exploit used to jailbreak and then install (and unlock) third party applications on the 1.1.1 iPhone and iPod touch.”

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November 4, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, Mobile Phone, News Related | , , , , | Leave a comment

BlackBerry Curve OS v4.3.1. Beta – Video Recording Enabled & Much More

With the BlackBerry Curve OS v.4.1 Beta out, even the old versions of the BB Curve can now record videos after upgrading the firmware and this is damn good news to the BB Curve users.  Check out other improvements in the video on documents to go, web browsing, user interface, address book and much more.

Source – CrackBerrydotCom

November 4, 2007 Posted by | BlackBerry, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Software, Video | , | 4 Comments

Video Review – Samsung SGH-i620 (aka: BlackJack Slider)

[25 October] Part 1 of the review brought to you by pocketnow.com.

[Updated: 4 November] Check out Part 2 and Part 3 of the review here.

This is what Brandon Miniman of pocketnow.com had to say after the reviews –

I love…

1. The form factor. There’s something quite satisfying about using the slider on this phone. The sliding action is smooth and spring assisted, and you can use it to end and answer calls.
2. Heat-sensitive buttons. Never have we seen a Windows Mobile phone with heat sensitive buttons, until the i620. The sensitivity was prefect, and I hope that we see more WM devices with heat-sensitive buttons.
3. Rotary scroll wheel. The center-placed rotary scroll wheel is a brilliant idea. It’s easy to use for right or left handed users, the speed is fast but not too fast, and it’s a space saver by not having to have a side scroll wheel also.

I hate…

1. No GSM850 band. For some of us in the US, lack of the GSM850 band means that this phone won’t work over a UMTS network. That’s a killer.
2. Flat keyboard keys. In order to make the screen slide over the keyboard, Samsung had to flatten the keys of the keyboard. This makes them a bit difficult to use, even after a few weeks of usage.
3. Low speaker volume. Even at maximum volume, I had trouble hearing callers many times when using the handset. The speakerphone provided louder audio, but not as loud as the BlackJack.”

November 4, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Review, Smartphone, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

First Look – HTC Shadow

Source – Matthew Miller, ZDNet Mobile Gadgeteer

Source – Phonescoop

This phone sure looks sweet, there’s a gold color edition too on T-Mobile’s website. No news on release date for Hong Kong Yet.

November 4, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, Review, Smartphone, Video | , , | Leave a comment