28 Mayıs 2008 Çarşamba

Video: Google demos the HTC Dream at I/O conference

Word on the street is that Google just busted out a live demo of the oft-rumored HTC Dream doing its Android-flavored thing at the company's I/O conference in San Francisco. Reports tell us that the device is a roughly 3-inch by 5-inch touchscreen phone with a slider keyboard. Not a lot is known right now, though apparently the device packs an accelerometer which allows you to tilt the unit to scroll across Google Maps or Street View. A video is on the way, so stay tuned for more information (and images) as we get them.

27 Mayıs 2008 Salı

Palm Treo 850 pictures appear

You may recall that Philip reviewed the Palm Centro for us a few weeks ago and, although Philip was fairly happy with the device, my comments were that it was a nice form factor but as I'm no fan of the Palm OS it wasn't for me. Having used Windows Mobile for years I find Palm less friendly, but that said I'm sure Palm fans feel the same way about MW!

So when I first heard about the Palm Treo 850 I thought this might well be the answer. Similar in design to the Centro the 850 comes with Windows Mobile 6, 400MHz and 128MB RAM. You'll also notice from the image below (courtesy of Boy Genius) that there's a 320x320 square screen that's possibly subject to the same software compatibility issues as the Samsung i780. But check out the rest of the Spec. below (subject to change) GPS, HSDPA and 256MB ROM!!

Palm Treo 850w Specification:

* Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
* 400MHz 32bit Intel XScale PXA270
* 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM
* 2.5" 320x320 TFT Touch Screen
* GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
* Built-in QWERTY-type keyboard, 40 keys
* microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash, SDIO
* WiFi 802.11b, 802.11g
* Built in NMEA 0183
* 2.0MP Camera
* 1500 mAh Battery
* 60 x 113 x 14 millimetres

XPERIA X1 specs get further detailed in new white paper

Sony Ericsson's white papers have already provided plenty of details on its much-anticipated XPERIA X1 handset, and it looks like its latest one is no exception, with it shedding yet more light on the device's specs. Most notably, Sony Ericsson has now confirmed that the device will ship with 256MB of SDRAM, in addition to 512MB of NAND Flash, and it's gotten specific about the device's battery life, which it says will clock in at 10 hours talk time using GSM or 6.5 hours using UMTS. That'll take a further dip to 3.1 hours if you're making video calls all the time, with 3.5 hours required to recharge the 1500 mAh lithium polymer battery once its drained. Hit up the link below if you're looking for some more reading material to bide your time until the device's supposed September release.

Sellgino shows off GS-200 GPS Photo Tour geotagger

Geotagging devices are cropping up at a pretty steady pace these days, and it looks like you can now add one more company to the bandwagon, with Sellgino now showing off its GS-200 GPS Photo Tour device. Like other similar options out there, this one relies on your photo's EXIF data to match 'em up with the locations logged by the GPS receiver (a SiRF Star III, in this case), with some software provided to merge all that data together and plot out your travels on Google Maps. Somewhat more uniquely, this one will also double as a USB handset for VoIP calls (hence the design), and it can apparently be used as an external USB drive, though it's not clear how much storage space it packs. No word on a price or release date either, unfortunately.

25 Mayıs 2008 Pazar

Nokia E66 and E71 getting dressed backstage for grand entrance

We'd always prefer an actual announcement to a mere teaser, and in the case of the E66 and E71, we've seen these things exposed so many times in so many ways now that we're actually starting to think that we might know more about the business-class hotties than Nokia itself. Here's the latest scoop: Mobile Phone Helpdesk has gone ahead and locked down press shots of both devices, adding a little more glitz and glamor to the pair than the typical prerelease in-the-wild shots afford. We're seriously not sure what Nokia's waiting for here, but we think it'd be well served to push 'em out ahead of the Touch Diamond and 3G iPhone rushes.

24 Mayıs 2008 Cumartesi

HTC Releases TyTN II Windows Mobile 6.1 Update

Alert reader Kev brought this to our attention tonight. The Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrade for the HTC TyTN II has been released and is available to HTC e-club members via htc.com (So if you didn't create an e-club membership when you bought your TyTN II, now would be a good time to do so). I'm downloading this as I type this post up from the HTC Europe FTP site (Looks like it's not on the HTC America FTP site just yet). 66.2 MB but fairly fast download speeds means you should be able to have this on your phone fairly soon - I know I will! Those who upgrade, let us know how your experience is!

23 Mayıs 2008 Cuma

Rogers Wireless gets the HTC Shift

Today, HTC and Rogers Wireless announced the HTC Shift, the world’s first mobile PC with push email, will be released in Canada. Harnessing the power of Windows Vista and Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0, the HTC Shift blends advanced wireless connectivity through the high-speed of Rogers’ 3G HSPA network.

Featuring a sleek design that is half the size and a fraction of the weight of a standard notebook, the HTC Shift incorporates HTC’s innovative new SnapVUE™ technology. SnapVUE provides instant access to emails, calendar, and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the device, which helps conserve power and extend battery life. Also a great multimedia companion, the HTC Shift utilizes Windows Media Player® 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos.
In addition, HTC and Rogers will be announcing a new software update to customers within three months. This update will feature navigation capabilities through TeleNav including GPS connectivity. Other specs and features include the following:

7″ touch sensitive ’slide-n-tilt’ screen
Windows Vista Business edition
Front Facing camera for video conferencing
Biometric finger print scanner
40-gigabyte hard drive
Light weight at 1.8 pounds
Integrated 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity
Operates on the Rogers Wireless network and Tri-band HSPA
Bluetooth® 2.0
The HTC Shift is available for purchase in Canada today sold at select Rogers Wireless retail locations for an approximate retail price of $1,599.99 based on a three year term with a minimum $50 Flex Rate Data Plan. For more information on the HTC Shift, please visit www.rogers.com/shift.

22 Mayıs 2008 Perşembe

Nokia Releases the Nokia Maps 2.0

Nokia today announced that its highly anticipated update for Nokia Maps has left beta stage and is now ready for consumers to download. Here is more info:

Downloaded over 240,000 times since announced in February, Nokia Maps 2.0 has improved its optional Car Navigation, enhanced its pedestrian navigation, added multimedia city guides, now offers satellite images, and is sporting a redesigned user interface. Nokia's mapping and navigation solutions give people navigation features, local content and world maps directly on their mobile device, in a way that only connected devices can.

partial list of the updated features in Nokia Maps 2.0 includes:

- Improved optional Car Navigation equals PND-level car navigation experience with faster routing.
- Easy-to-use, updated User Interface features including a new navigation carousel with pre-defined navigation views - i.e. navigation, arrow, bird-eye.
- Top-of-the-line navigation features: signposts, multi-stop route planner

- Optional pedestrian navigation efficiently walks you from A to B with visual guidance. It helps you to locate yourself by giving information about the surrounding buildings, streets and parks and, if the device supports it, notifies the direction you are walking.
- Nokia Maps 2.0 includes public transportation information (station entrances) data in 17 cities with localized icons for stops.
- Advanced multi-sensor positioning using A-GPS, and pedestrian orientation using the compass feature (Nokia 6210 Navigator needed for built-in compass usage)

- Satellite images with hybrid rendering overlays for selected cities worldwide provide real aerial views on your mobile.
- Signature "one-box search" allows you to search through places, addresses, restaurants, nightlife, outdoor, accommodation.
- New premium multi-media city guides including features photos, video, audio streams.

Nokia Maps 2.0 uses vector maps provided by Navteq and TeleAtlas, Nokia Maps now has maps covering over 200 countries, with over 70 of them navigable. Maps can be downloaded over the air directly to selected devices or by using the Nokia Map Loader on a PC. A new beta version of the Nokia Map Loader is available on the Nokia Betalabs web site.

Nokia Maps 2.0 and the current commercial version of the Nokia Maps Loader is freely available for selected devices. For download and more information, please visit http://www.maps.nokia.com

21 Mayıs 2008 Çarşamba

Nokia "definitely" preparing Linux-based phones, flavor unknown

by Chris Ziegler, posted May 20th 2008 at 3:42PM

With Nokia's dedication to Maemo and the recent Trolltech acquisition, it's no secret that Espoo has its eyes firmly locked on the Linux prize -- but outside the whole Internet Tablet phenomenon, there hasn't been a lot of product to show for it. Looks like that's all about to change, with CFO Rick Simonson commenting this week that the company will "definitely" be releasing some Linux-based cellphones in the future, marking a pretty big move for a company with strong tradition in its long-lived Series 40 dumbphone and S60 smartphone platforms. Simonson refused to get into the nitty gritty details about what flavor of mobile Linux would be used; borrowing from its tablets might make sense, but the Android and LiMo juggernauts seem like they're going to be pretty hard to ignore as well -- not to mention that Google is said to have chatted briefly about Android with Nokia in the not-too-distant past. So what does this all mean? Is S60 Touch in danger here?

[Via Thumb Report]

Update: A closer look-see at Reuters' report (ignoring the misleading headline) indicates that Nokia has not specifically committed to rolling out Linux on phones -- rather, it has simply said that it intends to expand its use of Linux across its product portfolio. We figure that handsets are bound to get swept into the mix at some point, but technically, we could just be looking at other kinds of devices. Always room for another Internet Tablet or three, we suppose. Thanks, Eric!

16 Mayıs 2008 Cuma

Choosing a mobile device

Choosing a mobile device
May 16th, 2008

Today?s mobile phones are computers, cameras ? even route-finders ? all rolled into one ? but which is best for your needs? Bobbie Bhogal, founder of mobilesplease.co.uk, offers a quick and easy guide.

Mobile phones have evolved into amazing multi-functional devices more akin to ?beaming up Scotty? than making phone calls. You can snap pictures, record videos, send and receive emails, play games and listen to hours of music ? even find your way via GPS satellite. So what deals make the best sense for your needs?

Your profile, your phone
The best mobile phone deals are contracts that are designed to meet your specific needs and do not expect you to squeeze your daily requirements into an inflexible, ?nearest fit? package.

The ?best? deal is the most appropriate deal for you at this time in your life and depends on your way of working and socialising: your particular lifestyle. It is an arrangement between the phone provider, the network operator and you that ensures you have all phone features that are important to you, plus the flexibility, the amount of inclusive minutes and texts and the overall service that best match your way of living.

This is your ?caller profile?, in mobile phone parlance. The answers to questions such as ?Do you use your phone mostly off-peak or during peak times?? ?How often do you pick up voicemail messages? and ?How many text messages do you send on average per week?? help define your specific profile. An astute mobile phone provider ? or an intelligent filtering system on-line - will then match your profile to several deals, balancing different features and package details. You are then able to make an informed choice and find the best mobile phone deal for you.

What might well look a daunting task at first sight - so many different phones and varying deals ? is, in fact, straightforward and fast once you have prioritised what you really need from a mobile phone. That?s need to work and live your life, as opposed to what could just be fun to have.

With the fast filtering systems and easy feature/price comparisons available, buying a mobile phone on-line makes good sense. A high-street phone shop has significant additional overheads to an on-line outlet and that advantage can be passed on to you, the customer, in value-added deals. So why not get thinking about your lifestyle right now, start comparing phones and packages and see just how quickly the best deal for you pops up?

?Mickey Mouse? phones?
When shopping for a mobile phone, most people have the same two questions high on their list: "Should I choose a prepaid service plan or a regular monthly billed plan?" and ?What about connecting to the Internet?? Let?s look at them in turn.

Prepaid minutes can be spread over several months, usually two or three, so if you only use your phone occasionally, it can be less expensive than paying every month for airtime that you won't use. There is no credit check involved - unlike monthly billing arrangements - no monthly service fees, monthly bill, security deposits or contracts to sign.

You can keep much better control of costs - you know exactly how much you will spend because you purchase the air time up front. There no need to disclose your real identity, either ? think of all those thrillers in which the character is presented with a new mobile phone: you can guarantee it is prepaid and therefore anonymous. In most cases, you can activate a prepaid phone plan under any name you wish, even Mickey Mouse!

Prepaid is more expensive on a per minute basis. Typically, a minute will cost twice as much in a prepaid plan compared to a monthly plan, so it is well worth checking the plan's details before buying. Sometimes, not all services are included - you may not be able to surf the wireless Web, for example. Beware, too that extras may cost a lot more: long distance calls, for instance, may be charged a premium fee over what monthly consumers pay.

In short, you can buy and use a prepaid phone and calling card almost as you would with a disposable camera: beautifully hassle-free; the downside is you will pay a higher fee for each minute.

Prepaid or not?
If all you want is a phone to have in case of emergency and rare calls; if you know you will not use more than 20 minutes per month, then a prepaid plan is ideal for you. If your credit rating is shot, then prepaid is usually the only solution (although some companies will also accept you in a monthly plan but only with a huge deposit).

Business travelers are usually served better by national or international "one rate" plans, paying only one rate, no matter if you are in another country. However, you pay for that privilege, so occasional travelers needing a phone may well be best served buying a prepaid phone in the country they are visiting and buying a card when they arrive.

Monthly contract phones offer the best deals for minutes and texts but the do tie you in for a minimum period (12 or 18 months). They also enable you to have a superb phone effectively for free, often with regular upgrades.

WAP goes the cell phone
WAP or the Wireless Web refers to browsing a stripped-down version of the Web right on the screen of your mobile phone. It can be used for retrieving email, placing orders, looking up movies, restaurant listings or sports results, for example.

If that appeals, then choose a phone with a "minibrowser" - the special kind of browser used for surfing the net on a small mobile phone screen. Look for a graphic browser, not just a text-based browser. Also, if you think you will browse the wireless Internet often, you may want to consider buying a PDA phone - a cellular phone with a larger than average display.

All modern digital cell phones can be used as if they were a modem. With a data cable, short-range wireless Bluetooth or often your laptop's infrared connection, you can use the phone to connect to your usual ISP while on the road, or to your mobile phone company's data service (usually requiring an additional subscription).

Check what kind of data speed the phone you are examining supports: GPRS, EDGE, 3G and the new HSDPA (3.5G) services (such as on the Nokia N95 or the HTC TyTN II).

Whether it?s the cool exterior, the sleek lines and slim form factor, or perhaps the 5 megapixel camera, GPS or superior music-playing functions that appeal, the important thing is that your mobile phone does what it needs to for you at the moment. It can be a business tool, a fashion statement, a personal safety device ? or all three at once. And with the right package of minutes and texts, it can even be fun!

15 Mayıs 2008 Perşembe

Nokia's iPhone gets a name, say hello to the iPerformer?

We're hearing rumors about Nokia's fabled touchscreen set and it may be that the thing's been codenamed the iPerformer. Pretty weak sauce, huh? Specs are thin, pictures of it are nonexistent -- the pic above is from the GoPlay event last August -- but there's at least enough to spark a glimmer of hope. The rumored specs include a widescreen touchscreen, NaviScroll, QWERTY keypad, GPS, FM radio, FM transmitter, WiFi, Bluetooth, TV out, and a Web cam? No thoughts on pricing, foundation in reality, or even any sort of release timeline, but we've got time and hopefully Nokia's eventually going to have the goods.

Nokia has announced support for Silverlight

Nokia and Microsoft are working together to put Silverlight on Nokia's high-end smarthphones that run on the S60 platform, which uses Symbian. This is great news as it will bring the rich technology from the desktop to Mobile devices.

Silverlight allows designers and developers to produce rich web applications that are independent of browser, operating system and handset.

For more information on the Nokia adoption of Silverlight, read the official Nokia press release.

Also, to learn more about Silverlight, especially Silverlight 2.0, check out Scott Guthrie's blog post!

IntelliScreen Brings Useful Widgets to iPhone's Home Screen

Instead of just staring the time, date and your choice of wallpaper when you start up the iPhone, why not make it more Windows Mobile-y by putting useful information there*? The app IntelliScreen lets you show either your upcoming calendar items, recent emails, recent text messages, the weather, or even an RSS feed up on the standby screen, letting you see what you need to see without even unlocking your phone. Useful? Definitely. Cluttered? For sure.

It's also in beta, and may crash or even wipe some of your data if it conflicts with some of your other apps. Be careful.

* Yes this is one of the few times that people want to make the iPhone more like Windows Mobile.

ASUS P560 sports Windows Mobile 6.1, many acronyms

Buried underneath the hoopla surrounding the announcement of ASUS' Lamborghini-branded ZX1 at CeBIT, the more mellow P560 was also announced, featuring pretty much every spec the average WinMo buyer could want these days in a package that speaks far, far less about the car you're driving (or wish you were driving, anyway). HSDPA, WiFi, 3.2 megapixel autofocus cam, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, GPS, microSDHC slot, 256MB of ROM, 128MB of RAM, and Microsoft's freshest build of Windows Mobile Professional -- 6.1, that is -- all have managed to find their way into the P560's unassuming shell. Not bad, though the €500 (about $772) price tag could scare a few folks away when it launches next month.

3M mini-projectors set to land in / with Samsung phones later this year

3M has been touting its mini-projectors for some time now (along with many others), but it looks like they're now finally a bit closer to landing in an actual product, with Samsung reportedly set to begin offering them later this year. What's not clear, unfortunately, is whether the projectors will actually be built into the cellphones (and if so, which ones), or simply offered as an attachment of some sort, but either way you can apparently expect to pay between $200 and $400 for the chance to spread a bit of visual pollution.

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HTC's Touch Diamond will hit European store shelves in June, while a North American version will follow later this year.

HTC today unveiled its new flagship phone, the HTC Touch Diamond, featuring the Taiwanese manufacturer's new captivating 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D. HTC has recently improved its original TouchFLO interface (Compare HTC's Touch phones), and with the introduction of the new 3D touch interface, the company aims to provide animated access to people, messaging, e-mail, photos, music, weather and more. In addition, HTC is introducing a new touch-sensitive control for interacting with the Touch Diamond.

With the introduction of the HTC Touch Diamond, the manufacturer hopes to deliver a new mobile Internet experience that utilizes broadband-like speeds with European 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA wireless connectivity (a version supporting North American HSDPA will be released later this year). HTC provides a new customized mobile Web browser that should enable easier viewing and navigation of websites. As part of this experience users can zoom and pan websites with one-hand and automatically view optimized content that has been specially created to fit the display. Turning the device sideways automatically rotates the web page view from a portrait to landscape view.

In addition to web browsing, the Touch Diamond includes a customized new, HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching user generated video content as well as utilizing Google Maps for mobile. The HTC Touch Diamond's 2.8-inch display provides VGA resolution, and a built-in 3.2-megapixel camera includes auto focus. The smartphone also offer auto sensor screen pivoting.

Measuring 102 by 51 by 11.33 mm and weighing 110 grams, the HTC Touch Diamond is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. The smartphone also sports 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and AGPS. HTC claims a talk time of up to 4 hours on GSM networks and up to 4 days of standby time with push e-mail activated.

The HTC Touch Diamond will be available to customers across all major European carriers in June. It will be available later this quarter in Asia and the Middle East. The North American and Latin American versions of the HTC Touch Diamond will be available in the second half of 2008

13 Mayıs 2008 Salı

Windows Mobile 7 May See Release Later This Year

According to a roadmap from device manufacturer MWg, the company plans to have a Windows Mobile 7 device on the market some time in the fourth quarter of this year. That's earlier than this version of this operating system had previously been expected.

The revelation came during a press event to announce the launch of the MWg brand in Europe, which was previously marketed as O2 Asia. At this, the company displayed a roadmap listing a number of smartphones and handheld devices. On this was a smartphone scheduled for release in Q4 running Windows Mobile 7.
Previously, Windows Mobile 7 wasn't expected to be seen until some time in the first half of 2009, having been pushed back when Windows Mobile 6.1 was created.

This was the second delay that the new operating system, reputedly code-named "Photon," had suffered, also having originally been planned as the next version after Windows Mobile 5.

The device, listed as the Flame II, was described as having a 3.5 inch or larger screen and being multimedia oriented, as well as including GPS.

Details On Windows Mobile 7 Scant

Very little is known for certain about Windows Mobile 7. However, leaked reports state that it will focus heavily on touchscreen and device gestures, such as swiping a finger to scroll or skip, and shaking the device to wake it up.

It will also radically overhaul the existing interface, following the patterns started in Windows Mobile 6 Standard, with increased use of scrolling, tiles, and visual aesthetics.

It has also been previously reported that Windows Mobile 7 is intended to merge the touchscreen and non-touchscreen versions of the operating system, creating a single common platform, though whether this is still planned is unclear.

7 Mayıs 2008 Çarşamba

HTC Touch Diamond in action (Video)

From http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/blogs

HTC Touch Diamond promo video

6 Mayıs 2008 Salı


HTC's Offical Touch Diamond press release
May 6th, 2008

Here we have the official preess release from HTC:


Debut brings breakthroughs in size, style connectivity and overall user experience, leaves compromise at the door.

LONDON ? May 6, 2008 ? Born from a unique heritage of innovation and a deep desire to blend design with simplicity, HTC Corp., a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today unveiled its new flagship phone, the HTC Touch Diamond. Delivering unmistakable style and meticulous craftsmanship the HTC Touch Diamond is defined by its compact size, game-changing Internet and its new captivating 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D. The result is an uncompromising mobile phone that sets a new benchmark for phone sophistication and shapes consumer expectations for how a phone can be used.

?Today we mark a new era in mobile phone evolution, an era where beauty and size integrate with uncompromising innovation at broadband speeds,? said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. ?The HTC Touch Diamond will make browsing the Web and using Web-enabled applications just as practical and easy to use as making calls.?

A New Dimension To Touch

HTC has taken a great leap forward in touch screen innovation with the introduction of its new 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D. TouchFLO 3D provides animated access to people, messaging, email, photos, music, weather and more. In addition, HTC is introducing a new innovative touch-sensitive control for interacting with Touch Diamond.

Making The Mobile Internet Fun

With the introduction of the Touch Diamond, HTC delivers an entirely new mobile Internet experience that utilizes broadband-like speeds with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA wireless connectivity. Committed to improving Web browsing, HTC provides a new customized mobile Web browser that enables easy viewing and effortless navigation of Websites in the way they were designed. As part of this browsing experience users can zoom and pan Websites with one-hand and automatically view optimized content that has been specially created to fit the display. Turning the device sideways automatically rotates the web page view from a portrait to landscape view.

In addition to Web browsing, the Touch Diamond includes a customized new, HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching a variety of user generated video content as well as utilizing Google Maps for mobile for mapping and traffic data.

Unmatched Style and Size

The Touch Diamond is crafted with precision to fit comfortably in a user?s hand without compromising on features or functionality. Blending contrasting design elements of metal and unique geometric facets, the Touch Diamond complements a user?s personal style.

Bursting with Innovation

The Touch Diamond delivers an unrivalled combination of features and functionality that set a new standard for integrating mobile phone innovation into a small package. The 2.8 inch display provides near-print quality viewing that enables beautiful Web browsing and viewing of photographs. The built-in camera includes an optical auto-focus lens that ensures the photos you take will be clear and consistent. Advanced wireless and auto sensor screen pivoting are just a few of the features that make the Touch Diamond experience a stand out.


The HTC Touch Diamond? will be available to customers across all major European carriers in June. It will be available later this quarter in Asia and the Middle East. The North American and Latin American versions of the Touch Diamond will be available in the second half of 2008.

?Our long-standing relationship with HTC meant they shared their phone concept and worked with us from the earliest stage. This early collaboration is important to us because at Orange, we know that the right multimedia experience is about more than just the phone,? said Olaf Swantee, EVP of Orange?s global mobile operations. ?Our approach is to select and test the best phones and integrate our applications, combining them with access to the Orange World portal, the best tariffs, integrated billing, a user-friendly interface and excellent customer support. With the Touch Diamond from Orange we have created a unique phone which has taken advantage of our latest service innovation to build upon the consistently rich experience customers expect from Orange.?

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Vodafone releasing iPhone in Australia, Italy, India, and seven other countries

Vodafone's just got a tiny, minor, insignificant announcement to make this morning: it's signed with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten markets, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy (so much for Telecom Italia), India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey. Expect the phone later this year -- that's all we know for now. Score one (or ten?) for Voda

HTC Launch the Diamond--Small and Very iPhone-esque

So, this is the Touch Diamond. It's small, slim, "a holistic experience", according to Horace Luke, HTC's Chief Innovations Officer, and "just like your life." Out in Europe and Asia next month, we should get our hands on it later on this year, and it's the the closest thing so far to an iPhone that hasn't come out of Cupertino. Not surprising, since Luke and his team wanted the design to be worthy of MoMA. I'm just not sure about the diamond design on the back. Here is a gallery, the specs and some of the choice quotes from the presentation:

• Windows Mobile 6.1
• VGA Screen
• Quad-band HSDPA 7.2
• One-touch navigation, single-finger dialing
• The accelerometer rotates pictures as you rotate the phone
• One-touch music playback
• An animated weather forecast app
• Full web browser—Opera—with zoom-in
• Microsoft promises IE 6 coming soon
• Youtube app
• Available June in Europe on Orange and the rest of the world TBD
• Orange mobile TV
• No price yet

According to HTC boss Peter Chou, the Touch Diamond is "simplified user experience with fun usability." The word innovation has been bandied around by just about everyone who's got up on stage at the launch.

"In 2008, Vista will make mobile internet fun."
Chou said that HTC is the first company in the world to do a 3-D animated touchscreen interface, and reiterated his desire to make browser and web-based applications as easy as a phone call. "Just a touch. Just one hand. We don't need too many fingers, just one touch." Speak for yourself, mate.

Horace Luke says his team studied the fashion industry as well as the design industry when coming up with the Diamond Touch. He reckons the design is iconic enough to be recognised by people from across the street, and cited the "meticulous craftsmanship like a Swiss watch." The phone's UI is so like the iPhone it's uncanny. You can flick through your contacts rather like a Rolodex, calling is one-click, and your messages are "like beautiful words dancing in the air."

Andy Lees, one of the Senior VPs at Microsoft was playing with his Diamond Touch yesterday. "It makes me smile, but it enables me to get things done that need to be done. With one finger." [HTC]

And also you can see the gallery of the HTC Touch Diamond

5 Mayıs 2008 Pazartesi

iPAQ 600 Series