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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

News: Sony Ericsson K800i official launch date

Sony Ericsson has finally announced the launch date and pricing details of its much-anticipated Cyber-shot phone. According to the company, the K800i will be available in handset outlets around Singapore from July 20, at a recommended retail price of S$938 (or S$798 with a two-year contract). The 3G-enabled phone has already been launched in Indonesia and will be introduced across other parts of Asia over the next few weeks.

At a preview event held this evening for local press, Sony Ericsson also confirmed that the K790i, which is the non-3G version of the K800i, will not be sold in Singapore, but will be available in selected Asian markets.

News: LG KG99 - Another Chocolate candy bar

From Mobile-review:- LG has developed another mobile phone in the Chocolate style – the KG99. Unlike the original Chocolate-slider it is made in a candy bar form factor. Like other Chocolate models it is slim – 9.9 mm.

Taking into account the specs we have a more advanced multimedia model compared to the recent LG KG320. There is a striking difference in design – the LCD (220x176x262K) is landscape-oriented and the keyboard buttons stand 4 in a row.

The device is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera with auto focus, an MP3-player, an FM-tuner, an expansion slot for microSD cards and Bluetooth interface. Measuring 95x52x9.9 mm it weighs 73 g. The phone is meant for GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz)/GPRS networks. The release is expected this fall.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Review: Sony Ericsson M600i

Mobile88 has the review on the new Sony Ericsson M600i and this is what is says:-

"At long last, I finally got my hands on the Sony Ericsson M600i test unit, at 1st glance it reminds of a calculator during my secondary school days but the similarity stops there. This is Sony Ericsson latest models to sport the Symbian/UIQ series to take over the successfully P900/910i series and a cousin (ok lah poor step cousin) to the powerful P990i, and this model seem to be targeting executives which needs an PDA phone while camera function is not a must or sensitivity of the job scope.

This model is built-in with UMTS (i.e. 3G) network capable but without the front camera in-place, one may wonder why Sony Ericsson markets this as a 3G phone without the capability of 2-way video calls. The device built-in 80MB memory after initial boot up and default installations around 52MB are left for user to utilize."

Full review here @ Mobile88.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

News: Samsung i320

GSMArena reports on the Samsung i320 and this is what it says:-

"Samsung officially announced their new QWERTY Smartphone Samsung SGH-i320. It remained a mystery why the Korean mobile manufacturer delayed the announcement so long since the model have been well known for a good deal of time already. The first time we actually had a look at it was on the first day of the 3GSM Barcelona this February when the Korean manufacturer had mistakenly put it on display.

The smartphone really offers nice performance in a modest body - the handset is only 11.5 mm thick and weighs mere 95 g. The phone boasts a 2.2-inch 65K color TFT display with a QVGA resolution of 240x320 pixels along with a 1.3 megapixel camera and integrated dual speakers. The device offers 120MB of internal memory and has an expansion microSD memory card slot. Connectivity options of the tri-band GSM handset include GPRS Class 10, EDGE, Bluetooth and USB support.

The "smartness" of the Samsung i320 comes from the Windows Mobile 5.0 OS for Smartphones. Frequent email users would be the ones to benefit the most from the new device as it supports push email allowing exchanging of emails in real time -the QWERTY keyboard adds a lot to the ease of use. Samsung i320 will compete on the market with Motorola Q and Nokia E61, which are devices with the same form factor; i320 is the smallest and lightest in this company."

Full report here @ GSMArena.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Review: Nokia E61

"First announced in October 2005, the Nokia E-series is targeted mainly at business users and IT professionals with its suite of powerful applications. The exclusion of a built-in camera on the E61 is either a love-it or hate-it situation, though it would have been great if the Finnish company had a similar smart phone but with a camera. Its inexpensive price tag will also appeal to not just the target audience but also mainstream consumers who are looking for a multifunctional handheld that isn't too clunky.

While some people may find the E61's design boring and somehow not as sleek as the Samsung i320n or Moto Q, its matte-silver chassis and overall simplistic appearance make it ideal for most business users.

Size-wise, this Nokia nearly matches the ultraslim form factor of the Moto Q, but the girth of the unit is not uniform all around. For instance, the slimmest portion is at the bottom of the handset which measures 12mm and it expands to a maximum of 16mm at the top edge of the unit. The E61 is also slightly wider than the Moto Q by about 6mm.

For those who like thumbing their text messages, emails and documents, the E61 comes with a QWERTY keyboard that illuminates in a cool shade of blue when activated by the ambient light sensor. We may be nitpicking here, but the relatively tight layout of the buttons did result in occasionally pressing the wrong keys. However, we got used to the plastic keys which provide a nice tactile feel. The joystick, though useful for navigating the menus, was a tad too stiff for our liking."

Full review here @ CNetAsia.

My 2 cents: Looks like a PDA phone just HP and Motorola's MotoQ with a camera. Hey looks like a direct competition with the upcoming Sony Ericsson W950i

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Sony Ericsson K800i Promotion!!

Be among the first in Singapore to own the first Cyber-shot 3G mobile phone – before it officially hits stores!

As a My Sony Member, you can purchase the new Sony Ericsson K800i Print Solution Package at the special pre-order price of S$888, saving up to S$249, between 29 June to 9 July 2006.

My 2 cents: If you have a friend who is a sony member, take up this chance to get the new Sony Ericssion K800i Cyber-shot 3G phone. Free 256MB memory card as well!

News: T-Mobile Sidekick 3 Launch Day

The latest version of the T-Mobile Sidekick went on sale today to current T-Mobile customers. The lines were but people finally started getting them on upgrades. The Sidekick 3 becomes available for new activations on July 10, 2006.

The all new Sidekick 3 features numerous upgrades including EDGE, Bluetooth, 1.3 Megapixel camera, MiniSD memory card slot, and a music player. The Sidekick 3 does also include Triband GSM (850/1800/1900MHz), and will finally offer three different instant messaging programs such as MSN, Yahoo, and AIM.


News: Nokia Files Suit in China Over 7260 Clones

We've seen a lot of design clones coming out of the East Asia for a while now, and it appears that Nokia has had enough of it. Today the company filed a law suit in Beijing, China against two companies that Nokia claims have manufactured phones that "copy the proprietary design" of the the Nokia 7260. The two manufacturers targeted by the suit are Shenzhen Telsda Mobile Communication Industry Developing Co. Ltd and Song Xun Da Zhong Ke Electronic (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. Nokia has also named several mobile phone distributors in the suit as well: Beijing Tongwanbao Commerce And Trade Co. Ltd and Beijing Xin Tongwanbao Commerce And Trade Co. Ltd

The suit seeks an injunction against the named companies that would keep them from manufacturing and distributing devices that infringe upon the 7260's design. Nokia is also seeking monetary damages.

Source: MobileBurn

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

GSMArena does the review on the exciting Sony Ericsson K800i and comments:-

"Sony Ericsson K800 is one of the handsets we were so anxious to test that we could hardly wait for the phone to be brought in the office. Its highly advertised Cyber-shot camera made us as restless as kids on Christmas morning. Once we got it and before we started working on this review we spent a good deal of time experimenting with the exciting 3.2 megapixel camera. freshly_squeezed_mobile_news_se_k800i_back
Not that we haven't seen a better camera, no! The thing is that this good camera just happens to be a good mobile phone, too."

Full review here on the excellent Sony Ericsson K800i.

Review: Motorola W220

Mobile-review reviews on the Motorola W220 and comments:-

"Motorola W220 is an entry-level model bundled with FM-radio, coming in clamshell form-factor. As you might have already guessed, if Motorola creates a folding phone, why shouldn’t it apply its overwhelmingly successful Motorola RAZR’s curves? And this has proven worthy, as the very presence of similarities to the RAZR design-wise draws attention to a handset. On top of that, Motorola’s design director, Ignacio Germade, answering our question concerning further application of the RAZR’s design, said: “What’s bad about RAZR? Even against a background of ubiquity of ideas usage that were part of initial phone’s design we are not considering that it had exhausted its potentialities by any means. In my opinion it’s RAZR that can aspire to be a truly classical phone, and a classic never gets old…”"

Full review here @ Mobile-review.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

News: GoldVish - Most Luxury Cell Phone Collection

GoldVish, the Geneva based luxury communication goods company, has introduced the world's most exclusive cell phone collection. GoldVish, the new name in mobile personal communication, is about to launch a collection of the most exclusive and up-market cell phone collection ever created!

The GoldVish collection is world class – both in jewelry and communications design. Each GoldVish cell phone is equipped with the latest in mobile technology (quad-band for effortless worldwide reception, a camera and MP3 player, along with other features and upgradeable technique! ) The cell phones are handmade in Switzerland, the home of ''haute horlogerie''.

The GoldVish cell phone, the most exclusive and expensive ever created, was designed by Emmanuel Gueit creative director of GoldVish. Gueit is well known in the watch and jewelry industry and designed the Audemars Piquet Royal Oak Off shore and the Z1 & Z2 of Harry Winston, a guarantee of true perfection, style and glamour.

Aiming for an exclusive design and unmatched excellence, GoldVish has used only top quality materials in the cell phone’s design, including 18-karat solid gold, available in rose, yellow or white gold, and diamonds, all of D-E color and none less than VVS-1 clarity grade, as certified in the accompanying diamond grading reports.

Prices of the regular GoldVish phones start at € 18,900 and go up to € 120.000,- for a full pavé diamond version. Special for collectors there are 100 unique pieces available. These first Limited Editions can only be purchased by pre-registration through the website of GoldVish or at the Millionaire fair in Cannes (price €50.000).

The absolute incredible Masterpiece is a ‘Piece Unique’ of € 1 Million which makes it the most expensive cell phone in the world. It features more than 100 carats of D/E-color and VVS-1 clarity grade diamonds and a guaranteed unique (limited) production, also to been seen in Cannes.

Full report here @ Mobile88.