Mobile Phone News

  1. Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm by Andy
    Dell Venue Pro

    The new Dell Venue Pro

    The launch of the Dell Venue Pro has been much delayed but the Windows Phone 7 handset is finally available to buy in the UK this month.

    The Venue Pro will be hitting the market at a price point of £459 if you want to buy the SIM free version, which will put it into a competitive price bracket.

    With a 4.1 inch OLED display the Venue Pro should hold its own when it comes to media playback and browsing. It also has a slide-out portrait QWERTY keypad which is aimed at pleasing high-volume messaging fans and business users who want the reliability of a physical keypad to complete their work.

    Interestingly the Dell Venue Pro is actually hitting shelves at the same time as another keyboard-toting Windows Phone 7 handset, namely the HTC 7 Pro. HTC’s handset is a little cheaper, costing around £432 if you want to buy it outright.

    The HTC 7 Pro features a landscape QWERTY keypad which gives you a little more space for typing, but its other specs are a little less impressive, with a 3.6 inch display looking a little measly when compared with the OLED glory of the Venue Pro.

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  2. Posted on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at 9:46 am by Andy

    Window Phone 7 LogoThe launch of the first official update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform has been marred by reports that some users who have the Samsung Omnia 7 handset are seeing freezes, glitches and in some case a completely broken phone after installing the new software.

    Things have become so serious that Microsoft has been forced to cease offering the update for users of the Samsung Omnia 7 since around 10 per cent of those who updated found that it rendered their phone inoperable.

    Microsoft has promised that it will work on the update and remove the issues as quickly as possible before re-launching it for Samsung fans.

    Microsoft had already been reprimanded by its customers because the update does not actually feature many of the improvements which it had promised, including cut and paste or a more useful search tool for scanning through apps in the Marketplace.

    Windows Phone 7 may have got off to a slow start but critics have been positive about the platform up until now. With Nokia promising new Windows Phone 7 handsets in the near future such calamitous updates will hopefully become a thing of the past.

  3. Posted on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 4:35 pm by Andy
    London Underground Tube

    Photograph: Frank Baron

    The Tube system in the UK’s capital will be getting mobile network coverage, courtesy of Chinese manufacturer Huawei.

    The firm is set to spend £50 million on creating the underground signal setup, which will allow millions of commuters and tourists to use their mobiles beneath the streets.

    Significantly, it looks as though Huawei will be gifting this to the capital. This is all part of the switchover as China passes the baton on to London, ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

    This act of generosity is definitely going to be welcomed by many, although there could be an equally large group who are vexed at the thought of people chatting away in packed tube carriages during rush hour.

    Huawei will not be the only company making contributions to this setup, as both Vodafone and O2 have committed funds and the Chinese firm will be charging for maintenance, so it is not an entirely free ride.

    By providing smartphone users with network coverage on the underground, it could allow people to surf the web, send emails and make calls, which will be particularly popular amongst those who like to be able to work at all times of the day or night.

  4. Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 10:38 am by Andy
    ZTE Skate

    The ZTE Skate

    Chinese mobile manufacturer ZTE has had some slow burning, budget smartphone hits of late and it has plumbed this income into creating the new Skate handset, which offers big-screen Android 2.3 thrills for those with limited cash.

    The ZTE Skate gets its name because of its rounded edges and skateboard-esque looks. It has a 4.3 inch touchscreen display and a matte coat on the rear, so that it will not slip out of your hand and get damaged by a fall.

    In terms of specs, it has a five megapixel camera with flash, an 800MHz processor and what looks to be a vanilla Android interface, which means there are no flashy features that you might expect to see on a handset from Samsung or HTC.

    Given its slightly poky processor, it is clear to see that ZTE is still gunning for the bottom end of the market. However, this is no bad thing, since it will allow many more users to enjoy a display that is as large as the HTC Desire HD, or the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S2, without paying extortionate monthly contract fees and one-off costs to cover the high end tech.

  5. Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 12:51 pm by Andy
    Acer Iconica Smart

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    Acer has launched a new Android smartphone called the Iconia Smart, at the MWC event in Barcelona, showcasing version 2.3 of Google’s platform running on a larger than life display.

    The Iconia Smart is noteworthy for its 4.8 inch screen which puts the 4.3 inch unit of the HTC Desire HD to shame. This size may be a little too much for most to handle, putting it in contention to take on the five inch pseudo-tablet design of the Dell Streak.

    The Acer Iconia Smart has an HDMI output as well as built-in DLNA compatibility to make media sharing in a well-connected home relatively simple.

    An eight megapixel digital camera, presumably with HD video capture, is featured on the rear of the device, while a front-mounted two megapixel snapper is also present for video calling.

    With a 4.8 inch display, the Acer Iconia Smart will not be easy on the wallet when it arrives in the UK, although, so far, the firm has kept quiet about any pricing or launch date plans.

    With the ever-increasing number of Android 2.3 handsets on the horizon, the Iconia Smart will need to work hard to win an audience.