Nokia’s Aeon Concept Phone

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

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Nokia has released images of Aeon, a concept phone that combines two touch-sensitive panels mounted on a fuel-cell power pack.

Each of the panels are capable of being used independently. The touch-screen
displays man that all ‘buttons’ are virtual, so in one situation one panel could operate as the display, the other as the keypad. In another the roles could be reversed. Or each display could serve both functions.

Devices like this are all part of Nokia’s vision of ‘wearable technology’. Users could wear the lightweight panels as a badge, or connected to a wrist-strap.

Nokia are also keen to establish a new wireless standard. Wibree
is basically an upgraded bluetooth which would allow the Aeon to be a
‘thin-client’, farming out processing and storage tasks to static
servers.

brett jordan’s blog: Nokia’s concept phone

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Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 22:52
Category: Mobile Phone

ThinkSecret reports that the much-rumored-about iPhone from Apple is coming and will be available exclusively through Cingular. If true, it would mean that Apple has decided to take a position on what phone stack it is willing to support and has come out on the side of GSM.

In a lot of ways, the mobile phone landscape in the United States could be considered a case study into how sometimes the free market fails end users. Let me explain: in the late 80s and early 90s, there were two different types of technologies available in the US for mobile phone delivery: CDMA and TDMA. However, due to vendor differences, the market fragmented even further with Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel) adopting a different flavor of CDMA than Verizon. Meanwhile, Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel) adopted a proprietary technology called iDen, which was based on TDMA while T-Mobile and Cingular adopted GSM, a flavor of TDMA that has become the global standard outside of the US.

The bottom line on this whole acronym soup is that most mobile operators in the United States cannot operate on each other’s networks because they are using different technologies. This is why foreigners visiting the US generally lament about the poor quality of the mobile experience in this country and why the US is falling behind in the global mobile race. This is also why most American mobile phones don’t work abroad.

Because Cingular and T-mobile used the same GSM technology, they agreed to share their networks, allowing their customers to use both networks transparently, in a situation similar to the one one would witness outside of the US. The fact that they use GSM is also why a lot of cool phones make it to their networks before they are available to other providers. Verizon is now hedging its bets by introducing hybrid CDMA/GSM phones under the heading of Global Phone Service. To many outside the US, it looks like GSM is already the winning format in the standards war. Read more…

TNL.net >> Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?

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iPhone to be Exclusive to Cingular

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 22:27
Category: Mobile Phone

Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US’ largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple’s forthcoming phone, sources report. Apple’s iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release.

As previously reported, Apple’s phone will feature a candy-bar design with a 2.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera. Robust iTunes and iSync support will also be delivered with the phone.

Apple’s exclusive contract with Cingular is said to be good for the first six months, sources report, meaning other providers will be able to sell the phone in the second-half of 2007. Cingular had an exclusive on the Motorola ROKR—the first phone to feature iTunes—when it launched last year.

Think Secret – Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive at launch

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Play MP3 Ringtones on Your Treo with mRing

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Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Mobile Phone

mr650_1.gifMotion Apps’ mRing (US$20) allows you to assign MP3, MIDI and WAV ring tones to each individual contact or contact category in your Treo address book. Features include:
- Use MIDI, MP3 and WAV ring tones
- Assign ring tones to Categories and Individual Contacts
- Different ring tones for phone call and SMS
- VIP and Silent mode support
- Ascending ringtones and vibrate before ring options
- Assign ring tone to system sounds, known and unknown callers, SMS and voicemail notification and more
The company is offering a promotion through the end of today where you can purchase mRing + mLights for US$21.54 (regular price: US$27.98).
mLights manages the Treo’s backlight behavior alowing you to save your Treo battery. Feature include:
- Dim the screen during the night
- Keep your keyboard backlight on during the night, and stay turned off during the daylight
- Save your Treo battery

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Palm Treo 750v: A First Look

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 23:48
Category: Mobile Phone

Palm users expecting a major advance from the Treo 750v are going to be disappointed, at least on the basis of our first look. However, it does represent several firsts for Palm in Europe.

The physical specifications of the Treo 750v are almost exactly the same as those of the Treo 700w, which has been available on US networks for some time. It is a few grammes lighter at 154g, possibly because it doesn’t have the much-disliked stubby antenna of previous Treos.

The 240-by-240 resolution TFT screen and the 1.3 megapixel camera are the same as on its US cousin.

Palm Treo 750v: a first look – ZDNet UK Reviews

Video: Introducing the Treo 750v – News – ZDNet

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REVIEW: iPAQ hw6915

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Date: Monday, August 14th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Mobile Phone

ipaqs.jpgAs you can see from the side-by-side comparison of the hw6915 (far right), h6315 (center) and h4355, I’m somewhat of an iPAQ fan and have been for several years. I started with Newtons many years ago and tried a few Palm devices, but always preferred the iPAQ and the MS Mobile OSes. Being primarily a long-time Mac user, I have to admit that Microsoft does a good job as long as they stick to simple OSes. But, I digress.
Simply put, after using this device for a couple of weeks, this is my favorite handheld device I have ever owned or could wish to own and leaves me for want of nothing, but there are some caveats and a warning which I will get to later.
The 240X240 screen took me about a day to get used to, but it is sharp, briliant and bright and any reservations I had about moving from 240X320 are gone. The Intel PXA270 416 MHz CPU isn’t the fastest out there, but it is plenty zippy for all my tasks and web pages, large pdf and Word files load in a snap. The backlit keyboard is amazingly bright and the keys feel great.
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The Frustrated Traveller: Finding a True “World” Mobile Phone

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

It used to be quite simple: In order to use a mobile phone in the US and the rest of the world you needed GSM service and a phone with “tri-band” capability: 900MHz and 1800MHz for most of the world and 1900MHz for the US. Then two things happened: First, the two major GSM carriers in the US started using 850MHz in addition to, or instead of, the 1900MHz band.
Second, the so-called “next generation” of GSM services became defined and partially deployed. Known as “3G” (WCDMA and UMTS are phrases often used) this new technology allows faster data rates and services such as video calls. A lot more could be said about 3G, but let’s focus on the frequency. In most of the world, 3G is being offered on 2100MHz. The good news is that this includes some places that previously had no GSM service at all, notably Japan. The bad news is that (rumor has it), US carriers will be offering 3G service on 1900MHz instead.
So, where does this leave the global traveler?
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(Contributed by Ole Jacobsen)

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Amazon: Motorola Q for US$75

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 00:57
Category: Mobile Phone

motorola-q-.jpgAlthough it runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone platform and you’ll need a copy of The Missing Sync (US$40) to sync it to your Mac, I recently saw a friend’s Q and was impressed by the sleek profile (especially when compared to my bulky Treo 650). Anyway, Amazon is selling the Q for US$75 with a 2-year contract. If you’re going to pick one up, why not buy if from our Amazon affiliate link though, would ya?

Motorola’s QWERTY keyboard equipped Q, formerly known as the RAZRberry in the rumor mills, might not exactly be the “BlackBerry killer” that many predicted, but it is certainly one of the most capable and user friendly smartphones available on the market today.

Based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone platform, the Q picks up the best features from Microsoft’s more phone oriented Smartphone edition of Windows Mobile while still offering a lot of PDA-like capability and screen real estate on its 65k color, 320×240 pixel display.

In terms of hardware features, the Q’s right side 3-way scroll wheel and dedicated back buttons take center stage. These give the Q user fast BlackBerry-like scrolling with the ability to select an item or return to the prior screen – all with the user’s thumb. Of course you can still do these same things the traditional way by using the 5-way direction pad and the back button that sits to its right. There’s also a dedicated home key as well as the red and green call control keys.

Amazon.com: Motorola Q Phone (Verizon Wireless): Cell Phones & Service

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LG Verizon Chocolate Phone

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 09:58
Category: Mobile Phone

LG-VX8500jpg.jpgWith all the talk about Microsoft’s Zune “iPod-killer” device, no one seems to have noticed the upcoming phone/music player hybrid from LG, the VX8500. The phone is being marketed as “Chocolate” and is coming soon exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

Rumored to come stateside Via Verizon under the LG VX8500 tag, so far it is known that this phone will sport:

  • Slider Phone Design
  • On Board Media Controls
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera
  • Micro SD Card Slot
  • EV-DO High Speed Data Compatible
  • Bluetooth

LG Verizon Chocolate Phone on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

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REVIEW: Samsung T509 Mobile Phone

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

samsung-t509.jpgPhone? What Phone? Oh, I almost forgot I even had the Samsung T509 in my pocket. This amazing phone is so thin (3.59” x 1.81” x 0.88”) and so light (3.3 ounces) I can’t even feel it in my pocket. This sleek looking phone is only available through T-Mobile. Perfect for the average phone user who does not need too many crazy features, the user interface is simple and easy to understand.
Reading the screen is easy in any light thanks to a beautiful, high-resolution (176 x 220 pixel, 65K TFT Color) screen. Call clarity has been excellent both through the handset, the speakerphone and also through my personal Bluetooth headset. Bluetooth is easy to set up on this phone. I was able to transfer my contacts to the phone in a snap. Pairing up my headset to the phone was also a cinch.
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Contributed by: Paul Grossman

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