Nokia was showing off its Nokia Nuron at CTIA, which is an affordable smartphone for T-Mobile. The Symbian OS-powered handset costs $70 with a two-year agreement on T-Mobile after rebates and features a resistive touchscreen–not unlike the XpressMusic 5800 series–4 GB memory card though you can upgrade to a higher capacity, 2-megapixel camera that can record VGA videos. The device also features a dedicated multimedia key. The killer feature behind the device is OVI Maps, a turn-by-turn voice guided GPS navigation application provided free from Nokia that does not require a [...]
At CTIA, Nokia demoed its X6 Symbian smartphone, which is the company’s first capacitive touchscreen phone, though the majority of the user interface and OS resembles other resistive screen phones such as the Nokia XpressMusic 5800 series, N97, N97 Mini, and the recently announced resistive screen Nokia C6.
The device comes with 16 GB of memory on-board and users can augment that through storage cards. Users can also get free turn-by-turn voice-guided GPS navigation via OVI Maps.
The screen is responsive and is a good effort by Nokia, which like Microsoft [...]
With more states adopting hands-free phone operation laws for drivers, more users will be turning to voice-guided user interfaces or shunning the use of cell phones while driving. Vlingo, a company that has built its name around text-to-speech features, is hoping that you’ll turn to the firm’s apps in helping you compose an email or SMS or even control your phone. The Vlingo app can be seen as sort of a combination between the traditional phone commands that are offered by Voice Command and TellMe, also a Microsoft product.
The Vlingo app was demoed at CTIA [...]
iTag is launching a free service–in the future, the pricing will be based on a freemium model–to help users recover lost or stolen phones through the device’s GPS and wireless connection. Not unlike Microsoft’s My Phone service for Windows Mobile or Apple’s Mobile Me for iPhones, iTag is currently available in beta for Android phone owners and we were impressed with the technology and features for a free service when we spoke with the company at CTIA.
Some key features of the iTag service include:– Locking the keys so no one can use [...]
The 3G Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone was overshadowed by the Sprint EVO 4G announcement at CTIA, especially since Samsung didn’t announce US carrier and the latter had 4G network support, but the Galaxy S may be the most powerful Android device in 2010 due to its processor and graphics capabilities. During the Samsung announcement, we know that the device will come with a 1 GHz processor, but Samsung’s Omar Kahn have said that the device has three times the graphics power of the leading smartphones. Official specs were not conveyed in the press release and other [...]
As part of its Samsung Galaxy S announcement, Samsung had put together a short skit to demonstrate how a person may use the Android smartphone through the day. Enjoy the theatricals behind S Life in the two video clips below.
When Sprint and HTC had unveiled the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint’s WiMax network, I really couldn’t believe that the rumored Supersonic is becoming a reality, and I can only describe the experience in three succinct words: love, love love. The Sprint HTC EVO 4G really marries the best HTC elements from other phones from various carriers–from the Nexus One, we have Android 2.1, HTC Sense UI is ported from the HTC Desire, the large 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen is borrowed from the HTC HD2, HTC brought over the kickstand from the Verizon Wireless Imagio, and the [...]
I got a chance to play with the Android XPERIA handsets at CTIA and Sony Ericsson did a great job with skinning Android on the XPERIA X10 and X10 Mini. In my opinion, the X10 feels a bit on the light side, though still a solid handset–from the large screen I had expected something a bit heftier. The X10 Mini was a joy and still delivers all the power of Android in a small, sleek package. There is also the X10 Mini Pro, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress, that adds a sliding keyboard in landscape orientation to the diminutive X10 Mini chassis. The UI is really rich and [...]
HTC’s Eric Lin gives us a walk-through of some of HTC’s latest handsets, which includes the recently unveiled HTC HD Mini, Legend, and Desire. The company had unveiled those handsets at Mobile World Congress, and we’re jealous of our European counterparts who will be getting those snazzy handsets.
Lin also talked about the design philosophies that have been carried forward by the One & Company acquisition. One of the design element include the “hidden powerful” of the colorful back underneath the battery cover of the HTC HD Mini and [...]