More HTC HD2 action and live pitcures


Here are 2 live picture of the HTC HD2/ Leo taken in Saudi Arebia byt XDA poster XRAY MAN. Below is some short hands-on action done by IntoMobile during CTIA:

Source: Vimeo & XDA-Devs

Third Windows Phone TV Ad….my eyes!

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Ok I’m not going to comment on this one (just check my previous post)..please stop it Microsoft.

Source: YouTube

HTC launchs US advertising campaign & is Quietly Brilliant

HTC Quietly Brilliant
As it was announced a few months ago, HTC is launching a $50M advertising campaign in the United States today. The first signs can already be seen on HTC’s US website which now sports a totaly new design (new web ads are also starting to appear in google adsense):
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The company has also changed its name from “HTC Innovation” to “HTC Quietly Brilliant” but this may apply to the US market only (as it wouldn’t make any sense in other countries worldwide).

Source: HTC

First BlackBerry Storm2 review, too little too late?

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The CrackBerry junkies are the first to post a full blown review of RIM‘s second touchscreen smrttphone, the Storm2 and frankly it doesn’t look that exciting to me. What I get after reading the review is that RIM fiannly fixed all the major bugs/problem of the original Storm (mainly the sluggyness of the software and the new SurePress screen). The browser still doesn’t support tabed browsing, no Multi-Touch in their as well even though the hardware supports it etc…You can hatethe iPhone as much as you but it’s kind of sad when one of the most exciting feature of the Storm2 is the proximity sensor…(which Apple introduced on the Original iPhone in 2007).

The BlackBerry Storm2′s enhanced SurePress technology addresses the issues of the BlackBerry Storm’s original SurePress design:

•Consistent Pressure – Because the screen is now sitting on four evenly spaced ‘buttons’ (for lack of a better word), the amount of pressure required to create a click is consistent regardless of where you press.

•Multi-press capabilities – The improved SurePress hardware allows you to click on more than one part of the screen at a time. Taking advantage of this, RIM has allowed the software to now register two inputs on the keyboard. This is extremely beneficial when typing on the full qwerty keyboard in landscape. When typing letters across the keyboard from each (you are alternating between your left and right thumbs), you can now execute these letters more quickly as you can press the next letter without waiting for the screen to finish rebounding from the previous letter. It’s more like typing on a physical full qwerty smartphone.

•Smoother Rebound – Clicking in and out on the BlackBerry Storm2′s display is simply much smoother now, thanks again to the four electric button design. Use it side by side with the Storm and you’ll immediately feel the difference.

Face Detection feature! – Last, but certainly not least, the BlackBerry Storm2 features a proximity sensor that powers down the display when the phone is next to your ear on a call. Earlier hardware/software versions we have seen of the Storm2 never possessed this feature, but this review unit certainly does. Simply start talking with the BlackBerry Storm2 against your ear and the screen powers down – no more ear typing! As soon as you pull the phone away from your ear the screen powers on and you can enable calling features (mute, speakerphone, etc.). Finally!!

All in all the Storm2 is a solid device and truly what the original Storm should have been.

Read the full review here

Second Motorola CLIQ review

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This time it’s Gizmodo‘s turn to take a look at Moto‘s first Android device, the Motorola CLIQ. And just like Engadget they came to the same conclusion, the phone is nice, software is quite good but the hardware is lacking especially the MSM72XX chipset. Now what I find funny is that 90% of all the Windows Mobile phones use the chipset but usualy everybody blames the OS if something doesn’t feel right, but when it’s time to talk about Android it’s the oposite, the OS is great but the hardware sucks (eventhough it has exactly the same features, if not less, than WinMo). Anyway, here’s their conclusion:

Like we said in the hardware section, the major thing holding back the Cliq from being a fantastic phone is the processor. The animations are smooth, the UI touches are smart and the social networking stuff is useful; we just wish we could have a bit more account customization, do all of that on faster hardware. Once Motorola gets the Blur platform onto a more powerful phone and works through some of the software quirks we noticed, they’re going to have a really good Android phone on their hands.

Is this the phone that Motorola needs to bring it back into the smartphone race? It could be. They were smart enough to know that just doing another Android phone wasn’t enough in itself, so they pulled together and created all this social networking glue to bind the experience together. It’s cohesive enough to call the Cliq a different experience from other, similar devices like the Sprint HTC Hero, and is a pretty damn good first step in a possible Motorola comeback.

Read the full review here

BlackBerry Storm2 up for pre-order at Vodafone, full specs released


It’s now official, RIM’s second touchscreen smartphone is now partially out in the wild. Vodafone just announced that the BlackBerry Storm2 is up for pre-order. I’m personaly really intesrested in the new piezoelectric screen featured on the device, hopefully hands-on reviews are going to start to pop-up soon.
Here’s the Press Release:

New SurePress Technology

The BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone introduces a new SurePress™ technology based on an electronic system that provides the user with tactile feedback when the touch-screen is pressed. The new system responds equally to gentle pressure applied anywhere on the surface of the screen and makes clicking the display practically effortless. Typing on the smartphone’s virtual keyboards is easier, more comfortable and more accurate. The new SurePress technology also allows the user to type a letter with one thumb even while their other thumb may still be touching or resting on another letter, enabling faster typing and multi-key actions such as Shift or Alt -key combinations.

Hardware Features

  • Smooth design and premium finish with sloped edges, chrome accents, glass lens and stainless steel backplate
  • Large (3.25”), dazzling, high resolution 360 x 480 display at 184 ppi
  • Capacitive touch-screen with integrated functions (Send, End, Menu, Escape) and new SurePress technology that makes clicking the display practically effortless
  • Global connectivity support: UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz), quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM and Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g) networks
  • 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • 2 GB of onboard memory storage and a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB cards today and is expected to support 32 GB cards when available
  • Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise suppression technology, loud distortion-free speakerphone and face detection (proximity sensor) that prevents accidental clicks and blanks the screen while the user is on the phone
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music, plus BlackBerry® Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs, and BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone*
  • Vodafone’s music client pre-installed, giving access to an extensive catalogue of artists
  • •A 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated volume controls
  • Bluetooth® (2.1) with support for Secure Simple Pairing, hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geotagging
  • Access to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more. Applications developed for the original BlackBerry Storm are fully compatible with the BlackBerry Storm2
  • BlackBerry® Internet Service and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support
  • Removable, rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time on 3G networks and 280 hours of standby time

BlackBerry OS 5

  • More responsive experience and includes usability and visual enhancements such as inertial scrolling, spin boxes that make it easier to set dates and times, gradient shading on buttons and more use of animation
  • Typing accuracy and selection have been significantly refined
  • BlackBerry® Browser improved with faster JavaScript and CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets
  • Customers running BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5 will gain the ability to:
    • Set follow-up Flags on the handset like they can in Microsoft® Office Outlook®
    • Manage Microsoft Exchange email folders (Add, Rename, Move, Delete) on the handset
    • Access remote files shares (Windows Shares); Save, View, Edit, and Email documents from remote file shares
    • Forward appointments and view calendar attachments on the handset
    • Benefit from wireless sync improvements for Contacts, including sync for multiple contact folders, personal Distribution Lists and contacts in Public/Shared folders

* Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies.

Pricing

Pricing will be announced by the individual in-country operating companies. As an indication, Vodafone UK will be offering the BlackBerry Storm2 free from £35 per month on a 24-month contract that includes 600 minutes talk-time, unlimited BlackBerry Internet Service, unlimited text messaging, as well as unlimited access to VMI (Vodafone Mobile Internet) and broadband.

For more information please visit www.blackberry.com/storm

RIM also has a comparaison page between the Original Storm and Storm 2 (according to them the Storm didn’t have a color screen! amazing :p).

Source: Vodafone here & here via Engadget

Layar Augmented Reality app now available on the iPhone 3GS


It was only a matter of time before Layar, the well known augmented reality application on the Android platform, came out on the iPhone. Obviously the app is only compatible with the 3GS (other iPhones and iPod Touch don’t have a digital compass). Now let’s see if it ever sees the light on Windows Mobile given that the latest Windows Phones like Samsung’s Omnia II and HTC HD2 have digital compass on board.

Here’s the iTunes link: Click

First official Motorola CLIQ review

Motorola Cliq review
Engadget just posted what looks like the first official review of the Motorola CLIQ. From the sounds of it Motorola did pull out a pretty good smartphone, unfortunitely there’s nothing in it that will make you go wow. The hardware is basicaly nearly indentical to all the other Android phones already out (HVGA screen with MSM72XX chipset). There’s alot of info in there so I suggest you check out the whole review if you are interested. Here’s some action on video:

Let’s be very clear: though it fares pretty competitively against the aging crop of Google-powered devices on the market today, the CLIQ isn’t the Android phone to end all Android phones. Then again, it’s not supposed to be — at least, we hope it isn’t — because a smallish HVGA display and an overworked, outmatched MSM7201A core aren’t going to win any believers that haven’t already been won over by HTC’s stable. What the CLIQ does do, though, is lay the groundwork for something better — a Motorola that doesn’t cause eyes to roll, a Motorola that makes aspirational phones that people can want to own again.

In a perfect world, Moto would’ve kicked off its Last Stand by coming to the plate with an absolute beast of a phone — massive processor, massive camera, massive display, the works — but market realities and carrier demands have meant the middling CLIQ and DEXT are the first to get time in the spotlight. We think this is just the beginning, though; hardware will inevitably improve, and BLUR — a system that is currently right in principle and wrong in execution — will evolve to become a much more usable platform. How do we know? We don’t — but this is a humbled company with its back firmly pressed against the wall. They’ll adapt and succeed, or they’ll die. It’s really that simple.

Source: Engadget

Motorola Tao / Sholes / Droid live picture

Motorola Tao Sholes Droid
Once again the BGR boys got their hands on a Motorola Tao aka Sholes aka Droid picture and this time it’s not blurry as hell. Strangly the picture can no longer be found on the site.

Source: BGR

Amazon offering the HTC Pure for free!

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Well it’s not actualy free, it will cost you a penny! I don’t know how long it will last but Amazon is currently selling the AT&T HTC Pure windows mobile 6.5 smartphone for a pretty penny with a service plan. Head over here to grab it.

Source: Amazon via WMexperts & GearDiary