HTC HD2 video previews

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Here are two video of the HTC HD2 in action for you today. The first one is from Telefonino.net in Italian showing us the HTC Sense / TouchFLO UI in action. Yes it’s smooth…you can also head over here for some shots of the device.

THe second one is just a short (and blurry) video of the HD2 in action:

Source: Telefonino.net & YouTube

Acer beTouch E200 reviewed

Acer beTouch E200
Well the PhoneArena boys did it again and reviewed Acer‘s new low-end Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone. Looks like they hated the phone though, check out their conclusion:

Since we are really cool and people like us, we get calls from various people all the time, from relatives, friends, secret admirers … they all, however, tend to have the same opinion – the Acer beTouch E200 doesn’t sound good. Most of the complaints relate to the overly sharp and surreal sound. We are not pleased at what we get on our side of the line either – even if loud enough, voices of people sound dull and unintelligible. That is just too bad, because we do appreciate phones that deliver good in-call quality.

According to the manufacturer, the battery should be able to provide 5 hours of continuous talk time and 400 hours in standby. During our tests, we had to charge it after two days of moderate usage.

The Acer beTouch E200 can be a real adventure for all fans of modern smartphones. This is a joke, of course. The truth is, it fails to deliver something that will remain in our memories. Yes, it runs the new operating system of Microsoft, has nice build quality and appearance, which is hard to come by in a WM phone. These qualities alone, however, make the device just a likeable smartphone and not a handset we would get back to and compare to other devices. While not unappealing, the interface personalization is skin-deep, so you will inevitably have to face the unhandy WM6.5 interface. The camera is mediocre and so are the multimedia capabilities to some extent. The Acer beTouch E200 delivers many functions, but there is no single aspect it excels in and that makes it stand out from the competition. Quite the contrary. To top it off, it can´t connect via Wi-Fi and this is a cardinal sin with smartphones.

Ouch, better not get this phone if you have other choices available to you (like the HTC Touch2). It’s a shame because this is what gives Windows Mobile a bad reputaion, OEMs who do half-as$ed jobs and ship sucky hardware.

Read the whole review here

LG BL40 New Chocolate review

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Here’s a review of LG‘s high-end premium feature phone the BL40 with 21:9 aspect ration capacitive touchscreen. This one is from Engadget who hand the chance to handle the device for a while and posted a couple of videos and picture samples taken with the device. Here’s their conclusion:

It’s hard for a company like LG, which doesn’t quite have the first tier mobile manufacturer cachet of the likes of Nokia and Sony Ericsson, to sell premier high-margin items such as this BL40 handset. We think its approach on the hardware front is absolutely spot on – by using high grade materials and a unique design, the Korean giant has certainly put together a device that grabs and merits our attention. What LG needs now is that same level of care and painstaking refinement to be applied to the software side of its phones. That need not necessarily be done by LG itself, with Android taking rapid steps forward in its development and Microsoft recently updating Windows Mobile to a marginally more usable version 6.5. At any rate, we were left frustrated by LG’s own effort in the BL40, which kept taking one step forward, and one and a half back wherever we turned.

The BL40 is an excellently constructed, well thought out machine that fills our sex appeal box to the top. Where we found LG’s watchphone lacking that extra bit of pizzazz to make it compelling, the BL40′s design exudes just the right amount of eccentricity and flair to make it an aesthetically drool-worthy device. Regrettably, its beauty is mostly skin deep, as it’s let down by an overly ambitious and inconsistent user experience. We see a lot of potential down the road, but as it stands today, the BL40 is just a pretty, shiny pretender that lacks the internal fortitude to challenge the incumbent market leaders.

Keep in mind that LG has signed a deal with Microsoft too launch 50 new Windows Mobile smartphones in the coming years and Microsoft has Windows Mobile LG Team currently working on Windows Mobile 7

Source: Engadget

Samsung i5700 Galaxy Lite Spica Android phone hands-on video

The boys over at AI.rs just uploaded a short hands-on video of Samsung‘s new Android smartphone the i5700 Galaxy Lite aka Spica.

It looks like the AMOLED screen suffer from the same problems as on the original Samsung Galaxy and all other AMOLED devices from Samsung (Omnia II, etc..) it’s barely usable outdoors.

Source: AI.rs

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 hitting Vodafone in November

Xperia X2 Vodafone
According to Vodafone’s own wevsite Sony Ericsson’s Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone the Xperia X2 should be availalbe in the UK next month, there’s no word on the price though. Remember that the X2 may be SE’s second & last Windows Mobile phone ever if the latest speculations are to be believed.

Source: Vodafone

Motorola CLIQ available now for T-Mobile customers, November 2 for everyone

Motorola CLIQ availalbe
October 19th was supposed to be the pre-orders starting day but it looks like T-Mobile is now ready to take actual orders and ship the Motorola CLIQ to it’s exisiting customers. Everyone else will be able to oder one on November 2 according to T-Mos website. They are probably feeling the heat comeing from Verizon and their hype machine behind the Motorola Droid.
Here’ an unboxing video done by PhoneDog:

Source: T-Mobile via Engadget

AT&T Tilt2 now on sales, hands-on video

AT&T Tilt2
AT&T has finally lunched their version of the HTC TouchPro2 ,the Tilt2 running Windows Mobile 6.5 for $299 with a 2-year contract today. You can check out this hardware tour to see how the device looks like compared to other Touch Pr2s:

Source: AT&T

Sony Ericsson planning to drop Windows Mobile and focus on Android?

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 Well this wouldn’t come as a surprise given Sony Ericsson‘s utter lack of marketing support towards the Xperia X2 (and the months of delay & prohibitive pricing of the Xperia X1). But this is all analyst talk so this is as good as anybodies guess (well it’s usually far worst given the lack of understanding of the subject they are talking about half of the time). SE’s CEO Bert Nordberg just said during a conference call that they are getting ready to announce a new strategy (maybe before the end of the year with the announcement of the Xperia X3 Android smartphone?). Lets wait and see…

Source: PC Advisor

Motorola Droid hands-on gallery


BGR just posted some high qualitiy shots nd first impressions of the Motorola Droid they currently have in hands.

- It’s running Android 2.0. Duh.
- It’s thin. Just slightly thicker than an iPhone 3GS and the thinnest QWERTY-slider we’ve ever seen.
- It is the fastest Android device we’ve ever used. (It’s running a TI OMAP3430 processor)
- The feel of the device is very reminiscent of the OQO 02 model computer. Just smaller. It’s metal with a non-spring-assisted slide, very sturdy, and half soft-touch plastic.
- Awesome capacitive display. Plus it’s huge. Easily the best screen we’ve ever seen on an Android handset, and an amazing screen overall.
- The QWERTY keyboard is actually pretty usable and has a soft-touch rubberized finish. We’ve been told the keyboard design isn’t final on this unit, thus the two no-shows.
- Have we mentioned this phone flies? It’s the Android device to beat, and easily the most impressive. From what we’ve been told, Google had a direct hand in the Motorola Droid. Something to the point of almost dictating every move Motorola made when designing and making the phone. Interesting, huh?
- There’s a desktop cradle/charger that will ship with the Motorola Droid that we’ve been playing around with. It turns your Droid into a “multimedia station” and displays local weather, the time, etc.
- No one wants to listen, but it makes the CLIQ looks like a child’s toy (partly because it is, and partly because the Droid, even in its non-final form, is the most impressive phone we’ve used since the iPhone. It’s positively amazing).

Just keep in mind that BGR is always a little biased towards Verizon products…

Source: BGR

First HTC Dragon pictures spotted ?


TheUnlockr posted what may be the first pictures of the mysterious HTC Dragon Android device we talked about a few days ago. Not much is know and these could definitely be fakes. Notice the Google logo on the back (unlike the HTC Hero), so will this thing be able to run HTC’s Sense UI (or did Google relax a little bit on the requirements?) What do you guys think?

Source: Theunlockr via BGR