Tango video chat application coming to Windows Phone 7 Mango on November 7th

The already announced and showcased Tango video chat application will officially be released on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on November 7th according to the company. Given that the official Skype app for Windows Phone 7 is not yet ready for prime-time, Tango will be the only game in town unless you have a Samsung handset which can already use the manufacturers own Video Call application. This is all fine an dandy..unless you plan on getting the Nokia Lumia 800 or Lumia 710 because both handsets unfortunately lack a front facing camera. On the other hand I probably only used video chat once in my life so it really depends on where your priorities are…

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Nokia Lumia 800 hardware specifications


Here’s the full detailed hardware specifications of the Nokia Lumia 800. If the whole thing is correct (won’t be surprised if it isn’t) then you’ll be happy to know that it will use a Micro-Sim like the Nokia N9, have a TV-Out feature (how? cause WP7 doesn’t officially support such feature other than the dodgy TV-out one used for onscreen demonstration during keynotes) and support USB Mass Storage (again..WP7 doesn’t officially support that so something is fishy here…). Check it out after the break:

UPDATE: Looks like I was right…TV-Out and USB Mass Storage support have be removed from the official feature list…Oh and there apparently no Gyroscope…

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Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 announced: Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and advertising videos


Nokia has finally unveiled the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phones. There’s no surprise though as the Lumia 800 is nothing more than a modified Nokia N9 with the basic
Windows Phone chassis internals (MSM8255 clocked at 1.4Ghz) a smaller 3.7″ ClearBlack AMOLED WVGA screen and the same camera sensor. There’s essentially zero hardware differentiation besides the polycarbonate chassis and the camera (no Front Facing camera, no DLNA application shown..). The Nokia Lumia 710 is the lower-end model with what seems like the same 3.7″ ClearBlack TFT LCD display but an MSM8255 clocked at 1.4gGhz.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is coming to France, Germany, Italy, UK, Netherlands and Spain in November. Hon Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Singapore and India etc before the end of the year (same for the Nokia 710). Nothing for the US folks. Sorry…. The Lumia 800 will retail for €420 and the Lumia 710 for €270 without contract and before taxes.

Nokia has also demoed the Nokia Drive which is the company’s free turn-by-turn navigation application that will come pre-loaded on the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710:

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HTC Titan 4.7″ SLCD display performance

Yesterday I showed you how the HTC Titan‘s 4.7″ SLCD display performed outdoors in bright daylight and it’s now time to check out the panel’s viewing angles performance. This is really important especially with a display of this size. I first noticed the great viewing angles when I first witnessed the device during the launch event early last month and was really happy to find out that I wasn’t dreaming back then because the Titan does indeed have a pretty nice screen. As you will see in the video below the colors are perfect even at extreme angles as if it was using an IPS panel. Issues appear only when the screen is viewed from a diagonal angle: the blacks/shadows will wash out but the colors will fortunately stay the same.

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