Jumat, 12 Juni 2009

Motorola Evoke QA4

The Motorola Evoke QA4 also slides up to reveal a traditional numeric keypad. You can text here as well, though we imagine that most users would prefer the virtual keyboard on the display. We like the silver-and-black color scheme and the rounded edges.

Stocked with a midrange multimedia-feature set and sporting an eye-catching design, the Evoke should turn a few heads on the show floor. The 2.8-inch display takes up most of the phone's real estate. In addition to an icon-based mobile phones menu, it also shows a virtual QWERTY keyboard for messaging and e-mail. Other exterior controls are minimalist; we only see a navigation control beneath the display.

Features on the CDMA Evoke include EV-DO Rev. A support, stereo Bluetooth, a music player, a full HTML browser, a 2-megapixel camera, organizer features, a memory card slot, USB mass storage, and a speakerphone.

We don't have price or availability details yet, but we'll let you know just as soon as we get them.

Selasa, 12 Mei 2009

HTC Touch Diamond

The Touch Diamond and Touch Pro are undoubtedly game-changers in Windows Mobile land. Soon, VGA resolution will be standard, most phones will utilize accelerometers, and having some sort of Windows Mobile interface replacement will be expected. We have all read a lot of hype surrounding the HTC Touch Diamond and recently a lot of negative comments on how it actually performs, well we have had some hands on experience over the last week and its definitely a phone that will split opinions right down the middle.

The phone comes packaged in a box shaped like a pyramid with the top chopped off and it really is well packaged and looks very enticing. Inside the box is the phone, wired headset, spare stylus, two CD ROM’s with a user manual and extra software, battery, mains charger and a USB cable, all neatly tucked away inside.

The Diamond comes with a GPS receiver built in and we tested this with the pre-installed Google Maps application, this GPS also has an assisted option where updated satellite positions can be downloaded to achieve a quick fix with the satellites, using this system we managed to get a fix in around 30 seconds which was pretty impressive.

The pre-installed Youtube application works great over HSDPA with search functionality and bookmarks, videos streamed very quickly and automatically rotated to landscape view, very similar to the original iPhone application.

The Diamond comes pre-installed with Opera 9.5 and it is definitely a massive improvement on Pocket IE, it renders pages very nicely and scrolling around web pages is very finger friendly. Another good feature on The Diamond is the virtual scroll wheel, circling your finger around the wheel either clockwise or anti-clockwise zooms in or out of the webpage, a nice addition. Actually the whole zooming process is definitely much better with Opera 9.5 simple taps zoom into the area of the webpage you want to see and text is automatically resized to match the screen making web surfing very usable on this device. The phone also has a built in accelerometer so when the phone is rotated into landscape mode the screen automatically does the same although this doesn’t work with all applications.

Text entry as a whole is pretty good, the on-screen soft keyboard is very easy to pick up and get the hang of, once you realise that you have to press the screen firmly to register a character, word recognition was also very effective.

With Touch Flo 3D running it is far from a polished user experience, it is slow and buggy, if HTC really are intent on attracting consumers away from feature phones to experience smart phones they are going to have to do a much better job with Touch Flo 3D than this, it needs to be more fluid, more responsive and intuitive, its a good start for sure but its just not good enough for such a high end device with a high end price to suit.

Turning off Touch Flo 3D this device is a totally different proposition, I enjoyed using it, it is fast, powerful, easy to use and reliable. It is a fantastic size, comfortable to hold and is packed with features, we didn’t even mention the music and video play back or the built in FM Radio which all work great. The screen is gorgeous and at last web surfing is a good experience on Windows Mobile.

The built in storage of 4 GB is a good addition although it would have been nice to have a memory card slot for further expansion if needed.

Battery life as predicted though is poor, less than a day with average use is not acceptable and really needs to be addressed.

source: http://www.okephones.com/

Jumat, 01 Mei 2009

Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH

Known as Samsung S8300 UltraTOUCH or simply Tocco Ultra depending on the market, the latest touch phone by Samsung comes in the slider form factor. Beside the killer looks and slim profile of only 12.7mm, 8 megapixel camera the specs sheet of the Samsung S8300 continues with a 2.8" capacitive OLED touchscreen, and a GPS-receiver with Route 66 navigation.


Upon opening the packaging, I was quite impressed with what I saw. The S8300 is a nicely styled phone with metal and strong plastic components.

Picking it up in your hand and feeling the weight of it gives you the impression that it is of sturdy construction.

The slide mechanism is flawlessly smooth and precise. The battery cover is well made. And opening it just requires you to pop it out instead of forcing you to pry it open.

Upon turning on the phone and viewing the 2.8in OLED screen light up, I was impressed with the quality of the display.

Colours were bright and well represented. The screen is also supposedly covered with tempered glass to make it scratch and glare resistant.

Well, I didn’t want to do the “keys-in-pocket-with-phone” test, otherwise the nice folks at Samsung would have my head on a stake for messing up their review unit.

As for glare resistance, the screen still suffers from legibility problems under bright sunlight.

It seems that all handphone manufacturers have yet to tackle this problem successfully be it TFT or OLED screens.

The touchscreen response for a capacitive display is a mixed bag. It may be because I have not adapted from a phone with a resistive display.

Rather than just pressing with the tip of your fingers or even your fingernail, you have to use your whole fingertip (read: Skin contact) to get the screen to work.

This may be great in most situations but when the button is tiny or even a tad narrow, you will tend to miss it and will be forced to tap a few times to hit the sweet spot to activate the button.

It is frustrating at times, but let’s hope Samsung can optimise the touchscreen with firmware upgrades.

source: http://www.okephones.com/

Selasa, 14 April 2009

HTC Touch Pro

The scene of the PDA market can sometimes be highly confusing. On one side there is the mighty iPhone 3G where as to counter it are winmo devices like the Samsung Omnia i900, HTC’s Touch Diamond. Well these devices are good, but for a serious business user these devices almost mean nothing. Yes, nothing because they don’t come with any dedicated hardware keys. So all that big touchscreen real estate they talk about has to be shared with the virtual keyboard and in case you have big chubby fingers, then those devices are almost useless for you.

The phone comes packaged in a box shaped like a pyramid with the top chopped off identical to the HTC Diamond and it really is well packaged and looks very enticing. Inside the box is the phone, wired headset, spare stylus, CD ROM with a user manual and extra software, battery, mains charger and a USB cable, all neatly tucked away inside.

Nothing really new inside the Touch Pro compared to the Diamond except the addition of an on screen tilt sensor calibrating tool. Not sure why you would need this but it is there if you ever do. Apart from that you have the usual Windows Mobile goodness like Windows Live, Google Maps, Office, Opera 9.5 and the HTC Youtube application which I found very slow to use, even over WiFi.

The GPS worked very well with TomTom and Google Maps locking very quickly and both looked fantastic on the VGA screen.

The battery life is so much better than the Diamond, it is a bigger capacity battery and it shows, other differences are the increase in the amount of Ram but unfortunately only 512MB storage of which the OS takes up quite a lot of. Also included is a TV Out feature unfortunately HTC have not included a cable for this so its a bit useless.

HTC have taken the flack on the Diamond, learned from it and released a very solid, well performing device, the TouchFlo 3D works perfectly now and enhances the device greatly. Added to that, high quality hardware, a great slide out keyboard, lots of Ram and this device is a winner. Its a work horse with a lot of power and runs as smooth as silk. I cannot think of many negatives, it has all the features, good battery life, good camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.

Kamis, 09 April 2009

Sony Ericsson Idou

As you know, this handset comes with a whopping 12-megapixel count in terms of camera capability, while the full touchscreen display places it on par with the rest of the other touchscreen smartphones that are currently in the market. No idea on how much this will cost, but it sure as heck looks desirable. The stylus looks like some sort of eyeliner, leading some folks to think that this is more of a woman's phone.

Senin, 06 April 2009

Sony Ericsson C901

Sony Ericsson C901
Sony Ericsson C901 is the new addition for the companies Cyber-shot phone line up, that features a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus, automatic lens cover, image stabilizer, video stabilizer, face detection, smile detection, and Xenon flash which promises to produce a good indoor images even without very bright lighting. The C901 is runs on Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) with 3G (900/2100 MHz) network and also features an integrated media player, a 110MB of internal memory, Memory Stick Micro (M2) card slot, USB 2.0 and stereo Bluetooth, a 240 x 320 pixels with 262 144 colors TFT display, Access NetFront Browser and RSS Feeds supports. The Li - Polymer 950 mAh battery provides up to 9.5 hours of talk time and 430 hours of stand-by time.

Sony Ericsson C901 specifications
* Network GSM 850/900/1800/1900
* Dimensi 105 x 45 x 13 mm
* Weight 107 gram
* Display TFT, 256.000 warna, 240 x 320 pixels, 2,2 inci
* Ringtone Poliponik, MP3
* Card Slot Memory Stick Micro
* Transfer Data GPRS clasc 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps; EDGE clasc 10, 236.8 kbps
* Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, IM
* Browser WAP 2.0/HTML (NetFront), RSS reader
* Camera 5 megapiksel, 2.592 x 1.944 piksel, autofokus, xenon flash, video
* Other Fitur Google maps, Motion-based games, FM radio dengan RDS, MP3/
AAC/MPEG4 player, TrackID music recognition, Picture editor/
blogging, YouTube application, Organiser, Built-in handsfree, Voice
memo/dial, Java MIDP 2.0
* Battery Li-Po

Kamis, 02 April 2009

Sony Ericsson W995

Sony Ericsson W995
the Ericsson W995 is a top-of-the-line, fully featured media phone from Sony. Featuring a 2.6-inch QVGA screen, 8.1MP camera, A-GPS capabilities with Google Maps software, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, DLNA certification, 118MB of built in memory and an included 8GB M2 card.