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Palm Pixi First Impressions Review


"The Pixi is aptly named, because this device is svelte and rather petite. It's tall and narrow, very thin, and amazingly light. When I first took it out of the box I started looking around for the battery, because I just couldn't believe it was already in the phone -- but it was.This device is made entirely of plastic, with a minimal design aesthetic. The exterior is all black, with clear hard-plastic keys on the keyboard located underneath the screen. The sides and back of the device are finished in matte black, with a soft texture that improves grip and combats fingerprints.The display really is nice. It's relatively small, but text and graphics are crisp and clean. Colors are vibrant, and photos look really great.The keyboard is very, very small, and the keys are very close together. I've only had the phone for a few hours now, and I have been reduced to using my fingernails for text entry at this point. Hopefully some more practice will allow me to become more familiar with the keyboard, and therefore faster/more accurate." Read more here:

Video Walk Through Of The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 (Stratus)

"We all got to see the live images earlier of the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 (Stratus), now we get a video walk through courtesy of Salomondrin. The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 is shaping up to be a great device for those who have been waiting for a Pearl form factor revision. There is a lot of talk going on in the CrackBerry forums surrounding the device but let us know in the comments what you think about the new 9100. Is it needed or wanted? Previous Pearl owners, will you be getting the BlackBerry Pearl 9100?" via crackberry.com

Nokia smartphone the E75 finally got official just now

"Possibly the most leaked (not by us, though) Nokia smartphone ever, the E75 finally got official just now after being introduced on stage at MWC, priced at 375 Euros. Billed as the best messaging smartphone ever and a direct descendant of the 9300i, the E75 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard beneath a standard Eseries frontplate.Interestingly, the E75 was billed as coming from the lineage of Nokia 9500 and 9300i, but the E90 was omitted - the E75 is seen as following on from the Series 80 devices. From my point of view, the use of the small screen means that the E75 rather misses the point of the classic 'Communicator' form factor, but this is a personal call... Still, Rafe reports that the 'industrial' design is very well done and that the mechanics are superb, so the jury's out on the E75 so far!
Specifications:

  • 112mm by 50mm by 15mm, 139g
  • Availability is 'March', so very soon, at 375 Euros before taxes
  • Available in Red, Silver/black and Copper/Yellow
  • N-Gage compatible (thanks to the (low res) 2.4" QVGA screen.... [mutter])
  • Preloaded with Nokia Messaging Service
  • 3.2 megapixel camera/VGA video capture, GPS, Wi-Fi
  • 3.5mm audio jack with TV out
  • Standby time: Up to 11 days (GSM), 11 days (WCDMA) Talk time: Up to 5.4hours (GSM), 4.2 hours (WCDMA)
  • BL-4U, 1000 mAh, Li-Po battery (- disappointing)
  • microUSB port, including charging" More videos and photos here:

First Android based MID announced in Korea

"Korea-based Inbrics is readying several Android-powered devices for a CES unveiling in January. The devices include an M1 MID, a dual-screen clamshell, MID-like device called the Dual, and the SoIP Homestation, which combines the functions of an IP set-top box, DLNA-ready media server, and videophone, says the company.Inbrics is primarily a VoIP phone vendor, but is in the midst of rolling out a number of consumer electronics devices based on its own Android-based stack (see farther below for an architecture diagram). The company posted a spec sheet for the Dual, and it also offers some information on the SoIP Homestation, but it has provided very little on the M1 MID (mobile Internet device).According to a report in CNET Asia, however, the M1 is the closest to market, and will be shown by Ingenics at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010, to be held on Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas. It is unclear which of Ingenics' other devices will be shown, but the slick YouTube commercial farther below suggests that they might all be on display as prototypes, if not fully functioning demo models." Read more here:

Palm Pixi Review at brighthand

Palm PixiThe phone is made entirely of plastic, with a minimal design aesthetic. The exterior is all black, with clear hard plastic keys on the keyboard located underneath the screen. The sides and back of the device are finished in matte black, with a soft texture that improves grip and combats fingerprints.
The only buttons aside from the keyboard are the power button on the top edge of the device and the volume controls on the right side. The headphone jack is on the top, and the charging port is on the right side.
I really like the fact that the charging port is covered, providing some extra protection against dust and accidental splashes, but it is a bit frustrating. When I pry it open with my fingernail, the seamless, seemingly spring-loaded port cover just snaps closed again before I can get a grip on it. I'm sure I'll get better with practice, but it was a surprising annoyance."
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HTC HD2 vs iPhone 3GS Internet Browsing video

"In this video the folks at technobuffalo compares the internet browsing experience of the HTC HD2 with that of the iPhone 3GS." via dailymobile.se

Access Updates Garnet VM for Nokia Tablets

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"Garnet VM NokiaAccess has released another update to its Palm OS Garnet VM for Nokia Internet Tablets running Maemo. The Garnet VM Beta 5 (v1.04b) is said to offer various undisclosed stability improvements.The Garnet VM is a virtual machine that essentially acts as an emulator with the ability to run native Palm OS applications on the Nokia N770, N800 and N810 devices, but not the new Nokia N900 phone. It supports over 30,000 native software applications written for the Palm OS, including some of the most popular mobile applications on the market, such as Google Maps, Bejeweled, SnapperMail and Sudoku. The Garnet VM runs compatible Palm OS applications with a 320 x 480 screen resolution. There are settings to change the default storage size, display configuration and storage heap. Basic versions of the Palm OS Garnet Address Book, Calculator, Date Book and Memo Pad are included. Users are able to install any Palm OS application and can configure compatibility per app (memory, display and device model). Nokia Palm OS TabletThe Garnet VM for Nokia Internet Tablets also includes Graffiti 1 character recognition, TCP/IP Networking support, the ability to Network Hotsync and language support for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish." via palminfocenter.com

Nokia E75 gets a next gen update to v201.12.01

"It has been a long time coming, but the Nokia E75 has now had its first major firmware update, to v201.12.01 (from v110.x). There are new features and a mountain of bug fixes and optimisations - it's an impressive update and I've included a summarised changelog below. It's a 153MB update via NSU and isn't available yet 'over the air' in the UK, possibly because it involves so many changes. Comments welcome on availability in your country.
Changes for Nokia E75 v201.12 firmware:

  • Ovi Contacts now integrated
  • Facebook, YouTube and MySpace shortcuts in Applications folder
  • N-Gage client updated
  • Calendar speed improvements and synchronisation bug fixes
  • Share online client updated
  • Qwerty keyboard optimisations to increase accuracy
  • Nokia Messaging client updated
  • Contacts speed improvements
  • Web update to next-gen browser, v7.1 - faster, smoother
  • Overall S60 UI speed improvements
  • Quickoffice updated to v5.3, with Office 2007 support (v6.0 Quickoffice Premier is a free upgrade within the app)
This is a major update and a must-install for this popular qwerty smartphone." via allaboutsymbian.com

Sony Ericsson Satio Gets New Firmware update

Remember those Satio issues we told you about last week? Well it looks like Sony Ericsson has a firmware fix for them and the Satio should be available for sale again in the very near future. Sony Ericsson acknowledged the fact that the Satio’s power-down problem can’t be fixed over the air and a new firmware is definitely needed. On the other hand the Aino is still being sold in SonyStyle stores in the USA so you could simply get that one in case the Satio doesn’t become available very soon. In case you do have a Satio at home, tell us how the whole upgrade went. Is the phone playing nice again?" via mobilewhack.com

Acer beTouch E100 Review

"The Acer beTouch E100 is an entry-level Windows Mobile 6.5 phone. It is equipped with 2-megapixel camera, 528MHz processor, A-GPS and 3G, but lacks Wi-Fi and accelerometer. There is also a second version of the phone, the Acer beTouch E101 that comes without 3G support. Both models come in white and black color solutions and the first does look more spectacular. The cool thing is that the device comes boxed with 3 additional back panels (pink, red and green) that allow you to change its look in but a few seconds. The materials it´s made from will always remind you of the fact you´ve bought an affordable cell phone, because the manufacturer hasn’t paid the attention to details that you can notice with the Samsung OmniaLITE B7300 and HTC Touch2, the major rivals of this handset.The Acer beTouch E100 comes with 3.2-inch display that utilizes resistive technology. Its sensitivity is acceptable - the screen rarely failed to register our actions and actually, most of the problems relate to the interface of Windows Mobile 6.5. It has native resolution of 240x400 pixels, supports 65k colors and images look worn-out even in the dark. Unfortunately, the screen is totally unusable in direct sunlight, but at least you will have an almost immaculate mirror in this case. The buttons around the navigational pad aren’t raised enough, but they have pronounced travel. The interesting thing is that the pad is touch-sensitive (capacitive) and circular motions allow you to navigate throughout menus. The pad has, however, also fallen victim to the penny-pinching build-quality and its edges start collecting dust and dirt right away. Moreover, it´s not really pleasing to operate, because said edges also create annoying, discomforting feel." Read more here: