Our sister site I4U just reported that Pantech has busted out with the PG-8000, the most “camera-like” phone yet. It uses a camera form factor with a 2 megapixel sensor, and a giant 2-inch horizontal LCD display. With the sideways (for a phone at least) keypad and camera centric buttons, I’m not sure how easy to operate the phone functions of the PG-8000 are going to be usability wise. The PG-8000 also features music playback functionality with support for MP3, AAC, and FM Radio.
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The internet is abuzz with rumors and speculation. A number of iPod media sites have received an invitation to a special Apple event on September 7th with the tantalizing line “1,000 songs in your pocket changed everything. Here we go again.” included with each one. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has reached an agreement with Cingular to offer a Motorola cell phone capable of playing songs from the iTunes music store. With news like that from a reliable source like the WSJ, the iTunes phone (iPhone?) can’t be far off. Elsewhere speculation on a 2GB or 4GB iPod shuffle, possibly with a screen, will be launching at the same time. With a sassy line like “here we go again” Apple might even be dropping a video capable iPod line, thus completing their digital media trinity.
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There is a new FujiFilm printer aimed at the mobile market. The new printer will interface with a mobile phone via IR (what - no Bluetooth?!) and produce a credit card sized image for all your devious mobile printing needs. The printer features Fuji Image Intelligence, which will supposedly help correct for dark photos normally associated with the camera phones it is designed for. Retailing for $129, this miniature printer will be available in September. I’m glad to see a 1st gen product like this - hopefully someday the technology will exist to provide onboard printers of some sort for high end digital cameras - obviously a high quality print will involve a photo lab, but for your quick snap instant prints would be fantastic.
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Mio has let the Register in on its A701 Windows Mobile phone. The A701 will be the first GPS enabled cell phone running Windows Mobile 5.0. With a 520MHz Intel XScale processor and 192MB of memory this, sleek phone could be just the thing for the mobile professional. As slick as this phone looks though, I’m a little worried that it has no QWERTY keyboard, a screen with a resolution higher than 320x240, or support for faster internet access than GPRS. For the non-email addict this stylish phone could be the answer. What do you think - form over function?
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Om Malik got his hands on an HP Mobile Messenger (or HW 6500 if you prefer) and came away rather impressed. He was impressed with the construction and form factor of the unit as a whole, but was disappointed in it’s lack of WiFi. Om also liked the bundled Good Technologies Wireless Email solution, finding it very Blackberry like. He found the keyboard comfortable and less cramped than the Treo 650 - an important feature on the rash of coming QWERTY phones. I personally own the HP 4355 that the Mobile Messenger inherits it’s keyboard and am a current Treo 650 user so I can see how having a wider keyboard like that would make the push email capabilities even more alluring. Check the link below for Om’s full thoughts on this new device - I’m personally going to wait for Windows Mobile 5.0 and it’s push email solution to come out before I plunk down for another QWERTY phone but this device might be right for the email hungry mobile professional with it’s imminent launch by Cingular.
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Last week Microsoft quietly introduced their push email extension technical preview for Exchange 2003. This enables server administrators to enable push email capabilities for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. Obviously since no Windows Mobile 5.0 devices have been released yet to the public, so not many will be able to take advantage of Microsoft’s instant, always on, email in their pocket. Push email really is a driving technology in the marketplace right now with so many mobile professionals wanting access to their inboxes and the ability to know when a client has sent them mail and respond instantly. Of course if you need your fix today go buy yourself a Treo 650 and download ChatterMail for instant push IMAP email in your pocket.
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A study provided by Intel states the following:
Nearly one in five people admitted to being unreliable about timekeeping because they had the “safety net” of a mobile. Three quarters said mobiles had made them more “flexible” when meeting friends - allowing them to arrange or cancel social gatherings at the last minute.
In retrospect from my own experience, I realized that even I allow extra time to be late if I know that my friend has a a cell phone that I can call and say that I’m running five minutes late. The studies continues to add:
Seventy-five per cent of people said they were more “spontaneous” with their social lives thanks to mobiles and a similar number said they knew far more about what was going on in their friends’ lives because of e-mails and text messages.
Isn’t it interesting that the things that are supposed to make are lives easier and more comfortable can give us a false sense of security making us lose track of time? That being said, apologies to my buddies for always being late.
This is a nifty little application for smartphone users. Photo Contacts PRO allows you to manage your pictures on your phone, and integrate them to your contacts. You can have a full screen photo pop up when you receive a call, or click on a photo to initiate a call. You can download a demo version on the site or purchase it for $26.95. Upgrade customers get a discount for a total of 14.95.
Recently Gear Live commented on the lack of good camera phones in the US - a situation that might be on the mend soon enough. The brand new Sharp 903SH 3.2MP Camera phone with 2x optical zoom and high quality glass is about to hit stores in the UK. Pocket Lint gave it very favorable reviews and liked the multimedia capabilities that the 903SH made possible using the included MiniSD card. Hopefully this is the start of a good trend that will eventually spell the end of the the stand along consumer camera.
Google continues its acquisitions of interesting, forward-thinking companies as they have just purchased Android. Little is known about the startup other than that they are 22 months old and have been working on software for mobile phones. If you check out the Android website, all you will see is a logo along with three Google Maps images of Seattle, Palo Alto, and Boston. Interesting. Google has been working hard on trying to build up their mobile resources. They also bought mobile social software company Dodgeball a few months ago.
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