With all the cell phones and smartphones out there flaunting the latest innovations, choosing the right one can be a daunting process. Research in Motion just made that decision even harder (or perhaps easier depending on your view) when it introduced the new BlackBerry 8800 at the 3GSM World Congress, a showcase for state-of-the-art wireless devices. While targeted toward the corporate crowd, the 8800—the slimmest corporate Blackberry yet—includes such consumer-friendly features as a media player that supports MP3 and AAC audio as well as MPEG-4 and H.263 encoded video files, and a microSD slot for music and video storage. The smartphone also contains a QWERTY keyboard, trackball, GPS software and Bluetooth capability.
The 8800 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS and supports EDGE - but oddly enough, leaves out HSDPA. That means that while the phone is slick, you won’t be doing any broadband surfing or downloading. It also has a built-in GPS chip, which means it can give you directions and support other location-based applications right out of the box.
The BlackBerry 8800 will be available this month, with pricing yet to be announced.
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Based on the ever popular “The Fast and The Furious Tokyo” game, the I-play mobile version has managed to capture the Best Made for Mobile Game at the 3GSM World Congress. Released last June, the game received over 6 million downloads in under six months. Based on Universal’s movies of the same name, gamers get to be the new kids on the block and beat their rivals. We think that this is a more viable alternative to its sometimes real life counterpart.
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With disappointing 4th quarter profits and it’s RAZR phone starting to look “old-school”, Motorola has upped the ante with a unique design concept for its new MOTORIZR Z8 phone. Introduced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, one of the largest wireless technology trade shows, the RIZR slides up to reveal a keyboard, but also has a hinge that locks the phone into a V-shape, bringing the microphone closer to the user. As if that weren’t cool enough, the RIZR utilizes Symbian software, boasts TV-like video playback, and has a slot for a 4GB memory card. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’re betting the RIZR lives up to its name and raises Motorola’s profits when released in April.
Motorola’s MOTOFONE is this year’s winner of the Best Ultra Low Cost Handset at Barcelona’s 3GSM World Congress going on this week. A mere .35-inches thick, it features large fonts for easy reading, icons for shortcuts, and simplified navigation for the cellularly challenged. The phone even offers a voice-activated menu, EPD (Electronic Paper Display), and Clear Vision Display to eliminate glare. Rumor has it the the price will be under $50.00. Contact Motorola for details and date of availability.
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The quick thinking Time Warner Cartoon Network is making headlines again. They will be offering ring tones for cell phones in the voices of their cartoon characters. Their CallToons service will also be available to alert you to new voice mails or low-battery alerts. The Network has filed for a patent on the technology as they claim they are the first to respond to the idea. We just can’t wait to not only see the Mooninites in action, but also to hear them with such witticisms as, “Try as you like Carl, but you cannot heat up our moon juices.”
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Gear Live reader “Slezak” wrote in to tell us about Digby:
Digby is a really cool app that lets you shop for all sorts of stuff from your BlackBerry without having to use the browser. It has a local catalog with flowers, chocolates, books, cds, dvd, etc,.. including search capabilities for stuff not already in the catalog. It links up with the address book and the calendar so you can buy and ship stuff to yourself or anyone in my address book without having to rekey info that is already on my BlackBerry. Digby is a free download and the products are at the same price as they are on the vendors normal website.
So there you have it, for all you BlackBerry owning shopoholics out there, Digby might be just the thing you needed to push your credit card bill over the edge.
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We told you so. Now that Nokia is offering free GPS downloads to its customers, Vodafone, the planet’s largest mobile phone network operator, has decided to get with Google to develop a map system for other cell phones. The service will also include local listings in what Vodafone’s marketer Frank Rovekamp refers to as its “mass-market access to exciting services.” We don’t know if we would call it exciting. We just like the concept of not having to pay for a separate GPS device when we get lost.
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Nokia is now offering free GPS navigation and mapping system for anything from cell phones to handhelds. After downloading the application, you can select maps from 150 countries and 15 million points of interest. The catch here is that smart2go is just a basic service, and to get the full-blown program you must pay a weekly or monthly fee. Nokia plans on releasing the program on all new models. We are just happy to know that with competition so hot these days between manufacturers, GPS will probably become standard on all mobile devices and cell phones in the near future.
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It’s Sony Ericsson’s turn to expand their product line, this time with four new models, the K200, K220, J120, and J110, which they refer to as “candy bars.” The first three of those are camera phones, while the J110, which they describe as “robust,” is their affordable basic model. The J120 also has an FM tuner and a radio/alarm clock.
The K200, features a 1-button photo album, and the K220 offers an FM tuner that can handle up to 10 preset stations. All of them feature talk time of up to 8 or 9 hours and standby of up to 300 hours. Available during Q2 of this year, we are hoping that by then they will actually name them Zagnut, Skor, Baby Ruth, and Snickers.
Read More | Sony Ericsson
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