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TORQ N100The new TORQ N100 from Sound Solutions is a well rounded WM5 mobile phone that features not only quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), but a SiRF Star III GPS as well.  You won’t find an Intel XScale processor in the N100, which probably explains it’s fairly decent battery life of 3.5-4 hours talk time and 10-15 hours PocketPC usage.  Instead, a Samsung CPU running at 400MHz fulfills all computational duties.  Other features include a reasonable amount of memory with 128MB ROM and 64MB RAM, a 2.8-inch TFT LCD touchscreen at 240x320, Bluetooth v1.2, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a mini-SD card slot. 

Notable by their absence is any form of broadband be it Wi-Fi, EDGE or UMTS.  A real shame considering the TORQ N100 has just about everything else.  Okay, a VGA screen would be nice if we’re being picky, and well, we are.

The TORQ N100 will be available May 2006 with pricing TBA.


Read More | Sound Solutions via GPS News


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Plantronics MX203S-X1With so many mobile phones being MP3-enabled, it only makes sense that manufacturers would start churning out headsets to match.  Plantronics has released their latest headset, the stereo MX203S-X1, for just that application.  Available in the eternally lovely black, there’s also the “new black”, which is to say, white (made popular by our friends at Apple).  To help prevent bothersome wind noise from becoming an issue, Plantronics has implemented WindSmart technology to nix the problem, and their Flex Grip design makes the earbuds comfortable to wear with no concerns about them falling off. 

Compatible with all MP3-enabled phones that have a 2.5mm headset jack, the only thing we wish the headset really had, or rather didn’t have, would be wires.  A similarly styled Bluetooth model would be nice, but that would require AD2P in order to sound good, which in turn would mean we’d have to worry about batteries/charging, and then there’s the fact that many mobile phones don’t support the AD2P profile.  On second thought, the wires are just fine.

Estimated street pricing is $29.99 USD with availability later this month.


Read More | Plantronics via Digital Tech News


Gear Live Bleeding EdgeIn this show we review the iTrip Auto, go over Boot Camp, detroy technology, and more:

THE WIRE
PowerMax DA4000 MR Mobile Repeater
Apple’s Boot Camp
Ultimate iPod Case

GIZMATIC
iTrip Auto Review
Walit Review

INTERVIEW
Phil Bogle, Jobster

BREAKIN’ STUFF
Audiovox 2-Way Radio
U.S. Robotics Fax Modem

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These days it seems like everyone and their mother is trying to rip off Motorola’s RAZR design, and LG is no different.  The CU500 is a slim clamshell with an internal antenna.  It is a quad-band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) and tri-band UMTS (WCDMA) (850/1900/2100) phone.  Rumor has it that the only supported US bands are UTMS 850 and 1900 which means it is a perfect candidate for Cingular’s HSDPA high speed data network.  The included 1.3 megapixel camera swivels and eliminates the need for a second camera for video calling.  There are also external buttons to control music playback.  The phone is expected to be officially announced by Cingular soon.  We will keep you updated with details as more details about this handset become available.


Read More | Phone Arena via Gizmodo


Phoebus MB6000Looking to squeeze as much value out of your 3G wireless connection as possible?  Then direct your attention to Top Global’s newest variation on their 3G router lineup - the Phoebus MB6000.  The MB6000 is housed in a unique pyramid-shaped housing that is an interesting departure from the norm of squat, rectangular boxes, but may not appeal to everyone’s sense of aesthetics.  While your mileage may vary on the design, it’s hard to argue with the ability to take a CDMA 1x, EV-DO, EDGE, or UMTS PCMCIA card and share it with other users over an 802.11b/g wireless connection.  The MB6000 can also be upgraded to handle EV-DO Release A and HSDPA should the need arise.  If you do decide to take advantage of the Phoebus MB6000 or similar ilk, make sure your data plan is of the unlimited variety or you might be in for a nasty surprise when the bill arrives.

A quick check reveals street pricing to be right around $400 USD with wide availability.


Read More | Top Global via eHomeUpgrade


aston martin nokia 8800For those car lovers in the audience comes the Aston Martin Nokia 8800.  The handset features the Aston Martin logo laser etched on its stainless steel case.  Included with the phone is a special ringtone of the Vantage’s V8 engine revving up.  There are also several Aston Martin branded screen savers and wallpapers bundled with the phone.  The handset is a tri-band GSM/GPRS supporting EDGE, and has a 208 x 208, 262,144 color display and a megapixel camera.  Software is included that supports the playback of MP3s and AAC songs.  With a 600mAh battery that is good for around three hours of talk time and eight days of stand-by.  The phone is based on Nokia’s Series 40 UI, and is quite sleek.  We doubt the $1640.00 price tag will attract too many customers.


Read More | Reg Hardware


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Kyocera and Virgin Mobile have announced a new mobile phone targeted at today’s teens.  This hip new handset has several features that will appeal to the younger generation.  Not only does it have dedicated text messaging keys, a camera, AOL Instant Messenger, email applications, and web browsing, but it also has a QWERTY keyboard.  The QWERTY keyboard is hidden within the clamshell, along with a secondary screen. The handset has an external 65k color 128 X 128 display and internal 65k color 128 X 160 widescreen, and features 32MB of internal memory.  The phone is expected to retail for $149.00, and will be available from Virgin Mobile.


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Modeo

You may have heard about Modeo, the US company pushing for the DVB-H TV standard.  DVB-H is one of many new standards to transfer TV signals to wireless portable devices.  The new smartphone boasts Windows Mobile 5, and will be capable of receiving live TV in the new format.  With an Nvidia GoForce 5500 graphics chip and an on-board electronic program guide, this handset is packing plenty of TV watching power.  This handset also boasts a 200MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 850 processor, 128 MB of Flash ROM, 64MB of SDRAM, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 1.2, and a Micro SD expansion slot.  Whether or not Modeo will allow shows to be recorded to memory is still unknown.  This new handset seems to be troubled with the power issues that most smartphone devices have.  Even with an 1150mAh battery, only 3 hours TV viewing time, 4 hours talk time, or 6 days of standby mode are achieved.  Modeo is currently working on putting the necessary hardware in place to be able to broadcast shows to the handset.  They plan on putting up towers in several major cities in 2006, and by 2007 they hope to be rolling out the mobile TV goodness everywhere.  It will be interesting to see if Modeo plans to make money off of the handset, or off of a possible content subscription service.  Pricing is not yet set, but we will keep you posted on this extraordinary handset.


Read More | Reg Hardware


Gear Live Bleeding EdgeIn this episode we give away an Xbox 360, talk with TextPayMe, go over the Windows Vista delay, and more:

THE WIRE
Dell Buys Alienware
Windows Vista Delayed

WEB GEMS
TextPayMe Interview

GIVEAWAY
We give away an Xbox 360!

BREAKIN’ STUFF
We destroy an LG C1300

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LG LG550

LG’s new phone, the LG550, has a lot to get excited about.  The new handset is an EV-DO capable 3G ready device.  Some of the other features include music, video on demand, Bluetooth stereo support, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a FM transmitter.  The FM transmitter allows the handset to broadcast tunes to a nearby FM radio.  A microSD/TransFlash slot is available for additional storage room.  The screen is a 262,000 color, 176x220 TFT display. The phone also features an external 96x96 65,000 color TFT. Another interesting feature of this phone is that there are external music controls.  While there are no official carrier plans, there have been rumors that Sprint will pick it up.


Read More | MobileBurn


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