NEC has busted out with what they are calling the world’s thinnest camera flip phone - the L1. It certainly is compact, measuring just 47.9mm X 101.5mm X 11.9mm (folded) and weighing in at 96g. The phone supports GSM/GPRS and touts a 1.9-inch 65k color display along with a 1.3 megapixel digital camera (which can also record up to 2 minutes of video.) The NEC L1 is also feature-rich, supporting MP3 playback, polyphonic ringtones, PictBridge, Java, and Bluetooth. It is now being introduced in Hong Kong, followed by Italy, Russia, Australia and China.
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Jabra has quickly jumped on the accessory bandwagon for the new iTunes phone with this headset. Listen to all 100 songs on your ROKR and never miss any phone calls with its pickup and end call feature, all at a price of $34.99. The only thing it doesn’t do is make the phone not suck. Oh snap!
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Pantech & Curitel have announced the PT-K1500 - a 17mm thick phone that obviously takes some visual styling queues from the Motorola RAZR. While the PT-K1500 will probably never see American shores, we can all dream of having such a sleek little slider phone. No word on features, but with a “magic” button who knows what surprises this little phone will pack?
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A number of people are complaining about the Motorola ROKRs ridiculous limitation at 100 songs. Analysts are saying Apple insisted on this limit so as not to cut into the sales of the rest of their iPod line. Luckily, some creative folks have figured out a way to create your own iTunes phone with a Motorola RAZR, an iPod Nano, and a roll of duct tape. I really have to admit that this is a rather clever solution to having 1000 songs + your phone line in your pocket, while not having to worry about using your mp3 player and draining your phones battery.
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More Apple propaganda for you to chew on. Check out this image of the new Motorola ROKR E1 placed side by side with the now discontinued iPod mini. Very nice.
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With electricity service months away in some disaster stricken areas due to Katrina, communications are going to prove tricky. While most cellular service is currently unavailable in the area, carriers are working to fix the problem as quickly as they can. The question of how to charge your cell phone does present itself, and is solved quite neatly by Pocket Power - an adapter that promises to fit most phones to provide up to 3 hours of talk time from a single AA battery. At $24.95 USD, this handy device should be in everyones emergency kit for that quick boost in power when you need to summon emergency services.
Finally, after months and months of speculation and delay, the Motorola ROKR E1 iTunes Phone has been unveiled. The phone can hold up to 100 tracks which can be accomplished in one of three ways - random autofill through iTunes, purchased over the air at $2 per track (double what it would cost if you just waited and did it at home), and manual loading over USB. Interestingly, the phone features external stereo speakers which can be used to play music, but also includes a headphone plug. In fact, the phone comes with headphones (pictured above) that also have a mic built-in. This makes it easy to set up the phone to pause the current track to allow you to take a call without having to bust out the phone. The bad news? The only way you will be able to use this one is if you are already - or are willing to become - a Cingular customer. It’s $250 USD with a 2-year contract. Here are a few more details:
- iTunes player with dedicated key
- 850/1800/1900 MHz Tri-band GSM/GPRS
- Weight: 3.77 oz
- Dimensions: 4.25 x 1.81 x .80 in
- Display: 176 x 220, up to 262 colors TFT
- VGA Camera, 4x Zoom, flash and video record
- Music Tones
- Bluetooth Capable for voice calls
- Talk Time: Up to 9 hours/560 min
- Standby Time: Up to 9 days/230 hrs
We recently got o ur hands on the LG C1300i, an entry level cell phone available from Cingular. The thought behind this was that not everyone absolutely needs the high-end phones out there, but do need something functional. The C1300i is a fairly low end phone, but has some great features - some of which go unadvertised. Being true gadget fans, we went into this review without high hopes and came away impressed with a few key points on this phone. Read the full Gear Live review after the jump for more.
Think Secret has been known to break news days before Apple breaks it with an eerie success rate (and a few lawsuits from Apple to boot). They are now reporting that the big announcement that Apple will be making on the 7th will include the following things:
iPod Phone - the iPod phone will come in a 256MB and 512MB capacity and will launch on Cingular in the US. The phone will be able to sync with a desktop computer as well as buy songs over the wireless data network - a handy feature for when you just have to hear the track a friend reminded you about. No word on battery life, or if you can increase the storage.
Flash-based iPod mini - a significant update to the iPod mini with flash based memory for a smaller size, along with a color screen. The new iPod mini Flash will also be available in 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB storage sizes with the physical device turning out to be 25% smaller. No word if the battery life will also be improved by the removal of the Microdrive.
iPod shuffle - getting a minor, but expected, update. The two existing models will get cheaper and there will be a new 2GB model in the $129-$149 range which will still lack a screen.
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NTT DoCoMo has announced that their 4th generation wireless data technologies will reach speeds of 1Gbps while stationary, and 100Mbps while on the move. Speeds of this magnitude are faster than current wired broadband technologies, and paints a pretty picture for the future of mobile content. With technologies like HD video streams and next generation web content getting more and more bandwidth intensive, the consumer broadband revolution is just starting. If it can be driven by wireless technologies, then all the better. Wireless technologies have an advantage over solutions such as Verizon FIOS given that while they require similar amounts of back end infrastructure, they do not require actually running fiber or another medium to every single endpoint (your house, for instance).
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