Sony has released the P990’s sibling from it’s cage today as well…the M600. It uses that other smartphone OS - Symbian 9.1, has dual mode UMTS, tri-band GPRS (900/1800/1900MHz), dual-use keypad (read as pain-in-the-neck-to-use), and push e-mail technology. A nicely sized 2.6” QVGA screen, Bluetooth, Infrared, and USB 2.0 (Full speed 12Mbps instead of High Speed 480Mbps) add additional appeal. The QVGA screen is also a touch screen (with handwriting recogntion) and is a welcome feature that is missing from many Microsoft Smartphone 5.0 based phones. Lest I forget, audio playback is also a specialty of the M600 with MP3, AAC, AAC+, E-AAC+, and m4a capability and can deliver the stereo sound via Bluetooth if so desired. If the P990 is a little much, then the M600 just might fit the bill and will be available in Q2 2006 as the M600c (Mainland China) and the M600i (pretty much everywhere else).
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Wow…we are still speechless. MobileWhack got the scoop on the specs for the new Sony Ericsson P990, and I am still wiping the drool off of my desk. This literally made me want to smash my Treo 650 on the floor and repeatedly stomp up and down on it. Short of Apple coming out with a phone of this caliber, I may just have to rethink my cell phone selection. Why doesn’t Apple just buy Sony and get it over with? Check out the awesome specs (after the jump):
For all if you looking to use your Verizon Wireless cell phone as an EV-DO modem, it looks like the company has heard your voice and given in. If you are the owner of an LG VX9800, LG VX8100, Motorola RAZR V3c, or Motorola E815, you can now tether your phone to your laptop via USB and surf away if you are willing to pay $59.99 per month for access to Verizon’s BroadbandAccess service. Notice - we specified USB as the connection method. Verizon is still saying no to tethering via Bluetooth. Not too big a deal, as USB is the faster connection method when compared against Bluetooth 1.2, anyway.
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Do you love podcasts? Most of you reading this have probably subscribed to at least one podcast in your lifetime - hopefully ours is one of them. With the latest cell phone innovations in music playback, it was only a matter of time that we would be able to access content like this over our mobile devices. Roger Wireless and Melodeo to the rescue. They have constructed a podcast catalog that are available to Roger Wireless customers in Canada. Eliminating the need for PC hardware at all, you can take your cell phone and download directly to you handset. There had to be someone to pioneer it. So far, the feedback has not been good about the $5 a month service. However, we must applaud the idea.
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Motorola today announced the new Moto SLVR L7 iTunes Phone. The 2nd generation iTunes phone is sleeker and slimmer with an all new ad campaign from Cingular to boot. The new Bluetooth, quad band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) phone features international support and is currently only available from Cingular. Motorola is claiming the phone measures 4.5 inches tall by 1.9 inches wide by .45 inches thick and weighs just 3.5 ounces. It features talk time of “up to 6 hours” and standby time of “up to 17 days.” Pretty nifty if I do say so myself.
Other features and extras include iTunes software (same 100 song capacity - ugh), integrated hands-free speakerphone, illuminated etched keypad, VGA camera with 4x digital zoom, 262,000 “vivid color” TFT display, built-in stereo speakers, and video capture and playback. Nice. Very nice. Moto is also throwing in some additional ring tones and the typical Java software with AIM/Yahoo/ICQ messaging. SMS/MMS capabilities are included as always.
Expect to pay about $199 and commit to a 2 year contract for the pleasure of owning this sexy beast.
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If you live in the middle of nowhere (North Dakota in this case), and have little to no signal for your cellular service, then Extend America and Space Data Corporation may have the answer to your needs - balloons. Of course we’re not talking the type of balloons that get tied up into colorful little animals at birthday parties, but large, 6 foot diameter balloons that will reach up to 20 miles into the atmosphere as they carry their radio transponders. As the balloons go up, and the atmospheric pressure goes down, the hydrogen-filled balloons will expand to around 30 feet in diameter. As many as nine balloons will be aloft at once with some on their way up as others are descending. Once the balloon leaves the state the radio package will jettison, and via it’s built-in parachute, will float gently to the ground where a radio signal will alert searchers to it’s location. Extend America CEO Ed Schafer admits the idea sounds crazy (why yes it does) but says “...it works in the lab”. Gee, that’s encouraging.
GPS-enabled devices are everywhere these days. They’re in everything from dog collars, to wristwatches, and of course, cell phones. The latest GPS equipped phone to hit the market is E-TEN’s G500 Pocket PC Phone. A quad-band GSM phone with GPRS, it has the increasingly popular SiRF Star III chipset with an internal antenna for GPS duties. The phone eschews the typical Intel XScale processor in favor of a Samsung unit running at 400MHz and has 128MB ROM and 64MB RAM for program executionstorage. Windows Mobile 5.0 is the operating system of choice, and the rest of the G500’s features read like almost any other PDA or phone - 1440mAh Li-Ion battery, 1.3 megapixel camera, Class 2 Bluetooth 1.2, speakerphone, and miniSD slot. The only thing missing is a VGA screen, as the G500’s is a 65K color, 240x320 TFT-LCD. No word yet on pricing or availability.
While recently releasing a 2GB and 4GB version of their Micro hard drive, Toshiba has announced that it is working on the 10GB model. The Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) technology allows the disk to write at 90 degrees. Measuring at an astonishing 5x24x32mm, and weighing only 8.5 grams, the 10GB model will be most likely be an industry first in areal density - an amazing 200 gigabits per square inch. This will play an interesting role in phone hardware on its release in 2007. This means we should be seeing lots of phones with capabilities to hold more annoying ringtones, MP3’s, and loads of bad photos taken at the club.
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For those of you who can’t bear to be separated from the Internet, Opera has released the official version of their browser designed for smartphones - Opera Mini. Mini has been in beta testing in Europe for some time, and in December was released to the rest of the world’s software guinea pigs. Unlike Internet Explorer, which ships with most smartphones, or Opera’s other browser for the mobile market, Opera Mobile, this new browser relies on Opera’s backend servers. The servers convert the website requested into a format better suited for a phone’s tiny screen, and compress the graphics and other data so the page loads more quickly. Testing by this author on a Cingular 2125 confirms that pages load much faster than IE and are easier to navigate as well. Opera Mini has a handful of phones it is “certified” to work on, but should work on any Java-equipped smartphone. Two versions are available - a Basic edition with a small memory footprint, and an Advanced version that consumes more memory but delivers page icons, font options, better-looking menus, and smoother scrolling.
Read More | PCWorld
So, many of the results are in. If you are still on the fence about whether you should pick up the Treo 700w, look no further than a few of these trusted reviews.
It seems the overall consensus is that the 700w isn’t a far enough evolutionary step above the Treo 650. Still, if you aren’t an owner of a previous generation Treo, and are looking for a Windows Mobile 5.0 device, it may be for you. personally, we like the PPC-6700/XV6700 UTStarcom phone ourselves.
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