After quite the two hour, four mile (seriously) trek from the airport involving a chiseling shuttle driver, a misguided monorail stop, a late attempt into the Gates Keynote and finally getting our badgeholders at the only place still open at 8 pm, we arrived at Digital Experience. DE is a press-only event that took place in the Bellagio’s Grand Ballroom. Some 100+ companies were there showing off their latest and greatest, and here’s what we found out:
TiVo claims that we’ll finally have a standalone HD TiVo by “mid 2006.” We won’t be holding our breaths for this one. Logitech released a new set of Bluetooth headphones that allow you to playback music from your (compatible) cell phone, with an integrated microphone that lets you answer calls mid-jam, right from the unit itself. It also featured some integrated play controls, letting your track forward and backward at will. (Link goes to a unit that looks almost identical.) Logitech also released what appears to be one of the first cordless desktop keyboard and mouse kits built specifically for the Mac. It includes a two-button mouse and a ten-day warning LED when the battery is low.
Nokia showed off the new N80, their first 3 megapixel camera and an absolute beauty. I got some hands on time with it, and I’ll be publishing details about it shortly. For now, it’s a slide form-factor, has a dedicated shutter button, and switches to landscape mode when you go to take a photo. The temptation to steal it was strong, until the Nokia rep informed me it’s a pre-production model that has quite a few bugs still.
We’ll be posting a lot more throughout the day, including some video interviews and more pics. For now, enjoy the picture of the chocolate fountains at Digital Experience. Stocked with fresh strawberries, marshmallows and pound cake, it’s important you know the sacrifices we make for you.
Earlier today Sony Ericsson announced the latest addition to its line-up of Walkman-branded music cell phones in the Satin Black W810. The Sony Ericsson W810 is a Quad-band EDGE phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), which lets you listen to hours of music, capture and send high-resolution images, access the Internet, as well as take advantage of fast data download speeds for games and streaming video and stay connected through instant messaging or email. The latest Walkman phone comes with a 512MB removable Memory Stick PRO Duo, which can be upgraded to a 2GB Memory Stick if one sees fit. There is also a 2 mega-pixel auto-focus camera. As with all Walkman phones, your music automatically pauses when an incoming call is received and begins playing again when the call ends. The phone also offers a music-only mode for those occasions when the phone function must be disengaged, such as during air travel.
Look for this one to ship in Spring 2006. In the meantime, we will have a video up soon going over the phone in detail.
We just recently got our grubby little hands on a V3c for Verizon Wireless. This is the phone many a cell phone user has been waiting for - a Verizon RAZR that offers EV-DO support that also sports uncrippled Bluetooth with OBEX. What more might you ask for in this day and age? Check out our review after the jump for our impressions of the RAZR V3c.
Our boys over at MobileWhack have put up an absolutely exhaustive review of the new Nokia N90 cell phone, and if there is anything you wanted to know about the phone that isn’t covered in their review, we seriously need to know what it is. Of course, as we suspected after playing around with the phone a bit ourselves, this one is a mixed bag:
On the plus side, it has excellent features in digital photography, video capture/playback, and audio playback. Having a 2 mega pixel image sensor certainly helps folks who want to be able to capture life’s everyday moments…The main display is bright, the feature set is long, and the phone is outright flexible…on the negative side, the form factor is a bit large and heavy. The dual hinge system takes a bit getting used to since it’s not a normal folding clamshell. It’s easy to twist the camera module which means you’re constantly turning the Camera mode on by accident.
If you are interested in the Nokia N90, be sure to check out the full review.
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Recently we were able to acquire a Qtek 9100, a European version of the soon to be released Cingular 8125. The HTC Wizard is a Windows Mobile 5.0 cellular phone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and a great little form factor. For more information on the Wizard, and our full review, read on.
Motorola is really looking to cater to the high and mighty, a big change from the company we knew just a few years ago. Today they have announced the goldRAZR - one thousand of these gold RAZR V3i phones have been produced and will be sold exclusively at Dolce & Gabbana boutiques worldwide. Like its predecessors, it features the famous RAZR slim shape, premium metallic finish and advanced technology such as photo messaging and Bluetooth.
Finally, the Motorola RAZR V3c is set to debut on the Verizon Wireless network, and will be available tomorrow at verizonwireless.com. If you would rather pick it up at a Verizon store or kiosk, you will have to wait until December 12 for the pleasure. From our perspective, the main draw of this RAZR is the fact that is has built in EV-DO support. Other features include V CAST, 30 MB user storage, a 2.2” 176 x 220 internal screen color display, crippled Bluetooth, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. As far as pricing goes, the phone will set you back $199.99 USD after a $100 with the signing of a two-year contract.
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The SonyEricsson W800 is a bargain even at $500, with an impressive feature set and far better styling than the Motorola ROKR - without tying users to specific software. With all of the major features, it’s the little features that truly impress. Animated menus and Themes are a nice touch, as is the ability to set up recurring alarms for specific days of the week. The phone is SyncML compatible, so it syncs up nicely with most standard software that uses the format. There is a sound recorder, a fully-functional Voice Control, and a decent WAP 2.0 browser. Finally, it’s important to note that the battery life of the W800 is fantastic. It’s possible to go for several days on a single charge with moderate phone and MP3 usage. This is all coming from a battery smaller in size than a CompactFlash card, and is truly amazing. Frequent travelers will be happy to know that you can turn off the radios in the phone and use the MP3 player alone. Check out our full review here.
So, Gear Live reader gstill over on our message board is wondering what the best cell phones out there are right now. We figured we would throw this one out to you guys. What do you feel is hot out there? Furthermore, what should he stay away from? If you can help him out, give him a reply in this thread.
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Nokia and Intellisync announced they signed a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire Intellisync, a leader in platform-independent wireless messaging and applications for mobile devices. By acquiring Intellisync, Nokia is positioned to deliver the industry’s most complete offering for the development, deployment and management of mobility in the enterprise. Intellisync makes wireless e-mail, synchronisation and device management software and the company supports a wide range of mobile devices. The acquisition may also provide an opening for Nokia to sell to CDMA operators. Nokia’s strongest customer base comes from the GSM community but Intellisync has customers, including Verizon Wireless, in the CDMA market. Read on for the full press release.
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