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w800 ROKRWe just discovered a neat little hack for the Sony Ericsson W800i. I’ve found that having an FM radio built-in to your phone can be fun. Hell, other than trying to take out the Memory Stick, there’s little about the Walkman that isn’t fun. Still, I was having a bit of ROKR envy when I realized that the answer is there, plain as day. I proceeded to tune the radio in the phone to my iTrip (the FM transmitter for the iPod) station, and bingo - all 20GB of my iPod tracks were ready to be played on the W800i. I must have sat there slackjawed for a minute or two as I marvelled at the little surprise. Sure, it’s a hack, and not the same as the real thing, but the phone does cut off the radio when a call comes in. It won’t pause the song, obviously, but otherwise, the functionality is just about the same. The quality is also not as good as a native MP3 player, but it’s more than tolerable - especially knowing that I am not limited to 100 songs.

It’s pretty clear now that the ROKR is a still-born platform. Sadly, it’s still going to sell, because people just don’t realize that there are better, less crippled options available.


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Sony Ericsson W800iWe got a new toy in the mail today, which will be reviewed in full soon enough here on Gear Live. First impressions are incredibly positive. The packaging is quite impressive, and there is what feels like a ton of stuff packed into the attractive “bubble”. The headset cord comes in two pieces, with the microphone portion containing a standard 3.5mm headphone jack so that you can use any cans you want. The installed headphones are a variation on their popular in-ear headphones (of which I already own a pair), and the sound quality is excellent. Read on for more thoughts.

Click to continue reading Sony Ericsson Walkman W800i First Impressions


Palm Treo 700wWe just finished watching the announcement of the Treo 700w, where we saw corporate leet-speak at its best. CEO’s aside, we were given a nice amount of information on the device:

  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • EV-DO and Bluetooth support
  • 240x240 screen resolution
  • 1 Megapixel camera
  • 64 MB internal memory
  • Verizon Wireless exclusive until at least mid-2006

Interestingly enough, the phone has not officially been called the 700w. Check out this video from Dave’s iPaq.


In August, Opera Software launched it’s Opera Mini browser in a limited release - only users of Norway’s TV2 were allowed downloading privledges.  All that could change soon according to Eskil Sivertsen, public relations manager for Opera software.  Is seems that due to the ” fantastic response from content providers, operators, handset manufacturers and end-users worldwide” the software company is hoping to give Opera Mini a worldwide release by the end of 2005.  The Opera Mini browser allows users to view any HTML page from the convienience of their cell phone, allowing users to break away from WAP browsers that limit surfing experiences to WAP only pages.  Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research says, “I was able to hit every HTML site I threw at it including heavy lifting sites like the NY Times. This is a really big breakthrough for the mobile space.”  Soon enough, y’all will be able to read content off Gear Live, or even post to the forums, from anywhere your phone gets a signal!


Read More | Opera Blog


NES Bluetooth HandsetThis is awesome for the retro gamer in you. The NES Bluetooth Handset connects to your Bluetooth phone or VoIP application, like Skype.  The Start button picks up and ends calls while the A and B buttons control volume.  Pretty cool, but I’d like to see some Caller ID on the back, and with a How To as well. Here are the details:

Here’s how it works with cell phones:
• Keep the NES Bluetooth Handset in your pocket.
• Keep you Bluetooth phone in your bag or backpack.
• When a call comes in, press ‘Start’ on the NES Bluetooth Handset.
• Talk.
• When done, press ‘Start’ again to end the call.

Here’s how it works with Skype:
• Keep the NES Bluetooth Handset on your desk.
• When a call comes in on your Bluetooth-enabled PC, press ‘Start’ on the NES Bluetooth Handset.
• Talk.
• When done, press ‘Start’ again to end the call.


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NEC L1

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 C220sJabra 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!


Read More | Slashphone


Pantech PT-K1500

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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ROKR RAZRA 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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Motorola ROKR vs iPod miniMore 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.

(Thanks David!)

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