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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!


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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!


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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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Pocket PowerWith 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.


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ROKR E1 iTunes Phone

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
  • Speakerphone
  • Talk Time: Up to 9 hours/560 min
  • Standby Time: Up to 9 days/230 hrs

 


LG C1300i

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.

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