While we continue to wait for the iTunes phone from Motorola to show its face, others are taking a more proactive approach to this whole music phone thang. Take Nokia for example, with their N91. In fact, it almost seems silly to buy an iTunes phone when Nokia’s N91 supports the playback of MP3, AAC, WMA, and M4A audio tracks, all of which can be stored on its 4 GB hard drive. Of course, there is the 3.5mm headphone jack, but check this. The phone supports drag and drop over USB 2.0, no fancy syncing software needed. The N91 also supports 3G and includes integrated WiFi and Bluetooth.
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While it sounds surprising, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Research firm Strategy Analytics has found that in 2004 there were 257 million camera phone sold, versus 68 million digital still cameras. Camera phones sold four times as well as digital still cameras. Obviously, cell phones are the number one accessory right now. With more onboard memory becoming available, along with higher resolution cameras, digital camera makers are going to have to start rethinking their stance in all this.
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The on-again-off-again relationship linking cancer to cell phone usage continues. This time, a recent study from the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen states that there has been sufficient evidence to state that cell phones do not increase the chance of brain tumors. Most studies that have stated otherwise in the past were criticized by how the studies were conducted. However, Dr Johansen of the Danish Cancer Society said: “We won’t be able to make any firm conclusions until we can confirm these results with studies with more long-term and heavy cell phone users.” Talk on.
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If you haven’t heard by now, the Treo 650 will soon be available from Verizon Wireless. Yes, they are once again late to the game with this phone, and yes, you can expect the Bluetooth features to come home crippled. Hey, what did you expect?
With SimWatcher, if someone steals your phone and attempts to remove or change the SIM card, you will be notified by SMS. It will SMS you at a pre-set number and notify the thief with a message that this phone belongs to someone else. One caveat, your phone is still stolen. When we legally reach the point where we can zap them with 10,000 volts, then they’ll have my attention.
If you have been looking for a good Skype phone for use on the go, this seems to be the one to get. In fact, the reviewer seems to think that this Pocket PC 2003 phone could possibly be a laptop replacement. A bold statement, but reading the review does make us wonder.
This device is extremely useful and can do a great deal. With the keyboard slid home it looks like many other PocketPC’s or PocketPC Phones, but the inclusion of the keyboard - which after a very short while is easy to master - means that this gets a definite thumbs up from me.
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Cell phones with cameras are great. You can take a quick snapshot where ever you are and of almost anything you desire. One thing that really isn’t possible with cell phone cameras – taking a good image of yourself. Sure you could have someone take the picture for you, but what about those times when there isn’t anyone around to take the picture for you? That’s where Cellpod comes to save the day. Cellpod is a pocket sized tripod for your cell phone which can be attached via the belt clip button or with an included attachment. This cell phone accessory will set you back $24.99 and available in black or “Edge glow” blue.
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Motorola rolled out a new musicphone at Miami Music Multimedia (M3) last night and MobileTracker has got a first look. It’s a CDMA handset that will support EV-DO, and it comes with 41MB onboard memory. The E725 also has a MiniSD slot, allowing to you expand your memory up to 1 GB. The slider phone also features scroll wheel control, stereo speakers and a built-in FM transmitter for sending tunes to home or car stereos. Unlike the Sony Ericsson W800i, the E725 comes with a standard 3.5mm mini jack so you can use it with your own headphones. Not the first iTunes phone, but it is certainly looking like a pretty solid entry into the musicphone market.
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Not only can text messaging be painful for your pocketbook, but an Australian doctor is saying that it can hurt your physically as well. It seems that those who use text messaging extensively are prone to those repeat motion injuries that flare up your tendons. One 13 year old girl had the first case of texting tendonitis, as the doctor called it, as a reult to too much one-thumbed messaging. As a result, a tendon in her right forearm swelled by two centimeters.
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If you originally thought that the Treo 650 was a letdown, this one just may change your mind. After all, who wouldn’t want a Treo that is iced out Canadian style? This one is being auctioned off by PalmOne, with all proceeds going to the Autism Society of Canada. You help the world, and in return get a smartphone covered in 2,000 Swarovski crystals - laid out nicely to replicate the Canadian flag. It also has a few Canadian-themed tracks preloaded onto the device.
(Thanks Fresh Pimpin!)