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.
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Nokia’s little “Cellphone That Could” has had its share of trouble. Not sure if a price drop to $99 is a sign of recovery or just a move to clear some stagnant warehouses. Prices on software titles have also been slashed, while a third design is said to be revealed at this year’s E3. So far, there are only 2.5 million owners of the device, and that’s including both of the previous iterations. In comparison, Sony’s PSP is expected to sell 1 million in its first week alone.
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I loved the 8860 back when it was released. The slider phone was thin, sexy and attracted a lot of attention. However, the reception was really bad. At least I looked good trying to make a call, right? Looks like Nokia could be releasing another one of those sexy phones with the appearance of some pictures on a Chinese forum site. The phone appears to be a successor of the Nokia 8910 and does not appear to include a camera. Hopefully, a press release will be made in the not so distant future by Nokia to announce the launch and details of this phone.
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Instant messaging services aren’t necessarily new to the Blackberry. in fact, there are already a few third party solutions available. The news here is that it’s going to be bundled in now. Research In Motion just signed up a deal to offer instant messaging services from both Yahoo and AOL right out of the box on future Blackberry models. Current owners will also be able to download this feature for use on their existing handsets. Great news for those who want to stay in constant touch without the hassle of being near a PC at all times.
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Check out these two SLVR phone versions from Motorola. The Motorola SLVRcam V280 and SLVRlite V270 are both stylish and, from the looks of the specs, functional too. Here is the breakdown: The SLVRcam V280 has some very nice photo and video options. It has a VGA camera with 4x zoom, with built-in auto-timer and multimedia photo album creator. In addition, it can capture and playback MPEG-4, .3gpp, and H.263 video. It also has integrated Bluetooth, MP3 ringtone support, SCREEN3, and all the other standards. The SLVRlite V270 also has Bluetooth support, the ability to play video clips, GPRS, MP3 ringtone support, and a few other basic features. Both these phones should be available in the second half of 2005.
From the “Can You Please Just Let It Die?” department, Nokia plans to continue throwing millions away by backing the N-Gage cell phone/video game console hybrid. The latest from them is that they plan to bring an updated version of the N-Gage QD to the market, hoping that will breathe new life (or really, initial life?) into the device.
“We’re looking at new colors, a new look and feel for the QD in the next few months,” said Gerard Wiener, director and general manager of the games business program at Nokia.
Hey Nokia, I know technology moves really fast and all, and I know how forgettable it was. However, you did have an N-Gage before the QD, and no one bought it. Then you said you would bring a redesigned version to market, in the hopes that it would spark sales. It really didn’t happen for ya. Now you can stop wondering why you guys have that sense of deja vu. You’re welcome.
Yes, you read that right. This is the world’s first 7 megapixel camera phone. Of course you’re going to need to carry the optical zoom separately, but just think about how sharp those prints are going to be. The SCH-V770’s has a 1/1.8 inch type CCD image sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, flash and manual focus control. It also has 32 megabytes of internal memory, enough to store what, like 2 pictures at this resolution?
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Sony Ericsson continues hitting us with the hot ish in the cell phone category. Case in point, the K751i camera phone. As you can see, it is has the candy bar look, with a 262,000 color 176x220 display. The 2.0 megapixel camera functionality on this phone includes a most welcome auto focus feature. This means that people looking at your moblog will no longer have the sudden urge to rip their eyes out after a minute or two. The K751i also introduces VideoDJ and PhotoDJ apps, allowing users to mess around with animations and photos stored on the phone. It also supports Java games, MP3’s, and has a built-in FM tuner. Throw in Bluetooth, 32 MB of onboard memory (plus an included 64 MB Memory Stick DUO), and a speaker phone and you have a very respectable GSM unit.
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I’m starting to appreciate gaming on a phone. It’s always so readily available. Sure the games oftentimes look like crap, but they’re quick, fun, and best of all cheap. Looks like handset graphics are really going to improve by leaps and bounds though, as LG’s new SV360 contains ATI’s Imageon 2300 media processor, giving it the power to render over 10,000 triangles per frame. With that kind of power, they decided to even make the phone interface in 3D. Coming later this year in all it’s 320x240 glory, we’ll see how the public takes to it, in light of all the Sony/Nintendo handheld action going on.
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According to MSNBC, Motorola is supposed to take the wraps of the much anticipated ROKR iTunes phone this Thursday, March 10. The device has been shrouded in mystery, as many have been waiting to see what Motorola and Apple had come up with ever since the initial announcement was made months ago. Motorola has had great success recently with the RAZR V3 line, which catapulted the phone manufacturer to the number 2 spot - right behind Nokia. With more RAZR versions on the way, as well as the PEBL and ROKR lines, Nokia better take heed, quickly.
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