Garmin’s nüvifone should give the iPhone a run for its money. After all, Garmin is all about the GPS. The all touchscreen (3.5-inch) phone also features a web browser, IM, e-mail, and music capability, and Google search complete with ratings for businesses and restaurants. When you dock it in its vehicle mount, it automatically activates the GPS and menu, and will allow hands-free conversations. The nüvifone comes with pre-loaded maps of North America, and/or both Eastern and Western Europe with voice-prompted directions. To find out more and get info on Garmin Online, the elite service with traffic, stock prices, news, and weather, head for their site. Expect availability in the 3rd quarter of this year.
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We have another entry in the Valentines Day gift suggestion box. Not to be outdone by AT&T, Verizon is offering the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red. Available online as of today, the smartphone has high-res color, a back-lit QWERTY keyboard, GPS, speakerphone, media player, and trackball navigation. This is a great phone for travelers as it can access e-mail and calls from over 100 countries. With a two-year plan, the red Berry can be yours or can be given someone you love for $299.99 after a $100.00 rebate, with an additional $100.00 credit if you sign up for voice and data plans.
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We have found many elegant covers for cell phones, as well as those that are functional enough to keep them protected against the evils of your pocket change. Now we have discovered some that are almost charming. Annie’s Costume Company carries a monkey, manatee, frog, pig, lobster, and the Tazmanian Devil of Warner Bros. fame, but we are definitely partial to Kenny. The stretchable covers fit most mobile phones including Nokia, Motorola, AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, Kyocera, Panasonic, and Audiovox. Look for a $10.95 price.
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If you live in the environs of Detroit, Michigan, then you already know that we are in the midst of political controversy. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had a more than business relationship with his now former chief of staff Christine Beatty. We wouldn’t presume to know or care what the politician does with his personal life as he is always up to some shenanigans, but one of the things mentioned during the uncovering of the scandal was text messages between the two. Apparently there were over 40,000 of them recovered.
We guess we assume that everyone text messages, so we found it somewhat amusing when they showed some of them and had interpreted them with differing versions of “LOL.” Local news anchors either literally said “L - O - L” or “hehehe.” Go figure.
While there is more to the story (including a public apology tonight after getting caught) that you can read if you are curious or simply want a giggle, we wondered about two things. Can a cell phone hold that many messages at a time? And even weirder, if you were supposedly in charge of an entire city, married, and having an affair, would you keep those messages around for just anybody to read? Hmmm. Like we said, we just wondered. Blogs are great for initiating discussions about topics like that.
It was only a question of time. As a hint of things to come, YouTube has made a site available for cell phones. In cooperation with many of the mobile companies, such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson, YouTube Mobile will work with 3G phones that support RTSP. Favorites, videos, channels, and personal accounts can all be accessed. In addition, you can comment, rate videos, or upload from your phone. Here again is an example one less reason to bypass your PC to become a viral video star. By the way, YouTube Mobile Java is also available for free if you live in the U.S. or UK and have a J2ME MIDP2 capable device.
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It’s not like we never mention the iPhone around here, so we felt it only fitting to toss in an accessory for the gadget. The Motorola 6x optical zoom lens might be a possibility. This simple clear case clicks over the camera and its eye on your phone’s back. It might look a little weird but at $15.00, it’s worth a shot (pun intended.) The lens will work with many other models of cell phones as well. Let us know your results should you try one out.
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Forget the Kindle and the Readius.You can now receive hundreds of books via ICUE on your cell phone, priced from .50 (~$.98) to £4.50 (~$9.00) Your phone will store them to read when you like, either one word at a time, a phrase, or moving left to right at your chosen pace. You can also receive newspapers, e-mail, and blogs.
Simply download the application 64888 to your phone and you are registered for free once you sign up with Bango for payment. Then select classic, sci-fi, western, or hot best-sellers off their menu and your phone company places the charges on your monthly bill. There is also a folder for storage. We think the idea is great, but that would take a lot of battery charging if your phone is one of the older models.
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With new phones coming out every time we blink, we found one that we really appreciate for its looks. (Vain, aren’t we?) Collaborating with France’s Frédérique Daubal, Nokia’s 7900 joins its Prism Collection with an aluminum back and crystal key in the center, surrounded by diamond-cut patterns. It has 1 GB memory, an OLED display, a 2 megapixel cam, and comes in a choice of 49 key pad colors. Vanity does not come cheaply. The phone has a MSRP of ~$544.00. Contact Nokia for details.
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Another reader has arrived to compete with the Kindle. The Dutch company Polymer Vision spun off from Philips and has been working for 2 years on its Readius which will hit stores sometime this year. The device is about the size of 2 credit cards, weighs about as much as a cell phone, and folds up when not in use. With its 5-inch display, you can read news, blogs, audio books, view podcasts, and catch up on your e-mail. The Readius can also make phone calls and connect online with cellphone networks, has a super-battery life, and should cost about the same as a high-end cell phone. The company also has plans to add a keypad in the future.
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No sooner is one holiday over then we are on to the next. In preparation for Valentine’s Day, AT&T has decided to sell 3 red devices for $99.99 each through Feb. 14. One of these is the LG sliding red Shine, which comes with Video Share, Mobile Music, and Mobile Banking. Then there is the BlackJack II by Samsung with access to multiple e-addys, and contact and task lists. Finally, there is the Bluetooth BlackBerry Curve 8310, with Push-to-Talk and GPS. Check with AT&T for more specifics on each of their heartfelt gifts.
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