LG has announced that their GW620 phone will be their first smartphone powered by Google Android. As you can see the picture, the GW620 is a smartphone with a slide-out keyboard as well as a 3-inch touchscreen keyboard. The LG GW620 will also have a social networking flair, which obviously means that sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and the like, will all be fully represented. By the way, LG is planning on unveiling three new Windows Mobile smartphones in the next few weeks.
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The Samsung Reclaim is the newest mobile phone from the company, and it’s all about being a bit more mindful of the environment. In fact, this is it’s main selling point, as Sprint claims that $2 from every sale will go to The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program, but there is more to it than that. 80% of the materials used to build the Reclaim are recyclable, and it’s the first 3G QWERTY device on Sprint to hit the magical $50 price point with contract.
Other features include Bluetooth 2.0, 2 megapixel camera, and an integrated Web Browser. It will be available on August 16 from Sprint, Best Buy and The Shack, in colors of Earth Green and Ocean Blue, of course.
Samsung has been busy once again, this time with some new mobile phones, the Comeback and the Gravity 2. T-Mobile has announced that these phones will be hitting their network soon.
The Comback is a 3G handset that opens up for a QWERTY keypad, MP3 playback and microSDHC slot, as well as a 2 megapixel camera. The Gravity 2 has pretty much the same features, but it slides up to reveal its QWERTY. The price for the Comback is about $130 (for 2-year deal with $50 mail-in rebate), but the price of the Gravity 2 is to be announced.
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I believe that there is an entire generation that uses their mobile phone for text messages only, and it would appear that Cricket is prepared for it with the TXTM8.
The TXTM8, or text-mate, is a messaging phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Don’t ask me where that keyboard is in this picture (we’re guessing slider,) but I’m told that it also comes with a customizable homescreen that allows users access to web content such as news and weather. Other features include a 1.3 Megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, a music player, and microSD slot.
Interested? The Cricket TXTM8 is available now for a price of $140.
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The Hunt-and-Peck Keyboard is designed for kids and those adults who never learned to type. In addition to a regular QWERTY keyboard, you get an ABCDEF one as well. It will toggle from standard keys to common IM abbreviations. Plug into your USB port on your PC or Mac and one finger type away with no software needed. The keyboard also has “www” keys and a price of $21.00 at Amazon, about the same price as a learn to type audio tape.
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When something like this comes out we just have to share. Rumor has it that Dell has gotten together with Pharos in an effort to jump on the smartphone bandwagon with the Traveller 117 and 127. Each has Windows Mobile 6.1, QWERTY keyboard and 7.2 Mbps HSDA support. They also have VGA video call capability, a 2 megapixel cam, and four hours of talk time and 200 standby. While the Travellers may have some awesome GPS capability, we don’t think Apple or RIM have too much to worry about.
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The new AT&T Samsung Epix i907 has been showing up in AT&T stores recently as expected. The phone is basically a Blackjack, but benefits from a touch screen incorporating Haptic feedback, a QWERTY keyboard and optical mouse. The phone uses Windows Mobile 6.1 for the Core OS and supports 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz HSDPA 3G networks and carries a built-in GPS. The i907 also incorporates a microSD slot, 2 megapixel camera, and costs $199 with a 2 year contract. If the iPhone isn’t your thing because tactile QWERTY keyboard is needed, this may be for you.
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E-Ten has two new Windows Mobile Professional Smartphones to tempt you with, the Glofiish M810 and the M750. Both of them have 64MB RAM, 256MB ROM, quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, a Samsung S3C2442 500 MHz processor, and are Bluetooth 2.0 capable. In addition, each features GPS, a 2.0 megapixel cam with auto-focus, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a microSD slot, and a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen. The M810 has support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. Look for them to be making their retail debut in the next couple of weeks.
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Digitalcube has unveiled a multimedia electronic dictionary in Korea. The i-station UDIC features a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen that swivels, a QWERTY keyboard, and supports text-to-speech. With 50 kinds of dictionaries and access to a multi-search enging, thank goodness it also features a translation service, as it looks to us like Korean is the main language featured, which of course is logical. It can also caption movies and is powered by an Alchemy AU 1250 CPU and DVE. Contact Digitalcube for price and availability.
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It would appear that the PC’s popularity is lessening in Japan, as overall shipment has declined for the last five quarters. Taking its place are flat panel TVs and cell phones, according to analyst Masahiro Katayama. He added that kids there spend more time using their phones, advanced game consoles, and smart phones to access the Internet than computers. PC makers have taken to marketing low end products in countries for have those who will become first time users. While we suspect that this trend will continue, there is no way that we could ever completely give up our comfortable QWERTY keyboard and widescreen monitors for tiny finger pads and minuscule displays.
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