Category Archives: MOBILE

Mobile communication devices including standard mobile/cell phone, smartphones of various platforms and OSes.

Lapdock for Motorola ATRIX: is it a netbook or laptop or?

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(image credit: Motorola) Lapdock for Motorola ATRIX | about US$500.00 |

Motorola ATRIX 4G is said to be the world’s most powerful smartphone and winner of multiple awards at the CES 2011. that said, we believe most of us are already aware of its features and specifications. however, we are not focusing on ATRIX 4G handset, instead we are looking at its WEBTOP functionality, specifically the accessory that extends the power of this smartphone, so to speak. the accessory in focus is the Lapdock for Motorola ATRIX which, as the name suggests, is a netbook (sort of) but strange as it is, the lapdock runs off the processing power from the ATRIX 4G smartphone. the lapdock has a full keyboard and a trackpad just like a full-fledge netbook.

when the ATRIX is docked to the lapdock, user can access the full ATRIX 4G smartphone functions right from the lapdock, plus a few other features such as desktop Firefox browser, File Manager and Facebook client etc cetera. there’s also a Entertainment Center where user can listen to the music and video that’s on their ATRIX 4G. the lapdock comes with a built-in battery, which also charges the ARTIX 4G when it is docked. the dock itself also comes with charging cable, but it will still charges the ATRIX even the dock isn’t hooked up – provided that the lapdock has enough juice for the task. interesting, though this isn’t a full-fledge netbook but it aims to provide a bigger screen estate for user to work on while they are on the move.

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with the cloud computing gaining popularity, i guess your laptop might only need a browser to get most of your work done, hence the ATRIX 4G and lapdock combo could be a viable solution for mobile busy bees. the Lapdock for Motorola ATRIX retails about $500, not exactly cheap as you could have easily get a netbook for that price. however, this combo might saves yourself the trouble of tethering.

Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet and Galaxy S II

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(image credit: Samsung) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a 1 GHz Dual Core processor.

announced recently at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are two exciting new mobile devices from Korean electronics giant, Samsung. first off is the new Galaxy Tab 10.1, which now sports a larger 10.1-inch WXGA TFT display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. powering this larger sibling of the original Galaxy Tab is the 1 GHz Dual Core processor and a low power DDR memory and an incredible 6860 mAh battery. it will be interesting to see how well this larger tablet will perform in terms of battery life. Continue reading Samsung unveiled Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet and Galaxy S II

HTC ChaCha and Salsa are the most sociable phones ever

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(image credit: HTC) HTC’s social phones: (left) HTC ChaCha and (right) HTC Salsa

Facebook addicts, rejoice! the long speculated HTC Facebook-centric phone has been unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. it turns out that HTC has not just one but two phones catering to the Facebook generation. the two phones, HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa has Facebook integrated into HTC’s proprietary touch interface, HTC Sense. both phone has a dedicated Facebook button which allows for one touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service.

as you would have imagined, the one-touch button allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website, lets others know what song you are listening in. all these sharing happens intuitively which means if you are currently listening to a song, upon touching the Facebook button, the track that you’re listening to would be automatically identified and shared on your Facebook. the dedicated Facebook button is just the tip of the iceberg. being a social-centric phone, or in this case Facebook-centric phone, everything else is integrated with Facebook.

for example, when making a call to a friend, you will find the dialer screen displaying information such as your friend’s status, photos and even your’s birthday. these same information will be displayed when you receive a call from a Facebook friend. this is (almost) literally, information at your finger tips. it doesn’t stop there, Facebook-manias can also further personalize their handsets with a number of new Facebook-branded widgets. on the messaging front, your Facebook messages and conversations now appears within your text and email inboxes alongside your regular conversations. think of it as a unify inbox of sort. though HTC never declared explicitly, the reason for two phones is clear: to cater to both touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard users. on the marketing standpoint, HTC has it covered.

on the hardware end, ChaCha spots an unique tilt design separating its 2.6-inch, 480 x 320 resolution screen from the physical QWERTY keyboard which is said to give user an easier view and comfortable type position. imaging for ChaCha consists of dual cameras, including a 5-megapixel color camera with auto focus and LED flash, and a VGA front-facing camera. on the other hand, Salsa is touted to provide “a fast, high performance smartphone experience” and will spot a 3.4-inch, 480 x 320 resolution touchscreen display. it also has a dual cameras set-up with a 5-megapixel camera as the main camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

both HTC ChaCha and Salsa will run on the latest version of Android OS, the Android 2.3.3 aka Gingerbread. both phones will be available to EU and Asian markets sometime in the second quarter of 2011, with US getting them later this year exclusively with AT&T.

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will HP webOS device really become the next big thing?

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almost a year on after HP acquisition of Palm, HP announces three new WebOS devices that bears the HP brand name. the trio are the HP Veer ultra-compact smartphone, the HP Pre3 smartphone and the HP TouchPad. the Pre3 looks like an upsized Veer which has an uncanny resemblance to the Palm Pre2.

HP is touting the next generation of the Touchstone technology which enables easy URL sharing between the Touchpad and your Pre handset, simply by tapping them together and also enables the Touchpad to receive text messages and answer phone calls. interesting idea, but i wouldn’t answer a phone call with such a huge device unless i have a Bluetooth headset paired. just imagine holding a 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm device up against my ear. it’s definitely going to look ridiculous.

i’m not all too excited about the hardware but it will be interesting to see how WebOS is going to perform given that the market has since been populated by Apple iOS and Google Android OS, and more recently, the Windows 7 mobile OS. i suspect it’s going to be an uphill task for WebOS. price plans has yet to be announced but the Veer’s availability should just round the corner, while both the Touchpad and Pre3 are slated for summer release.

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finally, white iPhone 4 shelf tag spotted at Best Buy!

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when iPhone 4 was announced i was full of excitement, and readied myself to grab the white iPhone 4 but unfortunately, Mr. white iPhone 4 was unable to turn up for my taking due to some apparent issues with the white paint job. that was like more than six months but my urge to get a white iPhone 4 has since subsided. not surprisingly, as the saying goes ‘time heals’.

nevertheless, for those who are still hoping to get your hands on the white version, the wait is nearing an end or at least, it seems to look that way. as reported by Engadget, a shelf tag was spotted at Best Buy indicating ‘AT&T iPhone 4 16GB WHIT’ retailing at $599.99. just how legit this photo-snap is, well, your guess is as good as mine. in fact, Best Buy is not the only one, Bell also has shelf tag indicating white iPhone 4’s availability.

good luck to the white iPhone 4 lovers, at least you can quit thinking about purchasing the white case to replace the black (and risk ruining your warranty).

via Slashgear & Engadget

white iPhone 4 shelf tag spotted at Best Buy!

Spiderman would use this iPhone 4 to call Mary Jane

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(image credit: Computer Choppers) Graphic Plated Triple Chrome iPhone 4 | US$PoA |

if spiderman uses an iPhone 4, the Graphic Plated Triple Chrome iPhone 4 from Computer Choppers would probably be the iPhone 4 of choice for him. the Graphic Plated Triple Chrome iPhone 4 features a customized polished triple chrome finish, topped with a spiderweb graphic wrapped around the entire phone – except for the front. it will come with personalized initials and of course, the Apple logo and standard iPhone text so that villains and love alike, would still know that spidey’s phone is still an iPhone and not an iSpider.

Disney announced Android handsets in Japan

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apparently, the folks over at Japan are big fans of Disney which justify the launch of the Disney branded Android phones. these Disney Android phones will features exclusive Disney themed wallpapers, widgets and apps. on the specs end, it will be running on Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) and rumored to spot a 3.8-inch WVGA glasses-free 3D touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, a 9.6 megapixels camera with 720p video recording capability, micro SD card, among other features.

expected to be available in Japan in February, the Disney-branded Android handsets will, again, be a Japan-only gadget. hard luck for Disney fans from the rest of world.

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from left to right: mouse-patterned white, pink, gold, the disney castle, minnie mouse polka dots, and a generic plant print

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MONAX gives your iPhone muscles to cope in the battlefield

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we have reaped much benefits from iPhone and its apps, so there is no reason why it shouldn’t be used in the battlefield as well. Lockheed Martin has just a device, called MONAX, that adapts our everyday iPhone to suit the battlefield condition and usage. the best part? it doesn’t use your everyday telco but peg on a secured military 3G network through the MONAX XG Base Station on the ground or airborne.

what’s an iPhone without apps? there’s even a military app store with a host of of apps such as facial identification app for checkpoint use and cyber security situation awareness app among others. MONAX can be accessorized too, with optional screen-sensitive gloves, for example.

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back to basics: Just5 launches original Spacephone

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(image credit: Just5) Just5 Spacephone | from (approx) US$128.00 |

before smartphone, the basic function of a mobile phone was to keep us connected (via voice calls, of course) wherever we go. it is hard to imagine any firm would venture into any other type of phone other than a smartphone. virtually every new phone introduced lately are smartphone but if you are one of those that does not need or simply don’t want to have anything to do with smartphone, and at the same time, refused to conform to the mundane looking non-smartphone mobile currently in the market, then Just5 might have an alternative for you.

in an age of smartphone, Just5 chose to go the other way and launches a simple, yet effective Spacephone. the Spacephone performs the basic task of making and receiving calls, text messages and does one very special thing: turn heads. it turn heads probably because it isn’t a smartphone or simply because of its huge keypad in bright color. the Spacephone comes in five deliciously bright colorful hues and for those funky at heart, there’s the limited edition BESTINSPACE Spacephone with all five hues slapped onto one phone.

incidentally, BESTINSPACE was also commissioned as the sound designers for the music tone for Spacemobile. the soft touch coating gives this mobile a slip-free user experience. the last time i held a coated phone, it was the Nexus One which certainly feels great to hold. the Spacephone comes package with a lively candy-orange charger (as opposed to usual but boring black items), stereo headsets, documentation and manual, packed inside an equally cheerful box packaging.

the ease of use and its huge keypad, would also appeal to senior users who find the mobile of today a little too complex and with keypad that’s just too tiny.

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go retrolistic: Motorola StarTAC flip phone with a colorful twist

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(image credit: Lekki) Lekki Motorola StarTAC | €125.00 |

remember those days where mobile phones used to be just mobile phones? they were used to make calls while text messaging wasn’t exactly in vogue yet. since then, things have gone a little ‘complicated’ with smartphone outsmarting the standard mobile phone. however, a French company by the name of Lekki decided to give those now-vintage mobile phone a new lease of life by adding some fun colors into them.

throwing in some colorful hues instead of the almost-standard black issue, Lekki transform those vintage mobile into a funky back to basics mobile phone and even comes with Lekki box. if like going the other way, and can live without MMS, Facebook Mobile, the Internet or colored screen, then you can grab yourself a Motorola StarTAC in green, magenta, yellow or create your own combo colors. if you have the thing for authentic nostalgic, there’s also the original black item.

don’t like flip phone? there’s also the candy bar Nokia 3210 with different hues or create your own color combo. with those bright colors, it really makes the Nokia 3210 a true candy bar phone. the price for Nokia starts from €75. accessories, though limited, are also available for Motorola StarTAC.

looking at the StarTAC, i felt a sense of nostalgia as it was my second mobile phone. those were the days where i had more time to myself but these days, my time was divided between work and fiddling with my iPhone. this is so sad. maybe i should consider going back to basics too.

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