Category Archives: MOBILE

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

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 | www.just5.com

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 | www.lekki.fr

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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LG to launch dual-core Android handset in January 2011

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(image credit: LG) LG Optimus 2X Smartphone | US$tbc | www.lg.com

its quite unimaginable a year ago that a smartphone could be spotting a dual-core processor. but that was then, dual-core is a reality now with the LG Optimus 2X. the LG Optimus 2X which will features the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor. on the display front, the Optimus 2X has a 4-inch WVGA screen and will feature two cameras, one 8-megapixel main camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. other features include 1,500mAh battery and micro-SDHC card slot with included 8GB card.

accordingly to LG, with the faster processor, user can expect faster web browsing experience and smoother graphics for game play. the Optimus 2X touted to be able to record and playback full resolution HD video and will able to output the full HD content to an external display via HDMI connection. Optimus 2X will come pre-installed with Android Froyo with the possibility of upgrading to Gingerbread at a later date. though no date was given as to when this will happen.

LG Optimus 2X is set to be available in Korea in January 2011. Europe and Asia market will follow after a few months. however, no date has been set.

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free Thoughts app for iPhone from Aliph

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if you don’t already know, Aliph is the maker of the Jawbone series of Bluetooth headsets and they have just introduced a new iPhone app called Thoughts. so what is Thoughts? basically, Thoughts is a sort of voice messaging platform bridging the gap between text messaging and phone calls.

we already have voice mail and text messaging, so what’s up with the concept of Thoughts? well, for voice mail you got to wait for the beep to start recording, and most often than not – its because the other party fails to pick up the call. as for Thoughts, it lets you record a message and send it without the hassle of waiting for the beep. it’s kind of like a voice-mail on purpose. as for text messaging, we all must agree that short messages are often void of emotions. while it serves it purpose, it can be so cold. perhaps that why we have emoticons to add a spice of emotion to our messages. in anyway, Thoughts, does the aforementioned along with emotion from our voices, be it with anger, excitement or whatever.

the Thoughts integrates with your phone’s contacts list which will much similar to sending text messages. you simply pick the contact your want to send your Thoughts, record and send. you can even send to multiple contacts, and in return, they can reply to all. just like text messaging. if the contact that you’re sending the Thoughts doesn’t have the app, they’ll receive either an email or text message with a link to a Jawbone website where they can play the audio message. quite an hassle for this part, really. reminds me of the days of when multimedia messaging or MMS just took off. those who have not set up for MMS will receive a text message with a link to the telco website for them to log-in and view the MMS.

Thoughts uses Internet connection so it will peg on your monthly data instead of monthly talk time and monthly text messages allotment will be spared too. though this app is usable with or without a headset but it is better to use it with a headset, as Aliph has put it that “it will be easier to go from Thought to Thought without having to lift the phone to ear repeatedly.” the Thoughts app is more a value-add service to its Bluetooth headsets, that goes without saying, its their core business. Thoughts app is available free on iTunes store.

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Google releases Nexus S and Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread

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(image credit: Google) Google Nexus S | US$tbc | www.google.com

finally, a news that dispel all speculations and leaks. Google announces its next generation Google Phone, dubbed the Google Nexus S along with the new Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread. unlike its predecessor, Nexus S is the next generation of Nexus devices, co-developed by Google and Samsung. Continue reading Google releases Nexus S and Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread

tough clamshell mobile phone with 12megapixel camera: G’zOne Type-X

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if you are an adventurer, this tough clamshell mobile phone could be just the phone for you. KDDI and Okinawa Cellular is releasing a mobile handset that will keep the elements out during your outdoor adventure. introducing the G’zOne Type-X clamshell mobile handset. and guess what? Casio Computer Co., Ltd is also involved, therefore you can expect some of their G-Shock treatment to be carried over to the G’zOne Type-X. Continue reading tough clamshell mobile phone with 12megapixel camera: G’zOne Type-X

moshi moshi… who’s there? Native Union Moshi Moshi 04

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(photo credit: nativeunion.com) Native Union Moshi Moshi 04 | £150.00 | www.nativeunion.com

guess what is this? if you guessed ‘speakers’, you are almost right. essentially, it is a Bluetooth-enabled speakers from Native Union Moshi Moshi series, simply called Moshi Moshi 04. beside’s looking neat, the Moshi Moshi 04 Bluetooth speakers lets you pair and answer calls on two different Bluetooth devices.

the use of Moshi Moshi 04 is not limited to mobile or smart phones. it can connects to Bluetooth-enabled laptop where you can use it for VoIP Internet calls. it will also works as a Bluetooth stereo speakers and a noise-reduction conference call unit.

i am guessing this one will be a perfect match for those who are constantly on mobile for conference calls. so your hands can be free to do something else, like taking a sip of water, maybe?

3D capable Android Handsets to be launched by Softbank

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just barely a month after our report on Sharp concept Mobile 3D showcased during last month’s CEATEC Japan 2010, Softbank Mobile Corp, a Japanese Telecommunication company, announced the launched of Android 2.2 handsets that are capable of displaying 3D images viewable with our naked eyes. not surprisingly, these handsets dubbed Galapagos 003SH and Galapagos 005SH, are manufactured by Sharp Corp and will be available from end of 2010 till spring 2011.

both the 003SH and 005SH has the capability to capture 3D images as well. unlike the concept showcased in CEATEC Japan 2010, the handsets do not have dual camera lens for 3D capturing but instead, user has to continuously take pictures “while moving the handset from side to side’. from the captured images, the handset will then automatically choose two images for the right and left eye (to create the 3D imagery). as for the pixel count, the 003SH makes use of 9.6 megapixels CCD sensor while the 005SH uses a 8 megapixels CMOS sensor.

the 003SH handsets will be available in 10 colors and designs. no mention of the color for 005SG though. both 003SH and the 005SH will runs on Qualcomm MSM8255 1GHz processor, which should give enough ‘oomph’ for its purpose. however, until we lay our hands on these sets, we won’t know exactly how much the 3D processing will be taxing on its processor. another noteworthily thing is that these handsets are limited to still images. hence, there will be no 3D videoing.

according to the report, 3D contents will be offered along with these handsets which includes pre-installed games and 3D movie trailers. again, Japanese will be getting head start with the mobile 3D technology while the rest of the world will have wait and see.

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