Archive for May, 2007

Palm announces “Foleo” mobile companion

Palm Foleo

Palm has released a new mobile device called “Foleo”. Basically its a mini laptop running Linux OS that connects directly to your Treo smartphone for syncronzation.  You will see the Palm Foleo go on sale later this summer for $499 after rebate. For more informaiton on Foleo visit Palm.com.

The Foleo mobile companion turns on and off instantly and features fast navigation, a compact and elegant design, and a battery that lasts up to 5 hours of use. Its applications include email, full-screen web browser, and editors or viewers for common business documents such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files. The Foleo stays synchronized via Bluetooth(R) wireless technology and uses the smartphone’s radio or the Foleo’s built-in Wi-Fi radio for general Internet connectivity.

“Foleo is the most exciting product I have ever worked on,” said Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm, Inc. and the visionary behind the Foleo’s concept and definition. “Smartphones will be the most prevalent personal computers on the planet, ultimately able to do everything that desktop computers can do. However, there are times when people need a large screen and full-size keyboard. As smartphones get smaller, this need increases. The Foleo completes the picture, creating a mobile-computing system that sets a new standard in simplicity.”

2 comments May 31st, 2007

BlackBerry Curve now available from AT&T

BlackBerry Curve

Looks like AT&T is jumping ahead of the game by launching the BlackBerry Curve earlier than expected. The BlackBerry Curve also known as 8300 is now available from AT&T. You can pickup a Curve for only $199 after rebates with two year contract now.

Available in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T, the BlackBerry Curve can be used by AT&T customers within the broadest domestic and international coverage area for wireless data services of any U.S. carrier. The BlackBerry Curve measures just 4.2” x 2.4” x 0.6”, weighs approximately 3.9 oz. and builds on the proven and popular BlackBerry handset experience to offer innovative features and enhanced multimedia capabilities while maintaining exceptional battery life. The BlackBerry Curve is the first BlackBerry handset to offer a 2 megapixel camera and spell checker for e-mail. It gives AT&T customers the personal productivity and flexibility they want and keeps them connected to the important people and content in their lives with messaging, music and other capabilities.

Fashioned in a liquid silver finish with chrome highlights, smooth edges and soft curves, the BlackBerry Curve strikes a unique balance of features, usability and design. It combines the renowned BlackBerry e-mail and messaging capabilities, premium phone features, comprehensive organizer and fast Internet browser with a new 2 megapixel camera with zoom, enhanced media player and new desktop media manager, microSD expandable memory slot and RIM’s intuitive trackball navigation system. The BlackBerry Curve from AT&T also includes AT&T Music™ subscription services, TeleNav® Maps™ to provide users with maps and driving directions and integrated Push to Talk (PTT) for enhanced communications.

Source: RIM

Add comment May 31st, 2007

Sprint delivers Pandora on mobile handsets

Pandora Sprint

Sprint has just announced they will be the first carrier to launch Pandora on their phones. Pandora allows users to create custom radio stations and save up to a 100 of them.”Pandora is like that one friend who everyone wants to have – someone who really knows and loves music and who can recommend a long list of bands and songs after you mention what you’ve been listening to lately,” said Jeff Luther, director of entertainment wireless data for Sprint. “Pandora is a great way to break out of the same songs on your playlist and hear some new music that you may have never found otherwise. It’s the latest example of the many innovative ways that Sprint delivers music on the one device people carry with them throughout the day.”

Just a note for our Canadian readers, we currently don’t have any access to Pandora as they have block all IP’s outside of the US due to licencing agreements.

3 comments May 23rd, 2007

Verizon + BlackBerry 8830 for consumers – May 28th

BlackBerry 8830 Cyclone

Happiness is flying around the States now as non-business Verizon customers should be able to order the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition as of May 28th. You will be able to pick up the 8830 for $400 with two year contract.

Source: Engadget Mobile

2 comments May 23rd, 2007

Samsung unleashes 8GB microSD memory card

 Samsung 8GB microSD

Samsung has announced they have a designed a 8GB microSD memory card. The 8GB microSD would allow phones to store just over 2,000 songs. Only problem at this time is no phones support the card as of yet. You can bet Samsung will be launching a handset with support shortly.

Source: Samsung

6 comments May 23rd, 2007

Motorola upgrades RAZR platform with RAZR2

Motorola RAZR2

Motorola has announced their latest upgrade to the RAZR platform. The Motorola RAZR2 is sleeker and built more tough than the original RAZR. The RAZR2 features two huge QVGA displays. The external 2.2″ QVGA display which is used to control features on phone including media controls. The RAZR2 also comes packed with a 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth and microSD memory card slot.

Three models of the RAZR2 will become available, RAZR2 V9 (3G HSDPA), RAZR2 V9m (EVDO CDMA) and RAZR2V8 (Quadband GSM). We will see a North American launch of these models this summer.

“With the modern style and powerful performance of RAZR2, Motorola is once again redefining the cell phone,” said Ed Zander, Motorola’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This device takes the world’s best-selling feature-phone to the next level. Combining groundbreaking new features and an even slimmer exterior than the original icon, the RAZR2 is capable of giving consumers the ultimate mobile experience.”

Motorola

12 comments May 20th, 2007

Palm announces Treo 755p for Sprint

Palm Treo 755p

Palm has announced the latest in the Treo smartphone lineup with the new 755p for Sprint. The Treo 755p shares the same body as the Treo 750 only it runs Palm OS. It’s the first CDMA Treo to include an internal antenna. New features include integrated Google Maps. All other features remain the same as the Treo 700p including the 1.3 megapixel camera and miniSD memory card slot.

“The Treo 755p is a stylish and powerful device ideal for business professionals looking for the power to do more while on the go,” said Danny Bowman, vice president of customer equipment for Sprint. “Building upon the success of the Treo 700p, we’ve added enhancements such as Mobile Voice Control, a new IM application and Sprint TV(SM) in the ROM for mobile entertainment and news.

Sprint will see the launch of this new Treo this May for a price tag of $279.99 with contract.

Palm

1 comment May 11th, 2007

Sony Ericsson’s new Quadband GSM slider (S550)

Sony Ericsson S550

The Sony Ericsson S500 is similar to the W580 (without the walkman branding/software). It comes loaded with a 2 megapixel camera, media player, stereo Bluetooth and a slim 14mm thin body. It’s Quadband GSM so we might even see it in North America. The S550 will be available in two colour options (Mysterious Green and Spring Yellow).

“Beyond the Mysterious Green and Spring Yellow exteriors, effort has been made to bring design alive with the Sony Ericsson S500. The visuals on the desktop or phone menu can change automatically as the seasons pass or as day turns to night. Hidden illumination appears to highlight a certain event and the keypad glows with energy when the slim slider is opened”

Sony Ericsson also announced two other handsets one available in a North American variant.  The T250 is a low end candybar style handset featuring a VGA camer and FM radio. It will be available in both 850/1900 GSM and 900/1800 GSM. The other last handset announced isn’t for North America its a Triband GSM / UMTS 2100 handset featuring a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and stereo Bluetooth.

Sony Ericsson

25 comments May 11th, 2007

Sony Ericsson announces 5th Gen P-Series smartphone

Sony Ericsson P1

Sony Ericsson has announced their latest edition to the P-Series smartphones. The Sony Ericsson P1 is the 5th generation and most powerful device yet. The P1 is 25% smaller than the current P990 and comes feature packed with a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, business card scanner, media player, Bluetooth 2.0, Micro Memory Stick slot and Wi-Fi. The only downside to the P1 is its Triband GSM/UMTS 2100 radio (The device lacks 850MHz GSM).

“In one sense the Sony Ericsson P1 is an evolution of our P-series smartphones, as it pushes forward the best attributes of its predecessors,” says Steve Walker, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson. “At the same time there are also significant improvements in design, speed and battery performance.”

Sony Ericsson

7 comments May 11th, 2007

Red Pearl comes to Rogers Wireless

Red Pearl for Rogers

It seems that Rogers Wireless here in Canada has sneaked out the BlackBerry Pearl in Red this week. With all the excitement of the new Curve we think RIM forgot to announce this one for Canada. The Red Pearl is available now from Rogers for only $249 with three year contract.

Via BlackBerrySync.com

1 comment May 9th, 2007

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