Archive for September, 2009

Rogers 21Mbps HSPA+ network live now, device support coming later

Rogers has just announced that their 21Mbps HSPA+ network is now live in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. There will be a USB modem which supports this speed that you can pre-order for as low as $75.

The 21Mbps stick the ZTE 668, a triband HSPA (850/1900/2100Mhz) USB modem that can do 21.6Mbps down 5.76Mbps up. It has a retractable USB connector and a micro SDHC card slot. You have to remove the SIM card slot cover to access the SDHC card slot.

At 21Mbps it would take just under 40 minutes to go through Rogers 6GB data plan. No word on whether there will be any special data plans for the 21Mbps USB modem.

I’m at the launch right now and am observing speeds of around 16Mbps down and 2.8Mbps up from speedtest.net – nice. Keep in mind these modems aren’t widely available so it remains to be seen what speed will be like later.

10 comments September 14th, 2009

Motorola’s first Android device to be available on T-Mobile

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Here’s the Motorola’s first Android powered phone the CLIQ with MOTOBLUR. It has slide out QWERTY keyboard, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, 3.1″ 320×480 touch-screen display, 5 megapixel auto focus camera with video capture and playback at 24 frames per second, 3.5mm headset jack, a music player with Amazon MP3 and a 2GB SDHC included in the box. IT has support for Google apps, Exchange support and AIM, Live Messenger and Yahoo IM.

It will be available this fall on T-Mobile.

1 comment September 10th, 2009

Jawbone Prime vs BlueAnt Q1 Shootout

Looking for a Bluetooth headset? Check out my Jawbone Prime vs BlueAnt Q1 shootout. Please note I’ll have unboxings and probably more detailed reviews for these headsets later.

6 comments September 8th, 2009

Nokia’s Booklet 3G Netbook get’s spec’d

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The netbook market has been pretty saturated for for sometime now. Prices have come down to the point that you can pick some up for around $200 if not less. So I was surprised when Nokia toss their hat into the crowded netbook market. Still, their entry has some interesting specs (which may or may not be interesting depending on how long it takes Nokia to ship the product):

one piece aluminum body – nice

Atom 1.6Ghz Z530 processor -most netbooks ship with either a 1.6Ghz N270, 1.66Ghz N280 or 1.3Ghz Z520

1GB 533Mhz DDR2 RAM – status quo, I wonder if you can easily upgrade this to 2GB

120GB, 1.8″ 4200RPM hard drive – most ship with a 5400RPM hard drive or slow SSD. A 4200RPM hard drive will kill the performance and make the Booklet 3G feel much slower than it’s piers. The 4200RPM hard drive is a real deal breaker, I’d skip this one till Nokia puts something faster in.

10.1″ 1280×720 display – Some may find 1280×720 on a 10″ display to be too small but if you can handle it, it’s a good thing.

HDMI output – neat

1.3 megapixel camera – status quo

HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth – built in 3G is always a nice thing, it’s optional if you don’t want it.

264x195x19.9mm, 1.25kg – nice

16 cell LiIon battery good for up to 12hrs – 16 cells, damn! Still, you’re going to need all that battery life because you’ll be waiting forever for the 4200rpm hard drive.

Windows 7

comes in black, white or blue

2 comments September 3rd, 2009

Sony Ericsson Announces the Xperia X2

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Here’s the new WinMo 6.5 powered Xperia X2.

The X2 has improved tiles – I wasn’t all that impressed with the X1′s tiles so hopefully the X2′s are really better.

You get a 3.2″ 800×480 display, triband HSDPA (850/900/1900 or 900/1900/2100), with WiFi plus a slide out keyboard.

There’s now a TV out cable and the camera has been bumped to an impressive 8.1 megapixels with autofocus.

It appears as though the screen is now flush with the front of the phone unlike the X1′s retro recessed screen. I also noticed that the X2 is DNLA certified so presumably you can view pictures/videos/music stored on the X2 on a DNLA enabled device like a TV or PS3.

2 comments September 3rd, 2009

Move over S60, here’s Maemo

While Maemo has been around for a few years it’s the first time Nokia’s stuck it in a Smartphone.

I use a Mameo powered n810 Internet Tablet from time to time and it’s a very nice device so I’m pretty excited to see that Nokia will be using Maemo in their new n900 phone.

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While I like S60 on non Touch devices I’m not so crazy about it on their touch screen ones.

The n900 will have a 800×480 display (like the n810), a pull out keyboard, 32GB of storage with a SDHC card slot, HSDPA 900/1700/2100 with support for up to 10.2mbps down, 5 megapixel camera with the ability to recover 8000×480 video. t’s dimensions are: 110.9 x 59.8 x 18.

It will be powered by a 600Mhz Coretex processor plus a 3D chip (same chip combo as found in the Palm Pre though the Pre’s runs at 500Mhz). To compare the Nokia N97 has a 434Mhz ARM 11 processor.

Add comment September 3rd, 2009

Nokia annouces n97 mini, X3 and X6

Looks like Nokia is getting more creative with their model name nomenclature.

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To me the most interesting phone here is the X6. It’s a S60 touchscreen device but it has a capacitive touch screen. It will be interesting to see if that makes a big difference over other S60 resistive touch screen devices like the 5800XM and N97. Other specs: 3.2″ 640×360 display, Triband HSDPA (850/900/2100 or 900/1900/2100), WiFi, 434Mhz processor (same as the N97) and 5 megapixel camera with Zeiss lens. It uses the Nokia barrel port to charge.

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The n97 mini is very similar to the regular N97 except the mini is slightly smaller (113 x 52.5 x 14.2mm vs 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9mm, that’s 75cc vs 88cc) and comes with less storage (8GB instead of 32GB). It still has a resistive touchscreen.

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The X3 is a slider phone running S40: 3 megapixel camera, no HSDPA.

Add comment September 3rd, 2009

Bell Scholarship

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Yes, $1 500 is that easy!  Head over to Bell’s “Win For School” website and fill in your details-name, address, e-mail, and phone number-and you are registered.  You must be 17 year of age or older, enrolled Canadian post-secondary educational institution, and a resident of Québec; Ontario; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Alberta; British Columbia; or Newfoundland.  Deadline to register is September 4, 2009 with the draw for the one scholarship on September 18, 2009.

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1 comment September 3rd, 2009

Telus HSPA SIM Card

We all know Telus is going to be switching over to HSPA-we just don’t know the launch date of the new network.  For those who are loosing faith in Telus the following image should make you a believer again.

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live_strong

12 comments September 2nd, 2009

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