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Hands on with Samsung’s Bada Smartphone operating system

Here’s Samsung’s Bada smartphone operating system. You’re probably asking yourself what the point of another smartphone operating system is. The way I see it it’s basically Samsung’s way of paying less royalties so that they can sell Bada phones cheaper than Windows Phone 7, Android, etc phones. It’s also a necessary as Samsung adds  features to their feature phones (dumb phones). Basically the dumb phone is getting smarter.

The Wave is actually a midrange phone, check out it’s nice OLED display. It also has a 1Ghz processor and a 5 megapixel camera.

Here are some of my Bada impressions: The Wave is fast! I’m not sure how Bada will run on slower processors but on the Wave it’s really really responsive. I was impressed with the social networking integration; instead of just having a separate program handling it social networking Bada can sync your phonebook and calendar with Facebook for example. The browser supports multiple windows and renders pages quickly. It also has multitouch support.

Anyways it looks like Samsung will helping lower the price point for those who want a smartphone in the future but can’t afford one.

1 comment May 10th, 2010

Samsung i5801 hands on

Here’s the Samsung i5801. It’s a very entry level Android 2.1 powered phone. Unlike the Galaxy, Galaxy Spic, Galaxy S the i5801 has a 240×400 (I think) multitouch display. There’s not a lot of built in storage (around 300MB) but you can use MicroSDHC cards. Apparently it might have Bluetooth 3.0, it also has wifi, gps, etc. You also get a 3mp camera with a qvga (320×240) video recording. Really it’s a regular Android phone with a cheaper display and a blinging chrome finish.

41 comments May 10th, 2010

Solo Mobile Releases LG 230

It appears parent company, Bell Mobility Inc., has decided to bring out the defibrillator and zap Solo Mobile back to life.  The discount carrier has basically been kept out of the spot light since Bell assumed full control over Virgin Mobile Canada.

Today the LG 230 appeared on the Solo Mobile website reviving the all but dead company for a few more months.  The LG 230 is a basic flip phone that will set you back an even $100 if purchase outright or an affordable $25 on a 2 year term.

Buy your LG 230 online or at a Solo Mobile dealer near you.

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3 comments May 6th, 2010

Novatel MiFi 2372 Recalled

MiFi® is your own cloud of connectivity: great for personal and business use providing instant access to email, download large files, and surf the web with your laptop while simultaneously allowing up to five computers or personal devices to be connected. Easily swap and transfer files with built-in microSDHC slot providing expandable storage capacity of up to 16GB.

The Novatel MiFi 2372 is currently being recalled by Bell, Rogers, and Virgin Mobile Canada.  The MiFi 2372 is reportedly experiencing a problem with the battery which causes it to swell resulting in the device malfunctioning.  Customers should be receiving a prepaid envelope from Novatel in the mail to send back their device for servicing.

Bell and Virgin customers will be without their device for 6-8 weeks but will receive a Novatel U998 Turbo Stick to use in the meantime.  Rogers Wireless customers will be without their Rocket Mobile Hotspot for 7-10 business days.  Rogers customers will not be receiving a loaner device but should be receiving a credit to cover a portion of their monthly data costs.

Users of the MiFi 2372 are urged to discontinue use of the device immediately and not to attempt to remove the battery cover to expose the faulty battery.  Novatel is also recommending not to charge the 2372 until it has been returned from servicing.

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3 comments May 5th, 2010

Samsung Messenger (Omnia Pro) Unboxing

Here’s the Samsung Messenger aka the Omnia Pro.

It’s a WinMo 6.5 non touchscreen device with a QWERTY keyboard. It has a square 320×320 display so you can view 12 icons at once instead of the usual 8. It also has a 528Mhz processor, 170MB of RAM, ~300MB of storage, MicroSDHC card slot, 3.2 megapixel camera, WiFi and BT.

The screen is taller than most non touchscreen WinMo devices and the keyboard is very good.

It’s aimed at business users; it has no 3.5mm headphone jack and there’s no camera flash.

That said I don’t really recommend anyone buy a WinMo 6.5 device and with WinMo 7 around the corner it’s hard to recommend this device to anyone. That said the price is competitive ($0 introductory price on Bell on a 3 year) plus if you need a WinMo phone for work and don’t want a touchscreen then you should consider this one.

Add comment May 5th, 2010

Make Ovi Maps “your own”

So you already have a Nokia device with Ovi Maps which gives you free turn by turn navigation.  The only problem is none of the built-in voice navigators are really doing it for you.  Head over to the Ovi store and download Own Voice, this program allows you to record your own directions or download a voice pack created by another Ovi user like you.

Learn more about Own Voice at Ovi.

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Add comment May 5th, 2010

Ellen Loves Apple

Apple has had a difficult past few weeks with the premature “release” of the iPhone HD, the next generation of the popular device, on Gizmodo and now a commercial Ellen put together making the iPhone appear “hard to use”.

I personally found the commercial funny and maybe even a tad bit accurate.  I guess the truth hurts, doesn’t it Apple?  Watch the “commercial” and Ellen’s apology below.

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Add comment May 4th, 2010

Samsung Link RE*Generation

Get the Limited Edition RE*Generation Samsung Link and $10 will be donated to the movement to get young people off the streets and back on their feet. Get linked in from no matter where you are with the Samsung Link QWERTY Phone. Use the large, 4-line full QWERTY keyboard to fire away texts and instant messages at rocket speed. Stay on top of things and check up to 5 personal email accounts on the go with Virgin Mobile email and see if you’ve been poked with the one-touch Facebook® button. Plus you can snap pics with the 1.3 megapixel camera and connect wirelessly with stereo Bluetooth® 2.0.

The Samsung Link is currently priced at $130 on a 30 day term, $60 on prepaid, and $0 on a 2 year term.  Buy and activate your Samsung Link before May 16th and receive a $30 activation credit, new accounts only.

The RE*Generation version of the Samsung Link is in-transit to a retail location near you.  In the meantime you can buy online or through customer care (1-888-999-2321).

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Add comment May 4th, 2010

LG 230 Simple Flip

With a name like “Simple Flip” don’t expect much out of the LG 230.  The CDMA sports a 0.3 MP camera (no I did not reverse the 0 and 3), 1.77 inch (128×160) main display, Bluetooth, and an Ez tip calculator.  A short feature list means low device pricing:

2 year term: $0.00
30 day term: $59.99
prepaid: $59.99

Picture it with the LG 230 Simple Flip Camera Phone. Snap pics, connect wirelessly with Bluetooth®, and take control with the dedicated voice command key. Call and text away to your heart’s content on this ultra-handy flip phone.

Stop by your local Virgin kiosk to pick up your LG 230 “Simple Flip”.

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Add comment May 4th, 2010

WIND Releases Huawei U1250

WIND Mobile has released the Huawei U1250 for $70 contract free. The U1250 is a welcome addition and will be the first phone to be under the $100 mark at WIND.


The Huawei U1250 is a compact handset featuring a 2 MP camera, speakerphone, FM Radio, MP3 Player and microSD slot for expandable memory of up to 8GB.


Head over to your nearest WIND store or call customer care at 1-877-80-WIND-1 (1-877-809-4631) to order your Huawei U1250 today.

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1 comment May 3rd, 2010

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