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Virgin Canada Welcomes Back Nokia

After Nokia pulled out of the CDMA phone market a few years ago, Virgin Mobile is finally able to welcome Nokia back to their phone lineup with a HSPA device.

The Nokia 2370 features a 2MP camera, FM radio, 30MB of internal memory with support up to 2GB through the use of microSDHC cards.

Do it all, from almost anywhere in the world, with the sleek Nokia 2730. Leave on a jet plane and you’ve got global mobile with roaming in more than 200 countries around the world. Take pics and shoot vids with the 2 megapixel camera, surf to your fave websites, check email, connect wirelessly with Bluetooth® 2.0, listen to FM stereo radio, download tones and pics, and pump up your phone’s storage with up to 2 GB of expandable memory.

The Nokia 2730 is only available on postpaid service. $59.99 on a 30 day term or $0.00 on a 2 year contract.

Head over to your nearest Virgin Mobile Canada dealer to purchase the Nokia 2730 or buy online directly through Virgin.

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1 comment May 3rd, 2010

U.S. Cellular Releases Samsung Stride

U.S. Cellular has released the Samsung R330 (Stride).  This basic CDMA flip features 1.3MP camera, battery, travel charger, and stereo headset.  The Stride is $39.95 on prepaid or $29.95 on a 2 year term.  I think this phone would be better priced if it was free on a 2 year term as a $10 discount over 2 years is not very much.

The Samsung Stride is the perfect choice for life on easy street. Featuring sleek, stylish flip functionality, a large keypad, a built-in camera and Bluetooth® capabilities, this phone is a dependable traveling companion. Thanks to its effortless operation, the Stride is the phone to use when you choose to cruise.


Buy the Samsung Stride R330 online at the U.S. Cellular website or at an authorized retailer today.

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Add comment April 29th, 2010

Boost Mobile: “Grab a SANYO Juno today”

Boost Mobile has released the SANYO Juno in both royal blue and pink.

The Juno features a full QWERTY keyboard, high resolution 2.2″ color display, 1.3MP camera, and GPS navigation.  The CDMA device can be purchased online or at a Boost retail location for $99.99.

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Add comment April 28th, 2010

It’s Official: BlackBerry 8530 Coming to Koodo

Telus’ discount brand, Koodo Mobile will be launching the BlackBerry 8530 “later this spring”.

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone comes in charcoal and is expected to retail for $300, or $150 for new customers who put the smartphone on their Tab. Existing customers who have paid their Tab in part or in full can also use the Tab to get the new BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone.

Read the full press release on CNW.

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Add comment April 28th, 2010

Bell Releases Samsung Messenger

Bell Mobility has released the Samsung Messenger. The Messenger is an HSPA compatible device which features WI-FI, GPS, Windows Mobile 6.5, and a 3.2 MP camera. Current pricing for the full QWERTY device after the device description.

The Samsung Messenger smartphone is the affordable solution to keep you plugged-in and productive while on the go. Stay on top of business and personal emails, and calendar updates while in the field. Browse the Web effortlessly and compose emails, texts, and instant messages easily with the full QWERTY keyboard. View and edit important Microsoft® Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents on the 2.6” high-resolution colour display. Listen to the weather, traffic and news reports with the integrated FM Radio.

The Samsung Messenger smartphone supports advanced navigation, tracking and management services, and has a built in GPS, ensuring you’ll always locate that new client.

no term: $299.95
1 year term: $249.95
2 year term: $149.95
3 year term: $0.00 (voice and data over $45/month)

The Messenger is not available to purchased online at this time, so head over to your Bell Mobility outlet to pick yours today.

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Add comment April 28th, 2010

Android Powered Motorola BACKFLIP now available on TELUS

The Motorola BACKFLIP is now available on TELUS for $99.99 on a 3 year. It’s a mid-range Android phone (480×320 display, 528Mhz processor, 3.1″ display, etc) which has Motorola MOTOBLUR social networking software.

It has an interesting design where the screen is on the front and a QWERTY keyboard is on the back. You can flip it open half way so it’s like a photo frame or all the way so it’s like a phone with a keyboard.

I tried the BACKFLIP a while back in this video:

Add comment April 28th, 2010

Nokia annouces the N8

Nokia just has announced the N8 which runs the new Symbian^3 platform. It has a 12MP camera that can also record high definition video. It comes with software you can use to edit the high def video plus and HDMI port you can use to connect the N8 to a TV.

You get a 3.5″ 640×360 (same resolution as the N97, N97 Mini, 5320, 5800) but the N8 comes with a capacitive display.The display comes with multitouch support including pinch zooming.

It comes with 16GB of built in storage with  a microSDHC card slot.

The body is made from a single piece of aluminum.

Price will be 370 Euros (approx $500 USD/CAN) and will be available in Q3 2010.

Anyone think it looks like the child of a Hiptop and RAZR?

Nokia N8

2 comments April 27th, 2010

Android 2.1 update now available for Motorola Milestone on TELUS

Motorola just released their Android 2.1 update for Milestone users on TELUS. Here’s what’s new:

  • Animated Wallpapers: This additional wallpaper option enables you to select from a number of wallpapers that can move on your home screen<s>. A selection of animated wallpapers are bundled with the software update – further wallpapers are available on the Android Market.
  • Multiple home screens The number of home screens you can have now also just got bigger – you can choose to have 3, 5, 7, or even 9 home screens – plenty of space for all your widgets and icons.
  • Facebook App and Widget A free Facebook App and Widget is included in this update. The Application enables contact importation including Names, Profile Pics and Status into your phones’ contacts. The Widget can be placed on one of your home screens to stream live updates from your Facebook account.
  • Google Maps Updates** Personalized suggestions: Google Maps on your Android device suggests (auto-completes) locations based on your personal search history on maps.google.com.
    Sync with desktop: synchronizes starred items between Google Maps on your Android device and maps.google.com. Sync and personalized features require a user to be logged in to myGoogle account while on maps.google.com
    Multi touch is now also enabled within Google Maps.
  • Other Enhancements Help : A new Help Center app is included that provides mobile access to your user guide, video tours of key features, tips and tricks, and FAQs to help you get the most from your device.
  • Bluetooth support: support for headset multi function for initiating voice calls and other voice recognition commands ( French & English)
  • Security: Prevents unauthorized pattern lock bypass, allows for Exchange security remote wipe
  • Music Player: Album art 3D gallery view supported in landscape orientation
  • Battery life: ongoing battery life optimization
  • Email account removal: Improvements to manual removal of email accounts
  • Word completion: for hard QWERTY: ability to enable word completion when the hard QWERTY keypad is used
  • MP3 audio playback & camera improvements

**Turn by turn navigation and text to speech from Google are not available since Google is not supporting those applications for Canada yet.

You can read all the notes here.

You can download it over the air (settings -> system updates) note that it didn’t work for me, or you can go download it here (that’s what I did) provided you have Windows.

2 comments April 22nd, 2010

Sony Ericsson X10 Review

When I think of Sony Ericsson and smartphones the first thing that I think of is that they were all late. The P800, was late, so was the P900, P910, etc all the way to the Xperia X1. Now we have the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, an Android phone. On paper it’s a nice phone; 4″ 854×480 display, 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  SE also launched it in a timely matter. So how is it? Read on.

As I just mentioned the display measures an impressive 4.0″ with a resolution of 854×480. Compared to the Google Nexus Ones which has a 3.7″ 800×480 displays you get an extra 54 vertical pixels. While 0.3″ doesn’t sound like much I can really tell that the display is  larger. That said I don’t really notice the extra resolution. Sometimes the X10 uses really small text which can be difficult to see; particularly at the top of the screen. I think it’s a Sony-ism; they think small text is cool. That’s why some of their laptops have relatively high resolutions for their display size. It’s an LCD display (as opposed to a OLED one) so compared to my Nexus one the X10′s screen’s colour isn’t as intense but at the same time it works better outdoors in direct sunlight.

Check out my first impressions which includes a quick tour of the device.

The X10 feels lighter than it looks which makes it feel slightly cheap but really build quality is fine. The back is covered with rubberized paint.

It has slight curves on it and fits well in your hand.

I only have 2 minor complaints, first off the micro USB port has a cover on it. I’m not a fan of those. Secondly none of the physical buttons light up! For the 3 menu buttons in front there is a light behind them but it only lights up the space between the buttons so you can’t see the markings above them when it’s dark. Basically it’s like light seeping through on a cheap phone.

The keyboard is slightly different from the default Android keyboard. The X10′s keyboard has more keys along the bottom of the keyboard including left and right buttons which are useful since the X10 doesn’t have a navigation pad. There is also a smiley button. When you’re typing the predictive text has up to 2 rows of guesses. There is an option that will vibrate the phone when you type (it was off by default on mine). There’s also an auto-correct option which didn’t work for me even though it was turned on – That was really annoying.

Given the size of the X10′s display I wish the keyboard was a little bit taller but this is really a minor thing. One problem I have with the Nexus One is that its sides are too curved which makes it difficult to type on – the X10 back of the X10 is curved but the front isn’t so it’s easy to type on.

The X10 comes with Google customizations so you get Google Maps, Google Talk and Gmail. On every Google customized Android device I have tried signing into a Google service automatically populates my phonebook and calendar. On the X10 you can choose to sync with Google or Sony Ericsson (or presumably you can use Moxier to sync with Exchange). You have to pick which one you want to choose before you can sync.

Sony Ericsson is really touting their Mediascape and Timescape applications.

Mediascape is basically a media player with some extra functionality. It will let you view pictures/video/music on your device.

The X10 has facial recognition so it recognize faces (up to 5 per photo) so once you’ve tagged a photo with someone’s name it will automatically recognize them in the future so you view all pictures with that person in them. You can also view pictures by date plus there is a section where you can view your Facebook (wall, profile and albums) and Picasa photos.

When listening to music Musicscape  can go out and download album covers (provided you’re connected to WiFi) plus you can search Google and YouTube for similar content. Particularly you can search YouTube without having to leave the application. It will launch the YouTube app if you click on a result. The Rogers X10 has integration with their music store (which apparently has some DRM free music) so you can buy music from there. Music can be viewed or searched by Track, Artist, Album and Genre.

Another thing I like about the X10 is that you can move skip forwards/backwards by pressing and holding the volume buttons.

Mediascape is a very cool program and reasonably well thought out. My only comment is that sometimes I don’t want all the features turned on; it would be nice if there was a ‘simple’ mode which is just a music player.

Timescape is an even more interesting program. Basically it takes your SMS, Email, Facebook, Twitter, Call History and even photos and music and ties them together. It’s sort of a history of what’s going on with each. There’s a list of what happened to each of them in chronological order. So let’s say you got a SMS from someone then you listened to some music and then a friend updated their Facebook. Timescape will have in order the Facebook update followed by the song you listened to and then the SMS.

You can sort the list by each SMS, Email, Facebook update, etc or you can view them all on a list as they’ve happened. It actually a really efficient way of managing all of them since you can do it all from within the Timescape.

Like I mentioned the X10 automatically runs photos through facial recognition so photos will automatically be associated with their specific contact.

If you click on a list item there’s a context sensitive list of things you can do; you can call them, send SMS, etc.

One thing I noticed about Timescape is that there is no instant messaging support plus it doesn’t integrate with the Gmail app (I’m not sure if it integrates with Moxier) so you’re stuck using it with a POP3, IMAP4 or Hotmail account. Of course you can always enable IMAP on your Gmail account.

Overall Timescape is a really useful application. It’s a real time saver since you only have to open one program instead of separate Facebook, Twitter, SMS, Email, etc programs.

You get the Android web browser which works well. It’s good if you like to browse multiple webpages at once. The X10′s version of this browser doesn’t support multi-touch which is a shame since some HTC Android devices, the Motorola Milestone and Nexus One all support it.

As far as Email goes you can check your Gmail/Google hosted email using the Gmail app. IMAP and POP3 can be checked with the mail app while Exchange functionality is courtesy of Moxier Mail. Moxier also handles Exchange calendar syncing thought I didn’t test Moxier.

The camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and is capable of capturing some decent pictures. It does fine outdoors but it’s not that great indoors. Indoors it uses very slow shutter speeds so pictures have a tendency to be blurred. I’ve noticed this problem on pretty much every single Sony Ericsson phone I have ever used. It really needs its flash indoors but I noticed that you have to access the menu if you want to use the flash as opposed to just pressing a flash button on the screen. And when you want to use it you basically leave it on or off all the time so it’s kind of annoying. It would be nice if the X10 could decide when the light is need and when it’s not.

In camera mode the display has icons for resolution, scene ,modes and whether you want to touch the screen to trip the shutter. You can toggle between photo or video mode plus there are thumbnails of recently taken photos/videos. There’s also EV compensation. I wish there were more icons because there’s a lot of room on the sides of the display for things like flash control, self timer, etc. My guess is this camera program is also meant for lower end Sony Ericsson Android powered phones with 480×320 displays (that’s just my speculation). so they can’t cram too many icons in there.

Video can can be captured at 800×480. I found video quality isn’t terrible but there seems to be too many compression artifacts. I also found the microphone picks up a lot of handling noise (noise your fingers make when they move against the phone). There is image stabilization but the catch is that IS doesn’t work in the highest video mode. I don’t know about you but when I’m taking video I prefer to capture it in the highest quality and then shrink it if I’m going to send it. I do understand that the X10 doesn’t have optical IS and that digital IS degrades quality a little but still…

As far as call handling goes the X10 I’m not sure if the X10 has a presence sensor because it doesn’t shut the screen off when you put it to your face (at least not for a while). However, once the screen is off it seems to know when I’ve moved it away from my face because the screen turns back on (I’m guessing it’s using the accelerometer to sense when you move it away). Anyways this is really annoying if you’re using the dial pad since you can accidentally dial numbers when you put it to your face. Anyways I was annoyed when I had to use the dial pad. Of course if you’re using a headset then you don’t really need to worry about this.

I compared the X10′s RF performance to the Motorola Milestone. I found the Milestone cut in and out less in areas with low signal.

Compared to the Milestone the X10 sounds more natural but has noticeably more hiss.

Battery life

Conclusion:

Sony Ericsson likes to point out that they won’t design a plain jane Android phone. This isn’t a bad thing but it means the X10 only ships with Android 1.6 (Milestone has 2.0, Nexus One has 2.1) since apparently Timescape and Mediascape aren’t compatible with newer versions (or so SE have told me) which makes the X10 kind of dated compared to the existing completion. That said both Timescape and Mediascape are pretty useful applications. Timescape especially is a really convenient and a big time saver. Indeed if you like them than go out and buy an X10.

I was surprised that the X10 has is no multitouch support – the Milestone has it, the Google Nexus one has it, the X10 which launched after them doesn’t. There’s also no presence sensor so the screen doesn’t shut off when you hold it to your face (Though it will time out eventually). The fact that the buttons don’t light up is also pretty cheesy.

Other thoughts; the 4″ LCD is nice and it works in sunlight. That said I’d rather have an OLED display. The 8 megapixel camera doesn’t have the greatest camera software. It’s not efficient to use and video looks very compressed.

In the end I liked the X10 and am happy Sony Ericsson managed to launch it on time but I thought it looked better on paper.

Howard Chui
04.17.2010

3 comments April 18th, 2010

Rogers Launches SE Xperia x10

Rogers Wireless has officially launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia x10.

Experience a whole new level of connectivity with Sony Ericsson’s flagship Xperia X10. The signature Timescape™ application pulls all your emails, texts, Facebook or Twitter updates into one place so you can intuitively flick through. Mediascape allows you to manage photos, videos and music easily – jump from your favourite song on your X10 to instant YouTube or Google search results with one quick tap.

Featuring a 4″ high resolution touch screen,  8.1 MP camera, WI-FI, GPS, and Google Android (v 1.6) operating system the x10 is currently listed at $150 on a 3 year term with voice and data.

3-year contract: $149.99 (voice and data)
2-year contract: $449.99
1-year contract: $499.99
No contract: $549.99

http://www.howardchui.com/2010/04/10/sony-ericsson-x10-hands-on-and-unboxing/

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