Browse Month: February 2011

Samsung S5830 Galaxy Ace Joins Vodafone

The new Samsung Galaxy Ace has today been made available on Vodafone’s full range of pay monthly deals, already released on 3 Mobile, Orange and O2 deals the Samsung S5830 Galaxy Ace is the latest launch from Samsung’s Android powered Galaxy range and falls squarely in the more affordable mid range price band.

Samsung Galaxy Ace deals on Vodafone are available now from just £15.00 per month and you can order a free Galaxy Ace from only £25.00 line rental, offering the full Android experience for those on a tighter budget this new Samsung phone represents great value for money.

Samsung Galaxy Ace
Samsung Galaxy Ace

There’s a great 5 megapixel camera built into the Samsung Galaxy Ace, use it to take pics when you’re out and about, then upload them easily to your favourite social networks. The Samsung GALAXY Ace comes with Social Hub – so your emails, instant messages and social network notifications come straight to you. You can also sync your contacts and calendar events with Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and more..

An 800 MHz processor ensures fast data processing and great 3D graphic performance. It’ll also help speed up your web browsing, and let you use multiple applications at once. It’s not as powerful as the one on the Samsung Galaxy S or the new Samsung Galaxy S2 though, which have a larger processor but obviously cost a lot more.

The Samsung GALAXY Ace has a music player with DNSe (digital natural sound engine) built in. That means you’ll be able to listen to listen to your music with bass enhancement and concert presets for even better sound clarity. There’s also a wide range of games available to download, optimised to run seamlessly on your phone.

Whatever you like watching on TV, you can see it on your Samsung GALAXY Ace when you’re out and about. It’s compatible with BBC iplayer, YouTube, BBC News and Sky News, so you can always stay up to date. There’s also a video player that supports a wide variety of formats including DivX and XviD.

If you are looking for a stylish phone packed with power and features and a great camera then the Samsung Galaxy Ace is the phone for you

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Playstation Phone Hits Vodafone – Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Deals

The new Xperia Play Playstation phone has now been launched on Vodafone deals, this first of its kind gaming phone was first made available on Orange, O2 and T-Mobile deals before this latest release on the Vodafone network.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play deals on Vodafone can be picked up from as little as £10.00 line rental and to receive a free Xperia Play Playstation phone the line rental is currently £30.00 per month.

UPDATE:

04/04/11 – White Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Released

 

Sony Ericsson Play
Sony Ericsson Play

The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is perhaps the most obvious mobile handset that has never happened. By that we mean that super brand Sony have produced both the best selling PSP portable gaming machine as well as their excellent range of devices alongside mobile phone veterans Ericsson. It was almost inevitable that these two formats would merge, especially in this age of phones sporting processors that would have been impressive on a laptop a year or two back.

The gaming principles and design where already in place, so its essential that the Play performs as a top quality smartphone in order to establish the manufacturer as a major force in the mobile phone industry, and it seems as a cell phone, this is up there with the very best. In terms of screen, the Play sports a great quality screen that can display resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, meaning everything from photographs to web pages and most vitally graphics look vivid and crystal clears.

The screens performance is also aided by a 3D graphics chip that is fitted. Being a capacitive panel, responsive is good and the 4 inch diameter adds to this by allowing plenty of room for even the most complex of visuals. An accelerometer chip is fitted which flips the screen when you hold the phone in landscape mode, which is more vital than ever on this model because this is the position where the games are played.

A modern mobile needs to have excellent web connectivity whether you are at home or the move thus the 3G and the WiFi that are incorporated offer an excellent online experience regardless of your location. Local connectivity is also supported by virtue of a micro USB socket for easy PC synchronization along with Bluetooth for wireless connection to compatible products such as earpieces and in ca entertainment systems.

For this model to perform equally as well on the gaming side of things, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play needed to really offer a control system to rival those found on devices such as the PS3 and the Xbox 360. For this to me achieved, a slider mechanism needed to be incorporated in order to give an almost blank canvas on which to fit the necessary controls. Such system are common on mobiles, with the Blackberry Curve 3G and the HTC 7 Pro sporting them, but in their case to hold a keypad for messaging.

When you operate the slider on the Play, you are faced with a D-Pad and on the opposite side a set of four buttons. Sandwiched between these two are two circular touch sensitive areas designed to offer alternative and more accurate control on certain games.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the first phone of its kind, a handset that perfectly blends gaming principles with a top end mobile device. Both areas perform exceptionally, and it seems the manufacturer may well have hit the jackpot with this model, especially with the millions of keen gamers out there.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Release Date & Price

Sony Ericsson announced a range of new Xperia phones at the recent Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona including the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo which has now received its first release date and price as a SIM free phone.

Joining the already released Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc the new Neo is on its way soon with a release date of Monday March 28th, as a SIM free phone the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo will unlocked to any network so that either a contract or pay as you go SIM card can be used by the consumer on their choice of network.

With no network subsidies as with pay monthly deals for phones the SIM free Sony Ericsson Neo price reflects the phones true price and has been initially set at £369.99, this will inevitably drop as soon as other retailer receive their stocks of the new Xperia Neo and the phone should also make it to market before the aforementioned release date with network deals.

UPDATE:

02/03/11 – Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Released SIM Free

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo is an impressive technological feat of mobile phone technology, offering as it does LED quality display capabilities in conjunction with web access and a multitude of additional useful technology.

The Sony Ericsson Neo comes with an impressive 3.7 inch display screen which is LED backlit LCD and capacitive in nature. It also provides effective touch screen functionality, whilst also displaying outstanding quality imagery by virtue of the 16 million colours it is able to display within a 480 x 854 pixel screen size. In addition the unit comes with the Sony mobile Bravia engine as well as the navigational virtues of the timescape user interface. As a means of automation, the handset also comes with accelerometer and proximity sensors.

This latest Sony Ericsson phone comes with a range of connectivity options which include web access by virtue of its HSDPA connection or the alternative of Wi Fi. In addition it comes with Bluetooth, micro USB connectivity in addition to EDGE and GPRS connections. The unit also comes with a useful microSD card slot, which enables the user to enhance the available memory capacity of the unit up to 32 GB.

The photographic capabilities of the unit are provided by an 8.0 megapixel camera that operates at 3264 x 2448 pixels and includes an LED flash, touch focus, autofocus as well as face and smile detection and geo-tagging. In addition the camera can also be utilised to record video at 30 frames per second at 720 pixels, whilst the unit also provides a useful secondary camera.

The handset utilises a 1 GHz processor as well as the gingerbread version of the android operating system, to provide an effective and stable backbone.

The phone also comes with additional functionality which includes an MP4/MP3 multimedia player, an organiser as well as a voice memo functionality and predictive text input. In addition a stereo FM radio with RDS is provided as well as satellite navigation and a variety of games.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo, which is similar in some ways to the Sony XPERIA X8, provides unadulterated luxury within a mobile phone. It encompasses a wide range of advanced technology and functionality within a unit which is both stylish and appealing.

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Red Blackberry Curve 9300 3G Now on Orange & O2

The Blackberry Curve 9300 3G red edition was originally an exclusive Vodafone handset when first launched back in October of last year, since then the red Blackberry Curve 3G has been released on Pay As You Go deals as well as now on new networks as that exclusive launch period ends.

The Red Blackberry Curve 9300 3G can now be connected to both O2 and Orange deals from just £10.21 per month line rental and there’s also a large selection of free gifts to choose from on some of the more expensive tariffs.

Red Blackberry Curve 9300 3G
Red Blackberry Curve 9300 3G

The Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 is an immediate upgrade from previous Curve handsets; it looks almost identical to the 8520 and performs the same too, the key difference is the enhanced 3G which was absent in earlier Blackberry Curve phones.

The device has impressive battery life and boasts very good messaging and e-mail support, there are dedicated music keys to manage the music player and there is a digital camera for the snap-happy user. Generally the Curve 3G 9300 is a level up from the 8520 thanks to the 3G technology and the extra power behind the scenes.

Looks wise, the Curve 3G has been given a shiny chrome trim to set it apart from its predecessor. The keyboard is probably one of the best going; it is perfectly configured for the fingertips and though the individually mounted keys are quite small they are well spaced, so accuracy will not be a problem when composing messages and e-mails.

They have stuck with the optical track pad which indicates that the Curve is becoming a traditional series rather than an individual model. The track pad delivers the same receptiveness as it did on the old Curve and the screen is still the same. The Blackberry 5 OS is not the slickest of runners, but Blackberry fans will find it to be familiar territory.

If you are a fan of messaging and e-mailing the Red Blackberry Curve 3G is the ideal phone for you. The handset is cheap and allows access to the famed Blackberry Messenger along with other popular IM providers like GoogleTalk and WindowsLive.

Blackberry Curve 9300 3G Red
Blackberry Curve 9300 3G Red

All the most popular e-mail providers are also compatible aside from the already successful SMS and MMS messaging formats. Thanks to the reliable 3G technology, the device has integrated support for social networking with both Facebook and Twitter given there own dedicated apps.

Browsing the web is possible, thanks once again to 3G, but Wi Fi is also in place, offering its high speed connectivity when near a local hotspot of WLAN connection.

To round of a generally good smartphone, the camera is not the best on paper; it is a 2MP digital effort with fixed focus and video recording capabilities, to be fair, there is little room for complaint; the picture quality is pretty good and though videos aren’t super smooth, they are good enough for uploading to the likes of Facebook and YouTube, so considering the low grade components the camera is not that bad.

The video player is capable of playback for more than a few file types while the music player can play quite a wide range of formats. You can use mp3’s as ringtones and the 3.5mm AV connector enables headphone use. Built-in GPS and Blackberry’s Maps application cover the navigation services smartphones seem to be loaded with these days, so for directions to those all important business meetings, or if you simply wish to map out a route, the Curve 3G has you well covered.

The Blackberry Curve 3G is one in a long line of traditional, business friendly phones. The 3G factor is a nice touch and the phone runs much faster than previous Curve phones. Though much has not been changed, there have been improvements in the fields that count, like the web connectivity and the general smoothness of performance.

Blackberry have made there online app store available for additional content and there has been a promise for a Blackberry 6 OS upgrade in the near future. So things are looking up for the Curve brand, and whether you are a first time Blackberry user or a seasoned one, the Curve 3G is ideal for the office and on the go.

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HTC Wildfire S Release Date Confirmed

HTC are following on from the hugely successful, mid range HTC Wildfire with the new HTC Wildfire S which further improves on the pocket friendly phones features with a similar design that doesn’t take it too far from the original model.

The HTC Wildfire S has had its release date confirmed as a SIM free phone on May 16th 2011, this is for an unlocked edition of the Wildfire S with no network branding however this new HTC phone will most definitely be available before this date with network contract deals although exact release dates are yet to be announced.

UPDATES:

26/04/11 – Black HTC Wildfire S Released

20/04/11 – HTC Wildfire S Released

 

HTC Wildfire S
HTC Wildfire S

The HTC Wildfire S has Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity along with microUSB for fast and easy file sharing and syncing capabilities between your phone and other compatible devices. Much like the best selling HTC Desire and previous HTC Wildfire it also comes with a 5 megapixel camera for image and video capturing too.

The handset also comes with an internal GPS receiver as with other HTC phones including the Desire respectively, and also a digital compass allowing you to download location based apps. Examples include Places on Facebook for checking in with friends when you get to a location, and Google Maps which is preloaded and offers places of interest and directions between two places including street views. Other impressive apps can be downloaded from Android Market also, as with the HTC Desire.

The Wildfire S is running Android and the Sense user interface, it also has combined hardware including 512 megabytes of random access memory and read-only memory respectively, while also being powered by a 600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

The HTC Wildfire S comes with great connectivity including Bluetooth 3.0 with the file transfer protocol (FTP) for close proximity file sharing as well as fast syncing through the microUSB. For headsets there is also the wireless stereo audio Bluetooth profile A2DP, as an alternative to using standard headphones and the 3.5mm jack connector.

The phone also has great integrated social networking with Facebook and Twitter apps available, as well as Peep for fast tweeting. Meanwhile, the Sense experience places friends birthdays and latest statuses or tweets next to their profile photos and more via the Friend Stream app also preloaded, as with the current HTC Desire.

Both audio and video playback are possible with the handset as well as slideshow viewing of photos. The handset allows you to capture videos and photos respectively using the 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and also a flash. Media can be stored on the microSD card expandable memory which offers up to 32 gigabytes of space, as well as being instantly shared with friends through the integrated social networking, multimedia messaging or the unified email client provided.

The HTC Wildfire S is a compact phone featuring greta software and hardware combined to provide a 5 megapixel auto focus camera for video and picture capturing of great moments, as well as location based services and integrated social networking. It also allows you to customise up to 7 home screens for your convenience.

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Black HTC Wildfire S

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