Weekly Review - 17th September

This past week held two much awaited mobile phone events, Nokia's annual symposium where the company announce their flagship handsets and also an HTC event where their own flagship phones were expected to be unveiled.

Once upon a time, leaks and speculations over upcoming handsets were just idle rumours and gossip, with little or no foundation in the accuracy over the models - it was just hot air, for hot airs sake.

Now, all the handsets that were announced by HTC had been seen in images cropping up on-line for months and the same goes with Nokia's E7 mobile phone. There has even been very detailed hands-on video produced for the internet, presented in a much more thorough way than even the companies can muster. All in all, this means we, and you, knew all about what the companies were going to announce even before they actually did.

This week began with One Mobile Ring bringing you news of Apple releasing their tight grip on the development of apps, where Google maps were updated for pedestrians.

On Tuesday, Nokia World 2010 began and we brought you all the news, images and video of their C6, C7 and also the newest communicator E7 handset. Midweek, we reported that LG brought out two new mobile phones as did HTC. Where on Thursday news came to us about Alcatel's first ever Android device and also Three updated their pay as you go offers.

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Nokia World 2010 was in London this year, where the Finnish phone makers brought along with them the N8 which arrives at the end of the month along with announcing their Qwerty keyboard based E7 Communicator handset.

The first phone Nokia spoke about at their press conference was the C6 consumer handset, which is a smaller version of the C7 mobile phone.

The C6-01 has a 3.2-inch glass AMOLED touch screen display, which boasts Nokia's ClearBlack technology for better visibility when using the handset outside.

Nokia's C6 is accompanied by an 8 megapixel camera that is capable of HD video recording. This is one of the highest MP counts they've produced, where previously they were content with lower quality cameras in their mobiles.

The phone arrives running the latest version of the Nokia mobile OS, Symbian ^3. This now joins the N8, along with two other handsets unveiled at the Nokia World 2010.

Social networking and messaging is key within the C6-01, where the three home screens have access to all the expected feeds from Facebook and Twitter along with notification messages too.

The Nokia C6-01 is due out later on in the year, with the quoted price of 260 Euros SIM free and unlocked.

Following on from that news was the Nokia C7, a larger version of the C6 with an upgraded feature set.

The C7 comes with a 3.5-inch AMOLED touch screen display, slightly larger than the C6 with much the same features as the smaller model announced at Nokia World.

Nokia's C7 chassis comes in at 117.3mm in hight, 56.8mm in width and is 10.5mm thin - compared to the C6's 103.8mm, 52.5mm by 13.9 mm dimensions.

The sleeker C7 has much the same features as its smaller sibling, with the 8 megapixel camera and Symbian ^3 OS only in a much more business centric body.

There is more memory in this model than the other C series handset launched at the event. The C7 comes with 8GB of internal memory, whilst the C6 only ships with 340MB and a 2GB microSD card.

The C7 is the first handset to use recycled metal as a part of its case, where other handset manufacturer's such as Sony Ericsson have only ventured as far as recycled plastics with their Elm mobile phone.

Nokia's C7 ships in Q4 of this year, with the expected cost of Euros 335 SIM free and unlocked.

The big news of Nokia World 2010 event came from the announcement of their first communicator handset since 2007 - the Nokia E7.

The E7 arrives with a 4-inch AMOLED touch screen display, with the same ClearBlack technology as the C6 only with the largest screen Nokia has in a handset.

The phone was previously rumoured to be called the N9, as for all intents and purposes it is their N8 flagship consumer handset only with a slide out Qwerty keyboard and the same 16GB of internal memory.

Nokia's E7 arrives running the latest OS, featured on the N8, C6 and C7 with more business focussed features than those other handsets.

The Finnish fone makers are touting the E7 as having real-time, secure access to corporate email in boxes from the likes of Microsoft Exchange.

Nokia's last slide out keyboard based handset was the N97, launched in 2008 where the mini N97 was unveiled at Nokia World 2009 - both of which were more consumer aimed than business.

Nokia E7 is due out later on in the year, with the expected cost of Euro 495 SIM free and unlocked. The mobile phone manufacturer mentioned there are over 100 networks interested in the phone at launch, with the highest interest of any of their mobiles of late.

Nokia E7 - in pictures

Nokia E7 - in video

Nokia C6 - in pictures

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HTC held an event this week where the world's media expected them to announce a single handset, but in fact they unveiled two new mobile phones where their equivalents can already be seen in America.

High Tech Computer Corporation launched its much rumoured Desire HD, with specifications superseding the company's former flagship HTC Desire handset.

This new HTC handset has been seen in various leaks online for some time, where it now appears all of the rumours and speculations were accurate.

The Desire HD has a 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen LCD display, a higher screen size than the 4-inch Samsung Galaxy S - only that handset has a Super AMOLED screen, with a much improved brightness and more vivid colours.

This mobile phone will be one of the first to arrive powered by the latest Qualcomm 8255 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, with the Desire HD being capable of 720p high definition video recording from its 8 megapixel dual-flash camera.

Android 2.2 will ship with the handset along with HTC's own overlay to the OS that has been enhanced, with improvements being seen around the capturing and the sharing of multimedia.

HTC has been selling a similar 4G handset in the USA called the Evo, where the UK now finally has a similar model.

The new HTC Desire HD has been noted to be arriving with mobile networks from October onwards, where Vodafone has already been mentioned as one of the carriers.

HTC also unveiled their rebranded USA T-Mobile G2, as the HTC Desire Z for the UK.

The Desire Z was launched at the same London event as the HTC Desire HD, which is almost the UK equivalent of another American mobile phone - the HTC Evo 4G.

Unlike the 4.3-inch Desire HD, the ‘Z' has more of the original Desire roots as it shares the same 3.7-inch size screen.

The Desire Z has a similar look to the first Desire handset, as it really only differs in appearance with the addition of the slide out Qwerty keyboard.

HTC has ventured down this path before, with the HTC Touch Pro being the slide out keyboard version of the Touch Diamond.

The Desire Z runs from the latest 800Mhz Qualcomm 7230 processor, which will be one of the first phones to utilise this CPU. The original HTC Desire came with a 1Ghz processor, where the Qwerty keyboard model could run noticeably slower although HTC has worked in a quicker method of booting that plagues the first model.

HTC's Desire Z will tip up running Android 2.2 and the HTC Sense overlay, which is missing from the stateside version which just ships with a vanilla iteration of the Google OS.

The HTC Sense has been improved from previous roll-outs seen on older handsets, where the manufacture has also launched a website portal for tracking the mobile if lost.

The HTC Desire Z will arrive in Q4 of this year, with Vodafone carrying the phone gratis on a reported £35 a month tariff.

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Midweek we reported that LG launched two Android ‘Foyo' handsets in the Optimus range, the LG Optimus One and Optimus Chic.

One Mobile Ring published news of these two handsets back in July this year entering the Optimus range, but LG didn't provide any further details at the time.

Both the Optimus One and Chic will arrive running the latest shipping version of Android, version 2.2. LG believe these handsets will be in the first wave of mobiles to tip up with the newest Google OS, although they will be hot on the heels of Windows Phone 7 mobiles.

Optimus One ships with a 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen, with a 600Mhz processor and a 3 megapixel camera with DLNA support.

These handsets are firmly aimed at the consumer, with LG's own ‘user-friendly' UI running on top of Android ‘Froyo'.

The Optimus One could be their flagship consumer phone, as the emphasis is firmly on this handset with little details being passed out to the media about the Chic.

LG has noted the Optimus One will arrive in over 90 countries with 120 partners picking the handset up in October, although no costs have

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Towards the end of the week we reported that Alcatel has entered the Android market place, by launching their first ever Google OS powered phone - the OT-980 and under £100.

Alcatel's latest phone tips up running the older Android ‘Éclair' 2.1 and is one of the first slider Google OS handsets to hit the UK market, along with a touch screen.

It's been reported there are plans for the OT-980 to be upgraded to Android ‘Froyo' 2.2, although when this might happen hasn't been confirmed as yet by the company.

OT-980 arrives with a 2.8-inch TFT touch screen, a 2 megapixel camera and a full Qwerty keyboard that's reminiscent of the Palm Pixi or even the BlackBerry Torch 9800.

There's no overlay to the Alcatel Android handset, but there's access to the regular Android Market with the likes of Twitter, Bedo and Facebook social networking features for use with the keyboard.

This isn't the first well known company to be entering the Android market place late in the game, as recently Huawei launched their first mobile running the Google OS called Ideos.

Alcatel also hit the headlines recently with a BlackBerry Bold clone with a cost of £44, where the BlackBerry Torch looking OT-980 goes on sale for £99.95 on pay as you go deals with Carphone Warehouse from October onwards.

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Three this week revamped their prepay tariffs, to offer more text messages, calling and Internet surfing than any other network.

Three are now offering internet access as part and parcel of their pay as you go service, from just a tenner a month.

Their ‘All in One' tariffs start at £10, which is accompanied by 100 minutes, 3000 text messages and a 500MB data allowance.

Previously, the 3Pay pay as you go deal only offered a 150MB data allowance, along with 300 text messages and with no calling allowance for the same monthly top up.

Three believe no other network offers the same feature set for just £10 and we're in agreement, which is why they came out on top in our recent ‘What can you offer me for £15 a month?' on accompaniments alone.

The other ‘All in One' plans come in at £15 and £25, with an increase of 300 and 500 minutes and the latter tips up with a 1GB data allowance.

Three's prepay tariffs can be topped up as well, where £5 can provide either an additional 3000 text messages, a 500MB data allowance or 3000 minutes to any Three phone numbers.

These new plans are already in place and are open to all, where many are seeing this as Three's prepay equivalent of their £25 a month One Plan.

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Google updated their mobile maps software for Android, to be pedestrian friendly.

Google Maps for mobile 4.5 now offers a better walking experience, where the app is more pedestrian friendly by navigating around the likes of steep hills when it's unnecessary to climb them. This version also brings in a vibrate option to notify when a turn is needed, whilst the voice guidance can be disabled as it's a tad distracting when walking.

The Google satellite view is enabled by default , which provides a better view of the surrounding areas whilst walking and a better understanding of the topography too.

Street View for the mobile is also included in this version, just adding that extra touch to make sure you're on the right course and not veering off the path of choice.

Google maps links up with the phone's compass more, where if the handset is pointed in a different direction - the view also changes on Google maps.

The walking functionality is still in beta though, where the cartographers might not have the most recent maps but this could add an extra element by seeing how much has changed since they where last there taking images.

Google maps for mobile 4.5 is now available to download and install free of charge from the Android Market, for Android 1.6 onwards.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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