Weekly Review - 29th October

Windows Phone 7 arrived on handsets at the end of last week, although the newest OS on the block hasn't really made a big splash in the headlines this week. There has hardly been any mentioned or news surrounding the Microsoft mobile platform, where many RSS feeds leading up to the event were heavily populated by WP7 happenings.

It's almost as if it didn't happen as the news returned to normal this week, with the regular amount of stores from different networks and handset manufacturers trundling out without really acknowledging Windows Phone 7 has arrived.

Microsoft could be seen to just be trialing out the launch of WP7 in the UK, where the big effort will be put into the American launch of the platform where MS will want headline domination for some weeks.

We will just have to wait until November 8th to see if this happens, or if the effort will just be duplicated stateside as it was in the UK.

This week began with news arriving that Virgin Media video on demand came to Nokia N8 handsets, where also the HTC Desire HD arrived on Three. Dell's Window Phone 7 handset arrival date was unveiled early on in the week, and Three announced the Nokia N8 coming to their network.

Midweek we reported that Three was awarded best mobile broadband provider, where RIM updated their BlackBerry Bold series and the Opera web browser arrived on Nokia handsets. Closing the week off, One Mobile Ring reported that the Amazon Kindle application is coming to Windows Phone 7.

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The only headline making Windows Phone 7 news to really catch One Mobile Ring's eye this was when mobile device reseller Expansys announced the Dell Venue Pro will be on sale, SIM free and unlocked from November 8th.

The computer giant's offering in the Windows Phone 7 space has a price tag of £499.99, where there isn't any major mobile phone network associated with that handset - unlike every other WP7 mobile from launch.

Dell's Venue Pro has a 4.1-inch 800×480 touch screen, with a 5 megapixel camera and LED Flash. There is only 1GB of internal memory, although the phone is accompanied by a microSD card slot, where it's the only Windows Phone 7 handset to do so - along with being the only one with a physical Qwerty keyboard.

The only other Windows Phone 7 news came at the end of the week, when Amazon announced its eBook reading Kindle application will be available to the OS.

The Windows Phone 7 app now joins the Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad versions as a way of reading Amazon eBooks from a mobile device.

Windows Phone 7 Kindle will have for the first time in any of the series personalised book recommendations, along with the ability to send book suggestions from the phone's library to any friends.

Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will be downloadable later on in the year, where we suspect on One Mobile Ring this will be around November 8th.

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Nokia has been in the news a few times this week, where at the start of the week One Mobile Ring reported that Virgin Media is now carrying the Nokia N8 handset on its Virgin Mobile network, along with an application for viewing its parent company's video content.

The Nokia N8 arrives with a preloaded app, that allows for Virgin Media's content to be streamed to customers on their network with the appropriate Virgin TV XL package.

The ‘Virgin Media Player' app provides Virgin Media customers the ability to watch programmes from Virgin Media's content library, in the same way its current desktop VOD browser also does - only over 3G, with WIFI coming in an update later on.

The Virgin Media Nokia N8 offering comes pre-loaded with BBC iPlayer, besides their own Virgin Media Player from £40 on a Virgin Media pay monthly tariff - with 1,200 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited web access with free calls to other Virgin Mobiles.

Towards the end of the week, Opera released its latest Symbian product in the form of Mini 5.1 for Nokia devices.

The new mobile internet surfing tool is solely for the Symbian S60 platform and has been written with that OS in mind, where in the past Nokia users were subjected to a Java version of the browser instead of one coded specifically for that platform.

There are improvements from the Java version, which surround the areas of faster start up times, quicker page loading, webpage scrolling performance, a better range of text input methods, cut and paste, along with a default access point.

The beta version of Opera Mini 5.1 optimised for the Symbian S60 OS is available from m.opera.com.

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Mobile phone network Three also hit the headlines on a number of occasions this week. At the start of the week we noted that the network is now selling the HTC flagship Desire HD Android handset, on its renowned One Plan.

Three's HTC Desire HD arrives on a £40 a month One Plan tariff, where the mobile tips up with a 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen LCD display.

This mobile phone is 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 ‘Froyo' 2.2 ships with the handset along with HTC's own Sense overlay to the OS that has been enhanced, with improvements seen around the capturing and the sharing of multimedia.

The Three HTC Desire HD One Plan based offering is accompanied by 2,000 minutes, 5,000 minutes to any Three phone number, a 5,000 text message and a 1GB data allowance.

Earlier in the week, Three brought the Nokia flagship N8 consumer phone to the network, also on their One Plan tariff for £35 a month.

Three's Nokia N8 comes with 2,000 minutes, 5,000 minutes to any Three mobile phone numbers, a 5,000 text message and 1GB data allowance.

The Nokia N8 is the Finnish phone maker's top tier mobile phone, which arrives with the latest Symbian^3 OS, a 3.5-inch touch screen with a 12 megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage and a miniHDMI port.

The Nokia N8 is also available on pay as you go with Three, at a cost of £469.99 where Nokia themselves retail the phone through their own on-line store at only £429.00 - some £40 cheaper.

Three were awarded best mobile broadband provider midweek, from the independent survey experts YouGov. Three was rated as the best network, for both speed and value.

YouGov sampled over 2,000 users of mobile broadband, who used smartphones, dongles and MIFI devices where Three came out on top as having the fastest connection, along with ease of use, value for money and reliability.

YouGov polled Three, Vodafone, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile customers with a view to rate the level of service they received from their provider. Fifteen questions were asked, from network coverage, to download speeds and upload speeds - Three came out on top, in eight of those categories.

This is the second time in a row Three has been awarded the best network for mobile broadband, where a nod should also go to T-Mobile who share their data backbone with Three on an on-going program for development of the infrastructure.

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Towards the end of the week, One Mobile Ring brought news of Research In Motion announcing the latest model in their BlackBerry Bold series - the Bold 9780.

The new BlackBerry Bold will effectively be replacing last year's Bold 9700, which in turn replaced the original BlackBerry Bold 9000 from 2008.

The 9780 arrives running the new BlackBerry 6 OS, which first appeared on the Torch 9800 and brought to the handset a new UI, a Webkit based internet browser, universal searching, WIFI tethering and social networking feeds.

The camera has been improved in this model, which has been upped from a 3.2 megapixel camera in the 9700 to a 5MP offering in the latest Bold 9780.

Research In Motion's 9780 memory has also been increased to 512MB, from 256MB in last year's Bold which doubled in size from the original BlackBerry Bold 9000.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be available in November, although no networks have announced their interest as yet in carrying the handset

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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