Weekly Review – 15th April

The week began with One Mobile Ring publishing a first impressions review of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, whilst Vodafone took stock of the HTC Desire S and a report came out that nearly £200 is personally wasted on mobile phone tariffs, each month. We also published a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the Doro 610 and an initial thoughts review of the HTC.

Earlier on in the week, T-Mobile exclusively got the Desire S in silver and the HTC Flyer became available from Carphone Warehouse. The Samsung Galaxy Pro arrived on Three, where the Samsung Galaxy S II shipping date was announced, Nokia unveiled two new phones and a new OS whilst HTC announced their first dual-core handset

Midweek, Three made public the Nokia X7 is coming to their network and we brought out a hands-on walkthrough on video of the Doro 615. Three announced they are to get the HTC Sensation and we published an initial thoughts review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

Later on in the week, the HTC Sensation became available to order and Sony Ericsson opened up shop on Android Market, Microsoft showed off the next version of Windows Phone and the Xperia Play was made available on Three, where the Dell Streak 7 went on sale.

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The biggest news item was One Mobile Ring publishing an exclusive review of the HTC Flyer, months before the Android device actually goes on sale and before any other title too – read the full review here.

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The second most significant story came from HTC, who announced its first dual-core processor Android mobile phone in the HTC Sensation.

The HTC Sensation is due to arrive on Vodafone mid-May, with a Gorilla glass 4.3-inch qHD 540s960 touch SLCD screen, whilst being powered by a Qualcomm MSM 8260 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU.

On-board is 1GB of internal storage and a dual flash LED 8 megapixel camera that is capable of 1080p HD video recording, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with the new HTC Sense 3.0.

The device tips up with a premium design, with rounded edges and an aluminium unibody construction with the world’s first contoured screen on a mobile phone.

HTC’s Sensation comes with a new video service known as HTC Watch, which allows for video to be rented or bought with the media being playable as it starts to be downloaded with content available as high as 1080p HD.

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The next largest news item was when Nokia unveiled the Nokia X7 and Qwerty keyboard based E6, along with an update to their Symbain^3 operating system – known as Anna.

Nokia’s E6 is aimed at the business world, where the X7 is being touted as more of an entertainment device than a corporate product – both of which will be the first to arrive with the updated code-named Symbian Anna platform.

Nokia’s E6 builds on from the existing BlackBerry-esque E71 and E7 models. The handset arrives with 2.46-inch TFT LCD 640x480 touch screen; the first time a touch screen has appeared alongside a Nokia Qwerty business keyboard – discounting the X3-02 Touch & Type, which was a consumer mobile.

The Nokia X7 falls into their X series of entertainment focussed devices, whilst taking elements from the N8 design and the E7 with its larger screen. Nokia’s X7 has the same 4-inch 16:9 nHD 640x360 AMOLED capacitive touch screen as the E7 handset, only without the ClearBlack display for improved outdoor visibility. There’s also an 8 megapixel camera on-board, with 8GB of storage whereas the flagship Nokia N8 has a 12MP variant and 16GB on-board although, the X7 comes preloaded with the Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games.

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The fourth most important story came from mobile phone tariff analyst company Billmonitor, who produced a report that details monthly mobile phone contract payers waste a figure equal to £4.899 billion, each year – in wasted minutes, text and data allowances.

Billmonitor was founded by mathematicians in oxford and is an independent service that helps mobile phone users save money with its bill analysis, along with being the UK’s only Ofcom accredited mobile price comparison service.

The report lists 76-percent of UK mobile subscribers are wasting on average £194.71 a month, which is the equivalent to 44% of the whole mobile revenue from over 25 million mobile post-pay customers.

These figures were analysed from 28,417 mobile phone bills, using statistical analysis implemented by the Billmonitor team that includes Professor Chris Holmes and Dr Nicolai Meinshausen from Oxford University.

The wasted amount is defined by the difference between how much a customer could be paying on the right contract, compared with what they are actually paying.

The ‘right contract’ is simply a tariff that includes bundles and best matches how a customer uses their phone; in other words, the right contract is one where a customer pays no more than they should.

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The next biggest piece was Samsung unveiling the shipping date of the Galaxy S II mobile phone, as May 1st with an update to the handset’s processor – which now boasts a dual-core 1.2Ghz CPU.

Samsung’s GT-I9100 Galaxy S II phone is set to arrive at the start of next month, as one of the slimmest and lightest handsets around and the first mobile to contain the new AMOLED screen technology.

The Galaxy S II 4.27-inch WVGA 480×800 comes with the Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, which is the largest, brightest and most colourful screen available in the Samsung arsenal.

Samsung’s sequel to the Galaxy S tips up in an 8.9mm thin chassis, whilst weighing in at 116grams, with an 8MP camera and an updated 1.2Ghz dual-core processor – from the 1Ghz variant, announced at Mobile World Congress.

Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 is the OS behind the device where it’s the second time it’s has appeared on a Samsung handset, where the Google made Nexus S was the world’s very first mobile with the untainted platform.

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The sixth most significant news came when Carphone Warehouse opened up pre-ordering of the very first tablet from HTC, where the Android based Flyer will cost £599.99 SIM free and unlocked.

The HTC Flyer has a 7-inch 1024x600 TFT touch screen, with a 1.5GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage and runs from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with the HTC Sense v2.1 overlay to that very OS.

HTC’s Flyer also has a stylus that can be used on the touch screen, in a feature known as HTC Scribe, which allows for writing to take place on the display for note taking and the editing of pictures too.

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The next largest item was when Three made public it will be carrying the recently announced Nokia X7, when the phone arrives in the next few months.

Nokia’s X7 is being touted as an entertainment phone and will be one of the first Finnish devices to arrive with the updated code-named Symbian Anna OS, which brings with it new icons, improved text input, faster browser and updated Ovi maps.

The Nokia X7 falls into their X series of entertainment focussed handsets, whilst taking design similarities from the N8 and the E7 with its large screen. Nokia’s X7 has the same 4-inch 16:9 nHD 640x360 AMOLED capacitive touch screen as the E7 phone, only without the ClearBlack display for improved outdoor visibility.

There’s also an 8 megapixel camera on-board, with a 16GB microSD card with Three – whereas the flagship Nokia N8 has a 12MP variant and 16GB internally. The X7 comes preloaded a series of games, such as the Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games.

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The eighth most significant piece came from Microsoft , who aired details of the next update to Windows Phone 7, at their Mix developer’s conference in Las Vegas.

At Microsoft’s Mix event specifics were shown to the future update of Windows Phone, known as code-name Mango, along with some of the new applications that are on the way for the mobile phone OS.

Mango is scheduled to be rolled out on Windows Phone 7 handsets later on in the year, which is said to bring with it multitasking capabilities and a hardware-accelerated mobile version of Internet Explorer 9.

There is also Twitter functionality brought into the People hub, along with better support for Office documents in SkyDrive - Microsoft’s free cloud-based storage service.

Microsoft detailed the new apps that are on the way for WP7, with the likes of Skype and Spotify where the next update is said to offer greater access to the phone’s camera and sensors, such as gyroscope for the Layer app.

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The penultimate biggest storey was Dell taking orders of their latest Android tablet device, which was announced at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show in January this year.

The Dell Streak 7 arrives with a tough corning gorilla glass 7inch WVGA 800×480 capacitive multi-touch screen, with a dual-core 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and a 5 megapixel camera, along with a 1.3MP front facing variant and 16GB of internal storage - all whilst running from Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2.

Dell’s previous Streak device only shipped with a corning gorilla glass 5-inch WVGA 800×480 TFT LCD multi-touch screen, with a Qualcomm QSD8250 1GHz processor and the same camera/memory as the Streak 7 – whilst initially shipping with Android 1.6, which was updatable to 2.1 and then Android 2.2.

Dell Streak 7 is available to order for £299, where the only way to access the internet is via WIFI or data tethering to a compatible mobile phone.

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The last most significant story came from Three, who also unveiled it will also be carrying the dual-core processor Android HTC Sensation mobile phone, when the handset ships this summertime.

The HTC Sensation arrives with a premium design, with rounded edges and an aluminium unibody construction with the world’s first contoured screen on a mobile phone.

Vodafone jointly launched the handset where the HTC Sensation was believed to be exclusive to the network, where Three will now get the handset sometime afterwards.

HTC’s Sensation has a gorilla glass 4.3-inch qHD 540×960 touch SLCD screen, whilst being powered by the new Qualcomm MSM 8260 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU. On-board is 1GB of internal storage, a dual flash LED 8 megapixel camera that is capable of 1080p HD video recording, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with the new HTC Sense 3.0.

Three currently has the HTC Desire HD on their One Plan tariff for £35 a month, with 2,000 minutes, a 5,000 text message allowance and a no-limits whatsoever data allowance. One Mobile Ring believes the same contract will accompany the HTC Sensation, when the phone tips up.

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Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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