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Weekly Review - 26th November

The week started off with One Mobile Ring reporting the Motorola Milestone 2 has gone on sale, where Nokia launched two new low-cost handsets. Towards the beginning of the week Orange and T-Mobile announced they will be selling the iPad on a tariff, Apple updated their iOS to version 4.2 and Nokia started selling their latest touch and type handset.

Midweek, Acer unveiled a 4.8-inch screen Android phone and towards the end of the week - Opera final arrived for Symbian, Nokia's C6-01 became available online and Three joined EverythingEverywhere in selling the iPad on a tariff


The big news of the week surrounded Apple, with Orange, T-Mobile and Three all announcing they will soon be selling the iPad on a tariff.

Both parts of EverythingEverywhere made public early on in the week they will soon be retailing the Apple iPad tablet, at a reported subsidised price on a tariff.

No details have been unveiled yet as to what the final cost of the Apple iPad will be with Orange or T-Mobile, although it's believed to be around the £200 price mark - below half the cost of the Apple store's starting price for the device SIM free and unlocked.

The Apple iPad has a 9.7-inch 1024×786 resolution touch screen, which runs a similar operating system found on the iPhone handsets. The tablet computer arrives running a 1Ghz processor, with both WIFI and 3G connectivity on the model thought to be sold by Orange.

Orange currently offers microSIM only tariffs for use with the iPad, which start at £2 a day for a 200MB data allowance and escalates to a 10GB for £25 a month on a 25-month plan.

One Mobile Ring believes the subsidised iPad will be tied to a similar contract to the Orange £25 monthly iPad tariff, only with a higher monthly cost attached with that reported figure of £200 relating directly to the 16GB Apple iPad with WIFI and 3G.

Towards the end of the week Three joined EverythingEverywhere, by announcing they too will also be selling the Apple iPad tablet in the next coming months - at a more affordable price, when bought on a contract.

Three has yet to announce what the final cost of the Apple iPad will be, just as the two parts of EverythingEverywhere didn't earlier on in the week.

Orange has one of the lowest costs attached to the iPhone 4 at £229, where the same handset costs just £99 with Three.

Three offers that 16GB iPhone 4 on a £30 contract, with 300 minutes, 5,000 text message and 1500MB data allowance.

One Mobile Ring believes Three's subsidised iPad will be a lower cost than the reported £200 with Orange, whilst also being tied to a similar contract which their iPhone 4 currently runs from .


The second biggest news item of the week was when Apple updated their iOS operating system to version 4.2.

The new update reportedly brings in over 100 new features from 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 of the iOS to the iPad, such as multitasking, folders support, a unified inbox, game centre, AirPlay and AirPrint.

For the first time Apple iPad uses can now switch between applications with this new version of the platform, where previously only one app could be run at once.

Other enhancements to the iOS on the iPad are around a unified inbox, with a single inbox now has the ability to hold multiple email accounts with support for threaded messaging too.

Apple has brought to the iPad a game centre, where users can play multi-player games and it's possible to also play against components over the airwaves - which was only a part of iOS 4.1 on the iPhone.

There is a new streaming feature for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, known as AirPlay. This essentially is a feature for their Apple TV, where music and photos can be streamed to their TV product from those devises - which opens up the device more as a media centre

There is also a free feature for locating a lost iPhone, iPad or iPod touch called Find My iPhone. This allows for the discovery of a missing handset, without the need for a subscription to MobileMe - which was needed in the past.


The next biggest news story of the week - Acer announcing a 4.8-inch screen Android phone.

Taiwanese based company Acer has unveiled at a press conference in New York the Acer Smartphone, with the largest screen seen on a handset to date.

The device is only known as the Acer smartphone and blurs the lines between a mobile phone at a tablet computer - with the handset's LED backlit multi-touch 4.8-inch screen, with a resolution of 1024×480 and a 21:9 aspect ratio.

Acer has also noted the Smartphone will feature a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8 megapixel camera plus a LED flash, a 2MP front facing camera, DLNA, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, HSDPA, WIFI ‘N', Bluetooth 3.0, 6-axis motion sensors and contain a miniHDMI port.

The company hasn't announced which version of Android their new phone will be running, or when the handset will arrive - both of those facts could indicate the Smartphone could be running Android ‘Gingerbread' 3.0, scheduled for release early next year.


At the start of the week One Mobile Ring reported online mobile phone retailer Expansys is selling the successor to last year's Motorola Milestone Qwerty keyboard Android device - the Milestone 2, SIM free and unlocked for £379.99.

The Motorola Milestone 2 arrives with a 3.7-inch touch screen, Android 2.2 and also features a slide out Qwerty keyboard that's been improved since it's predecessor. Milestone 2 is now accompanied by Motorola's overlay to the Google mobile OS known as MotoBlur, which was missing from the original phone.

MotoBlur offers up the ability to have all the phone's contents backed up into a Motorola online user account, where if the phone is lost or stolen the handset can be tracked and all the contents remotely wiped - then completely restored to a replacement mobile.

HD video capture is now possible in the new model from its 5 megapixel camera at 720p, with video content being stored on the internal 8GB memory or on to the accompanying 8GB microSD card.

Expansys exclusively retailed the original Milestone handset, where One Mobile Ring believes this could be replicated once again as no other mobile phone network currently has the Milestone 2 listed on their websites although the online handset reseller also has the phone free on Vodafone, starting on a £30 a month tariff.


Nokia had a big week in the news with four stories, surrounding four different handsets and a web browser.

Around the midweek point Nokia budget C6-01 handset went on sale, directly from Nokia online store at a cost of £279.

Nokia's C6-01 was announced Nokia World 2010 and is the budget version of the C7 with a 3.2-inch 16:9 AMOLED capacitive touch screen, an 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities, a 2GB microSD card and runs the latest Symbian^3 OS.

The C7-01 ships with a slightly larger 3.5-inch AMOLED touch screen, with the same 8MP camera and OS, only with 8GB of internal storage at a cost of £359.

Social networking and messaging is key within the C6-01, with the three home screens delivering feeds from Facebook and Twitter along with notification messages too.

Nokia's C6-01 can be bought now SIM free and unlocked from their online retail store for £279, or for £219 on prepay from Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2 who also carry the phone on tariffs starting at £20 a month.

Earlier in the week Nokia unveiled their second touch and type C3-01 handset has gone on sale, at a cost of £159 SIM free and unlocked.

Nokia C3-01 was also at the company's annual symposium Nokia World 2010 in September this year, where the C3-01 arrives with a 2.4-inch touch screen, a keypad, 3.5G and WIFI abilities, along with a 5 megapixel camera whilst running the Symbion S40 OS.

The phone is the successor to the Nokia 6700 Classic of last year, which in turn was a successor to the 6300 series of 2007 - all with a familiar Nokia design, which has been maintained in the C3-01

The C3-01 is the second only touch and type handset from Nokia, with a full touch screen alongside a physical keypad and in the same vein as the original X3 touch and type mobile phone.

Nokia's C3-01 is available now from for £159 SIM free and unlocked, or for £99 on pay as you go deals from Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2 who also stock the phone on contracts starting from £15 a month.

At the start of the week Nokia announced two new budget handsets, the X2-01 and the C2-01.

The candy bar Nokia C2-01 is reportedly the company's cheapest new 3G handset to date, without scrimping on features in a traditional Nokia form factor. The C2-01 has a 2-inch screen, with a 3.2-inch megapixel camera, a built-in FM radio and runs the older Series 40 Symbian operating system.

The original Nokia C2 handset was a dual SIM device, where this new model can only contain the one SIM card although the two mobile phones are very similar in other aspects of email and messaging.

The BlackBerry-esque Nokia X2-01 is geared up for text entry on a budget, with a full Qwerty keyboard that's designed for durable instant messaging and social network updating - with the Communities app solely for the latter. The X2-01 arrives with a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, with a VGA camera at the rear, along with GPRS and EDGE connectivity but no 3G or WIFI access.

Towards the end of the week the Internet browsing software for mobile devices Opera was released for handsets running the Symbian OS, in the final version of Opera Mobile 10.1.

The new version of the web surfing tool is for the latest iteration of Symbian, along with S60 based mobile phones and arrives with faster browsing abilities and quicker performance in JavaScript utilisation.

Opera Mobile 10.1 uses the same Carakan JavaScript engine that drives the desktop version of the software, as a result it's just under 10 times faster than version 10.0 in Java tests.

Seen for the first time in 10.1 is Geolocation support, for honing down the location to offer a better set of search results in terms of maps and nearby services.

Regular Opera features such as the favourite bookmarks known as Speed Dial and also tabbed browsing are in this version for the Symbian OS.

Opera Turbo is now part and parcel of the Mobile 10.1, with its web compression for use on slower mobile phone networks to bring the traffic down to as little as 20-percent of the original size.

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