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Weekly Review - 8th April

The week started with One Mobile Ring reporting the Samsung Galaxy Mini has come to Three, whilst the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play arrived in shops and Three took stock of Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc.

Earlier on in the week, Acer’s Honeycomb tablet hit Amazon and we published the unboxing pictures of the Nokia E7 Communicator, where Google maps got updated for Android.

Midweek, the HTC Desire S hit Three, Sony Ericsson neo became available to order and Carphone Warehouse delivered unlimited internet access to mobile phones.

Towards the end of the week, Virgin Mobile took stock of the Xperia Play, whilst multiple person video calling arrived on handsets, O2 Windows Phone 7 mobiles received the cut and paste update and we published a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the HTC Flyer.

At the end of the week the HTC Desire S arrived on Orange and a $30,000 mobile phone went on sale.


The biggest story of the week came from Sony Ericsson, where their ‘PlayStation’ Xperia Play mobile phone became available to be purchased.

The Xperia Play is the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, with a fast processor and dedicated slide-out game controller which will be backed by leading game publishers with a number of top titles such as Assassins Creed, Need for Speed and The Sims.

The phone arrives with a 4-inch 480×853 FWVGA capacitive touch screen, whilst being powered by a 1Ghz CPU with an embedded Adreno graphics processor that’s capable of 60 frames per second and just over five and a half hours of game play from a single charge.

SE’s Xperia Play unique gaming ability comes from the gaming controls, which vertically slides-out from the phone. These controls are a digital D pad, with two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four familiar PlayStation icons that provides the gaming functionality.


The next most significant news item was when Carphone Warehouse offered unlimited internet access on mobile phones, along with a new handset on tariffs starting from £12 a month.

The new no-limits mobile broadband ‘talkmobile’ contract prices range from £12, £18, £25 to £30 – all of which feature a number of mobile phones, with inclusive minutes and a text message allowance.

Carphone Warehouse’s £12 a month, 24-month contract comes with a choice of budget mobiles in the HTC Wildfire, the Samsung Galaxy Mini and Sony Ericsson X8 phones – all of which are accompanied by 200 minutes, along with a 200 text message bundle.

Carphone Warehouse’s talkmobile price plans deliver a truly unlimited data allowance, in the same way a Three’s £25 a month ‘One Plan’ and £15 pay as you go 30-day deals – only with the latter being a SIM only offer, whilst CPW’s is a few quid less and with a free phone.


The third largest piece we published was the hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the HTC Flyer, months before arriving on sale in the UK.

One Mobile Ring took delivery of the High Tech Computer Corporation’s first ever tablet device – the HTC Flyer. We thought we would first publish these hands-on walkthrough images of the Flyer here, just to whet your appetite in anticipation of an upcoming review. The HTC Flyer is the company’s 7-inch 1024×600 TFT touch screen tablet, which arrives running from a 1.5GHz processor with a 5 megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage and Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3.2 with an adapted version of the HTC Sense overlay for the device.


The following most important story came from Microsoft, who has started rolling out the latest update to the O2’s exclusive HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Microsoft announced this news in a blog post, over at their WindowsTeamBlog, in a message that reads: “We’ve started delivering the March “copy and paste” update to customers of O2 and SFR in Europe”.

Version 7.0.7390.0 delivers copy and paste, faster apps and games, a better Marketplace search along with other Marketplace improvements, WIFI enhancements, Outlook updates, messaging improvements, better Facebook integration, camera and audio enhancements along with a better overall stability to the OS.

The most sought after ability is the copy and paste, where just tapping a word, then dragging the markers to select the word or sentence offers an icon to copy the text. This new feature is available inside of emails, text messages, web pages, Office documents and basically anywhere you can enter text.


The fifth biggest news this week was Acer’s latest ICONIA TAB A100, appeared on Amazon.

The Acer Iconia tab a100 is a 7-inch 1024×600 16:9 touch screen tablet and is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chipset, whilst running from the latest Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 OS – which will also be appearing on the Motorola Xoom and Asus Eee Pad Transformer this month.

There is a 5megapixal camera on-board and a 2MP front-facing camera. The screen is capable of showing 1080p HD video thanks to the Nvidia GeForce GPU, whilst also supporting Adobe Flash 10.1 and Dolby Mobile for a better sound quality.

Amazon has the Iconia tab a100 listed for £299 for the WIFI only version, where the a101 3G+WIFI model has been priced at £399 – both with a delivery date after April 20th.


The following significant piece came from Clove opening up pre-ordering for the Sony Ericsson neo handset, with a delivery date soon after April 19th.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia neo was unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year, along with the Xperia Play and Pro mobile phones. The neo handset arrives running Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with a 3.7-inch 854×480 FWVGA capacitive touchscreen, along with the same reality display and mobile BRAVIA engine as their Arc phone - announced at Las Vegas’ CES event.

The mobile also comes with an 8.1 megapixel camera and is backed by the Exmor R mobile sensor, for better image capture in poor light and a miniHDMI port for playback of the phone’s content onto a compatible screen.

Clove has the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo available SIM free and unlocked for £358.80, for use on any mobile phone network. Orange and Vodafone are the only two networks that have shown an interest in carrying the neo, although no tariff details have been announced as yet.


The seventh largest item was Fring unveiling the news of a beta version of its software, which allows for group video calling on a mobile phone.

Fring’s latest version is in a limited edition beta, where its development team is putting the finishing touches to the free app before it’s released – which brings to mobile phones for the very first ever time, group calling.

The Fring mobile phone software is well-known for enabling all the populous chat software under one roof, with access to MSN Messenger, GoogleTalk, AIM and ICQ – along with video and voice calling, over 4G, 3G and WIFI on Apple, Nokia and Google OS run handsets.

The soon-to-be-seen latest application is only geared up for Android and the iPhone, whilst they caused some controversy in the past with Apple by allowing FaceTime video calling over 3G when the company hadn’t even been able to muster that feature themselves.


The next most significant piece came from Three who announced it’s retailing the thin Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc handset, on a monthly contract in addition to pay as you go price plans.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc was announced at Las Vegas’ consumer electronics show, with a 4.2-inch multi touch reality screen with a mobile Bravia engine for a more vivid colourful display with less reflection in bright light.

The Xperia Arc is the thinnest phone in the company’s arsenal, which arrives with an 8.7mm chassis - at its thinnest point and is much slimmer than the last winner of the svelte smartphone crown, the iPhone 4, with its 9.3mm case.

On-board is the Sony Exmor R technology, which backs up the 8.1 megapixel camera that allows high quality picture capture even in poor lighting conditions.

SE Xperia Arc will arrive running Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3, with Sony Ericsson applications such as TimeScape, a 1Ghz processor, an 8GB microSD card, with a camera capable of HD video capture that’s displayable through the built in microHDMI port.

Three has the Sony Ericsson Arc on a £35 a month contract , which is accompanied by 500 minutes, a 5,000 text message bundle and a 1GB data allowance. The phone is also available on Three’s ‘One Plan’, which has 2,000 minutes, a 5,000 text message bundle and a truly unlimited data allowance – for £40 a month.


The ninth largest story was Three retailing the HTC Desire S mobile phone, both on-line and in-stores on pay as you go deals and monthly contract.

The HTC Desire S is the successor to the company’s popular flagship Desire handset from last year. HTC’s new mobile phone launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, back in February amongst six other handsets from the High Tech Computer Corporation.

The Desire S tips up with a 3.7-inch 480×800 Super LCD touch screen, whilst being powered by Qualcomm’s new 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, with 1GB of internal storage and a 5 megapixel camera and runs from the Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with the HTC Sense 2.1 overlay.

Three is knocking out the Desire S ‘sequel’ mobile phone on their monstrous One Plan for £35 a month, which is accompanied by 2,000 minutes, a 5,000 text message bundle and no limits whatsoever as to what you can download or stream.

There’s a pay as you go option attached to the handset too that costs £359.99, on a £15 and a £25 a month 30-day tariff. These come with 300 and 500 minutes, a 3,000 text message allowance along with the same truly unlimited data package as the monthly price plan offers.


Lastly, a $30,000 mobile phone went on sale this week from Gresso, where the Luxor World Time Gold handset tips up with an 18K gold design and full of crystal sapphires.

Luxor‘s World Time Gold’s body is made of 18K gold and the screen and is framed by two-sided sapphire crystal, with anti-reflective coating and a genuine black Italian leather finish on its rear.

Gresso Luxor mobile’s front panel is decorated with an ornamental bezel of polished solid 18K gold, where the handset has a 12mm ultra-thin gold bezel design.

The keyboard of the phone has each key made from a durable crystal sapphire, carat total - 32, which has been polished by hand using diamond tools with the images of numbers and letters printed by laser engraving.

Gresso newest phone supports a world time function, with six independent dials reflecting the time in the five major business centres of the world, New York, Tokyo, Paris, London, Moscow with each dial being framed by sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

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