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Weekly Review – 20th May

The week began with One Mobile Ring reporting the Samsung Galaxy S II has hits 3 million sales, the Carphone Warehouse has taken stock of the HTC Flyer and the LG Optimus Pad. Google also released the Chromebook data plan and we published unboxing images of the INQ Cloud Touch mobile phone.

Earlier on in the week, Nokia ended Ovi services, whilst Vodafone launched their latest own brand Android phone and O2 suffered a major network problem, along with Samsung announcing they are to roll out Gingerbread to handsets.

Midweek, a Half a Terabyte of portable storage came to mobiles devices, the HTC Flyer became available from Three, the BlackBerry Playbook’s UK arrival date was released and the Samsung Galaxy Tab arrived on supermarket shelves.

Later on in the week, the new INQ mobile phone became available for £12, whilst O2 is to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, the HTC Sensation arrived on Thursday , the HP-Palm Pre3 shows up on Amazon and NFC payments came to Orange.


The biggest story of the week came from Research In Motion, who unveiled the arrival date of their BlackBerry Playbook, as June 16th.

Research In Motion announced their tablet device back in September last year, with a 7-inch LCD WSVGA capacitive touch screen, capable of multi-touch whilst running a new BlackBerry Tablet OS capable of using Android apps.

It’s powered by a 1Ghz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, along with a rear 5 megapixel camera and a front 3MP variant with a microHDMI and microUSB port, WIFI and Bluetooth support.

RIM has noted that Dixons, Currys and PC World, will be carrying the device on June 16th along with Phones 4 U, Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse who have released pricing details.

Carphone Warehouse has listed the BlackBerry Playbook 16GB version at £399, the 32GB model at £479 and the 64GB device at £559.


The next most significant piece was O2 suffering a major network failure in and around London, which had a dramatic effect on their services for customers.

O2 reported there had been theft and vandalism in one of their operational sites in East London, which resulted in disrupting services in that area, North London, Kent and Sussex.

This outage of service severely hit O2 customers, where they are experiencing problems in making or receiving calls, texts or using data.

The problem happened in the early hours of the Tuesday morning, where O2 discovered there had been a theft and then made the site secure along with informing the police of the incident.

This has happened just two months after a very similar incident took place with Vodafone in the Basingstoke area, which brought down their services over some great distances too.


The third largest news item came from Samsung, who announced it has had orders of more than 3 million Galaxy S II mobile phones, with that figure being reached even before the handset arrived on the shelves on May 1st.

Samsung’s Galaxy S II is both the company’s slimmest and lightest smartphone yet, along with the first handset to offer a Super AMOLED Plus screen – which is the largest and brightest display available in Samsung’s arsenal of devices.

The 10 million plus best-selling Galaxy S successor runs from a dual-core processor, with Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 and a 4.27-inch 480×800 WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen.

The 1.2Ghz dual-core beefiness of the handset also comes with an advanced HSPA+ 21 wireless network, with the individual cores being powerful enough to deliver good multi-tasking and 3D hardware abilities.

On-board is an 8 megapixel camera that’s capable of 1080p video recording and playback, a significant increase from the 5 MP variant found on the first handset that only featured 720p video capture with Froyo.


The following most significant story was when Vodafone took stock the first dual-core processor HTC Sensation handset, from Thursday onwards and free on a £35 a month contract.

The HTC Sensation was jointly launched with Vodafone, where the handset arrives with a Gorilla glass 4.3-inch qHD 540×960 touch SLCD screen and is 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.

Vodafone’s HTC Sensation offer is accompanied by 900 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 750MB data allowance for £35 a month, over a 24-month period.


The fifth biggest piece was Samsung releasing details of the deployment of Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3, on to their existing mobile phones.

Samsung’s announcement relates to older handsets, with their current flagship Samsung Galaxy S II already arrives with this latest version of the Google mobile platform.

The original Samsung Galaxy S starts off this roll-out schedule, where it’s due to receive the update at the end of May.

The new OS offers a faster performance with a lower CPU consumption rate, an upgraded UI that has been improved, with faster access and better copy-and-paste functionality.

Other devices by the company are expected to receive the Android Gingerbread upgrade after the ‘Galaxy S’, with the Ace, Gio, Fit and Mini where the ‘Galaxy Tab’ tablet will also gain the new OS.


The next most significant news came when Seagate launched the first portable hard drive with a self-contained power source and WIF capabilities - in the GoFlex Satellite; for use with Apple and Android devices.

Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite is a WIFI enabled hard drive that can offer up WIFI connections to three different devices at once, with the sole ability to provide access to a large amount of files, whilst away from a power source.

The portable drive has 500GB of storage and a five-hour battery life when in continuous use or 25 hours standby, along with the ability to store 300 HD movies and stream seamless to mobile devices.

Access to the media or files on the GoFlex Satellite can be from a web browser currently, or from the free GoFlex Media app available from the Apple iTunes App Store.

Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite external hard drive with a USB 3.0 port will be available next month in the USA for $199.99, where it’s due to hit the UK in August with a yet-to-be-released price and an Android app on its way for the summertime.


The seventh largest story was Three making public the Google Chromebook’s accompanying data allowance and costs, as the official 3G connectivity partner in the UK.

Google’s Chromebook was announced by the Internet search engine giant last week, as a low-cost notebook that solely runs from a form of their Chrome browser – as the primary operating system, with apps that run from inside of that browser.

Samsung has released details of their Chromebook, with a 12.1-inch 1280×800 screen that’s powered by a Intel Atom dual-core processor and has 8.5 hours of continuous usage for £399.

The Chromebook has built-in 3G capabilities, which comes with a free SIM card from Three that includes 3GB of free data that can be used in the first 3 months after activation.

Three’s Pay As You Go plans are a part of the Chromebook, which are priced at £2.99 for 500MB day pass, £10 a month for an additional 1GB, £15 for 3GB and £25 per month for a 7GB data allowance.


The following most significant item came from Carphone Warehouse, who unveiled it is now selling the two most sought after tablets – the HTC Flyer and LG Optimus, from £129.99 and £299.99, respectively.

The HTC Flyer is their first ever tablet computer, which runs from a 7-inch 1024×600 TFT screen, with a 1.5GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage and Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with the HTC Sense overlay to that very OS.

LG’s Optimus Pad is a tablet device that is powered by dual core, in the 1Ghz Nvida Tegra 2 processor. The Pad is running from the more suited Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 OS for tablets, which is specifically geared up for these devices unlike Android ‘Gingebread’ 2.3.

The 8.9-inch screen has a 1280×768 resolution and 15:9 aspect ratio for displaying video, whilst the Optimus Pad has full 1080p video decoding for decent HD playback.

Carphone Warehouse is now stocking the HTC Flyer on a £25 per month Talk Mobile contract, which includes 5GB of data or for £599.99 SIM free and unlocked.

The Optimus Pad is around from a £25 per month price plan, with the same 5GB data allowance or for £749.99 SIM free.


The penultimate piece of news was from Three, who is now carrying the Android HTC Flyer tablet device, on a £30.99 monthly contract with an initial cost of £169.99.

The HTC Flyer is the High Tech Computer Corporation’s first ever tablet computer. The Flyer runs from a 7-inch 1024×600 TFT screen, with a 1.5GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage and Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with the HTC Sense overlay to that very OS.

HTC’s Flyer has had its fair share of critics of late, as the operating system running on the device isn’t the version of Android that has been designed for tablets; ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 would have been much more suited.

Three’s offering a 15GB data allowance with their HTC Flyer deal, with a delivery date of the end of the month.


Lastly, Amazon has listed the newest HP-Palm Pre3 mobile phone in Germany, with a cost attached of 439 Euros and a delivery date of June 20th.

Hewlett-Packard launched the HP Pre 3, along with the HP Veer and the HP TouchPad tablet at an event in America, in February this year.

The Pre 3 arrives with one of the largest Qwerty keyboards seen on a Pre device, with a familiar gesture area that accompanied the previous Palm devices. The phone has a 3.58-inch 480×800 WVGA touch screen, with a 8 or 16GB of storage, a 1.4Ghz Snapdragon CPU and a 5 megapixel camera that’s capable of HD video recording.

No details were listed on the UK version of Amazon’s website, nor have any of the UK mobile phone networks but One Mobile Ring expects we will be hearing from them soon.


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