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Weekly Review – June 24th

The week began with One Mobile Ring reporting the HTC Sensation has come to Three, Samsung’s flip phone arrived on Virgin Mobile, the Motorola Pro cost and arrival date was unveiled and we published the review and testing of the JCB Sitemaster.

Earlier on in the week, Nokia announced their first MeeGo handset, Orange unveiled a T-shirt that can recharge a mobile phone, Nokia brought out trio of new handsets and Huawei launched new Android tablet.

Midweek, the HP TouchPad went on sale, ITV’s iPlayer came to Android, where Sony Ericsson announced three new mobile phones and Froyo arrived on the Moto Defy

Later on in the week, Three announced they are to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, Nokia Windows Phone 7 mobile is arriving in October, where the Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset was leaked and the HTC Sensation is now available SIM free and unlocked


The biggest story of the week came from Nokia, who has had its first ever Microsoft Windows Phone 7 handset accidently leaked by its own CEO, which has been caught on video with the code name of ‘SeaRay’.

Hungarian technology news website has published images of the Nokia-Microsoft collaborative mobile phone in addition to footage, from an event hosted by Stephen Elopak the CEO of Nokia.

This was from the same event where the Nokia’s N9 MeeGo handset was announced, where the head of the Finnish fone company treated members of the audience to a sneak preview of what’s still to come this year - the first Windows Phone 7 driven Nokia handset.

Stephen Elopak asked the crowd attending the event to put away any recording devices that could capture pictures of the much awaited mobile phone, where clearly one person didn’t adhere the request and carried on filming.


The next most significant piece was when Nokia unveiled its first ever MeeGo device in the N9, the world’s first MeeGo handset and with the faster CPU seen in a Nokia phone.

Nokia’s latest mobile phone features a design made from one piece of polycarbonate material in a unibody format, with smooth minimalist sides that emphasise the large curved screen with no front-facing buttons for the maximum possible exposure of any display.

Nokia’s N9 arrives with a 3.9-inch WVGA 854×480 AMOLED touch screen, with curved Gorilla glass, an 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens camera with dual flash and a second camera for video calling. The handset is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1Ghz processor, with 16GB or 64GB of internal storage, a 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port, NFC, WIFI and Quad band capabilities.

Running the N9 is the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan operating system, which will be first seen on the device and is the first commercial MeeGo handset to ever be made available.


The third largest news item came from Orange who unveiled a T-Shirt, which allows for a mobile phone to be recharged by sound waves only.

The Orange ‘Sound Charge’ T-Shirt is a revolutionary charging solution that follows one part of Everything Everywhere’s heritage in eco charging devices.

The sound waves are converted via the compression of interlaced quartz crystals into an electrical charge, which is fed into an integral reservoir battery that in turn charges most makes and models of mobile phones.

The development team behind the device estimates that when used at the festival with sound levels of around 80dB (roughly the same as a busy street), the Orange Sound Charge will generate up to 6 watt hours (W/h) of power over the course of the weekend – enough to charge two standard mobile phones or one Smartphone.


The following most significant story was when Carphone Warehouse opened up the pre-ordering of the HP tablet TouchPad device, with a delivery date of mid-July.

The webOS on the HP TouchPad still has a similar look to the past Palm mobile phones in the Pre, Pre Plus and Pixi devices; with a fast multitasking OS that effortlessly displays multiple running application with the ability to switch between over 200 apps running at once with no lag on the phone.

HP’s TouchPad arrives with a 9.7-inch 102×786 touch screen display, with 16 or 32GB of storage, with a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, a 1.3 MP camera, whilst weighing in at 740grams and measuring only 13.7mm in thickness.

Carphone Warehouse’s HP TouchPad offering is priced at £399 for the 16GB version, or £479 for the 32GB tablet.


The fifth biggest piece was Sony Ericsson launched a trio of new Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 handsets at the CommunicAsia telecoms event in Singapore, with the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, txt and Xperia active.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray arrives with a 3.3-inch reality display and mobile BRAVIA engine, a 1Ghz processor and a 4GB microSD card, with an 8.1 megapixel camera and the Exmor R that allows for good image capture in low light.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia active is a dust proof and water resistant handset, in much the same vein as the Motorola Defy. The handset has a 5 megapixel camera, with HD recording capabilities and a 3-inch multi touch screen, that is scratch resistant along with able to be operated with a wet finger. There is also a range of applications preinstalled for an active life, which include an on-screen heart monitoring through ANT+.

The Sony Ericsson’s txt tips-up with a 2.6-inch display, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a full Qwerty keyboard – with a BlackBerry-esque look of the RIM Bold. Installed is the SE ‘Friends’ application that enables users to see Facebook and Twitter updates top 5 friends in an easily accessible way.


The next most significant news came when Three began selling the HTC Sensation dual-core Android handset, free on tariffs that begin at £30 a month.

Vodafone jointly launched the Sensation along with HTC, where it was believed at the time that very network was exclusively carrying the latest twin processor phone; that deal only lasted for the period of a single month.

HTC’s handset hits CPW with a Gorilla glass 4.3-inch qHD 540×960 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.

Three is carrying the HTC Sensation with 500 minutes, a 5,000 text message bundle with a 1GB data allowance for £30 a month. The handset is also available on the infamous ‘One Plan’ for £37 a month, with 2,000 minutes, a 5,000 text message bundle and Three’s truly unlimited data allowance, with no fair usage policy or limits whatsoever.


The seventh largest story was Huawei launching the MediaPad, a dual core CPU tablet that will run from the Google mobile ‘Honeycomb’ 3.2 OS.

The new Huawei tablet is reportedly the slimmest and lightest tablet around today, whilst measuring just 10.5mm thick and weighing in at 390grams.

The MediaPad will also arrive as the world’s first dual core 1.2Ghz processor driven 7-inch touch screen tablet, which runs from the newest version of Android that has been especially designed for tablets and not mobile phones.

MediaPad supports full HD 1080P video playback thanks to the accompanying chipset, with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling and a 5MP rear facing variant with HD video recording abilities with an HDMI port too.

The tablet doesn’t just tip up with WIFI on-board, as is the case with many tablets hitting the market today – as there is also HSPA+ 14.4Mbps capabilities built in.


The following most significant item came from Clove, who announced the Motorola Android touch screen with a Qwerty keyboard Pro is due to arrive mid July with them, at a cost of £420.

The Moto Pro was launched at Mobile World Congress back in February, where a short time later the handset was dropped from the company’s UK line up - only now to be reinstated for Blighty.

The Pro is essentially the Milestone 2, in a candy bar form factor with the same corporate feel. Motorola’s Milestone 2 has a slide-out vertical keyboard with an on-board virtual version via the screen, where the Motorola Pro just has its Qwerty keyboard built-in under the screen and in the look of a BlackBerry handset of yesteryear.

Motorola’s Pro arrives with a 3.1-inch screen, where the Milestone 2 has a 3.7-inch display where both run from Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2, with the same 1Ghz processor, 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and expandability in the form of a 32GB microSD card.


The penultimate piece of news was when Nokia announced the date of its annual ‘Nokia World’ symposium, as October 26th to 27th – with a high chance their first Windows Phone 7 will be unveiled for the very first time.

Traditionally, the Finnish fone makers have used Nokia World to either announce or launch their new series of mobile phones for the next few quarters, where the most significant range of new Nokia devices has to be the ones running Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system.

In February Nokia made public their news of the tie-in with Microsoft, with a view to deliver the Seattle based software company’s OS on their own handsets and instead of the Symbian platform.


Lastly, Nokia announced three new low cost slider handsets, in addition to the MeeGo based N9.

The new C2-02, C2-03 and C2-06 mobile phones all have a touch screen and physical keypad, which slides out from under the display. All the handsets run from the Series 40 Symbian OS, with both touch and type functionality.

The new Finnish fones arrive with a 2.6-inch 240×320 QVGA touch screen, a slide out keyboard, a 2 megapixel camera, FM radio and a music player, with a 2GB microSD card, customisable home screens, a fast web browser, preloaded Ovi maps and access to Facebook and Twitter.

Nokia’s C2-03 is the third dual SIM phone the company has brought out of late, for use with two SIM cards – one for business and a second for personal use, or one for local calls and another for international calling.

The handset even allows for the owner to use up to five different SIM cards, with all the separate settings being remembered by the phone. There is also an easy swap option that provides users the ability to change SIM cards in seconds, without having to turn off the phone or remove the battery.

Nokia’s C2-02 has a similar set of features and the look of the C2-03, only that handset supports a single SIM card, with push messaging and access to a wide range of instant message providers.

The Nokia C2-06 also arrives with the identical dual SIM capabilities as the C2-03, only with the colours of graphite, golden buff and lilac that are not see elsewhere.

Nokia’s new touch and type mobiles are expected to arrive in Q3, with the C2-02 and C2-03 costing 75 Euros and the Nokia C2-06 is priced at 80.


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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.