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Monthly Review – July

The month began with One Mobile Ring reporting that free apps have come to Orange, where the Xperia ray will be arriving in August, the Galaxy S II hits 3 million and the new BlackBerry Bold is now on sale.

Earlier on in the week, Orange got the Stockholm syndrome, the Nokia X7 arrived on Three,

Vodafone opened up an Android shop and the HP Pre 3 gets officially priced up.

Midweek, the Xperia ray’s price and arrival date was leaked, Vodafone updated the Nexus One, the Motorola tablet got some freebies and we published a hands-on in pictures of the Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ update.

Later on in the week, we brought out a hands-on walkthrough on video of Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’, Orange launched a trio of own branded handsets, Google added public transport to its Maps and 3D games came to the LG Optimus 3D.

At the end of the week, we reported that lower data roaming charges are on the way, the world’s strongest phone holder arrives and Three teams up with Nokia over an app store.


The second week of the month started with One Mobile Ring reporting Google has updated Docs for mobiles, The HTC Sensation arrived on T-Mobile, new experimental features came to Google Maps and we published an initial impressions review of the HTC ChaCha.

Earlier on in the week, HTC announced Gingerbread is coming to their Desire this month, the ViewSonic Android tablet is now half price, a new Acer Iconia Gingerbread A501 tablet has arrived and we published a top ten mobile phone app list for the iPhone.

Midweek, Microsoft announced more mobile phones are on the way, where the company also leaked four new Windows Phone 7 handsets, a Facebook app is now available to all phones and the Desire Z got some Gingerbread.

Later on in the week, BlackBerry App World reached 1 billion, ZTE launched own name handsets, we published exclusive hands-on pictures of the ZTE Skate, and O2 launched location-based vouchers.

At the end of the week, we published hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, along with images of the Xperia active, a hands-on walkthrough on video of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and even more pictures of the Sony S2.


The third week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting video uploading has come to the Facebook app, Android hit half a million activations a day, whilst Orange lowed internet roaming and we published an initial impressions review of the Nokia X7.

Earlier on in the week, LG nets the professional with new handsets, Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.2 was unveiled, Asda lists an Android tablet for under £100 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia active became available.

Midweek, Vodafone leaks Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 on video, 3D has come to Google Maps, Dolphin browser reached version 6 and Samsung launched new microSD cards.

Later on in the week, Xperia ray arrived on O2, Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ Twitter and Linkedin features were caught on video, Lenovo launched its first ever Android tablets and Xperia neo arrived on Orange.

At the end of the week, Three launched Facebook For Every Phone and Bing came to mobile phones.


The fourth week of the month started with the HTC Flyer tablet arriving on T-Mobile, LG Optimus 3D became available on Three, Nokia Maps came to Android, where the HTC 3D phone arrival date and price was leaked.

Earlier on in the week, we published a hands-on walkthrough in ‘3D’ pictures of the LG Optimus 3D, Vodafone tripled contract minutes, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will arrive a day early and we published a ‘3D video’ hands-on walkthrough of the LG Optimus 3D.

Midweek, Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ was released to manufactures, Mozilla is developing their own mobile phone OS, Vodafone announced own-brand Facebook phone and the Samsung Galaxy S II hits 5 million sales.

Towards the end of the week, new BlackBerry devices could be arriving next week, Sony Ericsson X10 gets some Gingerbread, the White Galaxy S II is to hit the UK and Three cuts tariff costs of their free smartphones.


The biggest story of the first week came from Samsung, who announced their flagship Galaxy S II mobile phone have sold an unprecedented amount of handsets, by exceeding 3 million global sales and in just two months, a full month ahead of schedule.

Samsung launched three new devices at Mobile World Congress this year with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Bada 578 and the replacement to the 10 million best-selling Galaxy S from last year, where more than 50,000 were sold everyday or 1.5 every second.

The handset runs from dual-core processor, with Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 and a 4.27-inch 480×800 WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen that uses RealStripe tech for an increased sub-pixel count with a much more detailed and clearer image.

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


The next most significant piece of the month was when Microsoft aired at their Worldwide Partner Conference four upcoming Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ devices for the first time, from Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE and also Samsung.

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of the Original Equipment Manufacturer Division, Steve Guggenheimer, aired unseen handsets from these new manufacturers of Windows Phone 7 devices.

Acer is set to bring one of the largest names in OEM brands to the mobile phone scene, where Fujitsu brought along to the event the world’s first Windows Phone 7 water-proof handset with a highly capable camera, whilst ZTE is one of the largest OEM manufacturers in the handset world and also new to WP7 – after being well-known for making devices for the likes of Orange and Vodafone.

Steve Guggenheimer also aired for the first time the upcoming Samsung Windows Phone 7 handset, which has the look of the new Samsung Galaxy S II. He noted the mobile will be thin and light, which is a theme running throughout the new Windows Phone 7 mobile phones. These new series of upcoming handsets will have better chipsets, larger screens with better resolution and an improved batter life which hasn’t been seen in the past.


The third largest news item of the month came from Lenovo, who unveiled two new Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.1 tablets – the ThinkPad Tablet, aimed at the corporate world and another for consumers, in the IdeaPad K1.

The ThinkPad tablet is geared up for the business user, where the IdeaPad K1 is being pitched at more of the average user of these large screen touch devices.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad is focussed on the professional world with features that both business professionals and IT administrators.

The IdeaPad K1 as an alternative is offering consumers a tablet companion, by building on the Lenovo name with entertainment-friendly features such as 40 boredom-busting apps.

These tablets arrive with a 10.1-inch 1280×800 WXGA screen, whilst running from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1Ghz processors and weighing in at 750grams.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad tablet arrives in September with a cost of £399, whilst the IdeaPad K1 tips up in August with a price attached of £369.


The following most significant story of the month was when One Mobile Ring published the world’s first 3D video walkthrough of a 3D mobile phone here.


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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.