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Monthly Review – August

The first week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting the sub £100 Android tablet has arrived, Three is to get a new Samsung Galaxy S II model, unlimited international PAYG minutes is now available from a new mobile phone network and a low cost Android eBook reader was launched.

Earlier on in the week, Nokia launched its fastest ever Symbian mobile phone, HTC released a Gingerbread update for the Desire, dual PAYG and monthly contracts came to T-Mobile and we published a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

Midweek, Virgin Media revamped its tariffs, One Mobile Ring live blogged from the BlackBerry Media Event, RIM launched five new BlackBerrys and we published a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the BlackBerry Curve 9360, BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry 9850/9860 and hands-on walkthrough on videos too.

Later on in the week, the Nokia N9 was available for pre-order, Huawei announced their 3D mobile phone, Three is to get the BlackBerry Torch 2 and we published the last of our launch event pictures of all the BlackBerry handsets.


The second week of the month started with One Mobile Ring reporting that Vodafone is to get the BlackBerry Torch 9860, Three halves the cost of the Samsung Galaxy phone, Motorola announced a budget mobile and the new BlackBerry Bold is arriving August 18th.

Earlier on in the week, free films came to Orange, the Orange Monte Carlo is now on sale, Android 3.1 arrives on the Moto Xoom and a 3D phone arrives on Orange.

Midweek, Xperia mini pro hit the UK, signal boosting software arrived on mobile phones and ZTE ships 35 million mobile phones.

Later on in the week, Facebook launched separate messenger app, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy R phone, white Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to Vodafone and HTC teamed up with Dr. Dre.

At the end of the week, Motorola Qwerty Fire handset is due to arrive and an updated Samsung Galaxy S is now available.


The third week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting Samsung got tough with mobile phones, the BlackBerry Bold is now available on Vodafone, Orange updated their mobile broadband deals and Google buys Motorola.

Earlier on in the week, Vodafone 555 became available, Motorola got even tougher with phones, the HP Pre 3 arrived in the UK and Minecraft is now on the Xperia Play.

Midweek, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 became available for £1,000, HTC 3D phone is now around to buy, Windows Phone 7 got new Xbox Live features and a HSPA+ MIFI device came to Three.

Later on in the week, Sony Ericsson mini pro hit Vodafone, Motorola Defy+ got priced up and the arrival date announced, Alcatel One Touch 355 came to T-Mobile, Nokia released a new version of Symbian, HP is to stop making webOS devices and we published a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the Symbian Anna Vs. Symbian^3 here.


The fourth week of the month started with Phones 4u exclusively selling Huawei mobiles, Heineken offered free WIFI in pubs, Sony Ericsson Xperia ray hit Vodafone, reverse billing came to Vodafone too, Sony Ericsson introduced a second Android Walkman handset, LG announced their first AMOLED phone and we published unboxing pictures of the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

Earlier on in the week, HTC Evo 3D arrived at Carphone Warehouse, a new Symbian version is on the way, three new BlackBerry Curve phones were launched, Vodafone is to get the new BlackBerry Curve, Train tickets are now available on your mobile phone and Nokia went gold.

Midweek, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 came to Three, Nokia released an ‘Anna’ video, Samsung changed their phone naming convention, Samsung launched four new mobile phones, Motorola got fired up over a new handset, whilst Nokia launched a new OS and three new phones.

Later on in the week, Samsung Galaxy W heads to Three, Alcatel launched a new budget phone with Phones 4u and Kiss FM, Traffic avoiding app came to mobiles, Music arrived on BlackBerry messenger, a 70s/80s style receiver came to phones, an Android update is incoming to Sony Ericsson phones and Bada 2.0 came to Samsung.


The fifth week of the month began on Tuesday, after the Bank holiday Monday, with the BlackBerry Torch 9860 being available with Vodafone, Samsung launched a trio of bada phones, whilst rural communities are to get free broadband from Three and Tetris arrives on Android.

Midweek, a 3D game converter came to LG, Motorola gets professional, a key Alcatel phone is now available on O2 and Samsung’s Galaxy S II is now available in white.

Later on in the week, Toshiba Honeycomb tablet arrives in the UK, Sony confirms their Honeycomb tablets arrival dates, Sony Ericsson unveils the Super arc phone and the world’s first Super AMOLED tablet was unveiled.


The biggest story of the first week came from Research In Motion, who announced five BlackBerry handsets, with three of them coming to the UK in the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, the Torch 9810 and the All-Touch BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860.

This is the largest global launch in RIM’s history, with the amount of mobile phones being unveiled at once and with 225 worldwide partners and a new platform – BlackBerry 7 OS.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 arrives with a similar look and feel to the original Bold 9000, from 2008 and in the thinnest 10.8mm case on a BlackBerry phone to date. The handset ships with a Qwerty keyboard and a 287 DPI capacitive touch screen, a 1.2Ghz processor, 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video recording, with NFC built-in features and running from the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

RIM’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 builds on from last year’s Torch, with the same side-out Qwerty keyboard and a large touch screen – in the best of both worlds. The mobile phone arrives with 3.2-inch 253 DPI capacitive touch screen, the same 1.2Ghz CPU, memory setup and camera to be found in the Bold 9900 with the new BB7OS.

The last handset from Research In Motion falls under the Torch range only without a keyboard, in the BlackBerry Torch 9850 – with a 3.7-inch 253 DPI capacitive touch screen, the largest display deployed by RIM in a handset to date. The phone arrives with the same processor, memory, camera and platform as the other devices unveiled today.

All the new RIM handsets are due out over the next coming months, although no prices have been announced as yet - OMR believes we will be hearing from various networks soon.


The biggest story of the second week came from ZTE, which announced it has shipped 35 million handsets, during just six months of 2011.

ZTE has reached this milestone in the first half of this year, which is a 30-percent increase in mobile phones shipped – compared to last year, where ZTE has also seen a 400-percent growth in smartphone sales.

The company has 65 mobile network operator partners in Europe, where the handset sales have increased 30-percent with them alone.

This is thanks to ZTE producing low-cost mobile phones for networks, in which the carrier has often rebranded them under their own name.

These handsets are the likes of the Atlanta, the Rio and Rio ll, Miami and San Francisco – all from Orange, or the Vodafone 351 and Vodafone 553.


The biggest story of the third week came from Google, who is to buy the mobile phone company Motorola Mobility, for $12.5 billion.

Motorola Mobility was set up as a separate company in January this year, to look after all of Motorola’s mobile phone business – which has now been acquired by Google.

Motorola has over 80 years of innovation in communications technology and products, which has helped drive the development of the mobile phones today.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers.”

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile phones with a deeper integration of Android and hardware – in the same vein as we’re expecting to see with Nokia and Microsoft, in their upcoming handsets.


The biggest story of the fourth week came from Nokia, by introducing an update to the Symbian^3 OS under the codename of ‘Belle’, along with the Nokia 700, 701 and 600 – all of which will be running the updated Symbian platform.

The Nokia 700 arrives as a touch screen full featured, NFC enabled, Symbian Belle smartphone that is set to arrive in the UK – where the 701 and Nokia 600 are due to ship in other markets around the world.

Nokia’s 700 is their smallest mobile phone at just 50 cubic centimetres, whilst measuring 110mm in height, 50.7mm wide and is only 9.7mm thick, along with weighing in at 96grams.

The Finnish haven’t compromised in the abilities of the 700, as the handset arrives with a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen with the ClearBlack technology that accompanies the higher-end devices – for clear screen visibility in bright outdoor conditions.

Backing up the non-compromising capabilities of the Symbian ‘Belle’ OS driven phone is the 1GHz processor, which now joins the Nokia 500 with the same fast CPU, a 5 megaxpixel camera that has HD video recording features, along with 2GB of internal storage plus support for 32GB microSD cards.

Symbian Belle increases the number of home screens from three to six, which provides more room to display applications and services. The live widgets will be available in five different sizes too, offering the user more flexibility to personalise the phone.

There is also a pull down a menu and taskbar to access notifications from any of the home screens, in the same way as Android with further enhancements to the web browsing experience.

One of Symbian Belle’s new features is the single-tap NFC sharing and pairing capability. This allows contacts, videos and images to be shared with other NFC-enabled devices and smartphones, as well as pairing with NFC-enabled mobile accessories such as speakers and headsets.

The Nokia 700 is due to arrive in the third quarter of this year and is expected to retail at around €270, or around £240.


The biggest story of the fifth week came from Samsung, by announced three new handsets running their bada OS – the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y devices.

The new mobile phone line up houses a flagship device with only the second ever AMOLED appearance in a Samsung mobile. There is also an ‘M’ model that relates to ‘Magical’, which is a high-performance mobile phone and at a low-end cost, where a ‘Y’ phone is an entry-level product aimed at the younger arena with a more sensitive price point.

Samsung’s Wave 3 arrives with a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen, with a 1.4GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video recording and 3GB of internal storage with the new Samsung bada 2.0 OS.

The Wave M will tip up with a 3.65-inch HVGA 320×480 TFT LCD display, running from the same CPU, camera, LED flash and OS set up as the Wave 3, only with 150MB of memory and a 2GB microSD card.

Samsung Wave Y ships with a 3.2-inch HVGA 320×480 TFT LCD screen, an 832MHz processor, a 2 MP camera with an LED flash, the same memory as the ‘M’ and bada version 2.0.


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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.