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Weekly Review – 16th September

The week began with One Mobile Ring publishing a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, Virgin Media got a sub £10 Alcatel phone, we brought out a hands-on walkthrough on video of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, where Vodafone listed a new Samsung youth mobile.

Earlier on in the week, OMR published hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the Samsung Galaxy W, Sky released a news app for Windows Phone 7, Vodafone began selling the Xperia ray and Orange got its first Windows Phone ‘Mango’ handset.

Midweek, Nokia announced an integrated phone to car app, HTC launched a Dr. Dre beats mobile phone, where One Mobile Ring brought out another hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman and we published an initial thoughts review of the BlackBerry Curve 9360.

Later on in the week, OMR brought out a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the HTC Sensation XE, Samsung launched a premium app store and we published a hands-on walkthrough on video of the HTC Sensation XE, where Phones 4u got the HTC Sensation XE exclusively.

At the end of the week, we published a hands-on walkthrough in images of the HTC Radar, a hands-on walkthrough on video of the HTC Titan and another walkthrough in pictures of the Nokia 500.


The biggest story of the week came from HTC, by introducing the HTC Sensation XE – their first handset with a bundled in Dr. Dre set of in-ear headphones.

The Sensation XE is an updated version of the original HTC Sensation handset, which was launched in April this year as their first ever dual-core processor handset.

HTC’s Sensation XE arrives with a 4.3-inch SLCD capacitive touch screen, with an included 8GB microSD card and a 8 megapixel camera, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with the latest HTC Sense overlay.

There’s been a change in the CPU department, which has been increased from a dual-core 1.2GHz processor to a 1.5GHz variant.

At the heart of the HTC Sensation XE is a combination of audio software and hardware, which automatically switches to a bespoke Beats by Dr. Dre sound profile and delivers audio tracks tuned specifically for those headphones.


The next most significant piece was when One Mobile Ring published a hands-on walkthrough on video of the HTC Sensation XE, with Dr Dre Beats integrated here.


The third largest news item came from OMR again, who has taken stock of the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and months ahead of actually going on sale – an Initial Thoughts review here.


The following most significant story was when One Mobile Ring published a hands-on walkthrough on video of the HTC Titan, the company’s first Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ handset with their largest display - here.


The fifth biggest piece was when Phones 4u announced a partnership with HTC, which sees the handset seller secure a lead time on the first phone to feature Dr Dre Beats – in the Sensation XE.

Phones 4u will be offering the HTC Sensation XE a reported week earlier than everyone else, along with exclusively stocking the original HTC Sensation in white, from 1st October this year.

The HTC Sensation XE will be available from Phones 4u stores and online from £36 a month, and on a choice of networks with the first model arriving for £31 a month.

As a part of this Phones 4u-HTC deal the phone stockists will also see the company carrying the HTC Radar Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ handset, exclusively in white.

The HTC Radar in white will be available at Phones 4u from October, free from £26 a month and on a choice of networks too.


The next most significant news came when Vodafone began carrying the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray mobile phone, on contracts starting from £21.67 a month.

The Xperia ray was launched back in June this year, along with the tough Xperia active handset and Qwerty keyboard based BlackBerry-esque txt phone.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray arrives with a 3.3-inch 854×480 capacitive touch screen with a reality display and the Sony mobile Bravia engine, with a 1GHz processor, an 8.1 megapixel camera that is capable of HD 720p video recording, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 and the traditional SE software.

The Xperia ray has all of the same key features as the flagship Sony Ericsson arc, only that handset arrives with a larger 4.2-inch screen instead.


The seventh largest story was Orange making public it will be carrying the recently announced HTC Radar mobile phone, which is based upon the upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 OS – known by the code-name of ‘Mango’.

The High Tech Computer Corporation’s Radar device was unveiled along with the 4.7-inch screen Titan phone, where both handsets are the very first mobiles that are set to arrive with the latest Microsoft platform.

Orange has added the HTC Radar to their ‘Coming Soon’ page on their website, although no pre-ordering webpage has been added as yet to the network’s site.

HTC’s Radar arrives with a 3.8-inch 480s800 SLCD capacitive touch screen, with a single core 1GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage.

The Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ is set to carry 500 new features, with its IE9 using the same code as the desktop version and Twitter and Linkedin now integrated into the People Hub.


The following most significant item came Sky News, by introduced a free application for Microsoft Windows Phone 7 handsets, which brings with it all the channel and website has to offer.

The Sky News app has been developed in partnership with Microsoft, which combines all of Sky News’ rich content only with the design of Windows Phone.

The app allows WP7 users to watch live Sky News on their mobile, whilst staying up to date with breaking national and international news and send stories directly from their phone to the newsroom.

The key features of the application include: the latest news feeds in both video and text, access to live TV, with video and radio bulletins, own report submissions, with Facebook and Twitter article sharing.

Existing Sky News mobile applications have been downloaded by over 4 million people, on iPhone, Android and iPad devices.


The penultimate piece of news was Nokia unveiled ‘Nokia Car Mode’ – a standalone application that optimises a Nokia mobile phone, for use within a car by connecting the handset in to the car’s dashboard.

The Nokia car mode features an optimised user interface that simplifies access and use of Nokia Drive, which is their own voice-guided car navigation with Nokia Maps, with traffic updates, music and voice calls while driving.

This Nokia car mode will be the first commercially available solution to support MirrorLink, formerly known as Terminal Mode.

MirrorLink is a standard smartphone-to-car connectivity platform that is backed by over 20 major global brands, from across different industries within the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC).

With MirrorLink, mobile phones can be connected to in-car displays, car controls systems, and car audio systems where consumers can control their smartphones via the car dashboard, as if the device and its apps were integrated into the car itself.


Lastly, Samsung has announced a new premium Android application store for the UK, which is set to offer a range of best-class games and apps for their handsets.

Samsung’s premium app store for Android has launched today, offering a series of purchasable items in addition to the regular free ones found on the app store – accessible from a Galaxy device.

These applications now include Zenonia, which is a real time combat and exploration quest, The Sims 3 HD, Need for Speed Shift HD and 9mm, amongst others.

Samsung has stated that reverse billing will be possible soon, where the phone owner’s tariff can be charged for the purchase of these apps although credit card billing is only possible at the present.


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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.