HTC Desire HD
BlackBerry Torch 9800
Nokia N8
BlackBerryCurve 8520
Apple iPhone 16GB
HTC Wildfire Brown
Samsung Tocco Lite
HTC Desire
BlackBerry Curve 9300
Samsung Galaxy S

Mobile phone touchscreen technology

Category : Mobile Phones

Mobile phone touchscreen technology is fast becoming the most sought after feature on mobile handsets, ever since the technology was revealed with the award winning iPhone from Apple, consumers have been clamouring to own mobile phones with a screen giving touch control. Of course today almost every phone manufacturer offers touchscreen technology in their phones, but there are many different types of touchscreens and some types of integration are better than others – so how do you decide which touchscreen is for you?

There are basically 3 different types of touchscreen – Resistive Touchscreen, Capacitive touchscreen and Infrared touchscreens.

Resistive touchscreens are probably the most widely used of all the touch screen technologies, particularly in mobile phones. Resistive touchscreens are cheap to manufacture and offer good resistance to water and dust, however they are easily scratched. One of the advantages of resistive touchscreens is that you can use any object to touch them (ie finger, stylus, pen etc) and they have a long lifespan of around 35 million clicks. Examples of mobiles using resistive touchscreens are the The Nokia X3 Touch and Type, Nokia X2, ZTE Racer and Alcatel OT-880.

Capacitive touchscreens come in 2 basic types- screens that can recognize multiple touches simultaneously and screens which cannot. These capacitive touchscreens are more expensive than the resistive types, but they are scratch resistant (in addition to being moisture and dust resistant). This type of touchscreen needs to be touched with an object emitting a constant electric flow – i.e. a human finger – this is how the contact point is determined. So unlike resistive screens which can be touched with any object, capacitive screens are limited to actual fingers! These types of screens do have a longer life than their cheaper resistive counterparts however (about 225 million clicks). Touchscreen phones using capacitive technology include the HTC HD2, LG KM900 Arena and Apple iPhone 4.

One particular and unique application of the capacitive touchscreen is the Active-matrix OLED (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode or AMOLED). This display technology (used in mobile devices such as the HTC Desire, Nokia C7, Nokia N8 and Google Nexus one) integrates capacitive sensor arrays in the AMOLED module. This technology known as Super AMOLED is used primarily in Samsung phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S.

Infrared touchscreens are the most expensive of the all the mobile touchscreen types and they are not affected by moisture, dust or scratches. This type is rarely used in modern mobile phone touchscreens. By far the most popular type of touchscreen with manufacturers today is the capacitive type mainly due to the increased responsiveness and higher quality display.

Apple iPhone 4 Mobile Phone Review and Deals in the UK

Category : Apple, Mobile Phones

The original Apple iPhone was in a class of its own when first launched 3 years ago. Since then, many other manufacturers have risen to the challenge and are producing smartphones with all the features that initially made the iPhone such a success (such as the HTC Desire, Sony Ericsson Xperia, and BlackBerry 9800). Features such as internet access, social networking and email are now commonplace. So will the new iPhone continue to be the class leader, or will it be regulated to an also ran?

The new iPhone 4 is without doubt a fantastic mobile phone, although some may be disappointed by the new look which no longer has the trademark curved edges of the previous models. This new model, in terms of looks at least, is harder to distinguish from other touchscreen phones from rival manufacturers. However the new design is more practical and certainly feels substantial and expensive. Slightly slimmer than the iPhone 3 model, the iPhone 4 uses a strong, scratch resistant aluminosilicate material to cover the screen and a stainless steel chassis for extra strength – this is a handset that feels built to last!

The screen on the latest model is a revelation, there was not much wrong with the previous screen, but the quality of the display on the iPhone 4 is outstanding. According to Apple the new display has 4x the resolution of the old screen! This startling improvement comes via the use of Apple’s “retina display” system which uses pixels so small they are undetectable by the human eye! The sharpness, contrast and colour, rival any AMOLED screen, yet the iPhone 4 uses a simple backlit LED display. Photos, videos, menu graphics, and games all look great, but where the iPhone 4 display really shines is the ebook reader display. Using Apple’s own ebook reader software, the pages are displayed with clarity to rival that of Apples own iPad tablet device!

Virtually everything on the iPhone 4 is improved and upgraded over the old model. There’s now a 5 megapixel camera with built in LED flash which takes excellent photographs even in lowlight conditions, HD video capture and playback with quality that will worry camcorder manufacturers, and a new A4 processor which gives multitasking capabilities – the Achilles heel of previous iPhone models! A bigger battery along with new power management software also improves another of the iPhone’s previous weaknesses, namely battery life. This latest model in practice rarely needs charging during daily use – unlike the old model which would need charging at lunchtime to top-up!

Advantages: Fantastic LED screen, great 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, improved practical design, improved call quality, multitasking now possible.

Disadvantages: Still a minor reception issue with left hand use, high price, no Flash video, social networking integration not as straightforward as competitors handsets

The Apple iPhone 4 is a fantastic mobile device, its expensive but you wont feel short-changed if you own one. Except perhaps the decision not to support Flash video – again! Apple insist that the new HTML 5 and other internet standards will take over from Flash video and be a better all round experience, this is fine, but in the meantime those ‘Flash not detected’ messages are going to be a real pain for iPhone users! Available on T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone.

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T-mobile Network and Phone reviews

Category : Mobile Phones

One 2 One was re-branded as T-Mobile back in 2002 at which point T-Mobile became the first UK mobile network to offer picture messaging and also started offering HotSpots around the Uk in conjunction with Starbucks. On 1st July 2010, T-Mobile UK became part of Everything Everywhere Limited – a company formed through the merger of the mobile phone network heavyweights T-Mobile UK and Orange UK. Everything Everywhere Limited is now the UK’s biggest communications company, with 28 million customers and more than 720 retail stores combined. Everything Everywhere Limited has major plans to transform the mobile communications industry by giving customers instant access to everything everywhere, offering the best value, best choice and best network experience in the country.

T-Mobile phone reviews

  • Alcatel OT-380
    The Alcatel OT-380 is a stylish candy bar style phone with TFT display, VGA Camera, Stereo FM radio, and numerous connectivity options including WAP 2.0 browser, GPRS and Bluetooth.
  • HTC Desire Z The HTC Desire Z offers a touchscreen smartphone experience with HTC Sense/Android and plenty of connected features. A powerful Android handset that rivals the Motorola Milestone 2 and may take the top spot.
  • BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 The first BlackBerry with a traditional style keypad. Great messaging and connectivity features in a more conventional handset.
  • Motorola FlipOut We’re highly impressed with the Motorola Flipout – it’s the sort of phone that is good enough on its own merit, but when you find out how competitive the price is, its amazing!
  • Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 A good sized mobile phone with nice screen and good set of features in terms of communications and entertainment, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 also comes with an affordable price tag.
  • Nokia 6303 classic silver The Nokia 6303 Classic offers all the best features of the phones of yesteryear in a solid case. It’s a gtreat phone for those who want easy calling, texting and music features at a budget price.
  • Nokia E5 black A fabulous business mobile phone with cool looks, QWERTY keyboard, email support, fast web access, and all the usual smartphone features like GPS and Wi-Fi.
  • Nokia C6 black Nice build quality, clear and vibrant colour touchscreen, decent camera and great messaging messaging features.
  • Nokia C5 grey A classic looking mobile smartphone with great capabilities. This 3G handset delivers a straightforward experience with user friendly interface and fast internet browsing via 3G.
  • Nokia C7 a great looking phone with lots of mobile features in a compact package(117 mm x 57mm x 10.5mm). The Nokia C7 has a fabulous AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which displays up to 16 million colours.
  • Nokia X2 black red A comfortable and well-designed smart-phone at a competitive price. Unusually for a feature rich smartphone you can days of use from a single charge (Nokia quote 810-minute talk time!)

O2 mobile phone reviews

Category : Mobile Phones

O2

O2 is one of the UK’s leading providers of mobile communications and broadband services to consumers and businesses. A market leader in non-voice services, suchb as texting, media messaging, mobile games, music and video. All through GPRS, HSDPA, 3G and WLAN. Part of the Telefónica O2 Europe group which operates in the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. O2 is also the force behind Tesco Mobile in the UK and Ireland. Formed back in 2001, and now has over 40 million customers across Europe. A proud sponsor of the England Rugby Team and Arsenal Football Club, and of course naming rights sponsor of the famous O2 Arena.

O2 mobile phone reviews

  • Dell Streak 32GB The versatile 5-inch Android tablet that fills the gap between a smartphone and other larger tablets or netbooks.
  • HTC HD7 HTC Desire HD Massive 4.3-inch touch screen display makes everything easier to view and Windows Phone 7 operating ssytem is awesome on this phone.
  • HTC Desire Z fabulous Sense User Interface, great engineering and good build quality with excellent QWERTY keyboard that feels good to use.
  • BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 purple The first phone BlackBerry has produced with a standard numerical keypad rather than a QWERTY keyboard with with BlackBerry’s SureType predictive text engine.
  • LG KS365 purple a good mobile phone if you want an attractive handset featuring music and video player with affordable price tag.
  • Sony Ericsson Zylo black Majoring in Imaging, Media & Entertainment with a Walkman music player and FM radio. Stylish and slick handset with curved edges.
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 A great mid range Android smart phone, similar to the X10 Mini but with a larger screen. With great media and web capabilities and GPS.
  • Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 Reponsive touchscreen, great battery life, with excellent Twitter and Facebook integration and a great Android skin.
  • Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 Strikinglooks, and a plethora of features including Google applications like Google Talk, Gmail, and YouTube and Picasa integration with high-speed internet browsing experience via Wi-Fi and HSDPA.
  • Nokia 2330 classic silver A combination of cool design and top specification. The 2330 Classic features a built-in VGA camera, Bluetooth and FM radio. With a talktime of 4 hours and 528 hours of standby time on one battery charge.
  • Nokia 1800 A practical phone with long battery life and all the essential features. Up to 8 hours and 30 minutes of non-stop talk time. An affordable, durable handset in a slim, stylish frame great for emergency use.
  • Nokia N8 Impressive list of features, including HD video, 12 megapixel camera, cracking display, extended battery life, tons of connectivity options and a slick design.

Vodafone Network and Mobile Phones

Category : Mobile Phones

Vodafone made history in the UK by making the very first mobile phone call at midnight on 1 January 1985. Fifteen years later, the Vodafone etwork was the largest communications company in Europe and the largest of its kind worldwide. By the year 2000 1 in 2 people in the Uk had a mobile phone and a third of them were connected to Vodafone! According to Vodafone,their success has been a direct result of investment, innovation and award winning customer service. Vodafone ffer mobile phones on contract and pay as you go from manufacturers such as BlackBerry, HTC, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Nexus One. Along with a range of mobile internet services such as connect dongles for laptops and PC’s.

Full reviews and latest deals on Vodafone obile phones

  • Alcatel OT-880 white The Alcatel OT-880 white is an incredibly cheap mobile phone, for the money, its easy to recommend.
  • HTC 7 Trophy A reassuringly solid yet slim and compact handset with expensive brushed aluminium and chrome casing
  • BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 is an update to the Curve smart-phone range. With 3G connectivity a welcome addition.
  • Motorola Milestone XT720 The Motorola Milestone XT720 has a few features never seen before in an Android handset. An 8-megapixel camera and a Xenon flash for starters!
  • LG Cookie Lite T300 black a good mobile phone for those looking for a simple touchscreen handset, easy to use and looks good.
  • Sony Ericsson Zylo black A more feature packed device than the Spiro, memory is great even without the micro SD card and sounds awesome.
  • Samsung Monte Slider E2550 The sleek, Monte Slider E2550 phone is affordable and great for talking, texting and taking photos on the move.
  • Samsung Xcover E2370 A solid mobile phone with good alround performance. Awesome features with excellent battery backup, loud sound from speaker, photo calls and lots of other features
  • Samsung Tocco Lite Attractive designed handset with good touchscreen user interface, budget price, big list of features and good battery performance.
  • Samsung Galaxy S Superb touchscreen, fast processor, slim chassis design, great audio and HD video recording.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 A pretty sleek device that suits its intended purpose perfectly. Delivering impressively smooth performance allowing you to stay in touch on the go.
  • Nokia X3 Touch and Type black The entry-level smartphone from Nokia, offering a uniquel blend of hardware keypad and touchscreen display.

Orange Network and Mobile Phones

Category : Mobile Phones

Orange Network
Orange launched way back in 1994 with an aim to change the way we communicate with each other in the UK and beyond. being the fourth mobile network in the Uk they obviously had to do things differently to capture market share. They achieved this by offering innovative products and services (for instance Orange were the first network to offer per second billing). Orange today serves more than 175 million customers across 5 continents. Ranking at number three in Europe in terms of mobile operations and number one for broadband Internet services. On July 1st 2010, Orange UK and T-Mobile UK became the UK’s largest communications company Everything Everywhere.

Orange Contract phones
Check out list of mobile phone reviews on Orange network:-

  • Alcatel OT-880 white a tiny touchscreen mobile phone with full pull out Qwerty keyboard and futuristic design!
  • Alcatel OT-980 Destined to be a big seller with low to medium price range with sub £100 pricing and a huge range of smartphone features. Alcatel’s flagship top of the range model.
  • Alcatel OT-380 a budget mobile and true multimedia phone with all the main functions in spite of the incredibly low price.
  • HTC 7 Mozart A Windows Phone 7 phone offering high fidelity, surround sound experience for music and video playback
  • HTC HD2 a toughened up version of the HTC Touch HD. With special 4.3 inch screen that hardens upon impact to protect the phone
  • HTC Desire Z The latest Android operating system interface and a full qwerty keyboard with unique swivel action!
  • HTC Desire HD The HTC Desire is a fantastic phone in its own right, Now HTC have launched a “super-sized” version – the HTC Desire HD with an amazing 4.3 inch (800 x 480 pixel resolution ) touchscreen
  • BlackBerry Torch 9800 A Blackberry product which tries to woo new users with the addition of a touchscreen. The 9800 is a radical departure from the classic Blackberry layout!
  • LG Cookie Lite T300 black The LG Cookie Lite T300 is a fashionable handset but not just a pretty face however, this phone is packed with features.
  • Sony Ericsson Zylo black a slider Walkman mobile phone with an emphasis on music/entertainment!
  • Samsung Tocco Lite the touch screen phone for the masses! Cheap contracts and competitive prices make the Samsung Tocco Lite an attractive buying proposition for those that want all the goodies!
  • Nokia 1800 The Nokia 1800 is a basic mobile phone, for those who do not require all the bells and whistles.
  • Nokia X3 Touch and Type black The Nokia X3 Touch and Type is an unusual mobile phone offering a combination of touch screen display AND standard alphanumeric keypad. A quad band GSM handset.
  • Nokia N8 The Nokia N8 is the best touchscreen smartphone from Nokia to date, with sturdy looking aliminium case and fantastic 12 megapixel camera.

ZTE Racer Mobile Phone Review

Category : Mobile Phones, ZDE

The budget smartphone market is full of great phones with tons of high tech features for very little money like the LG Optimus GT540 and HTC Wildfire, but now the new kid on the block – ZTE Racer – comes along and undercuts all the opposition! But what do you actually get for your money, is the ZTE Racer actually any good?

Well, there is certainly some evidence of cost cutting, particularly in terms of the screen and the overall design/look of the phone. First of all the general impression when you first pick up the phone is the lightweight, almost flimsy feel to it. Secondly the screen utilises older technology in the shape of resistive, rather than capacitive, touchscreen.

The lightweight, plastic chassis we can forgive as this makes the phone very easy to cary in a pocket, but using a resistive screen means no multi-touch capabilities and less responsive user experience in general. Making web browsing in particular (you have to use the browser’s zooming controls or double-tap to zoom in or out), and navigation in general less user friendly. In saying that, for a resisitive screen, the ZTE Racer display actually performs pretty well. At least with Android 2.1 the interface is slick (unlike some budget smartphones still using Android 1.6).

The call quality on the ZTE Racer is pretty impressive too, this can be a problem on budget handsets which many people wont realise simply by browsing a phones specification. The range of connectivity options is fantastic giving all the same options as much more expensive handsets. With Wi-Fi, HSDPA over 3G, Bluetooth and GPS support. A good range of multimedia capabilities too with decent sound output (even with supplied headphones), FM radio and a standard 3.5mm jack. A 3.2 megapixel camera is included with good performance but unfortunately no flash.

Advantages: A small and light smartphone, latest Android 2.1 operating system, wide range of connectivity options, low price tag undercuts all the opposition

Disadvantages: uses outdated resistive screen technology, plasticky design feels flimsy although build quality looks fine, extremely small power and screen-lock key is awkward to get at.

It’s not perfect, but the ZTE Racer offers features like GPS, HSDPA and Wi-Fi all wrapped up with the latest Android OS at an unbeatable price. It’s obviously not as good as top of the range handsets like the HTC Desire, but, at a fraction of the price, it’s a good choice.

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Dell Streak 32GB Mobile Phone Review

Category : Dell, Mobile Phones

The Dell Streak 32GB Mobile Phone is one of many iPad rivals trying to beat Apple at their own game. This sleek, tablet device with its 5 inch multi touch screen, has the processing power and functionality, with the latest Android operating system, to take on not only the iPad, but all the big guns in the mobile tablet device/smartphone market.

So is the Dell Streak 32GB a smartphone or a tablet device? Perhaps a “smart-tablet”? The lines are increasingly becoming blurred but there is no doubt the Streak is a contender for the iPad crown and the pick of the smartphone bunch such as the HTC Desire, Google Nexus One and Motorola Milestone.

In terms of looks, the Dell Streak 32GB follows the typical tablet layout with a landscape home screen rather than the portrait layout seen on most touchscreen smartphones. The multi-touch screen at just 5 inches would normally be considered too small to be a tablet device, yet too large to be considered a smartphone. The Dell Streak has obviously set out to occupy the middle ground and serve as both a smartphone and tablet – but does it offer the best of both worlds or is it just a poor compromise?

The Dell Streak 32GB a very sleek device, at just 9.98mm, it’s even slimmer than the HTC Desire. The entire front screen is a touch sensitive panel with Back, Menu and Home buttons, each of these buttons provides feedback by way of haptic vibration (a tactile feedback technology that takes advantage of a user’s sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, and/or motions to the user) upon contact. So far sounds like a normal tablet device, but add in the decent 5 megapixel camera with dual flash and a front facing VGA web cam and suddenly iPad owners are getting jealous!

The display features reinforced, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, an environmentally friendly alkali-aluminosilicate thin-sheet glass. Elegant, lightweight and extremely durable. With 480 x 800 pixel resolution that perfectly suits widescreen video footage.

Advantages: Gorilla glass screen with rich and vibrant colours, great camera, fantastic web browser, sleek and slim design, top hardware spec with fast processor, Google maps satellite navigation. For those looking for a compromise between the iPad and a decent smartphone, this is as good as it gets!

Disadvantages: Music player only average for this type of device, that gorilla glass screen shows fingerprints all too easily.

The Dell Streak 32GB is not as good as an iPad for watching movies and not quite as good as the top smartphones as a mobile device. However it offers most of the benefits of tablet devices and smartphones in a very attractive looking package with a competitive price tag. It is certainly the closest thing to the best of both worlds currently on the market. Available now on O2.

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Alcatel OT-880 white Mobile Phone Review

Category : Alcatel, Mobile Phones

The Alcatel OT-880 white is a tiny touchscreen mobile with a pull out Qwerty keyboard. It’s looks are a little unconventional, with some loving the futuristic design while others think it looks like a prop from a science fiction movie! Its not the slimmest handset (thanks to qwery keyboard) at 17mm, but will still fit into most pockets with ease. Despite the chunky size, this phone can feel somewhat flimsy to hold, it has a cheap and flimsy feeling about it – but then again, it is really cheap!

The 2.5 inch display is a little disappointing. A TFT (resistive) design, with a resolution of 240×320 pixels which is pretty basic nowadays. The graphics can look slightly blurry, certainly not as sharp as class leaders. However the display itself is set quite far back from the surface of the phone so should remain reasonably scratch free over time. This combination of small screen and less than sharp graphics can lead to a lot of mistakes during icon selections, care is needed when using this touchscreen which can test your patience. Luckily the interface itself is simple to navigate.

The pull-out Qwerty keyboard is reasonable, with nice wide spaces between the keys for faster selections, and a good space bar that’s clearly separated from the rest of the keys, which is great for fast texting or emailing.

There’s a basic 2 megapixel camera included on the OT-880. However, “basic” is perhaps being kind in this instance as the photo software is so slow with huge delays that you basically end up taking pictures of what you were looking at a few seconds ago – fine for still images but annoying for everything else. The camcorder function is no better unfortunately.

The Alcatel OT-880 white does have full 3G connectivity however. So web browsing or social networking is relatively quick. There’s no Wi-Fi support so you will be limited to your mobile internet service and the associated tariffs.

Advantages: Simple and intuitive interface, easy to navigate, 3G connectivity, really cheap to buy on pay as you go or on contract deals.

Disadvantages: General perception of flimsiness and poor build quality, crappy camera/camcorder, no WiFi.

Disappointing in a number of ways, however the Alcatel OT-880 white is incredibly cheap – less than a fiver on some contracts, T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone– so you cant really expect this to perform like a top of the range flagship phone, for the money, its easy to recommend.

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Alcatel OT-980 black Mobile Phone Review

Category : Alcatel, Mobile Phones

The Alcatel OT-980 is designed to be a big seller with sub £100 pricing and a huge range of smartphone features. Despite the low to mid-range pricing this is Alcatel’s flagship top of the range model. It’s certainly a competitively priced handset, with 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and slider qwerty keyboard for under a ton! Think of the OT-980 as a budget version of the BlackBerry Torch 9800.

Lets get some of the not so good stuff out of the way first – the Alcatel OT-980, like most slider phones, is pretty chunky at just under 16mm thick. The qwerty keyboard responsible for this “chunkiness” is not the best on the market, and the screen is too small by smartphone standards. However, in this price range, none of these shortcomings are a major problem at all. Obviously there has to be some cost cutting measures at this price level. The resistive screen itself is not too bad, just seems lacklustre when compared to the more modern (and expensive) capacitive screens available.

The android operating system (version 2.1) is well up to the job even without a skin (like the HTC Desire), plenty of neat widgets and an easy to use interface. Our favourite Android feature is that by simply holding down the large Home icon gives you easy access to the six apps you’ve used most frequently. Simple and effective. Call quality is good especially when using speakerphone which is louder than most. The slide out qwerty keyboard is responsive and great for fast texting, however keys may be slightly too small for some and its far from the best keyboard gracing a mobile phone today.

Internet use is perhaps the main feature of smartphones, in general, the web browsing experience with the Alcatel OT-980 is good, with WiFi and 3G providing download speeds up to 7mbps. But ultimately, the browsing experience is always going to be limited of course by that small screen, with most pages you will need to do a lot of zooming/resizing, but at least these features are intuitive and efficient with just a double tap required on the area you need to zoom/view thanks to the latest version of the Android OS. The onboard multimedia player allows you to listen to music using 3.5mm headphone jack or via Bluetooth headset. A basic 2 megapixel camera with photos and video recording capability is also provided.

Advantages: very competitive price for a fully featured smartphone with good deals on T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone, standard 3.5mm headset connector allows you to use your favourite headphones (including wireless bluetooth headset),

Disadvantages: small screen is annoying, keyboard keys little bit too small for some, camera is basic, handset a bit chunky at 15.9mm

Find the cheapest deals and tariffs on T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone or the Alcatel OT-980 black now!

Alcatel OT-380 blue Mobile Phone Review

Category : Alcatel, Mobile Phones

The Alcatel OT-380 Mobile Phone is a compact and light weight handset with a funky design. Despite the fact this is a budget mobile and it measures just 91mm x 45mm x 19.2 mm and weighs in at just 90g. This is a true multimedia phone which supports all the main functions required by modern mobile users in spite of the incredibly low price. Working on dual band GSM network with a 1.8 inch TFT display with a pretty basic resolution of 128 x 160 pixels. Never the less, the screen is useful and clear displaying up to 65,000 colours.

The illuminating (blue) numeric keypad is also responsive with a positive action making it easy to use for basic texting or even photo messaging. Polyphonic and mp3 ring tones are supported and their is even a rudimentary 0.3 megapixel camera with resolution of 640×480 pixels and digital zoom. A built-in music player allows you to playback mp3, WMA and eAAC+ file formats and there is even a Stereo FM radio tuner with RDS.

Connectivity on the Alcatel OT-380 blue is pretty decent with GPRS, Bluetooth and miniUSB interface available. Battery life is good with 350 hours in standby mode and up to 7 hours of talk time. The retail pack includes 650maH battery, charger, single earphone, miniUSB cable and straightforward user manual.

Advantages: The Alcatel OT-380 has amazing looks for what is essentially a bargain basement mobile phone with the funky blue colour display sitting above a blue backlit navigation key and luminous slide down keypad. Just a few short years ago this would have been considered a top of the range device which shows how fast mobile technology is moving forward. Everything is simple to use on this phone and the amount of features included at this price level is astounding.

Disadvantages: No 3g or WiFi, very basic camera on board, earphone supplied in retail pack is rudimentary to say the least. WAP Internet Browser is also basic but lets face it at this price the fact this phone is even capable of browsing the web is a bonus!

With the exception of some high tech features like 3G and WiFi, the Alcatel OT-380 blue provides a wide range of useful features in addition to the basic functions of calling and texting at a very reasonable price indeed on T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone!


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Vodafone or the Alcatel OT-380 blue now!

Alcatel OT-209 Mobile Review

Category : Alcatel, Mobile Deals

The Alcatel OT-209 is one of the cheapest mobile phones on the market, with deals available for as little as £2.50 on pay as you go! Obviously this is not a mobile phone for those who like to be on the cutting edge of technology, nor for those who need to make a fashion statement by owning the latest model handset. This is a phone for those who require a mobile but don’t want to pay through the nose for it! It has an obvious appeal as a back-up mobile or emergency phone due to the ridiculously low price.

As you would expect from a phone this cheap, it doesn’t exactly look cutting edge, its not exactly ugly, just “plain”. With plastic chassis (no brushed aluminium at this price) rubbery buttons and a small screen it looks like what it is – basic. However, sometimes basic is good! there are many mobile phone users who never use the majority of features available on modern smartphones, so why pay for them?

As far as budget phones go, the Alcatel OT-209 has everything you need, plus more. Easy to use texting (with predictive text), clear call quality, handy built in LED torch, FM radio and some basic functions like alarm clock, calendar and stopwatch. Battery life is fantastic (no doubt due to lack of high tech battery sapping features) with around 7 days of basic use between charges – try doing that with your smartphone!

There is of course no camera, 3G or WiFi. There is however one potentially useful function that is unexpected – a “fake call” function! Simply holding down the navigation button triggers the ringing tone, handy for getting out of boring conversations!

Advantages: Incredibly cheap, perfectly functional mobile phone, handy “Fake call” function, great battery life

Disadvantages: Not the best looking mobile phone! no camera, 3G or WiFi. Retail pack only provides single earphone and you will need adaptor to use your own headphones.

The Alcatel OT-209 isn’t the prettiest phone out there, but it’s perfectly usable and as cheap as chips on Orange and Vodafone. As an emergency mobile phone or even a primary handset for basic usage, its easy to recommend it as a good buy. In fact it may have a certain practical appeal for those who make a point of not following the latest fashion or trends.

Find the cheapest deals and tariffs on Orange and Vodafone or the Alcatel OT-209 Rugged now!

HTC HD2 Rugged Mobile Review

Category : HTC, Mobile Phones

The HTC Touch HD2 is essentially a toughened up version of the HTC Touch HD. With a special 4.3 inch touchscreen (displays up to 65,000 colours with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels) that hardens upon impact to protect the phone and a unique thick stylus designed to be usable even wearing thick gloves. Weighing in at 157 grams and measuring 120.5mm x 67mm x 11mm, this is a compact smartphone designed to take some knocks! Running on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with the pocket office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and a PDF viewer) installed, the HTC HD2 Rugged is ready to face the everyday challenges of work and play.

The HD2 Rugged is packed with the latest features such as a 5 megapixel camera (with geo-tagging, autofocus, dual LED flash and video recording capability), touchscreen with auto-rotation and handwriting recognition, Quad band reception and 3G HSDPA, GPRS and EDGE support, WiFi built in and Bluetooth A2DP support.

Although this phone is designed to be used as a professional robust handset for those working outdoors and/or those who have active occupations or hobbies, it does not disappoint in terms of entertainment. With dedicated camera key taking photos and recording video is fast and fun, videos can be played in WMV, 3GP, MPEG4, 3G2, M4V, AVI, and ASF formats. The integrated music player supporting all the popular file formats (including mp3) offers a great listening experience and the inclusion of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack means users can simply plug in their favourite headphones. An FM radio is also included and the phone supports downloadable games.

Connectivity options are numerous with internet access through HSDPA connection, WiFi hotspots, EDGE, GPRS, micro-USB and Bluetooth. memory storage of up to 32Gb (via microSd card) means you can store all your music, video and photos easily on the HTC HD2 Rugged.

Advantages: Amazing Tech21 d3o protection case (a specially engineered material made with intelligent molecules. They flow with the product but upon shock, lock together to absorb the impact energy). Specially designed stylus easy to use in all situations even with thick gloves. Good 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flashlight, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Windows Media Player, HSDPA, GPRS/EDGE , WiFi, Bluetooth A2DP, long battery life. Good deals on Orange.

Disadvantages: Touchscreen not as slick as class leaders, uses Windows 6.5 operating system, not in same league as the latest Windows 7.

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Full review on the HTC Desire white

Category : HTC, Mobile Phones

A potentially class winning mobile phone featuring a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7inch OLED screen and the latest Android 2.1 Operating system. The HTC Desire white is very similar to the Google Nexus One and has its sights firmly set on the Apple iPhone. With HTC Sense overlaying the latest Android OS and a huge range of features allied to a sleek design – it may well be the better mobile phone, lets take a look at some of the HTC Desire features in more detail.

The Desire has a 5 megapixel camera which takes decent photographs in good lighting and reasonable snaps in the dark with the LED light (LED lit photos can be a bit harsh but this criticism is shared by all LED flash cameras). Video recording is also impressive even in low light conditions. Viewing images and videos is a joy on the stunning AMOLED screen with 480×800 pixel resolution but there are occasions in bright sunlight when the display can be hard to read (not a major problem in the UK!). One particular area where the HTC Desire easily beats the iPhone is watching streaming video while browsing web sites, the iPhone still does not support Flash whereas the Desire fully supports Flash 10 along with 3GP, 3G2, MP4 and WMV video file formats. The microSD card slot can be used for storage up to 32GB and with high speed connectivity using 3G or on board WiFi downloading movies and music is fast and easy.

The Desire’s integrated web browser is one of the best on the market, super fast, and easy to use. The large screen also makes it more enjoyable surfing the web with some neat resizing features such as multi-touch zoom capability making it easy to view all types of web content. Once again
the Desire beats Apple’s phone in almost every area of internet browsing. The HTC Desire white uses an optical trackpad that registers finger motion over the sensor, rather than the trackball featured on the Nexus One, this is a much more responsive option and looks neater too.

Social networking is well taken care of with the fabulous Sense application “Friendstream” sits on the home screen and combines all your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into one stream, simple and effective.In terms of messaging there are numerous options available such as SMS, MMS and Gmail.

Perhaps the only Achilles heel of this handset is the decision by HTC to fit a 1400mAh battery, this small capacity battery means you’ll probably need to charge the Desire every day.

Advantages: Fast internet browser with Flash support, Friendstream to integrate your updates and contacts across social networks, superb HTC Sense interface and Android OS, inbuilt hands-free kit supplied with headphones and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Disadvantages: some still feel Android OS is a little “geeky”, poor battery life, AMOLED screen can be hard to see in bright sunlight.

There is no doubt the HTC Desire is one of the best phones of all time. Significantly cheaper than the iPhone, but matching or beating the iPhone in all areas.

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HTC 7 Mozart Mobile Phone Review

Category : HTC, Mobile Phones

The HTC 7 Mozart yet another Windows Phone 7 handset from the Taiwanese company, but in addition to the Microsoft standard specification (which can make Windows 7 phones all feel the same) this phone offers a high fidelity, surround sound experience for music and video playback. This is how the Mozart has met the challenge of differentiating itself from the other Windows phones. In addition to the enhanced music and video playback features the HTC 7 Mozart is also smaller than the HTC 7 Trophy and HTC HD7 and has a better camera with 8 megapixel sensor. The basic spec for the HTC 7 Mozart is, as you would expect, similar to the other Windows powered phones with a 1GHz processor, 3.7 inch screen, eight megapixel camera, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Looks wise, the HTC 7 Mozart follows the standard Windows 7 layout with the front of the handset featuring the large screen and Back, Menu and Search buttons below. Clever use of brushed aluminium and chrome inserts highlight the sleek, smart image. The rear casing features the camera lens, xenon flash, speaker and the Windows 7 logo.

The screen is excellent with crisp, bright graphics, however it’s no match for the Super AMOLED screen of the Samsung Omnia 7 or the super sized screen of the HTC HD7. The virtual surround sound offered courtesy of SRS WOW HD sound driver is fantastic, even listening through standard headphones the sound is crystal clear with good bass.

One of the downsides to the Windows Mobile 7 phones is no hot swappable storage, you have to make do with the 8Gb of internal memory. For this reason some will prefer an Android powered HTC handset like the Desire HD for the extra external memory storage.

Advantages: Xenon flash is great for taking photographs in poor light conditions, its brighter and gives better results than the normal LED light found on most mobile phones. Fantastic sound quality, simple and slick Windows 7 user interface, standard 3.5mm headphone jack allows good choice of headphones. Excellent Zune software that allows you sync music easily between your phone and your computer. Setting up email is easy – just require user and password Google, Yahoo, Orange or Hotmail set up.

Disadvantages: Only 8GB of internal storage which can’t be expanded, Windows 7 App store is just getting started so not many apps when compared to the iPhone and Android platforms. No HTC Sense as Windows will not allow the overlay of user interface skins. only available on Orange.


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HTC 7 Trophy Full Review

Category : HTC, Mobile Phones

The HTC 7 Trophy is a reassuringly solid handset with a high quality feel, yet somehow managing to be slim and compact at the same time! At 140g and measuring just 62mm x 119mm x 12mm, the Trophy will easily fit into any pocket. This handset even looks expensive with brushed aluminium and chrome casing. The display is large at 3.8 inches (although obviously not as large as the HTC Desire HD) and has good resolution and sharp graphics courtesy of the new Windows 7mobile operating system. As already noted in other HTC mobile reviews, this latest version of the Windows mobile OS is light years ahead of previous Windows mobile system. Offering sharp graphics, intuitive and simple interface, slick operation and fast transitions. In fact the only downside to having a Windows 7 powered phone right now is the lack of apps available for downloading, although this will obviously improve over time.

It has to be said that all Windows 7 phones are very similar, this is no doubt due to the minimum spec requirements laid down by Microsoft to ensure consistent Windows 7 experience across all manufacturers hardware. All windows 7 phones for instance, have (as a minimum) touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, FM radio, accelerometer, 1Ghz processor, the same three control keys under screen etc. Once you have used a Windows 7 handset you will certainly have no problems switching models at a later date (much like changing PC/laptop model, the user experience remains basically the same).

The camera is worth noting as at first sounds pretty basic with just a 5 megapixel sensor, however in practice it actually takes nice, clear photos with the included LED flash and the camera software is simple to get to grips with. There is a video recording feature as well which is actually pretty basic but does record decent smooth footage and is not bogged down with endless options which are rarely used.

Advantages: Good display with sharp contrast and vibrant colours, Windows 7 operating system is lightening fast and very slick, decent 5 megapixel camera, feels solid and well made.

Disadvantages: Very similar indeed to other Windows Phone 7 mobiles with nothing to really make this handset stand out from the crowd, not many apps available to download for Windows 7 yet.

The HTC 7 Trophy is a great mobile phone featuring the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. But, remember to check out the other Windows Phone 7 phones that are currently available. The Windows 7 based phones are so similar that it really comes down to a choice of screen size or camera specification within your budget. Available now on T-mobile, o2, Orange and Vodafone

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HTC HD7 Full Review of Window’s 7 flagship phone

Category : HTC, Mobile Phones

The HTC HD7, unlike the HTC Desire Z, utilises the latest Windows Phone 7 operating system. A big departure from HTC’s popular and impressive Android phones. So far the HTC HD7 is exclusive to O2 in the UK. All the new Windows & mobiles are packed with features and high tech hardware to a similar specification including 1GHz processors, at least 8GB of memory, 5 megapixel camera sensors (minimum) and large touch screens.

The HTC HD7 has the largest touchscreen out of all the latest Windows 7 handsets at 4.3 inches. The screen on the HD7 looks so large it’s almost like a tablet device! This of course makes it a joy to use for internet browsing, watching video or playing games.

While the large screen has many advantages, one disadvantage is the size of the actual handset, the slab design and large size combine to make it awkward and sometimes uncomfortable to use, particularly during long calls. On the plus side this new Windows 7 operating system is light years ahead of Windows Mobile. This latest mobile Windows OS is so far ahead of the old system it bears no relation – this is no minor upgrade but a complete (necessary) revamp for the better. The new interface is extremely user friendly and easy to navigate quickly. With handy shortcuts to services like Windows Live (hotmail, office and Skydrive cloud storage for files) and there is even support for Google accounts too.

The HTC HD7 comes with Zune (basically Microsoft version of iTunes) and once Zune is installed on your computer syncing music files, videos and podcasts via USB cable is effortless. Unfortunately, unlike the HTC Desire Z, the HD7 currently does not support Flash video online, but in fairness Flash support is pretty new and hardly any mobile phones have this capability as yet. One other drawback on the web experience is that the web browser seems to be hard wired for Yahoo search only – annoying!

Advantages: Fantastic 4.3 inch screen with vibrant colours, easy and flexible user interface courtesy of Windows 7, neat Zune software, reasonably priced music store with all the latest content, responsive touchscreen, handy flip-out stand for watching videos

Disadvantages: Social networking integration and options could be better, annoying Yahoo search in the browser (though this is expected to be changed in early 2011 update), no expandable memory, battery life poor – even with moderate use expect to charge daily

The HTC HD7 is possibly the best device for the launch of Windows Phone 7, with its good looks, fantastic screen and totally revamped Windows OS which is fun and easy to use.

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HTC Desire Z Full Review and Comparison

Category : HTC, Mobile Phones

The HTC Desire Z, part of the new Android range from HTC, is designed to offer the best of the latest Android operating system, along with the excellent HTC “Sense” interface and a full qwerty keyboard. The first thing users will notice about the HTC Desire Z is the size, it’s considerably bulkier than most smartphones due to the large screen and qwerty keyboard hinged underneath. At 60mm by 119mm by 14mm, some users have described the Desire Z as a real slab of a phone! However this has probably more to do with the fact there are some incredible slim mobiles on the market, rather than the actual size of the Desire Z, it still fits in most pockets easily and is comfortable to use and hold. It certainly feels substantial with its quality machined aluminium casing.

The keyboard has a unique action, swivelling out on three individual hinges in a way reminiscent of the “Transformers” science fiction figures. Some have reservations about the durability of these hinges due to the complex mechanism, but they appear to be well made and substantial in design. The keys themselves are responsive and easy to feel with a good gap surrounding them for fast texting and a large space bar which can be accessed by either thumb.

The 3.7 inch screen is fantastic, the colour and sharpness of the display are amazing. In fact, it’s so good that you may find you do not miss the extra size offered by the Desire HD and others. This fine display is assisted by a 800MHz processor to ensure no blurring or hesitation switching between applications and screens. The performance is very close to the class leading iPhone, perhaps not quite as slick, but certainly not sluggish by any means.

The Desire Z uses the Android 2.2 operating system, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. This means you will have access to thousands of apps downloadable via the Android Market. Crucially, it also means there is support for Flash player 10, which means when it comes to watching online videos, the HTC Desire Z has a major advantage over the iPhone which currently does not support Flash 10.

Social integration is excellent using the HTC widget “Friendstream”. This widget combines Twitter, Facebook and Flickr feeds seamlessly. The HTCSense.com service is also worthy of mention, this service allows you to track your handset via GPS and even wipe the handset remotely in case of theft or loss.

The amount of features and services available on the HTC Desire Z are breathtaking, it would be easier to list the features that are not available! In fact one of the major advantages of the Desire Z is the fact that it has managed to make all the phone’s features easily accessible and simple to navigate without confusion. All the main features like the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus, web browser (3G and Wi-Fi), and multimedia, are just a click away from the home screen. Available now on o2 and Orange.

Advantages: Amazing bright and colourful screen, high quality construction with solid aluminium casing, responsive touchscreen AND a full qwerty keyboard, integrated web browser with Flash player 10 support.

Disadvantages: A bit heavier and bulkier than most competitors, some concern over the durability of the complex hinging mechanisms on the qwerty keyboard

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