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Motorola Milestone XT720 Full Review and Price Comparison

Category : Mobile Phones, Motorola

Basically, the Motorola Milestone XT720 is a Motorola Milestone (aka Droid for the USA) without the qwerty keyboard and the addition of a touchscreen interface with a minor facelift. You get the same 3.7 inch screen but a true flagship mobile phone packed with virtually every possible feature. One of th emany claims to fame with this handset is the 8 megapixel camera on board (to put things into perspective, other top Android powered phones like the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S only have 5 megapixels). In addition to high spec camera, you have all the connectivity features (Wi-Fi, 3G, HSDPA and Bluetooth), GPS satellite navigation, FM radio and music player, microSD card slot, accelerometer for switching between screen views, video recording and a mini HDMI out socket.

Unlike the Motorola Flipout however, the Milestone XT720 does not have the Motoblur interface, just the standard Android 2.1. This makes the XT720 slightly less fussy in terms of screens and customisation. Unfortunately it also means no built in social network integration. However there are many applications available for Android phones which support the various social networking websites.

Appearance is decidedly futuristic with lots of chrome and glass effects accentuating the smooth curves. In addition to the screen, the front of the phone has 4 touch sensitive buttons (menu, home, back, and search) and dedicated camera keys.

The only thing that stops the Motorola Milestone XT720 taking the pole position in the Android smartphone wars is the decision to use the 550Mhz chip instead of the more powerful 1Ghz Snapdragon. We can only assume this was done for financial reasons. In practice you will not notice the difference most of the time, but try to do too much at any one time and performance will start to suffer.

The camera is amazing and not just in terms of 8 megapixel quality. There are a whole host of features which you would normally find on high end photography devices such as ISO control between 100 – 800, touch to focus feature, image stabilisation, face detection, various scene modes and fast mechanical shutter. This camera is probably better than the digital SLR cameras on sale just a few short years ago!

Advantages:
3.5mm headphones jack, HDMI out for connection to HD-Ready TV, full range of connectivity options (Wi-Fi, 3G, HSDPA and Bluetooth), 8 megapixel camera with video recording at 720 pixels, Android 2.1, GPS for navigation, HTML5 ready browser, ships with 8GB microSD card in retail pack. Available right now on T-mobile and Vodafone

Disadvantages: No Motoblur interface from Motorola, 550Mhz processor rather than the more powerful 1Ghz Snapdragon,

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Motorola FlipOut Full Review, cheapest deals and tariffs

Category : Mobile Phones, Motorola

Traditionally, there are only a few physical types of mobile phone. The “candy bar” or “slab”, with or without a sliding QWERTY keyboard, and the “flip” or “clamshell” type. Surprisingly, the Motorola FlipOut is noe of these traditional types. The Motorola FlipOut has a swivel/rotation qwerty keyboard that come sout from a central pivot in the top left corner. It sounds (and looks) strange at first, but after a few minutes the action is easy even one handed, and after a short while can become addictive!

Realistically, most of the time you won’t need to open (FlipOut) the handset at all, as most of the main features can be accessed from the 2.8-inch screen display. But if you need to do some typing for texts or emails for example, the keyboard swivels out and is ready to use in an instant. The keyboard itself, although small with keys quite close together, is easy to get used to. You will find at the bottom left hand side of the keyboard, a “D-pad” for one touch navigation around all the icons and menu’s.

While the front of the handset is dominated by the touchscreen and swivel qwerty keypad, the rear of the handset houses the 3 megapixel camera with digital zoom. The Motorola FlipOut is a high tech device featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS navigation, 3G and the Android operating sytem version 2.1.

The Android interface from Motorola (called Motoblur) allows you quickly manage all aspects of the phone. With a choice of 5 different home screens, each available with a configurable array of icons, menus, widgets and shortcuts. Social networking is well addressed via the central hub with easy access to Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, MySpace or LastFM amongst others. In addition to all the standard applications provided, there are many more to choose from online via the Android store.

Advantages: Compact size, neat flipout qwerty keyboard, customisable coloured casings, lots of technical features like 3G, WiFi and GPS satellite navigation.

Disadvantages: Screen is quite small, as is keyboard. The overall appearance of this phone might be a bit too quirky for some, it can look like a toy! For those cutomers who dont like the looks, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro is worth checking out

A trendy and compact smartphone, with competitive pricing and huge specification. Minor quibbles like small screen/keyboard aside, the Motorola FlipOut is a cracking phone with good looks and capabilities. Available today on T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone

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LG KS365 Full Review and Latest Deals

Category : LG, Mobile Phones

Packed full of easy to use communication features, the LG KS365 is available in a number of fashionable colours with a slide out full QWERTY keyboard. From the same LG family as the acclaimed LG KS360, the KS365 is a compact stylish handset, with lots of useful, fun and convenient features; FM radio with RDS, music player (MP3 & eAAC+ formats), 2 megapixel digital camera (with video capturing), instant messaging services (including multimedia messaging).

With a colourful 2.4 inch screen on the front and easy to use navigation and call keys beneath, the LG KS365 is both striking to look at and easy to use. Sliding the front section of the phone reveals a full QWERTY keyboard with individual circular keys which makes high speed text input much easier. The built in FM radio and music player means users can enjoy music tracks or listen to the latest news, weather and chat shows. With playback available in both MP3 and eAAC+ file formats its easy to add new music onto the phone using the USB cable provided or via the Internet. Storage up to 16Gb (around 4000 music tracks) is provided with microSD card slot.

A tri-band GSM phone, the LG KS365 will automatically switch between available networks to give the best possible coverage. keeping in touch is easy using the selection of calling and messaging features available on the LG KS365 and of course the inclusion of the qwerty keyboard makes compiling texts or emails a joy. Inclusion of WAP 2.0/xHTML/HTML browsers make for smooth (if somewhat slow) web browsing. However this only becomes a problem with some multimedia intensive web pages, normal browsing on most popular websites proves to be trouble free and painless!

Advantages: easy to use full qwerty keyboard, decent music and FM radio reception, neat voice memo feature, low price, will accept micro SD card up to 16GB. The threaded view in the messaging menu is excellent allowing you to view messages as complete conversations rather than just in date view.

Disadvantages: small screen with low resolution, no 3G or WiFi makes surfing the internet a bit slow and tedious on occasions, lack of many high-end features in general

A competitively priced handset that excels in terms of texting and emailing due to qwerty keyboard. Lack of 3G and Wi-Fi stop it going to the top of the class, but for the price, the LG KS365 offers great value in an attractive package with little to complain about. Available now on T-mobile and o2.

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Full review of LG Cookie Lite T300

Category : LG, Mobile Phones

The LG Cookie Lite T300 (aka the LG Wink T300), is a fashionable looking handset with a well proportioned touch screen. From the same highly acclaimed range as the LG Cookie KP500, the LG Wink Style T310 and the LG Wink 3G T320. The T300 is not just a pretty face however, the phone is packed with features including a digital camera (with video recording at 15 frames per second), music player (MP3, WAV & eAAC+) with FM radio, Web browser with WAP 2.0 XHTML and social networking integration, messaging services (email, MMS and SMS), handwriting recognition, and a full range of connectivity options. All these features are crammed into a compact 95.8mm x 50.5mm x 11.9mm.

The fashionable appearance is highlighted with the colourful casings (black, pink, silver) and the trendy cartoon interface. The main focus is the 2.4 inch colour touchscreen with 240 pixel by 320 pixel resolution and stunning colour graphics (already seen in the LG Cookie KP500).

The entertainment features on the T300 are awesome with full selection of media and music available. The built-in music player & FM radio allows listening to music on the move, the 1.3 megapixel camera offers photographs and video recording, and the screen gives video playback options (in MPEG4 and H264) and of course all your favourite games.

All the popular social networking websites can be accessed quickly via touchscreen menu when desired and the LG Cookie Lite T300 has all the call features you would expect such as call log (calls made, received & missed), hands free speaker phone calling, phone book (up to 1000 contacts), and a useful organiser application. Messaging services are provided in a a variety of formats allowing users to share media and/or text files ( text, photos, video clips and sound) via multimedia messaging or email.

With 20Mb of onboard memory and a further 4Gb via memory card, the LG Cookie Lite T300 can store all your contacts, music, games and video files easily. Access to the Web is provided via the included WAP browser and EDGE/GPRS technology allows high speed data transfer. Connection to other devices is also supported by micro USB connection or Bluetooth wireless.

Advantages: Quad Band (GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 & GSM 1900), Good connectivity (Bluetooth, Micro USB, EDGE and GPRS), easy social network integration, standard 3.5mm jack, speakerphone, Java games, cool cartoon user interface, handwriting recognition, good music player and 2.4 Inch TFT Colour Touch Screen.

Disadvantages: No WiFi, no camera flash,

A cute phone, basically a cut-down version of the LG Cookie with lots of features and a great price on T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone!

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Sony Ericsson Zylo Full Review and Latest Deals

Category : Mobile Phones, Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson Zylo is a slider handset with an emphasis on music/entertainment (it carries the Walkman branding) At just 103mm x 52mm x 16mm, its a neat handset and features a curvy design which is comfortable to hold and easily fits in pockets.

The slider part of the handset opens to reveal a 12 key keyboard and the front of the phone is dominated by a 2.6 inch display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution. This display is no match for some of the high end smartphones available but is perfectly functional and suits the standard Sony Ericsson menu/navigation system quite well.

Music playback is well catered for, as you would imagine from a mobile phone which is part of the illustrious Walkman family. However there is one really annoying feature, or rather lack of a feature – no 3.5mm headphone socket! This means you will not be able to plug in your favourite headphones (unless of course they are Sony Ericsson headphones!). This glaring omission aside, music fans will love the Sony Ericsson Zylo, with FLAC (for lossless audio), great external speaker, thumping bass, clear audio, and dedicated music controls all presented through the excellent Sony Xross Media Browser. The internal memory of 260MB is adequate, but most users will make use of the microSD card slot to expand storage for music and other content up to 16Gb. You can make full use of this memory buy accessing the Sony Ericsson PlayNow service where tons of content is offered for download. Using the 3G HSDPA downloading is fast, however many users will prefer to shop around and download content using their PC/laptop and transfer files to memory card.

The internet browser provided is adequate with good social networking integration (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace ) and there is also an FM radio with TrackID, Google Maps and geo-tagging (although no GPS), messaging (with Sony predictive text), and a a 3.2-megapixel camera (including video recording).

Advantages: good external speaker, bluetooth, excellent music player (once headphones upgraded), easy to use with simple Sony Ericsson interface, large icons and intuitive menu’s. FM radio with TrackID. Good deals on T-mobile, Vodafone and o2

Disadvantages: no 3.5mm headphones jack/poor earphones supplied in retail pack, this limits you to Sony Ericsson headsets. This is a major pain for a Walkman branded phone! However there is A2DP Bluetooth so you can use wireless Bluetooth headphones if you have them. Basic display/screen, No Wi-Fi or GPS, no USB port, Playnow download service a bit pricey for content, many cheaper alternatives

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro is basically the Sony Ericsson Vivaz plus a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Like the Vivaz, the Vivaz Pro has the same curved back and slim profile. The addition of the keyboard makes the Vivaz pro slightly thicker, but with measurements of 109 x 52 x 15mm and a weight 117g its not exactly bulky.

The 3.2 inch display 640 x 360-pixel display is the same as the Vivaz. In other words its fantastic with good density and sharp images. With the exception of the qwerty keyboard, the only other small difference between the Vivaz and the Pro version, is the Pro version has a 5 megapixel camera rather than the 8 megapixel unit found in the original Vivaz (presumably this is because the addition of the keyboard means less room for camera technologies). However this 5 megapixel camera provides high quality photographs and HD recording, the reduction in pixel resolution is not noticeable in everyday use.

The build quality and construction of the Vivaz Pro is top notch, despite the use of plastics rather tham metal for the casings. Luckily the matt finish does not show finger prints and the screen stays reasonably clean too and is easy to wipe.

The resistive touchscreen display is perhaps not quite as vibrant as the newer AMPLED screens but is responsive and sharp. In any case most users will use the full qwerty keyboard as the main point of interaction, rather than the on-screen keyboard which means the user experience is improved over the standard Vivaz.That being said, the Symbian S60 operating system is starting to look very dated against some of the smartphone competition.

Twitter and other social networking applications are included such as Facebook and Flickr. Many other applications can be downloaded from the PlayNow service but prices seem expensive compared to Apple or Android store. Popular web services such as BBC iplayer and Youtube also get shortcuts from the video tab.

The standard 3.5mm jack means you can use your favourite headphones and the audio quality and volume is pretty good. But the prime feature of the Vivaz Pro is the camera, particularly the HD video capture. There are tons of options available for both still photography and video recording available, such as smart panoramic mode, LED illuminator, touch to shoot, autofocus and focus modes, smile shutter and face detection. The high-definition video is awesome (and simple to use with dedicated video button), with night mode and a number of effects such as black & white, sepia, or the funky solarize look!

Advantages: Easier to use than the Vivaz due to qwerty keyboard, amazing high definition video camera, responsive touch-screen. Available on T-mobile, Vodafone and o2 networks.

Disadvantages: bit bulkier than average due to qwerty keypad, camera definition (in terms of pixels) less than original Vivaz, Symbian S60 operating system is less than optimum nowadays, however it works pretty well in this incarnation

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion is a version of the X10 super phone with interchangeable “fashion” covers (white and pink). Essentially, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini is simply a cut down version of the X10, in size only. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini retains all the excellent features of the X10 but in a much in a smaller package.

As you would expect, the styling of the the X10 Mini is exactly the same as its big brother the X10, with the screen dominating the front of the phone and the same three silver buttons below for navigation and calling which also double as user defined function keys when using applications. This really is a small handset, small for any phone but in terms of smart-phones its probably the smallest available on the market.

Of course to have a phone this small, there has to be compromises, in the X10 mini’s case, the price you pay for the compact dimensions is a small screen. At just 2.55 inches, this is possibly the smallest touch screen ever. The resolution of 240 x 320 pixels is good and the sharpness of the display is excellent, however there is no room for a virtual qwerty keyboard for instance. Luckily the screen is really responsive and icons are large enough for trouble free selection.

Sony Ericsson’s latest interface makes it easy to transition between different apps and views (so easy in fact you soon forgive the small screen size). With a logically laid out screen, large icons and one-touch access to a selection of user-defined functions. The amount of features packed into the tiny Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion is mind boggling; a 5 megapixel camera with built in flash and autofocus, an excellent media player, FM radio with RDS, Google Maps and navigation, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and 3G with HSPA!

Advantages: All the features you could ever need in a tiny package, full range of connectivity options, decent camera with flash/autofocus, 3G, Wi-Fi, easy to use interface with good layout and large icons, responsive touchscreen

Disadvantages: Web browsing is slightly limited with small screen despite 3G, no qwerty keyboard, can look a little like a “toy phone”, high prices

In summary, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Fashion is a tiny smartphone with tons of high-spec features and applications. The only real downside is the small screen, but even in this area, Sony Ericsson have cleverly organised the interface to greatly reduce any inconvenience. Exclusively on Orange.


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The Sony Ericsson Spiro Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson Spiro is a compact slider handset that’s part of the Walkman family so its all about the music! Measuring a svelte 92mm x 48mm x 17mm with a weight of just 90g. The 2.2 inch screen is a QVGA TFT type with navigation and call keys situated below. The main keys double up as music control keys when using in music player mode.

The Walkman 4.0 music player is easy to use with a well laid out and easily navigated menu screen. Music options are presented in a variety of ways, and can be sorted by genre, artist or album. The music player also supports album art integration and a variety of playlist settings. The 5Mb of on-board memory is a bit lacking for a mobile device targeted towards music playing, however, this can easily be upgraded to 16Gb using microSD card in slot provided. Inclusion of a standard 3.5mm jack is good news as you can source or use your own favourite after market headphones (you can even use a wireless headset as Bluetooth 2.1 is available). All the main music file formats are supported (MP3, AAC, eAAC+ and WAV). If you run out of music tracks there is also an FM stereo radio with RDS.

A dual band GSM phone, the Sony Ericsson Spiro has limited data connectivity, just GPRS and EDGE. No 3G means downloads of any size can take some time. That being said, browsing the internet with the included Opera Mini browser is perfectly fine with no major delays when accessing popular websites, the Facebook and Twitter apps bundled with the Spiro are pretty seamless too.

Advantages: Quality feel and sturdy construction, good range of connectivity including Social networking capabilities, quality of music playback and FM radio is superb and “TrackID” music recognition feature is extremely useful, industry standard 3.5mm jack provided offers good choice of earphones, opera browser makes good use of the limited data speeds available. Competitive deals and tariffs on contracts from o2, Orange and Vodafone, and some great low price pay-as-you-go offers too.


Disadvantages:
No Wi-Fi, meagre internal memory, camera merely adequate – bit disappointing when compared to rest of phones features, limited connectivity with no 3G which means downloading large files is not recommended.

A great music player (Walkman) with pretty decent mobile phone capabilities! Walkman phones have a lot to live up to with their history and the Sony Ericsson Spiro certainly delivers. The great music capabilities and low prices should more than make up for the lack of connectivity options.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 white Review and Price Comparison

Category : Mobile Phones, Sony Ericsson

The latest smartphone from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X8 is the latest (at the time of writing) weapon against the inexorable rise of the Apple iPhone. The release of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 is expected to heat up competition in the mobile phone market. The Xperia series is probably Sony Ericsson’s most exciting phone range. With a history of award winning mobile phones such as
the Xperia X1 right through to the Android-based Xperia X10. Is this latest version a worthy adversary for the Apple iPhone 4? Let’s find out!

The XPERIA X8 has a 3 inch TFT capacitive touch screen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, HVGA resolution, 16M colours and a special scratch resistant surface. A built-in acceleromer enables auto-rotation of the screen to display the content depending on how the users view the phone. A 3.15 Megapixel camera is fitted with picture resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, Geo tagging of photographs and video recording are supported.

A compact smart-phone, comfortable to hold. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 white will fit neatly in any pocket with dimensions of just 99 x 54 x 15 mm. Photographs and videos can be stored using the internal 128Mb memory or the external 16Gb storage via microSD. Photographs, music and video can be transferred to other phones or devices via the range of connectivity options including SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messenger, 2G/3G networks, Bluetooth, EDGE and microUSB port.

The retail pack includes phone, USB charger, a microUSB-to-USB cable, earphones, comprehensive user guide and a 2Gb microSD card. The casing on the Xperia 8 is a matt plastic which looks great and is immune to greasy fingerprints. However it lacks the over engineered, premium feel of some of the steel or aluminium casings offered by some competitors. There is no doubt the handset is well built and durable, it just lacks that sturdy feel.

Advantages: huge range of connectivity options including WiFi and 3G, dual SIM mobile, one of the least expensive Android smartphones on the market, screen has excellent touch sensitivity – the merest of touches is enough for a click to be registered, inset camera lense for protection against scratches,

Disadvantages: No infra-red port, No multi-touch support, microSD slot under the battery cover which makes it useless for “hot swaps” as battery needs to be removed to replace card, plastic casing lacks premium feel of some competitors, screen could be brighter in direct sunlight

The competition in the high end smartphone market is extremely tough, however the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 might just have what it takes to succeed! Exclusively on o2.

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Samsung Monte Slider E2550 Review and Price Comparison

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

The Samsung Monte Slider E2550 is a sleekly designed slider type phone packed with communication and entertainment features. Part of the Samsung “Monte” family which includes phones such as the Samsung C3200 Monte Bar and the Samsung S5620. The Monte Slider E2550 features a music player, camera, internet browser, vibrant user interface and of course the elegant slide out keypad.

The front casing of the handset has the two inch TFT colour display screen (not touchscreen) with navigation control, call and selection keys located below this screen. The keypad slides out vertically but the handset can be used the slide in the closed position for the majority of the common features such as calls, phone book, messaging services etc. The E2550 Monte Slider has a black glossy coloured casing with stylish chrome contours giving a modern and classy look.

MP3 format ringing tones are supported and users can download additional tones to their phone using the wide range of connectivity options offered on the E2550. Fun and entertainment are supplied with music features, including built-in FM radio with RDS, internet browsing with social network integration, music player allowing playback and storage of MP3, WAV, WMA & eAAC+ files – with Digital Natural Sound Engine (DNSe), full gaming experience with preloaded and downloadable games on offer, and a rear facing camera (still photo and video).

The Samsung E2550 works is a dual band phone covering GSM 1800 and GSM 900. Battery life is good with a charge and realistically you will find a charge is only needed every few days (unlike some smartphones where charging seems to be a daily event like iPhone and Motorola Milestone.

Communication features are simple to access with messaging services being particularly good with T9 predict text feature which means users can quickly and easily create and share multimedia messages rather than making a call. Connectivity is good via both Bluetooth wireless connectivity and USB, and data can be stored using the 12Mb of on-board memory or the additional 8Gb via microSD slot.

Advantages: Good looks, nice sound from music player with the “Digital Natural Sound Engine feature”, packed with thoughtful features, very competitively priced, speaker phone with good volume .

Disadvantages: Camera only 1.2 megapixels (although photographs are reasonable quality and the included photo album application is great), No Wi-Fi, No 3G, only dual band so coverage abroad will vary.

In summary, a well designed slider handset with good features and classy looks in a compact (98.5mm x 48.5mm x 14.4 mm) package. Lack of 3G and WiFi are the only let down but at the current prices its hard to complain on T-mobile, o2, Orange and Vodafone.

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Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 User Review and Price Comparison

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Europa I5500 is another touch-screen smart phone from the Samsung Galaxy family. Essentially a cut down version of the flagship handset the Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy Europa is a compact design for a smart phone and as you can imagine is packed with the latest features and mobile technologies such as 3G HSDPA, WiFi and Bluetooth.

The curvaceous casing is an elegant design, mainly black in colour with classy chrome effect edging. A 2.8 inch TFT capacitive touch screen with navigation, call and controls keys below dominate the front appearance of the handset. An Android OS phone with the acclaimed Samsung TouchWiz user interface, the Samsung Galaxy Europa is a joy to use. On the rear of the handset there is a 2 megapixel camera for both still photographs and video recording/playback. Featuring a dedicated capture key and GPS geo tagging. There is also an FM tuner with RDS, music player and mp3 ringtone support. Communicating on the move is straightforward using the suite of tools
provided on the Galaxy Europa – hands free speaker calling, email (with Gmail support), text messaging, multimedia picture or video messaging (MMS) and instant messaging are all provided.

With 170Mb of internal memory storage and a 1Gb memory card supplied (can be upgraded to 16Gb) the Galaxy Europa I5500 has plenty of storage for contacts, photographs, video and music. The Samsung Galaxy Europa works over both 3G & GSM networks and data transfer via a USB connection or Blue tooth wireless is supported. GPS courtesy of Google maps application is also included.

Known as the Samsung Galaxy 5 abroad, the Galaxy Europa I5500′s main competitors are phones such as the T-Mobile Pulse Mini , iPhone and the HTC Wildfire. Available now on following networks – T-mobile, o2, and Orange

Advantages: don’t have to take off the battery when swapping your SD cards due to convenient location, can choose between the alphanumeric keypad or a QWERTY keypad for text entry, although 2 megapixels sounds a bit naff in this day and age picture quality is surprisingly good, tons of free games and applications up for grabs on the Android market, Swype text entry system

Disadvantages: very little of any consequence really, the screen is quite small and although display is clear and bright, it’s not nearly as good in terms of resolution or clarity as the the iPhone 4′s display, speakers could be stronger, audio quality is just OK.

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Samsung E2370 Xcover Full Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

The unique selling point of the Samsung E2370 Xcover is the rugged dirt, dust, water, humidity, shock, vibration and extreme temperature resistant exterior along with the extended battery life. This is a phone for outdoors types, iron men and triathletes – or at least that’s how it is marketed! It looks very similar to those other indestructible mobile phones from Samsung – the B2100 and the B2700 and comes with the same IP54 certification (for solids – protected against dust limited ingress, and for liquids – no harmful deposits and Protection against water sprayed from all directions – limited ingress permitted ). In reality, with a battery which will last up to 67 days on standby or 22 hours of talk time, the Samsung E2370 Xcover is a great phone to take camping/hiking etc especially with the inclusion of a bright torch inbuilt on the top of the phone.

The rubberised body and dayglo orange highlights on the keys emphasise the no nonsense approach of the Samsung E2370 Xcover, this phone even looks like it means business! With adventure sports and activities becoming so popular in recent years we can imagine that the Samsung E2370 Xcover will find plenty of buyers that will certainly appreciate the rugged looks and image.

Advantages: Sturdy reliable, cheap, easy to use, massive battery life, decent FM Radio and MP3 player, convenient torch built-in to handset, camera with VGA video recording included, Bluetooth AD2P, basic internet access is provided. Songs can be added to the music player using Bluetooth or USB.

Disadvantages: apart from the rugged features designed to withstand the sort of “rough and tumble” treatment that would destroy many normal mobile phones, the Samsung E2370 Xcover is pretty basic. No 3G or wireless. Phone memory of just 5MB expanded up to 2GB (in fairness however with this phones basic features its not exactly memory intensive).

A basic, yet extremely durable mobile phone with incredible battery life and some useful features. Perfectly adequate to use as an everyday phone, but particularly ideal for all outdoor types and also for use as an emergency phone to leave in vehicle. It’s also cheap enough to use as second phone just to take when camping/hiking/sailing for instance. Just don’t expect all the latest features like touch-screens, WiFi, qwerty keyboard and so on. A basic phone with some rugged capability and standard features, partnered with clever battery technology.

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Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 review – deals, rates and tariffs

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

A high end touch screen Smartphone, the Galaxy Apollo I5800 utilises the Android operating system allied to an extremely user friendly interface. This 3G equipped smart-phone comes with an amazingly sensitive 3.2 inch capacitive touch-screen, 3.1 megapixel camera (with face/motion detection, picture geo tagging and video recording capabilities), music player, integrated Google search, and a whole host of networking, messaging and communication features.

The Galaxy Apollo i5800 and the the Apollo i5801 are often confused, the only real difference is the i5801 version features a silver bezel, appearance aside, essentially they are the same phone.

The Galaxy Apollo i5800 is available in black or white, both have a sleek and smooth appearance. The most obvious feature is the 3.2 inch touch screen with the navigation and call keys below. The screen offers up to 16 million colours with 240 pixel by 400 pixel resolution and auto rotation between landscape and portrait modes.

Entertainment is the name of the game with the Galaxy Apollo. Music, video, radio and gaming are all covered. The music player supports all popular file formats such as MP3, WAV & eAAC+, the radio has RDS with FM tuning, and high resolution video playback is offered in MPEG4, MWV, DivX, H263 & H264.

In terms of communication and connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo i5800 does not disappoint. Staying in touch with SMS, MMS and Google mail is straightforward and with easy access provided to social networks like Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, status updates are only ever a couple of clicks away.

A GSM and 3G capable handset, the battery on the Apollo i5800 will provide around 15 hours of talk time (and up to 625 hours of standby) for GSM and slightly less over the more powerful 3G network. GPS satellite navigation is built in with Google maps application and the microSD memory slot can accept up to 32Gb (a 1Gb memory card is supplied in retail pack). Additionally the Galaxy Apollo I5800 is WiFi enabled allowing easy and fast connection to local wireless LAN.

Advantages: Smooth transitions and sensitive touchscreen, simple and responsive navigation, great camera, good music and video player, standard 3.5mm headphone jack, multi-touch for page zooming,

Disadvantages:
Android skins can be confusing, sometimes there are simply too many options and widgets to choose from, no LED flash on camera, 324 x 240 resolution for video player is not in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S with 720 pixels.

A great phone with a very competitive price right now from Orange, O2, Vodafone, T mobile and 3.

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Samsung Tocco Lite – full review of budget Smartphone

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

The Samsung Tocco Lite is marketed as the touch screen phone for the masses! Cheap contracts and competitive prices on pay-as-you-go, make the Samsung Tocco Lite an attractive buying proposition for those that want all the goodies associated with touch screen smart-phones, without the normal high price tag!

The first thing you notice about the Tocco Lite is the large screen, essentially the phone is one big screen with no keypad. This 3 inch screen is exceedingly bright, with sharp colours and contrast, although it has to be said it’s no match for the current class leaders with AMOLED screens such as the Samsung Galaxy S, the Omnia 7, Google Nexus One, Samsung Wave and HTC Desire. The Samsung Tocco Lite uses an older technology, the resistive touch-screen. However, in this application the screen is responsive to use and the quality is surprisingly good. There is also a built-in accelerometer which automatically rotates the screen to switch between portrait and landscape viewing mode.

For the price, the Tocco Lite is packed with features, there’s a 3.2 megapixel camera with digital zoom and basic camcorder, a music player, FM radio with RDS support, memory is expandable to 16GB using microSD card. Bluetooth and USB capabilities, 64-voice polyphonic ringtones, handwriting recognition, Quadband GSM and hands free speakerphone. Unfortunately, there is no WiFi nor 3G, it relies completely on GRPS – well you cant get everything for this competitive price! The real downside to this phone is the data speed, You-tube videos for instance are slow and often suffer pixelation due to high compression necessary to compensate for low bandwidth. But for a budget phone in this price range, this would seem to be a reasonable compromise. That being said, the Tocco Lite is perfectly fine for moderate internet use and when using email, Twitter or Facebook there were no problems at all. Available on T-mobile, o2, Orange and Vodafone.

Advantages:
Responsive, vivid and bright touch-screen, short cuts to popular social-networking sites, long battery life (for a touchscreen smart phone) and expendable memory up to 16Gb, offers a lot of phone for very little cash!

Disadvantages: No 3G connectivity means slow uploading and naff video streaming, No headphone adaptor for proprietary headphone jack, lacks the superior AMOLED screen of more expensive competitors, essentially an updated version of the LG Cookie, but very little in the way of advantages over the older model, should be more improvements for the price increase over the LG Cookie.

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Samsung Galaxy S – review and price comparison

Category : Mobile Phones

This is the flagship smart-phone from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S flagship phone is designed to go head to head with Apple’s latest iPhone. Unlike that other iPhone challenger, the Samsung Wave, the Galaxy S, features the latest Android operating system rather than Samsungs own inferior system ( Bada OS).

First things first, on appearances, the Galaxy S is definitely no iPhone challenger, its certainly not an ugly phone, but not exactly a design triumph either! Its a little plasticky and doesn’t feel as substantial as the iPhone or even other competitors like the HTC Desire. Looks aside, the Samsung Galaxy S is undoubtedly well made and high quality, it just seems like Samsung could have tried harder with the design.

As soon as you switch the phone on and check out the display, any disappointments regarding appearance are immediately forgotten. The Super AMOLED technology screen is possibly the brightest, most colourful screen in any smartphone available to date. The resolution of 480×800 and the image quality on this 4 inch screen are simply amazing!

Featuring the new 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, the Samsung Galaxy S is probably the fastest, smoothest Android phone yet produced. Screen transitions and internet browsing are on par with the HTC Desire and iPhone 4 (the current industry benchmarks).

Interestingly for a mobile phone designed to take on the iPhone, the Galaxy S shares on of the iPhone 4′s annoying features, that being when the handset is held in a certain way, signal strength can reduce!

Advantages: Brilliant, large AMOLED screen, powerful operating system, fast keyboard with the amazing Swype text entry option, slim, well priced for capabilities, good FM radio, plenty of pre-installed applications (AccuWeather.com, Y! Finance, AP Mobile news,Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and plenty more), tons of free of apps available from Android market, 3.5mm headphones socket, decent memory storage (8 and 16GB versions available extendible with microSD card )Google’s excellent free turn-by-turn satellite navigation included as standard.

Disadvantages: Case slightly plasticky, battery life not as good a some competitors, no LED light on camera, Samsung widgets are not great.

An excellent phone, packed with features and a gorgeous screen and the powerful Android OS. The Samsung Galaxy S should be top of the list for anyone looking to purchase a smart phone any time in the near future! Cheaper than the iPhone (around £200 per annum cheaper than the best iPhone 4 contract) and in most areas just as good. Available on o2, Orange and Vodafone

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Full Review of Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 mobile device

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 is an advanced tablet device which can be used as an alternative to a PC/laptop in addition to servicing all your communication needs. A tri-band mobile phone and a mini tablet PC all in one! Available in black or grey, the Galaxy Tab has modern, yet classy looks, concealing a powerful 1Ghz processor with VR SGX540 graphics running on the Android operating system.

This designer handset measures just 190mm x 120mm x 12 mm compatible size and it only weighs 380g (compare that to carting a laptop around!). Games and HD videos are superb on the 7-inch 600 x1024 pixels screen and the 512Mb RAM plus up to 32Gb storage means the Samsung Galaxy Tab never feels underpowered.

The best way to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 is to consider it a mini tablet PC with mobile phone capabilities! The Galxy tab has integrated loudspeaker and microphone so you dont even have to hold the phone like a conventional mobile, in fact you may have seen this device in use already via some very strange viral marketing advertisements from Samsung!

The Galaxy Tab P1000 is powered by the latest version of Android Operating System called Froyo and connectivity options are definitely top notch. With HSDPA at up to 7.2 mbps, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3, high speed data transfer is just that!

As with all high end mobile devices, the Galaxy Tab P1000 has a digital camera (3.15 mega pixels )with LED flash and auto focus. Camera resolution is a huge 2048 x 1536 pixels and of course video recording is supported (at 30 fps). There is also an additional front facing camera for video calling.

In terms of entertainment features, the Galaxy Tab is fully loaded with media playing capabilities for all popular music and video file types. (MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC, MP4, DivX, WMV, H.264, and H.263).

Advantages: great looks, cool functions, huge range of features, super fast operating system giving slick gaming and video playback, good camera, high speed data transfer with a range of connectivity options, probably the first true rival to the Apple iPad!

Disadvantages: cannot really replace a laptop or PC just yet, but its the best effort from any manufacturer we have seen!

The Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab is an amazing device, in theory with all the capabilities of a smartphone and the performance of a PC or laptop. However don’t throw your laptop away just yet! The Galaxy cannot quite perform all the functions of a computer. However, it is certainly the most functional and user-friendly mobile attempt from a mobile manufacturer at the moment. Available on Orange and Vodafone


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Samsung Omnia 7 i8700 full review

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

With the latest Windows Phone 7 operating system and a amazing bright AMOLED screen, the Samsung Omnia 7 i8700 looks like it means business! The Omnia 7 is one a relatively few handsets offering the Windows mobile operating system (other models include the HTC HD7 and LG e900 Optimus 7). The new windows powered smart-phones are of course looking to seek domination in the high end mobile phone marketplace and usurp the Android or Apple OS powered handsets. From first impressions of the Samsung Omnia 7, this may be possible .

Looks wise, the Omnia 7′s is dominated by its whopping 4-inch Super AMOLED front screen display (actually the layout and first impressions of the phone are very similar to the Samsung Galaxy), with amazing pixel resolution of 800×480 the clarity of this display really has to be seen to be believed. Stunning colours, sharp contrast even in bright sunlight, and amazing brightness. Photographs and images are crystal-clear, and viewing pictures or video is a real joy.

The super advanced 1GHz CPU in the Samsung Omnia 7 provides the power to play games and switch between applications at incredible speed. Transitions between screens and fast moving games are completely seamless.

Advantages: Incredible AMOLED high resolution screen, it’s no exaggeration to say you have to see it to believe it. Funky and cool looks (though not as cool as some), slick and fast performance from Windows 7 based OS, wide range of connectivity options, turn-by-turn satellite navigation (Orange customers only), wonderful Zune software included, future Xbox Live integration will be awesome!

Disadvantages: hard to find power button, not able to expand memory (although the supplied 8Gb is adequate), currently few applications and games available from Windows – however this is expected to improve dramatically over time, does not have the QVGA resolution video recording mode like the HTC HD7.

This is a solid debut for the Windows 7 phone, minor quibbles aside, this mobile is one of the best smart-phones available. Improvement in terms of availability of Windows applications for this handset will make it an even better ownership proposition. Applications aside, the only real problem is the Omnia 7 i8700 arguably isn’t quite as cool to look at as some the rivals, the build quality is certainly impressive, but the “Wow” factor is missing. In general, the powerful software running the Omnia 7 makes it a pleasure to use across the board, surfing the net, checking email, playing games, listening to music or social networking – its all a breeze!.

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Full Review of Nokia 6303i Classic mobile Phone

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

large6303classicsilverAnother mobile from Nokia targeted towards entry level users, the Nokia 6303i Classic is a conventional “candy bar” shaped handset which provides a surprising range of features. The stainless steel bevelled casing looks and feels good, additionally it’s a simple handset to use with one hand. Standard features include a 3.1 megapixel camera, web browser, music player, video player and messaging services, essentially the 6303 offers all the features and services mobile phone users need. The Nokia 6303i is essentially an upgraded version of the Nokia 6300 with additional memory, features, and greater customisation using the range of new coloured casings.

The 2.2 inch display is a TFT type with 240 x 320 pixels resolution and supports up to 16 million colours. Even with full alphanumeric keypad below, the overall dimensions are still just 108.8mm x 46.2mm x 11.7 mm, with a weight of just 96 grams. Connectivity options are limited to the 2G network with GPRS and EDGE, no 3G or WLAN but thats only to be expected given the price range of this model. USB and Bluetooth are both supported however, so overall the the Nokia 6303i Classic scores well in connectivity stakes for this level of pricing.

The Nokia 6303i classic is a low end device that does not offer memory intensive gaming facilities so the on-board memory of 55 MB and external memory of 2Gb with microSD card included is quite sufficient (if necessary even this can be upgraded to 8Gb if required). The camera is decent with 3.2 megapixels, LED flash, video recording at 8 frames per second and auto focus. The music player on the Nokia 6303i classic offers a good music listening experience and supports all popular file types such as MP3, WAV, eAAC+, and WMA.

Advantages:Great quality stainless steel handset seems built to last and feels good to hold, easy to use and get familiar with main features, good battery life, decent camera for the price, lots of features for a budget mobile phone.

Disadvantages: Some users feel the loudspeaker could use a bit more volume, no 3G , no touch screen display, some users felt keyboard was slightly too small while others had no problems – perhaps not the best handset for those with podgy fingers!

In the main, Nokia has got another winner on it’s hands in their budget mobile phone range. This handset, although targeted at the entry level users, has many of the features associated with much higher end products so will surprise and delight many budget conscious phone users! Currently the best offers on the Nokia 6303i Classic are to be found with o2 and Vodafone.

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Nokia 2330 Classic – reviews and ratings

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

large2330classicThe Nokia 2330 Classic is an elegant looking handset which will satisfy thos emobile phone customers looking for all the main features without being blinded by science! It’s a great phone, suitable for all age groups, that comes with all the main applications and features required. Calling, texting, playing games (comes preloaded with Galaxy Ball and a Snake II) , browsing the internet (with EDGE technology for high speed data transfer), taking photographs, recording videos and even listening to music, all this from a budget handset with a bargain basement price – what more could you possibly want?

Weighing in at just 90 grams and measuring just 13.8mm x 46mm x 107mm, with its basic 1.8” TFT display above standard alphanumeric keypad, this handset is neat enough to fit into any pocket. The integrated digital camera can be used for both photographs and videos (picture quality is more than adequate for most). Images, videos, contacts and ringtones can be stored using the 32 Mb of on-board memory (although you cannot extend this storage). A good quality FM radio with dedicated key is also included (supported via an internal antenna and with a really handy radio recording feature ). The design and looks of the Nokia 2330 are hardly exciting, but the phone feels durable and well made with no nasty suprises in store.

We tend not to expect much from a budget phone, so the inclusion of SMS and MMS, Bluetooth, conference calling, hands free, and a full web browser are unexpected, but welcome additions.

Advantages: Good battery life (4.8 hours talk time and standby time of up to 540 hours ), extremely affordable on both contract (T-mobile and o2) and pay-as-you-go, good music player, and very easy to use

Disadvantages: No microSD card slot to increase memory storage, fitted with a 2.5mm headphone jack which means sourcing after-market headphones is difficult and you could be stuck with the poor standard headphones supplied by Nokia, slightly cramped keyboard wont suit those of us with large hands/fingers.

Considering this is a budget mobile with a bargain-basement price, it’s hard to find much to complain about with the Nokia 2330 Classic. Its has good battery life, it’s really easy to use and does have some decent additional features. It’s only real problems are the slightly cramped keypad and no microSD slot to expand memory. If you are looking for a mobile phone that does all the basics well, is cheap, and is simple to get to grips with, the Nokia 2330 Classic should be on your shopping list!

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Nokia E5 Mobile Phone Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

largenokiae5blackThe Nokia E5 is a feature packed smart phone loaded with 3G and WiFi technologies. A direct competitor to Blackberry products such as the BlackBerry Curve , this 3G Smart-phone however persists in using the outdated Symbian operating system (despite the long running industry rumours of Nokia switching to the superior Android operating system). . The saving grace of the E5 is the inclusion of a full QWERTY keyboard and the user friendly navigation controls which has become something of a Nokia trademark.

In terms of features, this mobile phone has everything you could possibly need. Built in music player, video recording and playback, five megapixel digital camera, fully functioning Web browser, Multimedia Messaging, Bluetooth and WiFi, Vlingo speech-to-text , pre-installed applications for social networking via Facebook and similar, Ovi Maps with free turn-by-turn navigation, Quad Band reception and much more!

The handset features a 2.4 inch TFT screen (up to 256,000 colours and resolution of 320 pixels x 240 pixels) above a full qwerty keyboard and classic Nokia 5 way navigation key. Available in 5 different casing colours ( white, carbon black, silver grey, copper and sky blue) which nicely highlight the chrome effect accents. Measuring 11.5cm x 5.89cm x 1.28cm, the E5 is reasonably compact, though certainly not the smallest phone on the market. It does however feel substantial to hold with a reassuring solid feel.

Lack of touchscreen means users require keyboard for functions such as zoom and navigation, making transitions slower and clunkier than Android powered mobile phones such as the HTC Desire or Motorola Milestone. However the customisation features available on the home screens means the E5 beats the iPhone set up by some margin!

Advantages: Fantastic Qwerty keyboard enables fast typing for texting/emails etc, sturdy design, excellent battery life, huge choice of connectivity options. 3.5mm audio jack allows easy upgrading of standard headphones, powerful speaker with good clarity

Disadvantages:
Screen not brilliant – difficult to read in direct sunlight and 320 pixels x 240 pixels is simply not enough nowadays, ancient Symbian operating system is feeling a bit outdated, Camera is just adequate – should really be better in this class. Headphones included in retail pack are poor.

The Nokia E5 is another handset from Nokia targeting Blackberry (much like the C3), apart from the rather low tech screen, it does a good job and the superb qwerty keyboard alone will certainly win a few customers from the more expensive Blackberry Curve and similar products. Available on T-mobile, o2, Orange and Vodafone

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The Nokia C6 Full Review

Category : Mobile Phones

largenokiac6blackThe C6 looks initially much like Nokia’s previous high end touch screen phone, the N97. However the placement in the range suggest its more of a budget alternative to the Nokia N8. Disappointingly, the C6 feels rather plasticky and cheap when you first pick it up, however it soon becomes apparent the phone is well made and the slider mechanism is reassuringly robust. It just doesn’t have that solid indestructible feel (like the Nokia C5 for instance).

The C6 is is slightly chubby when compared to other smart phones in the Nokia range, however this is due to the full qwerty keyboard and we feel it is a compromise worth putting up with. The keys are large and distinct which makes messaging and text input fast and easy, although we do wish the top line of keys were placed further away from screen.

The built in five mega-pixel camera offers high quality image capture in addition to video recording using the dedicated camera key on the side of the phone. The camera features an LED flash, automatic focus and 4x digital zoom. There is second camera lens on the front of the handset specifically for 3G video calling.

The integrated music player comes with Nokia music manger which makes managing and controlling music files simple and easy. There is also an FM radio with RDS for further listening and entertainment.

Accessing the web and displaying news or other RSS feeds is a joy using integrated browser over GSM or 3G networks. The Nokia C6 supports WiFi technology allowing connection to nearby wireless LAN’s or “hot spots”. The built in GPS navigation supports Ovi Maps so the C6 doubles as a SatNav device. With EDGE and GPRS technology high speed data transfer rates are possible and connection to other devices is straightforward using the micro USB cable supplied or the Bluetooth wireless connection. The Nokia C6 has 200Mb of internal memory on board expandable up to 16Gb using external MicroSD card. Battery life is good for up to seven hours talk time or 400 hours on standby.

Advantages: High speed browsing and connectivity via Wi-Fi and HSDPA, full Qwerty keyboard, Ovi Maps and Satnav, touch-screen and full qwerty keyboard for best of both worlds!

Disadvantages: Resistive touch-screen can be sluggish, initial impressions of cheap looking design, slightly chubbier than some rivals, Symbian S60 operating system must be getting close to retirement by now and even though the C6 features latest version it can be a bit clunky compared to rival systems such as Android! Available now on T-mobile and Vodafone

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Nokia 5230 XpressMusic Smartphone Full Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

large5230Another fashionable touch screen handset from Nokia, the 5230 XpressMusic comes in black or white with interchangeable battery covers (red, silver, pink, yellow or blue) for further customisation potential.

The 5230 uses the Symbian 60 operating system software powering all the features and the 3.2 inch high resolution touch screen. In terms of overall size the Nokia 5230 XpressMusic measures 11.1cm x 5.17cm x 1.55cm and weighs in at 115 grams (this weight includes stylus which annoyingly is not included in some retail packs).

As expected from a smart phone, the Nokia 5230 XpressMusic comes with internet browser with RSS feed display, full email capabilities, SMS and MMS (multimedia picture messaging service), alarm clock, phone-book, music player with FM radio, camera and much, much more.

From the model name (XpressMusic) you can expect this mobile phone to focus heavily on music capabilities. Nokia has long been a leader in providing music players masquerading as mobile phones! Ever since the launch of the 5800 XpressMusic back in 2008, Nokia has been delighting music lovers with their handsets. The 5230 XpressMusic does not disappoint in this regard, with integrated FM radio, music player (supporting MP3, MP4, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA music formats) with 33 hours of playback time from a single battery charge, dedicated volume control key and speaker for listening to radio/music tracks without headphones. The 5230 has 70MB of internal memory but this can easily be expanded to 16GB using microSD card. If your music collection doesn’t stretch to 16Gb songs are also available for download from the Nokia Music Store.

In addition to the music capabilities, the Nokia 5230 has a fairly basic two mega-pixel camera with a digital zoom, integrated flash and dedicated capture key which makes it easy to take photographs. The camera also supports video recording and video recordings can be played back on the high colour touch screen display.

High speed data access is provided courtesy of the 3G HSDPA technology. The 5230 also comes with GPS navigation and Nokia Maps 2.0. Connectivity is good with EDGE technology and useful Bluetooth connection or USB connection.

Advantages: Fast and responsive touch-screen display, great music player

Disadvantages: No Wi-Fi, less than exciting looks, fiddly sim-card removal process

A good all-rounder with particularly good music features and excellent sound quality. The only place the Nokia 5230 XpressMusic falls down is no Wi-Fi capability. That aside, this is an excellent mobile phone with an attractive retail price and great offers available on contracts from T-mobile, Vodafone and Orange.

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Nokia C5 Mobile Phone Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

largenokiac5greyThe Nokia C5 seem to be an attempt by Nokia to introduce most of the features of the latest smart phones in a cheaper and easier to use package. Using the latest edition of the Symbian S60 operating system (3rd edition) the C5 is indeed more powerful than previous S40 offerings, but does it compare to well to rivals?

The first most obvious attraction of the C5 is the quality looks and feel of the stainless steel body, the handset feels so tough, with large easy to use buttons on the keypad, that you could imagine the military using it! So it’s smart and durable, but how does it perform?

At first glance the C5 looks like any traditional “candy bar” type phone, with 2.2-inch screen and alphanumeric keypad below. It’s only once you start using the handset, that you will appreciate that Nokia has injected the C5 with some DNA from its high end smart phone handsets.

Typically with Nokia smartphones, the C5 comes with a plethora of “social” applications ready to use ( such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Friendster). Many more applications are available from the Nokia Ovi store. There applications can be pinned to your home screen allowing you to customise the C5 experience.

On board storage is a relatively meagre 50MB, but you can add up to 16Gb using microSD card (a 2Gb microSD card is upplied in retail pack). One of the main attractions of the C5 will be the inclusion of Ovi maps and navigation completely free (for life according to Nokia). However the 2.2 inch screen is perhaps a little small to use when driving!

The 3.2 megapixel camera may sound basic when many manufacturers fit 5-10 megapixel units as standard, however, the camera is simple to use and the results are more than acceptable in terms of quality. The C5 pretty much has everything users want from a smart phone, with one notable exception, Wi-Fi. Of course data connectivity is supplied via 3G so as long as you have a good 3G signal in your area its not a huge problem, on the other hand, if you find yourself without 3G coverage or you have an expensive tariff for data downloads, you will find yourself wishing for Wi-Fi capability!

The C5 is available on contracts with T-mobile and Vodafone and is very competitive, cheaper than similar products such as HTC Tattoo or Samsung Tocco Ultra for example. The C5 is also offered on pay-as-you-go for those who prefer that payment model.

Advantages: Easy to use with simple interface, big buttons that can be operated even with gloves on!, superb build quality and sturdy construction, 3G support

Disadvantages: No Wi-Fi

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Full Review Nokia 1800 with Latest Deals

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

large1800The Nokia 1800 is available in four colours (blue colour, red, silver grey and black) in a solid “candy bar” type casing measuring 10.7cm x 4.5cm x 1.53cm and weighs just 78.5 grams. With a 1.8 inch TFT colour screen and the typical Nokia navigation controls below along with call buttons and alphanumeric keypad.

The 1800 is a basic mobile phone, for those who do not require all the bells and whistles (which this type of customer would probably never use anyway). A refreshingly simple product, easy to use and set up, it does what it “says on the tin”, no more, no less. despite this elegant simplicity, the Nokia 1800 has many useful basic features and functions, such as phone book for storing contact names and numbers, calendar, clock, alarm, SMS messaging, FM radio and LED flash light (why don’t other phones have this simple yet extremely useful feature?). The 1800 also supports MP3 ringtones and comes with 32-polyphonic ringtones pre loaded. There is also the option to personalise the handset with a range of covers.


Advantages:
Usual functional and intuitive Nokia navigation, decent headset included in retail pack, useful LED torch which would work well in emergency situations, good reception even in rural areas, cheap

Disadvantages: No camera, no internet data connectivity, no email, lack of gimmicky features may put some people off! – no bragging rights, the sleek looks mean the casing design can be a bit slippery to hold!

If you just want a mobile phone for making/receiving calls and some text messaging, the Nokia 1800 has much to commend it. Extremely easy to use with no complicated menu functions nor tons of high tech features which you will never use! With the battery providing 528 hours standby time (helped no doubt by the distinct lack of power sapping features) this would also be a great handset for emergency use whilst driving/travelling for instance. The retail pack includes a Nokia Compact Charger, Stereo Headset and a useful User guide. Most users would have this phone set up and ready to use in seconds (after battery is fully charged). The Nokia 1800 has a high satisfaction rating from customers with very little negative feedback at all – all in all, a budget mobile phone with all the basic features wrapped up in a nice looking handset, with easy to read screen, simple to use navigation and good reliability. Perhaps the best basic handset on the market right now.

Available free with contract from T-mobile, Orange, and Vodafone. Or for less than £10 on pay-as-you-go!

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Nokia 5228 Reviews and Deals

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

large5228blackThe Nokia 5228 is an extremely stylish touch screen Smartphone which will definitely appeal to the fashion conscious. The 5228 is a “candy bar” type handset with a 3.2 inch high colour (16.7 million colours) touch screen available in white or black with a selection of colours available for the rear casing (red, silver, green, pink, black, blue). Main features include a 2 mega-pixel camera, integrated music player (with dedicated music keys and Speaker ) and Internet browser. The camera also doubles as a video recorder (30 frames per second at 640 x 360 pixels resolution).

A Symbian Smart phone, the 5228 uses the S60 operating system, this allows the use of a built in stylus for making touch screen selections. The built in accelerometer also provides display auto rotation. Measuring just 11.1cm x 5.17cm x 1.55cm and weighing in at 115 grams. This handset, in addition to looking stylish, actually feels high quality and is good to hold. There is a definite high-end feel to this mobile.

The 5228 supports Java games which are easy to play with touch screen controls (ships with Roller Coaster game installed). The built in camera has a CMOS sensor and 3x digital zoom and also supports video recording at up to thirty frames per second. Other standard features include music player (MP3, eAAC+, WMA and WAV ), FM radio, handwriting recognition, conference calling, speaker-phone, flight mode setting, audio messaging, email, Internet browser with Nokia mobile search and full connectivity using EDGE and GPRS technology, Bluetooth or the included USB cable.

With 70Mb of internal memory and another 16Gb via MicroSD™ memory card there should be plenty of storage for most users. Being a quad-band handset the phone should be usable pretty much worldwide and the battery provides a claimed 10 hours talk time and 455 hours on standby.

Advantages: An attractive proposition for the price, particularly for young users, clever proximity sensor that turns the phone off automatically to help you save battery life, a great phone for music lovers, familiar (to Nokia fans) and easy to use navigation interface, generous amount of pre-loaded software,( Facebook, MySpace and Amazon applications for example).

Disadvantages: resistive screen is not that responsive when it comes to handwriting recognition, no HSDPA or 3G, downloading large files is a bit slow via EDGE/GPRS.

Available on pay-as-you-go and monthly contracts on T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone. The 5228 is sure to be another big seller for Nokia.

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