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

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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Canon EOS 40D SLR Digital Camera Review

Category : Canon, Digital Cameras

The Canon EOS 40D is a 10.1 megapixel digital SLR camera. It was the successor to the well received Canon EOS 30D, and is now succeeded by the EOS 50D. Canon splits its SLR cameras into 3 separate ranges, each identified by the number of digits in the model name. For instance model numbers with 3 digits, such as the EOS 400D and Canon EOS 350D, are designated ‘amateur’ models, single digit model numbers such as the  EOS 1D and 1Ds are the professional photographer models, in between these ranges we have the 2 digit model numbers such as the Canon EOS 40D and Canon EOS 50D. These cameras are designed to appeal to keen
enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers with lots of advanced features and high quality construction but without the expense of the pro camera ranges.

Although the Canon EOS 40D is more expensive than most entry-level digital SLR cameras, this is reflected in the build quality. Most cheaper cameras use plastics for the casing whereas the 40D has a magnesium light alloy construction. This heavy duty construction makes the 40D a tough and resilient camera which bodes well for long term ownership. Additionally, the memory card and battery doors are dust and moisture resistant. There are two LCD displays on Canon EOS 40D, a 3 inch colour LCD (used as viewfinder) on the rear and a smaller status panel display on the top. This is another distinction between the semi-pro 40D and the cheaper cameras where the LCD on the rear usually has to do both jobs.

The Canon EOS 40D’s menu system is clear, easy to read and works well, supported by a detailed written manual and electronic back-ups on CD. However the software on the 40D is intuitive and will come easily to anyone that has used a digital camera in the past (which should cover all 40D users as novice photographers would be unlikely to purchase a Canon EOS 40D as their first camera!)

if you are interested in taking pictures of sports events the Canon EOS 40D is one of the best models in this price range due to the speed of the DIGIC III processor. The speed at which the 40D can process images and save them to the memory card is incredible for a camera in this price range. An amazing 6.5fps continuous shooting speed (most similarly priced rivals offer 3fps). of course, there are cameras that can shoot much faster than this, however they cost several thousand pounds as opposed to the sub £1000 price of the Canon EOS 40D.

Canon EOS 40D is a well made semi-professional camera with controls and features to suit any serious photographer or keen enthusiast alike. In this price range the EOS 40D obliterates the competition just in terms of speed alone.

Samsung S7330 Mobile Phone Review – Exclusive to three

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

Another stylish and classy phone design from Samsung, the S7330 Black is a slide mobile phone ( Samsung seem to be market leaders in slide design) which looks very attractive with a 2.2 inch, 240 x 320 pixels, 16 million colours display. Sunlight legibility is particularly good even on the brightest of days. A cool feature on Samsung phones is the “active standby screen” (used to be called uGo), basically the screen displays an image of a local landmark where ever you happen to be in the world – Ok not exactly useful but cool never the less! Under the clear and bright display you find a smooth touch navigation panel allowing you to move easily through the menus and features. The Samsung S7330 measures a svelte 104.8mm x 49.4mm x 14mm and weighs just 110g. With a huge seven hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby the battery performance is class leading.

A built in 3 mega-pixel camera function with advanced imaging features including flash, auto focus and face Detection means the S7330 Black offers clear and striking photography. A video recording feature is also available with playback in MPEG, WMV and H.263 modes. A smaller second camera enables video calling.

Internet surfing with the S7330 Black is straightforward with WAP 2.0 XHTML and HTML web browsing and high speed transfer rates are available with 3G HSDPA, GPRS and the EDGE technologies. Quad-band network capability also allows international roaming whilst abroad. Connecting to other devices locally is easy with the included Bluetooth (with A2DP) and USB technology services.

A full range of music and entertainment can be enjoyed on the S7330 Black handset with built-
in music player playing AAC, eAAC+, MP3 and WMA files. With an FM Radio (with RDS) if you get bored or run out of tracks. There is 35Mb of internal memory on board expandable with microSD memory card slot. With SMS, MMS, email and predictive text there is no reason to be out of touch with your friends or family.

The standard pack of Samsung applications and pre-loaded games are included, with useful utilities such as alarm, clock, calculator and calendar.

Pros
3G with HSDPA
Quad-band
Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP support
FM radio with RDS
Smart dialling feature

Cons
No Wi-Fi LAN support
No HCSCD
No Infrared port
LED flash gives poor performance in low light conditions
Expensive
When operating slide you cant help getting thumbprint smudge on the screen

The S7330 Black is yet another smart and stylish mobile phone from Samsung. A decent camera and a host of standard features make the Samsung S7330 Black a good choice but not a great one, with the lack of Wi-Fi being a particular disappointment.

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Samsung I8510 Mobile Phone Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Samsung

The Samsung i8510 comes in 8GB and 16GB versions and is a stylish slide phone with some sophisticated features in a shiny black casing. The i8510 is a Smartphone sharing DNA with the Samsung i780, Samsung i560  and the Samsung i900 Omnia. With a large 2.8 inch TFT screen and up to 16 million displayed colours, the i8510 is a delight to use with clear and colourful graphics. Like most modern smartphones the i8510 is compact (106.5mm x 53.9mm x 17.2mm) and easy to use with one hand. With up to 8.5 hours of talk time from a single charge and up to 310 hours of standby, the battery performance is above average for a feature rich smartphone. Available in two versions (8GB and 16GB) both can be upgraded using microSd card with an additional 16Gb of storage capacity.

The i8510 INNOV8 has an 8 mega-pixel camera with auto-focus, flash, WDR (wide dynamic range), face detection, image stabilising, auto panorama shot, smile shot, and multi shot and of course all the usual camera settings and adjustments. Video recording at 30 fps (frames per second) at VGA quality is standard alomg with support for MPEG4, DivX, H.263, H.264, WMV and Real Player formats. 3G video calling with other 3G users is also enabled allowing real face to face calls using a secondary video camera.

Surfing the web is easy with WAP 2.0, XHTML & HTML web browsers. Network coverage and connectivity technologies are comprehensive including, HSDPA (up to 7.2 Mbps), EDGE, GPRS and Quad-band world wide roaming facility when abroad. Connecting to other devices is simple and easy with Bluetooth WI-FI & USB available.

Of course the i8510 has a fully featured built in music player which is capable of playing tracks in
most formats such as mp3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+ and Real Audio. With a built in FM stereo radio with RDS. The i8510 is pre-loaded with a huge range of MP3 and polyphonic ring-tones and with the massive storage capacity further ringtones along with music, videos, photos and other downloads can be easily stored.

A full range of messaging services are available on the i8510 mobile phone – SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (multi-media messaging), Predictive text, Email and Instant messaging.

The i8510 using Symbian Operating System version 9.3 allows many embedded applications, for example, GPS receiver with AGPS (Assisted Global Positioning System), organiser, alarm, calendar and embedded Java & downloadable games ( including Fifa 08!).

Pros
8 Mega-pixel camera
Embedded applications – phonebook, to do list, alarm Clock, calendar and calculator
TV out function
8.5 hours talk time
Quad band
RDS FM Radio
AGPS function
Downloadable games & FIFA 2008 game
Wi-Fi
With 8Gb or 16Gb internal memory no real need for microSD card

Cons
No touch screen
No zoom on camera

The Samsung i8510 INNOV8 phone, whether you choose 8gb or 16Gb version, is a great piece of kit. Cool and stylish looks, combined with sophisticated features such as the 8 mega-pixel camera. One of the top smartphones on the market and deserving of a place on your shortlist.

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