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Nokia C7 Mobile deal with FREE Xbox 360 4GB

Category : Mobile Deals, Nokia

Get the Nokia C7 with an Xbox 360 4GB FREE with your handset from affordablemobiles.co.uk on T-mobile. Experience the new C7 with its slick new Symbian 3 software, superb 3.5 inch AMOLED screen, noise cancelling microphone and easy Facebook/Twitter widgets. Available in black, brown, or “frosty metal” colours. Get this high quality stainless steel construction phone with the exciting Xbox 360 4GB – a perfect gift for the C7 with its sleek new design and matching controllers, the xbox 360 offers blockbuster games, HD video player and Wi-Fi for easy connection to Xbox LIVE. The Xbox 360 4GB console is also ready to connect seamlessly with the Kinect Sensor for games with no controller required.

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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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Full Review on Nokia C7

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia, O2, T-mobile

largenokiac7blackThe Nokia C7 is a mid-range phone with all the features you would expect from Nokia in this price range with no serious shortcomings. In the Nokia range, the C7 is priced above the C6 and below the N8. This was one of Nokia’s first mobiles featuring the new Symbian 3 software and by all accounts, it’s a much faster, more versatile system than previous offerings in the range. Offering quick and extremely slick switching between apps and screens.

This latest operating system provides a choice of 3 different “home” screens, each of which can be customised with a collection of widgets ( such as email, news, social status on Facebook/Twitter and even TV widgets allowing display of channels like CNN or BBC).

The phone’s frame is a classy, solid feeling stainless steel design which feels more robust than some of it’s competitors. Available in black, brown, or what Nokia describes as “frosty metal” colours. The C7 also features a second noise cancelling microphone so you can be heard clearly when making calls despite high levels of ambient noise.

The 3.5 inch screen is an AMOLED design (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode). This is essential in a phone with a clear internet based appeal, providing both Wi-Fi and 3G to ensure seamless, high speed web access almost anywhere.

Heavily promoted by networks which in the UK include T-mobile, o2 and Vodafone, the C7 is available free on a contract basis.

Advantages: Sturdy stainless steel construction, much improved Symbian 3 software is slick and versatile, superb 3.5 inch AMOLED screen

Disadvantages: Although the Symbian 3 software is much improved it still has a way to go in terms of catching up with close mobile rivals such as Apple’s iOS or Google Android, that shiny surface is a bit of a magnet for fingerprints!

The C7 is yet another useful option in the Nokia range, Nokia has made the point (very publicly) that they feel customers want choice and a one phone suits all approach is not optimal (obviously a direct reference to the Apple iPhone!). A mid range handset with a strong bias towards internet users and in particular social networking. Has much to commend it, with very little negatives. The only downside really is the Symbian operating system is not quite a match to the current market leaders, but it’s not far behind and in normal everyday use most users would not feel short changed.

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Nokia N8 Full Review and Latest Deals

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

largen8blackThe Nokia N8 is the best touchscreen smartphone from Nokia to date, with sturdy looking aliminium case, fantastic 12 megapixel camera, and a new improved version of the symbian software powering the phones features. A huge improvement over the N97 but perhaps still not as much fun as some of the touchscreen competitors such as the Apple iPhone or the HTC desire.

The touchscreen on the Nokia N8 is fast and responsive with just one touch needed to open most applications. This capacitive touchscreen is streets ahead of the old resistive type screens used on previous generations of touchscreen phones like the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.  Unfortunately, there is no qwerty keyboard, just the fashioned 12 key alpha-numeric kind found on standard mobiles. This is a suprising omission, perhaps more to do with Symbian, than Nokia. Regardless it’s something we would expect Nokia to rectify in their next model.

There are some great social features designed to allow you to view Facebook and Twitter updates for example on a single screen. But, frustratingly, there is no widget which allows simple uploading of videos to youtube for example. However any widgets not found as standard on the N8 are likely to be found in the excellent Nokia Ovi Store.

The N8 is a chunkier phone than some rivals, with dimensions of 113.5mm x 59mm x 12.9 mm. Simple enough to fit in most pockets but not ultra slim like the Samsung Galaxy S or the iPhone 4. The N8 ships with an adaptor for HDMI to mini HDMI, decent set of earphones (with impressive audio quality) including inline audio controls, a Nokia pin charger and a USB lead with adaptor. Unlike other mobiles there is no battery in the retail pack as the Nokia N8 does not have a removable battery.

Advantages – superb 12 megapixel camera with xenon flash, quality machined aliminium case with anodised scratch-proof paint, 16Gb built in memory with room for 32Gb more using memory card slot, much improved touchscreen

Disadvantages – no qwerty keyboard in landscape mode, less apps available in Nokia store when compared to Apple and Android app stores, Symbian 3 interface a bit clunky when compared to other high end touchscreen smartphones

In summary the Nokia N8 is easily the best touchscreen smartphone from Nokia with great looks and much more user friendly interface. Not as funky or cool as an iPhone perhaps, but if you are used to Nokia phones you certainly will not be disappointed. The camera in particular is awesome with a feature set and image quality to rival many digital standalone cameras. The only real downside to the N8 is the lack of some applications as standard, particularly Youtube/Ebay functionality. However the Nokia Ovi Store is easy to use and is rapidly catching up to the Apple and Android offerings. Available now on T-mobile and Orange.

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HTC Touch Diamond Mobile Phone Review

Category : HTC, Mobile Phones

The HTC Touch Diamond is a stylish 3G Smartphone with a host of communications and business features in a high gloss black casing and a 2.8 inch LCD touch screen displaying up to 65,000 colours and clear, crisp graphics. The screen utilises the HTC TouchFLO 3D system giving intuitive touch control of all applications and features. This screen also has an auto rotate function and supports handwriting recognition software. The HTC Touch Diamond weighs just 110 grams and measures 102mm x 51mm x 11.4mm, which is amazingly compact for a Smartphone packed with so many features. The Touch Diamond ships with 356Mb of ROM memory, 192 megabytes of RAM memory and a massive 4Gb of built in user memory. The HTC Touch Diamond is part of the same family of phones as the HTC Touch HD. The battery provides around 2 hours of video call time, over 5 hours of GSM talktime and up to 285 hours of standby power.

With a built in GPS system with Assisted GPS navigation, the HTC Touch Diamond can provide directions and routes to desired locations. A full HTML web browser with Google search also gives easy access to websites and online information. The HTC Touch Diamond also has a weather forecast feature, instant messaging service, email, MMS and SMS services onboard. For entertainment the HTC Touch Diamond offers full motion gaming with 3D graphics along with music and video player supporting MP3, AAC, AAC+, WAV, WMA & AMR NB formats.

Using Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, the HTC Touch Diamond has a user friendly menu system and graphical interface. Surfing the Web and downloading files are at near broadband speed thanks to the built in 3G HSDPA technology. Wi-Fi is also provided giving internet access while in local hotspots or other WLAN areas such as hotels, airports and restaurants. Data transfer between compatible devices such as PC’s or laptops is provided via Bluetooth wireless connection or a USB cable.

A built in 3.2 megapixel camera feature with auto focus offers high quality still picture capture and video recording. A second camera is provided on the front of the handset for video calling.

Pros
Wi-Fi enabled
Great 2.8 Inch 65k Colour LCD Touch Screen
TouchFLO 3D interface
Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS
GPS and AGPS Navigation
3G Video Calling supported
Instant messaging client
3G HSDPA technology
Accelerometer with auto screen rotate

Cons
No camera flash

The HTC Touch Diamond (so called due to its diamond shaped casing) brings a lot to the table. Large LCD touch screen, smooth touch screen controls (TouchFLO 3D), built in Wi-Fi and 3G HSDPA, messaging services, 3G video calling and GPS navigation system. All the smartphone features in a classy looking and compact handset.

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Blackberry Pearl 8120 Mobile Phone Review

Category : Blackberry, Mobile Phones

The cool and sophisticated BlackBerry Pearl 8120 Smart phone features a high quality large screen with full QWERTY keyboard in a stylish but functional layout. The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone is the latest member of the popular Blackberry Pearl Series, a range of business and communication orientated mobile devices which include the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and the BlackBerry Pearl 8110. The 8120 handset has a large 65,000 colour screen with a screen
resolution of 240 by 260 pixels. Just below this screen is the QWERTY keyboard featuring SureType keyboard software. Despite the huge range of features and technology packed into the BlackBerry Pearl 8120, this is a compact device measuring just 14mm x50mm x 107mm and weighing only 91 grams. The standard battery is capable of around 400 hours on standby and up to 4 hours of call time from a single full charge.

An advantage the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 has over many mobiles on the market is the built-in Wi-Fi technology. This allows the user to enjoy a wireless connection on their phone which is independent of the network provider’s services. This means free connection to the internet in many train stations,
airports, restaurants and city centres using the Blackberry RIM wireless modem. Bluetooth technology is also available as is a USB port for connection to other compatible devices for transfering files or data. The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 phone has a useful 64Mb of built in memory which can be extended using a memory card ( MicroSD memory card ). A document viewer (PowerPoint, Word & Excel) is also included. The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 supports BlackBerry Maps. Calls can be heard using the built in loudspeakers which is convenient for meetings and the Pearl 8120 can be set to vibration alerts for discreet usage.

Full email service capabilities on the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 include instant messaging, SMS messaging and MMS. The QWERTY keyboard is great for inputting text for messaging. A built in multi-media player allows users to play music and video on their Pearl 8120. The built in 2 megapixel camera records still pictures or video footage and has a useful “self portrait” function which uses a discrete mirror to allow users to take pictures of themselves!

Pros
Wi-Fi technology
RIM Wireless Modem
QWERTY keyboard with SureType
2 megapixel camera with dedicated Keys
Wireless Email with Attachments
Media Player
3.5 mm audio output jack
Built-in handsfree
64 Mbytes Flash Memory
Vibrating Alert
Predictive text input

Cons
No 3G

This excellent addition to the BlackBerry Pearl range comes in a range of fashionable colours with large display and full QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 supports Wi-Fi and has a good selection of call, document and messaging services which makes it a great communication device for both business or personal use.

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Blackberry Bold Mobile Phone Review

Category : Blackberry, Mobile Phones

The Blackberry Bold is an extremely capable business mobile, packed with state of the art features and innovative technology. With a large colour screen, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G technology enabled, trackball navigation, Wi-Fi, camera/video feature, media player and email/texting services. The Blackberry Bold is  mobile office and entertainment centre all wrapped up in a 14mm x 66mm x 114mm package weighing just 133 grams. This light weight includes the standard battery which offers up to 5 hours of talktime and 310 hours on standby from a single full charge.

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One of the first things you notice about the Blackberry Bold is the brilliant WQVGA screen (resolution 480×320) with excellent clarity and landscape mode for widescreen media viewing. Underneath the large screen you will find the intuitive Blackberry trackball navigation control unit along with full QWERTY keyboard. The Blackberry Bold ships with 128Mb of built in flash memory (can be extended up to 8Gb with memory card).

A top notch integrated music player is one of many attractive features on the Blackberry Bold, with Blackberry media synchronisation ( to synchronise with iTunes software on your PC or Mac) and a simple interface for creating music playlists. The Blackberry Bold 9000 produces good quality sound and decent volume. A built in 2 megapixel camera is simple to use and has integrated camera controls to make the process of snapping photos or recording video clips a doddle.

The BlackBerry Bold 3G Smartphone comes has GPS ( global positioning system) technology which supports BlackBerry Maps giving step by step directions to the destination of your choice. Internet browsing and messaging or emailing are well provided for and simple to access using trackball and QWERTY keyboard. MMS, SMS and instant messaging are all integrated and the Blackberry browser is a pleasure to use.

Built in 3G HSDPA technology along with Wi-Fi connections means the user can enjoy high speed connection and data transfers on the move (virtually anywhere in the world with the Quad band reception – GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 & GSM 1900). There are other connectivity options such as Bluetooth and USB connectivity for other compatible devices.

Pros
Full QWERTY keyboard
BlackBerry Maps with GPS
Wi-Fi technology (means user can access internet without using up network bandwidth)
3G HSDPA Technology
Simple email set-up
128 Mbytes Flash Memory
MicroSD Support up to 8Gb
large 65k Colour Screen
2 Megapixel Camera with flash
Trackball navigation
Document Viewer
Bluetooth with A2DP (allows use of bluetooth wireless headphones)

Our Summary
A stunning Smartphone with 3G HSDPA technology in a smooth and premium casing. The Blackberry Bold has a crystal clear colour screen with full QWERTY keyboard and user friendly trackball navigation. A winner from Blackberry!

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