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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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T-Mobile Pulse handset Review

Category : Mobile Phones, T-mobile

T-Mobile is one of the biggest mobile companies in the world. It’s the UK network of T-Mobile International, a major branch of Deutsche Telekom AG and serves over 80 million mobile customers worldwide. T-Mobile International operates mobile companies in the USA, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Poland. T-Mobile won Consumer Operator of the Year 2007.  The T Mobile Pulse is a brilliant Android handset from T-Mobile at a very low price. Large touch screen which is very responsive and it also gives the Google OS experience. The T-mobile Pulse is the first Android type phone to be available on pay as you go and pay monthly contracts.

The features on this handset are great. It takes top-class pictures with the 3.2-megapixel camera and zoom option, with 2GB of added SD storage to give you enough space to save everything. Look at your photos with high quality on the auto-rotating, crystal-clear 3.5″ screen and download loads of new applications from the Android Market. With Push email and Microsoft Exchange, your messages are instantly at your fingertips. The handset comes with a hands-free headset and around 4 hours of talk time, plus 300 hours of standby.
The T-mobile Pulse is also equipped with a personal organiser, Bluetooth, messaging personal email, picture messaging, predictive text and mobile instant messaging.

The T-Mobile Pulse is the third Android powered phone, and with a very reasonable price tag, also the cheapest Google natterbox yet. It comes in a smooth chrome shell,  HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen. It also has the benefits of multiple profile screens so you can scroll through quickly and easily. The moment it is available on Pay as you go with unlimited texts for life when you top up £10 per month or on Combi 25+ internet on an 18 month contract which gives you 300 texts per month, 300 minutes free per month, 10% off line rental and free unlimited internet access. Just now you also get Free sat nav. With a free one-month sat nav trial from TeleNav which means you will never loose your way. A great stylish phone from T Mobile available in jet black or cool white, the Pulse is sure to catch a lot of people’s attention.

LG Arena Mobile Phone Review

Category : LG, Mobile Phones

The first thing anyone would notice when doing an LG Arena review (or LG KM900 Arena to give this mobile it’s full name), is that this is a smart looking touch screen phone with a range of multimedia features all accessed through the stunning visual 3D interface displayed on the 3 inch colour screen with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Part of the LG Touch family which includes other notable handsets like the LG KC910 Renoir and KF900 Prada, the LG Arena is a slim phone, measuring just 12mm in depth so fits in any pocket easily. The rechargeable battery provides up to 4 hours talk time and 300 hours on standby.

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Inevitably, any LG Arena review will at some point compare this handset to the Apple iPhone, after all they are both touchscreen multimedia smartphones. In terms of features the LG Arena wipes the floor with the iPhone, featuring MMS, FM radio, a landscape Qwerty keypad and many other capabilities missing from the iPhone.

To do any LG Arena review justice, you have to elaborate on the 5 megapixel camera, the music player and the internet browsing capabilities. The LG Arena is a true multimedia device with a huge feature set.

The LG KM900 Arena is equipped with a five megapixel digital camera with flash and autofocus which allows still picture capture as well as video capture with near DVD quality. Video playback in all the popular video formats such as DivX and MPEG4 is superb on that huge screen. There is a second camera with a lens on front of the handset for two way video calling.

The LG Arena comes has an integrated music/multimedia player with extensive music features such as MP3 and AAC format music playback, FM radio and Java games. With a good range of connectivity options including 3G HSDPA technology, Bluetooth, GPRS and EDGE, Wi-Fi and USB, there should never be any problems connecting to compatible devices.

The integrated WAP browser allows full internet access and web sites can be viewed in XHTML and HTML formats. Emails can be created, sent, stored and received easily allowing you to stay in contact with work, friends or family on the move. There is also a built in instant messaging feature, which works just a PC instant messaging service such as MSN messenger or ICQ.

To make full use of this phones capabilities, the LG Arena comes with 8Mb of internal memory with a MicroSD memory card slot which can be used to expand the memory up to 16Gb.

LG arena review Pros
Stylish 3D user interface
3G HSDPA Technology
Wi-Fi support
3 inch TFT 262k Colour Touch Screen
5 Megapixel Camera
MPEG4 and DivX Video Player
MicroSD memory card support up to 16 Gb
FM Radio

LG arena review Cons
Expensive
The Qwerty keypad is no good for fast texting

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HTC HD Mobile Phone Review

Category : HTC, Mobile Phones

The Touch HD is a cool looking mobile in it’s sleek black casing. This HTC Touch HD is a 3G Smartphone with a large touch screen allowing the viewing of high quality images and video playback. In addition this huge screen makes the Touch HD simple to use with input selections, text, numbers and graphics all displayed neatly and clearly. This 3.8 inch WVGA flat LCD touchscreen (measured diagonally) offers 480 x 800 pixel resolution and uses the “TouchFLO” 3D user interface – an interface designed by HTC. It is used by dragging your finger up the screen and moving your finger left and right to access common tasks. HTC Corporation (formerly High Tech Computer Corporation), is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of mobile-based portable devices.

The HTC Touch HD comes with an auto rotate screen function using built-in accelerometer which provides automatic wide screen viewing. The HTC Touch HD casing measures 62.8mm x 115mm x 12mm and weighs 147 grams including the standard battery which provides 8 hours talk time and up to 440 hours on standby. The HTC Touch HD is part of the HTC Smartphone family which include other notable handsets such as the HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC G1 Google phone.

Video playback on the HTC Touch HD is high clarity and offers a superb movie type wide screen experience, with virtual cinema quality on the 3.8 inch touch screen. The Touch HD has a five megapixel digital camera with video recording function and a second camera used for two way 3G video calling.

The HTC Touch HD Smartphone isn powered by a sohisticated Qualcomm MSM processor using Windows Mobile 6.1 professional as the operating system. Built in 3G HSDPA technology offers high data speed transfers, seamless internet browsing and multitasking operations. Download speeds of up to 7.2Mb per second are achievable and the HTC Touch HD has the option of connecting to local hotspots and other WLAN’s using Wi-Fi wireless technology . A mini USB cable port and Bluetooth wireless capabilities complete the comprehensive connectivity options.

With a generous 512Mb of ROM memory capacity along with 288Mb of RAM memory, the HTC Touch HD can store lots of data in standard form, however this can be upgraded using MicroSD memory card. You can use the built in Web browser on the HTC Touch HD to access all your favourite websites and a mobile email service to keep in touch just like you use ha ome or office PC. There is also an instant messaging service along with SMS text messaging and MMS multimedia messaging. The HTC Touch HD phone also has a built in FM radio with a radio data system (RDS) and a built in music player which is controlled via the touch screen . The Touch HD handset comes with a 3.5mm audio jack which means you can use any compatible headphones. You can even get directions to destinations and view routes on satellite maps using the GPS navigation feature which includes Google maps.

Pros
Qualcomm MSM Processor with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Operating System
GPS Navigation
3G HSDPA technology
3.8 Inch 65k Colour WVGA LCD touch sensitive screen
5 Megapixel Camera
Wi-Fi connection

Cons
None

One of the best 3G touch screen Smartphone on the market with GPS navigation, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. Superb 3.8 Inch touch screen with TouchFLO 3D controls and Qualcomm processor operating on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. If you are in the market for a Smartphone this should be on your shortlist!

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LG KF900 Prada Mobile Phone Review

Category : LG, Mobile Phones

The LG KF900 Prada is a fashionable 3G enabled phone which comes with the stylish looks you would expect from a handset with the Prada designer name. The KF900 Prada comes from the same family as the LG KE850 Prada handset. The most striking feature of this handset is the smooth slide out full QWERTY keyboard, this allows the user to input text or email messages at PC like speeds. The LG KF900 Prada comes in a sleek black  casing (16.8mm x 54mm x 105mm) with a large 3 inch (measured diagonally) touch sensitive screen, with 240 pixels by 400 pixels resolution giving a high quality display. Competitors from other brands with similar functionality include the iPhone and Blackberry Storm. The battery gives 3 hours talk time and up to 400 hours on standby from a single charge.

The camera feature on the LG KF900 Prada supports still image and moving video capture. The 3 inch  TFT screen is used as the viewfinder and for video playback. With five megapixels and a Schneider Kreuznach lens with auto focus, zoom and flash, the camera is an above average performer.

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The LG KF900 Prada phone supports quad band network technology with HSDPA 2100 (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access in the 2100 MHz frequency band) which allows worldwide handset roaming. The KF900 is a 3G handset which means multitasking applications on the handset are possible (for instance recieving calls while emailing etc). The 3G technology also means video calling using a second built in camera  lens is supported. The KF900 Prada utilises GPRS and EDGE technologies for fast data transfer rates.  Wi-Fi connectivity also allows connection to local WLAN or hotspot to gain a free connection to the internet. The LG KF900 Prada can be connected to other compatible devices using either a USB cable or a Bluetooth wireless connection.

The built in music player provides high quality sound and easy to navigate music features. There
is also built in FM radio. The LG KF900 Prada comes with an email, SMS messaging and instant messaging service. The built in web browser means accessing the internet and searching for information is simple and straightforward.

Pros
Slide out Full QWERTY Keyboard
3 Inch TFT Touch Screen
3G HSDPA Technology
Good 5 Megapixel Camera
Music Player
DivX/MPEG video player
Wi-Fi Connectivity
Built-in accelerometer
Bluetooth A2DP
FM radio
30fps video recording capability
Document viewer(.xls, .doc, .ppt, .pdf)

Cons
Built-in flash on camera is poor
Touch screen not as smooth and responsive as the iPhone’s
Expensive

The LG KF900 Prada has amazing designer looks and a good range of quality features. Good performance from five megapixel camera, nice 3 inch touch screen, easy to use QWERTY keyboard and great sounds from music player.

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Nokia 5800 Xpress Music Phone Review

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia

The 5800 XpressMusic (also known as the Tube smartphone) is the latest entry from Nokia into the expanding touch screen mobile phone market. This is obviously an attempt by Nokia to compete against the mighty iPhone, so how does it stack up? Well, although a latecomer in this field, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is packed with some pretty impressive features.

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Screen -The touch screen supports stylus, plectrum and finger inputs for text along with a QWERTY keyboard and handwriting recognition software.

Music – One touch can get you into 35 hours of music, browsable by artist, album, play lists and genre. With innovative surround sound speakers with built in graphic equaliser. The standard 8Gb microSD card can be upgraded to 16Gb for extended music libraries (up to 6000 songs). An FM radio is also included.

Camera and Video – A standard 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash and 3x digital zoom. The 3.2″ widescreen featuring nHD resolution of 640×360 pixels and 16 million colours makes the watching and recording of video a fabulous experience. 30 frames-per-second playback and recording should mean smooth, almost DVD quality video. Using the image editing suite you can crop, rotate and touch up images and even add your favourite soundtrack in seconds. A host of video formats are supported including WMV.

Internet – high speed browsing and downloading are possible using an advanced browser with Flash support using 3.5G HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) and Wireless LAN connections.

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One of the best features of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is the Nokia “Media bar”. Unlike other feature packed mobiles, the 5800 XpressMusic functions are easy to access from this innovative drop down menu. On the downside the screen is smaller than the iPhone and not quite as sexy. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic does have an ace up it’s sleeve however, with Flash 9 support you can access much more web multimedia content than the Flashless iPhone.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic bundle comes complete with: Stereo Headset with Remote Control, 8GB microSD Card, Stylus, Stand, USB Cable, TV Cable, Charger, Manual and CD.

Pros
Huge feature set
Comprehensive retail bundle
Affordable retail price
Ergonomic handset – easy to use one handed
Long battery life – 406 hours of standby and 8 hours 45 minutes of talk time

Cons
Limited availability of third party software at present
Sensitivity of touch screen can take some getting used to
No smart dialling
Image quality not up to class leaders
Unable to charge from microUSB


To sum it up, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is a worthy contender to the iPhone, it certainly incorporates more features. However the screen can still be a little jittery when navigating web pages, this latest 5th generation of the Nokia S60 software is certainly an improvement, but hasn’t quite got that iPhone smoothness.

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