The iPhone arriveth

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It's here! After watching our American cousins getting their mitts on theirs wonderphones months ago we're happy to say that the iPhone has finally arrived on these shores.

We managed to pick ours up at the tiny Saffron Walden Carphone Warehouse last night. Queues in the small Essex market town were virtually non-existent - at 5:30pm there was nobody queueing. By 5:45pm there were about 10 people waiting. Once we got inside there was a minor problem with credit card authorisations not working (overloaded apparently ...) but within 30 minutes they were starting to work sporadically. Within an hour everyone who had queued had been served. The 3 staff members on duty were pleasant but not particularly knowledgable. One even announced to the queue that only the Apple Bluetooth headset would work with the iPhone, and also that if we did not activate them within 7 days our iPhones would stop working! One lady behind me in the queue who was buying two as gifts for clients (don't get any ideas you lot!) was understandably concerned.

One of the benefits of living in a small town is that we were home in 5 minutes. Perhaps most of the big city punters had longer waits and longer journeys, because although we were prepared for a lengthy ordeal in activating the phone via iTunes the process was actually completely painless and took less than 10 minutes from beginning to end (we went for a completely new phone number which probably helped a little).

In the meantime we will continue to play with our amazing new gadget. Watch this space for future posts about it!

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iPhone named "invention of the year"

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Yet the gadget's celebrity chic was not the core reason, according to Grossman's story, which appears in Friday's issue. The iPhone's design and beauty contribute to its appeal, but its functionality and features are what gets people talking. The features themselves may not be groundbreaking, but the way in which Apple presents them is. Take the iPhone's touch screen. Apple neither invented nor reinvented the technology, Grossman contends, but "Apple knew what to do with it."

The wide-ranging impact of the iPhone - on the cell phone industry and how it will evolve into an ever more useful handheld computer - is only beginning, he concludes.

Via The Associated Press

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BlackBerry Curve 8320 reviewed

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First came the trim, consumer-friendly BlackBerry Curve 8300. Then came the Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry 8820. Now there's the BlackBerry Curve 8320, an impressive PDA phone that combines the best of the previous two models and has an added bonus: While the 8820 supports Wi-Fi for data only, the 8320 lets you make voice calls over wireless 802.11b/g networks too.

Physically, the 8320 is the same as the original BlackBerry Curve, though it comes in two different colors, titanium gray or gold. (Unlike the original Curve, which is available from AT&T, the 8320 is available from T-Mobile for $300 with a two-year contract.) It features the same thin and light design, a small but very usable QWERTY keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera, and a gorgeous 320-by-240 display.

The biggest news is under the hood: In addition to support for GSM voice and EDGE data networks, the 8320 adds Wi-Fi with UMA--a technology that allows you to make voice calls over Wi-Fi. The phone works with T-Mobile's $20-per-month (on top of your voice and data plan) HotSpot@Home service, which permits unlimited calls over Wi-Fi networks. While the service is a bit pricey, it could potentially lower your costs by saving your cellular voice minutes.

Via PCWorld

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Samsung i450 boombox phone

5318-Ada1D36E8Samsungi4506 Hmmm, just what we need. A phone with a honkin' great speaker sliding out of the back! Hopefully it won't ever land on these shores, but if it does I'm sure the kids will absolutely love it.

Revealed by roving Czech site Mobil Idnes, the Samsung 'i450' is a dual slider with a difference: one way does indeed reveal the keypad, but the other unveils a large external speaker for some truly impressive annoying in public places. Actually, Samsung hasn't revealed the speaker specs to tell us just how annoying the i450 will be, but be warned. Elsewhere the i450 appears pretty straightforward. It offers quad band GSM and HSDPA (3.6Mbps) international travel friendliness, a 2MP camera with a VGAer for video calls, a large 2.3in 262k colour QVGA screen, Bluetooth 2.0 and USB2.0 and a gig of integrated memory which can be expanded via a microSD slot.

Via TrustedReviews

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iPhone, Nokia N95 and Helio face-off

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Two of the N95's buttons take you to a top menu. But each button takes you to a different top menu. The menus navigate differently. The first doesn't have all the options of the other, the second has all the options but hides some of them. How am I supposed to remember which menu has which option?

This wouldn't have bugged me before using the iPhone. But the iPhone has a way of opening one's eyes. After using its beautiful, logical touch-screen interface, I get the feeling that if an Apple designer had said "Hey, let's give it two top menus! Give the user more choice," Chief Executive Steve Jobs would have demanded not just his resignation but his left pinky finger. Just as a lesson.

Via AP

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BlackBerry Curve 8310 coming to Vodafone UK

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The Vodafone Sat Nav application is powered by Telmap satnav technology . It provides detailed route planning and GPS navigation, with live traffic updates, traffic jam alerts and extensive points of interest information, such as restaurant reviews. The over-the-air updated mapping information uses Vodafone's network to refresh maps stored on the BlackBerry as you need it.

Via Tech.co.uk

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Unlocked iPhones now on Hong Kong Telecom's CSL network

Iphone Csl Hk Damn. We were in Hong Kong a few months back and now this story breaks! The price seems extortionate to us since even the most expensive phones are rarely more than US$1000 in Hong Kong (unlike Europe there is no such thing as a carrier subsidy there). Even so, we expect they will sell out in minutes given that 'keeping up with the Joneses' is almost a national pastime in most of China.

The iPhone was able to take non-AT&T SIM cards (the one demonstrated here is the Hong Kong CSL network), you can dial out and pick up calls without a problem (video here, dialing 1083 for local weather report). EDGE is also supported, so are the messaging services. However we don’t know if the SIM and voicemail services are supported properly.

Via GearFuse

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8GB Nokia N95 in the works

8Gb-N95 Looks like the rumours of the upgraded capacity Nokia N95 are true - as usual it's the FCC that gives the game away. Will this mean a significant challenge to the iPhone? We don't think so.

Some obvious hardware changes include a modified back section, taking away the camera lens cover to make allowance for a larger battery. The media keys have also been raised slightly, while the smartphone itself comes in the color of Ford's original Model T - black.

Via Uberphones

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HTC Omni specs leaked

Htc-Omni We're note sure if we totally believe this one - an "email from a tipster" sounds mighty convenient to us. That still doesn't stop the pics from looking pretty slick!

Details of the HTC Omni have yet to be confirmed by HTC. But reports online suggest the device will be a Windows Mobile 6.0-based mobile with 3G HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. The HTC Omni will feature a 4-inch 800 x 480pixels display in a fold-up device that looks like a miniature version of an ultra-slim laptop. The specification reportedly includes a GPS receiver, 256MB ROM,128MB RAM and MicroSD card expansion. TV and VGA out connections are supported by the device, and dimensions are said to be 130(l) x 81(w) x 16(d) mm.

Via Tech.co.uk

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HTC Touch mimics iPhone ... but not very well

Htc-Smartphone-Lg1 We are normally fans of HTC's cutting-edge phones even if most of them end up being rebranded by the major networks and offered with a multitude of useless proprietary "add-ons". However in the case of the HTC TOUCH we are sadly disappointed. The superficial imitation of the iPhone interface is far too derivative and appears to be a blatant attempt to cash in on iPhone-fever.

With a simple stroke across the 2.8″ LCD screen, fave contacts, weather, applications and media pages can be summoned up via a futuristic 3D animation.

The crowd at the launch seemed suitably impressed, until we realised that the interface just sat on top of the comparatively dour Windows Mobile 6 interface, so as soon as you start clicking, you’re dumped back to the Windows interface.

Via Digital Lifestyles

The HTC Touch is based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6 Professional OS and features a 2.8-inch touch screen offering access to emails, contacts and appointments. But unlike the iPhone, which will feature large internal flash memory capacity for music and movie storage, the HTC Touch offers a microSD drive, and a 1G-byte microSD card comes with the handset.

Via Slashdot

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Watch out, fake Nokia N95s about

Nokia-Nokla-N95 Yes, we know the N95 is a hellishly expensive phone which most of us can't afford (shhh, don't tell Apple), but for someone to go out and create a knock-off version? Without the photos we'd have a hard time believing it ourselves! Ebayers beware.

Behold the "Nokla N95" touch-screen smartphone. A clone of the N95 that's manufactured by some scrubby company in China. Sellers claim that the phone has a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and even a touch-screen display! Unfortunately what they usually don't tell you is that the "Nokla" is dual-band 900/1800 which makes it pretty useless in the USA.

Via Nokia Phone Blog

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HTC Elf / HTC Touch P3450 now available

Htc-Elf-In-The-Hand We try not to get too jealous of our friends who get the latest kit before we do, but in this case we'll make an exception. The fine folks over at CoolSmartPhone have got their hands on an HTC Elf, and we want it. A lot. We anxiously await the review!

Well lookie here. It's the HTC Elf. The device will also be known as the "HTC Touch P3450". There's Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro plus a 2 megapixel camera, Office Mobile, WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroSD card slot and a 2.8 inch transflective TFT touch screen.

Via CoolSmartPhone

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Sony Ericsson W999i details revealed

W999I 2008 It's official! The new Sony Ericsson W999i is now at the top of our most-wanted phone list, replacing SE's previous M600. We previously had difficulties choosing between the M600 for it's good-for-fat-fingers rocker-style keyboard or the W950 for it's massive memory. For us this new W999i is the perfect combination of keyboard, capacity (we're assuming that being the latest and greatest of the Walkman series it will have at least a couple gigs), screen size, operating system and call quality. (The iPhone would be at the top of the list if it were available in Europe anytime soon and didn't require a bank loan).

It is said to come with HSDPA support, 2.4 inch 262k color screen with a QVGA resolution, and a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, FM Radio, and only 12.5-milimeters thick.

Via Slashphone

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