Tapping your phone

Telephone tapping is officially strictly controlled in many countries to safeguard an individual's privacy; this is the case in all developed democracies. In theory, telephone tapping often needs to be authorized by a court, and is, again in theory, normally only approved when evidence shows it is not possible to detect criminal or subversive activity in less intrusive ways; often the law and regulations require that the crime investigated must be at least of a certain severity. In many jurisdictions however, permission for telephone tapping is easily obtained on a routine basis without further investigation by the court or other entity granting such permission. Illegal or unauthorized telephone tapping is often a criminal offense. However, in certain jurisdictions such as Germany, courts will accept illegally recorded phone calls without the other party's consent as evidence, but the unauthorized telephone tapping will be avenged too.[citation needed]

In the United States, federal agencies may be authorized to engage in wiretaps by the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a court with secret proceedings, in certain circumstances.

Under United States federal law and most state laws, there is nothing illegal about one of the parties to a telephone call recording the conversation, or giving permission for calls to be recorded or permitting their telephone line to be tapped. However the telephone recording laws in most U.S. states require only one party to be aware of the recording, while 12 states require both parties to be aware. It is considered better practice to announce at the beginning of a call that the conversation is being recorded.

source : wikipedia
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iPhone 4G prototype?

The rumor mill is gearing up for the launch of Apple's fourth-generation iPhone, and the latest rumor has an aroma of fermented hops and barley.

Many observers expect Apple to release a new model in late spring or early summer. CEO Steve Jobs said recently that an updated mobile OS would be ready this summer--a perfect opportunity to release new iPhone hardware. Fueling speculation that a June launch is imminent is a report from Boy Genius Report that it has "confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees taking vacations in June."

Engadget is fanning the flames with photographs it says contain images of the forthcoming phone. Here's Engadget's explanation on how the images surfaced:

Apparently the phone was found on the floor of a San Jose bar inside of an iPhone 3G case. Right now we don't have a ton of info on the device in question, but we can tell you that it apparently has a front facing camera (!), 80GB of storage (weird, right?), and isn't booting at this point (though it was previously, and running an OS that was decidedly new). It's not clear if this is definitely a production model, or just a prototype that found its way into the world, but it's certainly a compelling design, no matter how you look at it.

Perhaps bolstering Engadget's report is a Twitpic posted in February that bears a striking resemblance to Engadget's images. However, other blogs reported that the images were actually of a Japanese iPhone counterfeit. As "proof" of the validity its report, Engadget reposted a grainy, heavily redacted photo it posted with a January iPad prototype story it now says shows the forthcoming iPhone sitting next to the then-yet-to-be released iPad.

Additionally, a MacRumors reader posted these images--purportedly from a Chinese Web site--that appear similar to those posted earlier by Engadget, although some readers suggest these are really images of the what was described as a Japanese counterfeit.

Of course, one has to wonder whether a company that guards the secrecy of its unreleased products as fiercely as Apple would actually allow an employee to take a prototype out to mingle with pretzels and spilled beer.

Update April 19 at 7:15 a.m. PDT: Gizmodo is now weighing in with a lengthy post titled "This is Apple's Next iPhone." Where Engadget says the device it's reporting on was found in a bar in San Jose, Gizmodo claims that it got hold of a gadget "found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS."

And, says Gizmodo: "We disassembled it. It's the real thing."

Whereupon it offers up a bevy of photos and video, along with details such as a "front-facing video chat camera," camera flash, micro-SIM, and a larger battery.

Beyond that, Gizmodo assembles such an array of circumstantial evidence as to suggest that, in Gizmodo's judgment, "there's very little possibility that it's a fake." Those clues range from Daring Fireball's John Gruber asserting that a prototype iPhone has gone missing from Apple to the lack of firmware for the device (which reportedly "was running iPhone OS 4.0 before the iPhone 4.0 announcement," though it was later remotely killed by Apple), and the fact, Gizmodo says, that the device "behaves exactly like an iPhone does when connected to a computer" and that "Mac OS X's System Profiler also reports this as an iPhone in restore mode...but report different product identifiers (both CPID and CPRV) than either the 3G or the 3GS."

source : m.news[dot]com
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Atom Runs Android, Google Plans Tablet

With the iPad in the market and a host of Linux or Windows tablets to follow, all eyes are on Google's response. Its upcoming Chrome OS, which is entirely geared to mobile browsers, will be important in the new hybrid formats between phone and PC. But before those 'cloudbooks' debut later this year, Android is also expected to appear on a tablet soon.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt hinted to the New York Times that Google was working on its own Android tablet rather than relying on third party vendors alone - a tactic it has already tried, with limited success, in smartphones, with the Nexus One launch. However, given that the tablet is an emerging category, Google may want to ensure it dominates it under its own brand, and turns the format to its vision of browser-oriented, cloud-based activities - rather than the downloaded content that is the centrepiece of iPad.

Other tablets expected around midyear are a MeeGo device from Nokia, the HP Slate, Dell's Streak and Lenovo's already announced IdeaPad s10-3 - and we are still waiting to see Microsoft's two-screened Courier concept platform turn into a commercial product.

At the chip level, the tablet will be a key testing ground in the battle between the Intel x86 and the ARM processor architectures. ARM licensees like Qualcomm and Freescale are edging into Intel's PC territory via hybrid devices like e-readers and the new smartbook designs, while Intel is pushing its low powered x86 platform, Atom, into ARM's smartphone heartland, again hoping to use tablets and other 'in-between' products as a conduit.

Although Intel has its own chip/OS combination - Atom and MeeGo, the latter in conjunction with Nokia - optimized for netbooks and tablets, it cannot ignore other operating systems. In netbooks, Windows remains dominant over Linux, and in the new formats, Android could be a major player. This week, Intel announced it had ported the Google OS to Atom, targeting smartphones and slates. Renee James, general manager of Intel's software and services group, told EETimes, at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, that there were already interested customers for Atom/Android. "Intel is enabling all OSs for Atom phones," she said. LG is the first vendor to show an Atom-based smartphone, the GW990, which will ship in the summer, though this will run MeeGo.

Some vendors have moved a step ahead of Intel with their own ports. Acer put Android on Atom netbooks last year.

source : theregister[dot]co.uk
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Omnifone signs Music Deal for Android

BARCELONA - Omnifone, the digital music service provider, is to make its MusicStation offering available to all mobile handsets which carry Google Inc's Android operating platform, it said on Monday.

Omnifone, which already provides its service to the likes of British pay TV company BSkyB and Vodafone, said it would debut its service on the Google Nexus One and HTC handsets at the Mobile World Congress industry event in Barcelona.

MusicStation for Android will offer all users on the Android platform immediate access to a catalog of over 6.5 million tracks, with additional features such as search and discovery systems, social networking aspects and news updates.

"Omnifone is delighted to be able to deliver the richest and most sophisticated music capability on mobile, and one that will work effortlessly on any manufacturer's Android device," Omnifone Chief Executive Rob Lewis said.

Mobile operators and handset makers have all started to offer music services in a bid to increase customer loyalty and grow revenues.

source : Reuters
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Nokia Smartphones Get New Names

There's been quite a few Nokia smartphones being released to date, but the company will now cut down to a select few in four different series.

In conjunction with the announcement of the Nokia C5, Nokia clarified its new naming convention across its smartphone portfolio. Moving forward, there'll be four smartphone brands, including Nokia Cseries, Xseries, Eseries and Nseries. Within each series of devices, there'll be a new range of numbers from 1 to 9, each signifying the range of functionality on offer, and the approximate prices of the devices - with 9 representing the highest end of devices.

The Nokia X3 and X6 were the first phones to use the new naming convention, followed by today's announcement of the Nokia C5. In other words, these three phones are mid-range devices within the respective series. Upcoming Eseries and Nseries smartphones will also be named based on the new naming convention, though specific announcements have not been made.


Nseries will remain the flagship series and should offer the most advanced range of products. To date, Nseries has offered N9x, N8x and N7x devices representing mobile computing, camera & gaming and mid-range multimedia smartphones, respectively. AT& T has subsidized N7x devices in the U.S., and it'll be interesting to see whether AT& T will pick up the new breed of Nseries devices now that Nokia is cutting down on the amount of devices to make sure that a select few reach a broader audience. An all-touch phone powered by Symbian^3 is expected to be released in this line later this year.


Xseries focuses on social entertainment, meaning that it blends social networking and music playback capabilities. A high-end phone in this range is expected to be released later this year, more specifically a QWERTY slider powered by Symbian^3.


Eseries will remain focused on productivity and business. The next big thing in the Eseries is expected to be a slab QWERTY phone powered by a ramped up S60 3rd Edition, featuring a design that'll make images of both BlackBerry and Palm OS smartphones pop up in your mind.


Lastly, the new Cseries represents the core range of smartphones by Nokia. The new Nokia C5 will be the first of this kind, powered by a ramped up S60 3rd Edition, offering a host of messaging and social networking features. The Nokia C5 will for instance include a new phonebook where you can see your friends' status updates directly from Facebook.
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Nokia unveils low-cost C5 smartphone

Nokia unveiled a new C5 smartphone model on Tuesday, hoping to benefit from a booming demand for cheap smartphones and from rising consumer appetite for mobile social networking.

The C5 handset will be one of the cheapest smartphones from Nokia, selling for 135 euros ($183), excluding taxes and subsidies, and hitting the shelves next quarter.

"It is products like this that will grow Nokia marketshare in the smartphone segment and help them to increase their average sale prices," said John Strand, chief of telecoms consultancy Strand Consult.

Volumes on the smartphone market are seen surging in 2010, with some analysts forecasting up to 50 per cent growth, as handset vendors are pushing advanced features, once exclusive to pricey top-end models, into cheaper and cheaper phones.

Nokia continues to lead the global smartphone market with an around 40 per cent market share, but it has lost ground to Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry.

The Finnish firm is in the midst of a massive revamp of its smartphone offering and has said in 2010 almost all of its smartphones would have a touch screen, a full keyboard or both, compared with less than half in 2009.


After introducing the C series -- focused on personal social networking -- Nokia has four smartphone product families. The E series phones are for business users, X series for youth and music, and N series for the most advanced models.

It plans to use the new names across its smartphone offering.

Nokia has historically flooded the market with phone models little different from each other, with additional confusion arising from their four digit names, which have been hard to differentiate for consumers.

However, the new naming of X series phones may also create confusion as Sony Ericsson has used the name for few years -- X1 and X2 smartphones are from Sony Ericsson, while Nokia has launched the X3 model.

Sony Ericsson's new flagship device is the X10, while Nokia is also widely expected to launch an X10 cellphone.
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Five billion people to use mobile phones in 2010

The ranks of cell phone subscribers will swell to five billion people this year thanks to the growth of smartphones in developed nations and mobile services in poor nations, a UN agency said.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also said the number of mobile broadband subscriptions would exceed one billion this year after reaching 600 million in 2009. “Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said in a statement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the industry’s biggest trade show. The number of mobile subscribers had reached 4.6 billion people last year. “I am confident that we will continue to see a rapid uptake in mobile cellular services in particular in 2010, with many more people using their phones to access the Internet,” Toure said.

In the developing world, the growth has been driven by the use of phones for mobile banking and health services, the ITU said. “Good examples include sending reminder messages to patient’s phones when they have a medical appointment, or need a pre-natal check-up,” Toure said. “Or using SMS messages to deliver instructions on when and how to take complex medication such as anti-retrovirals or vaccines. Such uses can save millions of dollars and lives. People with no bank accounts but mobile subscriptions are also increasingly able to do financial transactions with their phones in developing countries.”

source : dailytimes
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Nokia C3 Phone : Reviews and Specifications

Nokia revealed three new mobile phones and the first one is the Nokia C3, we will give you the quick specifications, release date and the price.The C3 is a full QWERTY keyboard handset that brings the new Series 40 mobile phone platform, the first in its range to offer you the ability to access to social networks directly on the homescreen.With this device you will be able to view, update your status, view, comment and even share photos to your favourite social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Other specs and features include: The C3 comes with Ovi Chat and Ovi Mail, setup email accounts with ease straight from the device, 8GB memory card, rich colour 2.4-inch screen, Wi-Fi connectivity and 2-megapixel camera.This handset will come in golden white, hot pink and slate grey colours; we will bring you the full specifications and features in our specs section soon.The estimated price of the Nokia C3 is EUR 90, before taxes and subsidies, it will release second quarter of 2010.
NETWORKS : 2G: GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
3G: HSDPA 1900 / HSDPA 2100 / HSDPA 900
BATTERY Li-Ion, 1320 mAh

Announced        April 2010
Network (2G) GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
Network (3G) HSDPA 1900 / HSDPA 2100 / HSDPA 900
Form factor Block
Antenna type Internal

Weight 114.0 g (with battery)
Dimensions 115.5 x 58.1 x 13.6 mm

Type Graphical
Coloured Yes, TFT, 262K colors
Size 2.40 inch
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
- Full QWERTY keyboard

Shared memory 55 MB
- Photocall
- microSD, up to 8GB

Polyphonic ringtones Yes
Ringtone profiles Yes
- MP3 ringtones
- 3.5 mm audio jack

HSDPA speed 7.2 Mbps
GPRS Yes, Class 32
EDGE Yes, Class 32
WLAN Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
USB Yes, 2.0 microUSB
Bluetooth Yes, 2.1 with A2DP
Browser Yes, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Opera)
Email client Yes
- Instant Messaging
- GPS with A-GPS support
- Nokia Maps 3.0

Vibration Yes
SMS Send / Receive
MMS Send / Receive
Camera Builtin, 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
Games Yes, (changeable)
Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Calculator Yes
Calendar Yes
Voice dialing Yes
Voice memo Yes
T9 Yes

Multiple numbers / contact Yes
Handsfree Yes
Headset jack Yes
FM Radio Yes

- Social network integration
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- Flash Lite v3.0
- Organizer

Standard Battery
Type Li-Ion
Amperage 1320 mAh
Standby time GSM: 480h
Talk time GSM: 7h
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Microsoft's Kin Phones

Microsoft is going after social communicators with a new class of phone called Kin, which will focus on people who share and communicate through social networks. This is a social phone - that is, deeply integrated with social networks. But this wasn’t much of an announcement, when you consider that the company is still keeping quite a bit to itself, including pricing. So, how big of a deal is this release as part of Microsoft’s overall mobile strategy? Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is wondering if Microsoft even has a strategy. You be the judge.

Also: Five surprising things about Microsoft’s Kin

* 23 minute video walk thru and Q&A about the KIN Windows Phone
* Microsoft KIN: Unboxing and hands-on with the KIN ONE and KIN TWO

Two phones, Kin One and Kin Two, will launch in May on Verizon Wireless. The phones, both sliders, are built off the Windows Phone 7 platform but have been designed with a new user interface built specifically for status updates, sharing pictures and videos, local search and music.

The Kin phones will feature Kin Loop, a home page populated with your friends' status updates. You can also update your status for multiple sites with one touch. This is reminiscent of Motorola's Motoblur service for Android phones.

Over at the Googleplex, the company unveiled a new and improved Google Docs - one that helps to bridge the gap between Google Apps and Microsoft Office by adding standard tools and improving the import/export feature. But it also raises the bar with new collaboration tools, such as chat. The news kicked off the second Google Atmosphere, a daylong event targeted at CIOs to debate - and sell - the idea of cloud computing in the enterprise. Among those speaking: Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf and cloud computing advocate Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com.

It was the headline that no one expected: Opera Mini web browser approved by Apple for the iPhone. After a 20-day review process, Apple approved the first third-party Web browser as an alternative to its own pre-installed Safari browser.

It comes as no surprise to hear that Palm is soliciting bids for the company. The competitive smartphone arena is tough now - and only destined to get tougher. Wall Street, which rallied around Palm on rumors of acquisitions last week, appears to be ready and Palm’s investors are probably right there with them by now. It’s not official yet - but Larry Dignan has already put together a cheat sheet of sorts to examine the best case scenarios.

For all of AT&T’s whining about the iPhone causing the data usage on its network to increase, a report found that Sprint and Verizon - not AT&T - accounted for 63 percent of of the mobile data traffic in the U.S.

Finally, if nothing else, Microsoft’s new phones are easy on the eyes. Take a look at some pics to see for yourself.
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Hands On with Opera Mini for Android

Opera Mini has now released its Opera Mini 5 beta for the Android platform. Earlier, it had its Mini 4 for this platform but now it has come out with this bigger and better version which includes many new features over the Mini 4. After spending some time with the new browser, we bring you this hands-on report.

The new browser is identical to the one that we have seen on the Java platform. The startup screen has the URL field and the Search field on the top. Surprisingly, there was no option to change the search engine in the Android version and Google was the default and only option. Also, we could not add extra search fields from other sites. This, we thought, was a bit of an undersight for the company and just because it is on Android, it doesn't mean it has to be just Google search.

Below, you can see an option to 'Tell a friend'. With this feature, you can inform someone about the availability of this browser by entering their name and email ID. You can remove this option from the Settings menu though. Below that option are the nine Speed Dial buttons. Quickly tapping them takes you to that site. You can edit them and add your favorite sites for quick access.

source : techtree[dot]com
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Opera Mini 5 Browser on the iphone

Opera Software on Tuesday announced that it is submitting its Opera Mini Web browser to Apple for use on the iPhone.

The Norwegian company boasts that Opera is the most-used browser on mobile devices; it offers a version of the software for Windows Mobile phones, Google Android and the Nintendo DS game system.

The Opera team said they are confident their new browser will be approved for the iPhone, but the final say is still up to the gatekeepers at Apple who are known to block applications in the iTunes store for any number of random reasons.

Last week I had a chance to sit down with Opera’s co-founder, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, to see an early version of the new iPhone software. The new browser loaded pages extremely quickly, as you can see in the video below, and manages to integrate some unique features that are currently available in its desktop browser. Some of the highlights include unlimited tabbed browsing and the ability to search the content of a Web page — an important feature that is currently unavailable on the Safari mobile browser made by Apple.

The software was missing an important feature on the iPhone: the ability to resize a page by pinching a page with both fingers. Mr. Tetzchner said this could be added to the software with a later update.

The Opera browser loads Web pages rapidly by using a technology called server-side rendering, which compresses most aspects of a Web site on a server, sometimes reducing the load time of 90 percent of a Web page, before sending the data along to a phone’s browser.

Mr. Tetzchner pitched the new Opera browser as a way to reduce roaming charges when traveling.

Opera Software says its mission is to make a browser for any computer and mobile phone.

source : bits.blogs.nytimes[dot]com
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Nokia X3 VS Nokia E72

Nokia X3 and Nokia E72 are two mobile phones that belong to two different genres of mobile phones. Where Nokia X3 is an out and out music phone, the E72 is an unbeatable business gadget. So according to priorities users have to make their minds before choosing one between them.

Physical attires of these two gadgets are also different. As the Nokia X3 is a sliding phone and E72 comes with a full functional QWERTY keypad. The screen sizes are some what similar, X3 has a 2.2 inches QVGA screen supporting 262K colors at 240 x 320 pixels resolution. While the E72’s TFT screen is of 2.4 inches supporting 16M colors at 240 x 320 pixels resolution at all.

The camera of Nokia X3 is of 3.2 mega pixel having 4x Digital Zoom, Full Focus, Photo Editor, Capture Mode and many other imaging and video features. While on the contrary, the Nokia E72 is master device to sport a 5 mega pixel camera with Auto Focus, LED Flash, Flash Mode, Capture Mode, Picture Blogging, Video Streaming etc. functionalities. Moreover, the phone is much advanced than the other one as it has a front facing video calling camera.

Although Nokia X3 is a music oriented phone, but the Nokia E72 also carries similar music features too. The music player of X3 supports MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, AAC, M4A etc. files while the other one can play MP3, eAAC+, WMA etc. files. When it comes to video playback, the Nokia E72 supports WMV, RV, MP4, 3GP files and the X3’s video player is capable of playing MPEG4, 3GP & WMV files.

The Nokia E72 is much more superior to the Nokia X3, as the company has given it document editor that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files; GPS navigation system with A-GPS support along with Nokia Maps 3.0 and Digital compass to assist the process – and all of these are absent on the Nokia X3. HTML, X-HTML and Nokia browsers give the E72 users a perfect mobile Internet browsing experience while the X3 possesses an X-HTML browser only. Bluetooth with A2DP, USB, HSCSD, EDGE and GPRS technologies are common in both of them, while as expected E72 is way ahead to carry 3G HSDPA HSUPA and WLAN Wi-Fi as well.

Source : themobileblog.co.uk
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Nokia X3 Unveiled

Nokia has confirmed that the Nokia X3 is Comes With Music friendly, like the X6. “Availability within different markets will be announced in due course,” a spokesperson for Nokia told us.

Straight off the factory line after the new Nokia X6 is its little brother, the Nokia X3. It’s no S60 smartphone, but it’s just about the best music dumbphone Nokia’s ever crafted to so read on for the meet and greet.

Like the popular 5310, the Nokia X3 is an S40 desinged for music plabyback. As well as a microSD slot for up to 16 gigs of tunes on the Nokia X3,there’s Bluetooth, a 3.2MP camera, 3.5mm headphone jack and 2.2-inch screen.
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The N97 Mini Gold Edition : Dressed 18-Carat Gold

While we’re waiting for new phones like the X10 or the C6 to be announced, Nokia’s busy launching luxury editions of already-available handsets.

The N97 mini Gold Edition is dressed in 18-carat gold and comes with apps like “ELLE 360Fashion”, which should help fashion lovers follow the latest trends and news.

Apart from the external bling layer, everything else about this Gold Edition remains the same, including its 3.2" touchscreen display at 360 x 640 resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, 8GB of internal memory,Wi-Fi, a microSD memory card slot, 3G HSDPA, GPS, Nokia Maps, 3.5mm headset jack, an integrated FM transmitter and a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash.

Nokia N97 mini Gold Edition will be available across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. We don’t know when, but we do know the phone’s price: about €625 or $850.

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first capacitive touch-screen phone, the Nokia X6 is a great upgrade for folks who loved the Nokia 5800 ($359.99). That may make it a smash in merry old England, but here in the U.S., almost nobody loved or even knew about the 5800. So, just like with the Nokia N97 mini ($479.99), the X6 becomes a strange orphan: a phone designed to play to the faithful in a country where there aren't actually any faithful.

Physical Design and Phone Capabilities
In the mobile phone business, we call bar-shaped phones "candy bars," and the X6 is shaped more like a candy-bar than most. It's long and skinny, at 4.37 by 2 by .54 inches and 4.3 ounces, with pick-up and hang-up buttons below the tall, narrow touch screen

I'm not a fan of the X6's skinny, awkward 640-by-360-pixel screen. Almost no content is designed for this aspect ratio. When you play videos formatted for most other devices, they're letterboxed. Reading Web pages feels either too wide and shallow, or too narrow and deep. And entering text is unappealing with the landscape and portrait virtual keyboards, both of which take over the whole screen so you can't see the field you're entering the text into.

The Nokia X6 is an unlocked phone. It connects to AT&T's 3G network or T-Mobile's 2G EDGE network here in the U.S., and to 3G networks abroad; it also supports Wi-Fi. Reception was acceptable, and voice quality through the earpiece was excellent—loud and clear. The speakerphone was also solid and of good volume. The phone's microphone transmits a bit more background noise than I'd like. The X6 made calls using Aliph Jawbone Icon ($99.00) and Plantronics Voyager Pro ($99.99) Bluetooth headsets without a problem. Voice dialing can be activated from a Bluetooth headset, but it had trouble recognizing my commands. Battery life was fine but not great at 5 hours, 29 minutes of talk time over 3G.

Symbian Features
The X6 is a standard Symbian S60 touch screen phone, much like the Nokia N97 mini. That gives it a range of reliable smartphone capabilities, such as a good WebKit Web browser, connections to Microsoft Exchange and most other popular e-mail services, and access to Nokia's Ovi Store for apps. The 434 MHz ARM11 processor is slower than other smartphones' chips, but S60 doesn't have the visual flourishes that would require high-end power anyway.

Other key apps and features on here include Ovi Maps (Free), which accurately identified my location but had trouble finding specific nearby businesses I was looking for, like a local bagel shop. There's also an FM radio, a podcast client, and Microsoft Office document-reading apps for your e-mail attachments.

Symbian S60 wasn't designed for touch screens, and the interface feels grafted-on rather than custom-built. Nokia will only be able to solve this problem later this year, when they upgrade to the new Symbian^3 version. For now I'm willing to cut Symbian a lot more slack on non-touchscreen phones like the formidable Nokia E72 ($359.00).

Multimedia and Conclusions
The X6 is a middling media phone. The phone packs 16GB of internal memory, although it has no memory card slot. You load and sync it using a stubby little MicroUSB cable and your choice of software—either Windows Media Player, Nokia's Ovi Suite, or mass storage drag-and-drop. Files transferred relatively slowly, and sometimes Mass Storage support vanished mid-transfer, requiring a reboot.

The phone has a 3.5mm headset jack, and comes with a decent pair of earbuds with a remote control on the wire. You can also use Bluetooth headphones. But that long, narrow screen means most videos will be either stretched or letterboxed, and while the X6 supports MP4 and WMV video, H.264 is out, so it can't take iPod-formatted files. The music player works decently, though it forces you to manually update its library whenever you want to add songs.

The X6's 5-megapixel, autofocus camera takes sharp, clear pictures, as long as you can hold it still. The persistently low shutter speeds meant I got a lot of blurry shots, especially in low light. The video mode took good-looking 640-by-352 videos at 30 frames per second.

In the U.K., the X6 is available for free with contract. Here in the U.S., it's $455—a fine price for an unlocked smartphone, but not low enough to get over the burden of not being subsidized by a carrier. If I squint, I can see a world where the X6 succeeds. It's a world where people are comfortable using Symbian, where Nokia smartphones are frequently subsidized by wireless carriers, and where the X6 is a classy upgrade to a best-seller. That world is Europe. The X6 is a decent phone, but it's not going to win Americans over to a fresh platform. U.S. touch screen smartphone buyers would be better-served with a Google Nexus One ($179.99-$529.99) or an Apple iPhone 3GS ($199.00-$299.00).

New Nokia X6 vs. Original Nokia X6

The new Nokia X6 will be marketed as the "Nokia X6 16GB". It'll not be a Comes With Music phone, but will offer free Ovi Maps out-of-box like all new Nokia smartphones moving forward. It'll also be available in four colors: All black, all white, white with pink highlights and white with yellow highlights.

The original Nokia X6 will continue to be sold as a Comes With Music phone in selected markets. The Nokia X6 16GB will be available worldwide in Q1 2010. A price has yet to be announced.

Benchmark Test Results
Continuous Talk Time : 5 hours 29 Minutes

2G Network – GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network – HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced – 2009, September
Status – Coming soon. Exp. release 2009, 4Q

Dimensions – 111 x 51 x 13.8 mm
Weight – 122 g

Type – TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size - 360 x 640 pixels, 3.2 inches
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
Handwriting recognition
Scratch-resistant glass surface

Phonebook – Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days
Internal – 32GB storage, 128 MB RAM
Card slot – No

GPRS – Class 32
EDGE – Class 32
3G – HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology
Bluetooth – Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port – No
USB – Yes, v2.0 microUSB

Primary – 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Dual LED flash, video light
Features – Geo-tagging
Video – Yes, VGA@30fps
Secondary – Yes, QCIF@15fps

OS – Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5
CPU – ARM 11 434 MHz processor
Messaging – SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser – WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
Radio – Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games – Spore, D Mix Tour, Asphalt4 + downloadable
Colors – Blue on White, Red on Black
GPS – Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps 3.0
Java – Yes, MIDP 2.0
WMV/RV/MP4/3GP video player
MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music player
Voice command/dial
Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Photo editor

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J)
Stand-by – Up to 401 h (2G) / 420 h (3G)
Talk time – Up to 8 h 30 min (2G) / 6 h (3G)
Music play – Up to 35 h

Samsung I5700 Galaxy Spica Review

Samsung had a slow start in Android but they are making up for it with some impressive high-tech devices. But the All-star team is certainly not leaving anyone behind and the Galaxy Spica just got its update to the latest Android 2.1. Now it's as ready as ever to hit the competition. And it hits hard.

Devices like the I9000 Galaxy S and the I8520 Beam certainly have the lead but it's down to the foot soldiers to clean up the mess when super AMOLEDs, Snapdragon and WVGA projectors leave the scene.

Speaking of those - you'll know that when it's Samsung and a Galaxy, the middle name is Android. It holds true for the I5700 Galaxy Spica much as it did for the first-born Samsung droid – the I7500 Galaxy.

The Spica goes by the name of Galaxy Lite in some markets, but this has nothing to do with processing power. It packs a faster CPU than the original Galaxy and, as a matter of fact, 800 MHz is better than most droids get.

The phone we’re reviewing is no news really, but Android 2.1 certainly is. Given the OS upgrade, the Samsung I5700 Galaxy Spica is obviously planning to stick around and turn the brightest star in this galaxy. Let’s see what it’s got under the belt.
Key features

* Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
* 3G with HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
* Android OS v2.1 Eclair, upgraded from v1.5 Cupcake
* 3.2" capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution
* 800 MHz CPU
* 3.15 megapixel autofocus camera
* Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and GPS receiver
* Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
* Standard microUSB port for charging and data
* Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
* microSD card slot, up to 32GB support
* Standard 3.5mm audio jack
* Great DivX/XviD video player
* Limited smart dialing
* Voice dialing
* Equalizer presets are a first in the Android realm

Main disadvantages

* Inadequate sunlight legibility
* No ambient light and proximity sensors
* Erratic performance under Android 2.1 (noticeable lag in some apps)
* No Live Wallpapers
* No 3D view in the gallery
* No preloaded document viewer
* No multi-touch support
* CIF video recording is below par
* No Flash support for the web browser
* No two-position camera shutter key, slow autofocus
* Average loudspeaker performance

The Samsung I5700 Galaxy Spica normally comes with the Android Cupcake (v1.5) but you can upgrade it to the new Éclair (v2.1). That’s exactly what we did. Anyway, the Spica is still a first-gen droid on the outside: plenty of buttons and an average touchscreen – in both size and resolution.

A thing to definitely note is TouchWIZ. In their first go at Android, Samsung were not too keen perhaps on customization. Under Android 2.1 the Galaxy Spica is a different story. It has the company’s custom touch interface on top of Android and although it’s not a complete overhaul, the first impressions are quite positive.

The rest of the package is standard Android with some of the improvements ver. 2.1 implies. The Spica offers a wide range of connectivity options, including HSDPA support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You can transfer files over Bluetooth as well. Another Éclair goodie is not there however – the Spica’s 3.2” capacitive screen does not support multi touch. The Live wallpapers feature is also not present.

Media have always been a Samsung forte and the 3.5mm audio jack and 3MP autofocus camera is the least the Spica can offer to assert this claim. What users will certainly cheer is the DivX/XviD video support right out of the box.

Now, joins us on the next page for the Galaxy Spica unboxing and hardware check up.

(Source : GSM Arena)
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Verizon Report Sends Apple Shares to All-Time High

Verizon Report Sends Apple Shares to All-Time High
3/30/2010 12:04 PM

Apple shares have hit another all-time high now that it appears the iPhone could find a new sales outlet through Verizon Wireless.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple plans to release an iPhone this year that would work on the network technology used by Verizon Wireless. For now the phone is available only to subscribers of AT&T.

Apple and Verizon declined to comment.

Apple shares rose as high as $237.48 on Tuesday before retreating to $235.30, up 1.3% on the day. Apple has jumped about 13% this month.

In the past year, Apple shares have more than doubled.

If Apple opens up its wildly popular gadget to other networks, it stands to gain a massive pool of customers who hesitated to switch to the phone because of reservations about AT&T.

Handsets such as Apple's iPhone may also help Verizon Wireless boost its subscriber and revenue growth, a Jefferies & Co. analyst said Tuesday.

In a client note, Jefferies analyst Jonathan Schildkraut reiterated a "Buy" on Verizon Communications, which operates Verizon Wireless in a joint venture with Britain's Vodafone Group.

Schildkraut said if Verizon could bring its cellphone selection in line with the competition with the iPhone or other devices it would free customers up to choose carriers based on network quality.

"We believe (Verizon) Wireless is currently viewed as the network leader," Schildkraut said.

Along with subscriber growth, Schildkraut said "handset parity" could boost Verizon's average revenue per customer, or ARPU, on data plans that provide services such as Web browsing and e-mail.

(source:usa today)
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