Monthly Archives: April 2010
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Posted: April 27, 2010|
New Bluetooth Carkit- PARROT CK3000 EVOLUTION
Parrot's development teams have drawn on their expertise in Bluetooth® technology, voice recognition and sound processing to streamline the operation of the CK3000 EVOLUTION in order to develop a car kit that offers clear conversations, despite the noise particularly inherent in driving.
- Unidirectional microphone: noise reduction, echo cancellation, voice recognition up to 150 names
- Speakers: uses the vehicle's speakers
- Pairing: pairing up to 3 phones
Sales package contents
- electronic control unit
- external microphone
- power supply cable
- mute cable with ISO connectors
- Keypad, fitting accessories
- User manual
- Phone Compatibility Learn More click here
New Bluetooth Carkit - PARROT CK3000 EVOLUTION Available @ http://www.mobileciti.com.au/parrot-ck3000-evolution
Posted: April 27, 2010|
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Posted: April 15, 2010|
Great Value - Nokia 5130 Comes with music for only $119.00 (12 Months Music subscription Value @ $149+) + you get this great Mobile Phone with No Locks all for just $119.00 Inc GST - only Available @ http://www.mobileciti.com.au/nokia-5130-xpressmusic-blue-come-with-music
Posted: April 15, 2010|
Sony Ericsson Vivaz U5i Australian official available now @ http://www.mobileciti.com.au/sony-ericsson-vivaz-u5i-black
- 3.2" 16M-color resistive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
- 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, face and smile detection, geotagging and touch focus
- HD 720p video recording @ 24fps with continuous auto focus
- Symbian OS 9.4 S60 5th, topped with a custom-brewed homescreen and media menu
- 720 MHz CPU, PowerVR SGX dedicated graphics accelerator
- Quad-band GSM support
- 3G with HSDPA 10.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps support
- Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
- microSD card slot (up to 16GB, 8GB card in the box)
- Built-in accelerometer
- TV out
- Stereo FM Radio
- microUSB and stereo Bluetooth v2.0
- Web browser has full Flash support
- Preinstalled Wisepilot navigation software
- Office document viewer
- Decent audio quality
Sales Package Content
- SonyEricsson Vivaz
- High Efficiency Charger
- Stereo Headset
- USB Cable
- Charger adaptor
- Compact Manual
Posted: April 13, 2010|Talk about a phone with middle-child syndrome. While the world waits eagerly for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and ponders the intriguing X10 mini, the Vivaz is launched at the same time and is sandwiched somewhere in between. Perhaps its 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording can save it from absolute obscurity?Simply stunningIt feels like aeons since we saw a phone with a unique design profile. The Vivaz walks the line between a familiar square touchscreen and something unique and beautiful. At its top and bottom the Vivaz has rounded corners that fit well in a cupped hand, with a gentle curve lengthwise, which is again designed for ergonomics. Sony Ericsson calls this design "human curvature", and, by all reports, intends to use this design throughout the year in several different handsets.The Vivaz features a few more external knobs and keys than an iPhone or HTC Desire. Alongside the standby key and volume rocker, you'll also find two dedicated camera keys; one for still photography, the other for video. This is a nice touch, but fairly useless, after all it has never been much of a struggle to launch the camera and then switch to video with any mobile phone previously.Unfortunately, the user interface design doesn't follow suit with the elegance and simplicity of the phone's exterior. The Vivaz runs on Nokia's Symbian Series 60 platform with a Sony Ericsson skin on top, and this happens to be one of those systems that will have new users curled up with the manual for hours figuring out the best way to use it. The home screen is made up of five active windows which can perform one of only a handful of tasks; display a wallpaper, show a Twitter feed, display a window to your photo gallery, provide customisable shortcuts or display links to your favourite contacts. It's a shame that these windows aren't truly customisable though. Where, for example, is the Facebook option, or why can't we display an active email inbox, or music library? In the end we ditched this theme and opted for a simpler single-screen option which seemed to provide us with more options than with the five screens.Camera conIf you've heard anything about the Vivaz, it's probably that it features an 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording (720p); a camera which on paper should replace your compact camera in a heartbeat. After playing around with the camera for a while now we suggest you hang on to that compact camera for now. There really isn't many good things to say about this mobile phone camera and video recorder. A few years ago we might have passed off the poor performance we've experienced as being on par with the average camera phone, but we've seen so many better camera phones recently that the Vivaz won't get off the hook that easily.Let's first take a look at the HD video recording, and rather than wasting your time trying to explain the experience, we've included a short clip of fast-moving traffic for you to take a look at (make sure you turn the YouTube clip settings up to 720p to get the full effect). While each individual frame looks colourful, you'll notice the jerky movement from frame to frame, probably caused by inadequate processing power within the phone.Still photography isn't plagued by the same issue, of course, but struggles in different areas altogether. Colour reproduction is inconsistent, and while we've seen some nice shots during our tests, the majority of images taken by this camera end up with strong reds and cold blues and greens. Auto-focus was also a big problem for us, even when we half-pressed the shutter for focus before snapping an image. Wide shots are predictably fine, but shots with subjects at up to a metre or two away struggle to keep the subjects in focus.Media sharing is one positive, with the Vivaz having a handful of web sharing options pre-installed including integration with Facebook, YouTube and Picassa. If you do manage to take a decent photo or video it is a simple three-step process to get your pics online.Media, mail, messagingIf you're reading beyond the disappointment that is the camera, we can't promise it's going to get much better. Staying in touch with friends, family and colleagues isn't this phone's strongest suit either, thanks to clunky text input and some pretty crumby software for these tasks. Email and SMS messaging is made slightly more difficult by Sony Ericsson's decision to use a resistive touchscreen rather than a capacitive one. This technology is fine for menu navigation, but speedy text input definitely suffers.Media playback is excellent, as it is on most Sony Ericsson handsets. The software here is similar to the media apps we used to find on the Walkman series phones, it's attractive and very easy to use. You also get an 8GB memory card in the box with the Vivaz, which is a handy quantity of memory, which will be stretched even further if you use the outstanding Media Go software to sync your music. Media Go compresses and optimises media files during syncing, which is great for people with large media libraries at home.Web woes and app-lessnessRunning on Nokia's Symbian platform bestows the Vivaz with the titles of smartphone, though users of this phone may struggle to see why. Two core features of modern smartphones are excellent small-screen web browsing and app stores, and the Vivaz has neither. If you've used any of Nokia's touchscreens then you'll know how dismal this browser is; it's clunky, slow and hard to use, making it only useful for brief web searches and not for lengthy surfing sessions.The Symbian Series 60 platform does have hundreds, if not thousands, of apps available to download and install, just don't expect this process to be easy. There is a folder in the main menu titled "Apps" but there is no direct link from the phone to an app store of any sort. Though you can Google search for apps, we suggest using a desktop PC for speed and side-loading the apps after you've downloaded them.PerformanceFor all of its underwhelming software and its steep learning curve, the Vivaz does deliver pretty decent performance. Scrolling between the five home screen windows is reasonably zippy, and diving down into the menu tree is fine. The Vivaz is capable of multitasking, but don't push it too hard.The Vivaz does get a big, green tick for battery life. The 3.2-inch touchscreen doesn't draw too much power it seems, and without all the data-intensive apps we tend to see on smartphones, the Vivaz manages two days of battery life at a minimum, though we can imagine many users getting three or four days at a stretch depending on usage patterns.OverallThe Vivaz seems like the perfect phone for those on a budget, but be warned that this particular operating system does come with a number of quirks and a steep learning curve. Lovers of photography be warned as well, we struggled to take great photos and the video quality is well below the expectations created by the HD badge on the back of the phone. The Vivaz can take calls and send messages, and its media player is pretty good too, but those looking for a well-rounded smartphone experience will need to look elsewhere.
Posted: April 11, 2010|
Posted: April 07, 2010|
Nokia's new Ovi Maps software just made its way to the venerable E71 and E66 business handsets. While Nokia was constrained from offering its premium nav services like Guide Michelin and Lonely Planet on these legacy S60 3.1 handsets, owners are nevertheless being treated to free walk and drive navigation with turn-by-turn guidance.
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Posted: April 02, 2010|
LG Watch Phone GD910 - The world first 3G bluetooth watch phone
There's just no other phone out there that claims to be watch-sized, yet comes chock-full with Bluetooth, touchscreen, 3G and voice command features. However, the high price really dents the appeal of this wonderful gadget.
RRP: AU$2,299.00 $1049 • Where to buy? Buy it now
Forget everything you expect from the GD910 at first sight. The LG watch phone will pass off as a watch at first glance. But a peek at the right side of the watch gives its identity away: Here reside the Send, End and Back buttons.
The front of the watch is covered with glass and a stainless steel border. The rear is fully decked out in "solid stainless steel", according to LG. This is also where you find the round SIM cover, which will require the included special tool to remove. The charging pins as well as the mic are located on the back as well, though we find that to be the oddest side of the phone for a mic to live.
The leather strap is slightly stiff but easy enough to adjust to fit our wrist, although it took some trial and error with the clasp mechanism to get the fit right. The build quality overall is very solid.
The rest of the phone's body is decked out in matte-black plastic which, as we found out, was good for shrugging off the daily scruffs and bumps without scratching. The amount of stainless steel present weighs down the LG to 92g, which is a tad heavy for a watch but still lighter than most smartphones in the market today. With the main body of the watch measuring 49 x 39 x 13.8mm, it is not exactly svelte, but nor is it too big.
The biggest feature of the G910 would be its 1.43-inch capacitive touchscreen. From the main screen itself, you can switch between eight clock displays by flicking your finger up or down. Flicking left or right will call up four different screens — the status display, main menu, calendar and quick dial.
If you're used to smartphones with built-in internet browsers and more-than-1-megapixel cameras, don't hold your breath. The GD910 doesn't have any of those features. Still, it packs a built-in 80MB memory, Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 playback, voice commands and a VGA camera.
Scrolling on the menus is fluid, although we noticed occasional jerkiness. Don't expect multitouch capabilities or an onscreen keyboard. That said the watch phone relies heavily on the T9 predictive text input on the onscreen keypad. Punching the correct buttons on the panel would be a challenge for those with large digits, and typing out a SMS can prove to be quite frustrating. Smart dialing is available, too, so you can get to your most-dialed contacts quickly to make a call. There's also a history log which shows the calls you've received or sent.
The MP3 player is very basic and the camera is just limited to VGA resolutions and can take only stills. The phonebook is equally barren, offering simple contact grouping over the standard set of features. The organiser, although a good feature to have on a phone, is quite a hassle to update given the tiny size of the device and onscreen keyboard. A nice accessory included to take advantage of the Bluetooth capabilities of this watch phone is the LG HBM-900 headset. The Bluetooth headset comes with two ear loops and four differently-sized eargels. However, this phone is compatible only with the HSP profile and not A2DP stereo.
An idea of how limited the VGA camera is.(Credit: CNET Asia)
The phone's 105mAh battery is built-in, and to charge it, you will have to clamp the phone in the included cradle which then plugs into the included AC charger. The user has the option of using the included dual charging cable which will charge the phone and the headset simultaneously. You can also hook the phone up with the included USB cable to enable PC connectivity, where the LG PC Suite software will enable syncing of contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists and memo data. With the USB cable, however, dual charging the phone and headset is not possible. Charging time was kept to under 2 hours on average, with the USB method taking 15-20 minutes more than on AC power.
The real-life performance of this quad-band, 3G phone is good. Switching between the various menus is snappy via the touchscreen interface, although punching in buttons is quite a challenge since the phone is worn on the wrist and moves a bit when pressed. Increasing the snugness of the wristband only means the metal clasp would jut further into the wrist area, which is highly uncomfortable. Even the use of the included watch cushion didn't help much to keep the watch in place while in use.
Call audio quality is acceptable throughout, but with the mic placed at the back of the phone and pressed onto the wrist, having a conversation without using the Bluetooth headset is as close as it gets to looking silly. You'll be constantly bringing the phone close to the mouth and back to the ear to hear the replies. 3G video calls are also smooth and we didn't experience any noticeable lag.
The onboard speaker is moderately loud, but again, don't expect a 3.5mm audio jack. The only way to use this phone while retaining most of your dignity and coolness would be to pair it with the supplied HBM-900 headset.
The rest of the phone's features are comparable with a "dumb phone". With the limited 80MB memory onboard, you probably won't be stuffing this phone full with your favourite tunes. The lithium-polymer battery is rated for up to 4 hours of talktime and approximately 150 hours on standby. We managed to squeeze about two days of normal usage before clamping the phone back into the cradle--which is pretty respectable for something that fits on your wrist.
For those concerned about water resistance, this will handle the splashes from washing your hands. However, LG cautions against using the phone with wet hands. Of course, we didn't have the guts to bring such an expensive electronic device near water.
Though we marvel at the amazing technology that went into miniaturising a phone to fit into a watch form factor, reality is a cruel mistress. At the heart-stopping price of S$1,688 (US$1,198.52) without an operator plan (which is why we took it off before washing our hands), it costs much more than a phone with similar functions--or as much as a high-end smartphone with a lot more features.
As a phone, its functions are basic at most. As a watch, it does what any watch does. As a watch phone though, it's an excellent technological showcase to show us how far miniaturisation has gone. That said, we feel the GD910 is a wonderful gadget for the tech-driven. But for the general public, the traditional phone will probably suit best. It's like comparing an exotic supercar with a family car — while one is a superb showcase of technology and goes really fast, the other will happily ferry five people, with boot space to spare. In that respect, the LG GD910 is a great phone if you're in the market for a watch phone.