Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Nokia updates E-series

Nokia updated their E-series mobile phone series with three new models, the E65, E61i and nokia E90, all of which feature Nokia's Series 60 interface, based on the Symbian operating system.

According to Nokia, the new series is supposed to bring a "life-work balance" by offering mobile office applications for business users as well as being multimedia capable for entertainment.

The most conventionally designed of the three is the E65, which is a slim slider-style phone with a regular alphanumeric keypad.

On the hardware side, the E65 is quad-band with GSM/3G/EDGE/GPRS, comes with a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, WiFi and a QVGA (240 x 320pixels) screen.

Included applications for business include document viewers and the ability to synchronise contacts and calendar events with your desktop PC.

For those who prefer a more Black berry type experience, the E61i, with its Qwerty style thumb keyboard would be it.

The E61i is sleeker and slimmer than its predecessor, and comes with almost the same features as the E65 (Bluetooth, WiFi, quadband, 3G/EDGE/GPRS and a 2-megapixel camera) except with a more e-mail-centric design and interface.

The most major revamp in the Nokia E-series range is the E90 Communicator, which is the successor to the venerable 9000-series Communicator phones.

The list of changes in the E90 over its predecessor is long. — the phone is quad-band but also comes with high-speed HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) support in addition to regular 3G/EDGE/GPRS, WiFi, a 3.2-megapixel main camera with a real xenon flash, mobile office applications and a built-in GPS receiver with mapping software.

The E90 still shares the same basic flip-out design with a large built-in Qwerty keyboard as the phones it replaces, but now comes with a 240 x 320pixels external display and a huge 800 x 352pixels internal display for a vastly improved surfing and mobile office experience.

All the phones are available in a choice of two colours — mocha or dark red — except for the E61i, which is only available in mocha.

The Nokia E65 and nokia E61i are available now at a retail price of RM1,799 each while the E90 Communicator is slated for release at the end of June.

No price has been set for the E90 as yet.


Friday, May 18, 2007

Specs War! Motorola RAZR 2 vs Nokia N95 vs Apple iPhone

So, you’ve heard about Motorola’s announcement of the RAZR 2 handset, and you’ve hopefully read our initial take on the device. But how does it compare to its major rivals? Read on to see how Moto’s slimline new phone stacks up against two of the most-hyped competing handsets: Nokia’s N95 and Apple’s iPhone.

Motorola has kept faith with the original RAZR design for the new edition, albeit making it 2mm thinner (and it was already mighty slim). The clamshell design feels a bit old hat now, mind.

Meanwhile, Nokia’s N95 boasts a more startling two-way sliding design, with music buttons popping out of the top, and a regular mobile keypad sliding out from the bottom. It’s sleek, although will still make a bulge in your pocket.

Lastly, the iPhone... well, it’ll have Apple fans in raptures over its slinky feel and tactile touch-screen interface, although the unconverted will point out that it’s still a hefty size.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Nokia first to offer energy-saving alerts on mobile phones

Nokia Corp. announced the first mobile phones that feature energy-saving alerts to encourage consumers to unplug the charger once the battery is full.

Starting with the new Nokia 1200, 1208 and 1650, the alerts will be rolled out across the company product range, in a move that could save enough electricity to power 85, 000 homes a year.

"Around two-thirds of the energy used by a mobile phone is lost when it is unplugged after charging but the charger itself is left in a live socket," said Kirsi Sormunen, VP of environmental affairs at Nokia. "We want to reduce this waste and are working on reducing to an absolute minimum the amount of energy our chargers use. The new alerts also play an important role, encouraging people to help us in this goal by unplugging their chargers."

The alerts are one of a series of environmental initiatives that mobile manufacturers, led by Nokia, agreed to take action on this year. The Finnish company is the first of these manufacturers to implement the alerts into its products. The new models are targeting high volumes of sales in fast growing markets like India, China and Latin America.

The alerts are the latest in a series of energy-saving initiatives from Nokia. Last year, the company's newest range of chargers was awarded an Energy Star by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States for their energy efficiency. The chargers, in use since 2005, exceed the EPA standards by using 50-70 percent less energy than the Energy Star requirement, and also meet the European Union standards.

The company has set ambitious goals to further reduce the energy consumption of its chargers. By 2010, it aims to have reduced by an additional 50 percent the amount of electricity a charger consumes while still plugged into the mains but not the phone.

Recently, major companies announced plans to become more environment-friendly. Apple's Steve Jobs detailed plans for a 'greener' Apple, while IBM Corp. disclosed plans to make its data centers more energy efficient.

Source : http://www.eetasia.com/ART_8800464282_765245_93f23862200705_no.HTM

Orange OVER-Pay As You Go

ORANGE will become the first UK mobile network to offer pay-as-you-go customers the chance to go "overdrawn" by continuing to make calls and sending texts once their credit has run out.

The Orange "Reserve Tank" overdraft gives its pre-pay users a £2.50 credit facility, allowing them to send 25 more texts or make 14 minutes of calls once their top-ups have run out.

But the plan costs £1.00 to activate and customers who go into their overdraft will see UK call charges upped from 15p per minute to 18p per minute.

Anthony Ball of mobile comparison service OneCompare.com thinks it is a bad move for consumers: “Orange’s new overdraft facility will simply become the new 'no credit left' point for people.

“The benefits of pay-as-you-go deals mean people are unable to run-up a phone bill and can therefore stick within their budget.

“Many pay-as-you-go customers’, particularly older people and pensioners, are not heavy mobile users and often use their mobile phone just to make an emergency call.

“I would recommend the Vodafone Friends and Family package, which allows free calls to five nominated Vodafone members in a group with one person paying £5 per month.”

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Nokia E65

Nokia’s stunning E65 is a business handset with consumer good looks and comes loaded with just about every feature under the sun.

When Nokia first introduced the E65 to Mobile Choice in February, there was one phone detail that the presenter felt compelled to emphasise: the handset has a great sliding action.

Not, we hasten to add, that this business-ready smartphone comes with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, easy-to-set-up email, the ability to view attachments, or a first-class two-megapixel camera. No, it was the sliding action.

This isn’t a gentle dig at Nokia. On the contrary, we agree that little quirks like the quality of the sliding action can make all the difference. What’s more, here at Mobile Choice we adopt a ’10-second’ rule. If the phone makes a great impression in the first 10 seconds, we reckon that eight times out of 10, it will be a hit with the market.

And the sliding action on the E65 is great. It feels smooth and solid, like the sound made when closing the door of an expensive car.

The first thing you need to know about the E65, is that it is a business phone, as are all Nokia’s Eseries handsets. This is worth pointing out because it doesn’t look like a business phone. In fact, the E65 is compact and has a similar look and feel to Nokia’s Nseries of premium lifestyle handsets.

It is common knowledge that many business users still pine for the old Nokia 6310, with its solid, streamlined build and long battery life. However, it is time these old business dinosaurs finally woke up to the modern wireless age, and the E65 looks like the handset to give them a helping hand.

Number one, it is packed with features. On board the E65, you’ll find a wealth of features which will appeal to the business and consumer user in all of us, including: a two-megpixel camera; easy-to-set-up email; 3G data speeds; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth; an xHTML browser; conference calling; the ability to view attachments and PDFs; Push-To-Talk and instant messaging (IM). And that is just scratching the surface.

Secondly, the E65 looks and feels marvellous, which is an absolute must these days. Assuming you’re not looking for a PDA-style device, the Nokia E65 is just about the perfect size for a mobile business phone. Measuring 105x49x15.5mm and weighing 115g, the E65 is compact without being fiddly and light without being flimsy.

It also has a faux leather rear casing which sounds awful, but actually looks and feels great. It makes a refreshing change from the shiny black or silver which usually adorns business phones.

Push the sliding fascia up from the base and you get a perfectly spaced keypad with very responsive keys. The litmus test for a great keypad is to tap in a quick text message, which will also give you a clue as to the general usability of the phone, and the E65 passes both tests with flying colours.

The keypad and joypad feel great and the text interface is really intuitive. For example, when you enter a symbol, which is common if you send a lot of emails, the device remembers the last symbols you used and creates a new list of regularly used symbols, with the last one entered at the front of the queue.

While the E65 has the looks and feel to make a great choice for any consumer looking for a top-of-the-range phone, we know that Nokia is targeting the business market, so we’ll concentrate on the business functionality.

Voice functionality
The E65 features two dedicated one-touch access keys, which enable you to access a conference call, a favourite number, and your list of contacts.

Assuming you have permission, a voice recorder lets you record any important conversations and it is also easy to set up voice commands for handsfree calls. This functionality is not new, but has added significance now the mobile driving laws have just got tougher. There’s even the
Push-To-Talk facility, which lets you use your phone like a walkie-talkie.

You have an abundance of options here, with SMS, MMS and IM all present and correct. However, most business users these days should consider remote access to their email accounts. This is one of the many strengths of the E65, which also lets you download and view attachments.

Unfortunately, the E65 is not the best Eseries device for email. That honour goes to Nokia’s E61i. It is more powerful, with a larger screen, a full QWERTY keypad and it is easy to set up. However, the E65 is a good option for remotely accessing your ISP accounts, and it supports POP/IMAP, SMTP and IMAP4.

In addition to email, the E65 also has an IM client, which enables you to have real-time messaging chats with other enabled phones. As so few mobiles support the service, IM is not the hit on phones that it has proved to be with the fixed-line PC market. However, IP-related technologies such as IM and VoIP (also present on the E65) are widely predicted to be a major hit in the near future, so you can sample it here first.

In fact, there is an abundance of cutting-edge applications and features – including sat nav (although you will need a GPS receiver) – that you will find on the E65 that you may not have tried before. And it all adds up to a very impressive phone.

It’s good looking, it’s clever….and did we mention that it has a great sliding action?

Monday, May 7, 2007

Mobile Phone Shop

Mobile phone shops have become the best place to buy a mobile phone. These shops provide phones free of cost to the customers with 12 and 18 months contract deals. They also give special tariff offers to the customers. You can find detail about the handset,mobile phone acccesories, contract Mobile Phone Deals, service provider, tariff plans and the offers.

Contract mobile phone deals with O2, 3, Orange and T Mobile for using a mobile phone handset in UK have proved to be beneficial in many ways. The customers not only get fiscal benefits in incentives but attractive free gifts also with best deals. These incentives and free gifts are provided to the customers either by the service provider or the phone dealer. In this way, you can get the whole amount spent on purchasing the contract back either directly or indirectly.

There are many companies involved in manufacturing mobile phone handsets such as BlackBerry,Nokia,Samsung,LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. It is impossible for a phone dealer to display every handset in the shop but with the advent of Mobile phone shops, the phone dealer can display the latest as well as basic phones with their features on internet pages.The customers can go through the features of their dream mobile phone handsets.

With 12 moths free line rental and half price line rental you get the liberty to use the network services without paying line rental for 12 months or for a few months. Bluetooth and mobile phone accessories pack are very user friendly devices. You get them free with best plans. So, the mobile phone users need not to spent money on them.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Nokia N76 teams up with Travis

Nokia has started shipping the Nokia N76 to key European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets. With the Nokia N76 multimedia computer, technology and design come together to create a revolution in design for a multimedia computer. Using premium materials to enclose world-class Nokia Nseries features and experiences, Nokia has created a very eye-catching device.

Nokia is also pleased to announce that they and Sony BMG Music Entertainment are working together to bring the award winning music of Travis to new owners of the Nokia N76 in selected markets. The Nokia N76 is the latest multimedia computer that combines a sleeker designed body with technology to create a revolution in design for a multimedia computer.

Consumers who purchase the Nokia N76 in selected countries (Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden) will have as part of the Nokia N76 sales package, a special voucher that gives the owners the rights to download 5 pre-selected Travis songs from the MSN music shops in their countries.

"Closer" the first single from the bands much anticipated fifth studio album "The Boy With No Name" will be available for download when it is released on April 23, 2007. In addition, four further tracks selected from their previous four studio albums) will be also be made available.

"We're very excited about being able to offer music from Travis, a genuinely thought provoking and inspirational band, for mobile enjoyment with the Nokia N76," said Tapio Hedman, senior vice-president Multimedia, Nokia. "This compelling offer confirms the commitment Nokia Nseries has to music and developing devices that match the lifestyles of consumers"

"Artist identity and target audience of Travis fit perfectly the Nokia brand and the Nokia N76 product" said Marcel Engh, Vice President, Brand Entertainment, SONY BMG Europe. "We are thrilled that we developed with Nokia a unique entertainment proposition to drive a richer customer brand engagement"

Nokia Nseries music fans will appreciate the dedicated quick cover keys on the Nokia N76, which let you quickly and easily control the device's music features from the outside of the folded device, for instant tunes wherever you are. Holding up to 1500* tracks the Nokia N76 works with industry standard 3.5 mm headphones and supports the popular Windows Media DRM for optimal use.

The Nokia N76, which is based on S60 3rd Edition software on Symbian OS, is a perfect blend of style and substance. This latest addition to the Nokia Nseries portfolio brings a wide range of multimedia experiences to consumers, enabling them to create, consume and connect, using music, videos, images and the internet.