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Nokia, BCE & TELUS included in the “Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations”

Maclean’s Magazine (owner by Rogers) along with Jantzi-Sustainalytics has again compiled a list of our country’s “Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations”. Maclean’s states that the companies “were selected on the basis of their performance across a broad range of environmental, social, and governance indicators”. The only telecom related organization that made the list are Nokia, BCE and TELUS. Here’s a synopsis of why these companies were chosen: (more…)


Primus releases HTC Magic+ and Nokia Surge

For those interested in giving Primus a go – or if you’re already with them – they have just added two devices to their lineup. Certainly not the newest phones on the block but a great addition.

The first is the Nokia Surge 6790, a good messaging device. This was launched by Rogers way back in October of last year and has a 2.4-inch screen, full slide-out QWERTY keypad, 2.0-megapixel camera, IM, 2.5mm jack, Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities, holds up to 16GB with a microSD card and weighs in at 124 grams. This can be yours for $50 on a 3-year; $149.00 on a 2-year; $199.00 on 1-year and an OK price of $249.00 no-contract.

Next up is the addition on an Android. The HTC Magic+ hits Primus for the following price plans and comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 320 x 480), full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi: 3-year contract: $79.00; 2-year contract: $399.00; 1-year contract: $449.00 and No contract: $599.00

Check them out here at Primus: Surge & Magic+


Design Concept: Android based Espresso Machine

It’s just a design concept but somewhere in the world you’ll eventually see this come to light. What you’re looking at below is a mock up of an Android based Espresso Machine. This thing can make your coffee in the morning, play and listen to your music with the build in speakers and also charge your device while in the docking station. Want more… Depending on how your feeling you’ll be able to customize the songs you want to hear by programming QR codes on the coffee capsule. (more…)


TELUS to release account management mobile site

It looks like TELUS is almost set to announce a new mobile site dedicated to those customers who want to check account info on the go. Apparently it’s still in beta but you’ll be able to check your airtime with how many minutes you have remaining, data usage, make a payment, change plans etc… we captured a few screenshots and the site can be viewed (more…)


Video: HTC Legend Drop Test

The HTC Legend was just released and the design is really elegant – very similar to the HTC Hero that we saw TELUS release a few months ago. We took a quick look at the hardware in our first review but promised we’d show you another video specifically with a drop test. The Legend looks sleek with it’s 3.2 inch display and one piece aluminum case. The only plastic are the keys on the front and a couple small areas on the back: one is door cover for the battery, SIM and microSD card and the other for the speaker and camera.

You’ve got to think long term with these devices mainly because we have the dreaded 3-year contract and they’ve got to last (or you can buy this no contract). With everything so flush I decided to do a drop test because the Legend looks so delicate and I wanted to see if it shattered when it hit the ground. After 4 quick tests and the last one I launched the Legend from about 4 feet off the ground and threw it another 3 feet… only a few scratches on the case. Pretty durable. Check it here

Update: People have been asking if the Legend turned on and if it still works. The answer is yes with no problems. The aluminum case only has a few scratches and all the parts that flew off went right back on.


Virgin HTC Legend Unboxed & Hardware Review

Virgin launched the HTC Legend and it’s a great addition to their lineup. Over the past few months – ever since Bell took complete control of them and hopped onto HSPA – they have insanely started to offer better devices. A few to mention are the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Pearl 3G, Apple iPhone and now their first Android-powered device.

We got hold of a Legend and did a quick unboxing and hardware review. The overall design looks almost identical to the HTC Hero, but a main difference is that the handset is made from one piece of aluminum. This certainly makes it more appealing to look at. It also feels great in the hand and only weighs in at 126 grams – but I’m honestly scared to drop this thing as I feel it’ll shatter on me. We’ll actually follow up with a drop test video and report back. The Legend has a 3.2 touchscreen display that has a HVGA resolution of 320 x 480.

In the box you get the standard stuff like warrant, quick start guide, wall charger/ Micro-USB connector, earphones. When it comes other aspects of the hardware… you’ll see in the video that there are minimal buttons: volume rocker on the left side, Home, Menu, Back and Search on the front along with a optical trackball that’s flush to the device. In addition this comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack. On the back it comes with a 5 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and can shoot video. The Legend also has a 1300 mAh battery. To insert the SIM and microSD card you slide the rubberized bottom cover on the back down.

Overall very impressed with the hardware – super slim. It’s probably best to get a case of some sorts. In the next review we’ll go more into Android OS 2.1, HTC Sense, Friend Stream, Android Market etc…


Win the Android you want Contest!

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We’re back with another contest and thought we’d work with you instead of dictating which phone and what carrier. This time we’re giving away an Android device of your choice. You tell us what device you want and we’ll pick it up and ship it to you. Easy, simple and to the point. No strings attached. We just want to spread the Canadian mobile love!

So many Android-powered devices to choose from: Hero, Nexus One, Liquid E, Milestone, Dext, Galaxy, Legend, Desire, Dream, Magic+, Backflip, X10, Eve, Quench… which one will you choose?

In order to win this contest all you have to do is one of the following: follow us on Twitter, become a member of our Forum or enter your name in the comment section below.  The contest ends Thursday, June 24th at 11:59pm.

There will only be one winner… Good luck to all who enter!


Bell HTC Legend pops up at Best Buy before official launch

Thanks to our friends over at Best Buy for again confirming the upcoming Android-powered Bell HTC Legend. This is officially hitting Bell stores on June 16th but as you can this is showing up via Best Buy. The prices are $79.99 on a 3-year and they have the no-contract listed for $50 more than what Bell will sell it for at $399.99. (more…)