Voice on the Go has added the ability to reply, compose and forward emails and text messages by voice… This leverages what they call “hands-free and eyes-free communication” and is priced right “that meets recessionary budgets”. Voice on the Go costs $ 5.99 (plus taxes) a month and can be used on BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android devices.
Voice on the Go CEO John McLeod said “With today’s demand for instant communication, it is imperative for mobile professionals and consumers to have hands-free access to email and SMS “on the go”, and especially while driving.”
Microsoft has officially announced Windows Mobile 6.5. The unfortunate news is that anyone who has Windows 6.1 or previous will not have the luxury of upgrading to this new OS. What is so special about 6.5?
First off it will be available in devices by end of year and has a “Touch Friendliness: with new Honeycomb Design, a new version of Internet Explorer that includes as zoom slider and frequently-used commands, new redesigned menus that can be used stylus-free, fingerable home and contacts screens. (more…)
Toronto-based Viigo continues to grow… this time it’s with Vodafone in Australia. Viigo has announced that its free mobile content app will be included in the BlackBerry Application Center for Vodafone.
Viigo delivers news, weather, sports, market data, personalized stock portfolios, shopping, social networks, movie listings, flight schedules, flight status etc… Dany Bolduc, Regional Director, Asia Pacific RIM said “With the wide range of features it offers…RIM is pleased to have Viigo available within the BlackBerry Application Center for Vodafone in order to enhance the customer experience on the latest BlackBerry device.”
Rogers puts out a quarterly magazine that informs customers of contest, promotions, current and upcoming phones. There is no specific release date but a good estimated guess would be within a month.
The Secret is a touchscreen slider phone that comes with a 2.4 inch screen (240 x 320 pixels), weighs in at 166 grams with overall dimensions of 102.8 x 50.8 x 11.8 mm. What is also impressive about this device is the addition of a 5 megapixel camera that has auto focus, flash and video capabilities and accelerometer when viewing images. Additional entertainment features are included such as games, music player, FM radio.
In the image Rogers highlights the fact that is has a “Super-thin sleek slider featuring tempered glass and a carbon fibre backing. Access to faster downloads on Rogers 3.5G Network”.
Palm has released a new video showing the capabilities of the upcoming Pre. Us Canadians will not have this or a few months (rumoured to be Late Q2, early Q3 with Bell). In the meantime you can check out this video here (more…)
We took a bit of time to pound out music and throw on some tunes with the Sony Ericsson MBS-200 Wireless Speaker. Similar to the MBS-100 review we did a few months ago, this little nugget packs some serious sound.
The major difference from the 200 to the 100 is the overall design and the addition of a OLED display that shows the song name playing from your mobile phone. This overall dimensions are measure10.5 cm and connects via your wirelessly through your Bluetooth. In addition, this has a range of 10 meters and weighs 249 grams. You can find this online for about $100.
For an entry level slider phone, I’m really impressed with the new Fido Samsung f266. Apart from your standard phone features such as contacts, calendar, to-do list, calculator…this is a great phone that can do more than your basic needs. I mean for 25 bucks on a 2-year contract, or outright for $150 it is tough to go wrong. (I actually thought the price should have been $99 outright)
The design I was impressed with – has a nice chrome/silver shine to it… and it’s lightweight at only 99 grams. You can even call this “moderately” classy. The keypad is revealed when you slide the phone up. The numbers and letters are well spaced out so you won’t have much frustration when dialing or typing a text message. The f266 also has dedicated keys for your music player and menu items.
For the price, it comes with an impressive 2 megapixel camera that can take video. Also, you can load up to 8GB for extra memory for any music/games/pics.
A couple items that need improvement though:
1. You should always make sure the phone is locked when you put it in your pocket. Where the Internet button is located makes it easy for an accidental unwanted surfing and can possibly rack up your data charges.
2. The speakers are not the best, acceptable… but need a little bit of work.
If you want to access your spreadsheet data on the go, Google has now made it possible to edit your Google Docs spreadsheets right from your mobile device – you can “add new rows, edit existing cells, sort by columns, and filter by terms”. For us Canadians this is available on the following:iPhone (plus iPod touch) and any of the Nokia S60 devices.
Check it out at m.google.com/docs from your mobile browser.
Looks like Solo will join parent company Bell with launching a new device on March 6th. You can expect the Samsung m320 to show up in grand style.
In addition, you can also expect Virgin to release this device on the 6th (or somewhere around this date… more in our Forum here). I believe this will replace the current m300 that is in the lineup.
No price plans have been released yet but we got images of the dummy phones and a very blurry doc showing the m320 actually looks like a great phone… but the front catches some unwanted fingerprints. Sprint in the U.S.A. is selling this for $0.00 on a 2-year contract so I’m hoping Solo/Virgin will come through with $0.00 on a 3-year contract.
This flip phone comes with less than stellar 0.3 megapixel VGA Camera , Bluetooth, text messaging, calendar… overall dimensions are 91 x 48 x 18 mm, also it’s a light phone as it only weight 76 grams.
In Part 1 of our review of the recently launched Rogers Wireless HP iPAQ 910 Business Messenger we took a gander around the hardware and did a little bit of surfing the web.
The 910 is a solid device. The style actually reminds me of the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, but unfortunately the 910 is a bit heavier coming in at 146 grams with overall dimensions of 113 x 64 x 16 mm. The actual battery is one of the main reasons why this is a hefty device… opening up the back to reveal the battery is almost the entire size of the phone!
Continuing on the design, you’ll see this has a nice chrome outlay that makes the device look sleek and professional. On of the areas that I got a bit frustrated was with the actual QWERTY keypad. You’ll see that the keys are close together with a chrome bar that separates the rows… this serves no purpose except for another design feature.
What is good about the keyboard is that there are dedicated keys to your calendar, menu, OK and e-mail. Also, programmable keys that give you fast access to your most used apps. In the middle of all this is the directional pad, even though it’s circular it doesn’t scroll, just goes up, down, left and right. Also a button that can act as a mirror is another OK button.
The 2.4 inch screen (320 x 240 pixels) is a good size for this device, especially when you are typing e-mails, text messages, calendar events etc. When we surfed the internet it loaded fast but was tough to read from how it actually showed up for us. This uses Windows Mobile 6.1 professional.
Other features of the HP iPAQ 910 are that is comes with a 3 mega pixel camera with flash, can take video. In addition this can hold up to another 4GB of memory.
Rogers has HP iPAQ 910 available for a promo price of $249.99 on a 3-year contract with a voice and data plan over $45 a month. More here at Rogers