Toshiba Portege G710 GPS smartphone

Toshiba Portege G710

The Toshiba Portege G710 is a smartphone for Europe that comes with Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), GPRS Class 10 and EDGE, Integrated SiRF Star III GPS receiver, 2.4″ TFT LCD screen with 320×240 pixel resolution, OMAP TI processor at 266 MHz, 2MP digital camera with 8x digital zoom, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM, Bluetooth 1.2 compatible A2DP (stereo), microSD card slot, MiniUSB 1.1, 1,050 mAh lithium-ion battery with 200 hours of endurance stand-by and 3 hour in communication, Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard.

Nothing special in my opinion: low resolution screen, very little storage, weak camera.

It was announced back in January and it looks like it will be available to buy any day now got about $450 (before any provider subsidies).

Toshiba Portege G710 via navigadget

RIM gains market share while overall US sales plummet

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Blackberry maker RIM is the only winner in the latest cellphone sales numbers increasing their market share to 5% and becoming the 5th biggest seller of phones in the US.

Overall sales of cellphones in the US dropped 22% year on year but there was an interesting trend of high-end phones increasing in sales while inexpensive basic phone lost market share: 17% of all phones sold were smartphones, 60% of all phones sold could play music, and 79% of phones had bluetooth (all the better to track you with).

Phone sales data via moconews

Samsung i900 specs and photos

Samsung i900 specs and photos

A Chinese website called PCOnline has got their hands on a Samsung i900 phone. Until now we knew almost nothing about this phone so it’s great to finally find out it’s specs:

  • 3.5G HSDPA connectivity
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro OS
  • 3.5″ 240×400px, 262K color TFT touchscreen display
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera
  • front camera for video calls
  • Built-in GSM
  • FM Radio
  • TV-Out
  • 16GB of built-in memory
  • microSDHC memory card slot (up to 8GB)
  • Bluetooth 2.2, A2DP
  • Wi-Fi b/g
  • 1500mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 112×56×13mm

Samsung i900 specs and photos via UnwiredView

MWg Atom Life Review

MWg Atom Life Review

The MWg Atom Life is the subject of a new review posted over at Brighthand.

Here’s what they thought of the $399 MWg Atom Life PDA smartphone:

“Maybe it is because smartphones have entered into the consciousness of many users, or maybe the design of the Atom Life is just that it slips into your hand and pocket so easily that its just distinguishable; but, the fact is that this is an impressive smartphone on a features level that just doesn’t seem to impress people.

Outside of those who might not have a touchscreened smartphone, it catches very little notice. Yes, it is quite similar to the HTC Touch which is on several carriers here in the U.S. — and this is a mobile that has to be purchased outside of carrier — means that it will garner less attention than it probably deserves.

The MWg Atom Life is nonetheless a solid smartphone entry, and one that will easily become part of the life of the casual mobile user, or even the power user.

Windows Mobile 6 is a solid enough platform and the 1 GB of internal memory that can be expanded with a mini-SD card gives much life to this device. I like it, but have to resign to the fact that if you don’t see it more often, there might not be much of a fusion of this device in your mobile life.”

MWg Atom Life Review at Brighthand

Asus P560 PDA Phone, why did they bother?

Asus P560 PDA Phone

Convergence between phones GPS and PDAs is a really hot topic at the moment and the P560 is Asus’ latest offering for Europe that claims to offer all three.

We don’t like it: a 2.8″ 320×240 LCD is useless for a GPS navigation system, and the lack of a physical keyboard severely limits it’s functionality as a PDA. What does that leave us with? a bulky blocky phone.

If you are still interested here are the specs: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, A-GPS compatible SiRF Star III receiver, 2.8″ TFT LCD touch screen (320×240 pixel), TI Omap 2430 Processor (450 MHz), Quadband GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G dualband and HSDPA, 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.2 and 0.3 megapixel cameras , microSD card slot, and 1150 mAh battery.

Dimensions are 4.7″ x 2.4″ x 0.5″ and it weighs 4.20oz. Cost is expected to be around 500 euros ($775) when it comes out in June.

So what’s our idea of the perfect GPS PDA phone? something with the form factor and sexy looks of an iPhone, a VGA (minimum) touchscreen at least 3.5″ but preferably 4.3″+ (if it would still fit in our pocket), and a slide out QWERTY keyboard (or support for a bluetooth keyboard).

What’s your ideal combo phone? comment below (anonymously if you want) and let us know,

Asus P560 PDA Phone at Navigadget

LG-BH620T TV phone

LG-BH620T TV phone

The LG-BH620T is a new DVB-T TV phone that will be out soon in Europe.

Apart from the access to digital TV (which won’t look anything special on the 320×320 pixel screen) this is a fairly standard clamshell phone: mp3 player, HSDPA, 2MP camera, bluetooth, and microSD card slot.

No word yet on price but it will be released first in Germany with other European countries to follow.

LG-BH620T TV phone via digital-lifestyles

Motorola ROKR E8 reviewed


The Motorola ROKR E8 has been reviewed by Unwired View.

Here’s what they thought of the Motorola ROKR E8:

“Now a little bit about the weak points of the E8. In my case, the phone was very laggy. I didn’t manage to do as much as write an SMS while listening to the music at the same time, and launching Java applications was pretty much out of the question. Perhaps the phone being a prototype is to blame – the RAZR2 had such problems in it’s time, too. Let’s see if this is fixed in the commercial version. I will say only this: a strong player has appeared among the music phones, one that can win the hearts of many users.”

Motorola ROKR E8 review at Unwired View