Archive for September, 2010
Sony Ericsson is due to release a new handset in the very near future. The XPERIA X8 provides an ideal option for those looking for a budget Smartphone which does not compromise and features and versatility.
Initially very similar in appearance to the XPERIA X10, it is slightly more compact, it boasts a number of key features including Wi-Fi Internet access, a 3.15 mega pixel digital camera and loads of great features for everyday use in terms of both functionality and entertainment.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 measures 99x 54x 15 mm and weighs in at a lightweight 104 g making it a pocket friendly handset which is also comfortable to hold and use on the move. In order to navigate the Timescape UI, a 3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen is utilised which has a pixel setup 320x 480 which can display up to 16M colours. The screen features an accelerometer sensor which automatically rotates the onscreen content based on the angle at which the phones is held, meaning that photos and videos can be enjoyed in full screen.
The handset allows users to carry out handsfree communication thanks to a built in speakerphone system and a 3.5 mm audio jack which can accommodate both handsfree headsets and earphones for listening to music via the versatile internal media player. Vibration and ringing alert users to incoming calls and messages and there is the added bonus of being able to assign MP3 music files as ringtones.
128 MB of internal storage is provided as standard; however there is also a microSD card slot which comes with a pre-installed 2 GB memory card. Should further storage be required, this can be removed and replaced with a card of up to 16 GB, which is ample for storing an entire digital music collection or a large number of videos etc.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 is great for browsing the web on the move. Thanks to an HSDPA connection, in areas with 3G coverage provides users with access to the Internet, however a faster connection can be achieved thanks to built in Wi-Fi connectivity which takes advantage of local wireless networks where available.
A handy 3.15 mega pixel digital camera is built into the handset, this utilises a pixel resolution of 2048x 1536 to provide still images are of superb quality. Geo-tagging is a feature which is also included and functions thanks to GPS, and automatically tags the location at which a photo was taken. The camera can also shoot video footage, and this is in VGA quality at 30 frames per second.
The renowned Android operating system is utilised, in this case version 1.6. In conjunction with a 600 MHZ processor, it provides an ideal platform for using demanding applications, which can be downloaded from Android Market.
The availability of a number of different colour variants means the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 also appeals to the style conscious crowd who also view their phone as a fashion statement. This is a handset which ticks all the boxes in terms of functionality and style, and puts true smartphone technology within the reach of the masses.
The HTC Desire HD is without a doubt up there with the likes of the Apple iPhone 4 in terms of technology, usability and customizability
2010 has seen some pretty sweet phones; the new iPhone 4, the HTC Desire, the Nokia N8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S. But for me the biggest yet is the HTC Desire HD; this phone has a mammoth 4.3 inch touch screen and runs on the super slick Android 2.2 Froyo OS. HTC have upped there efforts in an attempt to knock Apple from the top of the smartphone league table. With the Android platform comes a range of Google goodies which will no doubt benefit the general user experience and the phone is loaded with a super cool camera system capable of HD video.
Many of my friends where gutted to here that an upgrade of there phone (the old Desire) was released so soon after the release of there own. For starters, the Desire HD is one of the most attractive phones ever, yes it is a little big, but is a few millimetres here and there when can benefit from a huge 4.3 inch screen which is loaded with, take a breath; capacitive touch technology for multi-touch input, accelerometer for UI rotation, proximity sensor for auto sleep mode and a pixel set up of 480 x 800 to make the on-screen imagery look truly spectacular.
The Desire HD makes the most of its Sense UI to deliver an info packed home screen and an interface which can be customized to the max thanks to the phones accessibility to the Android Market. The intuitive UI provides a seven screen home page which can be pinched for a full overview. Each screen can be loaded with its own app, and with an already media rich collection of apps and more available for download, you will find few problems in filling them.
FriendStream is HTC’s exclusive SNS app which will allow users to view a single stream of status updates, posts and tweets all at once. Users can also benefit from the phones e-mail and IM compatibility as multiple accounts can be set up for each. Where would we be without basic texting, HTC have kindly included the almost forgotten SMS and MMS options too.
HTC’s Desire HD utilises both 3G and Wi Fi for speedy web connections, you also get full EDGE/GPRS for cellular network coverage. The web browser is, as expected, awesome. The browser tools are intuitive and effective and you have loads of control thanks to the capacitive screen which also makes web pages look clearer on the 4.3 inch screen than on your desktop PC.
The high spec 8MP camera is one of the best we have seen from HTC, it is capable of shooting videos in 720p HD quality. The camera has a full range of LED flash, auto-focus and settings tools to play with along with image editing, slide show, video edit, soundtrack, and web uploading with sites like YouTube and Facebook waiting for your photos and videos. HTC have given the Desire HD an impressive video player which will eat up anything you put on its plate and the music player supports FM radio.
Other features include an expandable memory via microSD card, Bluetooth, GPS with HTC Footprints and Google Maps, a 3.5m jack for headphones and a microUSB connection.
The HTC Desire HD is without a doubt up there with the likes of the Apple iPhone 4 in terms of technology, usability and customizability. With the likes of HTC and Apple setting the benchmark and Samsung coming awfully close with there Galaxy S, others may hopefully follow and contend at the sharpest end of the smartphone market.
The ever popular iPhone series has seen a new addition in the iPhone 4. Released in summer of 2010, this versatile handset incorporates a number of cutting edge features, and indeed loads of media hype as you would expect from a product release from Apple.
But what is it about the iPhone 4 which has got consumers so excited?
A number of impressive features are included in the iPhone 4, such as the all new “retina display”, 5 megapixel digital camera, new operating system, and completely redesigned casing.
For starters, the screen is arguably one of the most impressive features of the iPhone 4, and indeed one of the most advanced of any phone on the market. Utilising a pixel configuration of 640x 960, it can display up to 16M colours. The screen measures 3.5 inches and utilises LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen technology. It is named retina due to the fact that the naked eye cannot perceive the individual pixels, hence the breathtaking display quality.
The iPhone 3GS has a 3.2 megapixel camera, but the iPhone 4 has improved on this with a 5 megapixel offering. With a high operating pixel resolution, and the ability to shoot HD video in 720p quality, it is simple to use yet very powerful. This makes it ideal for those who simply like to take spontaneous snapshots, as well as those who are enthusiastic about their photography. There are a number of included image enhancing features, along with loads of downloadable photography apps via the AppStore.
Users are treated to a great web browsing experience with the iPhone 4. Both HSDPA and Wi-Fi connections provide the optimum levels of connectivity based upon location and network coverage. Cellular networks rely on GPRS and EDGE, whilst Bluetooth and micro USB connections allow users to connect their handset to compatible hardware devices, whereby a number of different tasks can be carried out.
Of course, access to the AppStore is provided as standard, allowing users to browse and download apps from every conceivable category. There thousands of apps available, many of which are free of charge, and have the capability to turn the iPhone 4 into a highly versatile device. The versatility and customisation levels of the software, coupled with powerful hardware such as a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor is surely a major part of the appeal of the iPhone series.
The iPhone 4 is a highly capable entertainment and multimedia device, portable web browser, productivity tool for the office, and indeed a very impressive mobile phone. Whatever you are looking for in a new smartphone, you cannot go wrong with the Apple iPhone 4.