Mobile phones, Camera phones and Smartphones
Smartphones get larger and other mobile devices, such as eareaders or tablets get smaller. Someone thought that phablet perfectly describes new devices that are larger than phones, but smaller than tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 have been designed to be smartphones, but they are huge: 5.8 and 6.3 inches in size. What are these Mega devices, then?
There is always a frisson of excitement surrounding rumours of a new product from Apple, and the speculation surrounding the emergence of the iPhone 6, or iPhone 5S, is no exception. The rumours are conflicting, however, and commentators cannot even agree on the most likely launch date. Some predict it will be launched in spring 2013 – and that the ‘S’ in iPhone 5S stands for ‘spring’ – while others believe Apple may wait until the Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place in June 2013.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is packed with advanced features. Two new features stand out as unique things in smartphones: it is possible to recharge the phone without plugging it into a power adapter and the camera comes with optical image stabilization (OIS). OIS means that you can take sharp photos in low light. In addition, the Lumia 920 can record full HD resolution videos using the OIS feature.
It has been awhile since we last watched Tom Cruise swipe transparent displays hanging in the air in front of him in the movie A.I. That's what comes to mind from the prototype smartphone NTT Docomo and Fujitsu have developed in Japan: you can touch the transparent screen from both sides. This enables new touch-sensitive features, like holding an object in place from one side and moving parts of the object from the other side of the screen.
Exactly 10 years ago we got the very first Nokia smartphone with a camera in our hands. It was the mighty 7650. The resolution of images was 640x480 pixels and the quality was terrible. Yet, it was a disruptive moment in the industry. Now, Nokia has changed both the mobile and the photography industries once more. The Nokia 808 PureView smartphone comes with 41 megapixel camera that is capable of capturing stunning images that are richer in detail than photos captured in dedicated cameras.
While practically all the publicity concerning Nokia has been about smartphones - Symbian and Windows Phone strategy change - the company has been quietly developing its own feature phone operating system Series 40. It is a mature platform for mobile phones that is looking more and more like an entry-level smartphone platform. The first phones in the Series 40-powered Nokia Asha product line have features like touch screen, Wi-Fi, dual SIM, and fast, cloud-based web browser.
After dramatically killing the Symbian operating system in early 2011, Nokia has furiously worked with Windows Phone software in order to get the first smartphone built on Windows software out by the end of 2011. Although the schedule was extremely tight, Nokia was able to deliver its first product by the deadline in co-operation with Microsoft. At a first glance, the Nokia Lumia 800 isn't a game changer, but a good start for the new smartphone product line.
The more we look at the Apple iPhone 4S, the more we are convinced that the product has one feature that Steve Jobs must have pushed through. That's Siri artificial intelligence voice system. It is not a simple piece of software that can identify simple commands and execute them, but a comprehensive system that can find answers to questions. Check out what other differences there are between the iPhone 4S and other iPhone models.
Nokia has teamed up with car audio and navigation product manufacturer Alpine in order to integrate mobile phones to car dashboard units. When a Nokia smartphone is connected with a cable to the dashboard-mounted Alpine ICS-X8 system, the driver can access phone's navigation and music applications via the dashboard.
Microsoft has drawn a lot of attention in the smartphone industry for two reasons: Nokia chose Windows Phone software for its future smartphones and the new Windows Phone 7.5 operating system has been well received by experts who have had an opportunity to have a look at the user interface. Samsung beat Nokia in the speed of execution, introducing the Omnia W Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone before Nokia managed to introduce even its first Windows Phone product.
It is surprising how well modern smartphones survive wet weather conditions or dusty surroundings. Smartphones are, after all, tiny computers. People who spend a lot of time outdoors or want to take their phone along for a jog or kayak trip really need a rugged phone. Finally, there's a rugged smartphone for them: the Samsung Galaxy Xcover.
It is not that long ago when every respectable mobile phone manufacturer had to introduce a new product that was smaller than competitor's product. The smaller, the better was the way to go. Now, the trend has reversed. The larger, the better. Just take a look at the HTC Titan smartphone: it comes with 4.7-inch touch screen - yet it is just 9.9 mm thin.
We know how it feels to carry along a huge smartphone. We used to own a Nokia Communicator in the days when Android or iOS weren't even born. We were willing to take the pain because the Communicator was simply so useful tool for business and personal tasks. The Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone has 5.3-inch AMOLED touch screen and stylus, but why? Why would you carry this huge phone with you?
Nokia didn't stop the development of Symbian operating system after new CEO Stephen Elop announced the company would adopt Windows Phone as its smartphone platform. The first major update to the Symbian OS after Nokia told it would kill the software is called Anna. It has a number of improvements to the user interface, functionality and development tools. Nokia smartphone owners may update the software to the their phones by themselves.
We all know that Nokia has decided to kill the Symbian smartphone product range. Because the new Windows Phone products take time to design and manufacture, Nokia is still cranking out Symbian phones in order to make at least some money. One of these is the Nokia 500, a shining sample of what Nokia can do at its best: a sleek smartphone with all the features and at a low price.
HTC is one of the few mobile phone companies that's really focused on smartphones alone. HTC is also very focused in its marketing and promotion activities because competing in the world's biggest sporting event (measured by number of spectators) Tour de France is not a small investment. HTC Detour is not a new smartphone, nor a video about the HTC-Highroad professional cycling team, but having fun when cycling with smartphones.
Once Nokia was the king of smartphones. S60 user interface software built on Symbian operating system dominated the smartphone world. Nokia engineers knew that nothing would last forever and began developing a Linux-based operating system, Maemo, for a new generation of smartphones. Maemo was merged with Intel tablet software and MeeGo was born. The Nokia N9 is the first and will be the only product from that development work.
It doesn't matter how skeptical we are of 3D technology (three-dimensional display) on mobile devices, it is slowly creeping in products anyhow. The key point of the technology is to display objects like menus, home screen or photos and videos in 3D on a mobile device screen. 3D eyeglasses are not required. HTC is one of the first manufacturers who has introduced a 3D smartphone, the Evo 3D. This particular model comes with 4G Wimax network connectivity as well.
If you had a mobile phone in the 1990s, you probably remember how exciting it was to make phone calls and send text messages. Very few people wanted to do anything else with their phones. Well, this is how Nokia sees the market in low-income countries today. After years of successful low-cost product launches in emerging markets, Nokia decided to introduce a new feature to extra-low-cost phones: music.
After the huge success of James Cameron Avatar movie, everyone has been excited about three-dimensional (3D) display technology. TV vendors are marketing a number TV sets with 3D feature and new 3D movies are being viewed at theaters around the world. The first 3D digital camera was introduced a couple of years ago, but this year we are going to see even more 3D. Mobile phone displays are going 3D.
There's so much processing power in modern smartphones that a five-year old laptop may pale in comparison. It is, however, very difficult to use a smartphone like a PC because the small device has been designed to be carried around in pocket. Motorola has invented a clever way to turn a smartphone into a laptop. The Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone can be inserted into a dock that provides full-size keyboard and screen for the smartphone.
When the Apple iPhone was launched in 2001, the whole world (including the U.S.) was concinved that smartphones will be hot products for many years to come. A year later, Google introduced Android operating system that was a big hit in 2010. Established smartphone software contenders, Nokia, Blackberry and Microsoft developed new software versions but failed to restore their former successes. What will happpen next? What's hot in smartphones in 2011?
Even though Nokia, Samsung and Sonim have introduced multiple mobile phone models that can stand the weather (waterproof and dustproof phones) and minor bumps, we haven't discovered decent smartphones designed for outdoors use. Motorola has realized that there are smartphone users who actually want to go out into the rain, snow and heat. The Motorola Defy is one of the few smartphones that is weather resistant.
Now that billions of people know how to use a mobile phone for phone calls and text messages, it's time for them to log onto Facebook and email with their phones as well. That's what Nokia must be thinking as the company continues introducing low-cost phones with pretty good features and style. The Nokia X2-01 has qwerty keyboard for Facebook updates and messages.
Nokia may have been criticized for its weak range of high-end smartphone products, but its mid-range and low-end devices are attracting customers in Asia and Europe. The Nokia C5-03 smartphone is a perfect sample of a product where Nokia is still strong. The C5-03 is a low-cost smartphone with all the necessary features that particularly young customers should find attractive.
Blackberry and Windows Mobile smartphones are typically regarded as the right devices for business users. Also Nokia has a wide range Symbian-powered smartphones for enterprise use, the E-series, but the Google-developed Android operating system hasn't (yet) become popular in business smartphones. Now, Samsung wants to make Android devices available to business users with the Galaxy 551.
Many people who had a Nokia Communicator loved the bulky device as much as many Blackberry owners love their messaging phones. Communicator products had, however, limited success outside few select countries, making Nokia to drop the product line a few years ago. The Nokia E7 with slide-out qwerty keyboard and AMOLED touch screen positions the device as a modern Comunicator.
The Apple iPhone maybe the most loved smartphone of our time, but the most sold smartphones globally are entry-level Nokia products. You can get a decent Nokia smartphone for $100-$200, after all. So far, Nokia has been the only manufacturer capable of producing so low-cost devices, but now the situation is changing. Huawei has made available a low-cost Android-powered smartphone - Ideos - that is targeted at international markets.
Lately, Nokia management has been pondering how it could revive company's high-end smartphone product line. One of the first decision was made by Anssi Vanjoki who announced that Nokia will start using Linux-based MeeGo software for its high-end smartphones. The decision left low-end and mid-category smartphones for Symbian software. The Nokia 5250 is a prime example of Nokia's capability to produce low-cost smartphones.
Many new mobile phones come with touch-sensitive displays, but many people still want hardware keypad for faster typing. Both the touch screen and keypad can be built into the same device, but the units tend to become bulky. Nokia has taken a new approach and designed a slim mobile phone small numeric keypad and touch screen - the X3 Touch and Type.
Blackberry smartphones are renowned for their robust email capabilities. That's why Blackberry devices have always had qwerty keyboards for easy typing. Today, however, most people expect smartphones to come with touch screens. Blackberry's response to touch screen requirement is to design a phone with both qwerty keypad and touch-sensitive display.
Qwerty keyboard, instead of virtual on-screen keyboard, is still the fastest way to type on a phone. The problem (for some phone owners) with hardware keyboard is that the phone tends to become large or thick or both. Peculiar-looking Motorola Charm is neither thick or large, and it is running on Google's powerful Android operating system.
Mobile phone is an excellent safety device for all people who love to roam in the great outdoors. There are, however, two things to consider. First, what is the battery life in areas where it is not possible to charge the phone and second, is it possible to get network signal at all. Samsung has addressed the battery issue in the Xcover rugged phone. Its standby time is two months.
Mobile phones are one of the most common and best safety products in the world. In the wilderness or out on the sea, even the mobile phone can't help because networks don't cover remote regions. Phones that connect to the global network via satellites used to be large, heavy and expensive. Not anymore. The IsatPhone Pro is affordable and reasonably light as well.
Mobile phone is a seriously personal thing. You rarely hand over your phone to anyone else or even let a friend hold your phone. There is simply too much personal information stored on the phone. Many phone owners, however, are happy to share carefully selected photos on Facebook or messages on Twitter. If you want to share something with your friends right here and right now, you need a larger screen. Samsung has solved the large screen-problem by including a projector into the Galaxy Beam smartphone.
Dual-SIM mobile phones (two phone numbers in one phone) have many useful applications. Some families, who like two share their mobile phones, keep one SIM card always on the phone and let the person who is borrowing the phone insert his own SIM card to the other slot. Samsung, on the other hand, has designed a dual-SIM phone for frequent travelers.
Dual-SIM mobile phones have around for a while. People who want to have two phone numbers in one phone can get two SIM cards and use them both on a dual-SIM phone. Nokia has taken the concept a step further. The company has introduced a phone that lets you swap one of the SIM cards on-the-go without switching the phone off and on at all.
The stroke of genius in the global GSM mobile network specification is the SIM card. Well, text messaging is an equally important innovation, but the tiny SIM card inside the phone is really something. It holds your phone number and information about your home network subscription. You can remove the SIM card from your phone and insert it into another GSM phone without a hitch (unless you have an operator-locked SIM card). So, you can have multiple phones and stick the SIM card into the phone you like to use today. But what if you wanted to have two phone numbers in one phone? Then, you need a dual-SIM phone, like the Nokia C1.
HTC is one of the few mobile phone manufacturers who is totally focused on smartphone products. Furthermore, HTC has made available wide range of high-end smartphones, but only a couple of entry-level products. The HTC Wildfire is an attractive phone for those who don't want to spend as much money on a smartphone than on a laptop.
The Nokia X2 mobile phone attracts people who like traditional candy bar-style phones with numeric keypad and don't want touch screen. The X2 is more stylish than many other Nokia's entry-level phones and its features are pretty good (or excellent if you live in a country where you get Comes with Music as well) for a phone that costs around $100.
What do you get when you put together ideas and product components from the navigation company Garmin, PC vendor Asus and Google. Alternatives are many, but in this case, you get a smartphone designed for navigation. The Garmin-Asus A10 smartphone not only includes GPS receiver and maps, but it has been optimized for navigation by foot and by car.
Although Nokia is not exactly a camera or camcorder manufacturer, it happens to be the biggest camera vendor in the world when the number of shipped products are tallied up. Practically every Nokia mobile phone includes a camera and a camcorder. Soon, Nokia may become the number one HD video equipment manufacturer as well because the company is upgrading its products into HD (High-Definition) era. To start with, for instance, the Nokia N8 smartphone.
After a considerably lengthy hiatus, we thought that Sony Ericsson had forgotten Walkman brand altogether, but we were wrong. First Walkman music phones were introduced in 2005, and through the years, we have liked many Walkman models that we have reviewed. Let's see if the hiatus with the Walkman brand has done any good for the new Zylo and Spiro music phones.
Corporations that once vowed to stay in software and online service business only are becoming hardware manufacturers as quickly as mobile networks grow. First, Google introduced its superphone Nexus One and now, Microsoft introduced Kin phones that are aimed at the young generations. Let's take a look at how a proven software company intends to compete against proven hardware vendors with the Kin One and Kin Two mobile phones.
Once you have email set up and running on your mobile phone, there is no turning back. It quickly becomes a habit to check for new messages whenever you have a couple of minutes free time. The same applies to Facebook and Twitter. If email and status updates are what you want from your mobile phone, you don't need an expensive smartphone, because a low-cost messaging phone provides the services you need. Let's take a look at the inexpensive Nokia C3 messaging phone.
Mobile phone has always been an important lifeline for adventurers, seafarers, and those who like outdoors sports. As GPS receivers have become a common feature in mobile phones, it is even more important not to let the battery dry out in he middle of nowhere. Sagem Wireless and Puma have designed a sports phone that can be recharged even in the wilderness. Sunshine is required, because the Puma Phone has a solar panel at the back for charging the battery.
We love our touch screen smartphone as much as the next dude but we have to tell that reading the screen is difficult in daylight. Another problem for large touch screens made of LCD technology is power consumption. New technology called Super-Amoled not only solves these problems, but also provides wider viewing angle. The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the first smartphones built on Super-Amoled display technology.
Mobile phones with touch sensitive displays used to be expensive, high-end products, but not anymore. Samsung seems to have made it its mission to bring affordable touch screen phones to the market. The Samsung Sunburst is one of these products.
Apple, Samsung, and HTC may rule the high-end smartphones that tend to cost as much as a laptop PC, but Nokia still rules in the mass market. Recently, Nokia introduced free navigation to a number of existing mid-range and high-end smartphone models. What is the result when Nokia puts together a low-cost product that includes a smartphone and free GPS navigation. Let's find out what the Nokia C5 is really made of.
There are plenty of people who would like to switch to an advanced smartphone like the Apple iPhone, Google Nexus One, or HTC Hero, but won't because the devices feel large if you have used a tiny flip phone for many years. Generally, large touch screen is a good thing because it makes it easier to browse web pages and tap objects on the screen. Still, compact touch screen phones have a market. We took a look at the HTC HD Mini.
Most people know Acer from its extensive range of laptop PCs. The company is among the biggest manufacturers of laptops computers worldwide. Recently, Acer decided to venture into mobile phone business as well. So far, Acer has focused on smartphones powered by Windows Phone and Android software. The Acer beTouch E400 phone is aimed at Facebook & YouTube-generation.
As established mobile device brands, such as Palm and Motorola have stumbled, new brands from Asia have quickly grabbed their market shares. LG and Samsung have been around for awhile - both among five largest mobile phone manufacturers globally - but HTC has become widely known only after it started co-operation with Google. One of HTC's high-end Google Android-powered smartphones is labeled Desire. Let's find out whose, if anyone's, desire the phone is.
People who spend plenty of time in the great outdoors, work in tough conditions or favor extreme sports, need a mobile phone that can tolerate more beating than an average phone. Sonim is one of the few companies specialized in rugged mobile phones. The Robocop-style Sonim XP2 Spirit is compatible with 3G mobile networks.
HTC is an exceptional mobile device manufacturer. The company manufactures high-end smartphones for corporations like Google but the Taiwanese company is also renowned for its own HTC-branded products. Close co-operation with Google may give HTC some insight on Android software, just like co-operation with Microsoft may keep HTC well up-to-date with Windows Phone software. A fruit from the collaboration with Google camp is the HTC Legend, a high-end smartphone.
Samsung's mobile phone division hasn't been busy with new hardware alone, but with new software products as well. Samsung believes Bada software is the greatest thing since sailing boats were invented (bada means ocean in Korean), because it doesn't have to rely on products like Android or Symbian alone anymore. The Samsung Wave is the first mobile phone that is built on Bada software.
The differences between the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini, and Xperia X10 Mini Pro smartphones
You know you've done something right when someone else tries to copy your achievement. It's the same in business. When Nokia started introducing new versions of successful old phone models, labeling them with postfix i or mini, the company surely didn't expect anyone to follow the idea. Well, Sony Ericsson must have gotten the idea for the Xperia X10, Mini, and Mini Pro from somewhere. Let's find out what the differences between the Xperia X10 smartphones are.
Internet cloud services are all the rage in the PC world, but telephone service has always been a cloud service. Plug in a cord or switch on a mobile phone and the cloud is ready to serve you. Now, the really big thing is to bring Internet cloud services, like social networking, Google services, and shared storage space to mobile phone. Motorola has introduced the Quench/Cliq XT smartphone that has both Google and Motoblur services covered.
Samsung has taken the hot trend for touch screen mobile phones seriously. The company has made both high-end and low-cosst touchscreen phones available that are powered by Android, Symbian or TouchWiz software. The 3-inch Samsung Monte comes with company's own TouchWiz software.
Samsung may not be the hottest brand in high-end touch screen mobile phones, but based on our experiences, it is the hottest brand in affordable touch screen phones. The company has developed TouchWiz software that is specifically targeted at entry-level touch screen phones. With social networking and messaging applications thrown in, Samsung seems to have discovered a concept that attracts younger generations. The Samsung Genoa mobile phone is built on these same elements.
Most smartphones come with built-in GPS receiver, but only few products have actually been designed for navigation. A GPS receiver alone won't help if mapping, navigation, and local information applications that can make use of geographical coordinates aren't running on the device. In association with Asus, the renowned GPS maker Garmin has introduced a smartphone for navigation.
Blackberry has been a huge success in countries where large corporations manage a great deal of their daily business by email. The Blackberry system, however, has a relatively high price tag because of the server computers and software required to run the whole system. If someone could create a Blackberry system that didn't cost as much and was easy to setup, it could be a winner. Let's find out if the Korean Synchronica has created a winner in the MessagePhone.
Recently, Samsung rose to the second largest mobile phone vendor globally. Wide product range and market presence across the world must have helped the company to further improve its sales. Another reason for Samsung's success has been its popular touch screen phones that younger generations have liked a lot. The Samsung M5650 aims to continue company's success in touch screen phones that don't cost as much as smartphones.
One might easily think that all those fancy mobile Internet services are only available for high-end smartphones. That's not the case. Ordinary, low-cost mobile phones can be designed so that it is possible to access Internet services from them as well. The service selection tends to be limited to preset services, but on the other hand, there's no hassle with downloads or software configurations. The stylish Nokia 6303i Classic that comes with Ovi services is a good example of such product.
In addition to text messaging feature, SIM card was a stroke of genius from the engineers who designed the GSM mobile phone system. SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a smart card that holds the phone number and information about the network the user has subscribed to. The SIM card can be removed from a GSM phone and inserted to another phone in ten seconds (unless you have a locked phone) without having to ask permission from anyone. So, if a phone had two SIM card slots, would it be possible to have two phone numbers in the phone? Yes. Here's one from Samsung.
Even if you haven't noticed, Sony Ericsson is one of the most active vendors in the smartphone market. The joint venture has introduced many slick, feature-rich and compact Symbian, Android and Windows Mobile devices. Relatively high price tag, however, has made them less consumer-friendly than many Nokia or Samsung phones. The Sony Ericsson Aspen is aimed both at consumers and at corporate customers.
Nokia is determined to make its Internet services suite Ovi a success. Two years ago, the company introduced select smartphones whose owners could download as many songs as they liked from a music store for free. Recently, Nokia made Ovi Maps turn-by-turn navigation service available without extra cost to select phone models. Services, instead of hardware, are the key differences between the Nokia X6 and X6 16GB models.
Recently, we purchased a new pocket camera because it could shoot HD (high-definition) video. The videos are gorgeous, but the camera can't adjust focus while shooting. Now, Sony Ericsson has introduced a smartphone that can capture HD video and automatically stay focused on moving objects.
Even specialized smartphone vendors, like HTC can't leave the huge market for ordinary mobile phones slip by. The vast majority of the world's billions of mobile phones aren't smartphones. Smartphones just happen to get all the publicity and excitement because of their powerful features and applications. Ordinary mobile phones, such as the HTC Smart can be exciting as well.
We totally understand the challenge smartphone product designers are facing. They can choose to design a touch screen-only device, a phone with qwerty keyboard, or a unit with numeric keypad. Motorola's designers decided they want try out something new even if it felt a bit silly. Let's find out if the unique Motorola Backflip is a dud or the greatest innovation since the iPhone.
LG has been a pioneer in touch screen mobile phones. In case you forgot, LG had a touch screen product out even before the Apple iPhone was introduced. LG hasn't been strong as in smartphones as in other categories, but the company is hoping to change it by investing in products built on Google Android smartphone software. Now, LG has designed a glossy smartphone for social networking on Facebook, Twitter, and Bebo. The LG GT540 is powered by Android operating system.
The world's favorite Internet company Google is trying to break out from its own sandbox. Until now, Google has developed only Internet services and software products, but the Google Nexus One takes the company to two new markets; hardware and telecommunications. Is the Nexus One really a Superphone, just another touch screen smartphone, or is there something else going on?
The Nokia N79 smartphone is a combination of two proven ideas from the past and plenty of latest technology in one product. The look and feel of the N79 is similar to Nokia's earlier smartphone success, the N73. The second idea from the past is the introduction of changeable covers. Yep. Colorful plates you can snap on your phone when you feel like it. As a smartphone, this product has it all; 5 megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G.
The Samsung SGH-F480 is a sleek and compact touch screen mobile phone with a possibility to personalize the home screen. The product is also known as Touchwiz or Tocco. You hold the phone like an ordinary mobile and tap the screen with your thumb. If you don't like the new customizable widget menu system, you can use the traditional menu system as well. 5 megapixel camera and multimedia features complement this tri-band GSM phone that can connect to high-speed 3G mobile networks.
If you are one of those people who is longing for the fabulous old N-Gage games, but is avoiding the N-Gage device, the new Nokia N-series smartphones may have something for you. The Nokia N85, for instance, lets you play new N-Gage games. It can also replace your iPod as an MP3 player, or you can use its 5 megapixel camera to take photos. The N85 is a GSM and 3G phone, but its numerous features aside, its highlight is the crisp OLED display.
T-Mobile G1 is a smartphone for people who need a pocket-size device for Internet access. The G1 is not only a GSM and 3G mobile phone, but also a small computer powered by Google software. Out of the box, it is at its best when its owner happens to be a heavy user of Google applications, like Gmail or YouTube. Since the smartphone is built on open source Linux software, all kinds of applications can be downloaded to the device the very moment they are made available on the Internet.
It is a pleasure to discover a mobile phone that comes in another color as black or grey – and still looks stylish. Red can easily be too flashy for a mobile phone that we constantly have at hand, but LG has succeeded with its sunset red. The LG KF510 is a tri-band GSM mobile phone with 3 megapixel camera, and touch sensitive control keys below the display.
Blackberry smartphones that RIM originally designed for email use were not exactly fashion items. They were not meant to be. Since those days of email-only focus, Blackberry has become so successful that the company is ready to attract new customer groups for its popular smartphones. The Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 may not be the smallest flip phone around, because it comes with a qwerty keypad, but it is stylish. The quad-band GSM phone has Wi-Fi, EDGE mobile data, 2 megapixel camera, and MP3 player.
Motorola has taken a giant leap into the world of digital photography by teaming up with Kodak. The outcome is the Motorola Motozine ZN5 camera phone that has 5 megapixel image sensor and other valuable features for photography, like auto-focus, Xenon flash, speedy operation, and panorama pictures. Picture sharing on the Internet has been made as easy as possible with options for printing photos and displaying them on a TV screen.
Many people would like to have a music phone but don't want to be seen with a small and cute phone with a small sound. They want something stylish that feels like a mobile phone, but looks like an MP3 player. If you are one these people, you should take a look at the Sony Ericsson W980i. It comes with the Walkman player at the front panel, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G mobile network connectivity, and keys that can be tapped with grownup fingers.
HTC is a proven brand for Windows Mobile smartphones and it is also one of the few manufacturers that can offer multiple products with touch screen feature. The HTC Touch Diamond is a dark, elegant smartphone with huge touch-sensitive screen in 640x480 -pixel resolution. The product comes with plenty of advanced features, such as 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS.
Not everyone wants the latest high-end smartphone that is more like a computer than a mobile phone. If you are looking for a basic, low-cost mobile for making phone calls and sending text messages, the Motorola Motofone F3 is a popular choice. The thing with the budget phones is that you have to carefully check, for instance, if it comes with Bluetooth at all. We took a close look at the low-cost Motorola Motofone F3 and the ground-breaking smartphone Nokia N95 to find out how different they really are.
The compact and slim Nokia E71 is a smartphone for people who really want a pocket computer. You know, people who want to type email messages, view documents, take photos, read Web pages, listen to music, watch videos and navigate with GPS, but are willing to carry only one device. The Nokia E71 has the required features with a qwerty keyboard for typing messages on the go.
The Samsung Omnia SGH-i900 is the iPhone for people who need Windows Mobile smartphone because they love the products or because of their work. The Omnia comes with touch screen that can be used in portrait or landscape mode, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 5 megapixel camera. The stylish Samsung Omnia lets users customize their personal home screen using small programs called widgets.
Finally, Apple has introduced a smartphone. The Apple iPhone 3G not only comes with high-speed mobile network access, but it is also possible to download new applications to the device. The capability to enhance the product by installing additional software makes the iPhone a worthy contender in the smartphone market. Advanced features, like A-GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth, and above all, the fantastic touch screen should make the iPhone a popular device for those who are looking for a high-end smartphone.
The Samsung Soul SGH-U900 has its own mysterious, dark style. The shiny, metal-and-glass finish with keypad lights reflecting from the dark background makes the phone look like a high-tech device. That's exactly what it is. However, there is nothing dark in 5 megapixel photos taken on this camera phone, or MP3 music and FM radio that are available as well.
As far as portable MP3 music players are concerned, it's really a battle between brands. Walkman or iPod? Both brands have their fans, but those music lovers who don't want to carry an extra device with them, choose a music phone. The Sony Ericsson W350 is so stylish and small MP3 player phone that even the proven Apple iPod nano needs to take a look at the mirror. In addition, the W350 has 1.3 megapixel camera, FM radio, and the possibility to download Java applications.
As a GSM mobile phone, the Motorola Rokr E8 may not break new ground, but as an MP3 player and music phone, it is a smart device. The product comes with a new kind of haptic keypad that tells you what you can do by lighting up relevant keys only. The keys are touch-sensitive, although there's no touch screen. The slim, dark unit looks good and lets you take 2 megapixel photos as well.
The Nokia N78 is a Symbian OS/S60-powered smartphone that doesn't surprise with its exceptional looks, but may surprise with its exceptional set of features. The 3G phone connects to GSM networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. It can receive GPS signals to determine its exact geographical location and save it in photos. A small detail, but fun feature is the built-in FM transmitter for using the phone as an MP3 player.
If you always have desired a Walkman phone, but wanted a flip model, your wait is over. The Sony Ericsson W380i flip phone has a color screen and a numeric keypad inside its cover and a small screen outside. A small screen outside can show which song is playing or which radio station is tuned on. The W380i is a hip phone for music on the go without having to carry a dedicated MP3 player in the pocket anymore.
The Motorola Moto Z10 is a smartphone that's designed to be used like a multimedia device. This GSM phone is built on UIQ menu system and Symbian OS software, also taking full advantage of high-speed 3G communications. But what makes it a better portable media device than a dedicated MP3 player? It's a camcorder that can capture video at 30 frames per second, it has 3.2 megapixel digital camera, MP3 music player, and you can edit videos and upload them directly to YouTube.
There was a time when the smallest product was the hottest one. Then, there was a time when the slimmest phone was an absolute must-have. Now, the most-wanted phones are larger and thicker than yesteryear's models. Why? A large touch screen is becoming a new must-have for mobile phone owners. LG KF700 is an elegant 3-megapixel camera phone with a large touch screen and numeric keypad.
The Motorola Z9 a stylish, shiny phone that lets you access the Internet via high-speed 3G networks across the world. 2 megapixel digital camera, video recording, and compatibility with Windows Media Player music tracks makes it a fine, complete product that satisfies the needs of most people. But the most exciting feature of the Motorola Z9 is the built-in GPS that turns the phone into a navigation system.
People who are used to small and slim Samsung camera phones, look at the SGH-G800 and wonder why it seems slightly bulkier than other models. Well, it is not an ordinary camera phone. The G800 has a 5 megapixel camera with 3 times magnifying optical zoom lens. The product is a GSM world phone with high-speed HSDPA mobile network connectivity for uploading those 5 megapixel images.
The Nokia N82 has practically everything it is possible to have in a high-end, candy bar-style phone. The N82 is a 3G world phone with Wi-Fi connectivity, it has branded camera optics for capturing 5 megapixel images, it comes with GPS and navigation software, and it lets you shoot beautiful videos. The shiny unit looks modern, but elegant to suit most people who want a feature-rich smartphone.
The Motorola Z6w is a small and snappy music phone that can play a wide range of digital music types, even WMA. It is also a GSM world phone with UMA technology that allows making phone calls via mobile networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. The Z6w stores photos and videos captured in the 2 megapixel camera on a microSD memory card.
Many adventurers, car drivers, dog lovers, bikers, boaters, and hunters have trusted Garmin's proven GPS products for getting to the destination and back. At the same time, mobile phone manufacturers noticed that they could build GPS receivers inside smartphones. Now, advanced phones with high-speed data access and GPS are now from practically all phone vendors. Garmin has hit back and introduced the sleek and stylish Nüvifone GPS mobile phone with large, touch-sensitive screen.
LG is taking touch screen technology seriously, bringing another touch-sensitive phone to the market. Even before the Apple iPhone was in the stores, LG had made the touch-sensitive Prada phone available. The new LG KU990 Viewty is a stylish GSM phone with high-speed 3G (HSDPA) connectivity. The Viewty stands out from the crowd with its 5 megapixel camera and touch-sensitive screen that also recognizes handwriting.
The Nokia N81 8GB is a medium-sized slider phone that introduces new music services to Nokia smartphones. In addition to the stereo headphones, MP3 player, and FM radio, the phone can be connected to the Nokia Music Store for downloading songs directly to the device. Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity allow high-speed Internet and email access. The built-in 2-megapixel camera lets you record videos as well, but first and foremost, the N81 has been designed for music and Internet access.
The Motorola Q9h smartphone comes with alphabetic qwerty keyboard for fast and convenient typing. The mobile device is a GSM world phone with turbo-3G (HSDPA) mobile data connectivity for high-speed email and Internet access. This Windows Mobile 6 -powered smartphone also features a 2 megapixel camera for photography and video recording.
Skype revolutionized the way the world makes overseas phone calls. First, it was available for PCs alone, but now a piece of software that enables free phone calls for smartphones can be downloaded to many devices as well. Mobile network providers haven't been too happy about this development, except for one service provider. 3 has introduced the Skypephone that comes with built-in Skype and 3G GSM phone.
Day by day, finding a new portable MP3 player becomes more difficult. In the good old days – like a year ago - MP3 players from Apple (iPod) or Creative (Zen) were everything music lovers wanted and needed. Now, mobile phones doubling as music players are trying to take the iPod's place in our hearts. We must confess that we are warming up to music phones like the Motorola Moto U9.
Many of us take mobile phones for granted. We willingly tap the tiny keys when we want to send messages, view the small font on the screen, watch videos, and listen to music on our modern phones. People of older generations, whose fingers may not be as flexible as teenage fingers or eyes not as sharp as an airline pilot's eyes, don't always feel happy about these modern products. If anyone, they would really benefit from the social and safety features of a mobile phone. The Emporia Life phone has specifically been designed for hands and eyes of all ages.
Traveling around the world with a small mobile phone in the pocket may not be a big deal for globetrotters anymore. Living in a home without strong network signal is, however, a big and annoying deal for everyone. The Blackberry 8320 is one of the first phones that can solve the nerve-wrecking network problem at home. When the mobile network signal is too weak, phone calls are automatically connected through a Wi-Fi hotspot. In addition to the Blackberry 8320, a network service called UMA is required to make it work seamlessly.
People who absolutely need to trust their mobile device for email, Internet access, and navigation in different parts of the world, require a smartphone that can connect to a wide range of networks. If there's no HSDPA network available, a WCDMA or EDGE service may come to the rescue. And if mobile networks fail, Wi-Fi can save the day by providing high-speed connections via public (or private) hotspots. There are not many smartphones available that can use all the mentioned communication technologies, but the HP iPAQ 610 and 910 can.
The Nokia Prism 7500 and 7900 are quite unique little phones. They won't dazzle anyone with their features, but their haute-couture style should attract everyone's attention. The Nokia 7500 is geared towards entertainment, while the 7900 is for a world traveler who needs 3G network access for Internet and email.
It was inevitable. When the first tiny display was installed on the outer side of a flip phone, we should have known that one day, it'll be just as large and high-quality as the primary display inside the unit. The Motorola Razr2 V8 GSM phone comes with two large 320x240-resolution color screens. The product is targeted at multimedia, with touch sensitive music playback buttons on the cover display. Even more importantly, the Razr2 V8 is one of the first widely available smartphones running Linux.
Mio is probably best known for its affordable in-car and handheld GPS devices. Creating a product that combines GPS and mobile phone into one handheld device is not something that every company can do, but Mio has decided to be one of the first ones to do so. The Mio Digiwalker A501 features a touch screen, a quad-band GSM phone, a GPS navigator, and a 2 megapixel camera. All this in a small product that is powered by the Windows Mobile 5 software.
Blackberry smartphones with qwerty keyboards made always-on mobile email so popular that the same features are now available on products from all major manufacturers. Meanwhile, Blackberry is taking a step into the world of high-speed Internet access with Wi-Fi and to geographic positioning and location-based search with GPS. The Blackberry 8820 smartphone is among the first devices that features UMA, a technology that can automatically route phone calls via Wi-Fi and GSM, depending on which network is available.
A large, touch-screen based PDA is an excellent device for GPS navigation, because there's room to display maps and the touch screen is easy to tap even while driving. The Pharos GPS Phone 600 not only comes with GPS, but also with Wi-Fi connectivity for high-speed Internet access, FM radio, and a 2 megapixel camera. This Windows Mobile PDA is also a GSM world phone.
The Neo 1973 smartphone from Open Moko is an exceptional product. It is the first mobile phone that we have encountered that allows any programmer anywhere in the world to tweak anything inside the device. There are no locks, walled gardens, crippled Bluetooth, or artificial limits, for instance, of being able to save only 100 songs on the device. The Neo 1973 is built on Linux and other open source software components. The Neo 1973 comes with a GPS and a 640x480-resolution touch screen that can be accessed by a stylus or tapped with fingers.
The Apple iPhone is a high-end mobile phone that is built like a smartphone, but doesn't allow downloading of new software applications. Often, this is one of the biggest reasons for having a smartphone. Still, the iPhone is a powerful device, featuring a touch screen with finger input, Wi-Fi connectivity, 4 or 8 GB storage capacity, EDGE mobile data and quad-band GSM network connectivity, iTunes, and a 2 megapixel camera.
A few years from now, we'll be wondering why on Earth there used to be separate product categories for PDAs and mobile phones. The HTC Touch smartphone proves the point. It comes with a touch screen and stylus, so it could be viewed as an PDA. It could also be regarded as a smartphone because of its mobile network and Internet connectivity features. Who cares – the important thing is that the HTC Touch is showing a new way to experience the power of mobile computing.
Probably the most common reason for blurry camera phone pictures is a slight movement of the lens when you press the shutter. This phenomenon is even more evident in images captured in low light because the shutter is kept open for longer time than in bright light. The Samsung SGH-E590 camera phone features a 3 megapixel image sensor and auto-focus lens. More interestingly, the product comes with a beanbag tripod for steadying the lens when taking pictures in low light.
The T-Mobile Wing is somewhat like a smartphone/PDA hybrid that offers something from both product categories. The device is as small as a smartphone, but it comes with a qwerty keyboard, touch screen, Wi-Fi, GSM/EDGE mobile network connectivity, and is powered by the Windows Mobile 6 operating system. Above all, it's a powerful device that is one of the first products powered by the Windows Mobile 6 operating system.
The Motorola Moto Z8 smartphone is built on speed and multimedia. This GSM phone can connect to high-speed HSDPA networks that (where available) provide a data rate up to 3.6Mbps. The connectivity features, high-definition screen and storage space makes it possible to comfortably watch movies stored on the device, video clips from the Internet, or stream TV from home computer with a software product like Orb. The stylish slider phone comes with a 2 megapixel camera and large color screen that can display 16 million colors.
The Palm Treo 755p maintains the proven concept of Treo smartphones. The 755p may look almost the same as earlier Treo models, but it features a few welcomed improvements. The device is compatible with CDMA mobile networks and features a high-speed EV-DO data connectivity. The qwerty keypad lets you type messages using your thumbs and the touch screen allows you to tap the screen for direct access to the menus.
The Sony Ericsson P1 smartphone features both a touch screen and an enhanced numeric keypad. This makes it a product for people who like to directly tap the screen, but don't want to rely on touch screen alone, as is the case with products like the Apple iPhone or traditional PDAs. The P1 is a tri-band GSM phone with high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access capability and 3G UMTS/WCDMA connectivity. The Symbian OS/UIQ software powers the device that comes with multimedia, messaging and connectivity options for managing both work and personal life.
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Whenever I'm fortunate enough to stroll along the streets of a major European city, I size up the old buildings, the narrow alleys and the gorgeous cell phones people are casually holding. The selection of music phones, smart phones and camera phones can sometimes make me envy the European lifestyle. However, for Americans, there's really no need envy Europeans (or Asians, for that matter) when it comes to mobile devices.
Computer users have been fortunate enough to have Skype for making free phone calls to any other user anywhere in the world. Mobile phone owners haven't had any alternative except to pay bills from telecommunication networks. In addition, there are the high roaming charges when traveling overseas. Finally, the availability of powerful smartphones is introducing alternatives to the networks' pricing schemes. Skype and other VoIP products are now available for smartphone owners for both free and low-cost phone calls.
Do you still remember the greatest innovation in mobile phone design a few years ago? What a joy it was when the external antenna disappeared from many phones. Life also became more colorful because phones came in colors other than black. Now, Palm has introduced the Treo 680 smartphone that comes in four colorful units, all without the annoying antenna. What else is new in the Treo 680? Let's find out.
Camera phone screen is handy as a viewfinder for framing photos and viewing images saved on the phone. But when other people would also like to see the photos, you have to find a way to display your pictures on a larger screen. A TV can be found in practically every living room and many of these TVs are large screen models. Using a TV to display camera phone photos could be a practical idea, but how to make the connection?
Photographers who want to share their camera phone pictures, and who have generous data communication plans for their phones, may sometimes wish the pictures would automatically pop up on a photo sharing site. Now that day has arrived! Applications like FotoJive, ShoZu, SplashBlog, andYahoo! Go can do just that. They post pictures on your Internet photo album while you yak on the phone. It's easy and fun, once you know which software to use on your phone >
Isn’t it funny how other people’s behavior with their phones in public places often feels annoying, but you may behave the same way every now and then yourself. We admit using Crazy Frog as our ringtone for a day and we learned the hard way that it wasn’t the best way to make new friends. Just as most camera phone owners are learning to be sensitive of what they are doing with their cameras, there needs to be an etiquette for music phones >
You have just taken a beautiful picture on your camera phone and desperately want to share it with your friends - but a teenager in the background of the frame ruins it by showing the finger. The photo is not necessarily doomed if you have image-editing software on your phone that lets you modify the image. We took a look at a few popular imaging products that run on a phone to discover if they can improve your photos before you share them with the world.
Broadband has enabled computer owners to watch videos and TV news on their computer screens and some daredevils even copy the best clips on their portable media players and watch videos on the go. These tech pioneers can't, however, watch live TV on their portable players, because the devices are not connected to a network. Smartphones are always connected to a network, they have nice color screens and multimedia capabilities - why not watch TV on a phone?
When you happen to be at your computer and quickly want to exchange a couple of messages with a friend who's at her computer as well, you can use an instant messaging service for communications. When you are away, you can send a text message from your phone to your friend's phone. Now, you can combine the benefits of both methods by downloading an instant messaging application to your phone and using it to chat with your friends who can be using computers or phones.
Camera phones with high quality Carl Zeiss lenses make many photographers' shutter fingers itchy. These new camera phones have 2 megapixel or higher image resolution and they also come with camera features, such as auto-focus and exposure control. We compared the image quality of a 2 megapixel Nokia N90 to a compact digital camera, to find out if the amateur photographer can survive without a dedicated camera >
The minute I laid eyes on the beautiful color screen, shiny cover, soft black keys and that mysterious camera lens, I knew we were meant for each other. Read the full story >
When you are waiting your turn at the dentist lobby, or you are surrounded by F-word-sputtering teens in the subway, it would be nice to listen to something else than those unpleasant sounds. If you have a right kind of music phone with you, you can listen to full MP3 songs and FM radio and your ringtone library is as large as your CD collection >
There are few feelings as bad as reaching for your phone on your way to work, only to realize that it’s sitting on the kitchen table right where you forgot it. What would your choice be: return home to retrieve your phone and be late from work, or soldier on without it? I was recently put in this predicament and now I know exactly what I'm going to do >
Once in a while, every camera phone owner happens to snap a picture that simply has to be viewed on glossy paper. But printing from a phone is not quite as easy as losing network coverage: camera phones have been designed for voice communications, snapping photos and sending pictures to other camera phones – printing in many cases is an afterthought. Still, it is possible to print pictures from the phone by applying the following techniques >
A camera phone allows you to snap photos, send email, schedule your appointments and many other things, but have you ever tried to record a video with your camera phone? The video may not turn out exactly like a Cinemascope movie, but shooting and showing it to friends is a lot of fun. Let's see what you can do with video clips shot on a camera phone >
A built-in digital camera is not the only recent innovation in phones, behind the scenes a bigger change is happening. Network connectivity is getting a dramatic boost in speed, enabling phone users to do the same things they are used to doing on their computers: manage email, photos, music and video. 3G phones are powerful devices, you should get to know them before getting one >
True safety risks and publicity stunts may sometimes be difficult to separate from one another, when they move in on us through modern mobile phones. While it is true that low-quality copy-cat batteries can explode, has anyone's phone been invaded by a software virus yet? Advice on mobile phone safety >
Did you know that there is an easy way to copy photos from your phone to a computer? Learn the key points how to choose a camera phone and then, start taking better pictures. Download your free guide to camera phones >
Once your trusty old mobile phone calls it a day, it's time to upgrade. Smart phones give you plenty of functionality for a little extra money. Read the full story >
It's perfectly alright to fall in love with a beautiful camera phone, dash out and buy one on a whim. Another strategy is to set out on a never-ending mission for the next new model just around the corner. There is a better way. Advice on camera phones >
The minute I laid eyes on the beautiful color screen, shiny cover, soft black keys and that mysterious camera lens, I knew we were meant for each other. Read the full story >
Two different 3G mobile technologies are widely used across the world and if your new 3G phone happens to be of the other technology than the network you are trying to connect to, don't bother calling the helpdesk. Advice on 3G >
Do you know how fit you really are? Use your mobile phone to determine if you need to hit the treadmill, cut out the cookies or pump the proverbial iron. A simple test quickly indicates if you have a reason to do something for your heart health, stress level, body flexibility, or weight management. Test your fitness >
Losing a mobile phone can be a painful experience, and not only because of having to say goodbye to the phone itself, but because life without a mobile can be surprisingly difficult. Hopefully you never have to go through the emotions of losing a phone, but hey, silly things happen, so it's better to be prepared. Advice on mobile phone security >
Many people entering their golden years appreciate the safety and convenience of a mobile phone once they realize its benefits for every day life. When your grandma finally wants a mobile, make sure that that the keys on the phone's front panel are large and traditionally organized. Advice on mobile phones for senior people >
Many memorable moments in life have disappeared into a haze, because photos snapped on a camera phone have miserably failed. Keep your phone steady, and learn seven other valuable tips that will quickly improve the quality of photos you capture on your camera phone. Advice on camera phone photos >
Everyone pays some degree of attention to the way he or she looks. But how many of us pay attention to the way we sound? Test yourself on what your mobile phone's ringtone tells about your personality. Advice on ringtones >
Learning the basics of your phone's operating system software gives you an opportunity to do new, useful things with your phone. Device manufacturers are using Linux, Palm OS, Symbian OS, and Windows Mobile software for powering their new mobile devices, but which one should you learn? Advice on mobile phone software >
Not every child has a mobile phone yet, but every child hasn't yet realized how easy it could be get one from their parents. Once the decision has been made, don’t just give your kid a mobile phone and walk away, but set the rules for using it together with your child. Advice on mobile phones for children >
Keep up with the latest hit singles and breaking news on a mobile phone with FM radio. The radio is easy to set up, will work anywhere in the world where there are FM radio broadcasts, and you don’t have to pay anything extra for using it. Tips on mobile phone radios >
True safety risks and publicity stunts may sometimes be difficult to separate from one another, when they move in on us through modern mobile phones. While it is true that low-quality copy-cat batteries can explode, has anyone's phone been invaded by a software virus yet? Advice on mobile phone safety >
Have you ever had the feeling you’ve forgotten to take something with you just as you’re walking out the door? As far as mobile devices are concerned, one easy way to simplify your life is to consider purchasing devices that have more than one function, such as a mobile phone that is able to play MP3 music. Advice on MP3 phones >
Take this quick quiz to find out if you have the makings of the world's next great mobile texter. It takes an individual with great ability, determination and dedication to master the skill of mobile texting. Give it a try >
The day's thoughts and photos are waiting to be posted on your blog, but there is no access to a computer. The solution: a small piece of software for your mobile phone that gives you the freedom to blog anywhere you like. Advice on blogging software for mobile phones >
Taking photos with a camera phone is easy, economical and fun, but it still is a mobile phone that can capture digital images. We took a side-by-side look at the most common sizes of photos captured by camera phones and digital cameras. Advice on camera phone photo quality >
Have you ever wondered why some mobile phones work in some countries while not on others? The magic is in the air: radio wave signaling systems of the two global mobile network standards, GSM and CDMA, are different, which means there is no use in taking your CDMA phone to a country covered by GSM networks. However, there is hope in the air for those who follow our advice on traveling with a mobile phone >
Camera phones can be used for taking photographs, but what happens to the photos in the phone? For instance, when you get a new ringtone, you can only play the tune in your phone and nothing else. What do camera phones actually let you do with the photos? Advice on camera phones >
Cold turkey, patches, gum, hypnosis, even shock therapy are used to help people quit smoking. Now, there are also programs for mobile devices that might just provide the extra help you or a loved one needs to kick the habit. Advice on health management with a mobile phone >
Camera phones are new and exciting devices that make it possible to snap and share photos with a large audience in a matter of seconds. They are definitely fun and useful devices, but are potentially harmful if common sense isn’t used. It's time to introduce camera phone etiquette>
Impressing the opposite sex involves flirting, showing off, and sometimes lovesick humans even use technology to help them in their mission. We have a few tips to share >
Two companies that have been quick to spot new trends, Nokia and Samsung, have introduced products which let people manage their own personal fitness programs on a mobile device which they can always carry along. For Samsung, they’ve bet on a portable MP3 player and Nokia on a mobile phone. Advice on fitness programs in mobile devices >
Whether you are snapping occasional holiday photos or shooting beautiful landscapes as a profession, it is time to make the transition from film to digital image. In addition to a wide variety of digital cameras available, new camera phones may provide some snappers the photo quality they need. Advice on camera phones and digital cameras >
Smartphones are designed with more functionality, versatility and expansion options than their cousin, the mobile phone. The smartest thing with smartphones is that you can customize the out-of-the-box functionality by adding new software and new peripherals. Full story >