CTIA 2007

New video clip of the HTC shift

New video clip of the HTC shift

With all of the great products at CTIA this year, it seems like we just keep going back to the HTC Shift. We can't help it, it's just awesome. Vincent knows how much we loved his pictures that he went back for a short video clip.

Unfortunately for Vincent, the Shift was kept behind glass, so he didn't get to play with it while he was there. He did get to take some nice pictures and capture this short clip for us.

The Shift is HTC's first UMPC, and so far, it looks great. It has a 7-inch display that looks absolutely stunning, a 30GB hard drive, and a 1.2 Ghz VIA CPU. Expect to get your own hands-on review when these come out in Q3 this year.

Samsung Upstage hands on and unboxing video

Samsung Upstage hands on and unboxing video

I was very impressed with the Sprint Upstage, also known as Samsung M620 or F300 when I first saw it at CeBIT. I managed to score a unit of my own to play, and so far it’s been a pleasant experience.

Samsung and Sprint have done a great job keeping the Upstage in the price range of $150, considering how featured packed it is. First of all, it’s the first of its kind, a doctor Jekyll and Hyde kinda phone – if you will. On one side is a large screen for watching TV or videos. There a pseudo scroll wheel that doesn’t scroll in the traditional sense. It lacks any tactile feedback and does not rotate, and it’s sensitive to the touch of your finger when you slide your thumb up and down or side ways. So out of the box, don’t expect the Upstage to act and feel like your iPod.

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SlashGear Review: Sprint’s new rugged Vision SCP-7050

SlashGear Review: Sprint’s new rugged Vision SCP-7050

Phones have, over the past ten years, been getting more and more attractive. Unfortunately, the leaps and bounds in product design generally haven't been matched in physical toughness; you either treat your handset with pretty much kid-gloves, or take out expensive phone insurance that covers you in case you sit on/drive over/feed to a dog your precious mobile.

There have been a few rugged phones before, and many more pseudo-rugged who used lashings of rubber and "extreme" case stylings to give an impression of hardiness, but they've often been under-spec'd and just plain ugly. Sprint have obviously heard the plaintive cries of the clumsy and the dangerous, and so today they're launching the Vision Phone SCP-7050; not only is it built to military specification 810F (which means it can withstand shock, vibration and dust) but it has onboard GPS and access to the Sprint Vision service of, amongst other things, internet access and email.

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CTIA Wireless: New Phones debut from Pantech

CTIA Wireless: New Phones debut from Pantech

Today mobile phone manufacturer announced the release of five new US phones including the “world's smallest camera flip phone.”

First up we'll look at the Pantech C3b which is an update to their “world's smallest camera flip phone.” It has a few new features including Bluetooth and changeable color faceplates. You'll also see mobile email, a VGA camera with flash and 4x digital zoom, an instant messaging client, and even a flashlight. All of this is crammed into a tiny 69 x 43 x 20.3mm package.

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Helio Ocean

Helio Ocean

UPDATE 5/11/2007:

First things first: sod the iPhone. Yeah, you read right, forget about it. Stop saving 10-percent of your pay-packet every month, don't sign 18 to 24 months of your life away to Cingular, think laterally, not with the crowd. Helio have just blown everyone out of the water, and ironically they've done it with the Ocean.

Dual-slide for both number pad and full QWERTY. 3G for screaming downloads. Two-megapixel camera with flash, GPS, full HTML browser, 2.4-inch 260k colour QVGA display, on-board stereo speakers, 200MB of internal memory and microSD for more than 2GB more, USB Mass Storage Mode with PC and Mac compatibility... I'm throwing all this out in one fat chunk because if I were to talk you through it we'd be here all day.

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SlashGear goes to CTIA Wireless 2007

SlashGear goes to CTIA Wireless 2007

They've only just finished sweeping up the aisles after CeBIT, and already the geeks are itching for CTIA Wireless in beautiful Orlando. Our cellphone-obsessed maestro of the mobile, Vincent Nguyen, has hitched up his horse and is off to cover the event, so you can rely on SlashGear and our sister-site SlashPhone to keep you as up to date as it's possible to be without actually sucking the fact-juice from the brains of industry execs.

CTIA Wireless 2007

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