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iPhone launches in UK

iPhone launches in UK

As I type it's just turned 6.02pm GMT, which means Apple Stores and branches of O2 and Carphone Warehouse in the UK will be overrun with eager iPhone buyers - that's right, four and a half long months after the iconic Apple cellphone went on sale in the US, finally those of us over the pond have the opportunity to try it out for ourselves.

 

SlashGear Review: O2’s minimalist Cocoon cellphone

SlashGear Review: O2’s minimalist Cocoon cellphone

Cocoon, if you remember, was a film about a bunch of cantankerous elderly people who discovered the alien key to prolonging their life; with that horrible thought in mind, I grudgingly agreed to review O2 UK's Cocoon cellphone, fearing that at any moment a trio of elderly men might leap out and deliver a touching message about not marginalising the old.  Thankfully, O2 have been a little more up-to-date with their latest own-brand handset, and while it's nowhere near perfect have still managed to inject it with a bit more life than some rivals.

New iPhone UK ads

New iPhone UK ads

That’s right, we have video. The ads are pretty much the same as in the US, only with UK cultural things in place of the US.

For example instead of the video of the iPhone surfing the NY Times, its surfing The Guardian. There is also a gentleman with a UK accent doing all the spoken parts.

Apple Event – London, September 18th Photos

Apple Event – London, September 18th Photos

Hey we have pictures! The link to the gallery is here.

So for those that are more visually stimulated, or those that can’t read all that well, we are here to accomidate. There are tons of pictures starting at before we even got in, all the way till the end and beyond.

Question and Answer at Apple Event

Question and Answer at Apple Event

We have a video of the Q and A, its in processing, we will post it as soon as possible, but for now, we have a text summary below.

First off, the one I, and likely everyone else, was most interested in, Why no 3G? Steve basically said they like their 8 hour battery life with EDGE, 3G drains that too much, so they are going to wait until they can get at least 5 or more hours of battery with a 3G chipset.

UK iPhone Announced, O2 is the Carrier

UK iPhone Announced, O2 is the Carrier

They picked the best carrier, which is apparently O2. The price of the iPhone will be 269 pounds. They will be available in November.

Apparently they picked the carrier that felt most like “home” which was O2. The ads are literally the same as the US ones, just interchange a bunch of US only stuff with UK stuff, for example the O2 logo, the NY Times for the Guardian, etc.

O2 XDA Denim 3.5G smartphone shows up at FCC

O2 XDA Denim 3.5G smartphone shows up at FCC

Now this is more like it - if you want decent leaked cellphone photos, then the FCC are the people to go to.  Today's tidbit is the O2 XDA Denim (formerly known as the O2 Helen), but don't worry, it's neither fabric covered nor strategically ripped.  Instead, it's a WM6 smartphone with tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, single-band UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi in b and g flavours and Bluetooth 2.0.

 

O2 Cocoon – The designer phone gets unboxed

O2 Cocoon – The designer phone gets unboxed

Reported two months ago, the O2 Cocoon designer phone is now available in UK offered by O2 telco. The O2 Cocoon is a stylish black and white clam shell design phone with smooth lines that is loaded with functionality. The Cocoon features an intuitive music interface and compatible with Windows Media player allowing you to easily manage your music with internal memory for approximately 500 tracks, supporting AAC, AAC+, WMA, MP3 and WAV.

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Mysterious 3G O2 Helen smartphone appears

Mysterious 3G O2 Helen smartphone appears

In the manner of most new cellphones, photos of a new device have emerged on the ce4arab.com forum; called the O2 Helen, it's apparently set to be the successor to the O2 Stealth.  Manufacturer as yet unknown, the device has support for GSM, GPRS, EDGE and UMTS (although no mention of HSDPA), runs the Windows Mobile 6 OS and is powered by a 520MHz Marvell PXA 270 CPU.  MicroSD cards augment the internal 64MB RAM and 256MB ROM.

 

SlashGear at CeBIT: O2 party featuring the SUGABABES update

SlashGear at CeBIT: O2 party featuring the SUGABABES update

The short walk to the Germany Pavilion turned out to be nearly 20 minutes long, in the rain.  Then I waited another 20 minutes outside.  Once inside, O2 made the crowd wait over 2 hours before the SUGABABES utter a single melody.  Sad indeed.  I would have left, but the folks I went with wanted to stay – at least for the first song.  So I waited.

Enjoy the short clip of the SUGABABES opening number.  And by the way, you better enjoy it because take videos wasn’t permitted.

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