Phones

BlackBerry Bold for AT&T Review

BlackBerry Bold for AT&T Review

This year has seen two game-changers for RIM, in the shape of the BlackBerry Storm and the BlackBerry Bold.  The former is easier to explain - it's the company's first touchscreen device - but the latter has been more of an evolution for the messaging specialists.  While loved by many, the BlackBerry line-up had been looking progressively more and more bland compared to rivals; with the Bold, RIM have taken the opportunity to give it more than just a slick new casing.

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Google Android source-code released

Google Android source-code released

Google have released the source code for the Android mobile platform, enabling any interested developer, OEM or bedroom tinkerer to not only try the Android OS but to adapt and improve it.  Until now, the Android SDK has been available only to select developers and testers, but as the first handset to use the platform, the T-Mobile G1, hits the market, Google has delivered on their promise to make the whole endeavour open-source.

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PhoneTag Voicemail to Email Transcription SlashGear Review

PhoneTag Voicemail to Email Transcription SlashGear Review

Voicemail is one of those love-it-hate-it things about modern life.  Yes, not having to answer every call (or worry about missing something important when out of touch) is handy, but then having to listen back to those messages and usually feeling obliged to return the calls can be a chore.  PhoneTag - formerly SimulScribe - wants to take that chore away from you.  Unlike traditional voicemail, or even Visual Voicemail on the iPhone and other handsets, PhoneTag offers a truly visual alternative to dialling in.  SlashGear have been avoiding calls for the past few weeks, trying it out.

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9 Megapixel camera phones on the horizon

9 Megapixel camera phones on the horizon

Digital Imaging Systems announced yesterday that a new component for cell phones will be available soon that enables a 9-megapixel camera module. Just about any mobile device could sport this technology that is capable of taking 3488x2626 resolution images.

30-frame per second video recording will also be available thanks to this module with 720p high-def quality due to the low-powered CMOS. An auto-focus function will also be included in this ramped up camera module. Sounds to be pretty high-tech if you ask me. After all, the resolution does sport a lot of pixels.

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VTech IS6110 Instant Messenger DECT phone review

VTech IS6110 Instant Messenger DECT phone review

Landline phones have taken a pounding from cellphones these past few years; people expect their handsets to come packed with features, and beyond DECT digital cordless and a built-in answerphone the humble landline couldn't really compete.  Now it's either aim budget or add tech to justify your price-tag: VTech want $99.95 for their IS6110 cordless phone, and to make it worth your while they've thrown in instant messaging, a color screen and a QWERTY keyboard.  SlashGear has been doing more than the usual amount of online chatting to see whether it's enough.

OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner goes on sale July 4th

OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner goes on sale July 4th

After being in development for quite sometime, OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner is now available for end users to buy. On July 4th, OpenMoko will be taking orders for the handset and expected to be shipping on July 7th.

The Linux powered handset will be available in two version, 850MHz or 900 MHz Tri-band GSM. It weighing 6.5 ounces and features a 2.8-inch touch screen with 480 x 640 VGA resolution, 802.11b/g WiFi, AGPS, GRPS 2.5G, Bluetooth 2.0, two 3-axis motion sensors, and 128MB WSDRAM / 256MB NAND Flash.

The OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner comes with the price tag of $399 and will be available directly from OpenMoko.com store or via distributors in EU, India, and North America.

GE’s Designer Series Ultra Slim Cordless Phone

GE’s Designer Series Ultra Slim Cordless Phone

Lately people are using home phones less and less, however, for some it is either necessary or they just aren't willing to have nothing but cellphones in the house. I'm sure eventually landlines will disappear entirely, but for now there is this sleek phone from GE.