CTIA 2007

Whoops, picture of Sidekick ID accidentally shows up at CTIA

Have you ever made one of those really big mistakes (like mowing over your wife’s garden) and then upon realizing what you’ve done, you try to “fix” the problem (like trying to plant some fake flowers) before anyone notices? If you have, then you know you never actually get away with it, and in the internet age, not only do you get caught, but everyone knows about it soon afterwards.


Credit: Thanks to the guys at Gizmodo for the picture


Closer look at Sony Ericsson w880

Our friends over at Gizmodo got to spend some time with the Sony Ericsson w880i while they were at CTIA this year. Even though it isn’t going to blow you away with its specs, they still seemed to like it.


Get a cell phone signal over your cable internet line

If you live in an area similar to mine, if you go too far out of town you’ll start running into areas in the country where your cell phone wouldn’t even dream of getting a signal. Now just imagine living in one of these areas, (my dad does) you can forget about even leaving your cell phone on, because it’s never going to ring.


HTC shows off two more phones at CTIA

HTC made waves at CTIA this year with the Advantage and the Shift. They didn’t stop there, they also had a couple of other phones to dazzle us with.


Motorola Disappoints at CTIA

You’re probably wondering why there hasn’t been any good coverage of new Motorola phones over at CTIA Wireless. That is because there hasn’t been anything exciting to talk about.


Sprint Upstage retraction: scrolling through long playlist is now a breeze!

Sprint Upstage retraction:  scrolling through long playlist is now a breeze!

Sometimes a rough hands-on review is simply that, very rough. As a result, you’re going to miss a thing or two. In the case of the Upstage, one of the biggest complaints I had had to flick through my long playlist. Well my friends, I’ve flick no more; I’ve seen the light.

So for the record, this is no longer an issue for me. I’ve recorded a short video for your viewing pleasure (Youtube still processing the video - it should be live shortly).


I’m bumping the Upstage up to 3.5 out 5 stars as a result of this finding.

Up-close with the Helio Ocean: Updated with Video

Vincent’s latest stop was with the guys from Helio, and they were showing off their new new Ocean. They were kind enough to hand it over for him to play with and of course, take a bunch of pictures. Hit the jump for his thoughts, a video walk-through and more pics.


Unboxing – LG VX9400

Once again our own Vincent has managed to get his hands on a new hot product. Anyway, he’s managed to snare one of the new LG VX9400 phones and even found time to shoot an unboxing video and a whole bunch of pics.

video after the jump (more…)

Closer inspection of the Samsung Upstage

Vincent wrote a great hands-on with the Samsung Upstage, but he’s a busy guy running around the CTIA wireless show. I thought I would go back through some of the details of Samsung’s new offering that he might have missed.


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

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.


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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