Nokia's E7 may slot into the Finnish company's business-centric ESeries range, but that's not to say the handset has nothing for more mainstream users. We spoke to Nokia's David Rivas, VP of technology management, about the E7's multimedia appeal, together with finding out why, exactly, they're so confident with it as an enterprise offering. Meanwhile we also grabbed some more time with the E7 and shot more hands-on video and photos, all of which you can find after the cut.
Star of Nokia World 2010 has to be the E7, the company's new QWERTY smartphone and the device we've until now been referring to as "the N8 with a keyboard". We've just grabbed some hands-on time with the E7 - as well as an N8 for some side-by-side comparisons - and first impressions are great.
Nokia's third new smartphone for Nokia World 2010 is the Nokia E7, the spiritual successor to the original Nokia 9000 Communicator. It has a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and a slimline stainless steel case. And, as Anssi Vanjoki insisted at several points during his keynote, "it's BIG."
Mention of a new HTC-made Windows Phone 7 device has popped up in Vodafone's database, with BestBoyz's source spotting the mysterious smartphone on the German branch of the carrier's systems. The "HTC 7 Trophy" has no details beyond the name, but the "7" certainly suggests Microsoft's upcoming smartphone OS; meanwhile it's not the first time we've heard of the Trophy name, either.
T-Mobile USA were so excited yesterday when they officially announced the T-Mobile G2 that they forgot to specify how much the Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone would be or when exactly it would arrive on shelves. Happily Best Buy's press release writers have far more common sense; the retailer has confirmed that the G2 is up for preorder sometime today - at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement - and will begin shipping October 6th.
Motorola's remote control team has been busy, looking at not only how they can speed up text entry when using the company's IPTV set-top boxes but how we can avoid switching AA batteries every couple of months. The former problem is easier, of course - their NYXboard slaps a QWERTY keyboard on the reverse of a regular remote - while the latter rather excitingly uses super capacitors and a fast-charging stand.
Having been teased back in August, the T-Mobile G2 has finally made its official debut. The successor to the original T-Mobile G1, the G2 packs a full QWERTY hardware keyboard, a 3.7-inch WVGA with an unusual hinge design, and a Qualcomm MSM7230 800MHz chipset which also includes HSPA+ connectivity.
If you don't think gesture control is the revolution for your living room, and want something a bit more traditional, but still adds that flair of the future you're so eagerly anticipating, then Philips might be the safer way to go. At least, as far as concept designs go, anyway. Their new Home Control DUAL remote control proves that all sides, the essential ones, anyway, can be utilized to the best of their ability, and make your next remote all the more useful.
The clamshell BlackBerry 9670 launch looks to be a case of "when" not "if" at this stage, and according to some leaked tutorial/demo videos on YouTube it's also got a name: the BlackBerry Style. CrackBerry spotted the three clips, which show the dual-display smartphone running through its home screen, zooming content and being operated via the external screen.
Video demos after the cut
Motorola has outed the MILESTONE 2, and as you might expect it's both the successor to the original MILESTONE and the GSM version of the DROID 2. As such, it gets the same 3.7-inch 854 x 480 touchscreen, Android 2.2, 5-megapixel camera and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, with the improved and redesigned keys.
T-Mobile USA has announced availability and pricing for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, officially launched earlier this month. Would-be buyers will be able to pick up the Curve 3G from September 8th, priced at $79.99 with a new, two-year agreement (and a mandatory data package, naturally).