Tag Archives: G1

Two ‘special’ products from du

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A mysterious invite appeared in the Stuff mailbag yesterday. Du says it is launching two ‘special’ and ‘new’ products on Sunday. What are they? ‘Black is a mysterious colour,’ says the UAE telecoms company. We’re going to be pretty disappointed if it’s not an iPhone or BlackBerry (with prices to duke it up with Etisalat’s tariffs). Course, if it’s the T-Mobile G1, we’re going to be ecstatic. G2? Now we’re dreaming.

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Top Five: touchscreen phones

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#5 Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
The Finnish mobile giant’s moved into touchscreen territory with this mid-range music maestro. Super simple Nokia controls and S60 interface are a pleasure as usual. Sadly though, the 3.2 screen is just that, mid-range. Unresponsive and sluggish at times, it’s useful without the stylus so long as you’re not browsing the web.

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#4 LG Prada II

The old Prada featured multi-touch (a feature many handsets still haven’t mastered) so we had high hopes for its younger brother. It doesn’t need stylus back-up as the improved interface and intuitive menus are highly receptive to strokes and prods, and snapping the 5MP cam via touch is a nice feature.

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#3 Apple iPhone
What’s this? Apple’s famed mobile not sitting smugly at number one? That’s right, the iPhone’s been around for ages and is ready for a much needed tune-up, if you ask us. Still, the 3.5in capacitive screen does multi-touch very well, and the onscreen QWERTY still can’t be beat.

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#2 T-Mobile G1
Its open source Android operating system makes the most of the capacitive touchscreen, and it’s the most fluid and responsive of the bunch. Intuitive menus will please your fingers, but the QWERTY keypad and trackball are unnecessary and just add bulk to the device.

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#1 HTC Touch HD

We’ve got to hand it to HTC, its skinned Windows Mobile OS works with the enormous touchscreen beautifully. The WVGA widescreen makes video playback easy on the eyes, while the phone’s intuitive controls coupled with its Opera Mobile 9.5 browser,will have mobile internet users jumping for joy.

HTC Magic Android Google phone hands-on

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Rubbish name, but Vodafone, HTC and Google have got most of it right. The just-announced G2 (though the manufacturer is adamant that we call it the Vodafone Magic) is a sweet piece of smartphone. We´ve just come back from fondling its 3.2in HVGA capacative touchscreen (with genius text input; there´s no keyboard) and we are officially impressed. The digital compass and G-sensor enabled Street View roaming has to be seen to be believed, though we´re a bit put out that we´re back in proprietary headphone territory (no 3.5mm jack socket). Apart from that, it´s running the latest version of Android, which is smoother and smarter than the version running on the G1. Look and feel are amazing, and it will be available immediately for pre-order in black or white (depending on territory, around €99 to €199 with data plan) in Europe. Italy´s going non-exclusive with it, so we should see grey market handsets soon. More details in the next issue of Stuff, out on March 1.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention the camera – bog standard 3.2MP job with no flash; our pics didn´t look great – and the screen, which looks great streaming video from YouTube. Connectivity: HSDPA and Wi-Fi. Don´t say we never tell you anything.

WinMo 6.5 takes on Palm webOS and Android

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Yesterday, Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 6.5 for smartphones. Bad news for the hundreds of WinMo 6.1 handsets we’ve seen, and worse news if you were already unsure whether to jump ship to webOS or Android. We got some screens sticky yesterday to bring you the verdict:

WinMo 6.5: This is great news if you feel you must stay with Microsoft’s mobile platform. Finally, you don’t need a manufacturer-created GUI skin to feel like you’ve got a modern smartphone. The HTC Touch Diamond 2 (and our clumsy fingers) might be slightly at fault for some sluggish response times and erroneous input, but closing apps still requires a fingernail stroke to a tiny button in the corner. It’s a huge improvement, but unlikely to convert those who didn’t get on with WinMo 6.1.

Android: Within two minutes of picking up the T-Mobile G1, we’d crashed the phone and destroyed part of HTC’s booth. A reboot and several apologies later, we were rolling with Google’s mobile OS and loving it. It’s slick, intuitive, extrememly communicative and crying out for better hardware. The touchscreen gestures are a little kooky, and some of the moves would take a bit of getting used to, but it works. A must for open-source fans.

Palm webOS: Palm’s new OS (and device) came to this comparison with its dukes up. And battered the competition to the floor. The interface is beautiful, the gestures are natural, there is little perceivable lag and it works. It’s eminently customisable without losing its identity (Android, you listening?) and the Palm Pre doesn’t feel like a newbie in Old Town. Palm still has to make some announcements about data plans and the PC software end of the bargain (but a little bird mentioned cloud storage to us – phew!). Winner. For now.