HTC’s ultra-strokeable HD2 arrives on our sunny shores next week, for a whopping US$900 (Dhs3,299). Running a skinned version of Windows Mobile 6.5 called Sense, it packs a glorious 4.3in capacitive touchscreen and a 5MP camera with a blinding flash. It has proximity sensors to prevent false touches on its gigantic screen, and if you have a 3G connection it can even pipe out Wi-Fi for all your internet-starved devices.
After a terribly long wait, it seems the Middle East is finally getting some Android-love. HTC will launch ‘the first Android-powered phone’ to Saudi customers later this month. We’re not sure what Samsung has to say about its ‘first Android’ claims, but we really don’t mind. Just keep ’em coming HTC.
The Android mobile in question will be the HTC Magic, available from STC in Saudi Arabia.
Full press release, after the jump.
HTC dropped us a line this morning, and gave us another reason to salivate over its gorgeous WinMo handset. It got Etisalat involved in the smartphone summer bonanza, and any TD2 that’s snapped up before September 30th comes with a free 1GB data package. Still wondering if it’s worth it? We’ve put the stellar smartphone through it’s paces this month in Stuff, grab a copy for the full review.
Nokia’s latest N-series mobile has finally landed on the sunny shores of Dubai. We’ve played with it before, but we’re still rather impressed with this sleek little slider. It’s got a 5MP camera, HSDPA, A-GPS and up to 48GB of storage to play with, not to mention a full QWERTY revealed via sumptuous tilting mechanism. Expect to find it in stores early next week, for around US$850.
This marks the first release of the summer smartphone bonanza – with the Palm Pre launching in the US tomorrow, a new iPhone on the horizon, and HTC and Samsung both teasing big announcements. Like a Dubai summer, the mobile market is going to get very hot and sticky.
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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Tagged android, blackberry, du, etisalat, G1, G2, HTC, iphone, Magic, T-Mobile, Vodafone
According to Talk Android, Vodafone won’t release the Magic (aka Android G2) until May 1, later than the vague ‘sometime in April’ launch the big V was heading for. Yet the company’s site still maintains that the HTC-made phone is ‘arriving in April’. And Stuff – which has signed up for updates – is yet to hear any word on the new date. Fingers crossed, the rumours are wrong, but we can’t help feeling that Voda should have given us a date by now if it is launching this month. More as we hear it…
UPDATE: Voda’s site still says this:
Having ripped-off made its own version of a touchscreen QWERTY slider (the Touch Pro II looks very similiar to Nokia’s N97) HTC is looking to move into BlackBerry territory with the Snap. Now what does it remind us of? The Snap has a full QWERTY, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has track ball navigation. It’s also got a few dedicated email, internet and search buttons exposed. HTC says it will be consumer friendly (read: cheaper than the competition) which is great news for wallet-watching BlackBerry fans. While HTC’s design team hasn’t been the most innovative with these models, we have to hand it to them. They’ve produced mobiles sure to entice, packing more features for less money (for example, the Snap has 3G while the Bold does not) and stuck to its Windows Mobile guns. More when we get our hands on one, soon.
[via Akihabara News]
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Tagged 3G, blackberry, BlackBerry Bold, HTC, HTC Snap, HTC Touch Pro II, mobile phones, nokia, Nokia N97, QWERTY, Windows Mobile 6.1
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
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Tagged 5800 XpressMusic, apple, G1, G2, HTC, HTC Touch HD, iphone, LG, nokia, Opera Mobile 9.5, Prada 2, Prada II, T-Mobile, Top 5, touchscreen phones
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.
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Tagged android, G1, G2, gadgets, Google, googlephone, Handheld, HTC, Magic, Mobile, Mobile Phone, mobile phones, Mobile World Congress, mwc, Vodafone