Mobile Phones

Five top phone releases for Autumn 2011

There are always new mobile phones emerging on the market and the autumn release window is looking pretty exciting this year because a fifth iPhone is promised. Here are five other recently rumoured handsets that might pique your interest ahead of the Christmas rush.

BlackBerry Curve 9360

 Appealing to the budget-conscious buyer, the Curve 9360 will pick up from where its predecessors left off, providing a compact, slim smartphone with great email and messaging credentials. With BB OS 7 onboard it will be geared towards social networking to a greater degree than previous BlackBerry handsets and as contract phones go this should be an affordable option.

Nokia 700

 Nokia has proved that the Symbian operating system is not as dead and buried as many had assumed with the speculation circulating around its new 700 smartphone. Running Symbian Belle, the latest augmentation to this ageing platform, the 700 will reportedly have a 3.2 inch OLED screen, a 1GHz processor and an interesting, elongated design which helps it to stand out from the other contract phones on the market at the moment.

Samsung Galaxy M Pro

 An alteration in the naming strategy for the Galaxy range has seen Samsung announce the M Pro, a mid-range Android 2.3 smartphone with its eye firmly on the business and enterprise market. Like the Curve 9360 it has a full physical QWERTY keypad and a modest display, although it is actually thinner than the BlackBerry rival, measuring just under a centimetre thick. A five megapixel primary camera, 1GHz processor and custom TouchWiz interface will make sure that the Galaxy M Pro is competitive despite its inevitably affordable price point.

Google Nexus Prime

 Details about this handset are thin on the ground, but it is likely to be manufactured by Samsung and feature a range of class-leading hardware features to make even Apple quake in its boots. Recent rumours suggest that it could have a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a native resolution of 1280×720. A dual core processor is a certainty, with clock speeds of up to 1.5GHz per core implied via industry insiders. Google has already confirmed that a third Nexus-brand smartphone will be emerging and given that the Nexus S was built in partnership with Samsung it would make sense for it to continue using this manufacturer in the future.

HTC WP7 Mango

 HTC has been working on a new batch of contract phones designed to run the Mango update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform and an early September launch is anticipated to coincide with the software’s release. Specifications are still hazy at this point but it would not be a surprise to see dual core processors, full HD video capture and larger displays put on the table by this Taiwanese firm in an attempt to win over more users to WP7.

For more details on any of these handsets go to www.expansys.com

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Five free mobile apps for your car

Phones, smartphones and tablets allow you to have the world at your fingertips, even from your car. But always be sure to consider safety first; here are some of the best apps to make your car journeys safer and more convenient.

Carrr Matey! – Android

Carrr Matey! is a parking app that allows you to log where you parked your car, making it easier to find again. The app also has a timer so you can get to your car before your parking ticket expires. If you’ve parked in a multi-storey car park, activate Harbour Mode to note the exact location of the car. Best of all, everything in the app is themed around pirates for a bit of fun.

DriveCarefully – Android, Blackberry, iPhone

Reading your texts or emails while driving is not only extremely dangerous, it’s also illegal. The DriveCarefully app takes away the temptation to take your eyes off the road by automatically reading aloud any text messages or emails you receive. You can also set an auto response to let people know that you’ve received their message, but that you are driving. This app could be a step towards reducing accidents caused by texting and driving. You can also avoid a potential £30-60 penalty and 3 points on your license from driving whilst using a mobile phone.

Road Trip Lite – iPhone

Road Trip Lite enables you to keep track of your miles per gallon and fuel economy for your car. Using this app will give you a good idea of what you are spending on fuel for your car compared with how much you use it, and will make you rethink how to get the best out of your car. Team this app up with a petrol price calculator and you can quickly assess how much your motor is costing you each week.

c:geo – Android

Geocaching is essentially a game of high-tech hide and seek. You use the c:geo app to pinpoint your location as well as a number of ‘caches’ (hidden containers that often contain some form of trinket as a reward). There are hundreds of caches to be found, and using the geocaching app to locate them can turn a normal car journey into an exciting treasure hunt.

RAC Traffic – Android, iPhone

Sitting in traffic can cause even the mildest mannered motorist to become enraged, so use this app to avoid it. Luckily, this app follows your progress and alerts you of any nasty jams that may delay your journey. The map updates in real time and lets you know if there are any new incidents.

 Thanks to Jamie Gibbs from  www.confused.com

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World’s smallest mobile phone ever!

Neat, compact and very sparkly the sWap Nova Crystal is officially the world’s smallest mobile phone (the Guiness Book of Records says so). It’s around 7cm by 4cm so is pretty tiny and weighs a weeny 43 grammes. It packs a full touch screen and a USB port making it easy to connect to your PC. As it comes with no contract you’re free to use with almost any SIM card with the exception of Three Mobile.  Listen to your tunes on the MP3 player or the radio and browse photos too. sWap headphones and neck lanyard are also included to make your outfit complete.

Price £259.99 Available from www.iwantoneofthose.com

Features

Keychain loop and neck lanyard in white leather

FM radio and built-in Music Player

Includes sWaP earphones

Includes mini stylus to help with texting

Selection of 25 ringtones

User guide

Comes in a white leather presentation box

Specifications

TFT 1.76″ Colour Touch Screen Display – 176 x 132 pixels

GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

Supports: Midi, WAV, AAC and MP3

Supports: 3GP and MPEG-4

Internal Storage: 256mb + 64mb (Used by OS)

External Memory: 2GB MicroSD Card (Expandable upto 8GB)

Built-in slide out USB Port including additional USB Cable for data transfer and charging

Bluetooth CSR V2.0 A2DP

WAP internet connection

Incorporated loudspeaker and microphone for hands free operation

Battery: 230mAh

Talk Time: 120-150 minutes

Standby Time: 82 hours

Alarm Clock: 5 Optional Ring Tones

Size

Dimensions: 6.8m x 3.8 x 1.6cm (LxWxD)

Weight: 43g (Phone) 261g (Box)

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OUTLIMITS, the mobile that’s ready for anything!

OUTLIMITS, the latest development in reliable tough phones. Known already as a market leader on the continent, ITTM is launching this robust range in response to consumer demand for a tough phone that can really last. Designed with an extensive list of features, the dual sim aspect plus a very reasonable make this phone even more appealing.

The OUTLIMITS phone is perfect for people who experience extreme situations, whether it is at work or at play. From builders to boarders, this phone has been tested under the most challenging of conditions…and survived. Sales of the phone on the continent have also proven that the phone is exceptionally reliable.

The OUTLIMITS range has excellent waterproofing (IP57), which will protect the phone in water up to 1 metre deep for up to 30 minutes, as well as a case which will protect it if dropped, scratched or placed under pressure…it can survive life better than most!

You can say goodbye to background noise too, which can hamper conversation. The phone is designed to eliminate background noise whether it is wind, water, traffic or even interference from the noisiest of work places, including building sites.

The reliable OUTLIMITS range also has a unique security function, aimed at active and busy people who spend time in more rugged terrains or high-risk environments. The SOS system activates automatically if the G-Sensor senses the phone has been dropped or if the SOS button is pressed and this will call a specified contact as an emergency.

The dual sim also brings numerous benefits including:

  • Separate your personal and business calls easily
  • Increase your chances of good reception
  • Use only one phone when you travel abroad for business or pleasure

OUTLIMITS will survive the most extreme situations with you, whether in urban life or in the wild.

Price £159 (excl VAT)

Features

OUT LIMITS – DSS – available in orange or petrol

Network GSM GPRS900/1800 MHZ DUAL BAND

Dimensions 120 x 60 x 20 mm

Weight (including battery) 115 gr.

Talk time 5 hrs.

Standby 300 hrs.

Battery 900 mAh

– Completely waterproof: IP57 rating ( = 1 m deep for max 30 min.)

– Anti-shock (2 meter drop, 100Kg press)

– Dual SIM

– SOS feature: automatic SOS is activated following a fall thanks to G-Sensor

– SOS quick 1 dial emergency key

– Integrated high power torch

– Large keys that can be used with gloves

– Bluetooth

– Microphone with special background noise elimination

– Handsfree handling

– MMS and GPRS

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Mixing art with protective know how

Proporta and world renowned artist Ben Allen have just announced a new collaboration on two stunning hard shell protective cases for the Apple iPhone 4.

The range has been designed to add minimal bulk, but maximum style to your iPhone 4. Super tough and robust, the hard shell case comes in two stylish designs – Skull and Zebra. The British punk movement inspires the ‘Skull’ design whilst the ‘Zebra’ is Allen’s vision of the streets and the wild becoming one. Both are visually arresting, and are printed in high resolution on to super tough Proporta shells protecting against knocks and impact damage, whilst remaining soft and silky to the touch.

Ben Allen’s paintings have been exhibited in venues and galleries internationally as well as being purchased by celebrities including Richard Branson, Stephen Dorff, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, DJ Dan Williams and Jade Jagger.

Available from www.proporta.com priced at £24.95

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