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Nokia's Popular Cameraphone Will Arrive In The U.S.

clock May 12, 2012 00:26 by author Jeremy

What happens when you mix a phone with a whopping 41-megapixel camera? Either you get a giant piece of broken rubble (note: don't try to shove the two together to physically mix them), or you get the Nokia 808 PureView.

Running on the Symbian Belle operating system, Nokia's hyped-up imaging flagship phone was announced in late February, but has still yet to come out with an actual release date. On top of that, the phone was to be available in several countries but not the U.S.

Fortunately, it seems Nokia has found a workaround for this. Speaking to PC Mag, the Finnish phone manufacturer admitted that an unlocked version could be rolled out to the U.S. within a few months. The downside to this, however, is that customers will have to pay full price for the phone, with no subsidized pricing available.

Currently, the smartphone is priced for roughly $711 in the UK. One could argue that, if someone wanted a powerful camera, they should just check one. But there's nothing quite like holding a 41-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics technology, that can also connect to the internet and make phone calls, now is there? 

Sources: pcmag, phonesreview.co.uk



The Smartphones of Mobile World Congress 2012

clock March 2, 2012 00:24 by author Jeremy

It's that time of the year again when phone-enthusiasts get excited. Mobile World Congress is where the smartphone manufacturers of the world gather to show off their latest specs and shiny pieces of work. While many of these aren't quite released yet, just knowing that they're around the corner is enough to make one giddy. Engadget has put up a list of some of the best phones with their respective innards from MWC this year.


HTC One X
Processor: Quad-Core 1.5GHz (or Dual-Core 1.5GHz w/ AT&T)
Memory: 32GB internal
Primary Camera: f/2.0 8MP
Screen: 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD Display
OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich w/ Sense 4.0 

HTC One S
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Memory: 16GB internal
Primary Camera: 8 MP
Screen: 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Display 

Nokia PureView 808
Processor: 1.3GHz CPU
Primary Camera: 41MP camera (!!!)
Screen: 4-inch 640x360 ClearBlack AMOLED Display
OS: Symbian Belle
Extra: Has quadband GSM and pentaband 3G connectivity

Huawei Ascend D Quad
Processor: Quad-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 8MP camera
Screen: 4.5-inch 720p IPS Display
OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Extra: quadband GSM, pentaband WCDMA 

LG Optimus Vu
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 8MP
Screen: 5-inch IPS Display w/ 4:3 aspect ratio
Extra: 2080mAh battery; 8.5mm thin; optional stylus input 

ASUS Padfone (Tablet counterpart also in picture)
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Memory: 16GB-64GB internal storage
Screen: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD Display
Extra: designed to attach to counterpart 10-inch tablet, transitioning what you're doing from one device to the other

Acer CloudMobile
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 8MP (rumored to feature zero shutter lag with continuous shooting)
Screen: 4.3-inch 720p Display

LG Optimus 4X HD
Processor: Quad-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 8MP
Screen: 4.7-inch 720p IPS Display 

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 5MP
Screen: 4-inch Super AMOLED Display
Extra: Supports T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network 



Keynotes from the D9 Conference, 2011

clock June 6, 2011 23:45 by author Jeremy

Engadget has done quite a number of liveblogs in their day, and their most recent stories are up from last week's D9 Conference. We'll give a quick wrap-up of the interviews from Google's Eric Schmidt, Hewlett-Packard's Leo Apotheker, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, Nokia's Stephen Elop, and AT&T's Ralph de la Vega. (Oh, and be sure to put on any cautionary-equipment you may have: these company reps get a lot of burns, hardballs, and snide comments thrown their way!)

Starting with Google's keynote on May 31st, we're presented with Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal, Robert Thomson, followed soon after by- wait, seriously? Is that Glee's Jane Lynch?

Claiming to be the temporary CEO of "News Corp" (which, ironically, owns All Things Digital and thus D9), she apparently ripped on News Corp's iPad-only publication The Daily, cracked a joke about Glenn Beck, and even took a major swing at Sarah Palin! Talk about a grand opening for keynotes.

Eventually, Google's Eric Schmidt hit the stage and talked up Google Music as his first order of business. He admits earlier on that getting the music industry to work with non-Apple companies has been hard. He also defended Google's privacy-issues: some believe that they're just holding too much information, with even Steve Jobs calling Android a "probe in your pocket". According to Schmidt, data and information collected is only held for roughly 12 to 18 months, all of which is anonymous. And if you still think that Google has too much power with privacy, just take it from Schmidt himself: "If you've spent any time with the U.S. Government, you may start to feel more comfortable with this data in the hands of a private company." Ouch.

Their 12 to 18 month rule may not apply to Google Wallet, however: "[T]hat'll fall back onto widely regarding credit card policies already in place. We have a strong policy inside of Google to not data mine this stuff to create a surprise." Sounds good enough for me! This quote followed an actual demonstration of Google Wallet itself, which was also shown at the Google Wallet press event on May 26th.

On June 1st, there were three speakers to go through, starting with Hewlett-Packard's Leo Apotheker. With the combination of both HP and Palm, webOS is ready to become an active participant in the market against Android and iOS. And with webOS, HP is gaining a much larger foothold into the software business; it can be run on laptops, smartphones, and even printers. But being the large company that HP is, it has to battle against just about everyone on numerous fronts. Whether they can handle this Jack-of-all-trades approach has yet to be determined.

Later on in the day, D9 met with Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, who gave a full preview of Windows 8. While this isn't the official name, Windows 8 is supposed to be Microsoft's OS for tablets. Rather than a start menu like Windows PCs have, the "desktop" will consist of tiles, like apps on a smartphone. The appearance of these will change depending on the tile: for example, a social networking tile's picture might reflect a recently-made post on twitter.

Also, there are different keyboard types and settings depending on how you want to use it. And at certain times (such as when running Excel), you'll run into familiar-looking Windows 7-esque desktop, to which Sinofsky commented, "We don't think people should have to give up things they know to deal with a new form factor."

The last keynote of the day was with Nokia's Stephen Elop. Much of this keynote revolved around Nokia's game-changing business plans, including their transition to Microsoft's Windows Phone instead of staying on the Symbian-train. According to Elop, staying with Symbian would have taken Nokia up to 6 years to really catch up with the rest of the world; siding with Android wouldn't have out well either due to issues revolving around differentiation.

Finally, on June 2nd, AT&T's CEO Ralph de la Vega had to defend against the onslaught of irritated demands and questions about his company's lack of service. Earlier in the interview, de la Vega promised better signal strength in both New York City and San Francisco. This transitioned to the subject of the possible AT&T / T-Mobile merger, which could help bring LTE service to 97% of the U.S. population, as opposed to the 80% AT&T could achieve on its own. Nonetheless, there was still much skepticism toward AT&T's LTE-service, comments over the possibility of overcharing in the past and current expensive prices.

De la Vega did have a bit of good (or at least interesting) news to share, though. First off, he made direct references to possible shared data plans between a single user's multiple devices. There aren't any official plans behind this yet, so it may be a while before we see it in action, if we even do. Also noted was the fact that their femtocells (which are used to help boost signal strength in relatively-weak areas) could actually reduce quality in areas with already-high signal; this wasn't known before, so be sure you're using the Femtocell accordingly!

Between the Google Wallet and webOS hoping to emerge well in the market, last week's D9 Conference went off with a hitch. Now all that's left is to see if these new fads catch on!

Source/Pictures: Engadget, AllThingsD



Nokia Partners With Microsoft

clock February 12, 2011 00:02 by author Jeremy

It's a big day for Nokia. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Finnish company has been sinking as of late, and even the new CEO himself, Stephen Elop, had publically admitted this. But today, during Nokia's Capital Markets Day, we finally get to see what Mr. New CEO plans to do to bring Nokia back to the winner's circle.

Probably the most tragic news: the death of Symbian. This OS has struggled to keep up with competitors like Android, and Elop has finally plugged the plug on the OS. Instead, it will be a "franchise" that Nokia will "harvest". Likely, we'll see phones released in 2011 that still use Symbian, due to their current development; but after that, who knows. Below is a slide that Nokia showed today during Capital Markets Day.

This, of course, means layoffs. Elop admitted that there will be "substantial reductions in employment". Already, over a thousand workers from the Tampere office who had worked for years on creating Symbian, have walked out of the building, not even waiting for the "reduction in employment" to occur.

But, this bad news does sort of come with good news. The official pairing of Nokia and Microsoft will hopefully bring Nokia back up into the market. They're now refocusing much of their effort into Windows Phone 7. And even though the news was just released today, they've already gotten one design concept revealed (picture below; thanks to Engadget).

Now we'll wait and see what the future holds for Nokia. But with designs like that, who could wish ill will towards Nokia? Their phones are so colorful and sprightly!

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