The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation improves over its predecessor and offers a decent set of features and performance, but the GPS needs some work in terms of ease of use and interface.
If you weren't aware, a war--more like a tug-of-war--is happening in the mobile space. The iPhone is quickly rising as the development platform to beat, despite its paltry share of market versus Nokia (Symbian), Java BREW, Blackberry and Microsoft Mobile. In addition, Google's fledgling open-source Android platform is also a challenger to the incumbents.
At a Mobile Web Wars Roundtable held by TechCrunch more than 20 mobile wonks discussed that state of mobile platforms (see the list of participants below). The purpose of the roundtable was to determine which mobile platform is best for developers. The iPhone has … Read more
iPhone, schmiPhone. Now wait, don't go calling me an iPhone hater because I'm not. I'm just saying that there are a lot of other hot smartphones out there that deserve as much attention as Apple's starlet, and I've rounded up five of the hottest models.
Whether you're into the BlackBerry Bold or the Samsung Omnia, this group represents some of the most popular and highly anticipated smartphones this year.
I get a lot of reader e-mail wondering about their availability date, pricing, and so on, so I thought I'd try to kill five … Read more
It's all the goods from the Crave blog. Bonnie "Boom-Cha" is back with Brian, and they talk about iPhone 3G, the new Dark Knight phone, and eco-clubbing. Plus, Brian goes off on all the Bluetools roaming the streets. You know who we're talking about. All this and more on this week's Crave vodcast.
Nokia, the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, and chipmaker Qualcomm announced on Wednesday that they had signed a licensing agreement settles all patent litigation between the two companies.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released, but the companies said Nokia will pay royalties to Qualcomm for 15 years to license technology that improves performance and battery life, while reducing the size of products. Nokia said it will also withdraw its antitrust complaint against Qualcomm filed with the European Commission.
"We believe that this agreement is positive for the industry, enabling the market to benefit from innovation … Read more
Nokia is gobbling up market share on mobile handsets fueled by sales in emerging markets, as some of its competitors likely fall further behind.
On Thursday, the Finnish mobile phone maker beat sales expectations on its mobile handset business when it announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2008. Nokia sold 122 million cell phones during the quarter, beating the average analyst forecast of about 120 million phones for the quarter.
As a result, the company increased market share once again grabbing about 40 percent of the market, up about two percentage points from its second quarter 2007 market … Read more
NewsFCC gives HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro thumbs uphttp://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9989658-1.htmlBlackBerry Bold gets FCC approvalhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9987862-1.htmlAT&T grabs Samsung SGH-227http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9990606-1.html… Read more
My very first meaningful blog post here (after an introduction), from June 23, 2007, was titled "Why I'm not getting an iPhone".
Let me review my reasons at the time:The original iPhone couldn't really do any more for me than my Palm Treo 650. The iPhone couldn't be used to connect my laptop to the Internet. No voice-memo support. No 3G networking. Not enough storage capacity. No native apps from third-party developers. No high-res screen.
Okay, what's changed?
Well, the iPhone 3G still… Read more
The Nokia 2760 is now for sale on T-Mobile's Web site. The simple flip phone doesn't offer much in the way of features, but the blue and silver design is appealing. Inside you'll find text and multimedia messaging, personal organizer features, a VGA camera, an FM radio, Bluetooth, and a speakerphone. That's a functional set of goodies but the dual-band support (GSM 850 and 1900) will limit the phone's roaming outside of North America. The 2760 is just $19.99 with service or $89.99 if you pay full price.
Headset makers probably aren't hurting for business these days, at least in California and Washington state. But even without the new laws, Nokia may have found another market.
Its "Wireless Loopset" is a device designed to hang around the neck that basically turns a t-coil-equipped hearing aid into a Bluetooth headset. In addition to providing the wireless connection, the Loopset includes such features as vibrating alerts and single-button dialing, according to Gearlog, and willl also work with cochlear implants.
While looped around the neck, the device greatly reduces the chance of interference because of its close proximity … Read more