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BlackBerry Storm2 9520 is here, the unboxing video too

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We are getting BlackBerry handsets in numbers around the office lately.

We got our feet wet with the Bold 9700 review last week (a nice phone indeed) and we’re continued with the Curve 8520 (not as impressive, review expected soon).

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BlackBerry Storm2 9520 at ours

So it’s time for the last man standing – the latest BlackBerry Storm2 and its revolutionary piezzo-electric touchscreen. Now that we already have it in the office, we can share our first impressions with you. There is also a quick unboxing video for you after the break.
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Apple-approved iPhone video recording app makes it to the AppStore

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For the first time in the AppStore history Apple approved an app, which truly extends the iPhone 2G and 3G functionality – yes, I’m talking about the video recording.

I won’t go on the way about how this precedent will help the future software development and approval, because I don’t believe it will make any change at all. In fact, taking in mind the capturing capabilities of the iVideoCamera – the “mind-blowing” 160×213 pixels at 3 fps – I believe that this is some kind of a nasty joke than anything else.

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ITG xpPhone boots up on video, looks pretty darn big

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Yes, it’s a phone. No, it’s not, it runs XP. Yes, IT IS! No it’s not, it’s as big as a brick. Yes, it is a phone – that’s the ITG xpPhone.

Now that we’ve got that cleared let’s get a little bit more serious. The ITG xpPhone monster of a mobile phone has been sitting in the spotlight since day one so naturally when its first video demo pops up we just can’t miss sharing it with you. What becomes evident though is the huge size of the device.

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Vodafone H1 has 720p HD video recording, but somehow they fail to advertize it?

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Sometimes we can’t help but wonder if we’ll ever get what’s going on in the minds of manufacturers’ PR pros. Do you remember the huge PR campaign Samsung threw for Omnia HD? They never stopped bragging about its HD video recording, even though it barely hit 24 fps.

Well, in the case of LiMo-based Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 (yes, that’s a name for a single handset) the PR teams have gone in the completely opposite direction. They’ve managed to keep its HD-recording capabilities completely on the hush-hush.

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We were just tipped about this from a reader and when I went to research the matter further, it turned out the 720p video recording has been featured in a press release dated back from 24 September. But somehow both Samsung and Vodafone PR teams have failed to make a point out of it. I really can’t think of any good reason why the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 PR campaign did not involve the video recording, considering they did a really good job with Omnia HD ads.

The same reader that helped us clear the issue (thanks, Alex) sent us this YouTube video, which is actually taken by the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 in 720p HD resolution.

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Android 2.0.1 SDK released, updates as much as the version suggests

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The Andoid dev team has released the SDK for the version 2.0.1 of the Google mobile OS. Just as the naming suggests Android 2.0.1 is a pretty minor update to the 2.0 including several bugfixes and behavior changes.

There is also an update to the Android 1.6 SDK component. Revision 2 includes fixes to the compatibility mode for applications that don’t support multiple screen sizes, as well as SDK fixes.

Here’s the link to the complete changelog.

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Sony Ericsson staff demoing Timescape UI on XPERIA X10

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The official Sony Ericsson product blog has put up a live demo video of their customary Timescape UI running on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. We already have a hands-on preview of the smartphone, but it’s nice to see Sony Ericsson staff do the talking.

Now check out the video…
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The Snapdragon powered projector equipped LG GW820 eXpo smartphone caught on video

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When we are talking a projector-equipped handset like the newly revealed LG GW820 eXpo words are not quite enough to give you an exact idea of its capabilities. Luckily, here comes the first hand-on video demonstrating what the eXpo’s all about.

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Android 2.1 may come on 10 December, 2.1 ROM already available for HTC Hero

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A few days ago Google updated their official Android website and the speculations have gone wild. The most viable rumor claims the reason of the site update is the upcoming release of Android OS 2.1.

But no mater they announce it this month or not, the XDA Devs already have a working firmware ROM for HTC Hero owners. That’s right – Android 2.1 running on HTC Hero. Now that’s something.

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The Nokia X6 poll results are in: its capacitive touchscreen wins the day

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Nokia Conversations recently had a poll asking readers for their favorite Nokia X6 feature. The winning feature by far was the 3.2” capacitive touchscreen – Nokia’s first. One in three voted “capacitive” but how the rest of the votes are spread out is pretty interesting too.

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Screen protector brings a tactile keyboard to the iPhone, meet the 4iThumbs

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Have an iPhone and miss the reassuring clicks and feedback of a REAL keyboard? Regardless of its generation, the iPhone has always been a great messaging (read: mailing) device but even after the added landscape software keyboard there is still no hardware one. Up until now. Thanks to 4iThumbs.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 arrived at our doorstep, we have some goodies to show you

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All the waiting has paid off, we have it our hands. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 or as its friends call it, Rachael, is in our office. It only just arrived, but we already have quite a bit to show you. Or more like tease you. We’re working on a preview but we just started so chew slowly.

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Report on the Samsung i8910 OmniaHD points out its flaws

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Ah, a scorned fan. We’ve all been there, but this one decided to keep a cool head and sat down to write a report on the problem at hand. Instead of, you know, venting in an Internet forum and calling people (and companies) names. And what a report it is.
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Nokia Human Research Department viral videos allow you to enjoy the *mini* things in life

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When things come slightly smaller, our test subjects start feeling good… Really, really good – the Nokia Human Research Department concludes in one of their latest test researches.

This post is not about reporting about any serious scientific proof of anything. The Nokia Human Research Department is about good old fun and we hope you enjoy those “mini” sized bites. The reactions of the innocent by-standers certainly call for a laugh or two as well.

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If you haven’t got it yet – here are two viral video ads of Nokia N97 mini that you most probably won’t see on TV.

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Next up for review: It’s BlackBerry Bold 9700 time and we have an unboxing vid for you

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We have to admit that all this interest for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 puzzles us a bit. No, it’s not a bad handset or anything but the BlackBerry devices are anything but mass market and feature-stuffed. But then again, that only makes the BlackBerry Bold 9700 achievement all the more prestigious.

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Our first BlackBerry Bold 9700 studio shots

And now that we have one of those babies in our office we can finally check out what all this fuss is about ourselves. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is certainly much more compact and easily fitting in the hand than its predecessor. Oh and that trackpad certainly works great too outdoing the E72 optical trackpad by several laps.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 next to Nokia E72

As a special treat for you guys, we’ve prepared a short unboxing video for you. Check it out after the break.

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Will you run Android 2.0 on your droidish device?

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Well, if you own a G1, a Dream or a Hero, then most probably you’re in for a nice treat! Not only can you get the Android 2.0 goodness on your smartphone, but also as recently became clear, you can even get Google Maps Navigation even outside USA. On the other hand, if you own a Motorola Droid, please just find another place to enjoy your smug grin, will you?

So where were we? Ah, the Android 2.0. It turns out that after Google let their 2.0 cat out of the bag (meaning they released the complete source code), there’s no stopping the hard working devs into porting it to *unofficially* to older devices.

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