The popular mobile software developers from SPB Software have released a Symbian^3 compatible-version of their SPB Shell 3D user interface. The customization package is available immediately through the company website, so everyone with a Symbian^3 device and $15 to spare can get a taste of it.
The SPB Shell 3D UI brings a complete overhaul of the user interface of the smartphone that solves most of the usability issues (illogical menu navigation, one click-two click inconsistency etc.) and adds some welcome eye-candy to the mix. And while the pricing might seem a bit steep at first, it’s probably worth it as it comes as a novel facelift to the widely criticized for their usability Symbian smartphones. Read more »
The HP TouchPad is due for a comeback – well, sort of. HP will produce “one last run of TouchPads” to meet the unfulfilled demand.
Since HP introduced the price drop of the 16GB and 32GB versions to $99 and $149 respectively the interest in the tablet has risen so much that it actually scored the second spot as the hottest slate around after Apple’s iPad. Read more »
The Mozilla team is actively working on their Android offering and one of them took the time to show off their latest work – Firefox for Android Honeycomb tablets. The changes affect the UI, making it more Honeycomb-like and more suitable for big screens.
The theme is the first thing that changes – it’s cleaner, so it fits better with the Honeycomb style, which differs quite a bit from the non-tablet versions of the OS. The distinctive Firefox elements have been preserved however (like the tabs, the big back button, etc.). Read more »
Today we are meeting with Nokia 500 – a small Symbian Anna-based smartphone and the first one in Nokia’s portfolio with a 1GHz processor.
The 500 fella packs a 3.2-inch nHD capacitive screen, a 5 megapixel camera, decent connectivity package and comes with exchangeable battery covers. Read more »
We’ve got some great news for those the Samsung Galaxy S II owners (or at least for those that find its battery life not quite satisfactory). The Korean company has just announced an official extended battery for its top dog smartphone that has 2000 mAh worth of juice.
The price that needs to be paid for the extra endurance is an increase in thickness of 1.5mm over the original 1650 mAh battery. Naturally, the new thicker battery doesn’t fit under the old battery cover, so Samsung is shipping the new battery with a replacement back panel. Read more »
Microsoft has published a very detailed blog post about the new Explorer in Windows 8. It brings the ribbon interface well known from the latest MS Office packages. Many of you may not like it, but wait until you hear all about it.
The Explorer in Windows 8 brings at front a lot more functions thanks to those ribbons, there are a lot more customizable settings and even some old goodies back from XP are brought once again to life. Read more »
Yesterday, we played with the Nokia 701 and we focused mainly on its Symbian Belle software. It turns out that the display is worthy of our attention too – Nokia just tweeted that it offers some good 1,000 nits of brightness.
That means it takes the title of Brightest display off the NOVA display on the LG Optimus Black., which clocked it at “only” 700 nits. Read more »
Adobe has just released a new app for the iOS devices that lets you edit PDF documents from your smartphone or tablet. Now, I know touchscreen devices aren’t the most comfortable things to edit documents on, but it is certainly nice to be able to make a few minor changes on the go.
And the great news is that the application, called CreatePDF by the way, also supports a number of other document (docx, doc, xlsx, xls, pptx, ppt, rtf etc.) and image (ai, psd, indd, jpg, bmp, png, gif, tiff) formats. Read more »
Few months back HTC had decided that it would be better to start selling their phones with locked bootloader and so they did exactly that, resulting in the Thunderbolt 4G, Desire S, Incredible S, EVO 3D, Sensation and the Sensation 4G to be sold with locked bootloaders.
Later though they realized that they were wrong to lock the bootloaders, this realization aided immensely by the uproar in the Android community who prefer to have complete access to their software. This made HTC revise their bootloader policy and the first phone to benefit from this was the Sensation. Read more »
I must warn you: take this rumor with a serious pinch of salt. We received this picture today from a tipster in Warsaw, Poland, of an unknown Samsung device, sporting a humongous screen, and decided to share it with you.
According to the anonymous sender, Read more »
With this year’s HTC big summer event coming up we thought you might enjoy a quick rumor roundup, so you’d know what to expect. Last year the event saw the announcement of the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z, which were some of the best Android devices we had seen at the time.
Yet this year the Taiwanese company is almost certainly going to out do itself and make it an even more glamorous event. A good thing too as it will be competing with the other Android top dog for a spot in the limelight – Samsung will be having one of their unpacked events on the exact same day.
No less than six unannounced HTC devices are doing the rounds on the web and we suspect the Taiwanese will be officially unveiling some of them in London. There are three Android smartphones, a couple of WP7 handsets and a tablet. Here’s what they are about: Read more »
It’s Symbian day at our office today as we say hello to another of Nokia’s recently announced smartphones. The Nokia 701 will be one of the flagships of the new Belle edition of Symbian so its role in the company’s future plans is certainly big.
Bringing the new notification area, the customizable widgets and the flat menu, the Belle update certainly brings Symbian a step closer to the competition. In fact, the Nokia 701 felt quite intuitive to use, unlike the early Symbian^3 devices, which were still unable to shake off their non-touch heritage. Read more »
We’ve seen spy shots of the Nokia 700 in red and white but today we got a friendly visit by the real deal. The 700 is part of the incoming Symbian Belle trio and Nokia touts it as its most eco-friendly and smallest smartphone to date. Actually, they say it’s the world’s smallest smartphone.
At a mere 50cc, the Nokia 700 has a high concentration of features – from a ClearBlack AMOLED display, through 1GHz CPU, eco materials and some NFC magic for super easy Bluetooth pairing. Read more »
Well, finally. Motorola’s DROID BIONIC is coming to Verizon US on September 8th. This comes from the official DROID BIONIC Twitter account, so it’s as legit as it gets.
It’s been almost 8 months since we first heard about the Motorola DROID BIONIC and after countless leaks, it’s finally closing to release. Read more »
There’s no denying the iPhone 4 has an excellent camera and it turns out, it could get even better with just a little extra effort and the right DIY mindset. Over at Instructables.com we stumbled upon this guy’s DIY camera lens system, designed for the iPhone 4 and we were pretty amazed at how easy it is to create one of your own.
With some tweaks, this simple system would allow you to use lenses with different focal ranges (i.e. different zoom levels) with your iPhone and add cool filters (like a polarizer, for example). And the best part is, you don’t need to lug along this setup all the time. The setup is not fixed to the iPhone itself so you can only take it with you when you know you will be shooting something that’s worth it. Read more »