May 31, 2006

Wireless review: Samsung SGH-T609

As published on infoSync World:
"Essentially a clamshell version of the SGH-T509 – the wafer-thin handset for T-Mobile that we reviewed last month – the new T609 may not be quite as slender as its eye-catching sibling, but it manages to pack in a few extra features. Not only does this EDGE-enabled flip-phone come with Bluetooth, a suite of instant messaging clients and a bright display, it also squeezes in a microSD memory expansion slot, an integrated music player, and a quad-mode radio for roaming global GSM networks. A few pieces are missing from the puzzle – namely, a color (rather than monochrome) external display, an IrDA port, and maybe even an equalizer for the MP3 player – but overall, this trim looker of a phone makes the grade. "
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May 26, 2006

Wireless review: Helio Hero

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"Virtual 3G carrier Helio made a splash earlier this month when it launched its EV-DO service and a pair of slick, Korean-made handsets: the elegant Kickflip spinner (which we recently reviewed) and the eye-catching Hero Slider. With their 2-megapixel cameras, feature-packed media players and sleek form factors, the Kickflip and the Hero showed plenty of promise. But the Hero comes saddled with many of the Kickflip's drawbacks, such as iffy calling features, fuzzy snapshots, and undercooked messaging abilities, and we're still underwhelmed by Helio's nascent multimedia library."
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May 24, 2006

Wireless review: Palm Treo 700p

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"Back in January, Palm finally brought high-speed EV-DO support to the Treo with the 700w, which happened to be one of the first smartphones equipped with the relatively new Windows Mobile 5.0. While we were certainly impressed by the 700w's speed, it came saddled with a lower-resolution screen, as well as a somewhat bigger problem: Windows Mobile itself. While unquestionably powerful (the 700w packs in the Pocket PC version of WM 5.0, rather than the easier but more stripped-down smartphone edition), the new Windows Mobile OS makes for a confusing thicket of options compared to the more elegant Palm OS. Now comes the 700p, the first of the EV-DO Palm OS Treos, and we're happy to say the wait was worth it. Armed with a razor-sharp 320 x 320 display, a streaming video player, and wireless modem capabilities (supported by both Sprint and Verizon Wireless), the 700p packs an impressive punch, despite its unfortunate lack of Wi-Fi. "
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May 18, 2006

Wireless review: Helio Kickflip

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"When virtual carrier Helio announced it was brining a pair of Korean-made 3G handsets to the U.S. market, wireless geeks across the country (including us) quivered with anticipation. After all, phones like the cutting-edge Kickflip spinner and Hero slider don't make it to our shores very often. But our initial excitement cooled once we put the Kickflip through its paces. While it's blessed with fantastic looks, a vivid display, streaming video playback, integration with MySpace and the ability to gift, beg or even rent games and videos, the Kickflip is saddled with subpar messaging and calling features, the lack of Bluetooth, limited multimedia content and weak battery life."
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May 15, 2006

Palm Treo 700p hands-on impressions

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"After a steady trickle of leaks and speculation, Palm on Monday finally unleashed the 700p -- the first Palm OS Treo with EV-DO support -- on a mostly suspecting public. We had a chance to check out the just-announced 700p during a briefing last month in New York City; here’s a quick rundown of our first impressions."
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May 12, 2006

Wireless review: Nokia 8801

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"Released last year, the Nokia 8801 is clearly designed for the conspicuous consumer. With its stainless-steel shell, clean design, upscale features and sky-high price, the 8801 (available through Nokia’s Web site, but not yet through a U.S. carrier) would be right at home in James Bond’s hand as he saunters up to the bar for another martini. But while the 8801’s high-flying style hasn’t aged, its features are starting to wear a bit (especially in the camera department) and it’s plagued by weak battery life. "
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May 08, 2006

Wireless review: LG F7200

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"With the F7200, LG and Cingular have made a good first stab at a GSM push-to-talk phone. While we wish the handset’s overall design was a bit more compact and we miss the flexibility of out-of-network PTT, the F7200 makes for a solid alternative to the handsets on Nextel’s iDen network – and the price is right. That said, if you want PTT from Cingular with a slimmer form factors and higher-end features like Bluetooth and EDGE support (and you don’t mind shelling out a bit more cash), the Samsung SGH-D357 might be worth a look."
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May 03, 2006

Wireless review: BlackBerry 8700g

As published on infoSync World:
"With its bright screen, full-QWERTY keypad, EDGE and Bluetooth support, and characteristically superb e-mail handling, the 8700g is a strong choice for anyone looking to take the BlackBerry plunge. That said, T-Mobile customers who want a BlackBerry device that fits in a pocket might be better off with the slightly smaller (if tougher to use) 7105t, which features a pseudo-QWERTY thumbboard, while bargain hunters may want to scoop up the 7290 for just $100 (or the similarly priced 7105t, for that matter)."
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