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  • Motorola DROID Cameras Silently Patched?
    Posted on November 24, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    The Motorola DROID camera, although deemed an excellent Smartphone, has had problems since its introduction with owners reporting focusing issues. This seemed to be especially prevalent with the camera's automatic focus feature. This problem, although not experienced by everybody, was the camera's one failing. It was thought that an update that was scheduled to come out on December 11th might be designed to fix the problem. However, the DROID suddenly seemed to improve in its focusing ability overnight, which led to the speculation that the fix was pushed out already, without announcing it.

    The Good

    The Motorola DROID, in spite of its previous issues, is a really good Smartphone. Its only real problem was that the camera was not able to focus properly, at least for some people. Now that the problem has been corrected, albeit in a somewhat mysterious and controversial fashion, the autofocus works great. The camera feature also offers auto-completion and automatic error correction with the on-screen keyboard, and takes crisp, bright photos. The DROID also offers a barcode scanner, which can be quite handy.


    The Bad

    Some people have experienced different focusing problems with the Motorola DROID, which seem to be caused by the green signal that is supposed to indicate a "locked" photo not really working properly in all instances, since blurred photos are sometimes still experienced even when the camera claims to be locked. In addition to reports of blurry photos, some DROID owners report that the camera feature is slower than what they would expect. However, some people report that the DROID is actually faster than some other Smartphone cameras that they have used in the past.

    The Bottom Line

    Although the reported improvement in automatic focusing ability is still somewhat of a mystery, this "fix" was just the thing to make the DROID shine. This is a solid Smartphone with newly improved camera functionality, which makes it a good choice for anybody looking to purchase a Smartphone.

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  • With one purchasing decision, Google has initiated forecasts for big changes in the world of the typical handset maker. Google has announced a new software platform. Google has accompanied that announcement with revelations about a new cooperation with top wireless companies.

    Technology companies such as HTC and Motorola, in combination with chipmakers such as Qualcomm are working with Google on the roll out of new offerings for cell phone users. That roll out should provide handset makers with a green light for the development of innovative new applications.


    The announced cooperation between Google and some of the big names in wireless technology frees handset makers from the restrictions imposed by any single type of device. Google’s latest business move gives each handset maker the freedom to introduce all manner of adaptations. Now, none of those adaptations needs to require software that is tied one specific hand held device.

    In order to fully appreciate how the world has changed for the average handset maker, one might want to think of a world in which each handset had been designed for predicting one type of precipitation—either snow, hail, sleet or rain. That was the sort of world that handset makers lived in prior to this latest Google announcement.

    In that “old world” hand set makers had to pay attention to the restrictions that went with the single type of precipitation that each of that maker’s gadgets had been designed to predict. In the “new world” that Google has ushered in, today’s handset makers have the ability to work on a device that can “predict any type of precipitation.” In other words, those hand set makers can introduce innovations that work with a new network of software, and thus work with any type of hand held device.

    Google has given handset makers a bright and sunny forecast.

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  • In the aftermath of its server crash, T-mobile resumed the sale of its Smartphone Sidekick at lower prices.

    T-mobile, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and having GSM operations in Europe, Asia and USA with a user base of over 350 million subscribers, resumed selling its Sidekick cell phones at cheaper rates. Sidekick 2008 will be sold at $ 49 while Sidekick LX 2009 will be sold at $149 which is down by $ 25 from $175.

    t-mobile-logoIt is notable that on October 1, Sidekick users lost data functionality while some users faced personal data loss. During the server crash, people were asked not to let their cell phones switch off or face data loss. During the server failure, contact numbers, pictures, calendars, notes, tasks and other personal information of several Sidekick users was lost.

    This sent a panic wave among the users who had their data hosted on the cloud. However the services were restored on Oct 8, some users were still coming out of the hit.

    Microsoft Corp’s data centers were hosting the Sidekick data when the failure struck. Media reports say that Microsoft had hired Hitachi to upgrade a portion of its servers when something went wrong. Microsoft didn’t keep any backup of data.

    Some lawsuits were also filed against T-mobile and Microsoft. T-mobile tried to compensate the affected users by $ 100 gift cards.

    T-mobile Sidekick models are among the most desired and niche cell phones in the market. The flip out screen with the full keyboard is really great for text messaging.

    The question remains whether Sidekick will able to strike a chord with the customers again. This failure raised a question not only on the role of T-mobile and Microsoft, but also on the reliability of the concept of cloud computing.

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  • Simple Mobile, a new Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), has hit the market with its crazy rates of $40 for unlimited voice plan across US.  Simple Mobile launched its operations with SIM card plans for GSM users. The three plans it has offered are; $40 for unlimited talk plan, $45 for unlimited talk and text messages and $50 for unlimited talk, text and web costs.

    For $40, Simple Mobile offers unlimited local, long distance and 411, voicemail, caller id and call waiting. For $45, it offers unlimited US and Global text in addition to all services for previous plan. For $50, Simple Mobile offers mobile web, IM, MMS, email and social networks up to 20MB in addition to all services for previous plan. Users can double their data to 40MB for another $5 per month. That’s good enough an offering.

    The wireless prepaid market is getting stiffer with the introduction of Simple Mobile’s unlimited plans. Some other carrier is expected to follow soon with better or equivalent plans.

    Simple mobile offers a collection of 6 simple handsets (Alcatel Tribe OT-800, OT-363 and OT-303, Nokia 6030, BlackBerry Pearl Flip, and Motorola RAZR). About 180 other models too can run its services.

    The users don’t need to sign any contract nor have their credits checked. Simple Mobile provides porting facility from other numbers upon request. The company will assist users whose handsets need additional programming. Customers can activate their own GSM handsets with Simple Mobile plans.

    On its website, Simple Mobile provides a coverage map and it seems it is operating on T-mobile network. But it might be coincidental too.

    There are certainly many customers out there waiting for no contract and unlimited plan. May be the present prepaid carriers have something to worry about now.

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  • Clearwire and Sprint Launch WiMax
    Posted on November 17, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    Austin and San Antonio, Texas were the two cities lucky enough to experience Clearwire and Sprint’s unveiling of their WiMax technology today. The WiMax is a 4G network that will ultimately serve to optimize the efficiency and mobility of service for their customers. Essentially, the WiMax system is like an upgrade but for wifi—bridging the ever-shrinking gap between …as it helps to make every handheld wireless devices to become every bit as efficient and capable as large modems, hard drives, engines and hardware.

    This also serves as a potentially lucrative business incentive for Sprint and Clearwire, as the prospect for faster and more efficient service is made readily available for their clients upon the purchase of 4G equip devices such as modems, laptops and other various 4G embedded processor devices.

    clearwire-logoAt present, Sprint’s nationwide communications consists mainly of 3G networking. They currently enjoy the title of being the nation’s largest 3G network and they are looking to expand that into 4G territory. Together with Clearwire, they have already introduced widespread 4G coverage to the public in Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston Salem and Greensboro and by the end of the year plan to have made it available in more than a dozen cities nationwide.

    As of now, it is not clear exactly why Sprint and Clearwire have chosen the select cities, nor do we know the specifics of the proposed 4G devise that they have on the horizon. One can only guess, however, that they have chosen Second tier cities, surrounded by relatively rural or sparsely-populated areas in order to ascertain and to more closely examine to what extent exactly, the new and improved technology will have on society as a whole. What is certain is that such a move can only help Sprint to further secure its position as a nation’s leading service provider, as today we see once again, another innovative thrust towards an increasingly informational-driven society.

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  • Sony Ericsson U1i Satio Idou Review
    Posted on November 17, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    Just in time for the holidays, Sony Ericsson’s U1i Satio Idou is a marvel among the latest wave of touchscreen smartphones. Priced at just around $700, the Satio Idou is far from cheap but for those who have done their research and know what they want in a handheld device, it is sure to prove a lucrative investment.

    The Satio provides as many features as any phone currently on the market (including wifi, FM radio, video capability, Symbian Operating System, Bluetooth compatibility, memory card apparatus, stereo sound, Google Maps, GPS, MP3 and voice activation) but its most remarkable feature is its camera—the only of its kind to contain 12.1 megapixels.

    Sony has boasted the Satio to be, essentially a hand-held entertainment system. It serves as a multimedia player and processor that enables you to record videos, watch movies, listen to music and take photos—all of which may either be share directly via internet or uploaded onto your PC. It is also compatible with all major internet applications.

    Other than the price, which may prove a bit steep for some, the only potential downfall for the fully-loaded Satio may be that it is a bit too clustered. The menu, which consists of only three keys, can be a bit misleading in that it may take a while to navigate its multitudinous functions. On the other hand, it is remarkably compact for such a complex instrument. Weighing-in at about 126 grams and about 112 x 55 x 13 mm, The Satio is the virtual world collapsed into a device that can fit comfortably inside of your pocket.


    Efficient, portable and sophisticated the Satio Idou is a fine work of electronics that promises to give consumers the most bang for their buck.

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  • T-Mobile Launches BlackBerry Bold 9700
    Posted on November 17, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    T- Mobile has given the busy business executive a new tool. That tool puts a gadget equipped with cutting edge technology at the fingertips of any such top executive, or any business person on the move. That gadget is the BlackBerry Bold 9700.

    The person who invests in a BlackBerry Bold 9700 can feel confident that he or she will manage to keep up with the ongoing changes in the business world, even while forced to stay away from an office desk.  As long as the purchaser of this new gadget has access to BlackBerry data service, he or she can cease to worry about what might be happening, while filling the responsibilities that go with the enjoyment of a loving family.


    Those who long to handle one of the new Bold 9700 “tools” can choose between two different purchase plans. One plan, costing $199.99 is called the Even More plan. The person who pays for that plan must also agree to a two year contract. The second plan comes with no annual contract.

    However, the second plan is much pricier than the Even More plan. The reason for the price increase becomes evident in the name of the second plan: “Even More PLUS.” The absence of contract obligations represents an important part of that PLUS.

    Of course no plan has the ability to help the owner and user of a Blackberry deal with one important drawback to any hand held device. It becomes almost impossible to hide your attention to that device while you are taking part in a family oriented activity. Perhaps the next announcement targeting BlackBerry owners will offer information on a tool that one can use quietly and unobtrusively while associating with friends and family.

    Until the unveiling of such a device, the business world welcomes the Blackberry 9700.

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  • They are in the homestretch, with Apple iPhone inching forward, they are nose to nose now, no, wait, they are passing, yes they are passing Nokia, and pulling away in the lead, and it is Apple for the win in profits over Nokia in the most recent financial quarter. This is the latest race in a competition that has been remarkably close for some time.

    Competition between Apple Corporation and Nokia Corporation for the top profit in cell phone sales has been very close in recent times. The second quarter of the year 2009, saw Nokia's income around $1.1 billion, and Apple's estimated income for their popular iPhone was just $1 billion. Apple iPhone cellular phone profits at one point had been trailing behind Nokia's by approximately $100 million before they surged into the forefront and took away the lead.


    These two rival companies have both produced some impressive new cell phones, but Nokia perhaps had the advantage having been producing cell phones for considerably longer than Apple who just hit the market a little more than 2 years ago. The only phone that Nokia produced that seemed to compare favorably against the popular iPhone was the Nokia 5800, but the price difference was quite noticeable with an Apple costing around $250 to $300 while the Nokia commanded a price of $600.

    Nokia has been coping with some tough times, though they have continued to fare quite well in Europe. The company has had to cut expenses due to issues with the global economy, and has had to lay off many employees.

    With the new crown as the top most profitable players in the business of cellular phones, Apple is moving forward and making its mark, but is unlikely to really phase Nokia, a huge company that is going to remain a serious competitor and continue to grow in the ever expanding technological world of cell phones.

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  • There has been a considerable dearth as far as Flash support for iPhones and iPod Touches, and most of the Android devices as well, which has made it hard for any video sites that are Flash-based to get into the action as far as the bourgeoning market of video consumer devices and Smartphones. Apple iDevice and Android users everywhere will likely be delighted to hear that there are new offerings starting today that they can use on their gadgets of choice.


    The ever popular YouTube website was able to implement a way in which they could work around the issue by encoding all of the up-loaded videos in two separate files, Flash and .mp4 but other sites have not been able to get into the same mode, and have been left out in the cold. Unfortunately for those who use these devices, YouTube was about the only website that was able to make this king of magic happen, and iPhone and Android users have had to be patient and bide their time waiting for others to come on board.

    Fortunately, there has been a breakthrough that will allow Vimeo to bring out some support for iPhones and Androids, even though it will have to be on a limited platform. Vimeo has solved this lock out problem by re-encoded the favorites and High-Def video showcases to enable them to play on iPhones and iPod Touches, as well as on an Android handset. Mobile friendly Vimeo's busy website ought to have these available today for interested iPhone and Android users. Therefore, for those who have an unlocked iPhone cell phone, iPod Touch, or Android and have been anxiously awaiting the promised files, a virtual trip on the web with a stop at Vimeo will perhaps net them some long-awaited support for their favorite mobile device.

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  • Analysts are estimating that 100,000 Verizon DROID smartphones, dubbed the “iPhone killer” were sold in the first weekend alone since the phone's launch. The DROID's comparisons to the iPhone come from the similarity of their features, and sales show that consumers are eager to embrace the DROID. Experts estimated that the iPhone's first weekend sales back in July of 2007 were up to 246,000 units, while the record for a Sprint device opening weekend sales goes to the Palm Pre, which sold over 50,000 the weekend of its launch in June 2009. The high sales for the DROID may not seem to be a match for those of the iPhone, but keeping in mind that the iPhone was a standout in the field of mobile phones at the time of its launch while the DROID has a number of similar models to compete with; its sales are still impressive.


    What is so special about the DROID that would drive the sale of an estimated 100,000 units in one weekend? In addition to the voice-activated commands, the DROID offers a 5 megapixel camera (much higher quality than the typical 2 or 3 megapixels usually available with mobile phones), GPS, Wi-Fi, and the performance enhancing Android 2 technology. One of the most talked-about apps offers Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation, at not charge. Not only does the program navigate, but also it will include street view photographs, and instantaneous traffic reports. The Motorola phone also has a feature that updates the address book with information culled from the Facebook profiles of the owners' friends. The innovative features, reports of high quality performance, and affordability factor are strengthening the DROID as a legitimate competitor to the iPhone unlocked. After selling 100,000 units in the first weekend alone, there is a good chance that the DROID's sales figures will climb even further, solidifying its status as a must-have device.

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