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Dual Sim Mobile Phone

by Mick 0 Comments

I always wanted to try out a dual sim phone and I'm not sure why this concept isn't more popular.

I'm interested in separating Business calls from Personal calls and when abroad possibly using a different Sim in addition to my usual one. This low cost, basic phone would appear to fit the bill for making calls, sending/receiving texts and the occasional email. Although, if you're looking for a smartphone with full internet capability you may need to look for something different.

The Samsung Ch@t 222 allows you to use 2 Sim cards at the same time. With both active, you only need to select which one to use when making a call or sending a text. You can set different ring tones for each Sim so so its easy to determine where your incoming call is comimg from. Another feature which I find useful is being able to read the occasional email.

Still early days, but I find it suits me well.

Full details and spec is available from the Samsung site at

Thanks Santa.

PS.  Although, I really like this phone can you ask Apple to produce a dual Sim iPhone next time please.

Outside In - iPhone 4

by Mick 0 Comments

Promised on June 24th and arrived on June 25th so not too bad the iPhone 4 is here.

Includes the iPhone 4, Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, Dock Connector to USB cable and USB Power Adapter.

Transfer from an existing iPhone 3G to the new one was straightforward.

Pop down to the O2 store, and pick up a micro-sim.

Transferring from the original sim to the new sim is all handled on-line at the O2 website - first, create a backup of your existing iPhone using iTunes, then follow the process outlined on the website for transferring between the old and new, restore from your backup and within minutes, in my case, the old phone was no more. (O2 indicate it could take up to 24 hours before the new iPhone/Sim becomes operational but this was all achieved easily within half an hour from start to end).

Problems ?

Installation was a breeze.

Lots of reports, however, related to people experiencing a loss of signal when using the phone. Classed by some as a Major flaw, the phone can lose signal depending on how you hold it !!

Here's a video demonstrating the problem

The official line from Apple has been quoted as:

Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

Any solutions? (apart from not holding it like that). Possibly, there's an accessory for that

Now we know why

It's possible that this could provide suitable insulation from the antennae and the iPhone 4 Bumper may resolve the issue ( for another £25!! )

Time will tell

Toshiba Libretto W100

by Mick 0 Comments

Toshiba have recently announced a new Ultra Mobile Device (UMD)  to celebrate  Toshiba's 25th Anniversary of Laptop Innovation. The libretto W100 Demonstrates a Next-Gen Ultra-Mobile PC Design With Full Windows 7 Functionality.

It seems similar to the Courier tablet concept (which was recently cancelled by Microsoft)

The libretto W100 consists of 2 hinged 7 inch LED LCD touch-screens and can be used in a traditional laptop configuration with one screen being used to provide a virtual keyboard. The 'keyboard' provides vibration feedback to give a physical response when keys are pressed.

Alternatively, you can use it vertically which may be more convenient for reading eBooks.

The device includes

  • Intel Pentium U5400 @ 1.2GHz
  • 62GB SSD
  • 2GB Memory
  • Integrated Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiMAX wireless communication
  • 1.02 Megapixel webcam
  • Weight 699g ( with a standard battery pack giving 2 hours usage)
  • Dimensions: 7.95″ x 4.84″ x 1.2″

Details from the Press Release indicate that 'a limited number of libretto W100 Concept PCs will be available for purchase later this summer from select retailers'.

iPhone 4

The new iPhone 4 was announced during the Apple WWDC 2010 Keynote Address

With more than 3 years of experience behind them, the designers were able to build on what they'd learned so far in creating the latest and greatest iPhone offering.

In brief, hardware features include:

  • size, 4.5in x 2.31in x 0.37in (115.2mm x 58.6mm 9.3mm)
  • weight, 4.8 ounces (137 grams)
  • capacity 16GB of 32GB
  • case designed from engineered ultra-durable scratch resistant glass with fingerprint resistant coating
  • backlit display providing  a resolution of 960×640  at a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch
  • Apple A4 processor
  • 3-axis gyroscope for advanced motion sensing
  • accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors
  • 5 megapixel camera, HD video recording and built-in LED flash
  • additional forward facing camera on the front
  • dual microphone system

Picture courtesy of Apple
Improved software (iOS 4.0) features include

  • multi-tasking
  • iBooks application
  • Folders for applications
  • built-in noise suppression when making calls
  • improved versions of Mail and Safari

Watch the video at

and read detailed information at

Availability is scheduled for 24th June


The Kin is a new Windows phone from Microsoft designed to broadcast and navigate your social life and is aimed at the Social Generation who want to share their journey (through life) every day with their network of friends.

An analysis of Facebook users determined that Social Connection and Self Expression defined the primary use of social networking sites. Facebook, in particular, handles 5,000,000,000 (that's 5 billion) pieces of content sharing every week and has 3,000,000,000 (that's 3 billion) photos posted every month. This constitutes high volume Life Casting items related to your life.

Users care and are passionate about technology and expect a multi-screen life. They expect things to work on their phone, PC and ultimately on their TV. They want it to work where they are, when they want it to work and how they want it to work.

The Kin (from Kindred Spirits perhaps) plugs one of those gaps - social networking on-the-go and is designed specifically for that purpose, combining the phone, online services and the PC.

Features include touch-based browsing with zoom, pan etc., web search tools, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Zune software, built-in FM radio

The Kin Studio is your Kin on the web where you can store and backup photos, video contacts and messages in your own private space.

The Kin will be available fromVerizon in the US in May and Vodaphone in Europe in the Autumn. Specific pricing and availability is currently not known.

Visit for more information .


by Mick 0 Comments

Recently announced, at the Mobile World Congress 2008, the APX 2500 is the first processor from NVIDIA aimed at the next generation of smartphones. Based on an ARM chip (the ARM11 MP core running at up to 750Mhz) and combining GeForce graphics (a new ultra-low power (ULP) GeForce core) with nPower Technology, the APX 2500 provides support for Windows CE and Windows Mobile.


Software developers can exploit the power of the device through a set of software drivers that enable the development of rich media applications with compelling user interfaces. An implementation of OpenKODE is provided that allows applications to be developed to take full advantage of the graphics and video acceleration available and provide sophisticated 3D user interfaces. Other supported graphics standards include Open GL ES 2.0 and Microsoft Direct 3D Mobile.

More details at

Windows Mobile 7

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An "exclusive" report about some of the features to be made available in Windows Mobile 7.0 is detailed at InsideMicrosoft (part of the Blog News Channel)

The emphasis for Mobile 7 is claimed to be the use of multi-touch and motion gestures as an indicator of the attempt by Microsoft to counter the threat posed by the iPhone (and/or iPod Touch).

It will be interesting to see if the final product turns out as described in this article, although we may not find out until nearer the release date (sometime in 2009 perhaps).


by Mick 0 Comments

A nice looking new phone, the Serenata, has recently been announced. The Serenata Music-Phone is a joint development by Samsung and Bang & Olufsen.

Bang & Olufsen's expertise in concept development, user interface experience, acoustic sound capabilities and design skills together with Samsung's leadership in mobile phone technology, engineering and quality have realized a new way of combining unique music and mobile experiences for consumers.

To assist the user, the display changes color depending on whether it is in Phone mode (blue) or Music mode (red). Furthermore, the large 2.4-inch color LCD display developed by Samsung allows Serenata to show album covers in an excellent resolution and facilitates on-screen navigation. Also, the innovative mobile phone features sensi-touch to enhance the usability.


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