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Mobile Phones

  • BlackBerry vs iPhone? A tale of two smartphones

    In November of last year, my phone contract was up for renewal and I got an... oh, to hell with it! Yes, I got an iPhone 4. I suppose that at times, my overwhelming fascination with BlackBerries could have been construed as evangelical, and so, news of my apparent defection spread as heresy. I own a BlackBerry Curve 8520 and a BlackBerry Bold 9000 and I have the type of affection for them that a (good) father has for his children. The decision was a hard one to make. I had sleepless nights and at times, engaged in existential...

  • 1.5-million Windows 7 Phones sold in first six weeks

    Microsoft has released its first sales figures for new Windows Phone 7 smartphones, saying more than 1.5 million of the handsets were sold by manufacturers in the first six weeks. Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, said sales were "in line with our expectations -- especially when compared to other new platform introductions." "We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence," Berg said in a statement. Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its mobile phone operating system in October as it...

  • Are you looking for the best smartphone in the country?

    According to Gartner, smartphone sales increased by 96 percent in the third quarter of 2010. Over 80-million of more than 400-million handsets sold over this period were smartphones. That’s about 1 in 5 of all mobile phones sold worldwide, and a lot of this phenomenal growth can be attributed to the meteoric rise of the Android platform. As South Africans, we stand with our noses pressed up against the window, watching the likes of Europe, Asia and the US get first dibs on the latest smartphone technologies. Although the influx of smartphones into our country is less timely, and more...

  • Google unveils Nexus S

    Google has unveiled its second branded smartphone, the "Nexus S", made by South Korea's Samsung. Google said the Nexus S, which comes nearly a year after the Nexus One, which was a critical success if not a huge commercial hit, is powered by the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Gingerbread. Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin said the Nexus S would be the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform, used by handset makers around the world. It will be available in the United States from December 16 from Best Buy stores...

  • The hitch-hiker’s guide to the Samsung Galaxy i9000 S [Review]

    The universe is a vast and ever-expanding entity of incomprehensible size. As one attempts to make sense of it, certain shapes take form that reveal it for what it truly is -- one giant confusion scattered with billions of galaxies. In many ways it resembles the smartphone universe, where the options of shapes, sizes and functionality are close to infinite. Yet somehow, in the ever expanding smartphone galaxies, there is one that shines brighter than the rest: The Samsung Galaxy i9000 S. The Galaxy, at the time of its release, was the flagship Android in Samsung’s range. This fact was...

  • Blackberry Pearl 9105: Entry-level form meets high-end function

    If you’re a BlackBerry purist, you might view the Pearl 3G 9105 with its T9-style keyboard as blasphemous; the result of an unholy union between a Nokia "candybar-style" handset and a traditional QWERTY-style BlackBerry smartphone. Look closer however, and you’ll find a powerful device that cleverly bridges the gap between run-of-the-mill feature phones and high-end BlackBerry smartphones. A wolf in sheep's clothing, the Pearl 9105 comes packing top-tier features, including a 624 MHz processor, high speed HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS and Research In Motion’s advanced SureType technology for hammering out text on a compact, yet gorgeous 360 x...

  • N8: Nokia almost delivers a really great phone

    Let’s get right to the question you’re begging to have answered. Because if you’re not asking it, you’re probably already into iPhones or Blackberries or some other hippy-open-whatchamacallit-wotsit made by HTC. The question on everyone's lips is, of course: "Is the Nokia N8 any good?" Which really means, "Should I, as a Nokia loyalist (or disenchanted refugee from some other phone that’s just pissed me off one time too many) buy one, and keep the torch burning for the clever little elves deep in the cold wintry wastes of Espoo?" In a word, yes. The N8 is a bloody good...

  • Blackberry Curve 9300: the de facto entry-level smartphone?

    Recently launched in South Africa, Research In Motion’s co-CEO Mike Lazaridis had the following to say about the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300: "The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of them to make the leap". You’d be forgiven for hearing elevator music. You might have started feeling the early onset of lethargy, the moment you heard the word "accessible". Lazaridis’ statement is conscientious, astute and slightly understated, like the phone...

  • Review: The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini

    Style is a rare commodity in the cell phone world and is usually first to go in the quest to deliver a decent phone. Yet somehow, Sony Ericsson has matched power and class in perfect proportions to consistently produce some of the most eye-catching phones available. The XPERIA X10 mini is a perfect example of this harmonious relationship. The first and most noticeable aspect of the X10 mini is that it is, in fact, hard to notice. Not due to a lack of style, but rather because of its remarkably small size. The first glance comment from all onlookers is,...

  • Review: The Blackberry Bold 9700 is all it’s cracked up to be

    Hello, my name is Ryan and I have a problem. I have been struggling with this addiction for almost 2 weeks now and I can’t seem to shake it. The Blackberry Bold 9700 has taken over my life. It has seduced me into the BB universe and has quite literally hijacked my social circle. All who use it, swear by its convenience and ease of use, and I agree completely. The Blackberry is inching ever closer to that elusive smartphone crown in South Africa. With more than three Blackberries sold for every iPhone, it seems as though the momentum is...