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  • 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...

  • Review: Nokia N900 – the ultimate Linux phone?

    Can one truly have a pocket sized netbook and a phone in one package? Or does one function fall by the wayside in favour of the other? Memeburn took a look at the Nokia N900 to see if it makes the grade as a netbook/phone hybrid. At first glance the N900 seems impressive. It has a 600MHz Arm Cortex CPU, 256MB of ram and 32GB of onboard storage, with a high resolution, crystal clear 3.5in screen. Naturally, it also has all the basics for a smartphone of this calibre, which means 3G, Bluetooth 2.0, USB connector, and 802.11g wi-fi. The...

  • It’s all going wrong for the iPhone 4

    The new iPhone 4, Apple's latest installment of their acclaimed smartphone, seems to be having a less than ideal launch, with consumers around the world reporting bugs and issues with the new device and its operating system. Most prominent among these seem to be that the iPhone 4 has some serious antenna issues, in some cases it loses signal completely if held in a specific way. This is particularly acute for left-handed people. Various videos have popped up all over the web showing the phone's signal bars dropping as the antenna area is touched. Mashable reports that it appears to...

  • New iPhone 4 is Apple’s ‘biggest leap’

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed the new iPhone 4 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday evening, calling the redesigned gadget the "biggest leap" the company had taken since the launch of the first iPhone. After tech blog Gizmodo unceremoniously leaked pictures of the new iPhone prototype a few months ago, Jobs' was looking to turn up the hype. Jobs acknowledged the leak by saying: "Some of you have already seen this." Gizmodo failed to crack an invite to the sought-after announcement. Some of the key changes to the new phone include a higher resolution display Apple is...

  • The Hero is a real threat to the iPhone

    There’s a lot to be said for an instrument that reflects the word ‘Hero’ back at you when you turn it on. It’s a great motivator to go out there and be the best you can be. Clearly, the developers at HTC had this word imprinted on their brains when they designed this handset. The Hero is truly a remarkable piece of technology, and a serious threat to the universal dominance of the...

  • Does the E72 prove that Nokia needs a giant kick in the ass?

    Nokia, how do you disappoint me? Let me count the ways. You have great hardware: reliable, tough, ergonomically excellent and a robust operating system. But then you ruin it with shortsighted, badly-integrated, buggy software applications and “services”. And then you ruin it even more by compromising engineering and design decisions with your petty internal politics and power struggles. Harsh? Yes. And this is coming from a died-in-the-wool Nokia fan-boy. My first phone was an Ericsson...

  • iPhone 4.0 revealed by US tech blog – Pics

    US technology blog Gizmodo has got its hands on what it believes to be the next iPhone. According to the blog, the iPhone prototype was apparently found "lost in a bar" near Apple's headquarters, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. The authors of Gizmodo report they were initially sceptical, but after "playing with it for about a week—the overall quality feels exactly like a finished final Apple phone". Disassembling the phone provided further evidence of its authenticity. The site's sources say that Apple is indeed reporting that it has "lost" a prototype and that "they want it back". However there...