The sheer number of new mobile phones out there doesn't allow us to include every single one in our already-extensive database, let alone review all of them. As you might expect, knock-offs of iPhones are especially low priority in our "to review" list. That's not to say they aren't interesting, though, in a "should I get one for my boss because I hate him" kind of way.
I'm back from Barcelona and the GSMA World Congress. For five days I was up to my ears in cell phones and tapas (not at the same time) but I came away with some fresh insights into our global mobile world. As the largest cell phone show on the planet, GSMA produced a lot of news this year. Samsung, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson all announced new models, and hundreds of other companies jockeyed for the spotlight, as well. Senior Editor Bonnie Cha and I were just two of 55,000 GSMA attendees, but we manged to track down the … Read more
If fashion designers are willing to stake their reputations on cable boxes, audio servers, and hard drives, then it should be a no-brainer to do a phone for kids. And thankfully, France-based Sagem didn't fall back on the usual cheap toy look that curses so many children's gadgets.
Instead, it commissioned artist Lulu Castagnette to design the My411C handset, which looks pretty much like a grown-up mobile phone except for an external display that's cut out in a teddy bear silhouette. As Uberphones points out, the rest of its features are anything but remarkable, though that obviously … Read more
The search for a universal portable speaker design has been like hunting for UFOs or the Loch Ness Monster: Tons of sightings, but the real thing remains as elusive as ever. If anything, we should expect to see increasingly unusual attempts until the electronics industry figures it out, whether they're made for media players, mobile phones, or any other form of portable audio.
The latest: elephant ears. That, at least, is what the "LiveSpeakR" stereo dock looks like to us. The system wraps around the iPhone or iPod Touch, connected by USB port and accommodating both vertical … Read more
Regardless of how one feels about pink, there has been a glaring omission from the mobile phones shaded in that most popular of pastels. This dire circumstance has apparently been remedied, however, with the unveiling of the "Pink iPhone."
It's a custom job, which is reflected in its $800 price, though Gizmodiva notes that it may just be hype for a marketing campaign that's supposedly giving one away for free. Still, given the popularity of pink handsets, it probably wouldn't have too much trouble selling if it's legit. Yet one can't help but … Read more
Seeking Alpha's Todd Sullivan really doesn't like Apple's exclusive agreement with AT&T (tip o' the antlers to John Gruber). His dislike of it is so intense, as a matter of fact, that his "analysis" of the deal has burst free of the restraining coil of our so-called "Earth logic" and taken flight to a wondrous world of imagination. [Note for editor: is there a Doug Henning tag?]
The latest estimates have "unlocked" iPhones costing Apple over $1 billion in lost revenue the next 3 years.
Wow! $1 billion sounds … Read more
Samsung announced two new CDMA cell phones this week, one for Sprint and one for Verizon Wireless. Both offer similar features, however, each takes a different approach to design. We'll have full reviews of both phones by next week.
First up is the new Samsung SPH-M520 for Sprint. Sporting a typical Samsung slider design in silver, the SPH-M520 is a Power Vision handset with support for the carrier's 3G network. Inside you'll find access to the Sprint Music Store, support for Sprint TV, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a digital music player, a microSD card slot, GPS support … Read more
Today, we actually get it right! We sucker in Tom Merritt to talk about Amy Winehouse's drunken badness, a guy gets denied an all-star game marriage proposal, unlimited cell phone minutes, and N+, like stick figure lemmings...but for Xbox 360, and Pimp My Ride for Wii. Listen in on the fun!
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After dismissing the concept behind the "BlueQ" wristband alert last year, we were immediately lambasted by readers. (Something that's become all too familiar for some of us.) So we proceed with due caution in passing along this similar product.
The "BluAlert Vibrating Bluetooth Wristband" works on the same principle as the BlueQ: Both are wearable devices that discreetly and wirelessly alert you when you get a call while the phone is in your bag or purse with the ringer turned off, according to 7Gadgets. We do appreciate that this new version at least attempts to … Read more
We're dubious about the authenticity of this purported concept, but it may out of an overwhelming sense of denial. It's just too depressing--and disturbing--to think that someone would actually come up with this idea, let alone find a market for it.
The "KissPhone" is a device that supposedly does its best to duplicate the buss of an acquaintance with an "artificial mouth," according to its inventor, who happens to be based in Paris. (No comment.) "This KissPhone detects percussion speed, pressure, temperature, and sucking force of the lips, when you kiss it," … Read more