We were pretty stoked when Samsung told us they had a Samsung Ultra Smart F700 that we could actually touch and drool over, but the excitement was short-lived when we found out it wasn't a working model. Bummer. Still, we got some hands-on time with F700 and came away with a couple of thoughts. First, the VibeTonz technology is a little startling. This feature causes the phone to slightly vibrate when you slide up the cover or use the keyboard. Personally, I think this would get old after a while, but hopefully there's an option to turn it … Read more
Motorola wants to prove that your cell phone can look like a million bucks without actually having to empty your bank account. The company introduced four new models to its Motomobile line at CTIA 2007--all offering chic designs at an affordable price. The quartet includes:Motorola W218: A sleek candy bar-style GSM handset that offers all the basics, plus a VGA camera and FM radio. Motorola W360: Another slim bar GSM phone with an emphasis on music capabilities. The company calls it a "multimedia device for the masses." The 360 has MP3 ringtones, an FM radio, 5MB … Read more
Though we've seen the LG VX8700 at the LG booth at CTIA, we weren't allowed official information about all the important carrier details--despite the glaringly obvious "Verizon" logo emblazoned on its front surface. However, Verizon has finally let the cat out of the bag and officially announced that, yes, it will indeed carry the LG VX8700 in its lineup. This means that in addition to all the multimedia goodness already in the handset (a 2.0-megapixel camera, a music player, and a video recorder, just for starters), the VX8700 will also support V Cast video and … Read more
BlueAnt is an Australian company specializing in Bluetooth products, and it has been slowly making a name for itself in the American marketplace as well. We've even reviewed several of its more popular headsets, the X3 Micro and the T8 Micro for example. Well, the company has released a new Bluetooth speakerphone at CTIA this week, called the BlueAnt Supertooth Light, a Bluetooth speakerphone to be used in the car for easier hands-free driving. A full-duplex, high-performance speaker with clear voice capture and noise cancellation, it is designed to fit neatly onto your car's visor. It has a … Read more
LG has made great strides with their music phones, integrating stereo Bluetooth into most of its recent music-playing handsets. As a result, the company debuted a Bluetooth stereo speaker that will pair up nicely with them, acting as a cool, portable speaker that you can bring around on trips. The LG MSB-100 Bluetooth stereo speaker is a smart-looking device, with a glossy-black finish paired with milky-white accents. Not only can you use to blast your tunes, you can also use it as a speakerphone for conference calls. It will be available in May this year for around $120.
UTStarcom has unveiled a third phone at CTIA today, which is in addition to the CDM-7026 and the CDM-7076 phones announced earlier this week. Described as an ultra-thin candybar handset, it was nowhere to be found at the UTStarcom booth yesterday, but we did get word that it is unofficially titled the UTStarcom PCS1450. An upgrade to the UTStarcom PCS1400 (otherwise known as the Virgin Mobile Slice), the PCS1450 maintains the same super-slim lightweight profile as its predecessor but amps it up with two additional features: a VGA camera and Bluetooth support. We'll try to get an image of … Read more
We usually like the Bluetooth headsets from Cardo, and lucky for us, the company has released a trio of Bluetooth headsets at CTIA this week. The sexiest of the lot is the Cardo S-800, a petite Bluetooth headset that weighs a scant 0.38 ounces. It's the first Cardo headset to have an in-ear earpiece, so you won't need the earloop to wear it. It also has a "hot-dialing" button that lets you call up to three of your favorite contacts. Other features include a battery status indicator, a headset location buzzer, a missed call indicator, … Read more
Samsung gave us a nice surprise today at CTIA, when it showed us the sleek, high-end Ultra Edition phones that it first unveiled at 3GSM last month. In addition to the U700, U600 and U100, Samsung also highlighted the F700 QWERTY phone. It was under glass and devoid of any handy signs detailing its features, but the slider phone is obviously meant for messaging addicts.
The PalmOS version of the SlingPlayer Mobile software is now available as a public beta at Sling Media's Web site. The initial version of the Palm software is designed to run only on the Palm Treo 700p. The new software adds Palm to the list of supported platforms to which Slingbox products can stream home TV programming. To date, SlingPlayer viewing software has already been released for Windows (2000, XP, and Vista) and Mac OS X (Intel and PowerPC) computers and Windows Mobile handhelds and smartphones. Additionally, a Symbian version of the SlingPlayer is preinstalled on some phones available … Read more
Since Samsung made such a big statement at CTIA with the debut of its dual-sided UpStage for Sprint we think the least the company could do is bring us a U.S. version of its Ultra Video as well. The Ultra Video looks like the Upstage, but it features a unique and sexy swivel design that allows you to balance the phone on a table for easy viewing. Also called the F500, the GSM Ultra Video made its debut last December at an electronics show in Hong Kong. We like its slick styling and are eager to see if it'… Read more