You’ve seen some of the pictures and features of the upcoming latest touchscreen phone Krave ZN4 from Motorola, now we’ve found a few videos demonstrating what you will expect from Motorola’s new UI which will be appearing in the ZN4…
This one demonstrates the messaging interface which has pretty fancy function and looks alot like an iPhone:
Web browsing, offers portrait and landscape view, but nothing special to note:
Camera and photos management, the ZN4 does offer more camera and photo functions than the iPhone but it’s not exactly amazing:
We don’t often speak about Motorola on this blog but we thought the new Krave ZN4 had some merits. The Motorola Krave ZN4 is supposed to be one of the first full touch screen phones from Motorola to be launched through the major US carrier, Verizon. Many blogs have said that it has a call quality that is “typical Motorola excellence”. Furthermore, the Krave ZN4 is much easier to text with and is accurate to touch. The handset is packed with live digital TV, the VCast Mobile TV along with a MediaFLO tuner, a complete HTML browser, and a much faster internet access with EVDP Rev A. In fact, the phone looks quite similar to the Chinese-based MING series which some will have heard of.
When Apple came up with its revolutionary horizontal slide to unlock the iPhone’s screen, it clearly made a lot of people without iPhones jealous. Now Google Android is doing something similar but not entirely the same, much more fuzzy just to unlock a screen I would say! Users need to challenge 9 dots and they have to swipe their finger on the right way to unlock the screen!
According to reports, users need to configure the pattern at least using 4 dots combination or up to 9 dots, it means there are 389112 of combination possibilities… Check out the quick video below, what do you think? Seems fun but has Google overdone it?
The Blackberry Storm is RIM’s latest addition in their 3G smartphone line. As you may know it was officially announced on Wednesday in the US by Vodafone and Verizon Wireless which have joined forces for what they believe is going to be an iconic change in the world of smartphones, as well as for Blackberry.
The change? The change has certainly been one which we have already witnessed with the new Blackberry Bold. As for this new and latest addition, the Blackberry Storm indeed gives a very clear indication that RIM intends to stick to their new creative plans and try to produce what could be a new and revolutionised standard which would remain as competitive as ever for many years to come.
The latest Storm you will know has a full clickable 3.26-inch (480 x 360) touchscreen which makes it yet another competitor (after the recently unveiled Nokia 5300 XpressMusic) for the currently “sat high in the throne” Apple iPhone. Other features include a built-in accelerometer, 3.2-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, 1GB onboard storage with microSD/SDHD memory card slot and not to say the least, the Storm will be preloaded with lots of apps (scroll down and see)!
I’m not going to dwell on the fact that the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone is Nokia’s first official entry into the world of touchscreen mobiles, it is pretty exciting and it’s specs does pose a possible threat to the iPhone, especially when it’s got a better camera! We recommend you check out the full specs on the Nokia 5800 here.
Unfortunately, these unboxing pics are not from us, they are from the folks over at Stuff.tv, nonetheless it does illustrate a comparsion to the iPhone 3G in one of its pictures if that’s what you are interested in, check out the full gallery below…
After having seen the HTC Dream running Android on video, those that fancy it will be happy to know that T-Mobile (not the one in the UK) has finally released details of the first Google Android mobile, called the G1.
Featuring a 3.2-inch 65k colour HVGA screen with a resolution of 480 x 320 touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard, quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band UMTS support, the G1 will also be equipped with GPS, Wi-Fi and a built-in accelerometer! As for its camera, it will have a 3.1 MP camera however this will not support video recording. As for bluetooth, there’s also going to be a catch, the G1′s bluetooth will support mono headsets only there no stereo and no file transfers!
The G1 will make use of all Google online services such as Gmail (with push support), YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps with Street View, AmazonMP3 marketplace for affordable DRM-free tracks and finally, Google’s own Android Market, which would supply the handset with third-party applications over-the-air. Probably the most outstanding, unique feature to the G1 is the embedded compass, which syncs with Maps Street View allowing live 360-degree cityscape browsing just by turning the handset around – although neat, I’m unsure how many users will be taking advantage of this function. Probably the biggest downside in my view is that, the G1 will NOT have a 3.5mm headphone jack, god, what does one have to do to get a proper headphone jack these days!?
At this stage the T-Mobile G1 lacks MS Exchange support, there’s also no desktop synchronization client, syncing is only possible to Google online services such as Gmail, Calendar and etc. So, our verdict for the time being? Pretty disappointing…
If you’re interested, you might like to know that pre-orders are due to open via the T-Mobile web. T-Mobile G1 will start shipping in US stores as of 22nd October and will be selling for $179 USD with a two year contract / tariff.
T-Mobile will be offering obligatory voice and messaging plans for the G1 priced at $25 (unlimited data, limited msg) and $35 (unlimited data and msg) on top of their regular voice plans. Also, the G1 will be SIM-locked and it won’t be available with a prepaid service! So it looks like there will soon be a new group of mobile software hackers, “Android Dev Team”?
For those that are in the UK, the good news is that the G1 will be available beginning in November, and across T-Mobile’s European markets (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands) in early 2009. Pricing not yet available for the European market, however if it will be as competitive as what the iPhone 2G was, then I will be even more disappointed!
Hey folks, remember the LG Viewty? It was just this time last year when we spoke about it and it was probably one of the first few high megapixel touch screen phones by LG to launch in the UK. What it was renowned for was its success in high quality camera and video recording functionality and one very exclusive feature, the ability to directly upload onto YouTube.
Now a year later, we have the Viewty’s successor, the KC910…
The KC910 boasts a 3″ WQVGA 240×400 pixel display that is fully touchscreen. The camera is a ISO1600 8MP camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, digital zoom, image stabiliser and geotagging. The video camera has VGA capability at 30fps and QVGA capability at 120fps and DivX and Xvid. Connectivity is important, with HSDPA connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi and and TV-out support. It can also take SD cards with a capacity up to 8GB.
We will definitely look forward to seeing how it’s release next month will turn out, meanwhile we will try to retrieve our own KC910 for some live shots and a review of our own.
Hopefully the KC910 will be a much better version of the Viewty, in particular the added WiFi feature and how well this massive 3″ display will work in conjunction with these new features is what I’m interested in. In terms of the camera, I would expect a great deal of quality simply based on what I’ve seen from its predecessor and with a capacity of up to 8GB, that’s not too far away from what I expect from a new phone these days. All in all, I do expect a great deal from this new and hopefully much improved phone, meanwhile here are some pictures and a demo video…