The Nokia N73 and Nokia N93 are two high end S60 3rd Edition smartphones that include 3.2 megapixel cameras with Carl Zeiss optics. This image gallery shows the hardware details of the two devices with comparison to their predecessors, the N70 and N90.
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T-Mobile launched the myTouch 3G as its second Google Android device in early 2009 and it was a sleek, solid device. The Fender Limited Edition improves a bit with a standard 3.5mm headset jack, double the memory for application storage, and large capacity 16GB microSD card. There are a few music focused applications, along with free songs from popular artists, in a device with Fender guitar sunburst highlights.
The beginning of the year always starts with a bang with smartphones being revealed at CES, Mobile World Congress and CTIA. I created a preliminary top 10 smartphones list in March and now that we have all the major anticipated announcements for the year I thought it was fitting to post my top 10 smartphones for the year 2011. Many of the phones I had on that list are present in this new list, but now that I have had hands-on time with some my perspective has changed. Some have yet to be released, but should be coming before the holidays so I included them as well.
AT&T just released the Palm Centro GSM Palm OS device. The Sprint Palm Centro was released a few months ago and is quite popular. For US$99, the Palm Centro is a very capable smartphone that appeals to those looking for a good text messaging and communications device.
The HTC DROID Incredible is getting quite a few people excited about the next Google Android device on Verizon Wireless and in this image gallery we present a much closer look at functions and applications. Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync is supported quite well and we present screenshots of this, along with the text input options, document viewer, Skype Mobile, and NFL Mobile.
Regular reports on smartphone and mobile device sales are issued and are interesting to view. However, they are often missing information that makes the data a bit less informative. In the most recent Gartner report we finally see analysts including the largest Windows Mobile manufacturer, HTC, in their tables. Sales of smartphones have increased at a lower rate than in 2007, but were still quite strong considering that consumer spending has slowed in the U.S.
Ryan Block is ending his role as editor-in-chief at Engadget to pursue a new gadget site opportunity with long-time buddy Peter Rojas and I wish them both the best of luck and look forward to seeing what they come up with. As a fitting end to his role at Engadget, Ryan posted an update to his open letter to Palm that he posted last year. His 2007 letter gave lots of unsolicited advice to Palm and CEO Ed Colligan even responded to the letter. The sad news is that one year later there is very little that shows Palm has changed much and it is tough to keep pulling for the company and hoping they come out of it.
Palm Pre and Pixi owners received a late Christmas present last night in terms of the webOS 1.3.5 firmware update that weighs in at just 13MB. I no longer have a Palm Pre, but make sure to head over to PreCentral.net to check out all the details of the upgrade. The upgrade is available for both webOS devices, the Pre and Pixi, but is currently limited to the US model of the Palm Pre.
There has been a rather cryptic countdown on Twitter from the Symbian Foundation and now we learn that the countdown was designed to alert folks that Symbian is now fully open source and 100% free. This happened four months ahead of schedule and we should soon start to see Symbian-powered devices from different manufacturers. This new Symbian is different than the previous Symbian you are familiar with in S60. While Nokia is still a major contributor to Symbian, the Symbian Foundation stated that the goal by 2011 is to have Nokia contributing no more than 50% of the development work.
I've been enjoying Shortcovers for a few months on my Google Android and iPhone devices and loved that the books were easy to access on multiple platforms. I actually just included some good info on using Shortcovers content on my new B&N nook thanks to their EPUB format. We now hear that Shortcovers has been rebranded as Kobo with their major financing coming from Borders. You should still be able to access purchased content from Kobo on the nook due to the Adobe Digital Editions support and cross platform titles. There are now mobile clients for BlackBerry, Palm WebOS, iPhone, and Android smartphones as well as ereaders like the nook and Sony Reader.