Archive for April, 2010

Chasing the fifth bar

There are two major factors when considering coverage: the phone itself and the nearest mast.

Having cake and eating it

Current whipping boy Google is coming under attack from three giants in the European communications market. Telefonica, France Telecom (Orange) and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) are complaining because Google isn’t giving them a share of the advertising revenue raised by consumers accessing Google’s products over their networks.

Andriod treats

clip_image002The first device to run Android was the HTC Dream. Since its launch in 2008 the OS has had a number of updates which have fixed bugs and added new features. The updates have all had quirky alternate names associated with them in alphabetical order and based on treats.

iPhone – don’t get a monthly deal

I’d quite like an iPhone but don’t want to be tied to a two-year contract. When looking at the TCO of most plans, you’re looking at something starting at £900 even for the most basic plans (75 minutes, 250 SMS and 1GB data).

iPad frenzy

Until we get ours here in the UK, we thought we’d post something a little different.

Touchscreens are a UI nightmare


I have tried many touchscreen devices and always go back to numerical keys. Here’s why.

I can touch type on a keyed device. A touch screen has no tactile feedback making it useless for non-sighted use.

ZTE F107

When you first switch on the F107, there is an ominous sense of familiarity about the menu items and the structure of the device. Those of you who remember the early Nokia phones like the 5110 will be able to reflect on ‘warmer’ times, when selecting menu items was more instantaneous, buttons few and social networking sites a mere classroom daydream.

Samsung i5700

At first glance, it’s not hard to see why the Samsung i5700 can be so easily compared with the HTC Hero. Both handsets are Android devices and are fairly similar in terms of size, weight and specification. However, this is where the similarity ends, as the phone does not have to spend long in your possession before it feels rather like a cheap imitation, or even a ‘poor man’s Hero’.