phones

  • 85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    A recent poll of 4000 people (which is probably enough) found that a majority of them felt that mobile phones these days are too hard to set up and too hard to use. I can see that, however I think the iPhone and G1 are doing things right. Even as someone immersed in tech 24/7, I was afraid to explore the capabilities of my old phones on Verizon. Read More

  • Pharos Traveler 137: What the Garmin GPS phone should have been

    Pharos Traveler 137: What the Garmin GPS phone should have been

    I'm totes down with the Traveler 137, the latest GPS phone from Pharos. I've used their GPS devices for years now and this one looks like a worthy addition to the pack. Sadly, it's a bit pricey: $599.95. It's completely unlocked, though and runs on any GSM network. Read More

  • You’ll shoot your eye out ear off, kid

    You’ll shoot your eye out ear off, kid

    This hilarious fake prototype of a gun with an old-school Nokia phone built into the handle is what StrategyPage.com calls “The First and Second Amendment Combined.” Read More

  • Nokia E63 up for pre-order on Amazon for $499

    Nokia E63 up for pre-order on Amazon for $499

    The Nokia E63 has surfaced on Amazon.com for a pre-order price of $499, unlocked. You’ll remember the E63 as the tie-loosened, top-button-unbuttoned little brother to the more polished, business-oriented Nokia E71. Read More

  • Behold the world’s thinnest QWERTY phone

    Behold the world’s thinnest QWERTY phone

    German company Neoi has apparently developed the world’s thinnest QWERTY phone. That’s bold! Know what’s even more bold? A company inserting its name into Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence formula as a marketing ploy (see upper right hand corner of the above photo). That, my friends, takes some brass ones. This better be one amazing phone, a phone the likes of which… Read More

  • Zune phone coming at CES keynote?

    Zune phone coming at CES keynote?

    Once upon a time, Zune phone rumors were as thick on the ground as Autumn leaves. But as the inevitable nothing happened, they died down and were replaced by the more interesting Windows 7 rumblings. But now Microsoft is in pole position to announce something like a Zune phone, having pretty much let the whole 7 cat out of the bag and lacking any really compelling major product developments other… Read More

  • Pomegranate NS08 smartphone features HD projector, shaver, coffee maker, harmonica, and voice translator

    Pomegranate NS08 smartphone features HD projector, shaver, coffee maker, harmonica, and voice translator

    We spend most of our time searching for the ultimate convergence devices and I truly believe that I’ve found the one to beat. It’s the Pomegranate NS08 from Nova Scotia, of all places. The millimeters-thin touchscreen phone handles voice, web browsing, and e-mail with ease but also tackles tough tasks that no phone to date has attempted. Read More

  • Review: Samsung Highnote (Sprint)

    Review: Samsung Highnote (Sprint)

    Short Version: The $99 Samsung Highnote is a capable music phone with a 3.5mm headphone jack and built-in stereo speakers. If music’s your thing, the Highnote could serve you well. Read More

  • Terrorists used BlackBerrys to cause horror

    Terrorists used BlackBerrys to cause horror

    From the Courier Mail: Among their arsenal of weapons are bags of almonds and BlackBerry mobile phones – almonds to keep their energy up, and the mobile internet connections to stay one step ahead of police and the military. These fuckers turned our tools against us and it’s an embarrassment – and a reminder – that the tools that make our lives easier and, dare I say it… Read More

  • Review: AT&T Quickfire

    Review: AT&T Quickfire

    Short Version: The $99-after-rebate Quickfire from AT&T is an appealing alternative for the Sidekick crowd, but the promotion of AT&T’s music features without including earbuds or even some sort of adapter for the proprietary connector a real head-scratcher. Read More

 
  • Review: Clarity C900 cell phone for seniors

    Review: Clarity C900 cell phone for seniors

    Quick Version: The idea behind the Clarity C900 mobile phone is sound – big keys, bright display, loud ringer, emergency call button – but the interface might be a bit feature-heavy and confusing for most elderly users. Read More

  • Clarity announces iPhone killer for seniors

    Clarity announces iPhone killer for seniors

    The ClarityLife C900 succeeds in so many places that the iPhone fails that it’s not even funny. First of all, it’s unlocked and, at $269.95, it’s not that much more expensive than an iPhone with a two-year contract. Once you get to a certain age, locking into contracts is silly. As my ninety-one-year-old grandmother says when asked about remarrying, “What’s the… Read More

  • Old-school handset for people who still resist cell phones but realize they’re greatly outnumbered

    Old-school handset for people who still resist cell phones but realize they’re greatly outnumbered

    I know it’s hard, but sooner or later everyone gives in to the idea of cellular telephony. Sure, you may long for the good old days of old-fashioned, straightforward talk on a golden handset but the fact is, until now, you were left with little to no recourse. Enter the “YUBZ Talk” from fashion-forward France. It’ll apparently run about $50 and they’ll start selling… Read More

  • The sun has set on GE and RCA home telephones as Thomson announces it’s quitting retail telephony

    The sun has set on GE and RCA home telephones as Thomson announces it’s quitting retail telephony

    Newsflash: apparently nobody really buys landline phones anymore. At least, not enough people buy home phones that Thomson – the company behind GE and RCA phones — has decided “to exit with immediate effect its retail telephony activities in North America.” Ironically enough, I got this message just as I was sitting down to write up my review the phone system you see on the… Read More

  • T-Mobile announces holiday line-up, gives away plane tickets

    T-Mobile announces holiday line-up, gives away plane tickets

    Word of T-Mobile’s Holiday line-up just came down the wire, and it doesn’t look like they’ve kept any Christmas surprises up their sleeve. Anything that hasn’t been announced officially has been leaked for a few weeks now, so this pretty much just serves as one big confirmation. Motorola ZN5: Pictured on right. Announced and released 2 days ago. It’s a quad-band… Read More

  • T-Mobile announces holiday line-up, gives away plane tickets

    T-Mobile announces holiday line-up, gives away plane tickets

    Word of T-Mobile’s Holiday line-up just came down the wire, and it doesn’t look like they’ve kept any Christmas surprises up their sleeve. Anything that hasn’t been announced officially has been leaked for a few weeks now, so this pretty much just serves as one big confirmation. Motorola ZN5: Pictured on right. Announced and released 2 days ago. It’s a quadband candy… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro now available on Sprint’s website

    HTC Touch Pro now available on Sprint’s website

    The HTC Touch Pro is now available on Sprint’s website for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. The rebate requires that you have the Everything plan, Data Premier add-on, or PRO Pack add-on. If you’re going to use the data feature on this phone, you’ll likely have one of those anyway. Sprint sent me a review unit on Friday and I’ve been using it for a… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro now available on Sprint.com

    HTC Touch Pro now available on Sprint.com

    The HTC Touch Pro is now available on Sprint’s website for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. The rebate requires that you have the Everything plan, Data Premier add-on, or PRO Pack add-on. If you’re going to use the data feature on this phone, you’ll likely have one of those anyway. Sprint sent me a review unit on Friday and I’ve been using it for a… Read More

  • Review: Samsung Rant (Sprint)

    Review: Samsung Rant (Sprint)

    Quick Version: The Samsung Rant is an excellent phone for text messaging addicts who want to be able to do a bit of light web browsing over a high speed data network but don’t want all the feature overload of a full-fledged smartphone. And at $49.99 with a two-year contract, it’s priced to move. Click through for the full review. Read More

  • Dr. Martin Cooper: The father of the mobile phone weighs in on the state of the wireless industry

    Dr. Martin Cooper: The father of the mobile phone weighs in on the state of the wireless industry

    I’ve just attended the keynote address given by Dr. Martin Cooper. Never heard of him? You know him indirectly, as he’s the inventor of something most everyone uses every day: the mobile phone. At the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, Cooper presented an interesting look at the current state of the wireless industry, identifying a handful of problems and how he thinks they could… Read More