As the age of the tablet is underway it’s no surprise to see the big names battling it out with an increasingly impressive spec list.
Today sees the UK launch of iPad 2. It’s thinner, faster, lighter and more desirable than ever.
It’s also cheaper, £399 for the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi. Or, take one on a pay monthly contract for £199 upfront and £25 per month, that’s for the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G along with a generous amount of data. You’ll be able to order online after 5pm today.
After Apples announcement of the iPad 2, Samsung has taken the opportunity to tweak their Android tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is already available in 7 inch form and there are two new models on the way, running on Honeycomb (Android v3.0) with 8.9 and 10.1 inch displays. This crafty tactic means you can pick up a model that is smaller than the iPad if a compact Tab is your first desire or a larger model if you want to take the multimedia package to the next level.
The Samsung Tabs are also lighter, thinner and boast a better screen resolution. Of course the operating systems differ with Samsung pitching Android v3.0 against Apples iOS 4.3. Android may have some way to go to match Apple’s application rich OS and although hardened Apple fans won’t be pried away, the runaway success of Android on smartphones might be enough to convince the rest of the mainstream market.
Camera wise, Apple take another hit with Samsung upgrading their main camera to 3-megapixels against Apples 0.7-megapixel resolution and things get worse for Apple in the video calling department too with Samsung’s 2-megapixel video cam out gunning Apple’s VGA 0.3-megapixel cam. However these are only tech specs, camera results in the real world may turn out different.
Samsung has penned in a slightly lower price tag on the 8.9-inch version but as this story unrolls the true winner will be the consumer as the desire to dominate this market pushes along the technology with higher and higher specs becoming the norm.
At Ewell Systems we are always busy and this is just a snapshot of whats been happening so far this year.
We have been appointed as partners for citrix, lenovo and scriptlogic.
Numerous opportunities and offers haver been added to our opportunities section.
We have launched our first app on Ovi.
Our consultancy division has been very busy so far this year. So whats coming up?
Our consultancy business will continue to grow two long standing projects TMBN and Esgil will launch and the mobilefone network will receive a makeover. In addtion we will be launching Apple and Android apps.
Also expect to see an increase in our activity with Drupal, Joomla and Wrodpress.
Executives will also be at various events and conferences this year.
The truly amazing Apple iPad knocks the competition out of the water by combining Macbook and iPhone technologies and expertly crafting them into a perfectly sized smart-device (24x19x1.3cm). The iPad is dominated by a large 9.7 inch full HD widescreen display that is LED-backlit and uses accelerometer sensors to enable use in either landscape or portrait views. The precise multi-touch screen is protected with a fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating that ensures the colour-rich 1024×768 pixel display doesn’t deteriorate with smudges and marks like other smartphones or touch-screen tablet devices.
A custom designed 1GHz Apple A4 high-performance / low-power consumption processor provides a seamless and responsive user experience. Customisable options are almost limitless with access to 150,000 downloadable applications and bespoke iPad games. The 3G / Wi-Fi connections to the Internet will provide broadband-like speeds to visit online shopping, news, weather, sports and social networking sites. The full screen zoom function brings Internet pages into sharp focus and makes viewing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents a breeze.
Entertaining features include an e-Book reader that can download files from the iBook store and stereo audio speakers for enjoying MP3/MP4 files along with many other popular media formats. Additionally there is a 3.5mm audio jack and wireless Bluetooth connectivity for connecting your favourite headsets. Assisted GPS support and a digital compass work well outside with the ambient light sensor adjusting the display brightness for the perfect picture. The iPad fills a gap in the market superbly and certainly helps the user save money by not having to purchase separate phone, laptop, Sat Nav and iPod devices.
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Be quick, it’s only available while stocks last. You’ll need to buy a £10 top up with the phone but delivery is free, total cost £10.20.
The deal is on Virgin Mobile, which is a good value network with some nice promotions. A £10 top up gives you 300 free texts without eating into your credit.
The Motorola WX180 isn’t the flashiest mobile around but sometimes you just want a basic, friendly and reliable phone that you know you can depend on. With the WX180 you’ll get up to 8 hours of talk time or up to 400 hours of standby time from a full charge, so chatting away without being constantly reminded about a low battery won’t be a problem. More info
Free on contract from just £20 per month.
The Nokia C7 is an impressive touchscreen smartphone with the latest Symbian 3 OS. With multiple homescreens, an easy to use menu system and loads of apps to choose from the Nokia C7 has plenty to offer. The 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen is vibrant and displays images captured on the impressive 8-megapixel camera brilliantly. The camera includes dual-LED flash, autofocus and video record and the TV Out socket allows you to showcase your images and videos on your home TV. More info
It was due to arrive this Friday but the silver version of the new Nokia N8 is now physically in stock with the CPW group, which includes Onestopphoneshop and e2save. The black Nokia N8 is also due sometime this week.
The 12 megapixel camera records 720p video and professional optics from Carl Zeiss combine with a xenon flash, face recognition and geo-tagging to bring possibly the best camera and video package available. The multimedia story doesn’t end here though, with thoughtful inclusion like an HDMI interface for TV or projector connectivity for compatibility with home cinema systems.
The Nokia N8 has a 3.5 inch OLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 640×360 pixels. Your own widgets can be added to the three customisable home screens which can be accessed with a simple finer swipe. The home screen shows live updates from social networking sites and there’s a dedicated widget for Facebook and Twitter, bringing them into one application. Please click here for more information.
Receive the new iPod nano free with almost any mobile phone on an 18 or 24 month contract. It’s a superb free gift to choose – for yourself or for someone else – and has been re-mixed for fingertips to enhance your music enjoyment. Multi-touch allows for tap and swipe operation whilst the motion sensor performs nifty tasks such as shake to shuffle music tracks.
Weighing only 21g and sporting a handy clip for attaching to a sleeve, jacket or bag the iPod nano is completely portable and the anodised aluminium body is highly fashionable.
The iPod nano also boasts colour co-ordinated wallpapers that look great on the 1.5 inch display (240×240 pixels) whilst album art and photos can be viewed with tap-to-zoom bringing into focus even the finest of details. Sounding as great as it looks the nano is highly intelligent and can provide a playlist with songs that go together by tapping the Genius icon when you hear a tune that you like.
The iPod range has always been a fitness fanatic’s best friend and the new nano is no exception. It’s easy to keep fit with the pedometer that provides daily step goals and your progress can be monitored via the Nike Website. If you need extra focus then the iPod nano can pause live FM radio broadcasts for up to 15 minutes.
The Apple iPod nano can provide 24 hours of non-stop music from one charge and with access to iTunes, now featuring a 30-second preview of tracks before you buy, the nano is practical, flexible and fashionable. More info
Dialaphone have some amazing PAYG offers in their sale. But be quick they’re selling out fast.
Phones start from just £1.99 and everything comes with free delivery. Pick up a PAYG bargain now, either for yourself or to put away as a Christmas present.
Here are some of the highlights.
Samsung E1120 was £9.95 now £1.99
LG GW520 White was £89.95 now £44.95
LG KS360 Pink was £49.95 now £19.95
Samsung Genio S3650 was £69.95 now £39.95
Samsung S3650 Genio Red was £69.95 now £34.95
Samsung S5200 was £79.95 now £44.95
Samsung Tocco F480 was £119.95 now £59.95
Sony Ericsson W395 was £49.95 now £24.95
For more info click here
The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is now available at Vodafone. It’s free on contract from £25 per month.
Plus get a free mobile broadband USB dongle using voucher code PAYGMB, when you buy any 18m contract from Vodafone costing £35 or more, or any 24m contract costing £30 or more.
With a change in design the BlackBerry Pearl 9105 offers all of the superb features experienced on other models but in a compact design (108×50x13mm and 93g). The QWERTY keyboard has been removed in favour of an alphanumeric keypad with optical track-pad and dedicated media keys. Typing long messages without a QWERTY layout has been overcome with BlackBerry SureType predictive text input that learns the words you use most for speedy input at minimal effort.
BlackBerry Application World gives access to an impressive array of downloadable apps and with a 3G HSDPA Web browser, Wi-Fi connectivity and multitasking new apps can be downloaded quickly in the background whilst other features on the Pearl are being used. Pre-installed tools include push email, document viewer/editor, organiser, GPS with BlackBerry maps and BlackBerry messenger with notification when messages are delivered and opened by the recipient. More info…..
The iPhone 4 16GB is now available to buy online from 3 and it’s free on a 24 month contract.
Available on The One Plan you get 2000 minutes per month, 5000 texts, 1GB internet and an extra 5000 minutes per month to call other phones on 3.
It’s a huge package – virtually unlimited for most people. To exceed your allowance you would need to send a text message every six minutes and talk on your iPhone 4 for almost four hours per day, that’s between emailing, browsing the web and using the thousands of apps available.
Line rental is £45 per month and there’s nothing to pay upfront. For more info click here