Motorola DEFY+ review

The Motorola DEFY+ is an evolution of the original Motorola DEFY, which won our heart last year as the only complete smartphone that offers some form of physical protection against water, dust and the occasional drop. In a form that doesn’t make it differ much from a typical smartphone. Read on to find out if this phone has what it takes to survive in the hands of a nefarious phones reviewer. Continue reading “Motorola DEFY+ review”

Motorola DEFY+ hands-on and unboxing

The Motorola Defy+ is an updated version of the Motorola Defy, Motorola’s unique take on making rugged phones accessible to all. Externally the Defy+ looks identical to the Defy. In fact side by side it is impossible to tell the two apart. Which is a good thing as we like the same small cute design. Continue reading “Motorola DEFY+ hands-on and unboxing”

Sony Ericsson teams up with Umbro to create a real life football game

Football fans always seems to know best, or at least that’s what I feel whenever I find myself in a company of one. And I am sure there are a couple of football fans here. Well, don’t you ever wished you could control your own real life footballers? Sony Ericsson and Umbro thought they could. They teamed up together to create a live football game called the Kasabian Football Gaming Live. Continue reading “Sony Ericsson teams up with Umbro to create a real life football game”

HTC Sensation XL hands-on

The HTC Sensation XL isn’t the most exciting smartphones currently on the market.  But it is one of the few devices that comes with a massive 4.7″ display. If you are the type of person who finds the original HTC Sensation small, then this may be the device for you. Continue reading “HTC Sensation XL hands-on”

New Motorola accessories hands-on

At the recent Motorola RAZR press briefing in London, Motorola announced a range of new accessories designed for the RAZR. These new accessories are designed to be compatible with other Motorola devices going forward. It is not known if these will work with older devices like the Atrix. Continue reading “New Motorola accessories hands-on”

Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Welcome to the FoneArena Nokia Lumia 800 Review. It is barely eight months after Stephen Elop’s infamous burning platform memo, Nokia has announced their first ever Windows Phone 7 device and has even begun shipment to retailers in Europe. Many thought it was impossible, but Nokia did it anyway. Is this a sign that the once complacent giant has finally woken up to the reality of mobile phone business in the 21st century?

Speak to many Nokia employees and in their views are the same: the Lumia 800 is Nokia’s comeback phone. It isn’t the high end device that many hoped for, but it is the first step. After all you need to learn to walk before you run. For Nokia to be able to get the Lumia 800 into the hands of the press eight months after they started working on this device is impressive, but would that be enough. Read on to find out what we think about the new Lumia 800. Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 800 Review”

Nokia Lumia 800: Nokia Drive and Nokia Music hands-on

Much has been written about how Nokia would attempt to differentiate their Windows Phone 7 smartphones to other Microsoft OEM licensees. Well now that we have our hands on the new Lumia 800, we can just see how much, if at all, Nokia has customised the UI in their quest to set themselves apart. Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 800: Nokia Drive and Nokia Music hands-on”

Nokia Lumia 800 unboxing

A week after the Nokia Lumia 800 was announced, and less than a week after Nokia World 2011 ended, Nokia has begun sending samples of the Nokia Lumia 800 to the press. This is an impressive turnaround compared to previous years. In addition to that Nokia has also announced that the Lumia 800 will be released on 16 November, two weeks from now. Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 800 unboxing”

Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headset with NFC hands-on

Nokia has been a big player in the mobile NFC space, starting development long before Google seen the light. But for Nokia, it’s not all about mobile wallets. They have recently a range of accessories with NFC built-in, designed to make pairing easier. The Nokia Luna Bluetooth headset is one of them, and I have recently had the opportunity to play with them at Nokia World 2011. Continue reading “Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headset with NFC hands-on”

Nokia Kinetic concept phone with flexible display hands-on

Nokia is demoing a concept phone with flexible display at Nokia World 2011 in London. The Nokia Kinetic by Nokia Research division works by bending and twisting the device in each corner in order to register input.

The Nokia Kinetic is a landscape device with two working applications, Music and Pictures, no doubt created as proof of concepts. For example bending in the device towards you will open the application.

Below is a video demo of the Nokia Kinetic and how it works. There are currently no plans to bring this screen technology to the market but this is merely a sneak into what Nokia has in store for us.

Nokia Lumia 710 hands-on

It’s Nokia World 2011 and all eyes seems to be on Nokia’s new Windows Phone 7.5 flagship, the Lumia 800. But based on my conversations with other tech journalists here, many believe the real show stealer is the understated Nokia Lumia 710. Read on to find out why. Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 710 hands-on”

Nokia Asha 300 hands-on

The Nokia Asha 300 is one of four new Nokia Asha series featurephones announced today at Nokia World 2011 in London. The Asha 300 is almost identical in featureset to the Asha 303, except apart for a QWERTY keyboard, the Asha 300 comes with a traditional 12-key numerical pad and a portrait touchscreen. Continue reading “Nokia Asha 300 hands-on”

Nokia Asha 303 hands-on

Nokia today announced the Nokia Asha 303, part of the new Asha portfolio of S40 touch and type featurephones designed for emerging markets and part of Nokia’s strategy of getting the next billion people online. Continue reading “Nokia Asha 303 hands-on”

Motorola RAZR hands-on

This morning I had the chance to play with Motorola’s newest Android smartphone – the RAZR. The impossibly slim smartphone is the thinnest I have ever held. At 7.1mm thickness, the RAZR best the Galaxy S2 by a full 1.4mm.

The RAZR’s specs are typical of what to expect from a late 2011 smartphone. Beneath the glossy and stylish metal exterior lies a Texas Instrument OMAP 4430 SoC with dual core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. In essence the RAZR is a DROID Bionic reborned for the international market after a diet and slight speed upgrade. Continue reading “Motorola RAZR hands-on”

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray review

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray is one of the most intriguing smartphone I have ever used. This phone goes against the current trend of expensive larger screen smartphones with high-specs or small and fat smartphones with low-specs. So I found it refreshing when Sony Ericsson announced the XPERIA Ray, a small screen smartphone with a reasonably high specifications. For all intent and purpose, the XPERIA Ray is a midget version of the rather excellent XPERIA Arc. Continue reading “Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray review”