LG watch-phone to cost £1,000!?


Gosh, that’s rather a lot. Mobile Today reckons that the LG watch phone that we covered here will be exclusive to Orange and cost a massive £1,000. Wow. The mere thought inspired Nate Lanxon from CNET to create the wonderous venn diagram over the the right there.

The G910 watch-phone was announced at MWC last week, and LG showed it off at CES too. Considering its appalling specs, requirement that you constantly wear a headset, and – now – massive price tag, it’s clear that Orange see this as a novelty for rich people, not a real device.

(via Mobile Today and CNET)

MWC 2009: HTC shows off Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2


This is the HTC Touch Pro 2, newly announced by HTC in Barcelona. HTC claims that it delivers “the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone”, and who are we to argue? Let’s talk specs.

The phone has a 3.6″ touchscreen at WVGA resolution, Windows Mobile 6.1, 512MB of memory (but with a microSD card slot), HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, FM radio and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. Phew.

Conspicuously missing when compared to rival phones are a 3.5mm headphone jack, decent operating system (Android, Android, Android), 5-megapixel camera and more internal memory. When put against the N97, this phone doesn’t really stand up too well.


Then there’s the Touch Diamond 2. It’s rather similar to the Touch Pro 2, but doesn’t have the QWERTY keyboard and has a slightly smaller touchscreen at 3.2″. It does have a slightly nicer 5-megapixel camera, though.

Other than that it’s mostly identical. Same WVGA resolution, Windows Mobile 6.1, 512MB of memory (with microSD card slot), HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and FM radio. Still no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Both are arriving this year, with the Diamond “Touch”-ing (sorry) down in Q2 and the Pro showing up in early summer. No pricing info yet. Personally speaking, I’d rather plump for the QWERTY over the 5-megapixel camera. How about you? Which is your favourite of the two? Let us know in the comments.

MSI has the same idea as Asus, a little bit after Asus – reveals its Neton "all-in-one" Intel Atom desktop

MSI’s been doing a bit of tech blog espionage again, launching three “all in one” PCs with touch screen powers that appear extremely similar to the ones Asus showed off recently.

Three alternate MSI Neton models have been revealed – the M16, M19 and M22. I’ll now give you a bit more information about all three, as you can’t work much out about them from those boring model names.

All three run XP Home and have touch screens so you can get fingerprints over the bit you look at all the time. Touch screens on desktops are a terrible idea. The M16 is the smallest model, with its Intel Atom processor stuck into the case of a 15.6″ 1366 x 768 monitor. The M19 features…

NOISE GATE: Wi-Fi enabled MP3 Players


From today, I’ll be contributing a new weekly column to the site every Tuesday afternoon about digital music. We’re calling it Noise Gate – which refers to an electronic device that cuts through the noise and crackle of an analog signal and delivers you a noise-free result. In the same way, I want to cut through all the crap surrounding digital music, mainly delivered by major labels and tech companies, and deliver you the pure, unadulterated facts. Think you can handle them?

Catch up on latest Lost episodes on your iPhone with VLC media player support


Playing ill-gotten video files on your jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch just got easier, with Zottd porting the VLC media player to the devices, allowing easy drag and drop of MPEG/MPG, AVI and MP3 formats.

At the moment, support for the codecs VCD, DivX, WMA, WMV, FLAC and OGG is still being tinkered on, but he thinks he’ll have that figured out soon enough. Don’t all rush towards Bittorrent at once, folks…

Nokia hints at a gesture-controlled UI and claims "maybe touch is not good for everything"


I grabbed the opportunity to speak to the Director of Product and Technology Marketing at Nokia, Sari Ståhlberg, about the still-unconfirmed Touch Tube handset and the patent application for a gesture-controlled UI (pictured), who unfortunately couldn’t say too much about it, but did “confirm there will be a touch device coming out later this year.”

She acknowledged that “touch is something the market wants…it’s a great thing, it is a way to access all the things we have in the S60 platform”, but that “maybe touch is not good for everything”.

That gave me the opportunity to ask about the patent application that was flying around the internet a few weeks back, showing a gesture-controlled UI involving sensors and emitters sending out soundwaves. “Sensors are a big thing for us, like motion in the Nintendo Wii…we have been announcing we’ll be bringing sensor frameworks for the S60 platform, a framework where you can plug in some kind of sensor, like motion, light, humidity and sound”….

HTC Diamond Vs. Apple iPhone – the ultimate specs comparison


The Touch Diamond handset was announced on Tuesday by HTC, and as expected, every blog and newspaper is calling it the first real ‘iPhone killer’. And here was me thinking we’d expired that term!

Obviously, the Diamond and iPhone have some similarities (even hired similar hand-models!), but the main difference which is dividing everyone’s affections boils down to the original format wars – Mac vs. PC. Want a concise break-down of the pros and cons of each mobile? Whoomp, there it is – below the jump…

HTC not scared of iPhone launch, announces 3G Touch Diamond smartphone with June release date


HTC has today announced what we were all expecting, the touchscreen Diamond smartphone which is due to be the follow-up to the popular consumer-led Touch.

Running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, it lacks a hardware keyboard, with the 2.8″ touchscreen being an obvious draw. As expected, it’s 3G enabled, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.2-megapixel camera. An impressive internal storage of 4GB, it also features a microSD slot within its 10.7mm of thinness…