By Ray Nicolini
The upcoming TELUS HTC 7 Surround will be one of the devices that will be powered by Microsoft’s new Windows Phone OS. We got hold of one of the Surround and in the first review we’ll take a quick look at the hardware, then follow up with a full review of the software.
The overall design is not to much of a stretch than other HTC devices over the past year – but has a few unique attributes to it and is one of the best looking WP7 devices. The Surround weighs in at 165 grams and has overall dimension of 119.7 x 61.5mm x 12.97mm. Even though it’s a bit hefty it feels like a quality device and comes packed with power as it has a 1 GHz processor. This device, like other HTC devices, has a large display at 3.8-inches with a resolution of 480×800. Above the screen you’ll see a speaker grill and sensors. On the bottom are the standard and Microsoft mandated 3 capacitive buttons: back, start and search. Taking a look at the top of the device you’ll see a 3.5 mm headset jack and the power button. The right hand side it the volume rocker and the one-touch button to the 5 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and can record 720p HD videos. Finally on the bottom you’ll see the micro-USB port and a slit to open up the back cover where there’s a 1230 mAh battery. The Surround has 16 GB internal memory.
One of the main features of the Surround is that this phone comes with a slide-out speaker. We took a quick video of this and will go more into detail in our next review with music. For now I just played some ringtones to capture what the sound quality is like. In addition, you’ll notice on the back a kickstand has been included into the design so you can play your music/watch videos and have the Surround rest on a flat surface. Pretty cool feature. The only long term issue is that you’ll have to close the kickstand yourself as I’m sure it will break over time by simply closing the device.
So the overall guts of the Surround is solid and it feels good in your hand, like you’ll be getting value for your money. Now the real test is if this new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS is as good as the design. We’ll have our full review up shortly.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
RIM is hosting a RIMoustache competition in the tradition of Movember to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer research. For those who aren’t aware, Movember is a campaign that asks men to shave their face November 1st, and grow a mustache to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The idea is to change your face to change the face of men’s health. Prostate cancer affects many men and in 2010, it’s estimated that 24,600 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,300 will die of it. This is a worthwhile cause.
For more information, check out Movember.com.
By Ray Nicolini
One of the things I have been missing since I upgraded to my BlackBerry Torch was my GelaSkins cover. Summer reviewed them back in April and gave them a full 10/10 stars. In case you don’t remember GelaSkins are removable art prints designed for your device that are easy to apply (think of a sticker) and easy to remove cleanly. You can even customize your own with any image you choose.
When the Torch first came out GelaSkins did not offer any skins for the device. I checked again recently and found that they have since released custom skin options for the BlackBerry Torch and they look great! You can find all the Torch designs at this link for $14.95.
GelaSkins also makes skins for quite a few other BlackBerry models so check out their catalog here
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Bla1ze over at CB spotted this video of RealVNC in collaboration with QNX, demoing their support for Nokia’s Terminal Mode. You can see the full press release at this LINK. The system they demo allows users to stream and control actions on their car screen. This would be a really cool feature to have on cars. Full display of your BlackBerry or other Smartphone’s on your car’s dashboard.
Watch the video below and us know what you think.
By now most of you are familiar with QNX since they are the ones behind the software that will power the BlackBerry PlayBook. I remember when RIM first bought the company many speculated if RIM was going to try their luck in the automotive entertainment side. QNX has been around for a long time and they have developed operating systems for automotive, appliances and other type of electronics. I think buying QNX was probably one of the best investments RIM has made in years.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
You've seen our "Best Smartphones" list that's ranked by carrier, but that's only half of the story. This week, I'm focusing on Android with my top five Android smartphones list, ranked by device and not by carrier. It's important to note two things - (1) there are a lot of great Android devices that didn't make the list, and (2) this list applies to today and today only, as I have no idea what I'll think next week, next month, or next year. At the pace in which Android devices are coming out, I'm sure the list will be different next week. As always, let me know what you think in the comments section