Cherry Mobile made a big splash with three new Android phones

Oct 11, 10 Cherry Mobile made a big splash with three new Android phones

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Earlier this evening, Cherry Mobile finally unveiled their Android phones. We were surprised to know that they will be introducing not one, but three new Android phones and all of them are still affordable. Well not dirt cheap. Cherry Mobile is a local brand known for their cheap dual-sim phones and nobody expected that they would take on the smartphone market. But they had bigger dreams and one of them is what they call their Red Label collection, their set of affordable high-end phones beginning with these new Android phones. Enough intro, onto the phones! Cherry Mobile Nova This is their entry level Android 2.1 phone that rivals the Samsung Galaxy 5 and LG Optimus. It’s as basic as you get in terms of your Android feature set but also includes the basic necessities of a smartphone. Android OS 2.1 (Eclair) Qualcomm 600 MHz processor 3.2” capacitive touchscreen (320 x 480 pixels) 256MB RAM expandable up to 32GB via microSD 3G, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash GPS/AGPS Bluetooth 2.0 SRP: Php11,490 Cherry Mobile Magnum HD Funny name I know but it matches this big badass of a phone with a sleek gun metal finish. It reminds me of the HTC HD2 and is bigger than the Sony Ericsson Experia X10 which is ideal for watching HD videos. Most of all, it already comes with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and navigating on its big screen was fast and responsive. Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) Qualcomm 1GHz processor 4.1” WVGA capacitive touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels) 512MB RAM expandable up to 32GB via microSD 3G, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash 720p video recording HDMI-D Type Front facing VGA camera GPS/AGPS Bluetooth 2.0 SRP: Php18,990 Cherry Mobile Superion Lastly is the star of the show, the Cherry Mobile Superion tablet phone which is the first of its kind in our country. It is not just a tablet but also a phone and is...

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Samsung Galaxy S already sold over 5 million units worldwide

Oct 06, 10 Samsung Galaxy S already sold over 5 million units worldwide

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Now I can back up my review of the Samsung Galaxy S which I wrote a couple of months ago. I was so high about Samsung’s flagship Android phone that it didn’t sound like me at all. Good to know that the Galaxy S is one of Samsung’s biggest success this year. Samsung just released a press statement saying that the their Galaxy S has recorded global sales of over 5 million units since it became available 4 months ago. 2 million in the US alone and more than 1 million in its home in Korea. That’s bound to increase a whole lot more more before the year ends as it was just recently launched in China and Japan. Samsung is expecting 10-15 million units sold before 2011 rolls in. If you’re a Samsung Galaxy S owner, you should be proud of your purchase. Will the Galaxy Tab follow the Galaxy S when it becomes available real soon? [CNN Fortune Tech] Related posts: Samsung Galaxy S First Impressions Android phones are getting cheaper with the Samsung Galaxy 5 Samsung i9000 Galaxy S Review Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October Google Phone Gallery Launched Cherry Mobile set to reveal its Android phone next...

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Cherry Mobile set to reveal its Android phone next weekW

Oct 05, 10 Cherry Mobile set to reveal its Android phone next weekW

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Early last month, Cherry Mobile teased us with the arrival of the Eclipse 2. We thought it’s going to be the Android version of Eclipse but it turned out to be another Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone. Next week, Cherry Mobile is set to reveal another smartphone. This time it’s going to be an Android. Can’t get any more info other than this: Breaking new frontiers to empower the average Filipino consumer, Cherry Mobile goes beyond the usual with the launch of its newest line of smartphones.  Out of an innovative partnership with US communications leader Qualcomm, Cherry mobile is set to further revolutionize the local telecommunications scene through top-of-the-line, ground-breaking, and affordable mobile handsets that can compete head on with the latest innovations by world industry leaders. Here are a couple of things that would make it a smartphone to consider: Faster than a 600MHz processor At least Android 2.1 (would be cool if it’s 2.2) A decent camera with flash So are we looking at a very affordable Android smartphone? Sub-10k? Very likely. We’re going to be bringing you more updates on this next week. Related posts: Android phones are getting cheaper with the Samsung Galaxy 5 Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line gets Android 2.1 treatment by the end of September Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October Google Phone Gallery...

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Google Phone Gallery Launched

Sep 30, 10 Google Phone Gallery Launched

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Google recently launched “Google Phone Gallery” Showcasing a gallery of available Android phones in the market today, the website provides some handy features such as viewing Android phones by Manufacturer, Operator and/or Country.  A Compare tool is also available to help you choose the right phone for you. So if you’re currently on the hunt for a new Android phone, I suggest you check out the site. http://www.google.com/phone/# Related posts: Android phones are getting cheaper with the Samsung Galaxy 5 Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line gets Android 2.1 treatment by the end of September Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late...

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Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October

Sep 24, 10 Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October

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Sony Ericsson missed their late September deadline for the Android 2.1 upgrade on their line of Android 1.6-toting Xperia phones (X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro). Looks bad for Sony Ericsson when other phones being released already has the Froyo flavor of Android. According to their Product Launch Blog: We have earlier given some information on what to expect from this update and said that the roll-out was planned to start late Q3. The plan for the added features and Android 2.1 step-up still holds but unfortunately we need a couple of more weeks before we are ready to start the roll-out. Here are the upgrades that Xperia users should wait for: Xperia X10: HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1 New back up and restore application, with extended content back up 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro: Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more New backup and restore application with extended content back up Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1 Those are really something to look forward for. I guess we can forgive Sony Ericsson for taking its time fully developing those upgrades. But how many X10 users have switched to a different phone just because they can’t wait long enough for the Android2.1 upgrade? [Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog] Related posts: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review Good deals at the Sony Ericsson Expo 2010 Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line gets Android 2.1 treatment by the end of September Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro: First Impressions Introducing the LG Optimus GT450 Google says Android is not yet optimized for...

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LG’s upcoming Android Froyo phones, Optimus One and Optimus Chic

Sep 15, 10 LG’s upcoming Android Froyo phones, Optimus One and Optimus Chic

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LG introduced two upcoming smartphones yesterday which is being powered by the latest stable Android OS, 2.2 also known as Froyo. If the first LG Android phone (Optimus GT450) doesn’t appeal to you, maybe the new LG Optimus Chic or the LG Optimus One would. LG Optimus Chic (E720) for Style-Conscious Buyers The LG Optimus Chic has a sleek and minimalist look and is available in two colors. It also offers an on-screen phone feature which allows users to remotely control the device from their PCs. Plus, via LG Air Sync, can wirelessly sync contacts, photos and other vital information with computer and cloud database. Compatible with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), multimedia content can easily be shared with other DLNA certified devices such as TVs, AV systems and laptop computers. 3.2 inches display @ 320×480 pixels 600MHz processor 150 MB internal memory, up to 32GB via microSD (2GB included) HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP 5MP autofocus camera VGA video recording @ 30fps FM Radio tuner GPS w/ aGPS support 1250mAh Li-Po battery LG Optimus One (P500) for a Better Smartphone Experience The LG Optimus One is optimized for the Froyo platform and Google Mobile Services. It has a user friendly interface and includes the LG App Advisor which recommends 10 highly rated apps every 2 weeks. It also features a camera with face tracking and smile shot, a 3.2” wide HVGA screen and a long-lasting 1500mAh capacity battery. 3.2 inches display @ 320×480 pixels 600MHz processor 170 MB internal memory up to 32GB via microSD HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP 3.15MP autofocus camera FM Radio tuner GPS w/ aGPS support 1500mAh Li-Po battery One of the good things about Froyo is that you can install and run apps from your microSD which you can’t do with the Eclair (2.1). There is no exact word yet on the local pricing and release date but it will be made available first in Europe...

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Google says Android is not yet optimized for tablets

Sep 14, 10 Google says Android is not yet optimized for tablets

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A lot of people are excited with the rise of tablets. There are plenty of them popping around every week or so wanting to get a piece of the market from the iPad. Some tablets are running on Windows 7 but most prefer Google’s Android as OS of choice. Who wouldn’t? It’s open source and it is second to Apple’s app store in terms of number of apps available. Google warns us though that the Android, in it’s current state, is not made for the tablet. The Android Market for instance won’t function properly on tablets using Froyo (2.2). “Android is an open platform. We saw at IFA 2010 all sorts of devices running Android, so it’s already running on tablets,” said Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google. “Which devices do, and which don’t will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optimised for use on tablets. If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor. We want to make sure that we’re going to create a application distribution mechanism for the Android market, to ensure our users have right experience.” Android 2.2 supports up to 854 x 480 resolution which can pose problems for iPad-sized tablets. But Android 3.0 can support up to 1280 x 760. In my opinion, Android OS on its current state is fine provided that manufacturers create a whole lot of UI customization to maximize the tablet’s display. The iPad can’t do widgets like the Android. I personally would like to see an HTC Sense UI that’s made for the tablet. As for apps, don’t expect a lot at all unless you want your apps stretched to fit the tablet’s screen resolution. Just like in the iPad, app developers need to create different versions to handle bigger display. The rise of Android tablets is exciting alright but better wait for the second wave. I don’t believe the first ones can topple the mighty...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Sep 11, 10 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

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The Sony Xperia X10 is Sony’s first attempt at dabbling in the world of Android smartphones released in our country way back in April and comes in two colors, black and white. I was able to get my hands on the white one for review. Physical Appearance The build on the X10 is made entirely of plastic with a glossy finish (including the touch screen), which looks pretty slick and sexy until you put your fingerprints all over it.The phone also includes a silver accent around it. At the top of the phone are the power button and the micro-USB connector for charging; between them is the 3.55mm jack for the earphones. On the back panel you will find the lens for the 8.1 megapixel camera alongside an LED (more on this later). On the right side of the phone, you will find the volume rocker, which also functions as the camera’s zoom in and zoom out button, as well as a dedicated camera button. The X10 boasts a 4.0-inch 480×854 TFT touch screen, although not as vibrant and gorgeous as AMOLED displays, I find it a lot more functional when using on bright sunny days. Below the screen are the standard Android phone buttons, ‘Menu’, ‘Home’ and ‘Back’ with the universal search button nowhere to be found. The X10, for me, is quite big and uncomfortable to hold compared to other smartphones with slightly similar dimensions. Performance The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon (1GHz) similar to the Desire and the Nexus One. Sony released the X10 with the ‘Donut’ build of Android (1.6); as such there are lots of features missing from this quite capable handset compared to other smartphones with similar hardware specifications. Most notable is the absence of multi-touch support which is quite disappointing considering less powerful HTC smartphones having the said feature. Despite all this, the UI of the X10, dubbed UX for User eXperience, was quite adequate to fulfill its smartphone duties. Swiping through the 3 home screens...

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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line gets Android 2.1 treatment by the end of September

Sep 01, 10 Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line gets Android 2.1 treatment by the end of September

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Sony Ericsson UK has confirmed via Twitter that the very much-awaited Android 2.1 (Eclair) upgrade for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro is on target and will be available by the end of September. It’s a bit late for Sony Ericsson when other phones are already enjoying the fruits of Android 2.1 and are making adjustments for 2.2 (Froyo). In fact, the HTC Desire just got the Froyo treatment recently.The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 can really compete with other 1GHz smartphones out there but is really crippled by its old-fashioned Android version. Only three homescreens, no multi-touch support and outdated browser are just some of the features that can be addressed by the upgrade. If you can get the Xperia X10 cheap from a frustrated user, better hold on to it and wait for the upcoming Android 2.1 upgrade. Now SE, when will we get the Froyo build on the X10s? [via CNET] Visit http://www.dialaphone.co.uk if you’re looking for a new Sony Ericsson. Related posts: Good deals at the Sony Ericsson Expo 2010 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro: First Impressions Sony Ericsson Unveils Xperia X10 Mini Versions Android phones are getting cheaper with the Samsung Galaxy 5 HTC Desire Review HTC Wildfire, a very decent and affordable Android...

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HTC Wildfire, a very decent and affordable Android phone

Aug 23, 10 HTC Wildfire, a very decent and affordable Android phone

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The HTC Wildfire is HTC’s midlevel Android 2.1 smartphone that occupies the Php15k price point range which is not yet populated by other manufacturers. Sony Ericsson’s X10 Mini Pro is the only other Android phone in that price range as of this writing. I’ve been playing around with this red-hot HTC Wildfire for a week and it’s quite a nice surprise using this small but capable smartphone. Read on for the rest of the review. Looks Most would agree that the Wildfire looks like a cross between the HTC Desire and their Nexus One. Similar to other HTC phones, the wildfire is a finely-crafted, beautiful piece of device which doesn’t look or feel cheap. The 3.2” display panel is scratch resistant which I didn’t bother to try. But I’ve been using it without any casing and it’s always stowed in my pocket along with keys and coins and the screen didn’t get any scratches at all. There’s only one physical button in front which is the optical trackpad (that I hardly use). There are four dedicated-touch buttons for Home, Menu, Back and the universal Search. The speaker on top gives decently loud audio and there’s also a front-facing cam for video chat. On the left side is the typical volume rocker and the micro-USB jack. On top is the 3.5mm stereo audio jack and the lock/sleep button. At the back is the 5-megapixel camera with LED flash that also acts as the light source for the built-in handy Flashlight app. Display Perhaps the most glaring shortcoming of the HTC Wildfire is its sub-par display. With its 3.2” capacitive touchscreen display, it only has a 320 x 240 QVGA resolution. A far cry from the typical 480 x 320 resolution found in other HTC phones with the same size. Here it is side-by side with the HTC HD Mini and its 480 x 320 HVGA display. I don’t know if you can actually see any difference but the HD Mini has smoother and crispier icons...

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