With the rapidly evolving world of super cell phones there seems to be a common victim of the endless innovation. That victim is of course battery life. Screens went from under three inches to over five in just a few years, processors are now quad core, and there is a little something called 4G now in full effect. All of those technologies are power hungry, and sadly battery technology just isn't catching up. Samsung has officially admitted that there is a problem, and they are promising to fix that problem.
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Microsoft took advantage of the tech crowd at CES to do a little marketing. They would challenge people that Window's Phone 7.5 Mango was faster than the competition, and would pay anyone $100 if they could be faster at common tasks. It looks like Microsoft's record was pretty good winning 30 of the 34 contests, losing three, and tieing one. You can view a few of the challenges, and even one the loses on Microsoft's Youtube page.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop came out on stage to announce their newest WP7 phone, even before it's Lumia 800 has hit the U.S market. The Lumia 900 is the first Nokia phone with an LTE antenna, and it will be an AT&T exclusive device. The Lumia 900 is almost exactly the same as the Lumia 800, but with a few important changes.
Among the first LTE WP7 devices will be the new HTC Titan 2. The original Titan was only released in the US a few months ago, but it is already being updated. The Titan 2 will feature the same 4.7inch screen, but will add a blazing fast LTE antenna, as well as a massive 16 Megapixel camera.
Last night I was given a chance to get my bear claws on a yet to be released Nokia Lumia 800. The Lumia 800 along with the Lumia 710 are the first two Windows Phone 7 devices being released by Nokia. The lower end model the Lumia 710 was recently announced today for T-Mobile, and there is still no official release date or carrier known for the higher end Lumia 800.
Well Nokia sure thinks that teens are both fed up with the iPhone, and confused by Android. Niels Munksgaard, Nokia's director director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales, told Pocket-lint all sorts of interesting tidbits in a recent interview.
Munksgaard even points out that everyone has iPhones, and those people are tired of Apple's device. On the other hand he feels that teens are confused not only by Android's software but by all the hardware choices, that all look the same. While I can agree that 99% of Android phones look very very similar, there are a select few that stand out.
Nokia is banking on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform to revive it's struggling smartphone sales. The FCC has uncovered that Nokia's first WP7 device for sale in the U.S. will be heading to T-Mobile. Nokia currently offers two WP7 devices the lower end Lumia 710, and the higher end Lumia 800. Even though both phones share very similar internals the distintion is mostly on the exterier where the Lumia 800 distances itself.
Apple has been awarded a patent for using a sliding motion to unlock touchscreen devices. The language of the patent is broad enough that any sliding, no matter what you are sliding should be covered. Apple originally applied for the patent in December of 2005, over a year before the announcement of the very first iPhone in January 2007. This was before they were in a battle with Android, and long before Windows Phone 7 was a minor annoyance.
The HTC Arrive is available on Sprint, and it is the first Windows Phone 7 (WP7) device on either Sprint or Verizon. The hardware for the Arrive was shown off a the launch of WP7, but Microsoft didn't make the operating system availble for CDMA networks until the most recent software update. That being said there is really nothing new hardware wise on this phone verses any of the originally launched devices, it meets WP7's hardware requirements, but doesn't improve on them. This is the second time I've reviewed a WP7 phone, and I'm even more of a fan of the software then I was before (read my review of the HD7 here). Will the Arrive's hardware live up to it's software's grace and beauty, well lets find out!