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Mobile Geeks of… Marks & Sparks? [UPDATED with QR Code Quick-Reference]

by Ben Smith 22nd September 2009

Marks & Spencer, long-time staple of the British high-street and department store choice of the middle-classes has been enjoying a bit of a revival of fortunes of-late… changing its image from the place where your Nan bought her undies to amongst other things, a high-end food retailer. — NOTE: This post has been updated – […]

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Guest Feature: Android Donut – What does the end user get?

by Ben Smith 22nd September 2009

Friend of the site Richard Hyndman (@GeekYouUp in all the places that matter…) knows Android. He’s Mr Android and he lives on Android street (kinda). Actually, he’s CTO at Mippin (the mobile-web gurus), but when he’s not doing that, he’s a well-known Android virtuoso.  In this guest feature he cracks the lid on the much […]

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Samsung Galaxy i7500: First look & unboxing

by Ben Smith 21st September 2009

I’d been looking forward to seeing the Samsung Galaxy for some time… Having fallen in-love with Android on my G1, but out of love with its poor build quality and chunky dimensions HTC’s Hero was looking like the only option for a better-made, better-specified device (until LG and Motorola‘s announcements last week) and even that […]

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The N97 Mini: Comparison shots

by Ben Smith 21st September 2009

Whilst in Budapest watching (and occasionally being-in) Nokia’s latest viral video shoot I got to play with some of their most-recently announced products and I’ll be writing more about them shortly.  However, the device I managed to leave Hungary having barely looked at and not even photographed (I really am a terrible blogger) was the […]

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Looking at the Nokia Booklet 3G with an N900

by Ben Smith 18th September 2009

In a break away from filming (well, real actors were doing the filming… I was just an extra) a set of new viral videos for Nokia in Budapest, I snagged an N900 and a Booklet 3G and tried to answer two questions in one go:  What’s the N900′s video like and how does the Booklet […]

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Battle of the MiFis… Round 1

by Ben Smith 15th September 2009

I took a quick look at the Novatel MiFi 2352 ‘mobile hotspot’ last week, which is avaiable SIM-free now or expected on Vodafone soon. Today, 3UK have announced their offering – available online on Thursday 17th and in stores the next day – last night… The Huwei E5830.  It’s available for £69 with a rolling […]

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3UK Confirm Android and INQ Mini 'in weeks'

by Ben Smith 15th September 2009

This evening at the blogger-launch of the new MiFi ‘mobile hotspot’ device, David Kerrigan – Head of Internet Services – confirmed that an Android device would be launched ‘in weeks’ as part of 3UK‘s Christmas line-up.  They were reluctant, he said, to launch any handset until it was mature and stable enough for a mass-market.  […]

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INQ Goes to Singapore

by Ben Smith 14th September 2009

Just days after announcing they’re working on Android based handsets, INQ have announced their first deal to supply handsets outside 3′s networks (also owned by parent company Hutchison Whampoa).  SingTel will be selling the new INQ Mini from this Saturday (19th September).  Reuters has the full story. This is a colossal move for INQ – […]

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