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Archive for July, 2011


LG P970 Optimus Black on Vodacom Talk 240

With many LG Optimus devices, this is one of the best ones after the LG P920 3D. Vodacom at the moment, is offering the LG P970 for R430 which includes 110MB data free for the first 3 months. With this device being really thin, it doesn’t weigh that much either.

With high internet speeds up to HSDPA at 7.2 Mbps, surfing the web will be fast and without fear if you drop your device, the Gorilla Glass display will do its job. The device does come with Froyo but you can upgrade it to Gingerbread.


Nokia C3 on Top Up 135 Vodacom for R135 for 2 years

A device that has good social integration, has a suitable keyboard for emails, that same device that should have 3G, doesn’t have 3G. The Nokia is a good device but its lacking 3G, something that is essential with smartphones and especially if the purpose is social networking.

Again, contracts are expensive therefore many people look more forward to prepaid devices since it is cheaper and that the user can use the device without any limits. With this Top Up 135 contract deal, you get 50 free sms’s for the 2 year contract length and get charged with per minute billing.


Vodacom offers Nokia E6 on Talk 500 deal

The Nokia E6 is the latest Nokia device which runs on Symbian Anna, is currently available at Vodacom at R800 for 2 years which then the customer pays R19200, there are other options to buy the device on prepaid at a cost of R5000±. Even though you won’t get all the benefits with the prepaid deal, it is better then paying it once-off then use it the way you want.

The device has recently been added to the Vodacom sale list therefore the deal is till stock lasts. Nokia has mentioned many times that Symbian Anna will be available during the beginning of August, after the Nokia E6 and X7 have been released.


LG C300 Town on Top Up 135s Vodacom

Vodacom has finally introduced the LG C300 Town for sale at a price of R135 per month for the 2 year contract length. The deal does include 20 free SMS per month for the 2 years, with this deal, there is per second billing rather than per minute.

The LG device has a QWERTY keyboard which should be easy for computer users to use, but with no 3G, web browsing will be difficult and slow especially since there isn’t the latest flash. But for those that want a normal device for everyday use, this is a good choice and indeed recommended.


Samsung Galaxy S II with NFC possibly arrives at FCC

There are many types of Samsung Galaxy S II devices but not all of them have NFC, atleast that’s what Samsung has told the media but it could be that the Galaxy S II for At&t might be the one to be equipped with NFC since it is the latest Galaxy S II device.

The NFC antenna that the device uses, it exploits 850 / 1900 bands which means that there is a possibility that this NFC-enabled device is meant for AT&T, Bell, Rogers, or Telus. The sizes are similar to the Europeans model therefore it may also be for them, but yet again, the NFC network says more.


August to bring Galaxy Tab 10.1 to South Africa

At a ritzy event in Johannesburg, South Africa last night which was attended by many famous people, including the Blue Bulls, South African idols were present. The world’s thinnest tablet measured at 8.6mm will be available from 1 August 2011, the prices haven’t been confirmed but Pricecheck already has the tablet listed at R4700.

The tablet has a 10.1-inch touch screen display with WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution which is great to watch movies and other videos, with weight as light as 595g. With high speeds such as HSDPA at 21 Mbps. The soon-to-be-launched tablet will also feature Android Honeycomb.



Reports suggest iPad 3 to be cheaper

Apple was found to be looking for sources to manufacture the iPhone 5 but is now found to be finalizing deals with sources to manufacture the iPad 3 which the components are cheap which also means that the iPad 3 might be as priced as the iPad 2 or even cheaper.

Novatek Microelectronics, Richtek Technology, Capella Microsystems and Integrated Memory Logic will be assisting Apple with circuits to produce the next Apple tablet. DigiTimes mentions that according to sources, Apple is thinking to adopt IC solutions from Taiwan-based IC design houses due to changing iPad prices.


World’s first Mango Phone announced

Fujitsu Toshiba’s new device IS12T, is the first device to have Mango 7.5 pre-installed when it will be launched in Japan. The device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 which supports a 13.2 megapixel camera, the Nokia N8 is officially now beaten by a original device.

The device also packs 32GB on board memory which means that it might not be compatible with a memory card. More to those specs, the Mango Phone is waterproof as well as has a 3.7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display.


Nokia, ZTE and Huawei attacked by InterDigital with lawsuit

Nokia recently won a lawsuit against Apple where Apple ended up paying Nokia licensing fees. This time, not only Nokia has a lawsuit against them but ZTE and Huawei also have a lawsuit against them, all filed by InterDigital. InterDigital says that these companies are trading unfairly as well as supplying the US market with 3G devices.

Nokia has said that they are ready for this battle and will fight InterDigital but they haven’t given details of the patents that were infringed.


South African 1time airline pilots to travel with iPad 2 tablets

The compute airliner 1time is planning to include iPad 2 tablets onto the flight decks which will allow them to get hold of emails, rosters, passenger details, system information and electronic weight, as well as balance and the latest weather updates. The FAA has mentioned that the iPad 2 doesn’t interfere with any aeroplane equipment.

The 10 hour battery life means that pilots can use it during long flights without having the need to connect it to a socket to charge. The SA Civil Aviation Authority and Apple are working together to bring up this technology to airplanes.