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Mobile Phone Review 2011

 

The Mobile Industry in 2011 will be remembered for many things.  “Dual Core” and “Cloud” became the buzzwords of the industry, a plethora of Tablets hit the UK Shores to challenge the IPad2 whilst the Anticipated Arrival of the New I-Phone 5 was quickly followed by disappointed people who heard the arrival of the 4S instead. 

We had the start of the Patent Wars which seems set to continue into 2012 and the arrival of new players set to shine such as Huawei and ZTE.  Networks have merged, some manufacturers put all their eggs in the basket belonging to the Green Robot and against a difficult economic outlook the world of Mobile Phones and Technology continues to offers something vibrant. 

Social Media exploded in 2011 with 103 Million Tweets posted EVERY DAY on the back of huge growth in Smartphone sales.  8 TRILLION Texts have been sent this year and here we take a look at the highlights of 2011.

Early 2011 saw Apple release the IPad 2.  This was a thinner tablet than it’s predecessor and as all Apple products seem to do, sold in the tens of millions.  This was followed by many Tablets including the Blackberry Playbook which was less successful.

At the other end of the spectrum, we seemed to go Back To The Future, as Motorola revealed the Motorola Gleam.  Essentially this mobile device was the same as the original Motorola Razor Flip phones with large buttons with a few add on illuminating bulbs!  However the handset has gone from strength to strength with it now being available in Red and White.

In June Google+ arrived however months on, many people who subscribed are still confused as to what it is.  There have been something like 62 million subscribers already so it should not be under estimated.  The perception by many is that Google+ has ‘Circles’ which separate your groups of people.  Clearly this will have advantages as more and more people try and keep their social and work lives separate from the watching world so will 2012 be the year it explodes in the UK and we wave goodbye to Facebook?

August witnessed probably the biggest acquisition of the year as Google purchased Motorola for $12.5b.  Buying Motorola will potentially give Google the patents it needs to vigorously defend Android in courts and it said as much at the time.

In September we teamed up with ZTE to launch their 3 handsets.  China’s largest listed telecom equipment company gave us the ZTE SkateZTE Tureis and ZTE Libra with some very competitive pricing.  Also in September a big question arose – was the New Samsung Galaxy Note a Mobile Phone or a Tablet?  The debate continues.

Also in September HTC unveiled their collaboration with Dr Dre with the launch of their XE Beats device which was swiftly followed by the XL Beats.

In October the Industry and The World was in shock as Steve Jobs of Apple passed away.  Bill Gates commented "The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.  For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."

The month will also be remembered for the messaging and browsing delays which developed into a complete outage for many Blackberry lasting for several days. Not a great year for RIM.

We also experienced the much anticipated arrival of IceCream Sandwich – Googles Android 4.0 Update and along with it the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  With it came some cool additional features such as Face Unlock and Speech to Text, click here for our New’s Story from the 19th October.  Another great handset however it was the Samsung Galaxy S2 which took Mobile of the Year Award whilst the Sony Ericsson Arc S was voted to have the best camera.

In November as Christmas approached, the Tablets continued to arrive.  Motorola brought out their XOOM 2 And Media Edition at the High End whilst at the lower end of the chain we saw the first Android Pad priced close to the £100 mark in the form of an AndyPad!

According to Google, 2011 was the year that people finally started to take mobile seriously and last week they published their own look back on 2011 please click here to read in full.  So, finally,  in 2012 as New Players enter the fray, the big questions are, Will Android remain the market leader and which manufacturers will emerge successful ?

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5 FREE Blockbuster Movies for Xperia Users

Sony Ericsson are offering all their customers an extra gift for Christmas.  If you are lucky enough to have purchased a Sony Ericsson Xperia device in the UK (also Australia, France, Germany, Italy & Spain) Sony would like to give you 5 free movies and 90 days free access to their Music Unlimited service.

This works via a 90 day free trial of the Music Unlimited BASIC subscription and 5 pre-selected movie rentals from Video Unlimited,

The offer is in fact open to anyone who takes ownership of a current Xperia smartphone or the Live with Walkman handset since 1st November 2011 and will continue to run until January 31st 2012

To receive your promotional codes please click here

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FREE Reading with Google E-Books on Android

Many of us are familar with on-line reading, perhaps you have a Kindle device, however what many people do not know is that on Google there are MILLIONS of books which you can dowload FREE of CHARGE!  Google Books is an undiscovered portal for many book readers...

Whether it's A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll all these can be found on Google Books Free.

The great news for mobile users is that the free reading is not just restricted to your PC.  Google have provided Android users with a Free App compatible with phones and tablets running Android 2.1 (Eclair) or later and which feature the Android Market.  On average an Android user can store up to 16,000 e-books if using a 32GB Micro SD Card whilst readers can also adjust text size, typeface, line space and justification.

For the best experience you are best considering using an Android Tablet running Honeycomb, such as the Motorola XOOM, this offers you a 3D carousel of your eBook library, Multi-touch gestures to zoom in and out and Portrait and landscape (2-page) reading modes.

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Who Are Huawei Mobile?

 

Huawei may be a new name on many peoples lips during 2012 as the manufacturer launches many new handset offerings which will break into the consumer market.  Digital Phone Company will be at the forefront of these and here you can find out a little more about Huawei and their forthcoming devices.  The biggest device due soon is the Huawei MediaPad.

Huawei was first established in the United Kingdom in 2001, and was based in Whetstone, London. In December 2003, Huawei Technologies UK Co. Ltd. became the European Headquarters, and relocated to Basingstoke, Hampshire. Huawei established a multicultural working environment in which more than half of the staff is local.

Huawei has received an excellent response from the market, and will continue to expand its investment in the UK in the coming years. In addition, we are committed to attracting the best local experts to join us in the United Kingdom

To meet local training requirements, Huawei recently opened a state-of-the-art training centre at its European Headquarters in the UK. This will enhance our ability to deliver quality training throughout the UK / Ireland and European region.

Huawei also established a fully-functional, industry-leading Technical Assistance Centre (TAC) at its headquarters in Basingstoke, UK in August 2005, allowing Huawei to provide enhanced support services to the UK and Ireland market. The TAC is open round-the-clock, 365 days a year, and is fully supported by trained product specialist engineers, who are committed to ensuring that service promise commitments are met.

In Quarter 1 Huawei will not only launch the MediaPad but also a range of handsets which will appear here too.

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