Video Share, which is being shown in the AT&T booth at the CTIA Show in Orlando, allows users to send a live video stream to a recipient during a standard voice call. Beginning with a normal wireless phone call, customers can hit one button to add a live video stream, allowing the called party to see what the caller is seeing while they’re talking. The service also allows customers to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. Customers must be in an area served by the company’s 3G network and have a Video Share-enabled phone. Continue Reading »
The Good: Early previews made this phone look something like a 1980s calculator but in its final form this phone is sleek and stylish. Even with its small size this phone is feature packed including a camera and an MP3 player. The phone also includes a luxurious leather case.
The Bad: This phone is quite pricy when compared to similar less stylish options such as the LG Chocolate.
The Bottom Line: If you have the money to spend and you’re looking to impress your friends, this phone is a great choice for the fashion conscious consumer.
The Good: A smart phone with attitude, this phone combines office applications with beautiful modern styling. Plus the phones jam-packed with features including Bluetooth and EDGE support.
The Bad: Feature filled indeed but this phone comes up lacking in the speed department. If you want fast and quick loading, you better steer away from this phone. In some cases it took several seconds just to display a menu. The lack of Wi-Fi while not surprising due to the phone size, is another reason some consumers may want to consider other options.
The Bottom Line: This phone revolutionizes the look of bulky smart phones into small, stylish and slim. Even though it has some software issues, these are minor compared to the features this phone has to offer.
RIM today announced the BlackBerry 8830, RIM’s first device to combine CDMA technology with GSM for global roaming. The 8830 is also RIM’s first CDMA device with the company’s new generation of hardware, featuring a thin design (0.55 inches), four-way trackball navigation, and a microSD memory card slot. Both Verizon Wireless and Sprint will offer the phone. The 8830 provides EVDO high-speed data on CDMA networks and GPRS data on GSM 900 / 1800 networks overseas. Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, media player, and a large QVGA display round out the feature set. Verizon Wireless announced it will offer the 8830 starting May 14 for business customers. Sprint will launch the 8830 in July, offering it with unlocked GSM so customers can use cheaper SIM cards when traveling, or the included Sprint SIM card to keep their own phone number.