Touch screens may be all the rage, but for many of you, there's no substitute for clacking away on a phone with a physical keyboard attached. From the rough-and-tumble NEC Terrain, to the sleek and compact BlackBerry Q10, we've gathered some of our favorite QWERTY-touting handsets that we've encountered in recent months. Check them out below and let us know in the comments section if any of these devices pique your interest.Editors' note: This post was originally published October 26, 2011, and is updated continuously.
What's an 8-foot-tall Lego man doing on the beaches of Siesta Key Village, Florida? We don't have the answer, but it's the third one that's washed ashore in the last three years--similar occurances were reported three years ago in Brighton, England, and Zandvoort, Holland; each bearing the same cryptic messaging: "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE."
Yahoo News did the dirty work and inquired about the phenomenon to Lego's assistant brand relations manager, who vehemently denied, on record, any affiliation with the stunt, eliminating the possibility of it being a viral stunt. Who knows, maybe it was printed on a 3D imaging device by the folks at MakerBot!… Read more
LG Electronics swung to a loss in the third quarter as its television and handset businesses suffered a sharp decline in sales.
LG reported a third-quarter loss of 414 billion Korean won ($366 million), compared with a year-earlier loss of 8 billion Korean won. Revenue fell 4 percent to 13.4 trillion Korean won ($11.8 billion).
The chief culprits came from the handset and television business. LG's handset business saw declining sales in both its basic phone business, which it has been purposely ratcheting down, as well as its more profitable smartphone business. Unlike other handset manufacturers such … Read more
It's always exciting when a new product emerges and someone happens to notice that, somewhere across the world, its name means "enema." Or "fragrant bounty of my armpit."
My breath, therefore, went on hiatus when I read this morning that Nokia's fine new smartphone, the Lumia, translates into Spanish as "prostitute."
It was MSNBC that offered this revelation, coupled with a suggestion that surely someone at Nokia should have checked this.
Imagine sweeping your phone around a room and seeing a plethora of information about the pictures, music, and video around you. The Digimarc Discover app lets your phone read QR codes printed on products, identify tunes playing nearby, buy tickets when movies are advertised on a TV playing near you, and follow watermark links hidden in articles and product packaging.
Digital watermark purveyor Digimarc demoed the technology this spring and has now made the free app for iOS and Android available for download. The app falls somewhere between simple bar code readers and augmented-reality apps that recognize real-world objects and link information to them.
Digimarc Discover is the Swiss Army knife of real-world identification. It figures out the most appropriate identifying technologies for a given situation--QR code, watermark, audio and/or video--depending on where you are and how you've used it in the past.… Read more
Apple is expected to unveil a 4G iPhone next year as competition in the LTE smartphone market heats up, according to a DigiTimes report.
Citing industry sources in Taiwan, DigiTimes says that Apple will join Nokia, RIM, and Sony Ericsson in diving into the 4G market next year as more carriers kick off LTE services around the world.
HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and LG all currently sell LTE handsets, but HTC leads the U.S. market with a 60 percent share of 4G customers, say DigiTimes' sources.
Apple has expressed some reticence about jumping onboard the LTE bandwagon in light of … Read more
HTC may have Beats Audio, but now Nokia has Monster.
The companies today introduced two new audio accessories, the Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset and In-ear Nokia Purity Stereo Headset, and announced an exclusive long-term partnership to produce a range of accessories for Nokia's mobile phones.
Though the headliners of Nokia World were the company's first Windows Phone devices, the Lumia 800 and Lumia 700, Nokia also introduced a new line of handsets today designed for emerging markets.
The new Nokia Asha (which means hope in Hindi) family includes four models--the Nokia Asha 200, Asha 201, Asha 300, and Asha 303--and is part of the company's mission to bring affordable, stylish, and feature-rich phones to all parts of the world. The Asha handsets run on the Series 40 platform but vary in design and purpose. Here is a breakdown of each of the models. … Read more
Today, Nokia unveiled its first Windows Phone handsets, the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.
Nokia Lumia 800 Calling it the "first real Windows Phone," Nokia said it designed the Lumia 800 from the inside out and features a durable polycarbonate plastic body with a curved 3.7-inch ClearBack AMOLED (480x800 pixels) touch screen. It's powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and has 16GB of internal memory. Users will also be given 25GB of free storage through Microsoft's cloud-based SkyDrive service.
Nokia has always been known for equipping its smartphones with excellent cameras, and … Read more
It was a crazy week in cell phone land, what with the Droid Razr and the Galaxy Nexus making their worldwide debut on the same day. And it's not over yet, as Nokia and Microsoft have an announcement of their own coming up this week. Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? We also talk about the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and all the latest reviews.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)