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Posted on26. Jul, 2010 by Ann-Marie.
Microsoft has confirmed who’ll be taking Windows Phone 7 to the Christmas party.
Speaking exclusively to Pocket-lint, senior product manager for Microsoft, Greg Sullivan confirmed that ASUS, Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung will all be releasing handsets at the Windows phone 7 launch later in the year. Unfortunately, there was no indication of a confirmed go date but vaguely stated it should be “some time round the holidays”.
The line-up of manufacturers and the launch timing slots in nicely with the rumoured HTC HD3, the LG Panther and the Dell Lightning but what delights will ASUS and Samsung have in store for the big day?
Posted on25. Jun, 2010 by Ann-Marie.
When I was a kid, way before the advent of Facebook and the internet, I’m sad to say my main source of entertainment was television. At the age of four I was bedazzled by giant shoulder-padded glamazons, catfights in fountains, enviable moustaches on tropical beaches, hey, I even had a ‘Who shot JR?’ T-shirt. My favourite show though, the one that actually had me sitting still for an hour (much to my mother’s delight) was Knight Rider. The possibility that a beautiful, sleek and shiny car could do so many amazing things was a realistic possibility at my grand old age of four and left me thoroughly disillusioned with Dad’s trusty brown Cortina. Since then, I’ve spent my years waiting for the arrival of that wonder car but, like most things from my childhood, it appears to still be a long way away. This nostalgia-soaked yarn does have a point and happy ending however, because those very clever people at Garmin have come up with the next best thing and it’s got everyone here excited.
The Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone is a fully integrated smartphone and PND with the latest version of Windows Mobile chucked in to boot. Unlike other phones with a free-standing sat nav application, this beauty gives you everything your satnav, mobile, digital camera and netbook can within one very slim, very tidy-looking 135g package. Featuring WinMo 6.5.3 it hosts the Microsoft Office Mobile package for business-on-the-go yet seamlessly intertwines your personal life with preloaded Facebook and Youtube apps too. The 600 MHz processor provides enough speed to keep up with the most demanding of lives and enough juice to power the 5 megapixel camera, music player, video streaming, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The most impressive feature on this phone though is the GPS.
I know quite a lot of you are thinking, “So it’s a phone with GPS on it, big deal” but seriously, this really is a big deal. The pre-loaded, onboard UK and European maps from Garmin provide top-of-the-range satnav functionality and as a navigation device alone, it’s impressive. Usually, when you install a navigation app on your phone you lose a lot of features you’d have on your standalone satnav – you can kiss motorway guidance or even basic turn-by turn instructions goodbye. Thankfully, the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone embraces full PND functionality so hard – it’s the phone equivalent of your Grandma at Christmas. (Minus the reindeer jumpers and boiled sweets). Features include 2D/3D views, night mode, junction view and lane assist. And even more spectacularly, the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone is also preloaded with millions of POIs, including phone numbers, which opens up a whole new world of opportunities. Imagine finding your favourite restaurant on your satnav and then simply pressing a button to call and make a reservation whilst you navigate there. Genius.
Navigation is fundamental to nearly everything you can do with this smartphone. Geo-tagging your photos, entering an address straight from the internet or an email, directions to your contact’s location – it’s all there at the click of a button. Result? Simplified navigation and removing the need for two or three separate devices. And the piece de resistance? Connected Services. This is where the nüvifone comes into its own and gets my KITT-sensor all a-tingle. No matter where you travel, the phone intuitively knows where you are and it will suggest local restaurants, entertainment, things to see, things to do and give you the directions to get there. It lets you know where your friends are and leads you to them; it locates nearby fuel stations and tells you prices, letting you choose which one you’d like to use. If you’re looking for something special, hunt down the store in the White Pages and it’s one click to navigate there. With the exception of actually driving your car, there doesn’t seem to be anything the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone can’t do. Garmin-Asus have delivered a true personal assistant in every aspect of the word. So thank you Garmin-Asus for making life easier, making things simpler and most importantly, making every car (almost) as cool as KITT.
UPDATE!! For a short time only, the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone is available direct to your door for £211.49.
Posted on10. Mar, 2009 by Derek.
ASUS has extended it’s mobile device lineup with the addition of several new smartphone devices aimed at both the business user and the everyday consumer. The ASUS P320, with its small and stylish form factor offers a more fashion conscious option, whilst the P550 and P750, both based on Windows Mobile 6, are geared towards the business user.
Small, compact and stylish, the ASUS P320 sports smooth curves and pleasing lines, making it an elegant accessory as well as a powerful work tool. At just 13mm thick, the P320 is small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand.
Running on Windows Mobile 6.1 professional, the P320 not only looks great, but boasts powerful functionality too. Open and edit documents using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and Outlook, plus, with Windows Media Player you can enjoy your favourite entertainment when out and about.
It’s not just looks with the ASUS P320. Incorporating full GPS functionality, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an integrated 2MP camera for capturing those unmissable moments, the ASUS P320 is as feature packed as it is chic.
With Windows Mobile 6 professional at it’s heart, the ASUS P550 boasts advanced business functionality, all at the tap of a screen. With the large 3.5″ touchscreen display, you can view and edit MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and Outlook documents with crystal clarity.
Get connected and enjoy fast download speeds via 3G connectivity, making browsing the web, sending emails and downloading documents quick and simple. Or if you’re near a wireless access point, you can connect via Wi-Fi so you can surf to your heart’s content without incurring any network charges. Bluetooth allows you to connect to wireless peripherals, whilst the integrated GPS receiver allows you to locate your position and navigate to those important meetings. With the P550 at the helm, you can get connected however you choose.
Designed with the business user in mind, the ASUS P550 offers efficient navigation, with stylus input and programmable hot keys. With a number of exclusive business applications, the P550 can also help you organise your worklife on the move. UR Time allows you to display the times of four different countries, whilst Auto cleaner ensure your closed applications are not running in the background using up system resources.
As well all of the features of the P550, the ASUS P750 boasts additional business functionality for your mobile enterprise.
With its numeric keypad, intelligent word prediction and multi-language support, you can quickly key in text using one hand when on the move. Featuring intuitive contact list search, you can search through your contact list quickly and conveniently via direct input of the name on the keypad. Automatic display of matching combinations makes searching for contact details is exceedingly easy. And with up to 99 programmable sets of quick dial contacts, dialling your most important numbers is quick, efficient and simple.
The ASUS P750 also features an integrated 3MP camera with business card recognition, so you can capture snaps of those important client sites with crystal clarity. And when your business colleague hands you their card, you can easily capture details without the need to painstakingly enter the data into your contact list. Perfect if you are always out and about.