UTStarcom has unveiled a third phone at CTIA today, which is in addition to the CDM-7026 and the CDM-7076 phones announced earlier this week. Described as an ultra-thin candybar handset, it was nowhere to be found at the UTStarcom booth yesterday, but we did get word that it is unofficially titled the UTStarcom PCS1450. An upgrade to the UTStarcom PCS1400 (otherwise known as the Virgin Mobile Slice), the PCS1450 maintains the same super-slim lightweight profile as its predecessor but amps it up with two additional features: a VGA camera and Bluetooth support. We'll try to get an image of … Read more
The opening day of the CTIA show in Orlando was a little quieter than in past years but Crave still found plenty of new and note-worthy products on the show floor. Though the iPhone made only a brief appearance we caught glimpse of several new cell phones, smart phones and accessories.
Cell phones Besides complete photo galleries of the new cell phones from such companies as Sony Ercisson, Nokia, Kyocera, LG and Pantech, I caught the announcement from Alcatel that the company is entering the North American cell phone market for the first time and saw a number of cool … Read more
We usually like the Bluetooth headsets from Cardo, and lucky for us, the company has released a trio of Bluetooth headsets at CTIA this week. The sexiest of the lot is the Cardo S-800, a petite Bluetooth headset that weighs a scant 0.38 ounces. It's the first Cardo headset to have an in-ear earpiece, so you won't need the earloop to wear it. It also has a "hot-dialing" button that lets you call up to three of your favorite contacts. Other features include a battery status indicator, a headset location buzzer, a missed call indicator, … Read more
Samsung gave us a nice surprise today at CTIA, when it showed us the sleek, high-end Ultra Edition phones that it first unveiled at 3GSM last month. In addition to the U700, U600 and U100, Samsung also highlighted the F700 QWERTY phone. It was under glass and devoid of any handy signs detailing its features, but the slider phone is obviously meant for messaging addicts.
The PalmOS version of the SlingPlayer Mobile software is now available as a public beta at Sling Media's Web site. The initial version of the Palm software is designed to run only on the Palm Treo 700p. The new software adds Palm to the list of supported platforms to which Slingbox products can stream home TV programming. To date, SlingPlayer viewing software has already been released for Windows (2000, XP, and Vista) and Mac OS X (Intel and PowerPC) computers and Windows Mobile handhelds and smartphones. Additionally, a Symbian version of the SlingPlayer is preinstalled on some phones available … Read more
Since Samsung made such a big statement at CTIA with the debut of its dual-sided UpStage for Sprint we think the least the company could do is bring us a U.S. version of its Ultra Video as well. The Ultra Video looks like the Upstage, but it features a unique and sexy swivel design that allows you to balance the phone on a table for easy viewing. Also called the F500, the GSM Ultra Video made its debut last December at an electronics show in Hong Kong. We like its slick styling and are eager to see if it'… Read more
The Motorola H680 is a fashionably compact Bluetooth headset that was released at CTIA this year. Clad in vacuum metal and a black-gloss finish, the petite H680 only weighs about 0.42 ounces. It comes with a charging case that's made of clear plastic and the same vacuum metal material, which can be plugged into a wall or car charger. If you keep the headset in it when you carry it around, the headset's battery life will last longer. The rated talk time for the Motorola H680 is about 8 hours, while rated standby time is up to … Read more
We sat in with Sky Dayton, CEO of Helio, earlier today, and he gave us the full rundown of the Helio Ocean. We even had the chance to play with it a little, and so far, we're very impressed.
As we mentioned in Crave yesterday, the Helio Ocean is a triple-deckered phone with a number keypad layer that slides down, and a QWERTY keyboard layer that slides sideways. It's rather bulky as a result, but not as bad as I initially thought. The 2.4-inch QVGA screen is great for watching video, the keyboard is nice and spacious, … Read more
At a trade show like CTIA, you can always count on the Samsung booth to feature a special room with a selection of pretty, powerful phones that you'll never see in the United States. Typically the "Samsung Gallery" features slick floors, black walls, and rows of glass cases holding the special handsets. Photos are strictly prohibited (except if you're press) and a gaggle of black-clad women will rush to stick their hands in front of your camera if you're not authorized to capture the phones on film. This year, we again spy 10-megapixel camera phones, … Read more
Nokia has always been pretty creative with its Bluetooth products, and at CTIA the company showed several new and existing products designed to capture the wireless functionality that Bluetooth brings. The gizmos were under a glass cube, but we still managed to take a close look.
Front and center in the lower left corner of the photograph is the Nokia MD-5W Bluetooth stereo speakers. When paired with a music phone that supports stereo Bluetooth (it doesn't have to be a Nokia handset), you can blare or stream music from your phone into the public realm. For more private listening, … Read more