We've heard about the coming Motorola i880 from Nextel, but the carrier has yet to announce a formal release date for the phone. But now that ads for the phone have been appearing online, including on CNET, we can only guess that the handset is right around the corner. As a reminder, the i880 should offer dual color displays, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, push-to-talk connectivity, stereo speakers, and a digital music player. The phone isn't a hybrid CDMA/iDEN device; those handsets should launch by early next year. The i880 flip phone isn't packed in the usual … Read more
Sony sometimes reminds us of a battered Hall of Fame quarterback in his final season: Although both are in decline, every once in awhile they still manage to show flashes of style if not brilliance.
That was our first reaction, at least, upon seeing the photos of Sony's new phone, which it is marketing under the Bravia insignia alongside its expensive line of high-definition TV sets. The 3G flip handset includes an MP3, a 3.2-megapixel camera, 1GB of storage space, and an LCD display that's supposedly based on Sony's HD screen technology. But what really caught … Read more
Machine won out over man in a text messaging competition at a mobile-communications industry event this week in Orlando, Fla.
The John Henry of the event was Ben Cook of Utah, the Guinness World Record holder for texting, who lost to Nuance's Mobile Dictation software that converts human speech into text on a mobile phone. The losing round used the same text message that Cook typed to win his record title: "The razor toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."… Read more
Well, Cingular's just having a field day today. In addition to announcing the availability of the long-awaited HP iPaq hw6920, the cell phone carrier launched its first location-based service, called TeleNav GPS Navigator, for its business and government customers. The service costs $9.99 per month for unlimited use (or $5.99 per month for up to 10 trips) and provides text- and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions and color maps so that you don't miss that important client meeting. In addition to the standard nav features, there are some extra handy tools, including a Biz Finder for searching local … Read more
This Halloween, Hewlett-Packard's latest handheld gadget is dressing up as a Cingular Wireless smart phone.
As long suspected, the iPAQ hw6920 series Mobile Messenger will make its U.S. debut on the Cingular network. That means full access to GSM/GPRS/EDGE goodness, plus other wireless fun, like Wi-Fi, GPS, infrared and Bluetooth.
The iPaq hw6925 is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel HP Photosmart camera for photo and video capture (the hw6920 does not), Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, and a built-in GPS feature that requires software downloaded from Cingular, Microsoft or HP.
The iPaq is available from Cingular'… Read more
Samsung is taking the offensive in the battle for Cingular 3G supremacy with its new SGH-A707. Announced today in Korea and destined for America's wireless carrier, the A707 offers support for Cingular's HSDPA network, a 2-megapixel camera, a digital music player, and stereo Bluetooth. From what we can tell, it looks like Samsung is hoping to make a more respectable showing on the 3G front than it did with its recent Samsung SGH-ZX20.
Though the ZX20 was perfectly functional, its dull design didn't complement its high-end features. What's more, while the ZX20 was announced at this … Read more
Buying a BlackBerry without e-mail capability would be like drafting Reggie Bush and asking him not to run the ball. Really, what's the point? Why spend all that money and not use it for what it does best?
OK, apparently there are people who do this--and they populate the IT departments of manufacturing, insurance, health care and real esate businesses, to name a few. In which case, they'll be happy to note that Research In Motion has come out with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Mobile Data System Applications. The software lets the IT folks control what is/isn'… Read more
Here at Crave we talk about plenty of cool cell phones and PDAs that will make your life complete, or at least help your ego. But just like beer ads rightfully remind you to drink responsibly, we'd like to remind the male readers of this blog to talk responsibly. Because, as you may have read already, new study results are showing that heavy cell phone usage might render men infertile.
We'll spare you the oodles of corny sperm jokes that could potentially penetrate this blog post. We'd just like our male readership to keep this in mind (… Read more
Sometimes, I wake up and wonder why I never got into the lucrative field of company branding and naming. You wake up, mix a couple of Latin terms with comic book names and charge someone six figures. How cool is that?
The latest example: Esteemo. It's not a new dry cleaning process. It's not a superhero's sidekick. It's a joint venture between Panasonic and NEC to develop mobile handsets.
"The company name has been coined from a combination of the words Esteem and Mobile to signify establishment by Panasonic and NEC as business partners with … Read more
Up, up, down, down, left, right, left--no, this isn't a cheat code for a Nintendo game, but rather the motions you may go through while trying to view a Web page on your mobile phone. Come on, you know what I'm talking about--surfing the Web on a smart phone is like driving in L.A.; not fun and excruciatingly slow. But Opera Software is hoping to change all that with its Opera Mini Web browser, which compresses Web pages for faster delivery and better viewing on handsets. Starting today, it's available for BlackBerry and Treo owners. The … Read more