Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Holidays from PhonesLand !

Hello faithful readers, we just wanted to wish you Happy Holidays !
Have a wonderful new year !, because we sure had too much of this one.

Now that Christmas is here, we'd like to know if you did get a shiny new phone under the Christmas Tree.

Is it a Smartphone, such as the Apple iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S, or Nokia N8 ?

Or perhaps you didn't get a phone (yet) and plan to buy one with some cash or gift cards you got for Christmas?

Maybe you're waiting to see what will be unveiled at CES next month? Let us know in the comment section below.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mobile phones "more dangerous than smoking" ?

Instead of writing about the benefits of using a mobile phones, today we would like to tell you some of the dangers of this technology.

A study says mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos.This study was conducted by the award-winning cancer expert, Dr Vini Khurana. He notes that people should avoid using mobile phones wherever possible.

It is mentioned that using handsets for more than 10 years can double the risk of brain cancer. Cancers take at least a decade to develop.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Blackberry and Apple not working funny film

For some people the BlackBerry or Apple is working very nicely, but we shouldn't forget those who have trouble with them, for example the comedians Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield had some issues.
Some jokes are pretty obvious, but overall this is a funny 3min video:


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Justin Long trolling a teen for 2 months with iPhone

Today we wanted to share with you an oldie but goldie.
Some of you may already know about this, but we think even the second time is funny, we know it's long, but give it a shot:
You have to admire Justin Long's evilness, since he trolled that teen for 2 months with his iPhone:

(fast forward to min 3 if you dont want to see the boring part)


So ? Is Justing Long funny or what ?
Also, did anyone notice something with his iPhone in the end when he closes the sms app ?

EDIT: after he closes sms app, you can see that his iPhone has Cydia installed, which means his iPhone is jailbroken :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Armin Van Buuren - N8 party in Dubai

Can you belive this video was made with Nokia's latest flagship N8 ?

The Nokia N8 never ceases to amaze us

Nokia N8 Specs


Saturday, December 18, 2010

LG Optimus 2X (aka Star) official with 1080p video recording

LG Optimus 2X features dual-core Tegra 2 at 1GHz and Full HD (1080p) video playback and recording with the help of NVIDIA SoC via LG's 8MP Camera

The device will be the first Tegra2 - powered GSM smartphone. The HDMI port on the Optimus 2X can output Full HD video (unlike current phones, which are limited to 720p) and with DLNA support you can play videos on a compliant TV with no need for a cable.

Other confirmed specs :
4" WVGA screen;
secondary 1.3MP video-call camera;
8 gigs worth of storage;
1,500mAh battery.

Our main concern is the Tegra 2 's power-hunger, but we're sure LG had that in mind, they are well known for power efficiency.

On a side note, we really don't know what to think anymore, LG's history shows many ups and downs, whenever they have a breakthrough, they seem to be unable to keep up with their competitors. Let's hope that another year after this won't have to pass in order for them to make another great handset. 

The LG Optimus 2X will be launching next month in South Korea

LG Optimus 2X Specs (rumoured)


Friday, December 17, 2010

Nokia N8 became Santa's navigation helper

It's one thing to be Serial Killer Dexter's trusted gadget or to star in the latest "Tron" movie, but being used by Santa is a whole new level. With the latest version of Ovi Maps ( best phone navigation software, developed by Nokia) we are now sure Santa will find anyone's address.

Santa and Nokia being from Finland, it was just a matter of time before they would team up.

The Finnish based manufacturer doesn't want you to believe in Santa, just their Nokia N8.

As for Santa, he had this to say: "I'm very pleased with the Nokia N8’s functionality and its installation onto his sleigh, I will put the device to immediate use".

Nokia N8 Specs and Review.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mortal Kombat 3 App for Apple iPhone

Mortal Kombat fans will be pleased the hear that MK3 is available for purchase for $6.99at the Apple App Store.

This is sure to bring old memories to the player.
Here is the official description from the iTunes page:

The original arcade fighting game is available NOW! With 13 klassic warriors including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Sonya Blade; multiple game modes; kustomizable kontrols; and updated visuals aimed to maximize the high-resolution Retina Display…you can relive the brutal combos and vicious fatalities that made Mortal Kombat one of the most iconic videogames EVER!

10 Klassic arenas await in Arcade Mode pitting you against the top Mortal Kombat warriors. Kustomize your button layout and dominate your opponents in head-to-head battle. Then "Finish Him!" with epic Fatalities and humiliating Babalities.

Challenge friends in merciless head-to-head battles via local WiFi or Bluetooth®. Or rack up points in challenging timed battles against the treacherous Shao Kahn.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 takes full advantage of the high-resolution Retina Display offering incredible visual fidelity enhanced from the original arcade game.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

iPhone brings your very own virtual girlfriend

They say you can use Apple's iPhone for anything, but we really never thought about this .Korean developer Nabix released the " Honey, it's me" iPhone app that apparently will solve men's girlfriend problems. For just $1.99, Korean-speaking iPhone users can now brag about having a cool girlfriend who will video call them 4 times a day with over 100 phrases like "Hello" , "Good night , sweet dreams", etc.


Your new virtual girlfriend is a 20 -something "Mina" and she will make you feel needed in this dark, cruel world. This is no joking manner, the app has been downloaded 80,000 times on the first day.

Nabix plans to release a version for Android too and in other languages such as Japanese (nothing mentioned about English).


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Samsung Galaxy S White

The white color version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy I9000 Galaxy S is now available in the Spanish and UK markets, and right on time for Christmas, this new white device is also available to sell in Germany.

Won't be long until the white version will be available everywhere, and currently, the black Galaxy S 8GB is sold for around €410 ($540), while the white one costs some €40 more , around 450 ( $595).


Google Latitude in App Store for good

 After a brief appearance on the Japanese App Store a few days ago, the app is now officially out on Apple's App Store which means your mom /dad /spouse / kids will always know where you are. You could even start stalking your ex-es or future-es... or whoever you want !


For those of you who don't know what is this Google Latitude - this app puts you and your friends on the map so you know where to find them at all times. It runs in the background, not needing to keep the app open or phone unlocked.

Of course you can limit your location updates to city level, hide it or completely turn it off.

Too bad that the minimum requirements are hard to meet: iOS 4 , iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Sphero Ball, an AR Drone alternative

Don't have the budget or airspace for an AR Drone ? Get a Sphero !

Sphero is a small, robotic toy ball designed by Orbotix, and controlled remotely via Bluetooth and your phone's tilt sensor.

It's practically a ball that rolls by itself, sure the thing is pretty simple and sounds boring but after smartphone developers get ahold of the open API we'll see much augmented reality gameplay headed our way.

Here's a small video of the prototype:

More details here

Let us know what you guys think in the Comment Section below.

Source : Orbotix

Saturday, December 11, 2010

HTC Evo 4G guest star in Fringe

Seems that the HTC Evo 4G is becoming quite the actor, in the last episode of Fringe, The star enjoyed almost 20 seconds of air time, not bad so early in his career.

At least we don't need to find a Wi-Fi connection, Astird

The 4G enabled handset was joined by the Qik application and the phone's front camera to let people see the video chat capabilities of the HTC phone. Astrid Farnsworth gave intel to Peter Bishop via the Qik application. If they had the Apple's iPhone, a Wi-Fi connection would have been necessary , since the Face Time feature requires it.

so.... In your face, Dr. House !

"If you could reason with religious people, there wouldn't be any religious people"

HTC Evo 4G Specs


Friday, December 10, 2010

Augmented Reality Game with the AR Drone

Christmas is getting closer and closer, and some of you still don't know what gift would be best for you ? Well worry no more, because we are here to help:
The AR Drone is an awesome device for pretty much anyone, but , what's this ? The first augmented reality games using the AR Drone ? The iOS AR. Pursuit multiplayer game is cool way to get some 3D gaming action.

AR Parrot Drone cost is around 300 US Dollars (US) , 300 Pounds (UK) , or 300 Euro (EU).
Do you guys think this would be worthy ?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Google Maps 5 with 3D view and offline mode

Google Maps for Mobile 5 came out with a preview, from which we found out we are about to see major improvements like 3D view, offline mode and new multitouch options. 

Graphics engine now uses vector graphics, bringing in many advantages. Maps are not pre-rendered pictures anymore but are rendered on the phone itself, makeweight the application run very smoothly. 3D buildings is supported for over a hundred major cities. 
Vector pictures are more data efficient (download faster and make cache easier). Google Maps Navigation will be able to reroute you, but you'd still need a data connection to rerouting. 

The new multitouch features enhance the 3D mode, letting you tilt and rotate the view. For this you'll need some additional hardware support that is not in all multitouch  phones.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Google Nexus S announced

The Google Nexus S is finally official, Andy Rubin, Google VP of Engineering and head of Android, announced the Google Nexus S (and Gingerbread) on the company's official blog. 

Here are some important details:
  • Manufactured by Samsung;
  • Will be available on Dec 16 (in the U.S.) and Dec 20 (in the U.K.);
  • Price will be $199 (with T-Mobile contract) or $529 (unlocked);

Most rumors about the Google Nexus S are true: curved screen (which will be called "Contour Display"), the screen will use Super AMOLED technology and measure 4 inches at WVGA resolution.
Too bad Google Nexus S won't be the first dual-core handset. Instead, Hummingbird chipset will power the phone (which is fast enough for today's any mobile software).
Also, Nexus S will also come with 16GB of built-in memory, 512MB RAM, 5MP main camera plus a front one and gyroscope, along with an NFC chip.

At the same time, Android 2.3 Gingerbread was also announced. Here are some interesting things:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone - Android 2.3

More information on the upcoming Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone is now available via YouTube:
  • Runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread;
  • PlayStation icon on the screen which leads to some games;
  • Probabily will be called the Sony Ericsson Zeus Z1.
This phone could be Sony Ericsson's breakthrough gadget;

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Motorola DROID 2 exploded and injured a man

Aron Embry , a man from North Texas was just finishing a call on his brand new Motorola DROID 2 when the phone exploded leaving the man injured and bleeding. He said he heard a loud “pop” and then noticed that he started bleedin. He received four stitches, and was told that he wouldn't have any hearing problems.

“Once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kind of looked at my phone and realized that the screen had appeared to burst outward," he said. The handset, however, remained functional and with only a shattered glass near the speaker.

This was enough for Motorola to release an official statement :
“Motorola’s priority is, and always has been the safety of our customers, and all Motorola products are designed, manufactured and tested to meet or exceed international and local standards for consumer safety. We will reach out to the consumer and investigate this thoroughly.”

Exploding phones are a rare occasion, but they do happen, and some of them have been fatal.

Specifications of Motorola Droid 2 can be found here.
You guys think that man should receive compensation from Motorola and Verizon ?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Apple iPhone - Obsession of the year

Apple's mobile products were named the number 1 and number 3 obsession of 2010, the Apple iPhone 4 was listed by Yahoo as the number 1 obsession of the year.

It certainly was a strange year for Apple's new iPhone 4. After getting launched , the phone was caught up in the "Antennagate" or "Deathgrip" scandal. Although facing these problems, handset has done very well at the cash register. By October, year-over-year sales were up 91% with 14.1 million units sold.

The Apple iPad was listed as the number three obsession of 2010 and the popularity of the tablet helped set off a craze for tablet-like devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
What do you guys think? Does the iPhone deserve to be number 1 one obsession of the year 2010 ?
What should be added to the list ?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Development Update

Hello faithful readers of the PhonesLand website !
Today I wish to update you on our progress, our main goal, and also to hear out your opinions as readers.

Having so many readers in such a short amount of time, really made the PhonesLand team get very excited, and thus, even more dedicated to bringing you the best news and updates out there.

Notice that we have a section in the right side of our website called "Useful Links", where we have a small list of websites. There you will find:

There are also two pages about our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy on the bottom of the main page.

In the future we hope to succeed in bringing you more and better services , like:
  • Contests with prizes in money or in new phones ;
  • More interaction with our readers (like posting pictures/clips made with their gadgets) ;

We would like to hear you opinions and suggestions for our website, and remember being honest wont HURT us, it will HELP us.

    The PL TEAM