According to Pocket Lint UK, Samsung has launched a solar-powered mobile phone made from PCM, a material extracted from recycled plastic bottles, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Called Blue Earth, it comes with a touch screen which Samsung claims to be a unique user interface designed “to draw attention to preserving our fragile environment”.
There are no further technical specifics on the mobile phone at this time, but the Samsung Blue Earth is due to be released in mid-2009.
The Nokia N79 is the last N series mobile phone that was launched recently to make its way into the test lab. Unlike both the N96 and N85, the N79 comes in the form factor of a candy bar. Some people prefer this form factor as everything is presented on the phone without any hidden surprises. The N79 has a grey facet with a 2.4 inch screen and the usual number pad below the screen. Although the number keys are large and visible, I found myself always pressing the wrong number, resulting in some embarrassing phone calls. The number keys are seamless and our fingers found it hard to differentiate between “1” and “2”.
The original HTC Touch was one of HTC’s best sellers during its heyday as it was small, powerful and most of all runs HTC’s Touch interface on top of Windows Mobile. There have been a few rebirths of the HTC Touch but the newest version, the HTC Touch Viva is one that will re-ignite the original Touch’s status. Built just like the original Touch, the Touch Viva is equipped with a 2.8 inch touch screen with QVGA resolution. Its design is simple and nice with no hidden hanky-panky on it. The only button is visible is the Call and End Call buttons, as well as the five way directional pad.
Apple has today introduced their latest iPhone television ad. Titled “Read”, it continues to publicize the collection of massive third-party software available at their App Store:
“One of the great things about the iPhone is that if you want to read a restaurant review, there is an app for that (Yelp); if you want to read an MRI, there is an app for that (OsiriX); and if you just want to read a regular novel, of course, it has such an app (Classics).
Yup, there is an app for just about everything, only on the iPhone.”
The Samsung Tocco F480, in brief, is a slim and sexy smart phone. While it is certainly not quite an iPhone beater, the Samsung Tocco does come with great features such as a more usable touchscreen and cool interface. This comes with a cool widgets feature that users will certainly find very interesting. In the past, Samsung’s touchscreens were drab with their monochrome interfaces but the Samsung Tocco has changed all that with its refreshing and faster response to user commands. It also has an adjustable haptic feedback where the phone vibrates slightly when you touch the menus or icons.