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With the technology behind cameras growing constantly, especially in mobile phones, it didn't come as much of a surprise that Sony Ericsson might be working on a cyber-shot Android handset. But what about Windows Phone users who want a great camera in their next device? Well, according to recently leaked photos and information, HTC is working a new Windows Phone handset that will feature a 12MP camera. No word yet on what type of lens will be used, but if this device is going to be marketed for its camera, it should be something of decent quality at least. Other features will be included with the camera as well, including the ability of to capture "raw images", and a variety of manual settings.

No word on what this new Windows Phone HTC device will be called, or when we might see it available. Hopefully its launch won't be staggered between the U.S. and Canada, but only time will tell.


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We recently let you know that Bell and Virgin Mobile were getting set to launch the HTC Wildfire S, and Bell has gone ahead and done so. The Wildfire S is an entry-level Android handset, and runs OS 2.3 Gingerbread. Featuring a 3.2" (320x480) touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, the Wildfire S comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash and VGA quality video recording. Its powered by a 600MHz processor and and 512MB of RAM, and offers Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.

The HTC Wildfire S is available now from Bell. No word yet on when Virgin Mobile will make the device available, but we should see it launch fairly soon. From Bell, the HTC Wildfire S comes in at $249.95 contract-free, or just $29.95 on a 3 year term.


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Public Mobile has a done a great job maintaining their line-up of affordable handsets, and now they've added yet another entry-level handset to their inventory. The ZTE C76 is now available from the new entrant carrier, and features a 2" display and bluetooth connectivity. The C76 is about as basic as handsets get, but at just $65 contract-free, it's an affordable solution for those looking for basic talk and text functionality. Head to your nearest Public Mobile retail location to pick one up.


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Earlier this month, we let you know that Google announced Honeycomb 3.1 for tablets, and the Motorola XOOM got it almost immediately for U.S. customers. Soon afterwards, Motorola Canada let users know, via Facebook, that the update would be coming Canadians "soon". Now, they have come forward on Facebook once again, this time stating "Our best estimate is that it will be available in the next couple of months."

While the news that Motorola is still working on the update is good, it does come as a bit of a disappointment to XOOM owners that it will take a couple of months. Hopefully they will take action with all of the feedback they've received and push it out sooner, but only time will tell.


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Microsoft recently held a Windows Phone preview event, meant to show off some of the new updates coming to the platform. As expected, the topic of focus was Mango, the next OS version of Windows Phone. Apparently Mango will bring forward 500 new features to "push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps, and the Internet."

One of the new features included will be "Threads", which will allow users to switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation. It will also bring improvements to multi-tasking, make Live Tiles more dynamic and information-filled, feature Internet Explorer 9, and much more.

According to the press release, Windows Phone Mango will be available on new devices being shipped this fall, and while the update should coincide with that time frame, they state "update timing will be provided closer to availability." We'll be sure to let you know once more information is made available.


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According to recently leaked information, we know Bell is getting set to launch the HTC Wildfire S, for just $249.95 contract-free. It looks like Virgin Mobile will also be offering up this affordable Android handset, according to more leaked screenshots. The HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2" (320x480) Gorilla Glass touchscreen display, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and is powered by a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options for this entry-level Android device include Wi-Fi (including hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

No word yet on an exact launch date, but rumours are pointing to very early June. Pricing is also unknown at this time, however speculation points to it coming in similar to Bell's. We'll be sure to keep you updated as any further details emerge!


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Just a few days ago, we let you know that the HTC Panache surfaced on the Canadian HTC website with Videotron as a the carrier. Now, Videotron has gone ahead and officially launched the Android handset, making them the second carrier in Canada to offer it. Mobilicity currently offers it exclusively in their coverage areas, and now Quebec residents can pick up the handset too.

The HTC Panache features a 3.8" (480x800) touchscreen display, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, and offers a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture. Connectivity options are as expected, with Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.

The HTC Panache is available now from Videotron for $169.95 "Reduced price", or $479.95 contract-free.

 

 

 

 

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While it comes as no surprise that Bell is launching the HTC Wildfire S since information was leaked a couple weeks back, it's still great to hear more about the upcoming release. The Wildfire S will apparently be launching soon, and according to an online dealer, will be priced at $249.95 contract-free.

The HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2" (320x480) Gorilla Glass touchscreen display, and a 5MP camera with LED flash. It will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and is powered by a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (with hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.


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We let you know a while back that Videotron would be launching the HTC Glacier/Panache, while Mobilicity has launched it exclusively in their service areas. A few days ago, the HTC Panache was listed twice on HTC's Canadian website, once as the Mobilicity version, and a second time showing Videotron. Unfortunately since then, the Videotron Panache was removed.

With the rumours of this device coming to Videotron keeping steady online, it's likely that someone jumped the gun and put this up on the site early. Hopefully we'll see it launch very soon, and speculated pricing sits in the $500-550 range.


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Just under a month ago, Rogers launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, the world's first PlayStation certified mobile device. The PLAY runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has an impressive range of features. It has a 4" (480x854) touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera along with a VGA front facing camera for video calling. Sony Ericsson has included their custom UI/launcher TimeScape, which has changed dramatically since the X10 line-up. The most unique feature is its PlayStation style game pad, which can be used for a variety of PLAY optimized games including PS1 Classics. So, how does the PLAY hold up as a smartphone and for gaming?

Beginning with the hardware, the PLAY is very nicely designed. It is a little bit thick compared to most current devices, but that is expected with the full game pad hidden under the screen. It has 3.5mm headset and microUSB ports on the left edge, while the right edge holds the volume and shoulder keys. Even though the casing is made of plastic, it feels relatively sturdy and durable, and the sliding mechanism is surprisingly solid. When you slide out the game pad, the PLAY really starts to shine, bringing that familiar PlayStation feel to your phone. The device fits fairly well in your hands when slid open, but might take a little bit of getting used to. The touchpads meant for use where joysticks or analog sticks would normally come into play, are a nice addition to the controls, though very strange to use at first. Like most gamers know, any new controller design takes some time to get completely accustomed to, and the PLAY's game pad is no exception. Still, it really brought a new element to mobile gaming, one previously found only in devices like the PSP or Nintendo DS. After using the Xperia PLAY, games on touchscreen-only devices seem weak and difficult to play, so beware when trying out your friend's new PLAY.




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The games themselves are entertaining, and the PLAY comes with 6 full version titles built-in: NFL 11, Star Battalion HD, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Crash Bandicoot, Fifa 10, and Tetris. There are 5 more PS1 games available for purchase in Market for $5.75 USD each, and about 50 other PLAY optimized games and apps. Crash Bandicoot ran well and gives a great idea of what PS1 games will be like on the device. The sports games (Madden NFL 11 and FIFA 10) are great fun, and far more complex than you might think, and the other games were just as entertaining and immersive. Unfortunately Tetris didn't make use of the slide-out controls, but it is a simple enough game that the touchscreen is fine.




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As a smartphone alone, the PLAY runs just as well as most current Android handsets. OS 2.3 Gingerbread performs well, and TimeScape doesn't seem to have as strong of an impact on performance as with the X10. The application tray features custom sorting, and there are a variety of widgets pre-installed. There are media widgets that include music controls, shortcuts, and a scrolling image/video wheel. There are also a couple of clock widgets available, all of which can be used on any of the 5 home screens.

Other parts of the device that are worth mentioning include the display and camera. The display isn't very bright when turned all the way up, though it can get you by. To those who normally enjoy very bright and crisp displays like super AMOLED equipped devices may be let down however. The Camera is of decent quality, coming in at 5MP with an LED flash. It actually handles close-up shots very well, though mid and long range photos are of average quality. It can also record video at WVGA resolution, and surprisingly doesn't capture at 720p. Videos recorded with the PLAY are also average, looking great on your mobile screen but mediocre on larger displays.




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Lastly, battery life. The PLAY surprisingly held up very well, lasting longer than many devices in the current market. Even while gaming for a few hours, the battery indicator only dropped a sliver. Unfortunately it still doesn't compare to the life of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 or a few other devices, but considering its large screen and game pad, does very well.

Overall, the Xperia PLAY is a great device. It is a full-featured Android smartphone and really makes mobile gaming possible. Kudos to Sony Ericsson for producing a great, and very unique device! Hopefully they continue to create great handsets that stand-out and bring a new element to smartphones.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is available from Rogers for $99.99 on a 3 year term or $549.99 contract free.


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