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Bell has just introduced their push-to-talk network which runs on their HSPA+ network, providing decent download speeds alongside push-to-talk functionality. They have also released their first handset specifically for use on the network ? the Sonim XP5520 BOLT. The BOLT is an incredibly durable device that ?goes well beyond MIL-SPEC ruggedness? and is water proof, dust proof, and shock proof. It can withstand drops from 2 meters onto concrete and is scratch and pressure resistant as well, and has the warranty to back it up. Sonim offers up a 3-year comprehensive warranty to those who purchase the unit.

As for other specifications, the BOLT has a 2? (240 x 320) display, and supports HSPA, A-GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. According to official specs, it can get up to 12 hours of talk time, and also has an LED torch light and 2 MP camera with flash.

If you?re looking for a handset that can survive the harshest conditions and modern push-to-talk functionality, the Sonim XP5520 BOLT is definitely worth checking out. You can pick one up for $99.95 on a 3 year term, or $399.95 outright.


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We recently let you know that Bell and Rogers were getting set to launch the Samsung Galaxy Rugby, and now have multiple updates for you. First, Rogers has launched the handset, with it priced at $49.99 on a 3 year term, or $279.99 completely outright. Next, Bell was supposed to release it on April 19th, however sent internal communication to employees stating that it will be delayed. Finally, Sasktel has added the rugged device to their site, marking it as ?Coming soon!?. They will have it priced at $79.99 on a 3 year term, and $239.99 with a monthly plan.

The Rugby is a super-durable Android handset, and is certified to be dust, water, shock, and vibration resistant. It features a 3.7? (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. It has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and is capable of recording 720p HD video. Other specifications include its 4 GB of internal storage and connectivity including HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.


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Looking for an extra-durable Android handset? Then the Samsung Rugby could be for you. This Gingerbread handset is certified to be dust, rain, vibration, and shock resistant for working conditions that are too rough for typical, and sometimes delicate smartphones. It comes with a 3.7? (480 x 800) Super AMOLED touch screen display, and a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. The Rugby is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with 4 GB of internal storage. Connectivity options are the usual, including HSPA, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

As for pricing and availability, Bell is set to launch the Rugby on April according to leaked internal documentation. There isn?t a specific launch date for the handset with Rogers, though we expect to see it roughly around the same time. Pricing is unknown for both carriers; however talk around the internet points to $300 outright.


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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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Last week, Virgin Mobile launched the HTC Legend ahead of it's parent company - Bell, at price points of $79.99 on a 3 year term or 30-day pricing of $349.99. Bell has finally launched the highly anticipated Android handset as well, with the same 3 year pricing of $79.95, but contract-free pricing seeing a $50 increase over Virgin's 30-day option, coming in at $399.95.

The HTC Legend features Android 2.1, a durable aluminum unibody casing, AMOLED touchscreen, and 5MP camera, along with standard smartphone connectivity such as 3G, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.


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A couple weeks back, we let you know that Telus would soon be launching the Motorola i296 on their iDEN network, and it's arrived. The Mike i296 is a military-certified iDEN handset, capable of withstanding extreme conditions such as dust, shock, and extreme temperatures, with a rugged and durable design. This new candybar handset is aimed at those who need to stay in contact on the work site, and features push-to-talk services both on and off network and A-GPS. The Motorola Mike i296 is available now through Telus, for $199.99 contract-free.


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A new military grade Motorola handset will soon be available to Telus customers on the iDEN network. The i296 is a candy-bar device that features push-to-talk services both on and off network, A-GPS, and a rugged, durable design. The Motorola i296 has been stress tested to meet military specifications for dust, shock, extreme temperatures, etc, making it the perfect device for any work site.

No word yet on exact pricing or a launch date, however the Motorola website lists it as available on the Telus network, so the device should launch officially sometime very soon.




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We have receive information about a new cellphone will launch soon with Bell Mobility, the Sanyo Pro 200. This device is a highly durable and have 10-4 function (like Mike of Telus) and it?s perfect for construction worker. Nothing of special but the Sanyo Pro 200 has a Bluetooth 2.0 connection and include a GPS. No price or exactly date for the moment.


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