Archive for April, 2010
We’ve received a tip that the price of certain phones on Rogers will be dropping as of April 15th.
- Blackberry Bold 9000 (Black and White) will be lowered from $124.99 to $99.99
- Blackberry Curve 8900 will be lowered from $99.99 to $49.99
- Samsung Galaxy Spica will be lowered from $79.99 to $49.99
- LG Eve will be lowered from $49.99 to $19.99
- Nokia N86 will be lowered from $149.99 to $99.99
*All these are effective on new activations with a 3-year voice&data plan, so take that into account when choosing the phone you want. Rather, spend a bit more on something you think you’ll use for a long time, as the price of the contract over that three years will greatly surpass the amount of the phone initially.
Ever since upgrading from my Pearl 8130 to my Tour 9630 I had been looking for really good way to utilize the GPS chip in my Tour to track my position when I run. The 8130 does of course have GPS capability but the GPS chips isn’t available to third-party applications, therefore limiting it to pretty much just TeleNav and the native BlackBerry Maps application. Upon receiving my Tour I began the search to find a good, preferably free, solution to allow me to track my runs and log them easily. After a lot of scouring the many BlackBerry Forums I settled on a simple application called GPSLogger.
The application is completely free and extremely easy to use. GPSLogger does exactly what you expect it to do, and it does it with a simple, light interface. I admit it is not the most attractive application I have ever used, but for how I use it, I really don’t want fancy graphics and bells and whistles. GPSLogger does provide a lot of information while you are traveling however, including your current distance traveled, latitude, longitude, current velocity, altitude, and number of satellites that you are currently connected to. There is no need for a cell signal either, in fact, I typically turn off the radio on my phone to eliminate distractions.
Personally when I run, I start GPSLogger and then carry my phone in hand. I am able to easily see my progress on-screen with the timer view. Upon ending my run I simply stop logging and then export the .GPX file that the application creates. GPSLogger allows you to export the file via email so there’s no need to pull out the USB cable every time you run.
Ok great, you ran, you logged it, and now you have your .GPX file. Now you just need to make the file useful. I use Runner’s World’s Run Tracker to make sense of all my logs. Run Tracker has an easy web-based interface to import .GPX files and gives a really awesome breakdown of your runs including a full map of your route, distance traveled, speed, and elevation. Run Tracker is free but you will need to sign up for an account. The combination of GPSLogger and Run Tracker are a totally free and really comprehensive way to track runs on the BlackBerry.
GPSLogger will only work on BlackBerries with third-party access to their GPS chip. Emacberry claims that it will work on the 8100, 8220, 8310, 8800, 8820, 8900, 9000, 9500, 9520, 9530, 9550, 9630 & 9700. If your device is one of the ones listed, give GPSLogger a go and let us know how it goes. Have a better method for managing your workouts? Leave a comment!
We have received a tip that until May 1st, 2010, Rogers will be offering the ZTE 636 (check out our review) and the Sony Ericsson MD 400 Rocket Sticks at $0 on a 1-year term. Not a bad deal if you consider that for $30 you can get 500MB data, which is enough for a decent amount of browsing per month.
According to WIND Mobile’s blog, they will soon be getting a medium-powered and low-end smartphone from Nokia, the 5230.
Quite slim and attractive, the specs are a bit of a letdown, considering WIND has no decent touchscreen phones for sale. There is a 434MHZ ARM processor, 128MB RAM, 2MP Camera and a resistive (not capacitative) 3.2″ touch screen running at a nice 360×640 resolution.
I’ve always liked WIND’s easy approach to phones: buy a phone outright at a decent price, activate a no-contract voice and data plan and use the phone until you no longer want to. Then cancel the plan and sell the phone. The End. No contracts, nothing.
However, the three best phones that run on WIND’s AWS network are not offered in Canada unless you import them: Google’s Nexus One, T-Mobile’s HTC HD2, and the Nokia N900. Luckily, WIND will offer you a free SIM card with any plan activation, and, as the Nexus One already comes unlocked, it’s a pretty easy procedure to get it working.
Especially now that Google has included WIND on their compatibility list for the T-Mobile Nexus One, if the Nokia 5230 comes in at more than $300, I would not recommend purchasing one. But that’s just me. Some people love Symbian. Right?
(via Mobile Syrup)
Last night, at the Revival Nightclub in downtown Toronto, Sony Ericsson and Rogers Wireless launched the Xperia X10 handset. It was a low-key affair, with Jay Malinowski of the Bedouin Soundclash performing a solo set after some introductions from various key players in both companies.
At its core, the event was about showing off the phone, and I have to say that, despite its older Android OS (it runs 1.6) the real winner is the screen on the phone, which is 4″ of beautiful, bright, accurate colour reproduction. I loved looking at it, especially next to my Nexus One, which, frankly, pales in comparison next to the Sony Ericsson handset.
Timescape is basically a one-stop shop for all your social media aggregation as well as a summary of all your latest call/email/SMS activity. It’s very well designed, but the system bogs down when you have too much going on, as the app is quite intensive. Its psuedo-3D interface was obviously designed for looks over functionality, and when you have too many tweets in your timeline, or too many emails, flicking through your various messages slows right to a crawl.
The app is also limited by the fact that you cannot reply directly to events from inside the app; for example, if you see a tweet that you would like to reply to, it opens up Twitter’s mobile site in the browser. It’s quite a clumsy solution, and I hope this gets improved upon in the next release.
Mediascape is a similar design to Timescape but simpler: it, as suggested, aggregates all your media into one place. Music, video, etc., much like, umm, any capable media player.
The skin can be disabled fairly easily, and what’s left is a nicely-themed Android phone with a gorgeous screen and a decided lack of hardware multitouch. You’ve probably heard this already if you’ve been at all interested in the Xperia X10, but it will never support multitouch, as it is a hardware limitation. That is a huge disappointment and probably the thing that would keep me from using the phone as my Daily Driver. I rely on multitouch for everything from the browser to maps to pictures, and the phone feels less… intuitive… without it.
That being said, the design is gorgeous: it has a smooth, rounded back with an 8MP camera with LED flash that gets bright. There are three physical buttons at the bottom of the device: Home, Back, and Menu; a volume rocker on the left side and a dedicated camera button on the right side.
The 1GHZ Snapdragon processor really helps the phone feel smooth and snappy, and the Rogers rep claimed four solid hours of battery life from the device, though whether that is real-world usage or not remains to be seen.
Another nice addition to the phone, and something that will save you $100 in the long run, is that Rogers is shipping a 16GB MicroSD card with the device, meaning that for $50 less than an iPhone 3GS, you are getting the same amount of storage space with a faster processor and a beautiful 4-inch screen. Your call.
I look forward to testing out the device further when we get a demo from Rogers, but until then, check out their site for information.
The day has come for you loyal Bell CDMA users still struggling with your
now-ancient Storm 9530. Bell has stayed true to their word and officially launched the Storm2 9550. It can be picked up at the following price points: $199.95 on 3-year contract, $399.95 on 2-year contract, $499.95 on 1-year contract, and $549.95 with no commitment.
Ontario’s population is growing faster than a man’s beard, but now we have proof that the numbers are just staggering. For the first time in Canadian history a third area code will need to be added to keep up with the alarming number of mobile users. The CRTC has issued the area code 365 for activation on March 25th, 2013, with the 289 and 905 area codes expected to run out by March of 2014.
With this being said I wonder when Toronto’s beloved 416/647 area codes will start to run out? 648 was meant to replace 416 for the mobile generation, but it seems like there is a lot of recycling taking place, and 416 numbers are still available. Guess we will have to wait and see.
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Boingo is a WiFi hotspot supplier that, according to the company, “includes 58 airports, the Washington State Ferries, and several sporting arenas and convention centers… Boingo gives consumers the best choice of WiFi hotspots by combining more than 125,000 locations from 167 leading WiFi operators around the world into a single worldwide network spanning 103 countries.”
Any time you try to connect to airport WiFi, you can rest assured that Boingo is the supplier. It’s usually around $5/hour or $10/month depending on what you’re using to connect. Not a bad deal if you’re a frequent traveler.
What’s incredible, though, is that the iPad has overtaken Android, Blackberry and WinMo connections within four days of being released. It now sits at just over 5% overall usage, which is an astounding number considering that only the WiFi models have been released. Compared to another WiFi-only model, the iPod Touch, it’s clear that most people are using their iPads as laptop replacements when they leave on trips. Obviously these statistics don’t include laptop usage, but it is clear from this pie chart that the iPad is a run-away hit amongst travelers.
If you are interested in the HTC EVO 4G you better listen up. The folks over at Engadget had an anonymous tipster send them in the above snap shot of the EVO just hanging around with some of its accessories. Granted, it’s showing up quite early at this point and reflecting a price of $5,555 but the fact its there makes us wish we had a damn time machine so we could jump forward and and bring this thing back to the now. Now before you all jump on the price comment, no it won’t be $5,555 when it hits that market, that’s just a placeholder price. Sprint users, don’t get too excited this piece of work is still a few months out yet.
Today we have a guest blogger who we would like to welcome. He is an avid Blackberry user and a lover of languages, and put together this review of BBTran for your viewing pleasure.
Ever looked online or your social networking account and saw a foreign language you couldn’t decipher? Always curious as to what is being said? Worry no longer thanks to Sergey Demyanov-Developer of BBTRan.
The current version is 188.8.131.52 and is the best version I have used. *”BBTran is a free online multi-translation application for BlackBerry® devices. It translates words, phrases and does a dictionary lookup in 64 languages with more than 2000 translation directions. BBTran consumes various online services such as Google Translate, Systran, FreeTranslation, Reference.com.” and now Bing.
This is the “Light” version of the app, but there are a lot of settings you can change to better fit your needs. You have connection settings that allow WIFI, TCP, BES and BIS. Integration settings (Pro Edition) that allow for Email, SMS and PIN messages to use BBTran with the option to hide on close. The interface settings allow you to choose your font size, font color, background color, title font color, title background color and title pattern (with 6 options).
The Standard Edition (Light) allows up to 50 requests (translations) per day and the Pro Edition allows up to 500 a day. You can take a look at the differences between Light and Pro, evaluate the Pro Edition for a 5 day trial, upgrade to the Pro Edition, and activate your license all under License Info.
Another great feature about this app is that there is a Feedback Option built right in. Going in you have the option of attaching the Log File and SB Records (allowing the developer to see what is going on with the app on your device). I’ve used the feedback on previous versions of BBTran. Sergey Demyanov looked over my attachments and responded efficiently to my connection issues. So this is especially useful if you find yourself experiencing issues, you can send in a report right from the app on your device.
You can pick up BBTran (OTA) by pointing your Device Browser to BBTran.com Supported devices range from the *7100 to the 9630 and supported OS’ are *4.o and higher. **Has been used on a 9700 and it works with no hiccups.
If you’re wanting to translate Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai or all. Point your Device Browser HERE. You can pick up just one, or all by downloading the Asian Fonts Pack. To be able to translate Hebrew, you’ll need to download the Font/File to do so. You can either download OTA or DM, so point your browser of preference HERE.
*Facts and or quotes taken directly from website BBTran.com
**Tested on 9700 and experienced no problems. This does not say it will work for your device and there are no facts that state it supports this device or OS 5.0.