Well, not quite... Opera has Opera Mini web browser working on iPhone, and has submitted it to Apple iPhone App Store, on 23rd this month. Only after approval can the users get the browser via the App Store (officially, anyway).
Opera claims that Mini is up to 5 times faster than Apple's Safari. And has a video of a real life comparison test. Besides, as the data gets compressed by central servers, the user will spend much less on a data plan. More about this on our last article on Opera browsers.
So, will Apple approve such a threat to Apple's own browser? Historically, the answer most likely will be a "No". But Opera is very confident. So much so that they published a web site with a counter, since the submission to App Store, and are taking bets on how long will Apple need to approve it. The winner gets a free iPhone.
More info, video preview, speed comparison test, and sign up for the contest, on Opera Mini on iPhone webpage.
As usual no log file, so it's not clear what is different.. I believe it to be a little faster on the synching, but can not be sure. Anyway, the program will automatically prompt the users next time they use it, so it's difficult to miss it.
For those not aware of this service from Microsoft, a little intro: My Phone backs up all the main data of your Windows Phone, namely the PIM data (contacts, calendar and tasks), SMS, PIE browser favorites, photos, videos, music, and docs. Including data from the Storage Card. The user can also post photos on several social networks, automatically.
SanDisk has launched a new microSDHC memory card. The first with 32GB capacity! SanDisk launched it as an ideal companion to the new multimedia phones.
These new generation of smartphones, with bigger screens, better photo/video cameras, internet connectivity, audio capabilities, really need some serious storage, so the user can always have his/hers photos, movies, music, and even programs and games.
SanDisk targets this new card to mobile operators and phone manufacturers, so they can offer a complete solution to their costumers. At this time the announced price for retail, in USA, is USD 199.99. No price for the rest of the world yet, but we believe it will arrive shortly.
More info on SanDisk site.
Panasonic apparently struck a gold mine: their 3D TV's sold out in 1 week, against all expectations. No numbers were disclosed, but all the available units were sold, and the retailers keep ordering more units.
The products, a 50" TV, a Blu-Ray disc player and an active 3D glasses came with a hefty price tag of USD 2.899,99 (EUR 2.107), and even with just a few media contents on the market, it seems to be just what the consumers wanted.
Today Opera announced the final versions of Mobile 10 and Mini 5.
The Opera Mobile is a powerful browser available for the S60 Symbian and Windows Mobile.
The Mini now released is not one, but two: a JAVA version, as the previous versions, suitable to any phone with a JAVA Virtual Machine, and the native BlackBerry version. It's also possible to download the beta versions for native Windows Mobile and Android.
Redfly is not a computer, although it resembles any modern mini notebook. In fact, you can use it as one, but with a twist: it's just a bigger screen, battery and keyboard... for your Windows Phone or BlackBerry!
So, what's the big advantage? Well, think about it: no OS, no programs to buy, install and update. No parts like hard-drives or motherboards to get damaged or obsolete. Almost totally maintenance free! You use your smartphone's OS and programs, with the advantage of a bigger screen (7 or 8"), really expanding the viewing area, not just making everything bigger (view the picture), and a bigger keyboard, with touch-pad.
Sony Ericsson is a well-established company in the mobile phone industry, even after taken a considerable fall in last year market share. The brand is known for their classy and high quality products, and wants to get its part of the smart phones market.
In the last few months, we've been seeing a lot of announcements from SE, not only in their own Operating System, but also on Android and Windows Mobile, namely in their Xperia high-end line.
From the Windows Mobile X2 (delayed several months in some markets) and Aspen, a big success form-factor as it follows old Samsung i780, to the big Android X10, or the most recently announced X10 Mini and Mini Pro, all of them sport great looks and specs, in classy outfits. We will be following these models, and try to get 1 or 2 for a complete review, to see if SE has what it takes for a come-back.
Hot on the heels of announcing their upcoming Popbox, the makers of the popular Popcorn Hour line of media players have announced the latest iteration of their plays everything Network Media Tank.
The A-200 looks to be a physical successor of the A-100/110 and judging by the specs, a logical younger brother of the recently reviewed Popcorn Hour C-200.
While we hope to have both units in for a full review shortly, you can get an information fix now - and even pre-order a unit as of the 18th of January - if you head on over to the Popcorn Hour website.