From new Blackberries, gadgets and mobiles to the latest lippy...
BlackBerry Curve 8900 This smartphone is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone on the market. But that doesn’t stop it from including built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a faster processor (512Mhz) and hi-resolution display. Then there’s the multimedia capabilities. Handy gadgets include a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilisation, digital zoom, flash and video record. There’s also a media player, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, headset and a hot-swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot. A 256MB card is included and it supports memory cards of up to 16GB, so you can load up on music, pictures and video. Dhs1880 at Jumbo Electronics.
BlackBerry Pearl Flip We’ve long been fans of the BlackBerry Pearl, so the new sleek flip design has got us foraging around for extra dirhams down the back of our sofa. The SureType keyboard allows easy typing and dialling, while the flip design opens to a large, internal display and if you don’t like the way the conversation is heading, snap shut the phone and you’re done. The Pearl Flip also includes a 2 megapixel camera with digital zoom, flash and video recording, stereo Bluetooth support and an expandable memory card slot for up to 16GB of additional storage.
Both models are now available in all Etisalat retail outlets and business centres in the UAE, For more info, visit www.etisalat.ae/BlackBerry, dial 101 from an Etisalat phone or call the Etisalat Business support centre on 8005800. Out soon in Dubai.
G1 With Google’s new Android software under the hood, G1 has an unbeatable price-to-features ratio. It packs both a touch screen and slide-out Qwerty keypad and keeps you connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. The G1 makes it simple to take your Gmail and Google Talk contacts on the road. A 3-megapixel camera allows you to snap pictures on the fly, and music fans will be able to purchase cheap, DRM-free tunes directly from Amazon’s MP3 store. Lastly, the Android Market, Google’s answer to Apple’s App Store, will let you download applications for your phone directly from your handset. Not yet out in Dubai. visit www.tmobile.com.
BlackBerry Storm The BlackBerry Storm is the first BlackBerry to ditch its keyboard for a touch-screen display — it features a 3.25-inch clickable screen that will simulate the feel of a real keyboard. Like Apple’s iPhone, the Storm will have a built-in accelerometer, so its virtual keypad will alternate from SureType when used in portrait mode (held vertically), to a roomier Qwerty keypad when held in landscape mode (horizontally). With its 3.2-megapixel camera and MP3-playing capabilities, it’s also one of the few BlackBerries that knows how to mix work with play. The phone lacks Wi-Fi, but web junkies will be able to keep connected using Verizon’s 3G network, and because it’s a dual-mode phone, you’ll get solid reception, whether you’re in Dubai or overseas. Price Dhs2,000 at www.verizonwireless.com.
Nokia E71 Despite its svelte size, the Nokia E71 puts the power of a PC, GPS unit and 3.2-megapixel camera right in your hand. This email-centric phone keeps you connected to both your personal and corporate accounts, and thanks to its sharp 2.3-inch screen, lets you browse the Web in its full glory. Built-in Wi-Fi and support for AT&T’s 3G network will let you keep your Facebook profile up to date, and the phone’s above-average battery life (lasting more than 48 hours) and obscenely thin metallic casing help it stand the test of time. Dhs2,075 at Jumbo Electronics. at www.nokiausa.com.
HTC Touch Pro If the Touch Pro looks like the G1’s distant cousin, that’s because it is. Designed by HTC, both phones feature a touch-screen display and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard. But the Touch Pro packs a sharper VGA screen, a rarity among cell phones. Wi-Fi and support for Sprint’s 3G network keep the internet in the palm of your hand, and the phone’s TV-out port makes it easy to watch videos or flip through your pictures on your big-screen tube at home. Dhs2,999 Jumbo Electronics www.sprint.com.