Author: Ben Wood

The Subjective Nature of Image Quality on Camera Phones

As the performance and specification of camera phones improves I’m finding it increasingly difficult to judge image quality. Ultimately its in the eye of the beholder which is just so…

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Wireless Peace in Our Time?

A decision by Nokia and Qualcomm to settle their long-running intellectual property dispute over wireless technologies comes as welcome news for the mobile industry. It’s unclear whether the agreement was…

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It’s Going to Be an Eight-Megapixel Christmas

If the rumours I’m hearing are correct, there will be at least six mobile phones featuring eight-megapixel cameras appearing in the second half of 2008. The relentless megapixel “arms race”…

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Vodafone Deal Signals Change in Apple’s iPhone Distribution Strategy

Today Vodafone announced it will offer the iPhone in 10 new countries. The deal gives Apple a much-needed shot in the arm at a time when its international strategy seemed…

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Nokia’s Numbering Doesn’t Add Up

Nokia launched another three phones this morning, and as soon as I saw the names I threw my hands up in despair. Once again it’s recycled numbers used for earlier…

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Apple Must Rethink iPhone Strategy in Europe Now

In a research note I wrote a couple of weeks ago I made the observation that Apple’s strategy in Europe was faltering. Growing evidence suggests that unless the company overhauls…

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A Tank of Unleaded and a Dongle Phone, Please

The Toshiba G450 caught my eye as soon as I saw it on the gadget blogs in January. It’s manufactured by Chinese ODM TechFaith as an “HSDPA modem phone” —…

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Predictions for CTIA Wireless 2008

With CTIA just around the corner, it seems a good opportunity to muse on what we may see at the show. This year, I expect some of the big names…

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Rugged mobile phones gaining mass appeal

A number of manufacturers have dabbled with so called “ruggedised” phones over the last few years – most notably Nokia with its 5210, 5140i and 5500. These phones typically have…

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First Thoughts from Mobile World Congress (MWC)

After 48 hours of the show it’s possible to draw some early conclusions. Undoubtedly devices still remain a huge draw – people always love to look at the new gadgets….

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