Microsoft took the wraps off of Windows Phone 7 Series (the official name for Windows Mobile 7) here Monday at Mobile World Congress. Slated to launch on handsets by holiday season 2010, Windows 7 is a complete overhaul from previous versions of the OS.
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We all knew it was coming. When Steve Jobs said that there was "one more thing" at Apple's Rock and Roll event, I don't think anyone in the Yerba Buena theater was surprised when he announced that the new iPod nanos would have video recording.
The LG Prada II (US$500 unlocked) improves on its predecessor in some important ways--such as by offering a physical QWERTY keyboard, 3G network capability, and Wi-Fi support. It's packed with impressive specs, but it doesn't have a vital (and increasingly common) feature: GPS.
Apple's third-generation <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/161072/apple_releases_new_ipod_shuffle_with_speech_capabilities.html">iPod Shuffle</a> (US$80) will please minimalist-design enthusiasts: Smaller than a USB thumb drive, it is completely devoid of buttons, knobs, and a screen. While it is attractive, the Shuffle's <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/161105/wheres_my_apple_ipod_shuffle_headphone_adapter.html">earbud controls</a> and VoiceOver feature might not be for everyone.
The <a href=" http://www.pcworld.com/article/152648/move_over_android_here_comes_blackberry_bold.html">BlackBerry Bold 9000</a>, Research in Motion's formidable contender in the 3G market, has finally arrived. And though the Bold boasts a sleek design, a sharp display, and high-speed connectivity, it fails to impress in other areas--particularly, its call quality and its camera's image quality. As enticing as this phone is, its faults may prevent the Bold from justifying its steep price tag (the phone costs US$300 with a two-year AT&T contract, and $680 with no contract).
As Nokia's very first 3G phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, the US$500 E71 is an all-around improvement on its predecessor, the E61. It not only has a sleeker and more sophisticated curved design, but it packs a multitude of features ideal for both business and personal use.
Zune 3.0 offers a visually interesting spin on music recommendations, but you have to pay for the full experience.
As expected, Microsoft will offer a new 120GB hardware model and a 16GB flash model in new blue-on-silver and all-black colour schemes. The models will be available on September 16; the Zune 3.0 media player software for Windows will be available for download that same day, and will work with all generations of Zunes.
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