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Chocoholism

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Czekoladowy Wieczór z LG

It is said that diamonds are girls’ best friends. But IMHO chocolate works as good as shiny stones when it comes to low-mood moments. Chocolate can really cheer you up. Especially the semi-bitter chocolate, with roasted almonds. Or the new Chocolate mobile phone from LG.

When I’ve seen the pictures of the BL40 for the first time I had mixed feelings about it. In one hand the phone with its shiny blackness and ascetic form looked really nice and was intriguing with it’s longish screen. But in the other hand that large, 4′ screen made me wonder if the thing is ergonomic and comfortable to use. Today, having played with it I must admit that those worries were unnecessary. The thing, despite strange proportions really suits ones hand and You can easily use it’s touch screen with your thumb. The 4″ LCD touch-screen is able to recognize gestures. This works for example when you want to enlarge pictures or if you want to create a “gesture shortcut” to your favorite function or other menu item. Must say that the touchscreen here is quite responsive, which is nice.
Talking about menu and UI, the one used in BL40 is the same UI you will find in the LG Arena phone. It is called the Cubicle and works as it is named. Particular items from menu are placed on the walls of 3D cube that you can rotate with your finger. If you’re not so keen on special UI effects, you can choose to watch menu in more list-like style (you will see the particular walls of the cube instead the whole 3D form).
Of course, Bl40 has all multimedia functions and additions you’d expect to find in a modern phone – camera (5 megapixel resolution; nice thing is a camera mode for taking pictures of text or notes), radio, music and video player, navigation (LG works here with the Navi Expert).
But what makes this phone different is its design – sleek, original yet simple and ascetic. The bad part of the story is the price though – 1999 PLN. For good sweet you must pay, as it seems.

Nearly half less would cost you the smaller bro of BL40 – LG BL20. This phone has a slider form and has no touchscreen, but a touch panel placed below the display and a keyboard hidden underneath.  Beside the different form, inside you’ll find the same things as in BL40.

LG "Chocolate" BL40
LG “Chocolate” BL40

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September 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm

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Another computer-like mobile from Finland

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Few days ago I have written about finally announced, long-awaited and even longer roumored Nokia Booklet 3g – the first laptop (or , being precise – mini notebook) form the Finnish giant. And today Nokia has present yet another device with netbook capabilities – N900. It runs on Linux-based Maemo 5 software. With 1 GB Ram and ARM Cortex-A8 processor it should handle few applications running simultaneously, so work as computer and as regular mobile phone as well. It has WiFi, HSPA module, 32 GB memory on board (with possibility of expansion with memory cards) touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. All that in the device size of regular mobile phone. It shall cost 500 Euro so a bit and arrive in shops in Q4.

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Written by Malgosia Minta

August 27, 2009 at 11:47 am

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New Post Category – TOYS :-)

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Everyone who knows me know that I am a real toys maniac. Toys meaning everything electronic, preferably with display, some memory, nice features and ability to be helpful and amusing. So after some thinking I have decided to present new gadgets here as well. I will try to cover all new things coming out, as only I will think they are interesting to show 🙂 So, lets start today with something pretty, something useful and something fun:-)

ps3PS3 Slim

At last Sony has agreed with blogosphere that it will roll out a new PS3 model this Autumn. It will be 32 % smaller and 36 % lighter than the regular PS3 and will hold a 120 GB drive It will be available in the first week of September. Furthermore Sony has cut the PS3 *) GB price to 300 bucks and changed its name from PLAYSTATION 3 to PlayStation 3.

Sony Ericsson Jaloujalou

Really nice example of jewelery mobile phone. Jalou is a tiny clam-shell formed to look like a gemstone colours including Deep Amethyst, Aquamarine Blue and Onyx Black. Further more there will be a special edition version designed with Dolce and Gabbanna and with 24 k gold ornaments. The very phone has 3.2 megapixel camera (with 3,2 zoom and geo-tagging) , video recording ability, stereo FM Radio, music player, YouTube app, 3D games, Internet, Bluetooth and some rather girly features: Mirror Key (to check your make-up and hair) and Walk Mate step counter.

zuneZune HD

Now available for preorder. It has an OLED touchscreen and 16 or 32 GB drive. The bigger one cost 289 bucks, so few tens less then 32 GB iPod Touch. It cames with built-in HD Radio receiver, HD-compatible video,  navigation and games. The 32GB version holds up to 10 hours of high definition video, or 48 hours of standard definition video optimized for device, or 8,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures.

Samsung T550image002

We already have cameras with projector, cameras making 3d pictures and now we have have a gadget with two displays, perfect for those who make mainly pictures of them selves. New Samsung camera has 12megapixel CCD sensor, 4.6″ optical zoom, 720p video recording capability, 3,5 ” LCD screen,  SDHC card slot and interesting Smart Gestures function. The Smart Gesture feature let users to perform tasks with certain finger movements on the screen.

Written by Malgosia Minta

August 19, 2009 at 8:04 am

How it all begun

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Curious about the history of mobile phones? Check out that nice Gallery on the Time web site
Great pictures.

Written by Malgosia Minta

May 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

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Sixth sense – another great idea from MediaLab

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Here’s another great invention form the Media Lab (if I could pick up any place in a world to study in, it would be it!).
This time the Fluid Interfaces group came up with idea of the computer system, which would be as organic and natural in use as it is possible. The result of their works is called Sixth Sense. And in a facet the gizmo works as one. Whole invention is build form off-the -shelf web camera, mini-projector and a smartphone. The cool thing is that the whole invention costs around 350 bucks.
Better then writing about it I will show You, how it works.

Written by Malgosia Minta

April 20, 2009 at 10:09 am

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