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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The New RIM BlackBerry 7.1 OS out now with Wi-Fi hotspot and calls! (mobile phone news, update, reviews, Auckland)

RIM has just released an update for its lineup of BlackBerry 7 OS-running smartphones. Version 7.1 brings a few new features and updates a few of the native Blackberry apps.

The new features are:

  • Mobile Hotspot - up to five devices supported at once
  • Wi-Fi calls - does not use minutes of your plan
  • BlackBerry NFC Tag - easy accessory paring, BBM invitations, exchanging info and multimedia
  • Autosuggestions within the Universal Search
  • FM radio support and app

The updated apps are BlackBerry Messenger 6.1, BlackBerry Traffic, BlackBerry Maps and BlackBerry Travel.

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Fujitsu showcases quad-core (2012 Smartphone Review, tech, news update)

Unlike what we thought before, Fujitsu didn't just have the ultra thin Arrows F-078 and the ES IS12F to display at the CES. In fact they had something really special to show, a quad-core Android smartphone running on Ice Cream Sandwich.

The phone currently is just a prototype and the specifications could change before it is announced officially at the MWC this year but it seems mighty impressive as it is. For starters it will run on the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, which will take care of all your gaming needs. Fujitsu demonstrated this power by running Riptide GP on it and the device was able to run the game on its own display as well as an external monitor smoothly. And thanks to the fifth companion core built-in, it will consume less power when you're not running graphics heavy applications.

The Arrow prototype also had a 4.6-inch HD display and a 13.1 megapixel rear camera capable of ISO 25,600 sensitivity, although it remains to be seen how good the images are at that kind of ISO value. Lastly, the phone will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

We will find out more about it at MWC along with information regarding which markets it plans to release the phone in. Although Fujitsu does plan to bring the phone to the west it eventually will also depend upon the carriers there.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

iPhone 4 Water Damage Repair by www.drmobiles.co.nz, Huron Street. Takapuna, North Shore


Have your iPhone 4 wet over the weekend or suffer from accident spill?  Do not worry, just give us a call at (09) 551-5344 and we can sort you out.

First, do not harm. Do not turn your wet iPhone 4 or trying to charge it as it could make thinks worse (this will help further short-circuiting or cooking the motherboard!).

We will inspect it for you (no inspection fee!) and tell you what are the options available for the water damaged or liquid damagedApple iPhone.

If you are outside Auckland, you are more than welcome to ship your iPhone 4 to use for repair.  Please use only signature-required courier shipping.

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1 Huron Street, Takapuna, North Shore 0622
Tel: (09) 551-5344 and Mob: (021) 264-0000

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Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS repair while you wait? Is it true? Call (09) 551-5344


The popularity of the Apple iPhone in the New Zealand consumer market had created heaps of "professional", "iStuffU" or "iDeath" type of repair centre.  Many fall victim without realizing those dubious operator.  Most of these semi-pro operates with a cheap website, using obscure busines address (or some with no physical address).  On top of that, they do not even have a land line phone number for you to call or only will contact you via email.

We are one of the few professional Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung mobile phone repair laboratory who offer repair service by professional engineers while you wait.  Besides that, we are a proud member of New Zealand Retailers Association; this means that your right as a consumer will be respected and you are not taking risk dealing with less reputable organization.

Why most of them cannot do that? Easy, the semi-pro usually send your expensive phone away for repair or unlock by God-knows-who; if not, each "new model" is free for them to butcher and experiment upon.

Dr Mobiles Limited usually can replace the damage LCD or broken digitzer within 45 mins while you wait!

Dr Mobiles Limited (Google Map)
1 Huron Street, Takapuna, North Shore 0622
Tel: (09) 551-5344 and Mob: (021) 117-2222
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Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS repair while you wait? Is it true? Call (09) 551-5344


The popularity of the Apple iPhone in the New Zealand consumer market had created heaps of "professional", "iStuffU" or "iDeath" type of repair centre.  Many fall victim without realizing those dubious operator.  Most of these semi-pro operates with a cheap website, using obscure busines address (or some with no physical address).  On top of that, they do not even have a land line phone number for you to call or only will contact you via email.

We are one of the few professional Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung mobile phone repair laboratory who offer repair service by professional engineers while you wait.  Besides that, we are a proud member of New Zealand Retailers Association; this means that your right as a consumer will be respected and you are not taking risk dealing with less reputable organization.

Why most of them cannot do that? Easy, the semi-pro usually send your expensive phone away for repair or unlock by God-knows-who; if not, each "new model" is free for them to butcher and experiment upon.

Dr Mobiles Limited usually can replace the damage LCD or broken digitzer within 45 mins while you wait!

Dr Mobiles Limited (Google Map)
1 Huron Street, Takapuna, North Shore 0622
Tel: (09) 551-5344 and Mob: (021) 117-2222
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Unofficial News of Apple iPhone: New Generation Design during Fall 2012? (tech, news, rumors, leaked, preview, "David Lim"

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It was just a couple of months ago that the iPhone 4S was launched and the rumors for the next iPhone have already started crawling out of the woodwork. This newest one is courtesy BGR, who reports that they have heard from a close source that the next generation iPhone will launch in fall of 2012, which around the same time the 4S was released.

They also have information about the design, which is said to be completely new. The next iPhone will have an all-aluminum back which will be mated to the front glass surface by a combination of rubber and plastic sides, which is also where the antenna system will reside.

The shift to aluminum seems logical since the iPhone is the only Apple product to not use it in the construction of the device. Of course, aluminum will block the transmission and reception of signal, so the sides had to be made with a non-interfering material such as plastic or rubber.

We'd like to say we'll find out soon if this information is correct or not but there is still almost an entire year to go before the next iPhone comes out.

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Google Plus, Google+ Short URL for Dr Mobiles Limited - Apple iPhone 4S Unlock, Repair, Vodafone Austrralia

We have just created our short URL for our Google+ Link.

This is the original site:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/114570291296535147252/posts  

This is the short URL:
http://gplus.to/drmobiles 

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Welcome to the 4G World: HTC Vivid Review (Google, Android, Repair, Unlocking, North Shore, Takapuna)

The final member of AT&T’s LTE smartphone 2011 lineup is at the start line, ready to impress. The HTC Vivid is joining the company of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and LG Nitro HD in a bid to defend the reputation of the Taiwanese company.

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HTC Vivid official photos

Hardware wise, the HTC Vivid is a familiar sight. The smartphone is essentially put together from the parts’ bin of the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC EVO 3D, save for its 4.5“ screen and beefed up built-in memory - it packs a well familiar dual-core CPU, clocked at 1.2GHz and a Snapdragon S3 chipset.

We do suspect that HTC has intentionally omitted features such as an HD screen and a beefed up CPU in order to maintain the flagship status of the Beats Audio sporting, HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless. Thankfully, the Vivid is priced accordingly as well.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support
  • 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • LTE network compatibility
  • 4.5" capacitive LCD touchscreen with qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels); Gorilla glass
  • Android OS v2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
  • 1.2 GHz dual Scorpion CPUs, Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset
  • 1GB RAM and 16 GB built-in storage; microSD slot up to 32GB
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; 1.3MP front-facing unit
  • 1080p and 720p video recording
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and an auto-brightness sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack (SRS enhancement)
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • MHL TV-out (requires MHL-to-HDMI adapter)
  • Smart dialing, voice dialing
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • HTCSense.com integration
  • HTC Portable Hotspot
  • Office document editor

Main Disadvantages

  • Screen performance is not on par with the best offerings
  • At 177 grams, the device is downright heavy
  • The glossy finish plastic is fingerprint and dust magnet; especially on the black version
  • No dedicated camera button

As you can notice above, the spec sheet of the HTC Vivid is mostly a familiar sight. HTC have grown the screen to put it in line with the rest of the LTE offerings from AT&T.

We are not sure however, how the feeling of familiarity will bode for the smartphone – it simply does not feel like a brand new product. It is the end of 2011 now – a good eight months since HTC took the wraps off the similarly equipped Sensation 4G.

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HTC Vivid live shots

We are now going to try and find out whether the HTC has what it takes to sway potential consumers away from the impressive Samsung and LG offerings.

 

A stripped-down retail package

In the relatively big retail box of the HTC Vivid, you will find nothing but a microUSB cable and a charger, which are being kept company by a couple of booklets.

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The retail package is modest to say the least

While we are willing to overlook the memory card omission (the HTC Vivid packs plenty of built-in storage), we can’t help but wonder for the reason why the headphones were omitted.

Design and build quality

The HTC Vivid surely isn’t a design statement. The smartphone is certainly not the best looking offering we’ve seen from the Taiwanese company. It does however, look unmistakably like an HTC and we believe that this fact will appeal to plenty of people.

The build quality of the smartphone is solid. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about the choice of materials. The HTC Vivid is predominantly dressed in glossy plastic. While we didn’t find any flaws in its quality, it proved to be a massive dust and fingerprint magnet – that was especially the case with our black review unit.

This is highly unusual showing for HTC. We were always impressed by the materials and their implementation on the actual devices. Sadly, this is not the case with the HTC Vivid.

The measures of the HTC Vivid are 128.8 x 67.1 x 11.2 mm, while its weight is the whopping 177 grams. The smartphone is certainly not the most pocket-friendly offering you will encounter – even among the 4.5” Android devices. Once again however, this has never been an issue for the HTC loving crowd.

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HTC Vivid measured against Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The smartphone is available in black and white color schemes – a fact, which should help it appeal to a seriously wide audience.

The 4.5” LCD screen of the HTC Vivid has the familiar qHD resolution. The display has the flaws of all its predecessors to date. Its viewing angles and outdoor legibility simply do not cut it in this price range. The unit is no match for the Galaxy S II’s Super AMOLED Plus unit or the award winning AH-IPS screen of the LG Nitro HD.

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The screen of the HTC Vivid leaves a lot to be desired • next to Galaxy Nexus’s Super AMOLED unit

Below the screen are the typical four touch-sensitive buttons. Above the display is where the earpiece, ambient light and proximity sensors, the LED notification light, and front-facing camera unit can be found.

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The view below and above the display of the HTC Vivid

There is nothing but the microUSB port on the left side of the smartphone. On the right is where the volume rocker resides.

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The microUSB port on the left • the volume rocker on the right

The power/lock key and the 3.5mm audio jack keep each other company on top of the HTC Vivid. There is nothing but a mouthpiece on the bottom of the device.

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No surprises on the top of the device • the mouthpiece on the bottom

The back of the HTC Vivid is covered by a great looking, matte black metal cover, which has tiny dots etched to it to give it texture. There, you will find the 8MP shooter with its LED flash, as well as the speaker grille.

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The back of the device looks great

There are no surprises under the battery cover of the HTC Vivid. The SIM card and microSD card slots are not hot-swappable.

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Typical sight under the battery cover

The 1620mAh battery of the HTC Vivid, despite appearing modest in capacity, achieved impressive overall score in our battery test. It needed a recharge every 42 hours when used for an hour each of phone calls, web browsing, and video playback. 

 

The smartphone handled well for its size. It is narrower than a Galaxy S II Skyrocket for example, so even single-handed operation is possible.

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The phone handles well for its size

Overall, we came out fairly disappointed from both the design and the build quality of the HTC Vivid. We do not recall when the last time we had such feelings for an HTC made handset was – they have always been among the benchmarks for high quality materials and solid feel. The glossy plastic of the Vivid however, is too much to handle. It collects dust and fingerprints, while looking seriously cheap - a really annoying combination.

Following next is a look at the software department of the HTC Vivid. There are less unpleasant surprises to be had here, as we’ve seen it on previous HTC smartphones.

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Google Plus can reach 400 million users in 2012, already has 62 million says unofficial statistician

 

Google may have finally found a solution to the social networking problem that has eluded them for years – Google Plus is populated by 62 million users and will hit 400 million by the end of 2012, according to self-proclaimed “unofficial statistician” Paul Allen (no, not that Paul Allen).

The last official figure we got was 40 million users, but that was way back in October. Allen’s estimates put the growth rate of Google Plus at 625,000 new users per day. At this rate, Google Plus will hit the 100 million users mark before the end of February and 200 million in August.

By end of the 2012 that number grows to 293 million. But Paul Allen bets the number of newcomers per day will increase, so Google Plus will actually have 400 million users by the end of next year.

Now, Allen may have a tendency to overestimate the number of users – for example, hereported 50 million users at the end of September, then in October Google came out with anofficial number of 40 million.

Still, if Google manages to attract even just 200 million users to its social network in less than two years, it will be an amazing feat. It took Facebook about 4 years to hit that mark in April 2009 (though they’ve grown to 800 million since then).

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Apple iPhone 4S Repaired, broken digitzer/screen. Auckland, New Zealand.

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It took 45 minutes for Dr Mobiles Limited to replace the broken digitizer on this original White Apple iPhone 4 to be replaced.
When Apple iPhone 4 or 4S has impact damage to the digitizer (or commonly called "screen") there might be some collateral damage such as faulty home button, speaker problem. At times proximity sensor does not work (mean during call, the phone screen stays on with digitizer being active).
As a consumer, you should not pay for any "inspection" fee (e.g. $45).  For more tips of getting the right place and the real professional to repair your expensive iPhone 4 or 4S.

David Lim
www.drmobiles.co.nz
1, Huron Street, Takapuna, Auckland 0622
Tel: (09) 551-5344
Mobile: +6421 264-0000

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