Ulefone Armor 7E Rugged Mobile Phone

Ulefone Armor 7E Rugged Mobile Phone

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Ulefone ARMOR 7E

OS: Stock Android 10

CPU: Helio P90 (MT6779)2.2GHz

Resolution: IP68 IP69K MIL-STD-810G

Display: 6.3″ Waterdrop FHD+

WIFI: 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n(2.4G+5G

Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0

RAM+ROM: 4GB+128GB

Battery: 5500mAh

Feature: Acceleration Sensor, G-sensor, P-sensor, L-sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope, NFC, Baroceptor, Heart Rate Sensor, coulombmeter,GPS+GLONASS+BEIDOU+Galileo

Language:

Afrikanns, Azeri, Malay, Catalan, Czech, Danish,Gaeilge, Gallego, Croatian, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian

Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Finnish, Swedish,Ukrainian, Armenian, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic, Persian,

Simplified Chinese, Traditional ChineseGerman, Estonian, English, Spanish, Filipino, French,

Lithuanian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish,Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Russian, Serb

Hindi, Bengali, Thai, Burmese, Korean, Japanese,

Network:

2G GSM: 1900/1800/850/900(B2/3/5/8)

3G WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8(2100/1900/1700/850900)

3G CDMA EVDO: BC0/BC1(800/1900)

4G LTE-FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28A/28B/66/71(2100/1900/1800/1700/850/900/700/750/700/850/850/800

/1900/850/700/700/700/850/700)

4GLTE-TDD: B34/38/39/40/41(2015/2500/1900/2300/2500)

Packing List

1 x AC power charger (100~240V/EU plug)
1 x Data cable (100cm)
1 x Type C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter
1 x OTG Cable
1 x Sling
1 x SIM needle
1 x Warranty card
1 x Multi-language user manual

Ulefone Rugged Phone is water and dust resistant. It was tested with a rating of IP68 in an under-controlled laboratory conditions under IEC standard 60529(maxinum depth of 1.5 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash water and dust resistsnce are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet Phone; Please refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage is not covered under warranty.

Notice for Overseas Warehouse Shipment: PO.BOX address is not accepted,Some countries and overseas territories cannot deliver. If you have any questions, please contact customer service

Ulefone Armor 7E Specification

Product Size:

165.85*81*13.55mm

Product Weight

290g(phone)/(phone+accessories)

General

Material

TPU+10%GF+PC

Color

Balck

Power Adapter

5V/3A (15W fast charge)

System

OS

Android 10

CPU

Helio P90(MT6779)

CPU Core

Octa-core 64-bit 2.2GHz

GPU

IMG PowerVR GM9446@970MHz

Language

Indonesian, Malay, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Estonian, English, Spanish, Filipino, French, Croatian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Finnish, Swedish, Vietnamese, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Russian, Serb, Ukrainian, Armenian, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Bengali, Thai, Korean, Burmese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Storage

RAM

4GB

ROM

128GB

Memory Card

Yes

Max. Expansion Supported

2TB

Display

Screen Size

6.3-inch FHD+

Screen Resolution

1080*2340

Multi-touch

5

Camera

Back Camera Pixel

48MP (F/1.7)+2MP (F/2.2)+2MP (F/2.2)

Front Camera Pixel

16MP F/2.0

Video Recording Resolution

4K(rear camera) / 1080P(front camera)

Flash

Five Rear flash

Touch Focus

Support

Network

Cellular

2G/3G/4G

Band Details

2G:

GSM: B2/3/5/8

CDMA 1X: BC0/BC1

3G:

WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8 TDSCDMA: B34/B39

CDMA EVDO: BC0/BC1

4G:

LTE-FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28A/28B/66/71

LTE-TDD: B34/38/39/40/41

Network Conversation

Dual sim dual standby

WLAN

802.11 a/ac/b/g/n(2.4G+5G)

SIM Card Type

Type 1: Nano sim*1 + Nano sim*1

Type 2: Nano sim*1+ TF card

Navigation

GPS+GLONASS+Beidou+Galileo

NFC

Yes

HiFi

AW8898

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth 5.0

Power

Capacity

5500mAh

Watt Hours Per Battery

21.17Wh

Standby Time

550H

Talk Time

25H

Battery Type

Li-poliymer battery

Other Features

Sensor

Acceleration Sensor, G-sensor, P-sensor, L-sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope, NFC, Heart Rate Sensor, coulombmeter

Blinking Notification Light

Yes

Battery Status Light

Yes

Face Unlock

Yes

OTG

Yes

VoLTE

Whether you can use VoLTE depends on the local carriers, because not all of the the local carriers can support this function.

I/O Interface

Type C 2.0

USB

Type C 2.0

Audio Jack

No

Software

Normal

Audio Format Supported

MID/FLAC/MKA/APE/MP3/M4A/AAC/AMR/WAV

Video Format Supported

MOV/FIV/MKV/AVI/3GP

Image Format Supported

GIF/JPEG/PNG/BMP

Text Format Supported

TXT/HTML

FM Radio

Yes

Wireless Charge

Yes

Certification

CE, FCC, TAC IMEI, MSDS, UN38.3, IEC62133, IP68, IP69K, MIL-STD-810G

Packing List

1xPhone

1xBattery

1xAC power charger (100~240V / EU plug)

1xData cable (100cm)

1xType C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter

1xType C to Micro-USB Adapter

1xOTG Cable

1xSling

1xSIM needle

1xWarranty card

1xCharging indicator card

1xMulti-language user manual

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Touch Panel

Touch Panel

What kinds of Touch Panels Are You Looking for?
A touch panel is one of the kinds of computer display screens, which can also be called an input device. Due to the sensitivity to the pressure of the touch panel sensor, users interact with the computer by touching the objects on the screen.

Three types of touch screens are listed below:
Resistive Touch Screen:
A resistive touch screen panel is a sensor that is basically a film-plus-glass structure that converts the physical position of a touchpoint (X, Y) in a rectangular area into a voltage representing an X coordinate and a Y coordinate. Resistive touch screen panels are generally more affordable but provide only 75% clarity and the layer may be damaged by sharp objects. Resistive touch screens are immune to external elements such as dust or water.
Surface Wave Touch Screen:
Surface wave technology integrates acoustics, electronics, and semiconductors into new technology. They have the advantages of small size, flexible design, mature technology, good consistency, and reliability. Surface wave technology uses ultrasonic waves that pass over the touch screen panel. Surface wave touch screen panels are the most advanced one of the three types of screen touch panels, but they can be damaged by external elements.
Capacitive Touch Screen:
The resistive touch screen panel is constructed by placing a transparent thin-film conductor layer on the glass touch panel and adding a protective glass to the conductor layer. This double glass design completely protects the conductor layer and the inductor. With the rise of smartphones and tablets, the capacitive touch screen market has been developing rapidly.
Touch Points of the Touch Panel
Single, or Dual/Multi-Touch?
Single-touch interaction is capable of, at a lower price, realizing all the applications’ goals. Gesture interaction, including, flick, slide and knead, requires dual/multiple support. Select the alternative to continue.
Touch Points of the Touch Panel
Single Touch Point Only
Aiming at supporting single-touch input, resistance touch screen is designed. Various types of materials are available because there is no limitation of the materials which are used for input. Besides, resistance touch screens have the advantages of mature technology, stability, high-cost competitiveness, and excellent detection accuracy.
The advantage of single-touch is that the device design space is optimized, especially for small devices, because it can "install" screens and buttons in the same area at the same time; second, because the buttons can be bound to any application in the operating system, So the "buttons" used by the device can reach an unlimited number.
Touch Points of the Touch Panel
Multiple Touch Point Support
The user’s two hands have ten fingers, and when the users interact with each other, more fingers appear on the screen. This is the origin of the multi-touch concept of recognizing the position of a finger, which enables manipulation of more than two fingers. Projected capacitive touch screens support single or multiple touchpoints. It allows for the interaction of gestures. One point to mention is that no part of the multi touch panel physically will move at detection, and it makes the touch experience smoother and lighter (just like smart-phone).
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Used as Demo Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB 4G LTE Jet Black (100% GENUINE + 6 MONTHS WARRANTY)

Used as Demo Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB 4G LTE Jet Black (100% GENUINE + 6 MONTHS WARRANTY)

Features at a glance

Technology:GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G bands:GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – A1661, A1784, CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 – A1661
3G bands:HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – A1661, A1784, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO & TD-SCDMA – A1661
4G bands:LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 27(800), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – A1661, A1784
Speed:HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat9 450/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps
GPRS:Yes
EDGE:Yes
Dimensions:158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
Weight:188 g (6.63 oz)
SIM:Nano-SIM, IP67 certified – dust and water resistant, Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes, Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
Type:LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size:5.5 inches (~67.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution:1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch:Yes
Protection:Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating, Wide color gamut display, 3D Touch display & home button, Display Zoom
OS:iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.0.2
Chipset:Apple A10 Fusion
CPU:Quad-core 2.23 GHz
GPU:(six-core graphics)
Card slot:No
Internal:256GB, GB, 3 GB RAM
Primary:Dual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
Features:Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video:2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
Secondary:7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama
Alert types:Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker:Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack:No, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLAN:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth:v4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS:Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC:Yes (Apple Pay only)
Radio:No
USB:v2.0, reversible connector
Sensors:Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging:iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser:HTML5 (Safari)
Battery:Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery (11.1 Wh)

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Dax-Hub Forest Panthers Military Level Design Rugged 3-Proof Smart Phone Dust Proof Waterproof Shockproof Mobile Cell Phone with Unlocked 2G Android 4.4.2 RAM 512GSM; 3G WCDMA mb ROM 4gb Back-up Phone (Orange)

Dax-Hub Forest Panthers Military Level Design Rugged 3-Proof Smart Phone Dust Proof Waterproof Shockproof Mobile Cell Phone with Unlocked 2G Android 4.4.2 RAM 512GSM; 3G WCDMA mb ROM 4gb Back-up Phone (Orange)

Parameters:
♦ CPU: MTK6572 Dual Core 1.2GHz
♦ Operation System: Android 4.4.2
♦ SIM card:Dual SIM Dual Standby
♦ RAM: 512MB/ROM: 4GB
♦ Storage External: Support TF Card up to 32GB
♦ Camera: Front 0.3MP/ Rear 8MP with Flash Light,Auto Focus
♦ WiFi:WiFi 802.11b/g/n
♦ Bluetooth: Bluetooth V2.1
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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge now in India: All you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge now in India: All you need to know

Samsung, the top smartphone manufacturer and the market leader has again shaken the premium segment with its flagship smartphone: Samsung S7 & S7 Edge. Samsung Galaxy S7 is launched at Rs. 48900 in India with Free Gear VR while Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a price tag of Rs. 56900 for 32GB variant. The company is mainly focusing both these smartphones on its 2 sentence:

Redefine what a phone can do

Design

CONFUSED??? Well the company is completely changing how you’ll share experiences and memories. And by design it means the beauty of what they’ve engineered is to give you the slimmest feel in your hand without compromising the big screen size. And the elegantly curved front and back fit in your palm just right.

BUILD & BODY:

S7 is not the slimmest but it is adequate slim with just 7.9 mm thick while S7 Edge is more narrow at 7.7 mm. S7 weights just 152 gram while S7 Edge is slightly heavy at 157 gram and has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel. Both are IP68 certified which means it is water resistant over 1.5 meter for upto 30 minutes and is dust proof. The company has also worked out how to completely seal off the inside components while keeping micro USB ports, earphone jacks open; so you won’t have to fiddle with extra caps or covers. It is made from the combination of metal and glass and has a solid build quality. It supports Dual SIM out of which one slot has HYBRID SIM wherein you can adjust ether a MicroSD Card or SIM 2.

DISPLAY:

S7 comes with 5.1″ QHD (1440*2560) Super AMOLED capacitive display with 577 ppi and has 72.1% screen to body ratio while S7 Edge is big at 5.5″ QHD with 76.1% screen to body ratio and has 523 ppi. There also comes Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

PROCESSOR:

According to Samsung, the CPU is up to 30% faster than its predecessor while the GPU is up to 64% faster than its predecessor. Both variants are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad-core chipset and Samsung’s Exynos8890 Octa-core depending upon the market. While GPU it has Adreno 530 and Mali-T880 MP12 depending upon the market. The smartphone comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

RAM & ROM:

S7 & S7 Edge ships with 4GB RAM across all regions and comes with 32GB of internal storage which can be further expandableupto 200GB via a microSD card in the Hybrid SIM slot.

CAMERA:

Both variants comes with 12MP rear camera which has a very good aperture of f/1.7 and has PDAF, OIS, Auto HDR, and LED flash. The OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) can record upto 4K videos. It also comes with the latest Dual-Pixel autofocus system wherein, you can get a DSLR camera quality. It has 5MP front facing camera with same aperture of f/1.7 with HDR. We have expected atleast 8MP front camera but still it is good as it comes from Samsung.

BATTERY:

S7 comes with non-removable 3000 mAh battery with quick charge and wireless charging while S7 Edge comes with high 3600 mAh battery just because it houses big screen compared to S7. Its fast charge can charge the smartphone in 90 minutes as per the company.

SENSORS:

It comes with almost all sensors including Fingerprint sensor.

Well, time will tell how successful S7 & S7 Edge will be in coming months. But as of now, there isn’t any new significant technological up-gradation introduced in Samsung S7 series as compared to the last flagship S6 series. The hardware and software looks good but in 21st century, one has to evolve and come out with new technology and try to be different from crowd if one wants to stay at top.

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Experience Mobile Mobile on Vimeo by James Théophane Jnr

Experience Mobile Mobile on Vimeo by James Théophane Jnr

Lost Boys (an Interactive Agency) invited me to do something for their agency Christmas card.

We took this as an opportunity to reinterpret the Christmas tree and its role as the traditional focal point for a communal space. ‘Mobile Mobile’ is a six metre circumference interactive sculpture, and signature piece for the entrance of the Lost Boys London Brick Lane studio.

To cut a long story short, after a company-wide upgrade the agency had a lot of old mobiles gathering dust. We took these, built and hoisted a gigantic interactive chandelier/mobile that plays Christmas jingles in their reception.

To add a little xmas spice to the mix, anyone could go online, compose and play their own jingle (and enjoy annoying the hell out of people waiting around in the reception). This was achieved by playing the thing live, using your computer keyboard from a web browser.

Mobile Mobile being played by an anonymous online user: www.vimeo.com/8074999

Mobile Mobile reacting to a Tweet: www.vimeo.com/8115997

Mobile Mobile being played by hand: www.vimeo.com/8354782

The making of Mobile Mobile: www.vimeo.com/8118881

Details on how we made it and some behind the scenes content are available on my blog: www.theophane.co.uk/mobile-mobile

Mobile Mobile has been made as a semi-permanent hanging (exhibition) space. In January the mobiles will be replaced with another hanging media, then updated month in, month out.

Mobile Mobile is just one in a line of many great lo-fi art/build concepts; from the Design Museum’s Aquarium, Digital By Design, Troika and The Cloud, the Printer Bleeping Thingy (I can’t remember who did it), all the great work by W+K, and of course, AKQA’s wonderful microwaves from last Christmas.

Looking forward to many more to come.

Good Cause: One of the largest problems facing the developing world is a lack of trained physicians. MoCa, is a health screening system for developing countries using mobile (cell)phones and open source technologies. See www.mocamobile.org

Watch this video on Vimeo. Video created by James Théophane Jnr.

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PDA, Round 3

PDA, Round 3

This is the HP iPaq hx2490, which has now replaced my Palm TX as my PDA device.

In case you’re curious, I actually had an HP iPaq rx3115 to start off in 2005, back when PDAs were in their glory days (it is very hard to find them anywhere anymore, as they have been replaced with smart phones and Blackberries). By the end of that year, it died and because I purchased the Best Buy extended coverage plan, I was able to exchange it with a Palm TX which had just come out (it’s not that I hated Windows Mobile, but I really did want a Palm from the beginning, but at the time, Palm didn’t made a device with built-in wifi, so I had to "settle" for the iPaq).

The Palm TX was feature-rich with wifi, Bluetooth, consumer-IR (versus shorter-range standard IR), 128MB memory, and a very nice 320×480 display. It was a great device and served me well, and was a life-saver when I had to keep track of items that were destroyed in my basement flood, as well as serving as a reliable secretary during both of our condo moves. This wasn’t surprising as Palm’s calendar, to-do list, note pad, and contact applications are stellar and it is a dream (and fast) to navigate through everything, especially during those emergencies when you have to access information quickly and easily, like while driving.

As great as it was for data management and syncing to a desktop PC, I found that the Palm fell below par in most other areas, particularly web browsing and character recognition. These are areas where Windows Mobile devices shine.

So what hapened to my Palm TX? A few weeks ago, it wouldn’t power on. I managed to revive it eventaully, but then it permanently died a few minutes later. I still had a few months left on my extended coverage plan from Best Buy, so I took it back to them and they deemed that the device needed to be replaced with a new one.

Did I switch back to the Windows Mobile by choice? Not exactly. Palm has apparently discontinued production on the Palm TX, so Best Buy wasn’t getting any more in stock. The only equivalent they had in stock (and this was a difficult process as they only had 2 remaining, both at a different location), was the HP iPaq hx2490. It was priced at $469.99. Since my Palm was $399.99 when I purchased it, and they couldn’t get another one for me, they did a straight exchange on this one (after a bit of a dispute–thanks Melissa for helping me out on that!) 😉 They wanted to give me a Palm Tungsten E2 as a replacement, but this model only has a square screen and no built-in wifi (but it did have Bluetooth and IR).

So after over 2 years since my first PDA purchase from Best Buy, I have myself a new one. Again. Without having to buy another one. However, this time I elected to not purchase the extended coverage, and will settle for HP’s manufacturer warranty.

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Here is what I love about the device so far:

-Windows Mobile 5. This is better in many ways than Windows Mobile 2003 SE I had on my first iPaq, and much, much more modern than Palm OS 5.4 which I had on my Palm TX. I don’t really like the new 2 soft buttons at the bottom of the screen versus the old grey menu bar, but the way the OS handles persistent memory and file storage is a huge upgrade over 2003 SE. The Today screen is much-improved, too.

-The screen. Great contrast, colour, brightness, and it has that slippery feel when you write on it with the stylus. Palm’s screen was dull, rubbery-feeling, attracted a lot of dust, and horrible to use outdoors. Even though this screen is only 240×320, versus the Palm’s 320×480, It’s better overall.

-Text entry. Palm has Graffiti 2, which is horrible. It shouldn’t be a challenge at all, but more times than not, the system decided to interpret my "t"’s as "i ." There was a hack where you could install the far-superior Graffiti 1, but it had a bad conflict with the Blazer browser, so it wasn’t an easy trade-off. Windows Mobile has Transcriber (cool but flaky to use sometimes), character recognizer (exactly like Graffiti 2 only reliable), block recognizer (similar to Graffiti 1), and keyboard entry. But even keyboard entry is better in Windows Mobile because you have mouse gestures which makes it super-easy to capitalize characters.

-Applications. I was extremely disappointed by the Palm’s lack of solid applications when I got it 2 years ago. The Blazer web browser was a joke for browsing anything but text, VersaMail was flaky sometimes, Adobe Acrobat Reader was nothing short of an insult, and there weren’t a lot of "cool" applications available. Right away with my new iPaq, I got Google Maps for mobile, which is fast, pretty, and amazing in every way. Adobe Acrobat Reader is wonderful on Windows Mobile. Again, something I really missed when I first switched to the Palm version.

-Voice recording. I missed this feature when I didn’t have it on my Palm. Even if I don’t use it much, it’s good to know it’s there.

-SD and CF slots. My cameras use one or the other, and now I can copy images from both and see them on the screen right away!

-128MB memory. It’s good to have a lot of memory when running any Windows system, big or small! My palm also had 128MB, which was almost overkill, but this device really needs the space!

Now, for the bad:
-It is Windows, meaning that my Mac won’t sync with it. Unless I sync it while running Windows on my Mac! Or… I could get 3rd party Mac software like "The Missing Sync."

-It uses Outlook for syncing mail, tasks, notes, calender items and contacts. I was never a big fan out Outlook, but I think I’ll switch to it at work, even though I really love Thunderbird. I might install Outlook at home, too, but maybe just for everything except email.

-it is large. I actually hated this model when I saw it in stores, but now that I actually use it, it doesn’t feel so large. It does have a nice rubbery grip surrounding the entire case, so that might save it if I ever drop it! It feels good in my hand, too.

-Data entry. While I love Windows Mobile for all its different text entry options, actually entering data can be frustrating. It just takes too long. Too much scrolling, clicking, all while having to use the stylus. And then finding your information afterwards. It’s very desktop-computer like, but because you’re not using a desktop, it can be slow. Palm was far superior in this aspect with its incredibly fast and simple PIM apps.

That is all. Now… time to play!

Posted by brianwolk on 2007-10-21 22:32:07

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