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Saturday, 21.02.09
#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the LG GM730 S-Class User Interface
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:42 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG Electronics introduced the new LG GM730 which features LG's new S-Class UI; a user interface which is now used with all LG mobile phones, doesn't matter if it runs LG's own propriety OS or Windows Mobile as the GM730 does.  According to LG, the combination of Windows Mobile and LG's new 3D S-Class User Interface will make "the LG-GM730 the most functional and easiest to use smartphone ever created". Built-around a 3D cube layout, S-Class User Interface provides four customizable home screens. The simple flick of a finger instantly turns the cube from one side to the next. S-Class User Interface eliminates nested menus wherever possible, providing more direct access to features and applications.

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Thursday, 19.02.09
#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the HTC Touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

The original HTC Touch Diamond, which was introduced last year, was a great success for HTC since it was the first very stylish and mass-market compatible Windows Mobile smartphone. Nevertheless, for some the physical display size was too small, for others the battery stand-by time wasn't enough and therefore HTC redesigned its hero product and is going to release it as the HTC Touch Diamond 2 now. As mentioned earlier, the Touch Diamond2 will neither feature the diamond shaped battery cover not it will feature a D-Pad anymore but it has a physically and resolution-wise enhanced touchscreen as well as features HTC's latest version of TouchFLO 3D:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following our earlier hands-on videoview of this week's announced HTC Touch Pro2, yesterday I spent some more quality time with HTC's upcoming full keyboard smartphone.
In the discussion with HTC I've mentioned that "Touch Pro" might be the wrong name since the original Touch Pro, which also featured a slide-out keyboard, was way smaller and for me, the Touch Pro2 is more a mix of the HTC TyTN II and HTC Universal. While HTC agreed that the Touch Pro2 might comes closer to these two devices the decision to use the Touch Pro2 naming was purely marketing driven:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the Giga-Byte GSmart Smart Zone UI
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 08 - Reviews

Together with the GSmart S1200, Giga-Byte is also first time publically demoing its new UI which is called "Smart Zone". Smart Zone sits on top of Windows Mobile and basically replaces the Windows Mobile Home screen as well as Start menu since Smart Zone is design to be the main user interface while it's just a click to jump back to Microsoft's original Windows Mobile GUI.
Quite interesting is the fact that Smart Zone is based on Adobe Flash, as far as I know the first UI for Windows Mobile which uses Adobe Flash. Smart Zone is gesture-based and doesn't require the use of a stylus. Instead, users swipe the thumb across the screens to jump to the different areas, always starting from the center screen. Furthermore, it's possible to swipe diagonally to quick-start predefined programs:

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Wednesday, 18.02.09
#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Photoview of Vodafone's HTC Magic Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 08 - Reviews

The HTC Magic, which will be first launched by Vodafone, is out and this morning I had another chance to got my hands on HTC's second Google Android smartphone. While the device is also not featuring the latest button layout but the preproduction layout, it should gives you a good impression how tall and thick the actual device will be.
In my humble opinion, compared to the HTC Dream (aka the T-Mobile G1) the HTC Magic looks way better and mass-market compliant than the G1 which sports a quite yesterday industrial design. Anyway, if you are hunting for an Android smartphone with a hardware keyboard, the HTC Magic isn't your at all:

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