May 2009 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for May 2009. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

SmartPhone Articles for May of 2009

Below are the 105 SmartPhone articles for May of 2009

LG GM730

The LG GM730 will be a slim smartphone running Windows Mobile. It will feature a 3.0 inch touch screen with S-Class user interface, WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 5.0[...]

HTC Snap

The HTC Snap is a slim device with 3G support. The Inner Circle feature prioritizes e-mail for the user from a pre-selected group of contacts. Running Windows Mobile 6.1, it[...]

Nokia N86 8MP

The Nokia N86 is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. Other features include a 2.6 inch OLED screen, 8GB internal memory, WiFi connectivity, A-GPS and FM[...]

Twittix Is a New Twitter App for Symbian Smartphones

Twittix is a new mobile Twitter solution published by MojosMobile. It allows Symbian S60 users to send, receive, update and share Tweets wherever they are.

T-Mobile’s Connected Photo Frame Now Much Less Expensive

T-Mobile has significantly dropped the price of the T-Mobile cameo, a digital photo frame that can receive new pictures via MMS or email.

Next-Generation iPhone Will Likely Feature Video Recording and Editing

There's nothing special about a phone that can record video, but the new iPhone expected to launch next month will reportedly take this to the next level and allow users[...]

Most Popular Smartphones of April 2009

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the handhelds and smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks.

Palm Eos May Be Offered by Sprint

A second phone running Palm's webOS may be headed to Sprint as a follow-up to the Palm Pre. If true, the Palm Eos will give this carrier's customers a choice[...]

Smartphone Buyer’s Guide: Spring 2009

Whether you're waiting until the last minute to pick out your Mother's Day gift, trying to find an early Father's Day present, or searching for the right phone for your[...]

Why the Palm Pre Is Important

Some who are just looking at the rather basic specifications of the upcoming Palm Pre are wondering what all the excitement is about. But the Pre will be more than[...]

Nokia Streamlines Operations in Preparation for Ovi Store Launch

Nokia is continuing its steps towards the launch of its Ovi services by streamlining and better focusing its online services unit.

Tellme Pre-announces Voice-Control Software for Windows Mobile 6.5

Tellme has announced plans to release a free application that will allow users to perform a wide variety of tasks on a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone by speaking commands aloud.

Palm Could Be Working on a webOS-Based Netbook

Palm is going release an inexpensive laptop running its new webOS, if an unconfirmed report from an industry analyst is correct.

OtterBox Armor, Impact, and Defender Cases for the iPod touch Review

Apple's iPod touch can take a huge beating in an ordinary day, and the best defense is a case. OtterBox offers a variety of these, and Kevin O'Brien brings us[...]

Best Buy Leaks Palm Pre’s Price and Launch Date

Two of the most frequently asked questions may finally have answers. Information leaking out of the retailer Best Buy gives the price and -- possibly -- the release date for[...]

AT&T Has Finally Launched the Nokia E71x

The long-awaited Nokia E71x is now available from AT&T. This Symbian phone has an emphasis on mobile messaging and a low price.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 On Its Way to AT&T

AT&T has promised to release the latest BlackBerry model in the next few months. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a thin and light smartphone with a relatively high-resolution screen and[...]

T-Mobile USA Prepping Three Android Phones for 2009

A roadmap has leaked out of T-Mobile USA showing this carrier's plans to release three new models running Google's Android operating system. These will have a variety of form factors.

Nokia N97 Now Available for Pre-Order

Nokia is now allowing those in the U.S. who want to be among the first to have a Nokia N97 to pre-order it, and those in Europe will b able[...]

BlackBerry Users Will Soon Get Access to Google Enterprise Software

The Google Apps Enterprise team will soon release Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which those with a BlackBerry smartphone to use many of the built-in applications with Google's[...]

Amazon Kindle DX Will Offer Much Larger Display

A new version of the Amazon Kindle e-book reader with a significantly bigger screen is supposedly going to be unveiled tomorrow.

Palm Pre Will Debut in Canada Later this Year

Canada's Bell Mobility has become the second wireless carrier that we can say for certain will get the eagerly-awaited Palm Pre.

Nokia Unveils Enterprise-Geared E52 Smartphone

Nokia has taken the wraps off a slim, enterprise-focused mobile called the E52, boasting several features that integrate traditional mobile tasks with office productivity and long battery life.

Amazon Super-Sizing the Kindle E-Book Reader has just unveiled the Kindle DX, an upcoming version of its e-book reader that offers a screen 2.5 times the size of the current model. It also has more[...]

T-Mobile G1 Users in the U.S. Will Start Getting Android 1.5 Next Week

T-Mobile USA announced today that it will begin rolling out Android 1.5 to T-Mobile G1 users next week. This free over-the-air update will bring a number of new features to[...]

Are Mobile Web Browsers Even Necessary?

In light of all the different types of applications that connect to the Internet, and the way we use our mobile devices, Antoine Wright asks, are mobile web browsers necessary?

Nokia E75 for N. America Released

The Nokia E75 began shipping in Europe last month, but a version of this messaging-oriented Symbian smartphone specifically created for N. America has just been released.

Verizon’s MiFi 2200 Will Bring Mobile Broadband To All Wi-Fi Devices

Verizon Wireless will soon introduce the MiFi 2200, a small and portable Wi-Fi hotspot that will have built-in mobile broadband. This will allow any device -- phone, laptop, or MID[...]

Dell Working on Netbooks Running Google’s Android OS

A slip-up by a third-party developer has exposed Dell's plans to release entry-level notebooks running an operating system created by Google. Dell will apparently be joining several other companies developing[...]

Microsoft Introduces Facebook App for Windows Mobile

Microsoft has released the first official Facebook application for all Windows Mobile 6 phones. This is the only version on the market today offering the ability to upload video right[...]

BlackBerry Curve 8520 May Be Coming to T-Mobile this Fall

The entry-level BlackBerry Curve 8520 will be released by T-Mobile USA near the end of this year, if an unconfirmed report is correct.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is the first Symbian S60 smartphone with a touchscreen. Antoine Wright takes this mid-range device for an extended spin and finds several surprises.

New Details Emerge on the Replacement for the T-Mobile G1

The first details on one of T-Mobile's upcoming smartphones running Google's Android OS surfaced earlier this week, and now a more complete picture of it has emerged... literally.

Samsung Alias 2

This is an inexpensive, consumer-oriented messaging phone from Verizon. Its dual-hinge design allows it to flip open with the keyboard in either a horizontal or portrait orientation. What sets it[...]

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 Delayed Yet Again

The release of the Garmin-Asus nvifone G60 has been moved back yet again. Ths navigation-oriented device is now expacted to launch about 18 months after it was first unveiled.

Second-Generation Samsung Alias Features E-Ink Keyboard

The Samsung Alias 2 is a dual-hinge messaging phone that has just debuted from Verizon. What sets this device apart from the pack is its E-Ink keyboard, so what's displayed[...]

Amazon Opens Kindle E-Book Store Optimized for the iPhone has launched a Kindle Store optimized for the Safari Web browser on iPhone, allowing users of this smartphone to easily buy e-books on their mobile device.

SpinVox Review

Antoine RJ Wright takes a look at an innovative new service called SpinVox which turns voicemails into text messages for quick reading and easy searching.

Palm Pre Announcement Scheduled for Next Week

No one outside of Sprint knows the release date for the highly-anticipated Palm Pre, but an unconfirmed report says this will be revealed a week from today. Updated

A Full Set of Specs for the Next iPhone Leak Out

Apple is widely expected to release a new iPhone in June, but so far this company has kept a fairly tight lid on details. Now however, that lid has apparently[...]

Microsoft Prepping Something Phone and Music Related for June

A pair of tweets from Microsoft drop strong hints that this company will soon make an announcement that's somehow related to phones and its Zune music player. Update: Hoax

Samsung Prepping Two Smartphones Running Android 2.0

Android 1.5 is still a few days away from being widely distributed but talk of the next major version has already started. According to an unconfirmed report, two smartphones scheduled[...]

T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009

The T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009 updates the Sidekick line with more professional features. Equipped with a QWERTY keyboard, this device also sports a GPS reciever for turn-by-turn navigation, swiveling 3.2[...]

New Details Emerge on Microsoft’s Requirements for Future Windows Phones

Microsoft recently confirmed that it's creating a series of reference designs for future Windows Mobile devices, and now a set of specifications for one of these has leaked out.

New Sidekick LX Hits Store Shelves

T-Mobile USA has just introduced a new version of the Sidekick LX that offers high-end features, like mobile broadband service and a very high-resolution screen.

Sprint Will Release the MiFi Wireless Broadband Hotspot

Sprint plans to introduce the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot early next month. This accessory will allow users to connect to the Internet wherever they go by bridging Wi-Fi[...]

Google Improves Its Free Sky Watching App for Android

Google has released a new version of Sky Map for Android, free software that shows users a labeled map of the stars that adjusts to both their locations and the[...]

Replacement for the Samsung BlackJack II Will Launch Next Week

The Samsung Jack, the successor the very popular BlackJack and BlackJack II, will be released by AT&T on May 19. Like its predecessors, this Windows phone will have a focus[...]

Palm Pre Appears on Best Buy’s Website

Many of the rumors about the pricing and release date for the Palm Pre have leaked out of Best Buy, but today's report is undeniably true: this retailer is now[...]

Sprint Giving Away Two Palm Pre Devices

Sprint is holding a contest in which two winners will receive a free Palm Pre and a year of service. This sweepstakes will end on the day before Palm and[...]

SlingPlayer Mobile Released for iPhone and iPod touch

Sling Media has released a version of its SlingPlayer Mobile application for Apple's smartphone and handheld. This gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV and[...]

NBC TV Shows Go Mobile

NBC has launched a mobile site that allows many phone users to watch full episodes of this networks most popular shows for free.

First Images of the BlackBerry Storm 2 Emerge

In the past few months there have been a few unconfirmed reports of the second-generation BlackBerry Storm, and now the first pictures of this smartphone have appeared.

Apple May Add a Camera to the iPod touch

There have been plenty of rumors about the new iPhone model that is supposedly coming early this summer, but less is known about the iPod touch revamp expected a few[...]

Dell Wasabi Ultramobile Photo Printer Review

The Dell Wasabi is a tiny portable printer that can receive images from a variety of devices -- from smartphones to cameras to laptops -- and print them out at[...]

Google Product Search for Android Gets Barcode Scanning

Google launched a version of its online shopping service for phones running its Android OS a few weeks ago, and has now enhanced this with bar-code scanning.

Early Version of Firefox for Windows Mobile Now Available for Testing

The first alpha version of Firefox for Windows Mobile 6 has been released. This pre-beta is intended to let interested parties test this web browser.

Windows Mobile 6.5 Is Now Complete

Microsoft has has finished work on Windows Mobile 6.5, the next version of its operating system for smartphones. However, this doesn't mean the release is imminent.

Palm Pre Starting to Arrive at Sprint Stores

Sprint stores are starting to receive the Palm Pre -- a strong sign that the release of this highly-anticipated smartphone is drawing close. Updated

Brighthand Is Now Twittering

Here at Brighthand we want to keep our readers notified of new articles. We've had an RSS feed for years, and now we've added a Twitter account.

Nokia N97 Might Be Coming to N. America Early Next Month

Nokia's next flagship smartphone, the Nokia N97, could debut in N. America considerably earlier than expected. This smartphone will offer a tilt-up touchscreen, keyboard, mobile broadband, and much more.

AT&T May Offer Less Expensive iPhone Plans

AT&T is reportedly considering letting customers reduce the monthly cost of using their iPhone, but there's a catch: less money will get less service.

NY Times Says the Palm Pre Will Debut in Early June

Rumors and speculation on the release date of the Palm Pre have been circulating for months, but evidence is now solidifying around a launch early next month. Updated

Android 1.5 Upgrade for the T-Mobile G1 Delayed

Those with a T-Mobile G1 will have to wait a bit more to get the promised upgrade to Android 1.5. This carrier says it will start distributing the latest version[...]

AT&T Will Offer Cloud-Based Storage to Enterprise Customers

AT&T today announced plans to offer online storage to its enterprise customers. This will allow users to upload and retrieve data from any location, anytime, using any Web-enabled device.

Samsung Jack

The Samsung Jack updates the BlackJack II and is a text and e-mail-friendly phone featuring a full QWERTY keyboard. It’s also equipped with Internet Explorer Mobile for web browsing, Microsoft[...]

It’s Official: Palm Pre Coming to Sprint on June 6

Ending months of rumors and speculation, Palm and Sprint have officially announced the release date and price for the highly anticipated Palm Pre.

Microsoft My Phone Now in Public Beta

Microsoft is now inviting the public to try out the beta of its free online data synchronization service for Windows Mobile called My Phone.

Next-Generation iPhone May Be Scheduled for July 17

Apple hasn't yet unveiled the next iPhone, but a fairly complete picture of this device has nevertheless emerged. The latest unconfirmed report gives the scheduled release date for this smartphone.

BlackBerry Storm 2 Debut Could Be Right Around the Corner

There can no doubt that RIM and Verizon intend to release a follow-up to the BlackBerry Storm, but this may be hitting store shelves far soon than many had[...]

An Early Glimpse of the Future of Nokia’s Maemo Platform

New information and a screenshot has recently leaked showing a possible future direction for Nokia's Maemo operating system. This will have a strong emphasis on home-screen widgets.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip Could Arrive on Verizon this Summer

Verizon Wireless will be getting aversion of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip in the next few months, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This smartphone will have a clamshell design, mobile[...]

HTC Touch Pro2 Might Hit Sprint in Mid June

There have been several reliable but unofficial reports that say Sprint will release a version of the HTC Touch Pro2 this year, and the most recent of these says this[...]

Best Buy Will Offer the Palm Pre at $200 without Mail-in Rebate

Yesterday, Sprint announced that it will charge $200 for the Palm Pre, but to get that price customers will have to send in a mail-in rebate. There's a way to[...]

AT&T Will Launch the BlackBerry Curve 8900 this Week

AT&T has just revealed that it's going to release the BlackBerry Curve 8900 well before most people were expecting it. RIM's latest smartphone will lack 3G but will include Wi-Fi.[...]

FCC Approves Verizon’s HTC Touch Pro2

The FCC approved what is apparently Verizon's version of the HTC Touch Pro2 today, opening the possibility that this carrier will join T-Mobile and Sprint in launching this high-end Windows[...]

Nokia Updates Ovi Maps and Releases Ovi Maps Player API

Nokia has updated Ovi Maps for Symbian devices, and released an API which works alongside its updated Ovi Maps service to create dynamic and personal location-based experiences with applications and[...]

Spb TV Now Available for Symbian S60

Spb Software has released Spb TV for Symbian S60 phones. This is a subscription-free mobile IPTV viewer, designed for tuning in to publicly-available digital TV channels from all over the[...]

Skype for BlackBerry Getting Closer

Skype promised that it would release a beta version of its VoIP software for BlackBerry smartphones in May, and it took an important step closer to that goal this week:[...]

Dell Confirms It’s Looking Into Android Netbooks

Several of the top laptop makers are supposedly looking into making netbooks with Google's Android OS, and Dell has now confirmed that it's on this list.

Analyst Predicts an Apple Tablet in 2010

Rumors of a some kind of Apple tablet PC have been around for years, and an industry analyst has gone out on a limb to predict that one really will[...]

Samsung Epix Gets Bug-Fix Update

Samsung has released an update for the Samsung Epix that fixes the bugs that have plagued this Windows phone. Specifically, it takes care of whatever causes the mysterious "Slog Dump"[...]

T-Mobile Prepping Four Android-Based Phones this Year

T-Mobile released the first device running Google's Android OS, and will soon be offering several more. In the last few weeks, word has slipped out on three Android phones headed[...]

Samsung Propel Pro Review

The Samsung Propel Pro from AT&T is a Windows Mobile 6.1 slider phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and a stylish exterior. Jen Edwards brings us a review of this[...]

eXpansys Is Giving Away a Palm Treo Pro

The online phone retailer eXpansys USA is giving away an unlocked Palm Treo Pro, the latest Windows phone created by this company.

Palm Pre Won’t Offer Visual Voicemail

To the disappointment of many, Palm, Inc. has admitted that the upcoming Palm Pre won't support Sprint's Visual Voicemail service.

Panasonic Considering Joining the Android Club

The head of Panasonic's phone division has announced that his company is likely to release an Android-based smartphone outside of Japan next year.

Palm Pre Could Be Hard to Find Until July

Sprint is going to introduce the Palm Pre on June 6, but supplies of this highly-anticipated smartphone are going to be very limited until July at the earliest.

This Way to the Egress

The companies who create operating systems for smartphones are usually very good about listening to their customers. If enough people complain about something, it will be changed. But there's one[...]

Google Contacts and Calendar Sync for Symbian S60 Devices Now in Beta

The newly released Google Sync Beta for Symbian S60 provides Calendar and Contact syncing between the mobile device and the user's Google account.

SlingPlayer Coming Soon to the Palm Pre

Those who get a Palm Pre may be able to watch video streamed from their home TV thanks to a version of SlingPlayer Mobile.

HTC Touch Diamond2 Preview 2

The HTC Touch Diamond2 is an upcoming Windows phone with a WVGA display. Jen Edwards shares her quite favorable first impressions of this consumer-oriented device.

New Beta of RoadSync for Android Released

DataViz has released its fourth beta version of RoadSync for Android, an application that provides secure, wireless, and direct push synchronization with an Exchange Server. E-books Now Available for BlackBerrys

Audible has released a player that allows BlackBerry users to listen to its wide selection of audio e-books.

TeleNav GPS Navigator for the T-Mobile G1 Review

TeleNav gives the Android-based T-Mobile G1 access to an advanced turn-by-turn GPS navigation service. Ed Hardy brings us a review.

Nokia’s Ovi Store Opens for Business

Nokia has followed through on its plans to open its Ovi Store, a on-device software and services marketplace in the same vein as the iTunes App Store.

Skyfire 1.0 Debuts, Free Alternate Web Browser Leaves Beta

The Skyfire mobile web browser has made the jump from public beta to first official release, but is still available as a free alternative for Windows Mobile or Symbian smartphones.

Ahead and Behind at the Same Time

In his latest editorial, Antoine Wright considered the advantages and disadvantages of being on the cutting edge of technology.

Android 1.5 Upgrade Now Being Sent to the T-Mobile G1… for Real

T-Mobile has begun distributing the Android 1.5 upgrade to those with a T-Mobile G1, bringing new features such as an on-screen keyboard to this smartphone.

Palm Pre Will Work with iTunes

Palm revealed today that the upcoming Palm Pre will include Palm media sync, which will allow it to synchronize with iTunes to transfer DRM-free music, photos, and videos.

Access Releases New Beta of Palm OS Emulator for Nokia Internet Tablets

Access has released the fourth beta of its Garnet VM application, which allows users of Nokia Internet Tablets to run Palm OS applications.

Last Chance for an Inexpensive DocsToGo Upgrade

DataViz is now offering Palm OS users their last chance to upgrade to Documents To Go Premium at 70% off the regular price. Updated

Nokia E55

The Nokia E55 will feature a candybar-style design, GPS, Bluetooth, a 20-key SureType keyboard, and a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash. It will also be equipped with a 2.4-inch[...]

Palm Pre On Its Way to Verizon, and Possibly AT&T

Earlier this week, Verizon's CEO promised that his company will release the highly-anticipated Palm Pre, making it the second U.S. carrier to commit to this device. AT&T's CEO also recently[...]

Samsung Alias 2 Review

The Samsung Alias 2 is a dual-hinge messaging phone that doesn't look all that remarkable at first glance, but Jen Edwards was very impressed with its E-Ink keyboard that changes[...]