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Three announces the Apple iPad is available on a contract from today

Three is now selling the Apple iPad, from £199 on a £25 monthly tariff with a 15GB data allowance.

Three has joined both T-Mobile and Orange in selling the iPad from today onwards, at the same prices as the two parts of Everything Everywhere – only with a 15GB Internet browsing limit, instead of the 2GB that Orange and T-Mobile allow.

All three mobile phone networks have the Apple iPads at the same cost of £199 for the 16GB version, £249 for the 32GB model and £349 for the 16GB version with Apple selling the same 16GB for £529.

Three’s data allowance is clearly much higher than Orange and T-Mobile’s, for the same price and on the same tariff cost, which can be used at any time where 1GB of the 2GB EverythingEverywhere web surfing bundle can only be used in off-peak hours.

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HTC Legend vs. Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10: Phone Showdown!

Each week we pitch two phones against one another in a vicious, no holds-barred versus.

This week it’s an all-Android showdown: Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 squaring up to the HTC Legend.

Stand back, this could get nasty!

Want to make your own phone show-down? Then try using Omio’s mobile comparison tool!

Size & Weight


Put side-to-side the X10 is considerably bigger – 7mm taller and 7mm wider, and on the scales it’s nearly 10 grams heavier.

If this was a combative comparision, this would almost certainly give the X10 an edge. However, a contest where the winner is judged on how snugly and discreetly it can fit in your pocket, the altogether leaner Legend, with it’s one-piece aluminium frame, comes out trumps.

Winner: HTC Legend

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Screen


Both handsets are equipped with nicely responsive capacitive touchscreens, and if bigger is better in your book, then the Sony Ericsson has obvious appeal here with its huge 4.0” display.

However, power up the handsets next to each other and you cannot fail to notice how much brighter and more colourful the Legend’s AMOLED screen is.

Winner: HTC Legend (Who needs 4 inches?)

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Camera


Let’s face it – if you could have only one additional mobile phone feature, the camera would be it. Good news then that both of these phones pack decent autofocus cameras with millions of mega pixels, the ability to shoot in WVGA video and LED flash for snapping in the dark.

Sony’s heritage as a maker of fine cameras really shines through on the Xperia X10 however and it’s 8.1 million pixels capture images in such good detail that you can confidently leave your other camera at home.

Winner: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

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Processor and Memory


Both devices have the same storage memory – 8GB included, upgradeable to 16GB, and the same user memory for accessing applications – 384 MB.

The Xperia X10 is that much more powerful however, with a full-powered 1GHz Snapdragon processor at it’s centre. This isn’t to say the Legend, with it’s 600 Mhz processor is in anyway underpowered – since the Xperia has such a large screen – it requires that extra bit of horsepower to make it perform.

Winner: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

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User Interface


The X10’s highly customised UX User Interface is a very novel way of bringing together both on and offline content.

For instance – face recognition technology can automatically tag faces from your contacts book, saving you the hassle. The X10 also works in the background to pull in data from the web that correcting information on your music collection – artist names / track titles or even album work.

However, it seems that Sony Ericsson’s elaborate approach to development has had it’s costs – the Xperia X10 runs an older version (1.6 / Donut) of the open-sourced software and a fear is that this will make future updates problematic.

Meanwhile, HTC’s Sense UI, although not as novel, achieves a more intuitive experience and as it runs on the latest version of Android, v.2.1, will be more robust when adopting updates. In a world of 18-24 month contracts, that sort of longevity counts!

Winner: HTC Legend

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Connectivity

As fully tooled-up smartphones, these have all the connection you’d expect to enable you to make the leap from basic telephony and into the web of wide wonders: top-of-the range WiFi, HSDPA-enabled 3G, assisted GPS plus Bluetooth for all those last minute, short distant wireless transfers and devices linkages.

Winner: Draw

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Media

Playback-wise both of these handsets have MP3 players, support for DivX so you can play videos and 3.5mm jacks for inserting your own headphones.

In breadth of features, the Legend edges it however, with the inclusion of an FM radio with RDS (super useful is you live in a city with lots of different radio stations).

However, we were so impressed by the X10’s ‘Mediascape’ interface, which allows you to pull together your music, videos and pictures in both a beautiful and useful way, that we had to include it as a bonus for this round.

Winner: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

A tale of two LGs: the GD510 ‘Pop’ and GW520 reviewed.

We recently reviewed two LG handsets – the GD510 Pop (currently the world’s smallest touchscreen handset) and the GW520 complete with full QWERTY keypad.

LG GW520 and the GDF510 'Pop'

LG's GW520 and GD510 'Pop'

Although both handsets are aimed at the entry level market and can be picked up for less than £100 on Pay As You Go, we arrived at two very different verdicts:

On the one hand the ‘Pop’ charmed us with it’s beautifully compact design, enjoyable interface and range of simple yet playful features, while dealing with the GW520 proved to be a largely loveless affair.

See the full reviews here>>

GD510 ‘Pop’ – Fun, Gorgeous and Green

GW520 – Cheap, but not cheerful