Carphone Warehouse Christmas Preview: Jawbone Icon, HTC Wildfire and Samsung Galaxy

Latest Gadgets were invited to view the range of phones and accessories available from Carphone Warehouse. There is a definite trend towards phones which act as a social hub as most phones integrate networking sites.


The Nokia N8 is for the budding film-makers out there. The multimedia has a HD video recorder with a 3.2” HD Touchscreen. It has an impressive 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. What makes this phone special is the ability to be linked up to a TV using the HDMI output.  The N8 has access to Web TV services providing channels like CNN and Paramount. In addition, it is also the first phone from Nokia to run Symbian^3, an update to the Symbian OS, which provides multi-touch, gesture support and faster response times. Nokia N8 will be available from 1st October with pricing to be announced.

We got to play with the HTC Wildfire. This phone is made for social networking. It comes with the Friendstream App which displays texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates all in one place. You can post, tweet and upload without switching between apps. I found this so convenient to use. In addition, when a contact calls, their Facebook status, birthday will flash up along with their name and picture. It has 3.2” screen and a 5 megapixel camera. It is not quite as good as its big brother, HTC Desire due to the screen resolution but for a mid-range phone it is worth a consideration as it has some interesting features. It is currently available for free on a £20 a month contract.

Samsung Galaxy Europa was on show and got our hands on it. It is the only Android handset which comes with Music Anywhere preloaded. It provides access to your music from anywhere in the world.  It also includes Swype, allowing you to write a message by swiping your finger across the screen. Swype is responsive and fast to use. The Galaxy Europa has a 2.8” Touchscreen and 2 megapixel camera. Like the HTC it integrates social networking with convenient access to Facebook and Twitter. It runs Android 2.1 and is currently available from free on a £10 a month contract or £149.95 in PAYG.

Carphone Warehouse also had some accessories on show. We had a chance to try out the high-end bluetooth headset, Jawbone Icon. It comes in 6 styles to suit you. It is the only headset which shows the battery status on an iPhone screen. The audio voice can be customized online to one of 6 voices.  Icon can be customised with apps so that use your voice to text and email while you drive to keep your hands free. You can also connect to two phones at the same time. Available from £69.99 from Carphone Warehouse. Happy calling!