Feature: Sony Ericsson X10 Demo

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Villa81 visited London’s Groucho Club to see four of Sony Ericsson’s new phones in action. We took a look at the X10, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro, and the Vivaz Pro.

All of these devices are due out in the first and second quarters of 2010.

Review: Palm Pre

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The Palm Pre promises plenty but does the smart-phone live up to expectations? I tested out the device to see well it fared.

Verdict: 4 out of 10. The potential is there but is left unfulfilled.
The Palm Pre is available on O2 from €419 for pre-pay customers. Some bill-pay customers can get the phone for free [...]

Review: INQ Mini 3G

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The second phone in INQ family has hit the streets and I brought it around the country to see how the device fared.

Verdict: 6 out of 10. It’s good but by no means great.
The INQ Mini 3G is available on the 3 network from €99 for pre-pay customers and free for bill-pay users.

Review: Samsung Cara/Pearl White

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Samsung recently launched its new Pearl White phone. In Ireland the phone is being branded as the Cara White and is available on the 3 network.

Verdict: 5 out of 10, once you get past the aesthetics it’s a run of the mill device.
The Samsung Cara White is available on the 3 network for free on [...]

Feature: New girly Samsung phone launched in Dublin

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Villa81 dropped down to the Piano Bar in Dublin for the launch of the Samsung Pearl White. The phone, which is being branded as the Cara White in Ireland, is available exclusively on 3 and is clearly aimed at the female market.

Our girly gadget reviewer Kate Fitzgerald will be taking a closer look at the [...]

Review: Sony Ericsson T707

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The Sony Ericsson T707 was put under the microscope over the past few weeks. The device, which comes in three colours, is using its pulsating lights as a key selling point but would that be enough to survive Villa81’s scrutiny?

Verdict: 8 out of 10. It’s more than just a light show, it’s a very good [...]

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Review: LG Cookie

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

LG has launched its new touch screen model. I tested a pink version of the Cookie, or KP500 as its also known

Verdict: 4/10. The bells and whistles are nice but it fails in some fundamental areas.
The LG Cookie is available now from €129 on the Meteor, O2, and Carphone Warehouse networks.

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Review: LG Renoir KC910

Friday, March 13th, 2009

We’ve been testing the LG Renoir KC910 over the last few weeks, giving the phone with a fancy camera full going over.

Verdict: 7/10. Not the best phone we’ve seen but pretty impressive all the same.

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Review: Blackberry Curve 8900

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

We gave the Blackberry Curve 8900 a rigorous test over the past month. This included examination of its overall interface, camera, and other applications.

Verdict: 8/10. It’s elite and well worth it.
The Blackberry Curve 8900 is available from O2 from €99 during March, down from €199.
This review can also be found on ENN.

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Villa81 Archive - INQ review

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Bringing us more up to speed, here’s our recent review of Three Ireland’s new INQ handset. The ‘MacGyver Phone’, as I’ve dubbed it, is quite the multi-functional tool.

On a marketing level, Three Ireland should try to use this phone as a flagship product. It’s unique to the network and could really build the firm’s brand [...]

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