Monthly Archives: July 2011

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Albino Nexus S, meet your better specced, bleached out, dual-core nemesis — the mythical white Samsung Galaxy S II. The leaked snap is certainly timely, coming in only one day after a UK retailer promised the colorless beast would go on sale August 15th. We can’t vouch for that, but we do know US peeps can now sign-up for “more info” on Sammy’s website, so stateside GSII fans should be hearing more from the company soon. Will word come of the LTE-toting, ivory dream phone we’ve been lusting after? Probably not, but getting the baddest black Android on the planet is still pretty darn good.

via ‘Official-looking’ pic of white Galaxy S II leaks, unicorns right around the corner — Engadget.

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Could the HTC Omega be the Mango-flavoured follow up to the HTC 7 Mozart?

It looks that way as detailed specs of the supposed Windows Phone 7.5 device have leaked online, with a spec sheet that hints at a refreshed Mozart.

Sadly, there are no pictures to back up the details (just a picture of a case that gives nothing away) but the spec sheet lists a HTC device with a bit more oomph than its previous Windows Phone 7 devices thanks to a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 Processor.

At 3.8-inches, its S-LCD display is a tincy bit bigger than the Mozart, but it still has the same 800×480 WVGA resolution, with 16 million colours.

Back to hardware and there’s reportedly 16GB of on board storage and an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p video.

Nothing official on the HTC Omega (which is possibly a codename) yet, we’ll keep you posted on its official status.

via HTC Omega: HTC’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango device? – Pocket-lint.

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Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Fujitsu Toshiba mobile communications — now there’s a mouthful — just unveiled the IS12T: Japan’s first Windows Phone 7 device, and according to Microsoft prez Yasuyuki Higuchi, the world’s first Mango handset. The sexy and IPX5 waterproof (!) 3.7-inch WVGA slate is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8655 CPU of undisclosed clock speed (which we’ve seen running at 1GHz in the Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt), and goes on sale in “September or beyond” on KDDI’s au network. The pink gizmo packs a 13.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and has a plentiful 32GB of flash storage for housing whatever content you’d fancy toting around. The usual Bluetooth (2.1 + EDR) and WiFi (802.11b/g/n) suspects are also onboard. Interest piqued? Peruse the gallery our Engadget Japanese brethren have handily tossed our way.

via Fujitsu Toshiba announces au IS12T, the world’s first Mango phone (hands-on!) — Engadget.

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In a battle for the good fight, Verizon’s lineup is stacked to the brim with some quality Android smartphones that encompass every bit of the spectrum – so whether it’s data speed or processing power that you’re concerned about most, they have you fully covered. Naturally, the HTC ThunderBolt has been riding the wave of success as being the carrier’s very first 4G LTE enabled smartphone, but with anything technology related, its top tiered status will naturally dissipate over time. With that knowledge, the Motorola DROID 3 is coming from out of the shadows to take back the spotlight and shine it on the beloved original DROID line once again. So who’s going to come out on top with this one?

On the surface, the two appear to be quite similar with their conventional slate looks – albeit, the DROID 3 takes the QWERTY landscape sliding form factor. In all honestly, their industrial designs don’t come off as being drastically different from the crop, but the ThunderBolt feels considerably better to hold in the hand due to its rounded corners and curved edges. At the same time, we definitely enjoy their metallic like casings that are complemented tremendously with their soft touch coated rears, which enables them to look fairly clean at all times. Their overall size might be almost identical, but it’s impressive to find the DROID 3 actually sporting the thinner frame at 0.5” thick – especially when it’s packing a spacious landscape keyboard. Nevertheless, there isn’t any particular one that unanimously manages to capture our attention since they use the same solid construction and cookie cutter designs.

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The Motorola DROID 3 (left) and the HTC ThunderBolt (right)

Rightfully so, the DROID 3’s display exhibits more detail thanks partly to its 4” qHD (540 x 960) display, which results in higher pixel density than the ThunderBolt’s 4.3” WVGA (480 x 800) Super LCD panel. Nevertheless, we’re accepting of their sharp details that allow fine text to be more than visible to the eye. However, we prefer the ThunderBolt’s color production since it’s able to pump out the more vibrant colors tones between the two. Just by a smidgen more, it’s evident that the DROID 3’s overall brightness output is stronger – though, we’re still finding ourselves shielding both devices outdoors with the sun around.

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Viewing angles on the Motorola DROID 3 (left) and the HTC ThunderBolt (right)

With its graspable lip, we pretty much have no issues in accidentally pressing the usual set of Androidcapacitive buttons on the DROID 3. On the other hand, we still find ourselves doing just that with the ThunderBolt since they’re positioned close to the edge.

As a whole, the DROID 3 utilizes prominent power key and volume rocker – but we’re not fans of their stiff response. Conversely, the ThunderBolt’s physical buttons are rather flat in stature, but at least they produce a better tactile feel when pressed.

Increasingly becoming prominent amongst top-end smartphones, we find the Motorola DROID 3’smicroHDMI port especially gratifying seeing that it allows for quick and easy sharing of multimedia content – not to mention offering that ever so useful mirrored experience. Sadly, the ThunderBolt lacks this one particular element to shine its overall allure. Maybe next time around?

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Android capacitive buttons

Power key and volume rocker


Motorola DROID 3 (bottom) and the HTC ThunderBolt (top)

Some commonalities between the two include their front-facing cameras for video chat and taking those illustrious self-portraits, microUSB ports for charging and data connectivity, microSD card slots, and 3.5mm headset jacks.

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The sides of the Motorola DROID 3 (bottom) and the HTC ThunderBolt (top)

Photo enthusiast will undoubtedly like the fact that the two smartphones feature 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras in the rear. However, the ThunderBolt complements things with a dual-LED flash as opposed to the single one on the DROID 3.

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Front-facing cameras

8-megapixel cameras in the rear

The Motorola DROID 3 (bottom) and the HTC ThunderBolt (top)

Blatantly, the two handsets deliver their own unique characteristics to separate them from one another. Specifically, text messengers will truly adore the spacious and absolutely useful physical keyboard of the Motorola DROID 3. And in fact, we still can’t stop throwing Motorola with adulation for refining its iconic looking keyboard! Oppositely, the HTC ThunderBolt enchants movie buffs with the aid of its flip outkickstand – giving us that hands-free experience while watching some of our favorite flicks. Sure it can keep the ThunderBolt up, but seeing that the DROID 3 has some sharp edges, we’re able to prop it upright on its side as well.

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The two handsets deliver their own unique characteristics

via Motorola DROID 3 vs HTC ThunderBolt – Phone Arena.

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With point and shoot cameras apparently now up against a megapixel wall, manufacturers are focusing on adding quirky new features to keep you hooked on the upgrade cycle. Sony’s new Cyber-shot TX55 includes several such additions, such as ‘amazing’ 3D image capture, ‘extremely low’ noise, and a new digital zoom technology called By Pixel Super Resolution, which promises to double the camera’s 5x optical zoom range while still capturing 16.2-megapixel images at full quality. We’re a bit skeptical about that last one, but if the $350 camera really can deliver on its promise, then we may just have a winner. Sony says there’s also high-speed autofocus that can lock onto subjects in 0.1 seconds, optical image stabilization, a 3.3-inch OLED touch-screen, and 1080i AVCHD video. It also includes some features found on the higher-end NEX-C3, such as Picture Effects, and a 42.9-megapixel Sweep Panorama mode. Sony has yet to completely nix the Memory Stick slot, including one with the TX55, though there’s also MicroSD support for those who prefer to take advantage of that more affordable memory card standard. We’re not yet convinced that all of the point-and-shoot cam’s new features perform as well as Sony suggests, but if they do, the TX55 may even be worth its $350 price tag when it hits stores in September.

via Sony Cyber-shot TX55 packs 16.2-megapixel sensor, promises ‘extremely low’ noise in dim light — Engadget.

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3D.. the biggest gadget gimmick of all time and some manufacturers were silly enough to go with it (for differentiation’s sake). Just look at the LG Optimus Pad (G-Slate in the US) or watch out for the upcoming Asus Eee Pad MeMo 3D.

HTC might be among those big names with a 3D tablet and thus dual cameras – possibly with a HTC Flyer 2, if this image below is to be believed, if it’s not the most easily photoshopped image ever. HTC is already in the 3D dual camera game with the Evo 3D smartphone. Other than the image above, we’re left to speculate. Speculate features like.. solar panels!

via HTC Flyer 2 with 3D Camera? | Netbooknews – Netbooks, Netbook Reviews, Smartbooks and more.

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Facebook took over 3 years to achieve what Google+ has done in just 3 weeks – hit the 20 million users milestone.

The figure has been estimated by web analyst ComScore, a number that is double the 10 million figure stated by Google CEO Larry Page just a week ago.

Sure, Google+ is still 730 million users shy of Facebook’s 750 million figure and sure, we’re living in a much more social network powered world now than when Zuck and co launched The Facebook from their Harvard dorm room in February 2004 – but the growth for a platform still officially in a limited field trial stage is phenomenal nonetheless.

via Google+ circles 20 million users in just three weeks – Pocket-lint.

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Apple has just released a new range of MacBook Air laptops and weve already grabbed the top of the range 13-inch model to put it through its paces. Before we start work on the full review of the new thin laptop from Apple, we thought it would be wrong not to share a stack of hands-on photos of the new model. Now the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that there is very little change to the design of the laptop with most of the changes happening

via Apple MacBook Air 13-inch mid 2011 hands-on – Pocket-lint.

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We know, we know — Windows 8 isn’t splashing down on consumer devices for a good long while, but seriously, how’s a boy to get excited about something that’s already old hat? And moreover, something that has never, ever worked out. Every single Windows 7 tablet that we’ve tested has suffered a similar fate: too bulky, too sluggish, not longevous enough and too difficult to to operate sans a keyboard and mouse. That said, Lenovo’s providing a darkhorse option for those uninterested in its duo of new Honeycomb tablets, with the IdeaPad Tablet P1 bringing Windows 7 into a familiar 10.1-inch shell. Within, you’ll find a 1.5GHz Intel processor, a 1280 x 800 capacitive touchpanel, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, up to 64GB of SSD storage, built-in Bluetooth / 3G / WiFi, a USB 2.0 connector, microSD card slot and a docking port.

You’ll also get an integrated 2 megapixel webcam up front, support for stylus input and an enclosure that’s 14.5mm thick; for perspective, the absolutely delectable Galaxy Tab 10.1 measures just 10.9mm from top to bottom. The company’s giving you the option of snagging this in silver-gray or “Clementine Orange,” the latter of which is obviously the frontrunner in the race to awesome. The sealed two-cell battery is said to be good for six hours of use, compared to the 8.7 hours that the same cell gets while situated in the Android-powered K1. Lenovo’s not serving up pricing details on this one just yet, but you can look forward to not looking forward to its Q4 2011 arrival.

via Lenovo intros 10.1-inch IdeaPad Tablet P1 with Windows 7, should’ve waited for Windows 8 — Engadget.

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Well it looks like the cat’s finally out of the bag virtual box. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer just confirmed during today’s earnings call that Mac OS 10.7 is due to hit the Mac App Store tomorrow, making Lion available as a 4GB download for $30. The new operating system packs 250 new features, including an iOS-like app launcher, multi-touch gestures, AirDrop for direct file sharing, and system-wide Resume. More enhancements that will feel particularly familiar to iOS users include a new version of Mail with conversation view, and reverse touchpad scrolling. We’ll have a full review of Lion later this week, but check out our hands-on preview for our initial impressions. Want to collaborate on projects with multiple machines? Lion Server will also be available as a $50 download — for those of you that need to support an entire pride.

via Apple: Mac OS X Lion to hit the App Store tomorrow — Engadget.

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Few companies get a second bite at the mobile cherry. Motorola took its initially awesome RAZR phone and flogged it until it wasn’t just a dead horse but little more than neatly canned dog food. With the company’s handset business on the brink of failure, Motorola then bet everything on the Droid – a testosterone-packed Android handset that was everything the iPhone wasn’t. It paid off. Motorola now has a stable of Droid handsets in a variety of sizes, shapes and configurations that share a common clunkiness, geekiness, feature overload and the best ringtone in the Android universe.

The Droid 3 is the ultimate expression of Droid DNA. Motorola has crammed every feature it possibly can into this dual-core Gingerbread device, from an 8 megapixels camera to a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Like previous Droid devices, the Droid 3 is debuting on Verizon in America network – although without being able to take advantage of the network’s stunning 4G LTE speeds. Does the powerful Droid 3 take Motorola to another level? Or is the company making the same mistakes again, putting all of its mobile eggs into one Droid-shaped basket?

via Motorola Droid 3 review – Pocket-lint.

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Remember the Archos G9 tablets we told you about last month? Well they didn’t come in as cheap as we originally thought, but they are still a pretty good deal.

We also thought they were only going to offer 250GB versions, but it looks like they are going to offer 8GB and 16GB versions as well, which will be a lot lighter for those that don’t need the extra storage. Archos is marketing these devices as the fastest tablets on earth with the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, but it will only be offered in the 250GB versions. According to their site the official prices are:

Archos 101 G9 – 10.1-inch screen

  • 8GB – $369.99
  • 16GB – $399.99
  • 250GB – $469.99

Archos 80 G9 – 8-inch screen

  • 8GB – $299.99
  • 16GB – $329.99
  • 250GB  – $369.99

Product features after the break:

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Google has detailed some of the new tricks and titbits in Android 3.2 to developers on Friday night as it prepares to roll out the new iteration of Honeycomb.

The new update, which is expected to be rolling out to Motorola Xoom customers in the next couple of weeks and then presumably to other tablets thereafter, will come with a handful of new headline features.

High on the list of new “stuff” are optimisations for a wider range of tablets, compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps, media sync from SD card, and extended screen support API.

Optimisation for a wider range of tablets has been added to “ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices,” and presumably is to accommodate the new wrath of 7-inch tablets from the likes of Acer and Viewsonic coming out in the next couple of months.

Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps is a new compatibility display mode that gives users a new way to view these apps on larger devices. The mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching, for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes.

Media sync from SD card will be for devices that support a removable SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.

More details for developers can be found over at the Android developer hub.

via Android 3.2 detailed, developers get SDK – Pocket-lint.

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The rumoured Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo has been blazing a serious trail amongst speedy Android smartphone fans. The Duo’s spec sheet reads more like a laptop than a mobile, incorporating no less than a 1.4GHz dual core processor and a whopping 1.5 GB of RAM.

The Duo will likely be Sony Ericsson’s first foray into the dual-core market, using a lot of the tech that made the Arc so good. That means a juicy 4.5-inch qHD screen, the Bravia engine found on the arc and a 12 megapixel Exmor r CMOS sensor.

Also included in the rumoured Duo package is of course Android 2.3, ensuring that Sony Ericsson’s flagship carries the latest version of Google’s OS. One more outlandish and less likely feature is the inclusion of a 2500mAh battery – perhaps the rumour mill is getting a bit carried away with itself.

So when can all this Sony Ericsson powered goodness be expected? Well according to reports, the Duo could be hitting shop shelves as early as September.

via More Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo details leaked – Pocket-lint.