Nokia C6 smartphone review
Nokia’s midrange C6 is effectively a budget version of last year’s N97 but still manages to pack in a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, a 5Mp camera and A-GPS with turn-by-turn satnav as standard. Being the C6-00, it runs on the Symbian S60 5th Edition, unlike the C6-01 unveiled at Nokiaworld this month, which runs Symbian^3 and won’t hit the shelves before the end of the year.
The C6-00 is a bit of a brick, at 113 x 53 x 17mm and 150g, largely due to the slide-out keyboard. At first glance it looks very similar to the N97, but with a cheaper, more plasticky feel. It doesn’t do that angled screen thing either, as the keyboard merely slides straight out, which isn’t as fancy, but that’s no great loss. More worrying is that the top half of the phone sits a bit high on the bottom half, with the result that it feels a little wobbly when closed.
Apple iMac SSD 2010 review
Solid state drives are catching on. They’re faster than disk-based storage drives, and more durable too. Unfortunately, they’re also a lot more expensive.
The mid-2010 iMac refresh gives you a solid state drive as a custom option for the 27-inch model, but replacing its 1TB hard drive with a 256MB SSD costs £480, and if you want both, it’s an extra £600.
Android gains on iPhone
According to recent surveys from Changewave, consumers planned to buy smartphones with Google’s (GOOG)Android OS in growing numbers in the period between June and September. Seven percent more people plan on purchasing Android phones in September than the 30% who did in June. That’s up from single digits last year.
The iPhone dropped 12 points from a high of 50% of planned purchases in September, likely a result of a disproportionately large swath of people who wanted to buy iPhone 4s at launch.
Android Market : More countries, more sellers, more buyers
Since we launched Android and Android Market, we have seen the population of Android users and devices expand into many countries. This widespread adoption has brought with it growing interest in Android Market’s support for the buying and selling of paid applications in these additional countries.
We have been hard at work on this and it is my pleasure to announce that effective today, developers from 20 more countries can now sell paid apps on Android Market. Additionally, over the next 2 weeks, users in 18 additional countries will be able to purchase paid apps from Android Market.
Support for paid application sales is now expanded to developers in 29 countries, with today’s additions of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.
In addition, Android Market users from 32 countries will be able to buy apps, with the addition of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan. No action is necessary if you have targeted your paid apps to be available to “All Locations” and would like to launch in these additional countries. If you have not selected “All Locations” and would like to target these additional countries, or if you have selected “All Locations” and do not want to launch your apps in these additional buyer countries, please visit the Android Market publisher site regularly over the next two weeks to make the necessary adjustments as the new buyer countries launch.
Samsung Galaxy Tab on sale on November 1
Need some hot new hardware to offset the onset of another miserly winter? Samsung wants the Galaxy Tab to be the thing that keeps you warm and fuzzy over the holidays and has just announced a November 1 launch date for its tablet in the United Kingdom. All major carriers are signed up to offer the Android 2.2 device and usual suspect Carphone Warehouse will also be dishing it out if you have the cash to snap one up. How much cash, you ask? That’s the one important piece of information that Samsung is still leaving to hang in the air, proffering only the contention that it “will be available on a range of attractive price packages.” Never mind, we’ll just let our imaginations do the accounting.
Altek Leo 3.5G Android Phone with 14MP Camera
Before we get started, let us familiarise ourselves with Altek. Founded in 1996, Altek are a Taiwanese corporation that develops digital camera products and technology. In 2008, Altek claim that they are the world’s number one original design manufacturer (ODM) of digital cameras. Apparently this achievement spurred them onto make a high-end camera phone(s) featuring the company’s high-resolution optical zoom lenses.
This device will indeed sport a HD-capable 14-megapixel camera. It will also offer a 3.2-inch WVGA multi-touch capable display and will ship with Google’s Android 2.1 (Eclair). It also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3.5G (HSPA/WCDMA) wireless and network protocols. “Enjoy high-speed broadband connections via 5.76mbps HSUPA or 7.2mbps HSDPA.” The device also provides built in GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and handwriting recognition. It will support most major audio and video formats and the internal memory is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.
So, more about the camera. The Leo will provide a 14-megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens. This is capable of recording at 720p HD digital video. As you might expect, it offers smile and blink-detection technology along with the ability to edit the images on the fly.
Spice Mi700 DroidPad
DroidPad Spice MI700 is a cutting edge tablet that enables you to work, play, talk and webcam with this small power packed wonder. It runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest mobile open platform that developed by Google. Android is unique because Google is actively developing the platform but giving it away free to hardware manufacturers and phone carriers who want to use Android on their devices. As of August 2010, there are more than 100,000 free or trial applications for Android users to download from Market.
HTC Spark leaked in the wild, shows off plenty of WP7 goodness
Well, it was only a matter of time — first the leaked press shots of this elusive HTC Spark (although possibly misidentified as the Mondrian back then — note the shinier earpiece in the leaked AT&T ad), and now the real thing is in the hands of some lucky hardware tester. Fortunately for us, this guy also happens to have a naughty friend over at xda-developers — you’ll see in his photos that HTC Hub is alive and well, but otherwise, there’s not much info coming out of here. Regardless, feel free to head over to the source link for more Windows Phone 7 eye candy — you’ll need to register first, though, so we’ve grabbed a few shots below to get things going.