Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-350SC) review
There’s no question about it: Sony had its work cut out when it came time to improve the next generation of its e-readers. Amazon’s Kindle isn’t only the best selling electronic reading device out there, but its new $139 WiFi version is the fastest-selling yet. And then there’s the Barnes & Noble’s Nook, which is an equally capable competitor, especially with recent firmware updates. Oh, and don’t forget about the $140 Kobo. Yep, Sony had some serious work to do and its cheapest option – the $179.99 Pocket Edition — does differentiate in some striking ways. The aluminum reader has been upgraded with a new 5-inch E Ink Pearl display and now has an extremely responsive touchscreen for navigating through books / menus. The updates certainly have put Sony back into the final four, but there’s a few lacking features that just keep it from going all the way. You’ll want to hit the break to find out just what we’re talking about in our full review of this little guy. Read more
Samsung Wave 575 (GT-S5750) with Bada OS announced
Only several days after officially presenting the Wave II S8530, today Samsung has unveiled yet another new Bada smartphone, the Samsung Wave 575 (GT-S5750).
Like the Wave 525 and 533 (also announced today – re-announced, actually), the Wave 575 features a 3.2 inch WQVGA TFT touchscreen display, TouchWiz UI, Wi-Fi, 3.2MP camera, 100MB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support.
The new Wave also comes with HSDPA connectivity (a feature that can’t be found in the 525 and 533 models).
Samsung Wave 575 will be first launched in Sweden (in mid-November). After that, the phone will be introduced in other markets across Europe and Asia (including China), in three color versions: white, black and black/pink. The handset’s price has not been disclosed.
Augen will toss six new tablets onto market all packing Android
Augen will toss six new tablets onto the market with screens from 7-inches to 10-inches in size with prices running from $199.99 to $599.99 and all will use Android 2.2. The tablets will also all support Adobe DE DRM. The 7-inch units include the Latte and Latte Grande and both will pack WiFi, HDMI out, 2GB of storage, and a SDHC card slot. The normal Latte has a 7-inch 800 x 480 screen and a stylus for $199. The Grande version has a 7-inch multitouch screen and an 800MHz CPU, 800 x 600 screen, compass, light sensor, and an accelerometer for an extra $50 over the base version.
The Espresso will have support for Android 3.0 and pack in WiFi, Bluetooth, a 3MP camera, accelerometer, compass, and light sensor. The most basic Espresso has a 7-inch 800 x600 screen 1GHz cortex A9 CPU, 8GB of flash storage, microSDHC card slot and will sell for $349. The Espresso dolce will pack in a 10.2-inch screen that is multitouch capable with 1024 x 768 resolution, a 1GHz A9 CPU, 8GB of storage, and microSDHC for $429. The Espresso Doppio is a netbook style tablet convertible with dual booting of Android and Ubuntu, a 10.2-inch screen, 1GHz CPU, WiFi, Bluetooth, 8GB of storage, dual USB ports, trackpad, 160GB HDD, and HD capability for $599.
The final model is the Espresso Firma with a 7-inch screen 600MHz dual-core CPU, Bluetooth, WiFi, 2GB of storage and a price of $349. The machine is crammed into a portfolio that looks like a notepad with paper on one side that is supposed to send what you write to the tablet automatically
Firefox 4 Beta all set for some Android action
Mozilla has taken Firefox Mobile out of the Alpha testing period, with the release of Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo.
The browser brings with it all the things you love about Firefox, including Sync, the Awesome Bar and Add-ons.
Firefox 4 Beta Mobile also includes an Awesome screen, which gives you quick access to your history and bookmarks, as well as form filling features that save you from the arduous task of completing details with your tiny keyboard. Read more
Apple iPad 2 new features
Taiwanese component suppliers have reportedly informed a Wall Street analyst that the upcoming product overhaul to Apple’s market leading iPad tablet device will add a high-resolution 7-inch Retina Display, at least one camera and a storage capacity increased to 128GB.
Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities has claimed that sources close to Apple have informed him that the revamped iPad, expected to follow Apple’s annual product cycles and launch during the first quarter of 2011, will be replacing the current 9.7-inch model adding a “micro of mini USB” port in the process.
White, who predicts the new iPad could sell in excess of 45 million units during 2011, made no reference to an updated large screen iPad unlike recent reports from Goldman Sachs who declared that Apple was preparing two variably sized iPads for launch next year. White, who made reference to the inclusion of a camera on the next-generation Apple tablet failed to mention if the iPad 2 will feature the fruity tech company’s FaceTime video calling technologies as suggested by a spate of recent rumours.
Whilst the addition of increased storage, camera, USB port and Apple’s stunning Retina display would appease many of the company’s tablet users, the potential loss of the device’s 9.7-inch screen would disappoint many and leave the iPad 2 lined up to compete directly against the likes of the recently announced Samsung GalaxyTab, due for launch on November 1st.
New iPhone coming early 2011
A new iPhone is coming at the start of 2011, if reports are to be believed, bringing some new tech on board.
But, to the disappointment of fanboys everywhere, this doesn’t mean an early arrival for the iPhone 5, but a CDMA enabled device to work on the Verizon network.
Ever since the first iPhone was released back in 2007, AT&T has held the exclusive rights to Apple’s phones with the US.
But, all that is set to change with Cupertino Computers’ exclusivity agreement with the network set to end.
Verizon is the biggest network in the States and, with analysts predicting that 40 million iPhones could be sold this year, the move will shore up Apple’s armoury and help in the ongoing battle with Google’s Android OS powered phones.
Verizon’s president Lowell McAdam said recently: “At some point our business interests are going to align,” referring to Apple. “I fully expect it.”
We fully expect it as well, and we fully expect there to be no death-grip issues with the updated device. Apple has already had its fingers badly burnt with that problem and will surely be taking extra precautions this time around.
Sony Xperia X8 specifications and video
Sony Ericsson released this video yesterday about their latest phone, the Xperia X8. The Xperia X8′s features are shown off in this video as some cool music is played and the phone moves does a little dancing, but you can watch the video here for yourself. Read more
10 Reasons to buy the new HTC Desire HD
We were wondering how HTC would respond to the release of the iPhone 4 and we’re pleased to say it didn’t disappoint. HTC’s riposte, the HTC Desire HD, comes packing a larger 4.3-inch screen, Android 2.2, an eight-megapixel camera and a new, smarter version of HTC Sense which includes an ebook reader, more accurate mapping and priority email. Take that Apple…
Want to know why you need one? See below for 10 reasons to buy the HTC Desire HD Read more
Samsung Galaxy i5510
Samsung Galaxy 551 (I5510) that was first revealed at the IFA has got the official unveiling. The phone runs on Android 2.2 OS and features a physical sliding QWERTY keyboard for business users and social network users.
It features a 667MHz CPU, 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen TFT display (240×400 pixels), TouchWiz 3.0 UI, HSDPA 7.2Mbps, 3MP camera, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, Social Hub, DivX support, 160MB internal memory, microSD card slot and 1200mAh battery