Sprint Novatel 3G/4G MiFi paws-on!

By on April 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM.

Sprint Novatel 3G/4G MiFi paws-on!

Sprint was nice enough to shoot us over its brand new Sprint Novatel 3G/4G MiFi, and while we saw it at CES, there’s just nothing like getting one in your hands (or paws) and taking it for a spin. We’re huge fans of Novatel Wireless, and we definitely prefer its MiFi products to USB data sticks or tethering our phones when we need mobile internet — so we’re extremely glad the company introduced a 4G WiMAX version of its popular MiFi device. Our quick impressions: it’s a tad thicker than the original MiFi, though it makes up for that by not only offering 4G speeds, but also by running a stripped down version of Linux that includes a splashy dashboard to monitor signal strength, GPS status, and network connectivity status in real-time. Additionally, we’re absolutely loving the eReader-like display on the MiFi that shows signal, GPS, and connectivity status. It’s extremely valuable and something we’re not sure how we lived without before. As for performance, we’re getting pretty decent speeds at 5Mbps down and 950Kbps up in and around New York City. We haven’t been able to judge battery life in our usage just yet, but it seems to be at least as good as the original MiFI workhouse we use all the time. Make sure to check out the rest of our photos in our gallery!

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Amazon revamps the Kindle DX, gives it a lower price tag

By on July 1, 2010 at 9:12 PM.

Amazon revamps the Kindle DX, gives it a lower price tag

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Even though most schools are now shut down for summer, that doesn’t mean that companies have given up trying to selling products to students. Amazon today announced that it has refreshed its Kindle DX. Now featuring an even better 9.7″ E Ink display that boasts a 50% increase in contrast ratio, the next-gen Kindle DX also received a price drop and now stands at an attractive $379. The only other major difference is that the Kindle DX is now graphite as opposed to white. The Kindle DX is available now for pre-order and is set to ship on July 7th. More →

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Amazon fires back and B&N, drops the price of the Kindle 2

By on June 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM.

Amazon fires back and B&N, drops the price of the Kindle 2

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Barnes & Nobile probably felt confident that its knocking $50 off the price of the Nook and introducing a Wi-Fi only model at $149.99 was really going to really stick it to the Kindle for at least a few days, but then BAM! Amazon responds in kind by slashing the price of the Kindle 2 by $70. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Capitalism at its finest. More →

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Nook gets a price drop, $149.99 Wi-Fi model introduced

By on June 21, 2010 at 8:54 AM.

Nook gets a price drop, $149.99 Wi-Fi model introduced

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Just like their non-digital counterparts, eBook readers may not be the most exciting product in the world, but there’s good news this morning for anyone who loves the smell of newly printed downloaded eBooks. Barnes & Noble, the retailer behind the Nook, has not only dropped the price of the Nook to $199.99, but it also announced a new Wi-Fi only model which retails for $149.99. Apart from a lack of 3G, the only difference between the two models is that the Wi-Fi model has a white back (as opposed to black) and weighs half an ounce less. More →

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Apple iPad recap

By on January 27, 2010 at 3:38 PM.

Apple iPad recap

If you were following this morning’s Apple announcement, it may have been quite overwhelming and your head could be spinning in confusion. We’re here to clear things up and give you additional details over what we posted this morning. What we know so far is that the device itself, in terms of hardware and software, doesn’t disappoint. Out of the box, it can support every single application available in the iTunes App Store right now. There is a new version of iWork available for the iPad — with each application going for $9.99 (which means $30 for the whole kaboodle). The Wi-Fi only version will be available in 60 days, and the 3G and Wi-Fi versions in 90 days. Hit the break as we break it down for you!

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Amazon drops the price of the Kindle 2, international version coming October 19th

By on October 7, 2009 at 1:31 PM.

Amazon drops the price of the Kindle 2, international version coming October 19th

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Those of you who have always wanted a Kindle 2 from Amazon but never pulled the trigger citing its cost have little excuse not to break out the plastic this morning. The 2nd generation E-Book reader has benefited from a price drop. Shedding $40 off of its price tag and standing firm at $259, Amazon shouldn’t have too much of a problem obtaining a decent boost in sales. Of course there’s the fact that it only has a CDMA radio and can’t download books while abroad, but that’s just a sacrifice you’ll have to make… Or will you? No, because Amazon has announced that come October 19th, it will be selling the Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless. Awful name, yes, but a good enhancement as its GSM radio and AT&T SIM card will let jet setters grab the latest Murakami while in one of the “100 countries and territories” it will receive service in. You’ll be charged a fee of $1.99 on top of the price of the book for the international download, but what’s $1.99 these days anyway?

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Samsung Alias 2 now available from Verizon Wireless

By on May 11, 2009 at 9:43 AM.

Samsung Alias 2 now available from Verizon Wireless

As expected, the Samsung Alias 2 is now available from Verizon Wireless. The dual hinge clam shell with dynamic electronic ink keypad will set you back a mere $79 after a $50 MIR/online discount with a 2-year contract. A 1-year contract will cost you $149 after a $50 MIR/online discount and full retail is $259. If you need more than one Alias 2, the phone is part of Big Red’s classic buy-one-get-up-to-four-free offer. Just a word of caution as the additional free handsets do require a 2-year commitment. If anyone heads out to his or her local Verizon Wireless store and picks up this bad boy today, give us a shout in the comments with your first impressions.

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Samsung Alias 2 unboxing video shows off "Magic Keypad"

By on May 8, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

Samsung Alias 2 unboxing video shows off "Magic Keypad"

Due to hit store shelves in just a few days, a HoFo forum member managed to get her paws on the upcoming Samsung Alias 2 a few days early by sweet talking a CS rep. If you’ve been following coverage of this dual-flip handset, you surely already know about its unique “Magic Keypad” that uses electronic ink technology to change button labels and functions depending on which way the phone is flipped open. Now, as cool as that sounds… It’s even cooler on video — so long, ModeShift. We really hope this is the start of a trend because despite the heft of the Alias 2, similar technology could certainly allow future devices to cut down on the number of physical keys, thus trimming device size. Hit the jump to check out JenJen’s first unboxing video and get ready for a pretty cool feature phone that will start hitting stores on Monday.

UPDATE: We’ve added JenJen’s second video which shows a few more features of the Alias 2, including the QWERTY layout.

Thanks, Mike!

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Details on the soon-to-be announced Amazon Kindle DX surface

By on May 5, 2009 at 11:21 AM.

Details on the soon-to-be announced Amazon Kindle DX surface

When it rains, it pours and information is pouring out about the rumored “super-sized” Amazon Kindle. The upcoming Kindle, now known as the Kindle DX, will pack a full-featured 9.7-inch electronic ink display, 5-way navigation button and a QWERTY keyboard into its large white housing. It basically looks like the designers took a Kindle 2 and stretched its screen from 6 inches to 9.7 inches, and then squished the keyboard in the process. The new Kindle DX will reportedly feature an improved web browser, the ability to add annotations in addition to notes and highlights and a long awaited native PDF reader. In addition to newspaper and periodicals, the Kindle DX is designed to support textbooks and, according to the Wall Street Journal, a special edition packed with pre-installed textbooks for chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar is being released as part of a college trial. Lev Gonick, chief information officer for Case Western Reserve University, claims that a lucky bunch of select college students at Case Western Reserve, as well as Pace, Princeton, Reed, Arizona State, and the Darden School at the University of Virginia are signed up to test out this new device starting in the Fall semester. Sweet! Hit the jump for a few blurry images of the Kindle DX seemingly snagged from a slide show presentation.

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Confirmed: Samsung Alias 2 to launch May 11th for $79

By on May 3, 2009 at 4:14 PM.

Confirmed: Samsung Alias 2 to launch May 11th for $79

Thanks to one of our ninjas we just got our hands on the launch details for the upcoming Samsung Alias 2. As rumored, the Alias 2 will launch in all channels on May 11th. It will shed the cramped dual QWERTY-numeric keyboard of the original Alias in favor of a dynamic electronic ink keyboard known as the “Magic Keypad”. Those who appreciate the slim form factor of the original Alias will be happy to know that the Alias 2 sports similar dimensions. Pricing on the new QWERTY V CAST phone will come in at an exceptionally low $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year contract. A one-year contract will set you back $149 after a $50 mail-in-rebate or you can pony up $249 for full retail. Hit the jump for a full rundown of the official specs and a closeup of the “Magic Keypad”.

Thanks, Patrick!

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Kindle 2 teardown reveals some surprising surprises

By on February 25, 2009 at 8:08 AM.

Kindle 2 teardown reveals some surprising surprises

The Kindle 2 is one of those gadgets that people either love or hate. One the one hand it’s a glimpse into the more versatile, eco-friendly and portable future for the written (and spoken) word. On the other hand it is also the devil’s dandruff, a little white monster that is attempting to ruin the noble and glorious history of the written word. But no matter what people think of it, most everyone is fascinated by the Kinde 2 and the technology that lurks underneath those understated looks. Thankfully the jewelers screwdriver-wielding maniacs at iFixit did their thing because we’re quite fascinated by some of the findings:

  • The Kindle 2 is powered by a 532MHz ARM-11 Freescale MCIMX31L processor
  • The 3.7 V 1530 mAh Li-Pol battery makes up roughly 10% of the weight of the Kindle 2 coming in at 31g
  • Upon disconnecting the battery from the unit, the E-Ink display continued to display the last image before the power disconnect
  • An outline of a SIM card is present indicating the potential for international versions of the Kindle 2
  • A Samsung 2GB moviNAND and two 32MB DDR RAM chips perform all memory duties
  • Only 26 screws and four connectors need be removed to completely disassemble the Kindle 2

There are of course a few more pics after the jump, but before we have to say it; the Kindle 2 has a processor that is faster than the iPhone 3G and on par with the Curve 8900. So sad and so true, but we’re so over it. More →

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