The Taiwanese rumor mill that is DigiTimes has let go another tablet-based prognostication. In a post today, the blog asserts that HTC will release its 7-inch Scribe tablet at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona this February. The report, which also mentions that the Scribe will be running Android 3.0, cites “Taiwan based makers of components” as the source of its information. HTC, who was one of the first major phone manufacturers to jump on the Android bandwagon, has been noticeably absent from the tablet market — an absence that may work in the company’s favor if this rumor turns out to be true. It’s all speculative at this point, but we know HTC won’t be on the tablet-sidelines forever. More →
Palm has a history of, shall we say, making poor decisions. Hardware components… launch partners… the Foleo. We had hoped all that would change when HP acquired the struggling company earlier this year, but it looks like it’s going to take longer than we had hoped for the stars to align over Sunnyvale, CA. Exhibit A: the Palm Pre 2. The Pre was a good start for Palm but there were tons of problems with it. The Pre 2 addresses some of those problems — the occasional sluggishness, the cheap plastic screen — but many of the usability issues remain. The display is too small, the keypad is cramped, and so on.
If new rumors surrounding the upcoming Palm Mansion turn out to be true, we have our exhibit B. Self-professed rumor monger Go Rumors cites a “close source” in claiming that an upcoming Palm smartphone, likely the Palm Mansion, will feature a 5-inch touchscreen when it launches in three months. The Dell Streak is a nifty little gadget, but we wouldn’t exactly say it birthed a successful new range of ridiculously oversized smartphones / ridiculously undersized tablets. In fact, we’d say the opposite is probably true. We’re hoping Go Rumors ran with some bad intel but the unfortunate truth is that we would hardly be surprised if a 5-inch webOS phone launched some time in February. More →
We have to say, Verizon, we’ve seen more impressive rebate sheets from you. What happened to the spark? The flair? The discovery of sexy new handsets your clientele can’t wait to get their hands on? Sorry folks, this time around we bring nothing but bad news. Sure there are a few new discounts available on some nice pieces of Verizon kit in the new February 1 – 14 rebate form, but the star of today’s show is most definitely a downer. It looks like the boys in red finally decided to get wise to the full retail scam as they’ve finally implemented a rebate process that will prevent all you rascals out there from sending in rebates for ineligible handset purchases. If you’re not familiar with Verizon’s rebate setup, only handset purchases tied to one or two-year agreements were eligible to receive a rebate. In the past, less-than-scrupulous customers were able to send in rebates even if they purchased a handset at full retail price and still collect a check. For shame. To remedy the situation, Verizon will now require that all rebate forms be submitted alongside a copy of the relevant customer agreement. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Hit the jump to soak in the full rebate form and the sheet detailing the new submission requirements.