Rogers launches the Nokia N97 Mini

By on June 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM.

Rogers launches the Nokia N97 Mini

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It looks like Symbian freaks based in Canada who already have the N97 from Bell will be able to get themselves a new plaything this summer, as Rogers is launching the Nokia N97 Mini. The device isn’t actually for sale yet but is rather being shipped out to dealers across the country, but barring any last minute chances it looks like the outright price of the N97 Mini has been set at $499.99 while the 3-year price is $99.99. Anyone planning to get this, or are you going to avoid it just like you would the plague (or N97 for that matter)?

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Apple announces iPhone 4

By on June 7, 2010 at 1:32 PM.

Apple announces iPhone 4

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“Now stop me if you’ve seen this.” And so Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4. Featuring stainless steel banding around the sides and a glass front, the iPhone 4’s “closest kin is a beautiful old camera.” It’s 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS at 9.3mm thick, which Apple claims makes it the smallest smartphone on the planet or “a quarter thinner than something you didn’t think could get any thinner.”  The three stainless steel bands surrounding the device that look very un-Apple actually serve two purposes: they add to the structural integrity of the device and double as antenna boosters. Smart.

The iPhone 4 has a 3.5″ display that has 78% the pixels of the iPad. With a resolution of 960×640 — or 4x the resolution of the first three iPhones — the iPhone 4 has four pixels where the other devices only had space for one for a total of 326 pixels per inch. Apple calls this “Retina Display” technology and says it translates to images and text so incredibly sharp that you’ll feel like you’re looking at a “finely printed book” instead of a mobile display. The display technology also means that apps will not have to be rescaled, so everything currently in the App Store will The display also has a 800:1 contrast ratio.

Moving on the the processor. Yes, indeedy, the iPhone 4 is powered by an Apple-designed A4 SoC. Apart from providing raw power, the A4 also sips juice from the battery as opposed to gulping it. This means the iPhone 4 is good for 7 hours of 3G talktime, 6 hours of browsing over 3G, 10 hours of browsing over Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music and 300 hours of standby. As expected, 802.11n Wi-Fi is included as is a quad-band HSDPA radio capable of 7.2Mbps down and 5.8Mbps up. The iPhone 4 also introduces a dual-mic system for noise cancellation and a gyroscope which combined with the accelerometer allow for 6-axis motion sensing.

The iPhone 4’s main camera weighs in at 5 megapixels. What makes it special, according to Apple, is its backside illuminated sensor. This allows more photons to bombard the sensor resulting in better low-light photos. A sole LED flash straddles the camera sensor. Digital zoom tops out at 5x, while video capture has been stepped up to shoot 720p at 30fps. The LED flash is fully functional when capturing videos.

Not included with iPhone 4 but to be available in the App Store for $4.99 is iMovie. iMovie for the iPhone is pretty much what you’d expect — that is if you were expecting a feature-rich mobile movie editing application that’s capable of manhandling 720p videos. You can rearrange clips by dragging them about; add in photos, transitions, titles, and music; and use geolocation so you’ll have no excuses for forgetting exactly where you were when you shot the film.

And then there’s the front-facing camera. It runs the open application FaceTime. Apple is currently working with wireless providers to bring forth bonafide 3G video calls, but as far as 2010 is concerned you’re stuck with Wi-Fi. If for some reason you don’t want the person you’re calling to see your mug — or perhaps you just want them to see what you’re looking at — you can switch from the front-facing camera to the 5MP camera on the back.

So when can you get the iPhone 4? If you live in the US, UK, Germany, France or Japan you’ll be able to pre-order it on June 15th and pick it up on the 24th. In the US, AT&T will sell the 16GB model for $199 and the 32GB model for $299 (both assuming a 2-year contract). At an unspecified time in July, 18 other countries — Canada included — will get the iPhone. Oh and how could we forget? The iPhone 4 will be available in both black and white. More →

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Motorola announces the Milestone XT720 complete with 8MP camera

By on June 7, 2010 at 4:34 AM.

Motorola announces the Milestone XT720 complete with 8MP camera

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South Korea won’t be the only nation to get its hands on the Milestone XT720, as Motorola has just announced that the camera-centric Android device is headed to Europe. Running Android 2.1 with the addition of MOTOBLUR, the XT720’s main selling point is its 8 megapixel camera (which can shoot 720p video at 24fps) coupled with Xenon flash. But that’s not to say the XT720 is short-changed elsewhere. It’s loaded up with a 3.7″ WVGA display, FM radio, Bluetooth,Wi-Fi b/g, GPS, 10.2Mbps HSDPA, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, 550MHz Cortex A8 processor, and a 1390 mAh battery capable of up to 4.5 of talktime over 3G. The XT720 should start to hit European shelves next month, although carriers have not yet been announced. Click on through to check out a promo video.

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Palm Pixi Plus on sale from AT&T

By on June 7, 2010 at 2:26 AM.

Palm Pixi Plus on sale from AT&T

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It’s no secret that carriers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have no little faith they’ll be able to snap up a slew of new subs with webOS handsets, but that isn’t stopping them from releasing them. Over the weekend the Palm Pixi Plus went on sale with AT&T. At $50 on contract, the Pixi Plus is a third of the price of its sibling the Pre Plus, but that’s a small amount to pay for the joy sticking out in a sea of Android, Apple and BlackBerry smartphones. More →

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AT&T's Palm Pixi Plus gets unboxed, fondled

By on June 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM.

AT&T's Palm Pixi Plus gets unboxed, fondled

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We have a hard time imaging that AT&T’s Pixi Plus will be met with as much fanfare as its Sprint, or even Verizon, counterparts (yes, we are being cheeky). However, in the event you’ve spent countless, sleepless nights thinking about shoving your dirty little AT&T SIM card into an innocent Pixi, prepare yourself for a special video treat after the jump. More →

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WIND Mobile launches in Vancouver

By on June 3, 2010 at 3:01 AM.

WIND Mobile launches in Vancouver

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Alright, Vancouverites, you’ve been a bunch of good sports politely clapping as WIND Mobile rolled out in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, but your time has finally come. Starting today, much of Metro Vancouver will be transformed into a WIND Home Zone with the flip of a switch by Chairman Tony Lacavera and friend of BGR CEO Ken Campbell. Launch day festivities will kick off at 10am for members of the media, but Joe and Jane Public will be able to hit up the Yaletown store at 11am to get a first-hand glimpse of what WIND’s all about. Just exactly how far WIND’s coverage will reach in Lotus Land we’re not sure, but here’s to hoping that WIND’s outrageous roaming fees won’t bite too many people in the backside. More →

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Dell Streak available in the U.S. next month for $500

By on June 2, 2010 at 6:20 PM.

Dell Streak available in the U.S. next month for $500

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We told those pesky grey marketers that they’d better get a move on if they were hoping to make a few quick bucks importing the Dell Streak into the U.S. Today at D8, Dell announced that it will be bringing its gargantuan 5″ Android smartphone/tablet to the U.S. on or around the end of July. At that time, $500 will get you unlocked Streak complete with a 5″ WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, 16GB of internal memory, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, and 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1. It will be available directly from dell.com More →

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BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Acer Liquid e on sale now from Rogers

By on June 2, 2010 at 12:15 PM.

BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Acer Liquid e on sale now from Rogers

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It’s not surprising since we told you this would be the case, but today Canada’s Rogers Wireless today announced the immediate availability of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Acer Liquid e. While they’re both obviously quite different handsets in that the Liquid e runs Android 2.1 and that the Pearl 3G is, well, a BlackBerry, both are available for $49.99 on contract and $424.99 off. The question is: Do you prefer a BlackBerry with SureType keypad and 3.2 megapixel camera, or Snapdragon-powered Android smartphone with a 5 megapixel camera? Decisions, decisions. More →

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Motorola announces the FLIPOUT with Android 2.1 and enhanced MOTOBLUR

By on June 2, 2010 at 6:46 AM.

Motorola announces the FLIPOUT with Android 2.1 and enhanced MOTOBLUR

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Here it is, folks. Motorola has gotten around to announcing the FLIPOUT, aka that strange and square Motorola smartphone. The big news here apart from its strange, swivel design and 67mm square body and Android 2.1, are the enhancements made to MOTOBLUR. In a nutshell, you’re going to be able to resize widgets, implement filters in your Happenings and Messages widgets, and have access to corporate email. Apart from the modern Android staples of digital compass, Wi-Fi, GPS and 7.2Mbps HSDPA, the FLIPOUT has to its name a 2.8″ QVGA display, 3 megapixel camera and 512MB internal memory. We’re trying to find out processor powers this thing, but we imagine it won’t be anything too special. The Motorola FLIPOUT will be available in Europe sometime this quarter. Hit up the break to check out a trio of videos which show off the FLIPOUT and the changes made to MOTOBLUR. More →

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LG Fathom understood to be available from Verizon

By on May 27, 2010 at 8:29 AM.

LG Fathom understood to be available from Verizon

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Are you a diehard Windows Mobile fans that think Microsoft is making a huge mistake with Windows Phone 7? Than you had better make with $150 post-haste, because one of the last Windows Mobile 6.5 devices you’ll ever see — the LG Fathom — is now available from Verizon. This things been the subject of more than its fair share of leaks, but in case you never caught the memo, you’re looking at a 1GHz processor, 3.2″ WVGA display with haptic feedback, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fib/g/n, GPS, EV-DO Rev. A, 2100MHz 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, and WinMo 6.5.3. More →

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Android-powered Motorola Greco gets specced

By on May 26, 2010 at 12:42 PM.

Android-powered Motorola Greco gets specced

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Thanks to Bluetooth SIG, today we’ve learned about a brand new Android handset from Motorola. Formally known as the XT502, its pals call it the Greco. Running an unspecific version of Android, the Greco is known to have Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, Wi-Fi, aGPS, quad-band EDGE and tri-band HSDPA (850/1900/2100MHz). Now considering the fact the model number starts off with “XT” we’re fairly certain that this phone is headed to China, but the inclusion of AT&T friendly 850 and 1900 MHz 3G means it’s possible we might just see it Stateside.

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Dell Streak gets official in the UK

By on May 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM.

Dell Streak gets official in the UK

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As if resident of the UK didn’t already have a line-up of handsets to chose from that would make even the most reserved American green with envy, today Dell announced that it and O2 will be releasing the Dell Streak in early June. A giant amongst smartphones, the Streak features a 5″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 16GB of internal memory, support for microSD cards up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. To debut with Android 1.6, Dell says the Streak has been “designed with the future in mind” and will be subject to OTA updates which will bring Adobe Flash 10.1, Android 2.2 “Froyo”, and video chat apps to the Streak before the year’s end. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the Dell Streak will be available online and in stores from O2, at Carphone Warehouse, and later “later in the month at Dell.co.uk.” Oh, anyone whose thinking of making an easy buck brining these bad boys over to the US better move fast — it’s coming here “later this summer.” Click through for the press release.

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myTouch 3G Slide coming to T-Mobile on June 2nd… for $180

By on May 20, 2010 at 2:13 PM.

myTouch 3G Slide coming to T-Mobile on June 2nd… for $180

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Today, T-Mobile announced that the fabled myTouch 3G Slide will be available to the masses starting on June 2nd. Despite the fact that the 3G Slide is nowhere near the most advanced Android smartphone on the market, we know for a fact that a lot of readers are really looking forward to picking one up from T-Mo. There is just one problem…for some unknown reason, T-Mobile is going to ask customers to pay in blood $179.99 for the Slide after a $50 MIR. For those of you keeping track — and we know you are — that’s only $20 cheaper than Sprint’s EVO 4G which launches 4 days later for $199.99. The question is: Are we the only ones who think $180 is way too much to pay for the myTouch 3G Slide, or are the folks at T-Mobile smarter than we are? More →

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