WSJ: Apple iPad 2 in production already; thinner, lighter, faster

By on February 8, 2011 at 10:10 PM.

WSJ: Apple iPad 2 in production already; thinner, lighter, faster

According to the Wall Street Journal‘s sources, Apple’s next iPad is already in production. People “familiar with the matter” have chimed in and claimed that the new iPad will be much thinner and lighter than the existing model. That’s not all as it looks like a front-facing video camera will make its way to the device, if you didn’t believe it already. Topping the list? More memory (1GB of RAM, we’d wager) and a more powerful graphics processor. Unfortunately it seems the display won’t be changing much as far as the resolution is concerned as it’s being reported to be the same 1024×768 resolution. Last but not least, it’s claimed that the new iPad will be available on AT&T and Verizon Wireless, though T-Mobile and Sprint won’t have the honor of retailing the tablet. More →

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Samsung Continuum hands on

By on November 8, 2010 at 8:20 PM.

Samsung Continuum hands on

We just grabbed some hands on time with Samsung’s latest device to debut on Verizon Wireless, and here are some of our initial thoughts. First off, the build quality on the Continuum seems solid — definitely a notch better than the Samsung Captivate and Samsung Vibrant. The device still feels a bit plasticky and a tad light, but again, it’s better than what Samsung has put out in the recent past. The screen is fantastic. It’s a Super AMOLED display with separate “ticker” display below, though there aren’t actually two displays on there. The four menu buttons are basically silkscreened over the display, which breaks it up into two separate sections. Software then controls the main section and the ticker section, and they can work independently of each other. Pretty cool, huh? Lastly, the grip sensor. There’s a capacitive layer on the edge of the handset and as soon as you pick it up (or even just touch it), the ticker display lights up and is fully functional while the main display stays dormant.

The raw specs of the Samsung Continuum are as follows: 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 384MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 3.4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED main display, 1.8-inch (96 x 480) Super AMOLED “ticker” display, 3G EV-DO Rev. A, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + ERD, 2GB internal storage, 8GB micro-SD card included (expandable up to 32GB), 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, 3G hotspot capable, DLNA capable, Android 2.1, and the SWYPE keyboard is pre-installed. We have our hands on gallery with the Continuum below followed by the press release.


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MacBook Air refresh to tout 8-10 hour battery, cost only $999?

By on October 18, 2010 at 2:29 PM.

MacBook Air refresh to tout 8-10 hour battery, cost only $999?

A refresh of the now aged MacBook Air line is almost a foregone conclusion at this point, with Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event scheduled to take place later this week. Now, more purported specs are making the rounds by way of Cult of Mac, and they definitely look appealing.  According to the blog’s sources, here are some highlights from the new Air models:

  • 11.6-inch model starting at $999, 13.3-inch model starting as low as $1,100
  • 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz processor options
  • 8-10 hours of battery life (vs. a “claimed” 5 hours in the current model)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
  • Upgradeable RAM (2 GB base) and SSD options
  • New thinner case design
  • An SD card slot, two USB ports, standard MagSafe port and Mini DisplayPort

Apple fans have been waiting for what seems like an eternity to see a true MacBook Air refresh and if these specs make their way from rumor to reality, the wait might just be worth it. Especially at those price points. More →

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 hands on!

By on September 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 hands on!

Our friendly FedEx guy just dropped off a present for us — the BlackBerry Bold 9780, replacing the Bold 9700 sometime in the next month or so. As far as the physical changes, well, the device features a glossy jet black bezel, with everything else outside staying the same. We leaked an internal document highlighting the changes in the Bold 9780, and we can confirm that the device seems to be using an updated CPU, even if the clock speed is around 624MHz. The phone boots up very fast, even faster than our regular 9700 with OS 6. The 512MB of RAM in the handset leaves around 300MB free at device start up, and like we said before, OS 6 really works great on a non-touch device overall. We have a boot up comparison video of the current BlackBerry Bold 9700 with the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9780 side by side as well as photos if you want to get your viewing on. It’s all past the break, folks! More →

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BlackBerry Storm 2 refresh gets a model number, 9570

By on September 22, 2010 at 9:48 AM.

BlackBerry Storm 2 refresh gets a model number, 9570

It’s getting a little clearer now… We reported that the Storm 2 would be getting a follow up device that is very, very similar to the existing model. What is looking almost confirmed now, is that the follow up device is a Storm 2 refresh and not the BlackBerry Storm 3. A new leaked OS screen shot seems to confirm this by showing off a model number of 9570. If that sounds familiar, its because the current model number for the existing Storm 2 is 9550. It appears RIM really needs OS 6 to run on a minimum of 512MB of RAM, and a quick hardware refresh will buy some time while the company prepares and finalizes their next OS strategy in addition to having slightly better hardware on the market. More →

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BlackBerry Bold R020 internal overview, replaces BlackBerry Bold 9700

By on August 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM.

BlackBerry Bold R020 internal overview, replaces BlackBerry Bold 9700

You’d think that RIM would be replacing highest-end product with a brand new device, right? Well, previous rumors suggested that the BlackBerry Bold 9700 would get nothing more than a simple refresh, and we’re able to confirm those rumors. We have a leaked internal document detailing all sorts of fun stuff. Market positioning, technical overviews, and a bunch more. The big picture view? The BlackBerry Bold R020 (9020? 9750? 9780? We’re just guessing) will be practically identical to the 9700 visually. Internal changes include a 5 megapixel camera sensor, and 512MB of RAM up from 256MB. It will also launch with BlackBerry 6 — obviously. We’d love to say there is more, but there isn’t, so check out the leaked document and let us know your thoughts, ok?

Click on over to our BlackBerry Bold R020 overview gallery!

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Leaked Windows Phone 7 smartphone from HTC: 4.5" Super AMOLED display and 1.5GHz processor

By on July 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM.

Leaked Windows Phone 7 smartphone from HTC: 4.5" Super AMOLED display and 1.5GHz processor

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As with any leak, we suggest you approach this with a healthy amount of skepticism, but if a post made to PConline is to be believed, this upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset from HTC — the HD3 — is going to be an absolute beast. We mean, take a look at the purported specs:

  • 4.5″ WXGA Super AMOLED multi-touch display
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 1080p HD playback
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
  • 3G / 4G connectivity
  • 32GB microSD support
  • 1GB RAM / 1GB ROM
  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 1800 mAh battery
  • 115mm x 65mm x 10mm

Like we said, this is strictly a rumor, but how great would it be if it all came true?

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Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread gets detailed

By on June 30, 2010 at 12:25 PM.

Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread gets detailed

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It’s no secret that the next delicious chapter in Android will be made out of Gingerbread, but until today we didn’t have much of an idea about its ingredients. Thanks to Russian mobile guru Eldar Murtazin, we believe we now know. First and foremost, it’s important to note that Android 3.0 is designed exclusively for high-end devices. For the foreseeable future, everything else will advance no further than 2.1 or 2.2. As much as that might rub people the wrong way, there’s a very good reason behind it: 3.0 has a strict set of hardware requirement that must be met. Specifically we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and a minimum display size of 3.5″ (presumably WVGA). If a manufacturer wants to build a Shaq-sized phone with display in excess of 4″, resolutions of up to 1280×760 will be supported. Curious to know what 3.0 will look like? Thanks to Google’s actually paying attention to updating the UI, 3.0 will expand upon the UI seen in the Photo Gallery on the Nexus One. That is definitely a redesign we don’t take issue with. Excited? Well you should be, but apparently you’re going to have to sit tight a while as Android 3.0 Gingerbread is said to be headed towards an announcement on or around the 15th or 16th of October, with the first handsets going on sale in time for Christmas. More →

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Apple iPhone 4 gets torn apart

By on June 23, 2010 at 8:21 AM.

Apple iPhone 4 gets torn apart

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We weren’t the only ones to get an iPhone 4 early — iFixIt just released one of their famous teardowns, and while nothing is really new, we do have confirmation on some of the bigger points:

  • RAM is confirmed to be 512MB compared to 256MB in the iPad and iPhone 3GS
  • The two screws on the bottom allow removal of the back glass plate, not the front LCD as with previous models
  • The battery, while not user accessible, is easily replaceable — and huge!
  • The entire from LCD assembly will require replacement if damaged. On earlier models people would buy either the LCD or digitizer separately and adhere them together, but with Apple’s new manufacturing process, this won’t really be possible
  • The integration of cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios into the case assembly is “genius”. We agree

So, interested in checking out some more shots of the iPhone 4′s insides? Couple more photos after the jump, and hit iFixIt for the rest! More →

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Apple iPhone 4 to include 512MB of RAM

By on June 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM.

Apple iPhone 4 to include 512MB of RAM

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While current Android handsets and Windows Mobile phones of yore boast of their prowess, by proclaiming the heftiness of their internal RAM, Apple has been silent on the internal memory included within the various generations of the iPhone. Both the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G shipped with a meager 128MB RAM while the 3GS doubled that capacity with a respectable 256MB. The iPhone 4 was presumed to share the same 256MB capacity; a teardown analysis of a leaked prototype uncovered a 256MB DRAM from Samsung. Prototypes may provide a glimpse of an upcoming product, but their specs are not always written in stone. According to information disclosed by Apple at a WWDC session last week, the latest version of the iPhone will not feature 256MB of RAM, but will instead boast 512MB of RAM. 512MB sounds good to us. How about you? More →

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T-Mobile myTouch 3G relaunched, now called myTouch 3G

By on February 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G relaunched, now called myTouch 3G

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Yeah, T-Mobile didn’t exactly get sexy with naming the myTouch 3G refresh, but hey, with a name so horrible from the beginning, we guess we can’t ask for much. While the name stays the same, the refreshed myTouch 3G definitely brings the slowly-aging device up a notch or two. Here’s a recap of the specifications for the new model:

  • 3.5mm headset jack and updated music player
  • More memory, with 288MB of RAM and an included 8GB microSD card
  • Swype soft keyboard
  • Preloaded applications including Barcode Scanner, Music Player, myAccount and Visual Voicemail

The new device is available starting today in T-Mobile locations as well as telesales for $149.99 with a new two year activation, and comes in both white and black color options. Merlot never had a chance. More →

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T-Mobile G1 on a starch and sugar-free diet?

By on August 17, 2009 at 5:02 PM.

T-Mobile G1 on a starch and sugar-free diet?

This is pretty interesting even if it doesn’t apply to you (you’re not a T-Mobile G1 owner): apparently since the T-Mobile’s G1 internal flash memory is so puny, any OS updates after Cupcake (1.5) simply won’t fit. That means besides for some possible security updates, little fixes here and there, the T-Mobile G1 is a wrap as far as new software from an operating system perspective is concerned.

What’s even more interesting is how Google-branded HTC devices differ in memory compared to straight HTC Android smartphones. Besides any licensing restrictions as far as the Google name is concerned, the reason why HTC’s Sense UI won’t be coming to Google devices is that the built in RAM is much lower than HTC phones. Anyone willing to bet that the HTC Dream will be upgradable beyond Android 1.5 and Google devices again get the short end of the stick?

Just a theory, though…

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Verizon Touch Pro unboxing and first impressions

By on November 26, 2008 at 8:03 AM.

Verizon Touch Pro unboxing and first impressions

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Today the HTC Touch from Verizon is making its way into the hands of the people. Surprise, surprise, one arrived on our doorstep as well and we did a quick unboxing for you! The Verizon Touch Pro differs a bit from its Sprint, Alltel and AT&T cousins. The Verizon version has a different keyboard layout that features a top row of numbers and directional arrows whose location breaks up the letters on the keyboard. The up arrow falls right in between the “n” and the “m” key. No, seriously. This does make it a little difficult to type at first but we found that we got used to it rather quickly. The Verizon Touch Pro also has a flat back cover instead of the faceted diamond style cover that is seen in the Fuze. Unfortunately, our concerns about the Touch Pro being crippled have been confirmed. The device does ship with only 192MB RAM which gets eaten up pretty quickly. The OS takes up 78.71MB, other startup programs and TouchFlo 3D takes up another 67.68MB, leaving you with a mere 45.60MB left for your own applications! Yes, we know that it is more RAM than is found on the xv6800 but still 192MB instead of 288MB is a bit disappointing.

The other disappointing, but not surprising, revelation is that the GPS appears to be locked down to VZ Navigator. We installed Google Maps and it just searched and searched for a GPS satellite connection. It finally gave up and told us that “Your GPS receiver is having trouble tracking GPS satellites”. No worries, though, as the folks over at XDA developers are probably already hard at work trying to unlock the GPS for us. The one good piece of news is that phone includes both an accelerometer (rumored to have been absent) and Wi-Fi. Overall, the device is still an improvement over the xv6800 but with its dumbed down specs, you cant help but focus on what you are missing and overlook all the good things you have. It is like eating cake without the frosting. It still tastes good but you know it could have been so much better. Definitely check out our unboxing gallery, but not before you hit the jump for some screenshots showing the Device Information and the GPS failure.

Click on over to our Verizon Wireless HTC Touch Pro unboxing gallery!

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