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New Acer Tablet Hits U.S. Shelves

Acer’s Iconia tablet has just hit shelves for many US retailers with a price tag of $329.99 (8GB) and $349.99 (16GB).  The tablet will be running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb.  Although it hit US shelves, consumers in Canda will unfortunatly have to wait until next month.  Sorry guys.

The new tablet from Acer packs a punch with a 1GHz Nvidia dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and a 7 inch touch screen display (1024×600 resolution).  The Iconia also has a 2 megapixel front facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with an LED flash and support for video calls.  The cameras also support 720p HD video recording. Other features on the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microHDMI, and even a port for a docking station.  Physical features include the standard 3.5mm headphone jack,  a microUSB 2.0 port, and an auto rotate sensor.

The device will be available in two different sizes (8GB and 16GB) but it will be expandable to 32GB with use of a microSD card.

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HTC Tablet leaked!

Earlier today, some specs from HTC’s upcoming tablet known to be the “Flyer” were leaked to the public including the screen size, resolution and, processor.

To start off, the HTC Flyer looks oddly similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab with it having a 7 inch touch screen and 1024×600 screen resolution that will all be controlled by using a stylus.  The Flyer will also be running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have 1GB of RAM.  It will also be running on Android 2.3 rather than Honeycomb (Android 2.3).

Physical features look decent on the device. It will have HDMI capabilities and also both a front and rear facing camera.  The front is 1.3mp while the rear is 3mp but has a flash.

That’s the end to the leaked specs.  Doesn’t look like this device will be much of a “threat” to other company’s upcoming tablets but still always nice to have options to choose from.

Samsung’s iPod Competition

It has been announced that Samsung will be revealing their own mp3 player based on their Galaxy S phones in order to compete with Apple’s iPod touch at CES next week. The mp3 player looks very similar to the Galaxy S phone but of course will not actually have the phone capabilities. However, it will be running on Android 2.2.

Not much is known about the device yet but reports say that it will be 9.9mm wide with a 4 inch LCD touch screen display.  Besides running on Android 2.2, the device will have a 1GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD video playback.  It of course will have         Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS capabilities and an expandable MicroSD card slot.  And like all Android devices, you will be able to purchase and download apps from the market.

So not much is know yet, but from what is, it looks to be a great competitor to the iPod Touch and the Zune HD.  In my mind, it looks like Samsung is catching on to Apple’s selling techniques with a competitor to the iPhone, iPad, and now iPod.  What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Samsung Continuum hands on

Not too long ago, I made a blog about Verizon’s newest Galaxy S phone, the Samsung Continuum and they were nice enough to send me out a demo unit.  Below are the unboxing and review videos from my YouTube channel.

 

Google laptop still known…or is it

So as you all know, Google had its big announcement on Tuesday about their new laptop and operating system, ChromeOS. Unfortunately,  Google decided to recall this and made the decision to not release this till some time mid 2011.  Never the less, prototypes have been sent out to certain people and companies and they have made vague reviews on the new google laptop, the Google CR-48.

Although not too much is known about the laptop, the basic features of it are.  The laptop itself looks like a old black MacBook except it has no product logos or stickers anywhere on it making it very plain and non-appealing. The CR-48 is said to be very light and will have a 12.1″ display screen.

The memory on the laptop is unknown for now but by looking at how fast the CR-48 starts up, 15 seconds to get to the login, we can probably predict that there is a good amount of memory in there. From what, these reviewers have said in their posts and videos about this new laptop, it seems to be very plain. Their “operating system” is pretty much the Google Chrome browser but with some apps here and there. When the system starts up, all there is is Chrome’s browsers with 9 apps. There is a getting started app, two games (poppit, and Entanglement), YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, the Chrome web store, and a note taking app called Scratchpad.

To me, the Google CR-48 looks to be a big disappointment.  Plain looking laptop with a plain looking display and operating system.  But I guess it’s still a prototype so who knows what the final product will look like!

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New Google Nexus S is here!

Earlier today, the new Google phone, the Nexus S,  was launched.  It seems as though many people were surprised that it was announced in only a simple blog post. Many, including me, thought the phone would be announced on December 7th when Google releases its first operating system, ChromeOS. Never the less, the phone is here and will be available for purchase at your local BestBuy store for $529 or $199 with a new T-Mobile two-year contract.

The phone itself will have a 4 inch Super AMOLED touch screen.  With a 800×400 screen resolution. This itself is a difference as that many of today’s smartphones have only a 3.5 inch screen.  But anyways, the phone will also include a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. There will also be a 3.5mm headphone jack for all of your music listening needs.

As for inside the phone, the Nexus S will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1GHz processor making this the first phone to have/run on Android 2.3.   Besides this, the Nexus S will come with 16GB of flash memory and will come installed with Adobe Flash.  The phone, like other smartphones, will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS on it as well as all of the apps your heart could possibly desire.

Overall the Nexus S looks to be a good phone.  I think that people were expecting a lot more but none the less, it looks pretty good.

What are your thoughts? Comment below.

Samsung Fascinate Unboxing with review

Hey guys, this is just an update to my Samsung Fascinate post because last week, I received the phone and I will be doing a unboxing video and a full review on my youtube channel.  The videos will be below, check them out!

Internet Explorer best browser out?

Earlier today, Microsoft announced the beta version of the brand new Internet Explorer 9. The browser has been said to be made to bring Microsoft back into the “best web browser” race,

Thing is, that although it may be a huge upgrade from older versions of Internet Explorer, the new features on the web browser are basically to catch up with today’s more popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

The main thing that users will notice about IE9 is the new interface.  It is a lot less cluttered and is very similar to Chrome’s interface which seems to be the “popular” look for browsers now. Also, a lot of the menu icons have been combined into a tools menu. The one thing that people seem to not like about IE9 is that the address bar and the tabs are placed on the same line.  When working on multiple pages at a time, this bar can become extremely crowded causing everything to become tight.

There are many other small differences added to this new version of Internet Explorer but all-in-all this was just a way for Microsoft to catch up with other browser making companies.

What do you guys think of the new Internet Explorer?

New HTC Android smartphone leaked!!

The FCC leaked photos of the newest HTC Android smartphone today.  The phone is said to be heading towards Verizon when it is finally released.  So Verizon users, get excited.

The phone itself looks like it will be pretty good looking.  It will have dual 3G modems along with Wi-Fi capability.  The phone will also have a 4 inch touch screen and expandable internal memory for maximum storage.

Although the iPhone is leading in the smartphone race right now, Android phones are catching up quickly and this new device should definitely help boost Android’s standings.

Sorry that this is such a short post, but that’s all I know about the phone so far. Stay tuned for updates.

Boost Mobile steps up to the plate with the Samsung Sleek…or does it

Samsung and Boost Mobile has recently announced the release their newest phone, the Samsung Seek.  This is something new for Boost Mobile.  It is their first touch screen and slide out phone (slide out QWERTY keboard).  It became available on Boost Mobile’s website and selected stores on August 25th for $149.

The Seek has a 2.6 inch touch screen with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution.  The phone also includes Bluetooth, GPS, social networking sites, and email/instant messaging.  The part of the Seek the seems to drive customers away is the pathetic camera built in.  The Seek has a 1.3 megapixel camera.  To be some what nice, I give props to Samsung because it is pretty hard to find any phone on the market that has less than a 2 megapixel camera.  Besides that, the phone also supports up to 32GB of internal storage which is a must for the built in music player.

In my opinion, this phone is a little bit caught in the past.  Besides the touch screen and the ability to access internet, there are not too many things about the phone that seem to compare with other phones that recently came out, even the failure of a phone Dell Aero seems to beat it in a contest. The main things that turned me away from the Seek is the small screen and the extremely low quality camera.

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.