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Samsung Galaxy Tab comes by the office, the hands-on video awaits you

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The first Samsung Android-running tablet is up for review and a quick hands-on video is due. The Galaxy Tab is certainly among the most interesting devices of the year and we felt like we should give you a heads up of what to expect. In addition to our IFA preview, that is.

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Ovi Store on the rise, welcomes 200 000 new members each day

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The Ovi Store was suffering a bit of a crisis at the beginning of the year with its downloads standing still in a moment when all the competitors were taking huge leaps forward. But apparently Nokia managed to put its app distribution service back on the right track as the store is now welcoming 200 000 new members each day.

Other encouraging numbers are the 2.3 million downloads per day and the 70 developers who have already passed the 1 million mark. Read more »

LG GT540 Optimus 2.1 (Éclair) update goes live, screenshots inside

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LG seems more focused on Windows Phone 7 than Android recently but it doesn’t mean they have forgotten about their Google OS devices. In fact they just released the official Android 2.1 update for what seems to be their most successful handset this year, the LG GT540 Optimus.

LG Optimus gets Android 2.1

It’s only available for the handset in the Baltic region at this stage so the rest of the world will have to wait a while longer. Or they could take matters in their own hands and use a third party tool to flash their handsets with that Baltic ROM. Read more »

BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 pays us a visit, we rush to give you an unboxing video

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We had a short break but now we are restarting our series of unboxing videos of the handsets we get for a review. Next up is the Pearl 3G 9105 in all its BlackBerry goodness.

It’s hardly as cool as the Torch 9800, which we reviewed last week, but the little fella certainly has a charm of its own. Read more »

RIM says their QNX tablet UI will replace BlackBerry OS in the future

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Remember that hot tablet OS that RIM revealed the other day along with their PlayBook tablet? You know, the one that looked so colorful and user-friendly and so not BlackBerry?

Well it turns out that the company has some big plans for it, so big in fact that they stretch outside the tablet realm. Read more »

BlackBerry Playbook announced – the dual-core tablet to rule them all

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RIM might be having a bit of hard time adapting their smartphones to the rapidly changing market but it might turn out that it’s all because they have been focusing their efforts elsewhere. The company just entered the tablet market with a bang, announcing their 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook, running a new BlackBerry Tablet OS.

Coming with a SVGA (1024 x 600 pixels) multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, the PlayBook is the first tablet to sport a dual-core 1GHz CPU. And it makes quite good use of it too – both the front-facing and the primary camera of the device are capable of recording full HD video (yeap, that’s sweet 1080p footage) and on board the PlayBook has what RIM calls “true multitasking”. And with 1GB of RAM you are unlikely to have “out of memory” issues either. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab Official Demo video is here to show you what the tablet is all about

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Okay, okay, I know this isn’t as good as trying it in person, but, at least for the next few days, that’s all we get. Samsung just published an official demo video, showing their Android-running tablet performance and cool features.

According to Samsung the purpose of the video is to objectively present the key features of the Galaxy Tab so no “graphic effects” (I’m not sure that’s exactly what they meant) have been applied. Anyway this video should give you an excellent idea of what the Galaxy Tab real-life performance will be like.
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Triple-core 1.5GHz Marvel CPU amazes the smartphone world

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Because even the most powerful hardware currently available on the market can’t hold a candle to what Marvel just announced. So unless you want to start seriously hating your current smartphone I suggest you stop reading now.

No, I’m kidding, of course, read further down for more info.
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Make way, Panasonic introduces 18MP touch-driven GH2 and a 3D lens to go with it

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Oh, boy, is this year’s Photokina good! Panasonic is the next big player to make a major announcement at the interchangeable lens camera front. The Panasonic DMC-GH2 belongs to the Micro Four Thirds gang and packs a new 18MP multi-aspect sensor, which produces 16MP shots.

The Panasonic GH2 also offers full HD video capture and manual video shooting controls plus a sweet 460k dot tilt-and-swivel 3-inch touchscreen with smoother Live View thanks to the doubled live stream framerate. Read more »

Sigma announces SD1 flagship DSLR, 46MP of Foveon goodness

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At the start of Photokina show Sigma announced their new SD1 flagship DSLR. And by the looks of it, it might be the next big thing in photography. Packing a new 46 MP APS-C Foveon sensor the camera promises to deliver so much detail that you’ll never be temped to look back.

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Nokia E7, C7 and C6-01 8 megapixel cameras are fixed focus only! Are they kidding us?

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Now who saw that one coming? When Nokia announced the C6-01, C7 and E7 everyone was so excited about their HD-capable 8 megapixel shooters that the fact that they lack of autofocus somehow slipped away even from our usual scrutiny.

Bummer! Photography might not be all about macro shots but still a good percentage of all shots are from distances shorter than 1 meter. And as it turns out the C7 will be unable to deliver in those cases. The E7 and C6-01 are quoted to have 50 cm as its closest focus distance but it still doesn’t come anywhere near true autofocus. Read more »

New Nokia N8 camera samples are here, ready to blow up your mind

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Straight from the Nokia World 2010 show floor here comes a bunch of photos created with the Nokia N8 that might seriously shake you up. Or at least if you are one of those guys who thought mobile phones will never match digicams for image quality.

Prepare to be seriously impressed and check out some of those shots. Read more »

Toshiba Folio 100 hands-on, video inside

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Toshiba are the latest manufacturer to enter the tablet race with their 10″ Folio 100 Android-powered slate. We had a chance to check it out live at the IFA floor and here come our first impressions of the arguably best spec’d tablet we have seen so far.

Toshiba Folio 100 at a glance:

  • Size: 281mm x 181mm x 14mm
  • Weight: 760g
  • CPU: NVIDIA® TegraTM 2
  • Display:10.1″ capacitive multi-touch display with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels
  • OS:Based on Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Storage: 16 GB, expandable through the SD/MMC card slot
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, mini HDMI, USB 2.0 (including host mode)
  • Other features: Adobe Flash Player 10.1, accelerometer, 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Battery life: 7 hours (65% web browsing, 10% video playback, 25% standby)

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AMOLED-packing Samsung NX100 caught in the wild, a new 20-50mm lens shows up too

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The first mirror-less Samsung cameras didn’t exactly blow the big players out of the water but they certainly were a decent effort. But that obviously isn’t good enough for the Koreans, as a new NX camera is just around the corner.

The first photos of the Samsung NX100 just appeared online and we have a few nice specs to go with them. Read more »

Viewsonic joins the slate party, announces the 7-inch Froyo-loving ViewPad

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Viewsonic is the next manufacturer to join the tablet race with the announcement of the 7-inch ViewPad 7. Running on the latest reincarnation of the Android OS – 2.2 Froyo – the new tablet hold a regular SIM card and promises full 3G and phone functionality.

Bluetooth is also on board, as well as a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi and a GPS receiver. USB is also supported and the tablet has full access to the Android market. Read more »