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Is Apple preparing an iPad Pro with Mac OS Lion for fall launch? [EDITORIAL]

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I am slowly starting to suspect that Apple is preparing an iPad Pro device, running proper Mac OS. Where do I get that from?

Well, here’s a mental exercise for you. I’m gonna start throwing a bunch of facts and speculations at you and then I’d like to see whether you are not getting the same gut feeling as me. I’m also gonna try and keep it short, alright?

Yesterday, at a press conference announcing Apple’s amazing quarterly results, Peter Oppenheimer, the company’s COO, briefly mentioned there will be a lot going on in the fall and hinted the company had a “future product transition” on the way.

Another bit we took from that conference is that, unsurprisingly, the iPad business is booming. iPad sales are already surpassing Macs in both numbers shipped and in revenue. Apple has a really hot product on their hands. And it makes you wonder – why don’t they expand it even further? Read more »

Sony Ericsson txt pro comes in our office, says it has five best friends

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You may remember Sony Ericsson’s Facebook competition that asked its fans to do video reviews of the txt pro and the Mix Walkman. Today, we have the Sony Ericsson txt pro in our office and we thought we should take it for a quick spin on video too.

The txt pro is an extra tiny phone and it’s got its eye on messaging – and more specifically, social networking messaging. The slide-out QWERTY is more comfortable to use than you might think just by looking at it (it really is quite small), but it adds to the thickness of the phone, pushing it up to 18mm. Read more »

We get our hands on an HTC EVO 3D and guess whether we have the video to prove it

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As one of the hottest devices to hit the market this far into 2011, the HTC EVO 3D has some seriously high expectations to live up to. We managed to get our hands on the U.S. only version of the device, which is sold exclusively from Sprint Wireless, and here are our initial impressions.

In terms of hardware, the HTC EVO 3D is not significantly different from the HTC Sensation save for a couple of things. First, Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray shines its 9.4mm thin droid rays in our office

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Today we’re joined by the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray to talk about small smartphones. It measures just 9.4mm in thickness and the 3.3″ screen makes for a very compact phone overall. Sony Ericsson didn’t skimp on the resolution though – the screen packs 480 x 854 pixels, which means nearly 300ppi pixel density (the iPhone 4′s Retina display has 326ppi).

Aside from low-res screens, small smartphones usually get stuck with an old chipset – that’s not the case with the Xperia ray either. It has a 1GHz CPU and can record 720p video from its 8MP camera. Read more »

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G stops by our office, features in our latest video [VIDEO]

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The Sidekick series of QWERTY phones has been among T-Mobile USA’s bestsellers ever since its launch several years ago. All members of the family have featured a full keyboard which pops out through an unusual mechanism. That’s why, when we got the chance to spend some time with the latest member of the highly successful line, we barely hesitated.

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is a major departure from its predecessors – not in terms of design, but in hardware and OS. While the older Sidekicks were made by Danger or Sharp, featuring a blend of feature and smartphone functionality, the latest one is manufactured by Samsung, packs Android 2.2 Froyo, and quite capable hardware for its price range. Read more »

A Samsung Gravity SMART dropped by our office, here’s a video [VIDEO]

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Samsung has been offering its Gravity line of phones with T-Mobile in the United States for several years now. The devices have been known as affordable, no nonsense feature phones with sliding QWERTY keyboard, mostly oriented towards the younger users who have a thing for text messaging. The latest member of the Gravity family is no different than its predecessors, except one major feature – it is now an Android running smartphone.

The Samsung Gravity SMART does not have a mind-blowing spec sheet Read more »

A few quick impressions on the Samsung Exhibit 4G

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With all the buzz around the Galaxy line of handsets, many people forget that it was cool mid-range handsets with good bang-for-the buck that took Samsung to the top. We managed to spend a bit of quality time with the just released Samsung Exhibit 4G for T-Mobile in the United States, and here come some fresh impressions for you.

The Exhibit 4G is by no means a flagship device, but it was never meant to be one. Its $79.99 price tag puts it in the middle of the T-Mobile Android range and it got most of the hardware of the last year’s Galaxy S. Read more »

Blackberry Bold Touch hands on

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We managed to spend a few precious minutes with the upcoming BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 in New York City. The handset is one of the most anticipated launches this year, and has generated a lot of buzz. Here is our early impression on it.

BlackBerry phones have always been well known for their solid build quality and Read more »

A quick hands-on with the upcoming Toshiba Thrive Android tablet

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The upcoming Toshiba Thrive tablet has certainly generated a lot of buzz both before, and after its official announcement. As a fairly late attendant to the Android Honeycomb party, the device has some serious competition to face. We managed to spend some quality time with the upcoming tablet at an event in New York and we have some early impressions for you.

In terms of build, the 10.1″ device feels quite solid. As far as weight is concerned, Read more »

10-inch tablet battle: Archos 101 G9 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. Apple iPad 2 [TABLE]

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While the sub-9-inchers tablets are fighting over in the other post, over here is a match between the high-rollers – the 10″ tablets. The newcomer, the Archos 101 G9 tablet, is the main interest here as it takes on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Apple iPad 2. While those two stick to 1GHz dual-core CPUs, the Archos shoots for the top with two 1.5GHz cores.

The Archos 101 G9 is also offering an unusual 250GB HDD version, but that adds quite a bit of thickness and weight and, I’m guessing, is a real battery drain. Still, the 101 G9 has some goodies like (gasp!) a standard USB port plus a miniHDMI port, while both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 use a proprietary port. Despite boasting such impressive specs, the Archos 101 G9 is surprisingly modest in price. Read more »

Battle of the sub-9-inch tablets: Archos 80 G9 vs. LG Optimus Pad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 fight [TABLE]

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The newly announced Archos ninth generation tablets made quite a significant impact on the Android world. For one the smaller of them immediately heated up the sub-9-incher battle as it offers an impressive specs sheet at a really attractive price point. To make it easier for you to make up your mind we are putting what we consider to be the three best slates “sweet spot” sales out there and see what’s what.

So we pitted the freshly announced 8-inch Archos 80 G9 against the 3D-shooting 8.9-inch LG Optimus Pad and the slim Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Archos 80 G9 has some interesting tricks up its sleeve like a 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and an optional 250GB HDD. The LG Optimus Pad on the other hand can shoot 3D videos and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 boasts seriously good looks and a gorgeous screen. Read more »

Exclusive: Watch two Nokia N9 do the NFC tango in a file transferring hug

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Yup, we got it, folks! We got our hands on a shiny new Nokia N9. Even better, we’ve got two of them and they were more than happy to showcase the magic of the instant Bluetooth file connection via NFC.

Nokia N9 NFC

Now watch carefully, as it all happens in the blink of an eye. Read more »

Watch Nokia’s hands-on video of the new N9 and the story behind its design

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Shortly after the announcement of the N9 images and videos of the phone started floating around on the Internet but the one we were looking for has just come out.

We are talking about the hands-on video of the device, where we will get to see how the phone actually performs outside of promotional content. We also have a video from Nokia where they talk about the design story of the N9 and how it is all based on one simple gesture: swipe. So join us after the break in watching both these videos. Read more »

LG Optimus Pad makes a stop at our office, as usual we shoot a video

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The Optimus Pad is the weapon to help LG battle into the recently started Honeycomb tablet war. Besides its 8.9-inch display, Tegra2 chipset and 32GB internal storage, the Optimus Pad has a secret trump card.

That’s right. We are speaking about that dual 5 megapixel camera at the back capable of recording 720p 3D videos. Later you can watch them with a pair of standard red-cyan glasses. Read more »

HTC ChaCha pays us a visit, we offer you to see our first dance on video

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Compact bar plus QWERTY keyboard plus Android 2.3 Gingerbread plus HTC Sense plus Facebook key equals HTC ChaCha. This is the shortest possible equation to describe one of our new guest today – the socially-oriented HTC ChaCha.

It’s a good looking and quite capable little droid with a great landscape QWERTY keyboard. We have to admit it’s the first HTC smartphone in a long time to break the line of boring designs. Read more »