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Apple iPad 2 and Nintendo 3DS land in Europe, ready to hit the stores at 5pm

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Today is a big day for the old continent. The Apple iPad 2 and Nintendo 3DS have just hit the shelves. Huge lines, stock shortages and online shipping delays of up to four weeks mark the iPad launch day. The iGadget also premieres in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand.

The Nintendo 3DS launch also caused huge lines of impatient fans looking to get the popular console. Read more »

Asus shows bad taste in a new Eee Pad Transformer tablet ad

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Asus has made an ad for their upcoming Eee Pad Transformer and it looks surprisingly… bad. It’s based on the popular Big Bang Theory TV series and consists of dorky humor, 70s hair styles and a “I know where this is going before it’s happened” plotline. The actors also use the word “product” one too many times.

The Eee Pad Transformer itself is being released today in Taiwan and in the US in April. It will have Android 3.0 Honeycomb preinstalled, 10.1-inch 1280×800 display and a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor inside. By the way, pictured above is the real cast of The Big Bang Theory, not the fake ones from the Asus ad. Read more »

Google keeps Honeycomb source code tight to chest, doesn’t like phones getting it

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Google’s obviously reluctant to release the source code of Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the public. The company has just announced its decision.

This may come as a shock to many developers and users alike. But the logic behind this move is Read more »

RIM adds Android apps support to the BlackBerry PlayBook, makes it look like a winner

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The BlackBerry PlayBook just got a whole lot hotter. The tablet was already looking like a pretty sweet deal with its incredibly user-friendly UI and the serious stuff that was going on under its hood, but the lack of apps looked like it might hold it back.

With Android and iOS already in the hundreds of thousands, the PlayBook looked doomed to be relegated to the role of an also-ran. Fortunately, RIM seems to have found a cure to this issue, making its tablet look like a winner from the very beginning. Apparently, the slate will be supporting native BlackBerry and Android apps, giving it an easy access to the goodies offered by developers in both App markets. Read more »

Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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The tablet wars have just heated up immensely and we might be on the verge of an explosion right now, as Samsung has just revealed its two new weapons – the refreshed Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. We already told you what they are all about and now comes the time for the big question – how do they compare to the new tablet blockbuster – the iPad 2?

A couple of weeks ago, Samsung’s CEO said that he feels the Galaxy Tab 10.1 felt “inadequate” to the newly released iPad 2 and that some changes needed to take place, one of which was the pricing. I can only say bravo to Samsung for making such radical of a changes in such a short period of time. They actually managed to make the new Tabs even thinner than the iPad 2, measuring at just 8.6mm thickness. Read more »

HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G for Sprint announced, are the Flyer and the Pyramid on steroids

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The CTIA hasn’t officially begun just yet but we are already bombarded with announcements. Now we have a 3D-capable HTC smartphone and a version of their tablet, headed to US carrier Sprint.

These are the HTC Flyer slate, renamed to HTC EVO View 4G and the HTC EVO 3D, which is pretty much the rumored Pyramid with 3D capabilities. Read more »

T-Mobile G-Slate pricing announced, $529.99 after rebate with 2-year contract. Wait, what?!

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The 3D shooting, 3D viewing T-Mobile G-Slate tablet showed up at CTIA to announce its price and remind people that it’s coming. The T-Mobile G-Slate (a version of the LG Optimus Pad) has two cameras to capture 3D photos and videos and can display them on its 8.9” screen (glasses are required though).

So, how much would T-Mobile and LG ask for the G-Slate, keeping in mind its Tegra 2 internals, 32GB built-in memory and 4G (HSPA+ really) connectivity? Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 specs leak as announcement nears

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I bet every tablet-loving gadget fan has been anticipating this one from day one. Well, most of you, anyway. Ever since the first “What’s your tab life?” teaser hit the web, we have been waiting to see what this new Samsung tablet is all about.

Well now that we are only a few hours away from its official announcement we can confirm most of its key specs. Now the 8.9″ display is an obvious one for the Galaxy Tab, but the really great WXGA resolution (that’s 1280×800 pixels, in case you are wondering) comes as a nice bonus. This’s 30% more pixels than the iPad 2 has and the same as its bigger brother – Galaxy Tab 10.1. Read more »

Archos gen 9 tablets to come in June with 1.6 GHz dual-core CPUs, 3G and Honeycomb for 400 euro

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For such a minor manufacturer Archos certainly brings plenty of innovation to the table. The Archos 70 and 101 tablets were pretty exciting already with their slim waistlines and remarkable feature to price ratio, but it seems the best is still to come.

The company has just released some details about its upcoming ninth generation tablets and those look like some pretty powerful beasts. For one, they will be packing 1.6 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPUs, which is 60% better than what the current best (think iPad 2 and XOOM) have to offer. Read more »

iPad 2 vs. iPad – a performance test captured on video

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The iPad 2 has finally settled in our office. Since the performance is the key feature on the new iPad we were curious how faster the iPad 2 is. The only way to see that is to put the first and second gen tablets head to head and see what happens.

We preloaded both iPads with absolutely the same content, enabled the multi-touch gestures, closed all active apps from the multi-tasking bar and started tapping some icons.

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Apple to revamp MobileMe, make it free and integrate it in iOS 5

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Apple announced the death to MobileMe as we knew it a few weeks ago and speculations about the future of the service haven’t stopped ever since. This latest rumor just came in and it says MobileMe is going to become free and get deep iOS integration.

The iLounge source claims that Apple will turn MobileMe into a free cloud-based service for photos, videos, and music service, which sounds pretty cool to us. Read more »

AT&T drops the 64GB Apple iPad Wi-Fi+3G price to $530, 16GB Wi-Fi+3G goes for $430

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Bargain-hunters please proceed this way. AT&T has just started offering the previous-generation Apple tablet for a substantially reduced price. You can get the 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G Apple iPad for $530, which is good $200, cheaper than its previous price. The 16GB 3G-enabled version is also discounted at $430.

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iPad 2 pays us a visit, spreads its magic all around

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Apple iPad 2 has just landed in our office. As usual we took it for a quick spin, played a bit with it and made some pictures and videos. We are ready to show you all of that right now.

The iPad 2 is currently available only in the USA and will make its European premiere in a few days. Quite expectedly, the tablet is already out of stock everywhere in the States and the online orders ship or will ship with tremendous delay. Read more »

The Wi-Fi iPad 2 gets a GPS signal, once you hook it up with iPhone 4, what do you know

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It turns out that the new iPad 2 can act as a SatNav unit, even without having a GPS receiver inside. All you need is an iPhone 4 with the latest iOS 4.3 and enabled hot-spot functionality.

Besides transmitting its data connection to the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2, the iPhone 4 new hotspot functionality can actually sends GPS information to its larger sibling as well. So in theory, if you’re not sure whether to get a Wi-Fi or 3G- Wi-Fi combo version of the iPad 2, this knocks one consideration from the list. You can actually use it as a dedicated big-screen GPS unit, even though there’s no GPS chip inside. Read more »

Wi-Fi-only Motorola XOOM now official, can be yours on 27 March for $600

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At this point the existence of a Wi-Fi-only version of the Motorola XOOM will hardly raise any eyebrows, it has leaked plenty of times. However the pricing and availability details that came with the official announcement are more than welcome.

Now the good news is that the budget-minded version of the XOOM is less than 10 days away – Motorola says it should hit the shelves on 27th March. Read more »