Archive for August, 2006

Sprint Is Quietly Selling the Treo 700wx at Palm Retail Store

Sprint Is Quietly Selling the Treo 700wx at Palm Retail Store

Gadgetsonthego.net just confirmed that the Palm Retail Store in LA is indeed selling the Sprint Treo 700wx! They don’t take orders over the phone, so if you absolutely must have the Windows version of the Treo, then either book a flight or beg someone you know in LA to get one for you. The price is $649.00.

Palm Retail Store The Grove
West Los Angeles, CA 323.692.0600

In other news, CrunchGear (via Shadowmite) just posted a side-by-side comparison video of the Sprint 700wx and the 700w from Verizon. They have the same connectors on the bottom; same keypad layout and the side buttons are the same. However, the 700wx is a bit more responsive and has more than double the program memory! Lastly, the mail program is missing all together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlKaIRSVrbk...

Tech Faith UBiQUiO 501 Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY Keyboard

Tech Faith UBiQUiO 501 Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY Keyboard

Here we go again, another Windows Mobile device that may never see the light of day; not to mention a really odd name that I can’t seem to pronounce. Unlike the Nokia E61, Motorola Q and other smartphones, the UBiQUiO 501 sports a 2.5-inch QVGA touch screen, allowing stylus control of menus and programs. This Pocket PC Phone has a lot going for it, such as Bluetooth 1.2 with support for A2DP, WiFi 802.11b/g, GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz, 64MB of internal memory, a microSD slot for memory expansion, and a 2-megapixel camera. The unwired is reports the UBiQUiO 501 lack support for EDGE and GSM 850 MHz, while SlashPhone reports that it does indeed have EDGE. Can anyone close the company please confirm?

It sure looks like Tech Faith’s UBiQUiO 501 is a copycat of the Samsung i320; but according to PDA France, Tech Faith Wireless manufactured both devices. Perhaps that’s the reason for the close resemblance.

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HiPAD DMB and HSPDA TabletPC

HiPAD DMB and HSPDA TabletPC

The HiPAD is slightly larger than the Samsung Q1 and smaller than the average laptop. It runs Windows XP and/or WinCe 5.0 (are there even software available for WinCe 5.0?), powered by an AMD Geode LX-800 CPU, with 256MB of RAM that can be upgraded to a max of 1GB. There’s a 20GB HDD, a 10.4-inch display, Wireless, DMB and HSDPA. The HiPAD is lightweight and equally light on the features. I'm betting that this won't hit stateside, and will be available in Korea.

HiPDA, the Multi OS, DMB and HSDPA Tablet [via Akihabaranews]...

Sony Plans 2 Million PS3s for Launch

Sony Plans 2 Million PS3s for Launch

Looking to head off reports that they're going to fall short on launch day, Sony has announced that it plans to have 2 million of their new PlayStation 3 consoles ready to ship come November. This should be enough - they hope - to avoid the massive hardware shortages that plagued the Xbox 360's launch last year, meaning that gamers won't be forced to wait months at a time to spend their life's savings on Sony's new console/computer/whatever you want to call it.

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Daily Wrap-up for 08/22/2006

Daily Wrap-up for 08/22/2006

What a day – we got a good look at Blackberry’s sexy new Pearl 8100 thanks to the Boy Genius. Sony Ericsson announced the drop dead gorgeous Z610 3G cell phone, news of the Q1 getting an upgrade to a 32GB Solid Stated flash memory and rumors of a new Q1b featuring Via C7-M ULV processor. We’re still waiting for reports from the world whether owners of the HD DVD really did get 2.0 firmware; feel free to drop us a comment or two. Are you looking for a new smartphone with a lot of storage space for your entire collection of tunes? The Samsung 8GB music phone SCH-B570 is your answer, if you’re a residence of South Korea.

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Samsung Q1 and Q30 To Feature Solid State Flash Memory

Samsung Q1 and Q30 To Feature Solid State Flash Memory

Samsung is planning to retrofit the Q1 and Q30 with a 32GB Solid State Disk (SSD).  Owners of these two fine new devices can expect faster boot up time – in fact 25% to 50% quicker than existing models.  The company touts read output of 53 MB/s and write speed of 28MB/s.  Another benefit of using SSD is a big reduction in heat and reduces the risk of the HDD breaking down.

I have the Samsung Q1 for some time now, and yet still trying to get a review out – it’s coming very soon I promise.  But even a fancy SSD may not save the Q1 especially when the price is now a premium $2,644!
Samsung launches disk-free Q1/Q30 portables [CNET.co.uk, via Crunch Gear]...

The Sexy Sony Ericsson Z610

The Sexy Sony Ericsson Z610

Sony Ericsson’s new-mirrored finish 3G cell phone, with a super cool OLED screen on the front is by far the sexiest I’ve seen in the past couple of weeks. The Z610 doesn’t have much for features, but the design does help it stand out from the sea of mobile phones on the market. The Picture Blog application is a nice add-on, allowing you to share pictures taken from its 2.0 megapixel camera and upload or blog the images directly to a website. There’s also the proprietary Memory Stick Micro that we all love to hate. The current largest capacity for the memory upgrade goes up to 1GB. There’s one feature I like that many other sites overlooked, and that’s the Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) support. This is a sweet feature that allows you to beam music from Z610 to a compatible Bluetooth wireless headset.

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Blackberry Pearl 8100 videos and pictures

Blackberry Pearl 8100 videos and pictures

Believe it or not, but the Boy Genius has come through for the rest of the world by providing four videos of the Blackberry Pearl 8100, along with more pictures. The videos are courtesy of Engadget Mobile; you can either download them from their site then watch them. The second option is to watch ALL the Pearl 8100 videos live after the jump.

The Blackberry Pearl will be wildly popular thanks to its super thin and sexy design. There’s a new and easy-to-navigate intuitive trackball navigation system, integrated digital camera with built-in flash and zoom, ultra-bright next generation 240 x 260 color display, media player, a microSD expansion slot, and best of all its support for T-Mobile’s almost high-speed EDGE network. It’s still a rumor that the Blackberry Pearl 8100 will be available through T-Mobile network for $199. It’s about time that T-Mobile get a leg up on Cingular and Verizon!

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Land Rover Defender survives another incarnation

Land Rover Defender survives another incarnation

I have to confess, I'm not the biggest fan of SUVs.  Not for any tree-tonguing environmental reasons, just because they seem a bit "try too hard" unless they're actually owned by people who really do need 4x4 capabilities.  I'm talking farmers, people trying to cross deserts and NASA moon rovers, not soccar moms scaling the kerb at the local Walmart.

However, there's something about the idea of a Land Rover Defender, a 3-door in black, that tickles my car-geek tastebuds.  And now I have a 2007 model to secretly covet, with a new 2.4 litre diesel engine and the bulging bonnet to accomodate it.  My shameful on-road journeys would be made in as close to luxury as the Defender has ever managed, with a redesigned dash featuring heaters that might even work and a radio that picks up more than the shipping forecast.  Meanwhile, my off-road journeys would be aided by a new, lower first gear that promises improved responsiveness.

Sadly I won't be able to afford both the Land Rover and the several acres of land to play in that my easily-shamed ego would demand. 

Photos of the 5-door and the interior after the jump.

2007 Land Rover Defender unveiled [Autoblog]

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