Archive for Apr 24, 2009

Viliv S5 MID reviewed: swift, sleek and definitely tempting

Viliv S5 MID reviewed: swift, sleek and definitely tempting

We're unashamed of our Viliv S5 lusts here at SlashGear, and Pocketables' review of the 4.8-inch MID has done little to change our feelings.  Though we've already seen the S5 unboxed, demonstrated, dissected, hacked, repurposed as a PND and more, a full going-over is always welcome.  What the Viliv MID delivers are accurate battery estimates, decent 720p playback, reasonable performance and speedy internet surfing.

Video demo of browsing on the S5 after the cut

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Verizon getting Samsung Trance tomorrow

Verizon getting Samsung Trance tomorrow

The Samsung Trance slider phone will be hitting Verizon tomorrow, the carrier announced today. The phone will feature several of Verizon's online services like V CAST with Rhapsody and the VZ Navigator.

The cell phone features a 2.1-inch screen with a 176 x 220 resolution, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 16GB microSDHC memory card slot, 1GB of built-in memory and support for numerous media files including MP3, AAC, AAC+ and WMA.

You can listen to music while completing other tasks on the phone. Also included is a 1.3-megapixel camera plus the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers that allow for great sound quality. Bluetooth is also included. You will be able to get the Samsung Trance on Verizon starting tomorrow for $49.99 in red or black with a two-year contract.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 hits Alltel

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 hits Alltel

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 was announced on Alltel Wireless today, making this flip smartphone available to a wider audience. While nothing is really different about this phone on this specific carrier, it's still worth noting the device's expanded availability.

In case you've forgotten, the Pearl Flip is a smartphone encased in a clamshell design with a small external display and an internal display with a 240 x 320 resolution. Other features include GPS mapping, a SureType keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera that's capable of video, microSD or microSDHC card support and more.

This phone can play music and offers Bluetooth support. You can get the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 on Alltel for $79.99 with a two-year contract and a $70 rebate. The contract is for the carrier's unlimited plan which costs $70/month.

Pixel Qi working on three-in-one display

Pixel Qi working on three-in-one display

Pixel Qi is working on a new display that includes three different functions into one convenient product. It would feature color and black-and-white modes like the XO-1, but also have an e-paper mode for an easier-on-the-eyes experience.

According to the company's chief, Mary Lou Jepsen, the new screens would eventually have touchscreen features. The goal here is to make a screen that can be read under full daylight, use the least amount of power possible and do more than just show images.

There's a real desire to add touch functionality. While Pixel Qi displays have been used primarily in OLPC notebooks so far, they can now also be used in products for other companies, though who they are is not yet known.

[via Electronista]

ASUS Eee PC 1000HA gets new keyboard

ASUS Eee PC 1000HA gets new keyboard

ASUS announced today that they would now be offering their super popular Eee PC 1000HA netbook model with a new addition: a chiclet-style keyboard that's more comfortable and easier to use.

Prior to the update, some of the keys were in non-traditional places, making typing by touch difficult. But that's remedied now, and the 92% keyboard feels comfortable and responds easily and accurately since the keys are separated and blocky.

Battery life has also been increased to 7 hours thanks to energy-saving components like the Intel Atom processor, the LED-backlit display and the Super Hybrid Engine or SHE, which lets you adjust power consumption as you see fit. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, a 10.2-inch screen with a 1,024 x 600 resolution, a 160GB HDD, Wi-Fi B and G and 10GB of online storage. You can get the revised Eee PC 1000HA now for $349.

Slacker Radio Plus subscription giveaway

Slacker Radio Plus subscription giveaway

No matter how much storage you have on your cellphone for music, there's inevitably a point where you tire of what is loaded.  That's where Slacker steps in: the streaming radio station offers unlimited free music, custom radio stations and over 100 preprogrammed stations queued up by experts, all to your BlackBerry smartphone, iPhone or iPod touch.  Now, to celebrate their music catalog blasting through the 2 million track mark, Slacker and SlashGear are giving away a one year subscription to Slacker Radio Plus, the company's premium service.

Full prize and giveaway details after the cut!