Archive for November, 2009

Nokia N97 mini review

Nokia N97 mini review

We've had two QWERTY Nokia smartphones on the SlashGear test-bench this past week, and the surprising thing is how differently the respective user experience is. Our Nokia E72 review went live earlier today; now we turn to the Nokia N97 mini, viewed by many - for better or for worse - as the Finnish company's second attempt at the N97. Second-time lucky or still well short? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Twelve South BassJump delivers easy 2.1 sound to your MacBook

Twelve South BassJump delivers easy 2.1 sound to your MacBook

The not-so-great thing about Macs is that third-party accessory manufacturers tend to view Apple owners as an ideal market to be milked, at least financially-speaking.  Twelve South's BassJump addresses a commonly-voiced problem among MacBook and MacBook Pro owners - that while the mids and trebles are reasonable, the notebooks' bass is somewhat lacking - by offering a standalone subwoofer.  Unfortunately the compact sub' also costs $79.99

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First ELSE smartphone promises more intuitive UI in Q2 2010

First ELSE smartphone promises more intuitive UI in Q2 2010

Have we been premature in lauding the iPhone, Android and webOS for their nifty user experiences?  According to the team behind the First ELSE cellphone, we should've waited for them to come along and show off their initial device; it uses a "splaying" one-thumb navigation system that promises to bypass digging through menus.  Pocket-lint were around to grab some live shots of the UI in action.

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Google Chrome OS benchmarked already: falls well short

Google Chrome OS benchmarked already: falls well short

Benchmarking the very earliest publicly-available code for Google Chrome OS seems destined to only highlight the platform's early stage of development, especially when you throw rivals such as Moblin 2.1, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10, Fedora 12 and openSUSE 11.2 into the mixture.  Still, that's just what Phoronix have done, and unsurprisingly the new Google netbook OS came in last position.

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Nokia E72 review

Nokia E72 review

There's always a risk when a high-interest product is announced that by the time it hits shelves its moment has passed.  The Nokia E72 has been just such an anticipated smartphone, with eager E71 owners keen to upgrade to the Finns' latest QWERTY marvel; problem is, at nigh on six months between announcement and availability, that's a long time for the appeal to pale.  Has tardiness robbed the E72 of its market, or does a well considered keyboard save the day?  Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.

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Sony VAIO X gets OS X Snow Leopard

Sony VAIO X gets OS X Snow Leopard

There's a lot to like about Sony's VAIO X ultraportable - its indecently-skinny build, the engineering intelligence that went into its design, and its lengthy battery life just to name a few things - but if you're less than inspired by Windows 7 then how about a Mac OS X version?  That's not one of Sony's official options, but insanelymac forum member Asama took it upon himself to throw OS X Snow Leopard onto the VAIO X himself.

To do so he used the hacked together build of Snow Leopard that's been put together for the Sony VAIO P, reasoning that many of the components used in that don't-call-it-a-netbook machine were the same as used in the VAIO X.  Happily it installed quite merrily, though as expected the WiFi doesn't work.  Where fixing that in the VAIO P is a case of taking out the wireless card and swapping in a different one, it's a more arduous task on the VAIO X since so much has been soldered into place in the name of space-saving.

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