Archive for Feb 27, 2010

Nexus One arriving to Vodafone UK in April

Nexus One arriving to Vodafone UK in April

The Telegraph has reported that the Nexus One will be launching in the UK with Vodafone, on sale through Google.com/phone only, as the company had announced earlier.  The British news site hasn't named actual sources but says that those close to both companies have confirmed an April launch.

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Toshiba Mini NB305 Netbook Review

Toshiba Mini NB305 Netbook Review

Intel's Atom N270 processor - and the surrounding limitations on specifications - had a lot to answer for: over a year of cookie-cutter netbooks. With the advent of Pine Trail, Intel look to be loosening their grip on the segment a little, at least, but does the Atom N450 offer a genuine improvement over its well-worn predecessor? Toshiba sent over their latest netbook, the Mini NB305; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Motorola Devour Review

Motorola Devour Review

The Motorola DEVOUR left us underwhelmed from the press shots piqued our interest when we played with its excellent metal casing at MWC 2010 last week, and prompted confusion when we saw how closely it would be priced to the Motorola DROID. With a review unit in hand, the argument becomes a whole lot more straightforward, but is that in Motorola's favor? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Cheaper iPhones in June tips confident analyst

Cheaper iPhones in June tips confident analyst

With the iPad reveal out of the way, attention has turned back to Apple's fourth-gen iPhone and what surprises that might bring.  According to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Hubert, Apple won't just address new features with their upcoming device but the total cost of ownership; Hubert reckons would-be Apple customers' primary concern is the iPhone's high initial purchase price, together with the cost of ongoing service.

Symbian^4 UI video demos emerge: 12 months of hard work ahead

Symbian^4 UI video demos emerge: 12 months of hard work ahead

Remember how interesting Symbian's concept video for a future smartphone UI was?  And how it partially delivered on some of that with the first Symbian^4 UI design mock-ups?  When it comes to revolution, the only one we're really seeing is a downward spiral; the latest video demos of Symbian^4 confirm the new, flexible desktop widgets, but nothing about it feels exciting or segment-changing.

Video demos after the cut

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BlackBerry slider: touchscreen, WiFi-N & HSPA?

BlackBerry slider: touchscreen, WiFi-N & HSPA?

The talk of a BlackBerry slider smartphone continues to bubble, and BGR's sources reckon they have some fresh information on the matter.  The in-development device is apparently a portrait-orientation slider, more similar to the Palm Pre in form-factor than it is to the more common side-sliding QWERTY handsets, and it's likely to have a touchscreen along with the pull-out 'board.  In fact the source reckons this particular BlackBerry is what the ongoing Magnum/Dakota project - which paired a keyboard, touchscreen and optical joystick - evolved into.

That would leave the unnamed new device as pretty much a BlackBerry Storm 9520 with a slide-up keyboard similar to the BlackBerry Bold.  Other specs include WiFi 802.11n - "100% support" insists the source - and a 360 x 480 display.  Software is expected to be BlackBerry OS 6.0, and - best of all - this isn't going to be a Verizon exclusive; RIM's first slider will be a GSM/HSPA device.

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Dell Mini 10 Performance Plus Package adds Broadcom Crystal HD & bigger battery

Dell Mini 10 Performance Plus Package adds Broadcom Crystal HD & bigger battery

Dell have finally added the Broadcom Crystal HD card option to their Inspiron Mini 10 netbook, as part of the new Performance Plus Package.  The upgrade not only adds the HD video decoder chip - which allows the Mini 10 to play 1080p video, something the Atom N450/GMA 3150 pairing can't, on their own, manage - but a higher resolution 1,366 x 768 10.1-inch display.

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Twitter LED table project mixes Bluetooth, IKEA & awesome

Twitter LED table project mixes Bluetooth, IKEA & awesome

We've a soft-spot for odd Twitter-enabled devices - anything that lets us follow the SlashGear tweets in unusual ways has to be a good thing - and so Macetech's Twitter end-table, which also throws in some multi-color LED action, is proving particularly appealing.  The project builds on their previous LED table, an IKEA coffee table wired up with 81 RGB lights in a 9x9 grid, adding in a Bluetooth Arduino shield for wireless connection to a nearby MacBook Pro.

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