We knew it was coming, and now it's here - Neonode's N2 touchscreen cellphone has been officially launched at 3GSM and SlashGear was there to wet the baby's head. Enjoy these exclusive photos, then head over to MYiPhone for full details of the specs...
Two gadgets on the run with matte casings - and looking all the better for it! I love the look of this phone.
Remember Neonode? A Swedish cellphone start-up, they announced the N1 touchscreen handset way back in 2002 which was then plagued with delays and production issues. When it finally hit the market in 2004 it was to mediocre reviews and a public which had got used to better specs from mainstream producers.
Well, yesterday they began a teaser campaign - apparently their product designer is pregnant. Nothing unusual there, you might think, except for the fact that he's a man. Björn Svennson is keeping a blog of the final two weeks before he gives birth on the 12th February, to what scans would indicate is either a new cellphone or a very oddly shaped child.
Neonode's first handset was almost inked into the annuls of vaporware, so delayed was it, but the company deserves some kudos for even bringing a new-design handset to market no matter how late. If they've solved some of the production problems then hopefully whatever they announce will appear in a far more timely fashion; remember, when first shown the N1 had groundbreaking features, only to see those be gradually adopted by other manufacturers. I'll be curious to see what they intend to wow us with at 3GSM.
Touchscreen devices that respond not only to regular taps and swipes in two-dimensions, but sheering forces across the display, could open up a new paradigm of tablet and phone control, research has suggested. Rather than conjuring up pop-up toolbars and other screen-dominating UI elements, a press-and-pull gesture could be used to cycle through options, select different colored pens or drawing tools, or perform speedy copy & paste.
As the personal technology landscape advances at a rate that's undeniably fantastic, we move beyond our obsession with the slightly lower-tech character Batman and advance to the top of the line equivalent Iron Man, as evidenced by the massive success of the most recent film series. Throughout the 1990s we saw a selection of high-cost Batman films and a fantastic Batman cartoon series well received by the public at the time because of their ability to connect with us on a non-super level, there's also almost always been some sort of representation of Batman on the small screen as well, no matter what year it is. Batman has always been a fantastic character for the average person to relate with because he's always using tools and technology to help him - he doesn't actually have super powers, so to speak. There's another character out there by the name of Iron Man that's also been around for several decades and represented in a series of cartoons, certainly, but up until now we've not had the technology in film production to represent him accurately: this is Iron Man.
At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we've got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world's mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it's not as perfectly simple as that, and if you've never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That's why we've got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events - have a look!
As we march closer and closer to the biggest all-mobile show of the year all the way over Barcelona, Spain, we've started to see the wave of tips, leaks, and previews roll in - and while our MWC 2012 Smartphone pre-show rundown may have more devices than we know what to do with already, tablets certainly wont be left out in the cold. What we've got for you here is a full rundown of everything we've heard that's worth mentioning on the tablet front - worth mentioning, of course, since there's nothing like a cheapo tablet to ruin your otherwise awesome trip to Spain!
The fine folks at Bookeen have revealed that they'll be releasing an ebook reader with a 6-inch Pearl E-ink display and a lovely 800MHz Cortex A8 CPU for the masses. This device will be Bookeen's fourth ereader device, and it's expected that the display will be the same as what's proven to be ultra-successful on the Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Kobo, that being the Neonode zForce touchscreen. Welcome back to the pack, Bookeen!
Kobo has unveiled its latest ereader, the Kobo Touch, and as the name suggests the main difference is that you can now jab at the screen rather than physical controls. The company has done away with all but the home button, with the 6-inch E Ink Pearl display using a Neonode-sourced touch panel and getting its content via WiFi.