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I won’t buy the Nexus S

I won’t buy the Nexus S

Launching in the US last week, and finally making a tardy appearance in the UK today, we already know that the Google Nexus S is a decent phone. In fact, we even called it the best Android handset on the market today in our review, and considering the strength of the competition right now, that's an admirable place to be. Yet, despite having been using a Nexus S review unit for some time now, and having gotten on with the Android 2.3 smartphone well, I won't be picking one up today. Let me tell you why.

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Advent Vega unboxing & hands-on [Video]

Advent Vega unboxing & hands-on [Video]

Advent's Vega tablet seems to have surprised everybody with its popularity, not least retailer DSG who can't seem to keep them in stock for more than a few hours at a time. Our Vega review unit braved the UK snow to arrive on the SlashGear test bench, and we wasted no time checking out what Tegra 2 brings to the Android table. First impressions and some unboxing-style fun after the cut.

Video after the cut

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Toshiba Folio 100 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba Folio 100 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba launched their Folio 100 smartpad earlier this week, and we grabbed some hands-on time with the Android 2.2 Froyo table at IFA 2010 today.  The second significant Android slate of the day - after we played with the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab earlier on - it's a bigger beast too, with a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen (with 4-point multitouch) and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset like its AC100 sibling.  The good news is that it's a reasonably decent slate; the bad is that it looks like it won't be reaching the US.

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2011 The Year of the Super Phone

2011 The Year of the Super Phone

I first heard the term "Super Phone"  used as it relates to a new category of devices at a conference I attended last month. I’ve thought for a while now that the industry needed to come up with a term other than smartphone to distinguish these new classes of devices. Even though I’m not completely in love with Super Phone as a term (and I’m pretty sure consumers don’t care about these terms anyway) it is perhaps the best so far.

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Notion Ink Adam: Pricing and more

Notion Ink Adam: Pricing and more

In part one of our Notion Ink feature, we looked at the reasons for the delay in production of the Adam slate. Happily the company didn't rest on their laurels while investor and ODM issues were ironed out. After the cut, details of hardware and software changes - including Notion Ink's take on iTunes - plans for Adam's launch and pricing for all four versions, and what's down the line in terms of follow-up hardware.

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Notion Ink Adam: Behind the Scenes

Notion Ink Adam: Behind the Scenes

Notion Ink continues to be one of the most searched for companies on SlashGear, an impressive record for a start-up firm taking on the might of Apple. Closely followed since their CES 2010 debut with the Adam tablet, aside from a few morsels of news in the intervening months the company has dropped back into a stealth mode of sorts. Now, in the first of an exclusive two-part feature, SlashGear can flesh out the Notion Ink story so far, including investor nightmares, multiple ODMs and an Android app-drawer's worth of custom Adam applications.

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Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 MID hands-on [Video]

Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 MID hands-on [Video]

Toshiba's first MID (Mobile Internet Device) has made its debut, in the shape of the Android-based Toshiba AC100. Using a form-factor we'd more commonly describe as a netbook or smartbook - Toshiba say they picked the classic design over a more common slate-style MID because it's more familiar for users and offers better ergonomics and text-entry - the AC100 runs NVIDIA's second-generation Tegra 250 chipset making it 1080p HD capable.

First impressions and hands-on video after the cut

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