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Motorola CLIQ and MOTOBLUR review

Motorola CLIQ and MOTOBLUR review

As Motorola have found over the past couple of years, it's taking an increasing amount to get geeks and gadget lovers to stand up and pay attention to a new cellphone. Right now, one sure-fire way of doing that is by launching an Android device, and so that's what the ailing mobile giant has done in the shape of the Motorola CLIQ (aka the DEXT outside of the US). Not only does the CLIQ promise to make a splash among Android handsets, it also marks the debut of Motorola's attempt to corral social networking into a mobile device. In our review we'll not only be looking at the CLIQ hardware, as Motorola's first-generation Android smartphone, but at MOTOBLUR and its potential beyond the CLIQ. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Sprint HTC Hero Review

Sprint HTC Hero Review

We weren't short of praise for the HTC Hero when we reviewed the European GSM model back in July, and since then there's been no small amount of anticipation for the US version of the device. That arrives on Sprint come October 11th, and we've been playing with it to see whether its lost its charm in the journey across the Atlantic.

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HTC Leo in wild: capacitive touchscreen confirmed [Update: Video]

HTC Leo in wild: capacitive touchscreen confirmed [Update: Video]

We're still not sure how they've managed it, but ai.rs have acquired a pre-production HTC Leo - the company's upcoming 1GHz Snapdragon smartphone - and have sat it down for a serious photoshoot and screengrab session.  Top of our list of questions was the Leo's screen type, and sure enough HTC have used a 4.3-inch multitouch-capable capacitive panel for the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone.

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HTC capacitive stylus patent app filed, plus dynamic display adjustment

HTC capacitive stylus patent app filed, plus dynamic display adjustment

Proving that RIM's hybrid capacitive/resistive touchscreen idea isn't the only way to address smartphone display usability, one of HTC's latest patent applications suggests using a new type of stylus to bring resistive-style accuracy to the increasingly popular capacitive panels.  Their stylus has a magnetic head which can be registered by a standard capacitive display, meaning you can use your finger for general control and switch to the stylus for more precise or text input.  Meanwhile, a second - slightly more far-fetched, it has to be said - patent describes a new type of dynamically adjusting screen that attempts to prevent people sneaking glances at your smartphone.

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Synaptics ClearPad 3000 Explained and Video Demo

Synaptics ClearPad 3000 Explained and Video Demo

Synaptics invited SlashGear to their headquarters in Santa Clara this week to take a look at their latest capacitive touch-panel technology.  The company has rebranded their existing ClearPad capacitive system to ClearPad 2000, so as to make room for their new flagship ClearPad 3000.  This new panel can recognize up to 10 simultaneous finger touches together with complex multi-finger gestures such as pinch, pivot-rotate and rotate, with reduced latency and increase accuracy over what we've seen from capacitive panels to-date.

Video demo of ClearPad 3000 after the cut

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