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HP Compaq Airlife 100 gets reviewed: too flawed for mainstream

HP Compaq Airlife 100 gets reviewed: too flawed for mainstream

Smartbooks may not have breached the market at the pace ARM hoped for, but even with that delay the first models in the wild are getting mixed reviews.  Over at Carrypad our old friend Steve "Chippy" Paine has been putting the Airlife 100 through its paces since unboxing it earlier this week, and while it's nowhere near perfect there are some real strengths, not least lengthy battery life even when always connected to a 3G network.

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 arrives in Spain for €230

HP Compaq Airlife 100 arrives in Spain for €230

We've been waiting for pricing details of the HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook since the 3G-enabled, Android based ultraportable was first announced back in February, and carrier Telefonica has just now delivered.  According to Telecompaper the carrier's Spanish arm, Movistar, has priced the Airlife 100 - which is based on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and has a 10.1-inch touchscreen - at €230 ($304) presuming you're willing to sign up to a €49 ($65) per month data plan.

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook US launch tipped by product page

HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook US launch tipped by product page

Specs on the HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook weren't exactly in short supply - the company covered pretty much everything we'd want to know in their original release and when we grabbed hands-on time with the ultraportable a few months back - but it's nice to have everything in one place.  HP's US site has been updated with a product page for the Airlife 100, confirming its 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and customized Android OS.

Video demo after the cut

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HP Compaq L2105tm multitouch Win7 LCD drops today for $299

HP Compaq L2105tm multitouch Win7 LCD drops today for $299

Looks like Dell's SX2200T won't have the whole multitouch monitor playground to itself.  HP have announced a new, Windows 7 compatible touchscreen display, the HP Compaq L2105tm, a Full HD 1920 x 1080 LCD with an optical touchscreen supporting one- and two-finger control.  There's also, for those old-school moments, a plastic stylus hidden in a nook round back.

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Best Buy offer Sprint Compaq 3G netbook for $0.99

Best Buy offer Sprint Compaq 3G netbook for $0.99

Sprint and Best Buy are offering a Compaq Mini 110-series netbook for just $0.99, assuming you're willing to sign up to 2-years of EVDO Rev.A data service from the carrier.  The netbook, The Mini 110c-1040DX, can be picked with either a CDMA EVDO Rev.A module for use with Verizon or Sprint, or an HSDPA module for use with AT&T; however only the Sprint subsidy brings the price down to under a buck.

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Verizon FiOS internet speed boost: up to 20Mbps uploads

Verizon FiOS internet speed boost: up to 20Mbps uploads

If you've considered Verizon's FiOS internet service but dismissed it for being too slow for your tastes, the news that they're speeding up the fiber-optic system will come as a pleasant surprise.  The company is boosting downlink/uplink speeds of its entry-level package from 10/2 Mbps to 15/5 Mbps, while the mid-tier 20/5 Mbps climbs to 25/15 Mbps.  New York City and Long Island will see even greater increases.

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