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SlashGear Review – Toshiba Qosmio F45

SlashGear Review – Toshiba Qosmio F45

I've had the opportunity to use the Qosmio F45 for a little while now, and it's come time for me to let you guys know just how this machine performs. As with many of my reviews, I'm not going to focus on benchmarks as I am actual usability, because lets face it, that's what really matters.

SlashGear Exclusive: Hands-on with Verizon’s Venus split-screen music phone

SlashGear Exclusive: Hands-on with Verizon’s Venus split-screen music phone

Dual-screens on a cellphone are nothing new: clamshells have had them for years, giving Caller ID and status on the outside, while Samsung even experimented with candybars that had a screen on each side.  Verizon's musicphone for this season, however, the Venus by LG, manages to eke a further new trick out of the dual-screen concept: itself a slider, it has both screens one on top of the other on the same side, the top a standard display while the lower panel is a touchscreen.  SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen grabbed some hands-on time with the Voyager Venus at CTIA - including some exclusive video of the Venus in action - to see if using the cellphone lives up to the concept.  Remember, this is just a first-look; we'll be bringing you the full SlashGear review of the Venus very soon!

 

Check out the video of the Verizon Venus after the cut... 

SlashGear Exclusive: Hands-on video with Samsung’s 5-megapixel AF G800 cameraphone

SlashGear Exclusive: Hands-on video with Samsung’s 5-megapixel AF G800 cameraphone

While SlashGear was hobnobbing with Samsung in glamorous Seoul last week, the company showed us the next step in their multimedia handset timeline. Called the G800, it pushes Samsung's range even further into the realms of consumer photography, bringing a stonking 5-megapixel digital camera, complete with autofocus, xenon flash and a 3x internal optical zoom, to an all-metal slider cellphone body.

Check out our exclusive hands-on video with the G800, after the cut...

Unboxing – iWear VR920

Unboxing – iWear VR920

Remember that cool virtual reality gaming headset that I showed you guys last month? Well, as with any other product that promises me either virtual reality, flying cars or time travel, I tend to remain skeptical. However, a package just arrived on my doorstep that promises to give me the most realistic experience possible in a video game.

SlashGear Exclusive: Samsung’s SGH-i550 HSDPA business phone

SlashGear Exclusive: Samsung’s SGH-i550 HSDPA business phone

If Samsung's flirtation with B&O is a little too extreme for you, but you still fancy some of that HSDPA goodness, then maybe their upcoming SGH-i550 will suit you.  A traditional candybar handset, the i550 ran the risk of being overlooked at Samsung's press event, but there are certainly enough features to make it worth your while seeking it out.  Aside from the aforementioned HSDPA, Samsung have added a Blackberry-esque illuminated trackball for speedy control, as well as a large 2.6-inch screen and GPS.

 

Check out the video walkthrough of the Samsung SGH-i550 after the cut

SlashGear Exclusive: Bang & Olufsen and Samsung’s Serenata luxury cellphone

SlashGear Exclusive: Bang & Olufsen and Samsung’s Serenata luxury cellphone

Samsung's last collaboration with Bang & Olufsen, the Serene, grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons.  Seemingly attempting to literally revolutionise normal clamshell design by putting the display on the lower half and the keys (in a dodgy circular layout, naturally) on the top.  It was very well made but difficult to use and as expensive as you'd expect something with the B&O logo to be.  Still, neither company are made up of quitters and so while SlashGear was hanging out with Samsung they granted us some hands-on time with the Serenata, their far more interesting follow-up.

 

SlashGear Exclusive: Hands-on with Samsung’s SGH-i450 Music Phone

SlashGear Exclusive: Hands-on with Samsung’s SGH-i450 Music Phone

It wasn't all about luxury names and big-screen smartphonesat Samsung's exclusive press event; they also took the time to introduce some more mainstream models.  First up is the SGH-i450, a dual-sliding music phone which still manages to pack a 2-megapixel camera, HSDPA for high-speed internet access and - more importantly, Samsung thinks - downloading fresh new tracks, and a deeply clever "Half Touch" scroll wheel.

 

SlashGear Exclusive: Video hands-on with Samsung’s F700 iPhone-rival

SlashGear Exclusive: Video hands-on with Samsung’s F700 iPhone-rival

Last month Vodafone announced their agreementwith Samsung to sell the F700 smartphone under the unusual name "Croix", and at the time I lamented my lack of in-depth playtime with the handset.  Well, thanks to yesterday's Samsung event which SlashGear were invited to I had an opportunity to grab some footage of the HSDPA-toting, QWERTY-sliding F700; back in October I said it was "one of the strongest competitors to the iPhone", and that opinion has only got stronger.

 

Exclusive hands-on video of the Samsung F700 after the cut

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock controller compatibility questions answered

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock controller compatibility questions answered

The launch of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is coming up quick. You can bet that we'll be bringing you all of the juicy details just as soon as I get my hands on it. I do have a tidbit of information regarding compatibility issues with the new Les Paul.

There have been rumors around that the X-Plorer will/won't work with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. I decided to go straight to the source and find out what Red Octane had to say about compatibility of the old and new controllers. Mind you, I only talked about the 360 controllers, as they have really been the only ones in question. Hit the jump for the full transcript of my Q&A with Bryan Lam of Red Octane.

Vertu Ascent Ti

Vertu Ascent Ti

So, for those of you that don’t know, Vertu does a really good job of applying “themes” to their handsets whenever they release them, the theme for the Ascent Ti is from high performance sports cars. I have never seen a sports car made out of Titanium, but this phone is.

That is nice; since this $6300 handset is something you will probably want to las you for a while. I don’t think there is anywhere that this phone won’t work either, it has 3G UMTS, Quad-band GSM, and CDMA, so if there is any type of cellular coverage, you should be able to make a call.

Rock Band Tour 2007 – Inside the Tour Bus, rocking the main stage and another interview

Rock Band Tour 2007 – Inside the Tour Bus, rocking the main stage and another interview

So what was it like to attend one of the Rock Band Tour stops? It was awesome to say the least. I spent most of the time hanging out with John and the nearly legendary Fabio who were having a great time. I shot some good footage of what you will experience if you stop by. Hit the jump for a walk through, as well as a clip of some people rocking out on the main stage (yes, there's footage of me rocking out).