IFA Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Note: Inking, editing, benchmarks, more [Video]

Samsung Galaxy Note: Inking, editing, benchmarks, more [Video]

Samsung's Galaxy Note has arguably been the product of the show here at IFA 2011, and so we couldn't resist another stop by to check out some of the details of the smartphone/tablet hybrid. Much of the appeal is Samsung's custom software, including surprisingly powerful video and photo editing apps together with digital notetaking that works hand-in-hand with the accurate stylus. Read on for a video demo and more.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE hands-on & speedtested

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE hands-on & speedtested

Vodafone Germany has quietly brought along a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 packing LTE and an upgraded processor to IFA 2011 this week, adding 4G connectivity to the 8.9-inch Honeycomb slate. Rather than the 1GHz chip originally found in the Galaxy Tab 8.9, this German model has an unspecified 1.5GHz CPU according to the spec sheet, along with a Super AMOLED display.

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Samsung Series 7 Slate PC hands-on

Samsung Series 7 Slate PC hands-on

What's in a name? If you're Samsung, and you're trying to bide time until the more touchscreen-friendly Windows 8 arrives, then you launch the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC. The absence of "tablet" in the title, and conversely the specific mention of a slate form-factor PC, says it all: this is no iPad rival but a work or enterprise machine that just so happens not to have a keyboard. We grabbed some playtime at IFA 2011.

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Samsung Series 7 Chronos hands-on

Samsung Series 7 Chronos hands-on

Samsung's recent line-up of notebooks has been impressing with its combination of slick metal chassis, solid performance and copious style, and the Samsung Series 7 Chronos announced here at IFA 2011 is little different. Using a so-called "Superior LCD" panel technology, Samsung has also managed to squeeze in bigger displays than you'd expect; the design those panels fit into, however, is decidedly more Apple-esque at first and second glance than earlier models. Homage, inspired or just plain pilfered; head on past the cut to see more.

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ACER Aspire S3 Ultrabook Hands-on [Video]

ACER Aspire S3 Ultrabook Hands-on [Video]

This week at IFA 2011 we've gotten a hands-on look at Acer's newly announced Ultrabook, the Acer Aspire S3, an ultra portable thin and light super powerful laptop for the next generation of demanding consumers across the world. This device has a 13.3-inch LED display at 1366 x 768 pixels resolution, is a mere 0.51-inches thick, and features the latest second generation of Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors at up to 1.7GHz, this with a choice of 240 GB SSD or 320/500 GB HDD with embedded SSD means you've got one powerful bit of computing on your hands. Walk with us through this brand new device and see if it's going to replace your current fat-by-comparison laptop come the end of this year.

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E Ink hands-on [Video]

E Ink hands-on [Video]

E Ink is best known for the displays on the Kindle and NOOK, but the company has more strings to its bow. We caught up with the company here at IFA 2011 to take a look at the E Ink Triton color epaper display, talk flexible panels and find out how a super-skinny electrophoretic screens can help prevent credit card fraud. Read on for more.

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Libratone Lounge and Live AirPlay Speakers hands-on [Video]

Libratone Lounge and Live AirPlay Speakers hands-on [Video]

Boutique wireless speaker manufacturer Libratone has pounced on AirPlay, announcing a pair of new all-in-one units - the Lounge and the Live - back in July that each use Apple's streaming technology, and we caught up with them at IFA 2011 this week to listen to the results. The Live looks identical to the Libratone Live we reviewed earlier this year, but swaps AirPlay for the company's proprietary wireless, while the Lounge is a far larger system intended to be wall-mounted under your TV.

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Fraunhofer LED networking hands-on [Video]

Fraunhofer LED networking hands-on [Video]

The Fraunhofer Institute's LED-based light networking technology left us mighty impressed on paper back in August, so we jumped at the chance to test the Visible Light Communication system here at IFA 2011. Promising up to 800 Mbit/s data rates from rapidly flickering white LEDs, without any risk to hospital equipment, airline hardware or sensitive manufacturing tech, Fraunhofer's demo ran at a more mundane 10 Mbit/s but was still enough to stream high-res video streams between two notebooks. Check out the full video and more details after the cut.

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Samsung NX200 DSLR Hands-On

Samsung NX200 DSLR Hands-On

As you may well have seen earlier this week in some news straight out of Berlin's own IFA 2011, Samsung has released information about their newest DSLR with interchangeable lens, the NX200. All the information about the camera as it existed in its original release form can be found in the post Samsung NX200 gets official with i-Function 2.0 lenses in tow. You'll find out instantly that this device is part of a larger environment that includes a whole slew of additional lenses, all of this in the size and form factor of a compact point-and-shoot. We got the opportunity to take a hands-on quick look at this device this week as well, filmed and published below for you to take part in the fun!

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Android Tablet Hands-On [Video]

ViewSonic ViewPad 7e Android Tablet Hands-On [Video]

This week we've been getting a look at a whole handful of Android tablets at IFA 2011, one of the most inexpensive of which being the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e. The "e" in the name here stands for "Entry" aka "Entry-Level" meaning that it'll certainly be ViewSonic's least expensive tablet on the market for the time being. We got the opportunity to take a close look at this lovely white-bordered Android tablet and we'd just love to show you what it's all about.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7x Android Tablet Hands-on [Video]

ViewSonic ViewPad 7x Android Tablet Hands-on [Video]

This week we got the opportunity to take a hands-on look at quite a few devices, today playing host to a set of tablets that may well change the tablet world forever - is the ViewSonic ViewPad 7x one of them? This is an Android 3.2.x Honeycomb tablet, a tablet we first got wind of earlier today, this year's IFA conference in Berlin certainly not letting us down on the tablet front. You'll find a whole new user interface, a lovely 7-inch display size, and the quality you've come to expect from all ViewSonic hardware.

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ETYMOTIC ETY Kids Safe-Listening Headphones and Earbuds Hands-On [Video]

ETYMOTIC ETY Kids Safe-Listening Headphones and Earbuds Hands-On [Video]

This week at IFA 2011 we've come in contact with a group by the name of ETYMOTIC, a group whose main function it is to create high fidelity in-ear products, here letting us know about their newest project, ETY•Kids. What Mark Karnes, Managing Director, Consumer Products Division of ETYMOTIC explains to us here at IFA 2011 that ETYMOTIC Research has been working with kids throughout their entire career as a company, being one of the leading makers of hearing screening equipment, concerning themselves with the hearing care of children for many years now. What ETYMOTIC is seeing now, according to Karnes, are surprising and alarming statistics which point toward masses of kids graduating high school with real signs of hearing deterioration. ETYMOTIC aims here in their new ETY•Kids project to turn the tide back to healthy ears across the earth.

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