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Philips GoGear Connect hands-on [Video]

Philips GoGear Connect hands-on [Video]

Philips' GoGear Connect PMP was meant to make its debut here at IFA 2010, but the company took the wraps off a few days early after leaks. We grabbed hands-on time with the Android-based media player today, and - after a somewhat glitchy start - found it's actually a decent attempt to twist Google's OS into a more narrow focus of device. Check out our first impressions and some video after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung Galaxy Tab hands-on [Video]

Samsung Galaxy Tab hands-on [Video]

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is official, and we have to say we're impressed. We grabbed some hands-on time with the 7-inch Android 2.2 slate right after Samsung announced it, keen to see whether it's actually the filofax replacement they suggested it was. Turns out, though it may be down three inches on the iPad, that doesn't mean it's especially less usable.

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iRiver P20 PMP hands-on: Unintuitive & disappointing

iRiver P20 PMP hands-on: Unintuitive & disappointing

If iRiver nailed the interface of the SPINN, they seem to have come undone with that of the P20.  The hard-drive based player is big, blunt-edged and the controls manage to make it look rather like an analog FM radio.  Dual scroll-wheels - one horizontal, one vertical - coupled with a separate 'OK' button and a touchscreen that's inset slightly too far for comfort make it a tricky PMP to navigate.

iRiver SPINN hands-on at IFA 2008: watch out iPod touch

iRiver SPINN hands-on at IFA 2008: watch out iPod touch

iRiver's SPINN PMP keeps pulling in the kudos, and our hands-on at IFA 2008 didn't do anything to make us doubt it.  Even a strange leather flip-case that looked like it was held on with medical tape couldn't disguise a casing that, arguably, is more attractive than that of the iPod touch.  It's the interface, though, which makes the SPINN such a joy, and a lot of that is down to the incredibly tactile scroll wheel.

Olympus µ 1040 hands-on at IFA 2008

Olympus µ 1040 hands-on at IFA 2008

Olympus brought their latest compact digital camera, the µ 1040, to IFA this year, complete with a full metal body and some questionable color options.  Seen here in "Melon Yellow" (with "Starry Silver", "Midnight Black" and "Magma Red" your less blaring choices), the 10-megapixel camera squeezes a 3x (38-114mm equivalent) zoom into a body just 16.5mm at its thinnest.

Emtec Gdium netbook hands-on at IFA 2008

Emtec Gdium netbook hands-on at IFA 2008

Emtec brought their Gdium netbook along to play at IFA 2008, albeit in the form of a non-functional prototype.  As you can see in the picture (click here for full-size) they're persisting with their GKey USB dongle - the white block central under the touchpad - which contains both user data and the OS and system files.  Otherwise it's the usual array of ports and an unusual choice of processor: a 900Mhz 64-bit Loongson 2F made by by STMicroelectronics.

IFA 2007 – Exclusive video hands-on of LG’s KS20: the HSDPA Prada

IFA 2007 – Exclusive video hands-on of LG’s KS20: the HSDPA Prada

Back in February we showed you exclusive photos of what at the time looked to be an LG Prada handset running Windows Mobile 6; well, at IFA 2007 LG unveiled just that - it's called the KS20 and it's pretty much the answer to everyone who wanted the style of the Prada but with the power of a full smartphone. Vincent has shot some exclusive video footage of the KS20 - which is rocking HSDPA high-speed cellular broadband, dual-cameras for video conferencing and full internet access - and as you can see they've adapted the WM6 OS to take on board some of the Prada's UI niceness.

More footage and photos from the exhibition floor, after the cut...

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