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Here’s why the DROID RAZR is the ideal Android for today’s mobile landscape

Here’s why the DROID RAZR is the ideal Android for today’s mobile landscape

Let me tell you here why Motorola presented the ideal phone for a person like me this week in New York City. And also let me tell you why I'm sad it didn't come out several months ago. First, the positives - they all begin with the heavy metal that makes up the majority of this device. Then let's speak about how thin and lovely this device very much appears to be. Then we'll speak about how even though I will be switching to the Galaxy Nexus sooner than later, you certainly don't have to. This is the DROID RAZR, the greatest Motorola smartphone ever created and soon to be at once the thinnest and the toughest to break smart handset on the market.

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ARCHOS 80 G9 Review [Video]

ARCHOS 80 G9 Review [Video]

It's time for the G9 series of Android tablets from ARCHOS, a Texas Intstruments OMAP4 dual-core 1GHz processor toting set of unique-looking pieces of hardware set to hit the streets of North America soon. What we've got here is the smaller of the two, the 80, the more enticingly sized tablet while the 101 version, at 10.1 inches, sits kindly in a stream of 10.1-inched tablets that appears never-ending. Both tablets have essentially the same set of specs, other than the screen size, so come with us here on a journey that'll reveal what you'll be getting out of either.

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Archos 80 G9 Hands-on and Unboxing [Video]

Archos 80 G9 Hands-on and Unboxing [Video]

It's time to look at another Android tablet here on SlashGear, this one coming correct with the first dual-core processor to exist on an Android tablet that's not a Tegra 2. This is the ARCHOS 80 G9 tablet, one of two, the larger being the 101, both of them holding basically the same set of specs inside. Will the kickstand on this lovely little mid-sized tablet make it stand up against the competition, or will it down in a sea of tablet-like devices? We shall see!

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Google’s Next Nexus Phone Details Roundup [Mid-Sept 2011, pre-release]

Google’s Next Nexus Phone Details Roundup [Mid-Sept 2011, pre-release]

Each time Google creates a new version of Android, they work with a manufacturer of smartphones or tablets as well as a processor manufacturer to create a hero device to host a completely vanilla (otherwise known as totally nude, clean) version of their software. The most recent examples of this come in the Nexus S, out for sale now on three carriers across the USA working with Google's latest smartphone OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. For tablets, there's the Motorola XOOM, available as both a Wi-fi only device and a Verizon-carried device featuring Google's latest tablet-based mobile OS, Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Though the XOOM isn't technically following the naming scheme, each Google Android hero phone is part of the "Nexus" line, the next of these set to feature the Android system to tie handsets and tablets together in one: Ice Cream Sandwich. While we still do not know the Android number (2.4 or 4.0), we have a collection of details on this device that's sure to get you salivating.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Pegged for October by manufacturer

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Pegged for October by manufacturer

It appears that the people behind the long-silent Notion Ink group have come back from the dead to note that they'd not only be adding Ice Cream Sandwich to their Android tablet "Adam", they'd be doing so in November, right after the launch date of the platform which is, they say, late October. Now it's not too much of a stretch to think that the author of this news release, Rohan Shravan, has just been reading Android blogs for the past few weeks and is just guessing that the rumors are true, but there is a point to consider: he's been right before. On the other hand, he's been terribly unreliable before as well.

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TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core coming 1H 2012 to take on Kal-El and Intel

TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core coming 1H 2012 to take on Kal-El and Intel

Texas Instruments has outed its latest OMAP4 platform processor, the OMAP4470, at Computex this week, a dual-core ARM A9 1.8GHz chip intended for smartphones, tablets and ultra-thin notebooks. Designed not only with Android and other Linux OS in mind, but with Windows on ARM - one of the incoming Windows 8 builds - the OMAP4470 takes on not only traditional TI rivals like NVIDIA's Tegra and Qualcomm's Snapdragon, but Intel's latest Atom and Sandy/Ivy Bridge chips too. SlashGear caught up with Mark Granger, OMAP platform marketing head, to find out how TI has delivered an 80-percent boost in browsing performance and 2.5x the graphics potency.

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TI OMAP 4 will be the chip Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around

TI OMAP 4 will be the chip Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around

When it comes to the Android Honeycomb world the chip that is in many of the tablets running the OS is the NVIDIA Tegra 2. NVIDIA has been showing off its next generation processor for tablets and more at Computex called Kal-El. The processor is a quad core and has major gaming capabilities that will appeal to tablet buyers. Despite the new quad core offering, a rumor has surfaced that TI may be the chip builder that Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around.

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Pathpartner Skype 720p and Ittiam 4-way video chat get TI OMAP4 demo

Pathpartner Skype 720p and Ittiam 4-way video chat get TI OMAP4 demo

Texas Instruments told us they were more interested in showing what their OMAP processors could do than telling us, and the TI booth at MWC 2011 was bristling with vendors showing what they'd coaxed out of OMAP4 chipsets. Video conferencing companies Pathpartner and Ittiam shared a stand with their offerings, the former pushing 720p HD Skype calls, the latter four-way video calls in which only a single participant need have an OMAP4-based device.

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Optimus 3D vs Optimus Tab: Not all HD 3D video is created equal

Optimus 3D vs Optimus Tab: Not all HD 3D video is created equal

When we caught up with LG earlier today, to check out the freshly announced Optimus 3D and Optimus Tab, we couldn't help but wonder about the discrepancy between the smartphone's 1080p Full HD 3D recording capabilities and the tablet's 720p HD 3D recording. Turns out, there's more to a 1GHz, dual-core chipset than just its ARM cores: the Optimus 3D's Texas Instruments OMAP4430 has native support for Full HD recording in 3D, while the NVIDIA Tegra 2 in the Tab doesn't.

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EPOS Ultrasonic Pen turns your table into a tablet [Video]

EPOS Ultrasonic Pen turns your table into a tablet [Video]

Texas Instrument's OMAP4 platform, star of MWC 2010, is now filtering out onto the market in devices like the LG Optimus 3D and BlackBerry PlayBook, but we're yet to see anything quite make the most of its hardware abilities. We caught up with EPOS, who have used the OMAP4's triple microphone array to develop an ultrasonic pen system that can track handwriting in the space a foot around a device.

Video demo after the cut

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