Samsung's ruggedized NB30 netbook looks close to launch, with two UK retailers listing the 10.1-inch Pine Trail based machine as in stock. Announced back in early January, just after Intel made their Pine Trail Atom chips official, the NB30 has a 1.66GHz N450 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.
As well as the somewhat sober looking TL500 and TL350, Samsung have also brought along a batch of more colorful compact cameras to PMA 2010. The Samsung AQ100 is a waterproof shooter while the Samsung SL605 is a so-called durable one, each packing 12-megapixel sensors along with 5x optical zooms and 2.7-inch LCD TFT preview displays.
Someone warn Beyonce: Olympus' latest Stylus Tough digicams reckon they're the world's fiercest. The new Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 and Stylus Tough-6020 each pack 14-megpixel sensors, 5x wide-angle optical zooms and 2.7-inch sunlight-visible LCD displays, but the real headline grabbing features are the shockproofing, waterproofing, crushproofing and freezeproofing. Unlike Beyonce (we're guessing), the two point-and-shoots can withstand 220 pounds of direct pressure.
Panasonic have outed three new digital cameras, including the rugged LUMIX DMC-TS2, the super-zooming LUMIX DMC-ZS7, and the AVCHD Lite HD-friendly LUMIX DMC-ZR3. Of the three, the TS2 is the most visually striking thanks to its waterproof/shockproof/freezeproof casing; still, it also has a 14.1-megapixel sensor, 4.6x optical zoom and AVCHD Lite HD video recording.
Sprint's latest cellphone, the Motorola Brute i680, is not just a rugged one, it's ultra-rugged. The Brute i680 - fresh to the Nextel Direct Connect network complete with push-to-talk - meets military spec 810F for not just the regular dust, shock and vibration, but extremes of temperature, low pressure, salt fog, humidity, blowing rain and even solar radiation. We're guessing that doesn't mean you could use it while inside the sun (if only because of the lack of coverage) but it probably cuts down on the number of places in the US where the phone can't go.
Sonim have managed to carve a niche for themselves in the cellphone handset industry by offering supposedly "indestructible" devices to the sort of users who care more about ruggedness than they do multitouch. Unfortunately sometimes their marketing comes back to haunt them, such as when the BBC's Dan Simmons was challenged to break the latest Sonim handset, the XP3.
If you're considering a new camera or camcorder, you're probably not narrowing down your options by whether you can mount them on your head or not; still, if you're a diver, swimmer or snowboarder then Liquid Image could have a few models for you. We caught up with the company's goggle-integrated "videomasks" - which range in price from $79 to $350 - at CES 2010; more details and live images after the cut.
In all the time we had our Nokia E72 review unit in, we never really felt the need to drop it, cover it in dust or generally knock it about. Still, there are more demanding people out there than us, and some of them have a soft spot for an excellent QWERTY keyboard on their smartphone, and so OtterBox have stepped in with two new cases for the E72: a Defender and a Commuter.
It seems somewhat perverse - or at least flippant - to want to buy an SDHC card simply because it looks so swanky, but Samsung's new consumer memory card range is cutting quite the dash with its champagne finish. Still, once the 8GB SDHC is slotted into whatever gadget you've bought it for you can't see the aesthetics, so happily Samsung have given it some other strengths too. For a start, the company reckons you'll never lose data from them.
As well as their headline smartphone announcements this morning, Verizon have also officially confirmed a couple of featurephones that have each been rattling around the rumor mill for a while. The LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy - a touchscreen candybar and rugged flip, respectively - don't have the Android magic or hardware QWERTY of the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC or the BlackBerry Curve 8530.
While we often can be found heaping scorn onto the me-too Atom N270 netbook ranges that pass our viewing window, Intel's low-power chip does occasionally find its way into an interesting machine. Stealth Computer have slotted the 1.6GHz chip into their latest "Little PC", the Stealth LPC-395F, a fanless nettop with a ruggedized chassis and front-loading 2.5-inch hard-drive bay.