Archive | October, 2010

The Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone is real, poses for the camera

27 Oct

We are crying tears of joy. A dream everyone of us had for the past couple of years is finally about to come true. A dream to fuse Sony PSP with a cellphone to get the PlayStation Phone. Yeah, rumours about such a device have existed for a long time but today, Engadget brings the first live shots of the PS Phone.

 

The PS Phone is expected to run on the latest version of Android called Gingerbread and will sport a Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset with a 1 GHz processor. It will also have 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM and a display that would range between 3.7 and 4.1-inches.

 

The controls are very PSP-like and the pad in the centre is said to be a touchpad with multi-touch support. It is unknown when the device will be launched, but considering that the Gingerbread Man has arrived at Googleplex, it should not take long. We can expect an announcement latest by the first quarter of next year if it is not made before the holiday shopping season itself.

 

What is really unknown at this point is the kind of games we will get to see on this device. Well, for that we will have to wait for some more time. Till then head over to Engadget Mobile for more pics.

 

SOURCE: Engadget Mobile

Barnes & Nobles launches NOOKcolour, a flawed Android e-book reader of sorts

27 Oct

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Barnes & Nobles has announced its latest e-book reader, which it calls the NOOKcolor. Priced at $249, it features a 7.0-inch touchscreen (1024×600 pixels) and runs on Android OS with a custom UI. The NOOKcolor is Wi-Fi only and has 8 GB of internal storage, which can be increased by another 32 GB with a microSD card. While it runs on Android, B&N has decided to make it a closed ecosystem and it does not come with any of the Google goodies (not even Android Market) and the bookseller would like to have its own application store instead.

 

Where the NOOKcolor scores over the plain-old NOOK (and probably even the Kindle) are certainly the colour display and a better browsing experience. It will come with a MS Office suite as well as a media player. However, where it seriously lacks is its battery performance – 8 hours of reading with the wireless turned off.

 

So here’s the deal, the NOOKcolor won’t give you the complete Internet Tablet experience (remember, no third party apps from the wild, only those that B&N let’s in) and it won’t give you the battery life one has come to expect from e-book readers thanks to their e-ink displays. So if a colour display is so crucial, I might just drop another $200 and get a proper Internet Tablet like the iPad (16 Gb Wi-Fi only) and install the NOOK app on it. And if having a longer lasting battery is more important than a colour display, i would rather save money and pick up the ol’ school NOOK or Kindle instead.

 

Without having even seen the NOOKcolor, my gut feeling says that it is neither a proper e-book reader nor an Internet Tablet. Then again, I like to be proven wrong and hope to get a review unit sometime soon.

Video: BlackBerry shows off PlayBook's multi-tasking capabilities

26 Oct

RIM co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis showed off the BlackBerry PlayBook and its multi-tasking capabilities for the first time. The demo took place at Adobe’s MAX event. We would leave it up to the video to do all the talking and showing.

 

SOURCE: Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog

Video: The Maemo-MeeGo dual-booting N900 is here

26 Oct

It didn’t take that long, did it? We recently reported about the firmware update for the N900 and it could bring an option of dual-booting the device with Maemo and MeeGo. The folks at Maemo Fanatics have posted a video of an N900 doing just that! We won’t keep you waiting, check out the video below and head over to the site to know how you can do that yourself. That is, if you are one of those rare users to have the N900 in the first place.

 

 

SOURCE: Maemo Fanatics

Mobile Number Portability finally kicking in from Nov 1

26 Oct

After multiple delays, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) a service that will allow subscribers to change carriers while retaining their number, is finally set to take off in India. Telecom Minister A Raja has said that MNP will be rolled out on November 1 starting from Harayana Haryana, The Hindu reports. It seems that the service will now be rolled out in phases rather than launching Pan-India simultaneously as previously thought.

 

SOURCE: The Hindu

Samsung to launch Galaxy Tab in India on October 29

26 Oct

samsung-galaxy-tab-1 Earlier today, we received an invite for a Samsung press conference on Friday October 29 to unveil what their team is calling the biggest launch of the year for the company in India. And they are not mincing words either, the invite says “let’s tab… let’s talk…” You know what they are talking about, don’t you?

 

Our sources on the street tell us that the Galaxy Tab will be available towards the end of next week (might miss Diwali by a couple of days) and might carry a street price of around Rs 40,000. Unlike the iPad, the Galaxy Tab has a 7.0-inch display, which according to Samsung makes it an ‘on the go’ device rather than just lounging around. We hear that Samsung has been working with some Indian developers to launch India-specific apps for the Galaxy Tab. As usual, we will be covering the press conference live.

 

Samsung GALAXY Tab (GT-P1000) Product Specifications

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA7.2 Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz 

OS

Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Display

7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)

Processor

Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540

Camera

3 MP Camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash
1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony

Value-added
Features

Android Market™ and Samsung Apps for more applications and contents

Readers Hub, Media Hub* , Music Hub*, Social Hub*
*Availability will be decided by market preference.

Adobe Flash 10.1 player support
Full HD video playback, Thinkfree Office, Swype, Hybrid Widget

Connectivity

30 pin connector / micro SD
WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth 3.0

Memory

16GB / 32GB internal memory, upto 32GB external memory slot
RAM: 512MB

Size

190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g

Battery

4,000mAh  (7 hour movie play)

Review: Otterbox Commuter case for iPhone 4

26 Oct

otterbox iphone 4 case The iPhone 4 can be a nightmare for those users who like to take extreme care of their phones. Unlike older iPhone versions, the iPhone 4 not only has that big display on the front but even the rear surface is made of aluminosilicate glass. Apple might claim it to be one of the toughest glass surfaces in the world, but for the finicky sorts, any glass surface means it has to be protected from scratches and greasy smudges, And that’s where Otterbox steps in with its Commuter series case for the iPhone 4.

 

Otterbox offers three cases for the iPhone 4, starting from Impact followed by Commuter and finally the Defender. Each case offers a different level of ruggedness, with Impact providing the minimum and Defender the maximum. However, increased ruggedness also results into increased bulk as the case keeps getting thicker. I prefer the Commuter case, which provides more than enough protection and feels just right when held.

 

The case comes with a silicone covering, which in turn is covered by a plastic shell that provides overall sturdiness. The headset jack is covered and all major buttons are easily accessible. The thing I like the most about this case is that it fits perfectly around the edges of the display, unlike some other cases that make it difficult to access those edges.

 

I can only think of one thing missing in this case – choice of colours. The Otterbox Defender case for iPhone 4 is available only in black. It is priced at $34.95 and can be bought online from here.