Rubbish name, but Vodafone, HTC and Google have got most of it right. The just-announced G2 (though the manufacturer is adamant that we call it the Vodafone Magic) is a sweet piece of smartphone. We´ve just come back from fondling its 3.2in HVGA capacative touchscreen (with genius text input; there´s no keyboard) and we are officially impressed. The digital compass and G-sensor enabled Street View roaming has to be seen to be believed, though we´re a bit put out that we´re back in proprietary headphone territory (no 3.5mm jack socket). Apart from that, it´s running the latest version of Android, which is smoother and smarter than the version running on the G1. Look and feel are amazing, and it will be available immediately for pre-order in black or white (depending on territory, around €99 to €199 with data plan) in Europe. Italy´s going non-exclusive with it, so we should see grey market handsets soon. More details in the next issue of Stuff, out on March 1.
UPDATE: Forgot to mention the camera – bog standard 3.2MP job with no flash; our pics didn´t look great – and the screen, which looks great streaming video from YouTube. Connectivity: HSDPA and Wi-Fi. Don´t say we never tell you anything.
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There was a dearth of Android news at MWC yesterday, but things are hotting up. First, we´ve just come from the Nvidia stand, where they´re showcasing prototypes (like the one pictured) running Tegra, an Android platform with 1080p support, multiple video capabilities and the ability to dual-boot with WinMo. No market devices yet, but this is heading for MIDs and netbooks over the coming year and Nvidia claims boosted battery life to the tune of two or three days. When pushed about the manufacturers expected to launch with the hardware, we were told, ´It´s pretty much who you´d expect.´ Secondly, we´re off to a Vodafone conference this afternoon where the operator is announcing ´a new mobile internet smartphone´… HTC is involved, too… we smell Android blood. Watch this space in a couple of hours.
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You’d think we’d be done with iPhone rumours for the week, but we’re not finished yet. Nope, a rumour from an article in Business 27/7 has gone international after being picked up by Shufflegazine and fed on to Gizmodo and Engadget, among others. The business daily suggested that a new iPhone is coming in June. We hope they’re right about that – it might make up for the lack of offerings at January’s Macworld keynote – and we’ve no reason not to believe that Apple has some new product in the offing. But we question the reliability of a source which last week suggested Barack Obama had sold his BlackBerry-loving soul for cash. The page has since been taken down, but you can find an archive copy here. Check out the screengrab above for a taste. Oops.
‘It’s the ultimate in mobile coffee-making!’ Plus the Pomegranate NS08 has GPS, HD pico projector, electric shaver and a blues harp built in. Just how bad can things be if people still have the time to make spoof websites like this? Available now in Nova Scotia… allegedly.
SanDisk’s slotRadio – unveiled at this year’s CES – has had a hard time from bloggers. But isn’t it just being honest about the way we pick our music? In this week’s 7DAYS column, Batteries included, we make a case for the little rogue.
Read the column here.
[Batteries included appears in 7DAYS every Wednesday]
Lego is cool. Fact. As are gadgets. Having already made the leap to robots via NXT Mindstorms, Lego is bricking up some digicams and walkie-talkies. Great, but there’s a catch – you can’t build them and you (probably) can’t put them back together if you smash them. Which begs the question: why claim they’re Lego at all? Was Fisher-Price busy?
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Tagged gadgets, toys
Our CES trip to Las Vegas wasn’t all about gambling away our tech fund. There was real work too. We sat down with vice president of camera/camcorders for Samsung, Mr SB Kim, in a dark corner of the show floor. Obviously impressed by our interview prowess, Mr Kim let slide that Samsung is looking to get back into the entry-level DSLR market late this year (some might remember its ill fated GX-10 from two years back, pictured). The electronics giant has impressed with its point-and-shoots so far, so we think the Koreans have a shot at something special.
We’ve always loved Archos PMPs, but there were so many paid-for extras that were kind of essential on the path to maximum potential. If that’s what’s been holding you back, check out the deals currently available from Sounds ME (although we don’t think they’re available on the site yet). For Dhs1,899, you’ll get a 160GB 705 WiFi with both web browser and web TV/radio plug-ins, plus the DVR station. Visit their store in Bur Dubai or contact them via their site for details.