Tag Archives: Handheld

Happy 20th birthday, Game Boy

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Launched in April 1989, the Nintendo Game Boy has reached its 20th birthday. The handheld shipped 120 million units during its 14-year production stint (every member of the Stuff team had one growing up) and blew away competition from the likes of Sega’s Game Gear and Atari’s Lynx. Over the years it’s provided entertainment from the likes of Tetris and Super Mario Brothers, to wildly popular Pokemon, and even produced ace perephirals like the first Game Boy Camera. Not a bad run for a 20-year old.

[via Kotaku]

Sony Lilac PSP is lazy marketing

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Remember when Sony discovered a fondness for colouring in its PSPs. Apparently, the company is bored of primary colours now, so it’s giving us the Lilac PSP. Do they really think this will make us rush out and buy a handheld gaming device if we haven’t already? And what’s next? Beige? Fuchsia? Ochre? Mustard? Cherry Blossom?

[via PSP World]

HTC Magic Android Google phone hands-on

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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.

Day of the Android at MWC?

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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.

Sony sees in colour PSP

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Not wanting its games division sales to go slack this spring, Sony has nicked a trick from Nintendo. From the beginning of March you’ll be able to bag a PSP-3000 in four carnival colours. They’ll also come bundled with a 4GB memory stick and 2200Ah battery.

Hopefully they’ll carry the technicolor trend to the PS3. It would go nicely with our bright green drapes.

[Via Akihabranews]

Pomegranate: the ultimate smartphone?

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‘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.

Shuttle XP07 rumoured for 2009

station07Piling through the stacks of highly classified CES reports, our keen eyes spotted a diamond in the gadget rough. Hidden within the Shuttle computer range is this, a mystery concept product that looks very much like a PSP. The XP07, catchily dubbed the Station 7, could appear later this year. The  slim black portable is designed to act as a remote for digital media and home entertainment, and even play simple games. It’s rumoured to have a 7in touchscreen and – if this mock-up is to be believed – run Firefox and have GPS capabilities. That’s enough to get our palms sweating in anticipation.