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Sprint’s First Eco-Friendly Android Phone, the Samsung Replenish, Coming May 8th

18 Apr

When Sprint launched their first “green” handset back in 2009, we assumed it was little more than a passing gesture. In 2010, they surprised us with a second installment in their green line. And this year? Sure enough, they’re back with another one — and this time, it’s an Android-powered smartphone electronic gadgets.

Now, the Samsung Replenish is no spec’d-out monsterphone, but it is made of 82% recyclable materials with an outer casing built of 34% post-consumer recycled plastic. Under all those recycled bits its got a 2.8″ QVGA display, a QWERTY keyboard, 2MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, and microSD support (up to 32GB). Oh, and perhaps the coolest bit of all: Sprint will waive the mandatory $10 smartphone data add-on for anyone carrying the Replenish. Given that that works out to $120 per year, that’s no chump change.

Expect the Replenish electronic gadgets to launch on May 8th for $49.99 on a two-year contract.

Source from CrunchGear

Pentax Optio WG-1 Is the Perfect Summer Vacation Companion

18 Apr

Need a camera that can take as much of a beating as you can? Consider the Pentax Optio WG-1 tech gadgets ($323) — it could be the perfect outdoor camera for your Summer excursions. Waterproof up to 33 feet, as well as cold-, dust-, shock-, and crush-proof for those of you with butter fingers, the WG-1 comes with a 14MP lens, wide-screen HD video, GPS so you can geo-tag your pics, and front-facing LED lights that function like a ring light to illuminate underwater shots.

Plus, the tech gadgets come in several different colors to match your style — black, gray, purple, and green — but I happen to prefer the bolder colors since they’d be easy to find if you dropped it in a river or lake. Just sayin’.

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Toshiba Folio 100

18 Apr

Toshiba has put a lot of investment into the Android operating system to make it easier to use as a tablet, with touches including a polished file manager, onscreen shortcuts to switch off the 802.1 In WLAN radio, and Toshiba’s own Media Player.
Theoretically, you can also access media from DLNA servers, but whenever we tried to play videos it crashed. That’s a shame, as it should be possible to stream videos directly onto your HDTV via the HDMI port.
Toshiba includes a selection of handy apps with the Folio electronic gadgets : Fring for VoIP calls, Documents To Go Basic (for editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs), and Opera Mobile. Where the Folio falls down, though, is in its lack of support for the Android Market. Instead you must use the Toshiba Market Place, where “top apps” include K9Mail, Kitchibi and Andoku ֊ hardly big names.
So you won’t be able to properly utilize the powerful NVidia Tegra 250 platforms, which proved capable of rendering a stadium beautifully in the bundled Backbreaker game. But we hit another problem: this game requires you to tilt the Folio to move the player, highlighting the screen’s poor viewing angles.
Yet another frustration comes when switching on the Folio electronic gadgets from standby, which takes two to three seconds; instant-on is meant to be a selling point of tablets. In recompense, battery life is a plus: it lasts for up to 30 days on a charge, and more than five hours of active use over three days.
The biggest problem of all, however, is the physical buttons’ lack of responsiveness. Toshiba gets many things right with the Folio electronic gadgets, but it gets too many fundamental things wrong. If you must have a 10in Android slate, choose the Archos instead.