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Aircell annnounces world’s first ‘airborne smartphone’

25 Mar

No, you won’t be able to use it on your next flight, but if you’re lucky enough to have your own business jet, you will soon be able to get Aircell’s new Android-based smartphone designed for aircraft use. While the company’s staying fairly mum on specifics at the moment, these electronic gadgets are said to pack a 3.8-inch capacitive display, and it’s designed to be backwards-compatible with all Aircell Axxess communications systems currently in production, as well as its forthcoming Gogo Biz Voice service. No word on pricing just yet, but Aircell is promising to reveal that sometime before the phone launches in “late 2011.” Head on past the break for the full press release.

Source from Engadget

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Motorola Xoom vs. Apple iPad 2

24 Mar

The original iPad didn’t make it into many of CNET’s Prizefights in 2010 because, frankly, there wasn’t a whole lot of competition. But, oh, what a difference a year makes.

The Motorola Xoom was the darling of CES and Google’s first-draft pick to receive its Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. It was the first tablet to offer dual-core processing, and the first with Adobe Flash 10.2 support. If ever there were an iPad contender, the Xoom is it.

But the iPad is a moving target. Only a few weeks after the Xoom launched, Apple announced the iPad 2 electronic gadgets. Thinner, lighter, and more powerful than the original, the iPad 2 has proven itself a worthy successor.

Now the question is: which one should you choose? Speaking for themselves, our three CNET editors have put these two tablets through five rounds of criticism and evaluation, assigning a score to each device, round by round. In the end, only one tablet will reign victorious.

Mozilla Firefox 4 RC for Android and Maemo now up for grabs

23 Mar


If you’re liking what Firefox 4 for mobile already offers in its previous beta builds, then you’ll certainly want to check out its release candidate that went live on Monday — just less than six months after the browser when beta. According to Mozilla, this new build provides a better overall user experience with faster scrolling and improved Firefox Sync, along with other tech gadgets like Awesome Screen smart shortcuts, tabbed browsing, Firefox Add-ons, and Persona themes. Sounds a lot like its desktop sibling (which has a healthy 4.9 million downloads already), doesn’t it? Head over to the source page for the Android and Maemo download links, or you can have a look at Mozilla’s latest video after the break if you need some convincing.

 

Source from Engadget

Let The Honeyclones Begin: The Pioneer DreamBook ePad H10 HD

15 Mar

Right off the bat, let’s just make something clear: this isn’t from Pioneer, makers of quality audio devies. No, this is a tablet by Pioneer Computers, a major Australian laptop maker that makes a whole line of Android tablets — but this ePad H10 HD (catchy) is their first Honeycomb device.

It costs $700 (Australian) naked and is actually quite competitively specced: Tegra II 120 (it’s what’s in many upcoming Honeycomb tablets), a gig of RAM, a 10.1″ 1280×800 capacitive screen, dual cameras (5 and 2 megapixels), 16-64GB SSD, GPS, 3G, and yes, it ships with Honeycomb.

Those are really almost exactly the specs we see on the Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Why should you choose these electronic gadgets over this? Well, they’re probably built better, and you might get a better return policy (big company, new device), but really, there’s not much difference. And at 760g and 12mm thick, it’s not like it’s that chubby either.

They’re shipping in April (supposedly), but don’t blame me if it gets lost in the post between Australia and wherever you live. If you’re looking for an “off-brand” Android tablet, wait a couple months and there will be a hot dozen to choose from. The price will go down, too; even the clones can’t beat the iPad on price right now, hardware differences aside.

 

Source from: CrunchGear

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is alive and kicking

15 Mar

Every hero needs a sidekick, and anyone who is looking for a smartphone will, well you know where we’re heading with this – need a Sidekick too – a Sidekick 4G in this case.

The handset itself is developed by Samsung and will run on the Android operating system, where it is touted to be one of T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones to date, and is capable of working on theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps.

Taking off where its predecessor has left off, the Sidekick 4G will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, a sturdy “pop-tilt” hinge, a five-row QWERTY keyboard, as well as keeping you in touch easily thanks to the Sidekick Group Text and Cloud Text options.

Preloaded with essential Facebook and Twitter applications, you can be sure that keeping in touch with this puppy is not a problem at all. Other hardware specifications include a VGA front-facing camera, a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and integrated Google services support among others.

Out in spring this year, these cool electronic gadgets will come in a couple of colors – matte black or pearl magenta, for a yet unidentified price point.

 

Source from: Ubergizmo

Sony Ericsson Spain confirms Xperia Play for €649 on April 1st

15 Mar

Apparently in an effort to reduce confusion and settle the situation once and for all, Sony Ericsson’s Spanish outpost has taken to the wires today to clarify the pricing and availability situation of the electronic gadgets of Xperia Play there: €649 off contract and unlocked (which works out to roughly $907) on April 1st. That more or less lines up with what we’ve been hearing in other European locales, though in Spain, Vodafone will have a 15-day exclusive on the white model — other carriers will only have access to black at first, and none of the carriers have come clean with on-contract pricing details just yet. Clearly, $900 is an enormously tough sell, but a weak dollar never helps these situations — we’ll need to wait for word on the US retail picture before we’ve got the whole story.

Source from ENGADGETS