Specs and press shots are in for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2


PocketNow has received some beautiful leaked press images and specs for the Galaxy Note II. Our awaited Note II is expected to be announced very soon. The leaked picture is dispalyed above. [Read more...]

Cisco Cius Introduces Business Tablet , Plans to Release in July

Cisco is introducing AppHQ, an application ecosystem built specifically for their Cius business tablet. According to Cisco’s site, “AppHQ provides developers with tools and resources to create, test and market applications for the Cius tablet.”

What applications can be used on the device can be controlled by IT managers, and companies can create “private, custom-branded application storefronts for their organizations where employees can find, publish and procure applications that complement their business environments.”

The tablet itself should be available on July 31, and the price is currently set at $750, but Cisco says it could go lower. It’s got a 7-inch screen, 720p HD video, 5 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM and 32 GB of flash memory, removable 5200 mAh battery, Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor, and Android 2.2 Froyo.

Archos Tablets Come with Hard to Beat Specs and Price Tags

Archos is coming out with something that’s pretty impressive- the Archos G9 series tablets. There are two size options- an eight inch model with 1024-by-768 resolution, and 10.1 with 1280×800 resolution.

The tablets will be running Honeycomb 3.1, have dual-core 1.5 GHz processors, 250GB of storage, and an HDMI output with 1080p media playback. Best part? The 8 inch version will hit the market at $279, and the larger, only $349. Awesome. We’ll be seeing these cheaper tablet options come September.

Dell Streak Pro Android Tablet Specs

Specifications for the Dell Streak Pro are believed to be that it has a 10.1 inch high resolution touchscreen (1280 x 800 LCD) with NVIDIA’s 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor chip, dual cameras with 1080p Full HD video playback, built in SD card reader, its own docking system (which gives you Ethernet, HDMI and dual USB ports, will be available for the tablet as well).

Although the tablet is launching in China first, the outcome may be to our advantage. The Dell Streak Pro will be moving its way toward the US sometime next year with updated software and better understanding. Lets just hope China’s “beta” test will be more than satisfactory.

HTC Sensation for T-Mobile Coming This June

The highly anticipated HTC Sensation is almost here; it’ll be hitting stores for T-Mobile on June 15- but is also expected to be available as early as June 12 at select Walmart locations. It’ll be $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.

The HTC Sensation will have a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera that can capture 1080p HD video, HTC Sense, and 4G network.

T-Mobile’s Newsroom lists the following preloaded applications for the smartphone:

HTC Watch™: A library of the latest, premium movies and TV shows available for rent or purchase using innovative progressive download technology
HTC Listen™: A VIP pass to a library of millions of songs with the freedom to transfer purchases to another device or computer
T-Mobile® TV: A free selection of live and on-demand TV including news, sports and kids programming, plus full episodes of popular shows
T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™: Video conversations with friends and family through T-Mobile’s network and over Wi-Fi
Slacker Radio: Free, personalized radio with over 150 genre stations and the ability to create your own stations

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iPad 2 Announced; Packing Dual-Core A5 Chip, yet Still Behind in Android Competition

As we were expecting, whether any of us cared or not the Apple iPad 2 has been announced, and it seems as though Apple has been paying close attention to what’s been crackin’ with their tablet competition. The iPad 2 will sport their own dual-core A5 chip, as well as a front and back camera. That’s all fine and dandy, but with still no Flash support, I’m far from sold. With tablets like the Motorola XOOM out, that offer a much broader range of capabilities… I still can’t see this as being a hard decision for any tablet enthusiast. At any rate, check out the chart above for the iPad 2′s specs, next to the latest competition.

[VIA] Phandroid

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DroidNerds Review: Motorola Atrix 4G

The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the most anticipated Android smartphones for 2011, and rightly so. This dual-core powerhouse of an Android is sure to run the most demanding games and applications that you’ll find on the Android Market to date. Noted as The Worlds most Powerful Smartphone, the Motorola Atrix 4G has given AT&T customers a new, and legit reason to say so-long to their iPhones and get with the rapidly growing industry that is Android.

Prior to getting the Motorola Atrix 4G, I was using the next best Android on AT&T, the Samsung Captivate. While the hardware of the device left much to be desired, I really enjoyed the Galaxy S UI in terms of functionality and customization. Don’t get me wrong though, the responsiveness of the Captivate drove me up walls, and begging for the Atrix 4G’s launch to come sooner than scheduled.

Upon using the new Motorola Atrix 4G since it’s initial launch about a week ago, I’ve become very familiar with the device, its features, and some of the pros and cons that you never really run into until after really getting inside a smartphone. While I feel the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot, opinions are like Androids… everyone has one.

HARDWARE

As you may or may not have heard, the Motorola Atrix 4G is the first Android device on AT&T to utilize an NVidia dual-core Tegra 2 processor. With this kind of technology, it makes literally every action you do on the device respond with almost no hesitation whatsoever. The Tegra 2 processor in the Atrix 4G is normally clocked at 1000MHz, but has been rumored to have been overclocked above that, which would come as no surprise. The Atrix 4G also features a 3D Graphics Hardware Accelerator, pushing mobile gaming to the next level.

Next to its Tegra 2 Chip is a whopping 1GB of RAM. Bear in mind that most Android devices currently on the market don’t sport anything above 512MB of RAM, so a leap this far forward does absolute wonders for overall performance. The device doesn’t come with an additional SD Card, but it’s onboard 16BG of internal memory should be quite sufficient to get you started. On the other hand, if 16 gigs just doesn’t suit your needs, the Atrix 4G can hold up to a 32GB MicroSDHC Card.

The Atrix 4G’s candybar form factor packs a 540 x 960 4″ qHD display that pumps out 24-bit color graphics that bring new life to your multimedia experience. It features a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED Flash on the back, as well as a front-facing camera for video calls.

One of the drawbacks of the device’s camera is its inability to record or playback in 1080p at the present time. The good news is that the Atrix 4G will get an update at a later time which will enable such video features.

The device itself is moderately light. Weighing in at 4.76 ounces, it’s a real easy size to fit in your hand, making it convenient for hand-soloing texts, calls, web browsing, etc.

BATTERY LIFE

The Motorola Atrix 4G comes stock with an OEM 1880mAh battery, which initially I thought was going to be more than enough, considering most devices are anywhere from 1550mAh or below. However, after using the device for a week, I’ve realized that you want as little applications running in the background as possible with the Atrix. I was finding myself plugging in the Atrix halfway throughout the day just to keep it alive. After removing over 70% of the bloatware and widgets on the Atrix, I’ve definitely experienced an improvement of life on the device, at least enough to get me through the workday. Could the powerful hardware of the device have something to do with this? Well, absolutely. But you can’t blame a powerhouse device for doing what it’s designed to do.

As with any smartphone, it inevitably all boils down to what and how you use the device. If you want 20 widgets running at the same time while you play Words with Friends 24/7, then expect to keep that Atrix 4G plugged in for a good portion of your day.

SOFTWARE

The two aspects that I was absolutely dreading about the Motorola Atrix 4G was the fact that it came with MOTOBLUR and lack of Android 2.3. Sadly, I hadn’t even had much experience with the MOTOBLUR, but only spent enough time with the Motorola Flipout to realize that I didn’t like it. With that said, I wasn’t expecting a mind blowing experience apart from the performance due to its spectacular hardware.

After removing much of the MOTOBLUR crap that comes on the Atrix 4G when you first use it, I almost don’t even notice it’s there. There’s really no hinder to the device’s performance that I can tell after you rid it of all the unnecessary mumbo-jumbo. I don’t consider myself to be a huge social networking junkie, so doing without MOTOBLUR’s integration wasn’t a hard decision for me. I’ve got the Facebook app, so I’ll pull it up when I feel the need to.

Even though the World’s Most Powerful Smartphone didn’t come with the latest and greatest version of Android, Android 2.2 (Froyo) is more than suitable for this device. Besides, it’s not like we won’t see an update to Android 2.3 in the very-near future, right? What I do find amusing is that in the entire time that I used the Samsung Captivate, I patiently awaited for Sammy or AT&T to roll out the Froyo update. Months and months went by and nothing. Right after the Atrix 4G launches, BAM. Android 2.2 rolls out for the Captivate. But hey, that’s just my luck.

The overall responsiveness of the UI on the Atrix 4G is second to none. I have yet to encounter any application that drags with load times. It’s extremely easy to use, and the fact that you don’t have to root the Atrix 4G to get majority of the bloatware off is also a big plus in my book.

SYNCING

The Atrix 4G comes with a standard MicroUSB cable, as well as an HDMI cable to hook up to your HDTV. Syncing is as easy as ever, as it is with most other Android devices. Dragging and dropping… that process still hasn’t changed. What’s really cool is the Motorola Media Center.

After you hook up the included HDMI cable to your HDTV and to your Atrix 4G, you get a cool new multimedia panel that pops up on your TV. Using just your device, you can scroll through all your media, including music, movies and photos. I previewed a couple of movies I had on my MicroSD Card, and they displayed beautifully in full screen mode with superb audio quality.

The Atrix 4G’s epic hardware specs, along with this new multimedia implementation is what’s going to set this device apart from the rest of the crowd. There’s even more capabilities with Motorola’s Media Center when you purchase separate accessories, like a remote, docking station and a laptop dock. Those I’ll mention more about later.

GAMING

A word to wise for all you gamers out there looking into this device, the Atrix 4G comes with a demo of Need for Speed Shift and it’s sweet. It uses the devices accelerometer to drive, and the graphics are definitely something to brag about. I can’t express how impressed I was with how the Atrix handled this game. So if games are your thing, and you’re not holding out for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play then I’d strongly suggest you at least give the Atrix 4G a go.

VIDEO CHAT

Lastly I wanted to talk about the video chat on the Motorola Atrix 4G. I had really hoped that the Atrix wasn’t going to have the same issues with video chat like the Samsung Nexus S did after its launch, and for the most part- it didn’t.

The first applications I tried were Skype, Yahoo Messenger, and Tango. Much to my surprise, all three apps were unsuccessful in offering me to utilize my front-facing camera and start up a video call with my device. I didn’t look too much further into why, until I was absolutely sure that all my options were tapped. The last application I downloaded was Qik for Atrix 4G.

Upon loading Qik, I was able to pull up my account and initiate a video call right away. My current location at the time didn’t offer full 4G speeds, but more highend 3G, so watching my buddy on the other end was a bit choppy. Which of course, their connection could have contributed to that as well. Other than that the audio reception on both ends was definitely acceptable, and you could swap cameras (front to back) with no problems at all! If anyone has used any of the other video chat applications for the Atrix 4G that I’ve mentioned and got them to work fine, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Unfortunately however, Qik was the only working solution for me.

SUMMARY

The Motorola Atrix 4G has thoroughly impressed me on every level I can think of. It’s sheer performance alone is enough to make me happy for months to come until they push out the Gingerbread update.

The Atrix 4G is currently available through AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract, or $149.99 from Radio Shack. There are a number of awesome accessories that are available with the Atrix, such as a Multimedia dock that enables you dock your device, and hook up to an HDTV via the included HDMI cable. Depending on how you purchase the Multimedia Dock (bundle or by itself) a remote is also available for the dock that allows you to scroll through the pictures, movies and music on your Atrix 4G from anywhere in the room.

There’s also a Laptop Dock, which enables you to dock the Atrix behind the laptop unit, while it displays your entire device on the laptop’s screen. You’re still able to do all the functions that your Atrix offers, as you increase your productivity by multitasking with the laptop dock.

The downfall of these accessories is that they’re very-much on the expensive side, even if you purchase them with the phone, you’re only looking at about a $100 reduction for a $500 laptop dock.

Bottom line is the Motorola Atrix 4G is hands down, the most bad-ass Android on the AT&T network. It towers over majority of its competitors and will continue to do so for quite some time to come. My advice: Dump your iPhone, get the Atrix 4G, be happy.

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Run-through of the LG G-Slate [VIDEO]

A very short video has came out of the wild of the LG G-Slate coming to T-Mobile sometime during the spring season. The video just gives us a quick overview of the device. The 120-second video showcases its dual-camera for 3D capabilities, external ports and specs. Its also going to run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.

Here is the video of the overview, so go ahead and take a gander.

[VIA] BGR

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The XOOM is priced at Best Buy, available Feb 24th

Yay!! We finally have a set price to go along with the February 24th release date for the Motorola XOOM. Courtesy of a Best Buy ad and the guys at Engadget have a price for the device. The price tag for this awesome new piece of machinery is a hefty $800 and the ad also shows 3G plans that will be upgradable to 4G. The price seems high but it really not for what you get. You got yourself a Tegra2 dual-core, 1GB RAM with 32GB onboard memory, Android 3.0, and Adobe Flash. So save up that money or whip out those gold cards and get your hands oh the newest bad-ass tablets.

[VIA] Engadget

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Rumors of the HTC Pyramid rise from the tombs of T-Mobile

Carriers seems to be popping out more and more 4g phones, but T-Mobile might be feeling a little left out. Well they dusted off the tomb and revealed specs about an HTC 4G phone called the Pyramid. Its rumored to have a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.3 inch screen with qHD resolution. We will keep you up to date on all updates that come along.

[VIA] Engadget

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