In the realm of Android Honeycomb tablets -- and it's not like there are all that many out there yet -- things pretty much have, well, looked the same. But the LG Optimus pad brings a bit of differentiation to the burgeoning tablet market.
Start with its size -- 8.9 inches, not the 7 of the original Galaxy Tab or the 10.1 inches of the Motorola Xoom or the new Galaxy Tab 10-inch. And we're very much on the fence about the size. LG claims its the perfect compromise, and maybe it is. But to us it felt like an oversized Galaxy Tab, so far as the basic size goes. A little bit unwieldy, but the screen size is still darn nice. The 1280x768 resolution is plenty adequate.
And then there's that whole 3D thing LG's pushing. And pushing, and pushing. And the Optimus Pad, just like its Optimus 3D smartphone cousin, as on the 3D train as well, with a pair of 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2MP shooter up front.
It's plenty fast, thanks to an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and we didn't see much lag at all in Honeycomb or the apps, which is nice for a pre-production unit.
British networks Three and Orange have announced that they'll be carrying the new LG Optimus 3D when it's released in the UK later this year. Both carriers' official sites offered a run-down of the Optimus 3D's specs and features, however specific release dates and prices were conspicuously absent.
It's likely -- though not confirmed -- that other major UK carriers will also be picking up the Optimus 3D at some point in the future, however Three and Orange are first with their official announcements.
In addition to the Optimus 3D, Orange announced that it'll also be offering the Optimus Black on selected plans in the second quarter of the year.
What we do know is that this is a 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280x768 display running on that aforementioned NVIDIA Tegra250 Dual-core CPU. There's a 5mp camera on the back, 2mp on the front, HDMI-out, and a nice brushed metal unibody casing.
Until Honeycomb arrives, we have a very-slightly-modified version of Android 2.3 - you can bring out the home, menu, and back button by swiping on the lower-right - swiping again equates to a long-press to multitask.
Catch a hands-on video and a few more photos after the break!
Sometimes you just want a phone that's crazy, crazy tall. Enter the Acer Iconia Smart, which sports a 4.8" 1024 x 480 screen at a 21:9 aspect ratio. Toss in an 8mp camera on the back with 720p recording and 1.3mp on the front, a unibody metal casing (but as you can see in the video below, it doesn't quite feel as awesome as other unibody phones), Android 2.3, HDMI-out, DLNA, and Acer's can't-get-no-respect-but-it's-not-bad Breeze UI and you have a phone that's pretty indicative of where Acer is in the Android market right now: an interesting underachiever that deserves a second look but is still waiting for US carrier to invite them to the dance. In other words - pricing and availability not yet known.
We all knew it was coming -- LG was going all-in with 3D screen technology, and they've done it with the Optimus 3D. And, surprisingly, it's not horrible.
The phone itself is fairly unremarkable -- your basic black slab. It's got a 4.3-inch touchscreen powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor, and flipping through Android 2.2 (it'll get a Gingerbread update at some point, LG says) was plenty fast.
But 3D is what this phone is all about. And not just playing 3D videos, which was pretty cool, but recording them as well. The Optimus 2D has not one but two 5MP cameras on the rear for stereoscopic recording. And you can even see what you're recording in 3D in real time on the touchscreen display.
So how's the 3D look? It's ... different. Your eyes will have to adjust to it some, but it's not the worst thing in the world, and some content looks better than other. Battery life, we're told, is boosted by the dual-core processor. But you know how those things go -- you'll need to use it to see.
There's a handful of 3D-capable games on board, and the phone has a dedicated hardware button that takes you to a special 3D gallery, from which you access all your 3D content, including 3D content on YouTube.
You're going to have to see this to believe it, truly. We're not completely sold on the idea of 3D content, but LG certainly is.
The Motorola Atrix 4G is as much about its accessories as it is about the phone itself. Sure, it's not as magical as the Atrix Laptop dock or even the standard Atrix Media dock, but just for the sake of completeness, here is the official Motorola Atrix Car Dock. Comes with the suction cup and looks easy to position - you simply set the Atrix in there and snap the top down on it to lock it in. Looks like this is charging only, however, no audo-out or fancy Bluetooth or other fangles-that-are-new.
Close your eyes and imagine - imagine a strange and crazy world where the Motorola Droid Pro doesn't run on Verizon but instead has been outfitted solely with an HSPA/GSM radio and set for Europe. Image that the only other difference between the Verizon Droid Pro and this crazy new phone - let's call it simply the Motorola Pro - is that it doesn't have any of the custom Verizon software or the Verizon 'droid' branding. Image it still has a 1GHz processor, Android 2.2, and the same version of MotoBlur.
Imagine no more, dear reader, because the Motorola Pro is not only announced, it's real and we have the photos to prove it. What an amazing world we live in - the only way it would be amazing-er is if we had a firm launch date and price. Sadly, all we know is that it's coming to Europe and given that the hardware is here and on display and working, we have assume that it's coming soon.
LG unveiled their newest flagship device this morning at MWC, the Optimus 3D. The Optimus 3D features the world's first dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture.
It features two 5MP rear cameras for 3D recording, which are powered by a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP 4 processor.The screen is a 4.3-inch, WVGA display that also features the world's first stereoscopic scree, which means glasses free 3D.
Other specs include 8GB memory, a 1500 mAh battery and DLNA/HDMI support. Full press release after the break.
We're still sitting in on the LG live blog from Mobile World Congress but we had to just take a quick second and show you all the Quadrant scores from the LG Optimus 3D. As you all can see above, the Optimus 3D can easily hit 2958 without any modifications at all. Dual Core, Dual Channels, Dual Memory is what Euro marketing director Daniel Hernandez was making clear to everyone. The LG Optimus 3D is packing that and more. Sit tight as we gather up the rest of the information for you all.
At their press event in Barcelona this morning, LG officially showed off their Optimus Pad, and let us all know they are ready for the "tablet war" that 2011 will be. While they already made an official announcement via press release on Feb 12, this was the first time they gave us a look, and discussed their global strategy for tablet computing. It seems like they understand that the market for a true tablet computer is going to skyrocket, and they say they are ready for it with the Optimus Pad. With a 1 GHz Tegra2 dual-core processor the specs are very nice on paper, and you can bet we're going to have a look at real world performance just as soon as we can.
We're not quite sold on the 3D aspect of their newest devices, but we want to be fair and try it ourselves. The concept sounds good, let's hope the execution can live up. The full press release from today's event is after the break.
We're live from LG's press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The Optimus 3D is in definite effect, and maybe we'll see a tablet or two. The presser's scheduled to start at 11 a.m. local time (that's GMT +1), so join us after the break!
Motorola has announced that their business-oriented phone the Droid Pro is coming to Europe as the Motorola Pro.
The European version will be identical to the American version, just sans the 'Droid' label. It will still sports Android 2.2 (Froyo), a 1GHz processor and a full QWERTY keyboard that is best described as 'BlackBerry-style'. It is a popular device for enterprise because of enhaced security measures such as remote wiping of the device and SD card, SD card encryption and complex password support.
Around here we love Lloyd as well as Andy but we often have late night thoughts of what we, ourselves would look like as Android mascots. OK, maybe just some of us think that way but we're certain we're not alone in that thinking. Luckily, Google was onto that idea as well (or been reading our email again) and have decided to release Androidify to the Android Market. With Androidify you can create your own, modeled after you Android robot. Very cool. Jump on past the break for the promo video and download from the Android Market. [Androidify via @OOBE,Engagdet]
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