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3 years ago

Toshiba Thrive pre-orders start today

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The latest Honeycomb powered tablet to be announced, the Toshiba Thrive, is now up for pre-order at Office Depot.  While the date is listed only as "coming soon" (we were told mid July), the price is just as Toshiba announced it would be -- $479.99 for the 16GB version, and $579.99 for the 32GB version.  Noticeably absent is the $429.99 8GB option that was also announced, which may well disappoint some looking for the more frugal option. 

Office Depot has also posted a short video showing off the full size ports, removable battery, and color choices for the back. You'll find the link below to the Windows Media file, which probably won't play on your smartphone.  Bookmark this one for when you get home.

Toshiba proper's also got preorders, for the same prices.

Sources: Toshiba; Office Depot;  More: Features video (wmv).  Thanks, Lester!

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3 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 12 June 2011

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Slider (aka Gelato) now set for Sept. 11?

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The LG Optimus Slider -- codenamed Gelato -- recently popped up on a Sprint inventory screen. And now it appears there's possibly a date to go along with it. If this latest screen, sent to our sister site, CrackBerry, rings true, we could see the Optimus Slider in midnight blue and purple come Sept. 11, 2011.

And note the column on the right -- it appears the Optimus Slider could be replacing the Sprint Remarq, an old vertical sliding feature phone. Veddy interesting.

Source: CrackBerry; More: Sprint LG Remarq

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Chompy's Dodgeball

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Chompy's Dodgeball is a delightful romp in the world of fast-paced digital dodgeball, where it's man vs. beast vs. ninja vs. yeti in an epic, winner-take-all reminiscent of the movie Dodgeball (except for the beats and yeti).

The premise is simple: pummel your opponent into submission with dodgeballs and win. That's not the only way to win, though. If you have the most hearts when the clock runs out, you win. Lastly, if all the balls are on your opponent's side of the line, you win. (This is my preferred method of victory.)

Tap left and right on the ground to move, tap on your opponent's side of the line to throw, and, in the event you get hit, tap the screen repeatedly to get up. It's a pretty simple control scheme, but man, does it get the job done.

The folks over at Quicksilver Labs have dosed Chompy's Dodgeball with an insane amount of detail, from the large roster, full of characters with different and unique stats, to the various types of gameplay, levels, and mini-games included. To top it all off, it's all OpenFeint supported.

There's also DLC to remove ads and unlock the two ninjas and the cat lady. I can only assume as time goes on, they'll further enhance the roster and add more levels, as well.

Overall, Chompy's Dodgeball is an addicting, really fun game. It's the kind of game I'd pull out to kill a few minutes here and there and then find myself in the same position, thirty minutes later, a la Angry Birds. There's a lite version in the Market, but for $1.99, you get rid of ads plus you unlock Soba, the black ninja, so if feudal Japan is your thing, that's the price to pay.

Download links and QR code is after the break.

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3 years ago

Using a PS3 controller with the Motorola Xoom

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

This is just the beginning, folks. With the addition of the USB host capability in Android 3.1, we're about to see an onslaught of cool peripherals for Android devices. And here we have the PS3 controller being used on the Motorola Xoom. All you really need, in this example anyway, is a controller, one of those imported OTG cables and, of course, a compatible app. The latter is going to be the bottleneck at first. Write your congressman. Write your developer. And let's get this done.

Source: Booyagadget via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 11, 2011

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Productivity apps, fun apps, gaming apps, whatever you need apps, they all exist, the trouble is just finding the ones that are worth using. Each week we like to bring you some of our favorite choices, in hopes that they could become your favorites as well. Let's hit the break and take a look at some of the choices from this week.

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3 years ago

AT&T Attain (aka the Galaxy S II) outed by Samsung on Facebook

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Dunno how anyone's going to explain this one. Tucked away on Samsung Mobile Singapore's Facebook page is a smattering of Galaxy S II accessories. And on the desktop dock is none other than an AT&T branded device. That'd make it the rumored Attain. Now before you start screaming that it's just the Infuse 4G and everybody's confused, note that the power button's ever so slightly different than AT&T's current 4.5-inch monster. That said, the power button's also different in a second render of the dock (which looks pretty slick, by the way, with HDMI and 3.5mm jacks). One more pic after the break, and you can check out the whole thing at the source link.

Source: Samsung Mobile Singapore Facebook; via Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC Flyer review

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As a veteran Android manufacturer that rapidly rose to the top of the smartphone food chain, the news that HTC was working on an Android tablet didn’t come as much of a surprise. But when the HTC Flyer was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress back in February, we saw a device a quite different from what most were expecting. This was no 10-inch, Honeycomb-toting slate like other manufacturers were offering, but a smaller 7-inch tablet with pen input, running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

HTC seemed to be positioning the Flyer as a different sort of tablet -- something smaller and lighter than the portly Motorola Xoom, but more multimedia and web-friendly than the average smartphone. As the original Samsung Galaxy Tab proved, the 7-inch tablet form factor has a lot to offer, but with prices set around the level of larger, dual-core tablets, is the HTC Flyer worth your cash? Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Podcast: Episode Zero

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Introducing our cross-platform podcast, the state of the union for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone!

Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android Central, CrackBerry.com, PreCentral.net, TiPb.com and WPCentral for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, and Rene discuss new Gingerbread phones, iOS 5 and iCloud, Playbook updates, and Apple stealing back. This is Mobile Nations!

Meta Talk

  • Do we go clean or explicit?
  • Do we use theme music or smash cut straight to the talk?
  • Should we stick to a bi-weekly schedule?
  • What should our album art be?

Tech Talk

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