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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Toshiba Excite X10

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Toshiba dropped a bit of a bomb on CES 2012 by announcing a 10-inch Android tablet that just so happens to be the slimmest one ever. The Toshiba Excite X10 edges out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a 7.7 mm thickness - a full 1.1 mm thinner, and on par with the Droid RAZR. As you might expect, the thing is pretty light too, weighing in at just under 1.2 pounds. Battery life apparently hasn't been sacrificed in the process, as Toshiba is aiming for 8 hours, and there's plenty of horsepower under the hood. The Excite X10 is packs a dual-core 1.2 GHz OMAP 4430 processor, 1 GB of RAM and has a solid 1280 x 800 IPS touch display. All of the usual stuff is also on there, like a 5 megapixel camera on the back, 2 megapixel shooter on the front, accelerometer, and Wi-Fi. 

Toshiba's previous tablet, the Thrive, made a name for itself by offering a wide variety of inputs, and though USB, HDMI, and SD are also found on the Toshiba Excite X10, all formats are downsized to their micro-sized cousins. On the software side, the Excite updates Toshiba's Thrive customizations with a new file manager and DLNA media sharing capabilities. It's just too bad that there doesn't seem like there's going to be a cellular version of this; if they were able to cram LTE into this bad boy, it would be pretty sweet. 

In the slimness arms race, Toshiba has done a pretty great job, even if their Android customizations don't have much flavour. With something that slim and light, I would be worried about the construction if it wasn't for the the magnesium alloy backing and Gorilla glass front face. 

Pricing will start at $520 for the 16 GB model, and $600 for the 32 GB version when it launches this quarter, which is entirely reasonable in the grand scheme of tablets. Anyone biting? Is skinny your thing? You can take a closer look at press shots and specs over here

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Kogeto iCONIC for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Only just a few days ago we learned that Kogeto, the maker of a panoramic lens for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S was planning on announcing their iCONIC lens which was being made for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The software is not fully finished for the Galaxy Nexus as of now so we did have to jump on the iPhone to show how the application functions and exactly what you can expect.

As you can see the device is actually a case that clips on the back of the device and once the application is launched you can begin to record. Once the recording begins you lay the device flat and sit back while it captures 360 degrees of video. After you are finished recording you can watch the application or share it to your favorite social network where your friends and family can share the same 360-degree view that you captured. Hit the break for a few more images and a video demo.

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2 years ago

Android Central at CES 2012: Day 1 roundup

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2 years ago

Rogers introducing Visual Voicemail Plus for Android

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Rogers iPhone customers have been taking advantage of Visual Voicemail for quite some time now but the company quite honestly has been rather slow to roll the services out to other devices across their system.

If the above information is in anyway accurate, that should soon be changing for not only Android users but also BlackBerry users. Yes, BlackBerry has visual voicemail -- stop snickering. It looks as though Rogers has gone about things a different way though by switching things up and calling their service Visual Voicemail Plus and offering the capability to save visual voicemail messages rather then being forced to clear them out of the system.

The listed devices that will be supported initially is indeed rather slim on the Android side of things, breaking them down to the long in the tooth Sony Ericsson X10 and the Samsung Galaxy Q but any other device capable of receiving MMS messages can also get in on the action. No pricing is listed on the documentation so we'll see later on if it's a paid service.

Source: Technapedia

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2 years ago

Eyes on the front of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus

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So here's the thing about the Sprint Galaxy Nexus: It's a Galaxy Nexus. On Sprint. We can only show you the front of it here, because that's all we were allowed to take pictures of. And it looks just lke the front of the Galaxy Nexus. In fact, we're not even going to tell you whether the blurry one is the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, or the GSM Galaxy Nexus. Doesn't matter here.

While we weren't allowed to take a picture of the back of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, nobody's stopping us from telling you about it. It looks like the back of a Galaxy Nexus, with a Sprint logo. But the fact that we weren't allowed to record it in digital form makes us think that could possibly change. Anyway, there you go. 

A few more less-than-ideally-lit shots after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sprint LG Viper

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Not a whole lot to say about the LG Viper from our brief time with it at Sprint's little get-together at the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas. You're looking at a mid-level device with a stock Gingerbread UI, LTE data and Sprint ID thrown in for good measure. It's got one of LG's excellent Nova displays though, so that's a pretty big point in its favor.

We'll get more quality time in with the Viper when we're done bouncing our heads to the beat here at Tao. In the meantime, enjoy.

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2 years ago

Video hands-on with the Sony Xperia S

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In case the images and eye candy weren't enough, here's a few minutes of the shiny new Sony Xperia S in action. Enjoy!

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2 years ago

Kodak filing lawsuits against both HTC and Apple

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Kodak isn't really having the best time financially right now, but that hasn't prevented the company from filing patent lawsuits against both HTC and Apple. 

The claims from Kodak are that both smartphone manufacturers are infringing upon some of their digital imaging patents. While they already have an existing lawsuit directed at Apple, this one brings more devices to the table. HTC meanwhile are being targeted through their EVO View 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Vivid, Amaze 4G, Desire, EVO Design 4G, Hero S, Rezound, Rhyme, Sensation 4G and the Wildfire S devices. That's a lot of Android. Notably missing from the list are any of HTC's Windows Phone devices.

FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller speculates that the whole show may well be designed to create attention around Kodak's patent portfolio as they search for a buyer for the company. 

Source: Mobileburn

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia S

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Sony has been hitting the Android game pretty hard this week, first the Sony Xperia Ion and now the Sony Xperia S, another incredible device. How can you really go wrong with a 1.5GHz dual-core device with a 720p 4.3-inch display? Oh, you want more? How about a 12MP camera, a rather stylish design, and a 720p front facing camera?

In the hand, the Sony Xperia S is quite delightful, neither too thick nor too thin. The device feels really light, the build quality appears to be strong, and it features a bit of a unique design. The bottom notification area is translucent, giving it a unique appearance. Inside the clear area you will see the standard three Android buttons, but you don't physically press the icons themselves -- there are small capacitive buttons above the clear area.

The software is just as smooth as you would imagine, and the 12MP camera is quite incredible. I'm not a huge cell phone camera fan, but this may have very well changed my mind. There was a bit of shutter lag and even with the flash enabled, it takes a heck of a picture. In any case, hit the break for some more images, and check out our updated post for some hands-on video footage.

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2 years ago

Lenovo K800 announced as worlds first Intel smartphone

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The Intel Keynote is well underway at CES, and they dropped details on the first smartphone to run on their architecture, the Lenovo K800. With what looks to be a heavily skinned version of Android, reminscent of Lenovo's Mondrian UI, it brings a new chip and architecture to Android.

Packing a 4.5-inch 720p display, the K800 has Intel wireless display technology (WiDi) inside. It's due to arrive in China first, on the China Unicom network. No details as of yet on availability outside of China, but we're pretty sure we'll see Intel-powered Android phones in the rest of the world soon enough.

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