Archive for May, 2009
Over the past couple of days there has been a conference in San Fransisco run by the Wall Street Journal called D7 (you can find out more bout D7 here). This conference brings out some of the top tech players like Microsoft, RIM (makers of the BlackBerry’s), and Palm, and while usually it is just “CEO talk” about their thoughts on the tech market and such, sometimes, these CEOs reveal info on new products. The other day, Palm was one of those companies, releasing a whole bunch of new info on the previously very secretive Pre.
As we know the Palm Pre is coming next week, and there are still a bunch of features hidden. So when Palm CEO John Rubinstein (ironically initially from Apple and the guy who helped create the iPod) took the stage today, he obviously demo-ed some new features. Firstly, he elaborated upon the structure of the Pre’s App Catalog (the Pre’s version of the App Store), and then he proceeded to announce a most shocking and exciting piece of information: as part of the Palm Media Sync, the Pre will sync with iTunes! Yup, it’s completely compatible with the popular Apple music player, in part allowing you to sync your iTunes library (as long as the purchased iTunes music is non-DRM, which applies to all music bought recently off iTunes- read more about it in our previous post) to your Pre as you would an iPod, whether your iTunes is on Windows or Mac. Yeah, we got a feeling Apple can’t be too pleased about this. Just check out this snapshot:
Palm Pre syncing with iTunes, notice it even has an iPod icon next to it in the devices list! (Pic from Engadget)
In other Pre news, while Sprint will be launching the phone, Verizon AND AT&T have both said they want the Pre, and are said to be getting it by the end of the year (Verizon’s CEO, for example, said that the Pre and the BlackBerry Storm 2 — which we’ll get to in another post — will be coming within 6 months!). Palm wouldn’t confirm this, as not to jeopardize their relationship with Sprint and the launch of the Pre next week, but this is definitely great news for AT&T and Verizon customers, and definitely not the news Sprint wants to be hearing right now.
Still no word on 4G on the Sprint Pre, though we should find out though if that rumor is true when the Pre comes out next week.
Anyway, what are your thoughts? You like iTunes and Pre working together- will this sway you to get a Pre as it is now even more iPhone like? What do you think Apple’s reaction will be to all this? And with news of AT&T and Verizon getting Pre (or Pre-like devices, like the Eos rumored for AT&T), if you were leaning toward buying the Pre on Sprint are you now inclined to hold off? We are interested in your opinions, so sound off in the comments.
A lil while ago we wrote about 5 phones that were coming soon to AT&T. Yesterday, Engadget.com got word on a whole bunch of other phones coming to AT&T later this year, and while you can see all the scoops at their Engadget Mobile site here, we’re gonna focus on 3 really big, awesome ones we think will particularly interest you. More >
As promised in our Netbook vs Notebook post, here is our review of the Windows 7 Release Candidate, the final chapter of the test version for the lasted Windows software. Over the past two weeks, I must say this is what everyone wanted Vista to be: a good, fast, USABLE operating system, which is 1000x better than Vista, and probably up there with XP and Apple’s Mac OS X. Dont believe me? Keep Reading. More >
Over the weekend, some leaked pix and info came out on 2 updates to some pretty popular Verizon LG phones– the enV2 and Voyager. These new upgrades are the appropriately-called enV3 and the more surprisingly named enV Touch (apparently the Voyager 2 is a name trademarked by someone else so Verizon and LG had to pick a new one). Anyways, both phones look to include some nice improvements to their older predecessors, so if your looking to upgrade soon, or just wanna see what’s new, read on!
Well, after months and months of waiting, Palm and Sprint have finally announced today the availability of their savior phone– the Palm Pre.
The details? Launch is on Saturday June 6th (which just so happens to be 2 days before Apple’s WWDC conference where they are rumored to bring out a new iPhone– that should be fun) and will cost $199 with a 2 year contract and after an $100 mail in rebate. Unlike by the iPhone and iPhone 3G– where you could only buy the phone from either Apple or AT&T — Palm and Sprint will be selling this at a bunch of locations including their own Palm and Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and even a few Wal-Mart stores, which means there are plenty of places for you to find one (oh, and definetly go to Best Buy first– they’re selling the phone for just $199.99, with no $100 mail in rebate needed. This is much better and easier than the other stores where you’ll need to pay $299.99 in the store and then send in the mail in rebate, wait a couple of weeks, and then get the $100 back).
For info of the Pre’s specs, or to see why we’re so pumped about this phone, see our previous post here.
The cool, Touchstone dock for the Pre– which lets you just place the phone on a little magnetic circle to charge instead of plugging in a cable, will also be available on the 6th for $69.99 and will come with the $49.99 dock and a $19.99 back for the Pre that allows the magnets to connect (the standard back of the Pre won’t work with the magnets, so you would need to swap it for this one).
Otherwise nothing else new on their part– like an announcement on if it will have 4G– but at least we know when we can pick one up.
You can find the full press release here.
Next month, a major video game conference called E3 is taking place, and all the big players in the video game industry– Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, will be there. A lot of new/upcoming games and accessories usually get shown off for the first time as well. Read on to see of the rumors that have been flying around for E3 this year.
The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Studio 15
For the last couple of weeks, Intel kindly included us in a project to compare netbooks and traditional notebooks (aka regular laptops). So during that time, we put the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook and a Dell Studio 15 traditional laptop through their paces, especially in areas crucial to the daily computer needs of teens. We tested them out doing everything we could think of: Facebook, note taking, IMing, some internet gaming, viewing videos, playing music, and so on.
The comparison was quite interesting and if you’re considering computer purchase in the near future, we strongly advise you keep reading – it’s very likely you’ll want one of these types of computers (netbook or notebook/regular laptop).
The Samsung Alias 2
Remember the cool, update to the very, very popular Samsung Alias we wrote about in our upcoming Verizon phones post? Well, today we got some good news for those interested (and we assume a lot of you heavy texters out there are). According to the Boy Genius Report, the Alias 2 is confirmed to be coming to Verizon on May 11th for the AMAZINGLY AWESOME price of only $79 on a 2 year contract.
Now at first glance it looks like the same old Alias with a dual flip design where you flipped the phone up normally and had a normal keyboard, or flipped it up on its side and had a full QWERTY keyboard for texting, and you probably are thinking right now: “ok, so what’s new here that I should actually give a hoot?” Well, if you recall the first Alias had both styles of the keys (QWERTY letter and regular phone number and 3 letters) all on one key, making it really small and sometimes hard to tell what key was which. With the Alias 2 you can kiss that problem good bye as Verizon is throwing in a “magic keypad”: quite similiar to the tech on T-Mobile’s Motorola Rokr E8 and ZN5, the letters and the numbers on the keys change to what you are using it for (i.e. looking like a real phone keypad for calling, or a regular QWERTY keyboard if your texting, with no combination of different types of letters on the same key). It gets even better, as unlike the Rokr and ZN5′s keypads’, which weren’t really individual keys, each key on the Alias’s 2 keyboard has it’s own E-INK (aka electronic ink, the stuff found in e-books like the Amazon Kindle which are low power black and white screens), which means even better texting!
For a full list of what to expect, as well as a pic of the “magic keypad” hit the more link. More >