Monthly Archives: May 2010

AT&T Palm Pre Plus Launching this Sunday

Want a Palm Pre but not on Sprint or Verizon? AT&T users– your wait is almost up. AT&T has announced today that the Pre Plus from Palm will be available very soon, like this Sunday soon. (Note that HP is in the process of buying the struggling Palm for $1.2 billion– yes BILLION!)

The Pre Plus is pretty much is the same as when we saw it in March— 3.1 inch multi-touch screen, webOS, WiFi, GPS, 3G, webOS, 16 GB of storage and a 3 megapixel camera with flash and video recording– and will be available this coming Sunday, May 16th, for $149.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan. It will also come with a free Touchstone charging station when you purchase the Pre Plus in an AT&T store. As announced with the original Sprint Pre, the Touchstone allows you to just put your phone on the little dock, seen in the pic above, to charge your phone, i.e. no more plugging in cables (It costs $50 when purchased separately).

Honestly though, considering the Verizon Pre Plus costs only $29.99 on a new 2 year contract and data plan (and comes with free access to turn it into a MiFi like WiFi hotspot to connect other WiFi devices, like a laptop or iPod touch, to the Verizon network), I’m pretty shocked AT&T is charging so much, and am hoping they follow Verizon and cut the price real soon.

What you think– is $149.99 too much for the Pre Plus with Touchstone or were you hoping for a deal like Verizon’s Pre Plus? You plan on getting one of these? Sound off in the comments.

HP Introduces the New Envy 14 and Envy 17

So you’re in the market for a new sleek, stylish, all-aluminum laptop but don’t want something from a company with a fruit as it’s logo. What you gonna do? If I were in your spot I’d take a look at HP’s updates to their high-end Envy line (which you may recall we covered last year). HP really is providing some solid alternatives to those MacBook Pros, particularly with these new updates on the new Envy 17 and Envy 14 (which replaces the Envy 13). What’s in these new laptops? Read on for all the details.

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Madden This Year or Backbreaker?

Another year, another Madden and frankly, I’m getting bored. Sure, this year promises new features and “under-the-hood” tweaks, but is it enough to keep us interested?

Backbreaker, a new football game for Xbox 360 and PS3 and created by 505 Games, hopes to dethrone Madden from being king of football video games. Since Madden still has exclusive rights to the NFL, Backbreaker won’t be able to use the teams and players of the NFL. However, that’s just a small hindrance once you see the trailer for Backbreaker (which you can find after the break). This fledgling game makes use of the “Euphoria” engine, which promises the most spine-cracking, bone-bending tackles of all time.

And the best part? Since all the tackles are calculated on the fly based on mass and velocity (physics…. ugh), every tackle is new and action packed. Forget seeing the same boring tackle over and over. Get ready to see running backs fly, and quarterbacks flip as defensive linemen ram straight into them. Here’s a trailer so you can see what I’m talking about. So, are you sick of Madden too? Let us know. Backbreaker hits shelves on June 1st.

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T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G Slide–Keyboard Now Included

Wanted a T-Mobile Android smartphone with a nice design and a keyboard but wasn’t feeling the almost 2 year-old G1 or the Motorola Cliq? Look no further: T-Mobile today has taken the wraps off their latest Android keyboard phone, the myTouch 3G Slide. As we mentioned in the title, think of this as a myTouch 3G with a keyboard, adding an important feature to a nice-looking phone with some pretty solid tech specs.

The 3.4 inch (up from the myTouch 3G’s 3.2 inch) touchscreen includes a full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as the Swype keyboard, which enables touchscreen typing by dragging your finger across letters to form words, rather than just tapping each letter (according to Samsung, this type of texting even set a world record for quickest text on a touchscreen phone). It also boasts a 5 megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus, all running atop a customized Android 2.1. This is not an HTC Sense customization like on Verizon’s Droid Incredible (though the myTouch 3G and myTouch 3G Slide are both made by HTC), but rather a special T-Mobile version.

This T-Mobile customization is actually pretty interesting, offering three distinct social network focused apps called Faves Gallery, myModes, and Genius Button.

  • Faves Gallery— This is kinda like HTC’s Friend Stream in HTC Sense (though here looking much cooler, as seen above), showing up to 20 of your favorite people and the different ways to communicate with them — calls, texts, e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates — all in an app easily accessible through that green button along the bottom of the screen. There also is a widget complete with photos, contact information and one-touch ability to respond to that friend. Also, anytime any of these “Faves” communicate with you or update their social network, you get a notification about it (and even if you’re phone is off, a custom green light will let you know you’ve got an update waiting from them).
  • myModes— This gives you separate settings based on where and how your using your phone by creating different themes with home screen apps, widgets and wallpapers depending on what your doing (like when you’re in school and when you’re at home). myModes is customizable to switch at a designated time, by a location, or manually with the option to create and store up to 10 customized modes. For example, in a school mode you may have your phone set to vibrate and use different apps like Notes or Calculator, while at home your gonna want apps like games and a blaring ringtone. This basically will show what you want to show and hide the apps you don’t, allowing you to use your phone ideally without as many distractions. This is also like a feature seen on HTC Sense, called Scenes.

  • Genius Button–This takes Android 2.1’s impressive voice commands even further. Not only can you use the voice commands make calls, compose and send texts and e-mails, or search the Web and your surroundings, but now it will even read text messages aloud, and lets you dictate replies naturally as if you were speaking directly to the person. Definitely very cool.

While still no Droid Incredible or Nexus One, the new myTouch 3G Slide looks to be a very solid Android phone for T-Mobile when it comes out sometime in June in your choice of either red, white or black colors (unfortunately T-Mobile hasn’t yet announced a price).  So T-Mobile readers, you like?

T-Mobile's myTouch 3G Slide–Keyboard Now Included

Wanted a T-Mobile Android smartphone with a nice design and a keyboard but wasn’t feeling the almost 2 year-old G1 or the Motorola Cliq? Look no further: T-Mobile today has taken the wraps off their latest Android keyboard phone, the myTouch 3G Slide. As we mentioned in the title, think of this as a myTouch 3G with a keyboard, adding an important feature to a nice-looking phone with some pretty solid tech specs.

The 3.4 inch (up from the myTouch 3G’s 3.2 inch) touchscreen includes a full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as the Swype keyboard, which enables touchscreen typing by dragging your finger across letters to form words, rather than just tapping each letter (according to Samsung, this type of texting even set a world record for quickest text on a touchscreen phone). It also boasts a 5 megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus, all running atop a customized Android 2.1. This is not an HTC Sense customization like on Verizon’s Droid Incredible (though the myTouch 3G and myTouch 3G Slide are both made by HTC), but rather a special T-Mobile version.

This T-Mobile customization is actually pretty interesting, offering three distinct social network focused apps called Faves Gallery, myModes, and Genius Button.

  • Faves Gallery— This is kinda like HTC’s Friend Stream in HTC Sense (though here looking much cooler, as seen above), showing up to 20 of your favorite people and the different ways to communicate with them — calls, texts, e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates — all in an app easily accessible through that green button along the bottom of the screen. There also is a widget complete with photos, contact information and one-touch ability to respond to that friend. Also, anytime any of these “Faves” communicate with you or update their social network, you get a notification about it (and even if you’re phone is off, a custom green light will let you know you’ve got an update waiting from them).
  • myModes— This gives you separate settings based on where and how your using your phone by creating different themes with home screen apps, widgets and wallpapers depending on what your doing (like when you’re in school and when you’re at home). myModes is customizable to switch at a designated time, by a location, or manually with the option to create and store up to 10 customized modes. For example, in a school mode you may have your phone set to vibrate and use different apps like Notes or Calculator, while at home your gonna want apps like games and a blaring ringtone. This basically will show what you want to show and hide the apps you don’t, allowing you to use your phone ideally without as many distractions. This is also like a feature seen on HTC Sense, called Scenes.

  • Genius Button–This takes Android 2.1’s impressive voice commands even further. Not only can you use the voice commands make calls, compose and send texts and e-mails, or search the Web and your surroundings, but now it will even read text messages aloud, and lets you dictate replies naturally as if you were speaking directly to the person. Definitely very cool.

While still no Droid Incredible or Nexus One, the new myTouch 3G Slide looks to be a very solid Android phone for T-Mobile when it comes out sometime in June in your choice of either red, white or black colors (unfortunately T-Mobile hasn’t yet announced a price).  So T-Mobile readers, you like?

Nintendo Announces the Black Wii– Now with Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports in the Box!

Thinking of getting a Wii? Then listen up– Nintendo today has dropped word on a really nice update to Wii bundle. Now, not only do you get the Wii with a Wiimote and Nunchuck controller and Wii Sports, but also the Wii Sports Resort and the Wii MotionPlus add-on, all in a new black color! This is all in addition to the current white Wii (which should also get the updated bundle), and in probably the best news here– the price stays the same at $199.99 when this starts on May 9th (only a few more days away– so hold off on that Wii just a little longer!).

Here’s what we want to know: is a new color and a much-improved standard offering and cheaper price gonna make you wanna go with a Wii over a Xbox 360 with Natal or PS3 in 3D and with PlayStation Move? Let us know in the comments.