Archive for 2011

By July 23, 2011 Read More →

Lenovo Ideapad and Thinkpad announced

lenovo-tabletWhile Lenovo does not have much experience with Android, it has managed to bring some good quality Honeycomb tablets to the table. These tablets are sporting some good specs, whilst not being anything particularly out of the norm, as well as bringing some good Android tablet options for both the general consumer and the businessman.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Specifications

  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 10.1-inch screen (1280×800)
  • Internal Storage: 32 GB


Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 10.1-inch screen (1280×800)
  • Internal Storage: 16/32 GB
  • Enterprise Ready
  • Full-sized SD Card slot, full-sized USB port, and mini HDMI port


Posted: by Gareth

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By July 23, 2011 Read More →

Pantech Vega No.5, 5 Inch Android Tablet With a Dual Core 1.5GHz

pantech-no.5-02-550x375This model mustn’t be confused with the Pantech Vega Racer smartphone, that was recently launched and also packs a dual core 1.5GHz CPU. If you’re curious about the looks of the product, you have the pics right here and if you want specs, here’s a list:

  • CPU: dual core, 1.5GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon (MSM8x60)
  • Display: 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixels
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB internal storage, SDHC card slot
  • Camera: 8MP, LED flash, 1080p video capture, front camera
  • Connectivity: DLNA, WiFi, DMB, NFC, HSDPA

Android 2.3 is running on the tablet and we sure hope to see Honeycomb on it and maybe a future version with better resolution. We expect the device to go on sale in Korea and China this month. Here’s some hands on action with it.


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By July 23, 2011 Read More →

LG road map for the rest of the year leaked

lg-tv-reviewsPocketNow, have details of a line of new LG phones that shows the rest of the company’s 2011 Android line-up.  There looks to be something for everyone here with model in the top middle of the bottom.

We see the Prada name back however Optimus is strangely lack, I guess these are codenames at this point and will probably be rebranded for the worldwide market. There isn’t any hints towards a Nexus device, some might say thankfully, however Specs for two of the device would fit a new Nexus quite nicely.

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By July 23, 2011 Read More →

Asus EEE Pad Transformer unboxing video

ASUS_EeePadTransformer_4 The rising popularity of the tablet computer cannot be ignored but as good as tablets and tablet operating systems are, there are times where you need a proper keyboard to get the job done. Recognising this, Asus have come up with the EEE Transformer. The Transformer switches easily from Tablet to Netbook and back again giving greater flexibility from one device.

Running Android Honeycomb 3.0 the Transformer is geared for tablet use. This is my first time looking at Honeycomb and I have to say it’s pretty impressive.

The 5 megapixel camera can be used to take pictures and record HD video – storing your images and application is easy with the 16GB onboard memory, expandable by a further 32GB with a microSDHC card. On the front of the device is another 1.2 megapixel camera for video calls.

Our review model here comes from Clove Technology, who have the Asus EEE Transformer in stock for £444 at the moment. Full review is coming up soon but I have an unboxing and demo video for you below. Sorry for the confusion at the start! 🙂


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By July 22, 2011 Read More →

BlackBerry PlayBook heading to the U.S. government


The BlackBerry PlayBook is now the first tablet now certified for deployment with the U.S. federal government. RIM have announced that the PlayBook has received FIPS 140-2 certification, whatever that is. No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA)

“RIM is pleased to announce that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet approved under FIPS for use within the U.S. federal government,” said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. “This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious organisations and enables the U.S. federal government to buy with confidence knowing that the PlayBook meets their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive information.”

BlackBerry PlayBook is a powerful, ultra-portable tablet that fits comfortably in one hand. It has a stunning 7-inch high resolution display, offers true multi-tasking capabilities and a high-fidelity web experience. It also allows for secure pairing with BlackBerry smartphones via the BlackBerry Bridge app, which enables users to access their BlackBerry smartphone’s email, calendar, address book, memo pad, task list, BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) and browsing functionality using the larger display on the tablet.
The FIPS-certified BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is being showcased this week in Washington DC at FOSE – the largest Federal government information technology conference in the U.S. – where BlackBerry PlayBook has just been awarded Best in Show, and also Best of FOSE in the Handheld Devices category.
More information about the BlackBerry PlayBook is available at


Posted by: James

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By July 22, 2011 Read More →

Android Tablets gain ground on Apple

Apple Sales of Apple’s iPad have increased three-fold in the past year and there is certainly no denying the iPad’s position as tablet champion. Think tablet, think Apple, the iPad is the benchmark by which all other tablets are measured at the moment.

I realise that Apple and the iPad are not to everyone’s taste and there are now more choices that ever when it comes to tablets, almost every hardware manufacturer out there is releasing their own tablet and almost all run Android OS.

This time last year Apple had almost 95% of the tablet market. However, just a year later and Apple see that market share fall to just 61.3%

So it the tide turning against Apple in favour of Android? Probably not. Let’s not forget that this time last year there was far less choice when it came to buying a tablet and Apple have basically created the tablet market. Whilst the news it great for Google and Android integrators I don’t think Apple will to too worried, sales are still growing and the market, just like the tablets themselves, is still evolving.


Posted by: Matt

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By July 21, 2011 Read More →

iPhone 5 coming September 1st?

iphone 5 We eventually got our MacBook Air and Mac Mini predictions right and they went on sale yesterday. The focus has now firmly shifted to iPhone 5 and once again the rumour mill is at full steam.

We have been pretty sure that the iPhone 5 will go on sale worldwide before the end of the year, in time for Christmas. However, there wasn’t much to suggest exactly when that might be, some time within the last three months of the year is about the best we could do.

Now though there’s more to go on as CFO of Apple, Peter Oppenheimer, has been speaking during the latest earnings call and was quoted to have said:

As we announced at WWDC, we have a lot going on in the fall with the introduction of iOS 5 and iCloud. We also have a future product transition that we’re not going to talk about today, and these things will impact our September quarter.

We’ve since heard from our source close to Apple who suggests the the announcement could be made as early as September 1st putting the iPhone 5 on sale in time for Labor Day weekend.

So that’s our prediction for now, September 1st! 🙂


Predicted by: Mystic Matt

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By July 21, 2011 Read More →

Nokia X7 unboxing video

nokia_x7_8 The Nokia X7 is the first handset that we’ve reviewed with the new Symbian Anna operating system. Anna comes with a new, faster web browser, new icons, refreshed Ovi maps and updated UI.

In terms of hardware the X7 looks quite radical for Nokia, the back is extremely curvy while the clipped corners with little grilles make it look quite industrial. It could easily be a prop from the Alien films. It’s a good look though!

On the front is a generous 4″ AMOLED screen which looks fantastic if a little on the low-res side at just 360×480 pixels, other smartphones would be at least 480×800 with this physical screen size. That said the user interface makes good use of the screen it’s only in the web browser that you really notice the res.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at the Nokia X7 and see how it stacks up against other smartphones on the market. Until then you can check out the unbox and demo video below.


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By July 21, 2011 Read More →

Pre-order the ZTE Skate from Clove

Screen Shot 2011-07-21 at 10.02.05

It was only last week that Matt and I attended a press event in London hosted by ZTE where they announced that ZTE branded devices will be on sale here in the UK in the near future. The chaps at Clove already have the Skate available for pre-order and at only £249.99 (inc VAT) this one looks like a real bargain. This price is still to be confirmed nearer the time and a release date is not until September but I think this huge Android device is going to do real well.

Of course we will see the ZTE Skate sooner as it is coming to the Orange network but renamed as the Monte Carlo. We are yet to see what Orange will do in terms of a custom UI but if you want pure vanilla Android then you may have to wait for the sim free version.

Either way it is great to see ZTE pushing brand awareness. I think they are here for the long run.

Features of ZTE Skate:
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 4.3" capacitive touchscreen
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • MicroSDHC up to 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash
  • aGPS and Google Maps
  • 126 x 68 x 11.3 mm


Posted by: James

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By July 20, 2011 Read More →

OS X Lion goes on sale along with a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini

product-air-11in I guess the post title here steals it but this afternoon, after what seems like a long delay, Apple released OS X Lion through the App Store for all to download. The great thing about what Apple have done here is that they are offering Lion for a little over £20 and furthermore you can install it on more than one Mac, as long as it’s yours.

We’ll look at some of the new features of Lion at some point soon.

Also today the Apple Store was updated with new MacBook Air and Mac Mini models. As expected both now have the new Thunderbolt ports and Sandybridge. Processors now start at with 1.6GHz Intel core i5 up to quad core 2.0GHz i7 in the top of the range Mac Mini.

Even more surprising though is the price, the entry level MacBook Air is down to just £729.60 while the Mac Mini starts at £476.40.

We’ll have our hands on these for review VERY soon too!


Posted by: Matt

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