Finally HTC Flyer got into hands of guys over at Engadget. From what we’ve seen it looks like a good tablet and eventhough it is running Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread HTC has done a good job of customizing the interface to make it tablet friendly. The App junkies will not find it interesting though due to Android 2.3 apps are not really large screen friendly and to make it worse it is expected to cost slightly more then the Apple iPad 2. Probably the digital pen is to blame. Now don’t get us wrong HTC did do a great job with it but we don’t think anyone will really make a daily use out of it. Still a solid entry into tablet market for HTC and let’s hope they will bless us with a Honeycomb tablet sometime soon. Meanwhile check the video review by Engadget after the break. Continue reading >
First LED-backlighting took over the notebook market and recently it started taking over both LCD TV and LCD computer monitor markets. This resulted in thinner, sleeker and more elegant designs. To fight with other manufacturers for the top spot in this ‘premium’ market LG released new E60 series LCD LED-backlit monitors with smallest E1960 (18.5 inch, 1366 x 768 px), E2060 (20 inch, 1600 x 900 px), E2260 (21.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 px) and our review unit which is largest of the bunch the E2360 (23 inch, 1920 x 1080 px).
We have already had a look at the Dell XPS 17 and now is its smaller brother’s turn. Dell XPS 15 features the same chassis design but is a bit smaller as it sports a 15.6 inch screen. As the chassis is smaller Dell fitted it with slower hardware which is note necessarily a bad thing for some users as this brings the price down to a more affordable level for an average user. The connectivity and 2.1 JBL speaker system are still present which adds to the value of this notebook so this just might be a good choice for everyday use.
Top search for the past few months on our website has been the Olympus E-PL2 is Micro Four Thirds camera and now it is finally available for purchase for about £500 and guys over at Photography Blog got us covered with an in-depth review. Compared to its predecessor the Olympus E-PL1 it offers a larger and higher resolution3 inch LCD screen, a live wheel selector, dramatic tone art filter, ISO ranging from 200 to 6400, a refreshed version of the 14-42mm kit lens, new accessory port 2 for bluetooth connectivity, macro arm light which takes care of precise illumination of macro shots and there are three new conversion lenses available. The body remains small, light and plastic to keep the camera in the “affordable” price range. Also the 12.3 megapixel sensor, image stabilisation, supersonic wave filter, one-touch HD video recording and 3fps continuous shooting remain the same as on the E-PL1.
We have already seen a few of hands-on videos of the upcoming BlackBerry Playbook tablet but now thanks to Engadget we have a bit more in-depth info on this tablet. As you have probably heard BlackBerry Playbook runs QNX operating system that BlackBerry purchased in April last year which in combination with WebKit and Adobe Flash and Air and named it BlackBerry Tablet OS. It offers a very smooth and polished user interface and experience. It is set to be released in Q1 2011 and promises to be the first tablet to offer real multi-tasking as we have come to expect it from desktop operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS X. No info on the pricing yet but we expect it to be priced similarly to Apple iPad.
When we think of an all-in-one desktop the only computer that springs to our minds is Apple iMac. Now there are other Windows all-in-one desktop PCs out there available from Dell, Sony, MSI, HP, Acer, Packard Bell and Samsung. But none really stand out as iMacs do which makes them forgetable. But Lenovo just might have built one that will make its way into iMac’s territory with Lenovo IdeaCentre A310. Continue reading >
Lenovo isn’t really known for producing stylish notebooks but it is set to change our opinions with latest addition to the Lenovo IdeaPad notebook line. The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 is definitely one of the best looking notebooks we have ever seen. It’s right up there with the likes of MacBook Air, HP Envy 13 and Dell Adamo.
The final handset in the HTC’s lineup of Windows Phone 7 smartphones is the HTC Surround. It is aimed at customers looking for an entertainment smartphone as it features speakers with surround sound with Dolby Mobile and SRS Wow audio processing. The speaker is revealed by sliding it out from behind of the screen and it packs an integrated stand to hold the phone vertically in landscape position. Add 16 GB of internal storage for all your movies and music and it looks like a serious entertainment smartphone.
Today we continue with our coverage of Google related products with probably the most exciting one – Google Cr-48 notebook running Google Chrome OS. Again big thanks to guys over at Engadget for posting an in-depth review. Google Cr-48 notebook might not appeal to all users as the Chrome OS is currently very limited in terms of software and applications selection but for someone looking just for a fast web browsing netbook replacement the Google Cr-48 will not disappoint with up to 8 hour battery life and stunning design. But bare in my that it did struggle with playing Flash videos. Let’s hope that the final version will fix these issues and that it will be priced competitively. Photos, video and full specifications after the break.
Following this week’s flood of announcements from Google it looks like we are set for a flood of reviews and hands-on in the following week. Starting of with already seriously leaked Google Nexus S a review by guys over at Engadget. The Nexus S is essentially a Samsung Galaxy S in terms of design and hardware but it delivers ‘pure’ Google Android software experience as it doesn’t feature any of the Samsungs’ OS customisation which is a good thing as the TouchWiz interface that comes with Samsung handsets is sometimes clumsy. Thanks to the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and some of the top hardware this currently is the best Android smartphone on the market. Videos and photos after the break.