It's a 3D phone from LG, no glasses needed

Subject: Mobile | March 7, 2011 - 02:44 PM |

With a 4.3" LCD screen powered by a 1GHz OMAP4 3D dual core processor the LG Optimus 3d can display 2D content at full 080p when outputed to an HD capable screen and 3D video at 720p on a stereoscopic display.  You can also watch 3D content on the phone its self without needing glasses, though The Inquirer warns you can't move your head much without the image degrading.  You can also create your own 3D content as the phone has dual stereoscopic 5MP cameras with which to capture your video. Check out the sneak peek over at The Inquirer.

"The INQUIRER was able to get its hands on the Optimus 3D for a quick test run at the CeBIT trade show in Germany. The phone was running Android 2.2 Froyo at the show but will be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread shortly after release and eventually will be available on the Three network."

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Source: The Inquirer

Apple announces iPad 2

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2011 - 02:38 PM |

Today, amidst much rumor and speculation, Apple announced the second generation of their iPad. The iPad 2 as Apple is calling it, is the first device to feature their new A5 processor. Apple is touting the specs of the A5 as having a dual core processor with a "9x faster' GPU. It seems most likely that PA Semi and Intrinsity (both ARM design companies purchased by Apple in the past few years) have developed a chip based off of the ARM Cortex A9 platform with a PowerVR SGX543 dual core GPU.

The power of this GPU is utilized in the new HDMI video out feature of the iPad 2. Like some Android Tegra devices that we have seen, the iPad 2 will support mirroring on the screen through HDMI output at resolutions up to 1080p with a separate adapter. A nice feature of the adapter however is that it has a fullsize HDMI port, and Apple 30pin dock connector to still facilitate charging.

Image courtesy of Engadget

Apple is also saying that this new iPad is 33% percent thinner (8.5mm), with the same battery life oh 10 hours that the original iPad achieved. This points to improvements in efficiency of the new A5 chip.

The iPad 2 also adds cameras to the equation. Both a back and front facing camera allow for things such as video conferencing through FaceTime on Apple devices.

Apple also talked about features of their new iOS 4.3, such as the Photo Booth application, enhancements to the Apple AirPlay standard, and an improved JavaScript rendering engine for the mobile Safari browser.

The iPad 2 will be available in both black and white on March 11, in the same pricing scheme for the current iPad with prices ranging from $599 to $830 (16GB WiFi only to 64GB 3G model).

Hate the iPhones and figure Android is a flash in the pan? HTC has a Win7 phone for you.

Subject: Mobile | February 28, 2011 - 01:16 PM |

If you are a Windows user and want a phone with a familiar interface then perhaps the HTC HD7 Windows 7 smartphone will be perfect for you.  A 4.3" WVGA display at 480 x 800 pixels gives decent video as it is powered by a a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  It even has some nice extras like a built in kickstand so you can rest it on a flat surface, but expandable storage would have been nice.


Apple updates Macbook Pros with Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2011 - 01:52 PM |

Along with the release of Intel's Thunderbolt technology, Apple also released updated MacBook Pros that is really only a minor product update.  In general, the major update includes a move from Arrandale platform on the 15-in and 17-in models and from the Core 2 Duo CPU on the 13-in model to a complete Sandy Bridge based lineup.  Dual-core CPUs ranging from 2.3 GHz to 2.7 GHz will make up the 13-in MacBook Pro while the 15-in and 17-in versions will get the quad-core varian

Check out the Viewsonic Viewpad 7

Subject: Mobile | February 21, 2011 - 02:22 PM |

The numeral on the Viewsonic Viewpad 7 indicates the size, not the version.  It is a 7-inch TFT @ 800x480 powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, 512MB SDRAM and with 512MB NAND Flash storage and a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of removable storage.  The Inquirer had a chance to try it out and were quite impressed by all but the resolution of the front-facing camera which sports a 0.3MP resolution.

Source: The Inquirer

Motorola announces price for Xoom tablet, release date leaked?

Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2011 - 08:31 PM |

According to a report today from Reuters, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has officially announced the pricing for their Xoom Tablet. While rumors have been flying about how expensive the 32GB Android 3.0 tablet will be, it has been confirmed to $799 (3G model) and $599 (WiFi only). As the Xoom seems to be Google's flagship product for Android 3.0, it becomes an interesting comparison with the 3G and WiFi only iPad 32GB at $729.00 and $599 respectively.

Source: engadget

NVIDIA announces quad-core Tegra SoC and demos performance

Subject: Mobile | February 16, 2011 - 01:02 AM |

Geez, you step away from the computer for just a couple of hours and all hell breaks loose over in Spain at the Mobile World Congress.  NVIDIA decided that just a month or so after the official release of the Tegra 2 dual-core processor was a great time to let loose information on project "Kal-El", the next step in the Tegra chip line that first entered the NVIDIA offices only 12 days ago.

HTC announces first Android tablet at MWC 2011

Subject: Mobile | February 15, 2011 - 05:39 PM |

In the run up to, and subsequent release of the Samsung GALAXY Tab just a few months ago, one of the main questions on our mind became when would HTC enter the Android tablet market. Being one of the biggest players in the mobile phone market, it seemed only natural for HTC to branch into tablets.

Source: engadget

Nokia drops Symbian, as Windows Phone 7 gains momentum

Subject: Mobile | February 15, 2011 - 12:19 AM |

The rumors were true, as late last week Nokia killed off their long developed and cherished Symbian mobile Operating System. While the mainstream adoption of Symbian may have been lacking in the United States, it was once a force to be reckoned with in Europe and other parts of the world. Nokia has said that they will continue development on their MeeGo operating system, which is a joint effort with Intel.

Source: engadget

Samsung introduces new GALAXY S Family of Mobile Devices

Subject: Mobile | February 14, 2011 - 06:33 PM |

This week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain has already brought a plethora of mobile device announcements, with one of the most exciting being the Galaxy S II family. Samsung has announced 3 different devices, including a phone, tablet, and wifi only iPod touch competitor

Source: engadget

The iPad is no longer alone

Subject: Mobile | February 14, 2011 - 05:47 PM |

The iPad had the pleasure of being the only mass produced product of its particular species for a while, but that time is up and its particular niche is now home to several competitive products.  RIM, Samsung and others have hit the scene and the newest comes from HP in the form of the TouchPad.  A quick run down of the pertinent stats was provided by Think Computers; 1.6lbs, 24cm (9.45") x 19cm (7.48") x 1.4cm (0.54") with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 CPU, 1GB of RAM with a 9.7-in

The ASUS N53SV - a good laptop with a poor interface

Subject: Mobile | February 8, 2011 - 01:17 PM |

Overall the ASUS N53SV-A1
seems to be a great laptop, a 15.6" 1366 x 768 LCD powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with a Intel Core i7-2630QM paired with 4GB DDR3.   With those specs you know that you will have a powerful and likely warm piece of mobile computing hardware.  The problem for TechReviewSource was the customized keyboard layout that ASUS chose to implement, so be warned that some keys on the right hand side might not be where you are used to them being.

Muse 2.0 Inspires HP Notebook Updates

Subject: Mobile | February 8, 2011 - 12:00 AM |

Despite the protests of some enthusiasts, the aesthetics of a notebook is often more important to your average consumer than the hardware inside. HP’s realized this several years ago, which is why so many of its laptops ship with color options and/or lid patterns.

Chad Ochocinco shows off a Motorola Xoom on Twitter

Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2011 - 12:25 PM |

Color us jealous, but Chad Johnson aka Chad Ochocinco, a Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver in the NFL, posted a photo late last night featuring the upcoming Motorola Xoom tablet device on the Verizon network.  Many pundits have postulated that the Xoom might never be released based on the presentation at CES, but it looks like they are starting to show up in the wild.

Why we still love SandyBridge

Subject: Mobile | January 31, 2011 - 06:42 PM |

Now that SandyBridge has revealed her deep dark secret you might be tempted to call the relationship off completely, but that would be a mistake.  Sure, she gets bored of old style storage quickly but with the bling of SATA 6 Gb/s drives can you really blame her?  Besides, she is one hot platform that you really ought to take a ride on.   Just look at how fast she satisfied The Tech Report when they took her out.  She took everything they threw at her with ease and style and was ready for more. 

MSI Releases Its First Sandy Bridge-Powered Notebook for North American Gaming Enthusiasts

Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2011 - 05:29 PM |

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Jan. 26, 2011 – MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced the North American availability of the GT680R, its first gaming notebook available to consumers with the new 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor.

Source: MSI

This is why we are excited about smartphones of the future: Motorola Atrix

Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2011 - 03:36 PM |

If you are one of those individuals that is curious why PC gearheads like those of us at PC Perspective get more and more excited about ARM technologies, cell phone markets, NVIDIA Tegra and that type of stuff, this video should help demonstrate some of the reasons.  Computing is going more and more mobile and as performance of these small devices increases the ability mix/match with traditional notebook formats and to output to TV creates a compelling combination of goods.  

Source: engadget

Samsung's Tablet and ASUS' 3D tablet

Subject: Mobile | January 27, 2011 - 12:44 PM |

If you missed the live discussion on the PC Perspective Podcast about the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the ASUS G53JW-3DE 3D enabled gaming laptop you can still catch the articles on our front page, and soon the captured podcast as well.  Ken was rather impressed with the Samsung's ARM Cortex A8 based Hummingbird processor with the PowerVR SGX540 GPU, as the two combine to provide a rather power

The new HP Pavilion sports an AMD Fusion APU

Subject: Mobile | January 19, 2011 - 04:45 PM |

We are finally starting to see notebooks sporting AMD's new Fusion APU, like the HP Pavilion dm1z that TechReviewSource just finished testing.  It has an 11.6-inch display at a resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels, powered by the 1.6GHz E-350 dual core chip which includes a Radeon HD 6310M.  There were plenty of input and output connectors, though HP opted to stick with USB 2.0.  You might want to hold off for a little though as there is mention of a model that will be released that has

MSI Combines Design and Performance in F-Series Notebooks, Now Available in North America

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2011 - 11:12 AM |

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2011 – MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, today announced the North American availability of four new F-Series notebooks: the 17.3-inch FX700 provides the power of a desktop in a simple and portable design; the classy 15.6-inch FX603 features exceptional multimedia capabilities and weighs just over five pounds; and two, 14-inch FX400 units that pack high performance, premium sound and exceptional graphics into a lightweight, easy to carry form factor.

Source: MSI