CES 2012: BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 (video)

Amid much fanfare and brouhaha at the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, a slightly unforgotten and heavily criticized company called Research in Motion has something new to offer to its loyal Playbook users: BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0. The update is a welcome one for productivity-minded Playbook users as it makes work merry with the introduction of (finally!) a new email client and address book that offers a unified inbox, application integration and ties to social networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn; a new calender app that displays both day and agenda views, along with the individuals you”ll meet during the day; and most importantly BlackBerry Bridge – which aims to bridge the gap between your smartphone and tablet with some neat integration.

Check out the Playbook OS 2.0 in action, courtesy of :

CES 2012: Lenovo launches K800 with Intel Medfield, is awesome inside, ugly outside (video)

It had long been coming but Intel has finally given the world its first Medfield smartphone in the form of Lenovo’s K800 and boy are we impressed. Sporting a huge 4.5 inch display and cracking up 720p videos, apart from a strong spec list (detailed below), the phone would have been a super-hit if only the designers had taken time to groom the new-born a little bit more. Continue reading “CES 2012: Lenovo launches K800 with Intel Medfield, is awesome inside, ugly outside (video)”

Building a holodeck: An exclusive tour of Microsoft’s Edison lab (video)

Former Engadget man and currently with The Verge, Joshua Topolsky recently got the opportunity to enter the holy place in Redmond where some highly qualified geeks are creating world-changing technologies everyday. He shares his experience with us.

Josh got a chance to visit Microsoft’s Edison lab where he discovered the technologies the Redmond company is developing in order to create a holodeck-like experience.

“Imagine a day where in your home, one wall is dedicated to being your magic wall. A wall where it can teleport you to another world without really going anywhere.” — Stevie Bathiche, director of research at Microsoft’s applied sciences lab.

Be sure to check more on this and other such interesting stuff like this at The Verge

Apple iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II vs Motorola Droid Bionic vs HTC Titan

After comfortably beating its younger sibling, the new iPhone 4S is out to conquer the world, entering rival territory to take the fight to Android — represented by the Galaxy S II and the Droid Bionic — and Windows Phone — represented by the Titan. So, can Apple bully its rivals once again? Will the 4S get the tag of world-beater? Let’s find out…

 

 

iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy S II
Motorola Droid Bionic
HTC Titan

 

Platform iOS 5 Android 2.3.4 with TouchWiz 4.0 Android 2.3.4 with custom skin Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Processor Dual-core Apple A5 (likely 1GHz) 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos or 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
RAM Unknown (likely 512MB) 1GB 1GB 512MB
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal 16GB / 32GB internal, microSDHC expansion 16GB internal, microSDHC expansion 16GB internal
Cellular Quadband GSM, quadband HSPA+ 14.4, CDMA / EDVO Rev. A Quadband GSM, quadband HSPA+ 21 / 42 or CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A, WiMax CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A, LTE Quadband GSM, triband HSPA+ 14.4
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Display size 3.5 inches 4.3 or 4.5 inches 4.3 inches 4.7 inches
Display resolution 960 x 640 800 x 480 960 x 540 800 x 480
Display technology IPS LCD Super AMOLED Plus Pentile-matrix TFT LCD TFT LCD
Integrated TV-out Dock connector MHL HDMI No
Primary camera 8 megapixel AF, f2.4 lens, BSI sensor, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, f2.2 lens, BSI sensor, dual-LED flash
Secondary camera VGA 2 megapixel VGA 1.3 megapixel
Video recording 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps 720p at 30fps
Video calling Yes Yes Yes Yes
Location / orientation sensors AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope
SIM standard Micro SIM SIM (on GSM variants) SIM (for LTE) SIM
Quoted max talk time 8 hours on 3G, 14 hours on 2G 7-8.7 hours on 3G 10.8 hours on 3G 6.8 hours on 3G, 11.8 hours on 2G
Quoted max media playback time 40 hours audio, 10 hours video 5 hours video 6.5 hours video Unknown
Battery Unknown capacity (likely 1420+mAh), embedded 1650-1850mAh, removable 1735mAh, removable 1600mAh, removable
Weight 140 grams / 4.9 oz. 116 grams / 4.1 oz. to 130 grams / 4.6 oz. 158 grams / 5.6 oz. 160 grams / 5.6 oz.
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 125.3 mm x 66.1 mm x 8.49 mm to
129.8 x 69.6 x 9.65mm
127.5 x 66.9 x 10.99mm 131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9mm

 

Via Engadget

HTC to hold special September 20 event, to unveil new phones?

HTC has sent an invite for a special event on September 20, carousing everyone to “Come celebrate in Style” what could possibly be a first official look at some (4?) new phones the handset manufacturer has been working on.

So, what’s on the agenda? The Bliss? The Holiday? The Vigor? The Amaze?

As always, we’ll try our best to unearth the newbies for you.

Sneak-Peek: BlackBerry Torch 2

Its a lazy Saturday today and, while you already have the WWDC 2011 to look forward to and Wayne Rooney’s hair transplant to discuss with your dear ones, peeking at a new BlackBerry device will surely spruce up your weekend. The folks at Engadget were lucky enough to get their hands on a yet-to-be-announced Torch 2 device from RIM and judging by the hands-on time they’ve had, it sure seems to be a refreshing update from the original Torch and sets the standards straight for BB lovers.

The Torch 2 is pretty much the same as its predecessor appearance-wise, but sees major spec upgrades in almost every aspect of the phone. The processor is up to 1.2GHz from the 624MHz of the original, with the RAM also upgraded to 768MB. Internal memory has increased to a handsome 8GB, with another 32GB still addable through a MicroSD. There’s also a new addition of magnometer — something that is sure to please the developer in you. In the inherited list are features like 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, proximity and ambient light sensors.

The successor to Torch also sees an improvement in the original’s mediocre 480 x 360 screen resolution to a significant 640 x 480 pixels — something which is a norm now with the latest smartphones seen in the market. There’s also a remarkable improvement in richness of colors and touch sensitivity of this BB device that’ll leave you a happy user of the Torch 2. Take this from Engadget: “We’re also a lot more satisfied with touch sensitivity on this display; pressure needed to swipe or interact seems much more natural, and it’s almost on par with sensitivity of the iPhone 4.” Compared to the iPhone 4? Wow!

The Torch 2 has the same 5 megapixel camera as the original Torch, but runs the latest OS out of Waterloo — BlackBerry 7. For a full review of the Torch 2, please visit Engadget.

P.S. Please note that the device reviewed and discussed is just a pre-release prototype device, so everything is subject to change.

Below is a video for your viewing pleasure. Please make sure to visit the source (Engadget) link for an in-depth review of the Torch 2 + full gallery + more video. Enjoy!

Video: First iPad 2 hands on

As you know, Steve Jobs himself was on stage yesterday, delighting everyone as he unveiled the iPad 2 to the world. The 2nd generation iPad is faster, thinner, lighter, and much more better than the first iPad. Above is a hands on video from Engadget. They are using the White iPad 2. (If you can’t view the video above because you don’t have flash, direct your complaints to Engadget)

Verizon iPhone 4 has ‘built-in’ 3G Mobile Hotspot?

Looks like the Verizon iPhone 4 deal is about to be the next big discussion over the next few days. Or weeks. Or months.

We just told you that Verizon and Apple have finally brought the iPhone 4 to Verizon‘s network, and we also showed you some cool pictures of the newbie. The pictures show that there is a slight change in the design, compared to what AT&T iPhone 4 users have. The new design is related to the antenna (Apple sure have learned from their mistakes).

After that, a comparison of the iPhone 4 on AT&T’s network, and now on Verizon’s network was then made.

And now, we have news that, though Verizon and Apple claim to make your new CDMA iPhone 4 into a mobile Wi-Fi connection for up to 5 devices, a closer look by folks at Engadget reveal that the feature is already built-in.

At present, Verizon is calling it an ‘app’. But as we said, Engadget has managed to get us the goods.

Engadget also claims that the Verizon iPhone 4 is running iOS 4.2.5.

Nevertheless, we at Firstain will keep you updated on any news that breaks our way.

BREAKING: iPad 2 with dual cameras spotted at CES 2011

Just as we were smoothly getting engaged in the drama and hype surrounding the iPad 2, awaiting an official word from Apple, CES 2011 has given us a first, unofficial, dual camera equipped, thinner iPad 2 mock up. Among all the designs we’ve seen, this is the first physical mock up of the 2nd generation of Apple’s magical and revolutionary product.

The iPad 2 was found at Dexim by Engadget yesterday on the opening day of CES 2011, hiding inside a protective case, shielding itself from those notorious eyes of the rival tablet makers.

The device sported dual cameras, a much thinner design, and tapered edges – similar to the ones found on Apple’s latest iPod touches.

The opening day of CES 2011 also showcased the thinnest all-in-one desktop line-up. Do take a look.

Here are the exclusive pictures Engadget managed to grab:

BREAKING: A sneak-peak at Sony’s ‘PlayStation Phone’

Whoa! A PlayStation phone from Sony Ericsson! We’ve all heard about it, but now we know its for real. How are we so sure? The groundbreaking phone has been confirmed as real by Engadget, who boast this news comes from “multiple, trusted sources” and “people much more closely connected to the project“. At present there is not much info available on the phone apart from that it is codenamed “Zeus” and that it runs on Android 2.x (3.o should hopefully be the version which is shipped).

And oh yeah…when confronted, Sony gave us their trademark reply that it “doesn’t respond to rumor and speculation“.

To know slightly more, head over to Engadget!