So in a whip of news in today’s cycle (I’ve been busy all day y’know, with other gadgets), iOS 4.1 just got the go to the official dev channels at Apple’s website (developer.apple.com), which brings plenty of bug fixes, the Game Center (which has yet to launch), and interestingly that “signal bar fix”, which falsely according to Apple at this point fixes the death grip issue. The trick here is that even a single bar of service doesn’t look so bad — due to all bars now being taller, as seen below. This won’t work on me, Steve Jobs and Cupertino! Via: BGR
The Samsung Intercept, aka Moment2, just strolled by (in the form of a BBQ-eating family attendee). To cut the story short, the lighting conditions and amount of space available was epically abysmal, on top of the Panasonic LUMIX G10′s poor ISO performance. Forgive me for the shots, but you can take a short look at the Intercept by watching the video after the cut.
Hands-On With The Samsung Intercept
The handset itself is plasticky, with a 3.2 megapixel camera with poor ISO performance, but great daylight shots. Coupled with Sprint 3G, Android 2.1 with a light version of Touchwiz 3.0 (FroYo comes this summer), and a 3.2-inch 800 x 480 WVGA resolution AMOLED display, which for some reason didn’t quite impress me much like other AMOLED Android offerings. The same also goes for the entire phone, though the keyboard can beat the Ally’s and Droid’s by a mile. Video after the break!
In a cruddy news day, Velocity Micro announced the Cruz Storybook, a child-friendly eBook reader, the 16:9 Cruz Tablet, and a 7″ adult-friendly eBook reader. The whole product line debuts this August, with prices starting at $149 for the Cruz Storybook, going up to $299 for the 7-inch screen, 800×480 capacitive display, Wi-Fi built-in Cruz Tablet. The whole group runs Android, and the full specs and press release are after the break!
In an official blog post on the Inside Blackberry blog by RIM, Andrew Bocking, VP of Handheld Software Product Management said over and over again using different words how excited he is over Blackberry 6. I don’t blame him. The video above is a new sneak peak at Blackberry OS 6. Now where’s my popcorn…
The HTC 1 is the only phone that I wish HTC could make, besides a high-end slidey Android. A new Sense UI looks like a cleaner and higher-end approach to skinning with Synergy-like actions (combined messaging) with a large Helvetica interface that looks streamlined. The HTC 1, if ever built, would include stereo speakers (at the top and bottom of the handset), a kickstand which is actually the bottom portion of the casing (epic!), and the from-the-future concept of a built-in UV light that kills germs on the surface of the phone while you charge it up. The entire glory of Andrew Kim’s design concept of the sexiest Android phone to date is at the “source” link.
Clearly this week on LaptopMemo was nothing short of fresh, new tech news, while on summer vacation with family in Old Bridge, New Jersey with 2 acres of land to spare. So above is a shot of the front yard, using the Lumix DMC-G10 that’ll appear later on the site.
Otherwise, here’s what’s what in this week of mobile tech:
With all of those nice smartphone (ahem, superphones) out there, would you really buy something that’s sub-par (read: sucks)? In Engadget’s case, the source mentioned that it’s “cheaper looking” than a Palm Pre Plus, and is just “not a very impressive phone.” It has a small 2.5 to 3 inch screen, a terribly small 1170mAh battery, and lastly a flash-less camera with Android 2.1 and MOTOBLUR (possibly the DROID X’s version).
So for whatever reason T-Mobile has decided that the Samsung Vibrant (a Galaxy S phone) is coming on July 15th, for $199 on a 2-year agreement. Maybe it could be that T-Mobile is trying to dodge the DROID X release by exactly two days?
Whatever the reason, it would be nice if someone (preferably T-Mobile) tells us why.
So what’s this, eh? A touchscreen that measures 3cm (1.18 inches)!? Perhaps it is for the iWatch, or a new iPod Nano? Or maybe for a new iPod Shuffle? Whatever it might be, the source of the photo is Taiwanese site Apple.pro, which leaked out the white iPhone 4 and the new Unibody Macbook Pro, so at least we might be looking at something real here.