LG Optimus U Review: Like Every Other Optimus Phone, Duh

The Optimus line series of Android 2.2 Froyo phones are cheap, built mainly out of rubber and plastics, all have low-end processors (but little lag), 3.2-inch screens with multitouch, feisty little 3.2 megapixel cameras with 480p recording, and are the best entry-level Android phones you can buy today. The user interface is mostly unharmed except for the goofy app launcher, and that means everything except Flash will work as you’re using Froyo. It’s pretty good.

I actually prefer the Optimus U’s profile and the button layout rather than the Optimus T from T-Mobile, and just about every other Optimus phone on almost all the well-known carriers in the U.S (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Metro-PCS (a.k.a metro-crap). As of the time of this post, the Optimus U is available free on a 2-year contract with U.S. Cellular, which my friends over there gladly sent a review unit of.

To actually read a full review (since that’s why you’re reading this post, right?), then here’s the Optimus T one. It’s the same stuff, except it doesn’t have a different button layout, CDMA instead of GSM, some U.S. Cellular apps and their own wallpaper.

Razer Outs An Update On The Long-Awaited Onza Controller

Remember the Razer Onza, the ultimate-looking Xbox 360 and PC controller? Well, neither do I, but it’s back and better than ever. Razer issued an update on their Facebook page, stating that they’re working with Microsoft on it so that “everything is watertight” and that the Onza controller will “hit the stores very soon”. Well, you can only hope!

Razer also thought that you might think that the above image is old. Look at the date on Wall Street Journal for iPad; they’re not kidding. Via: Razer on Facebook

A Short Chat With A Google Chrome OS Ninja

Turns out I have a CR-48 to play around with. Big deal (I’m pretty surprised, actually). So moving on in a more professional manner is the short chat I had with a Chrome OS Ninja. These guys probably aren’t as awesome as the ninjas unboxing the Nexus S and Nexus One, but this’ll have to do. First off, Chrome OS Ninjas are for the benefit of CR-48 testers, and provide support, answers, and help via email and phone.

My reason for contacting them was that first of all, the CR-48 has a SIM card slot — that I can’t seem to work out with either T-Mobile or AT&T SIM cards. And secondly if you noticed, the stickers used in the Chrome OS promo of destruction were very interesting, so I inquired where to find them, too.

The conversation via email is below.

Microsoft Codes Again, Updates Windows Phone 7 Connector For Mac

If you have a Windows Phone 7 device and a Mac (which honestly, is a combination worth destroying the time and space continuum just for the irony alone) then you’d probably know both of them can’t connect to each other via USB cable and be too friendly as of now. That’s where Microsoft comes in! There’s no Zune Store support, but the updated app allows you to sync photos/videos/music, and transfer music stored on the WP7 handset to your Mac with tons of graphical and usability improvements.

Although Microsoft is definitely straight up:

In order to enjoy the Zune experience on Mac, you will need to install a Windows OS.

Via: Microsoft

Android 2.3 Gingerbread source code available for all to tamper with

I can only imagine the type of stuff you modders/hackers/developers/ will do with the source code of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. What I do know for sure is that it’s available to those that want it, and want it now. Although of course, there’s a lot of load on the servers because of this, so you might want to give Google a break.

Who are we kidding? Get your source code, even if you must crash Google’s servers. Via: Android 2.3 Source

WebGL Now Activated For Chrome Beta Channel Users

Contrary to the question I asked from the Internet to Google at their Chrome conference (which if you were watching, was answered), Crankshaft and WebGL hasn’t shown up yet, until today, at least as a closer-to-stable release. WebGL is currently avalable for users of the Chrome beta, and at the second source link are demos you can try out, like the human body which a Googler thought was only good for incognito mode, the globe and its earthquakes, and some other very cool 3D stuff. This also allows app developers to produce 3D apps for Chrome as well.

Via: Google Code, Test Apps

Xbox 360 Tron Controller Licensed By Microsoft Is Cooler Looking Than Razer’s Stuff (Gasp!)

Reasons why I’m writing this is none of your business. I was just looking at the Tron Mouse from Razer I reviewed a few days ago. It looks like crap (gasp) compared to this orange, limited edition of 250 units, and price tag of $50 for an Xbox 360 controller. And I’m in love with it. Anyhow, you can pre-order it now (update: not yet) and receive it at the end of the month or soon afterwards, so do that, and you could have the coolest late-Christmas ever. Via: PDP

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook Won’t Launch Until After February

It’s not a smart play in the book, is it (see what I did there)? The RIM PlayBook, their Blackberry tablet with a 7-inch screen and love of extreme Flash performance (heck, better than on a PC) was expected by most to be releaseed sometimes from January to Rebuary. A recent earnings call knocked that rumor off the treadmill, and a release of closer to March, the month itself, or afterwards is more likely. Doesn’t look like I’ll have any playtime in my book until then.

Excuse the excessive punage (See that? Pwnage as punage? Oh god). Via: CG