Motorola DEFY Hands-On And Unboxing (video!)

A short day after release the Motorola DEFY is ready to be put through some intense and very serious testing here from LaptopMemo. Main testing may or may not include plane flights, swimming in 6 feet deep water, dropping on tables, heavy app downloading, Angry Birds, multitasking, and plenty of phone calls and social networking. And to start off, an unboxing. So technically, we are going to torture (but not break, hopefully) Motorola’s DEFY test unit. There’s a video unboxing after the “more” link and a gallery below! Update: Sorry about that! Video is ready to go.

Motorola DEFY Hands-On

Kinect Is Launched And The Reviews Are In

So, Microsoft Kinect. Out-of-this-world motion technology. If you purchase a Kinect, the tech behind it will nearly be as advanced — as say — the workings of your car and laptop. Or maybe even more? Anyways, my favorite review is from the dudes that have helped all too much with this site: Giz. Hit up their review for more (and click on the epic fail that occurs in Matt’s living room).

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2 Micro Four Thirds Is Finally Here

The Lumix GF2. It’s the world’s smallest Micro Four Thirds camera, has a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor, support for the Lumix 3D lens, a 3-inch touchscreen, contrast AF system, a newly-designed Touch Q user interface, internal dust reduction system and records video at 1920 x 1080 HD/60i or 1280 x 720/60p in AVCHD file format. It also has a 23-area auto-focusing system, so focusing on something shouldn’t be an issue, whatsoever, and a slightly mediocre ISO range of 100-6400 and has no flash or optical viewfinder;prices you pay for being small. Lens kits are as follows, by the way: 14mm F2.5 “pancake” kit and a 14-42mm zoom lens kit.

Oh yeah, and as for the price: unannounced. Darn you Panasonic. The LUMX GF2 launches in January in silver, red or black; pricing gets nailed in mid-December. I’m looking forward to it.

Twitter for Android Gets And Looks Fresh In New Update

In the shadow of today’s Facebook mobile platform announcement, Twitter decided to have a go at making the Twitter for Android app give Tweetdeck a run for its money, and polish the refreshed app at the same time. New features in the faster loading and swiping app include:

• Pull to Refresh: This popular feature, which was first available through our iPhone app, functions just as it sounds – when you’re at the top of your timeline, simply pull down to load new Tweets.
• Swipe to Reveal: Swipe across a Tweet to get quick access to several options, such as viewing a user’s profile, sharing a tweet, or replying.
• Quote a Tweet: Clicking the retweet icon now gives you the option to quote a Tweet. Of course, you can still retweet as you normally would.
• Hi-res avatar photos

The new app is available for all Android 2.1 phones and higher, and is available for free as I’m typing this and looking at our Twitter feed at the same time.

Skyfire for iPhone allows for Flash videos to play (update: pulled!)

While Skyfire on Android has been available for a while (and transforming Flash videos to HTML5) the web browser has made its way to the iPhone, although instead of it being free, you’ll pay $3. Using server-side tricks on Skyfire’s servers, Flash video gets converted into HTML5 (something we know old Steve likes). Now get downloading before it’s ripped off the App Store.

Update: No it’s not what you think. Skyfire pulled the app, and not Apple. Heavy downloads of the app and high conversion rates of Flash to HTML5 took out Skyfire’s servers. But shouldn’t they have been prepared for this? This is the App Store, after all.

Panasonic Lumix GF2 Leaked On Billboard, Hopefully Launches Tomorrow

This is the sexiest Micro Four Thirds camera yet, as well as the world’s smallest, courtesy from Panasonic. Containing the same monster 12 megapixel sensor from the G2, it’ll record full HD, has a touchscreen, and an announcement pinged in Paris for tomorrow. If all goes well, this’ll be a good contender in my wishlist against the Nikon D3100, which Nikon is kindly loaning to us for a review. Huzzah!

Via: 43rumors

T-Mobile To Let Loose ‘Largest 4G Network’ Campaign

T-Mobile left us a tip in the ‘ol inbox and is going to rough up some of the other big guys with a new TV campaign with their “largest 4G network” message. While not technically 4G, T-Mobile’s speeds are 21Mbps (and T-Mobile is looking to bump that up to 42Mbps in 2011 and even 84 and 168Mbps after that) making their network — what’s the words I’m looking for — fry your smartphone fast.

As for the total amount of cities under the warm “4G” blanket, T-Mobile has 75+ HSPA+ cities which keep an estimated 200 million people warm. I’m getting too far with this, aren’t I?

As for devices, the MyTouch 4G launches tomorrow and will be a primary feature of the campaign; Chicago, IL, Colorado Springs, CO, Ft. Wayne, IN, Louisville, KY, and Raleigh-Durham and Wilmington, NC also will have 4G as of today. Press release in the usual spot, after the break.

Samsung Continuum Sits On Verizon Wireless Holiday Page

Is that the Samsung Continuum? Yes it is! The little sucker has a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED and the “ticker” notification screen making it a dual-screen phone. It also uses Bing as the default search option, but it being (purportedly) Android 2.2, you can make a trip to the Android Market to get the Google Search widget and app. The announcement seems to be on the 8th (or the Nexus S?), so by then we’ll have a price and release date.

Hopefully. Via: Verizon