Boxee Box Ships Tomorrow As Planned, Netflix And Hulu At The End Of The Year

The $199 Boxee Box is finally shipping, starting tomorrow. Besides, most of the awesomeness that comes of owning the Boxee Box should be access to Hulu and Netflix, which Boxee plans to add “before the end of the year”.  Until then, I’ll have to wait for Boxee to send us our review unit, and to have a go at this whole Boxee Box extravaganza myself.

Rumor: Microsoft Sold Only 40,000 Windows Phone 7 Devices On Launch Day?

This is either extremely false (which it just might be) or extremely legit, and if it is the former, then my god, this is funny. Windows Phone 7, a promising operating system, in direct competition with Android in particular, launched a few days ago. Reports are coming out of the possible sales numbers than Microsoft saw for the new WP7 devices: about 40,000. Microsoft has declined to comment on those nubmers, and T-Mobile states that customers are purchasing handsets from them in reasonable numbers.

Before you start crying fowl, please direct that sort of anger with your grenades, pitchforks, and other dangerous items to The Street and Scott Moritz. Thanks.

And now on with the usual programming.

Meh: Motorola Citrus Launching Tomorrow For $50 on Verizon

The Motorola Citrus is just “another Android phone”. In the case of the DROIDs and Galaxy S, these mid-range handsets are the weeds in the world of proper smartphones and Android. The Citrus uses  Android 2.1 with a 3.0-inch QVGA display, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 3 megapixel digital camera, EV-DO Rev. 0, SWYPE keyboard, and the MOTOBLUR UI. The “meh” device will be available on Big Red starting tomorrow for $49.99 with a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate.

That means if you like 1GHz beasts with 3.7 to 4.3-inch screens, then stay away. Very far away. Via: Verizon

First Out The Gate: T-Mobile Releases The Samsung Galaxy Tab

Well, today’s the day friends! T-Mobile, right on schedule has launched their Tab for $399, which gets you the 7-inch Galaxy Tab (duh!) plus a two-year contract with the American arm of Deutsche Telekom, or $599 for the entire tablet without service. If you’re not so eager to be on T-Mobile, then you can wait till tomorrow for Verizon’s release, then Sprint’s 2-year contract release (bleh) soon afterwards. Or AT&T, whenever they announce theirs. You probably get the idea by now: the Galaxy Tab is everywhere.

Via: T-Mobile

Bloomberg: RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet To Cost Less Than $500

Bloomberg is currently reporting that RIM’s Co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, indicated his company’s Playbook tablet would be available in North American markets in Q1 of 2011 for under $500, meaning that the PlayBook would be cheaper than the iPad, thus obviously generating sales for the BlackBerry 8.9-inch tablet complete with 2 cameras, Flash 10.1, and a new OS with PlayBook optimized apps from the BlackBerry App World publishers. Anyone excited for a sub-$500 quality tablet?

Via: Bloomberg

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab Hands-On

Today at CES 2011 Preview, I decided to once again have a few chats with my contacts and bring the best of the botths while I was there. In my honest opinion, the only devices worth mentioning from CES 2011 Preview are the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices, along with Parrot’s AR Drone. Since this post is about the Sprint version of the Galaxy Tab, let’s stay focused on it.

As many of you already know, the Galaxy Tab uses a 1,024×600 pixel LCD TFT screen that has been “enhanced”, 1.3 megapixel front-facing and 3,2 megapixel back-facing cameras, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Android 2.2 with Touchwiz 3.0 and Flash 10.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/3G radios, 32GB of internal storage, and lastly a 4000mAh battery.

From a looks perspective the Galaxy Tab is the best — and only — Android 2.2 tablet worth direct comparison and competition against the mighty Apple iPad. Web pages loaded smoothly and flawlessly in both Sprint 3G and Wi-Fi. Angry Birds speed and graphics were also extremely smooth and crisp, and the built-in speakers were loud enough to be heard amongst the angry mobs of journalists, exhibitors, bloggers, and bartenders. The Sprint Galaxy Tab also has a white finish on the back with visible fingerprints, but it being white doesn’t do much damage as say, the matte finish on an Alienware M11x laptop.

In fact most apps worked and loaded like a charm, including the Android Market, and the cameras also were usable, even though they aren’t as good as their Galaxy S counterparts. Since it only seems like I have praise for the Galaxy Tab, let’s bring on the annoyances and complaints.

The device can be very sensitive when it comes to the accelerometer; in one of the photos above you can see the Galaxy Tab switched the screen upside down when it was being held almost flat in the air. Also, since the screen isn’t Super AMOLED, when comparing to the Epic 4G (another Galaxy series Sprint device), the Tab looked plain, pale, and boring in comparison. So for now, head on past the break for an extensive gallery of only the Sprint Galaxy Tab, and a review as soon as Samsung can get us a test unit.

MyTouch 4G Quick Hands-On

While at yesterday’s Samsung Continuum event, I was able to make new friends in the tech blogging world, as well as meet a few Huffington Post bloggers. When one of them had a MyTouch 4G on hand, it was only obvious for the “take photo” part of my brain to kick off and get a quick hands-on. This red MyTouch 4G has an incredible build quality, and uses what you (or I) could call “refined Nexus One parts”, since it’s built by HTC, after all. The T-Mobile inspired Sense UI may be a bit intrusive, but since it’s Sense on Android 2.2, it feels very much at home and more importantly, useful. And it works.

While I didn’t have time to test browser speeds or the cameras, the MyTouch 4G was running on “4G” (or more precisely HSPA+) , and it did look like the connection was very much active, like when 4G is active on the Epic 4G. While this may not mean much, I spoke to the writers and they felt the HSPA+ connection was very fast. Either way, expect me to get a test unit (eventually) and get a real crack at the MyTouch 4G myself. One more shot after the break!

Thanks @HuffPostTech!