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!

Google Goes Way Of Windows Phone 7, Releases App

If you’re Google and a new mobile operating system made its debut yesterday, what do you do? And if that company is also Microsoft how do you respond to this possible threat? You release a freaking Google app, that’s what. According to Google, “The Google Search app is a free download for all Windows Phone 7 devices and languages […] download, pin to Start, and the power of Google Search is only a click away”. While you may not be able to make the “search” button on Windows Phone 7 work with Google, you do have the app which lets you find web, image, and news queries, as well as the usual GPS assistance, and that’s all that matters, right?

Via: Google Mobile Blog

Motorola DROID 2 Global Made Official For $199

The Motorola DROID 2 Global is by far the best Droid available: a 1.2GHz processor (that’s right, 1.2 GHz, not 1GHz), and dual CDMA/GSM radio support for usage in almost any country anywhere, providing you have a SIM card, the Droid 2 Global is available for $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and a 2-year agreement in only white at the moment; a black version possibly may be released later on.

So now can you resist a 1.2GHz Droid 2 with Android 2.2 and MOTOBLUR? Can you? I thought not.

Via: Verizon Wireless

Samsung Continuum Hands-On (now with video!)

The event is over and now it’s time for a hands-on. Every Samsung Continuum has a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen at 800×480 pixels, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording, 1.8-inch ticker display that supports RSS feeds, missed notifications, tweets, and everything else, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and finally Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0. An Android 2.2 update is inbound according to the guys on the ground. Hit up the gallery below for the hands-on!

Samsung Continuum Hands-On

Update: By hitting the “more” link, you’ll be able to see our short hands-on in 72op HD. Check it out!

Samsung Continuum Confirmed By Samsung Mobile On Twitter

With a Samsung Moible event starting in just about an hour or so, I’ve just stumbled upon a Samsung Continuum poster, along with the official Twitter announcement of the Samsung Continuum, another Galaxy S phone bound for Verizon on the 11th. Check out the status update from Samsung below, and wait for the official announcement, specs, and of course, a hands-on with the first ever Android smartphone with a “ticker display” right here, on LaptopMemo. We’ll figure out just exactly what that ticker display is in a moment.

Via: Samsung Mobile (Twitter)