Best Buy CEO: Apple’s iPad Eating Up Laptop Sales (update: it’s a gaffe)

How do you know if the iPad is successful? Do you see if everyone in your neighborhood has one? Refer to press releases like a gadget journalist would?  Be Steve Jobs and see you have extra cash in the iBank?

None of the above actually.

You’ll have to be Best Buy CEO, Brian Dun, and say that the iPad “had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%.” While that is a freakishly insane number, and it very well may be, since iPads are not available at all Best Buys yet, although BBY is planning to offer one of the hottest gadgets of the season on all of its stores on September 26th.

Update: What actually is going on here, as according to BestBuy themselves is that:

“The paraphrase that was used in the WSJ wasn’t really an accurate reflection of what Brian said to the reporter.

What Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn said was that we had no firm numbers, but that we speculated there was some replacement of netbooks by iPads going on. We did not provide specifics because we do not presently have the hard numbers on which to base those specifics.”

Whew. For a minute there I was willing to rename “LaptopMemo” to “iPadMemo”.

Thank goodness that didn’t happen.

No CDMA Windows Phone 7 Devices For 2010, Says Microsoft Senior

Well I’ll be damned. The only providers for Windows Phone 7 handsets will be GSM-based, meaning they use SIM cards and are AT&T and T-Mobile. CDMA-based carriers like Sprint and Verizon, will be left out in the cold till 2011, as recently speaking to CNET, Microsoft senior product manager, Greg Sullivan, said:

“For the worldwide market, the vast majority of phones are GSM phones, so we focused on GSM first and then plan to deliver an update that will have great CDMA support in the first half of 2011. That’s device availability in the first half and we’re very confident of that. That’s probably a conservative estimate.”

Is it time to raise the pitchforks? No. Let’s see if Windows Phone 7 is really all it’s acting up to be this holiday season, on a GSM carrier of course.

Source: CNET

Samsung Galaxy Tab En Route To Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile

Surprise! The Samsung Galaxy Tab with a 7-inch super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird core, 3.2 megapixel front and 1.3 MP rear cams multimedia tablet running full Android 2.2 Flash 10.1 and all, is due on all four major carriers later this year (some where in October/November), exactly like the smaller Galaxy S Android 2.1 phones. Samsung is reporting that TouchWiz 3.0 will be tweaked slightly; the Reader and Music apps will be knocked off, while the new Media Hub and everything else in the interface will remain.

As for carriers, they will also have an influence — in terms of carrier apps. Otherwise, Verizon should recognize that having Bing only on the Galaxy Tab like the Fascinate is not such a good idea.

As for the unlocked versions, those have not yet been announced, but are being discussed internally, while a Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab will actually be released. Pricing has not yet been mentioned.

On An Editor’s Note: I can’t wait to review the Galaxy Tab, on all four carriers if I must, to see if it lives up to the hype Samsung presents it in.

Source: Samsung Galaxy Tab USA

Verizon Won’t Sell Windows Phone 7 Handsets Until 2011

With T-Moible and Sprint quiet about this whole Windows Phone 7 “Will it ever launch?” thing, AT&T has pretty much established itself as premier carrier, putting devices (Samsung and HTC for starters) that will be launched on the network in direct fire of the iPhone 4. What’s more now is that Verizon won’t have any Windows Phone 7 handsets at launch, or this year.

They’ll start in 2011. Which isn’t too far away, but still, peculiar. Perhaps VZW wants to bang out a few more Droids first?

The more factual response is actually what Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney mentioned to Bloomberg: [our] “relationship with Microsoft is solid”. So it is then!

T-Mobile Holiday Lineup Is Filled With Android & WP7

The T-Mobile holiday lineup seems to be one thing that TMoNews has gotten its hands on, displaying several devices like the HTC HD 7 — a Windows Phone 7 handset — and release dates for the accessories of each particular phone. The dates are as follows: LG Optimus T for November 1, Dell Claire for November 15, BlackBerry Bold 9780 for November 15, Motorola Begonia for November 1, and a device referred to as “Comet” is also listed (with the date of November 1st); no manufacturer is listed.

Otherwise, we do know what the HD7, Bold 9780, and Optimus T look like. The Moto Begonia, Comet, and Dell Claire look like devices that were made with names taken out of a children’s book, but no matter, they’ll start showing up in the wild.

Anyone enticed by these findings?

Source: TMoNews

Nikon D7000 Is A Lot Of DSLR, For A Lot Of Money

The Nikon D7000 is hot and you’re not. It has a fresh 16.3 megapixel sensor, 6 fps burst mode, 108op HD 24fps video recording in h.264 (or 720p at 30fps) with autofocus limited to 20 minutes, and a completely new 39 point AF system.

There’s more. ISO  is 100-6400, however it can extrapolate up to fricking 25,600, and also has a 2,016 pixel 3D color matrix meter RGB sensor, which will make this DSLR the most accurate in white balance of all DSLRs out there,  like its rival the new Canon 60D.

Now onto the price. Get ready: it’ll release in mid-October for $1199 for the body only, and $1299 with an 18-105mm VR lens. Let’s say this fits the “bang for your buck” phrase, except there’s a lot of bang, and a lot of buck.

Source: Nikon

HTC Desire Z and Desire HD Androids launch in London

As rumors had been on the money for a while now, the Desire HD and Desire Z are both HTC handsets meant for our friends over the pond (i.e Europe and Asia).

Starting off, the Desire Z is the T-Mobile G2, with the same exact specs: 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, 3.7-inch display, and full-QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.2 (but with Sense UI), 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and HSPA+ radios.

The Desire HD is the EVO 4G, but with a SIM card. It has the exact same specs as the EVO 4G: a 4.3-inch screen, 1 GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel 720p HD shooter (nut no front-facing), and will use features from a newly launched htcsense.com, which is part of the brand new Sense UI.

Both will be on store shelves in October. Again, let’s hope that they’re not exclusive to Europe, because they’re just too awesome.