Samsung Captivate now headed out of AT&T warehouses, into your pocket

So the Samsung Captivate, a 4-inch Super AMOLED, 1Ghz Hummingbird, Android 2.1 with Touchwiz 3.0, and 5 megapixel HD shootin’ camera is a beast by far. While I can’t recommended it (due to not reviewing it, yet), I can say it’s impressive. Starting at $199 on a 2-year death contract with AT&T, the first high-end Android  without sideloading of apps or Google Navigation (you get AT&T’s) is here (now it just sounds lame) at the source link, specifically.

Source: AT&T

Panasonic DMC-LX5 4/3rds leaks, looks pretty happy

The Panasonic DMC-LX5 might just be what the doctor ordered. Yes, I’ll be publishing a Micro Four Thirds review for one of Panasonic’s 4/3rds, but cutting to the chase, the LX5 seems to be better. As a “compact enthusiast” camera, you get more control than I had wit hthe G10, as well as better lens glass, higher ISO, and a classier, older look (like an old Leica).

The specs:

  • 10.1 megapixel sensor
  • 1/1.63″ sensor
  • 3.8x zoom on a F/2.0-3.3 Leica Summicron lens (zoom is improved over LX3)
  • ISO 80-12800 (greatrange, also implies lower noise at normal ISO levels)
  • HD recording at 720p/30 or 720p/60 (weird; sensor output limited to 30fps)
  • 3″ LCD (480×320)
  • Optional optical or electronic viewfinder (cool!)

The LX5 will officially be announced on July 21st, on which day depending on the price, which I hear shouldn’t be so bad, will make me a very, very happy boy. Perhaps it’s the 4/3rds I’m looking for?

Source: 4/3rds Rumors, Panasonic UK

Stefan Etienne gets on your TV, starts talking tech (video!)

Well, well, now that I finally have my hands-on the TV station’s media card, they kindly allowed me to upload the interview on the telly to YouTube, where millions (or thousands can see it on LaptopMemo’s channel). Here, in my first TV interview I talk techno-babble about the M11x, and the Nikon D5000 also appears; its 2-pound wrath breaking my neck. Just for FYI: the interview was shot by my awesome Dad, in Central Park (TV station agreed to him shooting it).

So sit back, and watch with a extra-small bag of popcorn. Now hopefully you guys can crank it up to 1080p!

Google Gets Its Last Shipment Of Fresh Nexus One For USA Buyers

The last shipment of Nexus One phones, which is the official phone of Google, has arrived for U.S buyers. The Nexus oNe’s failure was pretty large, but in HTC’s and Google’s perspective, the Nexus One is actually very successful.

A fun fact: the Google Nexus One was originally designed to “show” how an Android phone should be built, and debuted the genre “superphone. And now every few weeks, a super sexy Android phone debuts. All thanks to Google’s original idea of how an Android superphone could be.

Although for those of you in Vodafone in Europe and KT in Korea, this news is nothing to you. The Sexy Nexy will still be sold where you are. As for U.S goers, if you want a Nexus One, you’d better fetch it now.

Source: Google

So Here’s The Story: Steve Jobs Giving Out Free Bumper Cases For iPhone 4

So here’s the deal: free bumper cases for iPhone 4, Apple can’t produce enough of these things, so you’ll have to select between a variety of bumpers and cases, and you can apply online next week. Anyone who previously purchased an iPhone 4 bumper case gets refunded.

This is a hit to Apple’s coffers, but also a hit to the iPhone 4: in order for it to work, you need to put a colorful rubberband around it. Alas, at least it’s free.

I have a feeling everyone will have a bumper case around their iPhone 4 now. Albeit that’ll greatly annoy tech enthusiasts like me who find adding Chinese plastic to an expensive gadget distasteful. Oh well.

So here’s the deal:

  • If you already bought another bumper case, you get a refund.
  • The offer applies until September 30.
  • Have an iPhone 4 = bumper case free.

Oh, and white iPhone 4 ships at the end of the month. A full post about this will come on LaptopMemo later today.

Source: Apple

New Rumor: Nikon’s new entry-level DSLR will be the D3100

The upcoming entry-level DSLR from Nikon you ask? Accordingly, since it is meant to be a cross between the Nikon D5000 and D3000, this new DSLR will be called the D3100, and should feature autofocus in video mode, HD video in 720p and 1080p, a 10 megapixel CMOS sensor, in-camera video editing, and new AF config covering the viewfinder, and will come as a kit, most likely with a 18-55mm lens. With a list of specs like those, I’m excited already (notice that I’m a Nikon 13-year-old boy)

The official announcement is rumored to come up in the next few weeks.

Source: Nikon Rumors, CrunchGear

AppleInsider: Here’s a US Senator’s letter to Steve Jobs about iPhone 4 “death grip”

The letter embedded after the break is 100% legit, according to AppleInsider, and is from New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) regarding the iPhone 4 death grip issue that has plagued almost everyone. The upcoming Friday press event might be about the antenna issue, but in the meantime, Schumer’s letter addressed to Steve Jobs is after the break, which has yet to be published officially.

Source: AppleInsider