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  1. The Nvidia YouTube channel is offering a glimpse of Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich running on the eagerly awaited Asus Transformer Prime! It's great to see Asus continuing their policy of being among the first to deploy new Android releases. It's certainly something that sets them apart in this market as they are often the first to push out updates. Don't forget you can read full specs and more information on the Transformer Prime in this news item. This item was promoted to the News page - click here to view.
  2. The Nvidia YouTube channel is offering a glimpse of Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich running on the eagerly awaited Asus Transformer Prime! It's great to see Asus continuing their policy of being among the first to deploy new Android releases. It's certainly something that sets them apart in this market as they are often the first to push out updates. Don't forget you can read full specs and more information on the Transformer Prime in this news item.
  3. I'll write something about that tomorrow for you :-)
  4. Acer Iconia A500 10.1" Honeycomb Review - Part 2 As most of you well know the Iconia A500 is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb (build 3.0.1) which amoungst other features has an fantastic action bar and on screen action buttons, five customisable home screens, a recent apps list for multitasking, a redesigned on-screen keyboard, a new "chrome-like" browser plus improved copy and paste. The Acer Iconia A500's Web browser is slick, fast in general and displays Flash content most of the time with minimal delay. It also supports tabbed Web browsing and the entire browsing experience is as close as you'll find to a full desktop or notebook computer. However it's extremely prone to crashing when loading heavy flash sites and some sites are just downright sluggish eg Twitter. The overall out-of-the-box experience of Honeycomb is pretty good and although Acer have added a few apps the overall experience is pretty much vanilla. There’s an app called Clear.fi that allows you to wirelessly connect to other devices in your home network and it works very well. There's a pre-installed book reader called LumiRead which allows you to import ebu files no problem and although it's not the best book reader I've used, it's good enough. Saying that, I would really like to get my hands on Google books for Honeycomb but as of date it only appears to be pre-installed on the Xoom in the States :-( Shame... A more pressing issue for me is the lack of third-party apps in the Android market that have been designed with a tablet in mind. So far I've only found a handful of dedicated apps and I can only hope that the tablet market mirrors the way the Android phone market has developed in the last year. That way we won't need to wait too long to make the full use of this platform. Acer claims the Iconia A500's battery is good for up to 10 hours and although it depends on what your using the A500 for, on the whole the battery is fantastic. If you plan on doing a full day’s work on this device then it's fine. On an average day I get a full 24 hours before it runs out of juice. . Though the Iconia A500 often lasted over two days with moderate use, although listening to music and watching videos obviously reduces battery life. Tomorrow I will look at the camera and give an overall view... thanks!
  5. Acer Iconia A500 10.1" Honeycomb Review - Part 1 If like me you've been holding off getting a tablet then the new batch of Honeycomb tablets might well just be enough to tempt you... I wasn’t overly impressed with the first batch of Android tablets but after spending some weeks with the new Acer Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, I think it’s safe to say Android tablets have come of age. Here in Spain the 32GB and 16GB wifi-only versions are selling for 499€ and 449€ respectively - which I think are very competitive considering the specs and competition. The A501 wifi/3G models are expected sometime later in May. Hardware The 10.1-inch A500 makes a big first impression. It's slender and very well made with tapered edges that help emphasise that feeling. It's not the lightest tablet on the market, coming in at 766g but the extra weight isn’t really that noticeable. The A500 has an aluminium shell with your standard tablet design. You’ll find a 2 MP camera on the front, accompanied by a 5 MP camera on the back with an LED flash. On the left side you’ve got the power button and the headphone jack at the top and a micro-HDMI slot a the bottom. Along the top of the device you have the volume button, a rotate lock switch and next to this there's a plastic cover which comes away to reveal the microSD card slot and a gap which will take a SIM in the 3G-capable models. Across the bottom you’ll find a docking port, which works with the optional charge cradle. On the right hand you’ll find a USB2.0 slot (host), a micro-USB connector (slave) and the charging slot. The tablet provides an enhanced level of performance with its NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor and integrated GeForce™ GPU that lets you enjoy HD gaming, 1080p video and faster browsing, as well as running multiple applications, digital media playback and flash-based sites, games and applications. As soon as you turn on the A500 and you’re immediately struck by the bright, crisp screen. The 10.1-inch capacitive touch-screen tablet delivers a remarkable degree of accuracy and responsiveness. The high-resolution 1280x800 TFT WXGA display is crisp and clear, and provides an 80-degree wide viewing angle to ensure an optimal viewing experience. Designed for HD entertainment, the high-color contrast 10.1-inch widescreen display allowing you to enjoy HD 720p video in a 16:10 aspect ratio. You can also use the Acer Iconia Tab A500 as a media hub and share full 1080p video via the built-in HDMI port with other devices. Dolby® Mobile technology completes the entertainment experience with heightened audio. Full Specs NVIDIA® Tegra™ 250 dual-core Cortex-A9, 1 GHz •Ultra-low power GeForce® GPU •System memory: • 1 GB of RAM • 16 or 32 GB of flash memory •Google Android™ operating system Display •10.1” WXGA TFT-LCD capacitive multi-touch screen •1280 x 800 resolution •262K colors support Multimedia •Micro (Type D) HDMI output •CD-quality stereo output •Stereo speakers •Dual microphone with noise and echo cancellation •Dolby Mobile Formats supported: USB connectors •USB connector (host) •Micro USB connector (slave) Power •DC power-in (12 V, 1.5 A) Connectivity •Bluetooth 2.1+EDR & A2DP support •Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n WLAN (802.11n 2.4GHz only) •GPS Camera •2-megapixel front camera (fixed focus) Type Formats Audio recording AAC-LC, AMR-WB Audio playback AAC-LC, AAC, AAC+ (Not raw AAC), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MP3, OGG Vorbis, WAV Video recording H.264 BP, MPEG-4 SP, H.263 Video playback H.264 BP, H.264 MP, H.264 HP, MPEG-4 SP, H.263 Specifications 59 •5-megapixel rear camera with flash (auto focus) Expansion •microSD memory card slot (up to 32 GB) Battery •Rechargeable high density Li-polymer batteries: 3260 mAh x 2 (24.1 Wh) Note: Length of battery operation will depend on power consumption which is based on system resource use. For example, constantly using the backlight or using power-demanding applications will shorten battery life between charges. Dimensions Height 260 mm Width 177 mm Thickness 13.3 mm Weight 765 g (with battery) The overall build quality of the A500 is great and it's surprisingly the best Android-based tablet I’ve seen to date and the only one that I’d consider a serious competitor to the iPad considering the price and quality, and it certainly sets a high standard for its Android 3.0 competitors. Tomorrow I'll take a look at the cameras, battery life, Honeycomb and it's apps (or should that be the lack of apps!!), multimedia and overall performance....
  6. It's the way they all seem to be going. I lost a 10GB download limit with Orange here in Spain 5 months ago now I can only get 1GB. No other option! Every operator has done the same, so that means I'm stuck with 128kbps download speeds for 3 weeks every month. Useless!! We are going backwards...
  7. Way over priced... dual core is just around the corner as well. I'll be waiting to see what HTC comes up with in 2011 :-)
  8. Another New HTC, full-QWERTY destined for Verizon Yet another HTC handset that is destined for Verizon Wireless has leaked onto the internet. This full-QWERTY Android 2.2 handset includes a 5 megapixel camera, micro-SD card slot, and SIM card for global roaming capabilities. The device has the model name ADR6325 More details and images @ BGR
  9. HTC CEO Peter Chou discusses future of smartphones HTC, with its U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, is moving from being a faceless manufacturer to a fairly recognized brand over the last two years, as smartphone sales took off. Peter Chou (cq), CEO of HTC. Chou carries several cell phones on him to test for reliability. HTC is a Taiwan based phone manufacturer, they produce several of the hottest selling phones. Brier Dudley story: HTC Founded: 1997 in Taiwan Business: Smartphone manufacturer Employees: 9,021 globally, 110 at U.S. headquarters in Bellevue and Seattle software lab. First hit: Compaq iPaq Sold: 5.9 million phones in second quarter of 2010, up from 2.5 million in Q209, according to Gartner research. Upcoming products: Windows Phone 7 devices, T-Mobile G2 If an HTC smartphone is going to have antenna problems, one of the first people to find out probably will be Peter Chou. The chief executive of the hot Taiwanese phone maker carries more phones than a shopping-mall kiosk. Stashed throughout the pockets of his jeans and blazer is a virtual showroom of upcoming superphones that HTC is developing with companies such as Microsoft, Google, Sprint and Verizon. Last week, during a visit to the company's U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, he was carrying silver, purple and black phones with 3G and 4G radios and who knows what else inside. "I'm testing all of our devices to make sure that our devices are having a good experience and are mature and stable," he said apologetically, as he patted and searched his pockets, looking for a T-Mobile G2. Chou, 52, had breakfast earlier that day with the chief technology officer of T-Mobile USA, which chose HTC to build the first phone for its souped "HSPA Plus" network that promises speeds on par with Clearwire's 4G service. The G2 — which is generally available Oct. 6 — feels like a slab of brushed aluminum running Google's Android software. It's a descendant of the curvy Nexus One phone HTC built for Google to showcase its mobile capabilities. HTC started out as the first manufacturer of Microsoft-powered smartphones in the late 1990s. Lately it has continued to produce the first phones on new platforms, including the first Android phones and the first to use Clearwire's 4G network. The company also has moved from being a faceless manufacturer to a fairly recognized brand over the last two years as smartphone sales took off. Research firm IDC expects sales to grow 55 percent this year — to 269.6 million units — and 24.5 percent in 2011. HTC, meanwhile, netted $423 million on sales of $3.076 billion in the first half of 2010. Later this year, HTC will release some of the first Windows Phone 7 devices. During an interview, Chou wouldn't say much about products beyond that. Nor would he confirm rumors HTC may offer a tablet computer or discuss the patent fight Apple started with HTC in March. But he did joke a little about the iPhone 4 antenna problems. Here are edited excerpts of the interview. Question: What do you think about Windows Phone 7? Do people in the industry think Microsoft has a chance to come back in the mobile business? Answer: I do. This is a significant milestone for Microsoft in the mobile space. They put tremendous focus, effort on this design. I'm very excited about this brand-new experience. I think it will get positive acceptance from the industry and the market. Q: You built a nice HTC software layer to differentiate your phones. That looks tougher with Windows Phone since the interface is pretty specific. What kind of "special sauce" can HTC bring to its WP7 devices? A: Innovation doesn't need to always be the same. We are able to innovate on top of that, but the first time, just like our first Android phone, we ended up not putting in too much the first time. Over time, we believe we can innovate on top of that. Q: Are there international markets where Windows Phone will be especially strong? A: In China the Windows phones are very popular, the acceptance is very high. They have a lot of legacy Windows users. Q: The G2 has a slide-out keypad. Are keypads coming back? A: We don't think one device will fit all. What we try to do is come out with a portfolio of devices: we have Windows phone, we have Android phone, we have a keyboard device, a much bigger display like Evo 4G and we have a smaller form factor. We try to make sure all have a very good experience and let consumers decide what they want. Some people like a keyboard. Q: There are rumors that you're working on a tablet. Will you offer one? A: Our teams are looking into all kinds of products and portfolio possibilities, but we need to make sure we have best experience and the best value proposition when we come out with a product. It doesn't seem like much of a stretch to go from a 4-inch screen to a 7-inch screen. In terms of capabilities and technologies and expertise, we have all of this. But we just want to make sure that we have a very good, differentiated product coming out. Q: You built Google's Nexus One phone. Now we're hearing about Facebook doing a customized phone. Will more tech companies develop branded phones, and is that an opportunity for HTC? A: Every company would like to come out with their own innovation. HTC, our philosophy is that business can be more cooperative and does not need to be just competing. Sometimes you need to create a unique value or unique position for yourself. There's no rule which model is better, as long as this model uniquely positions you. I think that's the most important. Business is about cooperation. Being humble has a great value. When you're humble, you listen. When you listen, you can hear a lot of valuable information from your partners, your customers, who want to help you. So that's why our company, the philosophy is: you're humble, let's work hard, don't disappoint our customers. So over time we've become better, better, better. Q: The companies you work with aren't known for being humble ... A: That's why we can work with them. If we're always showing muscle, always competing — 'who is more arrogant' — that won't work. Q: I see AppleTV and Google TV as being partly mobile plays — you can control those devices with their phones. Do you see the phone being used more in the living room? A: Yes, over time, definitely. The phone is becoming your everything computing device. For example, we just launched a product last week in London that has DLNA (digital networking) capability, so this device can directly, wirelessly transmit video to your TV. Instead of some device using HDMI with a cable, this one directly transmits video information to a TV. Q: So how will we use the phone three years from now? A: This could be your content-consuming device — with this screen you could watch a movie here. This can be your reading device — the screen is big enough; you can have a good reading experience. All of your reading content can go with you everywhere. Also, I believe the mobile Internet experience will continue to optimize and innovate. The electronic wallet should be coming in the next couple of years. I also believe that we are in a threshold point where all kinds of industries can use smartphones — for education, or health care or energy — so this can be a very important product for people in the future. Q: Will smartphones be displaced a bit by bigger-screen, tablet devices? A: There will be all kinds of devices. The portfolio can be from very small — wearable — to maybe 10-inch (screens), but I believe these types of (smartphone) devices probably will be a very high portion of mainstream because this will be always with you. You can save everything. This is a part of your life. Q: The G2 has a metal case. Will you have to hold it a certain way to avoid antenna problems? A: No, no. Antennas are sensitive, definitely, but it is our responsibility to take care of whatever the usage is so it won't be degraded. We can't complain that antennae is so complicated that 'user, you have to compromise a little bit.' You can't say that. It is our responsibility, our profession, and our expertise to take care of whatever the user scenario. Q: So you're not going to tell people "you're holding the phone wrong" (like Steve Jobs told an iPhone 4 user)? A: No. I can't blame consumers, how they use them. Source
  10. There are some pics on this thread http://android.modaco.com/content/acer-liq...-screen-repair/ BUT I warning you now, I have also replaced various screens on older HTC devices in the past but I tried to do the same with the Liquid and now I can't get the screen to work.... and unfortunately I'm not the only one :D
  11. Hi, I would really appreciate it if you could detail exactly what you mean as I too have bought a replacement screen but I have the same issue. Thanks in advance
  12. Rumour is that the HTC Desire HD will be one of the first mobile handsets with the next generation Snapdragon processors, coming in at 1.3GHz speeds but that of course is just a rumour. I personally think it will have to as otherwise it's not really that much of an improvement on the Desire. I am really hoping for video out... fingers crossed :D
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