Get another inside look at the action in the CNET Labs, as we demo a new Samsung touch-screen all-in-one, check out HP's new ultraportable, and pit two iPad arcade sticks against each other in a hands-on shootout.
With but one week to go till Samsung's October 11 event and most likely the unveiling of the Nexus Prime, it makes sense that we'd be seeing more images and details leaking onto the Internet.
According to the information listed on the handset's display, the much-anticipated "Pure Google" device will offer a 1,280x720-pixel-resolution HD display. The size of the screen has been calculated to be 4.6 inches--bigger than anything offered in the United States thus far. It's not immediately known whether the screen technology is PenTile matrix; however, the 320dpi pixel density should calm the most savage Android beast.
Looking closely at the bottom row of buttons, we can see that there are no hard keys in sight. This matches up nicely with longtime rumors that the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices would not have any physical buttons, relying on soft keys instead.
As we said, though, we're only a week away from finding out and CNET will be at the event, so be sure to check back next Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. PT for all the juicy details. … Read more
There's still a segment of the population that likes to actually touch a product--and play around with it--before they buy it, and unlike Apple or Barnes & Noble, Amazon doesn't have any brick and mortar stores. However, as it did with the Kindle 3, Best Buy will carry and sell the new Kindles, so you'll be able to try before you buy.
It's worth noting that those new Kindles will only be available for purchase in-store. So far, the just-released $79 Kindle with Special Offers hasn't turned up yet--the site reads "coming soon," … Read more
Is Amazon losing money or earning a profit from the sale of each Kindle Fire tablet? Analysts seem to be at odds over that question.
In an investor note issued last Wednesday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster calculated the manufacturing cost of each Kindle Fire at $250, leaving Amazon with a $50 loss on each $199 tablet that it sells. Munster said he based that estimate on the cost of the iPad.
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But other analysts have chimed in with different opinions and estimates.
UBM TechInsights believes Amazon is actually making a profit on each Kindle Fire. Estimating manufacturing costs as low as $150, the research firm pegs Amazon's profit per tablet at $49.
In comparison, RIM spends around $170 to make its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which reportedly gave Amazon some "design clues" for the Fire. The retailer was able to cut its costs by eliminating certain features found in the PlayBook, according to EE Times, which is published by UBM's parent company.… Read more
When we first saw the handsome Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at CES last January, we knew it was a solid effort--slim and sleek with sharp edges, impressive camera specs, and a Reality Display worth talking about.
Nine months later, the unlocked phone we've finally got in our hands still holds our interest.… Read more
NewEgg will soon sell the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread smartphone unlocked to U.S. customers for $424.99.
Announced this past June at CommunicAsia, the Xperia Ray follows up on the Xperia Arc with a thin, sleek design. The Ray's aluminum chassis measures just 9.4mm thick and contains a 3.3-inch display. Sony Ericsson's Mobile Bravia Engine renders the Ray's 854x480-pixel "Reality Display" resolution.
As with the Arc, the Ray features an … Read more
Today, Virgin Mobile announced the upcoming availability of its latest Android smartphones, the LG Optimus Slider and HTC Wildfire S.
Equipped with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the carriers says the Optimus Slider is ideal for those who love to e-mail, message, and social network on the go. In fact, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset will come preloaded with Virgin Mobile's Live 2.0 social networking app that lets you access the carrier's custom music stream and allows to you check into special events.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset also has a 3.2-inch touch screen, a … Read more
We've been keeping an eagle eye out for a tablet in shining armor that can truly take on Apple's fire-breathing iPad. It now looks like Amazon will fight fire with Kindle Fire.
The Kindle Fire couldn't be much more different than the iPad. It has a 7-inch screen, runs a version of Android, doesn't have a camera, and can't connect to a 3G network.
The Fire's biggest selling point is its selling point: $199. Golly, that's a cheap tablet. At that price, a lot of people might be willing to pass on the luxuries of 3G, lots of local storage, a microphone, and extra screen real estate.
Amazon's large store of available content in the form of books, videos, and music may well keep customers busy enough to forget about iTunes.
The term "iPad killer" is popping up everywhere, but the real truth is likely to be much more complex than one or the other winning out in a bloody sales war.
There are still plenty of unanswered questions about the Kindle Fire, but that's not going to stop us from asking the Big One. Is the Kindle Fire a true iPad competitor? We know you've got an opinion. Vote in our poll and tell us more in the comments.… Read more
After months of rumors and speculation, the Amazon Fire is now a reality. Making its official debut yesterday, the 7-inch tablet ultimately ended up looking more like the Nook Color than the iPad, with very little hints of Android.
In fact, aside from the multitasking, Web browser, and Amazon Appstore, most users will be hard-pressed to identify the Android 2.3 platform under the hood. Taking this into consideration, I began to wonder how this will affect the sales of the Kindle Fire. Are Android fans going to buy this in hopes of getting a lower cost tablet experience or … Read more
With Justin out for the rest of the week, today we bring in CNET duo Bridget Carey and Mark Licea to run through the ashes of Amazon's Kindle Fire announcement with price cuts for both the BlackBerry PlayBook and the Barnes and Noble Nook Color.
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