Apple has taken the time to create the “App Store Essentials Hall of Fame” page. It gives a good run down of the more popular apps – both free and paid. The App Store now has a whopping total of over 300,000 apps but there currently is only 47 apps that have made it to the Hall of Fame list… which Apple says these 47 apps are the best of the best. Can’t argue when Angry Birds is at the tops spot. SkyFire for iPhone should be there soon too. There’s also Evernote, Facebook, Guitar Hero, Nike+ GPS and for some reason 20 minute meals by Jamie Oliver.
It looks like another Android device is going to be making its way over to TELUS this holiday season. The LG Optimus ONE has appeared on an LG site with the words “Coming Soon November 2010″. Specs on this Android OS 2.2 have it with a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen (resolution of 320×480), a 600MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera (auto-focus and video capabilities), GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. No word on price points or an official launch date.
Source: LG Canada
The other day it was revealed on Bell’s retail chain The Source that the shipping date of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is “Expected to ship by November 16th, 2010″ for “$649.95. Thanks to an internal doc that shows this new Android 2.2 OS tablet will actually be available on November 12th. No word on other price plans but Rogers will be releasing the Tab also on the following price plans (so we can expects Bell to be similar): Outright is $674.99; 1-year is $599.99; 2-year is $564.99 and the 3-year is $539.99.
Who’s going to get one?
Looks like the LG Flick is making the rounds this holiday season. This entry level device is launching on Virgin on November 11th and will also hit Solo Mobile the same day. Price points on Solo is $149.99 no-contract (Virgin is $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract). The good news for Solo is that this touchscreen device will be their first HSPA device and will have the capability to surf the web (9 social networking sites have been integrated into the device), check e-mail, FM radio and this comes with a 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities. In addition, the Flick will be available in both grey and pink.
Quebec is having some good fortune these days. Not only are all the carriers introducing an “Unlimited Quebec” plan but Apple is set to open their first retail store. The Apple Store is set to open in Quebec City on November 13th at Place Ste-Foy. We mentioned back in June that a store was coming to Quebec and it’s about a week away. Most likely you’ll be able to score yourself an iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad and as usual Apple will have the same in-store celebrations that the first 1,000 visitors will be given a free Apple t-shirt.
TELUS announced earlier this week that both of their Windows Phone 7 devices will be available on November 8th. The LG Optimus 7 and the HTC Surround.
The HTC Surround comes with a 1 GHz processor, 3.8 inch touchscreen (480×800), 5 megapixel camera (records 720p videos), 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth, 165 grams, internal storage of 16 GB, has a slide-out speaker with a kickstand. As for the LG Optimus 7, this comes with a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen display (800×480), a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED Flash and records 720p videos, internal memory of 16GB, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, 3.5mm headset jack.
What about pricing? We’ve got this for you:
3-year promo price: $99.99
2-year contract: $299.99
1-year contract: $399.99
LG Optimus 7:
3-year promo price: $99.99
2-year contract: $399.99
1-year contract: $449.99
There isn’t really much about Rogers Q4 device lineup that haven’t been revealed. They will be releasing the following devices: BlackBerry Bold 9780, Dell Streak, Samsung Focus, Nokia N8 and the Samsung Tab. We’ve revealed pricing for most of these but there was a few outstanding. You can check out the price plans for the Samsung Tab here ($674.99 no-contract) and Streak here ($599.99 no-contract) … but looking at the internal doc shows the following price plans for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Samsung Focus to be $199.99 on a 3-year and $599.99 no-contract. In addition, the Nokia N8 will be priced at $79.99 on a 3-year and $449.99 no-contract.
If you’re on Virgin Mobile you’ve probably heard of the company PushLife. They power the Virgin Mobile Live app that comes on their BlackBerry devices. No worries though if you’re not with Virgin because a free app will be released over the next few weeks to work on both Android and BlackBerry devices – so everyone will be able to experience music correctly.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit with Founder & CEO of PushLife Ray Reddy. He took me for a tour of their app on 3 different devices: Android, BlackBerry and a quick messaging device. What’s really cool about PushLife is that they give a new meaning to how music can be experienced on a device other than an iPhone. The interface is exactly the same experience an ALL 3 handsets. There is no favouring one platform to another… the music experience is fast and set up in a very intuitive manner. They’ve literally thought of everything from a user viewpoint, giving you the power to create and edit playlists right from device (also transfer music from your desktop), search for new music (by genre, artist, top 100 or new album), one-click song purchase (Virgin customers get it added to their monthly bill), view artist bios, photos and the app also has the ability to share music samples via Facebook and Twitter, rate songs, purchase ringtones, wallpapers… and syncs to your iTunes/Windows Media Player.
We’re not sure why all carriers or manufacturers haven’t pre-loaded this onto their devices yet. They should as it makes a great customer experience. This is worth downloading when the app goes live this month. Check out the video of the app in action after the break (more…)
There’s been rumours flying around the internet for a couple weeks now that the HTC Desire HD will be heading to Canada, specifically on TELUS. HTC recently created a new Sense portal that allows users remotely access all the content that’s stored on your phone via the web. What’s revealing about the portal is that when you register as a Canadian it gives you a drop down menu and reveals the Desire Z (launched on Bell a couple days ago) and the yet to be released Desire HD… so this is heading to Canada soon. Rumours have this coming to TELUS sometime early 2011.
Quick specs of the HTC Desire HD are that it runs Android OS 2.2 “Froyo”, comes with a 4.3-inch LCD screen, 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-flash that can record 720p HD videos.
If you’re a Rogers customer you might want to take the time and register for the contest they have going on. It’s only for current Rogers customers and it ends on December 5th. Up for grabs are 50 BlackBerry Torch 9800′s.