What we’ve got here is a first look at the upcoming Palm Pre 2, looking incredibly similar to the original Pre. The specs are scarce but its known to have a 1GHz processor with 512mb of RAM, better screen that’s apparently “flatter” but with the same resolution at 320×480. In addition, this will run webOS 2.0. According to MobiFrance who captured the pics this is expected to be available in November.
Bell is a minority owner in the Montreal Canadiens and they have now officially released a free mobile app that’s available for Android, BlackBerry, iOS devices. The app is specifically for the Canadiens and has standard features such as latest news, team stats and the ability to watch videos. Where it gets a bit more interesting is that fans can vote for the game’s three stars, exchange comments and videos with other fans. In addition, the app features something cool with you camera: “Bell customers can even instantly share their photos live on the Bell Centre big screen”.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab and the long-awaited Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate both will be in attendance at what looks to be an upcoming Toronto launch party. The date is set for Wednesday October 27th… no word on if this will be the official date of availability for the devices. Hopefully so for those who have been waiting months for the Captivate ($149.99 on a 3-year contract). The Galaxy Tab is expected to be launching sometime mid-November and no word yet on price plans.
Source: The Cellular Guru
Last week we posted the upcoming Virgin Mobile Q4 Holiday lineup… they have decent devices for basically every level of customer: Android, BlackBerry and entry-level. Now we can share with you the confirmed contract price points and official launch dates:
BlackBerry Torch 9800: Already available
LG Sway: Available October 21st for $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract
BlackBerry Bold 9780: Available October 21st for $149 on
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LG Flick: Available November 9th for $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract
Samsung Galaxy 5: Available November 12th for $0.00 on the SuperTab/contract
If you’re into contracts (or their SuperTab) the prices are correct. Most of them are priced at $0.00. Even the Bold 9780 is priced what the original Bold 9700 came out as… so you can expect this to see a price drop before this year is completed.
UPDATE: Virgin will be releasing the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on November 2nd
The iPhone 4 has and still is going through a wild ride – a PR nightmare on some levels but amidst all the bashing the smartphone is still a massive success. There’s been “Antennagate” and even up to last week a new issue called “Glassgate” was coined for 3rd party cases causing the back of the iPhone to scratch, fracture and crack.
A new report has been released by cellphone warranty provider SquareTrade that states that “iPhone 4 Glass Breaks 82 Percent More Than 3GS”. The findings were based on 20,000 iPhone 4′s over the first 4 months the device went on sale. Their report boldly states “it’s clear that the iPhone 4 is significantly more prone to physical damage than its predecessor. The aluminosilicate glass seem to crack at least as often as the old glass, and there is now twice as much surface area to break.”
Other findings by SquareTrade shows the “accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3gs” and “An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone”. Physical damage aside, SquareTrade says that “non-accident related malfunctions” such as “hardware problems beyond the glass screen” resulted in “fewer than 0.5% of iPhone 4 owners reported a non-accident claim, roughly the same as the iPhone 3gs.”
Have you had any issues with your iPhone 4? Cracked screen, liquid damage?
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TELUS posted their upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices online this morning. They will be releasing the LG Optimus 7 and the HTC Surround. Since the new releases of Windows Phone 7 devices are a simultaneous North American launch, AT&T in the states has pegged the Surround to be available sometime at the end of November 8th for $199.99 on a 2-year contract. As for the Optimus 7 this has a ship date of October 21st for $199.99 on a 2-year contract.
Nothing has been confirmed by TELUS about dates or pricing but if you take a gander at the “Compare” feature of these devices on TELUS’ site you’ll notice some upcoming pricing is revealed. These are probably just placeholders for now as TELUS doesn’t end their device pricing in a $0.95, but it’s a good indication of possibly what’s coming. Both devices have the following price plans in place: 3-year contract: $299.95; 2-year contract: $399.95 and the 1-year contract is $499.95. No-contract price is MIA.
Bell is not being left out of launching a Windows Phone 7 device… they will be releasing the LG Optimus Quantum. This is a slider that has a full 4-row QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch touchscreen (480×800), a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, LED and records 720p videos, 3.5 mm headset jack, holds up to 16GB, 1500 mAh battery, WiFi and weighs a hefty 176 grams. As for a launch date we can expect this to be available on November 8th and should follow the United States in pricing at $199.95 (3-year contract). We got a quick look at this last week and hit the break for a short video demo (Bell will have their icons in Blue, TELUS in green and possibly Rogers in red). (more…)
Probably the best LG Windows Phone 7 device will be available exclusive through TELUS. The LG Optimus 7 has 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, Sensors: Accelerometer / Proximity / Ambient Light Sensor / Digital Compass… overall dimensions are 125 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm and weighs 158 grams. We got an early look at this last week and will be uploading video soon. TELUS will have their Windows Phone 7 devices with green icons. TELUS has put this as “coming soon” on their website and the release date in the United States is for October 21st for $199.99 on a 2-year contract… so we could possibly expect the same date but on a 3-year.
Since Apple launched their App Store the phrase “There’s an app for that.” has been repeated and probably copied as many times as apps have been downloaded. You’ve heard it everywhere… TV commercials, radio advertising, print advertising, online. Apple originally submitted a trademark application back on December 4th, 2009 and was just given the official word by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that “There’s an app for that.” is now officially a trademarked saying.
The trademark applies to “retail store services featuring computer software provided via the Internet and other computer and electronic communication networks; retail store services featuring computer software for use on handheld mobile digital electronic devices and other consumer electronics.”
So what do you think of Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 devices? Will you be picking one up when they are officially available in Canada? Official videos have now hit YouTube… the first is called “Season of the Witch” and the second is labeled “Really”. The chosen tag line is “A phone to save us from our phones”. Check them out after the break and let us know if you think this platform will save you. (more…)