Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Best Buy is selling the Palm Pre on launch day, June 6th, for the rebate price of $200. Now in order to get the rebate from Sprint, or the rebate price from Best Buy you have to commit to a two-year agreement, which is basically a standard requirement for discounts on U.S. smartphones.
But I wouldn't recommend waiting around to get a Palm Pre however. Sprint is warning that they expect the demand of the Palm Pre to exceed the supply immediately after launch. "We don't intend to advertise it heavily early on because we think we are going to have shortages for awhile."
If you don't know anything about the Pre, here is a small overview. The Pre itself will replace Palm OS with Palm's new webOS. WebOS is a multi-tasking operating system with the ability to wirelessly sync a huge variety of of data through online servers like Facebook and Google. The device has a 3.1 inch multi-touch-capable display as well as a sliding keyboard. It has 8GB of on-board storage with 7GB available to the user. The Pre also comes with a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi b/g, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.1.
The U.S. version of the Pre will only be available with Sprint. Sprint plans on incorporating into the Pre their mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A, Sprint TV, and Sprint Navigation. The Canadian version of the Pre will be provided on the Bell Mobility carrier and will be released later this year. In Europe and Latin America, the Pre is expected before 2010 and will have the 3G standard HSDPA.
If you are looking to buy the Palm Pre, you are definitley getting your moneys worth. I would advise buying it at Best Buy. While you still get the same price from Sprint, at Best Buy you don't have to hassle with the mail-in rebate. Get it quick, because the Palm Pre is expected to be sold out quick.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Imagine a world without multiple chargers for all of your multiple gadgets. This fall, that world could become a reality as iGo will make the first green universal charger available. The charger, just one in a new line of green products scheduled to make their debut this year, will work with over 3,000 devices including the most popular laptops, cell phones, media players, GPS devices, and handheld gaming consoles.
The universal charger will also be electric bill-friendly. The charger consumes about 80% less power on standby than traditional products and will shut down when the attached device is fully charged.
But that's not all iGo is doing to go green. In a recent press release, iGo president and CEO, Michael D. Heil, announced that iGo is launching iGo Recycles, "an electronic device and charger recycling program created to reduce landfill waste," to accompany the release of the new universal charger and other green products. Through the program's website, customers can print shipping labels to mail in old chargers to be recycled. The website also features a list of places where electronic devices can be recycled and makes them easy to locate by zip code.
The charger will be available in two versions. One plugs into a standard wall outlet and is scheduled to sell at $110. The other is designed for cars and airplanes and will cost $130. Custom power tips will be available for about $10 a piece. The green universal charger from iGo will be available around September 2009, both in stores and online.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Samsung I7500 offers access to a full suite of Google services from Google Search, Google Maps, and Gmail, to YouTube and Google Talk. The I7500 even comes with an integrated GPS receiver which can be used with Google Maps to find your location, access Google Street View, find your latitude and longitude, and even get a detailed route description. There are currently hundreds of applications available to be used by the Android OS and there are sure to be many more to come.
Being the first of its kind, the I7500 will be setting the industry standard for mobile phones utilizing the mobile Android operating system and they do not want to disappoint. This phone will offer a comfortable 8GB internal memory with 32GB available externally and will also feature a 5-megapixel camera. The power behind the phone revolves around a 528Mhz Qualcomm CPU and a 1500 mAh battery. As of right now the i7500 looks like it will be setting the bar high when it becomes fully available in June, 2009.