Friday, September 23, 2011

AT&T Debuts 4G LTE Acer Iconia A501 Tablet

Acer Iconia A501 4GAT&T has just launched the new 10.1" Acer Iconia Tab A501 Android tablet which comes complete with 4G connectivity. The A501 is actually the exact same device as the Acer A500. However, the Acer A501 includes a 4G LTE HSDPA+ modem that gives you access to AT&T's 4G network.

According to AT&T's website, the 4G speeds are currently available in the Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta and Chicago areas, though more are expected to become available soon. AT&T plans on expanding its 4G LTE coverage to an additional 15 major metropolitan areas by the end of the year.

Based on early reports, the 4G speeds of the Acer Iconia A501 are much slower than other tablets currently on the market. One report saw only a 1.9 Mbps download and 1.2 Mbps upload speed. These numbers are very bad, especially considering the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE version saw 19 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up on Verizon's 4G network.

The tablet itself, however, runs Android Honeycomb version 3.0.1 an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor at 1GHz. In addition to that, it also comes with 16GB of internal memory. Pricing isn't too outrageous, especially considering some of the other prices you could be paying for a 4G tablet. If you opt for the Acer A501 on an AT&T data plan, you will have to fork out $330 on a new two-year agreement with a minimum $35 per month data plan. If you go without the commitment, you can expect to pay $480.

Source: Laptoping - AT&T Launches Acer Iconia Tab A501 with 4G

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Battery Life for the PlayStation Vita Revealed

PlayStation VitaIf you are a traveling businessman or somebody who just finds themselves constantly on the road, then you know what a toll traveling can take. All that traveling and working is very strenuous on the mind and body which is why it is ok to take a break every now and then. All work and no play isn't going to cut it for most people, but what do you use to take the edge off in those stressful times? Movies? Music? Games? How about all of the above? Well, with the upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system, you can do just that.

The PlayStation Vita is Sony's successor to its popular PSP handheld device and the company's answer to the current champions of the handheld market, Nintendo's DS and 3DS devices. The PlayStation Vita brings a lot of new and interesting features to the handheld market including HD games and a fully functioning touchpad located on the back of the device. Like most handheld devices, the PlayStation Vita allows you to play games, watch videos or even listen to music while on the road. But the big question on everybody's mind is how long the battery lasts.

Well, Sony has finally released that information and it is up to you to determine if the stats are worth the wait and price of this new handheld. The company held a press conference on Wednesday at the Tokyo Game Show detailing many aspects of the PlayStation Vita. According to Sony, the PS Vita is capable of 3 to 5 hours of gaming, 5 hours of video playback or 9 hours of music playback on the device's 2,200 mAh battery.

However, these numbers only hold true if you use the device in a certain manner. These numbers are based on using the device on the default brightness level, which is probably around half, with Bluetooth and WiFi both disabled. Altering any of those aspects will affect the overall battery life of the device and it takes a full 2 hours and 40 minutes to charge the device completely from 0% battery. However, these numbers are pretty close to those put up by Nintendo's 3DS, which offers 3 to 5 hours of playtime with the 3D effect enabled or 8 hours of standard DS gaming.

In case you don't already know, the PS Vita has an OLED screen, ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, SGX543MP4 + GPU, 512MB of RAM and 128MB of video RAM. Among the other built-in features you will find front and rear facing cameras, speakers, a microphone, accelerometer, gyro-sensor, GPS, Wi-Fi and a 3G version as well.

The PlayStation Vita will launch in Japan this year and in the United States sometime early 2012.

Source: CNET - Sony reveals PlayStation Vita battery life

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Available on AT&T

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAYSony Ericsson just recently announced that the Xperia PLAY will be arriving at AT&T stores across the country this month allowing even more people to have access to the only PlayStation certified smartphone on the market.

This announcement falls right in line with the seemingly strong momentum that the Xperia PLAY has been experiencing since it launched earlier on in the year. This device is now available through major carriers around the globe including Verizon, America Movil, Telefonica Movistar, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange and now AT&T.

The Xperia PLAY offers a plethora of games that will suit the need of any gamer. Among the 150 titles available to download are titles like Minecraft Pocket Edition, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and even DeadSpace 2. But if that isn't enough for you, the Xperia PLAY also offers users a host of unique social experiences including Sony Ericsson Facebook inside Xperia, which allows you to share and discover games.

According to Global Head of Marketing at Sony Ericsson Steve Walker, "Xperia PLAY is the only true gaming smartphone and Sony Ericsson is creating a new and unique market category. Games are the most popular content for smartphones and Xperia PLAY users are at the forefront in downloading content. This presents a major opportunity for operators."

The Xperia PLAY is marketed by AT&T as the Xperia PLAY 4G supporting HSPA+ and is also offered in a "stealth blue" color. This device will be available as a smartphone package complete with accessories including the Sony Ericsson Multimedia Dock DK300 and MC100 music cable. In addition to that, the device will also come pre-loaded with seven games, some of which are completely exclusive.

You can pick up your very own Xperia PLAY smartphone by Sony Ericsson from any AT&T retail store or online on September 18th, 2011 for $49.99 with a new two-year agreement.

Source: Mobile Tech News - Sony Ericsson Xperia(TM) PLAY launches with AT&T in the US

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Samsung's Galaxy WiFi 3.6 is a Smartphone without the Phone

Samsung Galaxy WiFi 3.6This may be a surprise to a lot of you out there, but there are some people who want a powerful Android device without the costly monthly contract of a phone plan. Well, they do exist and Samsung has launched the Galaxy WiFi 3.6 as a response. The Galaxy WiFi is an Android device reminiscent of a smartphone without a SIM card, ergo you can't make calls on it.

If you are wondering what kind of consumer would want a device like this, then think of the iPod Touch from Apple. A lot of people like having a simple phone that makes calls and sends texts and they also like the idea of having an Android device that launches apps, connects to the internet, browses the web, etc... on the side. This is especially useful for people on a tight budget.

That is where the Samsung Galaxy WiFi 3.6 comes into play. This is an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) device that comes with a 1GHz OMAP processor, a 3.65" screen, 8 or 16 GB of memory (which is expandable through a microSD card), WiFi connectivity and a 2-megapixel camera on the back. In addition to that, it also comes with a VGA camera on the front for video calls.

Other things that come on your traditional smartphone come on this device such as GPS, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, accelerometer and compass. In addition to that, it also supports a wide variety of video and audio codecs, making it an all around nice device for multimedia, gaming or app use on the go.

The Samsung Galaxy WiFi 3.6 will launch in the United Kingdom in the beginning of October and will be available from retailers such as Dixons, Amazon, Littlewoods, HMV and Argos. It will cost around $242 for the 8GB version and around $274 for the 16GB version. Pricing and availability for other countries has yet to be announced.

Source: Mashable - Samsung Galaxy WiFi 3.6 Takes the "Phone" Out of "Smartphone"

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