While we’ve seen many variants of Galaxy S for US market, the Continuum is something different. It comes with a primary 3.4″ Super AMOLED display doing 800×480 and a secondary 1.8″ Super AMOLED ticker display with 480×96 resolution. This secondary ticker display is something new and there’s even a grip sensor that activates the screen by touching the bottom sides of the device. This gives you weather report, social networking status, messages, IM and email notifications.
The rest of the features are pretty much similar with the rest of the Galaxy S variants. It has a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, runs on Android 2.1, features 5.0MP auto-focus camera with LED flash and support for 720p HD recording. Storage wise, there’s a 8GB microSD preinstalled which is expandable to 32GB. At time of launch, this is set to be a VerizonWireless exclusive device in the US. It will be available 11th November onwards with Verizon Wireless for $199.99 after rebate and 2 years contract.
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Just as announced earlier on, Opera Mobile is now available for Android. You can find it at the Market, just search for “Opera Mobile”.
First you’ll notice that the Opera Mobile installation file is 6.4MB, which is substantially bigger than its Mini’s 800KB. Running Opera Mobile for the first time doesn’t feel much different from its Mini counterpart. However when you start browsing, that’s where you feel the difference of its full rending engine.
Pages load immediately as they come and you can now pinch to zoom instead of the previous stepped zoom in/out views. We noticed that while pinch to zoom, the text does take a while to rerender itself as if the text was a progressive JPG image which is pretty weird. For those who regularly surf on slower connection, you can always hit the Opera Turbo feature in Settings for server side compression of web pages.
Still confused with the difference between Opera Mini and Opera Mobile? Opera has a better explaination here.
Some would argue, that before all this new-fanged technology and the Internet there was more of live worth living. On a good day, we would agree to a certain extent. But as pure geeks we wouldn’t have it any other way.
How about you?
The Mophie juice pack ain’t got nothing on this bad boy. Sure the Mophie doubles up as a casing the iPhone but this Icon Power Pack for iPhone and iPod is way way cooler.
As its name suggests, the Icon Power Pack design resembles that of a battery icon specifically the one you see when you’re charging your iPhone. Not only that, the Icon has status indicator that works like an actually battery status icon as well. So while the battery is in use, you’ll see the green bar gradually decrease in number the battery depletes itself.
It works the other way around too. So when you’re charging the Icon, the battery bars fill up to indicate the Icon’s charge state.
The Icon is made out of high-safety lithium-ion polymer that provides and additional 3 hours of talk time when charging either the iPhone 3GS or the iPhone 4.
though the cool design of the Icon battery back does come at a price. At 2.95 x 1.81 x 0.63 inches, the Icon is not the smallest battery pack in the market not the most convenient to use — the Mophie juice pack and other battery packs that doubles up as a casing take the cake for that.
In addition to the iPhone, the Icon charger chargers iPods as well. The Icon retails for US$54 or about RM167. More information on the Icon is to be had here.