The upcoming LG Star with dual-core Tegra 2 processor has been making multiple blurry apperance lately. Now the lucky folks at Engadget had an early Christmas treat as they managed to get a proper hands-on preview of the device.
Thanks to them, we are able to see clearer shots of the device and its interface. From first impression, the LG Star looks like a serious busienss device with clean lines without any funky aesthetic elements. As revealed earlier, the LG Star has a large 4″ display that supports 800×480 pixels. Although it isn’t AMOLED, the screen is reported to be better than your average LCD which could probably be the alternative Super LCD.
The device is supposed to be running on the latest Gingerbread for launch but right now its running on the Android 2.2 Froyo. Despite this, the LG Star performed remarkably well in benchmark numbers leaving the Nexus One with 2.2 far behind, proving that dual-core processor is able to give extra punch than your average mobile processors today. Of course being an unfinished device, the guys reported some kinks and lags along the way which boils down to the software. On the UI, we had said before that it looks like a cross breed between HTC’s Sense UI and Samsung’s TouchWiz found on the Galaxy S.
Check out the preview video of the LG Star after the jump and read the full article here.
The Nexus S is probably the most talked about Android device in the world right now and for good reason. The Nexus One changed the game for Android and paved the way for the domination that open source mobile platform is enjoying today.
In many ways the Nexus One is a legendary device and like all legends, its successor has all the work cut out to at the very least live up to the name. Does the Nexus S cut the mustard? Well for us it’s too early to tell but here are some of the early reviews from those who have received seeding units of the Nexus S compiled by the people from Android and Me.
As you’ll see, just like the Nexus one, the Nexus S is getting a mixed bag of opinions from the reviewers and that’s expected. The thing that’s left to known is if the Nexus S will change the game as much as the Nexus One did before it. That is a question that only time can answer.
In the meantime, head on over to after the jump for the review roundup.
Update (12122010 1200hrs): Reader @WaLauWei tells us via Twitter that the Motorola Defy is rated IP67 (not to be confused with IPv6) [source]. Being classified under the international protection rating (IP) with a rating of 67 means that the Defy is one seriously hardcore phone. In the IP rating scale, the first digit indicates the level of protection that an enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts (e.g., electrical conductors, moving parts) and the ingress of solid foreign objects. In this instance the Defy is classified with the highest rating of 6, meaning the Defy’s internals are completely protected against dust. The second digit in the IP rating rates the level of protection an enclosure offers the equipment inside against harmful ingress of water. In this instance the Motorola Defy is rated 7 — the highest rating is 8 — which means the ingress of water in harmful quantity is not be possible even when the device is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time. To pass this rating the test device must be immersed in water 1 metre deep for 30 minutes. Apparently the Motorola Defy is the first Android phone to be rated IP67. That’s it. We so want to test the ruggedness of this device!
Problem was, we didn’t know when the Defy will hit Malaysia and so with that, we listed the Defy as one of those phones you can never get in Malaysia — but we never gave up hope.
We don’t know about you guys but there’s always something about rugged phones that make us want to go out and get one. Having a phone that can take the spills, drops and knocks of day-to-day use and then some is a definite plus in our books.
So you’ll understand why we’re pretty excited to know that Motorola Malaysia will be launching the Defy right in the middle of next week — a mere three months after it was officially announced back in September 2010 and fresh from its Europe release in November. If we’re not mistaken the Malaysia release of the Motorola Defy is around the same time, if not ahead, of the US release.
The thing that sets the Defy apart from other Android devices is that it withstand not only scratches and drops but is also dust and water resistant up to a depth of up to one metre for up to 30 minutes. On top of that, the outdoorsy Defy also comes with Motorola’s rather good CrystalTalk PLUS technology incorporating a dual microphone setup where one is used to cancel out unwanted ambient noise and boosting the caller’s voice to deliver clear calls in noisy environments.
Also included in the Defy’s hardware list is a 5MP camera with LED flash (no 720p videos though), 512MB RAM with 2GB on board memory and 2GB MicroSD included in the box. The Defy can take MicroSD cards up to 32GB.
Connectivity wise the Defy comes with HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps and HSUPA up to 2.0 Mbps. There’s also WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0.
No word on local pricing yet but we’re pegging the Defy to be around RM1,300 to RM1,500 mark outright. Looks out for our coverage on the Motorola Defy soon.
In the meantime, take a look at this. Oprah in her farewell season premier in September, gave every one of her audience on that show a Motorola Defy along with a round trip ticket to Australia. That is some good giving!
Video after the jump.
The update Wave II features a larger 3.7in Super LCD screen with 800×480 pixel resolution along with an updated bada OS bringing in push notifications and better social network integration. We’re happy to note that the bada update also includes a new T9 input called T9 Trace (think of it as bada’s equivalent to Android’s Swype).
Other than that, the internals of the Wave II is identical to the original Wave with a very capable 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera with LED flash capable of taking 720p video and 2GB of on-board memory.
So while we wait for the Wave II to make its debut here in Malaysia, take a look of this official live demo video done by Samsung to demonstrate some of the features of the device. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab video demo, Samsung claims that the Wave II video has “no graphic effects” as well.
Head on to after the jump to view the video.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of better Android tablets in the market but in our hands it’s has some way to go to convince us to choose it over the iPad. In any case, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has its strengths and there is a market for it. We just hoping that Samsung Malaysia will loan a unit soon so we can really take the device through in paces.
In the meantime, we found this, a series of videos for the Samsung Galaxy Tab set along the theme of the popular sitcom The Office highlighting the device’s versatility.
We find them rather funny and we thought it’d make for some good lazy Sunday viewing.
Head on over the jump for the videos.
But sometimes a document or spreadsheet needs more than just minor edits like changing a font, or center aligning a paragraph. All this is possible if you’re on an iPad, all you need to do is go to the Desktop version of the document editor.
In the same manner, you can do the same thing with Google Docs spreadsheets as well. Just go to the Desktop version of the spreadsheet view and you can insert insert formulas using your iPad.
But Google is quick to point out that even tablet browsers are still not as powerful as those one desktops so the extended ability to edit docs on the iPad is not meant to replace working on your documents on a proper computer.
In any case, having the option to do some edits on a working doc is better then not being able to do any edits at all.
You’ve seen the mega iDevice dock in the form of the iPADock, but as the name suggests that dock is designed for iDevices only. What if your gadget cache consists of more than iPads, iPods and iPhones? What if you need just one dock for all of your different devices?
An 11-year old thought he’d found the perfect solution.
Introducing the dzdock “One” — the one dock for all of your portable devices be it smart phones, tablets and even eBook readers.
The “One” is a universal anodized aluminum device stand that has a unique cable slot that allows ensure devices remain connected even when you take out of the stand.
The stand is also able to hold a device with a case installed in both portrait and landscape modes with a viewing angle that’a optimized for video conferencing.
It doesn’t look like much but hey it looks like it works. The One comes in six anodised colours and retails for US$29.99 or about RM100 at today’s exchange rates.