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Pierre Cardin shows off a 7-inch designer Android tablet

I have seen my share of designer gadgets over the years. There were several designer smartphones on the market before. This is the first designer Android tablet I have seen though. The tablet comes to us by designer Pierre Cardin. I haven't heard that name in ten years. The designer has a new tablet with a 7-inch screen that has just launched.

GooApple 3G Handset Melds Android OS with iPhone 4 Perfectly [Video]

Oh China, you so crazy. You've got infinite knockoffs of excellent devices, and most of the time, that is most of the time as in 99.999% of the time your knockoffs are terrible. But once in a great while there's a diamond in the rough. Here it is, how convenient! The folks at brand-name GooApple have created an iPhone 4 knockoff so real, you'll flip your lid. And what's this, it's running iOS 4 as well? Actually no, not at all. Inside you'll find all the Android you can handle, in a perfectly simulated iOS environment. Experience the Apple device with Android in it and Android printed on the back with an Apple inside him. It's the knockoff of everyone's dreams!

LG Thrill 4G Hands-On and Unboxing

What we've got here is a real live glasses-free 3D device, complete with the ability to both capture 3D media through its dual-lens cameras on the back and the ability to play 3D games with its sweet TFT 3D display. In addition, you're able to output 3D media to your 3D-enabled television with the HDMI-out port on the side of the LG Thrill and it's got a 6 foot HDMI cord included in the box! What more could you want! Oh you'd like a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 1GHz processor too? Well you're in luck, that's packed in too!

Motorola TRIUMPH Hands-On and Unboxing

Welcome to the greatest device ever to come sailing in on a pair of skis with a boombox attached to its knees - that's right, it's an Android and it's on Virgin Mobile and yes, it's Vanilla! That means that Motorola, in this case, hasn't added very much if ANY sorts of modifications over the stock Android made by Google, that meaning here that it's FroYo like it was meant to be seen. This phone, it's also important to mention, is carried by Virgin Mobile which means you're going to be able to purchase it completely off-contract.

Droid Incredible 2 Review

Last April, when we reviewed the original Droid Incredible, we said, "the Droid Incredible is HTC’s best-specified Android handset on the market". At that time, it was a flagship. The Incredible 2, while a very nice phone, is now more of a mid-level device. It has a great camera, takes decent video, and a nice size 4 inch screen. It also has very good battery life, lasting all day with some to spare. Keep reading for all the details, speed tests and benchmarks. The shape and size of the Incredible 2 is similar to the HTC Incredible S, now on sale in Europe. It has the same molded plastic chassis as the Incredible S, and the original Incredible. The construction feels solid and high quality, the display looks lovely and bright. This Droid also has a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, though it is the newer MSM8255 model. It has 1GB of ROM space, and RAM is 768MB. The GPU is the Adreno 205. The four inch touchscreen is a WVGA, Super LCD. The main camera is 8 megapixels with dual-LED flash and autofocus, along with 720p HD video recording capability. There is also a front-facing camera for video chat, but it is only 1.3 megapixels and is fixed-focus. It will do the job it's intended to do, but not more. This phone is labelled a World Phone, with both CDMA and EVDO Rev.A connectivity for North America, and HSPA connectivity for use abroad. This phone does not have the optical joystick seen on the Incredible, here you're relying on all touch-screen controls and the four Android capacitive buttons below the display. The standard four buttons are HTC's trick rotating buttons, which turn 90-degrees when the phone is turned - a cool feature. The tapered sides on the phone make it feel a bit thinner than it actually is, and in my opinion anyway, make it very comfortable to hold. Software and Performance We really would have liked to see Gingerbread on this phone, but as of now we are looking at Froyo out of the box. However, there is likely to be a software update coming down the pike. HTC Sense keeps things running nicely, feeling fresh, and keeps us from being too disappointed. The single-core Snapdragon processor means this phone is not a dual-core beast like the Motorola Atrix or LG G2X, but it does well enough. Unless you are planning to run dual-core intensive apps or games, the Snapdragon will keep things cooking along nicely. Included also is 3G Mobile Hotspot functionality, Flash Player 10.2 support, and SRS WOWHD pseudo-surround sound processing, which adds some extra depth to audio, but isn't exactly Dolby. Benchmarks and Speed Tests Benchmark-wise, in Quadrant the Incredible 2 scored 1509. SunSpider – the test of JavaScript performance in the browser – came in at 5982.5ms. Camera The DROID Incredible 2′s main 8mp camera is quite solid. Stills are clear and crisp, at least in daylight conditions. There are also some cool features in HTC's camera UI, like Distortion, Vignette (focuses on the foreground), Vintage, Grayscale, Sepia, Solarize, and Posterize. Below are some examples taken with the phone: [caption id="attachment_31664" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Regular camera, no effects"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_31666" align="alignnone" width="322" caption="Vignette"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_31667" align="alignnone" width="322" caption="Posterize"][/caption] The color accuracy is good, and the flash is strong, giving a decent picture even in low light. The front facing camera is just adequate, but it does the job it's intended to do. Here's a quick shot taken with it, you can see the quality difference: The 720p HD video looks good, adjusting well in low-light situations and looking smooth and jag-free (unless you pan quickly, then you get blur and tearing). 1080p would be nice, but that isn't realistic with the single core Snapdragon. Here is a quick video taken with the camera, my daughter filling you in on the important subject of "skunk safety". She is an excellent test subject, because she never stands still. [youtube GvdqwT7WQf8] Phone and Battery Call quality was good, I didn't have any problems hearing callers or vice versa, even in windy conditions. No doubt the integrated noise-cancellation system helped. Of course, you do not have the 4G LTE connectivity that you would get with the HTC Thunderbolt and the DROID Charge. The DROID Incredible 2 gives you a full day's use on a single charge. That’s pretty much average for a current-gen smartphone, and of course you can extend runtimes by turning off some of the social networking integration or cutting back on how frequently they check for updates. Wrap-Up Priced from $99 (on Amazon) for a new, two-year agreement, and going up to $199 (for exisiting customers on contract), the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC is a cheaper option than Verizon's 4G LTE smartphone collection thus far. The technology it's based on, a single-core processor with 3G along with Froyo, is on the way out, so this phone may begin to feel dated fairly quickly - especially as devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II come out and demonstrate that a dual-core processor doesn't mean you have to sacrifice battery life. As a mid-range handset, the Droid Incredible 2 is a solid choice. HTC Sense running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo makes the OS feel fresh regardless of the fact that it's not the most current look at Android. The Incredible 2 may no longer be the flagship phone the original Incredible was, but for the price it is a good, mainstream handset with a fast-enough processor and decent battery life. The 8mp camera is a major plus as well. Overall, this phone will have everything you're looking for in a mid-range smartphone. If that is what you are looking for, the Droid Incredible will not disappoint.

Samsung Fascinate users report Froyo update problems and solutions

Samsung Fascinate users are complaining of errors after receiving the OTA update of OS 2.2 Froyo. The error message that users are receiving is "UPDATE FAILED or INCOMPLETE. reason: IP_PREVIOUS_UPDATE_FAILED" and appears to be affecting users with a Fascinate that is either rooted, has a previous update that failed to complete, or has a corrupted system directory. Users have tried everything from a hard reset to removing the battery with no help in clearing the error. But thanks to a smart Fascinate user, there's a workaround.

Motorola Defy FREE at T-Mobile til Thursday

For those of you that seem to always drop your phone, or spill water on it then the Motorola Defy is for you. It is about as rugged and strong as a phone comes. So if you've broke a phone recently, or just need a good deal. The Motorola Defy is FREE on T-Mobile right now with a new 2-Year Contract of course.

Dell Streak 7 WiFi up for Amazon pre-order

The WiFi-only Dell Streak 7 may only just have passed its wireless certification, but Amazon is already listing the Tegra 2 tablet for pre-order. Priced at $379.99, the Dell Streak 7 WiFi lacks any sort of release date information, but has the same basic specs as the original Streak 7. That means a 7-inch display running at disappointing WVGA resolution, 16GB of internal storage, WiFi and Bluetooth. Unlike the WiFi-only iPad 2, you also get true GPS. There's a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and Android 2.2 Froyo with Flash Player 10.1 support. Obviously you don't get HSPA+ support for T-Mobile USA, but the lower sticker price undercuts the larger iPad 2 by over $100 and pushes brand-name Android tablet ownership into more affordable waters. Check out the full Dell Streak 7 review for more details. [via Androidos.in]

NEC MEDIAS E-04C 7.7MM Android Phone [Hands-On in Japan] [EXCLUSIVE]

Our main homie Ewdi is up in his crib over in Japan [don't worry, he's completely safe], and he found one single store that had a working model (aka not just a dummy model) of the MEDIAS E-04C 7.7MM Android phone. That's one thin phone, I must say. Ewdi notes that this model is running Android 2.2.2 Froyo, and is not as snappy as he thought it would be - and trust me when I say Ewdi's had his hands on his fair share of smartphones. Our man in Japan with the goods!

HTC ThunderBolt Connection Speed Benchmarks [SlashGear]

We'll be running our own benchmarks when we get our own ThunderBolt tomorrow, but for now, let's have a look at what SlashGear's been doing all afternoon, as they got their Verizon superstar phone earlier today! The tests began with a bit of the ol' Sun Spider browser testing. What SlashGear found was that this phone, while fast on the downloads, isn't the speediest phone out there today as far as Sun Spider sees it - while the HTC ThunderBolt grabbed a 6031.9ms, the Motorola ATRIX 4G (also on Android 2.2 Froyo running with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor) handled the test at 3960.8ms - and smaller is better.
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