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View Quest 5″ and 8″ Android tablets due by Christmas [Update: Video]

A pair of new UK Android tablet options have been spotted making their first in-the-wild appearance, with photographer Nick Dillon capturing the 5- and 7-inch 8-inch View Quest slates on camera this week.  Full details on each model are unknown, but View Quest apparently expect to have them on the market come December 2010 "in time for Christmas." Update: Mobile Snacking shot some video of the two tablets, which you can see below, as well as getting some specs.  Apparently they each run Android 1.5 - a purposeful choice, View Quest claims, describing it as the "most stable" version - with resistive touchscreens and full aluminum chassis.  No phone capabilities, but you do get speakers and a headphone jack.  Pricing will be £149 for the 5-inch with 2GB of memory, and £199 or £249 for the 8-inch with 8GB or 16GB of memory respectively.  [Thanks Leila!] [youtube cEvrEhZA0nw] [gallery]

HTC Desire HD unboxing [Video]

The HTC Desire HD is in the house, and it's been a while since we were this excited about an Android smartphone. Packing the same 4.3-inch WVGA display as the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G, the Desire HD throws in the latest build of HTC Sense with numerous improvements, including easy DLNA streaming, a new Car Panel interface, enhanced GPS functionality and more. We wasted no time getting the Desire HD out of its box and slapping a SIM card inside, and of course we made sure there was a camera trained on us throughout. In our hands-on demo with this production HTC Desire HD you can see some of the initial changes over previous versions of Sense; meanwhile the hardware itself is slick and tactile, a solid-feeling block of aluminum that owes a lot to the shape of the Windows Mobile HD2. [vms 150c77bda2eda01ae484] The only usability fumbles we've found so far are the slightly tricky angle of the lock button and a difficult-to-replace battery door; otherwise the Desire HD fits nicely into the hand. We can't argue with performance, either, the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (and 768MB of RAM) keeping things flying along nicely. Meanwhile there's 1.5GB of app storage on hand, and a microSD card slot down underneath the bottom panel. Some of the most useful changes are the smallest, in fact, like the new app-switcher bar which has been added to the pull-down notifications pane, and which shows the last eight accessed apps. We'll be putting the HTC Desire HD through its paces to see how the Android 2.2 smartphone holds up in the real world. Until the full review, enjoy the unboxing and walkthrough video! [gallery]

Vodafone HTC Desire HD now won’t ship until October 22

October 14th came and went, with no sign of the Vodafone HTC Desire HD arriving as initially promised.  Now, the carrier's site has been updated to suggest the new Android 2.2 smartphone isn't expected to ship until October 22nd. There's no explanation for the smartphone's delay, but we're guessing it's a similar reason to the delay of unlocked handsets which means online retailers are having to wait until the end of the month before they get stock in.  More on the HTC Desire HD here. [vms 5e77550897e25711e1d9]

Advent Vega tablet hands-on [Video]

The Advent Vega grabbed some interest recently, with the promise of a 10-inch capacitive tablet running Android 2.2 Froyo on an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, all for £249.99. The Vega isn't set to drop into Currys and PC World stores for a few weeks yet, but we grabbed an advance preview with one of the first prototypes to arrive. No branding as yet, and even the buttons aren't labelled, but the Vega is fully functional. Advent - or the OEM behind the Vega - have left the Froyo install relatively unmodified; there's little in the way of a custom interface here. What you do get is a persistent menu bar running along the top, with a dedicated Home shortcut - there's no hardware home button, only Back on the top right hand shoulder of the slate - and some status icons. You can drag that down, as on an Android smartphone, to see status messages and alerts. There are five homescreen panes, which can be filled with widgets as normal (though there aren't any extra than the regular Android phone selection), and a row of shortcuts along the bottom. On the right-hand side of the display are three shortcuts, for the browser, app menu and wireless settings. Unfortunately we couldn't get the Vega to connect to WiFi, so couldn't test the browser, but from what we saw it's the regular Android WebKit-based browser and as a result you might find sites defaulting to their mobile versions. There's multitouch pinch-zooming support, and the Tegra 2 chipset keeps things moving along slickly. [vms 540f67c1e9575e213be0] We did spot a few bugs, particularly with screen rotation. Although the Vega is seemingly intended to be used in landscape orientation (with portrait an option, automatically rotating via the inbuilt accelerometer) on a few occasions it would flip to portrait and refuse to flick back. It's worth noting that this is still a prototype, so hopefully that will be addressed by the time it hits shelves. Update: We've spoken to to team responsible for the Vega about the screen-rotation issues, and it seems one of the unlabelled switches was in rotation-lock position.  The homescreen is always shown in landscape orientation, but when we tried any of the apps they were locked to portrait.  Advent are now working on a new build of the OS which will add a rotation-lock indicator into the toolbar, so that sort of confusion won't occur for buyers of the slate, but of course by the time it reaches stores it'll also have printed legends for all of the physical controls too. Ports include mini HDMI, a microSD card slot and a USB, together with headphones and power jacks.  On the back there are stereo speakers.  A docking port along the bottom will apparently be accompanied by a docking station, we're told, though it's unclear what exact functionality that will include; we're guessing full-sized HDMI out at least, but probably not a QWERTY keyboard. It'll be sold separately. Generally it's a decent performer, though the apps are all the smartphone versions and lack the customisation for a larger screen that, say, Samsung has worked on. We had a chance to compare the Vega to a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and there's a significant difference in screen size; the Galaxy Tab is 7-inches to the Vega's 10-inches, but side-by-side the contrast is more noticeable. They're roughly the same thickness, but the broad bezel of the Vega gives it some heft. At the top there's a webcam which can be used to take stills or record video, while the Android 2.2 OS means streaming Flash video is supported too. No webcam on the back, however, unlike the Samsung. This particular Vega - which will retail for £249.99 - doesn't have integrated 3G mobile broadband, only WiFi and Bluetooth, but Advent are apparently looking to introduce a 3G version at a later date. No timescale for its release, however, nor pricing at this stage. We're cautiously impressed at this stage. The Vega's spec sheet may omit 3G and a rear-facing camera, and the OS might not be especially fitted to the large display, but it's a solid slate and the price is impressive; we've seen cheap, ARM11 based tablets on sale for the same sort of money, after all. We'll be able to put it through its paces more when the review units arrive, however, and see how much of a challenge to the iPad, Toshiba Folio 100 and Galaxy Tab it really is. [gallery]

Advent Vega specs revealed: HDMI, SIM slot & more [Video]

Full specifications for the Advent Vega Tegra 2 tablet expected to drop at UK retailers PC World and Currys for just £249 have emerged.  MoDaCo received both the OEM spec sheet and the retailer's version, and turned up a few interesting tidbits not included in the official press release. Of note are the HDMI connector, four-finger multitouch support and integrated SIM card slot (though, with no mention of an actual 3G modem, we're guessing you'd have to supply your own); the battery life is also impressive.  The Vega is expected to hit retail on October 18th. [youtube Ypj6JxXcxu0]
  • Product Name:
  • Product ID: P10AN01
  • Processor: Nvidia T20 Tegra 2
  • Processor speed: 1GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • ROM: 512MB
  • Included microSD Card: 4GB
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 600
  • Widescreen: yes
  • LED Screen: yes
  • WiFi: 802.11bg
  • Bluetooth: 2.1 +EDR
  • Memory card Reader: microSD card
  • Webcam: 1.3 Megapixels
  • Touch screen technology: Projective Capacitive
  • Multi-touch: 4 fingers
  • Built-in 3G broadband SIM card slot: yes
  • Battery Type: Li-Polymer
  • Number of battery cells: 2
  • Battery life :
    • Play Audio (LCD off) : 16hr
    • Play 1080p Video : 6.5hr
    • Stand by : 4 days
  • Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Microphone: yes
  • Dimensions: 275mm / 178mm / 13.6mm
  • Weight: 700~750g
  • Colour: Black

Notion Ink demo prototype Adam, confirm 1GB RAM [Video]

We'll seldom argue with a new Notion Ink Adam update, and having promised prototype news they've delivered with some tooling samples hot off the production line in China.  There's also a new video of one of the prototypes in action, together with the confirmation that Adam will have 1GB of DDRII 667MHz memory. Meanwhile they've been testing their speaker system - which benefits from the unusual curved side-profile of the Adam slate, putting the speakers on either end of the battery bulge - and it's apparently good enough to fill a conference room.  We're hoping to see more of Eden, the Notion Ink multitasking system, soon too. [youtube WMAdbPq7Jsc] [gallery]

Notion Ink sign digital comic deal for Adam tablet [Video]

Notion Ink and LongBox Digital have just announced a partnership that will see the Adam tablet - and, indeed, any devices running the company's Genesis interface released over the next two years - preloaded with a comic app for browsing, downloading and viewing digital comics.  The app has a distinctive, comic-style UI of its own, as you can see in the video below. Meanwhile there will be a generic Android version of the LongBox Digital app, together with iOS versions for iPhone and iPad, and we've guessing you'll be able to transfer comics to the company's existing Mac/PC apps too. [youtube qLLMnu1x2YE] [via SlashGear]

Dell Streak gets unofficial Froyo 2.2 ROM [Video]

Dell's Streak tablet has seen its Android 2.1 update - in certain regions, anyway - but how about Android 2.2 Froyo for the 5-inch slate?  It's not an official update, instead being a port of a vanilla CyanogenMod ROM that's been fettled by Stephen Hyde (aka DJ_Steve), but it's a way to get the latest version of Android on your Streak with no delay. There are a few hiccups with this particular build, including the occasional random reboot, and the installation process isn't exactly a walk in the park, but the end result is Froyo on the Streak and well in advance of any official Dell option.  Anyone brave enough to try it out? [youtube 4GNEsUrE2Hw] [via StreakSmart]

T-Mobile Motorola DEFY gets water-tested [Video]

We had a chance to play with Motorola's DEFY - headed to T-Mobile USA - this past week at CTIA 2010, and it's certainly a tough little thing.  Unlike other rugged smartphones it still gets a big display - 3.7-inches in this case - and doesn't feel like a great block of rubber. Meanwhile, Engadget managed to find a tank of water and promptly dunked the DEFY, only to discover that T-Mobile's claims about the smartphone's water-resilience are indeed accurate.  Last month we saw the DEFY hold up to a few other durability tests, which certainly suggests this is one tough phone. [gallery]