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During the last several months there were numerous rumors, leaked pictures, speculations about the manufacturer and the specifications of the new Google phone – Nexus S. Yesterday during the presentation of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Google showed and made official their new handset as well – Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung. The choice of the manufacturer is not a surprise taking into account the big success of Samsung Galaxy handset family and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Working together, Google and Samsung has managed to create the best Android smartphone on the market so far, being the only one running the latest version of Android – 2.3 a.k.a. Gingerbread. The shape of the device is nice and sleek with curved edges and unique slightly curved display for best user experience. At the bottom part of Nexus S one could find the common Android key, this time in the form of touch-sensitive buttons – Home, Menu, Back and Search. Behind the cover you could find a 1GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, connectivity for GSM/EDGE networks, gyroscope sensor for gaming, a 5MP back camera and a VGA front-facing one both with autofocus, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, 16GB internal memory and a 1500mAh battery. The device also is the first one to feature a NFC (Near Field Communications) chip that will enable you to pay bills and other upcoming features via your mobile phone.

The device comes preloaded with all the Google services like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Search, Voice Actions, Google Voice and the YouTube application. Google Nexus S will be available for purchase in online stores and on the shelves starting from December 16, but the price is yet unknown.

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Nov/10

21

ViewSonic 10” G tablet for 399$

The Black Friday is close and we are tempted by many interesting hot deals by almost every corner and website. Mobile phones, TVs, computers, tablets are offered a lot cheaper and this makes the Black Friday the perfect day for some shopping. If you are about to buy an Android-based tablet and you are not keen on Samsung Galaxy Tab or it is too expensive for your taste, then you might like ViewSonic 10-inch G tablet.

If you look at the hardware specifications of this tablet, you will be nicely surprised by the things it offers, considering the low price. As already said, it has a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display, running at resolution of 1024×600 pixels, 512MB RAM, internal memory of whole 16GB, USB and HDMI ports, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi networks support, Bluetooth 2.1 and 1.3MP web camera. A good surprise is the core of the ViewSonic’s tablet – Tegra 2 chip. The operating system is Android 2.2 FroYo, so everything in this tablet is really up to date – hardware and software.

ViewSonic 10” G tablet will be available in almost every consumer electronics store, but if you are not keen on queuing in the stores or you’re too busy to go there, you can order it online. Whatever option you choose, the price is one and the same – 399$

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Nov/10

3

Creative goes Android too

Today there is plenty of news coming from the famous audio-oriented manufacturer Creative. We all know their sound cards for computers, portable media players and headphones. But today they have surprised us, presenting two new devices – one is an Android powered PMP (looks like Philips is not the only one who will launch such device) and … Android powered series of tablets, called Ziio.

But let’s begin with the portable media player, called Zen Touch 2. The first noticeable think when one looks at its computer generated pictures is that the icons on the buttons are facing left, suggesting that the device is intended to be used in landscape mode. As for the rest of the hardware, Zen Touch 2 hides in itself 3.2-inch screen, Bluetooth 2.1 support, 802.11 b/g/n (nice to see a support of “n” networks), 2MP camera (not much but.. hey guys, this is media player, not a camera), GPS, FM radio and all of this powered by Android 2.1. Sounds pretty good? Yeah, until you see that it will have a resistive touchscreen display. The player is expected to be released soon in 2 versions – one with 8GB memory and one with 16GB with prices starting from 279$.

Talking about the upcoming Ziio tablets, there will be 2 devices – one 7 and one 10 inch. Both will be running Android 2.1 (it seems that Creative are not keen on FroYo J ) and will be available in different memory configurations. They will also have a front facing camera on board, built in microphone, an accelerometer, microSD card slot, GPS, FM radio and a composite video-out connection. I guess that you expect some fancy audio equipment on board and sound optimizations and you are right – Creative will be using their X factor – named X-Fi Crystalizer which restores the lost data from CD ripping, and X-Fi Expand. Again a drawback is the resistive touchscreen, but the custom UI of Creative makes the navigation a bit easier. Both devices will be available from December for 199.99 pounds for the 7-inch, 8GB going up to 369.99 pounds for the 10-inch 16GB model.

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