MetroPCS Communications Inc. today introduced the first commercial 4G LTE services in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) with monthly plans starting at $55, including all taxes and regulatory fees. DFW consumers will experience 4G Web access and unlimited voice and text services on the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE-enabled handset from Samsung Mobile, the Samsung Craft.
When is it coming to the SF Bay Area?
Available in mid-October will be Onkyo’s three Windows 7-based tablets: the 11.6-inch TW317A5 and the 10.1-inch sporting TW217A5 and TW117A4. I’m not fond of these cryptic model names as they do nothing to help figure out what they are, but the main difference is the TW117A4 that comes with a 160GB HDD instead of the smaller capacity 32GB SSD that comes with the other two.
The 11.6-inch LCD features a 1366×768 pixel format while the smaller 10.1-inch is limited to a netbook-like 1024×600. What dooms these three tablets even before they are out is Windows 7: its UI simply wasn’t designed to be used as a finger-based multitouch OS. Source: Onkyo (Japanese)
PlainText a plain, minimalist text editor for the iPad from the makers of WriteRoom, Hog Bay Software. Wired:
PlainText has two tricks. It has folders, which apps like Elements donâ€™t support, and it looks gorgeous. The developer, Jesse Grosjean, has clearly spent a lot of time polishing the UI. From the wide margins to the minimalist black-on-gray interface, it looks classy, and makes you want to write. Navigating is easy once you have learned a few tricks: you rename a document by opening it and editing the name in the title bar, for example, and swipe-to-delete files and folders as youâ€™d expect.
Engadget: I’m not fond of 3D (read Dvorak: 3D Bad For Your Eyes), but if you’re a fan, LG has announced the XNOTE A510, a 15.6-inch 3D notebook PC. The 15.6-inch LCD sports a 1920×1080 pixel format powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 425M with 1GB. Polarized 3D glasses are included and if you already wear glasses there’s even a pair of clip-on 3D lenses. TriDef 2D-to-3D conversion software is included. Other specs include: HDMI 1.4 port, Blu-ray drive, fingerprint reader. The A510 will be available in October.
Engadget on the 3.7-inch LCD sporting T-Mobile G2:
Just like our very proper English counterparts, we found the overall build of the G2 to be superb. At 6.5 ounces it does feel a bit heavy, but if that’s the sacrifice we’ve got to make for the incredibly solid build quality so be it. The brushed metal back, in particular, just gives the entire device a higher quality feel than any of the Samsung Galaxy S phones. The slider hinge also feels very robust and springs right open. Which brings us to the top notch QWERTY keyboard — we’re big fans of the separated keys, and though they’re not as raised as those on the Epic 4G, the spacing does seem just right for touch typing.
Better build quality. Sounds good to me. The display? Super AMOLED? IPS? I’m not sure.
Pixel Qi announced the Display Solutions d-screen-Qi10:
Display Solutions AG has developed the d-screen-HYBRID driver board which has been combined with the low power, sunlight readable Pixel Qi 10â€ screen. This module can be plugged into a laptop (or even some phones) via USB for easy access to a second screen. Even better, you can skip the cables completely and use this second screen via wireless-USB: meaning the data is sent to the screen wirelessly and the screen runs on batteries alone.
The specs on the 10.1-inch LCD: LED backlight, 1024×600, 262K colors, pure reflective mode (64-level grayscale, 3072×600 pixel format). That last bit I don’t get: each sub-pixel is used as a single pixel?
The wireless option is based on DisplayLink technology. There’s also the option of connecting the Pixel Qi display using Ethernet, which I think is really cool. The USB connection draws just 1.5W so no battery or power adapter is required. It would certainly be a cool feature to have tablets be able to connect to notebook PCs and be used as extra displays. Not as versatile as Pixel Qi / Display Solutions, but Air Display, an app for the iPad and iPhone, allows the two gadgets to be used as extra displays. Air Display uses WiFi so anything other than static information will be pushing it.
Engadget has a nice table comparing the specs of four tablets: RIM’s recently announced BlackBerry PlayBook, Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, and Dell’s Streak.
It’s interesting to see how little RAM the iPad has compared to the other three: just 256MB, even less than the iPhone 4. The PlayBook packs in the most at 1GB while the other two doubles the iPad at 512MB. The absence of cameras on the iPad is also glaring.
Sony Ericsson Product Blog: First there was Apple’s iPod nano and now comes Sony Ericsson’s LiveView. The LiveView is just 1.3-inch squared with 128×128 pixels, made of OLED, and connects to Android 2.x phones using Bluetooth. The iPod nano has a slightly larger 1.54-inch LCD with multitouch and packs almost 4x the number pixels with 240×240. But when it comes to using these little things as wristwatches size is of utmost importance; let’s see what wristwatch options we get for LiveView. Oh, besides using it as a wristwatch the LiveView is suppose to be another gadget you need to recharge and carry around with your Android phone, just in case you’re running or something and can’t be bothered with looking at a huge smartphone.
phoneseven.de: The LG Optimus 7 is a new smartphone for Windows Phone 7. Hence the 7 I guess. The Optimus 7 sports a 3.8-inch LCD with a 800×480 pixel format powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. Also on board is a 5 megapixel camera and 16GB of built-in storage.
Two interesting features: speech-to-text and automatic panorama. I’m not sure that speech-to-text is going to be used all that much if LG is planning to sell the Optimus 7 in Korea. While you’re in any form of public transportation the most annoying folks are those who are yapping on their phones. And that’s why most text instead; texting is cheaper too. The automatic panorama, probably identical to Sony’s Sweep Panorama, would be cool to have. The Optimus 7 is slated for an October 11 launch.
In related news the LG Optimus 7 is already available for sale on Amazon.de, but there it states the Optimus 7 as having just a 3.5-inch display. Including VAT the slightly smaller Optimus 7 is going for â‚¬499.00 with free shipping.