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HP Mini-Note 2133 vs. Asus Eee PC gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, Features, PC / Laptop

We figured we’d put two of our favorite together for a quick head-to-head, just to show the size differences between the and the Asus . We’ve put together a small gallery comparing the sizes of the two systems, including what we believe to be the most important difference, the keyboard size.

Click on through to see the HP Mini-Note vs Eee PC gallery.

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Contest: Win a custom Gear Live iPhone, LRG cases, and Monster Cable Accessories!

Gear Live iPhone Back full

Since our last giveaway contest went so well (and the Dragon computer is on its way to our winner!), we thought you guys might be interested in yet another opportunity to win some cool stuff from Gear Live. That’s why we are giving away a one-of-a-kind customized , along with a bunch of accessories from LRG and Monster Cable. Even better? This time, we will have three winners.

Gear Live iPhone giveaway


What makes our so special? Well, we’ve had it customized and done up in Gear Live colors. Heck, we even put our logo on it, so you can rock the fact that you are a fan of what we do here. Also, we will unlock it for you, if you like, prior to sending it over. We are gonna make this one easy too. The contest starts today, and will end on July 2, 2008. Between now and then, we are gonna be monitoring comments left throughout Gear Live, and forum posts. If you are a regular participants in those areas, you will have an opportunity to win. On July 3, we will compile a list of members who have been active during the contest period, and we will then choose our first, second, and third place winners randomly. Here are the full details on the three packages:

Grand Prize:

  • Customized orange Gear Live iPhone
  • 3 LRG | Monster iPhone cases of your choosing
  • LRG Tee Shirt
  • iCableLink iPhone headphone jack adapter
  • iSoniTalk iPhone microphone

Second Place:

  • 2 LRG | Monster iPhone cases of your choosing
  • LRG Tee Shirt
  • iCableLink iPhone headphone jack adapter
  • iSoniTalk iPhone microphone

Third Place:

  • 1 LRG | Monster iPhone cases of your choosing
  • LRG Tee Shirt
  • iCableLink iPhone headphone jack adapter
  • iSoniTalk iPhone microphone

Oh, and just to be clear, if you spam, you are eliminated from the contest. We are looking for people who genuinely add to the conversation across our network in blog comment posts, and on the Gear Live Forums. That means you have to be a member of the site to win, so if you aren’t already, go ahead and sign up. One last thing, we can only award the prize to a resident of the USA. If you plan on winning and you don’t live here, you’d better have a cousin or great aunt with an address in the US that we can ship your package to.

A big thank you to LRG and Monster Cable for helping us out with this contest.

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HP Mini-Note 2133 review

Posted by Sparky Categories: Design, Features, PC / Laptop, Product Reviews

HP Mini-Note review

Amidst a flurry of small and seemingly underpowered netbooks, has taken a slightly different tact in their release of the surprisingly capable HP device. While its up-to-$850 price tag places it in a significantly different category than the and other cheap sub-notebooks, it easily makes up for this price difference with functionality and power approaching that of its larger siblings: full sized laptops.

We’ve got an HP Mini-Note unboxing gallery for you to check out if you want to see how the thing looks from all angles, and of course, you can click through for Gear Live’s in-depth review of the HP Mini-Note 2133’s features, capabilities, and user experience, below.

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HP Mini-Note 2133 unboxing gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Galleries, Laptop

We got our hands on one of the new ultraportable netbooks, and thought you guys would enjoy seeing a gallery that’s chock full of unboxing shots. The Mini-Note is HP’s entry into the netbook (very tiny, ultraportable computers that are geared towards Internet tasks) realm, and we think they nailed it in quite a few key areas. From our HP Mini-Note review:

The HP Mini-Note 2133 impresses with its over-all well thought-out design and strong focus on business performance. While the unwieldy mouse button placement will likely throw most users for a loop, it is possible to adapt after a few hours of usage. If you are in the market for an ultra-light laptop with a roomy keyboard and high resolution screen, but don’t feel like waiting around to see if an Atom version is on the way, the 2133 seems like an ideal choice.

Of course, you can check out our full review of the Mini-Note if you think you might have a need for such a device. In the meantime, head on over and check out our Mini-Note unboxing gallery to see it in all its glory.

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iPhone 3G pricing: Who qualifies?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Rumors

iPhone 3G pricing confusion

It seems that there is a bunch of confusion surrounding the price of the newly announced . I spent a while on the phone the other day chatting with my pal over at Buzz Corps, and we debated how pricing would work. At the end of the conversation, I realized how silly it was that, despite a price being announce on stage at , that people still weren’t sure if they would be able to get the phone for the $199-299 that was quoted.

So, where does the confusion lie? Well, when dealing with cell phone companies in terms of subsidized phones (and the new iPhone 3G is a subsidized phone,) it all comes down to qualification. Don’t believe us? Head on over to AT&T’s iPhone 3G splash page. Next to the price of the phone, you will see a neat little asterisk. Scroll down to the fine print, and what do you find? The following:

*Qualified customers only. 2 year contract required. Based on 3G and EDGE testing. Actual speeds vary by site conditions. Based on iPhone 3G (8GB) and first-generation iPhone (8GB) purchases. Requires new 2-year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.

Did you get that? Qualified customers only. And yet, there is no mention of who qualifies. There lies the conundrum. When announced the price of the iPhone 3G, he made no mention of any sort of qualification that had to be met, and many believed that $199 was the price anyone should expect to pay for the new iPhone. Luckily, InformationWeek was able to get some information out of AT&T’s Mark Siegel, which should help in clearing all this up. Looking at what Siegel had to say, here is what we know to be true:

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Bleeding Edge TV 271: Hands-on with the new HP TouchSmart PC

At ‘s Connecting Your World event in Berlin, Germany, we talked with John Cook, VP of marketing for HP’s Consumer PC group. He gave us a hands-on first look at the beautiful new HP PC.

One thing we really liked about the new TouchSmart is its completely redone interface.  The software looks clean, polished, useful, and eminently easy to use.  It would be great, however, if the TouchSmart made more use of multi-touch.  Cook demonstrates a pinch gesture in the software but that’s pretty much it.  We’re keeping our eyes peeled for more functionality in upcoming software updates and releases.


Bleeding Edge TV 267: A look at the Voodoo Envy 133

While the has long reigned as the king of sleek and sexy laptops the newly announced manages to beat it in terms of both computing power, and clean sexy design. The Envy features a carbon fiber case (with an option for the automotive finish of your choice), and a revolutionary new AC adapter with an Ethernet port and a dedicated 802.11n router to allow wired connections without wires. The Envy 133 clocks in at 0.7” thick which dethrones the Macbook Air as the thinnest laptop on the market, while still managing to pack 2 USB ports (one of which is eSATA compatible), HDMI, and an ExpressCard slot.

Check out the video for a first look at this slim and lustworthy computing masterpiece in an interview with Rahul Sood, founder of Voodoo and CTO of HP Global Gaming.


Exclusive Hands On with the Voodoo Envy 133, MacBook Air Killer

Posted by Chris Cardinal Categories: Features, PC / Laptop

We’re live in Berlin, Germany at the HP Connecting Your World event. During yesterday’s keynote, Voodoo PC, HP’s enthusiast line, announced what’s essentially a competitor to the MacBook Air: The Voodoo Envy 133. The Envy 133 is just 0.7” thick throughout; the same thickness as the most thick points on the Air. (Just slightly under, actually.) It’s sheathed in a carbon fibre casing that allows them to bring down the weight to just 3.4 lbs. It features a 13.3” ultrabright backlit LED screen and a backlit keyboard, ambient light sensor and an enormous touchpad that’s multiple gesture-compatible.

Take a look at our first impressions and see what sets the Envy 133 apart, giving it what I believe is the upper hand against the MacBook Air.

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WWDC Keynote video 2008 now online

WWDC keynote video

We know that all this talk of the has you chomping at the bit to see it in action yourself. I mean, we live blogged the keynote, and we threw up our iPhone 3G gallery, but sometimes images don’t do products justice, right? Well, you are in luck. Apple has just posted the video of the WWDC 2008 Keynote Address. Hit the link below to watch the entire thing, highlighting the iPhone 3G, App Store, MobileMe, and more.

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iPhone 3G: The details

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone 3G Landscape Cover Flow
iPhone 3G

We’ve been waiting for it for a year, and has finally delivered - the was announced this morning during the WWDC 2008 keynote, to a rage of applause. Time to run down the entire feature set.

For starters, it’s an with 3G capabilities built right in. It is almost three times faster than the original iPhone even dared to be (actually, closer to 2.4x as fast). Since it’s using 3G technology, that means that you can surf the Internet, download email, and even watch video while you are on a call. Try doing that with your iPhone OldSchool. According to Apple, the iPhone 3G actually loads pages 36% faster than the Nokia N95 and Treo 750, both of which are also 3G phones. If you’re keeping track of which wireless technologies the iPhone now takes advantage of, that would be UMTS, HSDPA, GSM, WiFi, EDGE, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.

That’s right, we said GPS. On iPhone 3G, the Maps application takes advantage of the built-in GPS chip. So while you are driving around, or even walking around, the iPhone finds your exact location. You are representing by a pulsating blue dot right on top of the Google Maps interface. Of course, you can get turn-by-turn directions to a destination, get live traffic info, and more.

How about battery life? All this extra stuff should result in a compromise, right? Wrong. iPhone 3G features 300 hours of standby time, 8-10 hours of 2G talk time, 5 hours of 3G talk time (which is amazing), 24 hours of audio playback, and 7 hours of video playback.

As for pricing and availability, this should be the best news of all. iPhone 3G is launching at half the price of the currently available iPhone. You can pick up an 8GB iPhone 3G at launch for just $199 USD. If 16GB is more your thing, that will run you $299, down from $499, and that one is available in both black and white. The phone launches in 22 countries, including the US, on July 11. Of course, you can hit up the Apple Store online to

pre-order one today

see more images of the phone. No pre-orders after all.

Gallery: iPhone 3G: The details


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