Nintendo is looking to go back to the well this holiday season with the introduction of the entry-level Nintendo 2DS handheld console. This is basically a Nintendo 3DS in a candybar form factor (no hinge so it doesn't close) that plays all 3DS games in 2D. At launch it will be available in red and blue hues, and is outfitted with the regular (not 2DS XL) sized dual screens, cameras, mono speaker, headphone port, and a 4 GB SD card. In other words, it's just like a Nintendo 3DS, except there is no 3D, and it doesn't close, and you get it all for $129 - $50 cheaper than the 3DS console. You'll be able to pick one up on October 12th.
This morning Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo 3DS XL (or 3DS LL in Japan.) The console takes everything about the standard Nintendo 3DS, and makes it bigger. What you end up with is a 4.88-inch 3D display on top, and a 4.18-inch standard touch display on the bottom. Buyer also get a free 4 GB SD card included. In Japan, the 3DS LL will hit stores on July 28th for about 18,900 Yen ($235) while us 3DS XL buyers will have to wait until August 19th to get in on the action, where it'll cost $199.
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Still have some of those old 8 bit Nintendo games kicking around as coasters? Time to play with them again with the Portable Handheld Retro Mini. The mini system has a 2.4-inch LCD TFT screen, built-in speakers, headphone out jack and comes with (NTSC) video/audio out cables. Stick in 4 AA batteries (not included) and save Zelda again, visit Castlevania or play with the Mario Brothers for up to 8 hours. No cartridges are included with its $49.99 price, but check out your local thrift store or ask your parents as they may have a couple stashed somewhere.
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We guess we were correct yesterday. Samsung has announced that its first Android-powered smartphone, the I7500, will be released in Europe in June. The phone has a 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED full touchscreen, a 7.2Mbps 3G HSDPA, a 5-megapixel cam, 8GB of internal memory and up to 32 GB of external memory. It is also packed with Google mobile services and a WiFi connectivity. No price has been announced as yet.
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You can now receive Skype on your iPhone/touch, and Blackberry owners can look forward to the service in May. COO Scott Durchslag claims that it has been the #1 request from its current customers. More than 400 million already use the service with their PC, so that is a pretty good target area. One of its pluses is that subscribers can use the phone numbers in their existing iPhone address book. There is no charge for the download and calls between Skype users are free.
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Palm and Sprint have announced that the Treo Pro will be available on March 15. You can get one at any Sprint outlet or online for $199.99 and a two year subscription after a $100.00 mail-in and $100.00 instant rebate. You also have to get their Everything Plan or a $30.00 per month or higher add-on. If you believe you can handle that kind of monetary commitment, your wait for the smartphone is only a couple of weeks away.
Be sure to check out our Palm Treo Pro unboxing gallery.
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Remember when we told you that AT&T is charging only $150.00 for a refurbished iPhone? Blink twice and look again. They are now $99.00 for a 3G to 8GB black phone. Included is a mandatory $30.00 data plan for the life of the iPhone. Those being sold were unused or barely used and returned during the 30-day trial. Each has been tested, downloaded with the latest software, and carry a warranty of a minimal of 90 days.
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Nintendo says that there should be more Wii consoles available for this holiday season in the U.S. They also say that more Nintendo DS handhelds will be available.
Nintendo’s exec. vice president of sales and marketing Cammie Dunaway said, “While there’s no way to gauge total demand for our hardware systems, we’re trying to satisfy as many of those players as possible.”
We shall see. With the economy the way it is, we expect Nintendo will want to get as many consoles out there as they can.
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Thank goodness companies are finally starting to make cell phones that are not only functional, but look modern, too. HTC’s Touch 3G comes with TouchFLO 3D GUI. The 3G has a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, a 3.2M camera, and supports Bluetooth and Windows 6.1OS. At a size of 102 x 53.6 x 14.5mm and a weight of 96g, it should be available next month in your choice of 4 colors.
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RIM has announced the flip version of its BlackBerry Pearl. At a size of 3.98 x 1.97 x .69-inches and a weight of 3.6 oz., the 8220 smartphone features video and music player, a 2 megapixel cam with flash, WiFi, video streaming, and Web browser. The handheld also has an abridged keyboard with SureType technology and Spellcheck. Look for it sometime this fall, with T-Mobile as the U.S. carrier.
By the way, Co-CEO of RIM, Jim Balsillie, said that 70% of mobile phone users in the U.S. use a flip phone. That seems reason enough for us.
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