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Sharp Galapagos 3D gaming phone

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Video Games

Japanese phones have been described lately as suffering from “Galapagos Syndrome”. This term comes from Darwin’s discovery that species in the Galapagos Islands seemed to evolve separately from the rest of the world. As such, Japanese smartphones have been criticized for not being accessible to the western market. The upcoming 3D phone from Sharp, ironically called the Galapagos, hopes to change the impression of Japanese smartphones in western minds. 

The Sharp Galapagos is powered by Android, and includes a 3.8 inch glasses-free 3D screen set to rival the stereoscopic 3D of Nintendo’s 3DS. What’s more, the Galapagos is set to receive seven games at launch, such as: Resident Evil: Degeneration, Mobile Powerful Pro Baseball 3D, Mega Man, Taiko no Tatsujin, SLIPHEED Alternative, Ghost ‘n Goblins: Gold Knights, and Reikai Denwa. In addition to video games, the Galapagos will also be getting 3D movies like Shrek Forever After and Battle Royale 3D. 

However, the Nintendo 3DS is much more powerful graphic-wise than the Sharp Galapagos, as is the iPhone 4 graphically. Though, this is definitely a great phone for mobile gaming in 3D without glasses.

Read More | Kotaku via Softbank


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Palm Pre 2 pre-orders begin on November 8th

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds

Looks like pre-orders for the Palm Pre 2 will be started on November 8th! After what was an overlooked debut, the Palm Pre and it's new WebOS failed to gain much momentum. Still, HP is hoping that this new revised version will succeed where it's predecessor did not. Very little is known about the Palm Pre 2, but we do know that Verizon documents have it scheduled for November. So for those who liked the Palm device and want an updated version, more info should be coming out really soon, and seriously, webOS 2.0 is looking mighty fine.

Read More | HP Students

Apple working on embedded SIM for iPhone?

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Rumors

iPhone custom SIM

Apple has gotten creative with SIM cards in the past. They've done it before with the iPad, which uses a MicroSIM to connect to a 3G cellular network, and then the iPhone 4 followed suit. While they didn't exactly invent the technology, it's the first time that this gets used in a mass market device. Now, this morning, sources inside of some European carriers say that Apple is ready to pull a similar stunt. Apple and SIM maker Gemalto are reportedly about to implement a new SIM technology which would live permanently inside of the iPhone, and wouldn't need to be removed to switch carrier. The new SIM could be changed from one network to the next by the software, removing the need for it to be a removable card.

This is only rumor at this point, and if it was any other company it would be a dubious one at best. However, Apple's already proved that they can make carriers bend to their will to a certain extent, and this may be no different. The main benefit for Apple would be the ability to bypass the carrier. Consumers could buy a phone online, without any need to be pre-attached to a carrier like AT&T or T-Mobile, and then choose themselves which carrier to configure it for, at will.

Of course it's not all good for the end user. This would remove some of the control from the cellular network, but that control would be put straight into Apple's hands. So it remains to be seen what they would do with such increased power. Nevertheless, if they do manage this feat, it's clear others would be tempted to do so. Time will tell if Apple breaks the smartphone mold once more.

Read More | GigaOM

Apple delays white iPhone 4 release for the third time

white iphone 4 delay

Last night, Apple put out a statement saying that the white iPhone 4 would be delayed again, this time until Spring 2011. This would mark the third time that the white device would be delayed by the company due to manufacturing issues. Apparently, the culprit behind this is that the white glass lets a little too much light through to the inside of the phone, which leaks into the camera sensor and results in washed-out images. The odd thing here is that we all expect that the next iPhone, iPhone 5 or whatever it may be, will be launching around June. Will Apple really release the iPhone 4 in a new color so close to the end of its cycle?

In the meantime though, we've had our white iPhone 4 for a while now, and we've seen no image quality differences between the our white model and black model. In fact, if you wanted one, you could get a white one yourself. Have a look at our white iPhone 4 video coverage for details.

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Read More | Reuters

Bleeding Edge TV 368: A look at the White iPhone 4

We've got our hands on a white iPhone 4, and we give you a look at the device in this episode. Apple delayed the white iPhone 4 at launch, and then delayed it a second time due to manufacturing issues. We go over some of those issues in this video. We also tell you how you can get your black iPhone 4 converted to white, or how you can just get a white one outright. If you're interested in getting your black iPhone 4 converted, or buying a white iPhone 4, here are the details:

Contact Joshua Drenter at whiteiphoneconversion@yahoo.com The base conversion is $300. The full conversion, which includes the white dock port and headphone jack (so the phone is identical in every way to the white iPhone) is an additional $120. Anyone who mentions Gear Live gets 10% off!

Big thank you to JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.


HTC Surround review

HTC Surround review

We performed our while using an smartphone from AT&T. Now that we've got the overarching review of Microsoft's big comeback in the mobile operating system world out of the way, we wanted to focus on the HTC surround itself. It's an interesting one, as AT&T is going to launch with three Windows Phone 7 devices come November 8th. The Samsung Focus has that Super AMOLED display and is nice and thin, and the LG Quantum has a slider QWERTY keyboard, which makes it thicker. The HTC Surround is also a thicker slider, but rather than a keyboard, it packs in a pair of Dolby Mobile and SRS Wow "virtual surround" speakers with a kickstand. This is obviously aimed at the Windows Phone 7 customer who plans to use their device as an entertainment device for music and video, and its got 16GB of internal memory to hold that stuff. Is it worth your attention? Keep on reading for our verdict!

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Deal of the Day: Save $100 on Nokia N8 smartphone

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds, Hot Deals

Nokia N8 sale

The  today offers you the lowest price we've seen on the Nokia N8 smartphone. You get the unlocked N8 GSM device (which has GPS and a 12 megapixel camera) for $100 less than retail, saving you 18% off the total price using the Dell promo code:

Save $100 on Nokia N8 smartphone

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Bleeding Edge TV 367: Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac

As we mentioned in our Windows Phone 7 review, Microsoft has given Mac users a way to sync their phones and Zune devices with their computers. Windows Phone 7 devices have no Zune client to sync with a Mac, which would have left Mac owners out in the cold. However, Microsoft is releasing the Windows Phone 7 Connector software for Mac, allowing Mac users to sync content from iTunes, iPhoto, and other areas of their Mac, directly to their Windows Phone 7 and Zune handhelds. Hey...it's better than nothing. We give you a look at how it all works in this episode.


webOS 2.0 over-the-air update coming soon

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Software

HP Palm Pre 2 webos 2.0

Getting a little tired of your Palm Pre falling to the wayside in favor of other more popular operating systems, like Android and iOS4? Well, faithful Pre users will finally be able to upgrade without switching loyalties to another OS, as webOS 2.0 is coming a lot sooner than you expected. First showing up on the more hardware advance Palm Pre 2, webOS 2.0 will also be available with most of its advancements via an over-the-air update. Here are some of the features you can expect with webOS 2.0: 
 
Stacks
WebOS 2.0 introduces a more effective way of multitasking - stacking. With the new stacking feature your “cards” can be sorted one on top of another for related grouping, and can be manually maneuvered around to your liking. This takes the already comprehensive (see what I did there?) multitasking features of the Pre to new, more convenient heights. 
 
Just Type…
The new Just Type feature allows you to do exactly what the name suggests and just start typing. From there you will be able to quickly compose a text message, email, note, update your status on Facebook, or search the internet. Not to mention that Just Type will definitely become integrated into publishers’ apps, so the possibilities are endless.

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Read More | Palm Blog

Windows Phone 7 review

windows phone 7 review

When announced the three years ago, the entire mobile industry started to play catch-up to what Apple was doing. It took a while, but slowly companies like Google, RIM, and Palm eventually released smartphone operating systems like and that aimed to compete. However, not much was heard from Microsoft. Once heralded as a major player in the smartphone business with Windows Mobile, Microsoft took a hell of a long time to come up with anything that could compete against iOS, Android, webOS, and really anything else out there. Then, finally, they announced Series, and smartly dropped the "Series" part when just about everyone made fun of them for coming up with a name that was more convoluted than necessary.

Microsoft wanted to tell the world that they were serious about competing, even going so far as to hold a funeral for the iPhone and BlackBerry. A bold (and ridiculous) statement for sure, but now Windows Phone 7 has arrived, launching tomorrow over in Europe, and arriving in the USA on November 8th. Has Microsoft actually learned anything by sitting back and observing the smartphone wars over the past few years, sitting on the sidelines while taking notes? We've been playing with Windows Phone 7 non-stop for a while now, and we're sharing our answers with you here in our Windows Phone 7 review.

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