Looks like Barnes & Noble is set to take the wraps off of their ebook reader tomorrow, and according to the Wall Street Journal, it’ll be the Barnes & Noble Nook that they’ll be unveiling. The Nook, pictured above (thanks Giz,) is unique because it has a standard e-ink display like the Kindle, but also sports a color touchscreen beneath the traditional display. Why? Well, try typing anything of length on an Amazon Kindle, and you’ll quickly realize that even that task could use some help. The Barnes & Noble Nook will sell for $259 (same price as the Kindle,) and will also allow users to lend e-books to friends. Obviously, we can’t wait to see it. We’ve got one more image for you after the jump.
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Fujitsu has decided it best to put a touchscreen LCD on their T5010, and we’ve got to commend them for it. The LifeBook T5010 has a 13.3 inch screen, and supports two-finger multitouch. Once Windows 7 launches, this’ll ship with the new OS, taking advantage of the built-in touch features. Until then, it ships with Windows Vista - definitely wait for the Windows 7 version to drop next month. It will cost $1,759 for the active digitizer, and $1,859 with dual digitizer.
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Packard Bell seems to be prepared for the Windows 7 touchscreen era with two new all-in-one PCs, the oneTwo L and the oneTwo M. Each of them have up to 8GB worth of RAM, a 5-in-1 memory card reader, webcam, as well as Packard Bell’s TouchGadgets.
The oneTwo L has a 23-inch (1600 x 900) display, E-SATA, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670 graphics, plus an optional Blu-ray drive and DVB TV tuner. It will be available on October 22 for 999 Euros ($1,452.)
As for the oneTwo M, it has a 20-inch (1920 x 1080) display, ATI Mobility Radeon HD series 4500, and Intel Core 2 Duo T6600. It will also be available on October 22 for 599 Euros ($872.)
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If you’re on a budget, but want to get in on the hot Android action, pay attention to the HTC Tattoo. Not only does it run on Google Android’s operating system with the Sense UI, but it also packs in a Qualcomm MSM7225 528MHz processor, 256MB RAM, and Quad-band GSM/EDGE. It also has a 2.8 inch touchscreen LCD display, Bluetooth 2.0, a microSD slot, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity. To us, that’s one of the most feature-packed phones we’ve seen for the budget market. The HTC Tattoo will be available in Europe at the beginning of next month, and will come to the US soon thereafter.
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If you’re looking for an inexpensive phone that incorporates 3G and GPS into it’s arsenal (and, for whatever reason, don’t want the $99 iPhone 3G,) then the Nokia 5230 might be right up your alley. The 5230 has a 3.2 touchscreen, a microSD memory card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Symbian S60 Operating System. It also has a 2 megapixel camera - not fancy by any means, but hey, this is supposed to be a budget phone. We don’t have final pricing, but before subsidies, the phone costs $213.
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Video has appeared of the LG BL40, aka the new touchscreen LG Chocolate Touch mobile phone. If a picture says a thousand words, then this is a whole mouthful of Chocolate love. Enjoy it, and drool over it’s 4-inch, 21:9 display until its release, which hopefully happens on August 23rd.
We were able to spend some quality time with the Zune HD a couple of days ago, and we put together this video walkthrough of the interface on the device. Unfortunately, we weren’t connected to Wi-Fi, so we weren;t able to show web browsing, downloading from the Marketplace, or Social, but this gives you a really good idea of what to expect when you get pick up your Zune HD (available for pre-order now) come September 15th.
Our favorite feature? I’ll probably be using the pinned items on the side quite a bit, especially for the recently synched stuff. Quick access to things like that have been much needed on touch devices. A runner up would have to be the quick scroll in the music browser. Again, it saves you on just quickly swiping a bunch of times, hoping to get to the right spot.
All in all, we’re impressed. Of course, we will have a full Zune HD review when we get our own device. For now, be sure to read up on everything we know about the Zune HD.
T-Mobile is already working on its next Google phone. So far a million of their G1s have sold since October. The myTouch 3G is set to debut in August. The new phone has a touchscreen but no keyboard like the G1 and will be priced at $199.00 with a 2 year contract. The software is free as Google would love to have Android for all phones. Both Verizon and Motorola seem to agree as they each have products in the works.
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Cricket subscribers can finally get the Motorola Evoke QA4, the company’s first touchscreen. It features a 2.8-inch WQVGA 240 x 480 display, a full HTML browser, SMS and email access, a widget-based customizable screen, GPS, Bluetooth compatibility and 256MB internal storage with microSD expansion. At a size of 108 x 50.5 x 17.5mm, it also has a 2 megapixel cam with 5x zoom, a full QWERTY keyboard and a price of $279.99 after Web discount and a $15.00 monthly charge for 3G HTML.
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Looking for a last minute gift for Dad’s day? I recently purchased a Garmin nuvi GPS unit for a friend who is navigationally and electronically challenged. These things are so easy to set up that my friend got the hang of it in less than 10 minutes. We went out to dinner and because the restaurant we wanted to visit had gone belly up (no pun intended,) we asked it to find us another. It took about 4 seconds to find one with similar cuisine in the same area.
The positives? Easy learning curve, touchscreen, low cost for smaller models (less than $150.00) and step by step oral instructions. The negatives? Go your own way and the sometimes annoying female voice will chastise you. And occasionally the unit refuses to stick to your windshield. Good thing it’s portable.
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