In this edition of Spec Tech Google and Samsung had a very nice announcement for a new phone and operating system. Nokia is trying to get into the smart phone business. Apple has upgraded their MacBook Pro models. The Steve Jobs biography could be this year’s best seller, after only being on the market for one day!
Nokia has had trouble selling phones for the past couple of years due to the push on smart phones. But now, Nokia has developed their first Windows Smart Phone, as well as their own smart phone. The Nokia Lumia 800, which runs Windows, has a 3.7-inch ClearBack AMOLED touch screen, 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and 16GB of internal memory.
The phone will also have 25GB free cloud-based storage with Microsoft’s SkyDrive service. It has an 8-megapixel camera, as well as video capture at 720p HD at 30 frames-per-second. The phone will be available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November for about $585. It will be available in the US in 2012.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has the same screen and processor as the Lumia 800, but will only have 8GB of internal memory and no support for cloud-based storage. It also only has a 5-megapixel camera. It will be available in Russia, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong and Singapore this year for about $376. It should be available in the US in 2012.
Nokia wants to develop better CDMA and LTE devices for better devices, so the Lumia 800 may come to the US as a 4G phone.
Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as being the first phone to support Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD touch screen with a curved screen. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. This phone will be available on Verizon’s 4G LTE network sometime in November, but the company did not announce a price.
Let’s take a break from expensive phones for a minute.
AT&T and Motorola announced a new phone called the Motorola Atrix 2. It supports a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core 1GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture. The camera is front-facing, and the phone also features Webtop compatibility and runs on Android 2.3: Gingerbread. Webtop compatibility means that it can connect to Motorola’s new laptop dock for its smart phones.
What’s the best part of all this? The phone is only $100 with a new 2-year contract on AT&T’s network! This is a great deal and has received good reviews from customers and websites!
Now, Google has announced Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich, but what is it? Well, it looks a lot like Android 3.0: Honeycomb on their tablets, but with more upgrades. It has better Gmail support and keyboard error correction. It supports holding the power and volume buttons as the camera shutter, which can be used from the home screen. The phone also features an integrated photo editor, Face detection for the camera, zoom in for the calendar App, creating folders, and much more.
One important new feature is called Android Beam; it is a Near Field Communication (NFC) feature to exchange information from one phone to another, by only tapping them. This NFC is also being used to allow you to pay with a debit or credit card just by swiping your phone.
In some interesting news, it has been reported that Sony is in the early stages of making PlayStation 4 games. Over the summer some leaked concept designs appeared online, and now it seems that Sony is getting closer to announcing a new HD system. Could it be debuting at E3 2012, just like Nintendo did with the Wii U this year?
If you were waiting to purchase a MacBook Pro, wait no more. Apple just performed their yearly refresh with the entire line of MacBook Pros. The 13-inch Pro ($1,199) now supports a 2.4 GHz processor and a 500GB hard drive with an Intel Core i5 CPU. The second model of the 13-inch ($1,499) has a 2.8GHz processor and a 750GB hard drive with the Intel Core i7 CPU.
The two 15-inch models now have an AMD Radeon HD 6770M card for video performance. The lower priced 15-inch ($1,799) now has a 2.2GHz processor, while the more expensive model ($2,199) has a 2.4GHz processor.
The 17-inch model ($ 2,499) is just like the higher priced 15-inch Pro, but with a bigger screen and is $400 more expensive.
Walter Issacson’s biography of Steve Jobs was released on Oct. 24, and it could be a best seller on Amazon.com. For 45 days it was number one on the best sellers list due simply to the amount of pre-orders. The book is about Steve’s life from birth to his death this month. The biography is composed from about 40 interviews; it is about 656 pages.
All sources from Cnet.com
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