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    by Published on 01-07-2013 08:09 PM
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    Sony just announced the Xperia Z at CES. It sports a 5" 1920x1080 display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, NFC and 13 megapixel camera. It's only 7.9mm thick

    The camera has a Exmor RS sensor which supports HDR video (high dynamic range). Sony says it allows for clear images against a strong backlight. I wonder if it also helps in low light?

    Also interesting is the fact that it's water and dust resistant (IP55 & IP57). IP55 means that it's able to be submerged in up to 1M of water for up to 30 mins. Does this mean I can use it while I'm taking a bath or shower?

    Sony didn't reveal the size of the battery but it does have 'Battery STAMINA' mode which shuts down certain apps when the screen is off and turns them back on when you turn the screen back on.

    Sweet phone. Anyone gonna get one or are you going to wait to see what other OEM's 5" 1080P devices are like? ...
    by Published on 12-23-2012 12:38 PM
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    Some boxing day flyers are now up so I figured I'd through a boxing day thread together. Really good deals have been bolded. I only included phones, tablets and memory cards.

    Highlights include $0 Apple iPhone 5's, Galaxy Note 2 for $0, Galaxy S III for $0 WITH $150 gift cards. There's also the HTC One X+ for $0 with a $100 gift card.

    Futureshop and Bestbuy are also blowing out the 3rd Gen Apple iPad's. WiFi versions are $20 off while the LTE versions are $80 off. What's the diff between the current iPad (4th gen) and the 3rd? The 3rd Gen has an older A5x SOC vs the A6x in the 4th gen. The 4th gen also has Apple's lightning connector. In my opinion these 2 features are not enough for you to spend extra to get the 4th gen one. I'm mighty temped myself. I just gave all my iPad mini's away and my toddler took my iPad 2...

    Tablet-wise I don't see anything too interesting besides the iPads. While Android tablets are substantially cheaper the Android Tablet ecosystem still isn't mature enough that I'd recommend you buy any of them. So with that mind if you want an Android Tablet spend as little as possible.

    If you're fortunate enough to own a phone with a microSD slot you can pick up a Lexar 32GB Class 10 for $19.99.

    I'm still working on this so you'll see other stores soon.
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    Published on 12-12-2012 10:49 PM
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    Looks like iPhone users can put Galaxies away because Google Maps is now available for iOS (again).

    Finally, I have public transit guidance on my iPhone.

    Go download it and let us know what you think! ...
    by Published on 12-07-2012 10:28 AM
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    *Edit* it's blue. The price is $279.99 on a 30 day or $79.99 on a no term contract.

    The entry-level HTC Windows Phone 8s is now available from Virgin Mobile Canada.

    It runs Windows Phone 8 and looks similar to the 8x but the 8s has a smaller 4", 800x480 Super LCD display, dual-core 1Ghz Snapdragon S4 (2 x 1.5ghz on the 8x), 512MB of RAM (1GB on the 8x), 5MP camera that shoots 720p video (8MP and 1080P w/8x) and 4GB of storage that can be expanded with MicroSD cards (vs 8 or 16GB non-expandable).

    While the processor is 'only' clocked at 1Ghz it's important to remember than the 8s' display contains about 2.5x less pixels than the 8x. While it means the 8s display will look a little more coarse compared to the 8x it also means that 8s' graphics processor doesn't need to work as hard. This means that the 8s could be faster than the 8x at running 3D games.

    Anyways, it's a nice looking phone. Anyone interested in one? ...
    by Published on 12-03-2012 12:36 PM
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    Just got word from Treatz that the Nexus 4 is going to be available to for order at 3PM EST today (Dec 3rd) for Canadians.

    Go Go Nexus Power! ...
    by Published on 12-02-2012 06:47 PM
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    *Edit* looks like it's only for the LTE GS3. I just checked on my Wind GS3 (I have both versions) and no update yet.

    Looks like the juicy Android 4.1 Jellybean update for Canadian Galaxy S III users is available a few days early. Users are reporting they're getting the 320ish MB update. Just go check manually:

    settings -> about device -> software update -> update

    I just checked and my GS3 is being updated as I type this.

    Go Go Go!



    Thanks Treatz, AllanVS and can3gsw!
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    by Published on 11-29-2012 12:06 PM
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    *EDIT* you can also get them in store in the 'States now too.

    Just got word that unlocked iPhone 5's are now available in-store at Apple stores in Canada.

    Previously, you had to order them online and wait a few weeks.

    Anyone going to get one?

    Thanks Treatz! ...
    by Published on 11-15-2012 08:52 AM
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    *EDIT*, I added some more pictures of the phone displays along with pricing.

    I'm at the Microsoft Store at Yorkdale right now.


    There are a few Windows Phone displays. The people at the store can actually hook up the Windows Phones to the displays in on the side of the store. The phones sold at the store will be carrier locked.
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    by Published on 11-12-2012 09:25 AM
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    *EDIT* The Nexus 4 became available around 11:35 and was sold out around 5 minutes later. Did you snag one?


    Just wanted to remind you all that Nexus 4 orders start tomorrow on Google Play.

    The Nexus 4 will be available with 8GB or 16GB of non expandable storage. If you're thinking of a Nexus 4 do yourself a favour and get the 16GB version. 8GB doesn't cut it if you plan on using the camera, listening to music, storing videos and most importantly, downloading apps. Some games can weigh in at 100's of MB if not GB's.

    It will be unlocked and will cost either $299USD ($309CAN) for the 8GB or $349USD ($359CAN) for the 16GB.

    The Nexus 4 comes with a 4.7" 1280x768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro processor, 2100mAh battery and built-in wireless charging. While it lacks any LTE support it has penta-band HSPA so it will be compatible with all North American HSPA frequencies along with some international ones as well.

    Hardware-wise it's very similar to the LG Optimus G which I reviewed recently (great phone btw).

    One thing to keep in mind is that Google Play charges around $20 for shipping plus they screwed up the Nexus 7 launch badly. I had a friend who pre-ordered his Nexus 7 from Google Play like a good fanboy and he ended up getting his N7 DAYS after I got mine. I pre-ordered mine from Futureshop a while after he did. I was also able to get a N7 the day of the launch from the store. I also didn't pay for shipping.

    Personally I'm not sure if I'll order via Google Play and pay the extra 20 bucks or wait to see if a more reliable retailer sells it.

    The Nexus 10 Tab with an eye-popping 2560x1600 10" display and a state-of-the-art dual-core ARM Coretex A-15 processor will also be launching tomorrow in 16 and 32GB versions. It will be $409CAN for the 16GB and $509 for the 32GB. Take off $10 for USD pricing.

    Who's going to order one? ...
    by Published on 11-12-2012 08:51 AM
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    Blackberry 10 will be launching January 30th. It will launch in multiple countries simultaneously. There will be 2 devices at launch.

    Who's excited? ...
    Published on 10-31-2012 03:28 PM
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    Just got the release. Both AT&T and T-Mobile are allowing their users to roam on each other's networks in areas that have been hit by Hurricane Sandy.

    Good job T-Mobile and AT&T!
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    by Published on 10-30-2012 11:42 AM
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    Windows Phone 8 just launched yesterday. Here's what you need to know.

    While Microsoft has been previewing Windows Phone 8 for a while now, they announced a few new features yesterday. Besides the resizeable live tiles and camera lenses Windows Phone 8 now allows Live Apps which can display information on the lock screen. The Skype app is now able to run in the background.

    Other new features include Data Sense. It helps you use less data by compressing webpages before they're sent to the phone (like Blackberry, Hiptop, etc), helping you find hotspots, showing you how much data each app uses (like Android) and by reducing the amount of data used when you're close to your bandwidth allocation.

    Kid's Corner is a really cool looking kid mode for Windows Phone 8. You choose which apps you want your kids to use and then launch Kid's corner. In Kid's corner they'll be able to use any of the apps you approve but won't see any of the ones you don't want them to.

    Finally, the People Hub allows you to organize your contacts into rooms. It will allow you to group message them, share calendars, that sort of thing.

    While the new changes are welcome - I can't wait to try Kid's corner myself - to me the real story is new Windows Phone hardware which was sorely due for an update.

    There was an HTC 8X, Samsung ATIV-S and Nokia 920 to play with. Of the 3 I thought the 8X felt the nicest in my hand. It's solid and is easier to hold. I can't wait to try the Nokia 920's image stabilized camera - should be perfect for taking pictures of my kids.

    While the ATIV-S feels like a Galaxy S III it didn't really speak to me (and yes, a GS3 is one of the phones I carry around). I don't know if it's the vulgar metal-looking plastic or what. Then again, maybe it will grow on my after I use it for a while.

    The other big story is having the same UI across phone, tablet and computer. If you buy into the new Windows ecosystem you'll get a relatively seamless interface.

    I tried the Surface RT and some touch-screen Windows Phones yesterday and it's a pretty cool experience.

    Who's excited for Windows Phone 8?

    My summary of yesterday's webcast follows: ...
    by Published on 10-29-2012 09:48 PM
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    Google just announced the Nexus 10 tablet with a retina stabbing 2560x1600 display. Another way of saying it is that it has a 4 megapixel display - the iPad with retina display has get by with a blurry 2048x1536 display.

    It's powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex A-15 processor which has a Mali T604 GPU. Don't let the dual cores fool you. Cortex A15 cores are more advanced than Qualcomm's Krait cores and ARM's own Cortex A9's.

    You also get 2GB of RAM, 5MP camera, WiFI that supports 40Mhz wide channels. Other goodies include a micro HDMI port, magnetic power connector, and a huge 9000mAh battery.

    It will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions. The 16GB one will be $399USD/$409CAN while the 32GB is $499USD/$509CAN.

    On paper it's a pretty insane tablet - the problem is that I'm not sure many people are going to fork out $399 or $409 CAN for an Android tablet. Don't get me wrong, you get a ridiculous amount of hardware for your money. The thing is, Android doesn't quite have the same rep that it does in the phone space. $399 is really pushing it.

    You can order it November 14 from Google Play. ...
    by Published on 10-29-2012 09:31 AM
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    The Sony Xperia T AKA "The James Bond phone" will be coming to Bell on November 14th. Bell has exclusive marketing rights to say that the Xperia T is the James Bond phone. Since the Xperia T will be exclusive on other carriers, it could be that Bell is the only one who is allowed to use Daniel Craig, I mean James Bond in their Xperia T marketing.

    The Xperia T is similar to the Xperia ION I reviewed a while back but the T has a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor whereas the ION's is an older and slower S3. My guess is the S3 wasn't fast enough for 007.

    Who's pumped to go see the new Bond film? Will the "James Bond" branding prompt you to throw your GS3's and One X's in the garbage for an Xperia T? ...
    by Published on 10-22-2012 04:37 PM
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    Looks like you'll be able to use your cell phone in TTC subway stations in less than 2 years.

    Broadcast Australia PTY LTD will be paying the TTC $25 million over 20 years to put service in 61 subway stations.

    While the stations will have phone service there won't be any between stations if they're too far apart.

    Now it will be easier to avoid eye contact on the subway You excited? ...
    by Published on 10-08-2012 02:54 PM
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    T-Mobile just announced the Windows Phone 8 powered Nokia Lumia 810. I'm not sure how the 810 is different from the 820. Looking at the picture the design appears to be slightly different. Compared to the pictures of the 820 I took at the Nokia launch the 810 looks like it has harder edges whereas the 820's are more rounded.

    Like 820 the 810 has a 4.3" WVGA (800x480) OLED display. Details on the processor, storage, RAM weren't mentioned.
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    by Published on 10-03-2012 06:10 PM
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    Just got an email saying that OS 2.1 has just been released for the Playbook WiFi. It's an OTA update so wait for the update notification or go through the menus to update manually. Here's what's new:

    With PlayBook OS 2.1, customers will now have the ability to:
    • Secure all data on the tablet; the enterprise-grade encryption can now be extended to secure personal data stored on the device
    • Text via SMS using the new version of BlackBerry Bridge (version 2.1) customers can send a text from their PlayBook through their BlackBerry smartphone; the new version of Bridge is available on BlackBerry App World
    • Use the Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps in Portrait mode;
    • “Print” documents from a PC to a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the Print To Go app even if the PC and tablet are connected to different networks;

    Additionally, PlayBook OS 2.1 offers new features that simplify the deployment of the tablets in the enterprise with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. These include over-the-air enrollment to the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion server, support for ActiveSync certificate-based authentication, and additional IT Policy controls.

    For developers (and consumers), the In–App Payment system now extends to Android applications.
    Anyone with a Playbook give it a try?
    by Published on 09-27-2012 01:22 PM
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    *Edit* Sale is from Sept 28 - Oct 1

    Looks like it's opposite day. Now it seems Bell is about to drop the price ...
    by Published on 09-26-2012 02:55 PM
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    *Edit* Pricing sheet has just been pulled. Guess I don't need to line up now.

    I just got word that Bell is increasing their pricing on many of their phones:

    Motorola Atrix HD LTE $49.99 -> $79.95
    Motorola RAZR V $0 -> $29.95
    Blackberry Bold 9900 $49.95 -> $99.95
    Samsung Galaxy Note $49.95 -> $99.95
    Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE $0 -> $49.95
    Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB $99.95 -> $159.95
    Samsung Galaxy S III 32GB $149.95 -> $209.95
    LG Optimus L5 $0 -> $49.95 (voice contract)
    Motorola Motoluxe $0 -> $59.95 (voice)
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