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Livin’ large with the 5.3” Galaxy Note

 Is that a large smartphone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

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By now those of you interested in the Galaxy Note, have probably already looked at the phone statistics and any number of reviews. Rather than just give you my initial impressions, What I’d like to do do is to give you some insight on what it’s like to live with the rather large but svelte member of the Samsung family.

There is almost no getting around the fact the phone is large, the Galaxy Note sports a 5.3″ WXGA (1280 x 800, 285 PPI) HD Super Amoled screen. For me the size has been more of an asset than a detriment in day to day use. The extra screen real estate on the Note has made mobile web browsing productive and for the first time for me on a smartphone, enjoyable!

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Motorola Triumph review

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Looking for a mid-range Android smartphone that won’t break the bank? Then the Motorola Triumph deserves your consideration. This smartphone which retails for just under $300 off-contract is powerful enough to tempt those looking to save money on their cellular bills into using a prepaid phone and service.

The CDMA phone which is being offered by Virgin Mobile USA can be paired with one of its relatively inexpensive Beyond Talk plans. These Virgin Mobile plans all feature unlimited web, messaging and email. The $35 per month plan includes 300 anytime minutes, another $10 per month buys you 1200 anytime minutes and the $55 per month plan buys you unlimited minutes along with unlimited data.

The Triumph features a 1GHz processor, 4.1” (800×480) WVGA touchscreen, 5MP rear camera with a VGA front-facing camera, 720P HD camcorder with HDMI output, 3G connectivity, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1 and full Android Market application support without any third party overlays like Motoblur. The Triumph includes 512 MB Ram and 2 GB of internal memory and includes a 2GB Micro-SD card which is expandable up to 32GB.

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2011) / Mac OS X Lion (10.7) review

by George Heymann

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The new Macbook Air is an example of Industrial design that is both practical and beautiful. I’ve been a fan of the design aesthetic since the “Air” line launched in 2008. As much as I liked the design, Apples Mac book Air line has always been underpowered and overpriced, more of a status symbol than a practical computer, until now.

The new Macbook Airs feature the latest Intel Sandy-Bridge processors that are both fast and energy efficient. All but the base model Air include 4 GB of Ram, at least 128 GB SSD (solid state flash storage), a thunderbolt (high speed I/O) port, a backlit keyboard and the new Max OS X Lion (10.7).

The Macbook Airs come in four basic configurations with upgrade options available for all models. The Macbook Airs start at $999 for the 11” to $1,699 for the top of the line 13” Model.

The latest version of the Mac desktop OS X Lion is installed on the new Airs, touting some 250 new features. Some of the key features include a Mac App Store, Multi-Touch gestures, Full-Screen Applications, Launchpad and Mission Control, a custom dashboard.

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Review: Dell Streak 7 Tablet

by George Heymann

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There is a lot to like about Dell’s 7-inch WiFi Android tablet. The Dell Streak 7 is a good performer: it packs an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 16 GB of Internal Storage with support for up 32GB of additional storage via its memory card slot. It also features 5MP rear camera with flash as well as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video chatting. The tablet also includes Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and supports Bluetooth 2.1. At $399, it is relatively inexpensive.

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Review: SPB Shell 3D home screen replacement for Android

by George Heymann

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SPB Shell 3D is based on the SPB Mobile Shell product line for Windows Mobile and Symbian.

My first impression of the interface is that it’s very fluid and intuitive. I was able to navigate the interface add apps, widgets as well as adding, deleting and re-ordering screens within the first few minutes of use. The UI is beautiful to look at and has a visceral quality that makes it hard to put down.

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