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A couple weeks back we let you know that the HP TouchPad would soon be landing in Canada (mid-July), with the webOS tablet priced at $519.99 for the 16GB model, and $619.99 for the 32GB version. Now, we're happy to let everybody know that the TouchPad is officially available for pre-order through major electronics retailers Best Buy and Future Shop. The estimated release date, as expected, is listed as July 15th.

The TouchPad is HP's first tablet that runs their recently acquired webOS (Palm), and has a 9.7" (768x1024) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. Unfortunately other features come in a bit on the low end, with a 1.3MP camera, and connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n), bluetooth, and some form of GPS support.

There are also a variety of accessories available along with it, including a wireless keyboard ($59.99), a charging dock ($79.99), and a few different cases/sleeves.


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Telus has surprisingly kept its Mike network active, and have actually launched another device for users of the push-to-talk service. The Motorola i420 is now available for $249.99 contract-free, and offers the Direct Connect feature that made the network, and compatible devices popular years ago. It features a 1.79" (128x160) display, flip form factor, and a number of basic features including bluetooth, GPS, and a VGA camera. While this may not serve as much news for regular consumers, the fact that Telus isn't letting up on this network should be a good indication for business owners and managers that they can continue to rely on it for direct (and instant) communication between its members.


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Those who have been waiting for even more options when it comes to purchasing a tablet are in luck, as HP's first webOS tablet is coming in mid-July. The Wi-Fi only version is apparently set to cost $519.99 for the 16GB version, while the 32GB model will be $619.99.

The TouchPad runs on HP webOS 3.0, and features a 9.7" (768x1024) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It seemingly only comes with a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and offers bluetooth and Wi-Fi (b, g, n) connectivity.

While it may be worth checking out if iOS, Android, or the PlayBook's QNX platform isn't for you, the TouchPad's pricing, and less-than-comparable specifications in some areas could result in a tough launch for HP. Only time will tell, however, so keep an eye out come mid-July!


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According to recently leaked information, Bell is apparently getting set to launch the Samsung Galaxy 551. The Galaxy 551 comes with a 3.2" (240x400) touchscreen display and a full horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard. It runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, and features a 3.15MP camera with QVGA video capture, along with bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi (b, g, n, and hotspot). This entry level Android device is powered by a 667MHz processor and comes with 160MB of internal storage for applications.

No word yet on price points, but apparently Bell will be launching the Samsung Galaxy 551 in late April or very early May. We'll be sure to keep you updated on any other information that comes our way!


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Virgin Mobile is going to be launch a pink version of the LG GU230, likely just in time for Valentine's Day. This CDMA handset is a simple flip phone featuring a 1.77" (128x160) display, a basic VGA camera, and a 2.5mm headset jack. No word yet on exactly when the pink LG GU230 will be launched, but we should see it drop within a couple days. If you're looking to pick one up, contract-free pricing is set to a very affordable price point of $60, so keep an eye on Virgin Mobile!


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Great news for those with Fido or considering them for their mobile services, they have recently launched two new entry-level handsets - The Nokia C1 and LG Neon 2. Additionally, they have also released the white version of the LG Gossip, adding to the variety of devices available in their line-up.

The Nokia C1 is a very basic bar-style phone that features a 1.8" (128x160) display, bluetooth connectivity, and a VGA camera. The C1 supports up to 32GB of memory using a microSD card, along with FM radio connectivity. The LG Neon 2 features a 3" (240x400) touchscreen display, 2MP camera with video capture capabilities, and connectivity options including FM radio and bluetooth. The Neon 2 can be expanded up to 8GB via microSD card for those who want extra storage for their media.

Last on the list is the LG Gossip in white, which has all of the same features and specifications but comes in a nice white variety. All of these devices are available now from Fido, and all are $0 on a new 2-year term, though contract-free pricing varies from handset to handset. The Nokia C1 comes in at $50 contract-free, while the LG Neon 2 is set at $150 outright, and the LG Gossip in white is priced $90 without a term.


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Chatr, Rogers' newest discount brand, has recently launched the Nokia 2220 for $75 contract-free, or just $50 if you pick it up before September 30th. The Nokia 2220 features a 1.8" (128 x 160) display, a vertical sliding numeric keypad, and a VGA camera. This device certainly keeps in line with Chatr's intentions - to offer affordable devices for simple, no-nonsense use. If you're looking for a simple device solely to make calls/text message, and are living within one of Chatr's zones, this is definitely a handset worth checking out.


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We recently let you know that Chatr would be launching in Montreal on September 16th, and now we have more news on the new discount brand launched by Rogers. It looks like they will be launching the Nokia 2220 in the near-future, with rumoured pricing to come in at just $75 contract-free. The 2220 features a 1.8" (128x160) display, a vertical sliding numerical keypad, and a VGA camera. This affordable device should be available in the near future, likely before the end of this month.


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WIND Mobile has finally launched their first Android-powered device - the Huawei U8100. This device runs Android 2.1 Eclair and features a 2.8" (240x320) touch screen, 3.2MP camera, GPS, and AWS support for better data performance. Possibly the biggest selling point of this device is the extremely low outright price point of $160, making it the perfect smartphone for those who are budget conscious or just starting out with smart phones.


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For Canadians looking to purchase a device but stay away from contracts, Fido has launched the perfect option. The Nokia 2220 is a simple vertical slider, and is available for only $65 contract-free, or $0 with a 2 year term. This new low-end Nokia features a 1.8" (128x160) screen, VGA camera, and FM radio, but skips on bluetooth connectivity. If you have simple needs, and want a simple phone to meet them, the Nokia 2220 might be your solution.


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