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Apple has recently launched their highly-anticipated iPad 2 in Canada, and it has been a huge success thus far. Both Wi-Fi only, and Wi-Fi + 3G models are available, in a variety of storage sizes. For a Wi-Fi only version, you're looking at $519 for a 16GB model, $619 for the 32GB version, and $719 for the 64GB model. Those interested in picking one up with 3G connectivity, price points currently sit at $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for 32GB, and $849 for the huge 64GB version.

The iPad 2 brings with it a number of improvements over it's predecessor, including a 1GHz dual-core A5 processor. Users will also benefit from the LED-backlit display, 720p HD video recording capabilities of the rear-facing camera, and of course the newly added front-facing camera for facetime, and more. At only 8.8mm thick, the iPad 2 isn't just high-powered, it also looks great.

Apple's iPad 2 is available now to Canadians, and you can pick one up from an Apple retail store, FutureShop/Best Buy, or Rogers, Bell, or Telus. So who picked one up?


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Just last week, the word broke that Motorola's XOOM tablet would be making it's way to Canada, sometime in April. Originally, FutureShop had it listed with an estimated release date of April 8th, but that has now been pushed back to the 15th. The tablet, which will be offered through Telus as well, brings a slew of features that help it compete with the recently released iPad 2. As far we can tell, contract-free pricing is still looking like $599.99, but it's always possible for changes to be made prior to the official launch. We'll be sure to keep you updated on any further advancements regarding the Motorola XOOM's release date and pricing, so stay tuned!


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The tablet market is certainly heating up in Canada, with the iPad 2 launching in the very near-future, a couple of new Samsung tabs hiding around the corner, and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launch expected next month. Motorola is looking to be a part of the competition in Canada, and seem to have teamed up with multiple vendors to offer the Motorola Xoom. The Wi-Fi only version of the tablet is expected to launch around April 8th, with FutureShop accepting pre-orders for the popular Honeycomb device. Telus also confirmed that they would be offering the Motorola Xoom, though it will be the Wi-Fi only version as well. They do, however, remind users that they can use any hotspot enabled Android handset to tether their Wi-Fi only tablets, so those with relatively new Android devices already should be covered.

According to Telus' press release, the Motorola Xoom will be available for as little as $599.99. We'll be sure to let you know if any other carriers announce that the Xoom is coming to their line-up, and any confirmation of pricing or availability that comes our way.


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We recently let you know that Telus, Rogers, Bell, Mobilicity, and Videotron had all confirmed that they would be carrying the Samsung Nexus S, and have even more information regarding the launch to share. The Nexus S is expected to launch in the first week of April, though confirmation of this release time-frame hasn't been received as of yet.

WIND Mobile also stepped forward, stating that they would likely be offering up the Nexus S to their customers as well. We also found information via a FutureShop press release that points to availability from KOODO Mobile and Fido as well, so it looks like the Nexus S will be available from nearly every carrier.

To recap on the Nexus S', it features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with LED flash, and will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. This new Samsung handset carriers with it 16GB of internal memory, and features bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity. The other major feature found in the Nexus S is NFC (near field communications), a close-range data transfer technology that we should see implemented by som retail vendors within the next year or so. Lastly, the main advantage to owning a Nexus S over other high-powered Android handsets, is the pace at which OS updates are pushed out. The Nexus series handsets receive new OS versions before any other device, and so they are perfect for those who like to constantly have the latest and greatest.


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Telus customers waiting to get your hands on a BlackBerry Style 9670 will be happy to know that retail locations have received dummy units, so the launch must be imminent. Additionally, we're hearing rumours that the Style 9670 will be priced at $399.99 contract-free, and FutureShop is advertising the Telus version for $49.99 on a 3 year term. The BlackBerry Style 9670 runs BlackBerry OS 6, and is a uniquely designed clamshell flip phone featuring a full QWERTY keyboard.


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Chatr, the newest discount brand owned by Rogers, quietly launched in Montreal about a week ago. There are a number of retail outlets for those interested to visit, including Futureshop, Wireless Wave, Zellers, and an official Chatr store located at 705 Rue Ste Catherine O. With any luck, the increased competition in Montreal will result in even cheaper plans and devices, and it seems Chatr is looking to get that started by putting their entire device line-up on sale. Montreal residents, are you thinking about signing up with Chatr?


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We recently let you know that an internal screenshot leaked from Futureshop showing that the Torch 9800 could be up for pre-order on the 15th of September, and today Rogers confirmed that it will officially launch on September 24th. Shortly after the announcement, Telus also confirmed the same launch date, though Bell hasn't said anything official as of yet. Rogers also confirmed contract pricing for the new device featuring BlackBerry 6, which will be $199 on a 3 year term, and the other carriers should come in around the same price point.


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RIM has 3 launch events planned for Canada to celebrate the release of the Torch 9800, their new vertical sliding BlackBerry with a touchscreen and BlackBerry 6. The events, which are scheduled for the 21st - 23rd will take place in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. In previous rumours, we heard that Telus would be launching the device on the 16th, and thanks to leaked Futureshop screenshots, we have a bit more information on the Rogers launch. Apparently the device will go on "pre-sale" effective the 15th, and with the launch events happening just a week later, Canadians can start counting down.


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We recently let you know that Rogers would be releasing the follow-up device to the LG Neon, the Neon 2, and they've done so today. Featuring a 3" (240x400) touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and 2 MP camera, this device is worth checking out for those who are budget-conscious. The LG Neon 2 has a built in FM radio and supports bluetooth connectivity. Memory can be expanded up to 8Gb via microSD to store music, videos, and more. The Neon is available now through Rogers for $19.99 with a 3 year contract, or $174.99 outright. We've also seen Futureshop advertise the device for $0 with a 3 year term, so if you're looking to get it on a contract, be sure to check that out as a purchasing option.


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While Rogers is still offering this device at $99 on a 3 year term, it looks as though Futureshop and Best Buy have put the X10 on sale, temporarily slashing their prices by $20 -$25. Futureshop's sale ends August 19th, and they're willing to throw in a $75 gift card usable towards accessories for your new device. Best Buy is offering their sale until August 26th, and they are tossing in a $100 gift card. Remember, the X10's smaller version, the X10 Mini is also available from Rogers for just $29.99 on a 3 year term, or $374.99 contract-free, so if you're looking for a more affordable option, that may be a device to consider.


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