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Just as everybody expected, Apple announced their new iPad model today. It features a variety of minor upgrades over the iPad 2, but features a couple of major improvements such as the display and 4G LTE connectivity. The 9.7? screen, with an incredible resolution of 2048 x 1536, is being called the ?Retina? display despite it missing the mark that the iPhone 4 hits. This might not be the end of the world, however, since users typically hold the tablet further from their eyes than their smartphones. The other major plus is the 4G LTE option, with Rogers, Bell, and Telus already confirmed to be launching the tablet.

Other features include upgraded quad-core graphics processing and a 5MP rear facing camera with face detection, capable of 1080p video recording with image stabilization. As for battery life, Apple is claiming that it will get 10 hours of battery life, reduced to 9 hours for LTE connected iPads. Physical dimensions come in slightly bulkier than the iPad 2, at 9.4mm thin and 1.4lbs.

So when can you get your hands on one? It?s up for pre-order now on Apple?s website, and is confirmed to be coming to Rogers, Telus and Bell. On Apple?s website, they mention that pre-order shipments are expected for delivery between March 16th and 20th. Pricing for the Wi-Fi model comes in at $519 for 16GB model, $619 for the 32GB, and $719 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + LTE option will cost you $649 for the 16GB version, $749 for the 32GB, and $849 for the 64GB. It will be available in both black and white. As a result of the near-future launch, Apple has reduced the price of the iPad 2 by $100 for each model ? good news for those looking for some savings!


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Samsung has been busy announcing new devices these past few weeks, and they finished the series of reveals with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and Galaxy Note. No word yet regarding which devices will make it to Canadian soil, however we've had fairly decent luck getting their top end devices recently, so it's very possible.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE features a stunning7.7" (1280x800) Super AMOLED Plus display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 3MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, and a front-facing 2MP camera. There is a lengthy list of connectivity options, including LTE, HSPA+, Wi-FI (a/b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth 3.0, and GPS, along with physical connectivity to televisions via its TV out feature. This Honeycomb device measures in at just 7.89mm thick, and comes with a 5100mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note is a smartphone/tablet crossover, offering up a 5.3" (1280x800) Super AMOLED HD display. It too, is LTE enabled, an is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, and a front-facing 2MP camera. The Note runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and also features the "S Pen", which is more or less a stylus used for note-taking, drawing, etc. It also comes with TV out, HSPA+, bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n, hotspot), and GPS.

No word yet on pricing for either of these devices, or if/when they'll make it to Canada. With more news recently about Rogers' LTE network deployment, hopefully we'll see one or both of these devices make it into their line-up.


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Samsung has officially announced LTE versions of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9. The LTE version of the Galaxy S II will bring numerous upgrades from the existing HSPA+ Galaxy S II from Bell, including a larger screen, and faster processor. The Tab 8.9, which isn't available in Canada as of yet, also features a big improvement over its previously announced 3G version, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.

Here's a full rundown of both device's specifications:

The Galaxy S II LTE features a 4.5" (480x800) Super AMOLED Plus display with Gorilla Glass, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It has an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, along with a secondary 2MP camera. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will be a fantastic addition to any Canadian carrier.

The Galaxy tab 8.9 LTE features an 8.9" (800x1280) touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. It runs on Honeycomb 3.0, and offers up a 3.15MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD capture, with a front-facing 2MP camera as well.

Both offer LTE connectivity, which has a maximum download speed of 150 Mbps. Rogers has already began a trial launch in Ottawa, and is expected to launch their LTE network in more areas by the end of the year. Bell and Telus also have their LTE network(s) marked as coming soon, though neither have been overly specific about timeframes. Hopefully we'll see both of these devices in Canada, though only time will tell.


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Bell and Virgin Mobile have officially gone live with the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G, a very anticipated handset for Canadian Android users. It offers up a 4.3" (480x800) super AMOLED Plus display with Gorilla Glass, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It features an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Other notable features include a front-facing 2MP camera, TV-out, 16GB of internal storage, and standard Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.

Bell is offering it up for $169.95 on a 3 year term, or $599.95 contract-free, while Virgin has it at $169.99 and $599.99. You can get it now on their websites, or by visiting a retail location near you. Saskatchewan residents with Sasktel can also take note that it's marked as coming soon on their site, however some retail locations have received stock and are selling it. They are offering it up for just $79.99 on a 3-year term (for a limited time), and $619.99 outright.


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A while back, we let you know that the Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G would be coming to Canada, with information pointing to a Rogers release. Now, leaked information states the device will launch within the next few days! The Infuse 4G features a 4.5" (480x800) super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture. It's powered by a 1.2GHz processor, and comes with 16GB of internal storage. Other notable features include a front-facing 1.3MP camera, Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.


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Ottawa residents, today you're in luck. Rogers has officially gone live with their LTE network in the Ottawa area, and released a compatible data stick and plans to go along with it. The network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and maximum upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Coverage spans from Arnprior west of Ottawa, to Gatineau to the east.

Along with the network, Rogers has launched one compatible device, the Sierra Wireless Aircard 313U. This USB rocket stick is capable of the advertised network speeds, and is the first in Canada. Pricing comes in at $79.99 on a 3 year term, or $169.99 contract-free. Along with the internet stick, you'll need to sign up for their newly introduced LTE Flex Rate Plan as well, which starts at $45 or 1.5 GB of usage. Once you exceed that, the next bucket is $60 for 3 GB, then $75 for 6 GB, and lastly $90 for 9 GB with additional usage costing $10/GB. As an introductory offer, they are also offering up no monthly service fee or overage charges for your first two months.

If you live in Ottawa and are looking to pick one up, there are 4 retail stores currently selling the compatible rocket stick:

Rogers Plus at 1379A Woodroffe Ave.
Rogers Plus at 11 Selkirk St.
Wireless Express at 205 Richmond Rd.
Go Communications at 910 Carling Ave.



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Those looking for an affordable device for messaging and calls now have yet another option from Virgin Mobile - the LG Rumour Plus. The Rumour Plus has a 2.4" (240x320) touchscreen display, a horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 2MP camera. Virgin hasn't included the handset on their website as of yet, but several retailers have put the device on their shelves. For those considering this handset, the price comes in with an affordable price tag of just $150 contract-free.


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A while back, we let you know that Samsung confirmed that the Samsung Infuse would be coming our way, but we haven't heard a whole lot about it since. Now, rumours online are pointing to a near-future launch for this Android handset. Apparently the handset will launch with Rogers, though official confirmation is yet to come.

The Infuse 4G features a giant 4.5" (480x800) Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of storage internally, and has an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. Additionally, the Infuse comes with a secondary 1.3MP camera, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.

Hopefully this doesn't mean Rogers is ruled out to carry the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II!


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The current Galaxy S series handsets have done really well in Canada, with each of the big 3 carriers offering up their own version. Samsung has made it fairly obvious that they intend on being a major competitor in the Android market, and that has been made even more evident since details emerged regarding the upcoming Galaxy S II.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is an impressive top-end handset that comes with a 4.27" (480x800) Super AMOLED Plus Gorilla Glass touchscreen display and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording. It features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, at least 16GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. The Galaxy S II will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will come with the latest version of TouchWiz UI (v4.0). Other notable features include a 2MP front-facing camera, bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (b, g, n and hotspot), along with GPS.

No word on pricing or which carrier will be offering up the latest Galaxy S handset, but according to information floating around online, we should see the device launch in Q3 at the latest.


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KOODO Mobile has launched a new Unlimited Incoming Plus Combo plan for $35/monthly, which offers unlimited incoming calls, unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 5pm, unlimited text and picture messaging, local family calling, call display, and up to 150 anytime minutes. This new offer is only available for a limited time, so those who are interested will have to get in touch with KOODO by May 31st of this year. Nice to see carriers stepping up the competition with unlimited offerings, hopefully it continues!


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