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Those looking to pick up a Wi-Fi only tablet now have another option to choose from in the Android field, the Toshiba Excite 10 LE. It features a 10.1? (1280 x 800) touch screen display with Gorilla Glass, and comes with a 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera. The Excite 10 LE is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

This Honeycomb, soon to be Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, comes in at 1.2lbs and is only 7.7mm thin. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, along with micro-USB and HDMI ports for physical connectivity. The Toshiba Excite 10 LE is available now from major electronics retail stores for $549.99 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB version comes in at $599.99.



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Rogers has just launched a brand new Xperia handset from Sony Ericsson, the Mini Pro. The Mini Pro features a 3" (320x480) touchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, along with a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and offers connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While this may not be the most impressive smartphone released recently, its small form factor and physical keyboard may make it worth considering, especially for those looking for an affordable handset. The Xperia Mini Pro is available now from Rogers for $49.99 on a 3 year term, or just $274.99 contract-free.


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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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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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Just under a month ago, Rogers launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, the world's first PlayStation certified mobile device. The PLAY runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has an impressive range of features. It has a 4" (480x854) touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera along with a VGA front facing camera for video calling. Sony Ericsson has included their custom UI/launcher TimeScape, which has changed dramatically since the X10 line-up. The most unique feature is its PlayStation style game pad, which can be used for a variety of PLAY optimized games including PS1 Classics. So, how does the PLAY hold up as a smartphone and for gaming?

Beginning with the hardware, the PLAY is very nicely designed. It is a little bit thick compared to most current devices, but that is expected with the full game pad hidden under the screen. It has 3.5mm headset and microUSB ports on the left edge, while the right edge holds the volume and shoulder keys. Even though the casing is made of plastic, it feels relatively sturdy and durable, and the sliding mechanism is surprisingly solid. When you slide out the game pad, the PLAY really starts to shine, bringing that familiar PlayStation feel to your phone. The device fits fairly well in your hands when slid open, but might take a little bit of getting used to. The touchpads meant for use where joysticks or analog sticks would normally come into play, are a nice addition to the controls, though very strange to use at first. Like most gamers know, any new controller design takes some time to get completely accustomed to, and the PLAY's game pad is no exception. Still, it really brought a new element to mobile gaming, one previously found only in devices like the PSP or Nintendo DS. After using the Xperia PLAY, games on touchscreen-only devices seem weak and difficult to play, so beware when trying out your friend's new PLAY.




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The games themselves are entertaining, and the PLAY comes with 6 full version titles built-in: NFL 11, Star Battalion HD, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Crash Bandicoot, Fifa 10, and Tetris. There are 5 more PS1 games available for purchase in Market for $5.75 USD each, and about 50 other PLAY optimized games and apps. Crash Bandicoot ran well and gives a great idea of what PS1 games will be like on the device. The sports games (Madden NFL 11 and FIFA 10) are great fun, and far more complex than you might think, and the other games were just as entertaining and immersive. Unfortunately Tetris didn't make use of the slide-out controls, but it is a simple enough game that the touchscreen is fine.




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As a smartphone alone, the PLAY runs just as well as most current Android handsets. OS 2.3 Gingerbread performs well, and TimeScape doesn't seem to have as strong of an impact on performance as with the X10. The application tray features custom sorting, and there are a variety of widgets pre-installed. There are media widgets that include music controls, shortcuts, and a scrolling image/video wheel. There are also a couple of clock widgets available, all of which can be used on any of the 5 home screens.

Other parts of the device that are worth mentioning include the display and camera. The display isn't very bright when turned all the way up, though it can get you by. To those who normally enjoy very bright and crisp displays like super AMOLED equipped devices may be let down however. The Camera is of decent quality, coming in at 5MP with an LED flash. It actually handles close-up shots very well, though mid and long range photos are of average quality. It can also record video at WVGA resolution, and surprisingly doesn't capture at 720p. Videos recorded with the PLAY are also average, looking great on your mobile screen but mediocre on larger displays.




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Lastly, battery life. The PLAY surprisingly held up very well, lasting longer than many devices in the current market. Even while gaming for a few hours, the battery indicator only dropped a sliver. Unfortunately it still doesn't compare to the life of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 or a few other devices, but considering its large screen and game pad, does very well.

Overall, the Xperia PLAY is a great device. It is a full-featured Android smartphone and really makes mobile gaming possible. Kudos to Sony Ericsson for producing a great, and very unique device! Hopefully they continue to create great handsets that stand-out and bring a new element to smartphones.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is available from Rogers for $99.99 on a 3 year term or $549.99 contract free.


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We let you know several months back that the Xperia X10 from Sony Ericsson had reached the end of the line in regards to OS updates. Stuck at 2.1 Eclair (without multitouch), many Canadians were outraged. Luckily, Sony Ericsson listened to their customers, and have decided to bring Gingerbread 2.3 to the device. Expected sometime in late Q2 or early Q3, the update will lighten Sony Ericsson's presence in the Android OS, and bring with it the many performance improvements that Gingerbread has to offer.

According to Sony Ericsson, the ability to bring Gingerbread to the X10 is newly realized, and comes with their work on the upcoming Arc and Play devices. Great news for X10 owners, now let's just hope that Rogers cooperates and can get the update to Canadians in a timely manner!


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We recently let you know that Mobilicity had included information stating the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 would soon be available in a press release regarding the Ottawa network launch, and they've already gone live with it! The X10 runs Android 2.1, and features a 4" touch screen, 8.1MP camera with 720p HD recording, Wi-Fi connectivity, and holds up to 32GB of memory via a microSD card. The Xperia X10 is available now from Mobilicity for $499.99 outright. Great timing, with the company's network going live in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Ottawa last week.


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Many X10 users were hoping to get pinch-to-zoom along with the Android 2.1 OS update, though the feature wasn't included unfortunately. In the past, Sony Ericsson has stated that the feature will never come to the X10, however they've recently reconsidered the idea and have decided to provide it in an OTA update sometime in Q1 next year. Apparently the feature won't be available to all markets, so fingers crossed that we get it here in Canada. Additionally, they have stated that the feature will only be available for select uses, such as web browsing and Google Maps. We'll be sure to let you know if more information becomes available.


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Tbaytel has officially launched their HSPA network, and along with the launch comes 25 new devices. The line-up matches Rogers pretty spot-on, but here's the full list of devices now available through Tbaytel:

Smartphones: Acer Liquid E, Apple iPhone 4 (16GB or 32GB), BlackBerry 9100 Pearl, BlackBerry 9300 Curve, BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry Bold 9780, HTC Magic +, LG Loop, Motorola Flipout, Motorola Quench, Nokia N97 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S Captivate, Samsung Wave S5800 Sony Ericsson X10, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini

Cell Phones: LG Shine Touch, LG Xenon, Motorola VA76R, Nokia 6750, Nokia 6790 Surge, Samsung Corby Pro, Samsung Corby Touch, Sony Vivaz Pro

Portable Data Devices: Rocket Stick ZTE MF668, Novatel MiFi 2372R


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Mobilicity recently announced in two press released that they would be adding the Motorola Spice and LG Wink sometime in the near-future. What's just as interesting, is that in their Ottawa network launch press release, they stated:

"This week, it announced three new handsets onto its growing lineup: the Sony Ericsson Xperia? X10 Android? smartphone, the Motorola Spice?, Canada?s only sub-$200 name-brand Android 2.1 device, and the $99.99 LG Wink? slider phone."

This is the first we're hearing about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 launching on Mobilicity, but it's certainly welcomed news.

As a quick summary of the upcoming devices, the Motorola Spice features Android 2.1, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, and is coming in at just $199.99 contract-free. The LG Wink is a compact slider, and has a 1.3MP camera, bluetooth connectivity, and an MP3 player, and will be priced at $99.99 outright. The Ericsson X10 will likely launch running Android 2.1 (which it was very recently updated to by Rogers), and features a 4" touchscreen, 8MP camera with 720p HD video capture, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS, and more. No word yet on pricing for the X10, but we'll be sure to keep you updated when more information comes available.


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