Building a tablet in today's climate is hard. You'll either be called out for being a copycat by consumers or officially called out by Apple — the leading tablet maker — for blatantly ripping off its vague design patents. Since Apple set the precedent for what a modern tablet (not one of those bulky tablet PCs that Bill Gates dreamed up a decade ago), there's an expectation that a finger-friendly touchscreen tablet should be thin, light and start at $500 (or less if you're not an iPad). And even though Samsung is still knee-deep in some lawsuits that span courtrooms around the globe with its larger Galaxy Tab 10.1, it still fired up the factories to pump out the smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9 to sell in the U.S. To rival the iPad 2 is a tough task. Motorola's Xoom tried. RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tried. A sea of cheap Android tablets tried. The only one who seems prepared to bring the entire ecosystem of content and hardware is Amazon and its Kindle Fire next month. Is the Galaxy 8.9 the tablet that finally gives the iPad 2 a run for its money? Maybe, maybe not.
Google TV, when it was first released, didn't quite set the world on fire. While it had a lot of interesting ideas, its execution was found to be lacking and few people ended up getting on board. Google's hoping to change that with Google TV 2.0.
For the last few weeks, we've been babbling about Siri and its intelligent and humorous responses, but many (including you guys) have stated that voice control is nothing new and that Google had it first, which is true. So what does Android's creator think? He think's talking to your phone is totally lame.
The cat's out of the bag. Samsung and Google's next flagship smartphone — the Galaxy Nexus (previously codenamed Nexus Prime) just had its specs leaked out by a Japanese carrier flyer and it's about as feature-packed and powerful as we expected it to be.
If the pre-order frenzy inspired by the iPhone 4S has you wanting an upgrade, Amazon is looking to distract you from Apple's wiles. In true Amazonian fashion, the online retailer is doing a damn good job of it, too. These aren't obscure, unwanted Android phones, either — some of the latest and greatest made the list.
Here's a strange phone design: the LG Doubleplay is a boring-looking Android phone with a slide-out keyboard, until you notice that there's a small touchscreen smack-dab in the middle of that keyboard.
If you've got a phone that was provided by your job, you know that your data and phone aren't really yours. It's an annoying thing to have to worry about, with non-work-related emails easily accessible to your office's IT guy. But AT&T's new Toggle lets you balance things a bit better.
Some scientist are predicting that we won't have any real answers from the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva until 2012, but in the meantime you can peek in on how things work via your Android smartphone.
A few days ago, Samsung pushed out a teaser video for a new smartphone it plans to unveil on October 11. Nobody thought much of video at first, but an intrepid fan stitched together several frames from the video and managed to get the above render. Is this the Nexus S successor, the Nexus Prime?
Editor's Note: With respect to Steve Jobs, we'd like to be clear that this post was written before his death. The criticism here would not change, but there are no parallels between Stewart's take on the iPhone 4S and what's happened. As I mentioned I might be when last I bloviated about the new, then-pending iPhone: Disa-POINT-ed. I've GOT an iPhone 4. I don't WANT another iPhone 4. I've waited patiently for 18 months, a third longer than necessary, just to be told I can get ANOTHER iPhone 4? Seriously, a 3.5-inch screen? That's practically a peep hole compared to today's Android phones, which all seem to have 4-inch screens, and the Galaxy S II models from Sprint and upcoming from T-Mobile have 4.52-inch screens — that's more than an inch larger than iPhone 4S's suddenly dwarfish display. And you're trying to tell me I won't be able to tell the difference between 3G 14.4 Mbps EV-DO or HSPA and HSPA+, LTE or WiMAX? Really? Sure, and Charley Parker and Kenny G? Both saxophonists, no difference. And we're supposed to seduced by Siri? She looks and sounds clever, but all I can think about is Skynet, and I get the sense I'll feel and look as silly talking to my iPhone as Scotty did in Star Trek IV talking to a Mac through the mouse. "Computer?" Now, if Siri had Majel Barrett's voice All I can say is, horse pettuties. Okay, all I can say that is printable. So is there anything good about the iPhone 4S? Yeah, a couple of things.