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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 4G (T-Mobile 4G/3G)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 11:30 PM

http://notebooks.com/2010/12/16/del...-from-t-mobile/

"While the iPad may have stolen some thunder from the world of netbooks, there are still plenty of small and portable devices with Windows 7 and a keyboard ready to deliver on the go productivity and in the case of the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 4G from T-Mobile, do it with the speed of 4G."

Offering speedy 4G T-Mobile connectivity (5Mbps reported, assuming downstream, fallback to 3G, where available), specs include Windows 7 Starter Edition, an Intel Atom N450 at 1.66GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 10.1-inch glossy 1024x600 screen, 92% keyboard, webcam, and a 6-cell battery that gets a bit over 6 hours of usage. Targeted at business users, online pricing for the Mini 10 4G starts at $229 on a two-year contract, or $449 retail, plus a monthly fee for WAN connectivity - $40 per month for 5GB (overage free/reduced speed after cap is reached) data. Are we ready for 4G? I sure am.

 


Thursday, December 2, 2010

US Laptop Data Plans: A Clear Winner? Confused?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/01/...rice-and-value/

"Now that Verizon's gone official with its LTE pricing for an initial launch in some 38 markets this Sunday, we wanted to take a quick look at how it compares to the other players in the laptop data market -- after all, how much you're paying month to month can be just as big of a determining factor (if not a bigger one) in choosing a carrier than the speeds you're seeing. So how do Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Clear, and Rover stack up? Let's break it down."

A clear winner? The answer is that nobody is really sure, and yes, I am confused. Downstream speeds (in theory) up to 21 Mbps, winner T-Mobile. Best price for unlimited data, $39.99 per month from T-Mobile. Coverage? Nobody is really sure, as the carriers are providing apples vs. oranges numbers, for example 282 launched markets vs. 250 million people covered. Huh? Some use speed throttling. Some provide/create mobile hotspots (MiFi), but not T-Mobile. Verizon does not have USB devices that work with Macs, and doesn't offer an unlimited usage plan. Sprint (EV-DO) charges $59.99 per month for 5GB, and 1GB of overage usage will cost you another $50 while the maximum price per GB with TMo (HSPA+) is a whopping $124.95. If I had to pick a plan, it'd be T-Mobile's contract-free unlimited plan for $39.99 per month. Anything less than an unlimited plan, beware those overage costs - a 200MB plan can be used up VERY quickly at the speeds offered.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming to Sprint This Fall

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_...article_id=1636

"Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming arrival of Samsung Galaxy TabTM to the Sprint 3G network this fall. This new tablet combines the popular Android platform and award-winning data features of the Samsung Galaxy S lineup of mobile devices with the reliability and value of Sprint and access to the Sprint 3G network. Samsung Galaxy Tab weighs less than a pound and features a brilliant 7-inch Enhanced TFT touchscreen display, Android 2.2, a 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor, supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing, as well as dual cameras for video chat on-the-go. It offers two fast and easy ways to enter text onto the tablet - a virtual keyboard and SWYPE technology, which allows users to input text faster and more intuitively with one continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard."

Well folks, looks like it's official for at least one carrier - Sprint will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab this fall. No word on a firm release date or pricing, and sadly it'll only be 3G, not taking advantage of Sprint's 4G technology. 3 MP camera on the back, 1.5 MP on the front (3?!? Why can't we get at least 5?)


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