Droid X

To counteract iPhone’s looming dominance of the smartphone market, Motorola/Verizon decided to bulk-up and get protein-shake-drunk with Droid X. It’s a monolithic device sporting Google’s latest Android OS 2.1. Fortunately, the platform's dull interface is embellished with Motoblur’s new, sleek skin -- it’s not as deep and intuitive, however, as Motorola would have you believe. For all its focus on creating a personal online hub, it sorely lacks a cohesive solution for your social network needs -- this, to the delight of the masses, could be remedied by ignoring Blur altogether and by downloading dedicated Twitter/Facebook Android apps. And yes, these apps are free.

On to the hardware; Droid X is a massive head-turner. It’s larger than HTC EVO 4G and boasts a TFT, 4.3inch display that nearly matches iPhone 4's stunning retina display. There’s just something more elegant browsing through pages with a larger screen as you swipe your way from end to end -- far more convenient than using a 3.5 incher. The Droid X also runs a 1GHz processer from Texas Instruments for a snappier, faster user experience. A baffling lack of a front-facing cam, however, mars the phone’s impressive slate of features. For Motorola not to include a presumed smartphone standard easily makes this one of the most bizarre instances of 2010’s crowded tech lineup.

Even with such a glaring shortcoming, it's safe to say Droid X takes the crown as the finest Android phone launched thus far. It shows how far the platform and manufacturers have matured in a span of less than a year to create compelling and, most of all, tempting alternatives to the shiny, perfect world of Cupertino. Now, all Motorola needs to do is officially release it stateside.

Full list of specs:
• 4.3-inch, 854x480 display
• 8 megapixel camera
• 720p video recording
• 1GHz TI OMAP processor
• 8GB internal storage (plus 16GB microSD)
• HDMI out
• 720p video
• Multitouch keyboard, with pre-loaded Swype
• Wi-Fi hotspot powers for up to 5 devices
• 3 mics: for video and noise suppression

*Pics from Gizmodo


Now this is more like it, with the recent leak of Apple’s iPhone 4G followed by a pre-mature surfacing of Dell’s Lightning -- fitted by the way, with the stunning Windows Phone 7 (WP7) OS -- consumers now have a compelling selection of next-gen smartphones to splurge on. Striking as it seems, Lightning boasts a full QWERTY keyboard with a colossal 4.1 OLED screen, plus a coined ‘Lightning search’ feature -- this will be one heavy phone kids.

Engadget posted specs, including the finer details on Dell's target market and competitive advantages right here.

iPhone 4G

A disastrous leak that was months in the making, iPhone 4G’s impromptu unveiling has everyone baffled. No one would’ve dreamt of Apple easily handing-over its crown jewel to the media months before its official announcement. Even Jobs’ obsessive authoritarian control over what goes in and out of 1 Infinite Loop failed to deter the blogosphere from acquiring the revered prototype.

So what now? Well, Apple can simply opt to stay silent on the matter. Reject all inquiries from the media, however significant and substantiated they are or, they can adapt by pushing an official announcement much earlier than planned.

Bottomline: it’s a win for Apple. With the immense buzz this leak’s generating, the Cupertino giant has, without much effort, fueled hype and excitement among consumers waiting for the iPhone's next iteration.

For more on the iPhone 4G’s specs and upgrades, read Gizmodo’s exclusive take right here.

Dell's Adamo Admire Sheds In Price

Its hardly been a year since Dell introduced its delectable Adamo Admire and here we are a year later, a thunderous thousand dollars less; Indeed, Dell's Air finally deserves some consumer love. Housed in a glorious sleek, slim factor, Admire nets you a more-than-enough 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, a mighty 128GB SSD drive, 2GB of RAM, and a glistening copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

In today's PC market, price makes all the difference. Anyone seeking a highly mobile and capable notebook, at a staggering affordable price, should definitely consider Dell's ultraportable.

You can read 3rdWorldJargon's harsh mini-review here at a time when Admire still screamed a mortifying $2,000 SRP.

iPad Unleashed

So after years of anticipation Apple finally lets loose its own overly hyped tablet to the masses -- and the initial reaction? Universally bland, and if truth be told, surprisingly disappointing. The iPad, a colossal mistake of a name, plays around with a decent 1GHz customized processer, no camera, NO flash support, and worst of all, absent of multi-tasking capabilities. Really Apple? You market iPad to consumers as a supposed alternative to the ever-versatile netbook, which, feature-wise, your device obviously can’t match.

Geekdom majority sincerely wants to ‘like’ Apple’s new product, but no matter how one twists and bends one’s desire to purchase such a sexy device, consumers can’t help but feel appalled at the idea of shelling out 500 to 800 dollars for an incomplete and ultimately confused mobile contraption.