Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Noteworthy mobile gadgets to look forward in 2009

After the big CES 2009 event closed down, tech websites and blogs are now cooling down after non-stop reports on new gadgets for the beginning of year 2009. The obvious drop of RSS news in my Treo indicates this, when the event was open I received almost up to 450 news per day, but now it's down to only around 200.

Even with the help of my Treo to keep me up with the latest coverage on CES event, it was still too hard to digest all of the news at the same time. Not to mention all of our attentions were on the announcement of Palm's "new-ness", my eyes seem to be clouded with some kinda of fog to read news other than the Palm Pre™. Perhaps you too? ;-p

And it's possible for some of you to have missed the new gadgets found during CES 2009 event, so that's why I'll try to do a quick recap on the noteworthy CES 2009 coverages from various tech blogs you probably already familiar with. There are too many gadgets and mobile devices to cover, and I'm sure you also have set your eyes on some of them yourself, here are just a few of them:

Giinii's Movit Mini

Giinii_movit_min_2Large touch screen is the latest trend which is currently in for every mobile devices these days, physical keyboard is no longer necessary needed because it can be replaced with a virtual one on the wide screen. And there's one cool mobile device presented at CES 2009 with 4.3-inch touchscreen display (480x272 pixels); it's Giinii Movit Mini. But what really seperates this mini mobile tablet from the others is that it runs on Android, the very same mobile platform that powered the T-Mobile G1 handset.

Unfortunately Giinii Movit Mini doesn't support wireless cellular band, because sadly it's not a mobile phone. Although with WiFi capability and built-in Skype support, users can easily make calls through VoIP. The device itself already has microphone, speaker and webcam so it can even do video conferencing. If talking aloud in the crowd is not your thing, then Giini Movit Mini got Bluetooth 2.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack for more privacy.

010709movitminiGiinii Movit Mini can really give iPod Touch a run for the money if just it has bigger internal memory than only meager 256MB, perhaps the developer wish to surpress the cost and keep the price tag low at $149. Thank goodness there's a microSD expansion though.

Giinii plans to release the Movit Mini and a 7-inch Movit Maxx at around the middle of this year. If just Palm hasn't announced Pre™, than I'm pretty sure this device would have taken brighter spotlight at CES 2009, especially since it got Android in it. Sources are from Android Community, Engadget & Gizmodo.

BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth headset

My first impression from the side view of this BlueAnt Q1 was it looked like a star ship or some kind new sink tap design from Kohler. ~LOL~ Here's the full info according from Ubergizmo:

  • Blueantq1Patent-pending acoustic design virtually eliminates wind and road noise
  • Dual Microphone Wind Noise Reduction/Echo Cancelling
  • Voice Control using the BlueGenie Natural Voice Interface
  • Digital Signal Processing software
  • Automatic pairing and reconnection
  • Automatic Volume Control
  • Dynamic Receive Signal Frequency Equalization
  • Packet Loss Concealment
  • Multipoint Technology – Connect two phones at once
  • 2-year replacement warranty
  • 4 hours talk time and 120 hours of standby time
  • sports Qualcomm BTS5045 chipset at its heart
  • supports Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR


VaiopLook! It's a 8-inch mini notebook at just 1.4 pounds, but it's not a netbook. It's not?

Yup, Sony doesn't want to call its newest VAIO line-up: the P Series as netbook, but calls it as Lifestyle PC instead. Sony further claims it to have the size of a business envelope and roughly as thin as a cell phone, and is small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or handbag while integrating full-PC features. Mike Abary, senior vice president of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics said "Designed for the fashionista in all of us, it's the ideal companion."

The VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC will retail for about $900, it will be sold on-line and at Sony Style® stores on the beginning of February. Here's the quick rundown of VAIO P specs according to jkOnTheRun:

  • OS: Windows Vista
  • CPU: 1.33-GHz Z530 Intel Atom
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 60GB (standard), 64GB and 128GB SSD options
  • Display: 8 inches (1600 x 768 pixels)
  • Ports: 2 USB ports, headphone, included dongle adds connectivity for VGA, Ethernet, and additional USB
  • Slots: SD, MS
  • Size: 9.6 x 4.7 x 0.78 inches

There's a handful of great live shots at Engadget hands-on gallery for you to drool over. ;-p

Samsung P3 PMP

Samsung_p3_pmpAgain, another mobile device with large touchscreen; it's Samsung music player called P3 PMP. Engadget was reporting that it has been made official back then in Korea, but got worldwide recognition after making the appearance at CES 2009 and will be available around the first half of the year. Here's the P3 PMP list of specs:

  • "evolutionary" EmoTure user interface with haptic feedback
  • 4/8/16/32GB of internal storage
  • 3-inch WQVGA display
  • DNSe 3.0 sound enhancement technology
  • a Music Hot Touch Key that enables users to instantly access favorite music features / selections without having to wade through multiple menus
  • 0.39-inches thick
  • voice recorder
  • FM radio
  • Bluetooth support
  • matte black / matte silver motifs finish

OQO Model 2+

Oqomodel2If Android is not your favorite flavor of taste, and you're more used to Windows Mobile, then you'll glad to know that OQO has officially announced the second generation of its UMPC: the model 2+. Everyone who was at first saw the picture of the device thought it's just a boring WinMob device, but every one of them then changed their minds about it when they finally got their hands-on it. The words of appraisal came later are somewhat around: sexy, awesome, amazing, and you know the rest of the stuffs. ;-)

There are plenty of specs laying around in the net, you can read the full specs at its website, and head on to Gizmodo gallery for huge hands-on photo shots. But what really caught my attention are the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) touchscreen display (800x400 native resolution), and the Intel Atom Z-series processors running at clock speeds up to 1.86GHz.

LG Watch Phone

Lg_watch_phoneLG has fulfilled every geek's dream around the world who wish to become a super secret agent like 007 James Bond, the Watch Phone is only a glimpse of what LG is working on for the next iteration of mobile phone. Nicole Lee from CNet was lucky enough to squeezed out more info about the LG Watch Phone during the CES 2009 event, she was surprised at how easy it seemed to dial numbers on the tiny dial pad, even though the screen only measures 1.43 inches diagonally. According to LG, texting will be done in a similar manner with a virtual T9 keypad.

The glass screen on top works as a capacitive touch screen, while on the right side of the watch are three buttons: the Talk, Clear, and End buttons, respectively. Although the Watch Phone's speakers were surprisingly loud even at the event, it also got Bluetooth support for the ease of making / receiving calls. It'll have quad-band GSM and 3G/HSDPA, and somewhere around 70MB built-in storage. Another surprise is there's a tiny little camera on the upper right corner for video conferencing!

Head on to CNet page for full coverage, complete with slide show for a closer look at it.

HTC S743

Htc_s743Aside from the closeness of the phone's code name to Boeing 743 plane, HTC has yet again showers us with Windows Mobile mobile phone. This slim phone is the twin from older HTC S740, the main difference is its HSDPA 850 / 1900 wireless band for North American use.

If having tight phone is more suitable for you than phone with wide screen, then the HTC S740/S743 is a good alternate choice to pick. Engadget was reporting that the S743's real claim to fame is its slide-out QWERTY keyboard for those moments when triple-tapping and predictive text just aren't going to cut it, see a full set of HTC S743 live photo shots at Engadget gallery.

AMD Fusion Render Node

200805091541_amd_logo3dIt's very likely you've missed the news about this, because AMD wasn't announcing an actual product at the CES 2009; but the microprocessor manufacturer company is planning to build a supercomputer to host high-definition (HD) games and movies for mobile contents. Advanced Micro Devices CEO Dirk Meyer said during a speech at the CES 2009: "People will only need a Web browser on a smartphone and a decent broadband connection to access the supercomputer to instantly play games or watch Blu-ray movies."

The supercomputer, which will be called the Fusion Render Node, will change the way games and movies are delivered to mobile devices, Meyer said. PC World covers Meyer's announcement who's then said: "Mobile computing is never going to be the same, and cloud computing really has the opportunity to open up new vistas both for the film and game industries."

Looking at the CES 2009 event is like looking into a crystal ball to see what gadgets & devices to arrive in this year, there are still many other news or live hands-on left from this post. If you do have keen eyes about interesting gadgets found in CES 2009, then feel free to share with us here.

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