US Cellular Offers Samsung Galaxy Tab For $199.99 On Contract

galaxy tab us cellular

Last month, Samsung launched the much awaited Galaxy Tab on the airwaves of US Cellular. Few days, ago T-Mobile reduced the price of Samsung’s first tablet device to $350 on contract, and now, US Cellular went a step ahead and reduced the price of the device to just $200 with a 2 years contract.

If you are still unaware of the specifications of this device, let me once again tell you that, Galaxy Tab runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System. It features a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 4000mAH battery and so on.

US Cellular customers can purchase the Android powered Galaxy Tab for just $200 with a 2 years contract and a $100 mail-in rebate. Apart from that, user will need to opt for the 5 GB data plan, which starts at $54.99 per month or 5 GB data + unlimited messaging plan, which starts at $74.99 per month. To learn more, head over to this page.

Notion Ink Adam Video Demo

Phew, I am glad that I lost at this, but Notion Ink‘s demo for the Adam tablet is finally out. The device looks amazing and has some nice features. It supports external mouse to make browsing easier, it shows off how much can be customized.

Well, more on that coming in a bit. In the meantime watch the video below courtesy Android Police. If you can’t watch the video below, click on this link.

Update: There is a second video which is of higher quality, you can check it out below. If you can’t see any of the videos, click on this or this link.

Notion Ink Adam Tablet’s Video Is Still Coming, I Stopped Waiting For It A Day Ago

Updates at bottom of post..

It is well past December 18th, 2010 in India, where Notion Ink is based. It is a really big day for their team because they announced the Adam Tablet on this date, they also promised a video of the device, however, it looks like we’ll have to wait 6 hours countless hours or maybe until eternity to get a chance to watch it.

Notion Ink Adam


In a very short and brief post on Notion Ink’s official blog, the founder Rohan said this (do read the comments there):

The video is being sent to Android Police and they will have exclusive access to it for the six hours before we can post it here.


Now there are few things here. Notion Ink has had over 8 days to get this video ready. They already passed their deadline, technically they didn’t but according to the IST they did. Now, it has been over two hours since they had promised the exclusive video to Police, however, they seem to have not received it yet. Here are couple of tweets from AP.

Hey guys! We’re still waiting on the video from Rohan, re: the Notion Ink Adam. Once we have it, it will be posted ASAP.#notionink #adam

@keithdsouza From what we were told, we were to have to video a bit ago, and that, supposedly, we’d be the only ones to have it for 6 hours

Prior to the post being published on their site, several people including me started tweeting about how Notion Ink hadn’t posted their promised video. I bet the folks at Notion Ink are savvy and might have caught up on it; as if they thought that no one would notice; and went ahead and wrote that post.

So, why is Notion Ink in such a haste? Why couldn’t they write the blog post after they sent the video there promised in the post? Why are they acting in such a suspicious manner? Why are they alienating customers who pre-ordered through their system, which was a stupid way to start out with things in the first place.

So is the Notion Ink Adam for real? Well I certainly am very very skeptical about it right now. The wait is not six hours though, here is the catch: The video is being sent to Android Police and they will have exclusive access to it for the six hours before we can post it here.

So this means that people can only see the video 6 hours after Android Police has seen it, now when Android Police will see it is a mystery, when people will see it is not. However, here is hoping that these guys get a better PR agency to handle the shit storm they have created.

Update: Wow, I am glad I turned out to be the one eating my words on this. Notion Ink just released a video demonstrating the Adam and it looks really good, check out the Notion Ink Adam Tablet Demo.

Google Cr-48 Unboxing Pictures and Netbook Pictures

The Cr-48 netbook just arrived in our stables and I am pretty excited about it. I have already started playing with the netbook and so far it feels pretty good.

Chrome Cr-48 Netbook

There are a few standout features on this device one of them is the casing for the laptop, it’s more like plastic and feels different when you use it. Along with that the multi-touchpad is also pretty good and the keyboard feels great while typing. Checkout the entire specs of Cr-48.

Overall, I have just used the Cr-48 netbook for a few hours. I plan to spend a lot of time with it this weekend so expect a really detailed review of the device some time next week.

In the meantime take a look at the unboxing pictures and the device tour in the embedded album below.

AMD Unveils The Radeon HD 6950 And HD 6970 Graphic Cards

Today, AMD has unveiled its next generation high-end graphics card the HD 6970 and HD 6950. Both these cards are the first to be based on the new Cayman architecture. The core of the HD 6950 runs at 800MHz and packs in 1408 stream processors along with 88 texture units and 32 ROPs. The 2GB GDDR5 memory of the GPU is running at 1.25GHz.


The elder sibling of the HD 6950 the HD 6970 packs in 1536 stream processors, 96 texture units and 32 ROPs. The core of the GPU is clocked at 880 MHz while the 2GB GDDR5 memory runs at 1.375 GHz. Both the cards have a 256-bit memory bus width. The cards also support AMD’s EyeInfinity technology.

The HD 6950 and the HD 6970 go on sale starting from today from third parties like Power Color, Sapphire and XFX. AMD has priced both these cards very competitively at only $299 and $369 for the HD 6950 and the HD 6970 respectively.

Nook Color To Get Android 2.2 Update and Android Market Access in January

The NOOKcolor eReader from Barnes & Noble runs a highly customized version of Android 2.1 but without the Android Market. However, the modding community has hacked the NOOKcolor to get the Android Market working on the device.

Nevertheless, Barnes & Noble has now promised that the NOOKcolor eReader will get the Android 2.2 update in January. The update is going to be a huge’ one and will turn the NOOKcolor into a tablet.


The update will also bring with it pinch-to-zoom in browser and the typical Android 2.2 home screen. NOOKcolor users will be given an option to switch between the highly modified NOOK’s UI and the Android 2.2 UI. The Barnes & Noble representative also told that the eReader will be getting access to the Android Market with this update. However, users might not get access to all the available applications.

The update will also fix the battery life and performance issues that many NOOKcolor owners are currently experiencing. The Android 2.2 update will bring performance improvement, better memory management and Flash 10.1 to the NOOKcolor.

A full blown Android 2.2 based tablet for only $249! Stellar deal!


Motorola Android Tablet Images Leaked

More images of the Motorola Android tablet have surfaced on the interwebs. The Motorola Android tablet was first revealed by Andy Rubin last week at the D: Dive into Mobile event. It is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a new version of the Android OS optimized for the tablet form factor.

We have a few screenshots of Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the Motorola tablet. The tablet will have a 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor, 512 MB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will sport two cameras – a 5 MP primary camera and a 2 MP secondary one.

The tablet will probably be launched in Q1 2011. If we are in luck, it might even be unveiled at CES 2011.

Motorola Android Tablet

Motorola Android Tablet

Drool on!

Sources: HowardForums, Engadget

The Notion Ink Adam Fiasco Worsens: Why I Am Not Pre-Ordering, and You Shouldn’t Too

Notion Ink’s Adam was expected by many to be the dream tablet – a tablet that will successfully marry iPad’s elegance and usability with Android’s flexibility. Critiques questioned the ability of a startup with little experience to pull off such grand plans, while others, including me, hoped that Notion Ink might just have what it takes to succeed.


After a long delay, Notion Ink finally opened pre-orders for Adam yesterday. However, things have gone rapidly downhill since then. It’s been one disaster after another. Keith discussed some of the issues raised by Android Police and others. However, that’s not all that bothers me. Some of the other factors raising eyebrows and causing suspicion are:

  1. As pointed out by PhanDroid, NI takes your money even without asking for a shipping address. This has now been fixed, and was possibly an oversight. However, how many oversights can one ignore from a company that is launching an international product that costs around about half a thousand bucks (depends on the model).
  2. We had earlier pointed out the lack of any real pictures or videos of Adam. Once again, it’s possible that this is just a marketing strategy gone wrong. Notion Ink had been building up hype by slowly unveiling the product, and Rohan probably thought that holding back the hands-on videos will probably help sustain the air of mystery. The trouble is that you can’t just expect people to shell out money in blind-faith, especially when you are the new kid in town.

    Notion Ink has now stated that an in-depth video will be released on December 18. The justification being offered is that NI wanted to hold back videos and photos of the actual product, as they intended to demo it at CES 2011. That is a pretty flimsy logic, and also brings me to the third caveat.

  3. Although Notion Ink claims that they will be demoing Adam at the CES, as pointed out by Android Police, they aren’t anywhere to be found in the official CES exhibitors list.

    It’s also worth mentioning that, Adam is yet to receive a formal approval from the FCC. Without that, Notion Ink can’t even ship it to the US. Obviously, NI is confident that Adam will soon be approved. However, this only adds another element of uncertainty to the entire equation.

    Even if all of this is just a series of massive but honest mistakes by Notion Ink, and Adam is not an elaborate scam, I don’t think I can recommend Adam any longer. The main culprit being the refund and return policy.

  4. There is a lot that can go wrong with electronic gadgets, and that is why warranty and return policies are extremely important. Unlike its competition (Apple and Samsung), Notion Ink doesn’t have established retail presence or support centers spread across the globe. Hence, if something goes wrong, you will have to simply ship your device to Notion Ink. This is not an ideal scenario, but could have been acceptable. The trouble is that Notion Ink wants you to bear most of the charges, as a result of which, you will end up paying a hefty amount, even during the warranty period. Here are the relevant sections from the ToS.

    In case your products needs a physical inspection or repair, you need to ship the product with return shipping paid to Notion Ink’s International Service Centre’s along with an transaction number of 9USD payment made on Notion Ink Website as International Service Assistance Fees.

I hope that I am wrong and Notion Ink succeeds. I really do. However, at this moment things are looking bleak. I still believe that the device is real. However, we have to remember that Notion Ink is a new startup without any proven track record. There is uncertainty regarding how they are sourcing the hardware for the device and its quality. There are simply too many unknowns at this moment. It’s obvious that a lot of people are willing to give Notion Ink a chance – the Pixel Qi editions were sold out within hours. Unfortunately, I can no longer be among those recommending Adam.

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition

galaxy tab luxury
Samsung recently announced a special edition of its popular tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition at the Millionaire Fair. The specs of this device is similar to the original Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition features a special leather case and a Bluetooth headset.

It comes with a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 1GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and 4000mAH battery.

Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition will be available from December 15, 2010 to January 31, 2011. It comes with a price tag of 749 euros (approx. $990).

Notion Ink Adam Goes On Pre-Order With A Twist

The much anticipated Notion Ink Adam is up for pre-order now, however, there is no direct link for pre-ordering the device and users will require to comment on the blog post to get a link to pre-order the device (thanks @manan).

Notion Ink Adam

Notion Ink recently cleared the FCC checks for Adam and had promised a December launch. They have kept their words and have started accepting pre-orders for the device. Adam’s prices have been lowered from the initial estimates and will be available in the following price bands, the prices will remain same for all the countries.

  • LCD Wi-Fi version will start at $375.33
  • LCD 3G version will start at $425.33
  • Transflective version (Pixel Qi) Wi-Fi will start at $499.45
  • Transflective version (Pixel Qi) 3G will start at $549.99

Pre-booking for the device will start for those who commented on the blog post from December 10 00:00 IST and will open for everyone after 6 hours. Adam will come in 2 different colors which includes Matte Black Color with a white strip and The device which runs on comes with it’s own flavor called Eden which borrows a lot of features from Android 2.3 Ginberbread and Android 3.0 Honey Comb.

To learn more about the device head over to