Archive | December 1, 2010

Dell Venue Pro with Windows Phone 7 to ship next week, on Dec 9th

…And you thought it is gone for good. Nope, and the much anticipated smartphone featuring Windows Phone 7 OS will come no later than next week, on Dec 9th, just in time for the Christmas shopping.

Del Venue Pro’s main attraction consists in an amazing (and large at the same time) AMOLED touchscreen, 4.1 inches big and a slider QWERTY keyboard. The CPU is similar with the other WP7 phones, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon.


  • Portrait slider with QWERTY keypad
  • 5MP auto-focus camera
  • 4.1” WVGA AMOLED multi-touch display
  • Windows Phone 7 operating system
  • CPU – 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • 3G + Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  • Bands/Mode: UMTS 900/1700/2100/AWS, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps

Price wise, you can look to part with $99-$149 for 8-16GB with new activation, $199-$249 for upgrade and a cool $449 – $449 with no contract at T-Mobile.

Google Editions e-book store to launch by this Chistmas

Having more alternatives for book purchasing is never a bad thing and while the big sellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders are busy with their own eBook stores, there is a need for an independent LARGE store as well, a store that is not necessarily tied up to a certain service, and this is what Google is trying to achieve.

The launch will be in US before the end of the year and by January everywhere else.

The store is called Google Editions and its initial catalog should have several hundreds of thousands of titles at launch (paid) and millions of free public domain (out of copyright) publications as well. The initial content should beat Apple’s iBookstore in terms of content but shy of the huge content available on more established Amazon / B&N stores.

The price is reported to be about 80% of the lowest price for the same physical book.

There isn’t very clear yet how you’ll be able to access a Google Editions publication on your existing dedicated eReader but Google explained the content will be available to read directly from a web browser. Some applications to support the content on Google’s OS, Android are also expected soon and we can also hope that Nook Color which is an Android tablet at its heart will get something as well. Don’t expect Kindle support too soon though, not for the DRM loaded books. However, Google might decide to surprise everybody by letting you download a DRM free eBook once you paid for it…You never know!