Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Around the Web - Of monster phones and mini tablets

Monster phones. Last year, Steve Job's commenting on the 4-inch and larger Android phones which had than just hit the market said  "no one's going to buy that" x x x "you can't get your hand around it". Engadget reports that 24% of Smartphone purchased by US Consumers have a screen size of 4-inches or larger. 

Frankly, no pure touchscreen phone with a screen size of less than 4-inches really excites us these days.  When you are tying to do on your handset a task that you used to do on your 12 to 17-inch laptop, or desktop, every tenth of an inch counts. But, we do agree that phones with 4-inch screens can get a bit ungainly. 

Will the sales figures convince Apple that it is time to introduced an upsized version of their iPhone? An iPhone 5 and an iPhone 5 EVO :) 

Playbook pricing.  Laptop Magazine reports that RIM's 7-inch tablet, the PlayBook will be available by April 19th. Initially all the PlayBooks will be WiFi only models. The 16GB PlayBook will retail for $499. The 32GB and 64GB versions will sell for $599 and $699 respectively. The pricing is competitive with Apple's iPad 2, though it is half the size.

While 7-inch tablets appear to be going out of style (well they were never really in), personally, it is my favorite size for a tablet. Will give this one a look, when (and if) it becomes available here.

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