Finally, someone has announced an iPhone killer that we can all get behind. The Palm Pre surprised everyone at CES with its best-of-all-worlds specs and features. We’re talking about a multi-touch phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a truly innovative web-integrated user interface.
Early impressions indicate a really smooth and fast interface and web-browsing experience, with all the productivity and media features that we’ve come to expect from a modern smartphone. It’s as if Palm designers made a list of everything that was lacking from the iPhone and made a point to incorporate it here. Real GPS, MMS messaging, USB port, and removable battery lets Palm blow a raspberry at the competition. Copy and paste is just gravy. But too bad it won’t be converting iPhone users anytime in the near future – the Pre is a Sprint exclusive.
As you may or may not remember, it wasn’t too long ago that rumors were swirling heavily about just what Dell’s Adamo would be. Many expected that it would be a MacBook Air rival, and today we know that’s just the case.
The boys over at Engadget finally got some face time with the machine, and it’s looking pretty hot. It’s nearly an inch thick, sports a 13-inch screen… and that’s all the information they could get (they weren’t allowed to start it up or anything, but plenty of pictures were taken!)
The machine itself looks really slick, and is very reminiscent of Voodoo’s Envy 133. Let’s just hope that Dell is able to release some specifics about just what’s under the hood, until then, ogle to your heart’s content.
Falling in line between the Mini 9 and Mini 12, Dell has unveiled the aptly named Inspiron Mini 10 netbook with an "edge-to-edge" 720p 10-inch display. Taking space-saving design seriously, Dell's new Mini 10 also sports an "edge-to-edge" keyboard.
Internal components are largely what you'd expect to find in a modern netbook -- Intel Atom Z530 processor, for example -- but not everything is strictly cookie cutter. The Inspiron Mini 10 also packs a built-in TV tuner, adding another functionality to a market segment thriving on basic tasks. A built-in GPS also comes standard, as well as a gesture sensing touchpad and expanded design studio choices.
With competition from Gateway and HP, affordable gaming boxes are becoming all the rage and Dell has every intention of participating. The OEM has just launched the XPS 625, a sub-$1000 desktop with a modest spec sheet.
Dell, a longtime lover of Intel, turns to AMD this time around. The affair breathes hot and heavy with AMD's Dragon platform, including configuration options of the fresh out of the oven Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition processor (3.0GHz), dual ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards, up to 8GB of memory, a10K RMP hard drive (interestingly this can only be added as an "additional hard drive"), and Windows Vista 64-bit. Dell says the entire system is overclockable through AMD's performance tuning software, and as just configured, it's all going to cost a shade over $2000.
To keep things under a grand, the XPS 625's base configuration consists of an AMD Athlon X2 5600+ Black Edition processor (2.9GHz), 2GB of DDR2-800 RAM, 500GB hard drive, ATI Radeon 4670 videocard, DVD burner, and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
Dell, playing to the beat of their own drummer, has oh-so-secretly snuck some new Studio XPS laptops onto their online store.
The new machines, the Studio XPS 1340 and Studio XPS 1640 are upgraded versions of the previous Studio XPS 13. Both of the machines bear the exact same $1,199 price tag (seriously), pack Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and Vista Home Premium. The main discernable difference is that the smaller, 13-inch version is packing Nvidia GeForce 9400M G graphic while the slightly bigger, 16-inch version is rocking an ATI Mobility Radeon M86XT chip.
While both of these notebooks look like pretty solid additions to Dell’s lineup, the lack of a price difference is a bit confusing.
Given that the economy is down in the dumps, it would be expected that online retailers are treating all of their customers with all the respect that they possibly can… right? Wrong. According to an annual report from Forsee Results more than one-third of the 40 online venues surveyed in a report on retail satisfaction finished with lower scores than they did at this very same time last year.
While many of the retailers’ scores remained the same, a meager one-quarter of them saw an improvement. At the top of the list is Washington’s own Amazon.com, with an 84 percent satisfaction rate, a two percent improvement over last year. All the way at the bottom is Neiman Marcus with a dismal 69 percent. Other notables are Newegg.com’s 78 percent, BestBuy.com’s 73 percent and Dell.com’s 73 percent.
While these percentiles might not give off the impression of poor performance, bear in mind the millions upon millions of people doing business with these companies online during the holiday season. Having a good 30 percent of the people that do business with you walk away unhappy is a very large number indeed.
My wife and son have identical Dell Dimension E521 PCs that came with Vista. Neither one will recognize that the SP1 update exists. I have tried to update, but every time I check for one, it still tells me that no updates are available. Can you please help me get them updated to SP1?
As if AMD wasn't already fighting an uphill battle, the market share slope just got a little steeper to climb. At the top sits Intel, who increased its market share of OEM PCs from 80 percent in August 2008 to 82 percent in December 2008, representing a 2 percent hike in just four months, says The Wall Street Journal.
To come up with the market share numbers, J.P. Morgan Securities uses a proprietary model which tracks semiconductor specifications at Dell and HP, the two largest OEMs, for notebooks, desktops, workstations, and servers. Because Lenovo-USA includes only corporate PCs, the OEM is excluded from the analysis. White boxes are also not included, which J.P. Morgan estimates accounts for 40 percent of the overall PC market.
As has typically been the case, Intel continues to dominate the processor landscape at Dell, increasing its market share from 95 percent in August to 97 percent in December of this year. The tug-of-war between Intel and AMD is a little more balanced at HP, with Intel increasing its share from 65 percent to 67 percent in the same time frame.
Intel's Atom processor has been a driving force in the chip wars, and for the first time appears in J.P. Morgan's survey. According to the report, the Atom chip accounts for 3 percent of the offerings from HP and Dell. AMD thus far has not made a push in the netbook/nettop sector.
Now that AMD has split into separate design and manufacturing companies, do you see the chip maker's fortune changing in 2009? Hit the jump and post your prediction.
Well, it’s not completely a mystery, but with a tagline like “On the 9th of January you will change the way you look at laptops. Forever,” you can’t help but be a little titillated.
It looks like Sony couldn’t let Dell be the only laptop vendor that had a secret (but not so secret) launch on the horizon. Their latest in the Vaio series was packing its very own launch site with a counter, but it would appear that at time of press they’ve taken it down. Still, the secret lingers.
We’re not sure if the pressure was just too much, or that they’ve mixed up on the release counter somewhere, but it is still expected that at CES 2009 they will announce the new notebook (or netbook?).
If anyone else out there would care to keep the rumor mill going with your own secret launch, do so now. It appears to be the thing to do!
Thanks to some recent swirling rumors, there’s word on the street that Dell is planning to release an ultra-thin, ultra-portable notebook aimed at rivaling the MacBook Air.
According to the fashion blog (seriously) Uptownlife.net, “Rumor has it that Dell is coming out with a computer called Adamo that will rival the MacBook Air.” Their exact source still hasn’t been cited, but given that the computer has its own website, there’s reason to believe that it’ll be upon us soon.
Thanks to the lack of solid evidence, any speculation we can provide will be about as good as any ol’ fashion blog. Though, with any luck there won’t be much waiting until the announcement, so we can get our grubby hands on whatever Adamo turns out to be and let you know if it really is a MacBook Air rival.