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Thinkpad’s Get Color and Style, Say it Ain’t So?!?!

by on Jan.07, 2010, under Technology

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is being held in Las Vegas this week as you may know. CES always shows a lot of promise for the future of Consumer Electronics but usually avoids the humdrum of business systems. I’ve tried for several years to convince my boss Simon to let me go to CES since many of the new technologies like cell phones and computer peripherals shown at CES will usually winding up in the corporate environment eventually but Simon does not buy that, he thinks sending me to CES in Vegas is like sending a kid into a candy store to buy milk.

Lenovo has to played on both sides of the fence, consumer and business, unlike its predecessor IBM. Lenovo was usually reserved using the flash of color and style in the ThinkPad line in keeping with the tradition of the ThinkPad being the premiere business line of laptops in the industry. But that looks like it is all about to change.

Lenovo has added 2 new lines of ThinkPad systems, X100e and Edge, which added something Thinkpad laptops have been lacking, pizzazz! Gone is the traditional monochromatic rubberized graphite colored chassis and they have been replaced with shiny vivid colors!

x100e-1L-nowhiteThe first new colorful model is the X100e which comes in Midnight Black or Heatwave Red, 11.6″ HD Widescreen, sub 3 lbs Ultra Portable laptop not netbook because it has a real processor and HD graphics.  The X100e has AMD Athlon NEO processor at 1.6GHz, 1.8″ 5400 RPM hard drives like the T400s, M780G with ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, UltraNav with new multi-touch pad similar to the T400s, Thinkpad wifi and Wireless WAN upgradability starting at $450. The X100e does seem to lack the rugged multi alloy/polymer frame typical of the X series systems so I doubt it has the reliability normally associated with the ThinkPad X models.


The ThinkPad Edge is the other colorful low cost ThinkPad targeted at cost conscious small to mid-sized business. Sporting 3 different colors, Midnight Black glossy, Midnight Black matt and Heatwave Red glossy, the Edge had a edge13-1Ltypically uncharacteristic silver trim that really seems to set the system apart form the other ThinkPad line. The Edge has an almost iPhonesque style glossy screen which unfortunately is not touch screen. THe Edge does sport redesigned ThinkPad keyboard and UltraNav with new multi-touch pad similar to the T400s. The Edge also comes with AMD Althon processor (Turion X2 1.6GHz), 7200 RPM HD, ATI Radeon HD 3200 IPG 128MB video, 13.3 ” HD Glare 1366×768 display, up to 7.8 hour battery and WWAN upgradable starting at under $600.

What this shows me is Lenovo is willing to bring cool styling to the table in the ThinkPad line to combat Acer, HP, Dell and Apple in wooing the hip, younger and more tech savvy corporations. But my only concern in do so is they may dilute the quality of ThinkPad name in the process but I hope this is not the case. The ThinkPad has always been the leader in quality laptops in the industry and at the company I work for I made sure we exclusivly use ThinkPads which is why we have a less than 1% failure rate on our laptops in the first three years!

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Nexus One Looks The “Real Deal” According to Many Reviews

by on Jan.07, 2010, under Technology

Well, if you done any Googling lately (pardon the expression) on new phones at CES, it seems the biggest thing since the iPhone 3GS, is the new Google Nexus One made by HTC. As you may have seen from my previous posts, many Android OS phones have hit the market all viding for that coveted top spot currently held by the venerable iPhone. Unfortunately none have truly come close including the new Motorola Droid. But enter the new kid on the block, Nexus One that has sites like CNET, Egadget, TechCrunch and Telegraph all touting its virtues.

nexus-one-specs-shotWhat make Nexus One so good? Start with a Qualcomm Snapdragon (QSD 8250)  1 GHz Processor, ad a 3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution and 100,000:1 typical contrast ratio!

Then throw in a 5 megapixle camera with LED flash, 802.00 a/g/n wifi (Yes that is right N!), Bluetooth 2.1, AGPS, Compass, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 4GB SD (supports 32GB), accelerometer and 720 x 480 video at 20fps for good measure! Then top it off with Android 2.1 (Codename=Eclair) and pack it up in a slick slim case. Yea, this kinda gives me that “nice toy” envy big time!

Reviews seem to like the performance of the Nexus One over the previous Android based phones currently out, pointing out that HTC may finally have got it right. Of course the billion dollar question is: “Will this finally give the iPhone something to worry about?” Well, Google has done a good job in building a development environment that fosters open source coding and thousands of apps are now available. Even though it lacks the polished precision of the Apple Appstore, Android Market does seem to have a broad range of apps. The one big thing the previous Android phones did seem to lack was smooth, consistent performance. Let’s see if 1GHz Snapdragon in the Nexus One changes that. I guess we will see pretty soon if it does.

The Nexus One is available through T-Mobile for $179 or for $549 for an unlocked phone. NOTE: Even though the Nexus One is GSM, it WILL NOT support AT&T 3G networks! A Verizon/Vodafone version will be available in the spring.

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