Friday, March 18, 2011

Exclusive to Rogers - Sony Xperia™ arc & Play

This month, Sony Ericsson revealed the two newest devices for its line up this quarter - the Xperia™ arc and the Xperia™ Play, both of which feature the latest Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" software.

The most anticipated of the two is the Play, which is the first ever PlayStation Certified smartphone, and will feature around 50 games at the time of launch, including Asphalt 6, The Sims 3, and Need For Speed Shift. The reasons* behind a gaming phone such as this?
  • Smartphone users are five times more likely to play games almost every day than non-smartphone users.
  • Most PlayStation gamers would rather give up social networking sites or fantasy sports leagues for a whole year than give up playing video games
  • More than half of PS3 users tout a gaming library of double-digits
  • 1 out of 5 gamers have played a PS3 game for 10+ straight hours.
  • Chips and pizza ranked high as preferred gaming snacks but 1 out of 3 PS3 gamers choose not to snack at all during game play for total concentration
  • 40% of PS3 gamers cannot be in a relationship with a partner who gets in the way of their gaming
*With thanks to Rogers Redboard for these stats collected by Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Some features to watch out for....

Sony Xperia™ arc
  • 8.7mm thin
  • 4.2" multi-touch screen featuring Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA engine
  • 8.1MP camera with HD video capture
  • Timescape and full synchronization with email, calendar, contacts and OfficeSuite
Sony Xperia™ Play
  • Real console controls for full gaming experience
  • 4" multi-touch screen gives 3D gaming graphics and is powered by a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor
  • Front facing camera and integrated 5MP rear camera

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Canada Gets the iPad2 on March 25

We all knew it was inevitable, with the launch of various tablet devices over the past six months, there was no way that Apple was going to be left behind (despite being the innovator for the product).

Yesterday, Apple announced that the iPad2 will be coming to Canada on March 25, and promises to be yet another marvel from the electronics giant. Some of the new features include:

  • Two cameras (front and rear-facing) for FaceTime users
  • HD video recording
  • Dual core chip
  • 9.7inch high-resolution screen
  • Pre-loaded with iOS4
  • Updates to existing features, such as the accelerometer, gyro-scope and compass, now work smoothly together
  • Video-mirroring allows the iPad 2 to plug into your projector or HDTV for full-screen cinematic viewing and sharing
  • 33% thinner and almost 15% lighter than the original iPad
  • Maintains the same 10-hour battery life
And in order to keep your iPad2 looking brand new, Apple has also introduced the iPad Smart Cover, available in a range of colours to completely personalize the newest addition to your Apple collection.

As soon as this is available in Canada, Rogers will ensure that the existing iPad plans are available for users wishing to move to the new device. And the new Data Share Plans are expanding to include iPad2 as well.