LAPTOP Reloaded February 13 – 20: Mobile World Congress, Toy Fair, iPad Alternatives, & More

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Toshiba mini NB505: For just $299, this netbook offers long battery life, a solid keyboard, and multiple color options.

Toshiba Satellite C655D: This ultra-affordable, AMD-powered laptop pairs netbook-like performance with a larger screen.

Getac V100: This fully rugged convertible tablet can take a serious beating and provides Core i7 power.

Samsung Indulge (Metro PCS): The first LTE-enabled Android smart phone is fast and affordable over the long haul, but the hardware could be better.

bModo 12G: This Windows 7 tablet has an attractive design and interface, but poor battery life and a high price tag drag it down.

Insights

Spoonfed: Android’s New Problem: Not Enough Fragmentation!Honeycomb tablets aren’t being sold yet, but apparently they’re already in a whole lot of trouble. You see, the slates being powered by Android 3.0 are all quite similar. You won’t find any skins or many homegrown apps tacked on. It’s just a pure “Google Experience.” Where’s the differentiation? How is one to tell a Motorola Xoom from an LG G-Slate or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?

The Geek’s Geek: An Ode to Phone NamesPlease Indulge me for a Moment while I Rant about something that’s hard to Behold. I don’t mean to Veer off topic and Incite a Revolution, but this Barrage of Shift-less cell names could cause me to Flipout at any second.

G Styled: The Motorola Ma…Atrix 4G – Better as a PairThis device was all the rave at CES 2011, and I remember all the fanfare it was getting. However, now that I’ve looked at it closer, I’m not really impressed. Don’t get me wrong the specs and the concept with the laptop dock are great, but this just isn’t a hot phone.

Best In Show

This past week at Mobile World Congress 2011 we were impressed by the shape of mobile technology to come. In the not-too-distant future we can look forward to blazing speed and hard core HD media capabilities in devices small enough to fit in a model’s front jeans pocket. Check out our full coverage here or just peruse the good stuff in our Best of Mobile World Congress 2011 slideshow.

Back here in America this year’s New York Toy Fair offered its own share of tech goodness. Not only did we see several physical games get their app on, but popular video games leapt into actual 3D — as in real toys you can hug or fling across the room. Scope our full coverage or the best tech toys we saw at the show.

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