The week in review

The week in reviewThere’s an old equation that goes: 7 x slow news day = slow news week. This week the industry put that theory to the test, and – what do you know? – it’s entirely accurate.

Having been treated to tons of new goodies at IFA in Berlin, it makes sense that we find ourselves in a bit of a lull. Also, this is the calm before the inevitable iPhone 5 storm.

Anyway, what actually happened this week? Well, there was good news x2 for the webOS faithful. Some leaked internal correspondence indicates that HP still considers the OS a “great asset”, and those who forked out full price for the TouchPad might qualify for a refund.

RIM will release three new smartphones and BlackBerry App World 3.0 over the next few weeks, but that’s not enough to appease one key shareholder who hit out at the Canadian firm’s “chronic underperformance”. Eek.

The dual-core Sony Ericsson Nozomi was leaked. Impressive specs, no doubt, but with an ETA of March 2012, we can’t help but think it might be too little too late from the ailing manufacturer.

The HTC Ruby is another upcoming smartphone with jaw-dropping specs. We don’t have an ETA for this bad boy, but we expect the Taiwanese manufacturer will beat the Sony Ericsson Nozomi to the proverbial punch.

The Samsung Galaxy Note turned more than a few heads at IFA, and this week we learned that it’ll arrive in the UK in Q1 2012. Clove put up a pre-order page with a price tag of £600, but stressed that the figure is very much a guess at this early stage.

The prices of non-iPads continue to fall, and this week it was the Motorola Xoom shedding a significant £150. You can now pick up a 32GB Wi-Fi only Motorola Xoom from Dixons for £329.99.

Talk of Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung-developed Google Nexus Prime is reaching fever pitch. We’re now expecting the pair in October or November; that's the word from Google's Eric Schmidt.

Over in gaming land, I quite enjoyed Hungry Shark – Part 3, but Emma really struck it lucky with Quarrel Deluxe, as did Jon with Crimson: Steam Pirates.

Oh, and I almost forgot the obligatory iPhone 5 story. A leaked Best Buy memo points to an October 21 US release. Will we find out more next week? Fingers crossed…

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