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Is this the showdown of the year? In the smartphone world, we would argue that it is. If you're looking for arguably the world's best 3G smartphones right now, you're likely considering two specific choices: Apple's iPhone 4 on AT&T, or HTC's DROID Incredible on Verizon Wireless. Both phones provide an excellent user experience, and both are as cutting edge as they come. Both they also offer very different and distinct experiences, with one coming by way of iOS 4 and the other Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense overlay. In other words, both of these devices are competing for the same crown, but each one is its own beast, with its own list of pros and cons. If you're in the market to upgrade your... Read more...
Is this the showdown of the year? In the smartphone world, we would argue that it is. If you're looking for arguably the world's best 3G smartphones right now, you're likely considering two specific choices: Apple's iPhone 4 on AT&T, or HTC's DROID Incredible on Verizon Wireless. Both phones provide an excellent user experience, and both are as cutting edge as they come. Both they also offer very different and distinct experiences, with one coming by way of iOS 4 and the other Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense overlay. In other words, both of these devices are competing for the same crown, but each one is its own beast, with its own list of pros and cons. If you're in the market to upgrade... Read more...
It's getting easier and easier to avoid the major four mobile carriers in America, and more importantly, to avoid those long-term contracts that lock you in and refuse to let go. Of course, the biggest and most cutting-edge smartphones will continue to go to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, and all of them will require those 2-year contracts, but if you don't really care about what phone makes and receives your calls/texts, Virgin Mobile has a tempting new offer. PayLo is an all-new pay-as-you-go brand designed for light mobile users, offering a 400-minute plan for just $20/month and prepaid minutes as cheap as $0.05/min. The new plans and phones will be available online as well as at... Read more...
Wow. Just wow. Sometimes, there's just nothing more to say. And this is one of those times, but we'll try to elaborate anyway. Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, probably pulls home a nice paycheck. He's right up there beside Steve Ballmer's corner office, and when he speaks about Microsoft, people understandably listen. He's the COO, after all. So recently, when he spoke at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., it made it impossible for us to ignore. What exactly did he say? "It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." Yes, "their" refers to Apple, and the statement is true. It's somewhat hard to believe that this was said,... Read more...
Some would say "Well, this had to happen." But did it, really? What companies really hold entire press conferences just to address the howling public? Toyota certainly did with their whole "brake" issue, and BP has done the same with the oil mess going on in the Gulf right now. But both of those situations were far, far more significant in the grand scheme of life than a phone that has reception issues. Either way, Apple has always been a company that values their image, and no other gaffe in recent memory has shaken their reputation like this. Of course, iPhone 4 handsets continue to fly off of store shelves at a record pace, so it's not as if reports of signal issues are really hurting the... Read more...
There have been quite a few "world's first" in the smartphone world. World's first Android phone? Check. World's first WiMAX phone? Yep. World's first projector phone? Sure. But world's first projector phone running Android? Nope. Well, until now. Samsung, which has been making serious plays in the smartphone world, has announced that their "Beam" phone, which has Android and a built-in projector, will soon be shipping. The phone itself is a real spectacle. It has a 3.7" touchscreen (Super AMOLED display), Android 2.1, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, an 8MP phone, FM radio, microSD slot and yes, a DLP-based pico projector. It's certainly a never-before-seen set of specifications, and the... Read more...
Another month, another good month for Android. The relationship between Apple and Google has to be getting all sorts of tense these days, as Android continues to eat away at U.S. market share and provide real competition for iOS. Earlier this year, a similar report saw that Android was gaining new users faster than Apple, which is the first time that has happened since the launch of the original Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. Now, it's becoming somewhat of a more common occurrence. ComScore is a reputable research metric which measures smartphone market share globally and in America based on a number of factor, with the latest report being the three month average ending May 2010. The report... Read more...
HTC, LG, and Samsung? Yep, Samsung. Samsung's the latest mobile phone maker to introduce a new Android handset, helping it to elevate its status as a serious Android maker in a world that has been dominated by HTC and LG. Launching this week on Sprint, the Samsung Intercept is one of the more unique Android form factors, with the Motorola Backflip being about the only other one with a very atypical design. This one uses a full QWERTY keyboard but also has a large touch-screen display, giving owners the best of both worlds. It also focuses heavily on social networking, and there's a 3.2" screen, 3.2MP camera/video recorder, not to mention pre-loaded social apps and one-touch picture posting. The... Read more...
Android 2.2, otherwise known as "Froyo," is Google's next big leap in the mobile OS realm. It has just started rolling out to Nexus One owners, bringing native Tethering support as well as a refreshed home screen, improved performance and a Web browser that can handle Flash. Needless to say, it's an update that every Android user wants, and LG is hoping that by shipping their future Optimus line with Froyo built right in, some users of early Android phones will bite the bullet and upgrade to a new handset altogether. Announced today in the UK, the Optimus line is similar in a way to the DROID line; it's LG's new smartphone range/label, but around 10 devices will join to make it up by the end... Read more...
Day 1 is always a scary thing, but the coders at MeeGo are diving right in. Recently, a lot has been revealed about MeeGo. It'll be hitting tablets, it'll be hitting x86 devices, and it will definitely be hitting smartphones. We're assuming that it'll be loaded onto Nokia phones at first due to Nokia's influence on the OS (it's part Maemo and part Moblin), but that's all to be worked out in the future. For now, we're just happy to see the MeeGo Handset Project get off of the ground. Starting this week, MeeGo has made the baseline source available for the community, and it's being actively developed as MeeGo 1.1, which is scheduled for release in October. The technical details are all listed below,... Read more...
And so, the truth comes out. Finally. Apple's iPhone 4 has been the quickest selling Apple product in the company's history, so there's no question that people are digging the phone. But since day one, some consumers have complained that holding the phone in a certain way significantly reduced the signal strength, or at the very least, reduced the amount of bars seen on-screen. Some suggested that this led to dropped calls, while others suggested it was merely a bug in the way the bars were being displayed. Many could replicate the issue, many could not. Some even suggested that it was simply iOS 4 causing the problem, because they could see similar issues when holding the iPhone 3G and 3GS.... Read more...
Wow, gone already? That's surely the case, as Microsoft has suddenly and abruptly pulled the plug on their short-lived KIN efforts. It's easily one of the shortest phone lifespans in the history of mobile phones, with only the Palm Foleo coming to mind as something that lived for an even shorter period of time. But the difference here is that Microsoft actually devoted time, money and effort to marketing the KIN lineup and getting it onto Verizon's airwaves; just a few weeks after first launching (and a few days after the KIN line took to a sharp price drop), KIN as we know it is dead. The cancellation is sudden, but most agree, not shocking. KIN was a strange play from the start; rather than... Read more...
How long can your phone stay alive before you see that dreaded "low battery" sign? A day? Maybe two? Three? If you said three or more, you're in an increasingly small group of individuals, particularly if you're a smartphone owner. But despite what you may think, some people actually see no need for owning one of those complex devices, and are quite alright with a conventional mobile. Samsung knows this better than anyone, and they also know that some folks don't want to charge their handset each and every evening. The company's latest mobile phone, the ultra-rugged Xcover, is one of the more unique options available today. It's designed to take a real beating, and while it's thicker than most... Read more...
The iPhone 4 was officially revealed at WWDC in early June, but the world knew about the device long before that. In an extremely unusual slip for Apple, the next generation iPhone was found in a California bar a few weeks before its official announcement, giving the tech world an up close look at the hardware well before Apple intended. But you couldn't tell much by looking at the hardware alone; it was a little thinner, a bit different in terms of construction and had a front-facing camera. But without a working operating system, not much else could be gleaned. Now, however, there are no more secrets and we've got a full review of the iPhone 4, complete with video, available here... Apple iPhone... Read more...
Another 4G smartphone on Sprint? Yep, and we get the idea that Sprint will be milking that 4G headstart as much as possible over the next few months. With the HTC EVO 4G still firmly in the spotlight, Samsung is introducing America's 2nd 4G smartphone, though Sprint does point out that this is the first in the US with a slide-QWERTY keyboard and AMOLED touch screen. The screen on this new Epic 4G isn't nearly as large as the EVO 4G, but for those who strongly prefer real keyboards to virtual ones, it's a no-brainer. Basically, the Epic 4G is a Galaxy S smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, complete with a front-facing camera, 4" Super AMOLED display, access to Samsung's Media Hub, DLNA support,... Read more...
One has to wonder if Verizon Wireless is worried at all about giving consumers too many options. It may sound far-fetched at first, but there's a growing number of high-end Android smartphones on Verizon's network, and while we understand the need to build up the arsenal in order to coax people to coming over in favor of the iPhone 4, it may be getting to the point where there's too much product overlap and confusion. But if the DROID, DROID Eris, DROID Incredible, DROID X and forthcoming DROID 2 just don't have what you're looking for, Samsung has a new device headed over to join those guys. The new Fascinate is the Verizon-branded Galaxy S, complete with a massive AMOLED touch panel, Android... Read more...
It was this month last year that Apple launched the iPhone 3GS. Records were broken in terms of sales, and overall demand looked like it couldn't possibly be higher. It was Apple's third iPhone, and the 3GS was arguably the least impressive upgrade to date. The iPhone 3G was a drastic improvement over the original iPhone; it added 3G support, a better camera, a whole new design and support for multi-media messaging. The 3GS, however, was just a mild improvement. Support for video recording was added, and a new processor was included for improved speed and graphical performance. It was a solid upgrade, sure, but it was one that many iPhone 3G owners skipped over in order to prevent the extension... Read more...
Apple's stealing all of the smartphone attention these days (some good, some bad press), but Google is always lurking. The two have been feuding for some time now, ever since Google entered the mobile OS market with Android and suddenly got all up in Apple's game. As we have seen earlier in the year, when Android's adopting rate began to surpass the rate of iPhone OS, Android is on a track for success. But up until now, Google hasn't said much about exactly how successful Android is, or has been. But the time for keeping secrets is apparently over. According to the company, over 160000 mobile phones using Android are being sold each and every day, and that's no small feat. Of course, quite a... Read more...
It's a blessing and a curse, being Apple. Sure, everyone pays attention when you launch a new product, but that also means that those same people will nitpick to death if anything during the launch isn't executed perfectly. Apple has been dealing with quite a bit of criticism over the past 24 hours, though we highly doubt any complaints about reception will hinder their ability to sell through their initial stock. But here's something that might: Apple's white iPhone 4 isn't available for sale, and it won't be for quite some time. Many consumers pre-ordered this phone through Best Buy or other retailers, but Apple has issued an official statement saying that they will not be available anywhere... Read more...
It's June 15th. Do you know where your credit card is? It's probably hiding away far in the back of your wallet, knowing full well that you're about to put a serious dent in it. Just a week after Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, announced that the next generation iPhone would be available for pre-sale on June 15th, the floodgates have opened, but things aren't going so smoothly. The iPhone 4 is scheduled to ship to U.S. users (along with consumers in five other countries; the rest have to wait) on June 24th. But people aren't waiting for that day to come. Both Apple and AT&T have seen their servers overwhelmed this morning, with most users reporting timeouts and "Store Down" screens. Few reports... Read more...
AT&T admitted earlier this year that Android was on their roadmap. It's obvious that AT&T is lacking in the Android department compared to other carriers; Verizon has a number of DROID phones, Sprint has the EVO 4G, and the original Android phone launched on T-Mobile. But AT&T has continued along with just the iPhone and a few Nokia smartphones here and there; it's not like they really needed to invest in Android with the iPhone being such a huge draw, but now that Android 2.2 is coming, the competition is heating up, and Android is drawing some serious attention. To date, just a single Android phone has shipped to AT&T's shelves: the Motorola Backflip. That's hardly a powerful... Read more...
Nokia's phone selection has been a bit interesting of late. They've been lacking in the smartphone department when it comes to living up to standards set by the iPhone and HTC's family of devices, but they're still the global leader in terms of market share. Clearly the U.S. isn't Nokia's main focus, and some might say that smartphones aren't either. Now, Nokia is launching two phones in the X Series, only one of which is entirely new. The Nokia X6 8GB is just a different sized version of the X6 that was revealed last year, while the real star of the show  today is the Nokia X5-01. The X5 aims to plug the gap between the X3 and the X6, and it's using a unique "square" form factor that a... Read more...
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