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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

10 Inch HTC "Puccini" Tablet on the Way?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 10:00 AM

That itty-bitty picture above is supposedly an image of the forthcoming 10 inch HTC tablet, code-named "Puccini". The rumour is that this tablet will be one of the first to work on AT&T's forthcoming LTE network, making it a true 4G device. Nothing is known of the specs, though one can safely assume it's based on Android Honeycomb 3.x and will very likely feature the same HTC Sense interface we saw on the Flyer. My hope? That it gets into the 10 hour battery life range that has become the norm for tablets of this size - the four hour battery life of the HTC Flyer kept me from even considering that tablet.

Monday, April 18, 2011

HTC Leaves Older Devices Senseless

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 01:30 PM

"A couple of days ago, when HTC announced the new Sensation Android smartphone, the company has also unveiled an enhanced version of its HTC Sense UI, namely Sense 3.0. Now, owners of already-launched HTC smartphones may want to know if Sense 3.0 will come to their devices. Unfortunately, the answer seems to be "no.""

Hope you didn't have your hopes set on getting HTC's latest Sense 3.0 on your brand new EVO 4G or that shiny new Desire HD because according to HTC they just don't have the poop to run it. It's quite the shame but it appears that the new HTC Sense requires some pretty beefy processor specs to glide along as HTC thinks it should. Only the two new dual core 1.2GHz devices and the the 1.5GHz Flyer will be able to handle HTC's sensational new Sense. Though no worries. I'm sure someone will have it wedged into a custom ROM in no time.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Turn Thunderbolt's 4G On and Off With Lighting Fast App

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 01:00 PM

"...But none of them were as simple as a toggle on your home screen."

TeamAndIRC has developed an app to turn your HTC Thunderbolt's 4G on and off with just a simple toggle on your home screen. Perfect for conserving your battery power when you don't need your 4G connection. Shouldn't all phones come with this as a standard built in feature?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Is the HTC Thunderbolt Better then the iPhone 4? Check Out These 10 Reasons Why the Answer is Yes!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Talk" @ 06:30 AM

"I picked up my first Android phone a couple of weeks ago after using iPhones for almost four years. I still count my iPhone 4 as my primary mobile phone, but Android is definitely growing on me."

This is an interesting write-up coming from an iPhone user. I think he missed a few things like you're not on the iTunes leash and while he talked about the UI being richer he didn't mention the time that can be saved by not needed to open an app for every little take or piece of information thanks to Widgets. Check out his 10 reasons why he thinks the Thunderbolt is better than the iPhone 4 and then tell us your thoughts!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

In Europe? HTC Desire S on O2 Reviewed

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

"One of the most popular Android smartphones of the last year was the HTC Desire, which maintained the number one spot in a fair number of tech-web site ranking systems. HTC have now built on that success by bringing to the market an updated replacement machine - the Desire S. The 'S' model maintains the sleek svelte 'medium' form factor but brings new capabilities and technology to the machine which brings it fully up to date."

SmartPhoneGurus did a thorough review of the HTC Desire S on the O2 network in the UK. The popular original model from last year was the HTC Desire which was very similar to the Nexus One. I don't agree with the reviewer that this version is "fully up to date". It only has 1.1GB of built-in storage which I don't think is enough for a current phone. It will take a MicroSDHC card and it does have 768MB of RAM which is great. After checking on Wikipedia I found that it also has the second generation Snapdragon CPU which is good because that means it has the Adreno 205 which is a solid GPU, much better than the sub-par GPU of last years HTC phones. Is anyone interested in this phone? Besides the built-in storage it seems like a very capable device. Check out the review for more details.

The Sensational Pyramid? Introducing the HTC Sensation To the UK

Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"The HTC Pyramid will be called the HTC Sensation when it comes to the UK, Pocket-lint can exclusively confirm after talking to people familiar with the matter."

The HTC Sensation is said to be launching in the UK on April 12th. Some of you may know it by it's former name, the HTC Pyramid. Regardless of it's moniker, few details of it's stats and mobile carriers have been confirmed. But it is speculated that it will have a 4.3 inch screen, arrive in the US for Q2 and run gingerbread. Sounds like the only confirmed fact is it's name!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The HTC Evo 3D is coming to France

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"Earlier this year, HTC allowed its previously Verizon-exclusive brand name out to prowl the globe with the Incredible S, and now it's doing the same with the heretofore Sprint-only EVO moniker. The EVO 3D, says a tweet from HTC's French mouthpiece, is coming to the land of baguettes, stylish mustaches and stripy pullovers, though a little bit of mystery remains as to when exactly its arrival shall be."

According to the tweet above the Evo 3D will be coming to France! It's due to hit the US this summer but besides that we don't really have a time frame. The Evo 3D will have the new Snapdragon with a 1.2GHz dual-core Scorpion CPU and Adreno 220GPU. I'm interested to see how this new CPU/GPU from QualComm stacks up against the Tegra 2. I think it will at least give it a run for its money and may well be faster! The HTC Evo 3d will be able to record 2D 1080p video and 3D 720p video. It will also ship with Gingerbread. I'm not too excited about 3D in general right now but I'm still interested in the technology and love to see new devices capable of doing utilizing it. My one concern with this device would be battery life. Hopefully HTC is able to improve it a lot over the first Evo. Are any of you in the US or France waiting to make this your new Android phone?

Tags: hardware, android, htc, 3d, evo

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The HTC Flyer Detailed in Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:10 AM

"Introducing the HTC Flyer -- the big screen that's small enough to hold in your hand. The premium unibody construction looks great and feels solid in your hand, while still keeping the weight to less than a paperback book. Plus, it does most things your PC can -- and more!"

Although I feel a bit leery about HTC's new non-Honeycomb tablet from a will-they-upgrade-the-software perspective, there's a lot to like about this tablet. I've always been fond of the HTC Sense UI, and this tablet at 7" seems to hit a sweet spot for portability and productivity. Best Buy will be selling the WiFi only version via Best Buy in the spring, but no firm details on pricing just yet. This one has my attention though!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thunderbolt Hits Verizon

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "HTC Android Phones" @ 02:00 PM!5784448/verizo...-thunderbolt-4g

"The Thunderbolt 4G is the first honest-to-goodness 4G phone on Verizon, the first LTE smartphone you can buy in the US. In other words, it's the fastest phone-connection-wise-that you can buy right now. And holy crap, is it fast.

At the same time, it's a phone that feels incredibly familiar because it is: a steroid-infused version of a phone that HTC's been selling us in various guises for a very long time."

This appears to be another very capable device from HTC, and on Verizon's 4G LTE network it is blazing fast. Any of you Verizon-ites picking this up? Let us know what you think in the forums.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

HTC Pyramid to Launch on T-Mobile in June With Android 2.4 On-board

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "HTC Android Phones" @ 10:30 AM

"Android 2.4 you say? Yup, that's what we are being told! Our source pinpoints a June release timeframe though the actual day is unknown. Our ninja did say that it is considerably sleeker and lighter than the HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon."

The specs on this phone look pretty decent and I'm pretty anxious to see it get released. The interesting thing is the promise of Android 2.4. Is this the mythical Gingerbread/Honeycomb hybrid that we've heard about? What will we call it? Honeybread? Gingercomb?

Are you excited about this device? Is it on your radar for your next phone or has something else caught your eye?

Monday, March 21, 2011

HTC Flyer Launching in April in the UK

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:30 PM

"It's different in a number of ways: it's packing a single-core CPU (though 1.5 GHz is still snappy); it's running Gingerbread with Sense UI, with Honeycomb coming in Q2; it has a stylus and a number of handwriting/note taking features (hence the codename Scribe); and, it will be launching with the OnLive gaming service"

HTC's Flyer tablet will be launching soon (sometime in April, most likely) in the UK. Pricing is a bit high compared to the other tablets coming out, but the £500.00 (about $813 USD) is marked a preliminary price, so we can only hope that it drops quite a bit. No word on a US launch, but can it be too far behind?

This tablet seems to buck the trend of most of the newer tablets coming out with a single-core processor, Gingerbread, and a stylus, but it looks intriguing nonetheless. Anyone excited about this device, or are you waiting one of the others on the horizon?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The HTC Shooter Looks Like a Very Nice Gingerbread Phone on its way to Sprint

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

"The "PG86100" certainly identifies itself as carrying a speedy new Adreno 220 GPU, which is typically paired with twin processing units, and should help push plenty of pixels to the 960 x 540 screen that's presently displaying Android Gingerbread 2.3.2."

This has the potential to be a great phone! If you're on Sprint and waiting for one that's really high end keep your eyes open for the Shooter! It's already running Gingerbread so that's a good start. Also, HTC does have a good track record of updating their high end phones. Last year I didn't like HTC phones because they had a relatively weak GPU. That's not the case anymore. The Adreno 220 should be right up there with the Tegra 2 and it may be faster. It's als designed to be paired with a dual-core CPU so we can expect that. And what good is a crazy fast GPU with a screen from last year? This has a qHD display!!! I'm so glad to see HTC going with a 16x9 aspect ratio and significantly a higher resolution as Motorola has started with the Atrix. If you're ready to get a new phone on Sprint and renew your contract you may want to hold out a little longer! If this is the phone you've been waiting for, or not, we would love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Loud Rumble - Engadget Reviews The Thunderbolt

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 07:30 AM

"At a quick glance, without any background information, your eyes might tell you that the HTC Thunderbolt is little more than a Verizon remake of Sprint's EVO 4G and AT&T's Inspire 4G. After all -- like its contemporaries -- the Thunderbolt features a spacious 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8 megapixel camera, and dual-LED flash. In reality, though, the Thunderbolt is something more: from the Inspire, it borrows a better, crisper display with a wider viewing angle and a newer-generation (though still single-core) Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. From the EVO 4G, meanwhile, it borrows a cool integrated kickstand and the addition of a second "4G" radio, making this a spec Frankenstein of sorts -- the best of both worlds. Of course, instead of Sprint's WiMAX for that 4G radio, the Thunderbolt grants you access to Verizon's LTE network -- a network so fresh, it still has that new-network smell. There's a lot of horsepower here. In other words, the Thunderbolt has a very real opportunity to be the finest 4.3-inch device HTC has ever made -- for the moment, anyway. Let's see how it fares."

Not a bad little contender for "Best Android Smartphone" can be found in the HTC Thunderbolt. The only problem with crowning it as such is that these days, the new Best Smartphone comes out every few weeks it seems! A fun review by Engadget.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

HTC Thunderbolt Strikes March 17

Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 09:00 AM

"We said it'd be coming on the 17th, but you didn't believe us. Why didn't you believe us? No matter, Verizon's finally fessing up and letting us know the good news..."

Get ready for spring with the HTC Thunderbolt launching March 17th for $249.99 (with 2 year new customer agreement) on Verizon Wireless. The phone will be the first 4G LTE for Verizon and features front and back cameras, hotspot capabilities (connect with up to 8 other Wi-Fi enable devices), and 8 GB built in memory. Don't forget though, that if you buy a Thunderbolt you also have to subscribe to Verizon's Nationwide Talk plans beginning at $39.99 and an unlimited 4G LTE data plan for $29.99 per month. So check it out and let us know if you enjoy Verizon's newest and fastest phone!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

HTC Thunderbolt Coming March 17th?

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 07:00 PM

"Hello, Imran Shahid. You appear to work for HTC as a regional sales manager and have just tweeted some very sweet words. March 17 as a launch day for the Thunderbolt?"

It looks like the wait may finally be over if this tweet from Imran Shahid, an HTC regional sales manage, is any indication. Mr. Shahid's Twitter account has since been deleted but not before some keen folks out there grabbed this screen shot. I guess we'll find out tomorrow if there is any truth to this. It sure will be nice to finally have an LTE phone out there. Anyone hitting up their local Verizon store tomorrow?

Android Tablets: Let the Onslaught Begin

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

"We have no small amount of respect for Samsung for coming out and admitting that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate won't necessarily be the best thing since sliced Apples, but we wouldn't go so far as to describe it as 'inadequate' . . ."

Over at Engadget they have a video of the Samsung 10.1" tablet, which comes across as a decent looking piece of hardware. Meanwhile the guys over at DroidLife have a list of upcoming tablets from Staples. Looks like you'll have plenty of choices in the coming months if you're looking for an Android tablet.

Which tablets are you most excited about seeing? Will any of them be able to give the Cupertino mob a run for their money? Let us know in the forums!

New Photos of the HTC Incredible 2

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 03:30 AM

"Well look what we managed to get our hands on today…pictures of the HTC Incredible 2. It is quite the device I must say. Rocking Android 2.3 with Sense, this is one smoking hot phone."

They're not great pictures but there are pictures as well as some spec's listed. I was glad to see the 4" screen on it and a higher capacity battery Than the first Droid Incredible. It has 768MB of RAM which I think is great and the second generation Snapdragon Adreno 205 GPU in there. It is also listed as having 4GB of internal storage. The first time around the Droid Incredible had a 1GB storage area that behaved like the internal storage of all other Android phones and it had an additional 8GB storage area that behaved like a MicroSDHC card. It had a MicroSDHC card slot as well. While it has less total internal storage I think the 4GB main storage will be more useful than the 1GB and 8GB were together because it would have been a pain to manage apps on such small main storage. They also went with a Super LCD instead of an AMOLED which I think is a good move because of battery life and improved visibility outside. I'm not convinced you need a 40,000/1 contrast ratio on your phone and I hate apps and themes all being made black just to save battery life. If they were able to keep the physical size of the phone about the same this is one sweet device in my book! What do you think, do you like the changes? Will this be your next Android phone?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Congratulations HTC: 2011 Device Manufacturer Of The Year!

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 PM

"HTC was honored to win the ‘2011 Device Manufacturer of the Year' award at the prestigious GSMA Global Mobile awards at Mobile World Congress. HTC was voted the winner from a shortlist of three finalists which included Apple and Samsung."

Way to go HTC! This is quite the honor especially considering the competition they were stacked against. Of course with the slew of Android and Windows Phone devices that HTC brought to the table this past year it's hard to imagine them not getting some kind of recognition. Keep it up, HTC!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Three New HTC Phones Announced: Do You Desire An Incredible Wildfire?

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 03:30 AM

"HTC announced a whole batch of new devices today at Mobile World Congress. We've covered most of them so far, but two remain: the HTC Incredible S and the HTC Wildfire S."

A chicken in every pot and an HTC phone for every market segment. This year's MWC brings with it a refresh of each of HTCs best setting devices for each market. All they way from the super high end to the super low budget and all it took was the addition of an 'S'. HTC has released upon the world the Desire S, the Incredible S, and the Wildfire S. There is sure to be a device to fit everyones wants/needs/pocketbooks with screen sizes ranging from 4-inch all the way down to 3.2-inch and the specs to match. I honestly can't say that I am too excited. The spec bumps are nice but it's more of the same old HTC. Any one else as equally ho-hum about these devices or can you not wait to get your hands on one of these sensesational new devices?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The HTC Flyer Caught on Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:30 PM

Lots of videos about the new HTC Flyer are popping up, so here are a few to satisfy your curiosity...

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