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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

HTC Flyer: The Andriod Tablet I've Been Waiting For?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 04:07 PM

"BARCELONA, SPAIN - Mobile World Congress - February 15, 2011 - HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its first tablet, the HTC FlyerTM. HTC Flyer blends HTC's trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets. Using an intuitive and innovative approach to tablets, HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction. HTC also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet."

I've been watching the Android tablet market carefully, looking at every new tablet coming out, and have been pretty underwhelmed by many of them. Some of them, like the Motorola Xoom, have impressive hardware - yet the software leaves much to be desired. I'm not an expert on Android so it's hard for me to say what's stock Android and what's not, but much of what I've seen is summed up by the word "Meh". It just doesn't seem to have much style.

The HTC Flyer, however, has caught my attention in a big way: as an HD2 owner (the phone is now retired) I'm very familiar with HTC Sense and the overall design language and functionality of their software has impressed me for the most part. Sure, some of it is silly fluff that does nothing but use CPU cycles and battery life, but I for one like a good UI as long as it doesn't feel slow. With a 1.5 Ghz single-core CPU, the HTC Flyer should be anything but slow. The 7 inch capacitive screen offers a 1024 x 600 resolution, and is pressure sensitive, which allows HTC to bring something interesting to the table that I haven't seen elsewhere yet on an Android tablet: a stylus. Engadget has more details on that, but suffice it to say that I think it brings a unique advantage to the table. It also synchronizes with Evernote right out of the box, which is killer if you're an Evernote user.

Rounding out the hardware spec is HSPA+ wireless (I have to assume WiFi is in there as well), 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage (with expansion via microSD), a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. It's said to weigh "as little as a paperback book", and the 4000 mAH battery will allow for up to four hours of video playback. Four hours doesn't sound very impressive to me - Engadget says the Samsung Galaxy Tab does just over six hours of video playback with the same sized 4000 mAH battery.

No word on pricing, but it will be available globally in Q2 2011 - I suspect that means there won't be a WiFi-only version initially, and it will be sold via carrier partners with data contracts. What that probably means is that it won't be able to compete with the WiFi only $499 iPad - which is a real lost opportunity in my opinion.

Oh, did I mention it can't make calls either? For some that may be a deal-breaker, though I personally don't think it would matter to me - that's what I have a cell phone for, and it's not like I'd leave the house with my HTC Flyer and not my cell phone. Frankly, I think a bigger problem is where do you put that stylus when you're not using it? It looks too big to be stored inside the device - and if it's not kept inside the device, it's something that might get lost easily.

The remainder of the press release, along with more images, after the break. Read more...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

HTC Inspire 4G Arriving February 13 At Radio Shack

Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 05:30 PM

The HTC Inspire 4G will be available for purchase beginning February 13 at Radio Shack. Word has it that it is available for pre-order at the sweet price of $99.99 with a $30 accessory credit. So you can get your phone and some cool accessories for it as well. And we all know that every phone should have a case to prevent those accidental scratches and dings. Thanks to Linda for sending this tip in!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Facebook Phone Coming Soon?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 03:00 PM

"HTC will unveil two new Facebook branded mobile phones next month, City A.M. has learned. The Taiwanese manufacturer will launch an official tie-up with Mark Zuckerberg's $50bn (£31.6bn) social network at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The high-end smartphones will be the first to bear the Facebook branding and colours."

Rumoured to be running a version of Android, my first thought was "Well, if this thing is going to be the official Facebook phone, then what does that mean for Windows Phone 7, which has the deepest integration of Facebook to date?". If this phone is pitched as a phone that isn't overly geeky, and more importantly has a cheaper data plan than a full-blown uber-Android phone, I believe there's a large number of people who are currently in the feature phone segment that would trade up to this phone. One things for sure: if there really is an official Facebook Phone, the other phone makers are going to have to work harder on their depth of their feature integration.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

HTC to Join the Tablet Party

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

"A Digitimes report, citing unnamed sources, said that the Taiwanese smartphone maker will start shipping a tablet in the U.S. market in March called "the Flyer" running version 2.3 of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform. Users will be able to upgrade the device to Android version 3.0, or Honeycomb, which is optimized for tablets, the report said, adding that HTC plans to release more Honeycomb tablets in June."

As the maker of some of major flagship Android phones like the Nexus One, Evo 4G, and Droid Incredible it was surprising to me that HTC didn't seem interested in making a tablet. Now it's clear they're very serious about tablets and perhaps wisely taking their time to release some well refined tablets. I know there are many HTC fans out there who will be excited to see what they come up with. Were you planning to buy a Xoom or other tablet before this announcement? Will this announcement make you wait to see what HTC has up their sleeve?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

HTC Brings Three New 4G Phones To The US Market

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

"HTC Corporation, a global leader in smartphone innovation and design, this week at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) unveiled three new 4G smartphones together with three U.S. wireless operators, further solidifying HTC's position as the leader in 4G."

These days it's a little hard to get excited about yet another HTC Sense drone but you have to admit they are all over this 4G thing. This year's CES brings one new HTC 4G phone to each of the big three US carriers, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. If Sense and black slabs are your thing HTC has a fancy new 4G device for you regardless of what carrier you use. Anyone anxious to get your HTC 4G on?

Tags: ces, htc, 4g

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Could The Scribe Be A Tablet?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 03:30 PM

"It's an open secret at this point that HTC is almost certainly working on one or more tablets for introduction in 2011 -- and with heavyweights like Samsung, Motorola, and LG all playing the game (or about to play the game), really, how could they not?"

The USPTO (along with the FCC) seems to be a wonderful source for technological speculation. Whenever a company submits a documents, it usually it not long before enthusiasts unearth any details hidden in the filing. This time, HTC is the target and the prize is a tablet, possibly running on Android. HTC has a strong heritage in smartphones and is also no stranger to tablets and tablet like devices. With Samsung showing that Apple is not the only company capable of making a successful tablet, HTC might be able to produce yet another happy story for Android fans. Of course, while it might be Android based, I suspect that HTC's Sense UI may play a role.

Friday, December 31, 2010

HTC Ventures Into The Living Room

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"To say that HTC's Media Link is small is an understatement... It's so small that we thought that our friendly government import agents had stolen it from the box that had obviously been jimmied open for inspection while en route to our European test lab."

HTC's ambitions have lately started to venture far from its usual stomping grounds. The HTC Sense team for instance want to extend their UI design into consumer electronics, and some of you might remember the HTC Shift, a marriage between a UMPC slate and Windows Mobile. Here we have another sample of HTC's diversification strategy, albeit a logical one given their proven strength in smartphones. The HTC Media Link leverages on existing DLNA technology to allow wireless media streaming from your HTC smartphone to any DLNA ready screen. It's a neat device, especially for its size, and can act as a WiFi hotspot. Engadget's impressed with it, though they did note some weaknesses (compliance with other DLNA devices, the price) and they think its more suitable for road warriors rather than the home. Think it's suitable for you? Click through the link to read the review.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Ported To HTC HD2

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 06:00 PM

The HTC HD2 (aka Leo) was perhaps the ultimate Windows Mobile device - the fact that hardware on the market has barely advanced since it was released a year ago shows how advanced it was for the time. That also means the HD2 can handle the current crop of operating systems: case in point, a forum member of XDA Developers has managed to port the latest Android build (specifically 2.3.1) onto an HD2. Some stuff still isn't working (camera and contacts sync for instance), but most of the rest of the hardware is. Fancy a try? Let us know if you do! Just remember to back up your data first.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Leckness Launches Super Smartphone Showdown: MyTouch 4G or HD7!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 04:30 AM

"Without a doubt, the myTouch 4G would be my choice if I actually had to choose between the two. I don't have to choose though. I intend to use them both. I want to watch how Windows Phone 7 progresses and need to have a Windows Phone 7 device to be able to follow along with the progress. I am going to retire my Zune 120 and use the HD7 as my Zune...I am going to use the myTouch 4G as my daily driver."

Chris Leckness over at Gotta Be Mobile has an interesting piece up discussing the battle for his SIM card - pitting two of the hottest phones out right now against each other. In the end he finds a nice compromise in this very comprehensive piece discussing both phones. Check it out and see what you'd want.

As for me... Well, I'm thinking maybe a T-Mobile G2 and a MyTouch 4G might have to join my HTC HD7 just so I can fully compare all 3 of them!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dark And Mysterious HTC Phone Headed For Verizon

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 03:00 PM

"Hi there HTC Android fans, we have another present for you! We've just been sent in a handful of images of a new, unseen HTC handset that is destined for Verizon Wireless."

Well, hello there. This beauty looks an awful lot like a G2 destined for Verizon land wouldn't you say? Boy Genius just received a few photos of this never before seen HTC device. One of the most interesting things is that this device features a SIM card slot for global roaming much like the DROID 2 World Edition. This looks like it will be a very good choice for you Verizon users out there who spend any amount of time traveling the world. Though it does appear to have been "Binged" as is the trend with recent Verizon phones but that shouldn't be too much of a problem as you can download Google search from the market on any 2.2 device. Anyone that was in the market for a DROID 2 World Edition think they might get this device instead?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

HTC Introduces the Desire HD, Desire Z and the New Sense Experience: Now on Video!

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

"HTC has published a high resolution video walkthrough of the company's two latest devices that were introduced at the event in London yesterday: the HTC Desire HD and the Desire Z. Besides giving us a closer look at the hardware of the phones, some of the new features and widgets in the next version of HTC Sense are demonstrated."

Other than the fact that both of these devices are totally awesome it is nice to see how much work HTC has put into the latest "Sense Experience". I am normally not a fan of Sense but I will have to admit these new devices make it look rather attractive. With such amazing hardware paired with pretty good looking software these new devices should be a hit. Now if I could just get one of them to work on AT&T 3G...

HTC Officially Announces the Desire HD: 4.3" of Aluminum Goodness

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 11:30 AM

"Today at the HTC Press conference the long awaited HTC Desire HD has been announced. Like the HTC Legend, this new flagship is also made out of one piece of aluminum and features a huge 4,3″ display with 480×800 resolution, just like the HTC HD2. This is the Evo for Europe!"

For those of you who don't live in the States your wait is finally over! HTC has officially announced the Desire HD, a slightly updated version of the Sprint Evo that just so happens to work on European GSM networks. One of the device's coolest features is that it is made from one solid piece or aluminum, much like the HTC Legend. This should make for one solid phone. So, who's getting one? Is this massive device the one for you?

Check out the full press release here.

Who Do You Trust To Build An Android Tablet?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

"HTC plans to launch a tablet PC, possibly equipped with Android 3, in the first quarter of 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers."

HTC's leaked tablet plans come the same time as an announcement from inMEDIA that they'll be making an Android Tablet (Unfortunately stuck at 2.1). This begs the question - who do you trust to build you a quality Android Tablet. For me, HTC has a proven track record of producing quality handsets, so I think a tablet from them should be pretty good. inMEDIA? I have no idea what to expect. Are you waiting on a certain ODM / OEM to make your Android Tablet?

Tags: htc, tablets, inmedia

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Magical Rogers HTC Magic 2.1 Update Released!

Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 01:42 PM

"It's official. After more than a year, we are finally getting Android 2.1 for the Rogers HTC Magic."

So the 2.1 Android update is now available for the Rogers HTC Magic. That's wonderful for all of you Magic users out there - really, I am happy for you! But I want to know, when will I be updating my T-Mobile MyTouch? I last heard the update for the MyTouch would be out mid-summer. Looks like that will not be happening! But since the Magic and the MyTouch are very similar, hopefully we will be seeing an update soon for us MyTouch users out there! Come on T-Mobile, I want my update!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

O2 Halts Froyo Update For HTC Desire

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 02:00 PM

O2 has confirmed that it did put the HTC Desire Android 2.2 update live and ready for users to download - but has had to halt updates.

Any O2 users out there who downloaded this update? Are you experiencing the same freezes and crashes described in the article?

Tags: htc, o2, froyo, desire

Monday, September 6, 2010

New HTC Slider to Hit Verizon

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 06:42 PM

"Remember that big, honking red-and-black HTC slider that dwarfed an EVO 4G? It's back sporting Verizon colors just as we were told, and with a few more confirmed specifications thanks to the ever-reliable FCC."

A new HTC device is on it's way to Verizon, with an approximate size of 4.7"x2.4", this slider packs a 4-inch screen. While this behemoth is packing every feature you'll need, don't plan to put it in your pants pocket! Head over to Engadget to check a few more images.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Google Sued Over Nexus One 3G Connectivity Problems

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 12:30 PM

"On Tuesday, Google was slapped with a breach of contract class action lawsuit alleging that its Nexus One smartphone failed to maintain 3G connectivity and that the Mountain View company not only made misleading claims about the product's capabilities but also failed to adequately support customers in search of answers."

My first Android device was a Nexus One, and I experienced these exact same issues. I spent plenty of time on the phone with HTC, who claimed I was just in bad coverage areas (everywhere I went). Even when I could switch my SIM into another 3G-capable device and have a perfectly stable connection in the same location. I was offered the option to send my device in for replacement, but after reading various posts of people on their 4th or 5th device, I decided to get a refund to find another phone. While I am against most suits, I think Google deserves this one.

Tags: google, htc, nexus one

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Google Phone: The Nexus One Reviewed!

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

Product Category: Android 2.1 Smartphone
Manufacturer: HTC
Price: $529 (T-Mobile 3G) - Find it on eBay now!
Specifications: 800 x 480 3.7'' AMOLED screen, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11g WiFi, 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor, MicroSD Card slot, MicroUSB Charging, 5 MP Camera


  • It's speedy and responsive;
  • Good fit in hand and light;
  • Camera takes excellent photos.


  • The price;
  • Unused trackball and lack of buttons;
  • 3G reception issue for some.

Summary: Honestly, this article was written when you could still buy the device easily. Still a great device though, and it deserves a review! For years we heard it was coming. The "Google phone" would revolutionize our lives. Then last winter we saw it, and experienced the fastest Android handset on the market running the newest version of the operating system. But for those who are still wondering if they should upgrade (from say a G1) or switch (from say an iPhone), questions may still be unanswered. So read on for more information about my journey with the Nexus One!


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