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Monday, March 5, 2012

End of Life for the HTC Amaze 4G

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"Obvious news is obvious as the HTC Amaze 4G white has been officially discontinued for the better part of two weeks now as smart money would bet that T-Mobile is already making inventory space for the HTC One S."

No huge surprise but HTC has discontinued the white Amaze 4G. It seems like they're clearing out inventory to make room for the new HTC One series which is due in the next few months. I think the HTC Amaze 4G was one of the first non-Apple smartphones to have a back side illuminated CMOS sensor which helps image quality a lot in poor lighting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q Now Official, Coming Before the Holidays

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"The 4G-capable myTouch and myTouch Q are everything the leaks indicated, with the former sporting a 3.8-inch touch screen and the latter coming home with a 3.5-inch screen (no word on the display tech used in either one) and landscape sliding QWERTY keyboard."

T-Mobile has two new entry level Android phones on the way. They have special features to simplify their use and teach you how to use them. Both seem to be reasonable devices with a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera that does 720p video, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The myTouch has a front facing camera. The myTouch Q has a slide-out landscape orientation qwerty keyboard. Both phones are 4G capable.

I'd have a hard time recommending the myTouch Q since it only has a 3.5" screen. The myTouch is better off with a 3.8" screen. It's a shame that both phones seem to have a lot of wasted space at the top and the bottom when holding them in portrait orientation. I guess they could be just the thing for someone looking for an Android phone on a tight budget. Let us know what you think!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

HTC Amaze 4G Coming to T-Mobile

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"The Amaze 4G is the latest in a line of T-Mobile’s advanced camera phones joining the myTouch 4G Slide and is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera, 1080p video, backside illuminated sensor for low-light performance, zero shutter lag and dual-led flash along with some advanced camera features..."

This looks like a great phone from HTC and T-Mobile! I like the fact that it has a qHD (540x960) 4.3" display for one thing. The CPU/GPU is probably the fastest available right now with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 and Adreno 220. I also do like the fact that they seem to have really put some work into the camera. I've heard the camera on the myTouch 4G Slide is excellent and it sounds like this camera is at least as good and has more horsepower behind it. As you would expect from any high end Android phone these days it supports 4G and can handle at up to HSPA+ at 42Mbps. The Amaze 4G also has Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and NFC if you're interested. You can buy the Amaze 4G on October 10 from an online pre-sale with delivery to a store 2 days later. I think the price is fair for what you get at $260 after a $50 mail in rebate and with a 2-year contract.

Are you in the market for a new phone on T-Mobile? How does the HTC Amaze 4G look to you?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

High End Phone HTC Ruby Spotted for T-Mobile

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"While the HTC Ruby is a bit of a mystery device a ninja source of ours we’ve been able to gleam a little bit of intel surrounding the specs and eventual launch. First and foremost this is not a myTouch device but will launch with a set of impressive and sure to please specs."

Wow, this looks nice to me! The HTC Ruby will supposedly have a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.3" qHD (that's 540x960) screen, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and 1GB of RAM. One interesting design feature is it will have two dedicated camera buttons. One is for stills and the other is for video.

I'm usually not too excited about devices on T-Mobile but this one looks sweet! I would take this over the Galaxy S II any day because of the screen with higher resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio if nothing else. I'm guessing the CPU is the latest Snapdragon which uses the Adreno 220 GPU, which is supposed to be faster than anything else out from what I've read. My only concern would be battery life since this is coming from HTC and it's got some newer hardware. HTC doesn't have a very good track record with battery life on bleeding edge phones (Evo, Dinc, and Thunderbolt come to mind). What do you think? Is this the phone you've been waiting for?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sidekicks are Back With Android Power!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 12:30 PM

"Built by Samsung and powered by Android, the new Sidekick phone will be one of the fastest smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G Network™"

Sidekicks are back in the news - this time with our little green Android friend poking his head up and saying "Here's a better OS". No news on price or availability yet, but hey - that's to be expected right? Just a little something to whet your appetite!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New T-Mobile Device Release Dates Leaked

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 06:00 AM

There you have it folks! A leaked T-Mobile memo gave this info. The Dell Streak 7 on 2/2, the Mororola ClIQ2 on 1/19, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G on 2/23, and the LG G-Slate on 3/23. It's a tough call but I think I think the most interesting device to me on this list is the LG G-Slate. Coming with Honeycomb is a good first step but I'm looking forward to see if LG has any other tricks up their sleeve. Also of note, the Dell Streak 7 will be priced at $300 after rebate.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Have a Vibrant? Get your Froyo!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 06:00 AM

According to TmoNews Froyo is finally available for the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant on T-Mobile. It's taking a long time for the Galaxy S phones to get Android 2.2. I'm glad to finally see it coming to the Vibrant. Have you gotten it? How's it working for you?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Full Speed Ahead with the Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 08:00 AM

"T-Mobile currently only has two phones capable of taking advantage of its HSPA+ "4G" network, the myTouch 4G and the G2, but on Thursday the carrier announced the first phone to be able to support the network's theoretical maximum speeds."

It was just announced that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be the first phone capable of utilizing the full bandwidth of the T-Mobile HSPA+ 21Mbps network. No other details were given about the new Galaxy S 4G device. I would like to know what's different about this phone than the myTouch 4G or the G2 that gives it faster network throughput. Hopefully all those LTE devices we saw at CES will be capable of utilizing the network bandwidth available to them when they are released. Has anyone run any bandwidth tests on their myTouch 4G or G2 when in and area with HSPA+ ("4G") coverage? What download speeds do you see? Do you notice a big difference when using your device in 3G coverage as opposed to 4G coverage?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Get the G2 from T-Mobile for Free

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 07:00 AM

"Oh, how we love a good deal and this one comes courtesy of with the T-Mobile G2 going for the low low price of…free! Of course, this requires a new 2-year commitment."

The G2 is a device that never seemed to get much attention, possibly because of it's 800MHz CPU. Don't let the lower number fool you though. This is a second generation Snapdragon that is just as fast as a lot of 1GHz CPU's out there. In fact, it's probably faster for graphics and maybe some other things. Basically, if you want a good Android phone with a physical keyboard this is a great deal!

Friday, January 7, 2011

CES and More: News Bits You May Have Missed

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 07:30 PM

On the go? Just need the facts? That's why I'm here! I've been dishing out news assignments to our editors here and over on Windows Phone Thoughts, and figured I'd pop my head in with the headlines that didn't make it (Not for lack of merit!). Here we go...

Not too bad huh? And it's really only from the last 48 hours!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Engadget Reviews The myTouch 4G: Maybe T-Mobile Shouldn't Have Touched It So Much

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 06:00 PM

"Coming hot on the heels of the ultra-impressive G2, T-Mobile has returned to its myTouch series with the myTouch 4G. While the G2 is the natural enthusiast flagship, the 4G represents a flagship in its own right of a skinned, curated Android experience."

Engadget has given the T-Mobile myTouch 4G a thorough going over in their lengthy review of the device. For the most part I must agree with them. When I first saw this device I dismissed it as a low to mid-range mass market Android device. It wasn't until I saw some of the benchmarks coming back that I perked up and started paying attention. The hardware design really doesn't do anything for me and the software... I totally agree that the software tries way too hard to be "user friendly" and just ends up taking too much away from what could otherwise be a great device. Hardware wise though this is still very impressive. Anyone looking forward to picking up the myTouch 4G?

Tags: tmobile, 4g, mytouch, hspa+

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You've Got The Touch: myTouch 4G Confirmed For November 3rd

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 02:00 PM

"If you had any doubt at all regarding the November 3rd release for the myTouch 4G, here's your proof."

Need yourself some HSPA+ but don't really want a physical keyboard? Well your wait is almost over, folks. The above email pretty much confirms the rumored November 3rd launch date for the new myTouch 4G. This looks to be a pretty sweet device what with a 5 megapixle camera, 1GHz Snapdragon, Android 2.2, and 8 GB of memory on board. Anyone out there fancy the myTouch 4G over the G2?

Tags: tmobile, 4g, mytouch, hspa+

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

T-Mobile & Motorola Bringing Defy Home for the Holidays

Posted by David Tucker in "Android News" @ 10:13 AM

"Motorola will be making a special appearance on today's season premier of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Why? Because they are going to announce the new ruggedized Defy for T-Mobile USA. That's why! According to the press release that has already hit the wires, the scratch and water resistant smart phone will be available in time for your holiday purchases. A quick primer on the Defy - It will feature a 3.7-inch touch screen, MOTOBLUR, a 5-megapixel camera, and Adobe Flash for the web browser. There's no mention as to what build of Android the phone comes with, but it's definitely not 2.2 as it would feature the full Flash experience."

While my experience with the Cliq XT on T-Mobile has left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth for Motorola it's pretty hard to deny that they've been pretty important to the success that Android has seen. Defy is a pretty good looking phone so hopefully it will have the performance to match! Full press release after the break.


Monday, September 13, 2010

myTouch HD Rumors

Posted by David Tucker in "Android News" @ 01:41 AM

"Now that T-Mobile's got its G2 slider out in the open, the cosmic universe reckons it's time to look towards the next HSPA+ device -- and the next iteration of the Android-laden myTouch series. We've seen alleged pics of the myTouch HD before, and now TmoNews has what it claims is an internal document from the carrier boasting some of the key features of the device."

Nothing like a juicy, unconfirmed rumor to start off the week with. Engadget picked this up from TmoNews and I'd like to think the details are true. I just picked up the myTouch Slide and I love the phone. If the HD is coming as its been described, it sounds like a worthwhile competitor to the Samsung Galaxy. Since the myTouch Slide has a derivative of SenseUI on it, I would definitely go for something like this!

With specs listed such as likely a dual-core processor and HSPA+ support, it sounds like a nice high end addition to T-Mobile's lineup.

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