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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?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Engadget Reviews the Droid Bionic

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"It's been said that absence makes a heart grow fonder, so it was with very willing and eager hands this week that we received the Droid Bionic, Motorola's latest high-octane, robot-themed assault on Verizon Wireless subscribers."

With a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, about 23GB of usable storage space, a 960x540 4.3" screen, 1700mHA battery, LTE 4G, and 1080p video recording the Droid Bionic is a very respectable device. Engadget has a nice review with lots of photos and video that goes into detail about things like performance, battery life, and accessories - including a WebTop laptop dock thing like the Atrix.

I generally like what Motorola does with their hardware. In this case I'm not sure about the CPU/GPU choice. Also I think the VGA front facing camera was a bad choice. I would expect a 2MP front facing camera on a high-end phone. I've seen the PenTile screen on the Droid X2 and I like that. Check out the review and let us know what you think. Is this the Droid you've been waiting for? If you bought one I'd love to know how you like it so far!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Latest Xoom 4G LTE Upgrade Rumor Says September is the Magic Month

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"We just received word that Motorola XOOM 3G owners could will see an email from either Moto or Verizon today with details about their 4G LTE upgrade. According to our source, the email will inform them that the upgrade will not happen until September"

If you were one of the first to buy the Xoom you're probably disappointed that you've had to wait this long. The good news is, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Verizon has announced that the LTE upgrade will be available in September. At least the Xoom did get Gingerbread 3.2 and it has at least some support for use of the MicroSDHC card slot. If you have a Xoom I would be interested to know if the lower bandwidth of 3G has been a real problem for you. Do you think it's holding you back or are there a lot of things you're not downloading because it would take too long?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sensational Review: HTC Sensation 4G

Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 04:00 AM

"Earlier this year, we gave a positive review to the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T. Well, if you liked what that phone had to offer, you're going to love this one."

The HTC Sensation 4G is already available for purchase but if you are still debating whether to pick it up or not, check out the review. It will help you decide whether you want to plunk down some change on the new phone!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

T-Mobile Claims G-Slate is much faster than the iPad 2 and Xoom

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

"T-Mobile is ready to re-position the T-Mobile G-Slate as one of the best tablets on the market given its recent price drop. According to this internal document T-Mobile is claiming that they have received “legal approval” to “definitively” state that the G-Slate is more than “2x faster than the iPad2 on AT&T and Verizon, and over 3x faster than the Motorola Xoom.”"

T-Mobile is referring to carrier data speeds here. Marketing the LG Slate based on it's "4G" connectivity is a questionable move because the G-Slate can only do 14.4Mbps, not the full 42Mpbs that T-Mobile's 4G network is capable of. Also, they're comparing to a 3G Xoom which will get upgraded to LTE at some point. I think it would be a better idea to market the G-Slate based on it's price and features. To me, a $400 tablet with an 8.9" 1280x768 3D display, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage built in, 5MP rear cameras for 3D, a front 2MP camera, and 1080P 2D recording with Honeycomb all for $400 on contract sounds like a great deal to me!

What are your thoughts? Do any of you have the G-Slate? Does the carrier network connectivity speed make that much of a difference to you on a tablet?

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.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Android Market Share Continues to Grow

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"Canalys reports that Android now has a 49 percent market share, continuing the trend of Android being the leading smartphone operating system in the U.S. That's an increase from the 43.6 percent share reported in Q3 2010. Canalys originally attributed the popularity to the HTC EVO, Droid X, and other high-end Android devices that ate away at RIM's stronghold in the smartphone wars. This time around, much of the credit goes to a prevalence of 4G devices."

It seems that 4G is a hit in the U.S., which is translating into higher market share for Android devices sporting the newer technology. The only question that remains is whether a 4G iPhone will eat into that market share or if being the first to market will help Android to stay on top.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Reviewed

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 12:00 PM

"When I received the Sidekick 4G in the mail from T-Mobile, I wondered what T-Mobile hoped to accomplish with the Sidekick line. Several years ago, when the news originally broke that the Sidekick line was being killed off, existing users and ardent supporters of the fabled Sidekick line were understandably upset."

Interested in the Sidekick 4G from T-mobile? Check out this review and let us know what you think!

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 4, 2011

Robin? Kato? NO. It's The New T-Mobile Sidekick

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 01:00 AM

It looks like April 20th is shaping up to be a big big day for T-Mobile fans as Radio Shack has just outed the Sidekick 4G for launch on April 20th.

I will be interested to see how this device does. I know there were quite a few rabid Sidekick fans back in the day. I wonder how those users will take up on the power of Android under the hood? Or for that matter, how many current Android users will opt for this slightly different style device/user experience? Any former Sidekick users excited about the new Sidekick 4G heading to T-Mobile?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

AT&T Holding Back 4G Upload Speeds

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

"AT&T has admitted that it clipped the wings of its 4G network and is the reason that two recently released phones, the Motorola Atrix 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G, have dismal upload speeds."

This is bad. Sometimes I think Verizon is worse, sometimes AT&T. Verizon is pretty bad about installing useless applications like VZ Navigator and City ID but then AT&T pulls an Apple and won't let you install anything from anywhere except the Android Market. Anyway, it turns out AT&T went a step further and has restricted the upstream of their 4G phones to only 300kbps!!! I think it's kind of funny because my Verizon 3G phone gets faster upstream speeds than that and standard 3G HSPA is faster than EVDO Rev. A. In other words, you should get faster upstream speeds on an AT&T 3G phone than on an AT&T 4G phone. What are your thoughts? Any ideas about how we could change any of the silly things carriers do? I mean charges for texting and tethering are crazy and pure robbery. Peasant rebellion anyone?!?!? I don't know, sometimes I just feel like I'm sending lots of money every month to an enemy.

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I Found My Thrill: AT&T Announces The LG Thrill 4G

Posted by Jason Lee in "LG Android Phones" @ 06:00 AM

"AT&T, fresh off its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA, has made its first device announcement at CTIA by confirming it will offer the LG Thrill 4G."

Honestly this is one phone that I have absolutely no interest in owning at all. I very much dislike this 3D fad. I hate 3D movies, I will not own a 3D TV, and I sure as heck don't want 3D on my phone. I mean come on, 3D on a phone? Why? I'm sure the technology is cool and I'll go to the store and play with one but who do they expect to buy this? Oh, right... Consumers. It has buzz words. Who wouldn't want a phone with 4 Gs and 3 Ds? I'm sure babes will weep and angles will get their wings every time some one cracks open the box to one of these beauties but I'll pass, thanks. Any of you guys plan on picking one of these up so you can get your 3D fix on the go or do you think anyone at all will buy this?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sprint Double Leak: Xoom and Nexus S 4G

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

"If you've been following these here pages closely, you'll know that a little device named the Nexus S 4G is coming to Sprint's network, with the expectation being that it'll be announced at CTIA early next week."..."but what you're really eager to learn more about is that image of a Motorola Xoom with a Now Network logo on it, right?"

The first official pure Google "4G" phone that I'm aware of is on the way to Sprint and it looks like Sprint is adding the Xoom to their portfolio as well! This is some great news for Sprint! Some other good news is that Adobe Flash 10.2 has been released for Android and it supports Tegra 2/Honeycomb devices! Now it's not the full fledged real deal. Well, it is but it doesn't support GPU acceleration for the Tegra 2 so it basically won't do 720p playback well but it should handle most of your typical Flash browsing needs. Hopefully the release that supports the full GPU power of the Tegra 2 will come out soon but this is a huge step and should help hold people over! Is anyone who is on Sprint waiting for the Xoom or Nexus S 4G? Did any Xoom owners install Flash 10.2? We would love to hear from any of you!

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?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Good News for Xoom Hackers Who Want LTE

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

"Happy news for Android tinkerers everywhere -- Motorola has officially confirmed it will attempt to perform its 4G upgrade on all Verizon Wireless-riding Xoom tablets it receives from users, whether they've been rooted, repainted, or accessorized with fluffy dice."

This is some good news! Motorola doesn't exactly have a great reputation for being friendly to modders. Many hold the e-fuse boot loader drm thing against them and even if it's a function of the CPU or chipset from TI, Motorola did still choose to use it. Anyway, in this situation Moto is stating they will upgrade your Xoom to LTE no matter what. The only catch is depending on your mod they may not be able to install the updated software that goes along with the new LTE radio. If you want to be sure you'll get the software upgrade they ask you to put it back to the original firmware. That sounds as fair as possible to me! Does this improve your view of Motorola?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Loving That New Xoom? Get Ready to Ship it Away.

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"As expected, the upgrade will be free to everyone and will be available approximately 90 days after launch, so we’re looking at May before this thing will be cooking up those 4G speeds. And as we were told by Motorola at CES, you will have to send in your device and will be without it for 6 days while they upgrade the hardware and software."

This is different and would be very annoying if you didn't realize it at the time of purchase I think. The Motorola Xoom will need to be sent away for a week to receive the 4G LTE upgrade. At least it will not cost you any shipping fees but it's still an inconvenience and possibly a big one. You can get details about the upgrade process here.

I think the Xoom seems like an excellent tablet. You do need to wonder if they released it a little early. This is the third significant feature I'm aware of that will not be enabled if you buy it now. Those features are Flash (though I think this is due to Adobe more than Motorola), the MicroSDHC (or will it be XC?) card slot, and 4G LTE. Do you think Motorola should have waited to release the Xoom? What are your thoughts on the ship to upgrade process? If you have a Xoom are you happy with it?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

T-Mobile Giveaway!

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 06:30 PM

"T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a Valentine's offer to fall in love with. On Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12, all T-Mobile phones, even the fastest 4G smartphones running on America's largest 4G network, will be offered for free at T-Mobile retail stores with qualifying plan on two-year contract."

Oh me, oh my! It's hard to see a downside to this deal, since you'd have to sign a contract to get a carrier based phone anyway. If this comes off, the only thing I think might turn people off is network congestion from the potntial flood of new users, much like what happened to AT&T when the iPhone first came out. What with Verizon getting the iPhone 4, this is a great riposte from T-Mobile - though I can't imagine how the shareholders might feel about such a hefty potential layout. But that hardly matters to consumers, right? Let us know if you're planning on grabbing one - and how big or small the crowds are.

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