Motorola and Verizon Wireless have set their sights on targeting business users with the release of the Droid Pro. Users looking to obtain an Android device with a physical full QWERTY keyboard have typically only had sliding keyboard options. The Droid Pro offers an alternative by combing a full QWERTY and touchscreen on the front of a bar-style device.
In the below video, we get busy by unboxing the Droid Pro. One aspect that we immediately noticed is the keyboards’ striking resemblance to the old Q line of Windows Mobile devices. In normal unboxing fashion, we take a [...]
The Samsung Continuum has been stealing quite a bit of attention in the Android stratosphere as of late. First, came the initial leak. Next, came endless speculation, and finally, the actual announcement.
Well now that it’s here, it’s time to unbox this unique device from the Galaxy S line. What sets the Continuum apart from its brothers and sisters before it is the additional “ticker” screen, just beneath the main capacitive Android buttons.
Our unboxing video will provide a look at what is packaged in the box alongside the Samsung Continuum. We [...]
It’s time to run some tests on the Sprint Samsung Transform! So far we’ve run through an unboxing, a software overview, and a hardware overview on the Samsung Transform. Well, now it’s time to see how well it stacks up against its big brother, the Samsung Epic 4G.
As mentioned in our hardware overview, the Transforms 800MHz processor surely isn’t as brawny as the Epic’s 1Ghz processor. As the video below shows, the Transform may not be exactly as fast, but it still performs very well. In this video we run a series of comparison tests featuring a [...]
So far we’ve unboxed the Samsung Transform and taken a look at its user interface in part one of our software overview. Well, now it’s time to hunker down and take a look at the hardware. The Transform’s form factor is a touchscreen Android device with a full QWERTY slide out keyboard. If you’re someone who prefers to use a physical keyboard, this device should be on your radar.
The Transform is equipped with a 3.5″ LCD display with a resolution of 320×480. Housed inside its frame is a 800Mhz processor, 256MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. These [...]
In our unboxing video of the Samsung Transform, we were only able to briefly see the UI after the initial boot-up. In our next video in the series, we take a closer look at the software that both Sprint and Samsung have implemented on the Transform.
One immediately noticeable characteristic is that Samsung’s Touchwiz UI is completely absent. Instead, Samsung has used a Froyo-like app drawer and homescreen bar. Sprint has also included the Sprint ID option for users to take advantage of. Sprint ID is essentially a profile that the user can choose that is complete with [...]
Sprint is no stranger to touchscreen devices with slide-out keyboards. One of the more recent of which is the Samsung Epic 4G. If you weren’t fond of the larger size of the Epic 4G or the overall pricetag, but loved the form factor, Sprint has just released a device that may interest you. The Samsung Transform is a touchscreen Android 2.1 device with a slide-out keyboard. This means it offers the best of both worlds in regards to quickly navigating through the UI to gracefully typing out messages on the physical keyboard (if you so choose).
Included in the box are your [...]
Since kicking off our coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you’ve seen our unboxing video, Part 1 of our software overview, and the hardware overview. Well now it’s time for Part 2 of the software overview.
In this video we compare the speed of the Xperia X10 against the Samsung Galaxy S. The X10 is preloaded with Android 1.6 while the Galaxy S comes with 2.1. These two devices face off in a stock browser comparison, YouTube load time test, and finally a simple assessment of app opening times.
You will surely notice that we have opted to load custom [...]
So far, we have unboxed and taken a look at the presinstalled softwware on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We now take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s hardware. The 4″ capacitive touch screen makes navigation through the user interface a breeze. 4″ seems to be a very happy medium in terms of screen size-it’s not too small and difficult to use and it’s not too large and hard to hold. Powered by a 1GHz processor the X10 stays current with its competition and shows little to no slowdown. The X10 comes packed with a 1500mAh battery that Sony claims [...]
Next up, we scrape the surface on the software that makes up the Xperia X10. Unfortunately, with Android 1.6 preinstalled the X10 is slightly behind the 8-ball. Sony has stated they will be upgrading the device to Android 2.1 in late September, but there is no word on 2.2. Sony has however included two custom applications on the X10 that each serve a useful purpose. Timescape is an application that aggregates the users social networks into one common area. There is also a Timescape homescreen widget for added convenience. Mediascape on the other hand, brings pictures, videos, and music [...]
It’s time to unbox and kick of our coverage of the Sony Ericson Xperia X10! AT&T announced just a few weeks ago that they would be offering this Android 1.6 device on their network, further increasing their relatively slim offering of Android devices. Currently, AT&T offers the Motorola Backflip, HTC Aria, and the Samsung Captivate as part of their Android lineup. Each device boasts a unique characteristic, from price, to form factor, to screen resolution. Quite clearly, adding another choice is largely welcomed.
This is only a brief taste of the Xperia X10. [...]
A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own “skin” to work in their device(s). We’ve seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell’s custom interface.
Well, now it’s time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the [...]
We now get up close and personal with the Dell Streak to take a look at its hardware. With its 5″ Gorilla-Glass screen, the Dell Streak has taken a great deal of both positive and negative criticism. The larger than average form factor could make the phone cumbersome and difficult to use. However, it could also increase the users efficiency by allowing them to type faster and more accurately on a larger keyboard, and also allow more widgets and shortcuts to fit on the screen.
The Streaks 5″ screen has a 800 x 480 resolution and is equipped with a 1Ghz processor and [...]
We recently kicked off our series on the Dell Streak Android Tablet with an unboxing video. We next follow up by taking a look at the custom interface system that Dell has implemented with this device. The typical notification bar on Android devices call for a downward swipe and only includes information such as new email, missed calls, text messages, etc. Dell has taken this a step further by also adding connectivity options, a favorite programs list, and the ability to add “rooms”, or homescreens all to the top bar. The Streaks 5″ screen also gives the user much [...]
Join us as we kick off our next review series by unboxing the Dell Streak Android tablet device! Some of our recent Android coverage has been of smaller form factor devices. We now take it to the opposite spectrum by looking at the largest Android phone to date.
The Dell Streak is a combination of a phone and tablet that is graced with the Android operating system. Devices like the HTC EVO 4G have gained a large following due to its large 4.3″ screen size. The Dell Streak takes the cake with a screen measuring 5″. Will this large, Gorilla-glass screen make the [...]
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. [...]
HTC has become a powerhouse in manufacturing Android powered devices. They have created a device to fit practically every form factor, budget, and cellular network type. HTC has now set their sights on the budget friendly market with the release of the HTC Wildfire. Typically, in order to create a lower-priced device, manufacturers must sacrifice some quality or features. We can’t help but be curious to see as to whether or not HTC puts a mark on its reputation for quality with the Wildfire. Read on to find out in our full review of the HTC Wildfire!
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Our software overview part 1 video gave you a tour into the HTC Sense skin that the HTC Wildfire utilizes for navigation. In this next video, we compare how well the HTC Wildfire performs against one of its big brothers, the HTC EVO 4G. As mentioned in the hardware overview, the Wildfire has a 528mhz processor, whereas the EVO is equipped with a 1Ghz processor. The EVO is also equipped with a better GPU and more available RAM.
Below, we run through a series of comparison tests with these two devices including gaming, loading YouTube videos, and social networking applications. [...]
In this video we will take a look at the new “Unrevoked” tool for rooting your HTC Sense loaded Android device. Unrevoked promises a solution to making root easy and painless. By simply downloading the program, the user can connect their device to their computer via USB, and Unrevoked does the rest. Press play below to see just how easy Unrevoked actually is as we test it on our HTC EVO 4G. Will it live up to its claim?
One important element to note here is that using Unrevoked to root your device does grant Superuser Permissions. However, it will NOT give you the [...]
The HTC Wildfire has been described by many as a miniature-sized cross between the Nexus One and the HTC Desire. As previously mentioned, HTC has targeted the masses with this device by making it very affordable. The shell of the device is much like the Nexus One in its combination of aluminum and Teflon painted plastic. Quite obviously, the overall design of this device is not lacking, despite its low price point.
On the spec side of things, the HTC Wildfire is accompanied with a 528MHz processor and 384MB of RAM. Based on the current generation of Android smartphones, these [...]
In our unboxing video of the HTC Wildfire, we had the opportunity to power on the device for the first time and give you a brief introduction to this device’s software. In part 1 of our software overview we now dive further into exploring the Android OS and the HTC Sense skin.
Sense is a skin created by HTC for use on many of their Android devices. Sense makes Android user friendly by adding new widgets, more home screens, and by streamlining certain menus and functions. Many of HTC’s custom widgets include stocks, news, weather, and the acclaimed flip-clock on the [...]
It’s time to kick off another series of videos on an Android device. This time we get the opportunity to unbox the HTC Wildire.
The HTC Wildfire is a compact and budget friendly device. Much like Sony Ericsson’s X10 Mini, HTC is targeting everyone with this offering. Right away you’ll see that the Wildfire shares many design aspects with the Nexus One. With that being said, its 3.2″ screen and a 528mhz processor, the Wildfire is sure to be a different experience.
Join us below as we unbox the HTC Wildfire and take a gander at what comes packaged [...]
All mounts created equal?
The search for the perfect vehicle mounting solution is a tedious one. Companies offering vent clips, suction cup dashboard or windshield mounts are a dime a dozen. Google hit the nail on the head with their Nexus One car mount. However, the Nexus one is only one small fish in a sea of smartphones, GPS units, and tablet devices.
ProClip has taken a unique approach to the device mount market by offering a two-piece system. The first piece is custom fit to the year, make, and model of the car you will be installing it into. From there, you [...]
Part 1 of our software overview gave you a look at navigating through Sony’s custom user interface on the X10 Mini. Just slapping any old version of Android onto the smallest smartphone would not suffice. Sony’s skinned version of Android 1.6 does the job very well and makes the X10 Mini very usable, even by the most skeptical.
In part 2 of our software overview, we venture further into the software making up the X10 Mini. We take a look at the social networking applications, the browser, and we also look at the video playback capability. Surprisingly, for such a [...]
In this next video, we explore the hardware of the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini. With a capacitive screen measuring only 2.5″ and a resolution of 240 x 320, the X10 Mini is surely a unique device. Sony set out to design a smartphone that could be used by anyone, while being very affordable and easy to use.
Weighing in at only 3.11oz, the X10 Mini weighs almost half of the HTC EVO 4G (6oz). While it is thicker than many of today’s smartphones, it is easy to forget that is in in your pocket. The X10 Mini is also Bluetooth 2.0 capable, has built in WiFi, and has a MicroSD [...]