Now that the HTC Vivid has been updated with Sense 3.6 and Ice Cream Sandwich, we are returning with a new video to take a closer look at the changes therein.
Overall, the device seems to be snappier and the slight changes to Sense are for the better on all fronts. We would have liked to see a more unified ICS interface or even Sense 4.0, but HTC has made it very clear they do not want to confuse or alienate their existing customer base.
Unfortunately, a software update cannot change hardware issues, and our review score still stands.
Samsung, in a seeming attempt to have the most tablets on the market at one time, has just recently released their Galaxy Tab 7.7 with LTE from Verizon. Similar in most respects to the original Galaxy Tab 7.7 (you can read our review on this variation here), this newest rev also includes LTE/CDMA radios from Verizon. An exciting form factor with a high-speed data connection, how could we resist taking a look? But can it survive against the current tablet market? Were any of the problems mentioned in our previous coverage resolved in this version? Read our review to find out!
Code named the Revolution 2, the LG Spectrum is the most recent Verizon LTE device on the market. After spending a couple of minutes with it at CES, a lot of expectations were set on the table with Verizon’s new list of LTE devices, and the Spectrum topped the list because of the amount of quality specs involved. The expectations grew even more after we noticed that Verizon partnered with LucasFilm in the marketing of the Spectrum, as Verizon’s website has a very prominent comparison between this phone and R2-D2. Is it the destiny of the LG Spectrum to take the market by [...]
In this video, we are taking a closer look at the hardware on the LG Spectrum from Verizon.
Perhaps with hardware, the light side can prevail. Certainly the specs seem to show a worthy set of capabilities. But even the blazing LTE speeds can’t seem to do enough for this phone. The IPS screen, while quite brilliant and easy on the eyes, reveals a darker heart when you start looking closely at images. The still camera does an okay job (no stabilization or flash-assisted focus), but the video, even though it’s 1080p is rather poor in [...]
In this video, we are taking a closer look at the software on the LG Spectrum from Verizon.
One would like to believe that this dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon smartphone could conquer the Empire. Sadly to do so you’d need the powerful Jedi Knight which the LG Spectrum was built to be, but fails to accomplish at times. While it’s 4.5″ screen is bright and brilliant, the underlying Android version has been corrupted by LG’s Touchwiz-like skin, and the glossy exterior is beginning to show its dark side.
There is a noticable amount of bloat on the device, [...]
In this video, we are unboxing the the newest 4G LTE devices from Verizon: the LG Spectrum.
Touting a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor the LG Spectrum is certainly on par, processor-wise compared to the rest of the devices currently on the market. Add in LTE plus a brilliant 4.5″ IPS HD display, and the device starts to look very intriguing. Sadly, the Spectrum is only running a fairly skinned version of Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), which seems to cause some lag in the UI. We shall see if the 4G hunt for signal causes the 1830mAh battery to give up faster than if [...]
Originally codenamed Holiday, the HTC Vivid is one of the newest 4G (LTE) devices from ATT, but not the first LTE phone from HTC. Based on specs alone, this device seems to have a lot going for it, but as we’ve discovered in the past, sometimes specs aren’t enough. And these days, it takes a lot more than blazing download speeds to impress anyone. How does the HTC Vivid stand up to the heavy (but lighter in weight) competition on the market today? Read on to find out.
BOX CONTENTSAs with most devices these days, there isn’t much to be said about the box or [...]
What’s better than paying just $200 for an Android tablet? Well, the option to actually run the full Android experience on your tablet. That’s right, if you were after rooting your recently unboxed Kindle Fire, watch our next video, and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to get it done. As with all of these procedures, we can’t say your warranty will be something that you’ll be able to keep, but for a $200 investment, we’d say it’s worth a shot.
You will need:1. A Kindle Fire2. A microUSB cable3. The Android SDK installed and [...]
In this video, we are taking a closer look at the software the newest of the Amazon e-reader lineup: the Kindle Fire.
Under the custom lockscreen is pure Android, although the average user would never suspect it. Because of thise OS choice, it also means the Fire is ripe for customization and modding (the community at XDA has already ported somewhat working CM7 and Ice Cream Sandwich variations at the time of this review).
But even without your own customizations, which most users will probably never see, the layout and configuration is simple and user friendly, for the [...]
In this video, we are taking a closer look at the hardware the newest of the Amazon e-reader lineup: the Kindle Fire.
Dimensions7.48 x 4.72 x 0.45″14.57 oz
Display7″ IPS Multitouch LCD1024×600169ppiGorilla Glass
ProcessorDual core, 1Ghz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430
Memory512MB RAM8GB flash memory
Stereo speakers1/8″ headphone jack (with mic in capabilities)
Wifi b/g/nChipset also seems to support Bluetooth and FM Radio
USB 2.0microUSB charging/data port
Even with only 512MB of [...]
In this video we’ll be comparing the hardware on the T-Mobile HTC Flyer to a couple of popular tablets currently on the market. The 7″ size and form factor has been a joy to use vs the 10″ displays of say the iPad 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Still noticeably missing in the HTC Flyer is the lack of a Honeycomb update which would make the pen more useful. While not a problem specific to the HTC Flyer, the gap between apps available between iOS and Android systems is still quite apparent. iOS developers have still set the standard in regards to usability, [...]
In this video we’ll be taking a closer look at the hardware on the T-Mobile HTC Flyer. While the HTC Flyer is a little bulkier than other tablets, the build quality is very good. Gorilla Glass would have been a welcome addition, but a screen protector can keep scratches at bay. The in-hand feel is great, leaving us to wonder if the 7″ tablet form factor is the real sweet spot for this class of device.
Processor, RAM & Storage1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor1GB RAM32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB with [...]
In this video we’ll be taking a closer look at the software on the T-Mobile HTC Flyer.
Running Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) with HTC Sense 1.0 for Tablets, the device is very snappy, suffering from only a few Sense crashes here and there. Hopefully an upgrade to Honeycomb, or more likely, Ice Cream Sandwich will allow for additional pen functionality (which is currently very limited).
HTC has included its own book and video content apps in Reader and Watch along with a handful of other interesting programs such as Press Reader, Snapbooth, Dock Mode, and Car [...]
In this video we’ll be unboxing the T-Mobile HTC Flyer.
The HTC Flyer is well known in the market today (having been originally released in May), T-Mobile has recently released their version of the tablet to the world at large.
In hand, the device feels hefty but well put together, and with a Qualcomm 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, the initial impressions are favorable. But as we put this newest version of the HTC Flyer into daily use, will it be able to meet expectations compared to other tablets available today?
The 32GB HTC Flyer is available from [...]
The last in our video review series on the Amazon Kindle Fire is a comparison with other tablet hardware. We have a HTC Flyer, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an iPad 2 on hand for the analysis. Overall, the Amazon Kindle Fire is a fantastic device for the price and hopefully will lead to reducing the gap between Android and iOS tablets.
Since this device was not intended to be a true Android tablet (although, with a little tweaking, you can certainly make it such), it is difficult to compare the specs vs specs. It is interesting to note that with Amazon’s strong infrastructure, this [...]
In this video, we are taking a close look at the hardware on the one of the newest 4G LTE devices from ATT: the HTC Vivid. Sadly, the device is simply not inspiring. While the specs are withing the realms of other devices on the market today, there are plenty of more interesting phones on the market for which one can spend $199 for. The lack of nationwide LTE from ATT also serves to dampen what could otherwise be a high point in the device configuration.
Dimensions5.07 x 2.64 x 0.44″6.24 oz
Display4.5″ S-LCD540 x 960 [...]
In this video, we are taking a close look at the software on the one of the newest 4G LTE devices from AT&T, the HTC Vivid.
Even with the usual HTC Sense 3.0 overlaid on Gingerbread Android, the HTC Vivid is still an admirable performer. If not for it’s bulky exterior and hardware design, one would be very pleased with the results. Even the data speeds without the 4G LTE service (not available in my primary service area) are outstanding, especially compared to my daily driver from Sprint. There is the typical bloatware installed on the device, some of which can be [...]
In this video, we are unboxing the newest of the Amazon e-reader lineup: the Kindle Fire. A first for Amazon in the realm of color, but certainly in line with their current Kindle ecosystem, the Fire has a lot of hype to live up to.
The 7″ form factor is certainly appealing, even if the device is missing a camera, most sensors, and only has 8GB of storage. It’s important to note that Amazon has been very careful not to call this a tablet, nor claim that it will be an iPad killer. Taking this into consideration, the game then turns back to the user experience on the [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most highly anticipated devices to arrive in the US in quite some time, and Sprint is the first to receive it in the form of the Epic 4G Touch (shortened name for the sake of time). With a massive 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, a 1800mAh and a Samsung Exynos dual-core 1.2GHz processor, the phone certainly looks to be quite the powerhouse. But has this new Android phone been able to live up to the hype? Read on for the full review!
BOX CONTENTSThe box contents are rather bare, and other than the phone, the only remaining items are a [...]
The “weapon of choice”, as Sprint would have us believe, is the newest to their mobile lineup – the Motorola Photon 4G. With a body whose beveled corners encase its powerful Tegra 2 1Ghz dual-core processor, this phone certainly feels good in the hand. Motorola’s first 4G device (and a world phone as well) on Sprint looks to be a solid contender, but will it be able to win the battle of the consumers? Read on for the full review!
Not much in the way of included accessories in the box with the Photon 4G. A wall charger and appropriate [...]
In this video, we are taking a closer look at the software of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. There is a minor amount of bloatware included, but at least some of it can be uninstalled. The new Motion based activities are useful, and the general UI is very snappy.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is available from Sprint for $199 with a two year contract.
In this video, we are taking a closer look at the hardware of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. As one of the most highly anticipated devices to arrive in the US, will Sprint be able to pull in new users and keep existing ones on its network with this device?Battery1800mAh Li-Ion
Talk time8.72 hours
Dimensions5.11 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches
Display4.52″ Super AMOLED Plus with a 480×800 resolution
Processor1.2Ghz dual-core Samsung Exynos
Memory16GB Internal, 1GB RAMCamera8MP w/flash rear camera [...]
Battle lines have been drawn, and the device manufacturers are trying hard to recruit new members to their ranks. In this video, we take a closer look at the software of the Motorola Photon 4G for Sprint. A winner or loser once the fight is done? You’ll have to watch to see.
The Motorola Photon 4G is available from Sprint for $199 with a two year contract.