The LG Nitro on AT&T is among the first shipping Android phones to pack a full 720p display. Not only that, it’s among the first shipping AT&T phones to do LTE, which promises speeds far greater than what is offered over AT&T’s HSPA+ 3G network. Sadly, LG has a shaky history of delivering high-end devices, and we also know that there is still a limited amount of cities in the United States that take full advantage of AT&T’s 4G LTE Network. Some early adopters of devices with similar specs and enhanced connectivity are even wondering if it’s [...]
Smartphone manufacturers have begun equipping their latest offerings with 1080p capable cameras. Paired with its high definition screen, the LG Nitro HD is setup to be a solid consideration.
In these two videos we’ll take a quick look around a New Hampshire public park during the winter months using both the Nitro’s rear-facing 1080p camera and it’s front-facing camera which is capable of recording in 720p. It was a bright and sunny day, so we’ll quickly see how well the cameras respond to changes in light.
How do you think the [...]
Next in our sights is the physical hardware making up the LG Nitro HD. In this video we take some quality time to give you a hardware tour of the device. We also run some benchmarking applications to test performance of the phone to see how it stacks up.
Battery1830 mAh3 hours talk-time (3G)252 hours Stand-by time
Dimensions5.27 x 2.67 x 0.41 (134 x 68 x 10 mm)4.50 oz (128 g)
Display4.5-inch HD LCD display720 x 1280 pixels329 ppi
Processor1.5GHz dual-core processor
Memory4GB Internal16GB Sandisk Class 4 microSD [...]
This time, we take a dive into the software element of the LG Nitro HD. For the most part, we’ve all become accustomed to see a manufacturer-customized skin on any non-Nexus devices. Of course, the LG Nitro HD is no exception.
LG’s user interface maintains a resemblance to Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0. This gives the icon a very “iOS” appearance. Some users may like this look and other may not. LG has added a set of quick actions to the pull-down notification bar. This gives users the ability to quickly enable or disable silent mode, Wi-Fi, [...]
In this video we take a few minutes to unbox AT&T’s latest 4G LTE handset, the LG Nitro HD. Not only does the Nitro HD sport a LTE radio, but it is one of the first few Android devices to posses a truly High Definition screen.
The LG Nitro HD comes packaged in typical AT&T fashion. Living inside this box with the phone is a standard microUSB cable with USB wall adapter, a 16GB microSD card, 1830mAh battery and the phone itself. As if the LTE arms race wasn’t enough, manufacturers are now starting to construct their devices with high definition [...]
If you caught Daniel Webster’s series of videos and final review on the Samsung Galaxy S, you were treated with an abundance of detail about this new device. Sporting a 4″ Super AMOLED with a 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy is equipped to impress.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S is not alone in the 4″+ screen size market. I’ve decided to match the Samsung Galaxy S up against my beloved HTC EVO. The EVO has been my primary phone for a little over a month now, and I’ve been nothing but impressed. Over the next few videos, I will put the Galaxy side-by-side [...]
So far we’ve run through the unboxing of the Samsung Continuum, our hardware overview, and our look at the software. This time we take a different approach and compare the speed of the Continuum against one of its close relatives, the Samsung Galaxy S I9000. In this video we will run through a browser test, a gameplay test and comparison, as well as a YouTube load time test.
The two devices share the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor. But, the Continuum clocks in slightly lower in the RAM category with 336MB of RAM, whereas the I9000 maintains a solid 512MB of RAM. Be sure [...]
You’ve already seen Brandon give us a rundown of his top five, must-have, can’t-live-without Android applications. Well now it’s my turn. I this video I run through my top five Android app picks.
1. Pulse (free): If you follow RSS feeds of any kind, Pulse is one of the best RSS reader options for your device. You can search for feeds or manually add your own. Feeds are shown in rich text format to allow fast viewing, but the built in browser gives the option of viewing articles in their full glory pictures and video in all.
2. Dropbox (free): [...]
The Sony Xperia X10 is an Android device that has been available in Europe for some time already. It has received a fair share of both praise and criticism since its original release date. Now, the X10 has finally made its way stateside, with AT&T. With only three Android phones to choose from, AT&T could certainly stand to gain by adding to their selection. Is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 a worthy addition for AT&T? Read on below to find out!
Here’s the unboxing for the Xperia X10. The box comes packed with just about everything [...]
The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below!
If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review.
This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the fact [...]
Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users’ ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5″ screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out!
Here’s the unboxing of the Dell [...]
The Samsung Transform is a new Android device that combines a touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that looks similar to the high-end Samsung Epic 4G, but has smaller dimensions and less power. It features Android 2.1, an 800MHz CPU, and 256MB of RAM. It also has a new feature called Sprint ID which allows the user to load pre-configured home screens, similar to Scenes for HTC Sense. The question, however, is where in Sprint’s lineup does this device fit? Read on for our full review where we’ll cover hardware, software, speed, and a whole lot more!
Samsung’s Galaxy S line of devices is arguably one of the biggest hits of 2010. The sAMOLED screens that each of the devices feature has taken users in the next generation of screen technology with its color saturation, clearness, and overall vibrancy. Samsung has made sure that every US carrier has a Galaxy S device to offer. With the addition of the Samsung Continuum, Verizon Wireless now has two Galaxy S device to choose from. What makes the Continuum unique though, is the addition secondary “ticker” screen. Is there room for another Galaxy S device with Verizon? [...]
Motorola’s Droid Pro has been created with the business user market in mind. It combines a touchscreen as well as a full physical QWERTY keyboard to give its users the best of both worlds. It seems Motorola is attempting to steal some market share from RIM’s Blackberry. Is the Droid Pro a suitable contender? Read on below to find out!
Here’s our unboxing of the Droid Pro. Inside the box you will the Droid Pro device itself with a pre-installed 2GB microSD card. You’ll also find three international wall adapters, an AC adapter with [...]
Motorola is no stranger to the world of Android. Their offerings range from low-end to high-end devices each with various different version of UI tweaks and skins. Motorola has added another mid-range device their lineup with the Flipside; a touchscreen phone offering both an optical trackpad and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Is there room for the Flipside as part of AT&T’s Android offering, and is it worth considering? Read on below to get the scoop!
Hit play below to see us unbox the Flipside. Inside the box you will find the device itself with [...]
So far we’ve unboxed the Motorola Flipside. We’ve also taken an up and close look at its hardware and MotoBlur user interface. Our next video in the Flipside series is a comparison video in which we pit the Motorola Flipside against the Samsung Transform.
Both devices are considered mid-range Android phones. The Flipside is featured on AT&T’s network and sports a 720mHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The Transform resides on Sprint and holds an 800mHz processor and 256MB of RAM.
Curious to see which device outperforms the other? Press play below to [...]
When we first unboxed the Motorola Flipside we were only able to sneak a quick peek at the devices UI and implementation of MotoBlur with the preloaded Android 2.1 OS. Now, it’s time to get down to business. For part 1 of our software overview on the Motorola Flipside, we take a quick tour of MotoBlur and its functionality.
MotoBlur is Motorola’s very own Android UI skin that puts social networking at the forefront of the user interface. One great aspect of Blur is that it lets the user resize widgets as they see fit. As you’ll see, some video natively support [...]
The Motorola Flipside is a touchscreen Android 2.1 device that offers a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This allows users to take advantage of either the physical keyboard or the 3.1″ capacitive screen, (featuring a resolution of 320×480) to compose messages of any kind. One unique aspect here is the inclusion of a trackpad for navigating through the UI.
The innards of the Flipside are made up of a 720MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and an equal 512MB of ROM. While the processor may not be the fastest from a hard spec standpoint, the amount of RAM is up to snuff with some of [...]
Recently, we spent some time with the mid-range Samsung Transform available on the Sprint network. This time around, we kick off our coverage of another mid-range Android device, but from a different manufacturer and carrier altogether.
AT&T is a carrier that is well-known for offering a stacked line of feature and message phones. Lately, the line between feature phone and smartphones has begun to blur (no pun intended). In the below video, we unbox the Motorola Flipside on AT&T and get a quick look at the boot up, and what comes packaged with the device. The Flipside [...]
In our Droid Pro hardware overview, we briefly looked at the quick launch shortcuts and user programmable side button. We think it’s time you get to see these cool features in action. If you use certain apps frequently and want to save room on your homescreen, quick launch commands are a great way to do so.
We also take a look at the general UI of this device. Motorola has included their BLUR skin, but hasn’t taken to advertising it. BLUR may have its ups and downs, but with the Droid Pro it allows for a great deal of customization on both sides of the spectrum. [...]
As time progresses, the picture taking and video recording quality of our cell phones camera improves. Some manufacturers consider a phenomenal camera as a major selling point to their new device. Others see it as a luxury that is often overlooked to keep production costs down. One thing is clear; cell phones are the most readily available device for many people. When they need to take a picture on the fly their phone is what they first reach for. Thus, it would only make since to have a good quality camera sensor on your cell phone.
Motorola details the Droid Pro as being able [...]
Despite the fact that the Samsung Continuum is another Galaxy S phone, the additional secondary ticker screen located below the capacitive Android buttons equates to a different software experience. Directly out of the box the Continuum will make use of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.1. TouchWiz still seems to be an acquired taste. If you’re after the vanilla Android experience you unfortunately won’t find it here.
The most exciting element of the Continuum to talk about is the ticker screen. Samsung has created what they call a grip sensor, which [...]
Samsung seems to have hit a home run with their Galaxy S line of devices. Each of the major US carriers has received their own version of a Galaxy S phone. Verizon Wireless and Samsung each wanted to take things a step further by creating another Galaxy S device, but with a unique design. Enter the Samsung Continuum, a phone that possesses a main 3.4″ sAMOLED touchscreen, but also a secondary 1.8″ touchscreen ticker to display notification, weather, RSS feeds, etc.
The brain of the operation is a 1GHz Hummingbird processor meshed with 336MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. [...]
The candybar design of the Droid Pro is something we haven’t seen very often in the Android world. With its full physical QWERTY keyboard, it’s clear that Motorola hopes to tap into the business audience of smartphone users. One great addition here is that the Droid Pro is a world phone. This means that if you plan on traveling outside of the US, you can take advantage of GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900) and UMTS (850, 1900, 2100) frequencies. Thus, wherever you are, your phone should work without a hitch.
At the heart of the Droid Pro beats a 1Ghz processor next to 512MB [...]