Posts tagged with: 4G
  • by | March 5, 2014 7:18 AM

    LTE is the best thing since sliced bread. I doubt you'll find anyone to argue that point. Latency on an LTE network is generally low, while speeds on an LTE network are typically fast. Pretty much the only problem with LTE is its "newness", which translates into the service not being available as widely as many of us would like. When I abandoned Windows Mobile for Android, I picked up the T-Mobile G1 -- the very first commercially available Android-powered smartphone. I was about a year late joining the Android party. Why? T-Mobile wouldn't sell it to me! I know, that sounds crazy, but ...

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  • by | July 5, 2013 5:00 PM

    Ahh vacation. A chance to unwind. Recharge the batteries. Travel across the country seeing great things and meeting great people. I once heard that a vacation pays for itself before you even get on the plane. And it's so true. It's just one of those times that everything becomes so easy, laid back, and overall just awesome. Vacation technology is here to make things even more awesome...and more complicated. Here's a few things I learned about travel vs. mobile technology vs. Disney World. Navigation When traveling outside one's comfort zone, one can be a little more comfortable knowing ...

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  • by | January 17, 2013 3:55 PM

    CES 2013 was many things: a beacon of hope offering tons of potential for the new year in tech; a smorgasbord of cool devices and odd offerings to drool over; and, to hardware-hungry mobile mavens like me, something of a disappointment overall. Still, there was enough newsworthy content for the Pocketnow team to generate over 30 videos packed with mobile-tech reporting. And in the process of shoving all those frames into the YouTubes, we became well-acquainted with the constraints of mobile data networks. Amid the throng of over a hundred thousand people trying to do the exact same thing ...

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  • by | October 30, 2012 4:31 PM

    In a busy fourth quarter for mobile technology, it's tough to stand out from the pack. Despite our initial skepticism, though, the first "pure Google" smartphone from LG has managed to do just that. Our time spent with the company's Optimus G went a long way toward reversing our negative perceptions about the South Korean OEM. As the leaks flowed in at an increasing rate, we became cautiously optimistic about the device now known as the Nexus 4. But for all the gleaming glass, Snapdragon S4 Pro slickness, and Jelly Bean butteriness of the new Google-experience flagship, there's one ...

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  • by | September 25, 2012 4:08 PM

    One of the awesome things about mobile technology today is that most of us have been around long enough to witness several generations of its evolution. We've seen mobile phones progress from outsized boxes with 4-line monochrome LCDs, to tiny clamshells with blue backlights and internal antennas, back into outsized boxes- now with HD displays and internals that beat out some notebook computers. But the evolution we've followed for years isn't confined to handheld hardware. The networks that fuel the little packages of future-tech we carry in our pockets have undergone their own sweeping ...

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  • by | September 14, 2012 2:12 PM

    Samsung has been mostly uncontested in the phablet space that it invented with the Galaxy Note. We haven't seen a competing device from Motorola or HTC, though there are rumors of a 5" 1080p Android from HTC heading to Verizon. LG, though, is going up against the Note with the Optimus Vu, now available stateside as the LG Intuition on Verizon Wireless for $199.99. The Intuition has a smaller, but wider screen than the Note at 5.0" (versus 5.3" on the Note and 5.5" on the Note II) thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio afforded by the 1024x768 resolution (making for a pixel density of 256). Inside, ...

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  • by | September 10, 2012 3:56 PM

    With the iPhone 5 just a couple of days from being announced, the media is full of speculation. I'll admit the whole team got together last week to discuss this, but we decided to leave this video until this week since there were a  lot of products that deserved our full attention with all of last week's events. Today has proven to be a rather silent day, and we know why it is. Everyone, be it customers, lovers, haters, and even competitors are all waiting for it to be September 12th at 10:00am PST for Apple to officially unwrap the iPhone 5. This top 5 was a difficult list to come-up ...

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  • by | July 23, 2012 9:38 AM

    For me, the Galaxy Nexus LTE was a series of firsts: it was my first Verizon phone, first LTE device, and my first smartphone with "Nexus" branding. All these attributes were impressive: Verizon's network had a top-notch reputation, LTE was rumored to be super-fast, and getting a Nexus device was supposed to be the short road to timely Android updates and the coolest Google-sourced features. This combination of positives helped justify the $299 expense, and filled me with hope for great things when I bought the phone back in January. Six months later, have these dreams come to pass? Has ...

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  • by | July 18, 2012 6:47 PM

    Remember last year, when AT&T was about to lose its iPhone exclusivity to Verizon Wireless? If you live in America, you probably do. AT&T's advertising shifted in tone, moving from espousing the virtues of the iPhone generally to calling out its more esoteric features. Features that the Verizon version couldn't match. On the iPhone, that's something of a tall order. Apple exerts more control over the user experience than any other American manufacturer, a tight grip it's maintained since the first iPhone launch in 2007. Cupertino likes to keep the user experience as uniform as ...

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  • by | June 26, 2012 3:09 AM

    U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been announced (and anticipated) on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Some carrier subscribers were luckier than others but Verizon fans seem to have to wait forever for their phone to be available. Initially, the Verizon Galaxy S III should have been available on July 9, which was before it got pushed back one day to July 10. Then came rumors of a July 11 availability -- later confirmed by Verizon on their website with the patches on the phone -- and the latest report comes from HHGregg who have a nice banner up on their page that says ...

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  • by | June 25, 2012 3:45 AM

    It's been quite some time since Sony introduced the Xperia Ion for AT&T at the beginning of the year at CES. However, six months later, the phone is available for purchase online at the carrier, going for $99.99 with a two-year contract (or $449.00 outright). It's been so long since its introduction that you might need to refresh your memory with our hands-on video. As far as specs are concerned, the Xperia Ion packs a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.6-inch 720p display, and a twelve-megapixel camera, in addition to LTE compatibility on AT&T. The downside -- of running ...

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  • by | May 29, 2012 2:26 PM

    We've gotten a bit of information on some upcoming Motorola devices, including a pair of LTE-capable, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered handsets for Verizon and AT&T. First is the Motorola Vanquish, which will be sold worldwide, and which has already been spotted in some EXIF data going by the name Droid RAZR HD for Verizon. As its name suggests, this will be the first high definition model in the Droid range, sporting a 1280 x 720 pixel display. Vanquish is coming to Verizon under model number XT926, to China as XT922 and XT980, and globally as the XT923 (UMTS) and XT925 (LTE). Next is the ...

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  • by | May 25, 2012 10:30 PM

    After having announced the (then-named) Windows Phone 7 Series platform at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft planned a flashy New York City event in the fall of that same year to show off the first devices that would be bestowed with the Windows ecosystem's answer to Apple and Google's foray into mobile. There were a handful of devices, though one stood out to us in particular: the Samsung Focus, which seemed to have the best screen, the snappiest performance, and the most impressive thin-and-light form factor. The Focus went on to be one of the best-selling early Windows Phone 7 ...

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  • by | May 22, 2012 6:22 PM

    If you're looking for a smartphone on Sprint’s website you'll find enough options to make your head spin. By my count there are 42 devices: four of them are iPhones, 19 are running Android. HTC is in comeback mode. It's put a fresh face on Sense UI, brought out some new devices, and shown us some very impressive specifications. The latest Android-powered smartphone to join Sprint's ranks is the HTC EVO 4G LTE, essentially a modified One X. Like its AT&T sibling, the EVO 4G LTE has a gorgeous display, unique design, and feels like a very well-built device. Inside the Box The box ...

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  • by | May 21, 2012 4:31 PM

    What's more annoying to a mobile-phone user than not having service? If you answered "nothing," you're right. And never is that truer than when a user is trying to share something. Like the awesome photo they just snapped from their courtside or ringside seats as the ... puck hit a ... home run ... through the fullback's legs. Okay, I don't do sports. But according to my basketball-savvy friends, we're in the midst of something called the "2012 playoff season," which I gather is a pretty big deal. In an effort to avoid butchering any sports terminology, I will put this succinctly: The ...

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