A cursory look at the state of cellular technologies in the US would give one the impression that WiMAX is on its way out. After all, Sprint has finally caught LTE fever and has already transitioned from releasing new WiMAX-enabled handsets to those with LTE radios, even in advance of its own network’s availability. That’s not to say that the sun has set on WiMAX entirely, and as Sprint backs away from it, Virgin Mobile is more than ready to step forward and embrace the 4G system. Virgin will kick things off with WiMAX on May 31, as it begins sales of its first 4G [...]
Having already sold both previous Galaxy S handsets from Samsung (as the QWERTY-equipped Epic 4G and keyboard-less Epic 4G Touch), it’s no surprise that Sprint will also be stocking the third iteration of this popular device, the Galaxy S III. Thanks to the device’s user agent profile, we’ve been able to gather a few of the important details on the next Galaxy to hit the Now Network.
As you’d expect, most of the specs on the LTE-capable SPH-L710 are identical to those on the global version (GT-I9300), with one significant exception: like the Galaxy S III [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus was one of the first handsets capable of surfing Sprint’s upcoming LTE network, but as a flagship device, it’s priced out of the budget of many smartphone customers. Now, thanks to a user agent profile, we’ve learned some details on what should be a more modestly-priced, LTE-capable phone for Sprint: the Samsung SPH-L300.
With a model number significantly lower than the Galaxy Nexus’ SPH-L700, we’d expect the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered (4.0.4) L300 to be more of an entry-level or mid-range device, and the specs seem to [...]
If you’ve been following the news surrounding the new HTC One series, you already know that Sprint has opened pre-orders for its version of the One XL, the Evo 4G LTE. It’s a solidly-specced device with a popular brand name that promises to sell well. If you’ve been following the news very closely, however, you also know that it packs a disadvantage cleverly disguised as a feature: an embedded SIM. Which makes about as much sense as a cast-iron laptop: they both offer the same degree of convenience and portability.
Pictured: lame sauce masquerading as [...]
When you’re going shopping in a retail setting, you expect salespeople to have strong, well-formed opinions about the products they’re selling. That’s why it’s great to find a knowledgeable salesperson when you’re still undecided about what you’re looking for, drawing upon their expertise to help you find the right product for you. What happens, though, when there seems to be a concerted effort among these workers to discourage customers from buying entire families of products? That may be what’s going on now at Verizon stores, with reports [...]
Shoppers perusing AT&T’s website in search of a smartphone will find a slew of options, numbering 36 devices in all. Of these, a surprising 21 are Android phones. I say “surprising” because AT&T has never been known for their compelling Android lineup. Maybe it’s a side effect of years of iPhone exclusivity; maybe it’s the lack of a unified brand image like Verizon’s DROID campaign. Or maybe it’s because, with a few exceptions like the Galaxy Note, AT&T’s never had a truly unique Android phone to showcase.
With its [...]
A newly-published user agent profile for what is likely to be Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 shows the device being powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor — and not Samsung’s own quad-core Exynos CPU, which the company recently revealed to be present in the global version of the phone. Although there is no definitive proof that the handset going by model number SCH-I535 is in fact the VZW SGS3, its specs as well as its naming convention are highly suggestive: running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a resolution of 1280 x 720, the [...]
We knew the details thanks to T-Mobile who told the world proudly that the HTC One S will be available starting today. If you’ve seen our review of the international HTC One S and our hands-on with the Magenta variant and you liked what you saw, you can now grab your unit from T-Mobile.
It goes for $199.99 after a $50.00 mail-in rebate card and upon signing a two-year contract on qualifying Classic Plan. Don’t let the image mislead you: the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are sold separately. However, you get a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 [...]
For a phone that’s already been out for five months, the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus has been doing a great job at keeping up a high profile. Granted, a lot of that has to do with its status as the flagship Android 4.0 handset, but there’s a lot more to it; slow-to-arrive ICS updates for other devices have helped extend the phone’s time in the sun, and Sprint’s introduction of the model as one of its first LTE devices is helping to give it another shot in the arm. Recently, we’ve been seeing pricing on the Galaxy Nexus reach new subsidized lows. Today [...]
Last year Motorola introduced its first flagship Android device for Sprint, the Motorola Photon 4G. It was a dual-core, qHD handset with similar specs to the Atrix 4G and latest Droid-branded phones. Well now we’ve gotten wind of a sequel to that device, which will supposedly come to market as the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. Besides being quite a mouthful of a name for consumers to remember, it sounds like it will be yet another high-end offering from the Now Network: very likely Moto’s first LTE handset for the latest 4G network to go live.
Full specs — or even [...]
On April 18 we found out details about the AT&T HTC One X, namely that it will arrive on May 6 with pre-orders starting on April 22. And, since today is April 22, you can now head to AT&T’s webpage and secure yourself a unit.
It will cost you $199.99 with a two-year contract, just as much as you’ll pay when the phone will be available. If you don’t wish to sign a contract then it will be $549.99 but you get a huge 4.7-inch HD screen to go with that 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. To find out more about the phone check out our review of the [...]
We recently learned that Virgin Mobile would soon be offering the HTC EVO 3D (as the HTC EVO V 4G), and now a reliable source has revealed that sister brand Boost Mobile will begin carrying yet another Sprint handset, the HTC EVO Design 4G. This pair of smartphones will be the most premium devices ever offered by the two prepaid carriers, which have only recently begun to sell Android smartphones — and have only very recently started stocking mid- to high-end phones like the LG Marquee (Boost) and Motorola Triumph (Virgin). Virgin has also been tipped to add the HTC One V to its [...]
Some images surfaced a couple weeks back that appeared to show the next PlayBook tablet from RIM, now adding a cellular modem for data connectivity. The pictures depicted hardware labeled the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook and showed the addition of a new SIM slot. Granted, we still didn’t know if we were looking at an HSPA+ or full-on LTE radio; both versions had been mentioned in past RIM leaks. Yesterday we learned about a new PlayBook OS update that was in the process of going out to users. Now that PlayBook owners have had a chance to install the software and start poking through [...]
The HTC Titan II came out the same day as the Nokia Lumia 900, but hasn’t seen as much press coverage — or sales, for that matter. Still, it has some great features that are worth taking a look at, especially that 16 megapixel camera HTC has included. This is the first time HTC has included a 16 megapixel camera on any of their phones, Android included. Is it worth the extra price compared to the Nokia Lumia 900? Read on for our full review. BOX CONTENTS
The HTC Titan II comes in your usual orange AT&T-branded box. Inside the box you’ve got a [...]
Sprint has just made the unsurprising announcement that their anticipated Galaxy Nexus variant will launch next Sunday, April 22nd. For American wireless customers, this is a pretty big deal. It marks only the second carrier-sponsored release of the device in the US. The price is pretty good, too, at least compared to Verizon’s current price point: Sprint will sell their version for $199.99 on a two-year contract, beating Big Red’s price by a full Benjamin. On top of that, customers who register for Google Wallet within a week of activating their new Galaxy Nexus will [...]
The HTC Fireball first showed-up on our radar back at the end of last year, when a Verizon leak included both that code name and the phone’s model number. We didn’t hear much more about the Fireball until February, upon an image of the phone surfacing, and revealing it to look very much like a Droid Incredible model. We thought it might arrive as the Droid Incredible 4G, since that name had been in use by manufacturers of phone accessories, and sure enough, a later Verizon leak seemed to confirm that name. We’re now wondering if the phone’s name might still be [...]
The HTC One X is currently the Taiwanese manufacturer’s flagship device and it’s safe to say that it is the best Android phone money can buy at the moment of this post — of course, we’re still ahead of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III announcement.
“Canada’s first LTE smartphone with Beats Audio Integration” is already up for pre-order, going for $169.99 on a three-year contract, but it looks like the phone will be released on April 20. As you can see in the image leaked above, the date seems to be plausible. Given we’re [...]
Yesterday we’ve seen the first render of the HTC Incredible 4G expected to land on Verizon’s line-up and today brings a pair of photos — granted, by Mr. Blurrycam — with the device smiling for the camera.
Just like in the render, the device in the picture sports three capacitive buttons on the front, following HTC’s design for this year’s One line-up. On the screen, which is reportedly qHD and around four inches large, you can see Sense 4.0 in its full glory running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other expected specs include a [...]
HTC, following two tough quarters, is finally looking to turn its fortunes around with a pair of sexy handsets in its new One series, the One X and One S. Domestically, the X is headed to AT&T as the dual-core (but LTE-enabled) XL, while the the S is destined for T-Mobile; Sprint is getting its own One-esque model in the EVO 4G LTE. Well Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier, still doesn’t have a One to call its own — and the upcoming HTC Fireball, while attractive and nicely-spec’ed in its own right, seems to do little to change that (although the Vigor, [...]
On March 26, AT&T officially announced the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II, both introduced at this year’s CES as Windows Phones taking advantage of the carrier’s 4G LTE network. The availability date announced was April 8 and, as such, both phones are now available.
The Nokia Lumia 900 — with its 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, 1830 mAh battery, eight-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, f/2.2 and 28mm wide angle focal length — goes for $99.99 on a two-year contract (and $449.99 for the phone only). The HTC Titan II — packing the [...]
There are some recent reports regarding the 4G variant of the latest Apple tablet and its inability to connect or maintain a 3G connection without a restart. It seems that some users of the New iPad 4G + WiFi are only experiencing this issue when connected to 3G networks (that is international users) and that 4G LTE is not affected.
These reports come hot on the heels of other alleged and/or problems with the Apple tablet; first there were reports of the New iPad getting warm/hot — later denied by Apple — and then followed problems with WiFi connectivity — with [...]
RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was released as a WiFi-only device, requiring you to tether it to your phone’s connection to get online. While at the time RIM might have been thinking of the PlayBook as an accessory to go along with other BlackBerry gear, it seems the company has been reconsidering releasing a PlayBook with its own cellular modem, freeing it up from relying on any other hardware. We’ve heard about plans for such devices, most recently seeing an LTE-enabled PlayBook on a leaked RIM roadmap, supposedly targeted for a release sometime this month. As we [...]
Recently we heard that Sprint plans to keep offering their unlimited data plans, even with their new LTE network. This is certainly great, even if slightly old, news for Sprint customers worried about tip toing around their grandfathered plans or those considering a network switch at some point in the future. Nearly all other US carriers have long since abolished “Unlimited” data plans in favor of tiered data and while many allow you to grandfather your older “Unlimited” plans onto their new LTE networks, one needs to be careful about not losing it and deal [...]