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 [...]
Earlier today, the team over at Droid-life spotted something odd going on with the AOSP. Where there were previously resources available for all the hardware Google considered developer devices, suddenly several models were missing, including the LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. While the mystery remained for a few hours, Google has now stepped forward to explain things, revealing that it can no longer keep providing the same level of support it had been for CDMA devices.
While Android itself may be open-source, Google explains that recent CDMA models it’s been [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone view as we go through all things Good and Bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In the Good section we go through Microsoft’s recent job posting to begin developing for Windows Phone 8 which is the Apollo project. We also talk about the recent leak of Windows Phone Mango RTM at XDA-Developers and how to get it. We go through recent images posted by a software developer regarding strange Nokia and Acer devices testing his games at Redmond and the 14 new games that are on schedule for the Marketplace. We go through [...]
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, [...]
How well do you remember the smartphone back in 2006? Chances are most of you didn’t really care about them or owned one because they were either too expensive or just too difficult to operate effectively. This was the era of predominant QWERTY keyboards, soft-keys, small 2.4-inch screens at a QVGA resolution, EDGE data speeds, limited storage, scroll bars, and terrible browsers. Smartphones weren’t about the consumer. You’d judge them by how fast you could switch between tasks because they were mainly focused on the business user. In times when smartphones keep [...]
In case you didn’t hear about Sisvel, it is a company which was founded in Italy and has become “a world leader in managing intellectual property and maximizing the value of patent rights”. The Sisvel Group has companies in Italy, U.S.A., China, Japan, Germany and Luxembourg.
Above mentioned Sisvel managed to acquire over 450 patents belonging to Nokia, including over 350 patents which are essential to wireless standards. The patents in case are part of 47 patent families, 33 of which contain over 350 patents “declared essential by Nokia to second, third [...]
Intel has not only decided to finally take the mobile device market seriously, but they’ve just shown us how quick they can be in providing us with results. Just a couple of days ago Intel confirmed that they would be launching a Smartphone with their Intel Atom Z2460, but to our surprise, their launch partner was no longer LG but instead Lenovo with their announcement of the K800 Smartphone.
There are two key reasons why you’ll want to consider an Intel smartphone in the future. First of all, it’s battery life. The device seems to handle complicated processes [...]
Verizon’s first CDMA Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy, is about to get a software update. Announced back in May 2011, the HTC Trophy was, and still is, the only Windows Phone on the carrier’s line-up. Now Big Red is preparing a software refresh.
The 2305.13.20110.605 update will bring radio 1.53.00.12.01_23.17w.05.13U, and, according to the documents, it will add “improved data connectivity in certain scenarioswhen Connection Setup application is installed”. No other details are given (and chances are the update itself is just a Radio update) and [...]
Back in September, we were tipped-off to the existence of the Samsung SCH-R930, apparently an Android undergoing testing on the still-in-construction US Cellular LTE network. A couple months later, we learned of some more detailed plans for just what areas would see initial US Cellular LTE coverage, anticipated for going live sometime in Q1 2012. It now looks like things are really about to start happening; last night, the carrier tweeted announcements of its first LTE hardware, and today we see our old friend the Samsung SCH-R930 pop-up in its FCC filings, sporting a whole mess of LTE [...]
While CES probably isn’t the most exciting trade show for mobile enthusiasts (that honor goes to Mobile World Congress and, to a lesser degree, CTIA), there are always a few notable handsets introduced. Last year saw Verizon roll out its premiere lineup of 4G LTE-capable devices (LG Revolution, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge, Motorola Droid Bionic), while AT&T also made a strong showing with some “4G” phones of its own (HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G, Motorola Atrix 4G). This year’s event should also be heavy on the LTE, with the first true 4G [...]
Last month we broke the news that Boost Mobile had its eye on a couple new Androids to add to its lineup: the LG Optimus Black and the Samsung Replenish. Shortly thereafter, we brought you the first press shots of the pair as they would arrive adorned with Boost badging. We didn’t have a very precise idea of when either phone would likely arrive at the carrier, but it turns out, for the Replenish at least, we didn’t have to wait very long at all to learn the full story of the phone’s release; Boost Mobile announced today that it will start carrying the Replenish [...]
This past summer, we gave you a sneak preview at LG’s upcoming smartphone lineup. One of the models featured was the LG Univa, a low-end handset designed to take the place of the Optimus One in LG’s lineup. Later on, we saw the phone show up in the flesh, and shortly thereafter learned of plans to release it as the Optimus Hub. Now it looks like that same hardware could be back, sporting a few small changes, and finally embracing its namesake as the Optimus 2.
LG quietly added the Optimus 2, model AS680, to its site. That number appears in FCC paperwork, showing that [...]
We recently showed you some press renders of the Samsung SCH-R940, an LTE model codenamed Tikal that’s on-track for MetroPCS LTE. It’s not the only LTE Samsung that the carrier has its eye on, though, at least according to some documents that just hit the FCC, showing the SCH-R920 also getting ready for MetroPCS.
Right now, the Samsung Craft on MetroPCS is the R900, and the Indulge is the R910, but we’ve yet to hear a name for the R920. Information on it is currently very sparse; a rumor dating from October suggested the model would be the carrier’s [...]
Tis the season to be taking advantage of sales while they last. Amazon has just dropped the price of the very admired Motorola Droid RAZR from it’s staggering $299.99 to just $169.99 after your typical 2-year contract. Sadly, as with just about every sale involving a cutting-edge smartphone, the price is only available for new customers. If you’re an existing Verizon customer that’s eligible for an upgrade, you’ll have to bump that number to $229.99 if you want the phone.
We’re not sure how long that price tag will remain, so move quickly if [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we start by talking about all the deals that Google is offering in the Android Market as part of their celebration for reaching 10 Billion downloads. We later go through the smartphone releases of the week, which include details on the LG Nitro HD and the T-Mobile launch of the White Samsung Galaxy S II. Going through all the leaks of the week we found more details on the Motorola Droid 4, the Sony Ericsson LT28at, [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. We begin today’s show by talking about Google Music and the reason why you should give it a try. We later cover the approval by Motorola Stock Holders for the merger with Google and what this could mean for you as a customer. We later go through the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the first impressions on the device. In this week’s rumors we go through the new Motorola Driod Xyboard line-up coming to Verizon, the HTC [...]
We learned earlier this week about Verizon’s intent to start offering double the data allowances on smartphone plans for users with LTE-capable handsets. At a conference yesterday, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo shed a little light onto why that decision was made, and it turns out it may be more about appeasing iPhone users than those with LTE phones.
Basically, Verizon saw that if it wanted to keep providing the same level of service, with a growing number of iPhone users bringing their data needs to the network, it could either keep pouring money into expanding its 3G [...]
Last week, we heard about plans for Republic Wireless to start offering cellular service with a unique mix of traditional 3G connectivity and VoIP-over-WiFi. By letting WiFi handle most of the heavy lifting, Republic was supposed to be able to offer unlimited voice, data, and text for only $19 a month. It was an intriguing concept, but we were left with a few questions over how the service would work, and what sort of smartphone options would be available. Republic has since launched its “hybrid calling” offering; does it still seem like a good deal?
We knew that it [...]
Watch this week’s Pocketnow iReview as we go through all that’s Cool, and the Not So Cool inside the world of Apple’s iOS devices. In today’s show we begin by talking about iOS 5.0.1 beta and what’s so good about it. And yeah, no iOS version is complete without a proper Jailbreak, so the next segment is all about the Dev-Team’s progress with the semi-tethered Jailbreak for iOS 5. We later go through our week’s coverage, which includes Adam Lein’s comparison of Navigon between the iPhone and Windows Phone 7. We end the Cool section by [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we go through details on how to pick up your Galaxy Nexus on Verizon as of November 10th and in the UK on November 17, and we later talk more about how Motorola plans to adopt Ice Cream Sandwich. We also go through the recent invitations HTC has sent out for a November 3rd event where we already have the phone that we assume will get announced. We continue with all the smartphone releases for the week, which include [...]
Watch this week’s iReview as we go through all things Cool, and the Not So Cool inside the world of Apple’s iOS devices. In today’s show we go through the iPhone 4S pre-order and official launch results, which are so far another record for Apple, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. We also talk about the iOS 5 launch to the public and how it has performed so far. We already went hands-on with the iPhone 4S with Brandon’s recent unboxing, so make sure you catch the links in the video to watch his first impressions. We later cover al the new iOS app releases after iOS [...]
When Apple first released the Verizon CDMA iPhone 4, some guys taking a close look at the phone’s components noticed that the chipset for the CDMA radio also technically supported GSM. While that model was stuck doing CDMA-only, the iPhone 4S fulfills on that dream of a dual-mode radio, enabling users who have a CDMA primary carrier to roam on GSM networks while abroad. That’s the idea, anyway; how will it actually work out?
First off, you’ll obviously need a SIM, which you’ll have to get from the GSM carrier whose network you wish to use. The only [...]