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 [...]
The newly launched iPhone 4S went up on pre-order yesterday as promised and, even if there were some hick-ups with the system not working for everyone on the first try (nothing unusual), Apple seems to have sold out the initial amount of devices.
If you go to the Apple store now and try to place an order, the phone will be shipped in 1-2 weeks. If you need an iPhone 4S pronto, instead of waiting 1-2 weeks for the online purchase to deliver you can try your luck at an Apple store on October 14.
With the new Apple-phone, AT&T is proud to announce they had the best [...]
Boost Mobile announced last month that it would soon be offering its subscribers the chance to pick up Samsung’s new Transform Ultra QWERTY slider. Now launch day is upon us, making the Transform Ultra the first Gingerbread Android to join the ranks at Boost.
More than just the first Gingerbread, it’s also arguably the most powerful smartphone on the carrier, with its 1GHz processor surpassing the Samsung Prevail’s 800MHz. It’s imagery capabilities are also a step-up from the Prevail; even though the Transform Ultra has a relatively low-res [...]
Up until the beginning of the month, we had known Samsung’s Transform Ultra for Boost Mobile as the SPH-M930 QWERTY slider. That all changed thanks to a tipster, hooking us up with some pics of the phone and a few specs. What we didn’t know at the time was when Boost would end up releasing the phone; now Boost has officially announced the Transform Ultra, revealing it will arrive on October 7.
The specs we heard for the Transform Ultra are largely confirmed by Boost; the phone will have a 1GHz processor, main three-megapixel camera, and a VGA front-facer. [...]
A couple weeks ago, we looked into a report suggesting some of the ways Sprint might go about getting itself set up with an LTE network, as part of its transition away from WiMAX. We noted that we’d get the chance to learn more and confirm or deny all that information at a presentation the carrier was planning for discussing its network strategy. That event is currently underway, and so far Sprint has detailed its plans for LTE adoption.
The goal is to get LTE running and ready to take on its first subscribers by mid-next-year. At the forefront of Sprint’s strategy [...]
We’ve been keeping tabs on Huawei’s x886 smartphones as they made a few appearances this past summer. We saw it as both the M886 Glory and the U8860 Honor. The manufacturer finally made things official late last month, announcing the Android as the Honor. Now the phone is back, putting in an appearance at the FCC, and naming yet another variant, the C8860 destined for Cricket.
If the name Huawei doesn’t get you excited, maybe the prospect of a 1.4GHz single-core Gingerbread Android with a four-inch FWVGA screen all available off-contract for around $300 [...]
When we see an unknown phone model pop up on a benchmarking site, there’s plenty we have to consider before getting excited about a new smartphone on the way. Could it be an internal development model, never meant to see the light of day? Is it just some punk kid submitting bogus data to mess with us? One particular LG model has been appearing on such lists for the past couple months, and now there’s evidence making the handset seem very real indeed, as it gets its FCC certification.
LG’s LS831 is a Windows Phone handset; that much we know from its appearances [...]
Today’s show is going to be a bit unconventional since everything that we have to talk about is cool. We start our show by covering the news on the invitation to Apple’s iPhone event on October 4th and our thoughts on who will be in charge of the keynote. We cover all the recent rumors for the next generation iPhone(s) and tell you which hold water and which don’t. We then finish our cool section with our thoughts on when we should prepare to take the day off and make a line to buy one.
We end our show with our first-ever Top 5. This time we go through our Top [...]
A couple days ago, we got an early look at the LG Optimus Slider as it will come to Virgin Mobile, thanks to Best Buy launching the phone’s product page a little early. Back then, we still didn’t have any idea of the release plans for the handset. Virgin Mobile’s now here with the answers we seek, revealing all in its formal announcement of the Optimus Slider, alongside the HTC Wildfire S.
The Optimus Slider may be better-known to you as the LG Enlighten on Verizon, a Gingerbread-running QWERTY slider with an 800MHz processor. It sports a 3.2-inch HVGA screen [...]
With Apple’s next generation iPhone just a week away, many of us have speculated over what will be included on the device. Rumors have done a good job in showing us what the device may look like, but even when Gizmodo leaked the iPhone 4, there was more to the device than met the eye.
The iPhone 5 has quite a challenge this time around. When the iPhone 4 was released, there were still no dual-core processors in the market. Devices usually had to be big and thick to offer improved specs and functionality, and screen resolution was still on the WVGA arena. Today, dual-core [...]
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 CONTENTS The box contents are rather bare, and other than the phone, the only remaining items are a [...]
Earlier this month, we learned that Cricket would be adding a new Android to its lineup of smartphones, the Samsung Vitality. While the Vitality became the second Android announced for the carrier, Cricket’s wasting no time in continuing to grow its selection of smartphones, today launching the ZTE Score.
The Vitality is certainly no powerhouse, and the ZTE Score represents an even lower-end hardware tier. It’s powered by a 600MHz processor, and has a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and 3.2-megapixel camera. The important thing for Cricket is that these seemingly out-of-date [...]
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 [...]
Last week, we made the connections between the HTC Kingdom variants arriving on a few US-based CDMA carriers, learning that the smartphone would be coming to US Cellular as the HTC Hero S. We’ve had a render of the Kingdom (as the EVO Design 4G) with Sprint badging to give us a feel for the handset, but now we get our first chance to check out the Hero S as it will land on US Cellular.
We’ve already seen pictures of the Motorola Electrify (AKA the Photon) for the carrier, and now the Hero S joins it. Though the link between the Hero S, the ED4G, and the Acquire [...]
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? Battery 1800mAh Li-Ion
Talk time 8.72 hours
Dimensions 5.11 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches
Display 4.52″ Super AMOLED Plus with a 480×800 resolution
Weight 4.60 oz
Processor 1.2Ghz dual-core Samsung Exynos
Memory 16GB Internal, 1GB RAM Camera 8MP 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.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most highly anticipated devices to arrive in the US, and Sprint is the first to receive it in the form of the Epic 4G Touch. 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.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is available from Sprint for $199 with a two year contract starting on September 16th.
– Bright and beautiful display – No included microSD card – [...]
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 all the recent Android smartphone announces which include the LG Optimus Hub, the Galaxy Y line of smartphones for Vodaphone UK, the Xperia Play reaching AT&T and even some deals on the Sprint Epic 4G Touch. We talk about the recent invitation HTC sent for a September 20th event where we expect that lots of our recent leaks will see the light of day in new Android offerings for the fall line-up. We [...]