Sony’s Xperia line has always been about refining. Back in 2008, their first Xperia X1 was clearly the benchmark for how a high-end Windows Mobile device should look and perform. Sadly, Sony Ericsson’s adoption of Android has been a different story. Their phones have done a good job in pushing industrial design to the limit, but the fact that their first Android device, the X10, launched with Android 1.6 Donut (later updated to Eclair) in times when Froyo was already shipping, has really tarnished their reputation. As good as their phones have been, they’re still [...]
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 start today’s show going all the recent leaks about the Samsun Galaxy S III and the possibility of mixing a quad-core processor with LTE connectivity for Samsung’s next-generation Exynos processor. We later go through all the recent leaks regarding a Google Nexus tablet built by Asus. We then discuss all this week’s coverage for Android and detail all the recent ROM developments for HTC and Samsung. We end the hot [...]
A bold move from Apple back with the release of the first-generation iPad, was to allow iPhone apps to run on it. Apps would box-into the display and allow you to even zoom into them to take over the iPad’s full screen. Sadly, the problem was that zooming-in would turn any app into an old Nintendo 8-bit game show full of pixels. Apple’s launch of the New iPad has changed that. You’ll notice in our following video that if your iPhone apps have been enhanced to support the iPhone’s Retina Display, zooming them into the New iPad’s Retina Display will give you [...]
Well, I guess it only took Sony a couple of hours after our Software and User Experience video to launch their official PS Store for the Xperia line-up. Currently, the store only seems to work in Europe, and only supports the Xperia S. Devices like the Xperia Play are currently only supported in Japan, but the roll-out plans to happen quick for legacy devices.
Off the bat, Sony has launched the store with 16 game titles to choose from, all priced at $5.99. To my disappointment though, Sony took the word “PlayStation Certified” too seriously. None of the games that [...]
The Sony Xperia S is the new flagship device of their NXT Series. It packs all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from any high-end Android smartphone, plus some additional jabs that you won’t see on competing devices. Watch our video review of the Software and User experience that Sony has baked into their Xperia S. So far there are lots of great things to praise, and lots of important things to watch out for. Certainly no device is perfect, and Sony made that list with a couple of major details being left out of their final retail product. Have a look and share [...]
Aside from having a WiFi-only and a WiFi+4G variant in the line-up (of course, there’s also black, white, 16/32/64GB versions to choose from), the New iPad, which Apple introduced on March 7, has two variants when it comes to LTE.
The first one is the WiFi+4G model for AT&T, which supports 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). The second one is the WiFi+4G model for Verizon, which is compatible with the 4G LTE (700 MHz); CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, [...]
Sony’s new SmartTags take NFC technology to a whole new level. While competitors are still struggling with their launch of NFC as a payment tool, Sony has focused on adding some additional value to that NFC chip. These SmartTags allow you to program specific tasks that your device performs every time you touch one of them. You can have one SmartTag in your car and program it to launch Navigation, Music, set alert tones to sound and even have Text-To-Speech read your incoming messages. You can later set your a separate Bedroom SmartTag to activate your clock, alarm, Netflix and [...]
Mark your calendar’s everyone because your prayers have just been answered. Samsung has just posted that March 10th will be the day when your Galaxy S II (GT-I9100) will get a taste of some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich love. I’m not sure if I should say sadly or gladly, but you know TouchWiz will also be included with the upgrade, but still, I know current GSII owners won’t complain. Have a look at Tony’s extensive review on the unofficial ROM leak we caught recently, because it most likely won’t change that much. The upgrade includes some multi-tasking [...]
With such pandemonium yesterday of people trying to pre-order their “New iPad”, I’ll bet many didn’t even care how much AT&T or Verizon were gonna charge for their 4G data services, they still clicked the Pre-Order button. Well, the good thing is that the data plans don’t seem that bad. It’ll all depend on how much you think you’ll consume in data, which is quite the thing when you’ve got all the power of 4G LTE.
If you’ve ordered your device on Verizon, which holds by far the most reliable LTE network, the prices [...]
As disappointed as many of us were with the news that HTC plans to offer Sense 4.0 to only some legacy devices, it’s a tough blow to see even last year’s hot HTC Sensation and even the Sensation XE to be missing from the list. Still, Ice Cream Sandwich on any phone is better than sticking with good-old Gingerbread, and if you’re currently owning an HTC Sensation or Sensation XE in any of the Nordic countries, you’ll be happy to know their new version of Sense 3.6 running on ICS should hit your device either now or soon.
According to HTC headquarters, the [...]
Samsung, it seems, can release a slew of new smartphones and tablets, but is having difficultly releasing accessories for their current flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus. At this point in time, it’s becoming somewhat comical.
The Nexus was jointly announced by Samsung and Google in November 2011, and was the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The accessories, however, have yet to arrive. The Car Dock, Desk Stand, and Battery Charging Stand have been repeatedly delayed. According to Expansys’ suppliers, inventory should have started [...]
As smartphones are getting faster, we’re able to do more with them. In fact, many of us are phasing out the use of traditional computers for their miniature cousins in our pockets. Smartphones and tablets aren’t wired down to a network jack, they’re connected over the air. Since it’s fairly likely that you’ll send sensitive information at one point or another (passwords, back account numbers, etc.), it’s probably a good time to ask ourselves which network technology is more secure: cellular or WiFi?
WiFi is built [...]
The GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released November 17th, 2011. Not long after we learned that a series of “official” accessories would follow shortly.
Those accessories were to include a Desktop Dock with an HDMI-out port, a Desk Stand with 3.5mm headphone jack that would utilize the phone’s “3 gold dots” to charge, a desktop stand that would hold the phone and charge a spare battery, and a Car Dock with charging and audio-out.
The release dates of these accessories has been repeatedly pushed further down the calendar. According to Expansys, [...]
Extended batteries are either a wonderful tool to help you get through your day, or a waste of money. There are many different ways to make an “extended” battery, not all of which yield better run-times. To ensure you’re getting a battery that does what you expect it to, stick with OEM batteries from the manufacturer of your device.
That’s what we did with the extended battery for the GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
This version of the Galaxy Nexus ships with a 1,750mAh battery that is just a tad too small for most users to make it all the [...]
Watch this week’s 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 talk about the recent rumors about what to expect for the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5 in 2012. We later go through the recent talks about Steve Jobs wanting to build Apple’s own wireless carrier to compete against the existing ones in the US. We then talk about iTunes Match and the things you should worry about before activating it. We end the Cool section by going through all the recent hacks that have been discovered, [...]
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 [...]
Originally codenamed Holiday, the HTC Vivid is one of the newest 4G (LTE) devices from ATT, but not the first LTE phone from HTC. Based on specs alone, this device seems to have a lot going for it, but as we’ve discovered in the past, sometimes specs aren’t enough. And these days, it takes a lot more than blazing download speeds to impress anyone. How does the HTC Vivid stand up to the heavy (but lighter in weight) competition on the market today? Read on to find out.
BOX CONTENTSAs with most devices these days, there isn’t much to be said about the box or [...]
Previously we unboxed the slim, light, and gorgeous Galaxy Tab 7.7. The Tab 7.7 is unique among the Galaxy Tab line in that it uses a Super AMOLED Plus panel, which means you get those same fantastic blacks and bright colors on the Tab 7.7 that you do on the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II.
In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is super thin at just 7.9mm, which, as a frame of reference, is actually thinner than the Galaxy S II. The build quality feels fantastic, thanks to some real brushed metal used on the back. While we thought metal would be more resistant to scratches than [...]
In this video we’ll be comparing the hardware on the T-Mobile HTC Flyer to a couple of popular tablets currently on the market. The 7″ size and form factor has been a joy to use vs the 10″ displays of say the iPad 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Still noticeably missing in the HTC Flyer is the lack of a Honeycomb update which would make the pen more useful. While not a problem specific to the HTC Flyer, the gap between apps available between iOS and Android systems is still quite apparent. iOS developers have still set the standard in regards to usability, [...]
In this video we’ll be taking a closer look at the hardware on the T-Mobile HTC Flyer. While the HTC Flyer is a little bulkier than other tablets, the build quality is very good. Gorilla Glass would have been a welcome addition, but a screen protector can keep scratches at bay. The in-hand feel is great, leaving us to wonder if the 7″ tablet form factor is the real sweet spot for this class of device.
Processor, RAM & Storage1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor1GB RAM32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB with [...]
In this video we’ll be taking a closer look at the software on the T-Mobile HTC Flyer.
Running Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) with HTC Sense 1.0 for Tablets, the device is very snappy, suffering from only a few Sense crashes here and there. Hopefully an upgrade to Honeycomb, or more likely, Ice Cream Sandwich will allow for additional pen functionality (which is currently very limited).
HTC has included its own book and video content apps in Reader and Watch along with a handful of other interesting programs such as Press Reader, Snapbooth, Dock Mode, and Car [...]
In this video we’ll be unboxing the T-Mobile HTC Flyer.
The HTC Flyer is well known in the market today (having been originally released in May), T-Mobile has recently released their version of the tablet to the world at large.
In hand, the device feels hefty but well put together, and with a Qualcomm 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, the initial impressions are favorable. But as we put this newest version of the HTC Flyer into daily use, will it be able to meet expectations compared to other tablets available today?
The 32GB HTC Flyer is available from [...]
In this video, we are taking a close look at the hardware on the one of the newest 4G LTE devices from ATT: the HTC Vivid. Sadly, the device is simply not inspiring. While the specs are withing the realms of other devices on the market today, there are plenty of more interesting phones on the market for which one can spend $199 for. The lack of nationwide LTE from ATT also serves to dampen what could otherwise be a high point in the device configuration.
Dimensions5.07 x 2.64 x 0.44″6.24 oz
Display4.5″ S-LCD540 x 960 [...]