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 CONTENTS As 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 & Storage 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor 1GB RAM 32GB 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.
Dimensions 5.07 x 2.64 x 0.44″ 6.24 oz
Battery 1620 mAh
Display 4.5″ S-LCD 540 x 960 [...]
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 [...]
We’ve heard of the Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich update before, though it was a Verizon Galaxy Nexus getting it. This time around, it’s the GSM variant of the “pure-Android” phone getting a fresh batch of biscuits and ice cream.
According to reports, the update only measures 8.8MB, so don’t expect anything major except for a couple of bug fixes and improvements. You should get the update notification but if you are eager to invoke it yourself, head into your device’s Settings and check manually for its availability.
As much as we’d wish that all the recent leaks of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi, aka Ark HD were more than just leaks, but we’ll have to settle for now. More images have surfaced recently, along with more spec information, though most of it is stuff you already knew about.
The Ark HD plans to provide a 720p resolution 4.3″ LCD, a 12 megapixel camera with 1080p video capabilities, 1GB of RAM with a choice of either 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage due to the lack of microSD expansion. An interesting note here is that it’ll include a new Snapdragon [...]
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 [...]
The world’s first GSM phone call was placed on July 1, 1991, when Finnish prime minister Harri Holkeri called Kaarina Suonio, mayor of Tampere city. Almost 21 years later Germany’s Security Research Labs has found that there’s a major security flaw in the system.
According to researchers, an attacker could gain remote control of GSM phones and send text messages or place calls. Billions of people are using GSM technology which accounts for more than 80% of the global market. The vulnerability discovered could expose each and every one of these devices and could [...]
This time, we take a dive into the software element of the LG Nitro HD. For the most part, we’ve all become accustomed to see a manufacturer-customized skin on any non-Nexus devices. Of course, the LG Nitro HD is no exception.
LG’s user interface maintains a resemblance to Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0. This gives the icon a very “iOS” appearance. Some users may like this look and other may not. LG has added a set of quick actions to the pull-down notification bar. This gives users the ability to quickly enable or disable silent mode, Wi-Fi, [...]
Back at the beginning of the month, we learned that Google employees with Nexus S phones were lucking-out, and becoming the recipients of early Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Now the rest of you can join in on the Android 4.0 fun, as Google announced this afternoon the start of OTA distribution for the Nexus S’s update.
Google took to Twitter to announce the news, noting that the update will start to go out today, and proceed to reach Nexus S phones around the globe over the course of the next month. This update is only applicable to the original GSM Nexus S; there’s no [...]
In this video we take a few minutes to unbox AT&T’s latest 4G LTE handset, the LG Nitro HD. Not only does the Nitro HD sport a LTE radio, but it is one of the first few Android devices to posses a truly High Definition screen.
The LG Nitro HD comes packaged in typical AT&T fashion. Living inside this box with the phone is a standard microUSB cable with USB wall adapter, a 16GB microSD card, 1830mAh battery and the phone itself. As if the LTE arms race wasn’t enough, manufacturers are now starting to construct their devices with high definition [...]
Tis the season to get great discounts on just about anything, even Smartphones. If you’re in the market for a Windows Phone to keep or give away for the holidays, AT&T just made your life a lot easier by dropping the price of their Samsung Focus Flash to just a dollar. Obviously that dollar will include hundreds of more dollars after you sign a two-year contract, but hey, no meal is really free these days.
The Samsung Focus Flash is the entry-level Windows Phone on the AT&T network rocking Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, a 3.7″ Super AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz [...]
Huawei’s Sonic is a Gingerbread-based Android first introduced to Turkey as a budget-priced smartphone. Since its debut, there have been hints that the phone might find a home on a US carrier someday, with expectations piqued after a version of the hardware with T-Mobile’s 3G band was discovered. Now the Sonic is back at the FCC with some yet-again revised hardware, now claiming frequency support for AT&T.
This Sonic model U8652 can do HSDPA on the 850, 1900, and 2100MHz bands. While that 2100 won’t see any use in North America, the inclusion of the [...]
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, [...]
Last week, cellular carrier Orange revealed the San Francisco II, a budget-model Android. This handset is to follow-up on the carrier’s original San Francisco, which was also sold with its manufacturer’s branding intact as the ZTE Blade. The same sort of connection is at play this time around, and some snooping through Bluetooth SIG records has revealed the new San Francisco II to be be what should see release elsewhere as the ZTE Blade S.
The Blade S is powered by an 800MHz processor and has a five-megapixel main camera. The 3.5-inch display is in a WVGA resolution, [...]
Samsung may have confirmed the US release of its Galaxy Nexus for sometime next month, but if you’ve got the cash to spend, you needn’t wait any longer to get your hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. Retailer Expansys has just updated its US site to indicate that the handset is currently in-stock and shipping-out to customers.
Obviously, with Verizon’s LTE version of the phone yet to arrive, we’re talking about the HSPA+ version that hit the UK late last week. That’s not a big deal, though, from a compatibility standpoint, as the [...]
Is it a phone, a tablet or both? The Samsung Galaxy Note is sure to evoke some looks from passersby. With a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note is one of the largest smartphones available. Yet even with this enormous screen, Samsung has kept the design thin and stylish. Will the Samsung Galaxy Note be able to live up to its hype by providing consumers a hybrid all-in-one device between a smartphone and tablet? Read on to see how the Galaxy Note fares among the sea of Android devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Note comes boxed in a simple white package [...]