Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence.
The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon’s competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to [...]
We all kept a good eye on HTC’s promise of selling a SIM and Boot Loader-unlocked Developer Edition of their HTC One on the same days that the carriers are getting their devices. We’re glad to inform that HTC kept their promise, and as of today at 10AM EST, you can purchase your Developer Edition HTC One online.
There are a ton of advantages to this device. First of all, it’s SIM unlocked, so you can use it on AT&T, T-Mobile or abroad. You can obviously tweak the software all you want since the Boot Loader is unlocked. Now even better is the price tag. If [...]
Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple’s launch of the iPhone 5, now carrier unlocked. Then we talk about the Samsung ATIV S and its possible release date, even after all the drama of it being the first Windows Phone 8 device to be announced. Then we go through the retail price of the Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8, and obviously our thoughts on that price. Later our review of the Nexus 10 becomes a topic, and how well it scored. We end today’s show talking about how to get Adobe Flash on Android devices launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and [...]
Although it has been about six month since the Samsung Galaxy Note was debuted we have finally gotten our hands on the long awaited official Ice Cream Sandwich ROM from Samsung. A few days ago we reported that XDA-Developers had posted on the Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) Android Development forum that Germany had received the official ICS update through the Kies software. If you are the lucky few that opted for the international Galaxy Note you will now be able to upgrade your device to the official Android 4.0.3 build.
The update comes with a few key features that make using the [...]
Google Wallet is Google’s payment processing system. There’s an online version and an Android app that runs on certain phones with specific hardware and lets you use your smartphone like a credit card.
In the past we’ve described Google Wallet as “the coolest app that you can’t have” because it’s been limited to a very few phones on only a couple carriers.
What have been the problems?
First of all, your phone has to have an NFC chip and a “secure element”. Today, not many phones have the necessary hardware, and [...]
In computer terminology the word “root” has a few possible definitions. “Root” can refer to the highest-level directory in a file system. The root of the file system is sometimes called the root directory. On a PC “C:” represents the root directory of the C drive. On Mac, Unix, and Linux systems, the root directory is represented by a forward slash (“/”). The root directory of a website is the domain name, followed by a forward slash (i.e. http://pocketnow.com/).
That’s not what we mean here, not entirely anyway. In this [...]
HTC lost a lot of ground to Samsung and other companies over the past year or so, and is trying to make up the difference with its One series. The One series includes the One V (the “value” model with the “chin”), the One S (for the “mid-range”), and the flagship One X.
HTC’s One line represents a refreshed focus on the software experience and build quality. Like we mentioned in our HTC One V review,, choice is good. For a higher-end smartphone, is the HTC One S a good choice? Read on to find out!
AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) makes ROMs based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code and fills them up with so many features it will make your head swim!
In fact, there are so many cool features that I’ve broken the video out into highlights and a detailed walk-through (were I attempt to cover every single feature of the ROM).
In this video I’ll show you a couple of the more notable and very cool features found in the AOKP Custom ROM (build 31), focusing on the ability to customize your navigation bar with custom apps, and [...]
HTC lost its magic in 2011. It released too many phones, many of which were uninspired, plus it got overshadowed by Samsung with the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note. But this year, HTC plans to reverse its misfortunes, starting with the One line of devices. The HTC One series brings forth an improved Sense UI experience, an “amazing” camera, and a redoubled attention to detail in hardware design. The HTC One X, powered by the mighty quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, is the highest-end device in the One series, and the most impressively-spec’ed Android phone to date. Is it good [...]
Watch this week’s iReview as we talk about all that’s cool and not so cool inside the world of Apple’s iOS devices. In today’s show we begin by talking about our coverage, which includes our full review of Apple’s New iPad, our recent comparison video between it and the iPad 2 and even Apple’s first iPad, and Michael Fisher’s editorials surrounding this new tablet. We later have a look at IGN’s recent benchmarks where they show that Apple’s A5X and even their old A5 beats NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 in graphics. We then go through all [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone view as we wrap-up all the good and bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices. In today’s show we begin by covering the launch dates for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 along with all the great deals that are being offered for getting the device real cheap. We later go through the details on the AT&T HTC Titan II, which will also be released at the same time. We then talk about the recent rumors about Nokia TV and how that’ll fit into current Windows Phone services. We end our good section talking about all our [...]
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 discussing all the release dates and release rumors for the HTC One X, S and V, which are closer to a wallet near you. We later talk about NVIDIA’s recent affirmation that $200 Quad-core Android tablets are possible, and why. We then go through all the Verizon devices that are likely to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the next coming days. We spend some time going through this week’s [...]
If you’ve never owned a tablet, there’s no device that we could recommend more than Apple’s New iPad. We rarely give any product we review a full score of 5 stars out of 5, so there’s no mistaking that this is simply one of the best tablets you can purchase at the moment. No product is perfect though, and Apple’s past versions of the iPad are also good choices to pick from. With Apple’s recent decision to sell their New iPad along with last year’s iPad 2, and with the ease that you can find the First-Gen iPad on eBay for a good price, choices [...]
A large number of smartphone enthusiasts seem to be relatively sour at the announcement of any smartphone lacking a front facing camera. This response is certainly understandable, as the front facing camera is another feature on a long list of capabilities, and a feature with no particularly solid reason for not including it in a modern smartphone. That being said, the front facing camera currently seems to stand rather low on the list of system critical features consumers demand. With the primary focus of this secondary camera aimed at video calling and the explosion of recent [...]
If you’ve got one of the “older” HTC Sensations and wanted to breathe a little new life into it, why not throw on a new camera app?
This app does require that you’re running an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based ROM, but by flashing it through ClockworkMod Recovery you’ll unlock the following super-cool features:
+ Ability to record uncompressed video and audio+ Record video in 1080p at 20mbps+ Provides increased video recording quality+ Better JPG images+ Bigger cap on image filesizes
Sound like something you’d [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Surely Spring is in the air, but Apple has done a great job in making the world look forward to “one more thing” on this season, and it’s their iPad refresh. For the past years, the iPad has signified the tablet that every customer wants to have and that every competitor wants to beat. There’s a lot of speculation over what to expect on the next generation iPad, so let’s start with our Top 5 iPad 3 Killer Features We Anticipate to get. Whether Apple names it the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, there’s a lot of things we all want, and then there are the things [...]
To root, or not to root, that is the question.
In the past if you’ve wanted to do “really technical stuff” like use your camera’s flash as a flashlight, synchronize your clock with a time server, or even backup your phone. You wouldn’t think that you’d need superuser permissions to be able to do any of those, but you have.
Later builds of the Android OS have exposed APIs, hooks that programmers can use, to accomplish the same sorts of things — without requiring superuser, or ROOT.
A lot of things still require ROOT to work [...]
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 [...]
Watch this week’s Pocketnow iReview as we go through all the details surrounding Apple’s new iPad. We start by going through Apple’s release of their new iPad and their move with the last-generation iPad 2. We later compare specs in detail between the old iPad 2 and the new iPad. Then we go through Apple’s move to 1080p content and we end the Cool section by talking about iOS 5.1.
In the Not So Cool section, we talk about all the iPad 3 predictions that didn’t happen, and why these features mattered.
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 [...]