So after we unboxed the T-Mobile G2 and showed you all the accessories, we can’t keep you waiting any longer. Let’s fire up T-Mobile’s new flagship Android-powered phone and see what she looks like!
The first thing you’ll notice is that the device’s initial boot is a little bit faster than current phones. First boots always take longer than subsequent boots.
Once booted the setup screen is very easy to skip, and equally as easy to find again to input all your login credentials. There are now 7 home screens that you can swipe between — [...]
When we learned that the G2 would be coming with an 800MHz processor, many were disappointed, others declared they simply wouldn’t consider the device at all.
Some defended the decision in that the G2 is the replacement for the 500MHz G1, not the 1000MHz Nexus One. Others defended the decision based on the newer processor and claiming that when it comes to speed “megahertz isn’t everything”.
Now that we’ve actually got the device in-hand, how does it actually stack up?
First impressions aren’t everything, but they’re fairly [...]
In our last video we showed you what most people are interested in when we do an “unboxing video”: the phone itself. Others still want to know “what else is in the box?”
Rather than make an extra-long unboxing video we split it up so we could devote a little more time to each part of the unboxing.
In this video you get to see the phone in the box, and the accessories that come with the phone. It’s the stock stuff: manuals, headset, microUSB cable, USB wall-wort, HSPA+ capable SIM card, and a pre-paid mailing label that you can use to send [...]
The T-Mobile G2 isn’t supposed to be available until the first week of October 2010, but some people are reporting that they’re getting tracking numbers delivered via SMS — indicating delivery dates ahead of the official release date.
Despite going through the same pre-order process as everyone else, we didn’t get any text messages containing UPS shipping information… but we did get the phone today! Watch the video to see what’s inside the box!
Stay tuned for more exclusive, first-look videos!!
If you’re a smartphone lover, you’ll be happy to hear that someone had leaked some launch dates for upcoming Verizon Wireless smartphones. The dates were tipped to popular gadget blog Engadget.
1. BlackBerry Storm 3: Unfortunately, Verizon Wireless will not be carrying the Storm 3. The BlackBerry 9570 model has been cancelled for the carrier, but could launch elsewhere in the world.
2. Samsung Continuum: This Galaxy S variant with a slightly smaller display and secondary “Ticker” display is slated for a late October launch.
3. Motorola [...]
Called the Belief Project, regional U.S. carrier U.S. Cellular has announced its plan changes that will make it easier for customers to commit and sign on the dotted lines and for the carrier to retain its customers. The highlight of the Belief Project is that customers will only need to sign one two-year contract–ever! The carrier says that after the initial two years, customers can upgrade a phone once every 18 months and never have to worry about signing another contract or ETF fees.
There are also other components of the project as well, such as capped overage [...]
If you like T-Mobile USA’s Samsung Vibrant as a worthy member of the Galaxy S family of Android smartphones from Korean phone maker Samsung but wished the device had a front-facing camera, then you’d be happy to know that you can hack a hardware camera into your Vibrant to bring on the video chats. The good news is that the part costs around $15, but the bad news is that it does require a bit of technical know-how and instructions on XDA-Developers are not for the faint of heart. Essentially, you’ll need to buy the hardware part, solder it in, and install some [...]
With news of the Sprint Samsung Trasnform circulating around, the latest rumor has it that what looks to be the keyboard-less variant of the Samsung Epic 4G will be launching on October 10th on America’s third largest carrier. The Transform will definitely give Sprint another high-end, lust-worthy smartphone in its lineup and may appeal to those who desire a phone with Samsung’s TouchWiz integration but without the bulk of the sliding keyboard found on the Epic 4G.
We’ve seen pictures of the HTC Merge before for Verizon Wireless as the carrier’s variant of the T-Mobile G2, and now the leaked user manual may shed a little bit more light on this Android phone. According to the user manual, the HTC Merge will be a world phone for global travelers, meaning that it would support Verizon Wireless’s CDMA/EV-DO network in the States while transitioning users to a GSM card for worldwide roaming on GSM/HSPA. The other thing that the HTC Merge shows is a lot of Bing integration, much like the carrier’s variant of the Galaxy S called [...]
While Sprint may be looking to add another Samsung Galaxy S to is arsenal by the name of the Samsung Transform, its 4G partner Clearwire may be looking to adopt its Galaxy S model by the name of the Epic 4G and rebadge that handset as the Samsung Notion. The speculated Notion is said to have a QWERTY keyboard–like the Epic 4G–a front facing camera with VoIP integration with OOVOO services, and free hotspot features. Whether the Notion will be an exclusive 4G device or whether it will be a dual-mode 3G/4G device like Sprint’s Epic 4G is unclear. The Samsung Notion is [...]
You’re no doubt familiar with web browsers (Browser, Opera, Fennec, Dolphin, Skyfire, etc.), but all those do is surf the web. They can only display what other people are serving up. But you, you’re creative. You want people to surf your content, but rather than buying your own hosting package (much like pocketnow does), you want to be able to do it from the convenience of your Android phone.
PAW Server is a Web Server for Android-powered devices that does just that! It’s still in beta, but it works the way you’d expect over WiFi. Being able to serve web [...]
Paul Thurrott has noticed some changes to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace today. First off, you’ve got two Xbox LIVE capable games now. Hexic and Flowerz are Xbox Live enabled which means you’ll be able to earn acheivments and contribute to your gamer score by playing those.
There’s also a new menu item called “AT&T AppCenter.” Apparently, AT&T is testing their own section of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.
Unfortunately this is only interesting for the small number of people out there who are lucky enough to have a [...]
Samsung may be launching yet another Galaxy S-branded smartphone for Verizon, currently known as the Samsung Continuum, if information and photos published by Engadget pan out as genuine. Most intriguing about this handset is its secondary OLED display beneath the capacitive row of buttons, which is said to be called the Ticker and be capable of displaying various infoswag such as RSS feeds or weather data whenever the bottom of the phone is grasped.
Now what’s got us a little curious is the fact that VZW would stock this model at the same time as the Fascinate, [...]
Hey look! It’s the HTC Spark again, which is bound to be one of HTC’s very first Windows Phone 7 devices, perhaps becoming real on October 7. This time we get to see it in higher resolution glory. We’re still thinking that this will make its mark officially as the HTC 7 Trophy, or at least on Vodafone. These new images show that in fact HTC has added their own custmoziations via the HTC Hub (despite indications from the company that the first wave of their WP7 devices will not have customizations), and a couple of live tiles like Weather, Notes, and Photo Enhancer. [...]
Google has introduced a handy tool, called the Google Phone Gallery, that offers a sortable, filterable database of Android-powered phones, complete with comparison capability. So far the gallery is populated with close to 40 handsets from LG, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung, with both US and international models represented. The phones can be sorted either alphabetically or by release date, and filtered by manufacturer, country, carrier, and of course, whether it is down “with Google” or not.
Perhaps the nicest element of this project is the ability to compare the specs [...]
Many of you probably have never heard of Vodafone. They are a mobile telecommunications company. Vodafone’s mobile subsidiaries operate under the brand name “Vodafone”, but in the U.S. Vodafone’s “associated undertaking operates as Verizon Wireless“.
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So we know that in the U.S. Verizon is heavily favoring Motorola for their handset provider (perhaps you’ve heard of the “Droid” line of Android-powered phones). The problem with this strategy is that they’re all relatively high-powered devices [...]
So it looks like that “party” HTC is holding on October 7th in Taipei may reveal some new hardware after all, as one of the company’s PR firms is sending around an invite for a Central London pre-briefing that same day. The invitation specifically states that the briefing concerns “a range of new phones (that have not been announced).”
Now we’d love to imagine that HTC is going to be revealing its Windows Phone 7 launch handsets on the 7th of October, but we’re still pretty sure that all device manufacturers are waiting until the [...]
Nokia has begun shipping its highly-anticipated N8 smartphone to customers who have pre-ordered — this was apparently the most popular pre-release device in Nokia history — although US buyers will have to wait until the end of October to receive their Symbian^3-powered “multimedia computers.” With this September 30th launch, Nokia has kept its promise to European customers (confirming that earlier rumors of a delay were unfounded), but has not been so polite to interested stateside parties, who were once given a 9/30 ship date as well.
As the [...]
First came the Motorola CLIQ (pictured), then came the keyboard-less CLIQ XT, and now we can look forward to the CLIQ 2? That’s the word from Engadget, which has reportedly been sent a few pieces of information about this unannounced sequel supposedly headed to T-Mobile. No pictures or hard specs so far, mind you (that’s the original CLIQ you see above), just a handful of generalities that may or may not whet the appetite of the potential CLIQ: Redux consumer.
Allegedly codenamed “Begonia,” the CLIQ 2 is said to ship with Android 2.2 “Froyo” [...]
Sprint appears to have a new Android handset on the horizon, dubbed the Samsung Transform, and although it looks a lot like the Galaxy S we’ve come to know and love, several facts seem to preclude this possibility. First, and most obviously, Sprint already carries a Galaxy S variant in the form of the QWERTY-equipped Epic 4G. Now this wouldn’t be the first time two phones hit a manufacturer in keyboard and keyboard-less varieties (see: HTC Touch Diamond and Pro lines), but with a name like Transform, we’re expecting something more than your typical black [...]
Maximus Mobile, from XDA-developers, released a sweet looking Start menu replacement for Windows Mobile 6.x today. MMAppLauncher can completely override your Start menu with what some believe to be a more productive system of menus. As you can see by the screen shots, a menu with a 5 button navigation bar at the bottom opens after launching MMAppLauncher via the Start menu. Each button on the nav bar takes you to a different menu within the Start menu replacement.
The first button, represented by a Home icon, opens up a screen with all your programs in a 4 column scrollable [...]
The Japanese-Sweedish joint venture Sony Ericsson already had a Windows Mobile powered device, the Xperia X1, to prove they have what it takes to make it even though manufactured in close collaboration with HTC.
According to Microsoft UK’s head of marketing, Oded Ran, Sony Ericsson is working on at least one Windows Phone 7 device. Nothing else was mentioned about this neither from Microsoft’s nor Sony Ericsson’s side but joint venture’s CTO Jan Uddenfelt stated that “Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft’s [...]
Everybody was wondering whether the HTC Mondrian would look anythign like some leaked concept images but later we’ve seen some pictures of a real life device which was allegedly called Mondrian and that got pretty close – but not that close – to what we see today.
These pictures are allegedly press shots of the HTC Mondrian about which we still don’t know anything for sure. There were rumors of it sporting a 1.3GHz Snapdragon processor and we were told it might have a 1400mAh battery. The renders also show an HTC Hub on the Start screen which is pretty [...]