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It used to be that if your iPhone had a broken home button, you would have to hobble over to the accessibility options and turn on a certain feature.
Since the days of gray scale LCD screens on PDAs, the stylus has been the invaluable tool which allowed you to precisely navigate the small screen. With killer applications like the venerable PhatWare Calligrapher, which converts hand writing to text, you can use the stylus to mimic the analog world of pen and paper. Along, with integration of cell phone technology, the hope of a converged hand held device for your mobile life was starting to become a reality. As cellular data and push email where implemented, the world was starting to be at one’s stylus tip. Microsoft along with [...]
If you caught Daniel Webster’s series of videos and final review on the Samsung Galaxy S, you were treated with an abundance of detail about this new device. Sporting a 4″ Super AMOLED with a 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy is equipped to impress.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S is not alone in the 4″+ screen size market. I’ve decided to match the Samsung Galaxy S up against my beloved HTC EVO. The EVO has been my primary phone for a little over a month now, and I’ve been nothing but impressed. Over the next few videos, I will put the Galaxy side-by-side [...]
It looks like Research in Motion is still working on their BlackBerry Storm franchise; after having released the Storm 2 last year, America’s leading smartphone maker will be following up with a Storm 3 later this year and a Storm 4 in 2011. The Storm series, in their tablet touchscreen form factor, will be competing with the yet to be released BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider, which uses a touchscreen that slides in portrait mold to reveal a keyboard.
The Storm 3 will be a multimedia and gaming device with RIM reportedly working with EA on bringing some gaming titles to the [...]
The Sony Xperia X10 is an Android device that has been available in Europe for some time already. It has received a fair share of both praise and criticism since its original release date. Now, the X10 has finally made its way stateside, with AT&T. With only three Android phones to choose from, AT&T could certainly stand to gain by adding to their selection. Is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 a worthy addition for AT&T? Read on below to find out!
Here’s the unboxing for the Xperia X10. The box comes packed with just about everything [...]
The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below!
If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review.
This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the fact [...]
Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users’ ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5″ screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out!
Here’s the unboxing of the Dell [...]
Since kicking off our coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you’ve seen our unboxing video, Part 1 of our software overview, and the hardware overview. Well now it’s time for Part 2 of the software overview.
In this video we compare the speed of the Xperia X10 against the Samsung Galaxy S. The X10 is preloaded with Android 1.6 while the Galaxy S comes with 2.1. These two devices face off in a stock browser comparison, YouTube load time test, and finally a simple assessment of app opening times.
You will surely notice that we have opted to load custom [...]
So far, we have unboxed and taken a look at the presinstalled softwware on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We now take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s hardware. The 4″ capacitive touch screen makes navigation through the user interface a breeze. 4″ seems to be a very happy medium in terms of screen size-it’s not too small and difficult to use and it’s not too large and hard to hold. Powered by a 1GHz processor the X10 stays current with its competition and shows little to no slowdown. The X10 comes packed with a 1500mAh battery that Sony claims [...]
Next up, we scrape the surface on the software that makes up the Xperia X10. Unfortunately, with Android 1.6 preinstalled the X10 is slightly behind the 8-ball. Sony has stated they will be upgrading the device to Android 2.1 in late September, but there is no word on 2.2. Sony has however included two custom applications on the X10 that each serve a useful purpose. Timescape is an application that aggregates the users social networks into one common area. There is also a Timescape homescreen widget for added convenience. Mediascape on the other hand, brings pictures, videos, and music [...]
It’s time to unbox and kick of our coverage of the Sony Ericson Xperia X10! AT&T announced just a few weeks ago that they would be offering this Android 1.6 device on their network, further increasing their relatively slim offering of Android devices. Currently, AT&T offers the Motorola Backflip, HTC Aria, and the Samsung Captivate as part of their Android lineup. Each device boasts a unique characteristic, from price, to form factor, to screen resolution. Quite clearly, adding another choice is largely welcomed.
This is only a brief taste of the Xperia X10. [...]
In the first BlackBerry Torch video, Adam went ahead and unboxed the device. In this video, we continue our coverage of the BlackBerry Torch and walk through some of the main hardware features of the BlackBerry 6 OS-sporting smartphone.
The BlackBerry Torch’s front side is dominated by a 3.2-inch touchscreen and resembles the BlackBerry Storm, but unlike the Storm the Torch doesn’t use a SurePress click screen technology and the touchscreen, which supports multitouch gestures, operates like a regular smartphone touchscreen.
When the screen is slid up in [...]
A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own “skin” to work in their device(s). We’ve seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell’s custom interface.
Well, now it’s time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the [...]
We now get up close and personal with the Dell Streak to take a look at its hardware. With its 5″ Gorilla-Glass screen, the Dell Streak has taken a great deal of both positive and negative criticism. The larger than average form factor could make the phone cumbersome and difficult to use. However, it could also increase the users efficiency by allowing them to type faster and more accurately on a larger keyboard, and also allow more widgets and shortcuts to fit on the screen.
The Streaks 5″ screen has a 800 x 480 resolution and is equipped with a 1Ghz processor and [...]
We recently kicked off our series on the Dell Streak Android Tablet with an unboxing video. We next follow up by taking a look at the custom interface system that Dell has implemented with this device. The typical notification bar on Android devices call for a downward swipe and only includes information such as new email, missed calls, text messages, etc. Dell has taken this a step further by also adding connectivity options, a favorite programs list, and the ability to add “rooms”, or homescreens all to the top bar. The Streaks 5″ screen also gives the user much [...]
Join us as we kick off our next review series by unboxing the Dell Streak Android tablet device! Some of our recent Android coverage has been of smaller form factor devices. We now take it to the opposite spectrum by looking at the largest Android phone to date.
The Dell Streak is a combination of a phone and tablet that is graced with the Android operating system. Devices like the HTC EVO 4G have gained a large following due to its large 4.3″ screen size. The Dell Streak takes the cake with a screen measuring 5″. Will this large, Gorilla-glass screen make the [...]
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. [...]
HTC has become a powerhouse in manufacturing Android powered devices. They have created a device to fit practically every form factor, budget, and cellular network type. HTC has now set their sights on the budget friendly market with the release of the HTC Wildfire. Typically, in order to create a lower-priced device, manufacturers must sacrifice some quality or features. We can’t help but be curious to see as to whether or not HTC puts a mark on its reputation for quality with the Wildfire. Read on to find out in our full review of the HTC Wildfire!
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Our software overview part 1 video gave you a tour into the HTC Sense skin that the HTC Wildfire utilizes for navigation. In this next video, we compare how well the HTC Wildfire performs against one of its big brothers, the HTC EVO 4G. As mentioned in the hardware overview, the Wildfire has a 528mhz processor, whereas the EVO is equipped with a 1Ghz processor. The EVO is also equipped with a better GPU and more available RAM.
Below, we run through a series of comparison tests with these two devices including gaming, loading YouTube videos, and social networking applications. [...]
The HTC Wildfire has been described by many as a miniature-sized cross between the Nexus One and the HTC Desire. As previously mentioned, HTC has targeted the masses with this device by making it very affordable. The shell of the device is much like the Nexus One in its combination of aluminum and Teflon painted plastic. Quite obviously, the overall design of this device is not lacking, despite its low price point.
On the spec side of things, the HTC Wildfire is accompanied with a 528MHz processor and 384MB of RAM. Based on the current generation of Android smartphones, these [...]
In our unboxing video of the HTC Wildfire, we had the opportunity to power on the device for the first time and give you a brief introduction to this device’s software. In part 1 of our software overview we now dive further into exploring the Android OS and the HTC Sense skin.
Sense is a skin created by HTC for use on many of their Android devices. Sense makes Android user friendly by adding new widgets, more home screens, and by streamlining certain menus and functions. Many of HTC’s custom widgets include stocks, news, weather, and the acclaimed flip-clock on the [...]
It’s time to kick off another series of videos on an Android device. This time we get the opportunity to unbox the HTC Wildire.
The HTC Wildfire is a compact and budget friendly device. Much like Sony Ericsson’s X10 Mini, HTC is targeting everyone with this offering. Right away you’ll see that the Wildfire shares many design aspects with the Nexus One. With that being said, its 3.2″ screen and a 528mhz processor, the Wildfire is sure to be a different experience.
Join us below as we unbox the HTC Wildfire and take a gander at what comes packaged [...]
Part 1 of our software overview gave you a look at navigating through Sony’s custom user interface on the X10 Mini. Just slapping any old version of Android onto the smallest smartphone would not suffice. Sony’s skinned version of Android 1.6 does the job very well and makes the X10 Mini very usable, even by the most skeptical.
In part 2 of our software overview, we venture further into the software making up the X10 Mini. We take a look at the social networking applications, the browser, and we also look at the video playback capability. Surprisingly, for such a [...]