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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Engadget Reviews the Sensation XL

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 06:00 AM

"Yes, the family's Windows Phone flagship, the Titan certainly tickled our fancy -- no other phone had landed on that nascent OS with such a screen. But the Sensation XL faces phones both bigger (and only slightly smaller) in the increasingly crowded world of Android."

Check out the Engadget review of this new Android phone from HTC with a 4.7" Super LCD display. It's only 480x800 but if you're looking for something with a big screen and you're not so concerned about the resolution or pixel density this could be just what you're looking for. The Sensation also uses a single core 1.5GHz Qualcomm CPU instead of going with a dual core processor you may expect. Engadget has a video and all their thoughts to help you make your decision.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q Now Official, Coming Before the Holidays

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"The 4G-capable myTouch and myTouch Q are everything the leaks indicated, with the former sporting a 3.8-inch touch screen and the latter coming home with a 3.5-inch screen (no word on the display tech used in either one) and landscape sliding QWERTY keyboard."

T-Mobile has two new entry level Android phones on the way. They have special features to simplify their use and teach you how to use them. Both seem to be reasonable devices with a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera that does 720p video, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The myTouch has a front facing camera. The myTouch Q has a slide-out landscape orientation qwerty keyboard. Both phones are 4G capable.

I'd have a hard time recommending the myTouch Q since it only has a 3.5" screen. The myTouch is better off with a 3.8" screen. It's a shame that both phones seem to have a lot of wasted space at the top and the bottom when holding them in portrait orientation. I guess they could be just the thing for someone looking for an Android phone on a tight budget. Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Androinica Reviews the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"If you know anything about the Samsung Galaxy S phones, then you already know about its world-renowned reputation of amazing displays and ultra slim form factor. With that said, lets get to more specific details shall we. The phone packs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with the option to expand up to 32GB via SDCard..."

If you go by the review, this is one of the best Android phones out there. I have certainly heard a lot of buzz about it but I'm not sure why everyone is so excited. It sounds like it's got a very fast and smooth feel to the interface. It also has a fast dual-core processor and GPU. But if you ask me, you can't put a 480x800 screen on a current high-end phone. These days it needs to be at least qHD - I'll even take PenTile. I've seen it and I'm happy with PenTile. Unlike Super AMOLED Plus by itself the higher resolution actually increases practical usability by letting you see more on the screen at a time. I'm not sure the move from Super AMOLED to Super AMOLED Plus made enough of an improvement to battery life, which I think is the biggest problem with OLED technology on phones. Prove the battery life to me first compared to LCD and then I'll be interested in a 40,000:1 contrast ratio on my phone. Still, I'd rather have the resolution. Besides the resolution and possibly power usage of the display one other thing I don't like is the lack of a simple LED notification light. It's so basic but so important, at least for how I use my phone. If you don't need one that's up to you but that's one reason why the Fascinate and Nexus S were never on my wish list. Besides these things, questions I would have to get answers to before buying this phone based solely on Samsung's track record last year are: Will it get OS updates in a reasonable amount of time? None of the Galaxy S phones from last year did. And will the GPS work without issues? Most if not all Galaxy S phones last year had significant or major problems with the GPS. I actually don't have a dedicated GPS so I use my Droid X for that and it does an incredible job.

With so many people excited about this phone I know I must be in the minority with my thinking. I'd love to hear why you're excited about the Galaxy S II. If you have one, I'd love to know what you think of it. If you're interested in getting this phone make sure you check out the review!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

HTC Amaze 4G Coming to T-Mobile

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"The Amaze 4G is the latest in a line of T-Mobile’s advanced camera phones joining the myTouch 4G Slide and is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera, 1080p video, backside illuminated sensor for low-light performance, zero shutter lag and dual-led flash along with some advanced camera features..."

This looks like a great phone from HTC and T-Mobile! I like the fact that it has a qHD (540x960) 4.3" display for one thing. The CPU/GPU is probably the fastest available right now with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 and Adreno 220. I also do like the fact that they seem to have really put some work into the camera. I've heard the camera on the myTouch 4G Slide is excellent and it sounds like this camera is at least as good and has more horsepower behind it. As you would expect from any high end Android phone these days it supports 4G and can handle at up to HSPA+ at 42Mbps. The Amaze 4G also has Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and NFC if you're interested. You can buy the Amaze 4G on October 10 from an online pre-sale with delivery to a store 2 days later. I think the price is fair for what you get at $260 after a $50 mail in rebate and with a 2-year contract.

Are you in the market for a new phone on T-Mobile? How does the HTC Amaze 4G look to you?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The HTC Rhyme Goes for Form Over Function

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"Available in a female-friendly Plum for Verizon customers, the Rhyme has clean lines and a nice soft-touch back. HTC tweaked the Sense interface to make it more open and friendly, relegated the clock to the bottom right corner and adding dynamic shortcut icons to the home screen."

The Rhyme is not a bad phone at all actually. It's not for me but for a phone that's not supposed to be high-end it's got very reasonable specs. It has a 1GHz CPU with the Adreno 205 GPU, 3.7" 480x800 SuperLCD, 768MB of memory, and 4GB of built in storage. It comes with an 8GB MicroSDHC card as well for additional storage. It also comes with Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) which is expected by now. The front facing camera is only VGA and the rear camera is 5MP but honestly they should work as well as the cameras on most other phones for general use.

What sets the Rhyme apart, and may make the $200 it costs worth the money, are the tweaks to the HTC Sense interface and the included accessories. The interface, among other things, includes slide out drawer-like widget icons. I think this is a cool idea though really it's not much different then folders I guess. It does look cooler to me. As far as accessories go the Rhyme includes a dock, tangle-free ear buds with in-line controls, and a funky notification dongle/charm thingy. The charm plugs into the earphone jack and flashes when you get calls or other notifications. See the video in the source article (click the "Read" link below) for a demo of the charm working. I think the notification charm is a cool idea but should have been done with Bluetooth. Of course then you would have something else to keep charged. It will be interesting to see if owners find the notification charm useful or useless just because it's too much of a hassle to plug in all the time. I'd love to hear what you think of this new phone from HTC!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

HTC Rhyme: Photos and Specs

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

More photos after the break, and here's the full spec sheet. Read more...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Engadget Reviews the Droid Bionic

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"It's been said that absence makes a heart grow fonder, so it was with very willing and eager hands this week that we received the Droid Bionic, Motorola's latest high-octane, robot-themed assault on Verizon Wireless subscribers."

With a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, about 23GB of usable storage space, a 960x540 4.3" screen, 1700mHA battery, LTE 4G, and 1080p video recording the Droid Bionic is a very respectable device. Engadget has a nice review with lots of photos and video that goes into detail about things like performance, battery life, and accessories - including a WebTop laptop dock thing like the Atrix.

I generally like what Motorola does with their hardware. In this case I'm not sure about the CPU/GPU choice. Also I think the VGA front facing camera was a bad choice. I would expect a 2MP front facing camera on a high-end phone. I've seen the PenTile screen on the Droid X2 and I like that. Check out the review and let us know what you think. Is this the Droid you've been waiting for? If you bought one I'd love to know how you like it so far!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

HTC Vigor Photos on Droid-Life

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"Hello, HTC Vigor. You have eluded us for the most part up until now, but we are excited to finally get a clean look at you. With your red accents, big beautiful screen, and black rubbery Incredible-esque contoured back, we would gladly accept you into our everyday lives."

Droid-Life has two pictures of the upcoming HTC Vigor. This is a high-end phone with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core CPU that has the Adreno 220 GPU. It also has a 4.3" HD (I'm guessing they mean 720x1280) screen, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. Oh yeah, and it has LTE if you're wanting the latest and fastest thing out there.

My biggest question would be how's the battery life? Other than that, this looks like a great phone! Questions, comments, more info...we would love to hear from you!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

High End Phone HTC Ruby Spotted for T-Mobile

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"While the HTC Ruby is a bit of a mystery device a ninja source of ours we’ve been able to gleam a little bit of intel surrounding the specs and eventual launch. First and foremost this is not a myTouch device but will launch with a set of impressive and sure to please specs."

Wow, this looks nice to me! The HTC Ruby will supposedly have a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.3" qHD (that's 540x960) screen, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and 1GB of RAM. One interesting design feature is it will have two dedicated camera buttons. One is for stills and the other is for video.

I'm usually not too excited about devices on T-Mobile but this one looks sweet! I would take this over the Galaxy S II any day because of the screen with higher resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio if nothing else. I'm guessing the CPU is the latest Snapdragon which uses the Adreno 220 GPU, which is supposed to be faster than anything else out from what I've read. My only concern would be battery life since this is coming from HTC and it's got some newer hardware. HTC doesn't have a very good track record with battery life on bleeding edge phones (Evo, Dinc, and Thunderbolt come to mind). What do you think? Is this the phone you've been waiting for?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

T-Mobile to Release Samsung Hercules as Galaxy S II Next Month

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

"As the rumored U.S. launch in September approaches, we keep seeing more and more rumors about the U.S. versions of Samsung’s best selling phone. We have previously reported on a supposed version from AT&T. We also discussed that one analyst believes Verizon will get the super phone first. Now, it looks like T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S II has posed for some photos."

If you've been waiting for the Galaxy S II it looks like next month you may be able to get it from T-Mobile. It's interesting that there may be differences in the CPU/GPU and display type depending on the country. It looks like the US may be getting the Tegra 2 version with a Super Clear LCD. Some countries will get a Samsung CPU/GPU with a Super AMOLED Plus display. The Tegra 2 version could have the Super AMOLED Plus display as well. Check out the Wikipedia article for more info. Either way it sounds like a great 1.2GHz dual-core CPU/GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a MicroSDHC card slot and an 8MP rear camera that can record up to 1080p video. It's also apparently the thinnest start phone other than some NEC model only available in Japan. Would the fact that it only has a 480x800 display be a deal breaker for you? Would Samsung's past track record of slow OS update releases scare you away? Let us know your thoughts!

Monday, July 18, 2011

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Unboxing

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Talk" @ 01:00 PM

"If you’ve been sitting around with nothing to do hoping that someone would post a 10 minute video of the myTouch 4G Slide then by golly you’re in luck! Our favorite unboxing pro, Aaron is back at it again with a lengthy look at the 4G Slide."

This is a good unboxing video. It doesn't go into a lot of the technical details but it does a great job of showing everything else about the phone. I didn't realize how powerful this was until I started researching it for this post - though the video made me want to find out more. As stated in the video it has a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. That has the Adreno 220 GPU which is probably the fastest GPU you can get right now. The rear camera is supposed to be the best one in any phone. It has a rear illuminated sensor like in the iPhone 4 but it's 8MP instead of 5MP in the iPhone. It has enhancements for low-light and it the phone has a mode for taking HDR photos. It can also record video at 1080p. The screen is only 3.7" which I think would be too small for me but that's more a personal preference thing. It comes with an 8GB MicroSDHC card and has MicroUSB and MicroHDMI ports built in. I'm not sure about the RAM or built in storage but the previous model had 768MB of RAM and 4GB of built in storage so it should be respectable. I would love to hear how the battery life is on it. Though it's got a fast CPU/GPU it should have a small die size since it's so new and that saves power so it could use less then the single core Snapdragon's of last year. Do you have a myTouch 4G Slide? I'd love to hear how the battery life is and how you like the phone in general. If you're looking for a new phone on T-Mobile I definitely recommend that you consider this.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sensational Review: HTC Sensation 4G

Posted by Karey Westfall in "HTC Android Phones" @ 04:00 AM

"Earlier this year, we gave a positive review to the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T. Well, if you liked what that phone had to offer, you're going to love this one."

The HTC Sensation 4G is already available for purchase but if you are still debating whether to pick it up or not, check out the review. It will help you decide whether you want to plunk down some change on the new phone!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Video Game Controls For Mobile Phones Arrives Via Xperia Play

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 04:00 AM

"The Xperia Play, an Android-powered, gaming-optimized phone designed by Sony Ericsson, tries to bridge the gap between PlayStation games and the mobile platform. The Xperia Play's most significant feature is the inclusion of a slide-out DualShock controller-type set of controls, geared toward customers who find themselves carrying a handheld console along with their phone because they are disappointed by touchscreen-oriented mobile games and prefer the more precise experience of a controller."

Buttons, buttons and more buttons! The Xperia Play brings joysticks and analog pads to mobile phones! The Play should be out soon, but in the meantime take a look at all the features that it will offer!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Small Form Factor Android Phones Coming from Sony Ericsson in August

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM!5799069/the-so...-android-phones

"The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro take off right where the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro did before them, as in they're super tiny Android phones that pack a little bit o' punch."

Sony Ericsson has two new Xperia Android phones on the way this August. The Mini and the Mini Pro. The Xperia Mini and Mini Pro both have a 320x480 screen with a 3" diagonal, 1GHz CPU, and a 5MP rear camera. The Pro version adds a slide out keyboard and a front facing camera. Sony Ericsson claims the Mini is the smallest Android phone capable of recording HD video. Both phones will also have Gingerbread which is great.

To me any capacitive (it matters because you're not as accurate with a finger as a stylus) screen smart phone with a diagonal smaller than 3.7" and a resolution of less than 480x800 is probably not something I would recommend to anyone. You may think 0.7" is a very small difference but look at those screens side by side and you'll see the difference is huge. They went with a HVGA (320x480) screen which is just a bad idea for any current Android phone.

I'm always glad to see more choices out there. Really, for someone coming from a Blackberry Curve or Bold the Xperia Mini Pro may be just the thing they want but neither of these are Android phones I can get excited about. What are your thoughts? Would you consider an Android phone with that screen size or resolution?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Xperia Play, LG Revolution, and Droid X2 are on their way to Verizon

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 AM

"Our friends at Verizon just reached out to share with us the upcoming May release schedule for a variety of new devices including the DROIDX2, LG Revolution, and Xperia Play."

It sounds like there is a good chance we'll be seeing three high-end Android Phones coming to Verizon this month. The Droid X2, LG Revolution, and the Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone). The Droid X2 has a Dual-Core Tegra 2 CPU/GPU which should give some excellent performance but this phone has no front facing camera. The LG Revolution uses a second generation Snapdragon and while it's single core, it should be no slouch, not to mention it has 4G. One major selling point of the LG Revolution is it will be the first Android Phone to support Netflix streaming. The Xperia Play comes with game emulators and a slide out game-pad with two analog controls as well as the other standard Playstation buttons and dpad.

Are you waiting for one of these three phones? I'm not sure which would be my pick. I'm not a fan of 4G since it doesn't make a difference most of the time and it hurts battery life, plus Verizon has had some issues with their LTE service. I love the idea of the Xperia Play but want to try one first and see what games are actually available for it once it's released. It will ship with Gingerbread so that's a plus. I like the sound of the Droid X2 with the Tegra 2, qHD LCD display, and 768MB of RAM, but I know the lack of a front facing camera would be a deal breaker for some. What are your thoughts?

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Win an LG Quantum Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 10:00 AM

Just a quick reminder that we're running a free phone give-away: there's an unlocked LG Quantum up for grabs. It's fast and easy to enter; all you need is a YouTube account. Check out this post for more details.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

G2x Available For Pre-orders Now; In Stores April 20th

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 07:00 AM

T-mobile is releasing to stores the G2x on April 20th, but the phone is available for pre-order on their website now. It will cost you $199.99 with a new 2 year agreement and $50 rebate or $499.99 with no contract. The phone comes with Froyo (upgrade available),NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP2OH dual-core processor, bluetooth, 4G and front and rear cameras. T-mobile is selling it as an ultra fast gaming phone. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

LG Announces "Tweet-TV" Prototype Android Phone

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

"Whenever mobile digital television broadcasts finally take off LG will be ready and its latest concept design -- following the autostereoscopic 3D screen shown at CES -- is the Tweet-TV"

LG has a very creative idea here. They want to have tweets related to what you're watching overlay what you're watching to give you more information micro-blog style. I don't even use Twitter but I actually think it would be awesome. Imagine watching something like news on the condition of the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan while seeing twitter feeds from people in Japan giving their perspective of the situation. It could be fun to get feeds from live concerts or sporting events you're watching. Would this increase your interest in Mobile Digital TV? I actually think it would be cool to have at home on the big screen and not just on a mobile device. What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Exclusive Game For Xperia Play and the G2X Announced

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 02:30 PM

Two great annoucements: First, the Xperia Play phone from Sony Ericsson will exclusively launch the game BackStab on it's phone. The game appears to be an action type game with the ability to battle opponents. It will be available for all Android devices eventually, but to get it first purchase the Xperia Play. Second, T-mobile has announced the G2X, which will be available this spring. This new phone will be the first duel core device for T-mobile and will come with games, a 4 inch screen and Android 2.2. So keep your eyes peeled for both the G2X and the Xperia Play!

Update: Rumor has it that the G2X will be available April 15th. Read about it here.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The HTC Shooter Looks Like a Very Nice Gingerbread Phone on its way to Sprint

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

"The "PG86100" certainly identifies itself as carrying a speedy new Adreno 220 GPU, which is typically paired with twin processing units, and should help push plenty of pixels to the 960 x 540 screen that's presently displaying Android Gingerbread 2.3.2."

This has the potential to be a great phone! If you're on Sprint and waiting for one that's really high end keep your eyes open for the Shooter! It's already running Gingerbread so that's a good start. Also, HTC does have a good track record of updating their high end phones. Last year I didn't like HTC phones because they had a relatively weak GPU. That's not the case anymore. The Adreno 220 should be right up there with the Tegra 2 and it may be faster. It's als designed to be paired with a dual-core CPU so we can expect that. And what good is a crazy fast GPU with a screen from last year? This has a qHD display!!! I'm so glad to see HTC going with a 16x9 aspect ratio and significantly a higher resolution as Motorola has started with the Atrix. If you're ready to get a new phone on Sprint and renew your contract you may want to hold out a little longer! If this is the phone you've been waiting for, or not, we would love to hear your thoughts!

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