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myTouch 4G Slide Sighting…


Yes, yet another Android Phone that is soon to hit the streets. However, I like the design of this one. And word is the keyboard is quite good, but it is heavier than the G2 (which is quite weighty). It seems that it will be running Sense UI, with some myTouch tweaks here and there. No word on price and availability yet but I can’t wait to try that keyboard.

Source: TmoNews.com

Gingerbread for HTC Desire Really is Coming Afterall

As I was writing this post about how disappointing it was that Gingerbread was not coming to the HTC Desire, news broke that it actually is coming.

Originally HTC UK stated on its Facebook page that they just couldn’t get it done.

“Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire.”

Then, today there’s a post saying that there will be Gingerbread for the Desire.

“Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire.”

All the collective Desire owners sigh in relief. Not that the average user will notice a whole lot of change, but an update is an update and its nice to be on the latest firmware instead of being stuck in what I like to call “The Vista of Android”, 2.1, like the HTC Hero (UK).

 

Apple Settles Patent Lawsuit with Nokia

You might have heard almost 2 years ago Nokia  sued Apple for Patent Infringement. Well, 20 months later they settle and Nokia agrees to license its patents to Apple. How much you ask? We may never know but we can be sure it was for a lot of money. According to some sources, the settlement is enough to cushion Nokia while it transitions from Symbian to Windows Phone7.

While this may seem like a defeat for Apple, some are saying that this is what they call “Sweet Defeat”, and Spells Trouble for Android. How? Read More →

Virgin Mobile’s New Big Boy

Virgin Mobile recently announced  probably the most significant smartphone to hit prepaid carriers Ever. The Motorola Triumph. If you have been thinking of dumping one of the majors and going prepaid, this is probably the phone that would help you make that final decision. Read More →

Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhones, Yay?

Anybody looking to get an iPhone 4 with T-Mobile? Well now you can because Apple has unlocked iPhones for sale. Now unlocked iPhone 4s were floating around the internet for a while but never could you order one from Apple themselves, until now.

If you have the scratch, you can order  either Black or White 16 or 32gb models for $649.00 or $749.00 respectively. That’s pretty pricey but so is AT&T and Verizon.

It’s nice to have the option of not being locked to a carrier and locked in a contract at the same time.

But, would you pay that much for a phone?

HP License WebOS, NOW!

 

Recently HP’s CEO Leo Apotheker said that they were open to the idea of licensing WebOS. And I literally heard the entire internet say, “It’s about time.” Arguably WebOS is the freshest and best multitasking mobile OS available. If you don’t agree with that, you most certainly will agree with the fact that even if you have never owned a WebOS phone, you respect WebOS. Read More →

iPhone Just Got Better

WWDC 2011  announced, oh… just a few new features to iOS that may or may not completely crush RIM’s hopes of making a comeback, 1Uped Android and made your PC almost useless. How? Read More →

Your Must-Have Phone-Features


Just about every one has a cellphone these days. Some held out as long as they could, but eventually they caved and got one. With the amount of choices and availability added with ease of use, it’s hard not to. But having a cellphone really doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone who has one. Even the primary use for a phone–making calls– isn’t necessarily the most important feature to a lot of users. Nowadays, these things do a lot. They come in all sorts of shapes, color and sizes. But eventually we all decided on one particular phone. Why?

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PureGear PureBeats Premium In-Ear Headset Review

Whenever I am reviewing headsets, I am always looking for thought in the design as well as function and comfort. PureGear’s PureBeats certainly has a fresh look.  But do they deliver quality sound or are they just another cheap in-ear headset that is over priced? Read More →

AT&T-Mobile

Unless you have been living under a rock or in a cave, you’ve heard about the pending merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. What will this mean for us, those who love AT&T’s network and those who love T-Mobile’s price point? We aren’t sure but it certainly has a lot of us worried. Why? Competition. Read More →

Nokia’s Fight Part 2

See this man? His name is Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia. He has a problem– A big problem. As of now, Nokia has lost its dominance in smartphones world wide to Android. Symbian is a throwback OS and it looks like it. Nokia has no presence in the U.S., where the hottest Mobile OS lives. He wants to change that.

Elop wrote a memo to the company called the Burning Platform.

“Over the past few months, I’ve shared with you what I’ve heard from our shareholders, operators, developers, suppliers and from you. Today, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what I have come to believe.

I have learned that we are standing on a burning platform.”

He basically rips Nokia a new one and is now teaming with Microsoft to bring WP7 to Nokia. Read More →

Finally Something New

Yet another Android Phone, yes, but not the same ole’ candy-bar shape. Something truly different than anything you have seen. The Kyocera Echo coming to Sprint, has taken a leap in the form-factor innovation of smartphones.

Two 3.5 inch WVGA screens, Android 2.2, and Hotspot capability makes for an attractive buy. (if you like Sprint)

I would love to get my hands on one of these for a little alone time… What about you?

Verizon iPhone, Who’s gettn’ it?

So after all the rumors and the many, many requests for it, it’s here. So far, the Verizon iPhone has sold out before it even hit store shelves, which put to bed all the naysayers who thought there wouldn’t be many people  migrating to Verizon’s iPhone. Android users actually have another option besides another Android phone.

Some people are saying they are switching to the iPhone 4 from Android, some are saying, “the iPhone coming to Verizon means nothing, because it’s still the iPhone and I’m sticking with Android.”

I think that it would be even better if the iPhone was available for all major carriers. Even though I personally would not expect to get one for myself. Ever. It would be good for consumer choice. Android is dominating the market with its endless Army, but I believe there would be a slow down of new growth if there was a wider base for its only true competitor (for the moment), the iPhone.

Sooo who of you are planning to make the switch? Or have you done it already? Or are you like me? “Sticking with Android, because I believe it’s a better OS.”

New Android Market

Google has made a smart move by adding another way to push out all other third party app-stores for Android, by doing what the third party app-stores already do. Android users can now download apps via the new online Android Market and have them pushed to their Android devices. So far it looks beta, but it works and we can expect updates in the future.

As long as it doesn’t go all iTunes on me, I think I’d use it often. Will it get rid of Appbrain and the like? I doubt it.

You like it?

Metro PCS Getting LTE Andriod Soon

Photo from phonenews.com

Word is Metro PCS, who recently launched their LTE network are geared to release a phone that’s actually worth putting on a LTE network. The Samsung Indulge (formally the Forte) is a 1GHZ, 2.2 Android, Slider reportedly being released February 23rd. Priced at 399.99, you may gasp until you realize 60 bucks a month ain’t so bad. If you are the type who only buys a phone once every two years, compare that with a 4G plan from the big 4, then do the math and you may consider it. Then again if you are like me, you’d have it for a few months and then be ready to sell it… Sad I know but, Hooray for Metro PCS!

Virgin Mobile Finally Getting Another Android Phone

Finally! Not that there’s a huge population of Virgin Mobile Android Users, but maybe there would be if more desirable phones were available. If you weren’t a big fan of the Samsung Intercept, soon you may get a chance to try out the LG Optimus V. Rumor has it, the price is only $150.00 ($100.00 cheaper than the Intercept). Attach that with the Beyond Talk plan for $25.00 unlimited text and data, I’m a bit tempted myself.

The Pre-Paid market is looking more attractive by the minute, and certainly is more affordable than rolling with the Big 4. You may not get the speed (yet) that the Big 4 offer, but you don’t have to lose a lot of function going cheaper.

What do you think? Are you one of the Pre-Paid Android Users, or will you become one?

Google making Changes to Android Market

Forbes is reporting that Google is unhappy with the Android Market. Apparently, people don’t like paying for Apps. (who knew?) Android’s Platform Manager said there will be changes in the future including Carrier billing and In-app payments. My guess is you are going to start to see a lot of cool little apps suddenly cost $0.99! Google will be banking on users making impulse purchases when they don’t have to pay up front and just have it added to their bill at the end of the month (Bill Shock).

Apple has been very much more successful at having most applications actually cost money and developers are eager to continue to produce for the platform because of it. Looks like Google finally wants to make some money off Android.

Are you a Poser?

Smartphones are the hottest electronic item as of the last year or so. With the iPhone and the storm of Android devices in the market, it’s almost impossible to ignore. Retailers are loving the traffic, and as long as the manufacturers keep pumping out new handsets people will be handing over their money. Advertisement is directed towards all demographics and encourage you to trade that flip-phone in for something more advanced and cutting edge. Don’t have a lot of money? No problem here are some low-end smartphones that will cost you little to no money (with a 2 year contract). Can not or do not want to sign a 2 year contract, well we have some prepaid smartphones for you as well! Either way, smartphones cost more to have than the average phone in the long run. Whether it’s with the cost for the phone plus the 2 years you will be paying for service with a more expensive data plan and perhaps insurance just in case you crack the screen or it’s stolen, add the potential purchase of applications from the App Store or Market, the carriers definitely want everyone to have a smartphone.  The question is not whether you need a smartphone, because we all know the answer to that. The question is: Why do you think you need a smartphone?

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“Old Hardware” Still New

Remember this? How could we forget, it was only two years ago! Yet to some of us, the G1 is an ancient artifact. Maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but there seems to be a stigma attached to hardware –namely cellphones– of yesteryear. With so many Android phones in the market since the G1, do you look at this founding handset as old news?  To a lot of users, “old phones” still have some life in them. Read More →

Nokia’s Fight

Chances are you have had at least one Nokia phone in your life if you were born sometime before 1990. Fast forward to today, it’s probably a Samsung, Motorola, HTC, RIM or Apple (smartphone). Even if it is from some other brand, I can bet that it is not a Nokia. Why? What happened? Nokia dominates the cellphone market around the world. Except the USA.

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thinksound ts02+ 8mm High Def Headphones Review

The first thought I had when I saw these was, “SkullCandy?” The thinksound ts02+mic headphones look very, very identical to the skullcandy pair that I have been  using. But are they really similar?

“thinksound™ began with a simple goal; to create incredible sounding headphones with the smallest eco-footprint possible. Our headphones are made with real wood, creating a more natural resonance and unparalleled acoustics.”

The headphones came in recyclable packaging and a cotton carrying pouch which smelled… natural. There’s also a number varying sized rubber tips to find the right fit for your ears.

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What’s Wrong with Android?

Android is everywhere. It is spreading like a bushfire in California. And it does not appear to be slowing down. In fact, it is getting bigger, faster and stronger day after day. You probably have one in your hand or in your pocket right now. If you don’t, you have at least thought about seeing what all the fuss is with these “Phones”. That’s all they are right? Phones? No. Android is a monster that is trying to take over the Smartphone World. Android is like locusts invading a field of produce. There’s just so many of them…

The problem is there may be too many of them, too fast.

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Why the Peek 9

The makers of the Peek Pronto have introduced a new device; the Peek 9. Great!

What is it? Is it a phone? A scientific calculator? A digital dictionary? I got it, it’s an Electronic Foreign Language Translator!

Actually it is none of those things. It is an Email Device. It probably should be some or all of those other things, then perhaps we can have a reasonable expectation of people actually wanting something like this. In a world of the Smart-Phone and even the Feature-Phone becoming better at doing practically everything except cooking your dinner, what could a simple email device do for you? Read More →

Tablets Replacing Laptops?

A while ago, Steve Jobs said when introducing the iPad, “The transformation of the PC to new form factors like the tablet is going to make some people uneasy because the PC has taken us a long ways”. True, the PC has taken us a long way and yes, the tablets are the latest hot new computing device. But are they going to replace computers we use everyday such as laptops or Desktops?

One thing is for sure, so far the iPad is selling extremely well. Better than expected even. Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn, in the Wall Street Journal had stated that the iPad had cut into laptop sales as much as half! Later though he recanted  that statement, “The reports of the demise of these devices are grossly exaggerated,” he now says. But it begs the question: What made him say that in the first place if in fact he was “grossly exaggerating” the numbers?

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Walmart The CellPhone Co.

When I first heard this bit of news, I thought, “Please, not another Straight Talk …” Thankfully it is not.  Walmart Family Mobile, Powered by T-Mobile has just thrown its hat into the race with a pretty competitive price point for service. Will it be a deal budget-junkies can’t resist? Or will the handsets being offered slow the number of adapters? Read More →