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2 years ago

Verizon confirms Droid RAZR goes on sale at 11:11 a.m. 11-11-2011, brings new data plans with it

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Verizon's been teasing a Nov. 11 launch for the Motorola Droid RAZR, and this morning it's made it official. And, lining up with the news we broke last week, stores will open at 11:11 a.m. local time. (It's all to celebrate November being the launch month of the original Motorola Droid, they tell us.)

Oh, but there's more. Verizon's celebrating with some limited-edition data plans to go with it, provided you have a 4G LTE-capable smartphone. Starting Nov. 8, if you opt for the 2GB/$30 plan, Verizon will double your data allowance to 4GB. And this applies to new and existing customers. (The latter will need to change their plans online or with a customer service representative.)

Pretty sweet deal from Verizon, which did not say when the promotion will end.

Read our complete Motorola Droid RAZR review

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet image gallery

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet officially announced

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As expected, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet was just announced to the world.  Following up on the Nook Color - the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet gets some spec upgrades and this time around comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, weighs less then a pound plus, supports 1080p video for nine hours on a single charge. NetFlix and Hulu are on board for video content delivery and you get a plentiful 16GB of internal storage along with a up-to 32GB expansion slot. Pre- Order for the new Nook Tablet starts today for $249. Full press release is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Liveblog at 10 a.m. EST / 7 a.m. PST

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We're at the Union Square Barnes & Noble store this morning in Manhattan for the unveiling of the next iteration of the Nook, which we last week learned should be the Nook Tablet. Livebloggage shall commence at 10 a.m. EST, 7 a.m. PST, and all points in between, above and beyond.

Join us after the break as we get all the deets on what's in store for what's been a hacker's dream tablet.

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR available today at Rogers locations

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If you managed to make your way through out Motorola Droid RAZR review, you would have noticed that device was Verizon branded and as such -- not available in Canada. But that doesn't mean you can't get a variation of it. In fact, Canadians looking to get their hands on a Motorola RAZR can pick one up at Rogers locations starting today. If you go that route expect to pay $150 on a 3-year contract or $650 with no term. Right now, the device is only in-store and not yet available online so be sure to call ahead to make sure they have stock.

Source: Rogers

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR review

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Our comprehensive review of the Droid RAZR

What a way to enter the holiday season. Verizon Wireless has suddenly found itself with arguably three of the hottest Android smartphones of the year, just as the holiday shopping season begins. There’s the just-announced HTC Rezound, the “Pure Google” Samsung Galaxy Nexus and what brings us together today -- the Motorola Droid RAZR.

Yes, the RAZR -- the flip phone that became as cliche as it was once iconic -- has been reborn in the smartphone era. And it should surprise no one that Android is at the heart of its reincarnation.

And Motorola, which led the march toward thinner, lighter and bigger smartphones more than a year ago with the Droid X, has changed things up again with the RAZR. But the Droid RAZR’s eccentricities may also be its undoing. Read on to find out why in our complete Droid RAZR review.


It's fast, it's thin, it's got a gorgeous high-resolution display, and it's running the most recent version of Android available (at least for a few more weeks). Motorola has already promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. Good camera, and has Verizon 4G LTE data.


May be too large for some; is about the widest phone we've used. Battery can't be removed. Full of preloaded apps that you might or might not actually want.



Yet another "best-of" phone for Verizon. But the Droid RAZR's size could be a bit much for some, and we've got real concerns about not being able to swap out the battery for a fresh one when needed.

Inside this review

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR hardware review

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Read our complete Droid RAZR review!


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Don't want to swallow our Motorola Droid RAZR review in one bite? Let's break it up a bit. Here's our official walkthrough of the hardware. Put it this way: It's big. It's thin. It's relatively light.

It's almost too big, though. The Droid RAZR is about the widest phone we've ever used. If you've got smallish hands, it could be a bit much. But, boy, is it ever thin -- 7.11 mm at its thinnest point.

It's also bitterly ironic that the back of the phone is as beautiful as it is, because that solid piece means no removable battery. Time will tell if that's its Achilles' Heel.

Read our full Motorola Droid RAZR review

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR software review

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Read our complete Droid RAZR review!


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Want to stroll through the Motorola Droid RAZR software without being bothered with all those words and things? We gotcha covered. Here's a quick look at a lot of what Motorola's packed into the Droid RAZR. 

You've got the same Philblur UI that's evolved over the past year or so. Five home screens, a customizable dock, and a horizontal scrolling app drawer. That's the bread and butter, but where Motorola's really impressing is with the little things. Automatic reminders for Wifi (and automatically turning it on when you're near a trusted network). A new music app. MOTOACTV. MOTOPRINT. Plus more pre-loaded applications than we know what to do with.

Take a gander at the video above for a walkthrough, then hit the full review for all the dirt details.

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2 years ago

HTC releases Desire Gingerbread kernel source code

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Good news for anyone involved with tinkering around with software for the venerable HTC Desire. In accordance with open source rules, HTC has just released the kernel source code for the device's Gingerbread update, which was offered as an optional RUU for GSM Desires back in August. The move follows the release of a slew of other source code for more recent devices over the weekend, and should help out anyone involved with the lively Desire custom ROM scene.

Remember, as ever, that this code is for developers only, and won't be of much use to the average user (or even the average ROM flasher). If you're after the Gingerbread update itself, you can find out more over here.

Source: HTCDev

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2 years ago

HTC announces first wave of devices destined for Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades

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Back when Ice Cream Sandwich was officially announced we all took some joy in predicting what devices would and would not have upgrades heading their way and at the time -- there was alot of love given to the HTC Sensation and EVO line of devices as well as the Amaze 4G. As it turns out, HTC agreed and have now put up a list of "first wave" devices that will be upgraded:

HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we're thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid, on sale beginning today, is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound*, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G* and HTC Amaze 4G* through close integration with our carrier partners.

We're continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.

*US handsets

So is that the be all, end all? Not really. As we've seen in the past HTC likes to go back and forth and do some testing on their devices before laying down any commitments, so if your device isn't on the list -- don't get all huffy about it just yet. At least wait until they definitively say no.

Source: Facebook
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard brings built-in themeing

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Thanks to the talent and hard work of our very own AC Developer Beezy, we've been playing with Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus S for a while now.  One of the cool things that caught our eye recently was the native themeing of the stock Android keyboard.  Built into ICS is a keyboard theme engine and six native themes.  Granted, the "stock" themes aren't exactly mind-blowing, but they do offer high contrast options for those of us on that downward spiral past 30.  More importantly, a native theme engine opens up the possibility of third party themes, maybe even downloadable from the Android Market.  We're all waiting for the source and official builds of ICS to roll out, but in the meantime hit the jump and have a look at the themes.  And if you're rocking your Nexus S and need a change, hit Beezy's thread in the forums and give a bit of ICS a try yourself.

More: Android Central forumsThanks, Brett!

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2 years ago

Week of Nov. 21 enters the Galaxy Nexus date grab bag

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It's been a couple dates since the last rumored Galaxy Nexus launch date surfaced. But a couple of things have changed since then. First, we've heard through our sources that Verizon's finally picked a launch date. (Remember that the Nov. 11 memo we saw was a "work in progress.") Secondly, this one makes a little more sense.

Start with the Droid RAZR Nov. 11 date, which is official. (We'll overlook the lowercase branding whoopsie here.) The HTC Rezound (check out our hands-on) has already been made official at Nov. 14 -- also lining up with more unofficial chatter we'd heard. There's the Samsung Illusion -- a phone we've seen around since September -- on Nov. 17, but who knows how the hell a 3G-only Gingerbread device fits into things at this point. (Dilution, much?)

And, finally, we have the Galaxy Nexus, with a date of Nov. 21. That's still unofficial, mind you, and it's not yet known if you'll actually be able to walk out of a store with a phone, or if it'll be direct fulfill (aka ship it to you) instead.

Almost makes you miss the old Best Buy exclusive or Google Phone Store days, no? Anyhoo, we're one day closer to whenever this damn thing's going to launch.

(BTW: Looks like the Xoom 2 and Media Edition are headed to Big Red as well. How's about a 64GB version?)

Update: As TWong1200 points out, w/o probably means "week of." And we're getting more rumbles that the phone will in fact be available in stores, so that's a good thing.

Source: Droid-Life; More: Galaxy Nexus Forums

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2 years ago

The Galaxy Nexus vs the Droid RAZR vs the HTC Rezound -- Verizon's three amigos

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It looks to be a very nice Q4 if you're a Verizon customer and an Android fan.  Three hot new phones are coming out, and if you're due for an upgrade (or finagle things around so you can get a new phone -- I've been there!) you'll have a choice to make.  Do you choose the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its Nexusy goodness, the Motorola Droid RAZR and its industrial design, or the HTC Rezound with Sense and Beats by Dre?

It's a tough call for many reasons.  We can't help you when it comes to your personal preference -- there's great reasons to want a Nexus, the Droid line, or HTC's latest sexy -- and on one level or another every choice is the right one.  But we can offer you up some tech specs, which we've done after the break.  Read the charts, read the news, and read the forums and you'll be better armed to make the right decision when it's time to buy.

Galaxy Nexus forums | Droid RAZR forums | HTC Rezound forums

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