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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Review

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It's hard to talk about the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus without talking about the relative mess that was its road to launch. The Galaxy Nexus was announced (after a brief delay) in Hong Kong on Oct. 18. At the time, no carriers were announced. Verizon finally made it official on Oct. 21, saying the first phone with Android 4.0 "will be available later this year." And that's all we got, until Dec. 15, when it finally and unceremoniously went on sale.

Never mind that we told way back on July 25 that Verizon would get it. But we digress.

And you know what? Now that the phone's out, none of this matters. Old news.

And never mind that for all intents and purposes, we've already thoroughly reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, thanks to Alex Dobie's stellar look at the unlocked GSM version that's been available in Europe for some time and for importing to the States. While the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is new to those of us in the United States, and new in the sense that it's a 4G device with a bit of hand-holding from Verizon in the software department, we're hardly looking at an all new phone from the GSM model.

So here's where we stand: Read on for our complete Verizon Galaxy Nexus review. I haven't yet really weighed in on my thoughts about the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. So I'm going to forgo some of the usual spec talk (again, read Alex's GSM Galaxy Nexus review if you haven't already) and concentrate more on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus differences, and my thoughts on Android 4.0 and how it all fits together.

And with that, we present our Verizon Galaxy Nexus review.


It's a Nexus, so it's got the full weight and attention of Google behind it. I'll get upgrades before other devices. The screen is gorgeous, as is Ice Cream Sandwich.


The camera is woefully disappointing. The speakerphone is all but unusable on phone calls. There are some Ice Cream Sandwich UI hiccups.



If you have to have the latest and greatest version of Android, this is the phone to get. If you have to have a phone that's easily hackable, this is the phone to get. If you want the best overall hardware? Might want to look elsewhere.

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2 years ago

Android website gets another playful easter egg added

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When Google went ahead and updated the Android website not all that long ago, they had some easter eggs built into the site at the bottom. Previously, you could go ahead and make Bugdroid do the moonwalk, wave hello and juggle among other things. If you head on over there now though -- there is a fun little snow ball tossing game in place of the previous easter eggs. No telling how long its been that way but, it's the little, clever things that make us happy.

Source: Android; Thanks, David!

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2 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola XYBOARDs shipping in mid-January, pre-order now

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Motorola has four new versions of the XYBOARD tablet up for preorder. They've dropped the cellular radios as thus the Verizon "Droid" branding as well, and they've shed a few bucks, too. There are 10.1- and 8.2-inch versions, of course. And other than also shedding some Verizon apps, it looks like we're pretty much looking at the same devices here. Pricing is as follows:

  • XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
  • XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 32GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 16GB: $399.99

Across the board, that's actually $20 less than what they're going for on Verizon, though you're saving hundreds in monthly charges by going wifi-only. Moto's got them shipping the week of Jan. 18. Hit the link below to preorder.

Preorder: Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Alleged Sprint LTE speed test video surfaces; 40Mbps speeds from a Huawei hotspot

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

What's allegedly a set of speed tests of a computer using a Huawei-made LTE hotspot running on Sprint's LTE network has surfaced.  There's not a lot of detail, but we see speeds of over 40M/sec download and 5M/sec upload, and very nice ping times.  The tester appears to be somewhere around the Houston area, and very close to an LTE tower he doesn't have to share with anyone.  He certainly achieves cable modem style network speed, and that should make more than a few of us happy.  Check out the video, we think you'll like what you see.

Source: Youtube; via Android Central forumsThanks, Quarry!

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2 years ago

ZENandTECH 29: Tips and tech for travelers

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Georgia, Rene, and special guest Phil Nickinson of Android Central talk tech for business travelers. Whether you're a road warrior or frequent flyer, or just headed to CES to get with the gadgets, a little planning and a lot of good apps and accessories can make your trips less stressful and far more successful. This is ZENandTECH!

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2 years ago

BluRay digital copies on Kindle Fire, Disappointed with Soft Keys [From the Forums]

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If you can't tell by now, there is some big event happening in Las Vegas soon and we're going to be there. Make sure you follow along with us next week, and in the meantime -- make sure you hit up the Android Central forums. If you don't yet have an account, getchu' you one so you can discuss all the news as it happens.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer hits v5.0, brings complete rewrite and new designs along

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We love to see Android applications get updated, and we love even more when they are completely re-written and redesigned. Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer has just received a huge update that brought a ton of new greatness to it like

  • New clean design
  • Action Bar on all versions (using ActionBarCompat)
  • Touch feedback on all elements
  • Light face for stopwatch, Dark face for countdown
  • Lap Times separated out
  • Built for Android 4.0 with support for versions 2.0+
  • Portrait / Landscape layouts for all sceen sizes including QVGA and Tablets

Beyond these additions they have also implimented a bunch of bug fixes for various issues that were reported from the users. Update should be hitting the market, so be sure to hit the break for download links.

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2 years ago

Motorola warns of 'modest profitability' in Q4 due to competition, lawsuits

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Motorola Mobility just sent out some updated guidance on its fourth-quarter 2010 earnings, and it's not sounding great. The company's estimating $3.4 billion in sales with "modest profitability." Some 10.5 million mobile devices were sold, with 5.3 million of them being smartphones. That's still more smartphones than the 4.8 million in shipped in the third quarter.

The ominous part of Moto's update? That the Q4 results were "impacted by the increased competitive environment in the Mobile Device business and higher legal costs associated with ongoing Intellectual Property (IP) litigations." In other words, lawsuits and competition, folks. Lawsuits and competition.

Motorola also gave a non-update on its being acquired by Google, saying that "the Company continues to work closely with Google to complete the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility as expeditiously as possible," and that they're still expecting to close in early 2012.

Motorola will announce its Q3 earnings on Jan. 26, 2012.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

HTC expands bootloader unlocking to the Wildfire, Wildfire S, Salsa, Merge and original Desire

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HTC has slowly been rolling out their bootloader unlock tool, we have seen a few devices receive the ability to use it, and now they have updated for support of more devices. HTC tweeted that the HTC Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Status, HTC Merge, HTC Salsa and the original HTC Desire. If you own one of these devices and want to take advantage of this, head over to the source link to get it done!

Source: HTCdev; via @HTCdev

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2 years ago

Viewsonic heading to CES looking to enter the U.S. smartphone market

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Count Viewsonic in for CES, this year bringing what they aim to be their first smartphone to enter the U.S. market, the Viewphone 3. 

According to product manager Mike Holstein, Viewsonic is doing well enough in their tablet ventures to warrant a move into smartphone sales in the states. They're not going bleeding edge here though, instead aiming squarely at the 'value market.' 

Specs on the Viewphone 3 read as a 3.5 inch display, 5MP camera, 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. It arrives running Gingerbread, and has no 4G capabilities. 

The unsubsidized price reaffirms the value aspect of the phone, coming in at just $250 for use on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Despite releasing in the US, it is the emerging markets where Viewsonic aims to make it with the Viewphone 3. It comes with a particularly popular feature in some of said markets, dual sim support.  

Holstein has also come out and said that Viewsonic will be continuing in phones, with some higher end devices being announced towards the middle of the year. More importantly those will be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich

Source: Forbes

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