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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sprint HTC EVO 3D; Update: Video!

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The venerable EVO gets a boost with a higher-resolution screen and 3D recording and playback

How do you follow up one of the most popular, most successful, biggest and fastest phones of 2010? In the case of the recently announced Sprint HTC EVO 3D, you give it a higher resolution screen, 3D recording and playback capability, and you open up a whole new world of user generated content. Oh, and you make it even faster and more powerful.

That's the EVO 3D in a nutshell. It's based off the wildly popular EVO 4G. But it's gained a qHD (960x540) touchscreen in the same 4.3-inch space. And it's sporting the first dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, at 1.2GHz. Worried about battery life? It's got a 1730mAh power source -- the largest stock battery we've seen.

In the hand, it very much feels like an EVO 4G. It's lost the kickstand, but we can live with that. The battery cover has a nice texture to it, and you don't feel like the phone's going to go flying out of your hand, an important safety measure as it's still pretty sizable (it's actually a tad longer than the EVO 4G) and weighs six ounces. It's gained a physical camera button. We've been fans of them for a while now, and the EVO 3D's is about the best we've seen. It's round and textured, and you're not going to be hunting for it. Next to the camera button you have a toggle switch for the 2D/3D camera. In 2D mode, video shoots at 1080p. In 3D, it's at 720p resolution.

The 3D content plays back as smooth as you'd expect. And while 3D's still kind of gimmicky, it's also not the worst thing in the world. And if you never watch 3D content, you'll likely have a perfectly fine experience with the EVO 4G.

Anyhoo, you're definitely going to want to give it a shot when it's released later this year. In the meantime, hit up our hands-on pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Opera Mini 6 now available on Android

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Opera Mini, a browser many of us have grown to know and love has just updated to Opera Mini 6, bringing many enhancements. While there are many browser options available for Android, not all of them are as clean and smooth as Opera is. This update has enhanced the smoothness of the scrolling, added true pinch to zoom, and they have also optimized it for use on tablets. If you are already an Opera Mini user, be sure to update, and if you have not yet experienced it, be sure to download. [Opera]

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3 years ago

LG Mobile introduces new wireless charging system

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Arguably one of the most annoying parts of owning a smart phone is having to plug it in to charge it, and then unplug it to use it, and then plug it back in to charge it again. This is especially true if you use the device a lot, and the charging port of your device is located in an inconvenient place, which many of them have started to move to. LG Mobile has announced a new wireless charging system that they plan to use, which will allow users to place their device on the charging slab, and charge there device without needing to plug it in.

The battery doors will have special coils built in and contacts on it as well that will allow the charging to take place, and the mat will have multiple colored LED's that will help easily determine where in the charging phase the units are. Hit the break for more information about this new wireless charging solution from LG Mobile.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G getting Blockbuster On-Demand

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Contained in Sprint's press materials for the new HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G is the news that both of these devices will ship with the Blockbuster On-Demand app. The pre-loaded app will allow users to buy and rent 2D and 3D movies on-the-go, with prices ranging from $1.99-$3.99 for rentals to $5.99+ for purchases. If you're still clinging to physical media for your entertainment needs, the Blockbuster On-Demand app will also allow you to rent and purchase movies and TV shows from Blockbuster stores across the country.

Sprint boasts that the EVO 3D will be the first 3D handset to ship with the software. The press release section on Blockbuster On-Demand can be found after the jump.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D officially announced by Sprint

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HTC and Sprint have just gone official with HTC EVO 3D. Although we already got an early look at the complete details and specs, HTC has taken the time to outline them all for us in their fact sheet for the device. A quick run down is as follows:

  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor
  • 4.3-inch 3D QHD capacitive display (960 x 540)
  • Standard removable 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the latest version of HTC Sense
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • Built-in Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • 4GB Internal memory/1GB RAM
  • Expandable memory: 8GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB
  • Dual 5 megapixel cameras to capture 3D video and images and a 1.3MP front-facing camera

Jump on past the break for the full press release and spec sheet to go along with it. The HTC EVO 3D will hit store shelves this summer, at this time no pricing details were given.

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3 years ago

Sprint announces the HTC View 4G

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As expected, Sprint has announced the HTC Evo View 4G tablet at their CTIA 2011 event held this afternoon.  The 7-inch tablet sports a 1024x600 display, and weighs in at 420 grams.  This is Sprint's version of the HTC Flyer, and also includes HTC Scribe technology using a special pen as an input device.  The specs:

  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm CPU
  • 1 GB RAM, 32 GB Internal memory
  • Micro SDcard slot
  • 5 MP read HD camera, 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • 4G WiMax connectivity
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wifi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 3.0

Available sometime this summer, but no word on pricing.  We're excited about this one, watch for some hands-on time later. Sprint's press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile brings the speed; turns on 42Mbps in first few cities

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If you are a T-Mobile user, and are waiting for the expansion of their 4G network, and happen to live in Las Vegas, New York, or Orlando good things are coming your way. T-Mobile has announced that they are turning on their 42Mbps network in these three specific areas first, closely followed by more locations as well.

“As T-Mobile continues the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network, we’re doubling our maximum speed in more than two dozen markets, starting with three important cities today,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. "We will continue to build on our 4G network advantage this year, providing customers with an industry-leading mobile data experience.”

While unfortunately this doesn't help everyone, it is certainly a big step in the right direction for those with T-Mobile, and by mid-year T-Mobile is expecting to have 4G speeds in 25 markets, which would cover over 140 million people. [BusinessWire]

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3 years ago

Sprint CTIA press event liveblog

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Out of the fat and into the fryer -- it's time for Sprint's press event at CTIA. New handsets are a given, so let's just jump right into it. Liveblog's after the break, and the whole thing gets started at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate by LG video demo and hands-on (w/ help from the LG Girl!)

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

As you may have guessed it from my post earlier today, I'm here at CTIA 2011 with Phil and Dieter, and as there isn't much in the way of BlackBerry stuff at the show (we're all waiting for our PlayBook tablet and some new phones) I'm helping out here with some posts (apologies in advance for my android-newbness).

In this video we start off with that live at CTIA feel with an on-stage presentation by the LG Girl of the T-Mobile G-Slate. Key specs on this baby include:

  • T-Mobile HSPA+ data, plus Wifi
  • Display: 8.9-inch 3D-capable multi-touch display
  • Operating System: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core
  • Rear-facing stereoscopic video recorder at 1080p
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • 720p video playback, 1080p output via HDMI
  • 32GB of internal memory

I pick up the G-Slate at 3m51s into the video (a little tricky with one hand on the camera). It definitely feels a tad on the heavy side, but I guess that's to be expected when you're cramming in the features, like 3D video recording. The T-Mobile G-Slate will cost $529.99 after $100 mail-in-rebate and the standard 2-year contract but also a data plan.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Video First Look!

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Following up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 announcement and our hands-on Galaxy Tab 8.9 photos, we fired up the video camera to spend a few minutes of 1 on 1 time with the new mid-sized tablet. We were so quick getting to Samsung's CTIA booth after the press conference ended that we even caught the show floor unveiling of the devices (skip to 1m26s if you want to get right to the hands-on review part of the show). Geektastic good times!

Samsung's aim with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is to hit that sweet spot of portability and a big screen,  and at only 470grams in weight it definitely feels light in the hand given it's rather sizable footprint. Unfortunately neither Phil or I were wearing coats to test if it would fit into our pockets. We'll let you know on that once we give it a go. Enjoy the show, and be sure to check out more of our Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 first impressions here.

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