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3 years ago

Using a USB keyboard and mouse with the ASUS EeePad Transformer

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Read our ASUS EeePad Transformer Review


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Sometimes you just have to have that desktop experience. I use a laptop for my everyday computer. But when I can, I use it in the more traditional sense -- with a full keyboard and mouse -- plus a nice, big second monitor. And that's another feature that we're loving in the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- proper USB support.

The Transformer's got not one but two USB 2.0 ports for you to use on the keyboard dock. (There's another reason to shell out the extra $149, eh?) Friend or a co-worker have something to show you on a flash drive? Just pop it in. Want to use a USB keyboard or mouse? Go right ahead.

And it's that simple. You just plug them in, and they work.

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3 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer vs. the venerable ASUS Eee PC

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Read our ASUS EeePad Transformer Review

So now that we've written a word or three (thousand) about the ASUS EeePad Transformer's life as a Honeycomb laptop, let's put it up against one of our old netbooks, the 10-inch ASUS EeePC 1000HE.

And what a difference a couple years makes, eh? On the Eee PC you've got an Intel Atom N280 processor at 1.66GHz. The EeePad Transformer sports an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor. They've both got 1GB of RAM, but the Eee PC's can (and should) be upgraded to 2GB. And, of course, the Transformer runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb while the Eee PC sports Windows XP (or Windows 7 if you feel like upgrading).

The Eee PC wins in the storage department, with a 160GB hard drive. The Transformer has to make do with either 16GB or 32GB.

But it's the size that really knocks you out of the park. The Eee PC is downright portly when compared to the Transformer. It's like comparing a Macbook Air to that 7-pound monster laptop your day job forces you to carry around.

It's Fat Man and Little Boy, all right. We've got more pics of the unsightly duo after the break. [Full EeePad Transformer specs]

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3 years ago

Is the HTC Merge arriving on U.S Cellular on April 29? (Update: USC says no)

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Update: US Cellular says this date is not correct and that the Merge will launch "later this spring."

Looks like HTC's comments about the HTC Merge arriving on "multiple carriers" really is starting to ring true. With Alltel and Cellular South already on the list we can also now check of US Cellular as the above image shows us all a release date of April 29. We will of course, wait to see if that date pans out given that we're not exactly sure of how old the information may be but -- we're pretty confident it will arrive sooner then later. Until then, check out our previous coverage of the HTC Merge

For our complete exclusive preview of the HTC Merge, please see the following stories:

And you can jump on past the break for one more shot showing the device in the US Cellular systems. Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Verizon Samsung Fascinate now available

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Remember how we told you all that Verizon would finally be pushing out Froyo for the Samsung Fascinate? Of course you do -- you've only been waiting forever for it to go from vaporware to reality. Now is the time folks. If you're looking to get some real official Froyo goodness on your Fascinate you can start checking for system updates. Hopefully, you'll be among those who are already seeing the update available. if you have any issues, be sure to hop on in the Verizon Fascinate forums so we can get you fixed up.  [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Sprint employee training for Motorola Xoom and Samsung Nexus S starts soon

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Although we've known for quite some time about the Sprint Motorola Xoom and Samsung Nexus S 4G, one thing about both of those devices that still eludes us seemingly is the launch date. We've seen some rumors here and there but overall, nothing official has made it out. That said, the latest Sprint playbook now has employee training dates listed in it, which leads us to believe launch is only just around the corner. Hopefully after "school" gets out, we'll have a more specific date for you all but until then -- we're fine with knowing things are still moving for both these devices. [via the Android Central app]Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation possible release on June 8 [rumor]

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We can't read too much into this, but an Android Central forums member with a good eye for detail caught this one on Google.  Seems if you search "HTC Sensation" ( if you haven't already, watch the videos HTC has posted) you just might see a sponsored link from HTC.com that has the June 8 date there plain as day.  Some of us here around the water cooler can see the sponsored link, some of us can't -- so don't fret if you're not seeing it either.  But trust us, it's there.  Could it be more than just a typo or a placeholder date?  Your guess is as good as ours, but in either case it's worth having a look at.  Take a look, and hit the forums to discuss! Thanks, Captain Marvelous!

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab ROM flashing, Thunderbolt connectivity woes [from the forums]

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Although it was a timid day for device news, we did manage to get some hands-on time with the fresh, and green Samsung Replenish from Sprint -- which of course comes with that uber cool solar powered battery cover. Be sure to check that out, if you've not done so already. In the forums, we've got some excited Atrix users, frustrated Thunderbolt users and plenty of folks just looking to talk Android love -- jump on in.

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

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3 years ago

Casio Commando to launch April 28 on Verizon

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The Casio Commando will be launching April 28 on Verizon according to these leaked documents provided by an avid reader.  Just because Verizon isn't talking about the Commando doesn't mean we haven't heard of it and seen it before, and even seen it's supposed due date come and go in a leaked Big Red roadmap.  We also have some specs for the Commando thanks to both the internal and external comparison sheets (after the break), and while they aren't spectacular, the ruggedness sort of makes up for it.  Yes, the Commando lives up to it's name, carrying the 810G Military Specification  -- making it one tough phone.  The rest of the specs:

  • 800 MHz CPU
  • 3.6-inch screen at 480x800
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP camera
  • 8 GB microSD card included (support for 32 GB)
  • Mobile hotspot capable

Of course the Casio GzGear apps are all included, as well as Verizon's value-added applications.  It may not be the "super phone" some are looking for, but it does look like one rough and ready handset.  Hit the break to see the comparisons, including another Photoshop boo-boo.  I'll let you find that one yourselves.  Thanks, Anonymous!

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3 years ago

Video hands-on with Sprint's 'Green' Android smartphone -- the Samsung Replenish

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Want more of the Samsung Replenish? Well here she be, folks. We've mentioned that it's made of more than 80 percent recycled materials. And it's got the Sprint Green ID pack. But what really piqued our interest was the solar-powered battery cover.

You can buy a Replenish for $49.99 (on contract), and for an extra $30 you can pick up a battery cover that has solar cells embedded in it. Point it skyward and 60 minutes later you've got another 15 minutes of talk time. It's not going to get you through the day, but it's going to be darn handy in a pinch. Check it out.

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3 years ago

Samsung Replenish initial review

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We go hands-on with Sprint's first eco-friendly smartphone

We met up with Sprint tonight in a cozy Chelsea bar and bring you our first look at the Samsung Replenish. It's Sprint's first eco-friendly smartphone, made in large part from recycled materials. The basic specs, if you recall, are a 2.8-inch touchscreen 600MHz processor and a meager 256MB of RAM and a 2MP camera. So high-end, it is not. But it is running Android 2.2, so it's go that going for it, which is nice.

What you've got is a relatively solid-feeling smartphone with a physical keyboard, something we've been sorely lacking on Android. The keys are decent enough, raised just the right amount with a little bit of curvature.

You also get four four physical buttons, in the menu-home-back-search configuration. The left-hand bezel sports the volume rocker, and the right hand has a voice-activation button and camera button. The power button and 3.5mm headphone jack are up top.

Pop off the back and you have access to the 1600mAh battery and microSD card, which you can swap out without having to remove the battery first.

All in all, if you're looking for an Android phone on Sprint with a physical keyboard, well, you've found it. It's not the fastest, but you will be the first kid on your block with a "green" smartphone.

We've got more pics after the break.

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