For all intents and purposes, it's an HTC Flyer, same as we saw unveiled a month ago at Mobile World Congress. The advantage here, of course, is that you're not beholden to a carrier for a two year contract. On the other hand, you have to rely on having a Wifi signal, but for many of us that's not a problem.
Still no word on when it'll be available, other than "this spring," and they're not budging on how much they'll be selling it for. So stay tuned.
Best Buy will have the exclusive launch of the WiFi only model of the 7-inch HTC Flyer tablet, coming sometime this Spring. While some of us may enjoy the connectivity that a 3G or 4G Android tablet brings, the fact remains that most of us would prefer a WiFi only version, free of monthly payments and carrier contracts. We saw Samsung buck the trend and announce WiFi only versions of their 8.9 and 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab models, and it appears that HTC is going to do the same tonight at Pepcom's Mobile Focus on the floor at CTIA.
Earlier this week we heard about the acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T, which was shortly followed by a Q & A from T-Mobile. We appreciate T-Mobile providing so much information, as many customers are left wondering what will happen to them, and more importantly their devices and service. Some of these new answers address things such as:
Your rates for your current plan will not be affected.
Forums are a great place to express concerns and have questions answered
Great time to join T-Mobile, they are continuing to expand their own network while working through the acquisition
The LG Optimus 3D is coming to AT&T, bringing what may once again be the nation's largest carrier its first 3D Android smartphone. The Thrill, for all intents and purposes, is just as we saw it a month ago at Mobile World Congress. You've got the 4.3-inch stereoscopic touchscreen, a special section on the phone for the 3D apps, and it's all powered by that a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor.
More 3D-enabled apps, including Let's Golf, are in the works. Take a gander at more pics and hands-on video, after the break, and do keep in mind that the software's not yet final.
If you own an HTC Thunderbolt, and rooting is not your thing, but you still want to be able to change the look of your device beyond the options already available, you will be happy to know that more HTC skins have shown up. The process for downloading these skins is pretty simple, and in only a couple of minutes you should be all set and have the ability to change them on the go. The instructions are quite simple:
While this doesn't allow complete control of the theme of the device, and there isn't much you can do to customize beyond what the theme brings, it certainly adds more options for those of us who wish to avoid rooting and flashing custom ROM's and themes. [XDA via Android Central Forums]
OK, all you boys and girls out there itching to get your hands on a T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. You can't have it yet, we got our fat little fingers on it for you. And for those of you unfamiliar with the Sidekick experience (that'd be yours truly), it's an ... interesting experience.
The flip-up screen has a nice spring to it, and the keyboard is just shy of being excellent. What's not excellent is that the usual Android buttons are at the four corners (three, actually) of the device, meaning you're doing to be doing some reaching to get back to the home screens.
The software is an interesting mix of Android -- there's much that familiar -- and Sidekick special sauce. We're going to need some more time with the software to get a grip on it, but it's not the worst thing in the world. When it comes to pricing, we're looking at $99 - $149.99 depending on your data plan chosen and fussing with mail-in-rebates. Jump on past the break for some images of the Sidekick 4G
Running a dual core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, the device feels snappy as it powers its way through Android 2.2 (froyo). Other key specs include:
4-inch capacitive touchscreen
8 MP rear camera / 1.3 MP front-facing camera
Video recording at 1080p
8GB internal memory
Assuming you're on T-Mobile (or is it going to be AT&T now?!) and you're looking for a dual core Android phone, this is one you'll want to check out. I'm pretty terrible this hands-on (blame my Android newb status), so if you're looking for a more in-depth look be sure to click over to the previous hands-on Phil did up. If the craziness slows down, I'm sure he'll hit up up the G2x for another closer look.
We've always been under the impression that the "Evo" moniker was hung only on phones destined for Sprint, so we were a bit surprised to see the HTC Evo 3D listed at HTC's website with GSM radio bands. Everything else is the same, we just see an addition of HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 900/AWS/2100 MHz, and Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies listed for the new 4.3-inch 3D monster.
Coincidence? Error? Or is it really going to be available with a quad-band GSM radio? We're reaching out to HTC for an answer. [HTC] Thanks for the tip wongtonsoup!
Update: We reached out to HTC directly -- this is just a mistake, and will soon be corrected. No GSM Evo 3D after all.