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2 years ago

Samsung Conquer 4G review

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Samsung's got a lot going for them these days. They're shipping mad numbers of devices, making phones for different price points and consumers, and shoot, they even got build the coveted Galaxy Nexus.

The phone in question right now is the Conquer 4G, a not-quite-midrange, not-quite-high-end phone that's out on Sprint. I find it (personally) a little hard to classify because some of the hardware screams budget phone and some of it doesn't.

So where does it stand in the heiarchy of smartphones? Is it far outside the über-friends club of "superphones," relegated to eating lunch in the bathroom? Or is it second string on the JV basketball team, still fairly strong, but lacking in a few departments? We aim to cover all that (and more), so join us after the break for the full Conquer 4G review.


It's small, relatively thin, and incredibly light. It's got 4G (for when you're in a service area), and it's also running a near-vanilla version of Android.


The screen isn't as sharp as some of the higher-end displays. It's also carrying a single-core 1GHz processor, so the bleeding edge won't be impressed. Cameras leave a bit to be desired.



Yet another phone built to appeal to the smartphone shopper on a budget, the Conquer 4G does most of what it's tasked to do well. It's not priced competitively, though, as there's far better phones available at the same price.

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2 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire shipping a day early

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Amazon this morning is crowing that it's shipping the Kindle Fire a whole day earlier than expected and taking the opportunity to remind us of the talking points it's been driving home for more than a month now -- mainly, tens of thousands of movies and TV shows, 17 millon songs, millions of books, 400 magazines and newspapers, and so on and so forth.

We're still seeing a Nov. 16 delivery date on our order, but suffice it to say, we should see the Fire hitting doorsteps soon enough.

Source: Amazon; More: Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound available today on Verizon

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The second of Verizon's year-end smarpthone troika -- the HTC Rezound -- is officially available today. It'll run you $299 with a two-year contract. And for all that scratch, you get a 4.3-inch phone with a new 720p display -- as in 720 pixels packed into the short axis -- along with Android 2.3 and Sense 3.5. It's sporting a 1.5GHz processor to push those pixels, and an 8MP camera full of HTC's newfound photographic goodness. It's also got Beats Audio (and comes with a snazzy pair of earbuds), if you're into that sort of thing.

Online: HTC Rezound at Verizon; more: HTC Rezound hands-on

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2 years ago

Leaked screen shots show possible look into future of Google Music

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Spanish-language site TecnoDroidve, thanks to some "tricks and beginner's luck" apparently has stumled head-first into the phone-facing portion of how Google is expected to sell music. In a series of convincing screen shots, we get a sense of what is expected to be announced Wednesday in Los Angeles -- Android Market integration for a music-purchase service.

Graphically, things look about as you'd expect, in the vein of the Android Market and Google Music service that's been in beta for most of the year. It's not as sexy as what Microsoft's done with its Zune apps, but it does mix a fair amount of album art with easy-to-use buttons.

It also looks like there will be some free music, as well as a free song of the day, and there will be variable pricing for singles.

Couple more days to go before we find out for sure. In the meantime, hit the source link below for the entire gallery.

Source: TecnoDroidve (translated); via Android Police

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2 years ago

International readers: Win an Xperia Ray with Android Central and Sony Ericsson

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Sony Ericsson has released some gorgeous devices this year, not least of which is the compact but powerful Xperia Ray, a highly capable device with a super-vibrant Bravia Engine-powered display. It's also got the latest version of Gingerbread, along with Sony's best-in-class 8.1MP Exmor-R camera setup. Like we said in our review, the Ray is the most fully-featured 3.3-inch device available (and it's getting ICS, too!)

We're giving away an Xperia Ray courtesy of Sony Ericsson, and if you want to get your hands on it, all you need to do is head over to the forums and post in the contest thread -- check the end of this post for the link. Before you do, though, bear in mind that the Ray we're giving away is the international model, so we're limiting entries to readers outside of North America. Our Xperia Ray should work on any European or African GSM carrier, and most Asian networks too. If in doubt, find your network on this list and make sure it shows 900, 2100 or both under "Frequency".

So, if you're outside of North America and want to get your hands on our Xperia Ray, head over to the forums and post in the contest thread! The deadline for entries is 1700 GMT this Friday, Nov. 18 (that's noon EST for those of you in North America who can't actually enter.) Good luck!

Enter to win: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble reveals Microsoft's patent strategy against its Android powered devices

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The cat's out of the bag, thanks to Barnes & Noble's letters to the ITC about their dispute with Microsoft.  Rather than roll over and pay Microsoft what they demand like some big names in Android have done, B&N is fighting tooth and nail against the Redmond Devil Microsoft.  It's fairly long, and apt to make your eyes bleed if you're not a lawyer, but you can see the full scope of the letter and attachments (which actually name the patents and quickly dismiss their validity) at the source link.  Carry on past the break to read our layman's version.

Source: GroklawThanks, John!

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 review

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Remember when the Atrix 4G was released just over eight months ago? Do you remember what car you were driving, or how your hair looked? How old were your kids? Sad but true, eight months is the new eight years in the smartphone industry, and that measly old Atrix already has a successor. Whereas the Atrix 4G was a major step for AT&T in terms of both Android and network strength, the Atrix 2 is less of a trailblazer. And this type of incremental update seems like the business model that Motorola is building for itself (see Droid X/X2, Droid line). But for the consumer, how can you tell when an incremental update is enough to fork over more money? And in the Atrix 2's case, is an incremental update enough to compete with some heavy hitters during this holiday season, perhaps the most exciting time for Android since its birth in 2008? Let's see.


Super fast and powerful processor. Beautiful, clear display. AT&T's HSPA 21+ speeds are respectable if you're in good coverage.


Cheap build quality. Specs don't match other recent releases. Webtop software is abysmal.



The Atrix 2 isn't the biggest or best smartphone on the market, but for $99 on contract, the sacrificies Motorola made are justifiable and can be overlooked.

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich source code coming Nov. 17 says Notion Ink CEO

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The CEO of Notion Ink, Rohan Shravan, is at it again with news about the Ice Cream Sandwich source code release, saying it will be released November 17.  While it's tempting to just toss this aside as another rumor in the ICS/Galaxy Nexus craze of late, Mr. Shravan has a track record that shows he's usually right.  Last year, he did the same thing with the Gingerbread release, accurately predicting more than could be a good guess, and just last month he told everyone about the OMAP chipset and Ice Cream Sandwich using them as a reference platform.  When he talks, it's always worth listening, and the Nov. 17 date has already been thrown out there as the European release.  If we see source code on the 17th, the 18th is going to be a very fun day for a lot of us.

Source: Notion Ink via AndroidOS.in

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