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4 years ago

LG Optimus Black unbooking (unboxing)

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Ah, the unboxing. All that pomp and circumstance to tell you that inside most smartphone boxes you'll find a charger, USB cable, manual, some leagalese, maybe a SD card adapter, some earbuds if you're really lucky -- standard fare. Yawn.

LG's included all that in the Optimus Black package it sent us. We've got a charger. We've got a manual. We've got a microSD card adapter. We've even got earbuds. But, darn it, LG did it with style, including a beautifully drawn book with several dozen pages detailing some of the finer points of the Black (as we're going to call it).

It's an unboxing (or is it unbooking?) to behold. Check it all out in still life -- like, 50-something pictures -- after the break.

More: LG Optimus Black initial review

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.0.3 now available

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Popular custom ROM CyanogenMod has been updated to version 7.0.3, bringing minor bug fixes along with an "important security fix". The new version is available now through ROM Manager, as well as the official CyanogenMod website.

CyanogenMod 7.0.3 is still based on Android 2.3.3, so user are advised against trying to upgrade to this version if they're running any of the recent 2.3.4-based nightly builds. The CM team is now hard at work on version 7.1, and lead developer Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) has tweeted that he expects release candidates to appear in the next couple of weeks.

Source: CyanogenMod, @cyanogen

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4 years ago

Kyocera Echo review

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If there ever was a phone you shouldn't buy without doing your homework, the Kyocera Echo is it.  It brings something new and different, but that doesn't always mean something new, different and good.  There's a lot of general disdain out there for the poor Echo, and it's understandable, because without trying it out it's hard to visualize just how it will fit -- or not fit -- into your lifestyle. 

The fine folks at Sprint sent us one to use and abuse, so I spent a week or so carrying it around to see exactly what I think of it.  Now it's time to put those thoughts into words, in the hopes it helps you see if the Echo just may be the phone you're looking for.  Move on past the break and have a read.

Kyocera Echo SpecsKyocera Echo Forums

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2X Gingerbread leak teased, leaked again, ready for flashing

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Seen the video of the Gingerbread leak for the T-Mobile G2X teased by former Engadget Mobile editor (and current This is My Next-er) Chris Ziegler? That's as close as you've been able to get to it -- just a video. Until now.

The leaked Android 2.3.3 ROM has been leaked yet again and packaged into a handy update.zip file for those of you who have unshackled your G2X from the bonds of official update-dom. Bugfixes, the tweaked UI, and all the usual Gingerbread goodness we've come to know and love on other devices are all there.

So get your download on at the source leak, and there's a quick hands-on with the leak after the break.

Download: MoDaCo; Source: This is My Next

T-Mobile G2X SpecsT-Mobile G2X ForumsT-Mobile G2X Accessories

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4 years ago

Is your ThunderBolt kickstand peeling?

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Not the sort of thing you want to see on a phone that's not even a couple months old, but it looks like the HTC ThunderBolt's kickstand has a little protective coating that's not going to stand up to the test of time. No, it's not a plastic film that we forgot to take off (though some phones are ridiculously covered in that stuff); it's just some sort of thin coating that's starting to come off. (You can can see it on the end of our kickstand above, as well as where it meets the phone.)

End of the world? Not hardly. But for as much money as we all spend on these phones, we could do without the cosmetic defects.

Source: Thunderbolt Forums

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Pad 3G coming to Rogers

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A 3G verison of the LG optimus Pad (see our hands-on) is destined for Rogers according to an insider with early access to some of the Canadian carrier's sales literature.  For all you kids keeping score at home, the Optimus Pad is the international version of the LG G-Slate, which features the same Tegra 2 CPU and gigabyte of RAM we're used to seeing in premium Android tablets by now, and wraps it all up in a 8.9 inch (that's 22.6 cm, 'eh?) form factor with a twist -- two HD cameras on the rear of the unit allow for 3D video capture.

Of course there's no word on pricing or a release date, but at least we know it's coming -- and knowing is half the battle. 

Thanks Anon!

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G video interview

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Samsung and AT&T threw an announcement party last night in New York City for the Samsung Infuse 4G. The two mobile companies invited us out on Cinco de Mayo to enjoy some Mexican drinks and spicy foods. Oh yeah, there was guacamole there, too -- and lots of it. But along with fancy food and drinks, Samsung and AT&T officially announced the Samsung Infuse 4G. The big screened device will be available on May 15 for $199 on a new two year contract.

I got the chance to spend a few minutes with Kim Titus, Samsung's Director of Public Relations. Watch the video above to hear all about the Samsung Infuse 4G and some fun Cinco de Mayo facts.

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4 years ago

Judge throws out 129 of Oracle's claims against Google, leaves 3

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Not to make light of the United States' broken legal system, but it's hard for me to take all these lawsuits over ideas very seriously.  Apparently, the Hon. Willam Alsup agrees, and he has thrown out 129 of Oracle's claims against Google in the pending lawsuit, cutting down the number to three.  The 129 dismissed claims also can't be refiled in Judge Alsup's court, or any other.  From Judge Alsup's order:

Currently, there are 132 claims from seven patents asserted in this action, and there are hundreds of prior art references in play for invalidity defenses. This is too much. The following schedule will ensure that only a triable number of these items — three claims and eight prior art references — are placed before the jury in October, all others to be forsaken. Oracle will surrender all of its present infringement claims against Google based on the 129 asserted claims that will not be tried. Oracle may not renew those infringement claims in a subsequent action except as to new products.

I'm no lawyer, but it sounds to me like the news of Android's certain demise at the hands of Oracle's lawyers was a bit premature.  (I still think Tim Bray says it best (NSFW)) We have no idea how the three claims that are left will be decided, but I am confident that the judge presiding over the case wants justice, and isn't pandering to the big corporations on either side.  And that's all any of us should ask for.  All you legal eagles can read more, including the full text of the order, at the source link.

Source: GroklawThanks, Darrin!

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G video hands-on

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Samsung and AT&T just let us play with their newly re-announced Samsung Infuse 4G. The Android smartphone is coming May 15 for $199 on contract. The super thin phone made its debut this evening at an event here in New York City hosted by Sammy and AT&T. 

After pushing through some people and enjoying some Cinco de Mayo drinks, we were able to spend a few minutes with the 4.5 screen and its zippy 1.2 GHz processor. Click above to watch the other Anndrew -- not this Andrew -- work through the device. For our written hands-on review, click here.

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G initial review and hands-on

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Samsung and AT&T just made the Infuse 4G official with a slated release date of May 15 in stores and online. It'll go for $199 at launch with no rebate. We're here in New York City and we just got a first look at the device, which AT&T VP of Devices Jeff Bradley called “the supermodel of superphones.” Here are the specs:

  • 4.5 inch Super AMOLED plus screen at 480x800
  • 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor (single-core)
  • Android version 2.2 Froyo
  • 8 MP rear camera with 720p video recording and full HDMI playback
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera

Let me first say that this phone is a BEHEMOTH. The screen is huge: that extra two-tenths of an inch doesn't sound like much, but it really dwarfs my Thunderbolt. The Super AMOLED Plus screen is the star here: it's bright, it's big, and it's beautiful. It offers amazing viewing angles, and Samsung says that you won't have a problem seeing it in the sun. If you're afraid that huge screen will weigh you down, fear not: Samsung has managed to fit everything into an incredibly thin package, at only 8.99 millimeters and 131 grams.

The phone feels great in the hand (albeit a bit plasticky, but nothing out of the ordinary for Samsung). The battery cover feels flimsy at best, but honestly, we cannot overstate just how great this phone looks. Its size and weight, coupled with that stunner screen, comes together for one seriously sexy package.

Samsung is predicting that this will be its summer blockbuster. It will support HSPA+ and HSUPA, with receiver diversity, which Samsung says will allow for the fastest experience available on AT&T. Firing up the browser, we didn't see anything mind-blowing speed-wise, and certainly nothing radically different than what we've seen from AT&T's current lineup. Hopefully real-world use will live up to Samsung's hype.

A quick note: It looks like AT&T might have chilled out with their sideloading ban. The Infuse does come with the option for installing apps from unknown sources, a departure from what we've seen on previous AT&T offerings. More on that in our full review.

Hit the break for some more pictures, and stay tuned for a hands-on video, with a full review and some in-depth testing coming soon.

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4 years ago

AT&T re-enables sideloading on the Infuse 4G!

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My friends, our long national AT&T sideloading nightmare is over, it appears. From the Motorola Backflip to the HTC Aria to the Samsung Captivate -- and every phone in between -- AT&T locked down its phones so that they could only download apps from the Android Market. Security concerns, don'tcha know. Problem is, there are plenty of legitimate reasons why you might want (and/or need) to sideload. Take the Amazon Appstore, for example. Can't use it if you can't install non-Market apps.

That's no good, and we said so in a recent editorial.

But as our guys Andrew and Anndrew (the television series starts shooting this fall) just found out, the Infuse 4G (coming May 15 for $199) indeed allows "Unknown sources" for Android applications. Oh, happy day. Good on AT&T for making this one right.

Via: Binary Outcast; Thanks, Conan Kudo!

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G officially hits AT&T on May 15, comes with special edition of Angry Birds

We're at Samsung and AT&T's event in New York City where the Samsung Infuse 4G -- that's the monster 4.5-inch Android smartphone -- has finally been given a release date and price. You can pick one up starting May 15 for $199 on contract.

The Infuse 4G, as you'll recall, has that aforementioned 4.5-inch touchscreen -- the largest on something that's considered a smartphone and not a tablet. But it's a mere 8.9mm thick. And that large display is Super AMOLED Plus to boot, same as what we're very much enjoying on the Samsung Droid Charge. It's rocking Android 2.2 Froyo, so let's hope we see a Gingerbread update in the near future.

It's also got an 8MP camera on the back (with 720p video recording), and a 1.3MP shooter up front, with a single-core 1.2GHz processor to power it all.

As of that's not special enough, the Infuse will come with a special edition of Angry Birds, and Samsung's throwing in a $25 credit for its Media Hub download service.

Full press release is after the break.

Infuse 4G SpecsInfuse 4G Forums

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G specs

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  • Android™ 2.2 platform
  • 4G: HSDPA CAT 14 and HSUPA CAT 6
  • 8.9 mm to 9.24mm thin
  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus screen
  • 8-megapixel camera with HD 720p video camera and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD card
  • Text/Picture and Video Messaging support
  • Samsung Media Hub, U-verse Mobile, U-verse Live TV, and Angry Birds

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4 years ago

HTC Flyer 'Magic Pen' gets priced in the UK and Europe

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The first European pricing information for the HTC Flyer's "Magic Pen" has emerged over at the manufacturer's European accesory store. The stylus (and AAAA-battery) will set you back £47.99 in the UK, and €49.99 in the eurozone.

This fits with the recently-revealed US pricing information for the stylus, which Best Buy is listing for $79.99. Like Best Buy, the HTC accessories store is also selling cases and screen protectors for the Flyer, which range from £15 through to £26. If you plan on picking up a Flyer over the next few weeks, let us know in the comments whether you'll be splashing out on any accessories to go with it.

Update: It's worth noting that a pen will be included with the Flyer when purchased -- these prices are just for replacement pens.

Source: HTC Accessory Store; via: TabletCommunity; Thanks, Jakob!

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4 years ago

Taptu update brings Honeycomb optimization

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RSS reader Taptu has been updated to version 1.4, bringing with it optimization for Honeycomb tablets. The app uses Fragment API which allows Taptu to run on optimally on both Android smartphones and tablets. The app allows you to import 100 RSS feeds from your Google reader account, up from the 30 allowed in previous versions. The new version retains Taptu's “StreamStore” feature, allowing users to browse for new streams directly from the app. Other improvements in version 1.4 include:

  • Themes: You can change the color theme from dark text on a white background to white text on a background for better reading day or night.
  • Full screen reading: You can read articles in full-screen mode instead of a tabbed look.
  • Instapaper support: If you don't have time to read an article right now, you can send it to your Instapaper account to read it later.

Taptu says that its tablet optimization allows for a full screen immersive experience with smoother transitions and faster scrolling, made possible by your device's hardware acceleration. Hit the link after the break to download now.

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