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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Toshiba 7.7 Tegra 3 tablet

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Toshiba's been in the Android tablet space for about a year now. But let's just be completely honest here -- design wasn't exactly the shining feature you'd write home about in the original Thrive or the Thrive 7. 

With the Toshiba 7.7-inch tablet (you've seen it before as the AT720), that's no longer an issue. You're going to be shouting from the rooftops for this NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet. Having shed the USB port (among other externals) from the Thrive series, the 7.7 is incredibly thin and light.  Interesting, though, is that it still has a super-chunky charging connector. Just like with the Thrive 7, we freely amid being a little obsessed by this. But it's just odd for what is an otherwise extremely stylish tablet.

The mondo port is flanked by a pair of stereo speakers. There's a power button and volume rocker in the usual place, along with a rotation lock switch.

The unit we played with definitely has an unfinished build of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich -- it managed to lock up and remain unhelpful even after a reboot. But we have seen its gaming prowess in person, along with the gorgeous AMOLED display at 1280x800. You are going to want this tablet.

And you also are going to want to know when and where you can get it. Nobody's saying just yet, but here's to hoping we get it in the States, soonest.

We've got more pics and video of the Toshiba 7.7 after the break.

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4 years ago

US Cellular offering a limited-time $100 activation credit with any Android device

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Whether you are looking to grab another device for yourself but don't want to spend a fortune, or you want to get out of the grasp of your current cellular provider, US Cellular has again made an enticing offer to lure you in. For a limited time US Cellular will be offering a $100 activation credit on your account, in addition to waiving any activation fees, all for only signing up for a new US Cellular plan. Unlike many other providers, this offer is good whether you decide to go with the free HTC Wildfire S, or the HTC Merge, or any of their other Android devices they have available. This offer is unfortunately available via web only, but to make up for this they have offered free shipping on any purchase you make. Additionally if you happen to leave your current carrier in favor of US Celluar and chose one of their value packed plans you can be eligible for an additional $150 credit for trading in a qualified smartphone.

This deal may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for a way out of the phone and contract you have now, you may want to give US Cellular some thought, and check out this new promotion before it is to late.

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4 years ago

Badge Scanner app shows, shares what's on your Mobile World Congress badge

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That's it -- no more business cards for me at Mobile World Congress. Googler Trevor Johns has coded up (and open-sourced) a little app called, appropriately enough, Badge Scanner, which will properly read the NFC chip inside the MWC badge and display it on your phone. You then can add a note and save the contact information. Begone, paper business cards!

Do note that if you use this, it'll give up your registered phone number as well. (I've blurred mine out above.) It's not that we don't love getting calls from all you PR reps out there, of course -- we just know how squeamish everyone is with their personal information these days.

If you're here in Barcelona and want to give this a go, we've got download links after the break.

Source: +Trevor Johns (via +Tim Bray)

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations Special: MWC 2012 Day one

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Phil, Dan, Alex, and Simon talk Mobile World Congress day one, including Nokia on both Windows Phone and Symbian (biggest. Camera. Phone. Ever.), Galaxy Note 10.1, the return of the Padphone, Huawei, and yet another plethora of Android devices. Listen in! (And send food!)

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4 years ago

Mobile World Congress day one wrap-up

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We grabbed a few hours sleep after yesterdays Android landslide, and got right back into full swing in Barcelona for the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2012. While all day yesterday was spent bouncing from one venue to the next to see official press events, we got to spend a good part of the day today doing what's coolest about going to a big show like MWC -- talk one-on-one to vendors, developers, and all manner of PR people. The boys put miles on their shoe leather cruising the show floor and meeting with the exhibitors, and we get the benefit of hearing it all without the sore feet.

Hit the break, let's see what went down today.

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4 years ago

Nvidia announces new Tegra 3 optimized titles, redefines mobile gaming

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I know a lot of you folks out there like games. I like them, too, and it's a big part of the reason I'm a fan of what NVIDIA has brought to Android with their Tegra chipsets. When you build the hardware and help developers optimize their software for it, you get something that works great, looks great, and is a load of fun. It's the reason that companies like Apple can have games and apps that perform so well without having great hardware specs. 

NVIDIA powered devices, especially ones with the new Tegra 3 chip, have great specs. They also have optimized software available for them, through the Market or places like the Tegra Zone. When you mix the two together, they really shine. 

Tonight, NVIDIA has set the bar a bit higher and is bringing a new set of Tegra optimized games to Market -- Sonic 4: Episode II, Golden Arrow THD, Dark Kingdom THD, Eden to GREEEEN THD, and Hamilton's Great Adventure THD. Hit the break to have a preview of each of them.

More: NVIDIA

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4 years ago

Huawei debuts quad-core Mediapad 10 FHD at MWC

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Huawei have definitely hit the ground hard at Mobile World Congress. Following on the quad-core theme is their latest tablet offering, the Mediapad 10 FHD. 

The aluminium unibodied Mediapad 10 will arrive packing their own 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich, and a glorious 1900x1200 10 inch IPS display. We're also treated to a healthy dose of Dolby surround sound technology. The good news -- especially for you guys in North America -- is that the Mediapad 10 will support LTE as well as HSPA+ 

As with the Ascend Quad D, Huawei are making big claims with this tablet, labelling it the "fastest quad-core tablet available." It's thin, at just 8.8mm and it's light at just under 600g. The rear camera comes in an 8MP, coupled with a 1.3MP front facer. 

There's nothing in the release about on board storage, but all in all the Mediapad 10 looks like an impressive tablet. Huawei really have upped their game with this latest batch of devices. Maybe, just maybe they have what it takes to become a major player. The Mediapad 10 FHD is set to be available in the global market during Q2 2012.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus OEM desktop dock review

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It seems like we've been waiting forever for the official Samsung Galaxy Nexus desktop dock to arrive, and when we saw it finally appear in stock we had to grab one. It came in today, so that means it's review time! 

When you open the package (which was just a brown cardboard box, nothing fancy here), you notice that it's pretty heavy. It's not ridiculously heavy, but it weighs about twice as much as the phone. Combine that with the rubber base plate, and it's not going to slide around from the weight of a cable. It's pretty sturdy. It's plastic, of course, but it's hard coated plastic and feels very nice. I almost don't want to say this, but it feels nicer than the plastic the phone itself is made out of. It's a solid grayish-black that matches the color of the GNex itself. On appearance, it gets high marks.

The reason we all have been wanting this one is because of the pogo pins. There's three of them, and they line up with the three contacts on the phone to provide a charge. In the dock itself, there's also a small recess so that the power button isn't depressed when you drop the phone in. Around back, there's a 3.5mm line-out jack and a micro USB connector. The micro USB connector only provides power, so you can't transfer files of debug through it. The line-out jack is a standard 3.5mm jack, and it works well with speakers of headphones. You'll need one or the other, because when it enters "Car Mode" by going in the dock, the external speaker is silenced. It's a bit of an annoyance, and one I'm sure could be fixed with a bit of hackery.

When you drop the phone into the dock, it enters Car Mode and everything goes horizontal. We've seen this with other phones when docked, so we weren't really surprised. Everything turns, and you'll have no problem maneuvering through the OS while it's docked. 

Samsung lists this on their website as being for the i515 only, which is the Verizon LTE version. We took a gamble, and it seems to work just fine with the unlocked GSM version as well. We just have to mention that officially, this one is only for the i515. They also want $90 for it. That's a lot of money for a desktop dock. 

So is it worth it? As I mention in the video (after the break), maybe. If you're the type of gadget geek who has to have the best as soon as it's available, then yeah, go on and order it. You'll be pleased with the way it's built and the way it works. If you just need a desktop docking station for your Nexus and the thought of spending $90 on one is a bit much, them you might want to wait and see if a third party comes up with a good solution. Either way, I'm glad I got this one. Hit the jump to see a short video and some more pictures.

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4 years ago

HTC One V hands-on

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At HTC's Mobile World Congress press event on Sunday evening in Barcelona, it was a strickly look-but-don't-touch affair for the HTC One V. Disappointing, to say the least. Today at the Google booth we got a chance to muck one up with our grubby fingers, and let us just say this about that:

The HTC Legend is reborn.

The iconic form factor that many of us fell in love with two years ago at this very conference has returned. The chin, obviously, is what makes this phone stand out. But It's been updated for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and now sports just three capacitive buttons below the 3.7-inch Super LCD display. It's got the same unibody design as the original Legened. It's got a 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 processor and 512MB RAM. (We'd love to tell you how fast it is, but the software's not yet finished and we've yet to see a working model.)

Put it this way: If you loved the fit and finish of the orignal Legend, you're going to want to check this one out. We've got more pics after the break to hold you over while you wait for this one's release.

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4 years ago

First look at NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Not a day goes by in which we don't get an e-mail from you fine folks out there asking about antivirus and security applications, and which one we'd recommend. That's a tough question, because it's tough to judge which one is the best at spotting malware. We caught up this evening with our pals at NQ Mobile (aka NetQin Mobile), makers of the NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus app. And they've got a convincing argument for using their app over the others -- it was designed and developed in the world capital of viruses and malware. (Bonus points if you can guess the country.)

Check out our video above, and check out the app in the Android Market. Basic features are free, and premium features cost on average about $5 a month, depending on where you live.

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4 years ago

ZTE unveils the quad-core ZTE Era with Android 4.0

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ZTE noted ahead of Mobile World Congress that they would be unveiling a small bevy of devices for folks to enjoy in the coming months. The ZTE Era is one highlight from that lot and brings some well rounded specs along with it.

Making use of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor the ZTE Era as it's known will arrive with Android 4.0 on-board along with a 4.3-Inch 960 x 540 display with 8GB of memory expandable with a MicroSD card and HSPA+ connectivity. When it comes to size, the ZTE comes in at only 7.8mm thick.

There was no mention of availability time or carriers currently but the ZTE Era  will serve as ZTE's flagship device in the coming months. You can view the full press release past the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the *other* HTC One S

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One of the cooler things we've seen this week at Mobile World Congress was HTC's video of how the HTC One S gets its microarc oxidation (MAO) coating, basically turning aircraft-grade aluminum into a ceramic coating. It feels great, and HTC's video of the baking process is akin to frying metal in a microwave -- it's quite impressive.

But what about the other HTC One S?

As it turns out, there's a second version of the No. 2 phone in HTC's 2012 lineup. The internals are the same, but it's traded in the deep black MAO finish for a more traditional metallic paint job. HTC calls it a "gradient paint color sheet," and it's got a decidedly more traditional feel. It's not bad, just different, with more of a smooth finish. The silver color is straight out of the old-school HTC playbook as well, and we'd be more than welcome to find a place in our pockets for either one of these phones.

We've got loads more pictures of the other HTC One S after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G hands-on

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It's been a long, long time since we've seen the words "Galaxy S" without a II folowed closely thereafter. But that's exactly what we have here in the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. Don't let it fool you, though, it's got 2011's specs -- better known as Galaxy II specs. And for what it lacks in hardware prowess, it makes up for in network speed, as it's able to lock onto TMo's 42Mbps network. Otherwise? It's fairly unimpressive but should serve as a capable beginner smartphone with a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, dual-core Snapdragon processor at 1.5GHz, and a slew of preloaed apps.

Still no word on when it's coming, other than "later this year."

We've got hands-on video and pics after the break.

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4 years ago

State of the Mobile Nations Survey - Help Make our Forums even Better!

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We love our communities! Each of our individual sites -- Android Central, CrackBerry.com, iMore, WPCentral and webOSNation -- has its own incredibly passionate and knowledgeable community of forum users. Each has its own strong identity and we never want to compromise that. Which is why we went with Mobile Nations as our community network brand. It allows us to continue to respect the culture of our individual communities while continuing to push all of the sites forward and making it more welcoming for users who switch between platforms to find their way into another Mobile Nations site. All combined, we truly are the United Nations of Mobile!

Help Us Improve Our Forums: We want to continue to make our communities even stronger. We've put together ten quick questions that will help guide us on that mission. Whether you visit the forums often or just casually lurk, we want want to hear from you. The survey will only take a minute or two, tops. Thanks for participating!

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4 years ago

LG's Mobile World Congress device hands-on video roundup

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LG brought a lot of phones to Mobile World Congress this year. So many, it took us a while to get around to seeing them all -- but see them all we did. And we have video that we know you wanna see. Rather than dig through the onslaught of news that has been the past two days, we figure it's best to round them all up in one tidy package for your viewing pleasure. That's what we're doing here, in our first inaugural LG Mobile World Congress device hands-on video roundup. 

Sit back, navigate through the magic of lightboxes, and enjoy -- we sure did, and can't wait to get some of these in our hot little hands to review.

 

LG Optimus 3D Max
LG Optimus Vu
LG Optimus 4X HD
LG Optimus L3
LG Optimus L5
LG Optimus L7

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