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3 years ago

LG Optimus Black review

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New display technology in a ultra-slim form factor, the LG Optimus Black brings a high level of style to Android.  But is it the phone for you?

The LG Optimus Black is the latest offering from LG Electronics, bringing a stylish form factor, the new "Nova" display technology, and some unique features on top of Android 2.2.  If you're looking for the latest dual-core gigabyte of RAM monster phone, you're looking in the wrong place, but not all of us are looking for that.  One quick inspection of the phone will tell you -- LG wasn't trying to win a specifications race here, they have other models to fill that hole.  Instead, it feels as is they were focused on design, and try to bring a new level of elegance to the Android platform. 

The real question -- did they succeed?  That's a loaded question, as we all have differences of opinion when it comes to what looks and feels high-end.  Hit the break, and see what I think of the Optimus Black, and decide if it's something you will need a little alone time with and form your own opinion.

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3 years ago

Nexus S Seidio Innocell 3500mAh extended battery

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Extended batteries and Android go together like peanut butter and jelly.  The phones are powerful and connected, and need the juice.  The Seidio Innocell 3500mAh battery for the Nexus S takes the simple idea of a larger battery to the extreme.  Checking in at more than double the standard 1440mAh battery for the Nexus S, it delivers when it comes to keeping you up and running longer.  If you're one who still talks a lot on the phone (yes, they really are phones!) you'll love it. 

Here at the homestead, we dropped the landline ages ago.  My Nexus S is my phone, 24/7.  Whether I'm doing important business with Pizza Hut, calling Mom and Dad to say hello, or talking to my kids, it's all done with my Nexus S.  Phone calls can destroy the battery on an Android phone, but since I got the Seidio Innocell, I don't even worry about checking the battery status.  I still charge my phone every night, but I'll bet I wouldn't have to. 

Until battery technology catches up with everything else, that's how it's going to be.  Android phones in particular, because they are so connected, tend to be hard on batteries, and we spend hours trying and discussing tricks to get more from their batteries.  The best trick of them all?  Get a big extended battery and stop worrying about it.  The Seidio Innocell  adds some girth to the profile (about 1 cm extra width), and comes with it's own battery cover -- one with Seidio's soft touch coated plastic.  All the cut-outs for camera, speaker and USB ports are there, and it doesn't feel bad in your hand at all.  The little bit of extra weight is no problem on a phone that many thought felt too light to start with.  One thing that needs mentioned, there is no NFC antenna in the extended battery cover.  You'll lose that functionality, if you had plans on ever using it.  Other than that, there's just not much here not to like. We've got a handful of pictures after the break, have a look. 

If you find yourself fighting with your Nexus S battery more often than you would like, you can grab the Seidio Innocell 3500mAh battery from the Android Central store for $64.95.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro getting its Gingerbread update

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The rumors are true, folks. While your phone likely is still languishing with Froyo (hey, could be worse), the Motorola Droid Pro (read our full review) is getting its Gingerbread update. And why shouldn't it? We found the Droid Pro to be a more-than capable (if a little small) 3.1-inch Android smartphone, with the front-facing QWERTY keyboard that so many of us had been wanting.

Anyhoo, back to the update. Looks like it's Android 2.3.3 (Build number 4.5.1-110-VNS-11, if you're into that sort of thing). You'll have the updated version of Motorola's Blur skin (which isn't the worst thing in the world), as well as all the tweaks that Gingerbread can muster.

Thanks, Eric!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies

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At long last -- it's time for Plants vs. Zombies on Android. And it's instantly addicting. Turns you into a Plants vs. Zombies zombie, even.

Gamplay is simple. You've got a house. Zombies are attacking your house. And the only thing standing between you and the zombies are your plants. You start out with just a few basic resources. Your single-shot plants, the sun to provide some, well, sun for the plants, and sunflowers for extra sun. You collect suns to purchase more plants. The more plants you have, the more zombies you can kill.

And that's it. Plants vs. Zombies doesn't require quite as much strategy as some tower defense games, which is nice, but it can seem a bit too easy at times, at least in our initial time playing.

Plants vs. Zombies is available now in the Amazon Appstore (free today, $2.99 regularly).

Download: Plants vs. Zombies

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play finally launches on O2 UK

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Following almost two months of delays caused by software issues, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has finally launched on British network O2. The phone is available now in O2-exclusive white and the original black, for £429.99 off-contract, or for free on contracts of £37 or more per month. A fairly hefty sum, but O2's sweetening the deal by including 10 free games and a multimedia dock with online purchases.

Check our our Xperia Play hands-on for more on the first PlayStation-certified smartphone.

Source: O2 UK

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3 years ago

Sprint EVO 3D will come with 'The Green Hornet 3D'

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Worried about having a 3D phone with no 3D content? Not gonna be a problem with the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 3D. HTC's first 3D-capable phone will come preloaded with "The Green Hornet 3D" on its microSD card, Sprint said today in a news release.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The EVO 3D will also come with the HTC Watch app, which gives you access to 2D and 3D movies, as well as on-demand television programs. You can buy or rent and download movies, and you can save as many as five on HTC's service for watching on other HTC devices with the HTC Watch app.

And don't worry, you won't be stuck with "The Green Hornet 3D" for long. "Drive Angry" with Nicolas Cage will be among the initial 3D releases for the EVO, Sprint says.

You'll also have access to Blockbuster's On Demand app. Rentals will range from $2.99 to $3.99 each, Sprint says. Purchases will start at $4.99.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend X brings 4G to Cincinnati Bell

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The Huawei Ascend X is now available from Cincinnati Bell and is the carrier's first 4G device, as it is HSPA+ capable.

The Ascend X is a decent option for Cincinnati Bell customers. It features:

  • 4.1-inch touchscreen
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 5 MP camera with 720p recording
  • 2GB of storage
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB ROM
  • MicroSD up to 32GB

The device can be had for $99.99 with a 2-year service agreement. It provides great value for customers looking for a capable and fast phone for their next purchase. Thanks Josh!

Source: Cincinnati Bell; Thanks, Josh!

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3 years ago

Zinio arrives for Android Honeycomb tablets

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Zinio, the popular magazine reading application that gained enormous popularity on iOS, is now available on Android. With the app, which is only available for tablets running Honeycomb, users can browse and consume their favorite magazines.

Zinio offers an enormous library, where users can purchase entire subscriptions or single issues. Their collection includes but is not limited to:

  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  • The Economist
  • Maxim
  • Esquire
  • Men's Fitness
  • Macworld
  • PC World
  • PC Gamer
  • X-Box World
  • National Geographic
  • Consumer Reports

Users can also sync their library with their computer or other supported mobile devices. For all of those who have been waiting for Zinio, the wait is finally over. Find links to the Market after the break.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Facebook for Android v1.6 in the wings, beta testers needed

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It started off as much maligned and then turned into pretty ok, so it's been interesting watching the Facebook for Android app evolve since it's inception on our phones. It would seem the next step of that evolution is nigh, as the Facebook for Android developers are seeking your (yes, you) help in beta testing v1.6 of the app.

A partial list of fixes includes:

  • Improved News Feed including comment liking
  • Pages
  • Video Uploads
  • Many bug fixes

If you like to be on the bleeding edge of tech (or just Facebook), be sure to hit up the source links to get your name in the pot.

Signup form; Source: Reddit; via Android Police

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3 years ago

Pantech Crossover hits AT&T on June 5

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AT&T and Pantech this morning announced the Crossover, a horizontal slider with a 3.1-inch display, four-row keyboard, 3MP camera and Android 2.2. It's Pantech's first Android device in the United States. Under the hood, it's got a 600MHz processor powered by a 1500mAh battery.

It'll be available June 5 for $69 on contract.

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