4 years ago

'SNL' takes a swipe at the iPhone with Google's Nexus One


Either the folks at NBC's "Saturday Night Live" are as nerdy as we are, or Engadget EiC Joshua Topolsky's visits on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" have been rubbing off. Either way, the SNL gang used the Google Nexus One to take a big swing at the iPhone (and AT&T) last night during "Weekend Update."

"It was reported this week that Google would soon launch its own cellphone as a challenge to the iPhone. Also a challenge to the iPhone? Making phone calls."

Now that's comedy! Peep the video after the break. [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Full details on Motorola Sholes Tablet (XT701)


Tired of those blurry shots of the Motorola Sholes Tablet (aka the XT701)? Yeah, us, too. Fortunately, Moto's Chinese Web site put forth the full Monte (though the site's currently down). Here are the full, official specs:

  • WCDMA / HSDPA 10.2M / HSUPA 5.76M
  • 3.7-inch-wide touch-screen , 854X480 resolution
  • 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, Xenon flash
  • CortexTM-A8 processor
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor.
  • aGPS.
  • WiFi b/g
  • MicroSD
  • FM tuner
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Support for MP3/AAC/AACv1/AACv2/AMR-NB/AMR-WB/MIDI/MIDI/WAV/Ogg Vorbis
  • Supported video formats MPEG4/H.263/H.264
  • Support SMS, MMS, e-mail (POP3/IMAP4) and enterprise-class e-mail
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

And a few more pics after the break.

[Via AndroidOS.in] Thanks, everyone, who sent this in!

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4 years ago

A look inside the Xperia X10


If you're the kind of person who enjoys a good teardown of a smartphone, check out this one of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 from MyDrivers. Because who doesn't love good gadget pr0n first thing in the morning? [Gallery via AndroidOS.in]

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4 years ago

HTC tells Magic, Dream owners on Rogers: No Donut for you!


Bad news for those of you with the HTC Magic and Dream on Canada's Rogers network: Looks like you'll be stuck with Android 1.5 for the forseeable future. On HTC's Web site, under "Can I upgrade my Rogers Magic device to Android 1.6, it says ...

"HTC is not currently planning any Android 1.6 upgrades for Rogers Dream or Magic. Android 1.6 was only made available for “Google”-branded devices such as the G1. It is not available for HTC-branded products such as the Dream or Magic, which use Android 1.5. We believe that Android 1.5 is a stable and reliable software platform that delivers a terrific user experience."

You know what? Android 1.5 is a reliable software platform that delivered a terrific user experience -- in 2008. Upgrades are released for a reason: To get onto devices. Sorry, folks. Best hope for some hacking alternatives.

[HTC via BGR]

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4 years ago

More renders of the Moto Sholes Tablet


Here's another look at the Motorola Sholes Tablet (aka the XT701) with its unslightly bump. The thing is thin, sure, but there's a exactly what the hardware will be is still up for debate. This render clearly shows an 8-megapixel camera with xenon flash (how's that gonna affect battery life?), while a previous look showed a 5MP camera. Rumored specs continue be an upgraded processor from the Droid, built-in HDMI with 720p video quality (which we already have in the Droid), and an FM radio.

The Sholes tablet is rumored for release in Russia and China in 2010, with Android 2.1 on board. One more render after the break.

[Via mobiset.ru - thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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4 years ago

HTC Hero and 2.1, New Moto Droid features, Rooting devices, New Beautiful Widgets


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4 years ago

Windows Phone Review -- Smartphone Round Robin


It's the end of the first week of the Smartphone Round Robin so it's time to wrap up our thoughts on Windows Phone in a full review. There's a lot to be said about where Windows Phone is headed and we joined the choir for this one but honestly, we like the direction it's showing with 6.5. And before anything, we're going to have to say it, we like Windows Phone 6.5. *gasp*

But let's be honest, there's more similarity with Android and Windows Phone than Android has with any other smartphone platform on the market. Heck, they basically share HTC. The biggest difference between the two platforms? Time. Windows Phone and Android hail from two different smartphone eras, Android being the splashy new attention stealer, Windows Phone a part of the old guard. And though many people are quick to write off Windows Phone, to do so would be foolish. Us Android users have a lot to learn from Windows Phone, both from their success and from their mistakes.

So let's take a look at Windows Phone and see what it has to offer for us Android users!

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 spotted at the FCC, gets its Glamour Shots taken


Looks like we don't have to bother with an actual hands-on of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, now that the FCC has done one of the best photo jobs we've ever seen come out of the Beltway.

But here it is, in all its photographic glory. And along with the pics come the usual FCC fodder -- manual and radio information, which is important because in it we learn of support for T-Mobile's AWS spectrum. So even if no U.S. carrier picks up the X10 (which was the case for the Windows Mobile-powered X1), you can still bring one in and use it to your heart's content.

We've got a bunch more pics after the break. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Verizon puts a bandage on the Motorola Droid's battery door


We've already brought you one way to keep your Motorola Droid's battery cover from coming off so easily. That one involved a screwdriver and about 5 seconds of work.

Verizon's fix? Well ... Says Flickr user Anticitizen:

Took my phone to the Verizon store, and this is their solution.

It's better than what the original rep tried to do, which is put scotch tape on it.

IMO, for a $200 phone, this is unacceptable.

Yeah. That's more than a little weak.

[via Daring Fireball]

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4 years ago

HTC 'Incredible' rumored for Verizon


Engadget says it's got a source that says the HTC Incredible, one of the leaked code names unearthed in that leaked Android 2.1 ROM, is headed for Verizon. While that's not the sort of code name you'd expect just any old phone to have, let's remember that the HTC Mega on Windows Mobile was kind of a buzzkill. So maybe it's the Passion/Dragon, and maybe it's not. And once again, we wait. [Engadget Mobile]

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