3 years ago

Droid RAZR HD hands-on


After weeks of speculation, Motorola finally introduced its latest flagship device today, the Droid RAZR HD, a worthy successor to the phone that has kept the company competitive in the increasingly dense Android market. The RAZR HD is a worthy step-up from its predecessor, boasting a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution that gives just about every phone on the market a run for its money. It's big, it's beautiful, and it will simply blow you away if you're stepping up from a regular ole RAZR. It's just about as good as it gets.

The new RAZR line is incredibly powerful, with a Snapdragon S4 underneath the hood pushing along Ice Cream Sandwich and just the slightest hint of Motorola tweaking. About that ICS-- Motorola had a mixture of demo units today with both ICS and Jelly Bean, and told reporters that Jelly Bean will be available for the entire line by the end of the year. Something tells me that they're rushing to get it onboard before the RAZR HD and RAZR HD Maxx launch, but don't hold your breath. Regardless, even with ICS, this thing flies, and earns its spot in the upper-tier of premium Android superphones.

Compared to the original RAZR, there are certainly noticeable differences but there are also many similarities. You've got Kevlar back for another round, though this time it wraps around the device, instead of being limited to the back panel only. It's got a 2,530 mAH battery that doesn't match the MAXX's 3,300 mAH but will almost surely match Samsung, LG and HTC's competitors. The new RAZR also has a metallic perimeter, ala the iPhone 4S, that adds a certain sense of luxury to the device. It also adds a solid feel, something that's sorely missing from its major competitor, the plastic GS3. Motorola has always focused on quality hardware, but this iteration of the RAZR takes the company to a whole new level. The RAZR line just may be the most premium-feeling smartphones on the market today.

Motorola was tight-lipped on release date and pricing, though we can expect the RAZR HD sometime before holidays in both a black model and an all-white model as seen below in comparisons with the M. Until then, some hands-on photos of the RAZR HD-- along with comparisons with the Maxx and M-- are below.

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR Maxx HD hands-on


We're here in New York where Google and Motorola just introduced the first fruits of its collaboration, the brand new RAZR line. The RAZR Maxx HD is the successor to the wildly popular RAZR Maxx, and a worthy one it is: underneath the hood you've got a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, the same chip powering the GS3 and HTC One X. You've also got the Maxx's famous 3,300 mAh battery, which Moto says will get you through 32 hours of normal usage. Motorola's battery technology is unmatched at this point, and it's not about to let you forget it.

But the true upgrade here is the RAZR line's display-- the HD and Maxx HD both have a stunning 4.7 inch Super-AMOLED display at 720p resolition that is right up there with Samsung and HTC in terms of clarity and vividness. I might even go on record and say it bests the GS3 in terms of color saturation, though my opinion may change after extended usage. it's simply stunning, and I don't have enough nice things to say about it.

Compared to the original Maxx, the second generation is a step up in terms of build quality-- the metal border, the slim bezel, the Kevlar coating, and the Gorilla Glass display all add up to one of the sturdiest smartphones on the market. And compared to the RAZR HD, the Maxx's size is nearly identical. While the Maxx feels just a few hairs heavier than the RAZR HD, thickness and dimensions will only be noticed by the most trained of eyes.

The RAZR Maxx HD (right) is negligibly thicker than the RAZR HD.

The models on-hand at today's launch were packing Jelly Bean, though Motorola says the new RAZR line might launch with ICS, with a 4.1 upgrade "before the end of the year." We hope that's not the case, but we'll take it if we have too-- a small price to pay for some of the best hardware Motorola has ever released. Check out some hands-on shots below.

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3 years ago

All three new RAZRs will also be offered in a developer edition


One of the (almost) overlooked things from today's Motorola presentation in New York was news that Motorola will be offering a developer edition of all three of the new RAZR models announced today. This is great news for tinkerers interested in the RAZR M, the RAZR HD, or the RAZR Maxx HD.

We've heard this from Motorola before, and we're still waiting to see it develop, but there's one major change since the last big Motorola announcement -- Google. Google was very much on hand today, with Eric Schmidt opening the show, and he spent a good bit of time talking about how the two companies were going to mesh together. Hopefully, some of the DIY spirit Google fosters will spill over into Motorola Mobility and we'll see these soon.

For now, there's no word of availability or pricing, but we'll keep our ears on.

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3 years ago

Motorola promises $100 credit towards a new phone if yours doesn't get Jelly Bean


Motorola and Verizon's joint event today in New York kicked off with an awesome announcement: if your phone doesn't get a Jelly Bean update, they'll knock off $100 on your upgrade to one of the new Motorola devices. The details are still a bit sketchy, but it's great news, especially combined with their new developer initiative. Motorola said that they're aiming to roll out Jelly Bean to as many of their devices as possible. Apparently most of the ones launched since 2011 will be upgradeable, while all of the new devices announced today will either be launching with Jelly Bean or will have an upgrade in short order.

Being owned by Google is starting to have some perks, eh Moto? So, would you guys side with Motorola or any other device manufacturer that had a deal like this going on? It certainly eases the pain of staying up to date. 

Check out the Motorola site for more details

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3 years ago

Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid RAZR Maxx HD


Along with the new RAZR HD and RAZR M, Moto showed off the RAZR Maxx HD today in New York. It has the same great internals of the RAZR HD -- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, NFC, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED under Gorilla Glass -- but has one pretty major change with the addition of a high-capacity battery that allows for 32 hours of "normal use".

We've got some sweet hands-on time with all the new Motorola devices coming shortly, stay tuned! In the meantime, the full press release is after the break.

More: RAZR.com

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR M announced for Verizon, shipping next week for $99



Today in New York, Motorola and Verizon jointly announced the RAZR M. It's shipping next week, with preorders starting today at $99 on contract. This little number has 1 GB of RAM, a 2,000 mAh battery, LTE connectivity, 8 megapixel camera, an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor backed up with 1 GB of RAM. Jelly Bean is apparently coming by the end of the year. 

Check out Verizon's product page here for a closer look. 

Three are a few video demos after the jump. Doesn't look too shabby, does it?

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3 years ago

You can't have this awesomely two-toned HTC One X


Pop quiz: What's black and white and too cool for you? If you answered the two-toned Cushnie Et Ochs version of the HTC One X, you'd be right. It's part of Fashion Week here in New York, and we got a quick look at it at HTC's Frequencies II event.

There's not a lot to it that you don't see here. It's half black, half white, with a barely (but still) visible seam down the middle. 

Nope, you can't buy one. It's special-made for folks, well, for folks more special than us.

But we do have some more pics for you after the break. Enjoy.

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3 years ago

Sprint's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G may be in line for Jelly Bean this week


A quick heads up for you folks on Sprint: We've gotten word from a reliable source that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G are slated to get their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates this week. On Thursday, to be exact. And it'll be build FH05 for the Galaxy Nexus, and JRO03R for the Nexus S, to be even more exact.

Here's the e-mail that we've been told is going out:

To Sprint Business Sales

September 5, 2012

Software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (L700) and Nexus S 4G will be available beginning Thursday, 9.6.12. Galaxy Nexus Software Version: FH05 Nexus S Software Version: JRO03R Software updates will be pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own.


Upgrades Device Operating System to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Fastest and smoothest version of Android released Better search experience Expandable, actionable notifications A smarter keyboard And more!

We're digging around for confirmation, but we can all agree that the update can't come soon enough, especially since Nexus S 4G owners have been able to compile their own official Jelly Bean builds for a month now.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may hit T-Mobile as the SGH-T889


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has just recently been announced, and we're already showing signs of life on T-Mobile U.S.A. This screenshot shows a device model T889, which, after a bit of deduction and cross-referencing with UAProf data, suggests that it's the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2. the source of the screenshot says that T-Mobile's version will be keeping the Exynos quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, and tap into their 42 Mbps HSPA+ network. We're expecting this bad boy to launch in mid-October in Europe, but there's still no indication as to when we'll see the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on this side of the pond. 

What's all the fuss about? Well, here's a reminder of the Galaxy Note 2's specs.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

Be sure to check out our hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from IFA for a closer look. It is definitely a sweet-looking device. Hopefully we'll get some indications of a launch on other U.S. carriers soon. Any T-Mobile customers considering holding out for this one, assuming it lands before the holidays? Maybe give that new unlimited data plan a shot? 

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Software update brings S3 and Note 2 features to original Galaxy Note


The launch of the Galaxy Note 2 might be imminent, but it seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten owners of the original Note. A new over-the-air update is going out today for the international Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), adding a whole host of new features from the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. The update, which is still based upon Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, introduces Note owners to features like Pop-up Play, a new Note 2-style 3D gallery app, lock screen and home screen enhancements and ‘S Cloud’ contact back-up, to name but a few. Overall, there are some pretty sweeping changes to the phone’s UI. The inclusion of S Cloud in particular is interesting, as this has yet to be officially unveiled, but was spotted on some of the Galaxy Note 2 demo units at IFA last week.

The update to version XXLRQ is curretly pushing out over-the-air and through Kies to unlocked Galaxy Note devices in Germany, and we’d expect other territories and networks to follow in the weeks ahead. Some, like the U.S. LTE models, may have a little longer to wait.

Today’s Note update is also good news for Galaxy S2 owners. It’s now likely that phone will get this latest package of software goodies too, regardless of whether Jelly Bean for the S2 ever materializes.

If you’ve got an international Galaxy Note and have received today’s update, hit the comments and let us know how you’re getting on.

via SamMobile, XDA; Thanks, @android_indian!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets UK price and release date


German pricing for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 was available for all to see at carriers’ booths at IFA, but so far the device’s UK pricing has remained something of a mystery. Today we have the first tentative UK price tag and release window for the 5.5-inch Note successor, by way of British online retailer Clove Technology.

Clove reports on its official blog that the Note 2 will cost £546 inc. VAT when it’s launched in “mid-October.” That price is undeniably steep for any smartphone, but it is in line with the Galaxy S3’s late-May launch price (and let’s also remember that the original Note wasn’t exactly cheap at launch either). As always, this is a SIM-free price, so you can expect to pay much less if you pick up a network-subsidized model.

Would a high price like this deter you from picking up a Galaxy Note 2 at launch? Hit the comments and let us know.

Source: Clove; More: Hands-on with the Galaxy Note 2

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3 years ago

Mophie to launch battery case for Samsung Galaxy S3


At IFA 2012 in Berlin last week, we had the chance to see a first for iPhone battery pack maker Mophie -- a battery case for an Android device. The Samsung Galaxy S3 will be the first Android phone to have a custom-built Mophie battery pack, which we're told will offer approximately double the capacity of the phone's 2100mAh stock battery -- although design and specs for the device still aren't finalized.

Though what we played with last week was a prototype, it felt well-made, and the design was in-keeping with the S3's glossy aesthetics. We're sure we'll see an official announcement form the case-maker in the near future, and we'll be eagerly awaiting the finished product.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia U ICS update expected in 'next few weeks'


Sony might be preparing to launch a whole new range of smartphones, but it hasn't forgotten about its early 2012 line-up, some of which remains on the rapidly aging Android 2.3 Gingerbread. One such device is the company's leading budget offering, Xperia U, which we reviewed earlier in the year, and which has long been promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now it appears Xperia U owners won't have too long left to wait for their Android 4.0 update, as Sony has revealed that the new software will be available in a few weeks time. Here's what the company posted in a post-IFA Q&A on its official blog --

"The ICS rollout for Xperia U will kick-off within the next few weeks and rollout gradually – more information to follow soon!"

That's far from specific, but at least it's a rough timeframe to work with. Now, how about some Jelly Bean updates?

Source: Sony Mobile, via: XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

Mystery HTC device poses for the blurry-cam


With HTC scheduling a media event for Sept. 19, there's been much speculation as to what the company will unveil at its NYC gathering. One possibility is the persistently-rumored 5-inch device that's supposedly headed to Verizon in the U.S. Earlier in the week we saw some leaked images purporting to show this black and red smartphone from the side. Today brings another blurry-cam shot, this time of the device's front face.

Being of poor quality, the photo gives little away, but we can discern a few things. Firstly, the phone seems to have ditched the usual HTC design language -- it doesn't look much like an HTC One phone. Second, based on the button placement and size, as well as the thin horizontal bezel, it's likely we're looking at a large-screened smartphone.

Chinese site Techorz, which originally posted the photo, reports that the device will ship with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1080p or 720p display.  That matches up with what's been rumored, although the site also mentions that this could be the "Endeavor C2," something we're pretty sure is another phone altogether. Reports in the past month have indicated that the "Endeavor C2" or "One X+" is a refreshed version of HTC's early 2012 flagship.

So we still know very little about the phone that HTC may or may not unveil on Sept. 19. Regardless, we'll be live from New York on the day to bring you full coverage of whatever's announced.

Source: Techorz

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3 years ago

Motorola Defy Pro review


Rogers has been offering a moderately rugged entry level Android handset with a full physical QWERTY keyboard called the Motorola Defy Pro for a few weeks now. Though the specs don’t exactly blow any minds, its pricing is a new step towards a bit of sanity in Canada; this is a phone you get for free on a two-year contract, which is unheard of when the industry standard up here is a three-year commitment. The $275 stand-alone price even makes it viable without a contract. TELUS previously toyed around with the idea a little bit, and it seems like Rogers is at very least testing the same waters.

Still, with so many higher-end devices available on Rogers and LTE still being a relatively new thing up north, how many people would be more interested in saving a buck with such a modest handset?

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