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3 years ago

Video hands-on with the Pantech Burst

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Earlier today we took a quick look at some pictures of the Pantech Burst, a recently announced cost effective 4G LTE device making its way to AT&T later this month. We know video is better than still pictures so without any further delay here it is!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Pantech Burst

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Today AT&T announced a whole slew of Android devices, but one that really stuck out was the Pantech Burst. It's a 4G LTE device that will launch with an on contract price of only $50. Now you may be thinking you will get what you pay for on that, but fear not, you will be pleasantly surprised with this device.  Featuring a 4-inch display and powered by a 1.2GHz processor, the device keeps up with most other devices.

Running the Pantech skin we have seen before on the Pantech Breakout, they have updated the lockscreen giving quick and easy access to five icons as well as the unlock key, making a total of six. The device does run Android 2.3, and we are unsure of whether it will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. With a great price point, and solid hardware being powered by AT&T's 4G LTE network it looks like Pantech is looking to move through these devices. Hit the break check out some more images, and stay tuned for a video walk through.

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3 years ago

Video hands-on with the Sony Xperia Ion

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We just took a quick look through the Sony Ion in some images, but everyone really wants to see the thing in action, right? Well, check out the video above to see some initial thoughts on the device, and did we say it is slim, and fast?

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Ion

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Hot on the heels of AT&T's announcement, we took a few minutes to put the amazing Sony Xperia Ion through its paces. The device is thin, really really thin, and fast, very very fast. The Ion was perhaps the most striking device to have been announced by AT&T, and there are quite a few notable things that jump out.

First off, it will be a 4G LTE device, which is huge. As AT&T continues to build their network they need devices to entice users to want to jump aboard, and this phone does just that. Sporting a 4.6-inch 720p screen, the display is nothing short of stunning, and as it's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, it moves around without any issue. A striking 12-megapixel camera is touted out back which will surely deliver some breaktaking pictures. Unfortunately the Ion ships with Gingerbread, but we can hope to see Ice Cream Sandwich on it sooner than later, given Sony's track record with updates back in the Sony Ericsson days. Hit the break for a few more images, and stay tuned for some video footage.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces the Sony Xperia Ion

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As part of their mega-LTE Android announcement this morning at CES, AT&T announced the Sony Xperia Ion, Sony's first LTE device.  It's got a 4.6-inch 720p display, a whopping 12MP camera that can come awake from standby and take a picture in 1.5 seconds, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU.  Shipping with Gingerbread sometime in 2012, we expect this one to be on the fast track for Ice Cream Sandwich.  The Ion is also a Playstation certified device, so it will have access to the Sony Entertainment Network.  This looks to be one of the hot devices from CES, and we've only just begun.  Hit the break for the full press release, and the link below for Sony's product page (with a video).

More: Sony

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3 years ago

First AT&T video of the Pantech Burst

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Fresh from the announcement of the Pantech Burst just a matter of minutes ago, AT&T have released their own first look video. We'll be looking for a hands on with the device but for now, take a look at AT&T's efforts after the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Verizon announces the Motorola Droid 4

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Unless you've been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know that the Motorola Droid 4 is coming to Verizon. And now it's official. But just like yesterday, and the day before that, we still don't actually know when it's coming. Or how much it'll cost. 

What we do have are specs:

  • 4-inch display at qHD resolution
  • Launches with Android 2.3.5, will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 16GB of storage
  • 4G LTE mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.
  • Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access

Full presser's after the break

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3 years ago

AT&T announces six new Android devices with LTE

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At its Developer Summit at CES today, AT&T has announced a whopping six new Android devices that will run on its 4G LTE network --

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, with a 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen, available in "coming months".
     
  • Sony Xperia Ion, with a 4.6-inch HD screen and 12MP camera. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and exclusive to AT&T. Features Sony branding as opposed to Sony Ericsson.
     
  • Samsung Galaxy Note -- we've seen this one before, and reviewed the international version. It's a 5.3-inch phone/tablet hybrid with pen input, an HD SuperAMOLED 1280x800 display
     
  • Pantech Element -- An LTE tablet, available for $300 on-contract from Jan. 22. Runs Honeycomb (Android 3.2) on an 8-inch display.
     
  • Pantech Burst -- a budget LTE phone that'll retail for $50 on contract, available from Jan. 22.
     
  • Samsung Exhilarate -- a budget-oriented phone made from 80% recycled materials, with a 4-inch SuperAMOLED display.

Much more to come on these devices, folks, but in the meantime we've got pictures of all six from the event after the jump, along with official presser from AT&T.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend P1/P1S

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After Huawei's song-and-dance this morning at CES, the press got some quality hands-on time with the company's newest flagship device, the Ascend P1/P1S. The P1S is the thinnest smartphone on the market today (the P1 has an LTE radio and therefore is a bit fatter -- you'll see in some comparison shots in the gallery), and it's a fact that is immediately recognizable. The device is impossibly thin and light, and truly has the potential to live up to its promise and propel Huawei into the thick of the US smartphone market. Hit the break for my full impressions.

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3 years ago

Huawei introduces its flagship Ascend P1/P1S smartphone

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Huawei kicked off CES right this morning by introducing its Ascend P1 S, the world's new king of thin. It's officially the world's thinnest smartphone, though the P1 model is slightly thicker due to its LTE connectivity. Richard Hu, Chairman of Huawei devices, was on hand to make his company's intentions quite clear: Huawei is a major player in the smartphone market, and with its Ascend P1, it can compete with the big names here in the States. Hit the break for more photos from the event.

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Nexus is officially official

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Update: Sprint has gotten in touch to let us know that the 16GB was posted in error, and in fact their version of the Galaxy Nexus will come with 32GB of internal storage.

Following their recent 4G LTE announcement, Sprint has a new landing page which now reveals one of the first devices to run on its shiny new network -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! Sprint's not offering up full specs or pricing just yet, but the site says it'll feature the Google Wallet functionality that's been conspicuously absent from other Galaxy Nexus models thus far. There was also no confirmation of the bump up to a 1.5 GHz CPU that was suggested by a leaked online ad late last week.

Besides that, it's presumably the same Galaxy Nexus we know and love, on Sprint!

More: Sprint Landing Page; press release Thanks, dtice03

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum announced, coming to Verizon Jan. 19

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Following its press conference earlier today, LG Mobile has announced the LG Spectrum, which will be headed to Verizon wireless starting next Thursday, Jan. 19. Essentially, it's Verizon's version of the LG Nitro HD. It comes equipped with a 4.5-inch 720p IPS display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz. On the software side, you've got Android 2.3 Gingerbread, prettied-up by LG's Optimus UI, and the promise of an Android 4.0 update in the first half of the year. The Spectrum is also bundled with ESPN's ScoreCenter app, as well as Netflix HD. And, as you'd expect, it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network.

We'll be back with some hands-on coverage of the Spectrum later today. In the meantime, we've got a couple more pictures of the device, along with the full spec and feature lists, after the jump.

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3 years ago

Unlock your T-Mobile US Wildfire S bootloader with HTCdev method [hacking]

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If you're rocking a T-Mobile US HTC Wildfire S, you were probably disappointed when you found out that HTC didn't include supported firmware to unlock the bootloader on this particular model with their recent round of updates -- I know I was.  Turns out it was a pretty easy fix, and with a bit of trickery you can use the official tool to unlock the bootloader, then have a bit of fun hacking the extremely pocketable Wildfire S.  After the procedure, you're pretty much off the standard update path so be sure this is what you want -- there's no turning back.  That being said, everything seems to be working just like it was before I unlocked it, including Wifi calling and 3G.  If you love your lil' Wildfire S but can't stand the limited application space, have a look at the link.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Lenovo announces IdeaPad S2 10 tablet and S2 smartphone

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Lenovo, the world's number two computer manufacturer, has announced a duo of new Android products -- the IdeaPad S2 10 tablet and the S2 smartphone.  Checking in at less than 1.5 pounds, the IdeaPad S2 10 tablet has the following specs:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core Processor
  • Lenovo's Mondrian custom version of Android 4.0
  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • Wifi and 3G Connectivity
  • micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI ports
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Integrated keyboard dock also available

The Lenovo S2 smartphone claims to be running a secure version of the Linux kernel (such things do exist) that protects personal data.  We'll have to wait to see that in action, but in the meantime here's the specs:

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor
  • Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI (Android 2.3)
  • 3.8-inch 800x480 TFT display
  • 8MP camera and .3MP VGA front facing camera
  • 512MB RAM for devices with 8GB internal storage
  • 1GB RAM for devices with 16GB internal storage
  • Micro USB port
  • HDMI and MHL Connectivity
  • 1500mAh battery

Initially these will be available in China, but they are both expected to make their way to the rest of the world.  CES hasn't even officially started folks.  Get ready!

Source: Lenovo Newsroom

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3 years ago

Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite now available on the Android Market

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You see stories everywhere saying how insecure and malware ridden Android is, most of which are just sensationalism and FUD.  The fact is that Android is very much like Windows, where developers (and unsavory types) can write software that you install without it being poured over and approved.  This means some of it will be malware -- them's the breaks and there's not much that can be done about it.  Paranoid users will just not install any third party applications, savvy users will research every piece of code they install, and normal users can use a mobile security app like Kaspersky Lab's latest offering, Mobile Security Lite.

It has the malware scanning you hear so much about, but it also has some other -- possibly more important -- features baked in.  SMS and call filtering are a must have for some (including yours truly) and anti-theft tools are almost a must have when we keep so much personal information on our Android phones.  Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite offers both in addition to malware scanning, which makes it worth a second look.  Many of us use apps that block random callers and texts, and having a solution baked in to an all-in-one security app is a great idea.  Add in the ability to track your phone via GPS, and remote lock and wipe it when you find out it's not in your pocket or purse where it belongs, then make it free -- that's a recipe for success.

We're going to have a closer look at this one, and if you're looking for a mobile security solution you should as well.  Find the download link and press release after the break.

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