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3 years ago

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on

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Sidekick Main

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, an upcoming device from Samsung, brings both style and innovation and meshes it perfectly with an awesome Android experience. Whether you are a previous Sidekick user or just simply a T-Mobile user who is in need of a device with a physical QWERTY that will allow for excellent messaging, this device is definitely one you will want to check out.

We have spent the past few hours getting to know the device quite well, checking out all the various options, and playing with the applications, so join us after the break to take a deeper look into this device.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire S

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HTC Desire S

The original HTC Desire hit in spring 2010, and was part of the Android boom that saw the OS’s market share explode in just a few months. Twelve months later, HTC offers up the Desire S -- a device which it says is an evolution of the phone that gave many users their first taste of Android. 

Just launched in the UK, the Desire S lies in the center ground of HTC’s European line-up for early 2011. It’s not as large (or expensive) as the Incredible S, but it’s just as fast. And it outperforms the upcoming Wildfire S, while still being easily pocketable.

We've just spent several hours getting to know the HTC Desire S, so join us after the break to learn more about it, and read our first impressions of HTC's first Gingerbread phone...

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Cricket LG Optimus C

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Cricket LG Optimus C

There's the Optimus One. And the Optimus M. And the Optimus S. And the Optimus T. And the Optimus U. And the Optimus V. And the LG Vortex on Verizon. And now, we present the LG Optimus C on Cricket, fresh off the show floor at CTIA. 

This is yet another variant of the Optimus One, which is an above-average mid-range Android smartphone. You have Android 2.2 running with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera with a 1500mAh battery. The physical buttons are a tad different than what you'll get on the other versions, but all in all it's mostly the same experience. More pics and hands-on video are after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Wifi-only HTC Flyer, coming this spring to Best Buy

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Best Buy just dropped the news that it'll be selling an unbranded, Wifi-only HTC Flyer Android tablet sometime this spring. That's good news for those of you who are looking for some contractless tablet love. And we got ourselves a little time with the device tonight at a CTIA after-hours event.

For all intents and purposes, it's an HTC Flyer, same as we saw unveiled a month ago at Mobile World Congress. The advantage here, of course, is that you're not beholden to a carrier for a two year contract. On the other hand, you have to rely on having a Wifi signal, but for many of us that's not a problem.

Still no word on when it'll be available, other than "this spring," and they're not budging on how much they'll be selling it for. So stay tuned.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

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OK, all you boys and girls out there itching to get your hands on a T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. You can't have it yet, we got our fat little fingers on it for you. And for those of you unfamiliar with the Sidekick experience (that'd be yours truly), it's an ... interesting experience.

The flip-up screen has a nice spring to it, and the keyboard is just shy of being excellent. What's not excellent is that the usual Android buttons are at the four corners (three, actually) of the device, meaning you're doing to be doing some reaching to get back to the home screens.

The software is an interesting mix of Android -- there's much that familiar -- and Sidekick special sauce. We're going to need some more time with the software to get a grip on it, but it's not the worst thing in the world. When it comes to pricing, we're looking at $99 - $149.99 depending on your data plan chosen and fussing with mail-in-rebates. Jump on past the break for some images of the Sidekick 4G

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3 years ago

HTC View 4G Hands-on!

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HTC's 4G Sprint Tablet brings clever UI to tide you over before the Honeycomb update 

HTC View

We just got back from our time with HTC taking a look at their latest tablet - the HTC View 4G for Sprint - something we've seen in an unbranded-version before as the HTC Flyer. The HTC View 4G is a 7" tablet at 1024x600 resolution, weighing in at 14.88 ounces with 32g of internal memory, 16g of RAM, and a microSD slot if you'd like to add more. On the rear we have a 5 megapixel shooter with 720p HD video capabilities and the front sports a 1.3 megapixel camera. The whole thing is powered by a beefy 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and, of course, it's capable of running on Sprint's 4G WiMAX network. Its rocking Android 2.3 but will get an update to Honeycomb at some point in the future.

The HTC View 4G includes the latest version of Sense - the main differences from what we've seen before is primarily eyecandy: when you rotate homescreens they fly out and look closely at the gallery after the break - they show you a little gear on the flip-time clock. Cute. More utilitarian is the new lockscreen mechanism: you can drag the circle over one of 4 icons to launch directly into that app. We're also fond of their app-dock on the bottom, which you can configure with your favorite apps with some simple drag-and-drop.

The real story - to us anyway - is that the View includes HTC Scribe technology, which lets you use a special capacitive stylus for taking notes and sketching on the screen. Check out our first impressions of HTC Scribe here. In the meantime, you've got two things to wait for while you look at the images after the break: our pending video and an actual release-date and price - all we know so far is "Summer."

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sprint HTC EVO 3D; Update: Video!

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The venerable EVO gets a boost with a higher-resolution screen and 3D recording and playback

Sprint HTC EVO 3D

How do you follow up one of the most popular, most successful, biggest and fastest phones of 2010? In the case of the recently announced Sprint HTC EVO 3D, you give it a higher resolution screen, 3D recording and playback capability, and you open up a whole new world of user generated content. Oh, and you make it even faster and more powerful.

That's the EVO 3D in a nutshell. It's based off the wildly popular EVO 4G. But it's gained a qHD (960x540) touchscreen in the same 4.3-inch space. And it's sporting the first dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, at 1.2GHz. Worried about battery life? It's got a 1730mAh power source -- the largest stock battery we've seen.

In the hand, it very much feels like an EVO 4G. It's lost the kickstand, but we can live with that. The battery cover has a nice texture to it, and you don't feel like the phone's going to go flying out of your hand, an important safety measure as it's still pretty sizable (it's actually a tad longer than the EVO 4G) and weighs six ounces. It's gained a physical camera button. We've been fans of them for a while now, and the EVO 3D's is about the best we've seen. It's round and textured, and you're not going to be hunting for it. Next to the camera button you have a toggle switch for the 2D/3D camera. In 2D mode, video shoots at 1080p. In 3D, it's at 720p resolution.

The 3D content plays back as smooth as you'd expect. And while 3D's still kind of gimmicky, it's also not the worst thing in the world. And if you never watch 3D content, you'll likely have a perfectly fine experience with the EVO 4G.

Anyhoo, you're definitely going to want to give it a shot when it's released later this year. In the meantime, hit up our hands-on pics after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt Hands-On and Speed Test; Updated with video

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HTC Thunderbolt

Now that the HTC Thunderbolt is officially available and in stores (though we suggest calling ahead - a few stores in some cities are already sold out), we naturally had to pick up the latest  big-screened Android phone and start putting it through its paces. The Thunderbolt's specs, if you don't recall, include the now-nearly-standard 4.3" WVGA screen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8mp camera with 720p HD video on the back with a VGA camera on the front, and finally a capacious 32g microSD card.

Oh yeah, one more spec: Verizon's wicked-fast 4G LTE network.

So far in our testing in Miami that network is pulling down a very solid 3 megabits per second and uploading so fast that the Speedtest.net app can't really even provide accurate numbers. The device itself also shows remarkably little lag or stutter - even while Android is dutifully pulling down a very large number of apps and profile information we haven't experienced any notable delay.

Hardware-wise, we're a little tempted to say HTC phoned this one in. It's solid and hefty, no doubt, but a little uninspired and definitely a descendant of the EVO 4G. However, there are a lot of nice little touches throughout - including a soft-touch paint that's a pleasure to hold and a large kickstand that cleverly sits atop the Thunderbolt's large rear-speaker. Not so clever: the microUSB charging port sits on the side of the phone that's on your desk when the kickstand is out, so you literally can't charge the Thunderbolt while it's resting on the kickstand.

We'll have much much more on the Thunderbolt very soon. In the meantime check out some photos after the break. Update: Video after the break!

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G review

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Atrix 4G

The Motorola Atrix 4G is the latest high-end Android phone on AT&T's HSPA+ network, bringing a dual-core Tegra 2 powerhouse and Moto's unique WebTop experience along for the ride.  Since its announcement at CES in January, people have been excited to see what Motorola can bring to the table, and I was just as excited to have some time with the Atrix and the laptop dock.

That's not to say the experience was perfect -- they never are.  I'll share what I learned during my time with the Atrix, and hopefully it will give you a fair idea of what to expect with this one.  Join me after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 Review

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In 2009 Motorola launched the Cliq -- an entry-level slider -- debuting Motorola’s social networking centric Motoblur user interface. Unfortunately, the original Cliq was plagued by complaints of a poorly designed keyboard, cheap plastic build quality, slow processor, and a less than polished Motoblur UI.

A couple years have now gone by. Does the Motorola Cliq 2 make up for these shortcomings? Check out our full review after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Atrix 4G and laptop dock

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Motorola Atrix 4G

 

The Atrix 4G is the hot new dual-core smartphone from Motorola and AT&T, you know, that one with the cool docks.  Both the phone itself and the technology behind the Webtop docking stations are something we're all interested in, and we're going to give it a thorough look over and try to tell you as much as we can about the Atrix 4G "ecosystem" (see what I did there) after we have used it for a week or so. 

We're expecting big things from the Atrix.  It has the hardware to put it at the top of the Android heap (for now) with it's dual-core Tegra 2 chipset and 1 GB of RAM.  But first impressions are telling, always good to share, and after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G review

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The U.S. gets it first taste of the new HTC Sense
and AT&T's 4G network

HTC Inspire 4G

The HTC Inspire 4G is AT&T's first foray into 4G data, and the carrier picked a very nice package for the debut.  The Inspire is beautifully constructed with high-grade materials, and it shows the world that the Captivate wasn't just a fluke -- AT&T is seeing the light and getting on board with Android in a big way.

But like everything else, it's not perfect.  Hit the break and see my impressions of the HTC Inspire 4G after using it for a week, and decide if you like what you're seeing.

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3 years ago

Samsung Indulge hands-on

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Samsung Indulge

The Samsung Indulge is the first LTE Android phone, running on metroPCS' dual CDMA/LTE network.  It also checks in at a very affordable $399 price point -- and that's on a no-contract metroPCS plan.  With that in mind, we're going to have a good long look at this one, because it's attractive in a way some other new phones aren't.

It's no powerhouse, but it's also no slouch.  Here's the short list of specs:

  • Android 2.2.1
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU
  • 3.5 inch TFT display, at 320 x 480
  • 3.2 MP camera that captures 480p video
  • RAM: 384 MB (unverified).  At boot, there is 295 MB available for the user.  Since a portion of RAM is set aside for other services, my calculations place it at 384 total.
  • Horizontal sliding 4 row QWERTY

The software is pure Samsung.  It's Touchwiz, and basically the same Touchwiz we're all used to.  We'll be sure to look for the minor differences while we use the Indulge and wrap all that up at the end.  For now though, the first thing I did was fire up the camera so you could see my first impressions of this one, check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire S hands-on [MWC]

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HTC Wildfire S

Think back to our original HTC Wildfire review. Nice little -- very little -- mid-level Android phone, plagued by a low-resolution screen.

No more. With the announcement of the HTC Wildfire S, you basically have the same phone with its 3.2-inch screen, 600MHz processor and 512MB of ROM/RAM and slap newer software and a better screen onto it. You now have a 320x480 screen resolution -- the bare minimum for any size screen.

Otherwise, it's a nice little entry level smartphone. Check out our hands-on video and pics after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Flyer Android tablet first look [video]

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HTC Flyer Android tablet

For anyone lamenting the fact that most of the Android tablets announced recently look alike (ahem, yours truly), HTC has brought something different to the game with the Flyer.

The form factor is familiar -- a 7-inch diagonal touchscreen -- but that's about it. First there's the aluminum unibody shell -- a single piece of metal that keeps things strong and light, about the same as a paperback book.

The HTC Sense user interface has been ramped up even more and looks beautiful an extremely fluid, thanks to a 1.5 GHz processor. It has 3D-like effects and really sucks you into the device. Movies played with ease, and the UI animations were as good as we've ever seen from HTC.

It's not running Honeycomb, and that's interesting. All of the Honeycomb tablets we've seen thus far are running what appears to be a stock UI. The Flyer with Sense, of course, is all HTC. Will it get a Honeycomb version at some point? Just have to see.

The Scribe pen stylus wasn't quite as gimmicky as we might have first though. It feels just a bit odd to be talking about a stylus in 2011, but HTC's obviously put a lot of thought into it.

Check out our first look video and pics after the break.

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