Headlines

3 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S II

56

Samsung Galaxy S II

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The original Galaxy S ushered in a new era of power and screen technology in a form factor that was so light you had to heft it to believe it, and the sequel continues that trend.

The Galaxy S II steps things up with a 4.3-inch screen at 480x800 with the new Super AMOLED Plus technology, a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of storage (plus microSD up to 32GB), Wifi b/g/n, USB 2.0, a 1650mAh battery, aGPS, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera (and 1080p recording), and the new Touchwiz 4.0 atop Android 2.3.

And it's all done in an impossibly light form factor. The Galaxy S II, while slightly larger than its predecessor at 125.3mm tall and 66.1mm wide, is thinner -- yes, thinner -- at 8.49mm. The iPhone 4, by comparison, is 9.3mm thick. And the Galaxy S II weighs just 116 grams.

Touchwiz has been bumped to Version 4.0. It's still full of bright colors -- which look even better on the Super AMOLED Plus screen -- and it highlights four major hubs -- Readers, Game, Music, Social.

The camera app has been reworked for the better, and the widgets now look and feel a little more processional.

We're going to be spending a good amount of time with this beast this week at Mobile World Congress. Check out our initial hands-on after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Sprint Kyocera Echo first impressions

86

Sprint Kyocera Echo

Woe is the smartphone carrier and manufacturer that tries something new, apparently. That much was apparent from the comments before, during and after Sprint's unveiling of the Kyocera Echo dual-screen smartphone at a special event in the Edison Ballroom in New York City. You folks out there certainly made your feelings known.

But we've actually had some time with the Echo. And it's certainly not as far to one end of the spectrum as you might believe. After the break, we get into our initial impressions of the Sprint Kyocera Echo and its crazy two-screen self. Read on!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible Case Review: Otterbox Defender

6

 Otterbox Defender for Droid Incredible

The OtterBox Defender is one of the toughest cases you can buy for your precious Droid Incredible. The case comes in four separate parts, two of which snap together to directly encase the phone. This is made of hard plastic and the front-facing one has a thin, clear plastic screen that covers the entire face of the phone. There is a tiny cutout around the optical joystick, which you can see in the picture above. 

Around this hard inner shell goes a thick rubbery layer that also servers to provide both protection and access to the various ports on the phone. Both the micro USB port and the headphone jack on top are given ample space when needed. The case also comes with a holster complete with a clip on the back for latching it onto your belt or nearly anything else. The clip felt very strong and durable during the time I used it. A great feature of the holster is that it is designed in such a way that you can have the screen facing inward for maximum protection of have it exposed for all to see. This is a feature not found on most holsters and is a definite plus for those who make constant use of holsters.

The overall build quality was top notch and what you would expect from someone like OtterBox. The device feels great in the hand if you are used to large cases and the buttons didn't require too much effort to press. The one big issue I had was that the clear screen has a very small opening for the optical joystick and was very uncomfortable to use. Anyone that uses that optical joystick on a regular basis may want to look for something with an open face. That being said, the OtterBox Defender is overall a great case for anyone looking for maximum protection for their DInc. You can buy it right now from the Android Central Store for $47.95

Check out more pictures past the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Inspire 4G

46

HTC Inspire 4G

The HTC Inspire 4G won't be available on AT&T until Feb. 13. But we've got one in our hot little hands, and it's time to put the phone through its paces. For all intents and purposes, this is a Desire HD for us here in the United States. And that's a good thing. Even better: It'll be just a mere $99 on contract.

It's got a 4.3-inch TFT LCD display, a 1GHz processor, the latest version of the HTC Sense user interface, an 8MP camera with dual flashes -- and the auspicious fortune of being AT&T's first "4G" device. We'll deal with the whole data thing later. For now, check out the quick hands-on video after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus 2X

67

LG Optimus 2X

The magic smartphone fairy just dropped off quite the present -- the LG Optimus 2X -- aka the world's first dual-core Android smartphone.

First impressions -- and we're talking very, very initial here -- are quite good. The phone itself is a big black slab. At 4.48 inches tall and just 0.43 inches thick, it's a bit lanky. But it's a really nice feel. Long and lean, with just enough heft.

The 4-inch touchscreen (at 480x800 pixels) is quite gorgeous. The front of the phone is completely smooth, with no buttons, ridges or anything else to mess with the flow. The capacitive buttons are in the menu-home-back-search configuration and are stenciled onto the phone, so there's no hunting for them. The LG logo's front and center, next to the front-facing camera.

The battery cover takes up the entire rear of the device, with LG's logo, the "with Google" moniker and an 8-megapixel camera with flash. Open the battery cover and you have the 1500mAh battery, SIM card slot and mircoSD card slot. You can swap out SD card without removing the battery, but not the SIM card.

The bottom bezel houses the microUSB port and dual speakers. Up top is the power button, HDMI-out port (with a nice little cover) and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

But really, it's what's under the hood that's really piqued our interest. Dual core processor. Say it again. Say it with us. Dual. Core. Processor. Oh, and 1080p playback and recording. Dual. Core. Processor.

We'll have plenty more on the Optimus 2X in the coming days, including a full review. For now, check out the pics after the break. (Update: Now with video!)

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 hands-on

11


YouTube link for mobile viewing

CES 2011 was full of high-end phones, but tucked into the mix was a little gem in the Motorola Cliq 2. The follow-up to T-Mobile's original Cliq, the Cliq 2 sports a redesigned keyboard, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a 5MP camera with flash, all controlled by Android 2.2 Froyo.

The specs don't quite put the Cliq 2 among the best of the best (of we know is coming, anyway). But it's a solid phone on a solid network. Full review's on the way. In the meantime, enjoy the hands-on, and hit up the Cliq 2 Forums for more.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

HTC EVO Shift 4G review

46

The power of HTC and 4G speed of Sprint,
with a killer keyboard thrown in for good measure

HTC EVO Shift 4G

We couldn't have asked for a better way to review Sprint's new EVO Shift 4G than by battle testing it at CES in Las Vegas. Four days of use among more than 100,000 nerds, in press conference after press conference, with smartphone news breaking every minute (or so it seemed).

The Shift, as it's lovingly referred to by Sprint, is Sprint's third 4G-enabled Android smartphone, and the second with a slide-out keyboard. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo but doesn't have all of the whiz-bang specs as some of the other phones we saw announced during CES. And as the second phone in the EVO line (see the original EVO 4G), it has a lot to live up to. So is it worthy of the EVO name? And did it survive the nerd crunch in Las Vegas? Find out, after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

LG Revolution First Look

26

One of the big three new devices Verizon saw fit to directly present at their press conference today was the LG Revolution. The handlers were pretty adamant we not put our grubby hands on their classy phones, but nevertheless watching them go through their paces gave off good impressions. As with the others, there wasn't a working Skype demo, but web pages loaded fast (4G LTE will do that) and rendered fast enough to keep us from feeling the lack of a dual-core processor.

The 4.3 inch screen was good but perhaps a little shy of Samsung's Super AMOLED-level quality. Android 2.2,  a 5mp shooter, HDMI-out, mobile hotspot for 8 devices, and 16gb internal memory round out the topline specs here.

You know the drill, more images and a quick video after the break!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X Hands-on [Video]

0
 
3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Hands-on [Video]

7

 

We hit up NVIDIA's table last night to see what sort of Tegra 2 awesomeness they had in store and lo-and-behold they were showing off the gaming chops of the Acer ICONIA Tab A500. If you didn't hear, the 10" tablet is coming to Verizon's LTE network and will sport Honeycomb, though this unit was rocking a fairly stock Android 2.2. So stock, in fact, that rather than poke around Android by pulling up the default buttons (they're brought on-screen with a swipe rather than existing as real button), we just took in the stellar performance of Dungeon Defenders.

Back to the Acer: hardware feels solid by dint of copious amounts of brushed metal, there's HDMI out, a proper USB port, and microUSB. Get your photos and a the video gaming demo after the break!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Player Hands-on [Video]

15
 
3 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G for AT&T Hands-on [Video]

17
3 years ago

Quick look at the LG Optimus U

LG Optimus U

The LG Optimus U is the latest in the Optimus line to show up, this time making the rounds on US Cellular.  I've make no secret that I'm a big fan of what LG has done here -- they have brought quality Android phones to market, with current (Froyo, build FRF91) software, and all at great pricing.  The specs match the rest of the Optimus line, and while not the top of the line we see in some other phones, they are enough for an enjoyable experience: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7627 CPU, 512 RAM, 170 MB application storage, 3.1 inch capacitive HVGA screen, 3.2 MP camera, and the usual range of radios and sensors that make Android work.

We've looked in-depth at LG's Optimus line before, and things haven't changed.  The Optimus U sticks to the basics, and does what it does well.  With the Optimus U comes a sleek tapered profile, and a dedicated voice search/voice action button.  After using it for a while, I've had a revelation -- all phones need this.  Call quality was just fine, not outstanding, but not terrible, and battery life was excellent for an Android phone.  If you're not looking to play the latest 3D games, and are more interested in a very pocketable, quality built phone, this one is for you.  Often, having everything work properly makes up for the fact that the specs aren't high end, and the Optimus U is proof.

Hit the break for a video overview and some pictures of the hardware itself.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Samsung Nexus S review

41

Google's latest developer phone brings Android 2.3 Gingerbread and new hardware, but is it the right choice for the average consumer?

Nexus S review shot

One of the biggest gripes many of us have about Android is the way manufacturers and carriers change the software.  Whether it's an OEM skin in place of the stock launcher and desktop, or value added extras like Sprint TV or V-cast, or even the removal of core Google services like search and maps -- the first thing many new phone owners want to do it remove the "bloatware."  Enter the "Pure Google" phones.  The name Nexus gets us plenty excited because we know we're in for a pure Google experience, and the Samsung Nexus S is no different.

But is it a good choice for the average Joe?  Join us after the break, and follow along as we have a look at the latest additive-free Android phone.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Review: T-Mobile myTouch 4G

18

T-Mobile's popular myTouch line gets a showcase phone 

The MyTouch 4G

The myTouch 4G is T-Mobile's latest and greatest addition to the venerable myTouch line, which has been around about as long as Android itself has.  This go around, we have T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network to add into the mix, and when combined with some nice specifications, this is one to take notice of. 

Of course, there's more to a phone than speed, both the network kind and the hardware kind, and the myTouch 4G is full of features as well.  Make no mistake, this phone is high-end and designed to appeal to both those looking for an easy to use model as well as folks looking for something that flat-out screams.  Did T-Mobile succeed?  Hit the break to see for yourself.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages