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3 years ago

HTC EVO Shift 4G review

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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.

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3 years ago

LG Revolution First Look

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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!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X Hands-on [Video]

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Hands-on [Video]

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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!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Player Hands-on [Video]

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3 years ago

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

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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.

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3 years ago

Samsung Nexus S review

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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.

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3 years ago

Review: T-Mobile myTouch 4G

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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.

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3 years ago

Nexus S Hands-on Photo Gallery; Update: Video

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Happy Nexus S day, gents and ladies. We high-tailed it over to our local Best Buy Mobile and picked one up to put it through its paces. 

The screen is curved, yes, but not enough to elicit wows from anybody. The overall feel is very Galaxy - which is to say lighter than you might expect but also, sadly, a little cheaper-feeling in the materials than we'd like. The Super Amoled screen is darn pretty and actually performs quite nicely in direct sunlight. Unlike the Nexus One, the capacitive buttons on the bottom are blissfully distant from the main screen and so mis-taps are unlikely to be an issue. What is an issue is that like all Samsung Galaxy phones, those buttons disappear when the screen is off and they're darned-tough to see in sunlight, so better get used to that new button order quickly.

Who are we kidding, the niggles pale in comparison to the speed, which comes partly from that 1GHz hummingbird processor but mostly from Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

In the box you'll find the standard fare: charger, USB cable, and a set of not-horrendous headphones. It's Google-branded, that box, though ours at least had a T-Mobile SIM in there, courtesy of Best Buy.

Obviously expect a full review of the device and a look at its performance, but in the meantime gather round for a quick photo gallery (update: and video!) of this week's "Best Android Phone Ever."

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum review

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A dual-screen 'Ticker' brings a new look to Verizon

Samsung Continuum

We've been talking about the Samsung Continuum for a while now.  We were able to get a hands-on with it before it released, so we've hashed over the hardware, and I don't think there's anything more that can be said about TouchWiz. This is a Galaxy S phone, after all.

But something as potentially innovative as the "Ticker" needed some attention, and we're about to dive head-first into in on Verizon's newest Samsung phone.  Hit the break to see what this Ticker is all about, and what it can do for you, for Android, and for the world.

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3 years ago

Sanyo Zio review

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Sanyo Zio

The Sanyo Zio is a new entry-level Android phone (we're reviewing the Sprint version) and one of the first devices to have the new Sprint ID system for customization.  I'm a huge proponent of replacing feature-phones with Android devices, and was pretty curious about what Sprint ID could bring to Android, so I was happy to have a chance to review the Zio.  Hit the break to see how it measures up.

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3 years ago

Review: The Viewsonic 10-inch gTablet

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Is Tegra 2 on a sub-$500 tablet too good to be true?

Viewsonic gTablet

The gTablet is Viewsonic's entry into the sub-$500 Android tablet market.  While there won't be any shortage of cheap Android tablets, readers, and toasters (we have to beat the PreCentral guys in the race for the first smart toaster!) come this Friday, a few stick out hardware-wise, and the gTablet is one of them.  Just so happens that I got a few days of one-on-one time with a gTablet, so what better way to play with it than to give it a quick review.

Normally, none of us here would dare review a device we haven't put through the paces, but this one's a bit different, because this is much more useful before Black Friday than it would be after.  Hit the break to see the whirlwind review of the gTabet. Special thanks to Chip!

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum hands-on

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Samsing Continuum

We actually had our first hands-on with the Samsung Continuum long, long before it was ever announced, but now that it's official and available, we're going to give it the official treatment. It's the first phone of its kind, and I have to be honest -- the ticker fascinates me.  We'll see if it can live up to the expectations I have for it over the next week or so.  

In the meantime, have another look at the hardware and an overview of the ticker and its settings, video style, after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro review

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It might look (a lot) like an oversized BlackBerry,
but the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon is all Android

Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro brings to fruition a form factor long desired on Android smartphones -- a full front-facing QWERTY keyboard. The easy comparison, of course, with with the BlackBerry, but let it not be forgotten that Motorola had a strong showing with the Q-series of Windows Mobile phones back in the day.

And that brings up a few interesting questions. Is Android -- primarily a touchscreen-optimized OS -- ready for a front-facing keyboard? And how does that affect how you use the touchscreen? Will we even need it? And will the Droid Pro’s slightly smaller touchscreen (at a mid-level resolution) be usable for someone coming from a high-end phone? Is it for stuffy suits? Can it still play games? And what’s all this talk about it being a “world phone.” Good questions, all. We’ll answer them, and more, after the break.

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