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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus versus Nokia Lumia 900

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Take the best Android smartphone and put it next to the best Windows Phone. Know what you get? A couple of big-ass phones. Hit the break for a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus against the Nokia Lumia 900.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 4 hands-on

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The worst-kept secret of the season has got to be the Motorola Droid 4 on Verizon. And here it is in our hot little hands. The Big Deal here is that the keyboard once again has been redesigned. The keys are now laser cut (as opposed to whatever medieval method was used previously), and they're backlit. And they're pretty nice. Maybe a tad slick, but they're also pretty new. The backlight's definitely a nice touch.

The other surprising feature on the Droid 4 is its weight. Or, lack thereof. Whereas the previous members of the Droid line were, more or less, known for their heft, the Droid 4 is surprisingly light. You're not going to mistake it for a RAZR anytime soon, but it's not going to cause you to list to one side while you're walking.

One odd feature: The battery door is removable so you can get to the SIM card. But the battery itself is not removable.

The slider mechanism is decent enough, and Motorola's implementation of Gingerbread is speedy and full of features like MOTOCAST and Smart Actions, and all the business-type software Moto can muster. The suits are going to love it. The IT department is going to love it. And even after brief use, we're pretty sure we're going to be pretty pleased with it.

The only question we have is this: How long until the Droid 5?

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX

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One of our biggest worries in our review of the Motorola Droid RAZR was with the non-removable battery. A 1780 mAh power source that can't be replaced on a power-hungry 4G LTE device is just asking for trouble.

That fear has been addressed with the new Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX. In a nutshell, you've got a slightly thicker Droid RAZR with nearly double the battery life of the orginal RAZR thanks to a 3300 mAh battery. 

Now, normally when you have that kind of capacity, you've also got an unsightly wart or huge humpback that makes you embarrassed to take the phone out of your pocket. But the Droid RAZR MAXX beefs up in style, adding just a milimeter or so of thickness. In fact, if you stare at the two phones long enough, you start to forget which is which.

Otherwise, same old (excellent) RAZR. Hope you early adopters aren't kicking yourselves too much right now.

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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2 years ago

Sony announces the Xperia S -- 1.5GHz dual core, 12MP camera, 720p screen [updated]

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It's been extensively leaked for a few months, but now the Sony Ericsson "Nozomi" has an official name -- the Sony Xperia S. As with the Xperia Ion, the Sony Ericsson name has been dropped in favor of the new Sony Xperia branding. Most of the specs from the Xperia Ion have been carried over to the Xperia S, with the notable exception being LTE support -- the Xperia S is a HSPA-only device.

Other specs are exactly as we've heard from all the pre-release rumors and leaks. There's a 720p zero-air-gap display on a 4.3-inch chassis, powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. The beastly 12-megapixel Exmor R camera from the Ion has made it across too. And like its big brother, the Xperia S ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the promise of an update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other notable features include panoramic photos and PlayStation certification.

The Xperia S will arrive globally in March. Join us after the jump for the full press release, along with promotional videos and photos.

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2 years ago

Sony announces two new smartphones for Japan -- the Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX

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Alongside the Xperia Ion and Xperia S, Sony has announced two new smartphones aimed at the Japanese market. The new Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX are both exclusive to Japan, and appear to be based upon the manufacturer's American and international offerings. The Acro HD is described as a successor to last year's Xperia Acro, while the Xperia NX is said to be an Xperia S variant for Japanese consumers.

So far no images or specifications are available for either devices, but we'll keep you updated as further information emerges.

Source: Sony Ericsson Press Release

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2 years ago

HTC adds Desire HD, and additional versions of Desire and Wildfire to its bootloader unlocking database

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HTC took a few minutes away from their time at CES and updated the bootloader unlocking tool database with a few more devices this evening, namely the Desire HD and additional versions of the Desire and Wildfire.  The list is growing at a nice steady clip, with over 40 listed models and support for other devices not yet listed.  Nice job HTC, keep it coming!

Source: HTCdev; via @HTCdev

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2 years ago

Samsung Media Hub extends on-demand streaming from phones and tablets to TV

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For over a year, Media Hub has offered owners of Samsung smartphones and tablets access to on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies. Today at their CES 2012 press conference, Samsung announced that they would be expanding the service to their selection of smart TVs, so if you buy a show on one device, it would be available on others. NBC Universal is one of the premiere partners in this endeavor, and they'll be showcasing Battlestar Galactica through Media Hub.

It's a sensible move to include TVs in Media Hub, considering the breadth of Samsung's business, and a great way to get people on the hook to buy other Samsung products if they already own one. While I'm sure the selection isn't quite up to snuff with Netflix, if you're just interested in renting titles a la carte rather than signing up for a subscription service, Samsung Media Hub might be for you. 

Samsung had a few more interesting announcements in their press conference that at least indirectly effected smartphones, in addition to the AT&T LTE handsets and the Verizon Galaxy Tab 7.7 announced earlier today. Stick around for all the rest of our CES 2012 coverage! Remember kids, the show hasn't even technically started yet... 

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2 years ago

Video hands-on with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

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Oh the hugeness. The Samsung Galaxy Note is finally destined for AT&T and we took some time to give it a video tour. If you are looking for something big, and by big I mean REALLY big, check this out!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

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The Samsung Galaxy Note is something we have seen before, heck we even reviewed it, but today AT&T announced that they will be releasing the device, and it will run on their 4G LTE network. Naturally we had to check it out, again, and see what it was all about. The device is huge, like really really big, and super thin to the point we wonder where they put the internals. Sporting a 5.3-inch HD SuperAMOLED display with quality that is out of this world. Samsung has of course gone ahead and skinned it with TouchWiz, but that does not seem to affect the performance or slow the device down.

A really cool feature here is the S Pen which is included with the device and is similar to a stylus but not to be mistaken for just a stylus. The pen also has a button on it which basically takes a screen cap of what is on the screen and allows you to then edit it and have some fun. If you like big things, and have big hands, and big pockets, the Samsung Galaxy Note may just be your very own next AT&T device. Hit the break for some more images, and check back later for some hands on video!

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2 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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