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4 years ago

Motorola RAZR i review

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The Intel-Motorola partnership has been a long time coming. The two officially hooked up at CES 2012, where they committed to a “multi-year, multi-device agreement” to bring Intel-powered Moto phones to market. Ten months and a few leaks later, the first such device, the Motorola RAZR i, reaches European store shelves. It may not have been the bleeding-edge, multi-core, 4G behemoth that some -- including us -- were hoping for, but the RAZR i is nevertheless an important device for both companies. For Moto, it’s a chance to tackle the less hotly-contested mid-range phone market, and differentiate itself through its unique Intel internals. And it’s Intel’s first major Android smartphone from a top-tier manufacturer -- an important milestone for the chip giant in its ongoing war against the ever-present ARM.

But all this talk of important firsts and key partnerships means nothing if the device itself isn’t up to snuff. So just how does the Motorola RAZR i shape up in the crowded and fiercely competitive smartphone marketplace of late 2012? Read on to find out.


The RAZR i is a speedy, well-featured handset from Motorola, and it does a great job of showcasing the power of Intel on Android. Camera performance is impressive for a mid-range handset.


Ho-hum industrial design, last-generation screen tech. Compatibility issues in a handful of applications. Launches with ICS as others are preparing to jump to Jelly Bean.


There’s nothing terribly wrong with the RAZR i, and on the whole, we like the direction Moto and Intel are moving in. They’ve delivered a fast performer with a couple of outstanding features, and they deserve credit for that. But does the RAZR i have what it takes to survive the firestorm of competing smartphones coming this October? We’re just not sure.
 

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4 years ago

Motorola pokes fun at iOS 6 Maps, wants to prevent people becoming #iLost

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By now, the vast majority of Android users -- no, make that people in the world -- have heard about Apple's new replacement for Google Maps in iOS 6. Proudly announced during their iOS 6 keynote, replacing Google Maps was another step away from using Google services for the Cupertino giant. Since the launch, much has been said about the maps, and their apparent lack of some key information within the maps themselves. 

We'll admit it. It makes us chuckle. As we sit here using our native Google Maps, more and more we see comments arising from iPhone owners, both new and old, slating iOS6 Maps. And now, Google owned Motorola is joining in on the fun. 

Looking for 315 E 15th in Manhattan? Google Maps on DROID RAZR M will get you there & not #iLost in Brooklyn.

Seen on the Motorola Mobility Google+ page, and on their Twitter page, the message is clear. While an obvious advertisement for their latest handset -- and perhaps the RAZR M's edge to edge screen, compared to the 'stretched' iPhone 5 -- rather than Google Maps itself, we wonder how long before the #iLost tag will catch on. Probably until Google releases a third-party Google Maps application into the iOS App Store, but until then, we can but chuckle away.

Source: Motorola (Google+) (Twitter)

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4 years ago

Developer version of the Verizon Galaxy S3 already on backorder

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The unlockable developer version of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3, which just went on sale yesterday, already is on backorder. That means it either was popular as hell, or there weren't all that many available in the first place.

Both the 16- and 32-gigabyte versions are no longer available. There's no telling for how long, but the good news is if you just can't wait, the retail version can be hacked open pretty easily.

More: Verizon Galaxy S3 forums

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4 years ago

Motorola posts RAZR i event replay video

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In case you missed it live, Motorola has uploaded the full presentation from London of the RAZR I unveiling. 2GHz of x86 CPU wrapped in the same great package we saw from the Droid RAZR M make this one of the phones we're keeping our eyes on.

Have a watch, then be sure to check out our hands-on with the edge-to-edge RAZR I.

Source: Motorola on Youtube

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4 years ago

HTC Trade Up: Trade in your iPhone, buy a One X & get a $99 urBeats headset

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If you're a current iPhone user who has no interest in the latest from Cupertino, HTC wants your business. If you trade in your working, non-cracked iPhone and purchase their One X, they'll throw in a $99 urBeats headset.

If you remember our article on the Trade Up program from a few days ago, the going rate from HTC for a 16GB iPhone 4S is $215. However a quick eBay search will reveal that the same phone is going for roughly double. But if you don't trust eBay, need a new headset, and/or are OK with getting less money for your phone, then this deal might be for you.

The deal ends on October 21st, so you've got some time to make up your mind.

source: HTC

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S 3 developer edition now available

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Look who showed up late for the party! It's the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 3 (Galaxy S III) "developer edition", and it's available for sale to the last few people who still care. It's in Pebble Blue, and the 16GB version will set you back $600, while the 32GB version is $650. The rest of the details -- specs like a Qualcomm S4 Krait and 2GB of RAM under a 4.8 Super AMOLED screen -- are identical to the retail version, but the bootloader on the dev model is easily unlocked.

Hey, that's just like the retail version, too.

OK, I'll stop sounding so bitter. Verizon releasing an unlockable developer edition of this one is a really good thing. They just took way too long, and with the retail model getting cracked nobody really cares anymore. I really wanted to get behind this idea and support Verizon (who has been less-than-hacker-friendly on occasion), and hope the next time they get 'er done in a more timely manner.

If you're interested, hit the source link below and get out your credit card.

Source: Samsung; via Android Task Force, Phandroid

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4 years ago

Manually update your Verizon Galaxy Nexus to the official Jelly Bean build

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You've been waiting since July for some Jelly Bean on your Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and you just can't wait any longer. It's pushing out as we speak, but who knows when it will make it to your device. There's no way in hell you're going to sit one more day and read about everyone enjoying Jelly Bean while you mash the button to check for updates. We got ya.

The good news is you don't have to wait. The easy to unlock bootloader on the Nexus means it's relatively easy to flash the update yourself, and you too can join in the Jelly-fest. (I'm trade marking Jelly-fest, BTW). You'll need to be running a stock build, and have all the right tools, but thankfully the fellows in the Verizon Nexus forums have you covered.

They'll have you up and running in no time with clear and simple directions, and they're there to answer any and all questions should something go haywire. Click the link, grab your cable, and don't forgot to thank the dedicated folks who took the time to put this one together.

How To: Official Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon GNex

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE hands on

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Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the quieter Android launches, like the low-key release of the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE earlier this week by Sprint. It’s a 4-inch budget-friendly device that Sprint is touting as one of their most affordable LTE-capable options, and it's in stores now. For $100 on contract, you can’t really go wrong with that the Victory has to offer; It’s got a 800 x 480 display, a Snapdragon S4 MSM89610 Lite processor, 4  GB of internal storage, and ships with Android 4.0.4 onboard. It’s also got a decent 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front shooter, and Samsung’s signature TouchWiz interface. We took a brief look at it last night here in New York—hit the break for our knee-jerk reactions.

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4 years ago

Rumored Verizon roadmap features LG Spectrum 2, HTC Droid Incredible X, and others

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A fresh batch of upcoming release windows for Android devices on Verizon has been leaked, giving us a rough idea of what to expect all the way to the new year. The supposed source document identifies the HTC Droid Incredible X as the ADR6435LVW, and is due to launch in November with LTE connectivity. The LG Spectrum 2 should be available in early October. The Samsung Stratosphere 2 is expected by the end of the month, while something called the Pantech Perception, a follow-up to the Breakout, didn't get a solid release date or specs. There are also two ZTE tablets on the roadmap, though the 10-inch one may have been canceled. Finally, the Motorola Droid RAZR HD should be landing in the middle of Q4, with the Droid RAZR MAXX HD dropping sometime in the middle of November. 

As with any rumor provided without any kind of documentation to back it up, take this information with a grain of salt. That said, how likely do you guys think it is that this roadmap will pan out?

Source: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

What do you take to an Apple party? Why, a Samsung Galaxy S 3 of course!

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This one definitely brought a smile to our faces. Of course, today is iPhone 5 day. And, like all good siblings, we've been helping out our sister site, iMore, cover the day's craziness. The crowds at the UK's flagship Apple store, Regent Street in London, were plentiful -- to the number of 2000 we heard from one member of staff. Yes, 2000. 

Naturally, scouring the crowds produced a sea of Apple devices. So, imagine our delight to see this proudly lofted high above the iPhone toting masses. Literally, as the doors were opened, a member of the gathered press lofted this Samsung Galaxy S 3 high above the crowds to film the action. And, we can't be sure, but at the same moment it was as if a black cloud gathered above the Apple store. OK, we kid. While we may have been rocking Android devices ourselves, given the storied history between Apple and Samsung, this one just made us smile. And, we thought it might have the same effect on you guys, so it's got to be worth sharing. 

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4 years ago

Pink Samsung Galaxy S3 sighted in Korea

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Samsung's proved in the past that it's not afraid of putting out phones in bright, bold colors -- recall the infamous "berry pink" Galaxy Note that emerged earlier in the year. Now it seems a pink Galaxy S3 may follow in the footsteps of that device, as that's exactly what's been tipped by GSMArena this morning.

The site reports via its tipster that the pink version will arrive on Korean shelves from next week, and branding has been leaked for all three of the major Korean mobile networks. The baby pink Galaxy S3 will join the brown, red, black and grey versions announced last month, as well as the original marble white and pebble blue.

There's no word on whether Samsung will seek to launch its pink S3 outside of its home territory, but given the endless variety found within the company's mobile line-up, we wouldn't be surprised if this model found its way to Europe before long. 

Source: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 2 rumored for European release in next two weeks

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When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 2 back at IFA, an early October launch was hinted at by the company's booth staff, and today the latest round of rumors suggests it could arrive in some parts of Europe even sooner. SamMobile, which has a fairly good track record when it comes to obtaining insider info from the Korean manufacturer, reports that Germany and Italy will get the Note 2 on Sept. 27 and 28 respectively, while most European countries will have to wait until Oct. 1 or 2.

The purported list of release dates is as follows --

  • France - October 1-2
  • Germany - September 27
  • Italy - September 28
  • Netherlands - October 1-2
  • United Kingdom - October 1-2

So, some possible good news for Germans and Italians, and if the rest of the dates are accurate, most of Western Europe will have its hands on the 5.5-inch device within a couple of weeks. As always, remember to take unconfirmed dates like this with a pinch of salt, but we're certainly crossing our fingers for an earier than expected Note 2 release.

Source SamMobile

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4 years ago

Samsung Flip Covers to come bundled in time for holiday season

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Samsung was on hand at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular tonight in New York with an emphasis on myriad of accessories for its flagship models, the Galaxy S 3 and the Galaxy Note 2. In time for the holidays, Samsung says it will begin offering its singature Flip Cases in a variety of colors for the two devices, including Light and Cobalt Blues, Pink, Mint, Lime Greene, Orange and Yellow, in addition to the standard Titanium Gray and Marble White. Samsung will also begin offering bundled packages of the cases for those who want to swap out and accessorize at will. The bundles will include four cases and will cost $100, a bargain considering one case currently sells for $39.99. Samsung said that the bundles will hit the market sometime this Fall.

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4 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 makes its first stateside public appearance

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Another sign that the US release of the Galaxy Note 2 is now on the radar: the phablet itself, in the flesh for the first time on American soil here tonight in New York. We stopped by Pepcom where Sprint was onhand with its holiday lineup, including its just-announced iteration of the Note 2, which the carrier says will be on shelves no later than "this Fall." It's nothing you haven't seen in our in-depth hands-on of the international version; in fact, Sprint's demo model was identical, lacking any carrier branding whatsover. Regardless, we'll take it as the obligatory first sign that the Galaxy Note 2 is nearly ready to make its American debut. Hit the break for some hands on shots.

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4 years ago

HTC One X/XL Jelly Bean updates tipped for October release

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HTC has made no secret of its plans to launch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for its leading HTC One phones, but so far it's offered nothing in the way of release dates. It looks like the manufacturer's getting closer to having its updates finalized, though, as veteran mobile site MoDaCo is reporting that the updates are due to being rolling out in October.

According to MoDaCo founder Paul O'Brien, the upcoming EE UK HTC One XL will ship with Jelly Bean, as will the rumored One X+ -- a refreshed version of the Tegra 3 version said to sport higher clock speeds. Around the same time, existing One X and One XL devices will get bumped up to Android 4.1, MoDaCo claims.

The site has no info on when the One S will get Jelly Bean, but given that it's already confirmed for an update, we're hopeful it won't be too far behind. As ever, take this with a pinch of salt until we've got updates rolling out to devices. Nevertheless, we'll be crossing our fingers come October.

Source: MoDaCo

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