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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Review

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It's hard to talk about the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus without talking about the relative mess that was its road to launch. The Galaxy Nexus was announced (after a brief delay) in Hong Kong on Oct. 18. At the time, no carriers were announced. Verizon finally made it official on Oct. 21, saying the first phone with Android 4.0 "will be available later this year." And that's all we got, until Dec. 15, when it finally and unceremoniously went on sale.

Never mind that we told way back on July 25 that Verizon would get it. But we digress.

And you know what? Now that the phone's out, none of this matters. Old news.

And never mind that for all intents and purposes, we've already thoroughly reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, thanks to Alex Dobie's stellar look at the unlocked GSM version that's been available in Europe for some time and for importing to the States. While the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is new to those of us in the United States, and new in the sense that it's a 4G device with a bit of hand-holding from Verizon in the software department, we're hardly looking at an all new phone from the GSM model.

So here's where we stand: Read on for our complete Verizon Galaxy Nexus review. I haven't yet really weighed in on my thoughts about the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. So I'm going to forgo some of the usual spec talk (again, read Alex's GSM Galaxy Nexus review if you haven't already) and concentrate more on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus differences, and my thoughts on Android 4.0 and how it all fits together.

And with that, we present our Verizon Galaxy Nexus review.


It's a Nexus, so it's got the full weight and attention of Google behind it. I'll get upgrades before other devices. The screen is gorgeous, as is Ice Cream Sandwich.


The camera is woefully disappointing. The speakerphone is all but unusable on phone calls. There are some Ice Cream Sandwich UI hiccups.



If you have to have the latest and greatest version of Android, this is the phone to get. If you have to have a phone that's easily hackable, this is the phone to get. If you want the best overall hardware? Might want to look elsewhere.

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2 years ago

Motorola warns of 'modest profitability' in Q4 due to competition, lawsuits

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Motorola Mobility just sent out some updated guidance on its fourth-quarter 2010 earnings, and it's not sounding great. The company's estimating $3.4 billion in sales with "modest profitability." Some 10.5 million mobile devices were sold, with 5.3 million of them being smartphones. That's still more smartphones than the 4.8 million in shipped in the third quarter.

The ominous part of Moto's update? That the Q4 results were "impacted by the increased competitive environment in the Mobile Device business and higher legal costs associated with ongoing Intellectual Property (IP) litigations." In other words, lawsuits and competition, folks. Lawsuits and competition.

Motorola also gave a non-update on its being acquired by Google, saying that "the Company continues to work closely with Google to complete the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility as expeditiously as possible," and that they're still expecting to close in early 2012.

Motorola will announce its Q3 earnings on Jan. 26, 2012.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

HTC expands bootloader unlocking to the Wildfire, Wildfire S, Salsa, Merge and original Desire

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HTC has slowly been rolling out their bootloader unlock tool, we have seen a few devices receive the ability to use it, and now they have updated for support of more devices. HTC tweeted that the HTC Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Status, HTC Merge, HTC Salsa and the original HTC Desire. If you own one of these devices and want to take advantage of this, head over to the source link to get it done!

Source: HTCdev; via @HTCdev

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2 years ago

Viewsonic heading to CES looking to enter the U.S. smartphone market

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Count Viewsonic in for CES, this year bringing what they aim to be their first smartphone to enter the U.S. market, the Viewphone 3. 

According to product manager Mike Holstein, Viewsonic is doing well enough in their tablet ventures to warrant a move into smartphone sales in the states. They're not going bleeding edge here though, instead aiming squarely at the 'value market.' 

Specs on the Viewphone 3 read as a 3.5 inch display, 5MP camera, 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. It arrives running Gingerbread, and has no 4G capabilities. 

The unsubsidized price reaffirms the value aspect of the phone, coming in at just $250 for use on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Despite releasing in the US, it is the emerging markets where Viewsonic aims to make it with the Viewphone 3. It comes with a particularly popular feature in some of said markets, dual sim support.  

Holstein has also come out and said that Viewsonic will be continuing in phones, with some higher end devices being announced towards the middle of the year. More importantly those will be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich

Source: Forbes

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2 years ago

First look at the white Sprint Epic 4G Touch in the wild

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It's a little grainy, and it's wrapped in plastic, but here's your first look at the white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch. Remember that it's the same as the original version we reviewed months ago, and it'll be available for $199 on Sunday.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

HTC Vivid review

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The HTC Vivid is HTC's latest phone, built for AT&T's fledgling LTE network.  There's a lot here that makes us feel right at home -- the Vivid is a combination of the best HTC had to offer for 2011 with HSPA+ and LTE radios thrown in for good measure.  This makes it pretty easy for everyone involved, because there's not a lot to surprise any of us.  It's a solid smartphone, with HTC's popular Sense software, and worth a close look.  Let's do so, after the break.


The Vivid is a well-built device with a snappy dual-core processor.  AT&T's hybrid 4G network works well, and the Vivid has the horsepower to do something with those network speeds. 


HTC Sense means the phone will take longer to get any software updates.  The angular design makes it a bit uncomfortable to use one-handed. 



It's not the phone for everyone, but the HTC Vivid is a solid offering with the speed to make many users very happy.  AT&T's use of LTE and HSPA is an excellent way to manage the handoff from high-speeds to not so high speeds, and HTC Sense offers more than the standard build of Android would.
 

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2 years ago

PRADA phone by LG 3.0 coming to the UK in early February, yours for £429.99

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It's already available in parts of Asia, and now we have details of when the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 will be launching in the UK, and for how much. On its official blog, online retailer Clove says it'll begin shipping the device from the week commencing Feb. 6 (that's going to be a busy week), and if you want one, the SIM-free price is a surprisingly reasonable £429.99.

As we said said in our hands-on feature, the PRADA 3.0 is a well-designed handset with decent specs, however it's tied to a quirky monochrome UI that we think may be something of a polarizing feature. To find out more about the phone, check out our write-up, or take a look at our hands-on video after the break.

Source: Clove Blog

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson LT26i 'Nozomi' gets leaked again ahead of inevitable CES unveiling

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Ready for yet another Sony Ericsson "Nozomi" leak? Following on from the slew of images that worked their way onto the web in November and December, some new photos of the upcoming SE device have appeared on ITProPortal today, seemingly confirming much of what we already knew from earlier leaks.

To recap, inside the LT26i (or Nozomi, if you prefer codenames), you've apparently got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, the same sort that powers the HTC Sensation XE, along with 1GB of RAM. Software-wise, there's Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, skinned with a new version of SE's Xperia UI. On the outside, there's said to be a 720p Bravia Engine display, tucked inside a chassis of similar size to the Arc S, albeit a little chunkier around the back. The rear camera is said to be an impressive 12MP Sony Exmor R sensor, a step up from the 8MP camera of the Arc and Arc S. Interestingly, ITProPortal refers to the device as the Xperia HD, rather than the Xperia Arc HD, which we've heard from other sources.

For its part, Sony Ericsson has been dropping some pretty serious hints that it'll be showing off its new hotness at CES 2012 next week. So, only a few more days and we should be able to get our hands on this and other CES-bound devices on the show floor in Las Vegas. Maybe then we'll find out what's going on with that weird transparent cut-out section along the bottom of the phone.

Source: ITProPortal

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2 years ago

US Cellular LTE rollout begins soon - with a tablet in March and a phone in April

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US Cellular is getting serious about their LTE rollout, and today they let a little more information trickle out on their official Twitter account:

4G LTE is almost here! A tablet will be available by the end of March, and our first Smartphone will be ready in April.

We've no clue exactly what the phone or tablet will be, but we're betting both are Android-powered.  US Cellular's 4G LTE network will launch in cities in Wisconsin, Maine, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas in early 2012, and the rollout will continue throughout the year.  4G for everybody may soon be a reality.  For more information, hit the link below. 

More: US Cellular; via @USCellular

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2 years ago

(Former?) AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note accessories maker: Nothing to see here!

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The accessories manufacturer that prematurely confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note is coming to AT&T has since retracted said leak. According to a new release from Anymode, the previous statement that it was "recently named [an] OEM vendor for many of [Samsung's] Galaxy Note accessories" was released in error and "the information was not provided by Anymode, AT&T or Samsung, nor did Anymode, AT&T or Samsung approve it."

Here's the full statement:

RETRACTION OF EARLIER CES ANNOUNCEMENT

JANUARY 6, 2012 --The January 5, 2012 CES Media Alert titled "Anymode Introduces First Accessories for Samsung Galaxy Note" contained inaccurate information pertaining to AT&T and the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The information was not provided by Anymode, AT&T or Samsung , nor did Anymode, AT&T or Samsung approve it.

The issuing party apologizes for the publishing of the inaccurate information and any inconvenience it may have caused. 

Interesting, indeed. Is there a rogue PR rep running the streets, spilling beans by day and fighting crime by night? Has anybody checked Wikileaks latety?

And does this retraction mean we won't see an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note? Oh, we're pretty sure it's out there. Does that mean we won't be seeing any Anymode accessories? Confidence is high. Repeat: Confidence is high.

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