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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G review: The Samsung Galaxy S grows a keyboard

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We review the Sprint Epic 4G to find out if it's worthy of its name

Sprint Epic 4G

If you put the word "Epic" in the name of your phone, it darn well better be epic. And with the Sprint Epic 4G Android smartphone, that's mostly the case.

The Epic 4G is the latest Samsung's Galaxy S line to be released in the United States, alongside the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. But the Epic stands out from its cousins in a number of ways. First, there's the addition of a 4G radio, meaning you can take advantage of Sprint's Wimax network for faster data speeds. Then there's the horizontal sliding keyboard, and a camera flash, a front-facing camera, and other bells and whistles. OK, that's a lot of differences.

But the real question is this: Is the Epic 4G epic enough (you're going to have to excuse a few puns here) to unseat the HTC Evo 4G is the phone to beat? We'll find out, after the break.

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4 years ago

AT&T's Xperia X10 hardware hands-on

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SE Xperia X10

Time to revisit an old friend, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.  It's not often that you'll see us review the same phone twice, but this time we're making an exception.  With the huge U.S. subscriber base of AT&T, there's a good chance at least a few of you will be picking this one up, and some recent firmware changes were made to address some of the issues we saw with the X10 the first time around.  And we love playing with new Android phones, I won't lie to you.

The physical hardware hasn't changed since we looked at the X10 before.  Still the same 1GHz Snapdragon, 4-inch LCD screen, 1 GB ROM/512 MB RAM, and a nice 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash.  And it stills feels great in your hand -- build quality and materials are always top notch with SE products.  To top it all off, AT&T has included a great set of earbuds and mic, which you can see in the video after the break.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Z Review

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LG Optimus Z

LG has remained a bit of an enigma in the U.S. smartphone market, never quite able to break through with a high-end device. But that doesn't mean they're not out there. Case in point: The LG Optimus Z.

We've spent a few days with the Korean version of the phone (also known as the Cyon SU950) and have learned a few things about it, about Android, and about ourselves. Let's everybody join hands, after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire review (U.S. Cellular version)

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HTC Desire on U.S. Cellular

It took half a year, but, finally, the HTC Desire has come to America. Announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2010, the Desire -- codenamed the Bravo -- brought an all-new interface -- Sense -- to Android 2.1, all tucked into a phone that essentially is the Nexus One, with a few tweaks.

Come Aug. 27, the HTC Desire will be available on U.S. Cellular, with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Sense UI -- and the new SLCD touchscreen, which replaces the AMOLED screen that's seen shortages of late. Is it worth the wait? Find out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 review

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A worthy successor to the phone that launched 1,000 Androids

Motorola Droid 2

Without question, the the Motorola Droid -- and Verizon's marketing blitz behind it -- is what really put the Android smartphone on the map. It's safe to say millions have been sold, and you've been hard pressed to watch an hour of television without hearing the unmistakeable call of "DROOIIIID" announcing the arrival of yet another commercial.

And now we have the Droid 2. Launched with little fanfare compared to its older brother and its cousins in the Droid line -- the HTC Droid Eris, HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola Droid X -- the Droid 2 keeps with the look and feel of the original while adding some needed improvements.

So join us after the break as we take a closer look at the Droid 2 its place in Verizon's Droid line.

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4 years ago

Users running Froyo on Sprint's Evo 4G are experiencing a calendar bug

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Smartphones are designed to keep people connected and always on top their lives. Everything from accessing email, taking pictures, managing their schedule, browsing the web, and even playing with silly flatuence apps. Oh -- and don't forget making phone calls too. Though recently a new bug has appeared that's been hindering that experience for those who own the Evo 4G from Sprint running Froyo.

A poster on Google's bug submission page, has brought the attention to an issue with the calendar application. Those experiencing the bug have noticed that if you go back into the appointment and edit the time, the "description" field is overwritten by the "where" field. Resulting in the description being deleted fully. Hopefully Google and HTC are on top of this bug and will offer a temporary fix until a proper update will be released. Click on after the jump to see bug in action.

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4 years ago

EVO's Froyo update to bring a Flashlight app and other new goodies

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Patience is a virtue. Remember that! With all the Froyo news around the web, it's a little hard to be patient though. But hey - we can't blame you. We can't wait to get our grubby paws on the Evo 4G's new Android 2.2 update. But until Aug. 3, we all need to sit tight.

In the meantime, Engadget scored some screenshots of a few little apps and features that the EVO will be getting next Tuesday. For all of you folks out there who struggle finding the right key in the dark, HTC now has you covered. It looks like the update will bring a new Flashlight app to owners of the phone. Finding that key was never easier. 

In addition, it looks like HTC will allow you sync all of your Facebook events and birthdays to your calendar. Finally, if that wasn't enough, app sharing will also be made available. That is, only if the developer has not made the app copy protected. Remember what your mother said when you were young, "Remember to share Johnny." To view the rest of the screenshots, hit the source link. [Engadget]
 

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4 years ago

Is HTC commencing its Froyo rollout?

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HTC’s European representative, Mark Moons, let it slip through a tweet that there’s a chance Froyo will begin rollout to their many devices starting with HTC Desires in the Netherlands as soon as tomorrow. A Dutch tech news site, tweakers.net comments that, “the update will start Thursday, but due to a limit on bandwidth it will be a gradual rollout” again, that’s if they have all the kinks worked out and are ready to roll out this highly anticipated update. Nonetheless we can all be sure that all  Desire owners in the Netherlands will be checking for updates nonstop tomorrow. [via engadget and tweakers.net]

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4 years ago

Samsung Vibrant review

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T-Mobile's top-of-the-line Android smartphone

 T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant

T-Mobile scored the very first Android smartphone with the G1. And now with the introduction of the Samsung Vibrant, it has one of the fastest and most powerful as well.

The Vibrant, as you know, is part of the Galaxy S line of Samsung Android smartphones, along with the Sprint Epic 4G, AT&T Captivate and Verizon Fascinate. Each remains the prototypical black slab, albeit with its own personality and customizations. And like its cousins, the Vibrant also sports one of the fastest mobile processors available, one of the best screens and some great software tweaks.

Need more prompting? After the break, we dive into the T-Mobile Vibrant and see what all the hubub's about.

(For more from the Galaxy S class, read our AT&T Captivate review)

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate review

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AT&T gets serious with Samsung's Galaxy S

Samsung Captivate on AT&T

Finally (finally!), AT&T has a competitive Android smartphone with the launch of the Samsung Captivate. It's as simple as that. Moreover, it's arguably the first smartphone AT&T has carried that could pose a real threat to the iPhone, laying waste to a conspiracy theory that the carrier would forever shun Android in favor of its Apple cash cow.

The Captivate, of course, is AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy S, a phone first announced at the CTIA trade show in March 2010 (watch the presentation here). Its shining features: A 1GHz "Hummingbird" processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, and an all-new Touchwiz 3.0 user interface. The other U.S. carriers (as well as others worldwide) also have Galaxy S-class phones coming out, including the T-Moble Vibrant, Samsung Fascinate and Sprint Epic 4G.

Where does the Captivate stand out (and stand apart from its cousins)? And is it really poised to knock the iPhone from its perch as the only smartphone on AT&T really worth considering? Answers to all that (and more!) after the break.

(For more from the Galaxy S class, read our T-Mobile Vibrant review)

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4 years ago

MyTouch 3G Slide review

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T-Mobile's Android slider packs a punch

HTC MyTouch 3G Slide

The HTC MyTouch 3G Slide from T-Mobile USA is the Android smartphone that has seemed to fly under the radar.  Released at a time when Snapdragon processors and AMOLED screens are all the rage, the mid-range specs on the Slide disguise the performance and feel of this qwerty slider.  Packing its own flavor of the touted HTC Sense UI and running Android 2.1, the Slide was a phone I was itching to get my hands on and put it through the paces.  Hit the jump to see my impressions of this solid, but forgotten phone.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X review

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Verizon's latest Android smartphone is one big, bad (as in good) Droid

Motorola Droid X Review 

Droid X does it bigger. Take everything you've come to know and love about Verizon's Droid line of Android smartphones -- starting with the original Motorola Droid then taking a step forward (or sideways, some might say) with the HTC Droid Eris and Droid Incredible -- and crank it up to 11. The screen size. The processing power. The camera. The screen size. It's big, it's powerful, and it's threatening to vault the Droid line to a whole new level of popularity, which is saying something.

So let's dive into the Droid X, available July 15 for $199 on contract. After the break, the biggest phone to hit Verizon -- literally -- since the Droid line was born last year.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X system dump available; hackers already hard at it

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moto Droid X

What happens when a pre-released phone gets into the hands of someone who knows their way around the Android system is a beautiful thing.  Late last night we got a system dump from the brand spanking new Droid X out in the Android Central forums, and things are already springing up.

  • Android Central member mothy can hook you up with all the new static wallpapers HERE
  • The all new drrrroooooiiiidddd sounds can be found HERE
  • The Eclair Tips Widget (tested only on the HTC Evo) can be found HERE
  • You can find the multitouch keyboard HERE at droid-life
  • Kellen reported in that they now have the boot animation ported over to the Droid Incredible, check it out HERE at droid-life
  • And last, but not least, you can get the whole system dump and play until your heart's content right HERE

With over 500 downloads so far of the system dump, we expect big things out of the hacking community, and we can experience a little bit of the Droid X while waiting for it to hit the shelves.  Thanks heartagram616 for the keyboard tip!

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4 years ago

Cliq and Backflip owners, Motorola has not forgotten you

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Motorola

Good news for Cliq, Cliq XT and Backflip users -- Motorola has set up mailing lists for you to stay abreast of the news about your Eclair (Android 2.1) update.  Again, Moto is using the phrase 'when the 2.1 arrives' and not if.  You'll need to be a member of the official Motorola forums (see source link for details), and you can sign up here:

Cliq update news ; Cliq XT update news ; Backflip update news

No dates are given (of course) and I'll stress again that we have no idea when you'll get your update.  Head over and get signed up! [Motorola Owners' Forum] Thanks Jahntassa!

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC Aria Review

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A tiny Android smartphone with surprising power

HTC Aria on AT&T

The HTC Aria. The tiny phone with big potential is the second Android device on AT&T, and arguably the first worth really considering on the U.S. carrier. (Sorry, Moto Backflip.) It has the slick HTC Sense on top of Android 2.1. And while this guy is small, it is mighty.

You've watched our hands-on and unboxing. You've seen our benchmark results. Now it's time to review the Aria. After the break, people. After the break.

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