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4 years ago

LG Optimus T on T-Mobile Hands On

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LG Optimus T 

The LG Optimus T is coming to T-Mobile for the holidays to provide featurephone users reason to upgrade. We have something very similar to Sprint's LG Optimus S here, though with T-Mobile you get a slightly different button layout and LG's take on the Android homescreen instead of Sprint's iD. The 3.2" HVGA capacitive screen does its job and things seem responsive enough to keep you from grinding your teeth, no doubt because it's running Android 2.2 under that thin LG skin.

We like the matted finish and color options - black and burgundy, but we wouldn't have minded if they saw fit to include a dedicated camera button for the 3.2-megapixel sensor round back. WiFi calling is definitely onboard but we couldn't get it to work on the demo unit despite hooking it up to a couple of viable WiFi networks - which is more likely a sign that our unit wasn't set up properly than a knock on T-Mo's WiFi calling feature.

More photos after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Flipout and Flipside Hands On [Video]

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You can think of the Motorola Flipout and Motorola Flipside as companion devices for AT&T - both are aimed squarely at upgrading featurephone users into Android-land by wooing them with QWERTY keyboards and MotoBlur.

Of the two, the horizontal-sliding Flipside specs are obviously the more powerful: a 720MHz processor with 512mb of ROM, a 320x480 screen, and a touchpad that's not embarrassed to be gigantic to make moving your cursor around that much easier. We've no gripes about the keyboard or, well about the Flipside in general. It's a capable low-to-mid range MotoBlur device and if that's the thing for you or yours, we don't judge.

The Flipout, meanwhile, tries to win on charm. It's a cute little square with a colored back that comes with two colors in the box (Red and Green to you, Rose and Saffron to AT&T). The screen itself flips up rotationally to reveal a super-tall portrait keyboard with a nigh-useless 5-way dpad in the lower lefthand corner. Naturally, as this size, the Flipout's specs are on the low-end. Of most concern is the 320x240 screen which not only raises concerns with app compatibility but just plain didn't look well-thought-out to us. Android may have 320x240 in their spec, but it needs work to ...work at this size and Moto didn't even put in enough to anti-alias the text on the menus. Finally, this phone's main draw - the keyboard - feels awkward and unfriendly. 

We'll leave the 'flip' puns as an exercise to the reader, instead just telling you, as usual, that you can find more photos and a demo video of both devices after the break!

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4 years ago

Motorola Defy Hands On [Video]

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 Motorola Defy

The Motorola Defy is a semi-ruggedized Android smartphone that is the latest in a long line of Oprah-giveaways. What you've got is a 3.1" touchscreen behind scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass attached to a form factor that's water and dust-resistant - down to the oversized rubber covers for the USB and headphone ports.

We dig the white-on-black looks and the exposed screws around the edges. We don't quite dig that it's sporting Android 2.1 instead of 2.2, but for a phone in this range it's not a deal-breaker. It's got a 5-megapixel camera to snap photos of your Australian adventures and DLNA to display those photos on your television. You'll access it all through the MotoBlur skin, which didn't appear to slow the device down too much, but even so - T-Mobile G2 this ain't.

More photos and a demo video (which, yes, veers a little towards the pitchy) after the break!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Droid Pro [video]; Update: More video, more features

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 Motorola Droid Pro

We high-tailed it over to the Motorola Booth and grabbed ahold of the first untethered Motorola Droid Pro we could find. First things first: the keyboard is above average. There's not a ton of movement on the keys, but they're well-ridged in a style that's more than reminiscent of the BlackBerry Bold. While typing, it's a little top-heavy by dint of that 3.1-inch, portrait HVGA screen, but it's not completely offensive by any means.

Also, and we mean this from the bottom of our hearts, it's lovely to "just start typing" on the Android home screen to initiate a search.

We're looking at the Motoblur-lite you've come to know on the Droid X. Speed-wise, it certainly kept up with our scrolling and zooming in the browser -- a virtue of the 1GHz processor, we're sure. The official word on the Droid Pro is still "Q4," but the man at Motorola suggested that November would be the month to watch.

Grab a huge helping of photos after the break along with a super quick hands-on video, then head on over to the Motorola Droid Pro Forums and let us know what you think!

Update: We wranged a Moto rep to take the Droid Pro through its paces for us, including showing off the profile switching and the Enterprise features - which include remotely wiping the SD card via the standard Exchange device management interface on the IT side. We also grabbed a quick hands-on and a couple photos of the extended battery and, well, it's not much thicker, not much heavier, and we are having a hard time understanding why it's not the default. Catch it all after the break, at the very bottom.

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4 years ago

Motorola Citrus Hands-On [Video]

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 Motorola Citrus

Take a gander at the Motorola Citrus, Verizon and Moto's plan for the aspirational, new-to-smartphones user. It has a small, almost cute form-factor that more than a few people have likened to the Palm Pre without the slide-out keyboard. We think we could do without the big old 'Backtrack' touchpad on the back, but to each his own. We also found it curious that the physical Send and End keys do little more than make and end calls, the End key doesn't even take you to the home screen.

Software-wise, as you'd expect, it's running Motoblur and (sadly) 2.1 and, yes, Bing. Performance is also as you'd expect: slightly better than the current crop of mid-level Blur phones, but not a speedster. That's ok, though, while you wait you can pat yourself on the back for buying a phone made form 25% recycled plastic.

More photos and a demo video after the break!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus S Hands On

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 LG Optimus S

The LG Optimus S is the cheapest of the new Sprint ID phones, clocking in at a price usually reserved for blowout: $49.99 after rebate. For that price you're looking at Android 2.2, 3G mobile hotspot, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a "I-can't-believe-it's-only-fifty-bucks" level of responsiveness on the 320x480 screen - which is to say it's passible but nowhere near Incredible.

The LG Optimus S isn't going to blow the doors off anything, but for a budget Android phone we're not complaining. Grab a few more shots of it after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 rooting, rootkits and other things that may or may not be true

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All over the interwebs this morning there's scuttlebutt about some mysterious rootkit in the T-Mobile G2.  Is the sky falling? Will this be the most locked down phone since the Motorola Droid X (which, by the way, has been "software" cracked)? 

Let's discuss a little bit after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Charm review

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Motorola Charm

The Motorola Charm is the embodiment of the "smart-messaging phone."  It runs Android, but make no mistake -- it's not what you would expect from your typical Android phone.  It has an excellent qwerty keyboard, a small screen well designed for messaging applications (but little else), and a price point that makes sense.  Hit the break to see my impressions of Android's version of the Kin.

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4 years ago

HTC Merge initial review

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We bring you an exclusive hands-on with the elusive global horizontal slider

Slim, sleek and ready to do business -- that's how we'd decribe the HTC Merge. The Merge (aka the Lexikon -- and both of those names are subject to change, by the way) on Verizon looks to be the Android smartphone you worldwide travelers have been waiting for. Take the best HTC has to offer -- hardware, build quality, physical keyboard, user interface -- toss it atop Android 2.2 and slap on a global SIM card. That's the Verizon HTC Merge.

Pique your interest a bit? We go hands-on -- all the way hands-on -- after the break.

More on the Merge: Hands-on video |  Photo Gallery | Benchmarks | More in the forums

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4 years ago

Epic 4G hidden menus and more? [From the forums]

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shutdown

We all know we love Android so much because the development community rocks, and people are always finding new ways to make it even better. Our forums members are always finding great new tricks and fun things to do with their devices, and egg_head has discovered that Samsung devices seem to have quite a string of hidden menus. Now, these menus are apparently found on all Samsung devices, just not in the same location, but they can sure do some nifty things. Ranging from a full device shut down by holding the end key button to various different audio settings these additional menus can allow even more customization then we had even imagined. For more information be sure to jump in the forums and read up on the various menus! [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

MIUI ROM now on the Motorola Droid

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MIUI

Last week we got a peak at the MIUI Rom running on a Nexus One, and now it is available for all you Motorola Droid users! This ROM, still in Chinese, appears to be more stable than its partner that was available on the Nexus One. Jerry did a great walk through of this ROM already, so if you want to check that out be sure to do so, and for all you who like to try any and every available ROM, be sure not to skip this one! For instructions and links, be sure to hit the source. [via XDA]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible ROM -- Uncommon Sense v1.0 [From the Forums]

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Uncommon Sense ROM

Here's what looks to be another great custom ROM for the Droid Incredible -- Uncommon Sense v 1.0.  It comes with a load of UI customizations, and I'll be the first to say they look as good or better than anything from a carrier or manufacturer.  It's more than just visual tweaks though, there is a lot behind the scenes as well as application level tweaks that sound like the makings of a winner -- both improvements to the Standard Dinc system and bits and pieces from other phones.  I know you guys get addicted to flashing ROMs, so do I :)  Try this one out!  You can download it from the forums post, and there's a nice collage of the ROM on device after the break.  [Android Central Fourms]

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 review

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The Xperia X10 is a continuation of every smartphone aficionado's love-hate affair with Sony Ericsson.  It's a combo of exceptional hardware and build quality, with poorly implemented software that is taking far too long to get updated.  By the latest standards, it's no powerhouse, but the specs are still good and were top of the line when we first saw it at CES in January 2010.  But the software.  Oh the software -- especially the fact that it's still running Android 1.6 is so hard to swallow.  Hit the break, and have a look at the impressions, both good and bad, that AT&T's version of the X10 left on me.

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4 years ago

A quick look at the new Sense 'HD' on the Nexus One [video]

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Sense HD

We're all waiting to see what the Desire HD and it's new version of HTC Sense UI brings to the table, but thanks to leaks and ingenious hackers, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect.  Some of the changes are subtle, some not so much, and some are huge.  For you hands-on types, you can check it out for yourself on your Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, HTC Desire, and now the Nexus One.  Be warned, it's not ready for prime-time yet.  Data, camera, and WiFi are pretty well borked on the Nexus, for example.  At least at the time this was written they were ... those hackers are fast!

Follow past the break to see a look at many of the new goodies. [Xda-developers -- Evo -- Desire -- Incredible -- Nexus] Thanks jlevy73 for the Nexus One tip!

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible boots in seconds on custom ROM [video]

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Droid Incredible boot

Don't have time to wait 45 seconds for your Droid Incredible to boot up?  Then you'll love this -- a video of the IncDoes ROM booting up on the Incredible.  Careful you don't blink, you just might miss it.  Here we all thought the Desire HD had exclusivity in the quick booting department.  Show 'em what you're made of, Dinc!  Thanks for the video, Bret!

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