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2 years ago

HTC Rhyme review

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The HTC Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone from Verizon, that is or isn't aimed at the female smartphone market, depending on whom you ask.  It's purple, on the smaller side, and comes with a unique accessory that's perfect for life inside a purse or other handbag.  That doesn't mean it's not a solid Android device, so we can't just write it off as a sub-par phone designed and built with fashion in mind instead of function.  When Verizon sent it to us, I handed it off to my wife (a smartphone nerdette in her own right) for a week of her busy life, then I went at it with the mind of a real Android geek.  See what we thought about it after the break.


It's a "fashion-forward" device that will appeal to those tired of the black slab.  The single-core CPU handles things well and the HTC Sense user experience is smooth.  The included accessories are a great touch.  The build quality and materials are superb.


Battery life is a bit poor, especially when using the included HTC Sense features.  The battery is not removable, and charging on the go is difficult because of the microUSB port design.  The hardware is a bit dated, and not very future-proof.



The Rhyme is a great phone, had it been released in Q3 2010.  Today's users, who are looking for features like 4G and dual-core innards are going to be left wanting.  HTC has done a nice job keeping the Rhyme smooth with it's slightly dated hardware, but as things progress this one won't be very future proof.  I do have to give respect to the build and design, which is as good or better than the Nexus One, and we haven't seen that since.

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich source code now being pushed to git servers

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It's a great day to be an Android geek -- the Ice Cream Sandwich source code is now being pushed to Google's git servers!  This is the full release of Android 4.0.1, which is the version that will ship on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  Most readers won't need to do anything here except wait for their favorite developer to get things rolling (hi, Beezy!), but those who are technically inclined and feel like cooking up a bit of their own ICS can find new build instructions here at Android's source project pages.

Two things worth noting here -- the code is huge, and it's going to take a couple hours to transfer over.  If you try to sync now, you'll get something that is never going to build.  As Jean-Baptiste Queru points out, it's best to wait for word from Google that it's finished pushing out.  Also, as-is the code will only build for the Galaxy Nexus, and it's going to take some tinkering to get it to build for other phones.  Builds for other products will be coming from Google shortly.  We're excited, and as soon as the code is done pushing, we'll be at work to get a version built for the Nexus S.

Source: Android Building Google group

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2 years ago

Rogers taking reservations for the Galaxy Nexus starting Nov. 15

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Not wanting to be left out of all the fun, Rogers has now announced they will also be releasing the Galaxy Nexus in Canada. Their release time frame simply states January for now but as of tomorrow the Rogers reservation system will be loaded up with the device so that anyone wishing to be among the first to get their hands on one can do so with ease. When the system goes live we'll be sure to let you all know -- hopefully, it may offer some indication of price as well.

Source: @RogersBuzz

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2 years ago

AT&T gets LTE Galaxy Tab 8.9, sweetens the deal with a free smartphone

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Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (read our full review) will be available on AT&T as an LTE-capable device starting Nov. 20. It's got a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1280x800 display and 3.2 (rear) and 2MP cameras.

It'll cost $479.99 with a two-year contract, but AT&T's sweetening the deal by throwing in either the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, or an original AT&T Galaxy S II (read our full review). Not a bad deal, really, if you're looking for a smartphone/tablet combo.

In addition, AT&T announced further expansion of its LTE network, which will cover the following locations:

  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Las Vegas
  • Oklahoma City
  • San Antonio
  • San Juan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington, D.C.  

AT&T's got a few options for LTE data plans on its tablets, with 250MB for $14.99, 2GB for $25, or 3GB for $35. Smartphone plans start as low as $15 a month for 200MB of data, or $25 a month for 2GB, with an additional 1GB costing $10.

Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T bringing the Pantech Pocket, Samsung Doubletime and Captivate Glide on Nov. 20

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AT&T in October dropped a whole mess of devices on us with nary a release date. That changes today, however, as AT&T announced on Twitter that the Pantech Pocket and Samsung Doubletime and Captivate Glide will be available starting Nov. 20.

The Pantech Pocket, as you'll remember from our hands-on, is an interesting mid-level device with a 4-inch display with an unconventional 600x800 resolution.

The Samsung Doubletime sports a flip-open dual display with full QWERTY keyboard, and the Captivate Glide follows on the original Captivate with a slide-out keyboard.

Source: @ATT

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2 years ago

Bell's teaser has Canadians clamoring for Galaxy Nexus

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Really nothing more than a sign-up page here, but that Bell is pimping the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has more than a few Canadians excited, if our inbox is any indication. We've got absolutely no word of when we should expect said device, but we've got a sneaking suspicion it'll be sooner rather than later.

Source: Bell; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Three UK gives Galaxy Nexus pricing and release details

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So in the UK, we know that the Galaxy Nexus is definitely coming this week, but so far exact details on pricing in particular have been somewhat scarce. Three UK, one of the first to announce they would be carrying the device, have today finally lifted the lid on how much of your hard earned cash you'll need to part with to get one. The good news is, not too much.

The Nexus can be yours for free on a new, two year, £34 per month contract. The even better news is that for a further £3 per month, Three will provide you will all you can eat data. Earliest delivery dates are currently showing up as this Friday 18 November. Hit the source link to head over to the pre-order page. 

Source: Three UK
More: Hands on with the Galaxy Nexus 

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2 years ago

Samsung Conquer 4G review

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Samsung's got a lot going for them these days. They're shipping mad numbers of devices, making phones for different price points and consumers, and shoot, they even got build the coveted Galaxy Nexus.

The phone in question right now is the Conquer 4G, a not-quite-midrange, not-quite-high-end phone that's out on Sprint. I find it (personally) a little hard to classify because some of the hardware screams budget phone and some of it doesn't.

So where does it stand in the heiarchy of smartphones? Is it far outside the über-friends club of "superphones," relegated to eating lunch in the bathroom? Or is it second string on the JV basketball team, still fairly strong, but lacking in a few departments? We aim to cover all that (and more), so join us after the break for the full Conquer 4G review.


It's small, relatively thin, and incredibly light. It's got 4G (for when you're in a service area), and it's also running a near-vanilla version of Android.


The screen isn't as sharp as some of the higher-end displays. It's also carrying a single-core 1GHz processor, so the bleeding edge won't be impressed. Cameras leave a bit to be desired.



Yet another phone built to appeal to the smartphone shopper on a budget, the Conquer 4G does most of what it's tasked to do well. It's not priced competitively, though, as there's far better phones available at the same price.

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2 years ago

HTC Rezound available today on Verizon

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The second of Verizon's year-end smarpthone troika -- the HTC Rezound -- is officially available today. It'll run you $299 with a two-year contract. And for all that scratch, you get a 4.3-inch phone with a new 720p display -- as in 720 pixels packed into the short axis -- along with Android 2.3 and Sense 3.5. It's sporting a 1.5GHz processor to push those pixels, and an 8MP camera full of HTC's newfound photographic goodness. It's also got Beats Audio (and comes with a snazzy pair of earbuds), if you're into that sort of thing.

Online: HTC Rezound at Verizon; more: HTC Rezound hands-on

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2 years ago

International readers: Win an Xperia Ray with Android Central and Sony Ericsson

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Sony Ericsson has released some gorgeous devices this year, not least of which is the compact but powerful Xperia Ray, a highly capable device with a super-vibrant Bravia Engine-powered display. It's also got the latest version of Gingerbread, along with Sony's best-in-class 8.1MP Exmor-R camera setup. Like we said in our review, the Ray is the most fully-featured 3.3-inch device available (and it's getting ICS, too!)

We're giving away an Xperia Ray courtesy of Sony Ericsson, and if you want to get your hands on it, all you need to do is head over to the forums and post in the contest thread -- check the end of this post for the link. Before you do, though, bear in mind that the Ray we're giving away is the international model, so we're limiting entries to readers outside of North America. Our Xperia Ray should work on any European or African GSM carrier, and most Asian networks too. If in doubt, find your network on this list and make sure it shows 900, 2100 or both under "Frequency".

So, if you're outside of North America and want to get your hands on our Xperia Ray, head over to the forums and post in the contest thread! The deadline for entries is 1700 GMT this Friday, Nov. 18 (that's noon EST for those of you in North America who can't actually enter.) Good luck!

Enter to win: Android Central forums

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