The HTC EVO 3D can now be pre-ordered by Sprint premier customers directly from the Sprint website. The latest and greatest from Sprint will cost you $199 with a new or renewed two year agreement, which seems like a fair price for the high performance that oozes out of that thing. Check out our initial review and see for yourself.
Late last night when the pre-order went live, the Sprint website was getting hammered by buyers and lookers alike, so interest seems to be as high as anticipated. Ordering early and direct from Sprint might not be a bad idea if you're able. The rest of us will just have to wait until the stroke of midnight a few days from now. And here's hoping for overnight shipping!
This is the HTC Sensation 4G. Look familiar? It should -- you likely just read Alex Dobie's excellent review of the European version, the HTC Sensation. So we've now got it here in the states, on T-Mobile. And that's where the "4G" part comes in. This one has access to T-Mobile (USA's) HSPA+ network, meaning faster data speeds.
The Sensation 4G also brings along the latest version of HTC Sense, along with Android 2.3.3. That's Gingerbread, folks.
We're going to take a slightly different look here at the Sensation 4G for our second time around. Less clinical, more colorful. Again, go back and check out Alex's HTC Sensation review. It's a must-read. As for me? I'm smitten. And it's going to show.
The Motorola Droid 3 has shown up in some GLBenchmark 2.0 online results, and they are looking good. Right off the bat -- I don't think benchmark tests are the true mark of user experience (perhaps you've read this?). You can only get the real picture by holding and using the device the way you would normally use it. Having said that, the numbers are pretty impressive, and show just how well the OMAP 4 and PowerVR SGX 540 can crunch those triangles.
In the Egypt benchmark (it's one of the most demanding GL benchmarks in the GLBenchmarks testing suite) the Droid 3 was only beaten out by the Optimus 3D and its "Tri-dual" technology. In a less demanding benchmark that allows software to have more influence, the Droid 3 still performs well, landing right among the latest and greatest from other manufacturers. That graphic is after the break.
The hardware looks like it can do the job. Let's hope the software can keep up, and we have a real 3G powerhouse for Verizon this summer.
LG's Optimus 3D will be launching "exclusively" at the Carphone Warehouse on July 7, according to a statement released by the retailer today. UK networks Three, T-Mobile and Orange will also be selling the phone on-contract in July, so it looks like Carphone's exclusivity period may be pretty short-lived.
Right now the retailer's website lists the Optimus 3D for pre-order, for free on contracts of £35 or more per month -- around going rate for dual-core smartphones in the UK at the moment. To find out more about the Optimus 3D, check out our hands-on feature.
One big question regarding the new HTC EVO 3D concerns the camera. Erm, make that cameras. How does the EVO 3D, with its 5-megapixel camera (in 2D mode) stack up against the HTC EVO 4G's 8MP shooter?
In our initial (and very unscientific) tests, the EVO 3D holds up pretty well. A couple of things we need to mention here: We're running Cyanogenmod 7 on our EVO 4G, and the phone (and lens cover) is well more than a year old. So consider it handicapped against a brand-new EVO 3D, we suppose. But you should get the gist of what we're seeing.
The Pantech Crossover is one of those phones that's hard to place. It's a bit smaller than most of it's smartphone brethren, isn't packing the latest components, plus it's got a retro-funky design. It's a bit of an anomaly in the sea of high-end phones surrounding it, but at the very least, it's a breath of fresh air.
But what does that mean for those on AT&T? Is this keyboard-packing slider worth investing in? For those with furious fingers, is this seemingly rugged, message-focused phone the one for you?
Those are all questions I aim to tackle, so take a deep breath, join me after the break, and let's find out.
It’s finally out, eh? I feel like we’ve been talking about this phone for years. Actually, it really has been years to tell you the truth. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was the new hotness everyone was talking about around the web. Once the rumor mill started churning out gossip, people were posting rumors left and right. Before you knew it, Sony PlayStation and Sony Ericsson were trying to keep rumors to a dull roar, in hopes of keeping this project a secret. But in that span of time, I think it’s evident that something went wrong. Sony is a very big company, and Sony Ericsson and Sony PlayStation, are two very different divisions within Sony. And somewhere within those two large divisions of the company, something was bound to go wrong. It seemed like they had it all: a very strong PlayStation gaming brand and solid cell phone manufacturer – and Android at its core. Jump past the break to “Play” along and see what this device has to offer.
Looks like the continued wait for the latest HTC ThunderBolt software update -- the one that everybody initially thought would just be to fix those blasted reboots -- may be well worth the wait. We'd heard that the more improvements were in the works as, meanwhile, work has continued on new radios. And if this feature list is any indication, we're about to see some official Gingerbread love, folks. Here's the rundown:
Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
Google Talk video chat (making it only the third phone to get it)
Skype video (at long last)
Verizon Phone Finder
June 30 is the rumored date for the software push, but you know how those things go. It lines up with the news we broke a couple weeks ago, stating an update was coming in the second half of June. But seeing as how there are 30 days in June, that could be what we call a "CYA date." And Verizon recently said no date had been scheduled, after rumors of June 15 fell flat. We'll just have to see.
Anyhoo. Gingerbread. Skype video. Sense 2.1. Oh, and hopefully an end to all those reboots. Now if only someone could do a little something more about battery life.
Update: A lot of your are noting the misspellings and use of "gTalk" and are of the opinion that this is fake. Might well be. You'd have to ask Android and Me's "Verizon Insider" -- it's their source, not ours. But we will say we've seen some fat fingers at Verizon before. Anybody remember this one?