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3 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO 3D review

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Mild-mannered high-end smartphone,
or a three-dimensional breakthrough?

 

There are a couple ways to look at the Sprint HTC EVO 3D. One is that it's a high-end smartphone, with the latest hardware and software you can get. Another is that it's a high-end smartphone with the latest hardware and software -- and 3D recording and playback technology.

There's a larger discussion to be had regarding 3D recording and playback on smartphones. Do we really want it? Do we need it? Are we just seeing first-generation tech growing pains? That's a discussion we've been having for some time, and we'll continue to have it.

But back to the EVO 3D. It's one of the first dual-core-processor phones to be released by Qualcomm (along with the HTC Sensation). It's one of the first to run the new HTC Sense 3.0 user interface. Oh, and it's the first 3D smartphone to be released in the United States. And it's following up one of the hottest phones of the past year or so in the EVO 4G. So it's got a lot going for it, and lofty expectations. Will it live up to them? Find out after the break.

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3 years ago

SIM-free European HTC EVO 3D gets pre-order price and date

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Many European retailers are taking pre-orders of the HTC EVO 3D (check out our initial review of the US version), but Amazon.co.uk is the first to offer up both a SIM-free price and a possible release date. Amazon's currently listing the EVO 3D with a due date of Sep. 12 and an unsurprisingly hefty price tag of £569.99 (~$910).

As we're always quick to point out, pre-order prices and release dates are never set in stone, and may be based off the retailer's best guess rather than anything official. While the price is about what we'd expect to pay for a phone like this, the release date seems a little wide of the mark given that HTC has already announced a July launch for the EVO 3D in the UK. With Vodafone being the only British network currently confirmed to be carrying the phone, we suppose it's possible that some sort of exclusivity agreement may delay availability of the EVO 3D through other channels for a few weeks, just as it did with the Sensation. Nothing has been announced yet though, so for the moment that's still just speculation.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

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3 years ago

One of these EVO 3Ds is not like the other

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Whoopsie. Reader Nelson passes along the following story about his EVO 3D:

I just bought these phones last night at a Nebraska Furniture Mart and one of them came with the camera plate upside down. I went back to the store to exchange it, but they said that is just cosmetic and if i change it will use my one-time store exchange. I just think that is not fair.

We're inclined to agree. Now we're not exactly up on our Nebraska Furniture Mart trainee's manual, but we're willing to bet that if we started using ʇɹɐɯ ǝɹnʇıuɹnɟ ɐʞsɐɹqǝu everywhere we went, they'd call it more than just cosmetic. If a store gives you a hassle over something like this, you might want to hit up the manufacturer, too. Couldn't hurt.

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3 years ago

Droid 3 appears headed for Verizon stores on July 14

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Direct fulfillment to start July 7

If you've got a hankering for the latest iteration of the venerable Motorola Droid, it's looking more and more likely that we'll see it here in the next couple of weeks. The latest round of leaked Droid 3 material shows a July 7 direct fulfillment (aka shipping) date, with in-store availability on July 14. Specs remain the same as what we brought you yesterday, with a 4-inch qHD display, dual-core 1GHz processor, five-row sliding keyboard, but no LTE data.

We can't help but wonder after last year's low-key launch of the Droid 2 (which was quickly replaced by the Droid 2 global), will Verizon throw a parade for this one? Or just settle with another press release? Either way, look for official word (and official pricing) next week.

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Did the Motorola Droid Bionic just clear the FCC?

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A Motorola cellular communications device, with EVDO and LTE 700MHz radios, Bluetooth, Wifi b/g/n, and inductive charging battery cover has cleared the FCC today.  I can't say with 100 percent certainty, but this sounds like it could be only one thing -- the Motorola Droid Bionic

There's not much to be gleaned from any FCC filing (see them at the source link) for most of us, but one interesting thing here is that the photos of the device and the user manual are under a confidentiality agreement that ends on August 7.  You make what you will out of that, but I'm pretty certain that means we'll be seeing this one before that date.  How soon before, is anyone's guess.

Source: FCC

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray listed for August 15 UK release at £350

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UK retailer Play.com has just added a pre-order listing for Sony Ericsson's recently-announced Xperia Ray, pricing the diminutive phone at £349.99, and showing an Aug. 15 release date. The Ray brings the hardware of the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo and shrinks it down even further, fitting it inside a tiny aluminum-framed chassis with a 3.3-inch display.

Pre-order prices and release dates are always subject to change, but both sound plausible to us in this instance. Sony Ericsson has already announced the Ray's availability in "selected markets" in Q3, and the £350 launch price would more or less match that of its larger, more plasticky sibling, the Xperia Neo.

Source: Play.com; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

One way in which Google+ is beating Facebook

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

It actually works. What's up with Facebook rolling out updates that break things? This isn't the first time, either.

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3 years ago

Flight Track's Honeycomb tablet update now available in the Android Market

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We got our first look at Flight Track's Honeycomb tablet update back at Google IO in May. Today, that update's available in the Android Market, and one of our favorite Android travel apps get even better. You've got the same look and feel in the $4.99 app, which has expanded for larger screens, making the mapping features that much better. Tripit support is still there, too, with a $4.99 upgrade. Check out our video and find download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Global to get Gingerbread after Droid 3 launches

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Perhaps you just saw our rundown of the Verizon Motorola Droid 3 specs. Did you catch the Easter egg? According to our leak, it appears that the Motorola Droid 2 Global (and presumably its CDMA-only cousin) -- which has seen its Gingerbread update apparently delayed -- will finally get Android 2.3 after the launch of the Droid 3.

That's a tad interesting given that Verizon first appeared to have the update ready to go, and then Motorola came back a few days later, saying things were on hold. Makes you wonder a little about who's calling the shots there. Also makes you wonder about the accuracy of the rumors that any Droid 2 update has been held back for more bugfixing. It makes sense that you'd want to launch the new hotness Droid 3 first, with the better hardware and newer OS, to better differentiate it from the old and busted Droid 2.

So what's that mean for the rumored launch dates for the Droid 3? You know these launch dates go -- any window bigger than a month is likely to be slammed on your fingers, and the Droid 3 hasn't yet been publicly announced by Verizon. But if we had to bet at this point, we'll likely see the Droid 3 sooner rather than later, lest Verizon and Motorola feel the wrath of those whose phones have been left behind.

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3 years ago

Verizon Droid 3 specs revealed, show a 4-inch Gingerbread world phone

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Hey, look at that. It's the Verizon Droid 3 specs -- and lined up next to the Droid 2 and Droid X2 for good measure. Let's just give 'em the full rundown.

The Droid 3 looks like it'll launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The screen resolution has already been all but confirmed at qHD resolution (that's 540x960), and it's repeated here as well, with a 4-inch diagonal screen size.

The Droid 3's looking at that dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1GHz processor, and is a world phone as well, meaning you can use it on GSM networks overseas.

It's got dual cameras, of course, with the rear shooter (really, the only one we care about) running 8 megapixels, capable of recording 1080p video. And it's got an LED flash, of course.

Memory's a mixed bag, it appears. The Droid 3 will have 16GB of internal storage, which is mighty generous. But in return for that generosity, someone's skimped on the microSD card, leaving it out completely.

Working our way down the list: Other items of note are the slide-out five-row keyboard, which will be supplemented by Swype. Adobe Flash and DLNA support are there as well, as is the usual VCAST service, and Blockbuster video (downloadable over Wifi only).

So that's it. All in all, nothing we weren't expecting, especially since the Milestone 3 (aka the non-U.S. verison) is already out there. Along with some hardware refinements, not a very big departure from the Droid 2, at least as the overall look and feel go. But why mess with a good thing, right?

Full breakdown is after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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