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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Ion

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Hot on the heels of AT&T's announcement, we took a few minutes to put the amazing Sony Xperia Ion through its paces. The device is thin, really really thin, and fast, very very fast. The Ion was perhaps the most striking device to have been announced by AT&T, and there are quite a few notable things that jump out.

First off, it will be a 4G LTE device, which is huge. As AT&T continues to build their network they need devices to entice users to want to jump aboard, and this phone does just that. Sporting a 4.6-inch 720p screen, the display is nothing short of stunning, and as it's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, it moves around without any issue. A striking 12-megapixel camera is touted out back which will surely deliver some breaktaking pictures. Unfortunately the Ion ships with Gingerbread, but we can hope to see Ice Cream Sandwich on it sooner than later, given Sony's track record with updates back in the Sony Ericsson days. Hit the break for a few more images, and stay tuned for some video footage.

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2 years ago

Hipmunk receives big update, now offers hotel search and booking

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Hipmunk, the popular flight search app, has received a major update that has expanded its reach to include hotels. The UI is as clean as before and the search works rather well. Simply open the app, select Find Hotels, specify a location, click Search and that's it! You'll be given a variety of listings, which you can then dive into with reviews and information. If you decide that you like a hotel, you can book it through one of Hipmunk's partners. When I tried a few hotels, I was able to book through Hotels.com, Orbitz and Booking.com. 

This seems like a natural step  and a welcome one for Hipmunk to take and they've executed it very well. Please find download links for the free app and more screenshots after the break.

Source: Hipmunk

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2 years ago

Verizon and Motorola announce the Droid RAZR MAXX, along with the Droid RAZR in purple

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Verizon and Motorola have now taken the covers off some new additions to their DROID lineup and while all of them come to us from Motorola -- they kind of aren't really all that new. 

Starting with the Motorola RAZR, it now comes in purple -- for those of you keeping track at home that means you can now get one in black, white and purple. Next in line is the Droid RAZR Maxx, which according to the press release past the break, is just a Motorola RAZR that happens to last longer then well, a Motorola RAZR:

DROID RAZR MAXX is designed for customers who spend their days and nights multi-tasking. This smartphone is a marathon runner with enough endurance to let customers talk on the phone for more than 21 hours straight on a single charge. It's the longest-lasting smartphone on the block, and at just 8.99 mm, the device is still impossibly thin. The DROID RAZR MAXX comes equipped with 32 GB of total memory and will be $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

After that, we have mention of the Droid XYBOARD tablets from Motorola -- again, nothing new here so needless to say, we're a little perplexed by this press release from Verizon and Motorola. The full press release can be found past the break for you all, it does mention ICS upgrades but no definitive timeline for those, in case you want to skip over reading it.

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2 years ago

Samsung announces three LTE phones for AT&T

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Samsung has officially announced three new LTE smartphones, all of them headed to AT&T. The Galaxy Note, Exhilirate and Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD will all appeal to different consumers with varying needs.

We're all very familiar with the Galaxy Note, but we were never sure if it was going to hit the U.S. market. At 5.3 inches, it's a beast of a device. It boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 16GB onboard memory, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera and a stylus, dubbed the S Pen, which is ideal for notetaking. 

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD is very similar to its predecessors, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket. It has a slightly larger and better screen at 4.65 inches and boasting HD Super AMOLED. It contains the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor of the Skyrocket.

The Samsung Exhilirate is aimed at the low-end and environmentally friendly market. It's made out of 80% recycled post consumer material. It has a 4-inch touchscreen, Super AMOLED display and rear and front-facing cameras.

More LTE devices are always welcomed and one of these is sure to fit your needs. No dates or pricing yet, but stay tuned as we'll hopefully find out soon. Please find the official press release after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the Sony Xperia Ion

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As part of their mega-LTE Android announcement this morning at CES, AT&T announced the Sony Xperia Ion, Sony's first LTE device.  It's got a 4.6-inch 720p display, a whopping 12MP camera that can come awake from standby and take a picture in 1.5 seconds, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU.  Shipping with Gingerbread sometime in 2012, we expect this one to be on the fast track for Ice Cream Sandwich.  The Ion is also a Playstation certified device, so it will have access to the Sony Entertainment Network.  This looks to be one of the hot devices from CES, and we've only just begun.  Hit the break for the full press release, and the link below for Sony's product page (with a video).

More: Sony

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2 years ago

First AT&T video of the Pantech Burst

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Fresh from the announcement of the Pantech Burst just a matter of minutes ago, AT&T have released their own first look video. We'll be looking for a hands on with the device but for now, take a look at AT&T's efforts after the break.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

First AT&T video of the Pantech Element

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Fresh from the announcement of the Pantech Element just a matter of minutes ago, AT&T has released their own first look video. We'll be looking for a hands on with the device but for now, take a look at AT&T's efforts after the break.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Verizon announces the Motorola Droid 4

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Unless you've been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know that the Motorola Droid 4 is coming to Verizon. And now it's official. But just like yesterday, and the day before that, we still don't actually know when it's coming. Or how much it'll cost. 

What we do have are specs:

  • 4-inch display at qHD resolution
  • Launches with Android 2.3.5, will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 16GB of storage
  • 4G LTE mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.
  • Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access

Full presser's after the break

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2 years ago

AT&T announces six new Android devices with LTE

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At its Developer Summit at CES today, AT&T has announced a whopping six new Android devices that will run on its 4G LTE network --

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, with a 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen, available in "coming months".
     
  • Sony Xperia Ion, with a 4.6-inch HD screen and 12MP camera. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and exclusive to AT&T. Features Sony branding as opposed to Sony Ericsson.
     
  • Samsung Galaxy Note -- we've seen this one before, and reviewed the international version. It's a 5.3-inch phone/tablet hybrid with pen input, an HD SuperAMOLED 1280x800 display
     
  • Pantech Element -- An LTE tablet, available for $300 on-contract from Jan. 22. Runs Honeycomb (Android 3.2) on an 8-inch display.
     
  • Pantech Burst -- a budget LTE phone that'll retail for $50 on contract, available from Jan. 22.
     
  • Samsung Exhilarate -- a budget-oriented phone made from 80% recycled materials, with a 4-inch SuperAMOLED display.

Much more to come on these devices, folks, but in the meantime we've got pictures of all six from the event after the jump, along with official presser from AT&T.

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2 years ago

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend P1/P1S

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After Huawei's song-and-dance this morning at CES, the press got some quality hands-on time with the company's newest flagship device, the Ascend P1/P1S. The P1S is the thinnest smartphone on the market today (the P1 has an LTE radio and therefore is a bit fatter -- you'll see in some comparison shots in the gallery), and it's a fact that is immediately recognizable. The device is impossibly thin and light, and truly has the potential to live up to its promise and propel Huawei into the thick of the US smartphone market. Hit the break for my full impressions.

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