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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Pantech Burst

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Today AT&T announced a whole slew of Android devices, but one that really stuck out was the Pantech Burst. It's a 4G LTE device that will launch with an on contract price of only $50. Now you may be thinking you will get what you pay for on that, but fear not, you will be pleasantly surprised with this device.  Featuring a 4-inch display and powered by a 1.2GHz processor, the device keeps up with most other devices.

Running the Pantech skin we have seen before on the Pantech Breakout, they have updated the lockscreen giving quick and easy access to five icons as well as the unlock key, making a total of six. The device does run Android 2.3, and we are unsure of whether it will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. With a great price point, and solid hardware being powered by AT&T's 4G LTE network it looks like Pantech is looking to move through these devices. Hit the break check out some more images, and stay tuned for a video walk through.

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2 years ago

Video hands-on with the Sony Xperia Ion

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We just took a quick look through the Sony Ion in some images, but everyone really wants to see the thing in action, right? Well, check out the video above to see some initial thoughts on the device, and did we say it is slim, and fast?

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Pantech Element

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Tablets appear to be a dime a dozen now a days so a tablet has to be pretty unique in order to stand out in this market. Pantech announced earlier today their 8-inch tablet dubbed the Pantech Element, and you may be wondering what makes this one unique. Featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, and running a lightly skinned Honeycomb the device sure sounds like an ordinary device. However, unlike many other tablets, this device is waterproof, meaning if you want to use it in the rain, or by the pool you don't have to fear the device getting wet and rendering it useless.

At an 8-inch size the device fits nicely in the hand, though a bit awkward at how tall it is compared to wide, but nothing that would sway a purchase decision. The device moves throughout the OS rather fluidly, and I noticed very little lag. Pantech says they will be updating the device to run Ice Cream Sandwich, but unfortunately no timeframe for that update. Releasing on Jan 22 ($299 on contract, but if you buy it with the Pantech Burst it's $249 for both!) and running on the AT&T 4G LTE network you will definitely want to stay tuned for our video hands on. Hit the break for more images.

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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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