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2 years ago

HTC Wildfire S Mini Review (Virgin Mobile)

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With the times as tough as they are today it is no surprise that many people look to save money anywhere they can, and for many an easy savings is in their cell phone bill. Virgin Mobile has done a great job with their smartphone line up, bringing great handsets to their network, and recently they added the HTC Wildfire S for their customers. Sure, it may not be the most powerful Android handset to date, or have the largest screen, or the highest MP camera, but is that enough to write it off as a device entirely? Let's hit the break and check out some thoughts on the HTC Wildfire S for Virgin Mobile, and why it could possibly be your next device.

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2 years ago

Best Buy comes to its senses, remembers that the Nexus Prime is the Galaxy Nexus

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Seriously, folks, you didn't actually think there was some other version of the Galaxy Nexus that was to be released as the Nexus Prime, did you? Best Buy's issued a correction about the December Buyer's Guide and, sure enough, the world has returned to normal and the Galaxy Nexus is the Galaxy Nexus, not the Samsung Nexus Prime 4G LTE.

Thanks, J!

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2 years ago

Nexus Prime at Best Buy's Shop Local page, $299 with 2-year agreement starting Nov 27?

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Once again we see Best Buy using the name Nexus Prime, this time it's on the new product page live on Best Buy's section of the Shop Local website as of tonight.  Even more interesting is the fact that the $299 price point is good starting today (Nov. 27), with a 2-year agreement of course.  While we don't know if this name is going to stick, and no date is official until we hear it from Verizon, any news that shows this phone is close to a release is good news.  Another best buy snafu, or something nobody expects?  We're not sure what to think any more.  Hit the link to have a look, and discuss more in the forums.

Source: Best Buy at Shop LocalThanks, Kidtronic!

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2 years ago

Official Motorola Droid 4 specs surface, Droid Razr adds a QWERTY keyboard

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Motorola Droid 4, again, already? Yikes to all who recently purchased a Motorola Droid 3, but official specs on the Motorola Droid 4 have come to light. Droid-Life received a tip containing all the information about the device, and it seems like quite a spec machine.

This 4G LTE device will feature a 4-inch display, powered by a 1.2GHz processor, the style of the Droid RAZR and a slide out 5 row QWERTY keyboard with LED edge lighting for the keys. The device features an 8MP camera on the back an HD camera on the front, and requires a special tool to remove the battery door? Just like we are unsure of how we feel abou the need for a special tool to pop the battery door off, we are also unsure of pricing and release time frame, but we can sure hope for soon! Hit the break for the specs breakdown.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

MOTOACTV review

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Oh, hello, Moto.

When Motorola announced the MOTOACTV, I really didn't know that to think. An Android-based fitness tracker? Aren't there much cheaper apps for that sort of thing? Then the specs came out and it sounded kind of cool. Still, a phone can do everything the MOTOACTV can.

So what makes the MOTOACTV special? Is it as useful as Motorola purports it to be, or is it another passing fad in the Android world, destined to be dead on arrival, another product to waste away at the bottom of the bargain bin?

I've got an idea, so saddle up, partner, cause you're about to find out.


It's small, light, and built like a tank. There's no doubts Motorola built the MOTOACTV to be just that, and it'll hang with you no matter the terrain, every step of the way. The web portal is well thought out, too, and really adds something to the experience.


In typical Motorola fashion, the MOTOACTV really wants to play nice with Motorola equipment, nothing else. The pedometer adds steps when you swing your arm (even if you're not walking), and the numbers it gives you are inconsistent with apps that track the same activity. Setup is clunky.



Motorola went out on a limb with the MOTOACTV, so it deserves credit for that. The so-so battery life, fairly locked-down environment, and questionable results all make me wonder if the MOTOACTV is as good as Moto hoped it would be.

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2 years ago

Rogers shows us what happens when you fire a Motorola RAZR out of an air cannon

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

While we could argue that the Verizon Droid RAZR commercials are kind of over the top and really have nothing to do with the phone, Rogers at least stuck to the whole 'RAZR's are sharp' idea. Poor cake -- I could have eaten that.

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2 years ago

In-case you missed it -- Catch Phil on the Engadget Mobile Podcast

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If you weren't around on Wednesday and missed the live version of Phil on the Engadget Podcast, fear not you can catch it now. Phil sat down with Engadget's Myriam Joire, Brad Molen and Joseph Volpe to talk about the mobile world, and all of the madness that we have been seeing. As you work through that turkey-coma, take a few to give this a listen!

Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast

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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime available for pre-order at Best Buy

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As certain as we are that a lot of folks are out there taking advantage of all the sales happening right now on tablets for holidays -- we're also certain some will be keeping their money in their pockets just a little bit longer to hold out for the ASUS Transformer Prime.

The Tegra 3 powered tablet we recently saw running Ice Cream Sandwich has been hanging out on Amazon for pre-order already but Best Buy has joined the party as well. You can pre-order the upcoming tablet on the Best Buy website for $500 coming in either gray or champagne color. No date is listed for shipment but December isn't a stretch by any means plus, there has been plenty of rumors already calling for December 9th as a specific date for release.

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2 years ago

Fresh 'HTC Ville' render sighted, now sporting capacitive buttons

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We saw the first image purporting to show the "HTC Ville" earlier this month, although there wasn't much to see, just another rounded black slab containing a screen of some description. Now a brand new render of the rumored device has appeared over at Pocketnow, showing what's apparently a 4.3-inch display on a phone with a thickness of just 8.49mm. That's thinner than the Galaxy S II and the Xperia Arc, and just about everything else on the market. Looking at the renders, you can now make out four capacitive buttons down at the bottom (behind the watermark), along with what appears to be HTC's trademark aluminum unibody construction.

The rumored specs don't appear to have changed over the past couple of weeks -- you're still looking at a dual-core Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5 GHz, along with an 8MP BSI camera, HSPA+ support and a 1650 mAh battery. In terms of software, the rumor mill says the Ville will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of Sense, presumably version 4.0.

The usual caveats relating to unannounced devices apply here -- all of this stuff is unconfirmed and subject to change. If there's any truth to it, though, then we'll look forward to getting our hands on the Ville (or whatever it's eventually called) next year, most likely at Mobile World Congress.

Source: Pocketnow

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2 years ago

Holiday gift guide: What to get your favorite Android geek

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It's that time of year again. The time of year where you spend all of your spare time and most of your spare money shopping for holiday gifts.  Shopping is never easy, but for that special Android nerd in your life it can be especially difficult trying to find something to occupy their minds and hands so they can tinker and try to blow things up.  That's where I can help -- I'm a total nerd (and proud of it) and I happen to spend a lot of time on the 'net making a wish list for that day I finally hit the Powerball.  Hit the break and see our gift recommendations for an Android geek, from an Android geek.

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