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3 years ago

Samsung reminds why we love the Galaxy S II, and that it's coming soon to the US

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Samsung may have had to set their big shin-dig back a day to Tuesday because of hurricane Irene, but they know we're all ready and waiting for the Galaxy S II to hit here in the states.  To get our mouth watering just a tiny bit more, they have just sent out a couple teaser slides and a new video showing how the Galaxy S II simply rocks.  We can't argue, and we're itching to see what they have in store for the US carriers.  We'll know more Tuesday, join us right here at 6 PM ET and check it all out.  We've got the second slide as well as the video after the break.

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3 years ago

Pantech Breakout another Verizon LTE Android phone?

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While it may not be sporting the best hardware specs, the Pantech Breakout may have have one big thing going for it -- it looks to be a Verizon LTE device, according to this shot we just got from a tipster.  That's not saying the specs are bad -- 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, front and rear cameras and running Gingerbread -- and it sounds like something we all would have dreamed about just six months ago.  Of course, the real news is the LTE.  We've been kicking around rumors of the Breakout since mid-July, and this is the first time anyone has mentioned LTE in the same breath. (Note the use of a SIM card and 4G mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices.)

Of course, we've seen this sort of thing be wrong before, but knowing another choice for an LTE phone may be coming is always good news.  We've got no date on when to expect it, but if someone is drawing up comparison sheets, it can't be too far off.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Hurricane Irene pushes Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II event to Tuesday

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Just a quick heads up that Samsung has pushed its U.S. Galaxy S II event to Tuesday evening. Originally scheduled for Monday, Hurricane Irene's little jaunt up the coast made the move necessary (and thanks to Samsung for doing so).

We'll see you starting at 6 p.m. EDT Tuesday evening, folks.

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3 years ago

Friday Freebie: Win a free Energizer inductive charging pad

Since we're talking about keeping your phones charged today, let's give away a pretty cool charging pad. Energizer's wireless inductive charging pad (read our full review here) lets you charge your phone without actually plugging in the phone. OK, you still have to plug in the charging pad, but you gotta get the juice from somewhere, right?

To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. Need to keep this one to the U.S. only (sorry!), and your phone will need to have an inductive charging cover to get it to work. Lots of rules, we know. But leave a comment, and we'll close up shop at 6 p.m. EST. Good luck!

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3 years ago

Android 201: Using Labs in Google Maps

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3 years ago

All three Galaxy S II's together is something to smile about

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As if the anticipation hadn't already reached fever-pitch for these oft-teased phones, it looks like we've finally gotten conclusive looks at each of the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S II variants.

Aside from the clickable button that's on the international version, it looks like the only physical differences between the US Galaxy S II's is the degree of roundness on the corners, with T-Mobile being crowned the roundest.

Also, I'm not sure if this is pure Photoshop fail or an indication of things to come, but the Sprint version carries Samsung branding on top whereas the other two have carrier branding on top and Samsung branding above the four capacitive buttons. Only time will tell, we suppose. The good news is that we should find out Monday, weather permitting Tuesday. You win this one, Irene.

Oh, and look! There's still no Verizon phone in the picture.  LTE SGS II in the works?

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Bluetooth keyboard review: Logitech keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

With tablets being all the rage these days, Bluetooth keyboards are rising in popularity. It's not that the on-screen keyboards are bad (well, some are), but having physicals key adds a whole level of familiarity, plus you don't have to try and balance a tablet on your lap or something.

The Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets seems specifically targeted at the Android crowd, and it works really well.

Pairing is a cinch, using the connect button located on the back of the keyboard, and once you're paired up, you're good to go. Typing is a breeze on the keyboard and works without a hitch. Hit some keys, letters pop up on the screen. Everything Most of it works as it should.

The only problem with Logitech's Android-centric keyboard are the Android function keys. Logitech was wise enough to include search, home, menu, and back keys, but their intended functions are murky, at best.

I'm not sure if the unit I got is defective or if the keys just aren't mapped correctly, but while most of the keys did something, it was usually not what you wanted. Back acted like home, search acted like menu, so on and so forth. It was an irritating little niggle that was the only smudge on an otherwise great keyboard experience.

Another cool feature is the keyboard carrying case that protects the keys. For transport, it folds up and becomes a carrying case for the keyboard, but once you're ready to get typing, the case folds into a triangular stand (with a ridge!) to hold your tablet in position on a table or desk. It should also be noted that the Logitech keyboard doesn't come with rechargeable batteries and runs on four AAA's.

More pictures of the keyboard and stand can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

EVO 3D getting another OTA update

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We've lauded HTC and Sprint before for the way updates are handled on the EVO 3D, and it's time to do so again. There's a little update coming over the air now. One addition is a widget, the other is ... something. (Update: Ooo! New radio.) But that the EVO 3D can continue to get minor updates without causing major trouble is a pretty big deal. Nicely done.

Source: EVO 3D forums; Thanks, Jonathan!

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: X-Men

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Whenever I think of X-Men, the first thing that comes to mind is the epic intro sequence for the animated series. (Seriously, go look it up if you've forgotten about it.) The second thing that comes to mind are the endless quarters I spent at the skating rink playing the X-Men arcade game with three of my less athletically-inclined friends. Having known an official X-Men port was in the Market, I finally took the plunge and tried it out.

Diving right into the gameplay, it's just as good as I remember it, sans physical joystick and arcade buttons. The replacements for those are all virtual, as you'd expect, and are prominently displayed on the bottom-left and right corners of the screen. I've heard some people complain the buttons are too close together on the phone version, but I didn't experience that and I definitely didn't see that issue on a tablet.

Performance-wise, the game performs well. Period. It's an old 1992 game, so it should run well, and it does. The cheesy opening video goes quickly, there weren't any force closes, and not one framerate skip or stutter to speak of. Simply put, it's just as good as the arcade version, except this one fits in your pocket (or backpack).

My only complaint is that the virtual joystick isn't quite as responsive as I'd like it to be, which caused me to get straight pwned a couple of times. I only really saw the issue when needing to do a quick 180, but still, when Sentinels are coming down on you from all sides, you need cat-like reflexes to put them in their place.

X-Men does support four-player multiplayer, as long as all the players are on the same Wifi network, so yes, you can relive your glory days all over again.

X-Men is 99 cents in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

FEMA's Android app is full of emergency preparedness goodness

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Just in time for Hurricane Irene to work its way up the East Coast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- you know 'em as FEMA -- has released an android app full of useful tips, checklists, contact numbers and the latest news for before, during and after a disaster. We're not just talking hurricanes here. We're talking all disasters, like earthquakes and floods and Verizon not getting a Galaxy S II.

We've got a handful of screenshots and download links after the break.

Source: FEMA

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