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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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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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2 years ago

Firefox nightlies for Android have switched to native UI builds

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If you recall a couple weeks back we mentioned that Mozilla was switching the Firefox for Android application to use native Android UI elements instead of XUL.  This was done to create a unified look and feel and improve performance, and now anyone can give it a run.  The fellows at Mozilla have now started pushing nightlies that include the changes.  The newer builds are faster, but of course like any nightly builds there will be bugs.  If you want to have a look, or if you're feeling like bug-hunting and helping out the Firefox team, grab the nightly here and install it.  You'll see that Firefox has come a long way, and they are slowly building a mobile browser that can rival a true desktop version.

Source: Mark Finkle

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2 years ago

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots hits Amazon Appstore on Monday

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Halfbrick Studios today announced that Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots will be avilable as Amazon's free app of the day on Nov. 28. (It'll be 99 cents after the promotion.) It's largely the same Fruit Ninja we've come to know and love, but it's got the furball from the last couple of Shreck movies incorporated. Your kids are gonna love it.

We've got more screen shots and promo video after the break.

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2 years ago

YouTube adds Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks rentals

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Google has been working hard to gather more media content these days and now, coming shortly after their Google Music announcement comes the news they've fleshed out a deal with Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks Studios to bring much of their content to YouTube.

Fans of animated movies? We’ve got the beloved animated classic, Alice in Wonderland and the newly envisioned Winnie the Pooh. Love Disney·Pixar? We have hits like Cars and Cars 2 all in one place. Up for a little bit of adventure? We’ll take you from the darkest depths of the oceans with all four of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including the most recent blockbuster in the franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Aside from just bringing the content in, Google will be working with the studios to offer YouTube Movie Extras with behind-the-scenes clips, interviews, and other exclusive content. The rentals are live on YouTube right now some you can likely pick up for $.99.

Source: YouTube Blog

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2 years ago

Introducing the Android Central Phone Store, powered by Best Buy Mobile Solutions!

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What do you get the Android Central reader who already has everything? You're already a part of the No. 1 site for all things Android. You're already a part of the most informative (and, just as important, friendly) Android forums around. So what else can we do for you to go along with providing the most in-depth reviews, the news behind the news, opinions and everything else that spews forth from Android Central 365 days a year?

Welcome to the all new Android Central Phone Store. We've teamed up with Best Buy Mobile Solutions to bring you great prices on your favorite phones, from the top manufacturers and carriers. You can browse and purchase Android smartphones from Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile right from the store, with the same selection and customer service you'd expect when the likes of Android Central and Best Buy come together.

It's really all a part of being the best source for all things Android. News, reviews, opinions, accessories and, now, phones. We'll help you choose the best phone for you. We'll help you learn to use it. And we'll help you find the accessories you need. And we're just getting warmed up, folks. There's more on the way. Stay tuned!

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