The good news is that those of you who have to have Nextel's push-to-talk service and have been dying for an Android phone can now have it in the Motorola i1. Otherwise, there's not a whole lot to get excited about here.
It's a pretty basic candybar-style phone, running Android 1.5. It feels just fine in the had, through the software runs a little slow (that could just be a demo thing) and feels a little underpowered. But, again, it's the first iDEN Android phone (or the "World's only," depending on who you ask), and that's no small thing. But unless you absolutely have to have push-to-talk, you'll likely be looking elsewhere.
We must say, there's something kind of cool -- and, yes, very nerdy -- about holding this much memory on your fingertip. But there it is, the recently announced 32GB microSD card from Sandisk. Interesting story: It's manufactured by taking a wafer of 4GBs of memory, shaving it down -- it's made thicker than necessary, otherwise it'd be too flimsy initially -- and then stacking them eight high to get to the 32GB. MSRP is $200 for now, but that will drop in time.
It was a long and hard first day at CTIA, with the announcement of a couple of stellar Android phone, and the return of Dell to the U.S. smartphone area. That brings us to the Dell Aero, which was announced for AT&T. And we got our hands on it tonight ... And that's it. It might or might not be a working device. We don't know, because Dell wouldn't turn it on, for whatever reason.
So, we got an OK feel for the hardware. And in what seems to be a growing trend, it's pretty darn light. Actually, save for feeling a bit plastic, it was a pretty sexy phone. Nice and slim, with graceful lines that fit nicely in your hand. And so after the break, a few more pics of the Dell Areo purely as a work of industrial design. Here's to hoping we actually see it in action at some point.
We've had our mitts on the EVO 4G for just the briefest of minutes (but have more time soon) and so far our verdict on this pre-production model is that it's a winner. It is quite large - those of you who have seen the HD2 have a good point of reference. It's a little thicker than an HD2 as well, but the back has such a soft, supple feel to it that it's hard to complain. The screen looks crisp and expansive and while 4G has been a little hit-or-miss on our Overdrive, we're betting that when this rolls around this summer (price unknown), you're going to feel like Sprint is right: it's radically different to use a phone with these speeds.
Specs are mighty mighty impressive: EVDO RevA/ WiMAX, 4.3" screen, 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 8mp camera on the back, 1.3mp camera on the front, Shoots HD video, streams HD Video via an HDMI-out port, 1500mAh battery, digital compass, 3.5mm headset jack, HTC's excellent Sense UI, Visual Voicemail, and on and on.
HTC dropped the trackball / trackpad, opting instead to give you 4 directional buttons on the keyboard for when you need to make fine-grained text selection.
We have more (and better) photos and video on the way. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, a few shots from the press event are after the break.
Here it is, friends, the moment you've all been waiting for: a true 4G phone. It's the HTC EVO 4G. You're looking at an 8 Ghz Snapdragon processor, an 8 megapixel camera, a HD Video capture, HDMI video out, and a 4.3" screen ...and even a little kickstand on the back. Availability this summer - more as we get it, we're here live now! Follow us on twitter for updates.
Update: also acts as a Mobile WiFi Hotspot, yo! More specs: there is also a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. Two new apps on board: Qik video streaming is there and a new app called YouTube HQ which streams higher quality YouTube videos when you are on WiFi or 4G
Here it is, folks, the Samsung Galaxy S. And let us just say this about that: The Galaxy S is smooth. First, it's just 9.9mm thick. And it weighs nothing. And the 4-inch Super AMOED screen ... You want one. Now. Take to the streets.
The custom user interface sits atop Android 2.1 and is powered by a 1GHz Coretex A8 processor. Don't speak proc? It's cool. That means it flies. And it needs to, with the gaming and video that it's intended to push. But wait, there's more.
There's the Layar Reality Browser -- think of it as augmented reality meets Google Maps meets Google Goggles. It follows what you're looking at through the camera and overlays info on the screen.
More pics and specs (and now video) after the break.
It's almost here! Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless will become available on March 25th. As in this coming Thursday. As in all Verizon customers with smartphones and data plans will be able to download Skype Mobile and use it to:
make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to anyone else on Skype around the globe
send and receive unlimited instant messages with other people on Skype
call international phone numbers at our low rates
We've been waiting for Skype Mobile to officially launch on Verizon (and to a greater extent, Android devices) ever since we heard of it and we're excited to see how it'll work. The app will work on the Motorola Droid, Droid Eris, and Motorola Devour (and other assorted Blackberrys). Who's excited for some Skype on their Android device?
Google Voice is a great service, allowing a single phone number to ring several different devices at the same time. But sending SMS was like sending smoke signals, in having to wait 15-plus minutes for a reply to be pulled from their servers. (Though that was by default, and you could speed it up to 5 minutes.) Google posted updated the service, allowing inbox synchronization, allowing nearly instant messaging, and an overall performance boost. Another great thing is that they have disabled the SMS forwarding by default when this is selected, so no duplicate SMS settings to worry about, and they added additional features such as the ability to click on a contacts picture and respond to voicemail via email or SMS. Remember, this is still in beta, and requires an invite, so if you have not already, request yours here, and for those using it, this is a must-have update. [via Google Voice Blog]
A year ago, Kyocera announced that they were tossing their hat in the Android mix. A year later, we meet the Kyocera Zio M6000. Though Kyocera isn't a big name in the smartphone industry, the Zio M6000 is a pretty solid effort. It comes with a stellar 3.5-inch 800x480 touchscreen, 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, and Android 1.6. What's most awesome about the Kyocera Zio M6000 is that it's rumored to be $169-$216 unsubsidized (!), that's nearly unheard of for an Android smartphone these days.
If Kyocera finds a US carrier, we think the Zio M6000 might be able to succeed. The design is inoffensive, the specs are good enough, and that price is just so right. What do you guys think?
Yikes. We're getting word that Motoblur has been down for a while now and that many devices are still affected. Specifically, it looks like the Happenings widget in Motoblur hasn't been updating and that the other widgets (Facebook, twitter, etc) haven't been acting properly either. If these problems are as widespread as the forums make it seem, it's a gigantic black eye on the Motoblur experience (which many Android users feel is unnecessary as it is). There's been no official word from Motorola or T-Mobile on this but some are pointing toward a server issue somewhere. We'll be sure to keep you guys posted.
Anyone with a Motoblur device suffering from these problems?
Samsung Mobile president J.K. Shin at this morning's keynote just announced the Samsung Galaxy S, a monster 4-inch Super AMOLED Android phone.
The phone has three main pillars in its inception: Screen, speed and content.
For screen, it ha the new Super AMOLED technology that Samsung unveiled back at Mobile World Congress, which in addition to bringing the brightest screen available, it brings a 20 percent increase in battery life, Shin said.
On the processor side, it features a 1GHz chip -- the new standard for Samsung, Shin said -- bringing better graphics, multitasking and video.
But really, Shin said, it all boils down to content. The greatest screen in the world means nothing if you don't have content for it. And in that end, full-length movies and TV shows are optimized for the device. Also coming are books, newspapers and magazines. You want content? You got content.
We're headed over to get a closer look. Stay tuned.
File this under "Ain't gonna happen." The rampant rumor that Palm's going to ditch webOS for Android just isn't true. Are things kinda dim right now for the boys and girls from Sunnyvale? Maybe a little, depending on who you ask. But, no, they're not about to scrap the OS in favor of Android. Feel free to hash this out among yourselves, but this one's really much ado about nothing. [via PreCentral]
We're settled in for the first keynote of CTIA. Here's who's on tap this morning: AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets President & CEO Ralph de la Vega; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd’s President of Mobile Communications Business J.K. Shin; AT&T, Inc’s Chairman of the Board and President & CEO Randall Stephenson; and Telefónica Internacional, USA Inc.’s Chairman Iñaki Urdangarín. Also on board is CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent.
No, none of them will tell you when the Hero or Droid or Moment is getting the 2.1 update. We'll check in after it's all over, however, and look for more throughout the day.
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