Here's the deal: Most of the time normal consumers (that's not likely to be many of you out there, right?) purchase a smartphone, they do it on contract. That's 24 months in which you're legally obligated to pay Verizon the monthly penance, and in exchange Verizon subsidizes the cost of the phone, getting it down to $300, $200, or maybe even less -- all the way down to free.
But what's not often talked about is the one-year contract. You pay a little more up front for the hardware, but you're only indebted to the carrier for 12 months. And, really, it's the way to go.
But Verizon apparently is about to do away with that. So you'll either have to pay $500 or $600 for a top-end smartphone, or get ready to sign away two years of your contract life. Up to you. Thanks, W!
Samsung has finally announced that the Wifi only Galaxy Tab is coming, and that brings up a very interesting question we want to ask you guys. Which would you buy, the Wifi Tab, or the Nook Color? On the outside, they are pretty similar. Both are seven inchers, neither runs Honeycomb, and with the current state of AOSP, maybe neither one ever will.
The innards have a good many differences, starting with the Tab having a 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU and the Nook Color using a TI OMAP 3621 at 800 MHz. The Tab's GPU is a step up from the Nook's, but both are capable PowerVR chips, and both check in at 512 MB of RAM. Storage space on the Wifi Tab is 16GB, and the Nook comes with 8GB on board -- both can handle up to a 32 GB SD card. The biggest hardware difference is the cameras (front and rear) on the Tab.
On the software side, the Tab ships with Froyo, and according to rumors the Nook is scheduled to get Froyo with "tablet features" and Adobe Flash sometime this month. As it stands now, you'll need to root and hack the Nook Color to get the same feature set as the Tab, but that's a really simple affair, with none of that locked and encrypted mumbo jumbo you've heard about with other Android devices.
I guess it all really comes down to personal preference, so we've set up a poll. Let us know what you think, and discuss in the Nook Color and Galaxy Tab forums!
Although we recently had to unleash some bad news for Motorola Bravo owners addressing the delay of Froyo, that doesn't mean Motorola has stopped working on the update altogether. In fact, Motorola has now announced that they are seeking out some beta testers for a pre-release round of testing for the eventual OTA update.
Motorola and AT&T are happy to announce a pre-release of the first software upgrade* for BRAVO™ with MOTOBLUR™, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 BRAVO™ owners to test and provide feedback on the upgrade to FroYo (Android 2.2).
This registration period will be open until we receive our limit of qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners' Forums to register. If you're interested in testing and want to take part, just join Motorola's community now and then fill out the short registration form.
Although registration doesn't guarantee you a slot for when the testing begins, adding your name to the list is certainly worth it. Hit the source link for the full details and registration link [Motorola Owners' Forum]
It's Thursday and as we get set to rock yet another awesome podcast for you all some folks in the forum are having some fun at guessing the next OS name for Android after ice cream. If you think you've got the next version pegged then join us in the forums and post what you think it will be. If you're not really into guessing games hit up some of the threads below:
After getting into a battle with Twitter over its use of Twitter's real-time search access, the folks from Scoopler have moved on and have now released their Just Spotted celebrity tracking application to the Android Market. As described in their press release, the Alpha version release allows you to:
Receive push notifications whenever a celebrity is spotted in your area. Check out the list of nearby spottings to see other spottings near you or click ‘everywhere’ to see the latest spottings world-wide. Click any spotting for more details.
Stalkerish? Certainly, but that's pretty much what they are going for here -- if all you Justin Bieber fans out there are ever going to have a chance at meeting him, you'll first need to know where he is. Jump on past the break for the full press release.
Some of us don't need a big, bulky case that protects our phones from rough treatment, and prefer a slim case that keeps things from getting scratched and slips easily into a pocket or purse. The Case-Mate Barely There case for the Inspire 4G is that case.
It's a one-piece, very thin (hey, it's barely there!) hard, yet flexible and impact resistant shell that neatly covers the rear of your Inspire 4G or Desire HD. It's designed to leave all the ports and buttons on the top and bottom of the phone open, and the volume switch on the side is cut-out for easy use. It's simple to put on and take off, and is going to do a great job keeping the back of your phone from getting dings or scratches. While the case covers the back and corners, the included Case-Mate screen protector covers the big 4.3-inch piece of glass up front.
If you live in Canada and have managed to hold off importing a Samsung Nexus S from the U.S. then your patience has paid off. TELUS has now posted the device up on their site for ordering and as was rumored, pricing is as follows:
No contract - $549.99
1 year contract - $499.99
2 year contract - $449.99
3 year contract - $179.99
The no contract price is a little higher then what was given at launch for the U.S version but -- I guess that's the cost Canadians pay for also having AT&T compatible 3G on their versions. Now, question is who in the U.S is going to be importing one from Canada to use on AT&T? In other TELUS related news, Best Buy also has TELUS owned Koodo Mobiles version showing on their site as well. [Best Buy, Koodo, TELUS]
This won't mean much to you if you're not a kernel developer, but what those developers can and will do with it certainly will. Now all we need is the Transformer to get on the shelves. [Asus] Thanks, Ray!
Vodafone UK shows us their interpretation on the "evolution of mobile" in a really cool video. It's starts at the beginning with the Zack Morris phone, through the myriad of Nokias -- there's even a BlackBerry in there. It's a well done feast for the eyes, and worth a look.
Where has mobile evolved? No fruitfones here. Vodafone thinks the HTC Desire S is the pinnacle of mobile evolution, and who are we to argue? [Vodafone video channel] Thanks, anon!
Although the Motorola XOOM has been available for a while in the U.S., the WiFi only version is now making its way to Canada. Pre-orders began quite some time ago but as of yesterday Best Buy and Future Shop are now taking shipment orders online with in store availability happening on April 8. As expected, retail cost still remains at $599.99 for the WiFi only version. Be sure to check out all of our previous Motorola XOOM coverage, and by all means if you're looking for more info hit our forums. Full press release can be found after the break. [Motorola]
After having earned user approval after a long open beta testing period, LinkedIn for Android has finally hit the Android Market and is now ready for mass consumption. If you are looking to download the app you will need a device running Android 2.1 or higher. You'll find the current release sitting at v1.0.0.
Having done some of the beta testing myself I can say overall, the application is built rather well. No doubt it'll see some updates as it gets into the hands of more users but for now, it's certainly worth a look if you're looking to maintain your account on the go If you've got a LinkedIn account and haven't grabbed it, jump on past the break for the download link.
Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (conveniently called the Samsung Galaxy Tab) is in the midst of getting a software update, it seems. The 34.6MB update to software version EC02 does the following:
Enhanced browser performance and speed.
Searching for Wifi hotspots doesn't hurt battery life.
Improvements to e-mail, including proper linking, time in the status bar shows when the email was received, download Word docs, send multiple name cards, open 5MB video attachments, fonts better sized.
An e-mail just dropped from Barnes & Noble, bringing details of its upcoming wave of new applications. First off, devs are now able to register and start submitting apps at NookDeveloper.com. The usual revenue split is present -- 70 percent to the developer, 30 percent to BN. There will be free and paid apps, and -- wait for it -- free trials. Apps will need approval from BN before being released to the public.
In addition, developers will have:
Access to “Developer Mode” services, which will enable adb (Android Debugging Bridge) access on NOOK Color to facilitate application development and debugging
Public and private interaction with other developers and NOOK App Developer technical experts
Early access to development tools, APIs, resources and services
An app review/acceptance process that will follow the company’s content acceptance policies as with books to ensure the content is appropriate for the Barnes & Noble customer
We're still awaiting that major framework update, but it's coming. Looks like big things are still ahead for the Nook Color. Full text of the e-mail from BN is after the break, and be sure to swing by our Nook Color forums.
Don't know just when we'll see the Desire 2 or the Wildfire S on Ceulluar South, but they're definitely on their way. And for you Windows Phone 7 fans, it looks like the HTC 7 Pro is headed that way, too. Thanks, anon!
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