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HTC Rezound review

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It's going to be a very busy holiday season for Verizon Wireless. With last week's release of the Droid RAZR, Big Red has made it very clear that it wants to be, at least for a few months, atop the Android heap. Now, with this week's release of the HTC Rezound, Verizon has upped the ante even further with a powerhouse of a device that skimps not on the specs. The Galaxy Nexus will close out the trifecta, leaving consumers with a pretty difficult choice. Of the three new releases, which one is worthy of your money? And which one is worth signing over the next two years of your life for?

I can't help but think of the HTC Rezound as the awkward middle child in Verizon's three-sibling family. If the RAZR is the oldest with a reputation of being able to take care of itself, and the Galaxy Nexus is the youngest who gets all the attention, where does it leave the Rezound? Is it the silent star who'll go on to outshine its siblings, or will it be the brother who lives with its parents till he's 40? I think it'll manage to avoid both extremes, and you should read on to see why. 

 


Jaw-dropping display. Beats Audio is the real deal and it sets a new bar for music on a smartphone. Verizon's LTE is still unbelievably fast.


It's really, really hefty. HTC seems to have overlooked style for function. Battery life could be better. Oh, and did we mention it doesn't have Ice Cream Sandwich?



If the Galaxy Nexus weren't right around the corner, I'd be singing the Rezound's praises from the rooftops. If you are a music junkie and want a beautiful display atop a powerhouse device (with LTE!) right this instant, the Rezound is for you. For the next few weeks, it'll be the best Android device on the market. If you could care less about Beats and are even contemplating the Galaxy Nexus, I'd wait it out.

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2 years ago

CNNMoney app now available in the Android Market

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If you are a fan of money -- which we know you are -- odds are that you have read a thing or two on CNNMoney, and who wouldn't enjoy having that information easily accessible while on the go? Today CNN launched CNNMoney into the Android market so you can now keep track of your favorite stocks, keep up with breaking alerts, and be in the loop of other financial happenings that are taking place all in real time. With a super slick, and elegant interface, and a price tag of free, there is no reason you shouldn't be hitting the break to check out the download links now!

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus inches ever closer to Verizon stores

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This is way, way inside baseball, but what we've got here is a look at a whole mess o' Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones en route to Verizon. This gives us absolutely no idea of when -- or if, actually -- we'll see phones in stores (presumably an order like this means in-store sales, and not direct fulfillment only), but it's yet another step in the process, no?

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Verbatim announces 2nd-generation portable keyboard for tablets

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Many of us now-a-days are trying to replace lugging around those clunky laptops with a new shiny Android tablet, but one thing that holds many back is attempting to type for long periods of time on any given tablet. Sure there are many great keyboard replacement options available, but that still isn't ideal, which is why Verbatim has brought to us their 2nd Gen keyboard. This keyboard offers many great features, such as 

  • Now compatible with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom and other Android tablet devices with both Bluetooth connectivity and HID keyboard support
  • Ultra-compact design- Keyboard folds and stores in carry case for maximum portability
  • Media console- Includes enhanced volume and digital music controls
  • Now pairs with up to six devices at one time
  • Extras- A carrying case for the keyboard and iPhone stand are also included, providing even greater freedom and mobility
  • Enhanced Function Keys- New, easy-to-use function keys for cut, copy, paste and undo and more

The keyboard will be on sale at most major retailers, and carry a price tag of $79, but that is only a small price to pay if you are looking to be able to crank out some school papers, or write a nice long winded response to an email you receive.

Souce: Verbatim

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2 years ago

EVO Design 4G review

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Since the EVO 4G came out many moons ago, Sprint promised us we'd see more in their EVO brand, and it delivered. Soon after we saw the EVO Shift 4G, then the EVO 3D, and now the EVO Design 4G.

So how does the newest in the EVO line hold up? Can it hang with the best of them or will it be relegated to the discount rack? Is one processor enough? Will it come in white? Does it blend?

If you're looking for answers to these questions, strap yourself in, buckle up, and join me after the break.


Aluminum unibody feels solid and the screen is bright and gorgeous. Phone is easily pocketable and lightweight.


Battery life can leave some in the lurch, and the aluminum body can lead to some unwanted slippage.



The EVO Design 4G is another good Android phone on Sprint. The smaller screen and single processor all justify the lower price tag, but there's no qualities that make this phone stand out as the phone to buy for the cost.

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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive gets its Android 3.2 update

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The Toshiba Thrive Android tablet has received its update to Android 3.2. In addition to the version bump, you're also getting:

  • Enables an improved compatibility mode enhancing the way applications originally designed for smaller screen devices appear and function on the larger tablet display.
  • Improves screen rotation acceleration.
  • Adds extended screen support API, giving developers more precise control over the user interface across a range of Android-powered devices.

Thrive owners can snag the update in the tablet's update app. Do note that if you use the Android Market widget, it might disappear because of a naming change. You can add it back after the update.

More: Toshiba; Thanks, Andrew!

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2 years ago

Amazon releases Price Check app just in time for the holidays

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Amazon has released it app Price Check by Amazon to both the Android Market and its  own Appstore. Price Check by Amazon is an app that allows you to compare prices for products across a variety of retailers.

When searching for the product you want, you have the option of scanning a barcode, speaking the name of the product, taking a picture or simply typing the name. Once the search engine finds what you're looking for, you'll see the product page with three tabs. The first and most important is the Prices tab, which aggregates prices from numerous sources. Description brings up details about the item you're viewing in case you want to know more information and finally Reviews, which displays Amazon Customer Reviews so you can see what others think before you make a purchase.

The app is very handy and will prove useful this holiday season when you're trying to buy presents at the lowest possible prices. As mentioned above, this free app can be found in both the Amazon Appstore and Android Market. We've got links to the Market version after the break.

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2 years ago

How to hide your Wifi from Google's location database

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2 years ago

UK Galaxy Nexus availability updated -- some delayed until next week

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As the confirmed (and re-confirmed) UK Galaxy Nexus launch date approaches, we're hearing more and more reports of delays in shipping handsets out to customers. British online retailer Clove, which is usually pretty accurate with its release dates, now expects its first batch of Nexii next Wednesday, Nov. 23. Clove says "this will be part of the first batch of SIM-free stock that is available in the UK". Many of the other retailers we spoke to said the most recent date they had from Samsung was Nov. 17, but that they had yet to receive stock, and couldn't guarantee that they'd have any on launch day.

Meanwhile, Three UK -- which started taking pre-orders yesterday -- has said it won't be able to fulfill its pre-orders until next Tuesday, Nov. 22, due to "stock delays". Three adds that it's still expecting its retail stores to receive stock on the 18th, but that it can't fully confirm this yet.

So far the only place that's definitely stocking the Galaxy Nexus on the official launch date of Nov. 17 is Phones4U. However it seems you'll need to jump on a 24-month service agreement to get your launch-day Nexus, as the retailer isn't selling any unlocked or Pay As You Go stock.

We'll keep you updated with any more details in the hours and days ahead.

Source: @ThreeUK, Clove Blog

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2 years ago

Netflix launches redesigned Android tablet app

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We told you it was coming on last week's podcast (just another reason you need to listen to the Greatest Android Podcast in the World), and today Netflix has made official its redesign Android tablet app. Gone is the scaled-up phone app, and arrived is a tablet-optimized UI that gives you better access to movies and TV shows.

The update's not just for traditional Android tablets -- the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire will get in on the game as well.

Source: Netflix

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