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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR HD Dock

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Read our full Droid Razr Review!

Here's a quick look at the HD Dock for the Motorola Droid RAZR. It's a simple enough accessory -- you plug in the phone and dock mode launches. It's got a trio of modes -- music, office and bedside (though we'd argue you could easily combine music and bedside if you play your cards right).

Just like with the car dock, the HD dock presents big, bold graphics that are intuitive and easy to hit when you're fumbling around in the middle of the night, or after a 3 p.m. highball in the boardroom.

It's also got a bevy a USB ports in the back along with HDMI out should you want to take advantage of the Webtop capability and run a full version of Firefox from the phone instead of using a real laptop or desktop computer at your desk. There's also a 3.5 mm jack for audio out.

Our only real niggle here is that unsightly bulge that sticks out, but that's what you get when the ports are on the top of the phone. If you can overlook that, you've got yourself a fine-looking dock here. We've got more pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central has arrived on Google+ Pages

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With Google+ Pages now available we've gone ahead and set up our very own Android Central page for you all. Actually, Lloyd did it for us so make you drop by our page and give us a follow and don't be shy to hit that +1 button as you're checking things out!

Follow Android Central on Google+
And follow Mobile Nations on Google+

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2 years ago

U.S. Cellular announces the Samsung Repp along with a new phone and tablet trade-in program

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U.S Cellular has been busy getting ready to release the latest device to their ever expanding Android line-up. Announcing today, the Samsung Repp - an Android 2.3 powered smartphone with a a 3.2-inch HVGA LCD touchcreen, 3 megapixel camera, an 800 MHz processor and 2GB of expandable up-to 32GB storage. If you're looking to move into a starter Android the Samsung Repp is meant for you. 

In addition to the announcement of the Samsung Repp, U.S Cellular also announced a new phone and tablet trade-in program for customers. You can trade-in your old device, even if it's from a different carrier for a check up to $150. Until November 20th, activation fees for select devices are also waived. Check the U.S Cellular website for more deatils.

Source: U.S Cellular

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2 years ago

HTC Edge to be one of the first quad core smartphones in America

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For those of you who ever doubted just how fast the smartphone industry moves, here's a glimpse at the "next best thing": The HTC Edge appears to be one of the first quad-core smartphones heading to the U.S. The ladies and gentlemen over at pocketnow got their hands on the first render of the device, which shows a 4.7-inch megadisplay with 720p resolution atop four (yes four) 1.5 GHz cores of Tegra 3 goodness and 1GB RAM. You've also got an 8MP camera with HTC's new 28-millimeter, f/2.2 lens technology. Now there are still a lot of holes: Carrier? Release date? LTE? And the four capacitve buttons pictured above hint at Gingerbread, but will that eventually be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich? Sit tight, this one's still a way's away, but it's always good to watch the horizon. 

Source: pocketnow

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 4 appears again, this time in Verizon internal systems

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The Motorola Droid 4 has already been spotted in all its glory but there isn't a whole lot of info out there when it comes to a release date. Its been speculated that it would be a while yet before you can head on down to a retail location and pick one up given the Motorola Droid 3 hasn't been out all that long but we're not so sure about that.

Motorola has been busy as of late pushing devices out left and right and with the Motorola Droid 4 now appearing in some Verizon internal testing systems, we're inclined once again to believe it will arrive sooner rather then later. Either way -- we're positive this is not the last we'll hear of the device.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Google+ Pages now open for businesses and brands

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While Google never hesitated in telling folks it was coming, they never said when and now the time has finally arrived. Google+ Pages is now open for businesses and brands alike.  Until now, the focus of Google+ has been on people, and how to connect individuals to each other but as noted on the official Google Blog, Google wants everyone in on the action:

People + pages, better together
Google+ has always been a place for real-life sharing, and Google+ Pages is no exception. After all: behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too.

For you and me, this means we can now hang out live with the local bike shop, or discuss our wardrobe with a favorite clothing line, or follow a band on tour. Google+ pages give life to everything we find in the real world. And by adding them to circles, we can create lasting bonds with the pages (and people) that matter most.

There is already quite a few pages set up for folks like The Muppets, Anderson Cooper 360, Macy's, BurBerry, Angry Birds and more so there is plenty of content to look up. Plus, Google has no introduced Direct Connect. You like something? Search for it -- and you can be directly taken to their Google+ Page if you wish. Hit the source link for the full details while we get to work on our own Google+ page.

Source: Official Google Blog
 

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2 years ago

A better look at the Verizon double data LTE promo plans

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With the announcement of the Motorola Droid RAZR, Verizon also confirmed some new double data LTE plans to go along with it. More data is always a good thing, so we're gald to see it happening on Verizon. So what are they all about and how can you get into them?

Eligibility – Twice the Data

  • All customer types are eligible including consumers, business and Verizon Wireless employees.
  • Data is also doubled on packages with business email.
  • New 4G LTE Smartphone activations and upgrades are eligible as well as existing customers on 4G LTE Smartphones.
  • Customers can switch through My Verizon and My Business.
  • Existing 4G LTE Smartphone customers will not be automatically moved to a double data feature code but can change to one.
  • To avoid prorating, customers may future date the change to the start of their next bill cycle if the date is within the promotional period.
  • Backdating prior to 11/8/11 is not available.
  • 4G LTE Smartphone customers who make a price plan change or an ESN change during the promotional period will be asked to select one of the promotional options.
  • Customers who order a 4G LTE Smartphone, including a DROID RAZR preorder, with a standard usage based data package prior to 11/8/11 and activate during the promotional period will receive promotional pricing.

One caveat here though is that Mobile Hotspot allowance is not doubled, although that is a separate charge anyway so there isn't much room to complain there. Plus, if you're not really needing all this data there is a  $20/300MB data plan that will also be available. You can just past the break for the full details.

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2 years ago

Sprint announces Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC devices

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Word has arrived from Sprint regarding the future availability of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for their smartphones, with an announcement having been made today about their HTC line of devices. From the Sprint Community portal blog:

"Sprint will begin to rollout Google's latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to our customers in early 2012. Ice Cream Sandwich will be available via an over-the-air update to a variety of devices including HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and other key products in our line-up."

These HTC phones join the short list of other existing Android devices to receive the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update. We'll be looking for the update to arrive early next year, but it definitely couldn't arrive soon enough.

Source: Sprint Community Blog; Thanks for the tip, leerage!

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2 years ago

Vivid Entertainment announces their own Google TV channel [NSFW]

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Well, not really sure what to say about this other then we all know the adult entertainment industry is seemingly always ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. VHS, DVD, HD, 3D and more, they've been into it all. Vivid Entertainment is no exception to that and now they've got their own Google TV channel to prove it.

"Vivid for Google TV gives our fans a new way to enjoy Vivid movies in high quality HD and with other benefits that provide a very appealing, highly enjoyable, and user friendly experience," said Steven Hirsch, co-founder and co-chairman of Vivid. "It is a central part of our making Vivid available everywhere concept, which gives fans unified access to our content through their personal computers, mobile devices, tablets, television sets and DVD players."

Can't really argue with an industry that wants to deliver their content to you considering most of the time, we're trying to convince other media outlets they should already be delivering it. If you're looking for more information, you can hit the NSFW source link below.

Source: Vivid; Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Nook Tablet hands-on

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If you loved the Nook Color, which quickly went from e-reader status to beloved hacker tablet, you're going to love the new Barnes & Nobile Nook Tablet. And make no mistake, boys and girls: It may be a be an e-reader at its heart. But with beefed up specs, it's got the teeth of a full-fledged tablet.

We took it for a spin this morning at Barnes & Noble's store in Union Square in New York City. At first blush, you might think you're looking at the Nook Color. The exterior design hasn't changed a bit. The power and volume buttons are all in the same places, it's got that iconic Nook button -- it even feels the same, only lighter.

But once the Nook Tablet's 7-inch IPS display comes to life, you know you're dealing with something different. With casual use, the screen was as bright and vibrant, with deep blacks, as we'd expect on something that costs twice as much. And any sort of lag you've been putting up with on the Nook Color is gone. It's got a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM -- plenty for the customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread that's at the core of the tablet. The UI was as smooth as you could hope, and video playback was without stutter.

Of course, content is key, and BN's ramped things up with deep Netflix integration -- which Netflix itself tells us is "deeper" than on any tablet before it. Which could just be that your recommendations are fed directly to the UI. There's also tons of music and, of course, reading materials to keep you occupied for days, which is also what you have for battery life. Figure an hour of reading a day, and you'll be going for weeks on a single charge. Or so we're told.

We've still got a ways to go before anyone (outside Barnes & Noble that is) declares the Nook Tablet King of the Winter Carnival. But from even our brief time with it, it's most definitely a contender at $249.

Check out our hands-on pics and video after the break.

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