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2 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt Review

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A familiar phone gets faster, thanks to Verizon's LTE network

 

It isn't very often that a smartphone has the the staying power to remain a best-seller for an entire year, and it's even more rare to see that smartphone still have a major buzz factor when it hits another carrier some 12 months after it was initially announced. That phone, of course, is the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint. And it's been revamped and revitalized as the HTC ThunderBolt -- the first 4G LTE smartphone on Verizon.

Let's just get this out of the way -- yes, the ThunderBolt is nearly a dead ringer for the Sprint EVO 4G, another HTC device. And that's a good thing. The EVO 4G was the first Wimax device, and the first Android smartphone with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and we'd still have little problem recommending it to someone today. So it was of little surprise that the ThunderBolt caused such a commotion leading up to its announcement at CES in January 2011, and that frustration over the nearly three months it took until release crescendoed to a level never before seen.

But, indeed, the ThunderBolt ushers in a new era -- the LTE era -- and that means a whole new experience. So join us after the break as we break down the ThunderBolt and its place atop of the smartphone mountain.

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation hits the FCC again, for real this time

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To add to the confusion, the HTC Sensation has cleared the FCC, and this time it has a name.  A few days back a phone with no name, identified only by a model number cleared the FCC, and we all thought that was the Sensation.  Today we see a different phone, with a different model number, but the name HTC Sensation clearly identified, making it's way through the FCC verification process.  Odds are that this time it really is the HTC Sensation.  The phone has T-Mobile "4G" radios and everything else is still marked confidential.  But it does say HTC Sensation, so it has to be it.  Right?  Right?

So to recap:

  • The PG58130 is the HTC Sensation according to the FCC label.
  • The PG59100 is the HTC Doubleshot according to information from the system dump.
  • The PG58100 is something with T-Mobile radios and FCC approval.  Now to find out what.

Source: FCC via UnwiredView. Nice sleuthing, Florin!

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2 years ago

ColorSnap makes painting your house a whole lot simpler

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Sherwin-Williams has released its ColorSnap app for Android, and suddenly I can’t remember how I lived life without it. For someone who’s colorblind like me, the app is a downright miracle and for normal sighted folk, it’s still pretty darn useful. The concept is simple and works like a charm: snap a picture of just about anything, or use photos already in your gallery, and ColorSnap will analyze the selected portion of the pic and match it to one of their millions of paint colors. Have a portrait you want to match your walls to? Snap it and the app will get you to Sherwin-Williams’ closest matching color. Admitted, I’ll never know exactly what the heck “Quixotic Plum” is, but at least now I know it’s what I used in my 2nd grade art project. Now if only I had ColorSnap that time I accidentally painted my walls "Barney purple"… Hit the break to grab Colorsnap for free from the Android Market.

Source: Sherwin-Williams

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2 years ago

US Cellular to provide 4G LTE service to 25% of customers by the holiday season

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US Cellular announced today that it will begin its LTE rollout and will be able to provide the 4G service to 25 percent of its customers by the holiday season. The initial coverage areas will include parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. Some of the cities that will seeing the faster speeds first include Milwaukee, Madison, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Greenville, NC and Portland, Maine.

To compliment the new LTE service, US Cellular will also introduce a range of 4G enabled devices, which will continue to be released alongside deployment throughout 2012. More 4G LTE is a good thing and it looks like US Cellular customers will not have to wait long. Full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Droid Charge case review: Mobi Products Skin Case

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Here's the Mobi Products skin case for the Samsung Droid Charge, one of the first cases for the new 4G LTE phone on Verizon. And it's a simple case, providing basic protection.

What you've got is a simple but durable skin that wraps around your phone. Or you slide the phone inside it. Your call. Regardless of how you get it in there, the case protects the shell of your phone from scratches or dings and helps improve your grip, which is good, seeing how the Droid Charge is a large device. It slips on and off fairly easily, but not so easy that it should come off without warning.

The skin case also sports an anti-dust coating, which is good for these rubberized types of skins. It has cutouts for the camera, microUSB port, lanyard holder, microphone and HDMI port. The volume rocker and power button are covered, but you can use them easily through the case.

The Mobi Products Skin Case, available in black, clear (seen here), purple or pink, is available for $9.99 from the Android Central Store. We've got more pics after the break.

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2 years ago

How to remove the Infuse 4G microSD card

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(Yes, you'll need instructions)

You really shouldn't need an instruction manual to remove the microSD card from a phone. But things get a little tricky with the Samsung Infuse 4G.

Open up the battery cover and there's no card to be found. OK, there's a picture of one on the FCC label, but where the heck is the card? Samsung tucked it up under the SIM card. It's spring-loaded and pops out straight down toward the bottom of the phone.

But that's not the only trick -- it's mounted face down. You'll need to make sure the printed side is down, and the gold contacts are facing up.

As for actually getting your fat fingers around and under the card to remove it? You're on your own. Check out our trials and tribulations after the break.

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson officially reveals Xperia Acro

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Apparently Cinco de Mayo isn't just a day for celebration and drinking, phone manufacturers like to join in on the fun, too.  Sony Ericsson announced a new addition to its Xperia line of phones, the Xperia Acro, the Japanese cousin to the SE Xperia Arc.

In a press release, Sony Ericsson told us its new phone would have Android 2.3 on board, huzzah!  It's always a good sign to see manufacturers preloading Gingerbread on their new phones.  It'll handle the processing with the help of a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 205 GPU.  The camera will snap photos at 8.1MP and record video at 720p.  With the included Exmor R for mobile technology, low light stills and videos will turn out surprisingly well, often negating the use for the camera flash.  SE brags the Acro has "best-in-class imaging and display technology features," something we can certainly attest to given the excellence of the Xperia Arc's camera.  This allows it to take full advantage of the mobile TV functionality it's capable of.  All this goodness will be displayed on a 4.2-inch extra-wide screen powered by the Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine.  You'll be able to pick up an Acro this summer in black or white.

We have SE's full press release after the break.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

New demo video of Android Apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Just a few days ago our pals at CrackBerry got their first look at Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook, which is something we knew was coming for a while now. And now RIM has posted on its  blog a live video of how it all works on the device itself. Nothing crazy, all information that we have known, just nice to see the applications running live on the device itself while in someone's hands.

Source: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

A lucky few buying the Nexus S 4G two days early

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Looks like some Sprint stores are unleashing the Nexus S 4G a few days early, according to some excited chatter in the forums. Despite the May 8 release date (that's this Sunday), some folks are saying they’ve managed to purchase their shiny new Google phone today. We’re pretty sure these are isolated cases but if you're  itching too hard to wait ‘til Sunday, it couldn’t hurt to drop by your local Sprint store to see how far some sweet talking will get you.

Source: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Welcome to the newly redesigned Android Central!

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What's all this, then?

Oh, hello Android lover - welcome to the all-new Android Central! We've been spending the past few months giving your favorite site for Android forums, reviews, news, and information a whole new look and bringing new functionality to every page you visit.

Of course, any big redesign can bring bugs, so please go on and tell us both the good and the bad in this forum thread (and, yeah, please clear your browser cache if things look really bad). We'd love to take you on a quick tour, so join us, won't you?

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