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2 years ago

Motorola Admiral tipped to Sprint's Direct Connect lineup

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The Motorola Admiral's floated around in name only for a while now, but that ends today. This leaked screen shot points to it being part of Sprint's Direct Connect stable, with Android 2.3, a 3.1-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, a huge 1860 mAh battery that should last forever with that little screen, 5MP camera and a 1.2MHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor. If that's not the fastest little device in the West, we don't know what is. Toss in mil-spec ruggedness and this thing's likely to be a lethal weapon in itself.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Sprint Playbook shows big changes coming to Premier program, return policy, and more (and you won't like any of them)

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We just got our hands of a copy of the latest Sprint Playbook, and while we were hoping for some more info about the LG Marquee and Kyocera Milano, what we found was a bit, well, different.  It seems that in order to stay competitive with Verizon and AT&T (Sprint's words, not ours), some changes are going to be made to several of the perks everyone on Sprint takes for granted. 

For starters, the Sprint Premier program is coming to an end.  Current members will be hearing from Sprint sometime after Sept. 16 with all the details, but the short version is starting at the beginning of this month, enrollment in the program stopped, and you'll have to use your current (and final) Premier upgrade on or before Dec. 31, 2012.  In addition, the other smaller but just as appreciated perks like accessory discounts and annual anniversary gifts end Dec. 31, 2011.  Employees have been instructed how to let everyone down easy, but this will sting no matter how you slice it.

Next up, is a major change to Sprint's 30-day=satisfaction guarantee -- it's getting cut by 16 days.  Like we've seen other carriers do, Sprint will now be switching to a 14-day return policy.  They will still return everything but the restocking fee, you just have a couple weeks less to make up your mind. 

Finally, starting Oct. 2, the "New For You" upgrade time is changing from 22 months, down to 20.  Cutting the time down by two months is nice, but will hardly take the sting of losing the yearly Premier benefit away.

Nothing good can last forever folks, and as Sprint reminds us, they have to do something to stay competitive.  In the end, it's a business and sometimes you have to rob from Peter to pay Paul.  We have some relevant pages of the Playbook after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Marquee (Updated with video)

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The LG Marquee made a cameo appearance tonight in New York, a night before Sprint and LG are slated to "officially" unveil the device at New York City's Fashion Week finale. The Marquee is the next big device from Sprint (after, of course, this Friday's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch launch), officially landing on October 6.

While it's not the most powerful phone on the market, we loved it as the Optimus Black -- read our full review -- and it's certainly got some respectable specs: 

  • Dimensions: 4.8" (H) x 2.52" (W) x 0.36" (D)
  • Weight: 3.95oz
  • NOVA Display: 4-inch color TFT (480 x 800) WVGA
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1GHz processor
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 5.5 hrs Talk Time
  • MicroSD Slot (2GB included card)
  • Wifi Enabled-- 802.11 b/g/n (Hotspot capable)
  • Sprint ID
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard (with SWYPE)
  • 5-megapixel camera (rear)
  • 2-megapixel camera (front)

Most important is the display: the Marquee's 4-inch NOVA display is a stunner, and LG seems to think it can compete with the likes of SAMOLED Plus. Well can it? You'll have to see it for yourself,  but in a word: gorgeous. It's super bright, super sharp, and the colors look fantastic. It's noticeably smaller than its 4.3-inch (and now 4.5-inch) brethren, but we won't complain: it feels right.

Another thing to look out for is the "pocketability" of the Marquee. It's super thin and super light. Yeah, light is becoming the norm these days, but it's always refreshing when you can drop a smartphone in your pocket and not know it's there.

No, it doesn't have a dual or tri or quad core processor, but from an initial spin around the UI, everything seems pretty smooth. No stuttering, no stammering, and no hesitations. Sure, that could change once you put it through its paces, but until we do so, don't count the Marquee out.

We've got more photos (and a video!) below.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Lenovo IdeaPad A1

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And then there's the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, aka the little brother of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. It's a wee 7-inch tablet. And while it's nicely put together, we're having a hard time swallowing a Gingerbread tablet when Honeycomb's starting to hit in the same form factor.

It's noticeably slower than its dual-core counterpart, but then again, it's also only $200, and you'd be hard-pressed to beat that at this point.

See what we mean with photos and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7e

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We have seen some Viewsonic tablets in the past, and heard they had some new ones in the works, and we were able to get some time with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7e ahead of its launch. The Viewsonic Viewpad 7e is the entry level 7-inch tablet that they are launching in October, it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, instead of Android 3.2 Honeycomb, like its big brother, the 7x. The device has a 800x600 display powered by a 1GHz processor, but unfortunately will not have Google Market support. The Viewpad 7e will launch with Amazon Appstore integration so you are not left without any applications, and will come preloaded with numerous apps, such as Twitter, TuneIn Radio and Amazon Kindle.

At the $199 price point it is sure to please a number of users who are looking for something small and portable to take with them on the go. Hit the break for more more pictures!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7x

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As we all remember Viewsonic wants us to know that they make Android tablets, and tonight we were able to get our hands on their upcoming Viewsonic Viewpad 7x, a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet. The 7x is the bigger brother to the 7e, which runs Gingerbread, and will be powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHx processor, and sports a 1024x600 capacitive touch screen. The tablet will have full Google Market support and will have an HDMI output and supports 1080p video playback.

Launching at only $379 it is quite a value for anyone looking for a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet. Hit the break to take a look at some still images, and check out the video above.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Lenovo IdeaPad K1

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If you've yet to pick up a Lenovo IdeaPad K1, you're definitely in remiss as far as Honeycomb tablets goes. Lenovo's 10.1-inch consumer-friendly (as opposed to the more business-oriented ThinkPad tablet) is actually a bit of a looker. It's more rounded than the likes of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (we'd dare call it a cousin of the dying HP TouchPad), but it's definitely thicker, too.

For the most part, it's a pretty familiar feel, sporting NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system on a chip, though the Honeycomb user interface has been skinned a bit, plus Lenovo's added its custom launcher and quick-launch system to the home screens. We're actually rather enjoying them -- they're at the very least a little different.

It's got ports up the wazoo as well, which also explains a bit of its girth.

We've got more pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Kyocera Milano

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Here's our first look at Sprint's latest entry-level Android smartphone -- you know it as the Kyocera Milano. It's available now for a mere $49 on contract, and for that you get a 3-inch display, Android 2.3, a 3.2MP camera and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It's got a fairly beefy 1490 mAh battery, with 512MB of RAM and ROM, all powered by Android 2.3

The QWERTY keyboard feels decent enough, albeit a tad small compared to the 4-inch monsters we've been using. But the smaller screen size allows for quicker operation, so while it might not be a dual-core device, it's probably going to be quick enough for anyone on their first Android phone.

We've got a few more pics and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Robo Defense gets another update, continues to be awesome

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Pardon a little gushing folks, but as any long-time Android users know, Robo Defense is one of the real OG games for Android.  And the folks at Lupis Labs haven't forgotten it, as it just got another great update with a new level, a new tower, and new achievements.  There might be newer games on the Market that take advantage of things like Tegra instructions, or need a dual-core powerhouse to run well, but I wanted to take a second and remind everyone about an old favorite. 

Robo Defense runs on any device with Donut or higher, and if you have bought the game you'll have an update waiting for ya in the Android Market.  If you haven't tried it, the link to the free trial is after the break -- check it out and remember how we used to game on our phones.  You'll probably still enjoy the hell out of it.

Revisit and discuss some strategy in the forums!

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2 years ago

Beats audio hidden menus, Considering a Epic 4G Touch [From the Forums]

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We're rolling through the week, which thus far -- has been fairly busy for Android news and packed with some surprises as well. Merge, Gingerbread? Come on! Check out the latest Android reviews, news and rumors in the blogs, and then head on over to the Android Central forums.

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