Each week we break down the best of the Smartphone Experts Network for your reading pleasure. It's possible you caught every single one of the 191 posts we published across our network this week, but we won't hold everybody to that. Device leaks, device announcements, and site contests all await you here - so read on!
Hey, if you live in the UK, go out to your local Vodafone shop and grab a HTC Magic. Today, May 1st, is officially Magic Launch Day. Go toy around with it, take some pictures, buy it, unbox it, use it, and be sure to let us know about it in our forums.
Oh, and if you're feeling generous, we wouldn't mind it if you went and bought one for us too!
We know you want the Samsung I7500 because we want it badly too. Unfortunately for us, there aren't any details on a US launch date (or carrier, at that) so we'll have to continue twiddling our thumbs waiting for T-Mobile, Sprint, or maybe even Verizon to step up to the plate and claim this sleek and sexy device.
But it's not all bad news! Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark are confirmed to receive I7500 goodness. Pricing is obviously not set and the only confirmed carrier is O2 in Germany but we're told to expect launch in a few months or so.
The Android Netbook rumor mill just keeps churning along. This time, Averatec is dropping their name with Android with reports stating that the company will be releasing a sub-notebook with a "surprise" operating system that "merges cell phone and PC technology".
If you're interested in Android netbooks, Skytone has got you covered. They're pricing the Skytone Alpha 680, the world's first Android netbook, at $250 which is well, just okay. The Skytone Alpha 680 has a pretty unique design that mashes up a tablet and a netbook--though you get the usefulness of a touchscreen, you'll still be limited by the netbook.
In the video, some apps are showcased and they're a lot better than expected. However, don't go on expecting amazing multitasking from this relatively underwhelming machine. To remind you of the Alpha 680's specs:
ARM11 533MHz processor
1GB storage (4GB max)
128MB RAM (256MB max)
Yeah, we're meh-ing this one for now. What about you guys?
Check out part two of the video hands-on after the break
We're not quite sure if we still expect Motorola to crank out the rumored 10 Android phones by the end of the year, but we are getting even more indication that handsets are on the way.
In Moto's quarterly financials, co-CEO Sanjay Jha says "We plan to have differentiated Android-based devices in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season." So work is definitely ongoing, and we could well see something before then, be it the "Ironman" phone or the Calgary, destined for Verizon.
Oh, and speaking of financials, Moto posted a $291 million loss for the first quarter as its overall sales of cell phones were down 45 percent.
Wow. After months of little to no Android hardware news, this week has been AMAZING. Motorola is supposedly lining up to release another Android Device dubbed the 'Ironman' in Q3. This report coming off the news of the Motorola Calgary releasing to Verizon is just beautiful.
At the moment, details are vague but the Ironman is supposed to pack a hefty punch of power with everything you'd want in a smartphone: 3G, WiFi, high-resolution camera, etc. The picture above seems to showcase a Palm Pre-esque sliding form-factor with a relatively large keyboard. The screen looks a tad small to run Android but the mockup looks a little 'off' to begin with. We'll definitely know more about this device in the future.
How excited are you guys about Android after this week!
Vodafone recently hinted in an interview that though they'll be developing more Android devices, those upcoming Android devices may be less Google-centric than the current Android phones available (namely, the Magic and the G1). According to Vodafone's Rachel Williams:
While the HTC Magic contains all the Google features we've come to expect tightly integrated, like Google Mail, future offerings might be more of a 'basic' package, where networks will want to put their own clients on there instead.
We examined the Android vs Google phenomenon in a previous article and it's beginning to look like this Android-centric or Google-centric tug-of-war will become an issue as the Android platform grows. And though Google's integration with Android is best-in-class, the fact of the matter is, not everyone needs to be tied down to Google clients--carrier's may be more interested in developing Android sans Google.
We've been interested in a Motorola Android Device here at Android Central since Android was announced--the combination of high-end Motorola hardware plus capable Android software seemed to be a match made in heaven. That dream is finally looking to come true because according to some reports, Motorola is planning to release the Android-powered Calgary which is an uber-sexy, QWERTY slider-type device.
If the reports are to be believed, the Calgary will launch on Verizon, who wouldn't mind a good phone or three of their own. Can you imagine that? Android, Motorola, and Verizon sitting in a tree. Hopefully the picture above captures what Motorola wants to do design-wise with the Calgary--we truly believe that Moto can re-define the smartphone landscape with a game-changing Android device.
We know you guys are interested in the Samsung I7500, just look at that beautiful device, how could you possibly resist? And after months and months of no news regarding Android devices, this Samsung device is truly a breath of fresh air. The Android platform is reinvigorated and rightfully so.
Seriously, this week has simply been amazing for Android. We finally got an official announcement from Samsung regarding their Android plans and now we already get to see the Samsung I7500 in a hands-on video!
The Samsung I7500 looks incredibly sleek, sharp, and sexy. Though the I7500 and the HTC Magic are both touchscreen-only devices, their build seems to be a bit different. The I7500 possesses sharper lines, may even be thinner and has a 3.5mm headphone jack!. Quite simply, the I7500 is a great looking device that packs a punch. Here are the specs once again:
5 megapixel camera with LED flash
Tri-Band 7.2Mbps HSDPA (900/1700/2100MHZ)
320x480 pixel 3.2″ AMOLED Screen
WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth
8GB Internal Storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD)
3.5mm Headset Jack (YES!!!)
So, anyone beginning to lean I7500 over HTC Magic? We just might have to..
If you want to see an unboxing video of the HTC Magic (and who doesn't?) we've got a video clip for you up above (courtesy of netbooknews.de). The Magic shown is actually the mysterious black version which, to us, looks very attractive. One cause for concern is that the Magic is uber-glossy and fingerprints will certainly be an issue.
In our opinion, the HTC Magic looks great. The size seems to be close to perfect, the curves are beautiful, and the build quality is deemed to be "pretty good". We can't wait to get our hands on a Magic in the near future!
You Spaniards can't have all the fun with an earlier-than-expected release of the HTC Magic! Vodafone Germany has made the HTC available for their customers and you can get it for the low, low price of €1 (if your plan qualifies of course).
With so much news in the past few days regarding the HTC Magic and the countless countries it's launching on, one has to begin to wonder when the heck T-Mobile is going to jump into the fray..
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