Sometimes you just have to have that desktop experience. I use a laptop for my everyday computer. But when I can, I use it in the more traditional sense -- with a full keyboard and mouse -- plus a nice, big second monitor. And that's another feature that we're loving in the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- proper USB support.
The Transformer's got not one but two USB 2.0 ports for you to use on the keyboard dock. (There's another reason to shell out the extra $149, eh?) Friend or a co-worker have something to show you on a flash drive? Just pop it in. Want to use a USB keyboard or mouse? Go right ahead.
And it's that simple. You just plug them in, and they work.
So now that we've written a word or three (thousand) about the ASUS EeePad Transformer's life as a Honeycomb laptop, let's put it up against one of our old netbooks, the 10-inch ASUS EeePC 1000HE.
And what a difference a couple years makes, eh? On the Eee PC you've got an Intel Atom N280 processor at 1.66GHz. The EeePad Transformer sports an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor. They've both got 1GB of RAM, but the Eee PC's can (and should) be upgraded to 2GB. And, of course, the Transformer runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb while the Eee PC sports Windows XP (or Windows 7 if you feel like upgrading).
The Eee PC wins in the storage department, with a 160GB hard drive. The Transformer has to make do with either 16GB or 32GB.
But it's the size that really knocks you out of the park. The Eee PC is downright portly when compared to the Transformer. It's like comparing a Macbook Air to that 7-pound monster laptop your day job forces you to carry around.
Update: US Cellular says this date is not correct and that the Merge will launch "later this spring."
Looks like HTC's comments about the HTC Merge arriving on "multiple carriers" really is starting to ring true. With Alltel and Cellular South already on the list we can also now check of US Cellular as the above image shows us all a release date of April 29. We will of course, wait to see if that date pans out given that we're not exactly sure of how old the information may be but -- we're pretty confident it will arrive sooner then later. Until then, check out our previous coverage of the HTC Merge
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Although we've known for quite some time about the Sprint Motorola Xoom and Samsung Nexus S 4G, one thing about both of those devices that still eludes us seemingly is the launch date. We've seen some rumors here and there but overall, nothing official has made it out. That said, the latest Sprint playbook now has employee training dates listed in it, which leads us to believe launch is only just around the corner. Hopefully after "school" gets out, we'll have a more specific date for you all but until then -- we're fine with knowing things are still moving for both these devices. [via the Android Central app]Thanks, anon!
We can't read too much into this, but an Android Central forums member with a good eye for detail caught this one on Google. Seems if you search "HTC Sensation" ( if you haven't already, watch the videos HTC has posted) you just might see a sponsored link from HTC.com that has the June 8 date there plain as day. Some of us here around the water cooler can see the sponsored link, some of us can't -- so don't fret if you're not seeing it either. But trust us, it's there. Could it be more than just a typo or a placeholder date? Your guess is as good as ours, but in either case it's worth having a look at. Take a look, and hit the forums to discuss!Thanks, Captain Marvelous!
Although it was a timid day for device news, we did manage to get some hands-on time with the fresh, and green Samsung Replenish from Sprint -- which of course comes with that uber cool solar powered battery cover. Be sure to check that out, if you've not done so already. In the forums, we've got some excited Atrix users, frustrated Thunderbolt users and plenty of folks just looking to talk Android love -- jump on in.
The Casio Commando will be launching April 28 on Verizon according to these leaked documents provided by an avid reader. Just because Verizon isn't talking about the Commando doesn't mean we haven't heard of it and seen it before, and even seen it's supposed due date come and go in a leaked Big Red roadmap. We also have some specs for the Commando thanks to both the internal and external comparison sheets (after the break), and while they aren't spectacular, the ruggedness sort of makes up for it. Yes, the Commando lives up to it's name, carrying the 810G Military Specification -- making it one tough phone. The rest of the specs:
800 MHz CPU
3.6-inch screen at 480x800
512 MB RAM
5 MP camera
8 GB microSD card included (support for 32 GB)
Mobile hotspot capable
Of course the Casio GzGear apps are all included, as well as Verizon's value-added applications. It may not be the "super phone" some are looking for, but it does look like one rough and ready handset. Hit the break to see the comparisons, including another Photoshop boo-boo. I'll let you find that one yourselves. Thanks, Anonymous!
Want more of the Samsung Replenish? Well here she be, folks. We've mentioned that it's made of more than 80 percent recycled materials. And it's got the Sprint Green ID pack. But what really piqued our interest was the solar-powered battery cover.
You can buy a Replenish for $49.99 (on contract), and for an extra $30 you can pick up a battery cover that has solar cells embedded in it. Point it skyward and 60 minutes later you've got another 15 minutes of talk time. It's not going to get you through the day, but it's going to be darn handy in a pinch. Check it out.
We go hands-on with Sprint's first eco-friendly smartphone
We met up with Sprint tonight in a cozy Chelsea bar and bring you our first look at the Samsung Replenish. It's Sprint's first eco-friendly smartphone, made in large part from recycled materials. The basic specs, if you recall, are a 2.8-inch touchscreen 600MHz processor and a meager 256MB of RAM and a 2MP camera. So high-end, it is not. But it is running Android 2.2, so it's go that going for it, which is nice.
What you've got is a relatively solid-feeling smartphone with a physical keyboard, something we've been sorely lacking on Android. The keys are decent enough, raised just the right amount with a little bit of curvature.
You also get four four physical buttons, in the menu-home-back-search configuration. The left-hand bezel sports the volume rocker, and the right hand has a voice-activation button and camera button. The power button and 3.5mm headphone jack are up top.
Pop off the back and you have access to the 1600mAh battery and microSD card, which you can swap out without having to remove the battery first.
All in all, if you're looking for an Android phone on Sprint with a physical keyboard, well, you've found it. It's not the fastest, but you will be the first kid on your block with a "green" smartphone.
It's baseball season, and for the many of us who play fantasy baseball, there has been an app missing from Android for quite some time that finally arrived recently: ESPN FLB (or Fantasy League Baseball). With this app, you can manage your ESPN fantasy baseball team on the go from any Android device.
This app is offered in two versions: a free and a premium. The free version will allow you to manage your rosters, including proposing and accepting trades and setting lineups while the premium offers additional content from ESPN. If you’re someone who just wants the app to manage your baseball roster, the free version will probably work just fine. If you want extra analysis and tips, you may want to spring for the premium version, which is $4.99. This article will mainly talk about the Premium version.
When you first open the app, you will see ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball homescreen. Once logged in, it will display your current matchup with up-to-date scoting to give you a quick glimpse as to how you’re doing. Underneath that box, recent headlines from around the baseball world are displayed. As you scroll down the page, there will be an array of options to choose from: Latest Headlines for a more indepth look at the news, MLB Scoreboard, which gives you scores from around the league, Video, which will display a clip of a major recent news story, Latest Tweets, which is essentially a list that compiles all of the baseball analysts’ Tweets at ESPN
Within the scoring box on top of the homepage, there are three options: League Home, myTeam and Scoreboard. Selecting League Home will bring you all of the latest news and transactions from around your specific league. myTeam will display your current roster, giving you the option to adjust your lineup accordingly and Scoreboard will show all the current scores in your league at the moment.
Other options within your League include: Manage DL, Standings, Players, Schedule, Message Board, League Settings and Waiver Order; all of which are pretty self explanatory. In the top right corner though is an button I really like. Once you click the button, you will be brought to your Activity Feed, where it will provide the most up-to-date news on players that currently reside on your roster in addition to players that are added or dropped in your league. It’s very handy and prevents you from having to go through each player’s news individually. You can narrow it down if you want to if you only want transactions or player updates displayed.
Overall, the app is very handy for managing your ESPN fantasy baseball team. It took a while, but there is finally a dedicated app from ESPN to help with your fantasy baseball season. Good luck! More pics, and download links after the break.
It is no secret that Intel has been late to the ARM-dominated mobile industry, but the chip giant is looking to get in to the fight in a pair of big initiatives. The first is getting Honeycomb to run on various Atom tablets that could see Windows and even MeeGo as possible boot options alongside Android. Intel had enough clout with Google to get the Honeycomb source code, which still has not been released to the AOSP. Expect to see tablets with this setup later this year.
The second is to get Android up and running on smartphones with Intel chips. While we have seen tech demos before, there has not been a commercial release for an Intel-powered smartphone yet. Intel is hoping to change that within the next 12 months. Intel said that testing on the carriers' networks was the biggest holdup at this point. [Intel via Engadet, The Register]
Fascinate owners rejoice! At last, the only one of the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S phones still stuck on Eclair is now getting... Froyo! Verizon Wireless announced this morning that it will begin the update process tomorrow, April 21, available as a manual update (i500.ED01) with step-by-step instructions from the Fascinate's support site.
This update will bring a lot of welcomed Froyo goodies including, Adobe Flash support, the JIT (just-in-time) complier (to boost overall performance and get those Linpack scores out of the dumps), and the ability to move applications to the SD card. Bing Voice Search is also included, however controversial that may be. So enjoy getting your Froyo on tomorrow you patient Fascinate users! A full list of the changes in the update is after the jump. [Phone Scoop]
Here's a Samsung Droid Charge two-for -- marketing materials show up at Verizon stores, and accessories show up at resellers. Above we see some literature from a Verizon retail store that showed up today (April 20). After the break we have a couple snaps of Droid Charge cases that have shown up at a third party reseller location. Now we're not saying that store materials or cases mean a launch date is just around the corner (hello there Thunderbolt!), but seeing them arrive has to means it's getting close. Bring on that SAMOLED! [Android Central forums] Thanks, nick1020 and anonymous!
Seesmic for Android -- a certain Android Central editor's Twitter client of choice -- just updated to version 1.7 and brings along a few interesting additions. First and foremost is home screen shortcuts. You can now add direct links to individual Twitter streams. So, when I want to check to see your replies to @androidcentral, I no longer have to dive through the app to do so. Or you can add a shortcut to directly post to Facebook via Seesmic. Or you can add a shortcut to a list. Nice.
And almost as exciting is the addition of instant translations and automatic spam reporting. Double nice. Hit up the download links after the break to give it a go. [Seesmic]
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