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4 years ago

HTC Aria available now on AT&T

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AT&T's second Android phone, the HTC Aria, is now available for purchase. You can buy it direct from AT&T for $129.99 after $100 rebate, or you can find it other notable online sources for considerably less (read: free). While the specs on the Aria don't exactly match up with some of the newer phones we've seen, the results we've seen on benchmarks show that this phone is more than capable of holding its own. [AT&T wireless]

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4 years ago

Screen showdown -- AMOLED vs. LCD vs. SAMOLED in direct sunlight

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AMOLED screens look amazing, whether the 3.5 inch variety or something a little bigger like the new breed of television sets.  Their big letdown when compared to traditional LCD displays has been the washed out hazy look when viewed in direct sunlight.  Samsung has been touting the virtues of Super AMOLED ever since we first had a chance to see the Galaxy S at MWC, saying that the newer generation will be much more readable in the sun.  No, we still haven't been able to get our hands on one to test it ourselves, but you lucky folks across the pond have had the Galaxy S for a few days now, and we finally get to see a matchup of what's currently available in the Android phone screen department.

In the picture above you're looking at (from left to right) the Galaxy S (Super AMOLED), an HTC Desire (AMOLED), and the SE X10 (LCD) all lined up and under the hot Greek sun. Easy to see that the Super AMOLED screen really outshines its older cousin the AMOLED display, and looks to match up really well against the LCD screen.  To be honest, I still would rather not have to work with any of these in the sun, but it's nice to know that I could -- but only if I had a Super AMOLED or LCD display.  Really shows the Achilles heel of AMOLED screens when you line them up like that.   We also have a video after the break if you need a bit more proof that Super AMOLED delivers on the promises. [TechBlog (in Greek) via Engadget]

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4 years ago

U.S. Cellular getting Samsung Acclaim on July 9

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After first being spotted in May, U.S. Cellular has gone and made the Samsung Acclaim all official, with the regional carrier selling the mid-level phone in stores starting July 9. They're also giving away 10 of the phones (you must have had your account since before May 31), so be sure to hit them up for that, too. [Facebook] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Droid X video high on tease, creepiness

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Yeah, this Motorola Droid X video's a tad creepy (and doesn't actually show the phone), but it's also getting to be a little tough to contain our excitement. Peep it after the break. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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4 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook gets Wifi-only version, lowers 3G price

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If you've been looking to get into the Android-based e-reader game but haven't been to crazy about the price, you're starting to run out of excuses. The Barnes & Noble Nook line just got a refresh, with a Wifi-only version going for $150, and the 3G/Wifi original down to $199. Same e-ink reader display coupled with a bottom color panel, same book library. And a much lower price.

And on top of that, there's a software update for you current Nook owners. You can snag version 1.4 now at nook.com/update, or wait for it to be pushed out to your device. [Barnes & Noble]

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4 years ago

Nexus One, Legos, Adobe AIR and slot-car racing

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Somebody's about to win the science fair. Using a Nexus One, some Legos, rubber bands and an Adobe AIR application, an Android phone is converted into a high-tech gas pedal for slot-car racing. How's it work? Grant Skinner explains:

To summarize: The generic mobile client connects over the LAN to the desktop app. The desktop app sends it a "surface" SWF which contains all of the graphics and logic for the interaction (allowing the host to dictate the experience). The mobile client then sends accelerometer data to the host, which interprets the data, and sends back commands to update the client UI. The host communicates with a Phidgets motor controller, which controls the speed of the cars. And yes, it supports multiple connections (limited to 2 in this case because that's how many cars I have).

Oh. So you push the petal down and the cars go? We can handle that. Check out video of the project after the break, and make sure your kids aren't watching  -- they're going to want this. [GSkinner.com via DailyMobile.se] Thanks, Daniel!

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4 years ago

Droid 2 taken for early hands-on, is one speedy (and familiar) devil

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Looks like a Motorola shipment might have fallen off the back of a truck, as the guys from Android and Me had an impromptu roadside hands-on with the upcoming Droid 2. On the outside, it's pretty close to the original, save for a few cosmetic tweaks. The keyboard, which we've already seen, trades the D-pad for arrow buttons (any gamers getting upset yet?).

Under the hood is where the action is with a beefed up processor -- it's got the newer TI OMAP 3630 running at 1GHz (and the same PowerVR GPU), and benchmark tests show it towering over its older sibling. We've got our fingers crossed that Verizon and Motorola will announce the Droid 2 this week, hopefully with Android 2.2 on board. In the meantime, stay tuned, and peep some video after the break. [Android and Me]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs begin to emerge

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The Samsung Galaxy S Pro is real. We know that, of course, because we've seen a picture of it with Sprint branding. But what we haven't had is specs or any hands-on impressions -- until now.

We've got details from a tried-and-true tipster of what may well end up being the hottest phone of the year -- a tall order, indeed, given what we've seen from HTC so far this year, and what's coming out from Motorola. Let's discuss after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid X teased on Motorola's site, too

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If you just can't get enough of the Droid X prior to its expected announcement this week, head on over to Motorola, which has a sign-up page available. Not sure how badly your inbox will be bombarded, but that's a small price to pay, right? [MotorolaThanks, Mike!

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