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Aug 30 2012

A Samsung Packed Fall Lineup for Boost Mobile: The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G, the Galaxy Rush & the Samsung Array

Tarndeep

Late last week, Samsung and Boost Mobile showed us some new devices from their Fall 2012 lineup. For those of us who find ourselves using a pre-paid, contract-less carrier like Boost Mobile, rather than T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, our options are usually limited to phones which can be described as mediocre as best. Well, Boost and Samsung have an answer for that with their new lineup.

While the new lineup doesn’t feature a Galaxy S III, which to be honest really isn’t surprising given how much it would cost, features a more than adequate Galaxy S II, in a sexy white or black coat, the Samsung Galaxy Rush, for the mid end/casual smartphone users, and lastly, a good old slider, feature phone in the Samsung Array. You can find the specs to follow. Continue reading


Aug 24 2012

T-Mobile Actually Has a Real “4G” Unlimited Plan

Tarndeep

Well, we all know that all carriers often advertise and love to chant “Unlimited 4G” in their various commercials and adverts, but it was never really “real.” I thought it would always merely by a facade, but T-Mobile recently made it real – yeah, t

hat means no more changing one’s download speed to Edge or 2G after hitting a certain data threshold or limit!

Wednesday, T-Mobile announced a new data plan, simply known as, Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data, and gave us all hope for a fast, cap-less internet experience on our devices once again. This new data plan can be added and kicks in on September 5th, and will throw you back $20 a month when being bundled with a Value voice and text plan or $30 a month, when added to one of the Classic voice and text plan. An example of what a bill may look like, directly from T-Mobile:

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Aug 23 2012

Stay Charged with Powerbag

Tarndeep

As someone who uses their smartphone to plan out each day of their life, having my phone’s battery charged and running is extremely important to me. However, it seems that in today’s day and age, while our phones only get better and more powerful, battery life is still the same, and it is not holding up against these newer power hungry smartphones. It’s disappointing how far we have come, in terms of technology, smartphone wise, but our battery technology, well, sucks, for the most part, unless you shell out extra cash for a bigger battery. Many, including myself aren’t fond of bigger capacity batteries for a handful of reasons – they add extra bulk to the device due to the battery size, of course, unless you pay a much higher premium for a battery that fits your device without adding any bulk. However, more often than not, the increase in battery life with those without bulk are almost inconsiderable. Another big issue with shelling out money for a higher capacity battery is they’re made by third party companies! While there are some trusted companies, there’s no guarantee that battery won’t blow up, when going with a third party! After shelling out many Benjamin’s for my Galaxy Nexus, I’d rather not take that risk, and this, is where Powerbag comes in. Continue reading


Jan 2 2012

Review: Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Welcome to the Future of Android

Adam Shear

buy cheap cialis=”" width=”466″ height=”414″ />Over the last few years, Android, Google’s first attempt into the smartphone market, has become an incredibly huge success. Many people love it, however, I have had a few complaints about the OS over the last few years. Android, like Windows 98 or Windows XP, does not at all feel elegant. Its interface needed a bit of work in my opinion to catch up my personal favorite smartphone, the iPhone. Even Windows Phone 7 has a better interface in terms of flow and elegance. Google and Samsung are hoping the Galaxy Nexus, featuring the debut of Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich as its referred to, proves to introduce the future of Android inside a state of the art smartphone. Is it enough to make it the best Android phone on the market? Find out in my review.

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Dec 19 2011

Review: HTC Rhyme, The Ultimate Feminine Phone

Adam Shear

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Many smartphone manufacturers today are focusing not just on power and software, but also style. Phones have to look just as good as they perform. HTC mainly focused on style when it comes to the HTC Rhyme. The phone just looks so nice, mostly because of its unibody design. While the HTC Rhyme may look good, does it have enough to stand out amongst its competition? Find out in my review.

The Hardware

On the outside, the HTC Rhyme is one of the best looking Android phones on the market. Its purple color and unibody design make it stand out. The Rhyme feels good in the hand and is not thick or heavy at all. In fact, the Rhyme is so light that I thought it had no battery inside when I first held it. Not only is the phone purple but it comes with a purple charm which plugs into the headphone jack and lights up when you receive a call or notification. I really could not figure out the significance of the charm but girls certainly will know their way around it. In terms of the look and feel of the device, the only major problem I had was that it sometimes overheated. There were a few times where I was streaming music on 3G data and that phone felt very hot afterwards. Phones do get hot after a lot of usage but this was definitely hotter than normal.

In the case of its internals, the HTC Rhyme unfortunately does not impress. For a $200 phone, it has only a 1 GHz single core processor. I can name so many phones at the same price that are more than twice as fast as the HTC Rhyme. This is pretty unacceptable. The speed difference is very noticeable, enough to say that Android phones really do need dual core processors to be decent phones. At least it has a decent amount of RAM at 768 mb. The amount of storage you get is also fine which is 4 GB of internal memory as well as 8 GB included on the micro SD card that came inside. The Rhyme’s battery at 1600 mAh actually was fairly great. I was able to get up to four hours of streaming music over 3G and the phone easily lasted a full day of moderate to heavy usage. The screen size at 3.7 inches is only small when being compared to other Android phones on the market. In general the screen is a nice size but the screen’s resolution is fairly low at 480 X 800 pixels. Phones half the price of the Rhyme has higher resolution screens. Just from what’s inside, it is clear that the HTC Rhyme is pretty overpriced for what one would actually get from any other phone with the same price tag.

The Service

Believe it or not, the HTC Rhyme is the first phone that I have ever reviewed on Verizon’s 3G network. I never used it before and I gotta say, the EVDO Rev.A technology is fairly decent. AT&T’s 3G network is still faster but Verizon’s service for the most part was on par with Sprint and maybe surpassing T-Mobile. The only difference with Verizon’s network was that I didn’t lose connection as much as I did for the other 3G networks. While in the Syracuse area, the other 3G networks were much better, Verizon was much more reliable than T-Mobile and Sprint and on par with AT&T everywhere else I went with the phone including areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the New York metro area. I give two thumbs up to Verizon’s 3G network. I’d give more thumbs up to its incredible 4G LTE network as I’m using it now with the Galaxy Nexus but unfortunately the HTC Rhyme is only a 3G phone.

The Software

In terms of software, I have no complaints. I love HTC Sense and Gingerbread so if you have used any of those, you know exactly what to expect. Only real difference is that it comes with some more girly themes and wallpapers. My only complaint about software is that the single core 1 GHz processor limits what can be done on the phone and slows everything down. It’s clear that Android phones need dual core processors.

Final Thoughts

The HTC Rhyme is a pretty phone that feels great in the hand, but that’s all it really is. The HTC costs $200, probably double the price it should cost. There are so many other phones available on Verizon’s network at the same price that have more than twice the power and use Verizon’s amazing 4G LTE network. The Rhyme should be worth $100 at most. With so many better choices, I sadly cannot recommend the HTC Rhyme.

The Good

    • Pretty unibody design
    • Feels great in the hand
    • The charm is kind of cool if you’re into that thing
    • Runs HTC Sense and Gingerbread
    • Battery life is not pretty good

    The Bad

      • Overpriced
      • Underpowered with its single core processor
      • Overheats

      Final Score: 5.5/10

      Special thanks to Verizon for loaning TripTronicTech an HTC Rhyme for review.


      Nov 28 2011

      LG Nitro HD: High Definition Taken to New Sizes

      Eric Engoron

      It’s about time AT&T users got the full HD experience, is it not? Well after a long wait, their HD opportunity has finally arrived in the LG Nitro HD, an amazingly clear HD phone from LG exclusively for AT&T customers.

      Aside from being a completely HD phone, with an impressive 4.5 inch HD screen, this phone is also the third phone in AT&T’s line of 4G LTE phones. As the AT&T 4G LTE network continuously expands, so do the possibilities.

      An enormous screen size and blazing fast 4G LTE speeds are not all this phone has to offer. The LG Nitro HD also has a 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor that allows you to take full advantage of the phone’s HD capabilities, an eight-megapixel camera, as well as 20 gigs of storage, for all your favorite apps and games.

      Lastly, but certainly not least, the LG Nitro HD boasts an incredibly slim and light design, something that cannot be said for any other smartphone of this caliber.

      The LG Nitro HD comes to the market on December 4th for a price of $249.99 with a two-year contract. Pick yours up ASAP.


      Nov 27 2011

      Documents to Go: Productivity in Your Pocket

      Eric Engoron

      With smartphones becoming more and more popular among teenagers, they have begun to lose their true meaning, productivity on the go. In an attempt to bring back the productive side of smartphones, DataViz inc. has released Documents to Go, an app that aims to be Microsoft office in your pocket, and succeeds in being so.

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      Nov 22 2011

      Black Friday Deals From Verizon

      JohnMongiello

      Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile phone company in the US, wants to share the wealth with everybody this holiday season, and the deals start sooner than you think. Starting this Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving), HTC and Verizon are unveiling an amazing deal featuring a brand new bright red Droid Incredible 2. The phone, with worldwide capabilities, is free exclusively on Verizon’s website for three days only, the previously mentioned 24, 25 and 28, following a new two-year customer agreement plan.The deal for the  Incredible 2 is also coming to stores for, but will only be free on the 25, which is  Black Friday, following a $50 dollar mail-in rebate and new customer contract. Motorola is also offering their new Droid 3 for $149.99 after a $50 rebate and new contract between November 24-28.

      Those looking for a high speed 4G-LTE phone have something to look forward to also, as the RevolutionT by LG is receiving a deal similar to the Droid 3 and the Incredible 2. It will be available  for $49.99 with a new two-year customer agreement online only on Nov. 24, 25 and 28. The Revolution by LG will also have this pricing deal, but is only available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores on Black Friday. Another 4G phone, the Pantech BreakouT will have the same pricing, and will be available between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28.

      Those looking for Tablets can take advantage of this as well, because on November 24, 25 and 28, the 4G-LTE Motorola XOOM will be available online at a special holiday pricing of $199.99 with a purchase of a new two year service package and $30 2GB data package. The in-store promotion is only on Black Friday. Also, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy TabT will be available online for $149.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28. Continue reading


      Nov 22 2011

      Verizon & Samsung Announce The Samsung Illuision

      AustinGriffith

      Samsung Mobile and Verizon Wireless services announced their newest Android phone today: the Samsung Illusion.

      The Illusion, powered by Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” featuring support for Google Mobile services including Gmail, YouTube, and Google Talk will boast a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, a 3.0 Megapixel camera, and access to the Android Marketplace. It will have a sleek form factor with a unique curved glass display, all while running on the Nation’s Most Reliable 3G Network.

      Inside the Illusion is also a full suite of messaging options; SWYPE technology for faster and easier text messaging, Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange. You’ll also get mobile hotspot capability, a 6-axis accelerometer with compass, and a microSD card slot with 2GB pre-installed.

      Samsung has also added some additional features with specifically the environment in mind, these include an Underwriters Laboratories Platinum Rating; Making the rear casing, battery cover, and front casing from a majority of post-consumer material; Packaging made from bleach-free paper made from %60 post-consumer waste. It also includes a high-efficiency charger with a full-charge alarm.

       

      You can look for the Samsung Illusion on  www.verizonwireless.com beginning November 23rd and will be made free for new two-year contract customers from Thursday, November 24th to Monday, November 28th as an online promotion, after which it will be 79.99 with a new two-year agreement. Continue reading


      Nov 17 2011

      T-Mobile Celebrating Launch of Google Music With Exclusive Deals

      JohnMongiello

      Google Music, the highly anticipated new application from Google, has been available in beta form since it’s launch back in May of this year. The service awards every user with Cloud storage space of up to 20,000 songs, and enables instant streaming from any web source, or through any Android tablet or smartphone device. Streaming is available on any Android device running Wi-FI, 3G or 4G.

      The service has now officially gone public, and to celebrate, T-Mobile has partnered with Google to present an amazing offer to their customers. Every subscriber with a smartphone or tablet that is running Android 2.2 or higher will receive free new music releases every week from some of today’s most mainstream artists through the brand new Google Music online store. Right now, there is free content available from Drake, Maroon 5 and Busta Rhymes, and it has been announced that every week through the rest of the year a handful of new music will be added to this list. There is also an option to share your music directly with your circles on Google+,where followers can listen to a full song once directly from your profile.

      The new service is live right now, so anybody with T-Mobile should take full advantage of this while it lasts. Unfortunately, for the time being Google Music is only available in the United States, and there has been no official announcement for expansion to other territories.

      For people on the fence about getting a smartphone, will this new deal inspire you to get a T-Mobile Android device? For those with a T-Mobile Android, does the service work as well as advertised? Are there any bugs or issues with downloading? Let us know in the comments below.

       

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