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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 16 2011

Reminder: Tune In To Today’s Google Press Conference!

Tarndeep

Hey there! In case you don’t remember, today’s Google’s press conference, entitled, ”These go to eleven.” Apparently, we’ll “Get a look at what’s new from Google and Android, live from Los Angeles.” We think tonight is the night we’ll finally see the Google Music announcement we’re waiting for, and maybe we’ll see a Galaxy Nexus, or some kind of exclusivity for T-Mobile USA, considering T-Mobile was on the Google event invite. Also, T-Mobile has an after party with celebs like Busta’ Rhymes, Drake, and Maroon 5. Check out the live stream above! Let’s see what Google and T-Mobile have in store for us today!


Nov 14 2011

Reminder: Three New Phones To AT&T Nov. 20th

Tarndeep

In case you didn’t remember, the Samsung Captivate Glide, Doubletime and Pantech Pocket are all coming to AT&T November 20th! The Glide is a pretty nice keyboard variation on the Captivate AT&T has, and it’s the one I’d recommend most, so if you’re up for an upgrade on AT&T, check ‘em out! The Glide and Doubletime both run Android, but the Doubletime is sadly on Fryo. No word on pricing is available at this time, but I wouldn’t recommend them if they’re over $100 on contract…


Nov 11 2011

Verzo’s Kinzo: A Good Buy For $459?

Neel

The Czech American Company, Verzo, debuted its first Android powered smartphone today. While the company is little known, they came out fairly strong with a great, stylish first phone, which is compatible with AT&T. The stylish-looking Kinzo comes with a 4.3-inch WVGA glass screen, powered by a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 512MB ROM. It also includes a 5MP camera and VGA front-facing camera. The phone also ships with a leather case and high quality headphones.

While the specs are not that impressive, it is a good start for a company to leave its footprints in the Android ecosystem. In my opinion, the phone is a little pricey, considering the fact that its specs are not all that impressive. But you can never know for sure, if the phone will do good or bad, so be on the lookout. While the specs aren’t amazing, like many other Android phones coming out today, Verzo mentions it’ll be a great, speedy experience – “Kinzo might not be the fastest phone in the world, but you can rely on it. We have prepared the hardware in such a way that Kinzo will never hold you back or offer you something it cannot deliver. We wanted to avoid the situations where you need better performance, are limited by low resolution of the screen or camera, when you would be missing some important function, and we also wanted to avoid a complicated phone, which would not be user-friendly and would overheat or have very short battery life.” It has 16 hours of battery life, supposedly! That is an extremely impressive feat, and it certainly makes up for some of the lower end specs.

As far as the software goes, it has the latest version of Android, Gingerbread, and we’re hoping it will see ICS.

We are not the only developer of mobile phones in the world, who was not completely satisfied with the graphics of the Android OS. The difference lies in the approach and the final processing. As with the outer design of the phone, so with the VERZO GUI we were thinking it through carefully, while focusing on functionality and originality, neatness. We have examined every original graphic element and its placement within the Android system and if it did not seem fit or well placed, it has been notably modified.

We have dreamt of the most amazing graphic interface for mobile phones with Android OS available on the market and even though we have managed to make most of those ideas come true, only your reactions can tell us if we were right.

We’re pretty excited about this phone, regardless of the specs, and we’ll try to get a unit over for review!

Tarndeep helped contribute to this report

Oct 31 2011

AT&T’s Getting Some LTE Love With Headsets From Samsung And HTC – The Skyrocket & HTC Vivid

Tarndeep

Happy Monday! It looks like the day started with Samsung and HTC introducing two new devices for AT&T with LTE, and it’s about time AT&T got some LTE action. These aren’t just your average smartphones for AT&T, by the way. They actually have some pretty beastly offerings!

From Samsung we’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket – this struck me as strange on AT&T’s part. Why did they bother releasing a Samasung Galaxy S II with a screen a couple of inches smaller and no LTE, followed by this phone? I guess more options for customers is good, and I’m sure Samsung doesn’t mind, considering it means more sales for them!

The specs include:

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED+ display (800×480 pixels)
  • Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
  • A 1.5 GHZ dual-core Processor
  • An 8 – megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, as well as a 2-MP front-facing camera. 1080p video recording is possible with the rear-facing camera
  •  16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB

You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket in retail stores and online Nov. 6 for $249.99, with a two-year commitment.  

The HTC offering is also a behemoth:

  • 4.5-inch qHD display (540×960 pixels)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Enhanced 8-megapixel camera with f2.2 28mm wide angle lens for low light photos
  • 1080p HD video recording at 60 frames per second, slow motion playback and on-device trimmer to optimize social media uploads and memory space
  • 16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB

This will also be available Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a two-year commitment, at company owned AT&T retail stores and online!

I guess options are awesome. Continue reading


Oct 26 2011

Yo Dawg, I Heard You Needed A New Phone – The Exhibit II 4G From T-Mobile USA

Tarndeep

Well, the whole AT&T purchasing T-Mobile ordeal certainly isn’t stopping T-Mobile from dishing out new phones! In fact, it almost seems as though more phones started coming out after the whole ordeal was announced. Today, we’ve got another new phone for those of you on Magenta! T-Mobile and Samsung announced the Exhibit II 4G just a little while ago. While it’s not packing a dual core processor, it’s certainly no weak phone! It seems like a great option for those who want to experience a nice version of Android, nothing too extravagant. The Exhibit II 4G is sportin’ a a 3.7-inch WVGA TFT touchscreen, a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a VGA front facing camera, and a 3 megapixel camera on back, with flash, along with T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA) network, on the latest Android OS, Gingerbread, running Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. It comes in a marine blue color.

You’ve several purchasing options for this phone; on a two year contract, this phone will run you a mere cost $29.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, and $199.99 via no annual contract. It will be available at most Walmart stores starting Oct. 27, and it’s planned to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, online via www.T-Mobile.com and at select dealers beginning Nov. 2. Will you be picking one up? It’s certainly a great, affordable option!

We’ll certainly be reviewing one and let you know how it is!

Full PR after the bump! Continue reading


Oct 23 2011

Google’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus Coming To Verizon, But What About T-Mobile USA, AT&T, And Sprint?!

Tarndeep
GN Register

The Galaxy Nexus register page on Samsung's site

Two days ago, Verizon confirmed that they would indeed be carrying the Galaxy Nexus, after people began speculating Verizon might not carry the new Nexus phone, by Google. Verizon has a history of doing this with the past Nexus phones, so the worrying was justified, even though the phone being used during the Galaxy Nexus event in Hong Kong, had Verizon’s distinctive 4G LTE branding. The fact of the matter is, for the Nexus One and Nexus S, Google’s page always said Verizon versions coming soon, but it never happened (Excuse my redundancy :p). Now, the people wanting this phone on Verizon can breathe a sigh of relief.

But wait a minute, what about T-Mobile USA, AT&T, and Sprint?! Surely they will be getting the Galaxy Nexus as well, no!?!? Well, this we don’t know; while Google didn’t say which carriers will launch with the Galaxy Nexus in the US, they said they will be producing a HSPA version as well (this goes for T-Mobile and AT&T), but sadly we don’t know if it will be coming to either of these carriers; no hint was given. And as far as Sprint goes, we have no idea, plainly stated. In fact, the details were so vague, we don’t even know when exactly the phone’s coming to Verizon, other than later this year, and this, we know only because of the press release, not Google! However, leaked dates point to a November 10th release, on Verizon’s network. The only other bit of information we have is Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus registration page, which lists many US based carriers – not very helpful. I think the only thing they’ll use this for is checking the most popular carriers demand is in for.

Personally, I’m on T-Mobile USA; I want this phone! Am I worried? Absolutely not, and I’ll tell you why. I’m confident that this phone will be coming to T-Mobile USA for several reasons. For one, Google stated that they WILL be creating an HSPA version of this phone. Secondly, Google’s track record with the previous two Nexus phones gives us no reason not to believe the Galaxy Nexus will come to T-Mobile USA. And lastly, certainly not least, but probably most importantly, Google partially confirmed it will be coming to T-Mobile USA. Well, that’s more of a stretch. I say that Google partially confirmed this just because a tipster who currently has the Galaxy Nexus, who also happens to works at Google, told me indirectly upon being asked, that the phone will be coming to T-Mobile. Now, all I know is this person is pretty trustworthy and will not like to be named. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I have a good feeling! Hopefully the same could be said about Sprint and AT&T; that’s something I didn’t ask.

You can find the Verizon Galaxy Nexus press release after the break. Continue reading


Sep 6 2011

Predictions: What is the iPhone 5?

Adam Shear

The picture above revealed by the popular Apple fan site MacRumors shows specs from a case manufacturer of what they think the iPhone 5 will look like.  This should already give you a pretty good idea of what it might be like.  Case manufacturers no longer receive specifications from Apple before the release of one of their products.  They have to guess and make good relationships with inside sources in order to predict what Apple will do next.  Considering their business depends on these predictions, this design above might be very real.  Apple could add a lot to this new iPhone.  Many are saying it’s just a minor upgrade such as the one from iPhone 3G to iPhone 3GS.  Others are saying that this will be a major release with plenty of new features and upgrades.  These are my personal predictions as to what will iPhone 5 will be like, when it will release, when it will be announced, and when Apple will release iOS 5, the newest software upgrade also coming to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the third and fourth generation iPod Touch, and all iPad models.  Just to remind you, everything you read below are just my predictions.  My predictions are not fact although I do use facts to back myself up.

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Aug 30 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II Coming This Fall To the US

Adam Shear

Many of us in America have been getting very jealous of some other countries on this planet who got their hands on the thinnest phone with a dual core processor, the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Samsung has announced that the powerful phone will finally arrive this Fall in the US of A .  Utilizing a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and a super huge 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, the phone will easily stand as one of the most anticipated Android releases this year.   The phone’s software will consist of the combination of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz, Samsung’s own overlay for Android devices.  The Samsung Galaxy S II will first release on Sprint’s network under the name the Epic 4G Touch and will launch on September 16 for $200 on contract.  The phone will also come on AT&T and T-Mobile at a later date this Fall, keeping the Samsung Galaxy S II name.  It’s important to note that there are a few differences between each carrier’s model.  While the Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the Galaxy S II will feature the 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the AT&T model will only have a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, just like the international models.  In terms of connectivity, all models will have 4G compatibility with the Epic 4G Touch as Sprint calls it utilizing WiMAX and the AT&T and T-Mobile models taking advantage of HSPA+.  If you’re looking for one of the hottest phones coming this Holiday season, definitely look into purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S II.  It really is gonna be awesome!

[Press Release]


Jul 11 2011

Not Another Smartphone, AT&T Releases Announces The Pantech Pursuit II!

Tarndeep

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Oh don’t you all remember the simpler times, which just seems like several years ago when it was usually the businessmen carrying around the smartphones and PDAs and the rest were carting around our Verizon Envys, messaging devices, and features phones? Well, times have changed since then, and now, almost everywhere I look, I see kids and adults alike carrying smartphones, from iPhones to Android phones. The exception I usually see is older or less tech savvy people still carrying around feature/messaging phones, which is still a fairly large crowd as well. Not everyone can afford smartphones and the plans thrusted upon you when buying one.

AT&T knows this, and they haven’t given up on releasing new, “not smart” phones. This, I think is a great move as I do know quite a few people which still prefer feature and messaging phones over smartphones for whatever reason… The phone AT&T announced is the Pantech Pursuit II.

The Pursuit is a quick messaging device that features brew mobile platform, which hits shelves July 17th!

Some key facts:

  • Ideal for customers looking for a simple yet feature-rich messaging device, the Pantech Pursuit™ II will be available for AT&T customers on July 17 for $49.99 with a two-year agreement and a qualifying rate plan after $50 mail-in rebate.
  • Brew® Mobile Platform-based phone features a 2.8” touchscreen display, vertical sliding keyboard, drag and drop shortcuts, 2MP camera with a camcorder and pre-loaded social media widgets on one of three sliding home screens for one-touch access.
  • Cool and compact, pocket-friendly design.
  • Available in pink or green at AT&T company-owned retail stores and online.
  • Pursuit II will be promoted this summer during Dew Tour, the coast-to-coast action sports tour of which Pantech is a title sponsor.

Full PR after the break… Continue reading