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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 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 3 2011

Introducing HTC Rezound!

Tarndeep

Today, we had the privilege to see the launch of the HTC Rezound. It was a great press conference, with appearances by music veteran, Jimmy Iovine, HTC CEO Peter Chou, who honestly seemed like a great guy; we started talking about dual-booting WP7 and Android on the HD 2, he told myself, my colleagues over at Techguy$martBuy, and someone at Verizon PR how carriers were telling him the HD 2 is a ridiculous device to release because of it’s big screen! We were laughing about that for a bit, considering we have 5 inch phones now. And, of course, Dr Dre was there for a bit, promoting his beats brand.

HTC said they are extremely focused on the mobile experience. Amazing audio is a big part of the mobile experience. It was music professionals that created this greats beats technology. According to Jimmy Iovine, years ago, we’d show off our speakers to people, showing how good they were, in terms of sound quality, bass, etc, but now, it’s about headphones. “How can you play music through one dollar headphones?” HTC Rezound is another example of talking audio to the next level. Rezound takes red accents from the Droid Incredible and it has that familiar translucent back, under the battery cover. It looks like a crazy , good marriage between the HTC Incredible and Thunderbolt, and to be honest, I want this phone! From our 4G tests, we were getting 9 MBPS download speeds and 3 MBPS upload speeds consistently, whereas our Sprint and T-Mobile review units struggle to reach 2 MBPS download, let alone upload! Continue reading


Oct 24 2011

It Just So Happens That Samsung Recently Sold 30 Million Units Of Their Galaxy S Series I & II. Yeah, 30 Million

Tarndeep

Damn, despite Apple’s lawsuits, nobody can deny Samsung’s amazing success! They’ve sold over 30 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy S II. You have got to give them kudos for that!

Samsung announced last week that the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones have achieved a combined total of 30 million global sales. At 10 million sales, the Galaxy S II has become the fastest-selling device in the company’s history and has set a new record for Samsung. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Oct 11 2011

Supercharged! Our Review Of The Droid Charge

Tarndeep
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The front and side view of the Droid Charge

Google, Droid, and Samsung seen to be some of the biggest names when it comes to the Android ecosystem today. Samsung is on a roll, with a slew of devices. These aren’t just the Galaxy S or Galaxy S II devices…Samsung had many other phones that don’t get nearly as much popularity, in my opinion.

The Droid Charge is not a Galaxy S phone, but in fact, a Droid branded, LTE Verizon phone, one of the first. While it’s packing just a 1 GHZ, single core processor, it’s still pretty damn good, especially with Verizon’s LTE coverage, provided you’re in an area that has it; luckily I was, as a New Yorker. Should you go ahead and purchase this phone? Read on after the break for an in-depth review! Continue reading


Jun 6 2011

Review: With Android And 4G, That Familiar Looking Device Is Back – The Sidekick 4G!

Tarndeep

Ah the sidekick – I remember seeing these bad boys around several years ago, instead of these fancy smancy iPhones and Android phones, back when it was only the business men who actually used the blackberry devices. Many of my friends who had the sidekick, had either the sidekick 3, Sidekick ID, Sidekick LX, and rarely the Sidekick Slide. I can clearly remember several people carrying a phone they used on a family plan, along with a secondary Sidekick on a prepaid plan; it was that popular! People would go out of there way to get the Sidekick, even if they had a phone! The time of the Sidekick Slide was when I saw the amount of people using Sidekicks decreasing significantly. This was most probably due to the fact that the original iPhone released late 2007!

These original Sidekick devices were made by Sharp/Danger, for the most part, running DangerOS. DangerOS was pretty advanced for its time; it was essentially all over the cloud. However, there were some hiccups along the way. Several times the servers went down causing Sidekick owners to loose their data and ALL their contact information. DangerOS was actually owned by Microsoft at this time, but the Sidekick name still belonged to T-Mobile, whereas Microsoft went of and created their version of the Sidekick, the Kin One and Kin Two, which ultimately failed. While support for these original Sidekicks ended May 31st, 2011, T-Mobile introduced a new, Android powered, Samsung made, Sidekick 4G! Continue reading


May 26 2011

HTC says goodbye to locked bootloaders!

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Quietly keeping their customers!

HTC has been an obvious front-runner in the sales of Android devices for a while now, and it makes sense too. HTC did in fact release the first Android phone with Google, the T-Mobile G1, as well as the Google branded Nexus One. Today, HTC continues to churn out high quality, powerhouse super phones, which are among the reasons people like HTC as much as they do. A big portion of these people include the Android developing, hacking, and modding community. Although the quality and performance is great, another reason many modders, which includes a very big portion of the Android community, like HTC is because they allow you to unlock the phone’s bootloader.

What is a bootloader? The bootloader is a piece of code that runs before any Operating System (OS) is running, which is used actually used to boot up said Operating System. They [bootloaders] also control the different ways to boot the Operating System’s kernel, as well as containing commands for debugging and/or modifying the kernel environment, according to Tel Aviv University. Continue reading


Apr 13 2011

[Android]TrueCaller: Instant Caller ID

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No matter how private I try to keep my number, people seem to get my number somehow, in one way or another. This is fine, as long as

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it’s not always a prank call, but what I dislike the most, is when I pick up and nobody talks! For some reason, I have to call that number back, unless it’s private; then I wait and hope they call again, so I know who it is. If I don’t find out, it irks me. Then, someone mentioned an advanced Caller ID application available for free on the Android Market called, TrueCaller (with a paid version containing more features.) I jumped on this as soon as I could. I thought this was the caller ID app I was looking for.

 

Application: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.trueCaller.trial.eur Continue reading


Apr 13 2011

[Android]Astrid Task/Todo List

Tarndeep

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Are you like me and can’t remember half the things you need to do, without some sort of list that constantly reminds you? Fear not, you’re not alone, and Todoroo, Inc. knows that. With Astrid, an open source to-do list/task manager, getting your tasks done at specific times is now effortless.

Application: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.timsu.astrid

Description(Provided by Developer): Astrid is the much loved open source todo list / task manager designed to help you get stuff done. It features reminders, tags, sync, a widget and more. visit weloveastrid.com for more info or to help make Astrid better. Continue reading


Apr 13 2011

Review: T-Mobile’s DEFYing Water With The Help Of Motorola!

Tarndeep

DEFYFrontSideOn shelves now, the Motorola DEFY is a fairly new addition to the Android community, available for T-Mobile USA. It’s the first major rugged, Android phone available to the masses. T-Mobile made a great decision picking this headset up. There are many people who work in conditions that limit them to certain phones that really aren’t very good or “fun” to use, but the DEFY, being waterproof and dustproof, gives these people another option. Although this is a rugged phone, it looks pretty sleek and sexy. I used this phone for a couple of weeks and I was never bothered by the design.

In fact, I was lucky enough to have this phone with me during the Thanksgiving Holidays. I was able to use this phone at home, where I actually had family and friends over at the time. This allowed me to get some more user perspectives of this phone. I gave this phone to my sisters and cousin to play around with and give a go. Almost immediately, I came to learn that they all liked this phone very much. The comments given were as follows, “Where can I get this phone, and is it only available to T-Mobile?” “This phone’s really fast, dude! There are so many apps I can get from the app store!” (These are average users, so they don’t know or care or know enough to differentiate between saying the Android Market or, “app store.”)

This phone definitely seems to appeal to many users who aren’t too into Android. My sisters were actually iPhone fans, but they are finally willing to give Android a go after using the Motorola DEFY. Even though this is a rugged
phone, many people that I gave this phone to use liked the design, including myself! Even better, they all liked it was waterproof, especially one of my sisters who just came from a blackberry that died due to water damage. Continue reading