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Oct 24 2011

Samsung Plans To Transform Your Life At Little Cost

Adam Shear

Low end Android phones are just getting better every year.  Samsung is offering a great one on Sprint called the Samsung Transform Ultra.  This affordable phone will feature a 3.5 inch HVGA touch screen alongside a full QWERTY keyboard shown above, a 1GHz processor, and the usage of Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A 3G network.  While the phone runs Gingerbread, you can also customize the phone to your needs with Sprint ID which offers more wallpaper, widgets, apps, and more.  The Transform Ultra also includes Wi-Fi, GPS, 2 GB of internal storage with MicroSD cards compatible up to 32 GB, a 1500 mAh Li-ION battery, and as a surprise, aside from a 3 MP camera on the back, there is also a front facing camera.

The Samsung Transform Ultra sounds like a great, affordable solution for those looking to do some video chatting on their smartphone.  Hopefully it is less than $99 which is what the iPhone 4 costs.  The iPhone 4 does have similar specs to this phone but making the Transform Ultra cheaper will definitely attract more people to it.  No price or date was announced so stay tuned to TripTronicTech for that information as it arrives. Continue reading

Oct 23 2011

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

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]

Aug 22 2011

Review: HTC EVO 3D, Entering the Third Dimension, Sort Of

Adam Shear

As the first 3D phone to hit the market, the HTC EVO 3D has a lot to live up to.  3D technology is new and people are definitely skeptical of it.  The EVO line from HTC and Sprint has been incredibly popular and aside from being the first 3D phone, it is also the latest, most powerful addition to Sprint’s 4G Android lineup.  What can 3D add to the Android experience and does the HTC EVO 3D have a lot to offer?

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Jul 16 2011

Review: The HTC Evo 3G…Wait…It’s 4G!?

Eric Engoron

With its 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of ram, 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.3 megapixel front-facing cameras, and 8 GB of storage, the HTC EVO 4G was promised to be a speedy powerhouse of a smartphone. The only thing that is missing is the speed.

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May 25 2011

AT&T’s Speeding Through Five Cities With 4G!


Just when you thought 4G wars were over, AT&T’s John Stankey announced AT&T’s initial 4G and LTE (Long Term Evolution) markets.

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio

LTE from AT&T is scheduled to roll out this summer, with 10 more markets by the year’s end, reaching approximately 70 million customers!

Now the question is, when will we see some new LTE devices? And will the new iPhone be LTE, provided it releases on AT&T? Stay tuned!

You can find the full press release below -

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Apr 21 2011

Review: The Sexy Samsung Galaxy S – T-Mobile Vibrant


SGSVibrantThe Samsung Galaxy S Series have been out for quite a bit now, and these 4 inch beasts (No pun intended) sold over 10 million in seven months; now that’s impressive.

The Galaxy S Series has been an impressive line of devices from the start, with it’s impressive internals, and a sexy screen. Originally, it was just one device that was shown of many times at events like CES (Consumer Electronics Show), but it was changed physically for different carriers.

The Galaxy S was and is extremely popular in the US; Samsung even got Google to base the Nexus S on the Galaxy S Series! The original SGS (Samsung Galaxy S) didn’t release on any of the four major carriers in the US. Eventually,  Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint did get the SGS, however, with some variations. The main variations were things such as, the removal of a FFC (Front Facing Camera) (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon), an addition of a physical keyboard (Sprint), change in physical shape, and a camera flash (Verizon, Sprint). Continue reading