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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 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


      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


      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 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 13 2011

      LG’s Revolution With VMware Horizon Mobile Mixes Business With Pleasure


      Tired of getting an awesome corporate phone to use, only to be forced to use a secondary, crappier phone you don’t like as much, or do you simply hate using two phones, one for work and one for personal use? Well LG has partnered up with VMware Horizon Mobile, to provide an awesome solution to this problem. With a successful collaboration between LG and the leader in OS virtualization, VMware, LG has come up with a great dual-persona solution that was good enough to name them an Internation 2012 CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree.

      The phone used in said project is the LG Revolution 3D, which will be available on Verizon’s network soon – Verizon also happens to be partnered up with VMware to offer similar solutions to various corporate communications. The Revolution by LG with VMware Horizon Mobile, is one of the world’s first single mobile device, with dual personas, using virtualization, as well as LTE. That’s right, real dual persona, not just a social and work profile you can switch between on sense devices, for example. The application is titled “Privacy & Business,” on the phone, and the user of the phone would be able to cycle through profiles, which would essentially be a work or business profiles, and the second, a personal profile, with their favorite apps and games. “This device also facilitates enterprise IT organizations in enforcing IT governance policies, particularly around data security and device manageability.” Continue reading

      Nov 7 2011

      Reminder: We’ll Be At The CES Press Preview Tomorrow!


      We’ve reached an amazing milestone; we’re going to the CES Press Preview tomorrow! Getting to this point requires a lot of hard work and dedication, and it’s nice to see the fruits of our labor! CES, short for the Consumers Electronic Show , is one of the biggest internation Consumer’s Electronic Show. Straight from the CES website -

      With more than four decades of success, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) reaches across global markets, connects the industry and enables CE innovations to grow and thrive.

      The International CES is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $186 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

      Needless to say, we’re extremely excited and can’t wait to cover the Press Preview, followed by the actual event in January, hopefully!

      Nov 5 2011

      Move Over Fios, I’m Getting Google’s TV Service!


      Could we be seeing a Fios like TV service from Google in the near future?

      Could we be seeing a pay TV service, like Verizon Fios, from our friends over at Google?! Well, Google’s already been working on something called Google Fiber in Kansas City, where they’re setting up high speed internet, and stopping there is unlikely. Now, when Google was asked about moving outside of Kansas City, something national, to major cities like New York City, Google was unclear and basically said no. Interestingly enough, Google is supposedly talking to major media companies about licensing their channels and making it available to the national public. They’re not alone; other media companies are also talking within themselves, about making a program like this national.

      This is certainly possible with Google’s all new YouTube launched content and YouTube channels, and married with Google TV, which already lets you browse for what you want to watch, versus flipping through channels and the channel guide, Google can offer us a cable system of the future, offering us an unbeatable service. To tie this all together, Google has gained Motorola’s Set-top box business, which they got when they went forward and bought Motorola! Continue reading

      Nov 3 2011

      Introducing HTC Rezound!


      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

      Nov 3 2011

      HTC’s Latest Innovation – Experience It With Us LIVE(Blog)!



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