Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung with Android 2.3 for a Pure Google Experience Available to Sprint Customers in the U.S. on May 8 for $199.99

Yesterday I reported that Best Buy started taking pre-orders for the Sprint version of the Samsung Google Nexus S. Well today Sprint put out an official press release showing a launch date of Sunday May 8th.

The highly anticipated Nexus S™ 4G1 from Google™ goes on sale in all Sprint channels, including www.sprint.com, on Sunday, May 8, for $199.99 (plus tax) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Extending the company’s 4G device leadership yet again, it is the fourth 4G phone available and 20th 4G device announced from Sprint.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G is the only Nexus S phone with 4G and provides a pure Google experience with Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. With its pure Google experience, Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps, and in many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.

Critics praise Nexus S 4G:

“Whether you’re an Android fanboy (or girl) or not, it’s tough to avoid drooling over the Nexus S 4G. The device has similar specs to its T-Mobile counterpart – the Nexus S – but it will take advantage of Sprint’s super fast 4G data network.” – MSNBC Technology
“It’s probably our pick of Android phones now on Sprint – the Evo is nearly a year old, and the major advantage of the Nexus S is that it’ll be on the bleeding edge of Android updates.” – Gizmodo
“So, what makes the (Nexus S) 4G different? WiMAX 4G. – IntoMobile

It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.

Designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology, Nexus S 4G’s 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. Its higher color contrast means colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.

Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera. In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.

Additional key features include:

3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™
Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
Integrated GPS
1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery

Nexus S 4G from Google will be available from Sprint for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Best Buy.

Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

It’s Got a Name and Date, The Samsung Droid Charge Coming to Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network on April 28th.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past January, I was privileged to get an individual demonstration of the 4 new LTE phones Verizon was bringing to the market. The HTC Thunderbolt (released last month), The LG Revolution (release soon), The Motorola Bionic (maybe this summer) and the Samsung 4G. Well not only does the Samsung finally have a real name, The Droid Charge (hopefully not because it always has to be charged), it also has a release date April 28th. A little pricey at $299.99 (especially since it has a single core as opposed to a dual core processor) but that is inline with the iPhone 4. On the good side, Verizon is still offering the unlimited data for $29.99 and free HotSpot access for a limited time. Check out all the specs and goodies in the official press release below including a chance to win a Droid Charge for yourself:

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Clearwire, Comcast And Sprint Widen 4G Reach In D.C., Baltimore

 

WiMax Provider Ups Coverage to 2.81 Million People in Washington, 1.75 Million in Baltimore

Clearwire, together with Comcast and Sprint Nextel, announced the expansion of its 4G WiMax network in the greater Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas.

In Washington, the Clearwire network covers an estimated additional 288,067 people since the initial June 1, 2010, launch, with more than 2.81 million people now able to access the broadband wireless service in the market. Clearwire’s Baltimore network added coverage for 37,420 people since last June to stand at 1.75 million people.
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Video Reviews Of The T-Mobile Sidekick Launched Today

Are you tired of going from site to site trying to see all the videos on the latest, hotest phones? Well fear not, PhoneScholar is here. I reviewed most of the videos for the Sidekick launching today on T-Mobile for $99 with contract and here are the two best. Aaron from phonedog gives us a 2 part video about 21 minutes combines. He goes in depth into the phone with the following demos:

*Cloud Texting
*Customization Options like the background themes
*Media Hub showing how to easily download and watch movies
*Connecting to the Android Market and Gmail
*Regular Texting
*Pre-Loaded Apps
*Camera Picture Quality
*Quadrant and Speed Tests

The other video is from Jon at technobuffalo. His is about 7 minutes long. Jon’s made it a point to get all the information about the phone in a shorter period of time. While he did not go into all the actual demos of the features, he explained them fully and gave more than enough information and hands on to give you an informed opinion on whether the Sidekick is worth buying.

Both of theses excellent reviews agree on a few key points

+The keyboard might be the best of any phone available today or have come out in the last year or so
+Very few dropped calls in both the Southern California area and North Carolina
+Good battery life
+The hinged flip up is better than the old style flip out. Stronger and easier to use
+Good speed and integration between screens
+Decent but not mind blowing display
+Fairly average to below average rear camera quality with no flash

T-Mobile G-Slate Review Pt. 1&2

It’s finally here! Aaron reviews the T-Mobile G-Slate, the US version of the LG Optimus Pad and the first device to launch with 3D recording capabilities. It offers a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 8.9-inch display, stereoscopic 5-megapixel cameras for shooting 3D content, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). The G-Slate can record HD video in 1080p, and 3D video in 720p.

As if that wasn’t enough, it’s the first product to run on the carrier’s 42 Mbps HSPA+ network, which is currently live in Orlando, Las Vegas, and New York City. The T-Mobile G-Slate will be available on April 20th for $529.99. Is it the the best tablet out there, or does it fall short of the others?

If you wish to read about the G-Slate, here is a fantastic article from Noah at Technobuffalo reviewing the new tablet.

http://www.technobuffalo.com/reviews/t-mobile-g-slate-review/

T-Mobile G2x Review (Video)

Thanks again to Jon from technobuffalo for a quick and precise review of the T-Mobile LG G2X. After watching a few hours of video yesterday and today, I can truly say that Jon keeping his videos under 7 minutes is a blessing. Listening to some of these reviewers from other sites go on and on for 15 minutes or more can really put you to sleep-Bill

The T-Mobile G2x marks a lot of firsts. It’s the carrier’s first dual-core device, LG’s first Tegra 2 phone, and back when it was announced as the Optimus 2x, (pre Atrix) it was the first dual-core device in existence. While the G2x maybe a trailblazer, does it deserve a place in your pocket? I applaud LG and T-Mobile for delivering an untainted Android (2.2) experience with solid build quality, but came away disappointed by 4G signal quality. There is much more to love that hate about the G2x, and with an out of the box Quadrant score of 2,379 it’s bound to make the hardware nerds giddy. For the full review, hit the play button below.
T-Mobile G2x Specs

4-inch 800×400 display
Android 2.2, Froyo (with no bloatware from T-Mobile or LG)
NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
8GB of built-in memory, microSD expandable
Dual cameras: 1.3 MP (forward-facing), 8 MP (rear-facing) with 1080p video recording
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 certified

Verizon flips the 4G LTE switch in a handful of new markets

Earlier today, Verizon teased that they’d be expanding their 4G LTE coverage to “a mess of new cities and towns” on the 21st. Apparently Big Red couldn’t wait to share exactly which areas would be getting in on the high-speed love, as they just announced several new LTE markets:
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4G Phone Shootout: Which phone is fastest?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few days ago, Mark Sullivan from Computerworld put out the article “4G Phone Shootout: Which phone is fastest?” I have had many requests to get info on this exact subject. The only drawback is that this article was very long and specific. For me to post the entire article would be unfair to those of you trying to get the basic info. Fear not people, I have written a condensed version of the highlights of the article so you can get the gist of what Mark found out. Of course I have also provided the link to the entire article for those of you who want all the facts and specs. It is a good read and well worth the time if you are interested. So here we go.
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HTC UNVEILS MULTIMEDIA SUPERPHONE, THE HTC SENSATION™ 4G

HTC brings one of its most advanced smartphones ever to the United States exclusively to T-Mobile customers. Here is the official press release. Check out the specs at the end of the article. I have also given you the link complete with pictures  to the entire HTC Event where this was announced. Since I did not have the time or ability to jet over to London for the event, thanks to Engadget for this info.

BELLEVUE, Wash. – April 12, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today introduced the HTC Sensation 4G, a smartphone that shines a spotlight on entertainment with HTC’s new HTC Watch™ video service. Crafted with premium design elements, the HTC Sensation 4G features the company’s latest customer-focused HTC Sense™ experience that puts people at the center by making their smartphones work in a more simple and natural way. The
HTC Sensation 4G will be available in the US exclusively at T-Mobile USA beginning this summer.
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Welcome to the Party: T-Mobile Launching 4G Mobile Hotspot Tomorrow.

T-Mobile via twitter has announced that their 4G Mobile Hotspot will launch tomorrow for a cool price of $79.99 with a two year contract and plan or $129.99 on a pre-paid account. The Hotspot (which does not sport a fancy name like some of the other carrier hotspots do) can cover up to 5 Wi-Fi devices at up to HSPA+ speeds (depending on where you use it). As of now the website still says “coming soon”. There is also only 1 option for the data plan the Even More 10 GB webConnect® Overage Free Plan which inlcudes:

• Up to 10 GB monthly high speed mobile broadband Web access
• No overages! (After 10 GB, data speeds are slowed until the next billing cycle)
• Unlimited Wi-Fi Web access at T-Mobile HotSpots
• Two-year agreement—great discounts on devices
• Share from anywhere with your tablet, netbook, or laptop.

Hopefully T-Mobile will also offer the 5GB and 500MB plans when it officially available for order on the website.