HTC DROID Incredible 2 Review Pt. 1&2

Aaron from phonedog takes an in-depth look at Verizon’s HTC DROID Incredible 2, the successor to last year’s popular HTC DROID Incredible. Sporting a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera, and Android 2.2, it ups the ante by offering a 4-inch Super LCD, global roaming capabilities, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a new version of HTC’s Sense UI. All in all, it’s an excellent improvement to the original, and can be had at Verizon for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.

It’s still a high-end phone, but is it worth buying, considering the 4G LTE smartphones that are on the market? We’ll think it through.

Unboxing Videos of the Verizon HTC Incredible 2, Casio G’zOne Commando and the Samsung Droid Charge

On Tuesday I told you about three phones that Verizon Wireless was launching today: The HTC Incredible 2, The Casio G’zOne Commando and The Samsung Droid Charge. Here are the unboxing videos from Aaron at phonedog.com. Just as an FYI, these might be the last unboxing videos I post. I have nothing against Aaron’s videos. In fact, I think they are excellent and until I can make a deal to get the phones myself I will still repost his. I just think that the announcement story, unboxing video and review video just is getting redundant. So why am I reposting these you ask? Well, these are 3 very unique and highly anticipated releases so I thought it would be nice to get a first look at each. Please enjoy. Thank you Aaron.-Bill

Update: As of the posting of this article, Verizon has announced that the Droid Charge release is being delayed. It probably had something to do with the LTE system outage and the fact that the phone could not be activated. I am hoping that since the Verizon LTE network is back up and running they will announce the Charge for release within the next few days. I will keep you posted.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Video Review

Thanks to Jon at technobuffalo fro another great video. This time he reviews the Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet that came out yesterday. For the written review please see the link below.

Tablet? Laptop? Why not both? Sure we did a written review on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, but as people have been asking for a full video review as well, we’re here to deliver the goods. It is definitely a unique device on the tablet scene. Not only do the specs rock near the top, with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, 1GB of RAM, 10″ screen, 5MP rear camera and Android Honeycomb, but it also does a trick — it can disguise itself as a clamshell laptop/netbook. A compatible keyboard dock accessory gives users some hardware QWERTY action worthy of high-volume data input.
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fring launches World’s 1st Group Video Calls on iPhone & Android

Have you ever been sitting in your room all alone and said “You know I wish I could talk to 3 other people at the same time and also see what they are doing?” Well, fring’s Group Video Calling brings 4 friends together at the same time, anywhere, 4 free. Check out the video above and the press release below.

London, United Kingdom, 27 April 2011. fring, the mobile communication service that pioneered mobile video over internet calls in 2009, today announces the world’s first mobile group video calls for iPhone & Android devices.

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See what you’re missing with new Qik Video Connect apps:Live iPhone-to-Android video chat and much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you been asking “when will I be able to do video chat with my Android device and call my iPhone 4 friends?” Well, now you can. Qik video connect not only lets certain Android phones do this you can also send a video mail. Check out the release from Qik below.

We’re excited to announce Qik Video Connect—a new version of Qik for Android and an update to the latest Qik iPhone app. Qik Video Connect has lots of great new features and one incredible capability—live video chat with friends across Android phones and iPhones!
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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).

Apple vs. Android location tracking: Time for some truth

Story by JR Raphael from Computerworld. Check out Windows Phone 7 is safer than iOS, Android when it comes to mobile phone tracking related story.

Smartphone location tracking is stirring up quite the controversy right now. It’s no surprise: A report issued last week alerted us to the fact that Apple’s iPhones and iPads are quietly recording users’ locations and saving the data to unencrypted files. The files live on the devices and are also copied over to PCs during iTunes synchronization. They’re apparently even preserved and restored if a user migrates to a new device.

The problem here isn’t simply that the gadgets are accessing location data, of course; most of us know that that’s a possibility if we choose to use location-based smartphone services. The problem is that Apple’s devices appear to be collecting and storing this info — lots of it — in ways users aren’t aware of. And, even more concerning, iPhones and iPads are logging the data even when users have opted out of location tracking, according to an investigation published by The Wall Street Journal.
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Sony S1 and S2 Android tablets official, coming Autumn 2011



Check out the two videos for the Sony tablets scheduled to hit sometime in the fall. The first one is a promo from Sony and the second is the launch announcement from a Tokyo news conference.

Sony will make its long-awaited entry into the tablet PC market later this year with two models based on the latest version of Google’s Android operating system.

The tablets, which carry the development names S1 and S2, will be launched worldwide from the fall, Sony said on Tuesday.

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The Next Generation Of Incredible: DROID Incredible 2 By HTC Delivers Style And Performance To Verizon Wireless

So the much anticipated Droid Incredible 2 is coming to Verizon this Thursday for $199.99 with 2 year contract and voice and data plans. So what does the Incredible 2 offer over the original:

*4″ screen vs. 3.7″ screen
*Front facing camera
*”Upgraded” 1GHz processor
*World Phone (runs both CDMA and GSM)

Check out the full press release:

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, will be available beginning April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

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Verizon Wireless and Casio Introduce the CASIO G’zOne Commando First Ruggedized Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless

For all you construction, warehouse, dock, transportation, etc. workers who have been saying “I want a smartphone but I am afraid of breaking it” your day has come. Casio has added to it’s “rugged” line up with the G’zOne Commando for $199.99 with 2 year contract and voice/data plan. The first rugged Android Smartphone for Verizon. As many of you know Casio has been offering some of the best rugged phones through Verizon for years. The only feature not offered is push-to-talk (not sure it is even needed for the applications this phone will be used for). It does include what is called Lifestyle features like an earth compass, thermometer, a trip memory and more specifically designed for the marriage of rugged and smartphone. Check out the full press release for all the specs and features.
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