HTC EVO 3D available for preorder as part of super secret Best Buy presale

According to this memo that’s going around Best Buy, you’re not actually supposed to listen to anything we’re saying here. Because what do we know? We’re just a blog. (Or maybe they’re referring to that other blog.) But the fact remains that the
HTC EVO 3D — that’s the newfangled 3D-capable phone that we saw at CTIA — is available for preorder at Best Buy Mobile.

Here’s the deal: You’ve gotta ask for it. Best Buy isn’t actively promoting the presale, and there’s a good chance that there’s a secret handshake involved. (We tried this one.) But otherwise, it should be standard Best Buy preorder procedure: You fork over a little cash in exchange for a gift card and the promise of a phone once it’s released. You can then apply the gift card toward the total cost. As for when it’s coming? Still no word, other than this summer.

We’ve put word into our official Best Buy contacts for some official confirmation (you know, not from a blog), but we’ve also walked into a store and confirmed this for ourselves. So if you wanna preorder an HTC EVO 3D, go for it.

Via: Android Central

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).

Sprint Nexus S 4G available for pre-order at Best Buy

The Nexus S 4G is available for pre-order from Best Buy’s website, meaning it can be yours without encountering a single smurf-shirted employee. Sprint’s version of the Nexus S, now with WiMAX support, features a pure Gingerbread OS that’s a perfect match for Google Voice. This Sammy sells for $199 with a two-year agreement, and while you’re welcome to try your luck at a retail outlet, just be sure they don’t give you T-Mobile’s version. Of course we know the difference, but do they?

The Best Buy link below is to the Google front page just in case you wanted to check out the T-Mobile version also. No date yet on the actual arrival of the Sprint version.

Via: Engadget
Source: Best Buy

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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Kyocera Echo Review Pt. 1&2

Two screens or one tablet, the choice is yours! Aaron reviews the Kyocera Echo, the first dual-screen Android device. It offers a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, two 3.5-inch displays, 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, and a version of Android 2.2 that’s optimized for use on both displays.

It’s an interesting concept, but without 4G, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether it’ll sell well at Sprint. Is it the device for you? We’ll figure it out.

Via: phonedog

Sprint Kyocera Echo Unboxing!

It’s a phone! It’s a tablet! It’s … Um, what is it? It’s the Kyocera Echo from Sprint, a dual-screen Android phone that acts like a smartphone and a tablet depending on how you fold it. Or at least it tries to. Noah from technobuffalo gives us the unboxing of this new phone coming in April 17th for $199.99 with contract. While this video gives you a first look, I am hoping that Noah does a review video after he gets to play with it for awhile. Thanks Noah!-Bill

Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Pictures you’ve e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could be leaking location information threatening your safety or that of your children.

“Perfect, just like that,” cooed NBC Action News staffer Susanne McDonald to her four-year-old daughter Laine as she took a series of smartphone pictures. “Ready? One, two, three! Good Girl.”

We loaned McDonald and Laine a smartphone to see just how threatening a seemingly innocent snapshot could be once loaded online.
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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 EVO 3D Coming This Summer to Sprint?

Yesterday I had one of my viewers ask me why I have not talked about the EVO 3D. So I went into my Sprint and HTC archives looking for the video in which I talked about the announcement at the CTIA show this year to post for him to see. To my surprise, I had not covered the announcement of this phone. So, here it is (I have also given you a hands on video from Engadget at the CTIA show and the promo video from HTC above):

The EVO 3D is a non glasses 3D EVO “superphone” (it appears the phones with dual-core 1.2 GHz processors are falling into that group) from HTC. The specs:

4.3″ qHD display with 3D no glasses required-dual-core 1.2 GHz SnapDragon processor, Dual 5mp rear cameras with 1080p video capture in 2D and 720p in 3D, 1.3mp camera front-Dual LED flash-Newest version of HTC Sense that includes Active lockscreen, faster browsing and HTC Watch. To see all the specs and other cool stuff check out the HTC EVO 3D website.

It appears that the first versions are going to be released in France within the next month or so and a possible summer release here in the US.

Rock Out No Matter Where You Go – New Sprint Music Plus Application Provides Access to Full Music Tracks, Ringtones, Ringback Tones and More on Sprint Phones

Want your music downloaded FAST? The Sprint 4G network enables downloading music up to 10 times faster than 3G. Here is the official press release from Sprint.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 12, 2011 – Most people never leave home without their mobile phone, although they may leave behind their MP3 player. Now you can share your musical tastes with those around you – or those who call you – with Sprint Music Plus, a new music application, accessed either on a Sprint phone or sprint.com, which serves as a single, convenient destination for customers to discover, purchase and play individual and bundled offers of full track music, albums, ringtones and ringback tones.

Sprint Music Plus, powered by RealNetworks® Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), is a full-featured music and tone manager, which allows users to: Read the rest of this entry »