Category Archives: Mobile

Nexus 7 Pre-Orders Shipping

Were you one of the lucky ones? Did you Pre-order yourself a Nexus 7 from the Google Play store them self? Because if you did, you order should be shipping. As noted by TheVerge, all Play pre orders are shipping and are expected to deliver in 3 business days. Other retailers like GameStop and Staples are expected to sell the quad core tablet by weeks end and other local shops and websites will sell it shortly as well.
So, if you’d like to pick one up yourself, click here and keep in mind, tax and shipping does apply.

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Samsung announces Galaxy SIII event will be separate from MWC 2012

Regardless of the fact that the world expected the unavailing of the Samsung’s Galaxy SII’s successor at Mobile World Congress this year, Samsung has sent out a PR statement confirming those rumors to be…not true. Samsung is Samsunging is us all by pulling an Apple on us. In the statement, they claim that they would rather “announce their new device closer to the commercial release date. PR statment after the break!

“Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.”

AT&T adds new data plans, 3GB for $30, 300MBs for $20, 5GB + tethering for $50

Remember the day that AT&T announced that their unlimited plans would go bye-bye? Everyone, including myself was upset at the new plans, and felt that they were getting ripped off that 2GBS of data was now $25 bucks. For only $5 dollars more, you used to be getting unlimited. Don’t forget though it wasn’t true unlimited though, it was really 5GBs. Regardless, AT&T feels your pain, so they decided to add back higher data plans. For $30 bucks (which used to get you unlimited/5GB), you can now get 3GBs of data. For about $20 bucks, they’ll give you a tiny little 300MB of data. But if you pay a whooping 50 big ones, Ma Bell’ll give you some 5GB of data, plus a tethering option. They’ll be available on Sunday, the 22th of January. So, will you switch?

CES Day 1: Roundup

The first day of CES started off with a bang! Introducing incredible products that will live in tech history for years to come. Here is a roundup of the best things that we saw yesterday.

Gaming

Razer’s Fiona

This is probably the most unique product we’ve seen so far at CES. Razer’s Project Fiona is the first real gaming tablet. It’s a 10.1 inch screen, with two single handed controllers attached to each side. You hold the device almost like a steering wheel. The tablet runs Windows 8 and plays full on, legit PC games. The games demoed were Assassins Creed, Minecraft and other various PC games. The Fiona also packs an amazing Ivy Bridge i7 processor (!) Razer says that the Fiona will be released for “Under $1000” by the end of the year, Q3 or Q4. After Windows 8 is released!

PS Vita to AT&T
The long awaited Playstation Vita, the quad-core hand held monster is going to be released on AT&T in Febuary for $249.99. AT&T will sell the Vita contract free but allow the user to go on a pay-as-you-go plan, just like what we see on the iPad 3G. The two plans are a 250MB data plan for $14.99 and a 2GB plan for $25. At the end of the keynote, the speaker also said that “It’ll be even better when it gets LTE.” Maybe just a slip, or maybe not.. Hmm..
Mobile
AT&T Lumia 900
The long awaited LTE Windows Phone has arrived, to AT&T that is. The Nokia Lumia 900 is the very first LTE Windows Phone in the world right now. It sports a 1.6GHz single core processor, a 4.3 inch display, and the gorgeous Nokia body we love. AT&T is picking up the LTE train really fast, as it just launched LTE in New York a few weeks ago.
AT&T Galaxy Note
Even though this wasn’t much of a surprise, it was still nice to be confirmed, the AT&T band Galaxy Note is heading over with LTE sometime soon. This massive 5.3 inch screen phone/tablet may not even fit in your pocket, but it’s still a very nice device

BREAKING: LTE Galaxy Nexus Coming to Sprint Update: Pulled!

This ad that just appeared on CNET.com says that the Sprint Galaxy Nexus is going to be the very first LTE phone from Sprint. Ditching WiMax, Sprint announced today that is going to roll out LTE in markets by the middle of the year. Think this ad is legit? Or was it a test ad that just slipped? Head on over to CNET and click on this article, this is where the ad appeared, maybe you’ll see it too! What really makes this interesting is that the ad says that the specs are not a 1.2GHz dual core processor, rather a 1.5GHz dual core processor.

 

Update: We just went back on CNET and not to our surprise, the ad has been pulled. We’ve reached out to Sprint for comment as well.

All models of Blackberry Playbook now priced at $299.99 Update: It’s Down! Update x2:Up again!

After a day of rumors, RIM made the new prices official, all Blackberry Playbook’s are now priced at $299.99. Even the 64GB. It makes us wonder why anyone would pick the 16GB if the 32GB or 64GB were in stock? Hmm, anyway, click here to head over to RIM’s site and pick up a Playbook of your own.

Update:It seems to be that RIM’s shop site is down.

Update x2:Back up again, now go buy yourself an iPad or Galaxy Tab!

iPhone 4S Review

iPhone 4S Review

The iPhone 4S brings to us some of Apple’s latest and greatest innovations.  From the snappy dual-core A5 processor chip inside, to the stunning 8-megapixel camera on the outside, Apple has yet again crafted a beautiful piece of hardware. But does the apple taste as good as Android’s very own ice cream sandwich? Don’t forget about Microsoft’s mango. Let’s see how well the 4S fares against it’s competition.

Design

Apple has given itself quite a reputation when it comes to the look and feel of a product. The fact that the 4S has the same design as it’s predecessor might be a good thing. The bottom line is this (and believe me, I’m not an apple fan boy–I use an android): We can complain all we want about the small screen, or the durability or even the lack of a camera button; but we can’t say apple’s designers haven’t put a lot of effort into designing a quality phone that feels great in your palm. We can count on Apple to hand us well built devices every time. Without making any major changes, Apple has hit the ball out of the park (when it comes to design), again.

Reception/Data Speeds

One of the biggest disappointments with the 4S, to us, is that Apple has yet to incorporate LTE radios in the device. Yes, the 4S is still running on a two year old 3G network. On the positive side, AT&T’s 4S is offering faster speeds, as their 4S is able to take advantage of their HSPA+ network. Now, although they may claim so, this isn’t a true source of 4G speeds, but our tests in NYC have averaged between 3-6 MB down and about 1-2 (if you are lucky) upload. As far as making calls, you shouldn’t have any problems with reception. If you block the phone’s two bottom antennas, it’ll switch over to the top two for connection. Unless you hold the phone blocking the four antennas, which would look quite odd, your reception and call quality should be great.

Display

One word: Retina. The 3.5 inch display is no less beautiful on the 4S than it was on the 4. Believe me when I say you can expect beautiful display with great colors. The resolution is clear, and you will see crisp, clean text. The iPhone 4S uses the IPS screen technology, and at a resolution of 960 x 540. On a 3.5 inch screen, the results are great. If I had to describe the display in three words, they would be: Bright, Colorful, Crisp.

Hardware

Apple, like last year, brought over the processor chip from the iPad to the iPhone. That means the 4S is treated with the same dual-core love as the iPad 2. The A5 chip does more than get the job done. With the hardware acceleration in iOS and 512 megabytes of RAM, you will see the same fluid, smooth performance in the 4S as any other iOS product. Although Apple decided to under clock the chip to 800 megahertz, (most likely to preserve battery power), developers will certainly take advantage of the newer processor and graphics chip. In addition to upgrading the CPU, apple also put the PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU chip, and it definitely enhances your video and gaming performance. Infinity Blade 2 runs less choppy, and visuals are rendered much smoother. I have to hand it to apple, this touch was a great one–and buyers will be happy with the improved quality of apps.

Software 

The iPhone 4S comes packed with all the iOS 5 goodness you could ever ask for. If you aren’t familiar, the main updates in iOS 5 are things like a notification bar/center, reminders, and small edits like a camera button from the home screen. Without doubt, you still get that iOS look for the most part. iOS 5 blends nicely with the additions of the 8-Megapixel Camera and Siri. Apple has done a good job of integrating the software with the hardware of the 4S.

Camera

Apple has made a huge upgrade with the iPhone’s camera. I would probably say, hands down, this is the best camera on a phone I have seen yet. You could replace it with a traditional point and shoot. They upgraded the sensor from 5 to 8 megapixels, resulting in 60% more pixels in the shots. In addition to that, they added a fifth lens and added image stabilization, noise reduction, and 1080p video recording. Our sample shots have been fantastic, and even in low light situations the camera has proven itself to best its competition. Believe me when I tell you this: The camera is amazing.

Sample Shots

Even when blown up larger than the 3.5 inch screen, the 8 megapixel sensor really shows. The camera has definitely exceeded my expectations.

Siri

Siri is a brilliant innovation. That being said, it has plenty of flaws. In fact, I would probably end up using it more for entertainment than for productivity. It shouldn’t be a game changer as to what phone you would want to buy–but it is pretty cool.

The Bottom Line. The iPhone 4S is the one of the best phones you can buy. Without doubt, one of the best phones of 2011. It represents the place Apple holds in the mobile industry, the way the Galaxy Nexus does with Android, and even the way the Lumia 800 takes the stage for Windows Phone Mango. Should you buy this phone? Good question. It depends on a number of things but I’ll do my best to help. Before you choose a new phone, you should make sure you know 100% what you want. By that I mean, what operating system, the importance of 4G speeds (to you), and how much the design counts to you. By signing a two-year contract, you won’t get those brilliant LTE speeds from competing phones (and probably the iPhone 5). If you want an iPhone, and you are still using the 3GS, it’s really no question. If you have an iPhone 4, I would stick with it. Other than Siri, an improved camera, and the dual-core processor (not even, not much of a difference on daily use), they are virtually the same device. If you are coming from android, it’s your choice. Do you want LTE, or fantastic build quality? Do you want customization, or a clean UI that is smooth and simple. You will have to face questions like these, but it’ll be you who chooses what kind of phone fits your lifestyle. Stay tuned for video review.

Pros: Beautiful design and ergonomics, 8-megapixel camera, Siri, retina display

Cons: 3.5” display, no LTE, more or less a minor upgrade

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the verdict: 8.6/10

– Sam Savitt

Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile is official

Just hours before before todays announcement, Nokia has released the full specs and the full gallery of the Lumina 710 for T-Mobile. It comes in both white and black and it going to run for 49.99 on a 2 year contract on January 11th.

Specs:

  • HSPA+
  • 3.7 Inch screen
  • Mango
  • Black/White

Day 7 of Google 10 Cents Deal

Android users, today is one of the last days of Google’s  10 cent 10 day deal, and we just wanted to give you the list of what you guys can expect from the market, and a link to the banner page as well.

 

10 Apps:

https://market.android.com/details?id=apps_timed_promotion&feature=banner#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDIwMSwibnVsbC10b3BfZmVhdHVyZWRfbXVsdGlfX18xX3Byb21vXzEzMjM3MjYwNTkzNTQiXQ..

 

Be sure to check back tomorrow (and the next day…. and the next day…. and even after the promotion–we report great news!) for the next bundle of 10 cent apps.

 

 

Focus Flash For .99 Cents

 

AT&T has put the Focus Flash up for 99 Cents today with a new 2 year agreement. Anyone looking for a budget smart phone with a smooth interface and medium specs, this would be a good pick up, especially for under 1$. Via http://theverge.com/.