Category Archives: Cellphone review

iPhone 5 Competition

A recent document that has been leaked online suggests that Verizon will be coming out with a new phone that in the future (September) will give the upcoming iPhone 5 competition.

The phone is rumored to be called the HTC Vigor and in a post I made earlier this week, it says that the launch date will be on September 29th.  It is said that the Vigor will be the replacement of the HTC Thunderbolt jam packed with features to bring in more customers to the LTE market.

Verizon Wireless has not admitted to the existence of the Vigor so not many specs are known right now.  One of the main features about the phone to get excited about is the brand new 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most, if not all, smartphones right now have a 1GHz processor or less).   Also people have speculation that the camera on this phone will be somewhere at 8 or above megapixels.  Reason being is that since the Vigor is going to be a second generation Thunderbolt, the camera must be a little bit upgraded.  On top of this, the phone will be running on Android’s latest operating system, Android 2.3 commonly known as Gingerbread.

Low on Cash?

Do you want a new 4G smartphone with all the newest specs but don’t have the money to buy a phone like the Droid or iPhone?  The new 4G smartphone from Sprint just may be your solution.

The phone, the Conquer, is built by Samsung and on Sprint’s network.  The Conquer has all of the “bells and whistles” that a normal smartphone user would look for including a 3.5 inch display, 320×480 resolution, 4G network, as well as running on Android’s Gingerbread software (Android 2.3).  Did I mention that the phone is only $99?  Yes, this is true making the Conquer the cheapest 4G Android 2.3 run phone on the market.

Besides all of this, the Conquer also has a 3.5 megapixel camera, 1GHz snapdragon processor, and a 2GB SD card.  Couple other interesting features is including a front facing camera and also having mobile Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.

This new smartphone from Sprint seems to be a great deal.  With all of these features and a $99 price tag, what’s not to like?

Leaked Verizon Documents

This morning, IGN posted a picture of what claims to be a planning document from Verizon Wireless.  Many release dates are listed in the document for upcoming smartphones as well as hints for a new Galaxy Tablet.

Here are some of the phones and launch dates according to IGN

  • Droid Bionic – September 8th
  • LG Revolution 2 – October 20th
  • HTC Vigor – September 29th
  • Samsung Galaxy S ll – September 8th
  • Xoom 4G upgrade – September 8th

So as you can see, Verizon has a lot going for them in these upcoming months (if the document leaked is legitimate).  So if you are a Verizon Wireless customer and are looking for a new smartphone, wait for a couple months for these.

For quick reviews on all of these upcoming phones check out this article from pcworld.com

Get a Free Android Smartphone

Looking for a new for or to upgrade to a smartphone but don’t have the money?  Your problems may be solved.

For today (August 3rd) only, BestBuy stores will be offering customers Google’s Nexus S smartphone for free. Only catch is that the customer has to sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint in order for the phone to be activated on the spot at BestBuy.

The Nexus S is designed with a 4 inch touch screen display, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 5 megapixel camera.  It also runs off of Android’s operating system which is Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread.  For a better review of Google’s Nexus S, check out my review on it here.

 

Android Trojan Scares Many

A new type of trojan virus for Android powered phones was discovered early today which has cause a scared considering how much more advanced the virus is compared to older viruses found on Android devices.  This new trojan has the ability to record your conversation and then send it off to a remote server for storage for who knows what.

On the bright side, the virus is not capable of installing by itself, it needs the user’s permission first.  This may sound dumb but it can be disguised as a game or some sort of app and when you choose to install it, you instead get a virus installed on your phone.  The trojan looks to be a prototype of some sort so we may have more to fear in the future.

Anyways, be careful with what you download, make sure that it is something trustworthy and legitimate.

If you are worried about this then take a look at this article on 5 ways to protect your smartphone!

There are a couple Android anti-virus apps that you can download to protect your smartphone from this trojan and many others.  Some of the many are by AVG, and Creative Apps (both called anti-virus free but of course the paid version will do a little more).

AT&T Supplying Android Update

If you are the owner of a smartphone from AT&T, then you most likely have good news coming your way.  Earlier today, AT&T confirmed that after the launch of the HTC Status, they will be launching the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all of the smartphones on the network.

Some of these phones include:

  • HTC Inspire
  • LG Phoenix
  • Motorola ATRIX
  • Pantech Crossover
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Infuse

Side note that some AT&T users may have to connect to Wi-Fi or to their computers in order to download/install the new update.

AT&T’s newest phone

Earlier on February 3rd, At&t announced that starting on the 13th, users will be allowed to pre-order their newest phone, the Motorola Atrix, which will be coming out on March 6th.  The phone will run on the brand new 4G network and will go for $199.99 with a new two-year contract.

The Atrix will be powered by Android 2.2 and a insanely fast Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Besides having 1GB of RAM, it will also have a 4 inch touch screen display along with both a rear and front facing camera.

The down side? It costs $45 a month in order to get 2GB of data compared to other companies such as Verizon that offers unlimited data for $30 a month. All in all, look s like a good phone but may be a little bit pricey. Thoughts?

Hands on with the Galaxy Tab

 

 

 

New T-Mobile Sidekick

Earlier last week, T-Mobile confirmed that they will relaunch their Iconic Sidekick gadget but this time running on the Android operation system.  The device will also be running on T-Mobile’s 4G network which will hopefully be available in more places when it’s released.

Not much else is known about the phone yet, all we know is that it will be released sometime early this year.

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Dual Core Processors on Verizon phones!

At CES on Wednesday, Verizon officially announced a ton of new phones that will be put on their new 4G network which is said to be up to 10 times faster than 3G.  One of the smartphones announced that stood out to me was the DROID BIONIC.  With this being the latest phone in the droid series, it has a lot to offer.

The BIONIC has a 4.3 inch HD touch screen display, and both front and rear facing cameras (rear is 8 megapixels).  The phone will also have an HDMI output so you can watch all of your HD recorded clips on your television as well as purchase HD content and view it in full 1080p.

Besides this, the BIONIC’s most notable feature is its processor.  A new rising feature in smartphones in the upcoming future is dual core processors and the DROID BIONIC will have one with both cores running at 1GHz. To people who do not know what that means, it will be running at about twice the speed of a regular smartphone. The phone will also have 512MB of RAM. These two features alone make this smartphone incredibly fast which will increase speeds while multitasking. To help out with graphics, the BIONIC comes with Adobe Flash Player and HTML 5.

This is said to be a work device so that being said, it will come with corporate email, data security and encryption capabilities.  The phone will also have Quickoffice, full calender management, one-click conference calls, and tons of Google applications/services.

It’s hard to believe that a phone has come this far. Dual Core processor, HD camera, HTML 5, and game graphics that are console quality is insane.  Verizon definatly is setting the bar for smartphones this year.