Archive for October, 2011
Excited for Verizon’s upcoming HTC superphone, the HTC Rezound with built-in Beats Audio? Well, it looks like your wait may soon be over. HTC has sent out invites for an event in New York this Thursday (November 3rd) where they are going to show off their “latest innovation,” an innovation that from the invite above looks to have a lot to do with Beats. And seeing as the latest rumors have the Rezound coming out exactly one week after this event (on November 10th), this looks to be the perfect place for it to finally be announced.
For those who don’t know, the Rezound looks to be one beast of a phone, with incredible specs like: a 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (even faster than the already quick Droid RAZR and Galaxy Nexus), support for Verizonâ€™s 4G LTE network, 8 megapixel back camera with a second 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, 4.3 inch 720p HD screen (or the same, awesome HDTV-like screen as the Galaxy Nexus) and of course, built-in Beats Audio (so everything sounds just amazing as it looks). Yeah, it’s pretty insane (and this is before we find out if HTC will include some sort of Beats headphones in the box like they did with their first Beats phone, the non-US Sensation XE. Let’s hope they do!).
As always we’ll have everything covered for you back here, so make sure to check back on Thursday for everything you’re gonna need to know on whatever new awesomeness HTC announces.
So Verizon usersâ€“ youâ€™ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks/months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what Verizonâ€™s got planned during those next few weeks or months so you donâ€™t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help.
While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to Verizon (some are just our best guesses based on rumors weâ€™ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that have recently launched or are said to be on their way to Verizon over the next few weeks/months that anyone with an upgrade should be really excited for (and trust usâ€“ theyâ€™re really good).
A few days ago, weÂ talkedÂ about how AT&T had announced the Samsung Captivate Glide, a powerful Android phone with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. However, if you were a Verizon user, you might have felt left out. Fear no more, as also a few days ago, Verizon launched the Samsung Stratosphere, an awesome device with 4G LTE, a physical QWERTY keyboard, and even a Super AMOLED Display. If you’re a heavy texter or just want a good smartphone on Verizon that isn’t all touchscreen, this looks to be for you. Just check out these specs:
- 4.0 inch Super AMOLED screen– So everything– pictures, games, texts, apps, videos– look sharp and clear.Â I have the Epic 4G Touch which sports a Super AMOLED Plus display (a slightly more powerful version of this), and I have to say, it is awesome.
- 1 GHz single-core processor–Â While it’s not as fast as some of Verizon’s more recent 4G phones like the Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR and Galaxy NexusÂ (which all have faster dual-core processors), it should be more than enough for checking Facebook, multitasking and playing games like Angry Birds.
- QWERTY keyboard– The 5-row physical keyboard is one of the main features of this device (there is even a full row of numbers!). Texting, updating Facebook, finishing up that English essay (oh come on, you haven’t done this before?), and searching the web will be even easier on the Stratosphere (and if you don’t want to use that slide out keyboard you can always use the built-in Swype virtual one).
- 4G LTE– Like Verizon’s other recent Android phones, this bad boy runs Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network– so everything from opening websites to streaming HD videos is insanely fast. Now before you go watch all those videos, rememberÂ Verizon does have a tiered data-plan system (which starts at $30 a month for 2 GB of data a month– enough for a lot of Facebook updating, browsing the web and YouTube watching but not enough to download HD movies over 4G. For that we recommend using WiFi as if you go over that limit, you will have to pay A LOT more).
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread– So you can run pretty much all the latest Android apps and games. This also has Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UI, which adds even more to Android like Media Hub (Samsung’s version of iTunes for downloading movies and TV shows), better homescreen widgets and tweaks like pinch-to-zoom for switching between your homescreens.
- 1.3 megapixel front-camera and a 5.0 megapixel back-camera– So your video chats and photos look nice and clear.
- 4 GB internal memory and 4 GB pre-installed microSD card– This isn’t much memory, but it will be able to hold a few thousand songs, some videos, and some apps. If you do need more memory, you can also buy a larger microSD card.
Ready for Sony’s next generation PSP, the PlayStation Vita? Well, you’ll have to hold on for a bit longer as Sony has just announced the US release date for their next generation PSP– February 22nd, 2012. Yes, 2012, as in next year.
Now while we know this still sucks, we should note that February is only four months away and let’s face it– most of us have been waiting for a true PSP successor for years now, so what’s a couple more months?
In other Vita news, Sony also announced that the Vita will have built-in apps for Facebook, Foursquare, Skype and Twitter– perfect for those times where you want to use this for more than just awesome gaming. Speaking of games, Sony also mentioned that there are over 100 games in development right now for the Vita, including Vita versions of hit games like Call of Duty, FIFA, Uncharted (the Vita version is called Uncharted Golden Abyss), and Assassins Creed– with even more gamesÂ to be announced “in the months ahead.”
For those who don’t know, the Vita is Sony’s next version of the PSP (aka the PSP2), and as you’d expect, it’s loaded with impressive features like: aÂ 5 inch OLED touchscreen with a 960Ă—544 resolutionÂ (or a prettyÂ amazingÂ screen),Â quad-core ARM Cortex-A9Â processorÂ (think the full power of your computer in your pocket. This allows for things likeÂ PS3 quality graphicsÂ on a device you can carry in your pocket),Â full array of buttons withÂ dualÂ analog sticksÂ (so you also get the full PlaySation controller to go with those PS3 like graphics),Â front and rear camerasÂ (for things like augmented reality games and Skype), andÂ touch sensitive pad on the backÂ (so you can have more control of the games without having to put your fingers on the screen. The touch sensitive panel on the back spans the length of the frontâ€™s 5 inch screenâ€“ so you can control from the back by touching where you would want on the screen). In short, itâ€™s pretty incredible.
And as for pricing, the Vita still looks to be $249 for WiFi-only or $299 for WiFi+AT&T 3G,Â though again who knows, maybe the fact that’s it not coming for another four months will make that price drop even further.
So, you gonna wait it out for this or will you get something like an iPod Touch (which now starts at just $199) this holiday season for your portable gaming needs?
More info: PlayStation Blog
Thought the Droid RAZR raised the bar for Android phones? Think again. Google and Samsung have finally taken the wraps off of the future of Android and Android phones with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus– and put simply both look absolutely incredible.
As always we’ve got all the info you’re gonna want and need to know after the break, so read on. More >
As we all expected, Verizon and Motorola today officially announced the Droid RAZR and as expected it’s insane. If you have an upgrade anytime soon and were thinking about getting the Droid Bionic or are looking for a crazy super powerful phone, you should definitely check this out (and if you bought a Droid Bionic recently, you may want to talk to Verizon about upgrading to this– it’s that insane!).
So what are you waiting for? Read on!
Waiting for more info on Verizon and Motorola’s next big Droid before tomorrow’s big event? Well then we think you’re gonna love this. What you see above is the first official pic of the upcoming Droid RAZR–Â and wow does it look incredible. The picture– which has notÂ surprisinglyÂ now been taken down– was taken today from Motorola’s teaser site for tomorrow’s event. And while we still don’t know the exact specs we know we can now expect a phone that’s crazy thin (it’s a RAZR after all), has a large screen, a front camera for video chat with a back camera capable of takingÂ 1080p full HD video (meaning it’s most likely an 8 megapixel camera), and has support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network.Â
In short, if you’re looking for a new Verizon phone anytime soon you’reÂ definitelyÂ gonna wanna check back here tomorrow for everything you’re gonna want and need to know about this beast. Stay tuned!
This week is really looking like the week of Android. First we’ve got the big Motorola/Verizon event on Tuesday (the 18th), where we expect them to release an incredible beast of a phone known as the Droid RAZR. On Wednesday though that may already be old news as Samsung and Google will finally show off the next version of Android– Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich– and with it the all new Galaxy Nexus (previously known as the Nexus Prime or Droid Prime). Yeah, this will be a crazy week indeed.
For those who don’t know, the Galaxy Nexus is, like the Droid RAZR, saidÂ to be a beast of a phone headed to Verizon over the coming weeks.Â Rumored specs on the Galaxy Nexus say that it will have aÂ massive 4.5 inch or 4.65 inch 720p HD screenÂ (or in other words, itâ€™s like having your HDTV in your pocket andÂ everythingâ€“ movies, games, pictures, Facebook, textsâ€“Â should lookÂ beyond insane on here),Â a pencil thin design with a curved screenÂ (like the new Galaxy S IIs and Nexus S),Â a fast dual core processor with 1 GB of RAMÂ (so everythingâ€“ from opening Facebook, to sending a text, to gaming, to doing all of that at onceâ€“ runs fast and smooth and without any freezes or lags), andÂ support for Verizonâ€™s 4G LTE network. Yeah, now’s a pretty great time to be on Verizon and have an upgrade.
And while we won’t be at this new event live (it’s taking place in Hong Kong now), we’ll of course have all the info you’re gonna want and need to know about everything Google and Samsung show off. And if you’re interested in watching all the action live as it unfolds, head to YouTube.com/Android at 10 PM Eastern (7 PM Pacific) on Tuesday night (it’ll be 10 AM Wednesday morning in Hong Kong) for the livestream.
Listen we like Verizon, we really do. Even though they are a bit more expensive than some of the other carriers they have arguably the best call quality, most reliable 3G networkÂ and the fastest 4G network. But this, this is just plain creepy.
In the event you don’t want Verizon to know everything about you (and we think you won’t), Verizon has also made it fairly easy to opt-out: all you have to do is call 1-866-211-0874 or go to Verizon’s website and logging into theÂ privacy page. One thing to note: if you’re on a family plan you’re going to have to do this for each person’s line.
So yeah, if you’re a Verizon Wireless user we recommend you do this as soon as possible.
If you thought the Atrix 2 was a quick upgrade you ain’t seen nothing yet. Motorola and Verizon have sent out invites for a big event next Tuesday, October 18th, teasing some new devices that are “faster, thinner, smarter, stronger.” And while we’re not sure exactly what devices will be shown off next week, the latest rumors are that we’ll not only see a new Xoom 2 (an upgrade to the original Xoom from earlier this year)– but also the all new Droid RAZR, a super Verizon Android phone that looks to be right up there with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime.Â Yeah, and this is only a month after the Droid Bionic finally came out.Â
A rumored shot of the upcoming Droid RAZR (pic from Engadget)
The rumored specs on the Droid RAZR (though it may also be called the Droid HD) are everything you’d expect of a new top of the line superphone: 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (for excellent speed), a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED screen (or an amazing screen that should be right up there with the iPhone 4S’s Retina Display and Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screens), an 8 megapixel back camera with an HD front camera (for HD video chat), support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network, and a casing made from Kelvar (or a casing from the same material that’s used to make bulletproof vests– yeah, this would definitely be stronger!). Yeah– this looks to be insane.
As usual Motorola put out a teaser video for next week’s big announcement (a video that has a lot of bullets and even a picture of a bulletproof vest at the 20 second mark) which we’ve added after the break. As usual we’ll have all the info you need to know covered for you back here, but if you’re looking for a new Verizon phone we really think you should try to wait it out until next week.