Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sprint Announces HTC Arrive, Their First Windows Phone 7 Phone

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen some new Windows Phone 7 phones (we really haven’t seen any new ones since last fall when Microsoft released the new OS), and it’s been even longer since we’ve seen a new Windows Phone come to Sprint. Thankfully for all you Xbox-loving, Zune listening, Windows Phone 7 fans on Sprint your wait to get your hands on the first Windows Phone 7 phone for Sprint is almost over with Sprint and HTC’s official announcement of the new HTC Arrive (also known as the 7 Pro as we told you earlier in the week). And the Arrive looks to be worth the wait, with not just some pretty solid specs but also a sleek design that looks to make it one of the top Windows Phone 7 phones currently out there. Here’s the full specs:

  • 3.6 inch high-res screen with full slide out, tilting QWERTY keyboard– As we told you last week and as you can see in the pic above.
  • 1 GHZ processor— For making sure all your texting, browsing, gaming and everything else you do on your phone goes fast and smooth.
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash and HD video recording
  • 16 GB of built-in storage— For lots of music, movies, pix and games.
  • 3G, GPS and WiFi

And this phone will also run the latest Windows Phone 7 update, called “NoDo,” which brings some nice updates to Windows Phone 7 including faster launching of apps and games, better searching for apps in the Marketplace, and also the long-awaited inclusion of copy and paste.

The Arrive will be available in a little under a month, March 20th, for $200 on a new 2 year contract with data plan and $100 mail in rebate. You can pre-order the Arrive today at Sprint stores with the purchase of a $50 gift card (which you can then use next month to buy the phone).

For more info on the Arrive, see Sprint’s site here.

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Apple Announces New MacBook Pros– Everything You Need To Know

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As expected, Apple took the wraps off some incredible new MacBook Pros today– and by incredible we do mean incredible. We’re talking much faster, and much, much more powerful that if your looking for a new computer you’re gonna wanna know about. So what you waiting for? We got everything you’re gonna want and need to know about them after the break!

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Apple Holding Press Event Next Week– iPad 2 On the Way? (UPDATE)

As you’ve probably figured, right now is probably the worst possible time to buy any Apple product. In today’s version of the now daily major Apple rumor we have a rumored Apple press event date for next Wednesday, March 2nd for a very special announcement– the long-awaited iPad 2. This rumor comes from a pretty powerful and well-connected source– the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog— so we’re very inclined to believe its got some truth to it.

Just as a quick recap on what to expect in the iPad 2. The rumors here are that it will have: 2 cameras– one on the back and a second on the front for FaceTime video chat, faster processor and more RAM for speed (to keep up with the very fast Android tablets on the way), SD card slot built-in (this is huge considering the first iPad needed you to buy a separate $30 piece for this), higher-res screen (debate on whether it will match the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, but regardless it should be much better), better speaker (much-needed if you ask us– the first iPad’s speaker was decent but could use a lot of improvement), thinner design, and even possibly a USB type port in addition to the usual Apple USB connector.

Again, these are all only just rumors for now– but all should be revealed soon enough. And make sure to check back here next week where we’ll have everything you need to know about whatever Apple decides to announce.

UPDATE: And it’s officially an iPad event as you can see from the official invite above. Make sure to check back here next week for all the info on what goes down.

Sprint Planning Something Big For This Thursday (UPDATE)

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It looks like this Thursday will be some crazy day for new tech. First you got the seemingly more and more likely Apple MacBook Pro update (Apple’s own site has changed the shipping dates for MacBook Pros orders from the usual 24 hours to a now 3-5 day wait— yes that would coincide perfectly with a new Thursday MacBook Pro update), the Motorola Xoom tablet comes out for Verizon (albeit, at a ridiculously high $800 price. Oh, and you need to pay for at least one month of Verizon service– which starts at $20 for 1 GB of data– for WiFi to be “unlocked” on the tablet. Weird and really annoying we know), and from this above tweet Sprint plans to have something big of their own planned for Thursday.

Now what exactly this new phone is no one knows yet. It seems a little early for the recently unveiled Kyocera Echo to be this mystery phone, as Sprint said it wouldn’t come until “Spring” (and judging by the weather here in New York today winter seems to still be going strong– though we would love an early spring). Whatever this is, the wait should only be a few more days and you can make sure we’ll have it covered for you here.

UPDATE: And it looks like this little second Sprint tweet will give us an answer–  this mystery phone is Sprint’s first Windows Phone 7 phone, the HTC 7 Pro. Think about it, the main focus of Windows Phone 7 is hubs– specifically ones for gaming, music, videos, people etc– exactly what was mentioned in the new tweet.

The 7 Pro was said to be coming to Sprint ever since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 last year and is a pretty impressive phone– 3.6 inch high-res screen with full slide out, tilting QWERTY keyboard (see the pic after the break for what we mean), 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, 1 GHZ processor, and 8 GB of built-in storage. All in all if this is indeed what Sprint has in store, Thursday should be a solid day for Sprint users. You can see a shot of the second tweet and one of the HTC 7 Pro after the break.

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New MacBook Pros Coming This Week? Best Buy Seems to Think So

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A sign of a new MacBook Pro coming this week?

If you’re looking for a new MacBook Pro you may wanna wait a couple of days as a big update is set to be coming this Thursday, February 24th.

Now what exactly is in this update is still largely a mystery. Rumors have this being anything from a major update to Intel’s latest processors (codenamed “Sandy Bridge”– the latest and greatest in Intel’s Core line), a major update to the design (dropping the DVD drive in favor of a more MacBook Air like design), support for the next generation of USB based on Intel’s Light Peak tech (which is so much faster than the current USB 2.0 that its ridiculous. Think of transferring a whole Blu-ray movie in 30 seconds!!! This stuff is blazing fast), and even better battery life. Yeah, this should be huge. And this update looks to be across all the MacBook Pro lines– with the 13, 15, and 17 inches all getting updated.

Now how do we know this is coming? Well, for one Best Buy has a whole bunch of pages up on their site for some new MacBook Pros (like the one above) with prices of $1199 and $1499 for new 13 inch (same prices as current 13 inch MacBook Pro), $1799 and $2199 for new 15 inch (same prices as current 15 inch), and $2499 for a new 17 inch model (again, same price as the current 17 inch MacBook Pro). We also called up Best Buy for more info and while even they couldn’t find out actual specs, the reps we spoke to seemed to confirm that Apple plans to release these new models this Thursday.

We’re gonna keep digging for more and will let you know what we find.

Atrix 4G Launch Date Pushed Up– Now Launching Next Week

Counting down the day until you can get your hands on AT&T’s hottest new 4G phone, the Atrix 4G, comes out? Well, awesome news– prepare to knock two weeks off that countdown as AT&T has just announced that the superphone will be coming much earlier than initially announced: next Tuesday the 22nd as opposed to the previously announced March 6th date.

Price is still $199 with new 2 year contract and data plan, with the same option to buy the laptop dock and phone for $500 with tethering data plan. Anyone going out on Tuesday to pick this beast up?

Ask TeensTalkTech: Should You Buy the Verizon iPhone?

Ask TeensTalkTech is where we try to answer your questions on technology– from computer problems to cell phone questions and everything in between. Have any questions of your own? Either comment below, email us at ask@teenstalktech.com or tweet us (@teenstalktech) and we’ll try to answer them in a future post!

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The Verizon iPhone, it’s finally here. After years of begging, wishing, praying and waiting the end of AT&T’s exclusive control of Apple’s iconic cell phone has finally come to an end. This is the what people on Verizon have been waiting for years for.

Now don’t get me wrong this is a very big for both Verizon and AT&T– Verizon gets the device everyone’s been waiting for, and AT&T finally gets rid of those people who keep bashing their network (which personally I’m the most excited for. If all these people leave AT&T and they are the ones that constantly are using up data and slowing up the network for the rest of us, it means AT&T should only get better and faster than before); and of course for anyone on any carrier this means even more competition which should hopefully lead to much better phones and plans.

We’ve been receiving a ton of questions recently on whether you should buy an iPhone 4 on Verizon no, and personally, I’d say no. Here’s why.

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HTC Announces 2 New Facebook Phones Coming to AT&T Later This Year

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The HTC ChaCha

Remember how last year we wrote about all this talk of Facebook actually making dedicated Facebook phones? Well, contrary to Facebook’s denial of such things last year it looks like there are gonna be some special Facebook-focused phones coming later this year to AT&T thanks to HTC.

Today at MWC HTC took the wraps off of these two new phones– the ChaCha (pic above) and the Salsa (pic below), two Android powered phones with as you’d expect, a heavy emphasis on Facebook.

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The Facebook loving HTC Salsa

The Salsa looks a lot like any other HTC phone with a sleek 3.4 inch all touchscreen design, while the ChaCha looks more “BlackBerry-ish” with its full physical QWERTY keyboard underneath its smaller 2.6 inch touchscreen. Both phones also feature a dedicated Facebook button on the bottom of their respective designs for one-touch Facebook sharing. One tap of that button and you can instantly share whatever you’re doing– what song your listening to, what restaurant you just “checked-in at” or what website you just looked at– with all your Facebook friends.

Specs wise both are pretty similar: Both have a 5-megapixel back camera with auto focus and LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera for video chat, Android with HTC Sense (including new widgets for Facebook chatting from the homescreen), 600 MHZ processors (not gonna be EVO or ThunderBolt fast, but should be more than enough for constantly updating your Facebook all day. And this lower processor speed should allow for much better battery life so you can stay connected even longer), and a 480 x 320 resolution screen (again not as powerful as HTC’s other Android phones, but more than enough for the target goal of Facebooking 24/7).

The question is though, can this succeed where the Microsoft KIN phones failed? I mean, if the price is similar to what AT&T is charging for an iPhone, BlackBerry, Inspire 4G or Atrix 4G wouldn’t you just want to go with the much more powerful phone and use the very good iOS, BlackBerry or Android Facebook apps that millions are currently using today? Personally, unless there is some special data plan (this is where I think the KIN really failed– smartphone price for a phone that clearly wasn’t a smartphone) that makes monthly data cheaper on these phones compared to those “normal” AT&T smartphones I’d go with a normal smartphone and just use a Facebook app.

But that’s just me– what would you do? Do you want a specific “Facebook phone” or are you more than happy with a more powerful phone and a Facebook app? Let us know in the comments.

You can see more on the ChaCha here, and the Salsa here.

T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G Launch Date and Price Announced– Coming February 23rd for $149

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On T-Mobile and anxious to make T-Mobile’s latest and greatest 4G phone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, your own? Checking each day to see if it will be the day that T-Mobile was talking about when they said this beast was coming in February? Well, you can relax now as T-Mobile and Samsung have today come out from MWC 2011 with some very exciting news for you: the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be coming very soon to T-Mobile, February 23rd to be exact (9 days from now), for an excellent price of $149.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the Galaxy S 4G is T-Mobile’s 3rd 4G phone, and packs a whole bunch of awesome specs including:

  • 4 inch Super AMOLED screen— Read: an amazing screen
  • Access to T-Mobile latest and fastest 4G speeds– up to a blazing 21 Mbps– really, really fast internet that should be rolled out all across T-Mobile’s network as the year goes on. This is the first T-Mobile phone capable of this.
  • Front camera with T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik and 5 megapixel back camera
  • 1 GHZ Samsung Hummingbird processor— like the Vibrant and other Galaxy S phones. Basically, everything on here should run really fast
  • Android 2.2– with access to T-Mobile TV for watching live TV (another first for T-Mobile here).
  • 16 GB of built-in storage on an included microSD card— With Inception pre-installed so you can watch an awesome movie right out of the box on that awesome screen.

Yeah, it’s impressive and at $149.99 we gotta say, it’s a pretty sick deal.

For more info on the Galaxy S 4G, see T-Mobile’s site here.

AT&T Giving Away 1,000 Free Rollover Minutes To Customers– How To Get Them For Yourself

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Now this is the type of competition we want to see. This week was a pretty tough week for AT&T, what with Verizon ending AT&T’s exclusive on the iPhone and all– a move that we’re sure led to some people bailing on AT&T for Verizon (exact numbers no ones saying yet). So if you’re AT&T, how do you say thank you to those that were loyal and stayed with you? Give them free stuff of course! Yes, this weekend AT&T began giving out 1,000 (yes, one thousand) free Rollover minutes to its subscribers, meaning if you had for example, a plan with the lowest 450 minutes per month, you now will have an extra 1,000 in the “bank” in the event you overuse that allotment in a month. Very nice indeed.

Now how to do you take advantage of this awesome gift? Simple, text “Yes” (without apostrophes) to 11113020. That’s it. Within 4 weeks or so your account should now have an extra 1,000 available Rollover minutes for you to use (even better, these are Rollover minutes and will keep on carrying over from month to month until they’re all used up). The deal runs from now until March 31st, and yes this isn’t just for iPhone users, we also tested this on an AT&T BlackBerry and it worked just the same.

So there you have it. A nice little weekend gift from AT&T, enjoy!