Monthly Archives: April 2011

Top 5 New and Upcoming Verizon Phones: Spring/Summer 2011

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So Verizon users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what Verizon’s got planned during the next few weeks or months so you don’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 we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to Verizon that if you have an upgrade should be really excited for.

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Finally! White iPhone 4 Officially Comes Out Tomorrow

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It’s a little later than the last rumor said and almost a year after the black iPhone 4 was released, but all those who’ve waited your day is almost here. Starting tomorrow the white iPhone 4 will be finally be available for AT&T and Verizon users for the same $199 for 16 GB or $299 for 32 GB that their black counterparts cost (with new 2 year contract and data plan of course). And yes, beyond the white color everything else is pretty much identical to the black iPhone 4 (though who knows, maybe with this long delay Apple may have also finally fixed the signal issue allowing you to use your iPhone 4 without a bumper or case).

If you do get the white iPhone tomorrow let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Verizon Finally Makes The Droid Incredible 2 Official: Coming Tomorrow For $200

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Want a sick new Droid but don’t want to pay $300 for it? Well, if you’re willing to give up not having Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE for the next 2 years there looks to be a pretty awesome alternative to Verizon’s second 4G phone, the Droid Charge, that also just so happens to be launching tomorrow– the next generation of the insanely popular Droid Incredible.

As the rumors a few months ago said, this new Droid Incredible 2 looks to pick up exactly where the first Droid Incredible left off, with a sleek design and powerful specs. We’re talking a bigger 4 inch high-res screen (over the first Droid Incredible’s already nice 3.7 inch), 1 GHZ processor (also an upgrade as this is the latest and great 1 GHZ processor from Qualcomm— the company who makes the processors– so you should expect not just better speed, but better battery life as well), 8 megapixel back camera with flash, face detection and 720p HD video recording AND 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video chat (which you can do over WiFi), noise cancellation (for better sounding calls). On top of all this runs Android 2.2, but hopefully we’ll see an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread coming sometime soon after launch (though nothing has been said about this yet).

All in all, at a much more affordable $199.99 with 2 year contract and $29.99 unlimited data plan, Verizon is making sure there is a great new Droid for pretty much anyone— even if this one lacks 4G support (on the bright side though, this will probably get better battery life than the Droid Charge because it doesn’t have that power-sucking 4G chip inside it).

You can pick up a Droid Incredible 2 tomorrow, April 28th, at your local Verizon store or online at Verizon’s site.

The Teen Review: T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G

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We all know T-Mobile’s got some pretty powerful 4G phones coming out this summer (*cough* HTC Sensation 4G *cough*) but what if you’re looking for a powerful, fast all touchscreen 4G phone right now? For that, we’d like to turn your attention to the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, a phone that’s stylish but quite the powerful beast too. Is it worthy of being your next phone though? For all that info and much, much more read on in our full teen review below.

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Verizon Announces Name, Release Date and Price For Second 4G Phone: The Samsung Droid Charge

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Remember the Samsung Android 4G LTE Phone Verizon and Samsung announced back in January when Verizon announced their upcoming group of 4 new 4G LTE phones? Well, today it’s finally gotten a real name, release date and price: the Samsung Droid Charge coming to a Verizon store near you on April 28th (a week from today) for $299.99 with a new 2 year contract a $29.99 unlimited data plan.

So what will that $299.99 get you? A pretty powerful 4G phone with specs like: an awesome 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen8 megapixel back camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera for higher quality video chatAndroid 2.2 with Swype keyboard and Mobile Hotspot (so you can share your 4G with up to 10 devices. And Verizon is offering this free for a “limited time”), and a 1 GHZ processor (so everything on your phone can keep with that fast 4G awesomeness). No word on the battery life here (Verizon’s first 4G phone– the HTC ThunderBolt— has been said to have pretty bad battery life when on 4G, like only lasting a couple of  hours and not even getting close to a full day bad), but I guess we’ll find that out soon enough.

So Verizon users– are you gonna go with this first 4G Droid as your next phone or are you gonna save the $100 and go with something like a ThunderBolt from Amazon (which offers it for a much more affordable $200 with contract) or 3G-only iPhone 4 instead?

White iPhone 4 Finally Coming This Week?

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The white iPhone 4– is it finally almost here?

If you’ve been waiting for the iPhone 4 to finally come in a color not black you’re lucky day may be finally almost here. After several delays since it was first announced last June, rumors are building that the white iPhone 4 may finally be released this week. These latest rumors come courtesy of reports in the Wall Street Journal (an actual reliable source) quoting Apple that the white iPhone 4 will indeed still be released this Spring and that it was not “killed off” as was previously rumored, and a listing on the UK carrier Three’s (which currently offers the black iPhone 4) site for a white iPhone 4 available for pre-order with earliest delivery on April 20th (or this Wednesday. The listing has since been pulled and reports are also saying that it won’t come until next Tuesday, April 26th).

This of course also further fuels the rumors that the iPhone 5 won’t be out until this fall which I am more inclined to believe ever since Apple said the white iPhone 4 was still on its way (I mean, Apple’s not the type of company to release a phone and then update it less than 2 months later). So in short: the white iPhone 4 is still coming and don’t be surprised if we see it this week. Anyone still excited about this?

Top 5 New And Upcoming AT&T Phones: Spring/Summer 2011

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So you’re on AT&T, you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T’s got coming out during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to AT&T (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to AT&T and that any AT&T user with an upgrade should be really excited for.

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T-Mobile and HTC Unveil The HTC Sensation 4G– T-Mobile’s Most Powerful 4G Phone Yet

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Wow if you’re up for an upgrade on T-Mobile this summer you’re in for a heck of a lot of awesome choices: LG G2X, Samsung Sidekick 4G and now this ridiculous beast– the HTC Sensation 4G. And when we say ridiculous beast we mean ridiculous beast. Think of this as the myTouch 4G on enough steroids to make even Barry Bonds look like he’s clean. Just take a look at what’s here:

  • Large, sharp 4.3 inch qHD screen with unibody aluminum design— Basically, a screen where all your movies, pictures, games, texts and any thing else you do on your phone will look incredible. Oh and that unibody aluminum design (meaning it was all made from a single piece of aluminum, like the MacBook Air and Pro) means the phone itself will look amazing (just check out that pic of it above!) and will also feel great in your hands.
  • 1.2 GHZ dual core processor— So things don’t just look nice but literally play nice as well. This speed together with the 768 MB of RAM should mean you shouldn’t have to wait more than a second or two for things to loadever.
  • The latest Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0— Like on the Sprint EVO 3D. This also comes pre-loaded with HTC Watch (HTC’s version of the iTunes video store or Samsung’s Media Hub) for buying/renting, downloading and watching new movies or TV shows right on your phone. What’s cool here is that it’s perfectly optimized for your HTC phone, meaning that the video takes up the full screen with no cropping or black bars above and below it. The annoying part of this though is that you can only watch the video on up to 5 other HTC devices with no word if you can stream the movie on your computer from something like HTC’s site.
  • 8 megapixel back camera with flash and HD video recording with second front camera for video chat— Oh, and this takes full HD 1080p video with surround sound (thanks to two back mics) so your videos will look and sound even better. And with the built-in Video Trimmer you can edit those videos down right on the spot so you can share them on YouTube or Facebook even quicker.
  • WiFi, GPS and of course T-Mobile 4G

Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. No exact launch date or price has been announced by T-Mobile or HTC just yet, but  it should be here “this summer.” Video of the Sensation 4G after the break.

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T-Mobile Gives LG G2X and Samsung Sidekick 4G Official Pricing and Release Dates– Get Ready For April 20th

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Remember those rumored pricing and release dates for two of T-Mobile’s hottest upcoming phones, the LG G2X and Samsung Sidekick 4G? Well, we just heard from T-Mobile and guess what, it’s now official. Starting in twelve days, April 20th, both of these sick new phones will be available at your local T-Mobile store for $99.99 on a new 2 year contract and $30 a month unlimited data plan for the Sidekick 4G (or $149.99 with new 2 year contract  and T-Mobile’s much more affordable $10 250 MB plan. This plan is great for light email, updating your Facebook or some quick browsing of the web but not a lot of video watching over 4G. If you do plan on watching a lot of video, web browsing or constantly checking Facebook over 4G we’d recommend the unlimited plan) or $199.99 with a new 2 year contract and unlimited data plan for the LG G2X.

We checked out both of these beasts down at CTIA last month and we were very impressed with both. We found both to be extremely fast and we really loved the large screen on the G2X and the awesome keyboard on the Sidekick 4G. For all the details and our full first impressions on these bad boys see our first looks here (G2X, Sidekick 4G).

So T-Mobile users, if you’re looking for a new phone what’s it gonna be: Sidekick 4G, G2X or some other powerful 4G phone like the Galaxy S 4G or myTouch 4G?

Poll: What Phone Do You Want As Your Next Phone?

 

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So there’s this survey (by an investment bank named Piper Jaffray– who’s been known to make some, well, interesting Apple-related comments from time to time) making its way around the internet today saying that 17% of US teens own iPhones and 37% who don’t currently own one want the iPhone to be their next phone and planned to by one within the next 6 months.  The survey, which was of 4,500 teens across the country, is pretty interesting to say the least and got us thinking: what phone do you want as your next phone?

As a teen who currently uses an iPhone pretty much every waking second I’m planning to stick with it and am more inclined to go with an iPhone again when its time for me to upgrade. That said, we decided to look into this survey on our own and in our very unscientific (read: random and completely not planned) poll of our friends and classmates we found that while many are interested in the iPhone, a lot would rather go with a BlackBerry right now in large part because of its awesome keyboard and BBM (though many also were considering ditching their BlackBerrys for an iPhone because of the tons of apps available on iPhone and the much, much better internet browser). Most of our friends over the past couple of months in fact have gone to BlackBerrys as their new phones over the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 when they were up for an upgrade (Android also got a few mentions in our “survey,” but most were already narrowed down to iPhone or BlackBerry. Again though, this was just the group we asked).

So we wanna know readers and fellow teens, if/when you’re looking for a new phone– regardless of what carrier you’re on– what are you gonna get: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7, HP webOS, BlackBerry or another non-smartphone (aka “feature phone” or phones that don’t run any of the above OSes)? Take our poll or let us know in the comments.

Via All Things D