Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Teen Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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As we begin the dreaded time of back-to-school shopping season there is sure to be a lot of interest in tablets. As we wrote last year, we find tablets to be great for use in school, and over the last few weeks we’ve been testing one of the more recently released tablets that if you’re looking for tablet you should definitely consider: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. We have to say, out of all the Android tablets we’ve seen recently this is one that gives the iPad 2 a real strong run for your money.

What are you waiting for? Read on for our full Teen Review of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Sprint Gives The Motorola Photon 4G A Release Date And Price– Coming July 31st For $199

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Ever since we wrote about the Photon 4G in our top upcoming Sprint phones post a lot of you have asked when this phone will finally come out and for how much. Well, today we finally got the answer to those questions with an official price and release date. Well, the Photon 4G will be available sooner than you thinkcoming at the end of this month, July 31st, for the as expected $199.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the Photon 4G is kinda like the recently released HTC EVO 3D just without the 3D part. It’s a beast of a phone with specs like a 4.3 inch qHD screen (not 3D but still very, very nice and a screen that should make everything you view on it look amazing)1 GHZ dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1 GB of RAM (again, for awesome speed)8 megapixel back camera with front camera for video chat, kickstand, and the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with custom Motorola UI on top. The Photon 4G can also be docked into a “HD Station” so you can connect the Photon 4G to a larger screen and use its Webtop OS with Firefox browser (this is the same OS that allows the AT&T Atrix 4G to turn into a “laptop” when it’s docked in its laptop dock). Unfortunately there’s no word on if the Photon  4G will get is own laptop dock (it’s slightly bigger screen makes it too big to fit into the Atrix’s), but if there is one we’ll make sure you know about it.

We saw the Photon 4G for ourselves a few weeks ago and we were very impressed. If you want a powerful Sprint phone and don’t want the 3D of the EVO 3D, this is definitely worth waiting for.

So, what’s it gonna be: Photon 4G, EVO 3D or are you waiting for a different phone to be your next Sprint phone? Sound off in the comments.

For more info on the Photon 4G check out Sprint’s site here.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Coming To AT&T Later This Year

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Gaming fans on AT&T this ones for you. The HTC Status wasn’t the only big new phone AT&T showed off at their Unwrapped event. Yes, the Xperia Play, aka PlayStation Phone, is coming to AT&T later this year. Not much will be different between the upcoming AT&T version and the one Verizon launched a few weeks back– features like the great 4 inch screen, 1 GHZ processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 5 megapixel back camera with front camera for video chat, and of course the slide-out PlayStation gamepad are all still here.

Now that’s not to say that the AT&T version won’t be getting some unique features of its own like Sony Ericsson’s custom Timescape UI running on top of Android (think of this as Sony Ericsson’s version of HTC Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz. We actually found this to be pretty nice and easy to use in our brief time with the phone), an option for a blue color in addition to the standard black, and the biggest new addition: support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network. The pre-loaded games on here are also a bit different from the Verizon Xperia Play, with the AT&T version coming with: Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Crash Bandicoot, Sims 3, Madden, Dungeon Defenders: 2nd Wave, and N.O.V.A 2 (the last two weren’t pre-loaded on the Verizon version).

We got to spend a few minutes with the AT&T Xperia Play and it’s pretty much the same as Verizon’s version we recently reviewed— and this is great news if you’re on AT&T and need a great gaming phone that doubles as a true PSP.

Unfortunately the AT&T and Sony Ericsson reps we spoke with wouldn’t give us an exact price or release date on when we can expect the Xperia Play to be available in your local AT&T store, but we’ll of course keep you posted on this once we learn more.

The Teen First Look: HTC Status

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While sadly there was no new Blackberry Bold Touch 9900 shown off today at AT&T’s Unwrapped event we did get to finally get our hands on one of AT&T’s most interesting new phones, the just announced Facebook-focused HTC Status.

So what are you waiting for? Read on for our Teen First Look of AT&T’s upcoming Facebook phone.

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We’re Live From AT&T’s Unwrapped Event

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Sure summer is just getting started but that hasn’t stopped AT&T from hosting an event tonight to show off some of their upcoming phones and tablets for the rest of the year at today’s AT&T Unwrapped event in New York.

According to the official invite we’re gonna see some of the “hottest wireless products for the upcoming holiday season” but what these exact devices are we don’t yet know (hopefully one of them will be an AT&T version of the new BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900!)

If you have an upgrade on AT&T any time soon you’re not gonna wanna miss this. So make sure to check back here later tonight for all the info on whatever new devices AT&T shows off.

The Facebook Phone Gets A Release Date– HTC Status Coming To AT&T July 17th

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If you’re a Facebook addict and need to always have your Wall one click away this phone is definitely for you.

Previously known as the HTC ChaCha when it was announced back in February, the Status is not just a “Facebook phone” but also a pretty solid, cheap smartphone. Here are the full specs: thin design with 2.6 inch touchscreen and full keyboard underneath (at a resolution of 480 x 320 this screen isn’t as nice as HTC’s other Android phones, but it should be more than enough for the goal of Facebooking 24/7), 5 megapixel back camera with auto focus and LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera for video chat (what great timing! Unfortunately we don’t know if this will be able to Facebook video chat out of the box or if it’ll have to wait until Facebook updates their apps later this year), Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense (including new widgets for Facebook chatting from the homescreen), and an 800 MHZ processor (again, this is not gonna be EVO 3D, Sensation 4G or ThunderBolt fast, but it 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 of course there’s that Facebook button on the bottom of the phone which allows you to instantly post on a friend’s wall, check in on Facebook Places, or share pictures, videos or links.

Best part about all this? The price. The Status will cost a very solid $49.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan (which starts at $15 a month for 250 MB or enough for more status updates than you could imagine) when it launches next Monday, July 17th (and for those who can’t wait you can pre-order the Status right now from AT&T).

Personally, I would rather just a more powerful phone like the Infuse 4G or iPhone 4 and just install the Facebook app as opposed to a “Facebook phone,” but AT&T readers we wanna know: are you completely addicted to Facebook that you need a phone like this or would you rather a phone like the Infuse 4G or iPhone 4 and just have the Facebook app installed? Let us know in the comments.

Don’t Buy That New Mac Yet– Is Apple Releasing OS X Lion and New MacBook Airs Next Week?

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If you are planning on buying a new Mac anytime over the next week we recommend you try to hold off until at least next Thursday. Rumors are Apple is planning some big things for next Thursday, July 14th, the day according to the latest rumors, they are expected to release the next major update to OS X, OS X Lion. We already went through everything you should be looking forward to in Apple’s next big desktop OS (for a recap see here and here), but there are also rumors that Apple is planning to update its MacBook Air (and possibly MacBook and Mac Mini) lines the same day.

As we all know, the MacBook Air is one incredible little computer with one of the thinnest designs we’ve ever seen. As we wrote last year, it’s so thin and light– while still keeping a full keyboard and great screen– that its perfect for traveling and taking to school every day. The problem with those current MacBook Airs though is that they could be a whole lot faster if they were using some of Intel’s latest and greatest Core i5 and i7 processors found in the new MacBook Pros and all modern PCs (the Core 2 Duo on today’s Airs is a few years old to say the least). Well, in this rumored update the new Airs would not just get these much faster new processors, but also an even faster Solid State Drive (this is similar to the storage found in iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads and is faster and gives the computer better battery over the traditional hard drive) and a ThunderBolt port (Apple and Intel’s next generation of USB that would make transferring files from your computer to an iPhone/iPod/backup hard drive a lot faster). Yeah these new Airs look to be ridiculously fast.

There are even more rumors that we may see a MacBook Air released at a price of $899 or $100 cheaper than the current 11 inch MacBook Air that starts at $999.

Much faster, possibly cheaper, and with Lion pre-installed? Yeah, if you’re looking to go Mac back-to-school shopping this weekend we definitely think you should wait a few more days to see if this comes out.

More info: Cult of Mac, 9to5Mac

Verizon Releases The Motorola Droid 3– The Most Powerful 3G Droid Yet

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Looking for a new Droid but want something with the power of the Droid X2, keyboard of the Droid 2 and front camera of the Droid Incredible 2? Then this latest version of the original Droid line is for you.

Today Verizon and Motorola released the Droid 3, the third generation of the original Motorola Droid released two years ago that really put Android on the map. And this new Droid 3 definitely looks to live up to the Droid name. As we wrote above, think of it as a best of the best of some of the latest 3G Droids– the Droid X2, Droid Incredible 2, and Droid 2. Here are the full specs:

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  • 4 inch high-res qHD screen– Basically this is one of the best screens on any Droid yet and should make everything you view on it look great. The screen is also made of what’s known as Gorilla Glass, or a really strong glass that should help keep your screen scratch free (a major plus in our opinion).
  • Slide-out full QWERTY keyboard— It wouldn’t be a new Droid without it.
  • 1 GHZ Dual Core Processor– So it’s just as fast as the recently released, blazing fast Droid X2. Everything on here should run fast and smooth just like its supposed to.
  • 8 megapixel back camera with 1080p HD video recording and second, front camera for video chat— Just like the Droid Incredible 2. Pictures and videos on here should also come out great (the back camera even has face recognition!).
  • Latest and greatest Android 2.3 Gingerbread— With Swype keyboard pre-loaded for when you don’t want to use the slide-out keyboard.
  • 16 GB of built-in storage– With the ability to add another 32 GB through microSD which makes this perfect for storing all your music, videos and pictures.

Sadly the Droid 3 isn’t a 4G phone (we’re gonna have to wait for the Droid Bionic for that), but if you’re looking for a top of the line 3G Droid you can pick this up now for $199 with new 2 year contract and data plan from Verizon (and again, if you’re upgrading you can still keep your unlimited data with this).

 

The Teen Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

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There have been a lot of great phones already this year but the release of the Xperia Play, aka PlayStation Phone, was probably one of the most anticipated. Finally, the mix of a PSP and a phone was here. We finally got to spend some real quality time with Sony Ericsson and Verizon’s long awaited Android/PSP mashup, and well, was it worth the wait?

We’ve got all the info you’re gonna want to know and more, so read on for our full Teen Review of the Xperia Play.

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Facebook Announces Skype Video Chat– And Yes, It’s Awesome

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As expected, Facebook today finally announced one of its most long-awaited features– the ability to video chat with your Facebook friends. Powered by Skype and starting today, you’ll be able to easily video chat with any of your Facebook friends just by clicking on the video camera icon in the normal chat window. That’s it and it works in all the major browsers— Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari– on Mac or Windows, so no matter what you use you should have no problem video chatting (and like Skype on the computer, if you don’t have a webcam you can still see and hear the other person but they can only hear you). Done with the chat? Just close the video and you’re done.

And like regular Skype you can also leave video messages for a friend if they’re not online (like a private version of posting a video message on their wall which is open for all of their friends to see), and you can also now call or chat with your Facebook friends right from an updated Skype app (available for Windows users here).

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The new Facebook group chat

Facebook also today introduced two other updates to Chat– a better, more organized Friends list that has a sidebar for easy access to the friends you message most, and the ability to easily group chat with multiple friends (again, just by clicking the “add friends to chat” icon in the normal chat window).

Yes all this isn’t “groundbreaking” by any stretch, but the fact that it is such an easy and simple way to make an already very good instant messaging system better does in our opinion make it awesome.

The new Chat features will be rolling out to everyone over the next “couple of weeks” but if you can’t wait you can get right now here. Let us know what you think and don’t forget to Like us!