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LG Thrill 4G Release Date Announced– Coming September 4th for $100

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Waiting for AT&T to release their 4G, glasses-free 3D beast also known as the LG Thrill 4G? Well, your wait is finally almost over. Beginning this Sunday, September 4th, the Thrill 4G can be yours for a solid $100 with a new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the Thrill 4G is one of AT&T most powerful 4G Android phones to date, with some pretty powerful specs like a dual-core 1 GHZ processor (so everything you do on it from 3D gaming to basic texting is fast and smooth), dual 5 megapixel back cameras with a second front camera for video chat (so you can not only watch 3D but shoot 3D videos too), Android 2.2 (though hopefully it will soon be upgraded to the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread. AT&T and LG also have given the Thrill 4G special 3D apps like a 3D version of YouTube and the LG 3D Space app store so you can make full use of that 3D screen), support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, and of course that amazing 4.3 inch qHD glasses-free 3D screen (and since it’s a qHD screen everything from those 3D videos and games to your texts and Facebook will look great).

We were pretty impressed when we saw the Thrill 4G, and at just $100 it looks to be a solid deal for AT&T users looking for a powerful phone for back to school but don’t want to pay over $100 (and some places like Target are even offering it for just $80 on contract).

You can see more of the Thrill 4G at AT&T’s preview page here.

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Sprint Launching HTC EVO 3D On June 24th

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On Sprint and waiting anxiously for any news on when their 3D superphone– the HTC EVO 3D— will be coming out? You can relax now as HTC and Sprint have finally released the final two bits of info on this 3D beast: it’ll be available starting June 24th for $199.99 on with the usual new 2 year contract and data plan.

For those who don’t know, the EVO 3D is the successor to the very popular EVO 4G released last year and the first glasses-free 3D phone to be released in the US. Like the EVO 4G it’s a pretty powerful phone with a 4.3 inch qHD high-res glasses-free 3D screen (so it’ll look amazing whether you’re viewing 3D pics, games and videos or 2D everything else. It’ll also come with the “The Green Hornet 3D” movie and a demo of  the game “Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D” pre-loaded so you can see view its 3D goodness right when you get it), dual 5 megapixel cameras to capture videos in 3D (or full HD 1080p when not in 3D mode), front camera for video chat, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest HTC Sense 3.0dual core 1.2 GHZ processor and of course 4G.

We checked out the EVO 3D at CTIA when it was announced and we were very impressed with what we saw. Everything was fast and the 3D screen looked great. You can see our full first look here, but if you’re on Sprint and looking for a powerful 4G phone you should definitely wait a couple of weeks to check this out.

The Teen First Look: Nintendo 3DS

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The 3DS— it’s finally here. A device where watching 3D doesn’t require you to wear those annoying glasses, a game system which allows you to take that glasses-free 3D anywhere you want in your pocket. We’ve had a chance to test out Nintendo’s latest and greatest portable game system and while we haven’t spent enough time with it yet to give it a full on review, here are our first thoughts.

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The Teen First Look: LG Optimus 3D (aka AT&T Thrill 4G)

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As we saw yesterday, 3D is getting a lot of attention here at CTIA and like HTC with its EVO 3D, LG is putting out their own glasses-free 3D phone, the LG Optimus 3D (also known as the recently announced AT&T Thrill 4G). We stopped by the LG booth today and spent a few minutes with this very exciting upcoming AT&T phone, so without further adieu, here’s our first take.

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The glasses-free 3D qHD (read: really high-res) 4.3 inch screen is put simply amazing. When in 2D mode (which is for the “simpler” tasks like navigating the homescreen, texting, browsing the web etc.) everything came off crystal clear and in 3D, well no pun intended but this is taking things to a whole new level. Unlike the HTC EVO 3D, which yesterday was only showing us 3D videos and pictures, the Optimus 3D not only does that but also allows for full glasses-free 3D apps and games using LG’s 3D app called 3D Space. 3D Space is where you can find apps like the 3D photo and video viewer, 3D camera app (which allows you to take 3D photos and videos or 5 megapixel 2D shots and full HD 1080p 2D video– this is all controlled by a 3D icon on the screen), 3D YouTube and an app which organizes your 3D games and apps (yes, we’re talking about 3D glasses-free games here!). Unfortunately we couldn’t get the 3D YouTube app to load (something LG says they will have an exclusive on at least to start), but we did try the photo and videos app, camera and 3D games and consider our minds blown.

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Videos and photos looked beyond cool in 3D (sorry, but that’s the best we can put it– it is just amazing), the camera took some pretty impressive 3D shots (and pretty solid 2D ones as well) and the 3D games– well that’s a whole different story. We tried out the golf game Let’s Golf 2 and while the ball didn’t pop out at us, the way it all looked was again, mind-blowing. Our pics can’t even do this justice, you’re really gonna need to see this in person.

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Beyond the 3D the Optimus 3D also packs a 1 GHZ dual core processor and Android 2.2 (though LG did tell us we should expect a 2.3 update soon after launch), both of which ran as you’d expect– fast and really well.

We couldn’t get a price or exact release date out of LG, but you can expect this to be coming to AT&T stores sometime in the “coming months.”

AT&T Announces Two New Incredible Smartphones: HTC HD7S and 3D-Packing LG Thrill 4G

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Sure we’ve still got a day before CTIA officially begins, but as we saw yesterday AT&T isn’t waiting for nobody to make major news. Following yesterdays blockbuster announcement of their buying of T-Mobile, AT&T has announced today that they are bringing two new smartphones to their already impressive smartphone lineup: the Windows Phone 7 running HTC HD7S and what is nothing short of an absolute beast, the LG Thrill 4G WITH a glasses-free 3D screen.

Looking for a new AT&T phone anytime soon? If so, then you’re for sure gonna wanna learn more about these two.

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T-Mobile Releases New Info On LG G-Slate and Samsung Galaxy S 4G

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Come on, you really didn’t think T-Mobile would be silent while AT&T announces more details on their first 4G phone and Verizon prepares to release the iPhone? And wow did T-Mobile have a lot to say today, announcing a whole bunch of new info on their upcoming LG G-Slate 4G tablet AND more info on an all new Samsung Galaxy S 4G phone (a successor to the Samsung Vibrant). Read on for all the info.

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Nintendo 3DS US Price and Release Date Official– March 27th for $249

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After over a year of wishing, waiting and  watching from afar Nintendo’s highly anticipated glasses free 3DS is finally almost here, taking a crucial step to finally being in your hands with an official announcement of a price and release date. The best part? That rumored $300-$400 expected price is actually HIGHER than what the real price is, a solid $249.99 when it comes out as was rumored, this March 27th in either blue or black.

But price wasn’t all Nintendo let out of the bag, read on for all the details on what’s new in the 3DS.

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Doritos + Hungry Gamer = Madden ’11 in 3D

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If you get hungry in the next few weeks pick up a bag of Doritos because there may be a code to unlock a 3D mode in Madden ’11. All you got to do once you have the code is log onto the Doritos/Madden Change the Game site and redeem your code– its that easy. The best part? No 3D compatible TV necessary . That’s right, all you need is a pair of those silly looking red and blue glasses that’ve been around forever and you’re ready to go with whatever TV your Xbox 360 or PS3 is hooked up to. And if you don’t have those ridiculous glasses, you can pick up a special edition of the glasses, Madden style, in the next issue of ESPN The Magazine (on newstands November 5th. You can also buy some cooler looking Doritos branded glasses for $2.99 each, including shipping, from the Madden/Doritos site).

If you’ll excuse us, we’re suddenly in the mood for a lot of chips.

Info from Doritos Change the Game, ESPN and Deadspin

More Nintendo 3DS Info Comes Out– Coming to the US in March?

Ever since Nintendo’s E3 video game press conference, whenever I heard the term “3D,” I immediately began to think about the Nintendo 3DS3D video gaming in your pocket without the need for those annoying glasses. There was though one problem the 3DS’s unveiling– we were all left without any price or release date for when would be able to pick up one of these bad boys. Today however, we have finally gotten those answers from a Nintendo event in Japan.

According to the video game site IGN, Nintendo will be releasing the 3DS next year in Japan on February 26th in blue or black colors for about $300 (the official Japan price is 25,000 yen, which converts back to about US $300), with Europe and the US said to be getting it in March (though what the prices are here may be different from the Japan price. Nintendo US also hasn’t yet announced US pricing and availability).

Nintendo also showed off some cool new features of the 3DS like using the front camera to create yourself a Mii, as well as some of the strong graphic capabilities (and I’m not gonna lie, Mario Kart looks pretty sweet!) which you can see in the YouTube video below:

Here’s the thing, with the holiday season almost upon us, are you willing to wait a few months for this or would you rather just go for a new iPod Touch, which while not 3D, does a solid job for on-the-go gaming as well as a whole lot more with all the iOS apps and Facetime (and not to mention comes in cheaper than the Japan price of $300– the iTouch starts at $229 for the 8 GB).

If you’re looking for a new portable game system this holiday season, what’s it gonna be– you gonna go for that iPod Touch or can you wait it out until the 3DS arrives?

3D Coming to a Television Near You?

Have you seen James Cameron’s Avatar? If you were impressed by the usage of 3D by Cameron to immerse you in the world of Pandora, then you will be amazed by sports and TV in 3D. One of the big themes last week at CES was 3DTV’s in the home and coming this June DirecTV will begin broadcasting a few channels in 3D and one of the big headlines here, is that sports will also be in 3D. Fox Sports and ESPN are already on board to begin showing some games in 3D this summer, though if sports ain’t your thing, don’t worry a number of other broadcasting companies will join them including:

  • TBS
  • NBC
  • MTV
  • and CBS

To go along with 3DTV there will be also be Blu-ray players that can play Blu-ray in 3D! The first Blu-ray player that can play 3D was announced from Sony last and is called the BDP-S770 (this is in addition to Sony updating the PS3 to 3D)

And finally, to go along with 3DTV a bunch of new TVs have been announced that can handle 3D. One in particular is the Sony Barvia LX900 which will come in sizes ranging from 40 – 60 inches, and will be able to broadcast 3D in full 1080P HD.

Now, you’re probably thinking, out of all the 3D movies I have seen, I’ve always had to wear glasses, do I have to wear them in my own house? The answer is for now, yes. There are glasses that will come along with the TVs that will allow you to see the television broadcast in 3D, though there are a lot of companies working on 3D without the annoying glass.