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The Teen First Look: BlackBerry Torch 4G

torch 4g box

We recently got a chance to spend a few minutes with the latest BlackBerry Torch 4G, and to say we were impressed would be a major understatement. We’re gonna get right to it– this is everything the first Torch should’ve been (yeah, it’s that good).

On the first Torch things were slow, it froze a ton, and the screen just looked downright pathetic next to top phones like the EVO 4G and iPhone 4. And while this new Torch isn’t necessarily better than the iPhone 4 or Infuse 4G, it’s now much closer and without a doubt in our minds the best BlackBerry available today on AT&T (well, at least until the Bold 9900 finally comes out).

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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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The Teen First Look: Motorola Photon 4G

motorola photon 4g home screen

A lot of you have been wondering about more information about a phone we consider to be one of the top 5 coming to Sprint this summer— the super powerful Motorola Photon 4G. We got a chance to spend a few minutes with the Photon and we have to say, now is a really good time to have an upgrade on Sprint.

Obviously the biggest competitor with the Photon 4G is the upcoming HTC EVO 3D, and for those who don’t want 3D but still a very fast and powerful phone, the Photon looks to be an excellent choice.

motorola photon 4g first look in hand

Design wise the Photon 4G looks very nice and also feels great in the hand. It’s very thin and light, but not too thin and light that you’re worried it will snap in half if you hold it the wrong way. We also really liked the slanted edges around the phone’s corners as they are not only a very nice little styling touch, but at least to us, helped make holding the phone a bit more comfortable.

motorola photon 4g browser

The screen and specs of the Photon 4G are also very similar to the EVO 3D. The 4.3 inch high-res qHD screen, while obviously not 3D, was very sharp and impressive with everything we saw on it phone coming off crisp and clear. In terms of cameras, the Photon packs the now common 4G requirement of two cameras, a front one for video chat and an 8 megapixel one on the back for when you want nicer, better quality shots (or HD video recording). In our brief time with the phone both took very nice, clear shots. The Photon also has a 1 GHZ dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM and in our brief first look, both seemed to work just as you’d hope and expect– with the Photon running very quickly and smoothly with no lag, freezing or waiting. In terms of software the Photon also comes with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom Motorola theme on top, which from our brief time looked very nice.

motorola photon 4g first look back

On other thing that we found interesting was that Motorola told us that the Photon would have the Webtop OS found on the AT&T Motorola Atrix. And while they wouldn’t say what accessories would make use of it, this does mean it could theoretically have a laptop dock like the Atrix which would make this phone a double threat of phone and laptop (again though, that’s just one possible way it could be used and Motorola didn’t officially give us any info on if this will or won’t happen. They did though say that the Atrix’s laptop dock wouldn’t work with the Photon and if the Photon were to get a laptop dock it would need a special one designed for the Photon– though this is probably because the Photon’s screen and size are a little larger than the Atrix with the Photon’s screen being 4.3 inches while the Atrix’s is just 4 inches. We’ll of course keep you updated on all this as we learn more).

Motorola was also very tight-lipped about when exactly we can expect the Photon to launch or for how much, just telling us it will be available “later this summer.”

The Teen First Look: HTC Sensation 4G

HTC Sensation 4G first look front

If you’re looking for an incredibly thin and fast 4G phone for T-Mobile right now then you definitely going to want to read this. We had a chance today to briefly check out T-Mobile and HTC’s latest and greatest (and by far most powerful) 4G phone, the HTC Sensation 4G, and after spending a few minutes with it we already are in love.

htc sensation 4g first look browser

The design of this phone is one of the best you’ll see and hold. It’s very thin with an aluminum casing to make it feel like its something worth much more than the $200 that it costs on contract. And that 4.3 inch qHD high-res screen is equally as impressive and top of the line, with everything we saw on it coming off looking crisp and clear.

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The Sensation 4G also runs the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0. This together with the 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor and 768 MB of RAM made everything we did on the phone fast and responsive with barely any loading time even when multitasking with several apps open. In other words, you shouldn’t have to worry about any “freeze ups” with this guy. Other specs on the Sensation include an 8 megapixel back camera and second front camera for video chat, both of which in our brief look took pretty solid shots. Sadly the Sensation 4G we saw didn’t have an active T-Mobile account so we couldn’t test the 4G speeds, but hopefully we’ll have more on this and the HTC Sensation 4G in the near future.

The HTC Sensation 4G is available now for $200 with new 2 year contract and data plan from T-Mobile.

The Teen First Look: Nintendo 3DS

nintendo 3ds first look

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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Tablets From CTIA Round Up: First Looks of Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, HTC EVO View 4G and BlackBerry PlayBook

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Last weeks CTIA wasn’t all about awesome new phones, we also had the chance to take a look at some of recently released or coming soon tablets that look to give the iPad 2 a strong run for your money: the Android 3.0 Honeycomb running LG G-Slate and recently released Motorola Xoom, Android 2.3 Gingerbread running HTC EVO View 4G with Scribe pen, and of course BlackBerry’s big new tablet, the PlayBook. There’s a lot you’re gonna wanna know here, so let’s get to it.

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The Teen First Look: T-Mobile LG G2X

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The LG Optimus 3D/AT&T Thrill 4G wasn’t the only impressive new Android phone announced by LG at CTIA, T-Mobile also got an awesome new phone– the LG G2X. Unlike the Thrill  4G this beast doesn’t pack a glasses-free 3D screen, but it still is very powerful and has a few nice tricks of its own.

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The look and design of the G2X is pretty similar to that of the Thrill 4G and like the Thrill it feels great in your hand. The slightly smaller 4 inch (compared to the Thrill’s 4.3 inch) screen was also equally sharp and clear,  and it’s 8 megapixel back camera— while also not 3D— took some great looking shots (there is also a 1.3 megapixel front camera for video chat).

lg g2x first look video game tv demo

Yeah that’s right–you can play your games (or view your entire phone for that matter) on a big screen!

Like the other phones in T-Mobile’s “G” line (the G1 and G2) the G2X runs a uncustomized version of Android 2.2 (though both LG and T-Mobile told us this will be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread shortly after launch) and has a 1 GHZ dual core processor, which combined with that awesome screen makes playing games incredible (we even connected the phone to a big screen TV using the HDMI cable and were able to play games on there– and while this didn’t give us Xbox 360/PS3 quality graphics, it was still pretty sick). Oh, and this runs on the T-Mobile 4G HSPA+ network, which was also incredibly fast.

The G2X will be coming to a T-Mobile store near you  “later this spring” for a price still to be announced.

The Teen First Look: Verizon’s HTC ThunderBolt

htc thunderbolt first look

The ThunderBolt, Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone. Blazing fast and we’re not even talking about the data speeds. We checked it out at CTIA and for Verizon users looking for a new phone today, this looks to be an excellent choice.

htc thunderbolt first look browser

Design wise the ThunderBolt is a bit thicker than other HTC phones like the G2, Inspire 4G and EVO 4G (and it felt like it was thicker than the new EVO 3D for that matter, but we couldn’t get the 2 side by side), but not too thick that it won’t fit into your pocket. The screen on the ThunderBolt was, like HTC’s other phone, incredibly sharp. Everything we saw on it looked clear and bright and together with the 1 GHZ processor made using the phone a smooth and enjoyable experience.

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The ThunderBolt also packs a 8 megapixel back camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera, which in our quick look seemed to perform very well as well. And of course like pretty much all of HTC’s Android phones, the ThunderBolt packs the latest in HTC Sense on top of Android 2.2 (which will be upgraded to Android 2.3 at some point).

htc thunderbolt first look speed test

Yeah, its crazy fast– and this is in an area packed with Verizon 4G devices!

Oh, and the 4G? It’s ridiculously fast. In a packed area (this was at CTIA, a cell phone show, after all) the ThunderBolt still got beyond impressive 4G speeds, with pages loading near instantly and videos playing without any buffering or waiting. Unfortunately we couldn’t test out the battery given the short time we had with the phone.

The ThunderBolt is available now for $249.99 with a new 2 year contract from Verizon.

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.

lg optimus 3d 3d space

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.

lg optimus 3d lets golf 2

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.”

The Teen First Look: Samsung Sidekick 4G

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CTIA’s been a pretty big week for T-Mobile, with their LG G-Slate and G2X and of course the Samsung Sidekick 4G. Today at CTIA we were able to get our hands on Samsung’s new take on the hit Sidekick line, the Sidekick 4G. So, what do we think? Read on for the full teen first take!

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