Looking for a new AT&T 4G LTE phone this holiday season but want something with a more powerful screen than the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket or HTC Vivid? Well, then you should check out AT&T’s latest 4G LTE beast, the LG Nitro HD. Like the Vivid and Galaxy S II Skyrocket, the Nitro HD is an absolute beast of a phone with all the latest and greatest specs you’d expect on a top-of-the-line Android phone today: 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor, 8 megapixel back camera with 1.3 megapixel front camera for video chat, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich likely coming next year), and of course, support for AT&T’s growing 4G LTE network (and 4G HSPA+ network for the places that don’t have LTE yet. See our post here on what the differences are between AT&T’s 4G networks).
But the biggest news here is the screen. Like Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound, the Nitro HD packs a 4.5 inch 720p HD screen (the first phone on AT&T to do so). This means that everything from pictures to videos to games to websites will look beyond amazing on here (think of this as the awesomeness of the iPhone’s Retina Display, but on a screen one inch larger). If you plan on using your phone for a lot of video watching (it comes with 20 GB of storage) or gaming we definitely recommend checking this guy out.
The Nitro HD will be available this Sunday, December 4th, for a pretty expensive price of $250 with a new 2 year contract and data plan (and who knows, hopefully it’ll get some holiday discounts as we get closer to the end of the month).
Still don’t have an iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid or Windows Phone and are on Verizon? Well Verizon really wants you to get one– so much so that they’re willing to give you $100 to upgrade from your current non-smartphone to one of those above smartphones. Yes, they’re going to pay YOU $100.
To get the deal all you have to do is upgrade from your current feature phone (basically any phone that’s not any of the ones listed above) and within 5 days you’ll get a code through email or text for a website to enter in the code and get the instructions to mail-in your old phone (so it’s recycled instead of just sitting and collecting dust). Three weeks after that you’ll get your $100 Verizon Wireless gift card in the mail which you can then use to buy accessories or even pay down your bill (which is nice now that you’re paying an extra $30 a month for data).
The deal ends September 30th (or right before some big new phone is rumored to be coming out) and you’re still gonna need to get that data plan (which is why Verizon’s doing this). But if you’re looking for an excuse to convince your parents to let you upgrade to a smartphone, this is as good as any (and you could always use apps like BBM, iMessage or WhatsApp for texting and save even more money by dropping your texting plan altogether).
For all the info, see Verizon’s site here.
After months and months of waiting, Microsoft’s highly anticipated re-entry into the jam-packed smartphone market is almost upon us. Tomorrow, Microsoft will finally release all the final details about their new mobile OS: including launch carriers (AT&T is a given considering how they are co-hosting the press conference tomorrow as you can see in the invite above, and T-Mobile is said to be making their own announcements later in the day), phones (which if early leaks are correct, will be absolutely awesome), and even more about the experience of the OS like apps and services such as Zune and Xbox Live.
The event kicks off at 9:30 am tomorrow, so make sure to check back all day for the full teen rundown.
From time to time, we’ll provide our thoughts as to where we think the industry is going, particularly as it relates to teens. We’re calling these posts, Inside Out, because we’ll be looking from where we sit into the outside world.
The future of the cell phone: the Windows Phone 7 Series, iPhone 3GS, BlackBerry Curve 8530, Palm Pre Plus and the Nexus One
Cell phones. We live by them. They’re by our sides 24/7, wherever we are. They are our ways of connecting with the world, through texts, IM’s, or just regular calls. Getting a new one is no longer just picking up a free phone, it’s a choice of style and design. Do we want a full keyboard, something that has a good camera and music player, a simple phone that doesn’t cost much, or something completely loaded with all of the latest features? The choices are endless, no matter what carrier you’re on– Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.
But recently there’s been a major shift in the cell phone market, led by new phones like the iPhone, Pre, BlackBerry, Droid and Nexus One. This is the rise of the smartphone (as those phones are called), phones that no longer just do texts but also email, internet, Facebook and Twitter. These phones are growing rapidly and more and more of us are switching to them when we look for new phones. Let’s take a look at why that is and where this is all leading.
Our last few days weren’t only filled with the LG Chocolate 3, we also had some hands on time with i-Mate’s Ultimate 8150 (no relation to all the Apple iProducts). On paper this phone looks to be insane, but in our tests- it was most of the time anything but. One word to describe this phone would be- Eh. Read on for all the info and the full review.