We expect a fair amount from a phone that represents Sprint's first investment into Windows Phone 7, is the United State's first CDMA Windows 7 phone, and is the first of its OS to ship with the long-awaited addition of copy/paste. Thankfully, the HTC Arrive delivers.
There are a few points of concern, but for the most part, the Arrive is a likable smartphone with a great keyboard and a handy tilting screen that makes a good addition to Sprint's lineup. Be sure to check out the video, slideshow, and more details in our full review.… Read more
It's hard to believe another year has flown by since the last spring CTIA 2010 show in Las Vegas. Before we head to Orlando for CTIA 2011, it's time to reminisce about the mobile devices that dominated last year's lineup.
Sprint's HTC Evo 4G took our prize for best phone, and it's little wonder why. Besides kicking off the 4G phone craze by becoming America's first 4G phone, the Evo debuted with a large, brilliant 4.3-inch display, the latest Android OS at the time (2.1 Eclair), a speedy, 1 … Read more
Just a month after we returned from Mobile World Congress, the wireless trade show marathon continues with CTIA 2011. As the larger of two annual events held by the industry's trade group, CTIA always delivers a batch of new handsets and a welcome focus on the U.S. market. After a few sessions in Las Vegas, the spring jamboree returns to Orlando, Fla., this year where it last made camp in 2007. CNET's entire team of wireless reporters and reviewers will be on the ground in Orlando to bring you the hottest news including a keynote address by the CEOs … Read more
The Android Market is about to face stiff competition in the next few weeks once the Amazon's app store goes live. In fact, the long awaited application distribution center may be the biggest competitor to the Google store, even more so than GetJar.
Earlier this week, Android users found that they could navigate their browser to amazon.com/apps where they would see a short list of apps and games. As initially discovered by AndroidNews, the Amazon store offered a few titles at prices lower than the Android Market, some as much as 40 percent less.
BlackBerry-maker RIM hasn't always seen a rosy reception of its Facebook for BlackBerry app, but the version 2.0 beta might change some minds with its much deeper integration.
Facebook for BlackBerry 2.0, which launches today in a limited beta, gets a laundry list of new additions, big and small. There's Facebook Chat, which you can access from the Facebook application or launch from within your BlackBerry contact list. You'll also get notified of new Facebook chat messages in your message list.
RIM has also created a logical new way to get to all your menu … Read more
If you can't get enough of the Opera browser on mobile, there's good news on the horizon. Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11, both updates to the current fare of alternative browsers, will debut next week at CTIA in Orlando.
Of course, we'll be there to give you the hands-on review.
Opera isn't saying much about what the new features will hold, except that there will also be a version optimized for tablets. In fact, they'll be showing a build of the new Opera Mini running on the iPhone and iPad. The new versions … Read more
When the LG Optimus T and Optimus S phones were announced last year, I genuinely felt for the first time that feature phones were a dying breed. Both of these Optimus handsets were branded as entry-level smartphones, but had very impressive features--they shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo (the latest OS update at the time), had portable Wi-Fi hot spots, and of course the usual Android features like robust e-mail and Google app support.
Sure, they weren't as advanced as their higher-end cousins--no Flash support, no HD video, and so on--but for $30 or less, these phones were an absolute steal. Considering that some feature phones are selling for more than twice that price for far fewer features, it seemed that smartphones were finally affordable enough that everyone could get one. Furthermore, the Android interface is not that difficult to navigate, making the usability factor almost a nonissue.
But there are two important barriers to entry when it comes to smartphone adoption: data plans and contracts. Almost every carrier requires some kind of data plan to go along with its smartphones, while feature phones tend to escape such confines. Also, smartphone contracts tend to be more expensive to get out of, with early termination fees in the $200-$300 range depending on how early on you want to exit the contract. Because of these restrictions, feature phones still continue to be popular with the mainstream despite the smartphone craze that tends to dominate the tech news circuit.
You might not know what to make of the HTC Freestyle when you first see it. And, to be honest, we didn't either. Though it looks like many an HTC smartphone, the AT&T handset is really a "quick messaging device." Communication and basic productivity take center stage and you won't find a lot of high-end options. Though the latter point is fine considering the price tag ($99 with service), we missed an accelerometer and Wi-Fi. Also, the Freestyle comes with too many third-party apps.
Inside you'll find a curious BREW-powered interface that resembles Android. It's easy to use even if we didn't love the virtual keyboard. Performance is satisfying save for an average speakerphone. We wouldn't recommend the Freestyle to everyone, but it does offer a quasi-smartphone experience without the required data plan.
After keeping us in suspense for the last couple months, Sprint today finally laid out concrete plans for the future of Nextel's Direct Connect network. The carrier says it will retain the basic elements of the push-to-talk (PTT) network, but it will transition the service from iDEN to CDMA by the fourth quarter of this year.
The move will be a centerpiece of the carrier's "Network Vision" program that it announced last December. By consolidating the incompatible networks, Sprint promises to enhance coverage and data speeds, boost capacity, increase network flexibility, and reduce operating costs.
It may be the calm before the CTIA storm next week in Orlando, Fla., but you'd think we were already in the thick of it, what with the tongue-lashing we give a certain carrier for its misleading promises. To go along with all this lightning and hot air is a strike in the right direction with the Thunderbolt 4G, which has given Bonnie some impressive speeds. Plus, there's good news for our neighbors to the north, an ambitious future for HP's WebOS, and our new slogan suggestion for AT&T.