SAN DIEGO--While we liked what we saw of the Motorola Atrix 2, we were probably more intrigued by the Pantech Pocket, which was also announced for AT&T this week. It's a lower-end handset, yes, but its unusually wide form factor caught our eye.
Which is exactly why Pantech made it look that way. We had a closer hands-on look at the Pantech Pocket today, and one of the reasons the Pocket is wider than other Android handsets is precisely to stand out among all the rectangular black boxes that make up the Android landscape.… Read more
SAN DIEGO--We had a chance to take a look at the Motorola Atrix 2 here just hours after it was announced, and while it is very similar to its predecessor, it does have a number of improvements that are worth noting.
The design, for example, seems sleeker and more striking. It has a longer and larger 4.3-inch qHD display, and Motorola bumped up the resolution to 960x540. As a result, pixels seem crisper and denser than the display on the Droid Bionic, and it seems more colorful as well. We're glad Motorola swapped out the glossy back with a more textured surface for a better feel in the hand.
On the whole though, don't expect tons of changes with the Atrix 2. It still has a dual-core 1GHz processor, albeit with TI instead of Nvidia. And no it's not an LTE phone, but AT&T did bump up the speeds to HSPA+ 21Mbps. It also has that same Webtop connectivity that turns the phone into a portable PC whenever it's docked into a corresponding Webtop accessory. Motorola says it'll be compatible with the upcoming Lapdock 100, which is smaller than the previous Lapdock and should fit more than just one Motorola handset. … Read more
The Samsung Transfix sits on the opposite end of the grandeur spectrum from the Galaxy Nexus we were all anticipating, but it's a good add for budget carrier Cricket. We got a chance to play around with it here at the show.
The Transfix runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on its 3.2-inch screen. That's a little small for our tastes, or would be if there weren't a slide-out keyboard … Read more
It was as if we jinxed ourselves even before the show began. In our CTIA preview post, we said we expected a leaner show than usual mostly because Samsung and Google decided to pull out of the event at the last minute, and we hadn't heard of anything else on the horizon.
Boy, were we wrong. CTIA Fall 2011 has been a surprisingly busy show, with several product announcements, first-time hands-ons, and a few industry tidbits making us sit up and take notice. AT&T kicked things off with news of five new Android handsets, from the high-end … Read more
Just when you thought the world didn't need another 7-inch Android tablet that few would end up buying, here comes the T-Mobile SpringBoard, the 7-inch tablet you'd do well to look at, for the right price.
Announced just before CTIA officially kicked off in San Diego, the SpringBoard offers quite a bit--"4G" speeds, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1,280x800 screen resolution, and surround sound. There's also a 5-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, support for HDMI, and up to six hours of battery life. There are … Read more
SAN DIEGO--Cadillac has introduced a new central instrument panel that features touch-screen technology popularized by smartphones and tablets. The fully capacitive faceplate has an 8-inch touch screen that utilizes multitouch gestures to interact with it. Cadillac says this sets it apart from other car in-dash units that have an overabundance of buttons and controls.
The instrument panel is called CUE and it stands for Cadillac User Experience. In addition to a touch screen that lets you tap, swipe, and pinch in and out, it also has a proximity sensor so that when your hand approaches the screen, certain shortcut icons will appear. You can also enable haptic feedback, so that the screen pulses when you select something. Aside from the touch screen, the overall interface features fewer buttons, large icons, and natural voice recognition. You can pair up to 10 Bluetooth devices to it, and it's also compatible with USB keys, SD cards, and, of course, the iPod or iPhone. The entire faceplate opens up to reveal a 1.8L storage area as well. … Read more
SAN DIEGO--For the last decade, Shenzen-based Huawei has been a little-known brand in the U.S., but at a press conference today here at CTIA, the company made some ambitious plans known. Their goal: to become one of the top five wireless vendors in just three years.
That may sound like a lofty and highly unrealistic goal for a company whose highest profile devices include the rather basic Android-powered Huawei Impulse 4G for AT&T and the co-branded T-Mobile Comet, a much more entry-level Android smartphone. Sure, the just-announced T-Mobile Springboard tablet could help, but a few modest devices … Read more
SAN DIEGO--AT&T announced five new Android handsets today: the Motorola Atrix 2, Samsung Captivate Glide, Samsung DoubleTime, Pantech Pocket, and AT&T Avail. This release brings the total of Android devices on AT&T to 19 in 2011 alone.
As AT&T hasn't always been so bullish on Android in the past, we're happy to see the carrier renew its commitment to the platform with the release of so many Android handsets.
The Motorola Atrix 2 is perhaps the worst-kept secret on the list; we read reports of leaked Atrix 2 specs almost two weeks ago. … Read more