Launching as Verizon's first Windows Phone device, the Trophy will be available online starting May 26 and in stores on June 2 for $149.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. To sweeten the deal even more, customers who buy the smartphone before July 15 will get a free Xbox 360 console game and can choose from Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports, and Lode … Read more
Watch out, folks! Nicole and Jessica are armed with sound effects this week and they're having a blast (me, I have to make my own sound effects) but in between the sad trombones and breaking glass, we talk about the latest rumors floating around about upcoming devices for AT&T and T-Mobile. Meanwhile, Verizon is prepping for a big end of the month with the launch of the Motorola Droid X2 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and we have all the details. Also, are HTC and Motorola in danger of becoming the next RIM? We discuss this and … Read more
Virgin Mobile USA has expanded its affordable, no contract Broadband2Go plan to two more devices. Beginning today, a $20 monthly service gets you up to 500MB of data for the MiFi 2200 mobile hot spot ($124.99) and the Ovation MC760 USB stick ($79.99).
The two devices join the $79.99 ZTE Peel 3200, a sibling of the ZTE Peel for Sprint.
In addition to the $20 monthly plan, Virgin Mobile also offers a $10 limited-time option that gives you 10 days to burn through 100MB, and a $50 per month unlimited data plan that delivers 3G speeds for … Read more
We're now hearing from various sources that the LG Revolution might join in the party with its own launch that same day. We called Verizon for confirmation of this, and all they would say is that they don't confirm rumors, so take this news with a grain of salt.
As a reminder, the Revolution ships with Android 2.2 and boasts a 4.3-inch … Read more
You're tired of the dropped calls, tightly wound interface, and carrier limitations, and you're ready to ditch the iPhone and say hello to Android. But before you dive into your new smartphone's highly customizable interface, faster processor, nice camera, and free turn-by-turn navigation, there's some housekeeping to do.
Here are a video and six easy steps to follow to transfer your contacts, calendar, notes, photos, videos, music, and SMS messages (kind of) from your iPhone to your Android device:
Step 1. Google accountOn your Android device, go to Menu > Settings > Accounts & Sync > … Read more
Earlier this week I broke down some of the elements it takes to create an outstanding cell phone screen. Coincidentally, this week is also SID 2011, a conference in LA devoted entirely to display technology. Toshiba's LCD panel pictured above is one gem on exhibit. It boasts a 720x1,280-pixel HD resolution on its 4-inch screen, which gives it a pixel ratio of 367 pixels per inch (ppi). The iPhone 4's Retina Display is the current king, boasting 367ppi on a significantly smaller 3.5-inch screen with a 960x640-pixel resolution, but if this Toshiba-made effort makes it to … Read more
When Google announced Android 3.1 Honeycomb was coming to the Xoom last week, I was pretty excited. Honeycomb's already a great tablet OS, so any improvements could only add to its functionality and efficiency. Unfortunately the version 3.1 update was released over the air and was rolled out in spurts. Our Xoom didn't receive its update until earlier this week. Google detailed changes to expect, but I wanted to check and see just how well some of them were implemented.
Browser Aside from a few annoyances, I thought the Chrome browser in Honeycomb 3.0.1 … Read more
Google officially launched its Google Voice integration for Sprint on May 6, giving Sprint customers the option of getting Google Voice calling features on their Sprint phones with only minimal setup.
Although my personal experience has so far been smooth, others have reported frustrations, including being thrown into account limbo after a Sprint customer service representative accidentally disabled a Google account after changing a plan.
I interviewed Vincent Paquet, senior product manager for Google Voice, over the phone today to talk about Google's challenges during this first month of partnership, including kinks, customer service, and the finer details of … Read more
PhatWare announced this week the release of its handwriting-recognition, note-taking software, WritePad 5, for iPhone. That alone isn't groundbreaking news. But there's an interesting tidbit in the software's feature list: the fact that it offers synchronization services with note-taking and memory-keeping app Evernote.
The latest WritePad also cooperates with Facebook Dropbox, Google Docs, iTunes, SMS services, and Twitter clients. It's one of a growing generation of unrelated apps that allow interaction with third-party software. WritePad, PhatWare's top selling app (according to its own stats), was developed entirely independently of Evernote and its other sync companions. But the separate developers allow cross access to their software to make both more appealing to users.
If you consider that we're still in the early days of app development--as what we think of as apps didn't exist just a few years ago--this open, co-development philosophy is a new software experience for consumers. We never would have seen similar kumbaya in the earlier days of computer software. Competitive software packages like Microsoft Word or the old Wordperfect wouldn't have acknowledged their rival's existence, let alone have cooperated with it. QuarkXPress and Pagemaker would have burned down each other's HQs before looking to swap features on the fly.
It'll be interesting to see where this future takes us. How willing will app makers be to extend a hand across the desk and make everything work together? Will we see the development of super apps that handle multiple major functions that make multiple apps obsolete? Could we one day own a smartphone or tablet with just one Joshua/Forbin Project super app that does everything, including launching international missiles? Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, for those willing to settle for Writepad for now, it also offers an improved handwriting-recognition engine that converts handwriting into editable text by reading inline gestures, analyzing word context, and decoding shorthand. WritePad 5 is available in English, French, German, and Spanish versions and sells for $3.99. … Read more
While Pantech has a relatively modest presence in the U.S., it has a number of impressive handsets in Korea. One such offering is the Vega Racer, which claims to be the world's first 1.5GHz dual-core smartphone. That's certainly a lot of power in a tiny device--it uses Qualcomm's MSM8660 Snapdragon chip, 1GB of RAM, and an Adreno 220 GPU. It's also not a petite handset, looming large with a 4.3-inch LCD. Other features include an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera.
We're still in the dark regarding pricing, availability, … Read more