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Sprint Expants LTE to 21 New Areas Soon

clock April 12, 2013 00:30 by author Jeremy

If you're on Sprint's network and have been waiting for LTE to hit your town, then glance at the list below and rejoice. On top of the handful of cities that LTE has already been deployed to, it will now reach an additional 21 new areas as of April 12th (tomorrow). The cities are located throughout 10 different states.

Sprint's LTE has been reported of being capable to reach 25Mbps speeds. The phones capable of using the network include the famed Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, LG Optimus G, and will soon include the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

Source: phonearena

 



AT&T Continues to Expand 4G LTE Network

clock December 14, 2012 22:58 by author Jeremy

AT&T seems to be hard at work as it continues to push its 4G LTE network out to newer areas constantly. Just in the past week alone, 12 towns have begun to receive the magical internet power that is LTE, likely causing a decrease in work/school activity and an increase in facebook statuses. The 12 recent areas are:

December 13:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Pullman, Washington
Moscow, Idaho
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Starkville, Mississippi
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Reno, Nevada
Richmond, Virginia

December 10:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nashua, New Hampshire
Birmingham, Alabama
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

AT&T has also been pretty good about keeping their Corporate News/Press section up to date, so check out the source link below to see if an area near you has previously gotten a wireless bump.

Source: AT&T



HTC Thunderbolt and Kyocera Echo, Released March/April 17

clock March 16, 2011 01:16 by author Jeremy

Two phones that have been teased around the web for a while now are finally getting official release-statements: Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt and Sprint's Kyocera Echo. The former is going to be the first smartphone on Verizon's 4G LTE network, and will be available March 17 (just two more days!). Meanwhile, the latter smartphone will be out on April 17th (just two more days! ...oh, and a month on top of that).

What's so special about these two, you ask?

As mentioned previously, the Thunderbolt is the first 4G smartphone using Verizon's LTE network, which should provide faster download/upload speeds. The Thunderbolt will come with a 4.3" display, an 8-megapixel rear camera with 720p HD recording, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting, and the latest 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

This, of course, should be a power-hog, so expect to charge your battery quite a bit. The Thunderbolt has already been delayed several times due to poor battery life, relating to issues around signal strength. These issues have been fixed, and there's even news circulating of an extended battery being offered by HTC, which will have roughly 2750mAh (almost double the phone's stock battery of 1400mAh). The phone-stand also comes back, just for your viewing pleasure.

Meanwhile, on Sprint's end, we'll be seeing the Kyocera Echo, a dual-screen smartphone that offers "simul-tasking". Consumers can use the two screens to simultaneously check their email, text message, browse the web, and more. During the Sprint event in February, they showed how the dual-screen phone could be used for gaming: The Sims was demo'ed with the top screen showing the game, and the bottom screen showing the control buttons. Alternatively, you could also converge both screens together (not physically, of course!) to use them as one large viewing apparatus. Nifty, indeed.

The smartphones of today just keep getting smarter, it seems.



Lights! Camera! ...Atrix!

clock March 7, 2011 23:05 by author Jeremy

I'm normally not one to have the latest gadgets, best technology, or shiniest toys, but after seeing the Motorola Atrix at CES with its Laptop Dock and HD Dock, I just couldn't resist. I went ahead and pre-ordered one and got it the day before its official release. After two weeks of playing with it, I'm still amazed at the service the phone brings.

General Info:

What I received was in no means an understatement to what everyone has said about the phone: this thing is wicked fast. With amazing video and sound quality, the Motorola Atrix can load videos and maps in seconds, assuming you're connected wirelessly to the internet.

One of the best parts, I think, is switching between apps. This seemingly nonexistent transition occurs just like in any other smartphone: with the tap of a button or the swipe of a finger. But once you do it, any video you were watching, any facebook status you were updating, or any picture you were taking, suddenly halts and switches to whatever you aimed to do next. Pauses to load screens are minimal, if there are any at all.

This is, of course, on an Android phone with Motoblur. There are customizable widgets and gadgets and whatchamaroos everywhere, and it's up to you on how you want to make your home screens look. You can drop your icons like it's hot (yeah, I went there) throughout seven different screens, allowing one to neatly bypass the alphabetic menu of apps. This is the first time I've had an Android phone before; I was an iPhone wielder previously, and we didn't have this "customizable icon" and "widget-sprees" that you young'uns have.

The best way to determine processing speed? By gaming, of course. The Atrix was nice enough to come with a demo of Need For Speed: Shift. Playing the game was just about as smooth as playing on a console at home: no lag, no bumps, no freezing. I suggest not drinking a cup of coffee beforehand though, as the phone will pick up even the slightest shakes of a hand while you drive.

Sound/Audio:

The sound is just on par with the visuals. Phone calls aren't strained, and I didn't find myself once jamming my phone into my ear thinking it would help hear the other end better - and be honest, you know you've done the same thing before. The speaker on the bottom backside of the phone packs quite a punch, too: whether it's used as a speakerphone or just listening to music, everything comes out loud and clear. Speaking of music, there are pre-set Equalizer settings that you can tinker with. Listening to music on Pandora basically had my phone vibrating, and it wasn't even on a high bass setting at the time.

Camera:

Quality? Definitely not bad. The Atrix came equipped with a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot HD video as well. You can customize your shots too, ranging from things such as sepia tones or landscape view. It may not be a digital camera replacement, but it definitely holds its own against other camera-phones. The best part, in my opinion, was the front-facing camera. This added piece of hardware is becoming very popular in today's gadgets, and with due reason. Thankfully, the Atrix did not disappoint consumers here.

 

Props to you if you can read that bottom line - I wrote so small that I couldn't even read it normally!

Apps:

The Motorola Atrix comes packed with a bunch of extra apps that I, personally, wouldn't use: Blockbuster, Latitude, and YellowPagesMobile, just to name a few. Removable? Some, but not all, which means that I (and possibly you) will have a few useless apps sitting around eating precious space.

Speaking of apps, the Atrix comes with the "Webtop" app, which is what the Atrix relies on when connected to one of its many docks. You can still make phone calls, send text messages, and reply to emails. Which leads us to the...

 

Laptop Dock:

Ah, the infamous Motorola Laptop Dock, one of several accessories that helped drive the Atrix to such popularity. There have been quite a number of negative reviews on the Atrix Laptop Dock, and after tinkering with it for a while, I can see why. Even on a wireless network, loading times are somewhat slow. Granted, the Atrix still doesn't compare to an actual desktop with their fancy videocards and such. Consumers should keep in mind that the visuals on the Laptop Dock are still being powered by your phone; essentially, you're just looking at your phone through a bigger screen.

Pros: This is going to be redundant, but...bigger screen. The phone easily connects to the Laptop Dock, and it's quite quick to boot up. Anything you were previously doing on your phone will be immediately launched on the Laptop Dock, transitioning them seamlessly. The Laptop Dock will also let you do a few things your phone can't do just yet: for example, watching hulu videos. For some reason, Hulu doesn't work on Android just yet, but it'll definitely let you watch it on Atrix's Laptop Dock. It also has Microsoft Office on it, allowing the work-oriented businesspeople to bring their spreadsheets and documents just about anywhere on this sleek device.

Cons: Quite expensive. Even with the $100 discount and the $100 rebate (assuming you bought the Motorola Atrix + Laptop Dock bundle for $500), you're looking at $300 for what is basically a netbook that can't function without the phone. Some say you're better off purchasing a tablet since it can do more, but that's up to you. For $300 though, I'd expect the Laptop Dock to have a bit more "kick" in it. It just seemed somewhat slow, laggy, and delayed. To top it all off, there's the fact that you need to pay a little extra each month for the tethering service that's required for the Laptop Dock.

Overall:

I like the phone, and it definitely gets the job done, whatever the job may be: phone calls, video calls, app-gaming, taking pictures and video, music management, or a social media outlet. The processing speed gets top-notch points, and I only wish I could say the same for the Laptop Dock.



HP Event Shows Off Veer, Pre 3, and TouchPad

clock February 10, 2011 00:36 by author Jeremy

As far back as January 20th, HP has been planning an event for today. The time has finally come...and the world was shocked and awed at the products seen today.

Last year, HP acquired Palm; today, that merger truly showed what they were capable of together. With their combined ingenuity and the use of the webOS platform, today saw the release of the Veer, Pre 3, and TouchPad.

 

Starting with the Veer: we see that its tiny. Oh so very credit-card-like tiny. And yet, the phone seems like its going to pack quite a punch. Besides the specs below, we also know that the Veer will have a 2.6-inch 320x400 display and a 5 megapixel camera.

Next up is the Pre 3. This phone can actually interact with the TouchPad, which we'll explain later. For now, the specs:

The Pre 3 will also have a 3.6-inch 480x800 WVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera (and a front-facing camera too), HD Video and video calling capabilities.

Last but not least, we have the TouchPad. This is the first non-phone device to run webOS, and boy does it perform well. Besides the powerful specs (seen below) running the device, its got quite a few nifty features. First off, multi-tasking seems to be a cinch on this tablet: HP's presentation showed a demo of it switching between emails, setting a reservation, and even more, all within a short span of time. In the picture above, you can see "Just Type" written along the top, which acts as a sort of command prompt. You can post to twitter with it, search through emails, plus more.

In the picture above, the Pre 3 was just barely "tapped" against the TouchPad. This is another one of their nifty features: whatever you're doing on the TouchPad can be immediately moved to the Pre 3.

Available immediately on the launch of the TouchPad will be certain DreamWorks movie titles - we didn't see a definitely list though as to which titles. The TouchPad will also support the "Beats by Dr. Dre" technology, to provide you with music with real-life sound quality. Certain magazines, such as Time, fully support the tablet, and can be viewed from the TouchPad. And, of course, your tablet can connect with any previous HP Printer, so that you can print pictures from Facebook and other media straight from your TouchPad.

Unfortunately, these devices wno't be out for a bit - the Veer will be coming out in early spring, while the Pre 3 and TouchPad are both slated to come out in the summer; 3G and 4G versions of the TouchPad will also be releated at a later time. Hopefully we'll get a few more looks at the devices though, as they all seem quite promising.

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