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Research In Motion plans to roll out an updated version of its high-end BlackBerry Bold smartphone in time for the holidays. Targeted at the company's base of professional users and wealthy consumers, the latest Bold handheld is thinner and lighter than its predecessor which hit the market last year. The new Bold 9700 also has a new touch-sensitive optical trackpad instead of the original's track ball. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone supports 3G HSDPA networks around the world and offers a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, and a 3.2MP camera. The Bold 9700 runs on BlackBerry OS 5.0 and also features a faster Web browser. AT&T and T-Mobile... Read more...
Just a decade ago, mentioning the phrase "cellphone etiquette" would probably get your laughed at. Today, it's a reasonable conversation to have. Just as the world has taken to an unofficial list of inflight Wi-Fi rules, the mobile community is also largely abiding by an unwritten set of rules that guide cellphone users on what to do (and more importantly, not do) when using their phone in mixed company. A recent survey broke down exactly what you can/can't do, but here are a few of our favorites. Using your phone to check emails, check scores, send a text message or make a phone call while someone else is talking to you is a big no-no. Checking out an incoming SMS while someone's talking to... Read more...
Whether or not Verizon Wireless wants it that way or not, RIM's BlackBerry Storm 2 is as good as official. The long-awaited successor the universally panned Storm is finally out, with the first carrier to come clean about it being Vodafone...way across the pond. Walt Mossberg (among other outlets) has also confirmed that the handset will soon be making its way to Verizon's airwaves, though a date and price remain elusive.Well, sort of elusive. We're told that it'll probably touch down next month for around $200 (likely on contract), which makes sense. After all, RIM doesn't want this phone to launch in the States after the holiday season. We're told that the Storm 2 looks pretty much exactly... Read more...
Acer officially announced its first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid A1. The Liquid A1 is also the first handset running the Android platform that will use Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  The Liquid A1 features Acer's own proprietary UI, a WVGA touchscreen, HSPA connectivity, and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, ISO, and a self-timer.Thanks to the speedy Qualcomm chipset, the Liquid A1 will be able to support 3D graphics. The phone will run Android 1.6. To date, we've only seen one other shipping smartphone (the Toshiba TG01) and one upcoming smartphone (the HTC HD2) that uses Snapdragon. Both of these handsets run Windows Mobile rather than Android. It's been... Read more...
Up until a few years ago, it was essentially unheard of for a major fashion label to associate with a cellphone. After all, would you really want your fall lineup partnered with one of those big, blocky bag phones of the early 1990s? Nowadays, everything has changed. Phones are fashion statements in an of themselves, so it's no surprise that someone like Giorgio Armani would look to attach its high-end brand to some of today's hottest touch phones. Just this week, the Italian fashion house showcased an incredible 700 Euro (that's over $1000) handset that is aimed at "complementing the designer's suits." Armani himself made a small appearance at the reveal, helping to bolster appeal for the Windows... Read more...
Well, we guess it's fairly safe to say now that those Dell cellphone prototypes weren't being constructed for no good reason. In a somewhat surprising announcement made today, high-ranking sources have confirmed that Dell will introduce its first-ever smartphone on AT&T's network. With Sprint snagging the Pre, T-Mobile having a wide array of Android phones and Verizon having the so-called biggest 3G network, AT&T is looking to back its one-and-done approach with the iPhone with a few more solid options. While neither Dell nor AT&T have come forward to confirm or deny the reports, the plans are as good as complete. The Wall Street Journal is even passing along the news, which tends... Read more...
Sprint may have the world's first webOS device in the Palm Pre, and it may have some of the best pricing plans available in America, but you know what it's missing? An Android phone. Er, it was missing that--until today. The long-rumored InstinctQ has today been revealed as the Samsung Moment, an oddly named Android smartphone that's destined to further bolster Sprint's growing smartphone lineup. The phone doesn't look much different than many of Samsung's other recent Android/WinMo handsets, boasting a QWERTY slide-out keyboard, an 800MHz processor, 3.2" AMOLED touch-screen and lots of Google applications including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube. Starting on November 1st, interested... Read more...
T-Mobile's myTouch 3G may not be the latest and greatest of the Android bunch, but it definitely falls within the "oldie but goodie" category. If you always loved the design, but never bit on buying one for whatever reason, HTC is providing you another reason to take one more look. In a sweeping announcement of new holiday handsets, the one standout phone is the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition. Expected to launch a little later in the year, the new handset has a guitar-inspired wood-grain finish that really sets it apart. Needless to say, the axe-slinger in your life is apt to go nuts upon simply seeing the finish here. Oh, and it gets better. The design change isn't the only benefit of buying... Read more...
We've always considered ourselves fans of Nokia devices. In fact, we're not even ashamed to admit that we used one of those Nokia candybars back in the day (you know, one with 'Snake'), and we'd probably still use it today if not for things like "web browsing" and "Twitter." As times have changed, so have the engineering efforts at Nokia. The company's newest smartphone/mini computer is the N900, and with that device will come an all new mobile operating system to rival Google's Android, Palm's webOS and Apple's iPhone OS. That operating system is Maemo 5, and while there's still no way to truly tell if it'll be a runaway hit, we get the feeling that it'll do quite well amongst the cellphone... Read more...
October 6th may still be officially a day away, but that's not stopping AT&T from getting the party started early. What party, you ask? The Windows Mobile 6.5 party, of course. In a joint announcement made today with HTC, the Tilt 2 and PURE will be the carrier's first two WinMo 6.5 handsets, and both are pretty stout on paper. The PURE is a touchscreen-based phone, while the Tilt 2 relies on a tilting QWERTY slider approach. Both of the handsets support 3G browsing, HTC's own TouchFLO 3D interface and Windows Marketplace. WinMo 6.5 will also bring along an improved UI and Flash-supporting Web browser. As for pricing, the phones (which are hitting retail stores now) will sell for $149.99... Read more...
AT&T may have the iPhone, and Sprint may have the Pre. You could argue that Verizon Wireless has the BlackBerry Storm, but you can definitely say that T-Mobile USA has the Android devices. While most of the other carriers are slowly picking up Google-powered units, T-Mobile is snagging yet another in the Samsung Behold II. Boasting a 3.2" AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera (with AutoFocus and flash), Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 and Microsoft Exchange support, the Behold II is a smartphone that's easily as powerful as any out there right now. There's also a microSD expansion port, A-GPS for navigation, video recording support and a promise to provide a "rich Internet/multimedia experience." As with... Read more...
Waiting patiently for Windows Mobile 6.5 before buying your next smartphone? If so, and you just so happen to prefer Verizon Wireless' airwaves, you're in lucky. Starting October 6th--just a few days from today--America's Big Red carrier will begin selling a striking new HTC handset by the name of Imagio. The direct rival to Sprint's own Android-powered HTC Hero, this handset will boast a 3.6" touchscreen (with an amazing 800 x 480 resolution), mobile TV support, a MediaFLO interface, WinMo 6.5, 5MP auto-focusing camera, support for EV-DO Rev. A 3G, Wi-Fi, a quad-band GSM/EDGE module for worldwide connectivity and a 1500mAh battery. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as support for Rhapsody,... Read more...
iPhone users have probably the most conflicted customer satisfaction rates of all smartphone customers. When it comes to the device itself, they are far and away the most satisfied, according to a new survey. But when it comes to their service provider? Not so much.The CFI Group Smartphone Satisfaction Survey, in which more than 1,000 smartphone users were questioned, scored the iPhone at 83 on a 100-point scale, eight full points above the Google Android and Palm Pre, which scored next best, at 77 out of 100. Research In Motion's BlackBerry scored 73 and the Palm Treo scored 66; "others," which include Symbian and Windows Mobile, only pulled in 66 points.Unlike the original users of smartphones,... Read more...
Despite the fact that broadband providers are doing their best to cap monthly Web use and charge us for every kilobyte we consume, we highly doubt streaming is going anywhere. And with a huge push for Net Neutrality currently going on in Washington, you can bet you'll hear of more options similar to mSpot.For now, however, mSpot looks to be a great option in and of itself. In short, it allows smartphone owners with data plans from Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T to stream live films to the phones on-demand. Users can start, pause and re-start films whenever, and so long as their phone's browser can access m.mspot.com, they can watch new release (and older titles, too) films right... Read more...
Motorola just hasn't seemed itself since the RAZR went out of style, but it's hoping to re-make itself with the CLIQ. The company's first Android device has a lot riding on it, and T-Mobile is hoping to bring even more users over who might be loyal to the brand or simply interested in getting their hands around the MOTOBLUR interface.Originally announced a few weeks back alongside few details, T-Mobile and Motorola have jointly announced today that the smartphone is fairly close to release. The 3G/Wi-Fi capable handset will be available for existing T-Mobile customers that are anxious to upgrade on October 19th, or just under a month from today. Between October 19 and November 1, only existing... Read more...
Wow, this one has been a long, long, long time coming. The original nüvifone was originally introduced in early 2008, long before Android had a chance at fame and before the iPhone has risen to stardom in the way that it has. In short, the Garmin-developed smartphone looked to be a real competitor, and the proprietary navigating software was its differentiating factor. Here it is, in the latter half of 2009, and Americans are still waiting on what has become the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60. After an incredibly long and painful wait, those who were interested in such a phone--and held off all this while--will be able to indulge on October 4th. Starting Sunday, prospective AT&T customers (and... Read more...
If you've been waiting to get your hands on the Palm Pre, but don't have a lot of cash to spend, now's your chance. Assuming you're willing to go through the rebate process, you can pick up a Palm Pre for just $79.99 from Walmart with a 2-year agreement. This price is after a $100 mail in rebate. This isn't the first time we've seen a good deal on the Pre—In July, Best Buy accidentally lowered the price on the phone to $99. That glitch was quickly fixed. Of course, the price of a phone tends to drop quickly these days, so if you missed out on the Best Buy deal a few months ago, here's your second chance. Key features of the Palm Pre include: Palm synergy links contacts and calendars from Outlook,... Read more...
Remember the original Instinct? Sprint's go-to smartphone that was meant to rival Apple's original iPhone? Since the introduction of that phone, the Instinct s30 has hit the scene, and now the best Instinct yet is just about ready to slip into hands. The Instinct HD is the latest and greatest in the long-standing lineup, though we're still wondering who on Earth would select this over a Palm Pre. You see, the Samsung-sourced Instinct HD is priced at $249.99 with a two-year agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. That's $100 more than the Palm Pre, which is largely regarded as the best smartphone on Sprint and the only real phone to rival the iPhone and the handful of Android phones on the market.... Read more...
A new iPhone app from background-check powerhouse Intelius enables the popular smartphone to expose information people are hiding. The new DateCheck app could prove very useful for people in the dating scene who want to quickly check to see whether their aspiring mate is a creep or a gem. Using names and telephone numbers, DateCheck users can check the Intelius database to uncover the truth about their romantic connections. Unflattering facts that people may want to hide, such as criminal pasts or current marital status is available. "Records don't lie, but people do," Intelius product marketing manager Katherine Herman said during an on-stage demonstration. "DateCheck is tougher on my dates... Read more...
Samsung recently introduced the latest addition to its Omnia smartphone series: the Samsung Omnia Pro B7330. During the announcement, the company also revealed that all of its Omnia models will run Windows Mobile 6.5. Samsung also plans to release upgrades to current products that are on the market now. The new Omnia Pro B7330 features a candybar design with a QWERTY keyboard and a 2.62-inch, 320x320 resolution nontouch display. This is a quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) phone with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and assisted GPS. You'll also find a 3 megapixel camera on the phone along with 270MB of internal memory and a microSD expansion slot. The Omnia series also includes the Omnia Pro B7610, the Omnia... Read more...
When the Blackberry Tour launched last June, it received generally good reviews. Skim them over, and the phone is universally dinged for not including WiFi support, but the trackball was scarcely mentioned. Two months later, the device's trackball is indeed causing issues. According to David Eller, an analyst with TownHall Investment Research, more than 40 percent of the Blackberry Tours Sprint has sold have been returned with users claiming the devices are defective. Most of the complaints focus on the trackball, but some owners are apparently having trouble with the touch screen's sensitivity as well. Since Verizon relies heavily on Blackberry to supply its smartphones, the high rate of return... Read more...
At this point, it's more difficult to name a phone manufacturer that doesn't have at least one Android option in the lineup, but Apple and LG are definitely two. Er, at least one of them still is. Today, LG has finally caved to market pressures and revealed its very first Android-based cell phone in the GW620.Featuring a 3" full touchscreen display, the phone is also equipped with a QWERTY keypad and a slew of applications developed by Google. Naturally, it will also come ready to surf Google's App Market, but little else is known about the slider so far.  Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, did have this to say about the introduction:"The LG... Read more...
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