Sunday, October 16, 2011

HTC Amaze 4G

The HTC Amaze 4G is now available on T-Mobile. While it lacks the Beats branding and buds' of its European counterpart, the Amaze 4G is able to surf T-Mobiles HSPA+ airwaves. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual core processor the Amaze 4G is undeniably fast. However its 4.3 inch qHD is subpar and is dull compared to other modern phones. The Amaze 4G is solidly constructed with aluminum wrapping and soft  touch plastics. Its 8 megapixel optics are exceptional and deliver great stills and 1080p video recording. Like most other recent HTC phones the Amaze runs on Android 2.3.4 with Sense 3.0. While otherwise a spectacular device, its real liability is its battery life. Even when compared to the most demanding of its competitors, the three to four hour battery life is simply abysmal, and to many, unforgivable. Find the HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile for a whopping $260.

Windows 7 FTW

Microsoft's newest reincarnation of Windows has finally overtaken Windows XP as the dominant OS globally. It leads with 40% market share followed by XP's 38% and Vista's negligible 11%. It took a full two years but Windows 7 is finally ahead. At least until the metro UI rocking big 8 comes out.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

iPhone 4S announced, Sprint in on the fun

The iPhone 4S has been announced and is seen by many as a major disappointment because there have been no design changes. The processor has been predictably upgraded to the Apple A5 dual core chip. The antennae has been improved and camera optics has been improved and is now of the 8mp variety. The iPhone 4S also now supports 1080p video recording. The CDMA and GSM bands have been combined in the iPhone 4S to form a world phone capable of roaming on a variety of networks. Most other specs remain the same. The iPhone 4S also has a built in personal assistant named Siri which intelligently discerns meaning from requests and displays useful information such as weather, stocks, directions. Siri will also send texts, emails and support dictation. To activate Siri, hold down the home button. The iPhone 4S will be available on October 14. It will ship with iOS 5. Sprint will join AT&T and Verizon in carrying both black and white iPhone 4S units starting at $199 for 16GB. While not a revolutionary change, the iPhone 4S represents an incremental step in the right direction and is a solid upgrade for those looking for a contract extension. While it doesn't claim to change everything (again), yes, it is the most amazing iPhone yet. More pictures after the break.

Co-Founder, Apple legend dies.

We have just received news that Steve Jobs has passed away. He reportedly passed away peacefully. Tim Cook the recently appointed CEO, scheduled an in-house celebration of Steve's life. The homepage of the Apple website has been replaced by a picture of Steve, in his memory. Clicking the picture reveals a short paragraph that sums it up best.
Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Droid Incredible 2 Now Available

To join the Droid X's refresh the popular Droid Incredible 2 also joins Verizon's cramped party. The phone sports a top-of-the line single core 1GHz processer and is noticeably faster than older processors. The Incredible 2 sports the same topographic design but is more toned down and is, in our opinion, much more sophisticated. The four light up capacitive navigational buttons also turn depending on the orientation of your phone, something that has not been implemented before. The Incredible 2 is also slightly larger and upgrades to a 4 inch Super LCD display which certainly deserves acknowledgement. However, like the Droid X2, the Incredible also lacks LTE. Pick it up today from Verizon for $200 on contract.

Windows Phone 7 Mango Update

Windows Phone 7 is issuing another update, boasting 500 new features. Chief among them include better support for livetiles and better integration of hubs and services such as Twitter and Facebook. Also, Bing Vision allows you to take a picture of barcodes, or published material and easily cross-shop products. Alongside Mango, Microsoft is launching a web app store as well, similar to the one Google recently launched. Mango will be one of the first "fruits" of the Microsoft-Nokia relationship as well, and will be present on Nokia's WP7 handset debut.

Verizon's Red Army

Verizon is bringing major power to its smartphone lineup with FOUR new smartphones. The LTE LG Revolution is a fairly run-of-the-mill (not that revolutionary) single core smartphone for $250. The previously reviewed Droid X2's dual cores and qHD (960x540) display is available for just $200, though you sacrifice LTE. The last android handset is the Sony Xperia Play, with its gamepads and playstation certifications at $200. The first Windows Phone 7 device is now on Verizon, known as the HTC Trophy which packs a nice package neatly tucked into a 3.8" screen size at just $150. (From left to right, HTC Trophy, LG Revolution, Droid X2 and Sony Xperia Play)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Droid X2 Now Available

The beastliest of the Droids just got a sibling. The Droid X2 gets an extra 1GHz core to compete with the other recent dual core beasts. The screen also gets an upgrade to qHD (960x540) from WVGA (800x480) but stays at a generous 4.3 inches. The same 8MPX camera hump also remains. The general design seems to be more or less the same, however, leading us to gravitate towards saying the Droid X2 seems to be more of a refresh than a true sequel. Another strange oversight seems to be the lack of LTE. Take the "X2" moniker as two cores (Like the G2X), not as a sequel to the Droid X. Nonetheless, the Motorola tainted Froyo packing X2 is available from Verizon for $200, same as before.