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  • Hands on with the Verizon Razzle: I don't get it.

    Immediately after the Verizon Razzle was announced, it was quite clear that this wasn’t a phone made for me. That said, after spending a bit of time with it, I’m not sure this phone is really made for anyone. The Razzle’s gimmick (really – that’s what it is) is that it twists in the center to allow the user to switch between a QWERTY keyboard and a loudspeaker. Read More

  • J.D. Power calls Apple best in consumer/business smartphones, LG best in feature phones

    According to a J.D. Power study, Apple has been named number one in consumer satisfaction in the consumer and business smartphone market while LG is number one in the traditional feature phone market. First, a bit of explanation of terms. In this case, a smartphone is a phone with an operating system that is able to run more than the built-in application deck. A feature phone is a phone with… Read More

  • iPhone OS 3.1.2 now available

    (Yeah. My iPhone’s name is Sancho. So what. Wanna fight about it?) Alright, folks; it’s that time again. If you’re not a jailbreaker, get to hittin’ that update button in iTunes (if you are a jailbreaker, you probably want to wait to make sure this update is safe.) Apple just pushed version 3.1.2 of the iPhone OS down the pipes. It’s a minor update, but it fixes… Read More

  • Rock Band for iPhone officially announced

    Seems like just yesterday when we started to get a funny feeling about an official Rock Band for iPhone release. Turns out, our very own Inspector Gadget, one Mr. Kumparak, was spot on with his sleuthing – Rock Band for the iPhone / iPod touch was officially announced by Electronic Arts earlier today. Read More

  • K: Y'all sent 740 billion text messages in the first half of 2009

    So CTIA does this little survey twice a year just to measure how well (or poor) the wireless industry is doing. The result of its latest survey just hit the wires, and what immediately jumped out at me was this stat: around 4.1 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) text messages per day (!) were sent in the first half of 2009. I wonder how many of those are the always useful… Read More

  • Rumor: BlackBerry Onyx to be announced October 21?

    Well, well. What do we have here? Apparently, Engadget has it on “good authority” that the BlackBerry Bold successor, aka Bold 2 / Onyx (it’s not clear which name will hit the streets, but either way it’s the 9700), will be announced on October 21…for AT&T and T-Mobile. Read More

  • Analyst: Android to become #2 mobile OS by 2012

    According to Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney, Google’s fledgling Android OS has the potential to become the number two mobile operating system (behind Symbian OS) by 2012. This certainly sounds like a bit of a stretch considering that currently Android is operating on less than 2% of the world’s smartphones. However, in a recent interview with Computerworld, Dulaney said that he… Read More

  • BlackBerry Messenger 5 is now available

    RIM has finally updated BlackBerry Messenger program. Thank goodness, the previous version felt old a few years ago. The 2.4MB update brings a wealth of new features like the ability to create an avatar, adding friends by scanning a bar code, group messaging, and the ability to share multimedia with multiple contacts at once. Plus, it looks a hell of a lot better. This program of course is… Read More

  • Yes, Rock Band is coming to iPhone. Here's proof. [Updated]

    A few weeks back, we got a press release from EA’s PR company. It was tucked within an attachment titled “Rock Band Verizon iPhone Fact Sheet_V3.docx”. As if seeing “iPhone” behind “Verizon” wasn’t strange enough, the rest of the press release made absolutely no reference to an iPhone release. The folks we talked to denied that an iPhone port… Read More

  • T-Mobile dances in with the Tap phone

    T-Mobile just announced a new touchscreen phone today, the “Tap”. The new phone looks to be part of the new generation of feature phones, which I suspect we’re going to be seeing a lot more of in the next year or two. The Tap has a 2 megapixel camera with video capture, a GPS, built in music player, and uses T-Mo’s 3G network. The phone will be available in two… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Android-powered Samsung Moment

    Oh man – we just got to spend a bit of time with the just announced Samsung Moment. Hardware-wise, it’s stolen the crown as my favorite Android device. It’s a bit basic on the software end — it’s Android, straight up, with no apparent major modifications — but we really, really dig the hardware. Check after the jump for our early impressions and pictures. Read More