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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

  • Samsung announces new Moment Android phone

    Hot off the presses! Samsung has announced a new Android-powered phone: the Moment. The new Android-powered Samsung Moment is the first Sprint phone to use Samsung’s new 3.2″ AMOLED touchscreen display and will feature a landscape sliding QWERTY keyboard. Read More

  • T-Mobile unveils its 2009 Holiday Season lineup

    T-Mobile wants to help spread more holiday cheer this year. Thus, the the number 4 US mobile carrier announced that it will be offering “the broadest selection of Android-powered phones among national wireless carriers in the United States” to help make the 2009 holiday season the most droidish ever! Read More

  • Dressed To Kill: Modu 2 To Sport Android Jacket

    Israeli modular phone manufacturer, Modu, looks to be shaking things up with its next modular gadget – Modu 2. In a recent interview with TechRadar, Modu CEO, Dov Moran, has let (some of) the beans spill on Modu’s ambitions for its next generation of devices. Read More

  • List of official WinMo 6.5 sufferers released

    While we don’t particularly care for the update to WinMo, there’s sure to be some people out there who do like it. For those folks, we have a list of the phones from Microsoft that will be upgrading to the new OS. Poor suckers. Read More

  • Rumor: HTC working on new flagship Android device – the Dragon

    What do you get when you mix HTC, Android, and Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon mobile processor together? No, it’s not the amazing (recycled from an old Snapdragon post) image above…but it’s close. According to the rumor mill, this mythical combination will yield…the HTC Dragon. Read More

  • Sidekicks fail en masse – but they're on their way back up

    Looks like there’s a serious outage going on for Sidekick users. Starting in the last few days, data services have been broken off and even address books have been inaccessible. Apparently the problem is with Danger and Microsoft, not with T-Mobile. My G1 is on T-Mo and I’ve had no data troubles — and it’s Microsoft that’s scrambling to fix the issue. Around… Read More

  • Motorola: No WinMo 6.5 for us, thanks.

    Ouch. I knew I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t too fond of Windows Mobile 6.5, but I’m just a lowly blogger; when your hardware partners start bailing, its gotta sting a little. At their Android ecosystem event this morning, Motorola’s VP of Software and Ecosystem Christy Wyatt disclosed that Moto’s relationship with Windows Mobile was temporarily going on hold. Read More

  • Sprint announces the Windows Mobile 6.5-based Samsung Intrepid

    And Windows Mobile 6.5 Day keeps on rollin’! Further proving that the mobile phone industry is complete out of names to use, Sprint and Samsung have just announced a device they’ve decided to dub the “Intrepid”. While we wouldn’t have guessed it at first glance, that 2.5″ screen is actually a touchscreen. They’ve got a full QWERTY keyboard down below… Read More

  • HTC HD2! United States! Q1 2010!

    Bam! There we were complaining that it would likely be a long time before the mind-blowingly gorgeous HTC HD2 showed its face stateside, and SlashGear managed to get a date out of them. According to HTC CEO Peter Chou, we should see this hit the shores sometime in Q1 of 2010. Sure, it’ll still be a few months before that vague 3-month window even begins — and the damn thing is… Read More