We know there are a lot of doubting Thomases out there who think that the video capabilities of the iPhone 4 — both recording in 720p and editing on-device with iMovie for iPhone 4 — are grossly overstated. We even though the same thing, and everyone on staff has played around with an iPhone 4. But after watching “Apple of My Eye”, a short film by Michael Koerbel that was shot and edited on an iPhone 4, we admit that our initial thoughts were wrong. Hit the jump to check out the film. And watch out, Flip Video. Your days are numbered.
We don’t mean to get anyone’s hopes up with this, but there’s a rumor going around that Verizon will be launching the Motorola Droid 2 on August 23rd. It’s believed its price will be in the neighborhood of $199.99. Better still, word has it that the Droid 2 might just hit store shelves pre-loaded with Android 2.2 aka Froyo. Of course all of this this is dependant upon Motorola’s engineers getting everything to play nice, but we’re willing to hold out hope. More →
After away slaving for many months, AT&T announced today that it has completed its 3G network upgrades in the New York City region. Now a 7.2Mbps network that relies heavily on the urban-friendly 850MHz band, AT&T says that the reworked network should deliver “improved 3G wireless voice and data connectivity and performance, especially during peak hours.” To support these claims, AT&T notes that call quality has improved 47%, while data speeds have gone up 25%. So tell us, AT&T users in NYC. Have things improved, or are things still as bad as they ever were? More →
No real surprise here, considering we said this was going to be the case, but an OTA software update has been pushed out for the EVO 4G. No official word yet on what’s inside the 21.43 MB file, though if you’ll recall we were told it includes improvements to Wi-Fi performance, assorted ActiveSync enhancements and fixes, and a solution to the social networking sync bug which sees status updates hammer battery life. More →
We’re sure that some will say this is basically Amazon admitting its own eBook hardware doesn’t have what it takes to stay competitive halfway into 2010, but for everyone else, the announcement that the Kindle app for iOS has been updated to support audio and video files is great news. So far we can only find nine titles that take advantage of the new A/V capabilities, but if you’ve been dying for instructional videos go to along with titles like Knitting for Dummies and Rose’s Heavenly Cakes, prepare yourself for obscene levels of excitement. More →
The Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant has been a long time coming, but today an official release date and pricing were finally announced. As of July 21st, T-Mobile will be selling the Vibrant for $199.99, that price of course assuming a new 2-year contract. T-Mobile might have a bit of a tough sell on its hands considering that AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and even U.S. Cellular will be offering the Galaxy S in one form or another, but T-Mobile has a trick up its sleeve: anyone who purchases a Vibrant will get a free copy of The Sims 3 Collectors Edition, and a 2GB microSD card pre-loaded with Avatar. Triple win, right?
Sure it might have a laughably bad name, but there’s no way in hell you can laugh at the Samsung Epic 4G’s specs. A part of the Galaxy S family, the Epic 4G is Sprint’s second 4G WiMAX smartphone. To go on sale later this year for an undisclosed price, the Epic 4G has a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, sliding QWERTY keypad, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture, front-facing camera for video calling, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, mobile hotspot support for five devices, six-axis motion sensor, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and 512MB RAM / 1GB ROM. It will come to market running Android 2.1 — with a bit of help from Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0, naturally — but Sprint has gone on the record as saying an update to Android 2.2 won’t be that far off once the Epic 4G is released. Good to know. More →
AT&T has the Captivate, T-Mobile has the Vibrant, and now Verizon Wireless has the Fascinate, it’s very own iteration of the Samsung Galaxy S. Featuring the same 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera and 1GHz Hummingbird processor as its siblings, the Fascinate also has a six-axis motion control for an enhanced gaming experience, Swype virtual keyboard, and comes pre-loaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps. U.S. Cellular also announced that it will be jumping on the Galaxy S bandwagon, although what its model will be named and what most of its tailor-made features will be are still a mystery. Then again, so are its price and release date. All we know is that it, just like the Fascinate, will be available this Fall. More →
AT&T is no longer the only American carrier to officially have a variant of Samsung Galaxy S coming soon, as T-Mobile has finally gotten around to admitting that it will be releasing the Android 2.1 smartphone under the name Vibrant. Sporting a chrome bezel that is reminiscent of the first three generations of iPhone, the Vibrant has the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, and 5 megapixel camera as the Galaxy S. No word yet on a release date or pricing, but we imagine we’ll learn next week, be it by press release or leak. More →
Owners of both the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment from Sprint might want to take a seat, because we’ve got some bad news for you. Not long after it announced that Android 2.2 is in the works for the EVO 4G, today Sprint tweeted that it will not be offering a similar update for the two older devices. Of course Android being what it is, this isn’t the end of the world for some users as there exists plenty of custom ROMs from sites like xda-developers, but for the average person this has really got to suck. More →
Another day, another problem for the iPhone 4. Today’s hot topic issue deals with its proximity sensor. According to a group of concerned iPhone owners on 9to5mac, the proximity sensor on the iPhone 4 isn’t quite sensitive enough and carriers a large potential for in-call issues. Users are reporting that the sensor has a tendency to think the phone is away from one’s face when it is in fact not. This can lead to user’s cheeks doing everything from muting calls to hitting the end button. Our devices aren’t suffering from this issue, but based upon what we’ve read there are quite a lot that are. How is your proximity sensor working out? More →
Why, hello, you thing of questionable sexiness. What we’re looking at here is the Nokia N9 live and in the digital flesh. Negri Electronics, the people that leaked the images, are keeping mum about the specs of the device until they’re ready to publish their full review, but from the images we can clearly see that previous rumors were correct in that there’s an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, front-facing camera with LED flash, sliding QWERTY keypad, nHD display (640×360), and support for the 850/1900 MHz bands of UMTS/HSDPA. It’s clear that this is an early prototype N9 considering its still running Symbian S60 — a platform that will now know will never again grace the Nseries line-up once the N8 is released — but we’re sure if and when Nokia launches the phone it’ll be running MeeGo. In the meantime, hit the jump for a couple more pics. More →