We had heard early rumors, but now it’s official — the 16GB Wi-Fi edition of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is now available from Sprint for $499.99. If you’re unfamiliar with the specs, here’s a quick rundown of what the tablet has to offer: the PlayBook sports a 7-inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, support for 1080p HDMI-out, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support. If you’re looking for 4G speeds on the go, Sprint has also said that it expects to launch a WiMAX version of the tablet sometime this summer. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
AT&T announced that the HTC HD7S — its fourth Windows Phone device — is now available for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. The HTC HD7S was originally announced in March during CTIA, and it offers a 4.3-inch Super LCD display, a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, a 1GHz processor, and more. The phone will not launch with Microsoft’s new Windows Phone Mango update, but it should be getting that update when Mango is released in the fall. More →
When Palm first introduced webOS in January 2009 and subsequently launched the Palm Pre, I called the innovative operating system the best thing to happen to smartphones that year. To this day, webOS holds a special place in my heart for taking a novel approach to smartphone operating systems and making it beautiful. It was refreshing, it was capable, and it was not received at all well by consumers. But webOS’ problem was never the software. Perhaps the lack of available apps has been a bit of a hindrance, but I view Palm’s release strategy, its horrible marketing strategy and its sub par hardware as having played the biggest roles in preventing webOS from finding stardom. In terms of hardware, I had high hopes when HP announced it was buying Palm; webOS might finally have a vessel worthy of consumers’ attention. Discounting the Pre 2, which should never have been allowed to ship, the Veer is HP’s first webOS smartphone to reach store shelves. The phone is undoubtedly unique and it features the latest version of the Palm team’s software platform, but is it the vessel webOS needs so desperately? Hit the break for my review of the HP Veer 4G — or, as I have come to call it, the Palmagotchi.
Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G could land on June 24th — the same day the EVO 3D is set to make its debut — according to an advertisement obtained by Engadget. The 7-inch tablet is nearly identical to the HTC Flyer we recently reviewed, save for its 4G WiMAX radio. It packs a 1.5GHz processor, HTC’s Sense user interface, a 1.3-megapixel forward facing camera, 32GB of storage, 3G/4G hotspot capabilities, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 4,000 mAh battery in a sturdy aluminum uni-body package. If you want to push the tablet’s capabilities a bit further and take advantage of the View 4G’s HTC Scribe feature, which allows you to take notes on the display, you’ll need to drop an additional $80 for a special stylus. Sprint has yet to reveal pricing for the EVO View 4G, but the Wi-Fi-only Flyer goes for $499.99 without a contract, so we expect to see it priced somewhere below that when purchased with a contract. More →
“4G” can mean a lot of things these days. For some carriers, it started out as marketing speak that did little beyond confusing customers. For others, 4G represents a next-generation network that might help ease the strain of a new breed of data-hungry smartphone users that have brought a nationwide 3G network to its knees. But while certain carriers were busy lobbying the International Telecommunications Union or launching crafty marketing campaigns, Verizon Wireless launched the fastest cellular network U.S. consumers have ever seen. On May 26th, Verizon released the LG Revolution and gave its subscribers their third 4G smartphone option. Does LG’s first 4G LTE phone address the shortcomings of Verizon Wireless’ earlier offerings? Read on for the full review.
Verizon Wireless on Thursday announced its first Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy. The device will be available online on May 26th and will land in stores on June 6th for $149.99. The HTC Trophy offers a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video, 16GB of on-board storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and support for global roaming in more than 200 countries. Anyone who buys the phone before July 15th will get a free Xbox 360 game, and can choose from Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports, or Lode Runner. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
Pocketnow has gotten its hands on an image of the HTC Lead from AT&T, and 911 Sniper has leaked a few of the specs. Neither AT&T nor HTC have announced the Lead yet, but it’s rumored to sport a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor — which we first saw in the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G — 768MB of RAM, a 4.3-inch WVGA display, and a 5-megapixel camera. It’s unclear when the Lead will launch, but the device is rumored to run Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), which could make it the first Gingerbread device on AT&T. There’s no word of HSPA+ support, but we’d be stunned if this device launched without a 4G label glued to the end of its name. More →
Next Thursday is shaping up to be a huge day for Verizon Wireless subscribers. The nation’s top carrier has already confirmed the launch of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY on that day, and the DROID X2 looks set to drop on the 26th as well. Now it appears as though the LG Revolution will be hitting store shelves on May 26th, too. The LG Revolution will be yet another Froyo phone with a 4.3-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera for video chat, 720p HD video capture support and an HDMI-out port. Hit the jump for a purported spec sheet from Verizon Wireless. More →
LG has confirmed with Pocket-Lint that the Optimus Black — announced during CES as “the world’s thinnest smartphone”– will make its debut in the UK next week. Carrier partners are currently unknown, but this is definitely a device worth getting excited about. It packs LG’s colorful and crisp 4-inch NOVA display with 700 nits of brightness, a 5-megapixel camera, and a secondary front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat. The Optimus Black is powered by a 1GHz processor, which is a bit slower than the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chip in the LG G2x, but its thin design should be a fair tradeoff. The Optimus Black will run Android 2.2 when it launches, but LG has confirmed that the phone will be upgraded to Gingerbread in the future. More →
Dell’s Venue Pro smartphone had its share of setbacks at launch, but we really grew to enjoy the device once the wrinkles were all ironed out. The build is outstanding, the design is sleek, the slightly curved display is unique, the 4.1-inch AMOLED display is nice and vivid, and we have big hopes for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform. On Thursday, Dell quietly launched a new version of its Venue Pro smartphone, this time with T-Mobile’s 3G bands swapped out for AT&T’s. Beyond that, the device has the same great look and feel, the same great build, and the same affordable price tag — just $99.99 with a 2-year contract. More →
After years of waiting from BlackBerry users, the ultimate BlackBerry has finally been made official. We broke the story on the next generation BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, and we even spent some one-on-one time with it, but there is nothing like an official announcement, right? As far as specs, it’s everything we reported it would be — 1.2GHz processor, 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB of onboard storage, and more. As far as availability, RIM said that the new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 will be available from “carriers around the world” starting this summer. We’re hearing June / July still. Entire press release is after the break. More →
Our friendly FedEx man was kind enough to deliver us the soon-to-be-released Casio G’zOne Commando from Verizon Wireless. Unlike most full-touchscreen smartphones, this Android 2.2.1 device is designed to be abused. The Commando meets military standards 810G for immersion, rain, and shock, dust resistance, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, along with low and high temperature storage. The handset, which is not the lightest full-touchscreen we’ve handled — but certainly not the heaviest at 5.4-ounces— sports a ruggedized composite case which protects a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, 1460mAh battery, 512MB RAM, 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen display, and a host of other assets. Want to know what our first impressions are? Good. Have a look at the gallery below and hit the jump to read on.
Verizon Wireless just took the wraps off of the Casio G’zOne Commando, its first rugged Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartphone. The G’zOne Commando meets mil-spec 810g standards for resistance against rain, immersion, shock, dust, vibration, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperatures. It packs a 5-megapixel camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Verizon Wireless’ mobile hotspot feature for sharing your 3G connection with other devices. Like earlier G’zOne devices, the Commando offers some of Casio’s G’zGear software as well, including a compass, pedometer, tide charts, a thermometer, sun/moon schedules, and a star gazer application. The Commando will hit Verizon Wireless stores on April 28th for 199.99 with a new two-year contract. Hit the jump for the full release. More →