Sure low-cost carriers in the U.S. might have some of the best rate plans out there, but there’s no denying that when it comes to handset selection, Canada’s low-cost carriers have it locked down. A case in point is the HTC Legend, now available from Virgin Mobile. $349.99 on a 30-day contract or $79.99 on a 3-year deal will net Canadians a 3.2″ HVGA AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera, 512 MB ROM / 384MB RAM, 600MHz processor, and Android 2.1 with Sense UI all crammed into a milled aluminum body. It’s not yet available in Saskatchewan and Manitoba because the network that Virgin shares with Telus and parent-company Bell hasn’t made its Prairie debut (Winninpeg excluded), but as of today it’s available everywhere else.
Here’s a fun little conundrum for you. A mysterious new Android handset from HTC – the Intruder — has shown up in the internal inventory system at The Shack, and appears to be destined for life with AT&T. But what is it? Apparently there’s a good chance it’s the Liberty aka Aria, a handset we know to contain HTC’s Sense UI, 3.5″ display and 5 megapixel camera. It’s listed as $700 full retail and $130 on a 2-year deal which seems to be a bit on the expensive side…but let’s be honest, people on AT&T who are dying for Android will pay just about anything for whatever they can get.
If you’re and Android user on T-Mobile, then we probably don’t need to remind you of this, but for everyone else, the myTouch 3G Slide is available as of today. A decent handset by all accounts, there is but one major problem with it – it’s priced at $179.99 with an Even More plan with 2-year contract or $429.99 outright with Even More Plus. Yes, you certainly do contract-free financing provided you pledge to pay $21.50 per month over 20 months, but no matter how you slice it, you’re still going to be paying top dollar for something that really doesn’t command it. More →
Here’s a great rumor to think about as we head into the weekend. Tweakers is reporting that the HTC Vision, a rumored Android smartphone we first learned about from Engadget, is in fact a variant of the Desire complete with a sliding QWERTY keypad. This information comes straight from the phone’s UAProfile, which is said to be identical to the Desire’s in every other way (i.e. a 3.7″ WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera and 1GHz processor). Whether or not it runs Android 2.1 or 2.2 is really the question of the day. Well, that and the the rumor the Vision is headed straight for T-Mobile. Whether that means T-Mobile in Europe or T-Mobile in the good ol’ US of A is the question…we’re dying to see solved ASAP. More →
Have a new Android smartphone from HTC? Obsessing over whether or not it will get an official FroYo plus Sense UI update? Well fear not, because HTC has issued a statement to sooth your panic-stricken soul. Unfortunately, it’s so vague that it actually raises more questions than it answers. According to HTC:
[...] if your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can’t be more specific yet.
Most likely? Uh oh. We’re hoping that the shadows of doubt placed upon the Desire, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G and myTouch 3G Slide can be attributed to poor choice of words, but what about the Legend? Better yet, what about the Sprint Hero (October 2009) or the Verizon Droid Eris (November 2009)? If you thought people put up a stink about how long it took the Sprint Hero to get bumped up to Android 2.1, prepare yourself. There’s no telling what the Android Army is capable of. More →
Today, T-Mobile announced that the fabled myTouch 3G Slide will be available to the masses starting on June 2nd. Despite the fact that the 3G Slide is nowhere near the most advanced Android smartphone on the market, we know for a fact that a lot of readers are really looking forward to picking one up from T-Mo. There is just one problem…for some unknown reason, T-Mobile is going to ask customers to pay in blood $179.99 for the Slide after a $50 MIR. For those of you keeping track — and we know you are — that’s only $20 cheaper than Sprint’s EVO 4G which launches 4 days later for $199.99. The question is: Are we the only ones who think $180 is way too much to pay for the myTouch 3G Slide, or are the folks at T-Mobile smarter than we are? More →
Virgin UK has come forward as the first carrier to officially support the newly announced HTC Wildfire. For those with short term memory loss, the Wildfire packs a 3.2 inch QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, dual-band (900/2100MHz) 7.2Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, aGPS, and Android 2.1 with Sense UI. Expected to be an affordable handset with a price point that hovers arounds €250 ($317 USD), the Wildfire is slated to debut in Q3 2010 with the UK carrier. Anyone from across the pond interested? More →
Well, well, well, look what we have here. No, it’s not some Chinese knockoff of the Desire — it’s the entry-level Wildfire, announced today by HTC. Running Android 2.1 with HTC Sense UI, its key specs include a 3.2″ QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microSD, dual-band (900/2100MHz) 7.2Mbps HSPA, 512MB ROM / 384MB RAM and 528MHz processor. One interesting feature the Wildfire brings to the table is its “app sharing widget” which allows users to recommend apps to family, friend and peers via email, SMS and social networking sites. The HTC Wildfire will be available in Europe and Asia starting in Q3. No word yet on potential U.S. availability. Yay or nay? More →
Erase any doubts you might have had about Bell releasing the HTC Legend, because we’ve just been tipped off by one of our Bell connects that a launch party will take place in Montréal on the 27th of May. Whether or not the party coincides with the specific launch date is a matter for debate (we’re hearing the first week of June, for what it’s worth), but we’re just satisfying knowing with absolute certainly that yet another sexy smartphone is making its way to Canada.
Sure it only has 192MB of RAM, but according to T-Mobile’s VP of Product Innovation, the myTouch 3G will indeed be making the leap from Android 1.5 all the way up to Android 2.1. Due out at an unspecific time, the update should bring with it all of the usual Eclair goodies — alongside the tweaked Sense UI overlay and “Genius” button — as seen on the myTouch 3G Slide. Exactly how the Genius button will work on the myTouch 3G is a bit of a mystery, considering it doesn’t have a physical button to spare, but we can imagine there would be some virtualization at play. More →
One would assume that if any Canadian carrier were to carry the HTC Legend it would be TELUS — on the grounds that it carries the Hero — however, word on the web is that the sexy slab of aluminum is Bell bound. Details are scarce, but we’re hearing grumblings that the Legend will be making its debut in either May or June, and that it will pick up where the Palm Pre left off; becoming Bell’s flagship, exclusive device. At the moment, Bell’s current Android line-up consists solely of the Samsung Galaxy, although it will be launching the Motorola DEXT in the near future. Sound off Canadian frandz…who wants a Legend? More →
Ruh-roh, looks like Samsung Moment and HTC Hero owners rocking on Sprint may have to wait a little longer for Android 2.1 to roll out to their handsets. A brief but oh-so-disappointing post on Sprint’s forums confirms that Sprint will be delaying the update until Q2. Sprint apologized and thanke its customers for their patience, but somehow that may not be enough for Moment and Hero owners who have been waiting and waiting for the update to be released.
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Alright everyone, here we go with the first giveaway… It’s not going to be a tough one, either. We are going to give (2) HTC Droid Incredible handsets to two lucky readers who drop in a comment below and tell us why they want one! Seriously — that’s it. Here are the giveaway rules:
- This giveaway is for (2) HTC Droid Incredible devices (one device per winner).
- We’ll run it until a week from now, Thursday, April 29th at 11:59PM ET.
- All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with a valid email address telling us why you think you should win the hottest Android device out there.
- Limit of one entry per person, multiple entries will disqualify you.