SAN FRANCISCO--In the world of rugged phones, you'd be hard-pressed to find a handset more indestructible than a Sonim model. Indeed, when we reviewed the Sonim XP3 Quest last year, it kept on ticking even after we submerged it in water, dropped it onto a concrete floor from 14.5 feet, and tried to drive a nail into its display. It wasn't the prettiest phone by any measure, but it was one occasion where looks don't matter.
SAN FRANCISCO--We took advantage of HTC's presence at the fall CTIA show to get our first hands-on with the company's new Desire HD Android smartphone. HTC introduced the handset last month at a London press conference, and is now showing it off to the world.
In many ways, the Desire HD is a close relative of the Evo 4G, though minus the 4G service. It has the same basic shape, with a brilliant 4.3-inch display, and it feels about the same when held in the hand. The touch controls below the display are somewhat different, and the … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--With the arrival of the Samsung Mesmerize at U.S. Cellular, the Galaxy S series has landed at each of the major wireless carriers in the United States. Indeed, it's been quite a ride since the original Galaxy S device had its debut earlier this year in Las Vegas. We've seen AT&T's Captivate, T-Mobile's Vibrant, Sprint's Epic 4G--the only Galaxy S model to have a full keyboard--and Verizon's Fascinate.
In design the Mesmerize most resembles the Fascinate, but you'll notice the hallmarks of the entire Galaxy S series, including … Read more
There's something both comforting and impressive about rugged phones built to military specification. Thick rubberized plastic cloaks many-a-sturdy cell phone, imparting the knowledge that you can easily grip it, drop it, and spray it with water without damaging the calling functionality.
The Casio G'zOne Ravine for Verizon updates the Rock before it, bringing many of the same physical features to this newer model flip phone--like push-to-talk. However, it updates the Rock on many counts, including a brighter design with sharp red accents, a 3.2-megapixel camera (bumped up from 2 megapixels), and dual speakers for improved noise cancellation. … Read more
Jabra recently released the Jabra Wave, an over-the-ear headset that promises to be comfortable and easy to wear. Though it might look a little Borg-like, Jabra claims it's lightweight. As for features, it boasts three-layer wind noise reduction, multipoint technology, and a Voice Guidance system.
Jabra also says it supports Jabra's World of Apps portal, which lets you find voice-enabled apps to use with the headset. The Wave will be available in red, black, and there'll also be a corded version. Verizon Wireless stores will get them first in November, though we don't know pricing yet. … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--As long as we were in the neighborhood of Samsung's booth at CTIA Fall 2010, we took an opportunity to get a hands-on look at the Samsung Intercept for Virgin Mobile USA. This is a prepaid option that is already available in Target stores, and which will start appearing at other retail outlets this month for $249.99 with a month-to-month service plan.
We've already hit you over the head with the specs, but this is the first time we've been able to get a hands-on view. We can confirm it: the Intercept for Virgin Mobile … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Motorola Flipside is one of three Android handsets that Motorola announced for AT&T this Tuesday. We had a chance to take a look at it, and it's overall a decent and simple Android smartphone. We like the slide-out QWERTY keyboard--it is roomy and the keys have a nice raised texture--and the 3.1-inch high-res HVGA display. The Flipside also has a trackpad underneath the display in case you want an alternative to the touch screen for navigating the phone.
The Flipside is 4.31 inches long by 2.26 inches wide by 0.… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Motorola Bravo is the highest-end phone of the trio of new Android handsets that was announced for AT&T, but that doesn't necessarily make it the hottest smartphone on the block. The Bravo only ships with Android 2.1, for example, though it also has the enhanced version of MotoBlur that lets you resize widgets and move them around.
Still, the Bravo's simplicity is not necessarily a bad thing. We did like its slim design and the curved feel makes it nice to hold in the hand. Measuring 4.31 inches long by … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Verizon Communications' recently named No. 2 executive, Lowell McAdam, was at the 2010 CTIA Enterprise & Application trade show here on Wednesday to announce the initial 38 markets for the company's much-anticipated 4G wireless network.
The network, which uses a technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE, promises download speeds of between 5Mbps and 12Mbps and latency of 30 milliseconds. COO McAdam announced the initial markets for the launch expected later this year. And he provided details about how many people are expected to have access to the network. On day one, at least 110 million potential customers … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Motorola Citrus is just as green as the Android logo, or at least that's what Motorola wants you to believe. The Citrus is getting touted as one of a few eco-friendly Android phones, as it is made out of 25% post consumer plastic and is PVC and BFR free. The overall feel of the phone is that of a simple entry-level smartphone, and indeed that's what it is. It ships with Android 2.1 and has only EV-DO Rev. 0. Other details of the phone are a 3-inch QVGA display, a 3 megapixel camera, … Read more