HTC DROID DNA unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

Earlier this year when HTC released the One X, many fans on Verizon wondered why it didn’t land on Big Red. Instead, all they got was the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, which wasn’t even a One S variant. Well patience is a virtue because HTC delivered in a major way. They said they wanted to make the ultimate DROID, and from my vantage point, they did and then some. The DROID DNA is a complete beast inside and out. It features a gorgeous 5-inch (1920 x 1080) Super LCD 3 display at 440 ppi. If that’s not enough to make your jaw drop, throw in a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with ImageSense, 2.1MP front facing camera with an 88 degree wide angle lens, 16GB of internal storage, 2020mAh battery, NFC, 4G LTE with worldwide GSM capability, Beats Audio, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and you have what might be the finest phone on earth. Oh there’s still more because the design of this phone is absolutely superb in every way from the polycarbonate back to the Ferrari-like red finish along the sides. I will do a more thorough review in the coming days, but for now, check out my initial hands on video after the break.


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Sprint and AT&T LG Optimus G review and hands on: Did LG finally get a flagship?

Whenever people talk about Android phones, LG generally doesn’t come up in the conversation. Companies like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola seem to get the most press, but there’s no question LG has a big following. Even so, they never came out with a phone that put them over the top. The Optimus G just might be that phone, and so far things are looking pretty good as they impressed Google enough to morph the phone into the Nexus 4. Assuming you’re not going to buy a Nexus 4, is the Optimus G the phone for you? Hit the break to get started


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HTC DLX will become the HTC Deluxe globally

A month or so ago it seemed the HTC J Butterfly was going to be a very limited device, but it’s just too good to limit this bad boy. I finally got my hands on the DROID DNA, which is essentially the same phone, and I must tell you that this might just be the finest phone ever made. We also heard that it will be known as the DLX in other Asian markets, and now it seems as though it will actually be called the Deluxe globally at least according to @evleaks. I know that many of you in Europe were wondering if it was every going to arrive, and it looks like it will. Unfortunately we don’t have a time frame, but we are hopeful it will happen by year’s end. This is just too good of a phone to not share the love everywhere.

source @evleaks

Google releases Augmented Reality game called Ingress for those lucky enough to get invited

Back in September, Google Niantic Labs brought us Field Trip and now they have a new augmented reality game called Ingress. For now it’s an invite only, but with Google behind it, it could really bring augmented reality to the next level. We don’t have a lot of information about it, but from the video you can see our freedom is at stake and the “Enlightened” needs help. Certain places attract not only people but events as well, and the mission of 13 Magnis is to monitor the effects of mind hacking.

Players will generate virtual energy that is needed to play the game by picking up units of “XM” which will be collected through their real-world surroundings. It’s kind of like a real-world version of Pac-Man. What do you do with this energy? You will go on missions around the world to “portals” which will be virtually associated with public art, libraries, and other major places. It’s a matter of picking what side you want to play, the “Resistance” or the “Enlightened”, and players can play anywhere in the world.

As I mentioned, it’s an invite only so hit the source link to sign up. We have no idea when it will open up to more people, but we do know that the game will end eventually, most likely a year to a year and half from now. Official trailer video after the break.


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Guide to Black Friday Android tablet deals

If you’re looking for a tablet on Black Friday, you’ve come to the right place. We have put together all the deals so you can plan your attack. The best deals include the Nexus 7 32GB at Office Depot for $229, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 for $279.99 at Best Buy or $299.99 at Office Depot, and several deals on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (both the 7.0 and 10.1).

Now many of these hot deals involve no name tablets. You won’t catch me recommending any of them to you, but if you do want something to give to a child, that might be okay. Just do your homework because you get what you pay for.  Hit the break for all the deals and let us know what you will be grabbing next Friday.


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Contest: Win $10 of in game currency for Arcane Legends (20 chances)

Earlier this week Spacetime Studios launched Arcane Legends in the Google Play Store. If you are a fan of MMORPG games, you have to download this one now because Spacetime Studios is one of the leaders of this genre with previous games like Pocket Legends, Star Legends, and Dark Legends. Spacetime Studios reached out to us and would like to award 20 TalkAndroid readers with $10 of in game currency.

To enter for a chance to win, head to our forum thread and reply with your character name from the game. It couldn’t be simpler than that. You have until 11:59pm EST tonight to enter. We will pick 20 random winners and announce them tomorrow. Since you will be giving us your character name, Spacetime Studios will simply add the $10 of currency to your account. Good luck!!!

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Get prepared for Black Friday with the TGI Black Friday app

With Black Friday quickly approaching I thought I would tell you about TGI Black Friday. We covered it last year around this time, and it’s the best app available for all your Black Friday needs. The app is straightforward and to the point. You can quickly look at all the items that are on sale by store as well as download the PDF ad scans. You can also browse by category such as appliances, digital cameras, etc. You can even save items to your own shopping list which you can email to yourself or others. If you find any deals you think your friends might like, you can share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

It’s free so give it a try. Since the app is essentially the same as it was last year, I’ve included last year’s hands on video to give you an idea how it works.


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Hands on with the HTC DROID DNA for Verizon Wireless [Video]

 

This morning in New York City, HTC and Verizon introduced the DROID DNA. There really weren’t any surprises since all the leaks seemed to be spot on. It will come with a 5.0-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) Super LCD 3 display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, NFC, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. My initial thoughts is that this phone is absolutely stunning. When I picked it up, I thought I was carrying a dummy unit it was so light. The display is by far the best display available on a smartphone, and I can’t wait to spend some more time with it. For now check out our hands on video from the event, of which, I am sure you will be as impressed as I am.

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Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 already available in Australia, 16GB Nexus 4 sells out quickly

Those of you in Australia need to get to your computer ASAP because the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 are now available to order. As expected the hot ticket is the 16GB version of the Nexus 4, and it’s already sold out. Of course you can get a little friendly with your refresh button and hope that it comes back in stock for a few minutes at some point. We have no idea how many Nexus devices are allotted for each region, but I can only assume that Google planned for the 16GB to be the more popular device.

Pricing is $349 for the 8GB Nexus 4 and $399 for the 16GB version. Delivery is 3 to 5 business days and will set you back $19.99. The Nexus 10 is selling for $469 for the 16GB version and the 32GB goes for $569. The 32GB version wasn’t live at the time of this post, but I’m sure it will be up soon. The same delivery charge will apply.

cheers @munchy_cool

source: ausdroid

 

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II hits Verizon Wireless in the coming weeks for $129 after mail-in-rebate

Since the demo units started arriving in stores last week, it’s only a matter of time that we will see the actual Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II on display and ready for sale. Samsung and Verizon just released a presser stating that it will be available in the coming weeks and it will be priced at $129 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. The original Stratosphere wasn’t a bad device for the money and the second chapter steps it up a bit with the Snapdragon S4 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I would say if you’re looking for a budget phone on Verizon, the DROID RAZR M is the best bet, but if a QWERTY slide-out is your thing, then this just might be the phone for you.

Full press release after the break:


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