Why I Got Rid of My DROID Razr and Am Waiting for the Galaxy Nexus

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The moment I heard about the DROID Razr I was extremely excited.  I checked out the Droid Does web site constantly drooling over this phone. A few days before the launch, a contest was held where the first person to decipher the code won the phone. Sadly I didn’t win the phone, but that didn’t stop my drooling over it. It did land me this job here however, so I chalk that up as a major win in itself.

The Razr

I happened to be in Best Buy on 11.11.11, the day the Razr was released, and stopped by the mobile phone department to see if they had one to play with. The moment I touched it I was surprised at how light it was. The screen was rather crisp and the phone was quite quick. I was hooked. I bought one right then and there. I didn’t hold out for the Nexus because of Motorola’s announcement about bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to the Razr and figured I could patiently wait for that update. At this point, we were thinking it would be the beginning of 2012 to see it.

I took it home and started installing all my apps (roughly 150). I was impressed with the amount of internal storage the phone had. I was able to install all of my apps without moving any to the SD card with a heap of storage to spare. I still moved some out of principle, but it was nice knowing that I didn’t have to. All the apps started up quickly and I saw no lag, whatsoever. I was impressed.

For the first few days I had the phone I was in heaven. It did everything I wanted it to with ease and finesse. The Motorola don’t-call-it-blur overlay had a few bells and whistles I was impressed with. I liked their contact widget and the little flare they had when you switched between home screens was nice. I did notice that there were only five home screens to play with. Considering that the norm is seven, and I use every single one of them, I was a little miffed at only having five. Maybe Motorola figured we only needed five, something I didn’t like, but something I could over look. » Read the rest

DROID Bionic Bug Fix Starts Rolling Out, Be on the Lookout

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We have gotten word from a couple readers that the long awaited DROID Bionic update is starting to roll out. This new update will bring the device up to build number 5.5.893 and should clear up a whole slew of issues. If you own a Bionic, be on the lookout for the update message in your notification bar. If you want to see if it is available to push to your device, you can always check by pressing menu-settings-> about phone-> system updates.

Kudos Jim and Chris!

 

 

 

Panasonic Reveals Water/Dust Proof 4.3-Inch OLED Phone, Destined for European Markets

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A few weeks ago, we told you about Panasonic’s goal to take on smartphone markets outside of Japan and ultimately reach annual sales of 7.5 million units by 2015. Their first attempt will be in the European markets with a new 4.3-inch OLED smartphone that was just announced. Not many details were given other than it will be an ultra slim, D-shaped device that is water and dust resistant. It seems like if they want consumers to get excited about the device they would at least give us some detailed specs to go along with these mediocre pictures.

According to the press release, ambitions are high and Panasonic hopes to push this phone worldwide and ship 5 million units in the next fiscal year. With all the great devices available these days, Panasonic is really going to have to hit a home run if they don’t want to be disappointed. Take LG for example. Like Pannasonic, they have been quite successful with consumer electronics but have not quite been able to harness the mobile device market just yet. Only time will tell I guess.

As soon as we get some specs (let alone a name) we will let you know more. Join us after the break for the full press release.

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HTC Desire HD and Incredible S Get Updated to Sense 3.0, Wildfire S Gets New Lockscreen

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Even with releasing their new phones (like the Rezound), HTC is showing some love to their older ones. Multiple users have reported that the Desire HD and Incredible S have both received updates to Android 2.3.5 with Sense 3.0, which puts them right up there with the likes of the Sensation and EVO 3D. Before this update, people were stuck with having to root these devices if they wanted these features. The Wildfire S also received some love. While it did not get bumped to 3.0 (it has Sense 2.1), it did receive the Android 2.3.5 push with the Sense 3.0 lockscreen.

While there is no word if the Incredible 2 will receive this update in the future or not. If you have any of these three phones however, and haven’t received the update just yet, head to Settings>About Phone>Software Updates to see if it’s available. For those that have it, what do you think? Is it amazing?

 

[via Android Central]

Huge Bug Fix For Droid Bionic On The Way, Brings Build To 5.5.893

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We know what you’re thinking….”damn, finally!”  We hear ya.  Verizon has finally stated that the long awaited bug fix is underway and requests for your patience.  The update will provide improved stability by avoiding power cycles, add fast auto focus on the camera functionality and offer better handshakes between 4G/3G connectivity.  In addition, the device can now support up to eight other devices when using the mobile hot spot.  Usually only a max of five devices are able to hop on due to supposed hardware limitations.  And supposedly now if you power the handset off it doesn’t turn on by itself.  In addition, SIM cards should activate much quicker than before.  There are quite a few other features added and other enhancements made so check out the info graphic below to get a better idea of the full change log.  No word yet on an exact date the update will be pushing out but usually we see something within a week or two when a support document has been rendered.  So keep a look out and don’t forget to let us know you think of it when it arrives.  The update should bring your device’s build to 5.5.893.

[via Verizon]

 

 

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Pricing Revealed: $299 at VZW and $289 Bundle at Costco

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Although no official launch date yet, we have some official pricing for those who need to balance their checkbooks before they make the big Galaxy Nexus purchase. This is as official as it gets I think (although it could doubtfully get reprinted), a leaked image of a Verizon in-store price tag has appeared on line and clearly shows the device at $299 on contract, just as we suspected. Although not shown in the picture, the retail price is going to be $649 for those who want to purchase the phone out-right.

If you are harboring a great hate for Verizon and refuse to give them money directly you could always go to Costco where none the wiser. According to Droid Life, they have heard from Costco insiders that the device will be sold with their commonly offered accessory bundle. Unlike the great goodies you got with the Bionic and the RAZR, the Galaxy Nexus will only come with a generic leather case, car charger, and a few screen protectors, but will be cheaper than Verizon at $289.

You know we are most definitely keeping our eye on the latest release rumors and we will keep you posted as soon as we hear more.

[via Droid Life]

 

T-Mobile Begins Roll-Out of HTC Sensation 4G Update

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If you are the owner of an HTC Sensation 4G then you may be pleased to know that T-Mobile has begun to roll-out a new update bringing the device to Android 2.3.4, and software version 1.50.531.1. The roll-out started yesterday, Dec. 7, and continues through Jan. 15. Quite a widespread time-frame given the fact the update is random and you don’t really know when to expect it to hit. I guess you should just keep checking your notification bar for a software upgrade message. If you are antsy like me, you can manually check to see if the update is available by pressing Menu–> Settings–> About Phone–> System Updates. If your device is ready for the update you will see a download option and you should definitely press ‘yes’. The features and improvements you can expect are as follows:

New Features

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life

Improvements

  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Screen  unresponsiveness resolved
  • Device taking screen shots resolved
  • Lock screen shifted up resolved
  • Icon pixilation  resolved
  • Improved Wi-Fi  connection
  • Green lines on  photo resolved

Hit the source link below to see the full announcement from the T-Mobile Support Community.

[via T-Mobile Support]

Bell And Virgin Mobile Launch The Galaxy Nexus Today, U.S. Still Waits Patiently

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Looks like everyone but the US is getting their sweaty palms on the Galaxy Nexus device.  Next on the list to receive the flagship device is Bell and Virgin Mobile, who’s now offering the device for $159 with a three year contract (ouch).  If you’re not looking for a contract both carriers are offering the device right out for $649.99.  If you’re on Rogers or Telus, be patient, as you’ll be receiving the device sometime early 2012.

[via Bell & Virgin]

 

 

It’s Official: Samsung Galaxy S II Hits T-Mobile In White On December 14th

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If you thought the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II was already a sexy handset, just wait until it slips into something a little more comfortable.  Alright, I’m not entirely sure where I was going with that, but you get the idea right?  We’re a little excited because T-Mobile has made it official that it will be offering one of its major flagship devices in white with a confirmation for December 14th, just in time for the holidays.  The device will be available for $230 bucks with a new 2 yr contract.  Not a bad devices to spend a couple of years with if you ask me.

[via Twitter]