Hands on with the LG Optimus Vu at CTIA [Video]

LG unveiled the Optimus Vu at Mobile World Congress a few months ago. I had a chance to get my hands on it today at CTIA. This is LG’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The specs include:

  • 5 inch (1024 x 768) IPS LCD display, 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 2,080 mAh battery
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 8.5mm thick
I have to admit, it’s intriguing, but it seems too big for everyday use. I’m still hoping we see this beast in the U.S. Let’s hope it’s not wishful thinking. Hit the break for our hands on.

For Seniors: Hands on with the Doro PhoneEasy 740 and Doro Experience for Android tablets

Doro has been making phones for a long time, and over the last couple of years they’ve been concentrating on the Senior crowd. They showed off their first Android phone called the PhoneEasy 740 at CTIA, and I spent a little time with it. It runs on Android 2.3, but it’s completely forked. It has a completely different design that is more geared towards those that want a smartphone, but are totally intimidated by the whole thing. The phone itself has a 3.2-inch (480 x 320) display that slides open to a numeric keypad. At first glance you would think it’s a feature phone, not a smartphone. The rest of the specs aren’t built to impress, but then again it’s more than enough to satisfy the demographic. It has 650 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera, 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi.

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Hands on with the Huawei Ascend D Quad at CTIA [Video]

Huawei introduced the Ascend D Quad at Mobile World Congress a few months ago and it’s now stateside for a short visit at CTIA. We hope it will come back to the U.S. with a carrier, but no news yet.  Specs include:

  • Huawei K3V2 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and power management system
  • 4.5-inch HD Touch-Enabled screen, supporting 720p resolution at 330 PPI
  • 8MP BSI rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with Audience earSmart™ voice technology
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording
It will be available in quarter 3 globally, and yes, we’re hopeful for the U.S. Hit the break for the quick hands on

Hands on with the HTC One V at CTIA [Video]

The HTC One V is the more mid-level device of the One Series. It has a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, a 1.0 GHZ processor,  1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. It still packs all the same great camera features like its older siblings, the One X and One S, and of course Sense 4.0 and Ice Cream Sandwich. It should be available in the Summer on Cricket and possibly another carrier. No pricing yet.

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Hands on with Tech21 Impactology Cases and the orange goop that makes them so tough

I have to be honest folks. I never use cases on my any of my phones or tablets. It’s not that I never drop them, I just hate the bulk so I take my chances. I do have to say that after seeing this demo with Tech21, this is the case for me. It simply is the toughest case around. I actually met with them last night at CTIA, but it was so loud that I decided to set up a private meeting this morning so I could get a proper demo. These cases are the only ones in the world that have impact fabric in them. What is that impact fabric? It’s an orange goop-like substance that’s called D3O. It’s a little bit like Play Doh, but a lot tougher. Trust me. You will see CEO Jason Roberts try to injure his finger with a mallet. Will D30 protect him?

Check out the hands on after the break.

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Hands on with iOnRoad, Turn your smartphone into a your personal driving assistant

I sat down with the folks at iOnRoad this morning at CTIA. They have a really unique app for your car, and they say it’s your personal driving assistant. When it comes to driving, safety is the most important aspect so why not use your smartphone to help you out? With iOnRoad you will get:

FORWARD COLLISION WARNING
Mount your device and iOnRoad will recognize traffic ahead and warn of potential collisions. iOnRoad warns you of collisions with audio and visual alerts, even when running in the background!

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Hands on with Smart Online’s SmartOn Mobile Platform for creating your own Android Apps

I had a chance to sit down with Smart Online at CTIA yesterday. They have a unique online app builder for Android (and iOS) that was first introduced back in January. What seems to separate this builder as opposed to others is the fact that they are really working closely with the app creators. Many of them are marketing reps in the enterprise world that have ideas for apps, but simply can’t wait until their IDT departments get the job done. Smart Online takes input provided by many of these companies and adds features as they’re needed, which provides a constant flow of updates. In fact they’re usually adding updates at least once a month. Of course as consumers, SmartOn is also available and quite easy to use as you will see in the video after the break.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III at CTIA and an iPhone user gets Samsunged [Video]

That’s right, Samsung brought the Galaxy S III stateside for a little visit for CTIA. Before you get your hopes up, this isn’t a U.S. variant, it’s the same global version that was unveiled last week in London. They did tell me that we will definitely see this beast on the fastest LTE network and HSPA+ networks in the U.S. by this Summer. For now check out the hands on and make sure you watch till the end because someone decided to embarrass themselves by pulling out their iPhone. They actually took pictures of the Galaxy S III with it. She was having a hard time admitting she was Samsunged, but she knew she was. Hit the break for all the action…

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Hands on with the Toshiba Excite 7.7, Excite 10, and Excite 13 tablets [Video]

Toshiba is looking to make a splash this year with some exciting (pardon the pun) tablets. After last year’s Thrive series, they can only go up. This years offerings offer higher quality aluminum construction with some beefier specs like the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. All 3 tabs also include a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and Ice Cream Sandwich. For more detailed specs on each tab, checkout out announcement post. Toshiba brought all three to CTIA to show off, and so far I’m really impressed at what I saw. The Excite 10 is already available now and the Excite 7.7 and Excite 13 (pictured above) will be available in June. Hit the break to see all three in action.

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Hands on with the ZTE PF112 and Era Android smartphones

I stopped by the ZTE booth today at CTIA and had a chance to play with the PF112 and Era. Both of these phones were announced at MWC and have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onboard. They’re being shown here in the States for the first time at CTIA.

The PF112 features a 4.5-inch (1028 x 720) display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 8MP camera, and the Miflavor UI. The Era features a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD, HD voice, Dolby sound, and the Miflavor UI. It’s also 7.8mm thick, which is very thin.

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