Hands on with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e [Video]

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Our own Joe Sirianni visited the ViewSonic booth and was able to put his hands on the ViewPad 10e. This is far from a game changer, but it’s priced right for the budget minded. If you’re looking for something basic, and not interested in playing high end games or doing some serious multitasking, this could be the tab for you. It features a 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) IPS LCD display, 1 GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 1.3MP front camera, 4GB of internal storage (additional 32GB available with microSD), WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and Android 2.3. Other than the specs, the other negative is that you won’t find the Android Market on it, so you will have to use the Amazon App Store for downloading apps.

On the plus side, it’s fairly thin at 9.14mm and there is the promise of an Ice Cream Sandwich update. As Joe noted, it seems strange that they would release a tablet with Gingerbread, and not Honeycomb. It will be interesting to see if they actually are able to come through with the ICS update. As I mentioned, this isn’t cutting edge, but the price is $279.

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The DROID X2 Finally Sees CyanogenMod 7

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Honestly, when I heard about the Droid X2 I was pretty excited because the original was a great phone, that is until the Gingerbread update that was installed but that’s neither here nor there. Well it seemed that the X2 came and went with little luster from what I remember, even though Verizon is still selling them. I believe that this was in part due to the fact that it was really difficult to customize in the beginning and partly due to the fact that Motorola over did it on new handsets in 2011. So the X2 really didn’t see any exciting news in terms of rooting and developing, even after the one-click method was released. However that is no longer the case as XDA forum member dragonzkiller has been able to successfully get CM7.2 working on the handset. It comes with the following features: » Read the rest

HTC’s Ville To Launch With T-Mobile, Also Plans To Introduce HTC Family

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While HTC’s presence was relatively minor at CES, it doesn’t mean they haven’t been plotting their intentions behind closed doors. The fine team at pocket now has just learned T-Mobile will be the carrier for the HTC Ville smartphone. In case you don’t remember, the phone features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Ice Cream Sandwich with a dabble of Sense 4.0 as an added topping. The phone looks to be launched sometime in the spring.

That’s not all either folks. An additional bit of news is HTC’s intention to go into the social networking arena, sort of. They will introduce a service called HTC Family, which is intended for users to communicate with loved ones on an even more personal level. The service centers around a Wall, where loved ones can leave messages for one another in addition to coordinating family events. Moreover, the service may include a geolocation feature which allows members to track one another and post their whereabouts to the wall. Further details are scarce for now, but look for more information to leak out especially as we approach the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

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Hands On With the Lenovo Smartphone K2

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As I said before one of the first announcements at CES was the S2 smartphone by Lenovo. As it was before the official announcement I wasn’t sure of the name but it appears that the S2 is the K2 and if you don’t remember, it has the following specs:

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 dual-core processor
  • Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI (Gingerbread, surprising it’s not ICS)
  • 3.8-inch 800×480 TFT display
  • 8MP camera and .3MP VGA front facing camera
  • 512MB RAM for devices with 8GB internal storage
  • 1GB RAM for devices with 16GB internal storage
  • Micro USB port
  • HDMI and MHL Connectivity
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Madden ’12 Gives You Tackles, Interceptions & Penalties In Android Market For 99¢

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The most recognizable football game ever is now available under a whole dollar. That’s right— Android gamers can now find EA Sports’ Madden ’12 for a mere 99¢. There are tons of value in Madden ’12 too. Gamers will be able to to play as any one of the 32 NFL franchises, play in multiple Madden modes and of course, experience the hard-hitting and fast-paced gameplay. Those of you rocking tablets or the Xperia Play smartphone will be graced with specially optimized-versions of the game to make the overall experience that much more sweeter for those devices.

The game is available today for those of you rocking Android 2.1+ devices. Hit the market link below or use the QR code to get in on some football on your device today.

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Archos Shows Off Their Android Based Home Connect Alarm Clock and Internet Radio Device

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While checking out the Archos booth at CES 2012 we were hoping to get a hold of some new tablets and smartphones for the year, but instead they weren’t really showing much at the event.  While we did see some devices from the G9 series, they were old news other than the fact they were confirmed to receive ICS at some point.  However, we did manage to come across this little guy dubbed the Archos Home Connect.  The Home Connect is a little Android based alarm clock that offers several little tidbits to accompany you on the bedside both for night and day.  The small set offers a touch screen with access to all of your familiar applications like email, social media and heck, even Angry Birds. Other apps can be side loaded as well.  The device is running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and offers a few cool features in the clock management dept.  There’s obviously an alarm clock which you can set virtually an unlimited amount of alarms for.  There’s a tune in radio offering 50 thousand popular web stations, live traffic, weather and even a dimmer so you’re not blinded when you peek over at the time in the middle of the night.

There’s a music player on board so you can rock your tunes via an sd card slot in the back up to 32 GB’s and the speakers sound pretty decent for a little guy.  It does offer a unique design as far as body style goes and my guess is that you’ll either love it or hate it.  There’s a micro usb port on the back and it comes with 4 gigs of internal space.  Battery life is touted at around 10 hours or so.  Obviously, the device operates over wifi and to top it all off it can be used as a web cam.  The device will go in the US for around $149.  Check out the quick hands-on demo below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  If you’ve happened to miss any of our other CES 2012 coverage be sure to check our link out here where there’s more where this came from.

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Motorola Web Site Says RAZR MAXX Available January 26th

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You know that new DROID RAZR phone that boasts the 3300 mAh battery with the darn near 24 hours of talk time? I’m talking about the DROID RAZR MAXX announced at CES this year. Well what we didn’t know was when this beast of a device would be released. Now we do. According to the Motorola web site the device will be available from Verizon on January 26th. If you are interested in this device check out our hands on with the device here. This device should help those battery conscious folk rest a bit easier and it will be in your hands in less than two weeks. Will you be one of the first ones to get this device? Sound off in the comment section below.

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First look at LG’s Google TV at CES [Video]

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Just when everyone thought Google TV was dead, Boom, LG, Vizio, and Samsung came in with strong support, along with Marvell and MediaTek for chipsets. I had a chance to stop by the LG booth at CES and they gave me a quick glimpse. Google TV is becoming like Android in that the manufacturers may start skinning it a little to differentiate themselves. You can see Google TV has a new look with LG Televisions, but the core is essentially the same. The other area of differentiation is the remote control. LG designed a really nice remote called the Magic Motion Remote, which includes three gyroscopes, three accelerometers, and RF control.

Checkout the video after the break

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Hands-On With The LG Spectrum LTE Phone For Verizon Wireless [Video]

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LG and Verizon took some time at CES 2012 to introduce the new Spectrum LTE device. Our own Rob Nazarian went hands-on and was able to give us some nice insights of the new phone. You will notice right off the bat the huge screen and bright display. That’s because the phone has a sweet 4.5-inch AH-IPS display complete with Corning Gorilla Glass. The resolution will be at a not-too shabby 1280 x 720 with 329 ppi, all in glorious High Definition. The phone also utilizes RGB striping— which is a fancy way of saying the phone gives you true color matching and “giving you colors as they were meant to be as if you were looking at them with the naked eye”.

Of course the phone doesn’t skimp on additional features too, despite it’s incredibly thin appearance. It’s powered by a smooth 1.5GHz dual-core processor matched up with 1GB of RAM. There’s also approximately 17.5GB of onboard storage. For those of you who love taking photos on the go, you’ll find there’s an 8MP camera with complete the ability to record videos in full 1080P HD and a front-facing camera for video chat. This is all operated on Gingerbread 2.3 with LG’s custom UI skin (though the phone will be predictably updated to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime later in the year). Speaking of LG’s custom UI skin, they’ve added the ability to create not only categories of apps in the UI, but you can even create a unique folder containing all the apps in that category and place the folder onto your homescreen.

The phone has some added exclusive bonuses too. LG and Verizon both teamed up with ESPN to drive exclusive HD content and video to the Spectrum over Verizon’s state of the art 4G LTE network. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Look for the phone to be out on January 19th for $199 on a 2-year contract. Check out the video after the break. » Read the rest

ThinkGeek’s Articulated Android Plush, just $9.99

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True die hard Android fans like to show their pride for the best mobile OS. So in addition to recently acquiring an official Android beanie, and to give my Dyzplastic Android a new friend, not too long ago I picked up the articulated Android Plush from ThinkGeek. Designed and manufactured by ThinkGeek, this 9″ Android has a posable articulated head and arms. Normally retailing for $12.99, you can grab yourself one now for just $9.99. Here’s mine hanging out with another great item for the Android afficianado; Hello, Android – Third Edition. Head on over to ThinkGeek to get yours and if you haven’t already, pick up the Dyzplastic Vinyl 3.25″ Android while you’re there.