AT&T HTC One X unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

The phone to buy is going to hit AT&T on May 6 for an incredible price of $199. The HTC One X has been impressing the media ever since it was launched. Will it be the phone of the year? Or will it be the soon to be announced Samsung Galaxy S III? If you’re in the U.S. and in the market for a phone now, I would have to recommend the One X because no matter what Samsung shows us, it’s unlikely to land in the U.S. for several months.

The One X is absolutely hands down the best phone on the market as far as performance and looks. This is the best phone I’ve put my hands on. It’s impressive across the board, but nothing is perfect. If there’s anything that I would say is a negative is HTC’s UI skin, Sense. Now don’t get me wrong, Sense has improved with 4.0, but I’m more of a stock guy. I think Sense is perfect for the average consumer and it adds more than it takes away.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Samsung Epic 4G Touch: Should I stick with stock?

Okay my fellow Android lovers, I have a serious question for all of you and I would like your honest opinions. I currently own a beautiful, white Samsung Epic 4G Touch (GSII) that I really do love. Though I am not a huge fan of TouchWiz, I do like a lot of functions that it incorporates and it actually runs very smooth on the device. It has a gorgeous 4.5 inch display, a notification LED, headset jack is located on the top (which I prefer as I rest my phone in my car cup-holder while it’s plugged into the auxiliary port), expandable/removable memory, 8 MP camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a top-notch GPU for all my gaming fixes.

Despite the fact that it was released on Sprint in September of 2011, many would say that the company’s GSII variant is still one of the top phones today. That being said, why on Earth do I want a Galaxy Nexus? I find myself combing eBay and Craigslist searching for a great deal on one of these bad boys, and according to my math, if I can sell my Epic 4G Touch for what I want, and then buy the Galaxy Nexus for the price that I want to pay, it will most likely just be a wash.  So I guess my question is should I go through the trouble? Hit the break for more of my dilemma!

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Latest Android Commercial Reminds Us That Our Information and Photos Have Always Been Synced to the Cloud

For years I have always relied on the fact that Google stores my photos, contacts, calendar events, documents and what not in the cloud. Almost to the point that I forget about the fact this happens. That is, until I flash the newest ROM out there and I don’t have to worry about that stuff syncing as it happens behind the scenes. Well it appears that I’m not the only one as Google has revealed it’s next commercial showcasing this very fact along side the Galaxy Nexus. Thanks to this cloud syncing ability I have long forgotten about ever using Verizon‘s Back Up Assistant or using other apps to sync my photos. As this is a newer feature for Apple folk I can’t help but think that this commercial pokes fun at that a little. If you don’t believe so hit the break below to check it out for yourselves. Enjoy!


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Folks in the UK Can Finally Purchase Official Galaxy Nexus Accessories

Those of you who live in the UK can shout FINALLY at the top of your lungs if you want as Clove UK is now offering accessories for your Galaxy Nexus devices. While it’s been almost 6 months since the initial release of the device, those in the UK have been made to wait patiently while their US counterparts have been able to purchase accessories since release day. We did inform you back in January that we’d see official accessories then, but it got delayed to February and well, got delayed again. However this is no longer the case. Upon checking the Clove site, you will find various accessories that include:

  • An HDMI Dock
  • A Desktop Dock
  • An MHL/HDMI Adaptor
  • Spare batteries
  • A Spare Battery Charger
As you can see the only thing missing is the car dock. However given that these other accessories are available, the car dock can’t be too far behind. So if you live in the UK and are interested in snagging an awesome dock for your device hit the source link below. You can pick up the HDMI dock for £42 (roughly $68) and the desktop dock for £49.99 (roughly $81). I don’t know about you folks out there on that side of the pond but this would definitely get me excited if I had to wait that long.

source: Clove UK

Android 4.0.4 rolling out to Verizon Galaxy Nexus

While many Galaxy Nexus owners have been enjoying Android 4.0.4 and the series of bug fixes it brings for over a week now, it’s easy to forget that many people are still waiting for their fix. The Verizon flavoured version of the Nexus has been waiting patiently for the update and it looks like today is the day that could be set to change. Droid Life has received a number of reports, including screen-shots, from happy customers having just received the update OTA.

The update is 30MB in size and looks to bring the same fixes as the update to the GSM Galaxy Nexus. You can expect to wave goodbye to the spotty signal issues and auto-brightness screen lag while waving hello to bug fixes, speed tweaks, improved camera performance and an updated News & Weather widget.

Some of the chatter from the tech world suggests that this is the first wave of OTA updates, the full roll-out could last throughout the month. Now might be a good time to hit the ‘check now’ button and see if you’re one of the lucky ones! Let us know if you’ve head the update in the comments below.

source : Droid Life

Cure that Galaxy Nexus Data problem now with the Sprint Software Update


No more that 2-3 days ago reports started going around that there was a quite an issue with Galaxy Nexus users getting zero data connection. So not only do the owners of this latest Sprint LTE device have to wait for LTE, they couldn’t even get a 3G signal. Well Sprint quickly responded saying that they were aware of the issue and were working on releasing a fix as early as “next week”. Now here it is, “next week” and today we have a fix that will be pushed over a 2 day period. Although having no data for a couple days is quite frustrating, it’s great to see a carrier like the Now Network jump on a problem like this and fix it quickly. So if your device is starving for some data, keep a look out in your notification bar for the software update version FD02. See the details of the update after the break.

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GS3 purported pics courtesy of anonymous tipster

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood here in north Texas and what day would be complete without yet another Samsung Galaxy S3 rumor and leaked photos? Our rumor du jour is courtesy of an anonymous tipster that has not only provided two pics of the supposed new Galaxy S3 but has also confirmed that the smartphone titan will indeed provide 12 MP quality stills. Of course this all will be taken with the usual grain of salt with maybe a shot of tequila and lime wedge for good fun, but we all know that the official details are only 3 days away. In the meantime, what do you all think of the pics?

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Smartphone market continues to grow, Samsung now takes the lead

In Q1 of this year, the smartphone market grew by 42.5 percent globally which comes as no surprise given the continued functionality that is being incorporated in the latest phone releases. Among all the major phone manufacturers, Samsung has come out on top as the leader of the pack with 29.1 percent of the pie, having increased 17.8 percent from last years numbers. As an added bonus, Samsung has now bumped Apple to the number two spot with 24.2 percent. What is alarming to me is that HTC is at the very bottom of the chain with an embarrassing 4.8 percent. Even RIM is still slightly stronger at 6.7 percent. So congratulations to Samsung and wake-the-heck-up HTC! Hit the break for more details.

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Leaked Documents Show T-Mobile Prism Launching on May 6th

The Huawei turned T-Mobile Prism that we told you about in the beginning of March is gearing up to be launched May 6th. As we told you before when the device saw FCC approval, the specs for the device aren’t too exciting but it should make for a good entry level device. No it doesn’t come with Ice Cream Sandwich and don’t be surprised if doesn’t see anything other than Gingerbread. It will have a 3.5″ HVGA display though and sport a 600MHz processor. Also, while it was speculated that this would be a decent mid-range device with the possibility of hitting speeds of 42Mbps it appears that it’s slated for the 7.2Mbps range. With that being said, this would make a perfect starting phone for a family member just needing an introductory smart phone to tinker around on. Hit the break below to check out some more of the leaked information if you’re interested. Enjoy!

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“Wake Up” campaign orchestrated by RIM

Well this one certainly is a bit of a shocker. The wildly entertaining “Wake Up” campaign that was thought to be created by Samsung in an attempt to possibly promote their new Galaxy device was actually set up by RIM Australia. Two days ago, Samsung had officially denied any involvement in these actions but wasn’t quick to dismiss all the free publicity that came with the false accusations. Account director of Spectrum Communications for Blackberry, Richelle Gillet, confirms “that the Australian ‘Wake Up’ campaign, which involves a series of experiential activities taking place across Sydney and Melbourne, was created by RIM Australia. A reveal will take place on May 7th that will aim to provoke conversation on what ‘being in business’ means to Australians“.

So mystery solved, right? Of course not! So what is this really all about?  I’m even more curious now than before. The blogger that posted the youtube video on this gothic flash mob, Blunty, has now been linked to RIM and may have been purposely directed to capture the actions on tape. I guess we’ll find out soon enough as May 7 is just a week away.

source: macworld