Why Wait Till Black Friday? Amazon Now Offers HTC Rezound, Motorola DROID RAZR for $0.01

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We should probably be used to this by now but every time it happens it seems like it’s too good to be true. Amazon is now offering two of Verizon’s brand spankin’ new, top tier phones for only a darn penny. That’s right folks, right now you can get either the HTC Rezound or the Motorola DROID RAZR from Amazon Wireless for only a penny.

In order to qualify for such a great deal you must of course sign a new two-year contract, if you are due for an upgrade unfortunately the price jumps up to $229.99 for either phone. This is still a good deal since Verizon is offering both phones at the same price of $299.99.

Both devices are great pieces of hardware with rather similar specs. The HTC Rezound is HTC’s first crack at HD displays and sports a 4.3-inch HD 720p screen. It’s equipped with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB on-board memory, a 16GB microSD card, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front and of course an LTE radio. The Motorola DROID RAZR is an LTE device built from stainless steel, kevlar and wears Gorilla Glass over its face. Inside you will find a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB microSD card, a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display and an 8MP rear camera with a 1.3MP front shooter.

Hit either of the source links below to get yours for only a penny. You might want to make it snappy though if you don’t want to face any backorder issues.

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MetroPCS annouces HTC Wildfire S and Black Friday deals for 4G LTE Android smartphones

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MetroPCS today announced that the HTC Wildfire S will be available in stores and online this week for a price of $179.99. This is the first HTC smartphone to land on MetroPCS.

“Through our partnership with MetroPCS, we hope to continue providing our consumers with the affordable, yet advanced, smartphones and multimedia content they demand, all with the flexibility of a pay-in-advance service,.” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC Americas.

In addition MetroPCS is going to offer “deep discounts” on 4G LTE Android smartphones with a Black Friday Sale. The good news is that it’s not just limited to Black Friday only. The deals start on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and run through November 30, 2011.

In addition to these deals, they are offering a deal on lines. You can get 4 no annual contract lines for $100 a month, and each line comes with unlimited, talk, text and Web access. If you are looking for a single line, all of these phones are eligible for their no annual contract plans ranging from $40 to $60 per month, which include unlimited talk, text, and Web access. The $60 plan will give you the Rhapsody Unlimited service.

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Adobe Says Yes To Flash On Android 4.0, No On Android 5.0

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In a widely expected move, Adobe has confirmed they will bring Flash to Android 4.0. This shouldn’t be too surprising considering Google already expected Adobe to support Flash for ICS. Adobe confirmed to Pocket lint that ICS will be receiving Flash support by the end of 2011. Sounds exciting, but there’s a catch– a big one. Will will not see Flash beyond Android 4.0– meaning we won’t see Flash on Android 5.0.

We’re sure you are all wondering what the reasoning may be to stop Flash support. It’s quite simple really: Adobe is dedicating their time and resources towards newer alternatives. For example, Adobe clearly states for example they are “continuing to develop Adobe AIR for both the desktop and mobile devices. Indeed, we have seen wide adoption of Adobe AIR for creating mobile applications and there have been a number of blockbuster mobile applications created using Adobe AIR”.  Moreover, Adobe hasn’t backed away from its intentions to focus on HTML5, which ultimately should be a more efficient way of impacting video gaming and premium videos. Well friends, we better enjoy Flash for Android while it still lasts.

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Bell To Launch LG Eclypse December 2nd

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Some Canadians have been green with envy considering there’s little news of smartphone sliders heading their way. After all, those Stateside recently found out they would be getting the myTouch Q while nothing was announced for Canada.  You’re finally in luck since Bell will be releasing the myTouch Q as the LG Eclypse. In case you’ve forgotten, the device will feature a 1GHz Qualcomm single-core processor, 5MP camera with 720p video recording and of course, that sweet, sweet Gingerbread 2.3 goodness. Oh and if you look at the picture carefully, there’s a specific demographic targeted for the Eclypse. We’re looking squarely at you LG Rumour owners!

(Photo courtesy of Mobile Syrup)

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[Drop Test] Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet vs Amazon Kindle Fire

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Everyone loves a good drop test right? We may cherish and protect our beloved devices, but once in a while we do drop them, some people more than others. So if you are more prone to dropping things, you might want to watch this video.

The folks over at Gizmo Slip did some drop tests on both the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire. They drop them from various heights onto carpet and concrete. The results are similar, but the difference between these two devices really showed with the face-down drop onto concrete. There is a clear winner and a clear loser on this one. Check it out.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet rooted, Bootloader remains locked [Courtesy of XDA]

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It was only a matter of time right? Since the Amazon Kindle Fire is already rooted, has sideloading, and the full Android Market, how about some Nook Tablet love? XDA forum member, Indirect, has post everything you need to get permanent root and access to the Android Market. The bootloader remains locked, but I’m sure it won’t be for long. Hit the source link to get started.

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Quick Look At Amazon’s Free App Of The Day: Documents To Go Full Version Key

by Spencer McClendon on

Alright folks, I’m not going to keep you long on this review, because if I did, it would be a rant and not a review. This is probably the worst version of a “Word” app for Android. It is OK for a quick need to type something up, but the UI is below my standards of how it should look and feel. The options it gives to make your document are sub-par, and it can’t even read .docx files. I mean come on really? Even QuickOffice and Office Suite are able to open .docx files. Look I’m in college and I write almost all my papers ( In .docx) on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I use Office Suite Pro 5, which is ten times better then Documents To Go.

Now I know what your saying I can’t afford to buy one of these titles, so I should just go ahead and get it while it is free. If your poor (like me) then, yes, by all means go ahead and pick it up while it is free. You can’t ever go wrong with something that is free. However within a few hours you will notice what I am talking about, and be glad you didn’t pay for it. Continue on past the break for the link and screenshots. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Will Launch On December 8th In Canada

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Looks like Canada has something to look for in the next few weeks. Mobile carrier Bell has just announced they will launch Google’s new gem on December 8th for a mere $159.95 on a three-year contract. Virgin Mobile also confirmed they will launch the phone on December 8th for $159.99. Now wait a minute, doesn’t this date sound a little familiar? It should look familiar as we recently pointed out just three days ago that Verizon seems to be releasing the phone on the same date as well. Perhaps Google wants a simultaneous North American launch of the phone? Maybe. You can find the full presser after the break. » Read the rest

[Review] SHADOWGUN game for Android

by Spencer McClendon on

This was a “no brain” buy for me. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which runs on  a Tegra 2 processor, and this game was made for the Tegra 2, how could I pass it up? Right from the start the graphics are on par with what I expect from NVIDIA and Madfinger. The game wastes no time with a story or any training level. The first level is your training, and you learn the story as you go.

I recently did a review for N.O.V.A. 2, and in that review I made the comment “games like this are why I won’t shell out hundreds of dollars for a console ever again,” Or something to that effect. Well my friends, this here, is another reason added on top of that one. So what if graphics are more realistic on a console. They are still pretty sick on the tablet version too. Continue on after the break for the screen shots as well as my full review and the QR code. » Read the rest

Why Android Malware Isn’t Actually A Big Deal

by Andrew Greenfield on

In a week where some of the most talked about Android news was about the apocalyptic end to a safe smartphone OS because of an outrageous increase in malware, most of us in the tech world didn’t give it a parting glance. You’d be amazed at how often reports come in about how there’s a giant increase in viruses and whatnot. And while normally I ignore the hopeful, fear-spreading cries of software protection companies, the fact that two of my friends came up to me this week and asked whether or not their phone could possibly have a virus made me realize I needed to put a foot down. When these companies are starting to attract mainstream attention is when I realize that something has to be done. So for your benefit I did a little digging on this 472% malware increase on Android. And for those of you thinking you need to start buying anti-virus software for your phone, I’d give my findings a look first.

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