DROID X soak test for latest update (4.5.621.MB810.Verizon.en.US) has begun

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A couple of days ago we told you about the much needed update coming soon to DROID X owners. No it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will fix a lot of bugs that have been a mainstay ever since Gingerbread landed on the device. We have good news because the soak test has officially begun, which means we could see the full release later this week. As a reminder, this update will bring your software version to 4.5.621.MB810.Verizon.en.US. Hit the break for the full changelog.

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DROID 4 review, It’s time to fall in love with the QWERTY keyboard all over again

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The original DROID will always be an icon when it comes to Android phones because so many earlier adopters of Android owned one. For me, it was the phone that brought me to Android, and I never looked back. The main feature of the DROID series has always been the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which was either loved or hated in the original. With each version, Motorola improved it. With the DROID 2, it was better keys, and with the DROID 3, we were blessed with 5 rows. Now the DROID 4 has laser cut edge lit keys that make it the best keyboard on a phone to date. 2 1/2 years later, the keyboard is still the main focal point, but what about the rest of the phone? This is my full review, but you can also check out my initial hands on video as well.

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Verizon Unveils New Concept Store, Attempts to Make It a More Enjoyable Experience

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If you’re like me, when it’s time to upgrade to the latest and greatest that Verizon has to offer you head on down to the local carrier store. While you may not buy from that store but rather order the device online, you still go down there to try the device out to get a feel on if it’s the right phone for you. However when you get down to the store you find that the place is littered with dummy units that do nothing more than look pretty while collecting dust. Then when it’s time to make a purchase you wait in line for the next rep to become available in hopes that they can answer questions regarding your purchasing decision. This can take a decent amount of time depending on what number in line you are and the kind of questions being asked by those ahead of you.  » Read the rest

[Update: Kind of] Verizon Celebrates 1st Anniversary of LTE, Confirms New England Region Fully Covered

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Here we sit folks. A year after the initial debut of Verizon’s LTE network in Boston and we’ve already seen it jump to 195 markets. Well Verizon Wireless has decided to publish a press release in celebration of this achievement. With it they also confirm that their 4G network covers the entire New England region.

With that said let’s take a moment to reflect on what that means exactly. Every other 4G LTE network in America is playing catch up to Verizon’s expansive network. While its seen its fair share of growing pains, like the outages in December of last year, the 4G network is still pretty darn reliable. With 2012 looking to be the finishing touches added to the network before their attempts at releasing VoLTE technology, the rest of the country should be seeing their own 4G coverage.

So if you’re one of the lucky folks who happens to live in the New England area you can rest assured that your coverage is pretty solid now. While some of us patiently wait for 4G speeds, please Verizon bring it to Montana already, we hope those of you on it are enjoying it to your fullest extent.

Update: Verizon reached out to us to clarify that in fact not all of New England is fully covered with LTE at this point. According to Verizon’s press release, 4G LTE was rolled out “to more than 195 markets nationwide, including a dozen throughout New England.” Sorry for the confusion guys.

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DROID 4 Unboxing and Initial Hands On Review [Video]

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It’s been almost 2 1/2 years since the original DROID launched on Verizon Wireless, which is when I fell in love with Android. Now the DROID 4 has arrived, which is a far cry from the original. For the original, the keyboard was one of those things you either loved or hated. Admittedly it wasn’t the greatest keyboard, but I liked it a lot. With each model, Motorola improved the keyboard, and now it just might be the hottest keyboard out there. It looks gorgeous, but it’s also usable. The only issue now is screen size. At 4-inches, many might fine that to be too small, which I would never have imagined back in 2009. Still this is a phone that will satisfy the QWERTY lover.

It features a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera (with 1080p video recording), 1.3MP front camera, 16GB internal memory, microSD slot for up to 32GB of additional storage, micro HDMI, micro USB, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE compatible (Verizon), WiFi, and Android 2.3.6.

My initial review unit had a defective power button as you will see in the video. Thankfully, Verizon shipped me a replacement fast so I was able to add the boot animation at the end of the video. I will do a full review soon, but for now check out the quick hands on.

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Verizon Wireless LG Spectrum review

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Recently LG released the Spectrum, which is essentially the same phone as the Nitro on AT&T and the Optimus LTE outside of the U.S. It’s LG’s follow up to the Revolution, which wasn’t one of the most popular phones on Verizon last year. The Spectrum brings many upgrades, including a dual-core processor and a 720p HD display, but can LG survive in the Verizon jungle that’s filled with DROIDs and that other popular device known as the Galaxy Nexus? This is my full review, but you can also checkout my initial hands on here.

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Mysterious HTC Smartphone Appears, Features Ice Cream Sandwich And Sense 4.0

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HTC has been fairly mum to start the new year while quietly working in the background working on devices and not drawing any sort of attention. However, we are now seeing some of its work finally come to fruition in the form of an attactive new Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone which has emerged from the wild. This mysterious phone comes fully-loaded too featuring the following:

 

  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Sense UI 4.0
  • 8MP Camera with VGA FF camera
  • AMOLED screen
  • 4G LTE connectivity

While the identity of the device is a mystery, we may have a hunch of what it will be. First off the specs seems to match up with a few existing HTC phones out there– namely the Rezound smartphone even though the processor is not clocked as fast. Also, The 4G LTE radio stands out in the featured specs as well. While we’re not certain by any means, this device seems to match up with a certain 4G LTE global phone Verizon does have planned for release at some point this year, especially since the phone has a giant 4G LTE logo as well which almost always is a dead giveaway for Verizon Wireless devices. So this could possibly be the HTC Fireball we’re looking at ladies and gentlemen.

There’s one unusual thing to point out about the phone. While ICS devices will generally use on-screen buttons, we see this mysterious device featuring not only the familiar hardware buttons, but four hardware buttons to be exact instead three. Of course this device is a prototype and will likely be modified and have a few changes once its formally released to the masses later in the year. You’d still think however, that the four buttons are still a bit of a head-scratcher even if it is a prototype.

There are no other additional details of this smartphone, but stay tuned with TA for further details or news.

 

(Photos courtesy of PhoneArena)

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Motorola and Verizon officially announce the DROID 4

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It’s hard to believe the 4th version of the original DROID is here. I remember buying the original the day it launched, November 6, 2009, which was the beginning of my love for Android. A little over 2 years later – Motorola and Verizon just made it official that the DROID 4 will indeed launch this Friday, February 10.

The keyboard was the biggest complaint with the original DROID, but it has improved with each version. The DROID 4 is no exception with its laser-cut 5-row QWERTY slider keyboard. I played with it at CES, and trust me it’s beautiful yet functional. As far as the specs go, the DROID 4 comes with a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera (with 1080p video recording), 1.3MP front camera, 16GB internal storage, microSD for additional 32GB, 1785mAh battery, and Android 2.3.5.  Because of the QWERTY slider, this won’t be the thinnest phone as it comes in at 12.7mm, but feels solid.

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Verizon Set To Bring Promotion Party Starting February 10th, Includes BOGO Deal For DROID RAZR

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Verizon is set to make February a month of promotions galore beginning Friday, February 10th. The first major story involves the formal availability of Verizon’s most popular unreleased slider phone. Verizon will finally unleash the phone and will sell the phone for $199.99 on a 2-year contract. More big news follows with the MOTO DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX phones. Verizon will be offering both the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX as well as the different color combinations at as a BOGO deal. Yup, you read that correctly— two of the hottest phones out there are now available as a Buy One, Get One Free deal starting this Friday.

Verizon isn’t stopping there either. They are set to bring back their popular double data promotion. In case you’ve forgotten, this promotion involves Verizon offering a double amount of monthly data for the price of a standard amount of monthly data for its 4G LTE customers. In this case, Verizon is offering a 4GB data for a mere $30 per month– normally it is 2GB of data for $30 per month. Another promotion involves Verizon giving customers $100 off any 4G LTE tablet with the purchase of any phone and 2-year contract of course. Finally, Verizon is offering a trade-in deal where they will give you a $30 Verizon gift card for your old basic model “dumbphone”.

If you’re in the market for a new phone and/or tablet today, this Friday might be as good a time as any to finally pickup a new device especially with Verizon’s great offerings.

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DROID RAZR MAXX review, It’s time to go unplugged

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You have to hand it to Motorola as they released two cutting edge phones in the past few months. First was the DROID RAZR, which is currently the thinnest smartphone available. Then last week, the DROID RAZR MAXX came along, with an unprecedented 3300mAh battery, which is 75 to 100% larger than competing phones. Motorola teased us before CES with an “unplugged” video, and they weren’t kidding. 4G LTE phones have been around for about a year, and the single biggest complaint has been battery drain. They improved a little over the last few months, but Motorola completely changed the game. This isn’t a little tweak, this is a major improvement, and one that actually allows you to be connected to 4G LTE all day and literally stay unplugged for nearly 24 hours. This is my full review, which won’t be all that in depth because the DROID RAZR MAXX is essentially the same phone as the DROID RAZR except for the thickness and battery. You can also checkout my initial hands on review as well as my preliminary battery tests.

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