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DROID XYBoard Tablets for Sale on Verizon Website, Confirms December 12th In-Store Availability

Yesterday we saw DROID XYBoard shipments start to arrive in Verizon stores, now today you can officially purchase the tablets online. Also we finally got confirmation and they will in fact be available in-store on Monday, Dec. 12th.

The 8.2-inch version starts at $429 for 16GB of storage and goes up to $529 for 32GB. The 10.1-inch model is going for $529 for 16GB, $629 for 32GB and a rather steep $729 for 64GB of storage. All of these prices are on-contract and if you plan to purchase one outright you will need to add $170 to each price. Kinda pricy for my blood, but remember, although they launch with Android 3.2 they will get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the near future. Hit the source link below if you are ready to place your order.

[via Verizon]



Motorola And Verizon Unveil the DROID RAZR, Comes In At 7.1mm Thin With LTE (Hands-On Video)

Motorola and Verizon certainly did not fail to impress us today at this afternoon’s unveiling of the Motorola DROID RAZR.  And Talk Android’s own EIC, Rob Nazarian,  was there to capture it all.  The device is the thinnest we’ve seen so far coming in at an “impossibly thin” 7.1mm.  And no, that is not a typo.  What makes the device stand out aside from its ridiculously thin form factor is the fact that Motorola managed to fit an LTE radio in this bad boy, yet the device remains thinner than any 3G device we’ve seen hit the market.  Simply remarkable.  Specs include a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display with a sculpted glass face, Kevlar fiber support for the rough rider in you, Gorilla glass making the device scratch and scrape proof and Splash-guard coating throughout the entire device.  Furthermore, toss in a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM and the device becomes unstoppable.  Motorola also unveiled at the event, their new MOTOACTV device which works seamlessly with the RAZR during work outs.  Check out the gallery pic below for a plethora of other accessories that Motorola has made available to work with the RAZR.  It’s been a long time since any Android device from Moto has impressed us this much.

“Motorola RAZR is an iconic brand, and one that originally revolutionized the mobile device industry by turning a functional necessity into an object of desire,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility.  “Now we’ve done it again with a head-turning, ultra-thin smartphone that offers users breathtaking speed, innovative apps and revolutionary accessories.”

Check out the full list of specs, more hands-on shots and the full press release  as well as a quick hands-on after the break.   Read more

Unboxing: Verizon Samsung Droid Charge [video]

The Droid Charge is, by far, one of the most popular devices in Samsung’s lineup. Running on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network and complete with Android 2.2, a 4.3″ display, 1GHz CPU, and 8MP camera, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be. If you’ve been dying to take a look at this device without having to go all the way down the street (who wants to do that?) to your local Verizon store, then hit the break to check out our unboxing of this little nugget of gold. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Verizon 4G Samsung LTE Galaxy Tab rooted, Transformer Netflix hack proves functional

Did you get yourself a new, shiny Samsung Galaxy Tab on Verizon’s 4G LTE network? Well, if you’re in the mood for a little bit of hacking and modding (and we do mean a little), then you could get that pretty new Tab rooted and running Netflix in no time at all. The same rooting method that got the shackles off the wifi only version apparently works on the LTE flavor as well. What’s more, the Netflix hack that got everyone’s Transformer tablet watching movies works as well.

If you want to check all this out for yourself, be sure to hit up the source link, and let us know how your rooting endeavors go in the comments below!

[via xda]

Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon: Reviews, Benchmarks, Comparisons, and more [video]

This last week, I had the opportunity to try out a Motorola Droid X2 from Verizon. My daily driver lately has been an HTC Evo 3D on Sprint, so my normal experience on Android is quite different from the X2, what with HTC’s Sense and all. The phone held up well to the Droid name, and carried only a few disappointments… but that doesn’t mean the disappointing features were “no big deal”.

Hit the break to find out my thoughts and experiences on the Droid X2, as well as catch the full 11 minute video rundown, and be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our quick unboxing video.

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Unboxing – Verizon Motorola Droid X2

The Motorola Droid X2 from Verizon has been crazy popular since it came out a couple of months ago. If you haven’t managed to get your hands on it yet, that’s okay… because we did that part for you. Today, we’ll be going through a quick unboxing and look at the X2, and later we’ll be giving you a full review, complete with a rundown of some benchmark tests and carrier comparisons.

Be sure to check out the video below, and let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.

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Verizon may be first in U.S. to launch Samsung Galaxy S II ‘Function’ on August 12th

Verizon will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II variant called the ‘Verizon Function’ on August 12th according to Shin Jong-Kyun, president of the company’s mobile communications business. It’ll start landing in Las Vegas locations, then others immediately afterwards. Other Galaxy S II variants called the ‘Attain’ and ‘Within’ are also expected to launch in August with other US carriers, but Verizon looks to be the first.

Analyst Paul Mueller says, “August 12 is a possibility. It will arrive first on Verizon and then the rest of the carriers within a month. Samsung will market this directly against the iPhone 5”. The Samsung Galaxy S II is Samsung’s fastest selling device to date, already selling over 6 million units shipped in 3 months since its release.

[via pocketnow]

Verizon LTE not compatible for roaming on other networks

You would think that as our wireless technology advances, it would be made easier for customers use when it comes to roaming technology. Sorry, that is not the case as PCMag has confirmewd from a Verizon Spokesperson that LTE would not be compatible for roaming onto other LTE networks nationwide. The spectrum used for LTE is sold in separate blocks, thus only allowing a small margin of crossover between carrier blocks within that same spectrum. So chances of actually being able to roam is pretty minimal at best. It’s going to get worse before it gets better too, as the ITU has approved twelve different bands to be allocated for 4G/LTE use worldwide, which basically means if you travel, don’t expect to get onto any other 4G/LTE roaming networks. This may be a reason to stick with 3G if you aren’t concerned with speed over having any connection at all.

[via engadget]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launching at Best Buy and Verizon 4G LTE


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet is finally making its way to North America for major launch. The ‘thinnest  mobile tablet’ should be available at Best Buy stores by June 17th nationwide, firstly available in NYC Best Buy Union Square location on June 8th for $499 and $599 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively.

Also, we should see the Galaxy Tab 10.1 available at Verizon packing some 4G/LTE punch on June 8th for pre-order, with no specific shipping date as of yet. The pricing will be $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB, and a Wi-Fi only version will be available in the ‘mid-summer’. Only an extra $30 to grab the 4G edition, not bad at all!

Press Releases below.