The Samsung Stratosphere is one of the few Android phones in Verizon's line-up to features a slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard. That feature alone makes it a bit of a hot commodity for some consumers. It also has plenty of business features, 4G connectivity, and a solid camera. See how the smartphone rates in the video below or read the expert review of the Samsung Stratosphere by clicking this link.
|Topics:||Verizon Wireless||Samsung||Smart phones||Business Use|
Radio stations have already switched over to holiday music. Thanksgiving is this week. Store windows are being decked out with elaborate holiday themes. Its official; the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. So weve rounded up mobile apps designed to make this years shopping a little bit easier and maybe even help save a little time and money.
1. Get the inside scoop on Black Friday
Who has time to check out circulars and deal information sites to see where the best deal on that new monitor might be? Not to worry, theres definitely an app that does all the heavy lifting. Black Friday app from dealnews gathers all the latest sale details and offers as they get released from over 2,000 online retailers including places such as Game Stop, Sears, PetSmart, Sephora, and more.
Compatible OS: Android and iPhone
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on your device or corresponding app store on your computer.
2. The ultimate gift list
During the holidays, its easy to get a bit overwhelmed keeping track of who gets which gifts. For some shoppers who have lots of folks on their list keeping track of which gifts have been purchased and for whom can be a challenge. Enter mGifts. The app features a clean interface for keeping track of who is getting what and the ability to see how much has been spent on each person. This list-making app isnt just for the holiday season, but can be used all year round.
Compatible OS: iPhone and iPad
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on your device.
3. Shopping rewards? Game on!
Some consider shopping a sport. If thats the case then shopkick isnt playing around. The idea is a little bit like FourSquare, but instead of badges, mayorships, and bragging rights you get rewards and deals. The idea is simple: Every time you walk into a store, you get kicks (think: points), exclusive deals, or rewards (think: gift cards). Simply walk into stores such as Crate & Barrel, Macys, Toys R Us, and others, stop at the entrance, and launch the app. You get checked-in and the rewards just start appearing. Some might even call it a little bit of holiday magic.
Compatible OS: Android, iPhone
How to get it: Visit the app market residing on your smartphone or corresponding app store on your computer.
4. Is the price right?
The stores will be filled with signs promising discounts of 20%, 35%, or more. So, what is the final cost of an item exactly? If you dont have a calculator hard-wired into your brain, consider downloading the (Read more)
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The latest Android 2.3 smartphone coming to Verizons line-up is the Samsung Illusion. The touchscreen phone features SWYPE to help users text quickly, a zippy 1 GHz processor, and a 3-megapixel camera. It also has the ability to share its 3G connection with up to five other WiFi-enable devices. This phone should appeal to those who are passionate about the environment since the back casing and battery cover are made from 70 percent post-consumer material, while 35 percent of the front casing is made up of post-consumer material. The cell phone will be available this week.
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Part of the allure of getting a smartphone is the apps. Its what lets users truly customize their phone. Whether its games, productivity apps, photo apps, or anything else, now users who buy a new Windows Phone can get a $25 prepaid app card. The Microsoft promotion is available for people who purchased or will buy a Windows phone from November 2, 2011 to the end of year. The prepaid card can be used for apps or Xbox Live Games. Find out more by clicking this link.
|Topics:||Smart phones||Apps||Windows Phone 7||Microsoft|
Last month, we launched LetsTalks Halloween Scavenger Hunt where the winner of the contest had their choice of winning one of these Verizon Wireless products: DROID Razr by Motorola, XOOM 4G LTE Tablet, or Galaxy Nexus by Samsung. To enter the contest, you had to watch a total of eight Wireless Weekly Wrap-Up and Expert Review videos from September 28th to October 21st and identify the hidden Halloween-themed item in each video. A winner has been selected; so join us in congratulating Guarav Rajaseker. He will be receiving a Galaxy Nexus by Samsung as soon as it becomes available.
Tomorrow at 2:00 PM PST I'll be hosting a chat on LetsTalk's Facebook page. Ill be taking questions about phones, plans, apps, and can even help Facebook fans pick the best phone for them. If there's something you want to know about mobile, but didn't know who to ask stop by and ask me on Facebook at 2:00 PM PST this Friday. While visiting LetsTalks Facebook page be sure to check out the great offers happening right now.
|Topics:||Somethin' To Talk About||Smart phones|
At a press conference today, Google took the wraps off its music offering. The product called Google Music is available for U.S. residents to start using today. Essentially, the service is part cloud storage, part music store, and part music discovery.
Lets start with the cloud part. You can upload up to 20,000 songs free to your own Google Music Locker using the Google Music Manager. Theres no fee to do this and the idea behind doing this is so that you can access your music on any device. Once you have a song in the cloud, you can select songs by artist, playlist, or album to be played on an Android device without an Internet connection.
Googles music store can be found in the Android Market. There will a free song featured daily. First free song is David Bowies Sound and Vision. To celebrate the launch of the service there are a few more free songs available (most of the songs are from live performances) from Shakira, Rolling Stones, Busta Rhymes, ColdPlay, Pearl Jam, and Dave Matthews Band. The store can be accessed online or from any smartphone running Android 2.2 OS or later.
Once you purchase a song you can share it with your friends, even the ones who dont use Google+ - those people get an e-mail, so they can play the song once. If they like it they can buy it. Thats part of the discovery. Of course, Google will suggest music recommendations as well another way to discover new music.
Along with Google, T-Mobile announced that it would be offering its customers with Android 2.2 (or later) smartphones and tablets exclusive free Google Music from artists such as Maroon 5, Drake, and others. The company will introduce new free tracks weekly through the end of the year in the Android Music Store. Customers should look for the T-Mobiles Free Tracks Section. Plus, T-Mobile customers who purchase songs from Google Music using their Android smartphone or tablet can have the cost of the music added to their bill no need to setup a PayPal account or enter credit card info.
Android smartphones are highly customizable thanks to the loads of apps available in the Android Market. Although many apps are free we dont all have the time to try out each one in a specific category. Enter our first mobile app roundup to help take the guessing out of the app selecting equation. Were starting off this new series by checking out mobile web browsers. For the uninitiated, a mobile web browser is used to surf the web on a cell phone, and every Android phone is equipped with a stock browser for this very purpose. For some users the stock browser might be just fine, but others may want to get more out of mobile surfing such as the ability to switch between a companys mobile website and its full website found with a desktop browser or even a faster browsing experience.
In this showdown, we pit seven mobile web browsers (including the stock browser founded on most smartphones) against one another to see how they rate. Here are the final results:
|Scoring (0-5)||Dolphin HD||Opera Mobile 11.1||Skyfire||xScope||Firefox||Miren Browser||Stock Browser|
Read the full review of each browser:
|- Smart Features - Good aesthetic - Tons of settings for additional customization||- Not much available for syncing - A few key settings are a bit buried|
Looking for a rugged phone that wont take up a ton of pocket real estate and will work around the globe? Consider the Casio GZone Ravine 2 for Verizon Wireless. The cell phone sports a 3.2-megapixel camera, 2.5mm headset jack, and is built to meet military standards for immersion, water, vibration, shock, and more. As is the case with many tough phones, it features Push-to-Talk for connecting with other Verizon Push-To-Talk devices. Similar to other Casio models, the GZone Ravine 2 will operate in seven GzGear modes: Earth Compass, Walking Counter, Astro Calendar, Tides, Thermometer, Star Gaze, and Sunrise/Sunset. It also comes loaded with VZ Navigator, V CAST Tones, and the Opera Mini Browser for surfing the web. The phone will be available next week.
|- Provides alternative to viewing Flash videos - Data savings - Facebook integration||- Not all videos are available - Lacks true tabbed browsing||- Video support isn't free|
|Topics:||Motorola||Verizon Wireless||Samsung||Smart phones|
It has often been noted that a cell phone is the one item that someone will return home to retrieve instead of spending a day without it. Why its so important to have a smartphone all day long varies as seen in the results of a joint survey of over 2,000 US users conducted by Yahoo! Mobile and Razorfish. There are loads of stats that came out of the survey, but here are some of the more interesting points:
Mobile phone scapegoat: The study found 52% of consumers use their mobile device to escape awkward situations. Women are more likely to use their phone as an excuse than men.
No need to stop & ask for directions: Overall men (59%) are using their web-enabled mobile devices most frequently for navigational purposes.
Are you ready for some football?: Men were almost twice as likely to say that checking their mobile for sports news causes arguments with their significant other (29%) compared to women (17%).
The gender divide: Men are more likely to use their mobile device as a functional, all- in-one tool; whereas women are more likely to use it as an extension of the traditional phone, to update and connect with friends across their social networks on the go.
Mobile shopping is a mans world: Online purchases on smartphones are more popular with men (70% under 35 years) than with women (64% under 35 years).
|- Add-ons - Firefox Sync - Good speed||- Lacks true tabbed browsing - Page rendering issues - Overly sensitive sidebars||- No user agents by default - Lacks Flash support - No full screen mode|
Owners of the Samsung Epic 4G will be happy to learn that Sprint is rolling out the Gingerbread Android 2.3 OS. Be on the lookout for an update notification on the phone. In addition to the updated OS, there are additional enhances such as the ability to view HTML in Exchange Acvitesync e-mail, Bluetooth headset sound improvements, and a fully visible date on the device lock screen. Once users receive the update notification its advisable to attach the charger while loading the update. If you havent received the update yet, no worries, the rollout is happening over the next ten days.
The xScope mobile browser seeks to be functional and simple for people who are looking for an upgrade from the stock browser. It claims to be the fastest mobile browser available for Android users, and with the second fastest loading times in my browsing experience it is, if nothing else, faster than most browsers currently available. It does have a limited number of features but the true tabbed browsing is a nice experience.
- Decent amount of settings
- True tabbed browsing
- Too many menus
- Occasional page-display problems
- Long clicking slows downs the experience
- Initial learning curve too steep
Wondering if your HTC Android phone will be getting the latest version of the Android OS dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich? The newest OS 4.0 that was revealed just a few weeks ago (heres a good overview of what the new OS will offer from PC World) is designed to bridge the gap between Android phones and tablets. HTC unveiled on its Facebook page that along with the HTC Vivid, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, and HTC Amaze 4G will all receive the upgrade to the Android 4.0 OS, which is expected out in early 2012.
|Topics:||Verizon Wireless||Sprint||Smart phones||HTC|
In this edition we cover the new BlackBerry Torch coming to T-Mobile and the first HTC cell phone featuring Dr. Dre Beats - the HTC Rezound for Verizon. Plus a look at the Samsung Stratosphere and an update on the Halloween Scavenger Hunt winner.
Dolphin HD is the third in a line of Dolphin browsers and consequently the most feature rich. There is also a Dolphin Mini browser and a more basic Dolphin browser, but this roundup focuses on full-featured browsers available. Dolphin claims to be the most intelligent mobile web browser available, with its add-ons and speedy performance.
- Customizable features
- True tabbed browsing
- Near desktop experience
- Disappointing gesture recognition
- Jerky navigation
- Slow page load speed
Opera has been a player in the desktop browser market since the days of mailed AOL CDs and 56k modems. It would make sense, then, that a developer with this much experience would make quite a splash in the mobile world.
- Smooth scrolling
- Opera Link
- Fewer features
- Lacks true tabbed browsing
- Not a ton of settings
- Single column view
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T-Mobile users in the market for a BlackBerry with a touchscreen and a tactile QWERTY keyboard will be happy to learn the BlackBerry Torch 9810 will be available next week. The BlackBerry Torch will have 4G connectivity and runthe latest BlackBerry 7 OS. It will also sport a 1.2GHz processor, feature a slide-out tactile QWERTY keyboard, and have a 5-megapixel camera with flash that can record 720p HD video.
|Topics:||BlackBerry||Smart phones||Business Use||T-Mobile|
Each Android phone has a stock browser pre-loaded that is used for surfing the web on a smartphone. This review is of the version available on the DROID 3 by Motorola.
- Solid functionality across the board
- Easy to use, requires no setup
- Syncs well with Google info
- Not a ton of customizability
- Lacks advanced features
- Slower than most browsers
- No quick window/tab management
The Sound ID SIX Bluetooth headset sports a lightweight design and is loaded with features. SIX has many of the features needed so users wont have to take their hands off the wheel while wearing it. The VoiceMenu can be used to verbally access voicemail, search Bing, get 411 information, and even dial phone numbers. For those who dont want to access features verbally the headset sports a Smart Touch Surface for performing similar tasks and more with a quick touch. The SIX also works with Sound IDs EarPrint App that lets users create personalized listening preferences, check battery life, and even has a "Find Me" feature that triggers the headset to start beeping so it can easily be found. When paired with an Android smartphone the app supports Text-to-Speech functionality for text messages. The app also works with iPhone, and most BlackBerry phones. Finally, the headset can be paired and used with two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. The Sound ID SIX is available now for $129.99.