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Jan/12

7

HTC Rezound on Verizon

HTC Rezound On Verizon

Fans of Android phones subscribed to the Verizon network have cause for rejoice with the addition of the HTC Rezound to the carriers choice of phones.

Figure 1: HTC Rezound

Features

Physically the HTC Rezound is manufactured from an aluminium outer casing. Touches of red around the earpiece, and rear add to the unique feel of the Rezound.

This phone is aimed at the upper end of the Smartphone market and thus is packed with features. The 1.5 GHz dual core processor ensures that multitasking between apps is not a problem, and overall performance is first-rate.

The phone ships with 16 GB of onboard memory and a 16GB Micro-SD card meaning storage capacity should not be an issue for most people.

The stunning 4.3 inch LCD screen gives a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, making it far superior to the much hyped I-Phone 4s.

The resound encompasses a 2 megapixel front facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear facing camera with dual flash. The rear facing camera is a wide angle lens equivalent to a 28mm lens, which also has the capability to capture 1080P HD video.

Dr. Dre Beats

Those regularly using their Smartphone as a media / music player will appreciate the phones association to Beats Audio. The HTC Rezound ships with iBeats headphones and with Beats Audio software pre-installed on the phone. The iBeats are superior to earphones supplied with most phones and are a welcome addition to the Rezound box.

Beats Audio automatically detects the iBeats ear buds and optimizes the audio to provide an enhanced audio experience.

Figure 2: HTC Rezound with Beats earbuds.

Verizon Options

The full retail price on Verizon currently stands at a hefty $649.99. But if you’re willing to sign up to the carrier for 24 months the phone price drops to $299.99. The HTC Rezound operates on Verizons 4G LTE Network so mobile connectivity on the go should not cause issue.

 

Bottom Line

The HTC Rezound is a fun phone to use and comes packaged with all the bells and whistles one would expect from a top tier Smartphone. HTC’s latest version of Sense adds to the user experience with some neat widgets and features.

HTC (View HTC Phones!) recently announced on its official Facebook page that Ice Cream Sandwich will be pushed onto several of its upper end Smartphone’s, including the Rezound.

At Android Mobiles we were impressed with the Rezound on many levels. The high resolution screen, super fast 4G connectivity, high quality camera and sound all add to what should be considered one of the better phones on the Verizon network.

Daniel

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It seems like every other day, the smart phone market comes up with yet another Android phone or a tablet from the houses of the giant phone or tablet makers like Samsung, HTC or Toshiba. If you look at four major mobile careers in the US and you will come to know that either they have come up with more than eight new android smart phones and there are at least twelve more phones in queue either to be announced or to be launched in coming summer.

It’s definitely good news but with so many announcements, one can really get confused about which one is right for him/her. So, I thought to take a look at what’s coming in the market this astonishing android summer.

Lately, the most active mobile carrier is T-Mobile, announcing three android phones with their launch in second half of June. The first one is HTC Sensation 4G coming to market on 15th June which is quickly followed by two more phones from Samsung, Samsung Gravity Smart and Samsung Exhibit 4G.

If we talk about AT&T, they are launching their next android phone – The Crossover within the next couple of days on 5th of June. This phone is expected to fly off the shelves with its lower cost of $69.99 on a two years’ contract.

Let us come to Sprint which have announced the launch of three phones in the near future. The models of this line up are HTC Evo 3D, Motorola Titanium and Motorola XPRT. A Motorola XPRT is expected in a couple of days on 5th June just when AT&T is launching their Crossover.

However, at the same time, Verizon is concentrating more on a tablet Galaxy tab 10.1 which is on horizon. Its launch is on horizon and its preorders are starting from 8th June.

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These days there is some wave of cheap Android phones being presented. LG Vortex is not an exception. It is one of the many LG devices that were announced recently and is headed directly to Verizon stores. An interesting thing about LG Vortex is that although it comes equipped with Android 2.2, it lacks many of the features that it is expected to have. Another thing that needs our attention is that the handset is running Bing as its default web browser and Google Maps is changed with Bing Maps. This is because of the contract between Verizon and Microsoft which compels the carrier to integrate Microsoft’s services in all entry-level mobile phones and Windows Phone 7 handsets.

The most important hardware features of LG Vortex are Android 2.2 FroYo OS (as already mentioned), a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, running at resolution of 320×240 pixels (here we should point out the low resolution for the size of the screen, which will result in pixelized picture), microSD card slot, 600MHz processor (this has been achieved by overclocking it, so it is possible to have some issues and problems in heavier applications), 170MB internal storage, 1500mAh battery, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, FM radio, a-GPS and all the standard sensors – accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass.

Regarding the price, the mobile phone will be sold … for free on a 2-year contract after a 100$ rebate, which you will get in the form of a debit card. The release date was set to October 29. So if you are looking for a free entry-level Android device, head to the closest Verizon office and get your LG Vortex.

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Nov/10

10

Skype with new version

It was until recently when Skype has finally released their Android application for everyone, not only to Verizon users, as it was some time ago. And of course, almost everyone was very happy about this, especially after removal of Skype support from Fringe and lack of other client, supporting voice calls. But if you’ve read my words carefully, you would have notices that I said “almost everyone”. The reason for this was the lack of support of devices with smaller QVGA screens. Many HTC Wildfire, Tattoo and other manufacturers’ users were annoyed by this, but they had no choice but wait.

But the wait is over. Skype has released new version of their Android client – 1.0.0.614 (which is actually reported to be 1.0.1).  The most significant improvement, compared to the older version, is the support of QVGA displays with resolution 320×240 and 240×400 pixels. The rest of the changes are:

  • Hardware back key is now supported.
  • Signing out from Skype now exits Skype.
  • Reduced power consumption in idle mode.
  • Improved login stability and behavior.
  • Improved performance with large contact lists.
  • Reduced application size.
  • General bug fixes.

In order to update to the latest version of Skype, or if you are about to make a fresh installation, either scan the QR code bellow and download it from the Android Market or open your mobile web browser and go to skype.com/m.

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An article in Engadget, which is based on information from two reliable secret sources, says that HTC are working on their own App store for Android devices. We have already seen or heard about different carriers, like Verizon for example, or companies, like Amazon, to make their own application stores (and even more plan to do so), but we’ve never heard of a device manufacturer to do so.

Probably HTC want to have bigger presence and influence on the software aspects of their devices and we can already see this – they have their HTC Sense on almost every HTC’s mobile phone and they released a website which cooperates with the new version of the HTC Sense – htcsense.com.

On the other hand, it is possible that HTC are not working just on an Android Application market, but something bigger, including Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7. As we all know, HTC is among the leading manufacturers of Windows-based mobile devices, and with the release of Windows Phone 7 many people expect a renaissance of Windows for mobile devices, so creating a market for both platforms sounds quite logical. But all we could do now is wait and see if HTC will release some official information on the topic and … who knows – they may pleasantly surprise us.

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