Darryl Doak(24 posts)

Darryl is our in house device reviewer. His love of Android has lead him on the personal quest to find the phone and tablet that suit him best. This all started with the T-Mobile G1, moving onto the Motorola CLIQ XT(stock Motoblur 1.5 & Cyanogenmod 7.0), myTouch 3G, Samsung Vibrant, Samsung Transform, Samsung Intercept, Archos 101 Gen 8 Internet Tablet, Google Nexus S 4G, and now he's the very happy owner of a myTouch 4g, Evo 4G and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The next stops he's planning on making are to the Evo 3D, and Motorola Photon 4G. But the hunt never really stops. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/darryldoak

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U.S. National Carrier Plan Price Showdown! [Spreadsheet]

by: Darryl DoakApril 27, 2011
Real Cost Vs. Upfront Cost

Have you thought about what it’s really costing you to have your favorite smartphone over the two years you’re under contract? Most people don’t do the math, and would probably be surprised to know there are carriers where you can pinch some pennies, and in some cases, hundreds of dollars. This article is all about offering you a price breakdown, showing the options you have if you’re on an Individual Plan. I’ll cover Family Plans at a later date.

For this comparison, I chose to use a phone that spans across almost all the national carriers, the LG Optimus One. This is a very nice mid-grade handset that we happen to be [...]

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Sprint Smartphone Standoff! Nexus S vs. Motorola Atrix vs. HTC EVO 3D

by: Darryl DoakApril 22, 2011

Today, i’ll be comparing the Google Nexus S 4G vs Motorola Atrix 4G vs the HTC EVO 3D. This started out as a Pros and Cons for my own personal reference being that I’m now eligible for my 2 year upgrade pricing on my Sprint line. So take this Pros and Cons list knowing that its my opinion, and subjected to my taste in phones. But I thought you guys might like the spec and feature comparison. Also there has to be a little feature speculation in my comparison because the HTC EVO 3D’s full specs and design haven’t been fully leaked – yet. I’m leaving the newly released Kyocera Echo out of this comparison because I’m looking for a high end device [...]

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New Honeycomb Kid on the Block: Toshiba Antares Tablet with User Swappable Battery?

by: Darryl DoakApril 19, 2011

A tablet that went under my radar until this weekend’s Newegg leak was Toshiba’s Antares Honeycomb Tablet. Overall, there didn’t seem to be any stats to be excited about in the Antares tablet besides the 8GB offering coming it at only $449.99. However I overlooked the information that it had a user replaceable battery. This is a big deal to me, and shows how Toshiba is taking what they learned from building laptops, and aren’t going to go down the same path that Apple has blazed in the tablet space, which it seems so many Honeycomb manufacturers have followed. I’m surprised with how having a non-swappable battery just became commonplace with my Archos [...]

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Best Buy’s iPad 2 Shortage Should be the Xoom’s Opportunity

by: Darryl DoakApril 18, 2011

This weekend it has come to our attention that Best Buy has had difficulty receiving enough stock of Apple’s iPad 2 to meet consumer demand. I think this problem of production shortage should be a time of great adoption for the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet. Being that Motorola is leading the pack of Android tablets as the only Honeycomb tablet on the market currently, they should be the “go to” tablet in times of iPad 2 shortage at these retailers. However Motorola’s initial error in entering the market as a high end product has continued to plague sales. Their price of $599 on contract through Verizon and $799 off contract really killed their momentum and [...]

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Sprint Makes its Android Lineup…Interesting?

by: Darryl DoakApril 18, 2011

This week, Sprint has made a few interesting moves. While carriers like Verizon are on a high end product assault with repeated releases of phones like the HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge, LG Revolution, Droid X2, and Droid Bionic which keep uping the ante. Sprint its going after the niche markets, it has added the only dual screened Android phone on the market, as well has announced the worlds first “green” Android phone made up of mostly recyclable materials, which also has an optional battery cover with a solar panel to recharge the phone, then when you’re done and ready to upgrade the phone can be easily recycled again. Lets take a closer look at these two [...]

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Another Awesome Addition to the Android Tablet Army: Acer Iconia A500

by: Darryl DoakApril 8, 2011

It seems like everyday there is another manufacturer shaking things up in the world of Android tablets. Yesterday, my socks were blown off by the news that the Galaxy Tab 7″ WIFI is launching within a few days at $350. Now, I wake up to find another deal that makes me question how low the prices can go. Acer, famous maker of sexy netbooks, and recently, the second place holder in slinging the most PC’s in the world, has put a sale price of only $449.99 on there Acer Iconia A500 WIFI through Best Buys online site. That’s enough of an undercutting of the $499 price tag on the 8.6mm thick Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ that I start to wonder if I really need to have [...]

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$350 Galaxy Tab? Yes Please!

by: Darryl DoakApril 8, 2011

So last night I looked at the days tech news on my phone and almost choked on my Lasagna, and immediately turned to my wife and said, “Kiss that 10 inch Archos goodbye, its going on Craigslist – Samsung just dropped a bomb.” With the news that the WIFI only Galaxy Tab 7″ is coming out in a few days at only $350 my first thoughts were, Why oh why Samsung didn’t you start with this in November?! The tablet market would be so different right now! There would be so many Galaxy Tab tablets in circulation and the expectation of reasonable priced Tablets would have taken hold back in November. Even though Samsung and Motorola have been so hush hush on what [...]

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Motorola CLIQ 2 Review

by: Darryl DoakApril 4, 2011

Today we’re going to be taking a detailed look at the Motorola CLIQ 2 from T-Mobile.  I’ll do a quick run through of the hardware specs then I’ll get to the most important parts of our in depth review which details some of the differences that differentiate the Motorola CLIQ 2 over its Android competitors.

Be sure to check out our in-depth hands on video review below!


Motorola CLIQ 2: SpecsAndroid 2.2 Skinned with Motoblur 4.57″ x 2.35″ x 0.57″, 6.17 oz 3.7″ 854 x 480 FWVGA TFT Screen, Capacitive Multi-Touch Display 2 Touch Capable Texas Instruments OMAP 3620 1.0GHZ, 512 MB RAM, 1GB ROM 4 Row Keyboard with 4 way [...]
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Is the Xoom WiFi the Beginning of the End for the iPad?

by: Darryl DoakMarch 28, 2011

Some fortunate folks have started to receive their Xoom Wifi tablets a little early, as some their have been reports that some have received their Xoom Wifi’s in the mail a couple days back. Others claim to have been able to pick them up early from “brick and mortar” retail stores. But officially, today, March 27th, will be the day that a major Android manufacturer has changed their game plan which will lead to a drastic rise in the market share of Android tablets. Soon to follow, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ will also be released as a Wifi only option which will be a precursor to Samsung’s awesome Galaxy Tab 10.1″ and Galaxy Tab 8.9″ models due [...]

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Is the iPad 2 Old Tech Already?

by: Darryl DoakMarch 23, 2011

This morning at CTIA 2011, Samsung brought us a revised Galaxy Tab 10.1″ that has beat out the iPad 2 in its thinness and light weight specs. This of course brings to question how long does your tech stay current these days? I remember when I bought my myTouch 4G in December, it was already old tech and had been passed up weeks before. But how old is the iPad 2? It was announced 20 days ago and already another manufacturer has announced a tablet that trumps it in every category except app count. I know, I know. Whenever I point something like this out I get a lot of comments that its not about hardware specs and its about the overall experience with Apple products. But [...]

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