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Our T-Mobile Garminfone review is up – buy the phone starting June 9 for $199.99

by: Michael OrylMay 26, 2010

Garmin Garminfone for T-Mobile USA

I just posted our full review of the Garmin Garminfone for T-Mobile on  Todd Haselton wrote the review for us, and he really likes the device – in spite of the fact that he expected to not like it at all.

On a related note, T-Mobile has also just announced that the Garminfone will be available to customers on June 9th for $199.99 after a $50 rebate.

Here’s Todd’s wrap-up from the full Garminfone review on  Some photos and the rest of his summary are available after the jump.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first Garmin-ASUS device, the [...]

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Our full LG Ally for Verizon review has been posted

by: Michael OrylMay 21, 2010

LG Ally for Verizon

Busy couple of Android-related days here. I’ve just made live my full length review of the LG Ally for Verizon. It’s a very slick Android 2.1 smartphone with a great slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a WVGA resolution display, and some of the best calling abilities I’ve come across in a very long time.

You know. For those people that like to make phone calls with their phones.  I’m sure you know somebody like that.

Anyway, the phone is a bit plain looking, if you ask me, and hefty (160g!), but the real issue with it has been software stability. I can’t remember the last time an Android phone [...]

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HTC EVO 4G reviewed by Mossberg

by: James TromansMay 20, 2010


Over at All Things Digital, Walter Mossberg has recently spent 2 weeks with the HTC EVO 4G. Mossberg used the HTC EVO 4G in both Baltimore and DC. Most of his review focusses on the 4G capabilities of the device, as he rightly claims, this is what Sprint are marketing the device around. He does mention the HDMI and the 4.3-inch screen, but doesn’t really comment on their performance or ease of use. His main concern was the battery life, which barely lasted a full day with 4G turned on.

To set the scene, the 4G network offered by Sprint in Baltimore is pretty mature and based on Mossberg’s tests, only offered 3.4 mbps [...]

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HD video tour of LG’s new Ally for Verizon

by: Michael OrylMay 13, 2010

I received a new LG Ally the other day and put together a nice hands-n video of it in action. I like it far more than I expected to. Reminds me very much of the Motorola DROID. In ant case, here’s the video. We’ll have a full review of it soon enough.

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Official Twitter app for Android released!

by: Michael OrylApril 30, 2010

Twitter for Android

Twitter just released its Twitter for Android application, and I’ve tested it out a bit and shot some photos and video of it in action.  Right now it appears to require an Android 2.1 device to work, which is a shame, but for those with more recent Android handsets, this is a slick looking app that they are going to want to check out.

The photo gallery is available after the jump.

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BlueAnt’s Q1 headset reads inbound text messages to you

by: Michael OrylApril 29, 2010

Here’s a video showing the new BlueAnt Android application that works with its Q1 Bluetooth headset. The app will detect inbound text messages and automatically read them to you over the headset. This is great for people that spend a lot of time in the car.

The app works on Android 2.x devices and can be found in the Android Market by searching on “BlueAnt”. No real setup or anything required.

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HTC DROID Incredible available for pre-order now, delivery on April 29

by: Michael OrylApril 22, 2010

HTC DROID Incredible for Verizon

I got an email reminder from Verizon Wireless last night noting that the HTC DROID Incredible is available for pre-order now, which means you can get the device on April 29th when it becomes generally available.

The phone is selling for $199.99, a price that includes an instant $100 rebate (why do they do instant rebates?). If you order by 4PM on April 28th, you will get the device on April 29th.

I’m rather fortunate in that Verizon has shipped one for me to test already, and it should be arriving today.  But our Todd Haselton already has spent a few days with the DROID Incredible and has posted his [...]

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Free domestic Wi-Fi calling with Vonage Mobile

by: Michael OrylApril 9, 2010

Vonage Mobile

I wrote up a longer piece on this for today, but here’s the short and dirty version for you busy Android fans.

If you use an Android smartphone on T-Mobile USA or AT&T, you can now get the Vonage Mobile app from the Android Market.  It will give you access to cheaper international rates on a pay-per-use plan or unlimited calling to 60 countries for US$24.99 per month.  Better yet, it will give you free domestic VoIP calling when you have access to a Wi-Fi network.

That’s right.  Free U.S. calling over Wi-Fi. Save your calling plan minutes for those pesky inbound calls by making your outbound [...]

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Our HTC Desire review – as good as it gets today

by: Michael OrylApril 9, 2010

HTC Desire

I’ve just posted Russell Jefferies’ HTC Desire review on our sister site, The Desire is HTC’s version of the Android 2.1-powered Google Nexus One, but it features some slightly upgraded hardware (like an optical joystick) and all of the goodness that is HTC’s Sense user interface extensions.

Russell loves the device, and chances are good that you will as well.

You can read the full HTC Desire review here, or you can jump to our prior post to see just the videos without all of those messy words getting in the way.

I’ve included a gallery of photos from the review after the jump.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 video review – almost

by: Michael OrylApril 5, 2010

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

I’ve posted the two videos I shot of the Xperia X10 that Sony Ericsson sent me a couple of weeks ago. It was my intention to do a full review of the device until Sony Ericsson informed me that I was working with a phone with pre-production firmware.


When a device is great, that’s of no concern.  Great is great.  When a device is as painful to use as this X10 is, though, it causes problems. Now every issue I have with the phone that I write about has to be covered by the “pre-production” disclaimer, meaning that everything is subject to change by the time this thing hits retail [...]

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