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HTC Wildfire review and videos

by: Michael OrylJuly 15, 2010

HTC Wildfire

Russell Jefferies wrote a review of the new HTC Wildfire for our sister site,  The Wildfire is very much like the high-end HTC Desire, except for a downgraded screen, CPU, and price. Here’s an excerpt from the full HTC Wildfire review:

The HTC Wildfire is one of HTC’s latest Android smartphones that is aimed at the social networker who wants an affordable handset. Containing most of the HTC Desire’s high end components, the Wildfire packs an impressive feature set, yet costs around a third less than it’s bigger brother.

HTC has also enhanced the Facebook connectivity of the handset to [...]

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Our Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile videos

by: Michael OrylJuly 15, 2010

Yesterday I shot two videos of the new Samsung Galaxy S based Vibrant for T-Mobile USA. I had just picked it up the night before at a T-Mobile event in NYC, and spent some time going through some of this impressive phone’s many features. Part one is below, part two is available after the jump.

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Our Samsung Intercept for Sprint videos

by: Michael OrylJuly 13, 2010

Yesterday I received the new Samsung m910 Intercept for Sprint.  Here are two videos I shot of the device, going through some of its features (second video after the jump). The Intercept features a 3.2-inch WQVGA display, a 3.2MP autofocus camera, and a decent 800MHz processor.

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Our Motorola DROID X for Verizon review

by: Michael OrylJune 30, 2010

Motorola DROID X for Verizon

I’ve posted my review of the Motorola DROID X for Verizon on, and I didn’t spend only a few hours with it like so many other guys that wrote reviews.  Ahem.  In any case, I like the device quite a bit, but wouldn’t tend to use one personally since I like smaller phones with keyboards. But I have to tell you, I liked it far more than the HTC EVO 4G for Sprint.

My summary:

The Motorola DROID X for Verizon Wireless is the latest member of Verizon’s DROID lineup of Android powered smartphones. In this particular case, the DROID X runs the Android 2.1 OS and features a massive [...]

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Motorola DROID X video review part 1 – Hardware and Widgets

by: Michael OrylJune 24, 2010

Here’s the first part of my video review of Verizon’s Motorola DROID X Android smartphone.  I love the hardware design (no touch sensitive buttons, yay!) and like the look of the display, too.  But I really love the new Motorola developed widgets, which are obviously MOTOBLUR based.  Check them out, below.

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Video demo of Motorola’s H17txt Bluetooth headset and MotoSpeak for Android app

by: Michael OrylJune 24, 2010

Here’s a quick demonstration I shot of Motorola’s H17txt Bluetooth headset and the MotoSpeak app for Android that you can use with it.  MotoSpeak will read out your text messages through the headset as they arrive, and if you upgrade to the full version you’ll get access to email and different voices.

You’ll find MotoSpeak freely available in the Android Market.

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Video: Track and Protect remote security for your Android smartphone

by: Michael OrylJune 8, 2010

Ever lose your phone? Worse yet, ever have it stolen?  Then you might be interested in a new Android app called Track and Protect from KlompTek of the Netherlands.  It allows you to remotely lock down a lost phone, change its ring profile, sound an alarm, imitate a call from it, or even snap a photo in an effort to capture the crook that nabbed it.  KlompTek’s site can also be used to locate your device on a map.  It’s very slick, and worked really well.

You really gotta hear the alarm lockdown mode, too.  Check out the video below to see, and hear, it in action.

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Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G breaks records, gets reviewed by us

by: Michael OrylJune 7, 2010

HTC EVO 4G for Sprint

Sprint said this morning that it’s opening day sales of the the HTC EVO 4G broke the previous records set by the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct.  The carrier also said that the 3 day sales total for the EVO were triple those put forth by the Instinct and Pre.  So it seems that in spite of the lack of WiMAX coverage in most of the country, people just can’t resist that massive 4.3-inch touchscreen display.


Our Todd Haselton did a full review on the EVO 4G and I posted it on yesterday afternoon. Not unexpectedly, he liked the device quite a bit, but was put off by the lack of 4G [...]

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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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