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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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Our HTC Desire video review

by: Michael OrylApril 4, 2010

HTC Desire

I recently finished editing up Russell’s video review of the HTC Desire, part of his upcoming written review for

The HTC Desire is basically HTC’s own version of the Google Nexus One. It features the same AMOLED touchscreen display and 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, but gets an optical joystick in place of the N1’s trackball and also gets a healthy dose of HTC Sense, the user interface extensions to Android (and Windows Mobile) that make HTC devices such a pleasure to use.

Part one of the video is located directly below, part two is available after the jump, along with a few more [...]

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Motorola CLIQ XT / QUENCH review is up

by: Michael OrylMarch 17, 2010


I just got finished posting Todd Haselton’s review of the T-Mobile branded Motorola CLIQ XT on  Todd likes the device in general, and thinks it has more going for it than “a CLIQ without a keyboard” would seem to suggest.  I agree.

He was unimpressed with the CLIQ XT’s camera, but really liked the new connected media player application that Motorola has included.  Other wins were the Swype text input system, fast data, and built-in Flash Lite support.

You’ll find the full CLIQ XT review here.

I’ve added a small gallery after the jump.

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Motorola BACKFLIP review posted

by: Michael OrylMarch 15, 2010


I’ve posted my full review of the Motorola BACKFLIP for AT&T on MobileBurn. Oddly enough, I like the device more now than I did originally, which bodes well for how real world users might react to the phone.

I still dislike the large keyboard, and I think the BACKTRACK directional controller’s a bad idea, but the camera is solid, the touchscreen is nice, and the signal reception seemed really good.  MOTOBLUR is good, too, though far from perfect.  But what really bothers me is the fact that you can only install apps that come from the Android Market.  That likely bothers bleeding edge types more than it will the [...]

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Video: Motorola BACKFLIP for AT&T review

by: Michael OrylMarch 12, 2010


I meant to post this yesterday, but the business side of this web stuff got in the way (tax season approaches, you know).  In any case, here are my two videos of the Motorola BACKFLIP for AT&T.  I’m currently working on a full written review for, but I can share the videos and some thoughts with you before that is complete.

For starters, the BACKTRACK trackpad controller on the rear side of the display is really annoying for people with big hands like me. I had to disable it to keep from inadvertently moving the cursor around the screen randomly. Folks with smaller hands might not have that problem, [...]

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Video: Motorola CLIQ XT / QUENCH review

by: Michael OrylMarch 11, 2010

Another of our MobileBurn compatriots, Todd Haselton, has put together a video of the new Motorola CLIQ XT for T-Mobile USA that he’s currently reviewing.  The CLIQ XT is very much like an original CLIQ that has lost its keyboard and gained a new touchpad controller and camera flash.

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Video: HTC Legend review

by: Michael OrylMarch 11, 2010

HTC Legend

Lots of video to put up today, as the floodgates have once again opened in our review queue over at  The first up are Russell Jefferies two videos of the HTC Legend that he received late last week.  This beauty of a phone sports a solid aluminum/aluminium body, and optical joystick, and a sweet AMOLED 480×320 pixel touchscreen display.  Oh yeah, it also packs the latest version of HTC’s awesome Sense user interface.

The first video is directly below, the second follows after the jump – along with a small selection of photos from Russell’s upcoming review.

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Video: Motorola Connected Media Player demo

by: Michael OrylFebruary 24, 2010

Yeah, yeah, I know.  A lot of videos from me lately.  The latest is a 9 minute demo of the new Connected Media Player that Motorola is putting into the new CLIQ XT (QUENCH) smartphone. It fetches album art and lyrics from the internet, plays Shoutcast internet radio stations, and can search YouTube and other services for related content.  It event lets you post a message to Twitter or Facebook about a song.

Here’s the demo running on a Motorola CLIQ – and no, I won’t send you the program. Maybe Moto will include it in the Android 2.1 update that’s coming.

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