We happen to believe that QWERTY smartphones are craved for by mobile enthusiasts. An Admob report in 2010 showed that 54% of Android traffic was driven by devices that feature a full QWERTY keyboards. It’s hard to deny that a huge amount of people still want a powerful smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Following that, let’s take a look at what’s in the store for you this year in the world of Android QWERTY phones.
[ Last update July 26, 2011 ] [ Last update October 12, 2011 ]Samsung Stratosphere (Verizon)
Verizon and Samsung jointly announced the Samsung Stratosphere last October 10 and expect to have the QWERTY smartphone in stores starting on October [...]
Most, if not all, users of Android often complain about the inability to consistently discover new, quality apps. We can all rest easy now however, as an ambitious project called Chomp has finally been launched. Chomp employs a unique algorithm that understands the type, context and function of each App on the Android Market, and enables the user to search for much more than the Apps name itself. As the total amount of Apps on Android approaches 200,000, having a convenient and handy solution like Chomp on your phone really makes a lot of sense.
It’s designed to show the very best apps, and it does it remarkably. By [...]
Two of the most sought after phones set to debut in 2011 are the Motorola Atrix and the Sony Xperia Arc. We have put together a nice comparison to help you choose for yourself. Read on for more.
Display – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola AtrixIf you want to get a handset with clearer screen, the Atrix is likely to be your top choice, for it features 4.0-inch LCD (540×960 pixels) TFT capacitive touch screen with 16M colors. On the other hand, the Xperia Arc offers a 4.2-inch LED-backlit LCD (‘Reality Display’) (480×854 pixels) capacitive touch screen with 16M colors.
Size and Weight – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola AtrixThe Atrix [...]
Pulse is one of our favorite Android apps for reading news, and we were delighted to see it make a good showing at Google’s recent Honeycomb Motorola Xoom unveiling. We got a chance to see a demo at Google’s Android 3.0 event, and the app is very promising.
Like other great Honeycomb apps, it employs “stacks” for the Home screen widget, which allows users to place their feeds and scroll through them with convenient flicks of the finger before picking one to read. Beautifully designed, the app itself has some of the best usage of screen space we have witnessed so far. In landscape mode, the feed list sits on the right and the individual article panel on [...]
As I’m sure you all know, Motorola has announced the Motorola Atrix 4G, and we’ve had the pleasure of being able to do a quick hands on review for you.
Running Android 2.2 (a 2.3 upgrade will be on the way soon), the Atrix 4G looks like a fairly harmless handset and with its modest black styling, and is similar in appearance to the Motorola Defy, which is one tough phone. At 135g and just 11mm deep, it’s surprisingly svelte and lightweight, and nowhere near its Motorola Droid X brethren, and not as solid or heavy as the Milestone.
Really though, we only care about one thing: What’s at the heart of the Atrix 4G. Inside, a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, which is comprised of [...]
It feels like only yesterday that we attended Acer’s press event in London announcing groundbreaking news for the company. This was around the time that Acer ventured into the smartphone market, and back then it was all about Windows Mobile. So, how have times changed? The Acer Stream is a testament to Acer’s ability to adapt and listen to a market in which it is ultimately a very young contender. Acer now have a number of Android based devices that are exciting and even somewhat innovative. This review of the Acer Stream focuses on the core aspects of the device but considers them with respect to what else is available [...]
I will soon be posting my review of the Acer S110 Stream but in the mean time I thought I would comment on my initial reactions to the device and post a few images. The Stream is Acer’s attempt to create a top-of-the-range smartphone capable of cutting with the likes of the Galaxy S and iPhone. For the most part, the phone lives up to the task when we consider its specifications on paper: HSDPA/HSUPA/EDGE/GPRS, Qualcomm QSD 8250 1Ghz processor, 512MB ROM & RAM, 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display, 5.0-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n and expandable microSD card-slot.
Indeed, the Stream is a great phone and feels like one in the [...]
OK, so let’s cut right to the chase. This phone is different because it offers a secondary forward facing display directly below the standard 3.5-inch (or there abouts) AMOLED touchscreen. Apparently this display does not require the phone to be fully powered on to function, which makes it perfect as a display for use while you’re sleeping. This secondary display is running by the name of ‘ticker’ at the moment, which makes sense because it acts like one.
According to Android Central, who broke the news on this device recently, “you add feeds to it when you do the initial setup on the phone. There [...]
I could write about this, but since pictures are worth a thousand words, here’s perhaps a few million words worth of video demonstrating the new Google Voice for Android update that was released today.
Here are the two videos I shot of the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon Wireless that I’ve had for the past few days. It is my favorite of the Galaxy S smartphones released in the U.S. so far, thanks to its simple hardware design, UI tweaks like a task manager, and the addition of a flash on the 5megapixel camera. Part 2 is after the jump.