Nokia made a small update to their flagship smartphone — the Lumia 928. Like the previous model, the Lumia 920, it has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, dual cameras (with a 8.7MP Pureview on the back), and in this special case, Verizon Wireless as a service provider, with 4G LTE. The screen is where the real change is: it’s the same resolution, but is AMOLED-based instead of being a basic LCD, which is an excellent way of getting better battery life. It releases May 16 for $150 with a two-year contract — with $50 mail-in rebate — in a white or black aluminum body.
Verizon is always late when it comes to Samsung flagship smartphone launches, and the Galaxy S 4 is no exception. Due for a release “sometimes” in May, the Verizon GS4 will be just as good as its cousins from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint (all of which are debuting towards the end of the month), except for the obvious inclusion of Verizon’s own 4G LTE network and branding. A 16GB Galaxy S 4 will take you down by about $199.99 on a new 2-year agreement, with a $649 option for an unsubsidized model or for people who want to keep their unlimited data plans.
Via: VZW (Twitter)
While some of the other 8 carriers that will carry the Samsung Galaxy S IV has releases planned sometimes this month, Verizon Wireless has outright stated that their GS4 won’t come out until “sometime in May”. Is that entirely bad? Not especially, since T-Mobile and AT&T will have 4G LTE versions of the S4, so those looking for LTE will still have a place to go. Just some patience is required; that’s all.
Via: Verizon Wireless (Twitter)
Nokia has been busting out their chops to find the right audience and carrier to hold their Lumia line of smartphones that run Windows Phone 8. In this particular case, unable to obtain the fancy Lumia 920 that I reviewed back in November, Verizon has to settle with the Lumia 822, a mid-range smartphone with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and with plastics and metals fused in a rather creative matter to appease those who want great aesthetics in a phone.
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Reviewed once, twice, and now three times. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a great smartphone, despite how humongous it is. Like its brethren on AT&T and T-Mobile, the Verizon Galaxy Note II has a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, an S pen, a large 3,100mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface, and an amazing 4G LTE reception, even in New York City. If you really want the scoop on how the Note II is as a successor to the Note I and a smartphone overall, then read the original AT&T model’s review.
All that aside, it’s once again more of the same: still awesome and somehow even fun to use.
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Verizon has been doing plenty of business lately, selling off parts of its 700MHz spectrum (basically, towers and radio waves it has access to and operates). AT&T is perhaps the biggest buyer so far, buying $1.9 billion worth of 700MHz spectrum in 18 states which covers nearly 42 million people. The deal isn’t set in stone; AT&T still needs regulatory approval to close the deal by the second-half of 2013. The press release with the list of states can be found after the break.
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The DROID DNA is perhaps the essence of the Verizon Android smartphone catalog (get it?). Despite having a massive 5-inch screen (simply .5 inches shy of the Galaxy Note II from Samsung), it has all of the specifications (specs, for short) that make it an attractive device: A 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (APQ8064 paired with MDM9615m, to be specific) and 2GB of RAM, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and HTC’s Sense 4+ UI. To take fantastic images, there’s an 8MP f/2.0 rear camera with 28mm wide angle lens, BSI sensor, ImageChip and 1080p HD video capture.
On the opposite side of the phone you can expect to see a 2.1MP f/2.0 front-facing cam that features 1080p HD video record and an 88-degree ultra-wide angle lens. All of this sheer excitement is powered by a 2,000mAh battery, with Qi wireless charging support. Additional little details include Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support, NFC, MHL, dual mics for noise cancellation bundled with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band). Its physical size measures 9.73mm thick and weighs 4.86 ounces (138g). Beats Audio integration and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE top off the whole package.
Last night, press and public partied together for the Note II NYC city tour. From that event, I scored a Galaxy Note IIs handset on AT&T that we’ll review in the coming days, but fast-forward, Verizon is hosting the Note II for pre-order alongside AT&T, starting this Thursday morning for $299.99 on a two-year contract. It has the same specs as the other versions that make the Note II so special: 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a quad-core processor, with LTE-enabled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is available in both grey and white variants. AT&T’s models ship November 9th; Verizon’s on the 27th of that same month.
Via: AT&T, Verizon
It finally is here: Android 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus. Instructions and support for receiving the update is available at the source link, (like how the update will be rolled out via WiFi only, initially) but other than that, expect new features like Google Now, Project Butter (a super smooth software experience), and tons of tweaks and fixes, all on Google’s flagship Android phone.
It’s time to pre-order a new iPhone 5, folks. In this case, Apple, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have kicked off online pre-orders at 3:01AM (or at 12:01AM PT for folks on the West Coast). Sixth generation iPhones begin shipping on September 21st and starts at $199.99 on contract for the 16GB model, or $649 unlocked for the same capacity, in either white/silver or black. Not interested in have the comfort of your iPhone 5 sent to you? Head to a retail Apple Store location — and let fate test you — starting at 8AM on launch day.