It’s back — the RAZR. However, with some helpful Verizon branding, it’s now the DROID RAZR. It sports a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED “Splash Guard” qHD screen, has a Stainless steel core, Kevlar back, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, is the “world’s thinnest smartphone” at 7.1mm thin, 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Verizon 4G LTE, LapDock support, 32GB of memory including 16GB of on-board storage and a 16GB microSD card, Bluetooth 4.0, front-facing “HD” camera, and a massive 1800mah battery with 12.5 hours of talk time and 8.9 hours of video playback. The DROID RAZR’s interior boards are also protected against splashes, including its 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass screen.
One interesting point Motorola has mentioned about the DROID RAZR is Smart Actions, which does things like disable Bluetooth and GPS when you’re connected to your home WiFi network. Another feature is MotoCast, like iCloud or Dropbox It manages files on your devices and allows you to easily control all of them. Also included is government-level enterprise support, video calling and so on — meaning that the DROID RAZR could be used by any company who wants its files kept secret or secured.
Another great feature: linking the MOTOACTV watch to the DROID RAZR to get calls and texts without checking your phone. And to come to the inevitable question of pricing: $299.99 on 2-year agreement with Verizon Wireless, with pre-orders starting October 27th and availability worldwide in November (in countries other than the U.S. it will only be known as the RAZR).
Editor’s Note: I find the DROID RAZR very impressive, but considering the next great Nexus phone is (most likely) launching tonight, with a 95% chance it will launch with the new version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich), I find it iffy that a great device like this won’t be up to par with something like a possible Galaxy Nexus.
Motorola has announced the MototActv, a watch capable of tracking your fitness through running or any other sort of exercise. It can play FM Radio, holds up to 4,000 songs, has GPS, tracks your heart rate through a Bluetooth headset, an audio coach, has a capacitive touchscreen, outdoor readable display, is sweat-proof, rain-proof, scratch-proof, calculates distance, calories burned, and more. IT also has Facebook and Twitter sync for your workouts through a site called MotoActv.com, where you can track all of your runs and your fitness. And of course it can also function as a watch. It launches nationwide November 6 — 8GB $249, $16GB at 299. Pricey yes, but still incredibly cool.
First of all, the update contains a Camera for Touchpad app, the ability to answer calls from non-webOS phones, a “streamlined” Bluetooth experience (especially with keyboards), support for Ogg Vorbis music files, and online / offline messaging status support, and what HP calls “better performance” and “user interface improvements,” as well as a number of other enhancements and “more robust Skype video calling”. So, they basically made the Touchpad, much, much better. Via: Official HP Palm Blog
Well, look at this! The Galaxy Nexus has been leaked ahead of schedule, much like other handsets of its stature. Purported specs (hopefully) include Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 processor, a 5 megapixel, 1080p-capable rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, NFC, 32GB of space built-in (with a microSDHC slot for 32GB more), a 1,750mAh battery and its soon-to-be iconic 720×1280 Super AMOLED HD screen. United States availability seems to mainly be pinned on T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, however all locations and details will be unveiled at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight through Google’s livestream in Hong Kong. This should be interesting. Via: Electronista
Apple just sent out a press release without much to gloat about. After all, they only sold 4 million iPhone 4S models in a weekend, despite all the disappointment that it’s not an “iPhone 5″ (and considering people are disappointed about not seeing a product that isn’t even announced yet). On the other side of this major win in Apple’s regard, 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, and over 20 million have signed up for iCloud. And all of these numbers only account for the 7 countries that the iPhone 4S is available in: a larger launch is planned in 90 more countries by the end of the year. Presser after the break. Read More →
The Motorola XOOM Family Edition tablet runs Android 32 Honeycomb, has a 10.1-inch screen, and a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. What makes it so different from the original Xoom is that one, it contains $40 worth of apps, including Kid Zone, Asphalt 6, Sim City Deluxe, Netflix, and Quickoffice Pro HD. Secondly, it has the low price tag of $379 for the one and only 16GB storage model, and otherwise looks a lot like the first XOOM. The press release from Motorola published on Friday is seen after the break.
It’s finally here. The new iPhone. As usual, it’s better than ever, has a new Apple A5 dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, the classic 3.5-inch Retina display, HSPA+data speeds of up to 14.4MBps on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon (and works as a global phone), and finally has just about every latest enhancement in the current market of smartphones, including its own personal AI system, Siri, built into the also new iOS 5. So the question is: did you buy an iPhone 4S today?
What Samsung has been able to accomplish for the past few months is nothing less than great. They’ve made an Android tablet so good, it doesn’t matter what version of it you have (and how many times it gets banned for sale in foreign countries because it’s too much like its rivals). And now they’re only extending their catalog of Honeycomb tablets, this time with the Galaxy Tab 8.9, a spec-by-spec equivalent of the Tab 10.1, with the sole exceptions with a smaller screen and battery. And so the review begins, after the break.
iFixit has took the time per usual to make a full teardown of the iPhone 4S, which is still going on actually due to the amount of time it takes to make sure everything is done perfectly (they usual put everything they take apart back together). The teardown– as is all iFixit teardowns — shows you every single bit of silicon and metal that every gadget has that keeps it humming and being as “magical”as it is perceived to be. So move along to the source link to see the iPhone 4S in tiny pieces, and then come back here to read other posts. Via: iFixit
It’s done. Via an iTunes update, you can get a hold of iOS 5, which among several of its amazing features include OTA updating. The update is available for iTunes 10.5 users with an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3rd / 4th generations, and both iPads (1 and 2). Get busy downloading and enjoying the new version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system — iOS 5.