HTC Sensation 4G Review

The HTC Sensation 4G seems to be a favorite for HTC. It has been revised twice (or perhaps three times, with the Amaze 4G), first in a Beats Audio version, then a large version with Beats Audio software and headphones. However this is just a base model, and instead is clocked at 1.2GHz at dual-core instead of the 1.5GHz dual-core seen on the aforementioned devices. Moreover, a 960×540 Super LCD screen, “4G” HSPA+, and an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording is all part of the snappy package. And despite newer handsets like the Amaze 4G, the Sensation 4G is a classic that still isn’t even a year-old with other OEMs just catching up to its specs. Check out the review after the break to check out what it still has going for it.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Announced

 The new version of Android will power both tablets and phones and aims to have no fragmentation at all. The new user interface ill also be shared among both phones and tablets (with a base resolution of 720p), and the first device using it will be the Galaxy Nexus, which will support 4G LTE or HSPA+.

The new version of Android contains several new features, including an all-screen UI, meaning that the home, search, and back buttons will have no place on the device itself, and when not being used, hide. Gestures are used to control Android as well. There is full NFC support throughout the OS, Face Unlock, which uses your face in a facial recognition program to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Second is the Android Beam, which is an NFC-based technology which allows you to share information like web pages, apps, YouTube videos and more by merely tapping two phones together. The new People app implements everything about a single person easily, and looks pretty clean.

Furthermore, as Google stated, “People like Android. People need Android. They don’t love Android.” Which is why Android is now very personalized, including its new font, Roboto. It only works on high resolution displays, and is sharp, clean, and easily understandable. Everything is changed, like unlocking the homescreen, and all 5 homescreens are easily customized, with dragging widgets like you do in Honeycomb. Or taking screenshots using the volume down and power buttons.

For example, to create a new folder just drag to apps on top of each other, and then creates a folder that organizes itself. Or the new Visual Voicemail. Or a notifications tray being available on the lock screen. Or easy copy-and-paste, where you can just drag-and-drop chunks of text anyway you like. And talk-to-text is instantaneous, with improved recognition. The list goes on and on: bookmarks being synced to Chrome, a new tab UI for the browser and offline reading, the new Gmail UI with features like offline searching and more, Action Bars that control most if not all of the apps, and including ways to manage data usage, and even to set how much you’d allow yourself to use.

And indeed, there’s more after the break.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Announced: Ice Cream Sandwich And Top Notch Specs

It has been made official by Samsung and Google: the Galaxy Nexus is the next Android phone made to be the baseline of all Google Android smartphones. Each Galaxy Nexus will have a “curved glass” design and contain a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED screen, the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal memory, and a 1750mAh battery. In the next set of specs there is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash on the back, which Samsung states will take stills “with zero shutter lag” and video up to 1080p at 30fps, and on the front a 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling. Afterwards there’s Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), NFC, an accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, light / proximity sensors, and additionally — a barometer. And for all of that it’s only 8.94mm thick and weighs 135g with HSPA+ and LTE models available.

Now for availability: Galaxy Nexus launches in November in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. PR after the break.

Apple Shares Q4 2011 Earnings: Misses On iPhone Sales, Overall Below Expectations

Within the last three months of Steve Jobs’ life, Apple revenues took a dive. Wall Street projected that Apple would bring in $29.5 billion and earnings of $7.29 per share. The company delivered revenue of $28.27 billion and earnings of $7.05 per share. Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones, 11.1 million iPads, and 4.89 million Macs. Despite those numbers being below estimates, Apple had its best September quarter ever. The full press release is available, after the break.

Motorola DROID RAZR: A 1.2Ghz Dual-Core processor, 4.3-inch qHD screen, Verizon 4G LTE


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.

PR after the break.

MOTOACTV is the ultimate smart watch/fitness watch


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.

HP Touchpad webOS 3.0.4 Update Adds Plenty Of Great Features To A Dead Tablet

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

Ahead Of Tonight’s Announcement, A Galaxy Nexus Image Leaks


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