HTC Status Review: It’s The Facebook Phone You May Want

At first, it was called the HTC Cha Cha in Europe. Now when brought to the United States’ shores on AT&T’s 3G network, the Cha Cha is called the HTC Status. It will retail for a mere $50 on a 2-year contract, and brings along Android 2.3.3 with Sense UI, a 5 megapixel camera, front-facing camera, 800MHz processor, and a full QWERTY keyboard. Moreover, it has a 2.6-inch LCD touchscreen, something that I’ll talk about later in the review, which obviously is after the break.

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.4, Which “Fixes” The JailBreakMe Exploit

Time to get iTunes fired up and upgrade to iOS 4.3.4 (unless you’re an iOS 5 user, like me). It seems to patch the security exploit that allowed for the one-tap jailbreaking method/PDF exploit called JailBreakMe. Otherwise, wait until there’s an actual update with some new bug fix or feature and keep your jailbroken iDevice. Oh, and for Verizon iPhone users, this updated is called iOS 4.2.9. You know, just an FYI. Via: Apple

Google+ Now Has 10 Million Users After 2 Weeks And 1 Billion Shares Everyday

Two weeks into Google+ being Google+, and 10 million users have already registered for the service (keep in mind Facebook has 750 million). With a massive update coming soon, user-requested features will add to the stability of the social networking service, along with updates to the Android app and the iOS app debuting. According to the Google CEO on his Google+ post, Larry Page states that 1 billion items are shared and received on Google+ everyday. For a social networking so new, this is quite an amazing feat.

myTouch 4G Slide Hands-On!

Courtesy of our happy FedEx Man, the myTouch 4G Slide is available for testing, and is on our desk. Upon opening the box, the speedy 1.2GHz dual-core processor was amazing quick when booting into the homescreen and into setup. The 8 megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash and 1080pHD video along with an HDR mode is incredibly sharp, and likewise goes for the tad-too-small-for-our-tastes 3.7-inch multitouch WVGA Super LCD screen, which is bright, sharp, and has deep blacks with a high contrast. And despite T-Mobile using our least favorite 4G technology, HSPA+, it’s still pretty fast, and reaching 10MBps downloads off of it is pretty easy in our area. As for the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, its well-placed keys and comfy buttons make it easy to use and to punch out long, not short, emails, Google+ posts, or tweets. In fact, it’s the best keyboard I’ve ever used on a smartphone, a title I previously bestowed upon the T-Mobile G2 and Sidekick 4G, both also on T-Mobile.

Within the next few days a full review will be up for the myTouch 4G Slide on LaptopMemo, but in the meantime, enjoy the few shots of the smartphone that right off the bat looks like T-Mobile’s greatest below!

myTouch 4G Slide Shots

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Motorola Photon 4G Releasing For $199.99 On July 31st

The first WiMAX 4G Motorola smartphone with worldwide capabilites is coming out on July 31st for $199.99 on a 2-year agreement. Some specs of the Photon 4G include a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (support for up to 32GB microSD card), an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and a VGA front facing camera for video chats. Oh, and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread from the start with Motorola’s unnamed (sort of) UI topping. Press release after the break.

A Quick Hands-On With The HTC Status

At AT&T’s Unwrapped mobile holiday preview event in New York City, I had the time to take a look at a ton of upcoming and just-released devices, including the gift given out to all press attendees: an HTC Status. Every HTC Status has Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, a version of the Sense UI seen on their better dual-core devices, a 2.6-inch LCD screen, 5 megapixel back facing camera with a front-facing camera, 800MHz processor and a full QWERTY layout with a dedicated Facebook key.

First of all, it uses AT&T 3G, and is rather fun to use. Think of it as a BlackBerry with Android on it. The superior build quality for a $50 phone on contract is pretty nice, and considering it’s running Gingerbread with Sense UI on an 800Mhz processor, there is no noticeable lag that I’ve come across within the last 24 hours of owning it. Seems like AT&T and HTC have a winner here. The full review should be coming in the next few weeks.