A test shot on the Nikon D5000 I’ve been reviewing.
A week at LaptopMemo is a big thing. First of all, with all of the new Android phones falling from the sky like Gordon Ramsay yelling on Hell’s Kitchen, I have to keep up with all of that. Including the always-possible possibility of leaking exclusives out here, and some wacko “high-up” Sprint engineers telling me they’re prepping a CDMA iPhone 4 for their network this autumn. There’s also the redesign of this site, which according to most feedback, is “awesome”. And then there’s the Android news that just can’t stop….
YES! The Sprint EVO 4G is a very cool cat, no doubt about that. But the Sense UI isn’t to everyone’s taste, even though it is to mine. So what happens then? Do you completely ignore the best-looking and most highly specced smartphone in the world? Do you simply ignore the brilliance of the EVO 4G? Heck, no! As Androinica shows us above, youcan simply turn it off to reveal the classy Android 2.1 UI, complete with the 3D apps cube.
Going back to the myTouch Slide, an Android 2.1-based smartphone with the T-Mobile influenced ”Espresso” Sense UI, and a QWERTY slide-out with entry-level specs, new documents by TmoNews suggested that the Slide will in fact cost $149.99 on a 2-year agreement with T-Mobile. Customers who wish to pay full retail price to use with their own GSM SIM cards on the device are purportedly going to be paying $399 for the Slide, which again, is the costly full retail price.
Whatever price it might be, the MyTouch Slide is going to be the only Android phone with a proper looking physical keyboard, unless something else comes along.
It’s always great to be successful, especially when you know the product you’re selling is well favored, but when you can’t supply that product to the consumer due to too much demand, that’s when the smiles fade away. I am precisely talking about the Droid Incredible by HTC. Due to part shortages like the 3.7-inch WVGA multitouch screen which is built by Samsung, Droid Incredibles cannot be produced. According to Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam, they “had to pull way back” on store deliveries and instead focus on online sales. In fact, demand has been so tight that within 48 hours of the Incredible’s release, 100,000 handsets were sold. As of the time of this writing, the Verizon web site claims all orders will be fulfilled by June 3rd. Very demanding indeed.
If the Samsung Moment could get Android 2.1 earlier today, then the Sprint Hero getting it officially tomorrow wouldn’t be a shocker, would it? The dude at AndroidCentral called Jerry has gotten word in a leaked version of the OS, which in extreme theory should work. And if it doesn’t, you get a bricked phone. We’re not telling you to try it; we’re just telling where it is so you can try it. (read: Mwahahah!)
See that? All around? Look, and you shall see only clean, minimalistic design. We’re talking about the LaptopMemo redesign you guys (and girls)! The redesign is more of a refresh, so instead of calling it “LaptopMemo 2.0″, call it “LaptopMemo 1.5″. And no, we won’t have issues updating the site to version 2.0+ like Android has had for ages now. When that time comes for a complete rehaul, it will come. In the meantime, feel free to browse the whole site, and report back for errors or missing links while you’re at it using our tips line! And for sponsors, there will be a dedicated area, once they come along. So chill out, subscribe, and continue reading LaptopMemo!
Sprint has spoken! The Samsung Moment, an Android phone begging for Android 2.1 for months, has finally gotten it, as a download from the official Sprint site, meaning that this is an official update, but not OTA (over-the-air for you non techy). What’s more is that that it will wipe out everything on your phone. EVERYTHING!
So make sure to backup all of your apps, useless photos of your dog in your shirt, videos, ringtones, and stuff like that. Text messages can’t be backed up to the cloud or locally, either; they’re pretty much dead. If you are ready and willing though, Sprint has the update right here so you can get started.
As a reminder of how the Google Phone Store concept failed, Google’s Andy Rubin has announced on the official Google blog that the Nexus One will no longer be sold through the store, but directly through carriers, and that after this, the main purpose of the site will be to view all Android handsets. As unfortunate as this might be, in the end it’s better for Google and Android; sales were pretty dismal as soon as the store went live, and the lack of traditional customer service hindered the idea even more. One thing you have to recognize as the main flaw of this idea is that all — no matter how you spin it — customers like to use the phone they’re going to buy, rather than just seeing press shots from us gadget blogs and the online store.
The 5-inch Mini Android tablet by Dell originally called the Dell Mini 5 is officially approaching O2 Telefonica in Euro this June, and AT&T will be getting it as well this summer. Interestingly, the source of this news is none other than Micheal Dell himself, saying “this [phone] will be available starting next month, first with our partner 02 Telefonica [sic] in Europe, then later this summer with our pretty good partner here in the United States, AT&T.”
No exact date, pricing, or plan costs though. These sort of things just keep on making you wait and crack the stories yourself. The excitement of being a tech journalist.
The LG Ally, a not-so-special Android phone originally made for Iron Man 2 has gone on pre-order for $99 on Verizon Wireless. For a 3.2-inch WVGA screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, 600Mhz CPU, and slide-out QWERTY bundled with Android 2.1, we can surely expect an Android 2.2 update to come along sooner or later. Hey, not everybody needs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (read: you should, because we like fast Android phones dictatorship). A hands-on video from MobileBurn is after the cut. Expect us to get a review unit as well.