Samsung Vibrant 4G freed, HSPA+ and Android 2.3 Gingerbread come along

So understand this: you may already own the Samsung Vibrant, but now there will be a Samsung Vibrant 4G, with access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 21MBps network, will have a front-facing camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. So now, wrap your head around this: a new phone will launch with a new(er) operating system, although the hardware is virtually the same. So, if you wanted Android 2.3 off the bat, you’d have to buy a new phone. Besides this insult to consumers, Sammy seems to have what looks like an un-skinned version of Android 2.3; no Touchwiz elements are seen in the photo. But of course, BGR’s henchmen claim that it’ll get Touchwiz in time for release, no matter what.

Hooray for Samsung? Ugh. Via: BGR

New Rumor: iPad 2 will have a 2048×1536 resolution screen, same footprint


A few acknowledgements of different screen resolutions were seen in the latest version of iBooks. The evidence is through the different images meant for different screens used by the iPhones and iPad. Apparently, a background in iBooks supports the 2048×1536 resolution, and such a high-resolution would not only mean possible Retina display branding (higher price anyone?) on the iPad 2, but moving away from the 1024×768 resolution (and thus support of 1080p HD content with the new screen) that few new devices use. Here’s to hoping, along with a grain of salt for this rumor. Via: CG

LG Says Windows Phone 7 Debut Wasn’t As Awesomesauce As Expected

LG came out on this slow news day to say one thing (using many words) to Pocket-Lint, and that’s the only negative data seen for Windows Phone 7. Mostly stating that the OS is easy to use (fact) and has a very large market share it could reach (probably), but for the major techies (yours truly) can become boring (also fact).  To continue what LG is saying here, I can reference them: “From an industry perspective we had a high expectation, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected.” A sort of “so-so” remark, right?

And that also:

LG has been closely collaborating with Microsoft from the beginning. What we feel is that it is absolutely perfect for a huge segment out there. What we feel is that some people believe that some operating systems, mainly Google, are extremely complicated for them. But Windows Phone 7 is very intuitive and easy to use.

And he’s not finished talking yet:

For tech guys like us it might be a little bit boring after a week or two, but there are certain segments that it really appeals to. We strongly feel that it has a strong potential even though the first push wasn’t what everyone expected.

Personally, Windows Phone 7 is like Android 1.0, but stylized as Android 3.0, and using handsets that came from Android 2.1. If that made any sense, it means that Microsoft needs better handsets, and hopefully, will get more sales. Or more marketing.

A Reason Why It Would Suck To Get An iPhone On Verizon.

You have an iPhone (or you’re getting one). You love it. You hate AT&T, but you still love your iPhone (which is actually pretty hard to do). Since 2007, you’ve been buying, setting up, and using the iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, and the 4. While the iPhone 4 may be superior (and it is, with only a few Android phones as good as it is), it always is a problem of AT&T. No longer, because it’s on Verizon Wireless, without a hint of crapware seen on Android or branding to be found. It turns out, buying now would be a bad idea.

Doesn’t make much sense of what I just typed right there?

It does.

And you’d be a fool to do otherwise. Now with Verizon on board, and AT&T losing exclusivity in the United States, that means the iPhone 5 will be on both networks. Considering the date is February 10th, and a new iPhone is ALWAYS launched every June/July, then you’d be just as royally screwed as your weekly AT&T customer service call. It’s your choice: be the early adopter and pay for it, or wait it out just a bit longer. You’d enjoy it a lot more, that’s for sure.

RIM Does Its “Best” In New BlackBerry Dakota Leaked Specs

This (above) is codenamed the BlackBerry Dakota. It is the best phone RIM will have, that just depends on what RIM thinks is good. Major specs to make note of are a 5 megapixel cam with HD video recording, QWERTY, BlackBerry OS 6.1, a 2.8-inch screen with 640 x 480 resolution, 4GB of internal storage, 768MB of RAM (that’s nice), hotspot capability, and is 10.5mm thin.

How many BlackBerries does it take to induce a “meh”? Not that many, it seems. Via: BGR

Congrats to Notch, Who Has Sold 1 Million Copies Of Minecraft

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1 million people have took it into their heads to buy Minecraft, and those 1 million are smart to do so, especially the lovable SeaNanners at Machinima, for his amazing commentaries. One of the best games ever made (you have to admit) has reached one million copies sold, and according to its create “Notch”, the crew has been drinking so much champagne that they can’t take care of bug fixes due this week. Congrats to Mojang and Notch!

iOS 4.3 beta now available to developers, with several (good) features


Starting right now, if you have a developer membership for iOS, you can download the new iOS 4.3 beta 1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Major things to note of include personal hotspot capability (but only if your carrier activates it), the ability to switch between the mute button or screen orientation lock for the iPad, AirPlay for third-party apps to an Apple TV, a few new multitouch gestures for iPad, and lastly, not being able to roll back from the beta; you’d have to wait for the final version to get anywhere else. Otherwise, get downloading, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.