Exclusive: Sprint “4G” Turned On In Miami, But Very Spotty

This turns out to be quite a surprise on my end. As a few of you may know (mainly because I hardly ever spoke about this) but when at the Samsung Continuum launch event, I had the chance to meet quite a few prominent bloggers, get some contacts, and meet my Samsung agents. After at least a month, I’ll be returning the Epic 4G review unit they loaned me, but not without using 4G a bit more. We agreed, and now it’s my turn to return the device (next week).

But here’s the interesting part: Sprint 4G is due in Miami sometimes this year, but I just was using it for the last 30 minutes, seen above as the first two tests, reaching speeds of 6MBps and up downloads. This I definitely didn’t expect, and Sprint hasn’t been talking about 4G in Miami anytime soon this week, but “later this year”.

While I did run 2 tests (which are seen above), the “4G” offered by WiMAX is extremely spotty, with connections appearing a few feet from each other, but when connected, are extremely fast. I’ve contacted Sprint to ask them if they’re about to roll the 4G outwards right now, since it’s completely operational on my end. One more photo of Sprint 4G running in Miami on an Epic 4G is after the break.

Windows Phone 7 To Go CDMA For The Holidays Instead Of 2011

When Microsoft clearly stated that no CDMA Windows Phone 7 devices would be sold be either on Verizon or Sprint, it turns out that Verizon is stating otherwise, and that in fact, they’ll be “rolling into stores this holiday season and more in early 2011.” We’re not sure exactly what this means, because obviously, I’m writing a gift guide because it’s already the holidays, so that’ll have to get sorted out. And which WP7 “devices” are we talking about Verizon? Something new and shiny? Or CDMA-converted “devices”, thus becoming a little disappointing if you ask me.

Via: Windows Phone (Twitter)

Verizon Lists Original DROID 2 As Having A 1.2GHz Processor?

As previous DROID 2 units only had a 1GHz processor, Verizon felt the need to upgrade the Droid 2 Global to 1.2GHz (because obviously, Motorola can do the overclocking). Through a bit of navigating, you can visit the “via” link below to see that the original CDMA Droid 2 has a 1.2GHz processor, which you can see in the image above. I’ve emailed Verizon and Motorola to get a response on this, and to see if this isn’t a mistake made by some employee who wanted a 1.2 GHz processor in their old Droid 2.

Via: Verizon

I’ve Bought Myself A DROID X. And I Don’t Know Why.

See, I’ve gotten myself a DROID X from AmazonWireless, for one penny on a 2-year agreement. According to Amazon, it should be on its way next week without issue (it’d better). And honestly, I don’t know why I did it. You could argue it’s “slow news day” and I have nothing to post (which in fact, is absolutely true) but I think it may just be because I wanted a beast of an Android device.

Only for it to become superseded in a matter of weeks.

At least Gingerbread should be coming on it soon — hopefully. I’ll be posting an unboxing and review when it gets here.

And then laugh at my Motorola contact who’s never been able to loan me one for review.

LaptopMemo Gift Guide 2010: Smartphones

Last year they were called smartphones, I think I’ll call them superphones, even if the phrase will go down in blasphemy, it’s pretty cool. But to save you from the confusion, I’ve titled this guide “smartphones”, so let’s continue. The phones seen below on all four major carriers in the United States are what I think were the best of this year, and deserve to be presents for the holidays. Let’s continue, shall we?

Something I Forgot To Post: Parrot AR Drone In Person

This is something I actually forgot to post from CES Preview, which was exactly 9 days ago. Turns out, one of the best (and only) things that there were was free food (!), my Samsung contacts and the Galaxy Tab with Galaxy S, and finally the Parrot AR Drone. This wonderment of technology that meets R/C, toys, and mobile smartphones is controlled by your iPhone/iPad using its motion censors. You’ve probably heard of it a thousand times, and if you haven’t I’ll continue with how it works.

Each one costs $299.99 and comes with an outdoor and indoor kit, both pictured in the gallery below. the AR Drone is a noisy UFO-like object, but when in action it’s a reason to smile at today’s toys. On numerous occasions, the demo AR Drone followed me around the showroom, and even tried to bump into me, while mostly everyone else smiled and laughed. And for some reason, my Dad wants one, and not me. Interesting.

Originally there was going to be HD video of it in this post, but then the file is not being read. Oh well. Enjoy the shots after the “more” then.

All DROIDS From Verizon Now 1 Cent At Amazon

If you’re missing the $200 necessary for a new DROID smartphone, then if you don’t have a penny I’m going to have to report you. AmazonWireless is selling all the Droids — the X, Incredible, 2, and Pro — for one darn penny each on a new contract with free activation, which lasts until November 22nd.

You’d be a complete n00b not to buy one of these if you can. Via: AmazonWireless

Toyota’s RAV4 EV is quite a looker, and Tesla powers it

Tesla and Toyota are pretty much in perfect harmony now with the RAV4 EV debuted at the LA Auto Show. Current models can go travel 100 miles on single charge, but Toyota is currently fine-tuning the 2012 RAV4 EV to get that 100 mile battery life in all conditions, and even more than just that. As for Tesla’s involvement, they pretty much have everything to do with designing the SUV; the power train, battery, electronics, electric motor, gearbox and software.