AT&T Also Begins Offering Early Upgrades Via Their Next Plan — But Don’t Do It

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In a bid to counter T-Mobile’s constant appeals to consumers and media on which carrier has more innovative approaches to consumer problems and service, AT&T decided to introduce one facet of T-Mobile’s vast selection of plans: paying a monthly fee that allows one to upgrade a phone before the contract ends. The catch: the price is specific to the phone you own, meaning that with wiggle room, AT&T can do as they like with the costs — on top of the fact that you will have to pay full price, rather than subsidized, for the device. Mathematically, the T-Mobile plans would save a user much more. Refer to the following:

At $60 per month for 2.5 GB of data plus unlimited talk and text on T-Mobile, whereas AT&T costs $90 for 3 GB plus 450 minutes and unlimited text messages, that all works out to $2160 on AT&T and $1440 on T-Mobile. Considering that hardware costs less on AT&T, it makes sense that their plans are mainly responsible for the price spike — and introducing the Next plan offers them another way to do that. It’s just not worth it.

Of course, while T-Mobile is still busy rolling out their 4G LTE networks throughout the country, AT&T has an existing infrastructure that has been quite reliable recently. But is that enough to justify this deceitful plan?

ViaAT&TT-Mobile

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite Arrives July 28th For $800

ativ-book-9-lite-blackWhile it is the lower-end model of Samsung’s new and pretty fantastic looking Series 9 line of computers, the ATIV Book 9 Lite is still worthy of any college student or professional for that matter. At $800 coming out in July 28th, you’re getting a 13.3-inch, 1,366 x 768 capacitive touchscreen, AMD Radeon graphics, and up to 5.5 hours of battery life. In terms of the actual parts that make up a computer, Samsung has opted for AMD’s 1.4GHz quad-core CPU,  4GB of DDR3 memory and a 128GB SSD.

It will have one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a Mini VGA port, a micro HDMI, a three-in-one memory card reader, and a 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter. The computer measures 0.69 inches thick and weighs just about 3.48 pounds.

Of course, you could just wait for the more expensive, but superior ATIV Book 9 Plus, which gets a release date and price sometimes this month or the next.

Microsoft Drops The Price Of The Surface To $349

Surface RT Marked DownBy all means, the Microsoft Surface RT is not the hottest product Microsoft has created by any means, but that doesn’t stop it from being at the vanguard of the company’s marketing campaigns. In a bid to draw more attention to the device, Microsoft has reduced the price to $349, representing a $150 decrease for the 32GB model.

Will this help? Who knows, but it’s a move that should have been from the start.

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Moto X Has An Always-Listening Voice Command Feature, Seen In Leaked Video

motox-leaked-demoIn the special case of Canadian phone carrier Rogers, a leaked video has surfaced that details the Moto X, the first smartphone to be made by Motorola under Google’s ownership. In it, we see the always-on voice command functionality. By saying “Ok Google Now,” the phone accepts voice commands, similar to the way Google Glass voice command works. “Your Moto X is ready to listen and respond,” the curt Rogers representative says in the video. “Talk to it, and it learns your voice.” But that’s just the beginning.

Another feature included is the “active update”, which flashes on-screen letting the user know which apps have notifications waiting, rather than just a simple LED light. Or flicking the wrist twice to access the phone’s camera. And even being able to take a photo by tapping anywhere on the screen, instead of having to press a shutter button.

With more and more info leaking like this on a daily basis, there’s no doubt the Moto X is reaching its announcement phase. Check the video out, after the break. Via: Ausdroid

Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear Headphones Review

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Sennheiser is famous for their excellent audio equipment, but recently the company decided to take a consumer-centric approach to headphones that offered professional quality. Enter, the Momentums over-ear headphones. Out of the box, they’re the best looking headphones, while skipping the traditional design to ensure that they are lightweight.

They are completely uncompromising: the feel of quality is quite literally ebb and flow. Keep reading to see what I mean exactly.

Eric Schmidt Seen Using A Moto X, Casually In A Phone Call

Schmidt and the Moto XThis is without a doubt, an image with two very familiar subjects: Chairman Eric Schmidt of Google and the unreleased Moto X smartphone, the first device to be produced by Google’s newly-acquired hardware division: Motorola.

Besides being customizable and assembled in the United States, we now know that the particular Moto X Mr. Schmidt was using has a textured back with a white finish, and a black front, much like the limited edition white Nexus 4. Also, the hardware is attractive: a thin design, but with a thicker midsection that gives it a unique look.

Via: Reuters, Corriere.it

Hands-On With The Nokia Lumia 1020 In NYC

Lumia 120 Hands-onWith tons of press hoarding a device, it takes some determination to gnaw away at the people and score a device to get hands-on time with. Enter, the Nokia Lumia 1020, which was the attention-laden smartphone of the day. My initial impressions are pretty great, actually: it isn’t very heavy at all, the polycarbonate unibody feels very polished, is matte, and very grip-active in the hands, and obviously, there’s a slight camera bump, which can quite literally drive me but at 10.4mm thin, it’s not that thick either.

The camera quality is as amazing as previously mentioned. Shots were crisp and clear, and very easy to focus. As tested on David Pierce from The Verge, the Lumia 1020 delivered a fast autofocused shot and a clear image. Now, it’s time to actually get a review unit and try to examine where the Lumia 1020’s breaking point is, if any.

More hands-on shots after the break.

Nokia Announces Lumia 1020 In NYC, With A 41-Megapixel Camera On AT&T For $300

Lumia 1020 AnnouncementClose to the waterline here in New York City, Nokia decided it was time to unveil their new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1020, to the tech press. It’s filled to the brim with new hardware, from a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768 AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 41-megapixel EOS camera sensor on the back with Xenon flash and f/2.2 lens. For video users, the Lumia 1020 supports 6x zoom in 720p HD. The twist here is that a front-facing, wide-angle camera will also have access to an Xenon flash.

And of course, to support all of this hardware, Nokia threw in a 2,000 mAh battery. Yellow, white, and black are the colors engineered by Nokia into the Lumia 1020, including the usual unibody design.

Despite its impressive feature-set on paper, the Lumia 1020 isn’t the thinnest device: at 10.4mm thickness and weighing some 158 grams, it’s a little heavier than a few flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, Sony, and HTC but still manages to be sleek and easy to wield.