Archive for December 2009
Itâs really just a matter of time. After coming out with the open source Android that caught the mobile phone community with a bang, you can almost smell in the air the ambitions of a search engine company eventually wanting to knock out the big boys right in their own turf.
Enter the Google phone, or the more precisely the Google Nexus One released only last 5th of January 2010. This is unabashedly the HTC Passion without the HTC logo and runs the Ãclair-favored Android 2.1 on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. And by the name alone, you can be forgiven into thinking thereâs going to be a Nexus Two and Three, etc. The Google site already has it available for ordering at a SIM-free price of $529 or take out a $79.99/mnth 2-year contract with T-mobile for just $179.
Features Revealed Online
This is quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone on 2G and a tri band UMTS/3G with HSDPA/HSUA for amazingly fast internet surfing. It supports WiFi 802.11 for hotspot surfing as well as Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR for high speed wireless data synching with local Bluetooth devices.
Memory starts with a 512 MB flash ROM and 512 MB RAM expandable to 32 GB with its microSD slot. The kit is said to contain a 4 GB microSD card.
It sports a 3.7-inch Wide-VGA (480 x 800) AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with multitouch capability that is not enabled in default apps for the US version. It has all the usual sensors like accelerometer for auto rotate, proximity sensor for disabling its touchscreen capability when held against your face in a call, and ambient light sensor for automatically dimming the screen according to ambient light condition. It also has a magnetometer for its digital compass capability.
Its multimedia features a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and digital zoom as well as 720p High Definition video recording at 20 fps or higher. It comes with geo tagging, courtesy of its built-in GPS receiver. Thereâs the audio and video players that support the common media file codes and a stereo FM radio with RDS. You can either listen from a wireless Bluetooth A2DP stereo headset or use its 3.5mm headphone jack.
It runs on the Android 2.1 Ãclair OS which adds some aesthetic enhancements such as animated wallpapers. By December 2009, it has access to more than 20,000 apps from the online Android. Just to put things in perspective, the Apple Store has about 125,000 apps. It support voice to text transcription, noise canceling and voice direction using its GPS SatNav turn-by-turn direction feature.
It is powered by a 1400 mAh Lithium-ion battery capable of delivering 10 hours of talk time, 5 hours of browsing, 20 hours of music playback, 7 hours of video payback and 290 hours of standby time when fully charged.
Hello youtube! Guys just a quick THANK YOU to all of you who have watched and commented on my video, it was great to get some good feedback from you guys, Thanks again =) Okay so here is my second installation of Android Applications that I am reviewing, here's the list and proper spelling of each Application, these can all be download free via Android Market: Ultimate Faves Mobile Defense Mobile Buzz Trippo (translator) I know that is not much but its hard to do a decent review in only 10 minutes with multiple applications, please comment and ask any questions about these or any apps in the android market. I encourage to post or comment the ones you like also. Please stay tuned for an upcoming review dedicated to Android Games via Android Market. Thanks again guys! -droidreview PS- Yes I know I said the word "Basically" about 50 times, eghhh still getting used to this stuff =\
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A lot of people were pleasantly shocked by the latest phone announced by Motorola during the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this January. The Motorola BACKFLIP is sure to turn head when it finally becomes available in the first quarter of 2010.
An Innovative Design
In terms of design, this phone is surely a cut above the rest. It’s the first of its kind, and Motorola is proud of the fact that it has created something that can potentially change the way smart phones are designed. When this mobile phone is close, the screen and the QWERTY keyboard are both facing out.
Don’t open it like you would a normal clamshell though, because that’s not how it works. As the name suggests, it flips backwards. You can flip it out into a reverse V shape and stand it on a table while you watch a movie. You can even use it as a digital picture frame or even an alarm clock in that position.
When you open the phone, you just need to use the trackpad at the back of the phone to be able to navigate the main display without touching the actual screen. Even though it may seem complicated in writing, once you get your hand on this mobile phone, you’re sure to figure out quickly how it works. People who were given the chance to try it out during the CES all proclaimed how user friendly and easy to manipulate this smart phone is.
A Set of Impressive Features
A lot of people have complained in the past that Android devices have not been particularly impressive when it comes to imaging capability. The problem is addressed by this mobile phone, which comes with an impressive 5.0 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. It can also capture videos at HVGA resolution of 24 fps (frames per second).
It also has a built-in GPS receiver that can support geo-tagging. This means that all photos you take with your mobile phone will automatically be tagged with its location. The GPS receiver is also very useful for satellite navigation (or SatNav) using Google Maps, and will even help you get the information you need on local services through various third-party applications.
The Motorola BACKFLIP has a particularly notable media player that can support various file formats such as AAC, WMA9 and MP3 for audio, and H.263, H.264, WMV9 and MP4 for video. There should be more than enough storage for all your media contents since this phone has an internal memory of 2 GB, with the option of expanding up to 32 GB using a microSD memory card.
Welcome to the World of the Androids
As earlier mentioned, this phone runs on the most popular operating system right now, the Google Android 1.5. As expected, this mobile phone has a solid integration when it comes to all the popular services offered by Google, including Google Mail, Google Maps and Google Talk. It also supports photo uploading and editing using your mobile phone through Picasa and Photobucket.
One thing I like about Android… media in the browser. Watch Android team members talk about their favorite features.
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Last January 6, Motorola made a surprise announcement during the international Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It is the launching of their most unusual smart phone ever, the Motorola BACKFLIP. Powered by Google Android, this phone can actually flip backwards, so that both the screen and keyboard are facing out. It has to be the most unique phone in the market today, and will definitely appeal to people who like having one-of-a-kind gadgets.
Just Like a CLIQ
Upon closer inspection, it appears that this phone is pretty much the same as the popular Motorola CLIQ. It has very similar specifications, such as the Qualcomm 528 MHz MSM 7200A processor, the 5 megapixel camera, the 320 x 480 screen display, the Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and even the Google Android 1.5 operating system that comes with the MotoBLUR, which is a social networking add-on. You should know though that Motorola promises to upgrade both phones to Android 2.1 eventually.
The keyboard is also very similar to what the CLIQ has, only bigger. It’s also a bit more domed compared to the unimpressive keyboard of the Motorola Droid. The three buttons that are found below the screen of the CLIQ has been replaced in this phone by touch buttons that light up when pressed lightly.
Not Like Any Other Phone
However, when you talk about the physical design, then this phone stands on a league of its own. When it is closed, both the screen and the keyboard face out. You can then flip it flat in a V-shape so that it can stand on a table and you can watch a video clip. When propped up this way, it can also work as an alarm clock or a digital photo frame. When it is fully open, you can actually use the trackpad at the back of the phone so that you can navigate without having to touch the screen at all. The good thing about this phone is that even with it’s one of a kind design, it doesn’t feel awkward at all, unless you try to flip the phone the wrong way (like you would a traditional clamshell).
Concerns about the Phone
One thing that bothers some people about the Motorola BACKFLIP is that it has the same problem as the CLIQ, in that the many windows of MotoBLUR look too crowded on a regular 320 x 480 screen. However, the screen resolution is pretty impressive though – everything looks bright and sharp, so that should be one less thing to worry about.
Another concern is that the 528 MHz processor may not be able to compete with the latest Android phones in the market today, such as the Motorola Droid, which has faster, more advanced processors.
This mobile phone supports HSPA 7.2 network and works on 3G band. It features 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0. Its internal memory is expandable through the use of microSD cards.
According to Motorola, this phone will be available in the first quarter of 2010, but no price has been announced yet.
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