Day: March 26, 2010

Sprint HTC EVO 4G vs Nexus One – 7 reasons why EVO 4G is the winner

Amazing comparison at – By Taylor Wimberly

7 reasons to choose the Sprint HTC EVO 4G over the Nexus One

When Google launched the Nexus One on January 5th, they coined the phrase “superphone” to emphasize how they pushed the limits of what’s possible on a mobile phone. I ordered the N1 on the day it was released and believe it lived up to the hype, but HTC has already surpassed their first super device with the new Sprint EVO 4G.

The following is a quick list of examples how the Sprint EVO tops the N1.

1. First smartphone to support 4G WiMax

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G.

Sprint was the first (and only) nationwide carrier in the U.S. to implement a 4G WiMax network and they chose Android to power their flagship device. Users can expect top downloads speeds of 6 Mbps which is 10 times faster than the average 3G network (only 600 kbps).

Monthly data caps are non existent on Sprint 4G data plans (when connected to WiMax), so users can download without worry.

2. 4G Android applications

Google developed the new YouTube HQ for high speed connections.

The faster speeds of the 4G WiMax network opens the door to a wave of bandwidth hungry applications. For example, Google worked with HTC and Sprint to create a new YouTube HQ application that automatically detects a 4G connection and then streams a high def video.

Other developers like Qik are creating specialized versions of their apps targeted for the EVO. Sprint also offers ESPN Mobile TV on the EVO and plans to sign more video distribution deals before launch (Amazon VOD anyone?).

3. Larger 4.3 inch display

The EVO display is 4.3 inch (vs 3.7 of N1).

The HTC EVO 4G raises the bar for Android screens with its 4.3 inch TFT display. This is a half inch larger than the N1 and will come in handy for high definition pictures and videos. The larger screen size also makes text input easier by allowing a jumbo sized virtual keyboard.

Dell will include a 5 inch display on their Mini 5, but they are marketing it more as a mini tablet than a phone (and we still don’t have a release time frame).

4. 720p HD video in/out

No special dock is required for HDMI out.

The Nexus One records the best quality video of any Android phone and the EVO will improve upon that. The EVO records video in HD (1280×720) vs only 720×480 on the N1.

Not only does the EVO capture HD video, but you can also push it out with the included HDMI mini port. Users will be able to hook their phone directly to a HDTV by using only a HDMI cable (no dock required). This will allow users to share their recorded movies in HD and stream HD content over a 4G connection.

5. Dual cameras

The EVO features a 1.3 MP front facing camera.

The EVO is the first Android phone in the U.S. to feature dual cameras. An 8 megapixel camera is located on the back and a 1.3 MP camera is found on the front. This will allow for live video calling, which iPhone (and Android) users have been clamoring for.

Sprint has already released their SDK so developers can begin taking advantage of the forward-facing camera in their apps. Look for fring to be one of the first apps on Android to support video communications.

6. 1GB of internal storage

This message makes me sad.

If Android has a dirty little secret, it is the limited internal storage found on most phones. Google has said they are working on an encrypted solution to allow developers to install their apps to the SD card, but that could still be some time off.

Most new Android phones have 512 MB of internal storage with only about 256 MB allocated for application installs. My Nexus One experienced the low space warning after a month of normal use and I have to constantly uninstall applications to free up room.

Thankfully, the EVO has doubled the internal storage to 1 GB so users should experience fewer space issues as they wait for Google to address the situation.

7. Built in tethering for 8 devices

The EVO doubles as a personal hotpost.

Most carriers discourage tethering an internet connection from your phone to other devices.

The EVO will actually ship with tethering built in and Sprint is marketing this as one of its biggest features. Customers will be able to setup a mobile hotspot with their phone that up to 8 other devices can connect (vs only 5 of their previous Overdrive hotspot).

I considered purchasing an Overdrive to use as a backup internet connection for work, but the EVO eliminates the need for a second device.

Three reasons to skip the Sprint EVO 4G

Ok so at this point, it sounds like the Sprint HTC EVO 4G might be too hard to resist.

Sprint did not reveal the actual launch price, but I don’t think it even matters for a device like this. The EVO is geared towards the business crowd and hardcore geeks who are willing to purchase it at any reasonable price point. The current Sprint 3G rate plans are fairly competitive with the industry, so it will be interesting to see what options they offer for the EVO 4G.

To be fair, lets look at three reasons to skip the EVO and hold out for another phone.

1. Coverage area

The EVO is a worthy purchase even if you plan to use it on 3G, but a 4G connection is required to take full advantage of the device and all its services. Sprint plans to cover 120 million people by the end of 2010, so visit the Sprint 4G site and check your coverage area.

The only other carrier to roll out a 4G-like nationwide network in 2010 is T-Mobile. They plan to cover 185 million people with HSPA+ by the end of this year, so stay tuned for more markets.

2. T-Mobile HSPA+ is faster than Sprint 4G WiMax

Speaking of T-Mobile, their new HSPA+ network will be the fastest available with nationwide coverage in 2010. Their current implementation of HSPA+ has a theoretical max of 21 Mbps which is double the 10 Mbps theoretical max of Sprint 4G WiMax.

T-Mobile will have a smartphone with HSPA+ support, but it will not be available till the second half of 2010.

Verizon is launching 25-30 markets with 4G LTE late this year, but they will not have a LTE handset till summer 2011. AT&T will also adopt LTE for 4G, but does not expect a handset till 2012.

3. Android updates

Finally – if you always want to have the latest version of Android loaded on your phone, go with the Nexus One. The N1 uses the stock version of Android and should always be the first handset to receive whatever the latest version is out. The EVO will launch with HTC’s Sense UI (on top of Android 2.1) and HTC normally lags a few months before bringing their firmwares up to date.

The NEW iPhone 4G?

source – By Clandestine

Are you ready? Release likely around June or July of 2010.

Lots of speculation is going around on the new iPhone 4g… in HD!!

Verizon Wireless is currently testing a CDMA version of the iPhone 4G and Verizon confirms they are making network changes to bring the iphone to their network. The new iPhone 4g is going to be loaded with awesome new features like video chat, multi-tasking and extreme downloading. (List of possible features below). Just when you think there is nothing else to come up with, more and more and more technology comes out. And it is on the rise, and not just at Apple, Inc!

Woo hoo! This iPhone 4g could also have dual core processors and higher and powerful graphic chips that can deliver higher video resolutions and better “still” images when taking pictures.

There are a few networks working on building a 4G network. T-mobile would be a likely carrier since they are GSM already. Sprint has a 4G network already… AT&T and Verizon Wireless are in the beginning stages. There are talks of Verizon Wireless getting iPhone sometime in 2010 since the exclusive contract with AT&T expires, but it could be renewed until 2012.

Whether or not it will be 4G will be up to them!… can they build in time? Regardless, there is much anticipation on how many people will leave AT&T for Verizon Wireless because of AT&T’s lagging on app restrictions like Slingplayer and Google Voice and Skype (on #g network, not Wi-Fi).

AT&T’s restrictions have caused the percentage of people that are JailBreaking their iPhones to rise since Jail Breaking usually comes with Cydia which is the app store for jail broken phones. Most of the applications, ringtones, and even iphone themes!…are free with Cydia. Winterboard is part of the download, and it very easily add’s the changes to your phone so you dont have to figure how to do it on your own…it is VERY automated.

The Palm Pre on Sprint (Sprint now offering a 4G network) has made an attempt at being competitive with iPhone and Blackberry…but it’s not looking good. Maybe their recent Android phone will help.

iPhone 4G looks promising in terms of being sleek, packed with new hardware and multi-tasking software. Very exciting.

A few features of iPhone 4G:

  • A new, sleeker body design.
  • OLED screen.
  • Multi-Tasking. (use multiple functions at once without going in and out of apps)
  • iChat camera (on the front so you can have video chat!!!)
  • 32G (basic) and 64G of memory. Your sure to never run out.
  • Removable Battery.
  • Hi Definition Camera.
  • Hi Definition Camcorder.
  • Hi Definition audio.
  • Messaging light.
  • True GPS built in.

Archos 9 Tablet with 1.2 GHz Atom CPU

source – by John Pope

Archos 9 Tablet with a slightly faster CPU

We’ve reviewed the Archos 9 Tablet running Windows 7 Started edition a few weeks ago and the general conclusion was that the 1.1 GHz Atom CPU was not powerful enough to get a smooth user interaction. It seems that Archos took this thought into consideration as it just recently bumped the CPU found inside the Archos 9 to 1.2 GHz via the Atom Z515 chip.
Now, don’t expect major changes, as the overall speed increase is under 10%, but expect it to run a little smooth, and if you turn down some of the Windows 7 Starter effects (even if this is a stripped version of Windows 7) you can get a pretty decent feedback to your touches.
The price was also reviewed a little, as you can now purchase the Archos 9 Tablet from Amazon for 539$. Throw in an SSD drive and another gig of RAM and you have a pretty interesting touch tablet here.

ASUS EEE PC T101MT starts shipping in April for 499$

The Asus EEE PC T101MT

The ASUS Eee PC T101MT has already appeared in store listings in Europe and has just been announced in Italy where it’ll be priced at 499 Euros and be available in April. Same goes for the US – It’ll be available early April for around $499 though this model is likely to have 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD and Windows 7 Starter, which won’t work the multi-touch capabilities.

You can see that some stores like OnSale and Amazon have started to list a T101MT-EU17-BK model for around that price mark.

The specs: 10.1” 1024 x 600 resistive multi-touch display, Atom N450 processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, 0.3MP webcam, 6.5 hour battery (35Wh, li-poly) and Windows 7 Starter.

Source: Liliputing

Netbook Mac OS X Compatibility Chart

source –

On which netbooks you can install Mac’s OS X – read on..

When it came to OS X on netbooks the only chart I knew about was the Boing Boing OS X compability chart. It hasn’t been updated in ages though and the list of netbooks are old-ish and small in number.

Now there’s a new OS X compatibility chart on the block over at  Well actually apart from the ASUS Eee PC 1201 (which doesn’t support Wi-Fi and LAN with OS X it seems) all the other netbooks are old-ish.

The new blog seems like it’ll be a good place to keep up with the latest OS X happenings on netbooks, outside of forums.

Source: Liliputing

Apple job posting hints at LTE for a future iPhone 4G

source – By Richard Lai

What could possibly come after the iPhone 3GS? The iPhone 3GSS, of course! Joking aside, turns out Apple‘s already dropped the 4G bomb on one of its job postings in May 2009 while seeking for a “Cellular Technology Software Manager” with “expert knowledge of… WCDMA/UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE etc.” That’s right, LTE. Now, we’re not saying this means a 4G-powered iPhone is next in line in the annual product cycle, nor does this listing confirm Apple’s favored 4G radio (be it a decoy or an eventual change of heart), but given AT&T’s interest in LTE plus its prolonged love affair with Cupertino, it’s pretty hard to not consider LTE as a realistic option on future Apple portables. Frankly, it won’t be the end of the world if a 4G iPhone fails to turn up this summer — most of us here would rather have something with improved battery life, real multitasking, and 720p camera over those insane data speeds. No, really.

[Thanks, Bryan]

BPhone netbook – smartphone hyrbid

source – by Donald Melanson

Why carry around a netbook and a smartphone when you can have a netbook / smartphone? Why indeed. Especially when you can have something as sensible as the BPhone, which is now finally available for the completely reasonable price of $569.99 (unlocked, of course). That will get you a not-quite-pocketable convertible device with a 5-inch touchscreen, along with a 624MHz Marvell CPU, ARM Linux 2.6 for an OS, 256GB of flash storage, built-in Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS, and quad-band GSM connectivity on the “phone” side of the equation. Sound like just the thing you’ve been looking for? Hit up the link below to get your order in.

[Thanks, BrianB]