Archive for: Android

The Lowdown: LG Optimus Pad LTE Specs

  • January 17, 2012 10:01 pm

Oh, LG. You had a chance to wow us but left us merely wanting more. We’re not going to say the LG Optimus LTE is a rehash of the previous non-LTE version, but let’s be real. The specs aren’t exactly screaming “2012″ here. Rambling aside, the specs:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm processor
  • Display: 8.9″ IPS True HD Display @ 1280 x 768
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel (Rear) / 2-megapixel (Front)
  • Battery: 6,800 mAh
  • Storage: 32GB (plus up to 32 GB via microSD)
  • OS: Android 3.2 Honeycomb

We’re not sure we can take any tablet seriously (upgrade promises or not) that ships with Android 3.x. Android 4.0 ICS has been around for well over a month folks. Let’s get with the program and stop releasing outdated software, mmm k?

CES 2012: Hands On With Polaroid’s SC1630 Android Camera.

  • January 11, 2012 2:04 am

Polaroid hasn’t been on our (and probably a good number of peoples’) radar for quite some time. The once innovative company has seemingly fallen into stagnant state, unable to produce the once great products of years past. But this year is different thanks to a “smart camera” in the SC1630 — a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot camera powered by Android.

We got our clammy paws all over Polaroid’s latest and greatest. Hop past the break for the visual evidence, and of course, our oh so important thoughts…

CES 2012: LG Spectrum Hands On And Initial Impressions.

  • January 11, 2012 1:44 am

Android phones are a dime a dozen it seems. Hardware specs don’t mean much anymore as everyone and their mother uses virtually the same few platforms, allotment of RAM, and screen size. Sadly, as much as we hate to admit it, software apps/skins are what differentiates the multitude of Android devices. However, there are some exceptions to that rule. One such exception: the LG Spectrum. Hop past the break for Gadgetsteria’s official hands on and initial impressions…

Confirmed: RAZR MAXX Battery Rated At 3,300 mAh!

  • January 10, 2012 11:12 am

The Droid RAZR MAXX we talked about yesterday lacked one very critical detail: battery size/life. While we’re still waiting on official word from Motorola whether by way of email confirmation or later today on the CES show floor, it appears Droid-Life has already scooped the number.

Are you ready for this…3,300 mAh! The figure is allegedly straight from a Motorola rep’s mouth. If it is in fact accurate, that’s an insanely large battery for a smartphone, though a size that arguably should ship with every device.

Looking at some of the press shots, we’re not exactly sure how they managed to add so much capacity to the battery with relatively little change in size. (Magic?)

Update: Motorola just confirmed the 3,300 mAh figure via their Twitter account.

Upgrade Your Transformer Prime To ICS? How’s It Going?

  • January 10, 2012 11:04 am

ASUS’ infamous Transformer Prime tablet has officially been blessed with ICS. The update began rolling out late yesterday to throngs of impatient users.

We have yet to actually see said device actually running ICS, though hope to quickly remedy that situation beginning with the official launch of CES 2012 today.

So we gotta ask: If you upgraded to ICS on your Transformer Prime, how’d it go? All hype and no substance? Drop it in the comments after the break…

CES 2012: Sprint Announces Galaxy Nexus, Viper LTE Smartphones And Sierra Wireless Hotspot.

  • January 9, 2012 4:40 pm

Sprint doesn’t have any time to lick their wounds on WiMAX’s loss to LTE. They’re already dangerously close to being brushed under the rug of irrelevance. But they aren’t giving up. Today during Press Day just before the official start of CES 2012, Sprint unveiled three new LTE products that will (hopefully) help the nation’s third largest carrier once again climb into the main mobile arena.

The Viper 4G is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread device that features respectable 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 4″ WVGA (480 x 800) display, and 5/VGA (rear/front) facing cameras. Where the initial specs may leave a bit to be desired, The Viper 4G does have one new addition that should appeal to feature hounds — NFC w/ Google Wallet support.

Moving onward, if the Viper 4G is a bit too plain for your tastes, we’re almost certain that Sprint’s own Galaxy Nexus variant will more than satisfy your palate. In the first time in many months — since the Nexus S at least — Sprint has a pure Android experience that rivals most other Android competitors. True to form, the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint will ship in a “pure” form meaning no skins, no fluff. Android and nothing else.

The third and final LTE Sprint news for today revolves around not a phone, but a wireless hotspot. The Sierra Wireless tri-network hotspot will reportedly be the first tri-network (3G/4G WiMAX/4G LTE) hotspot available on the market, and support up to 8 connected devices. Hand-offs between networks should be as smooth as butter once the device launches later this year.

CES 2012: Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, Droid 4 Officially Outed!

  • January 9, 2012 3:40 pm

We recently reviewed the Droid RAZR MAXX and found it to be an overall decent device. The thinness wasn’t are particular favorite as, well, we hate super thin phones that require a claw grip to use normally. But shortly after our review, it was revealed that Motorola was working on a slightly thicker, longer running variant, the Droid RAZR MAXX — the differentiating feature of course being a thicker battery.

Today, the MAXX was officially outed. And as expected, the old 7.1mm design couldn’t be kept. Instead, the larger battery has caused the RAZR’s backside to swell out to 8.99mm in total thickness. Oddly enough, the MAXX was announced without specific details regarding the larger battery within. As such, we’re searching for a concrete number.

In the meantime, Motorola also outed their constantly leaked Droid 4. As far as internal specs go, the Droid 4 isn’t anything special as it shares the 1.2 GHz OMAP4430 processor of the RAZR/MAXX and pretty much every other hardware feature too. That includes 1 GB of RAM, LTE, and plenty more.

The sliding 5-row QWERTY keyboard is of course the star of the Droid 4′s show, however, and features a yet again re-worked design. From what we’ve seen thus far, the keyboard on the Droid 4 is perhaps the best yet in terms of tactile feedback, depth, and size.

Look for Gadgetsteria’s hands-on treatments to accompany this post in the coming days once we begin crawling the show floor.