Category Archives: Cell Phones

Updates to come!!

Sorry I have neglected this site for so long.  I will try and get some new material on here as soon as I can.  Thanks for stopping by!  I am going to review some items I own first to give an honest long term ownership experience.

Sprint Service/WIMAX

 

 

Nexus S 4G

LG 47LW5600

Logitech Revue  Google TV

Roku

Acer Iconia 500 Tablet

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is coming!!!

I have owned many Sidekicks.  This is by far the best line of phones I have ever come by when it comes down to texting and typing on a qwerty keyboard.  It was always a solid design and far less quirky problems that we have today like freezes, resets and delays.  I hope they keep some of it’s originality.

Original Press Release:

T-Mobile Sidekick Is Reborn

New Sidekick 4G is a Lightning-Fast and Stylish Communication Hub, Delivering Evolved Messaging and Entertainment at 4G Speeds

BELLEVUE, Wash., and DALLAS – March 15, 2011 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.,1 today unveiled the new T-Mobile Sidekick® 4GTM by Samsung. The new AndroidTM-powered smartphone pays tribute to its heritage with its stylish good looks and a killer keyboard while redefining messaging and upgrading to 4G speeds. One of T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G NetworkTM, the new Sidekick 4G is capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

The T-Mobile Sidekick has long been known for its innovative and distinctive design, and the Sidekick 4G does not disappoint. The 3.5-inch display marks the first Sidekick to feature a touch screen and its sturdy “pop-tilt” hinge reveals the previously acclaimed, five-row QWERTY keyboard that has long been a Sidekick hallmark and the reason behind its status as an exceptional messaging device.

The new Sidekick 4G leverages its quality keyboard along with Sidekick Group TextTM and Cloud TextTM to redefine messaging. Sidekick’s Group Text feature lets customers create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations, enabling them to lead their network in conversation and social planning. Group Text breathes new life into one of the most popular forms of messaging allowing Sidekick 4G customers to initiate and share the benefit of the application with SMS-capable devices from flip phones to smartphones. In addition, Cloud Text provides the option to text with friends or groups across platforms, whether from the comfort of their PC’s large screen and keyboard, or from their new Sidekick 4G.

“Backed by the faster speeds on T-Mobile’s 4G network, the new Sidekick 4G offers customers both speed and style,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “We’ve reinvented the messaging experience that made the Sidekick such an iconic device, and supercharged it with communication and entertainment experiences that take full advantage of our 4G network.”

Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, said, “We are proud that T-Mobile selected Samsung to help create the next-generation Sidekick and carry the iconic Sidekick brand and device to the next level. Samsung redesigned the new Sidekick 4G with our best-in-class hardware, combined with T-Mobile’s 4G network speeds, the Android operating system, and unique messaging and entertainment features, to make this a perfect match for both loyal Sidekick fans and new Sidekick owners.”

The new Sidekick 4G also comes preloaded with Facebook® and TwitterTM applications, and provides easy interaction with customers’ social networks by allowing them to update their status from the notification pane and browse their feeds from the home screen. They have the ability to sync their social network contacts to the phone’s address book, which lets them post to their friends’ walls or comment on their status. And multitasking is easier than ever with the Sidekick 4G’s jump key, an easy-to-access physical button that enables customers to quickly switch between active applications, even during a phone call, or assign keyboard shortcuts to their favorite functions or applications.

In addition to a communication hub, the new Sidekick 4G is now an entertainment hub. With speeds as fast as home broadband, enjoying a favorite TV show or surfing the Web on the go is a breeze. Sidekick’s Media Room features one place to enjoy music, videos, movies, YouTube®, T-Mobile TV® and Slacker Radio, and to search for content regardless of the source. The integrated media player, also accessible through the Media Room, spans across all media including music, video and Internet radio. Customers also have the option to rent or purchase their favorite movies and TV programs directly from the Samsung Media Hub, which offers a robust collection of movie and next-day TV show titles from CBS, Fox, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Customers now have the option to place Media Hub charges directly to their monthly T-Mobile service bill.

Complementing the messaging communication features, the new Sidekick 4G is equipped with a VGA front-facing camera and pre-installed T-Mobile Video Chat powered by QikTM, to ensure you are always present with your social circle. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a speedy 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, so consumers can keep up with their favorite blogs while on the move, search for the must-try dinner spots and map the way to their next destination – all at blazing fast speeds. The new smartphone will also offer dynamic media features and integrated GoogleTM services, including GmailTM, Google MapsTM and access to thousands of applications on Android MarketTM.

The new Sidekick 4G also comes equipped with DriveSmartTM from T-Mobile, a first-of-its kind service from a U.S. carrier, that helps prevent distracted driving. When initiated, DriveSmart Basic provides automatic incoming call and message management, sending a customizable note to callers and senders, letting them know that the recipient is driving and will respond when it’s safe. DriveSmart Plus offers the same functionality, with the added capability to automatically activate when the handset is in a moving vehicle, as well as advanced parental controls for enhanced peace of mind when teen drivers are behind the wheel.

Offered exclusively to T-Mobile customers, the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is expected to be available later this spring in two stylish colors – matte black or pearl magenta. Customers can visit http://sidekick.t-mobile.com/ for more information.

Source: T-Mobile

Verizon Wooed Skype

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhBfA2rkZvM&feature=player_embedded

Call anywhere to anyone in the world for free!(With Verizon Wireless Phone and Data Service along with a Free Skyp App).  You can send unlimited messages too…Even have multiple conversations at once.  Check out the video for more details. 🙂

Laser Pico Projector from Microvision

How about a portable projector for your iphone???  From $549 to $999…Buy today…Ships on March 24th, 2010…http://www.microvision.com/showwx/how_to_buy.html

It’s here. The world’s first laser pico projector.

Amplify yourself with the SHOWWX laser pico projector. The SHOWWX projects big,
bright, and colorful images that are always in focus, yet it is small enough to fit
in your pocket.

Connect the SHOWWX to a video output-capable device to spontaneously share
photos and videos, presentations and more, for a big screen experience.

Features:

  • Always in focus: you never, ever have to adjust focus
  • Sharp and clear images on any surface from 6 inches or less to 200 inches or more
  • Rich and vivid laser colors amplify your photos, videos and presentations
  • Wide projection angle delivers a big image (1:1 throw ratio)
  • High resolution (WVGA 848×480) brings out every detail
  • Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio enables you to experience content
    the way it was meant to be
  • Sleek contours feel great in your hand; slim enough to put in your pocket
  • Plug-n-play compatibility enables quick and easy operation with your device
  • Movie-capable battery that lasts 90-120 minutes on a single charge

User Buttons

User Buttons

Battery and power

  • User replaceable battery
  • Approximately 90-120 minutes of battery life when fully charged 2
  • Charges via Micro-USB with wall charger

in the box

  • SHOWWX laser pico projector
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Wall charger
  • Cable for iPod
  • Composite adapter
  • Storage pouch
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • User guide

Display performance

Display Performance

  • Resolution: WVGA (848 x 480)
  • Brightness: 10 Lumens
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
  • Refresh Rate: 60 Hz (nominal)
  • Color Gamut: > 200% NTSC
  • Contrast Ratio: > 5,000:1
  • Throw Ratio: 1:1 (projection distance/image diagonal)
  • Image size: 150 mm to 2500 mm (6 in to 100 in)
  • Projection Distance: 150 mm to
    2500 mm (6 in to 100 in)
  • Focus: No user focus adjustment needed. Image is always in focus, even on curved surfaces
  • Regulatory: Class 2 laser product.1

Size and weight

Size

  • Height: 14 mm (.55 in)
  • Width: 60 mm (2.36 in)
  • Length: 118 mm (4.64 in)
  • Weight (with battery): 122 g
    (4.3 oz)

Connectivity and audio

SHOWWX and iPod touch

  • Easy and simple plug and play
  • Connects to most iPod devices with a single cable
  • Composite adapter to other TV-out devices via a dedicated adapter cable
  • VGA dock to most laptops, netbooks and Macbook via the VGA DOCK (sold separately)
  • 3.5mm stereo jack – audio pass through when supplied

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDm02QJ-D7Y[/youtube]

Apple IPAD Release Date

Coming soon:

The Apple iPAD(Giant iPhone) will start taking pre-orders on March 12th 2010…..and seems like it will be ready on April 3rd 2010 from the source itself….http://www.apple.com/ipad

I still think $499 is a bit steep…..but for those that want to stay with the latest trend…here you have it! 😛

Safari

The large Multi-Touch screen on iPad lets you see web pages as they were meant to be seen — one page at a time. With vibrant color and sharp text. So whether you’re looking at a page in portrait or landscape, you can see everything at a size that’s actually readable. And with iPad, navigating the web has never been easier or more intuitive. Because you use the most natural pointing device there is: your finger. Scroll through a page just by flicking your finger up or down on the screen. Or pinch to zoom in or out on a photo. There’s also a thumbnail view that shows all your open pages in a grid, to let you quickly move from one page to the next.

Mail

See and touch your email in ways you never could before. In landscape, you get a split-screen view showing both an opened email and the messages in your inbox. To see the opened email by itself, turn iPad to portrait, and the email automatically rotates and fills the screen. No matter which orientation you use, you can scroll through your mail, compose a new email using the large, onscreen keyboard, or delete messages with nothing more than a tap and a flick. If someone emails you a photo, you can see it right in the message. You can also save the photos in an email directly to the built-in Photos app. And iPad works with all the most popular email providers, including MobileMe, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL.

Photos

With its crisp, vibrant display and unique software features, iPad is an extraordinary way to enjoy and share your photos. For example, the Photos app displays the photos in an album as though they were in a stack. Just tap the stack, and the whole album opens up. From there, you can flip through your pictures, zoom in or out, or watch a slideshow. You can even use your iPad as a beautiful digital photo frame while it’s docked or charging. And there are lots of ways to import photos: You can sync them from your computer, download them from an email, or import them directly from your camera using the optional Camera Connection Kit.

Video

The large, high-resolution screen makes iPad perfect for watching any kind of video: from HD movies and TV shows to podcasts and music videos. Switch between widescreen and full screen with a double-tap. Because iPad is essentially one big screen, with no distracting keypad or buttons, you feel completely immersed in whatever you’re watching.

YouTube

The YouTube app organizes videos so they’re easy to see and navigate. To watch one, just tap it. When you’re watching in landscape, the video automatically plays in full screen. And with its high-resolution display, iPad makes the latest HD YouTube videos look positively amazing.

iPod

With the iPod app, all your music is literally at your fingertips. Browse by album, song, artist, or genre with a simple flick. To play a song, just tap it. iPad even displays album art at full size. Listen to your music with the powerful built-in speaker or with wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones.

iTunes

A tap of the iTunes icon lets you browse and buy music, TV shows, and podcasts — or buy and rent movies — wirelessly, right from your iPad. Choose from thousands of movies and TV shows (in both standard and high definition), along with thousands of podcasts and millions of songs. Preview songs before you buy them. Or just sync iPad with the content you already have in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC.

App Store

iPad runs almost 150,000 apps from the App Store. Everything from games to business apps and more. And new apps designed specifically for iPad are highlighted, so you can easily find the ones that take full advantage of its features. Just tap the App Store icon on the screen to browse, buy, and download apps wirelessly, right to the iPad.

iBooks

The iBooks app is a great new way to read and buy books.1Download the free app from the App Store and buy everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore. Once you’ve bought a book, it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. The high-resolution, LED-backlit screen displays everything in sharp, rich color, so it’s easy to read, even in low light.

Maps

Finding your way is a completely new experience on iPad. Tap to view maps from above with high-resolution satellite imagery, up close with street view, or with topography in a new terrain view — all using Google Services. Search for a nearby restaurant or landmark, then get directions from your current location.

Notes

With its expansive display and large, onscreen keyboard, iPad makes jotting down notes easy. In landscape view, you see not only a note-taking page but a list of all your notes. iPad even circles the current note in red, so you can see where you are at a glance.

Calendar

iPad makes it easy to stay on schedule by displaying day, week, month, or list views of your calendar. You can see an overview of a whole month or the details of a single day. iPad even shows multiple calendars at once, so you can manage work and family schedules at the same time.

Contacts

The Contacts app on iPad makes finding names, numbers, and other important information quicker and easier than ever before. A new view lets you see both your complete contacts list and a single contact simultaneously. Need directions? Tap an address inside a contact and iPad automatically opens Maps.

Home Screen

The Home screen gives you one-tap access to everything on iPad. You can customize your Home screen by adding your favorite apps and websites or using your own photos as the background. And you can move apps around to arrange them in any order you want.

Spotlight Search

Spotlight Search allows you to search across iPad and all of its built-in apps, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iPod, and Notes. It even searches apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store. So no matter what you’re looking for, it’s never more than a few taps away.

Accessibility

iPad comes with a screen reader, support for playback of closed-captioned content, and other innovative universal access features — right out of the box. There’s no additional software to buy or install. These features make iPad easier to use for people who have a vision impairment, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have a physical or learning disability.

Source of Features: Apple.com

Symbian 4 Makes Video Debut

Maybe it’s the lack of a banging soundtrack, but we’re finding ourselves somewhat underwhelmed by these first video appearances by the highly anticipated Symbian^4 user interface. What we’re shown is a now familiar layout for touchscreen devices, with a trio of home screens that can be customized with widgets and live information trinkets such as a clock and a weather app. It is, as promised, very touch-centric, but it is by no means revolutionary. Both videos are titled as mere “first glimpse” offerings, however, so the eternal optimist in us likes to believe that there’ll be plenty more to get excited about as we move closer to that early 2011 launch.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhzLUsm19fQ&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7ZYD51S2YU&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Source: Engadget.com

Blackberry Bold Knockoff – The Blueberry 9500

You see, this isn’t our first run-in with BlueBerry. Nay — this is a firm that has shadowed Waterloo’s moves for some time, so when it came time for the real thing to make the transition from trackballs to optical pads, the Shenzhen doppelganger naturally had to follow suit. The result is this here BlueBerry 9500, a device that looks more like a Bold 9500 grafted to a Nokia E72 than it does a Bold 9700 — but hey, for folks torn between their Finnish and Canadian loyalties, this might be the perfect solution. The impressive spec sheet includes a TV tuner (complete with 9-inch retractable antenna), dual SIM support, and WiFi, and — most importantly — the optical pad is said to be “decent.” Check out the gallery for a couple more shots — just don’t expect any App World access with this one.

Source: Engadget

The T-Mobile Samsung t629 Review by Mike

 

This is the phone is one of T-Mobile’s latest Slider phones that is also a myFavs phone.

Pros:

This phone feels pretty sturdy and doesn’t give you that cheap plastic feel like many others do. It seems nicer that the Motorola Razor phones and is just about as thin. The screen is very clear and easy to read. It has a very user friendly interface and just about anyone could figure it out. It is also has a music player built in but needs stereo headphones and a micro SD card to get the most out of it. The picture quality comes out pretty good for a camera phone. Just remember that there is no substitute for the real thing. The instant messenger and text messenger programs are very easy to use, but you have to force yourself to learn the predictive text. I know it is frustrating at first, but it will pay off in the long run. The reception is very good. I have not had any problems hearing any of my callers or that static sound I get sometimes in my sidekick phone. The Bluetooth works pretty well too. I had no problems connecting it to my Dell Axim X50.

Cons:

I do not have too many complaints with this phone. It does seem like the battery life drains pretty fast when I send a lot of instant messages. The camera forces me step back pretty far when taking pictures as if it were zoomed in too close. The screen is very big and vulnerable to scratches. It is a shame they don’t build it to hide and protect that area. The phone doesn’t come with many standard accessories. It only comes with the charger and hands free headset. I wish it came with a stereo headset and a case. I would highly recommend buying some clear screen protectors for it to prevent scratches.

GadgetToGet:

I highly recommend this phone. It is not one of the free ones but is worth taking a look at. It looks pretty sharp and has all the basic functions of all the other new phones out there.(Music player, 1.3 Mega pixel photos, video capture/playback, Hi-Fi ringers, EDGE capable, Bluetooth, instant messengers and actually works as a phone!) I would use it all the time myself but I can’t live without my full keyboard on my sidekick. 🙂

The T-Mobile Sidekick ID Review by Mike

Sidekick ID

The T-Mobile Sidekick ID

I picked one of these up recently in my latest T-Mobile upgrade and wanted to share my opinions on what I have found.

Pros:

I can get on the internet everywhere I go. I live in a big city so it may be different wherever you live. It may be a little slow since it uses GPRS, but it is worth it! My “Myspace” page loads much better on this than it did on my old blackberry. The keyboard rocks! This thing is awesome for typing text messages and emails. The scroller does take some time to get used to but is pretty easy to use.The scroller wheel blinks different colors based on the status of anything that it is doing. For example: It blinks green when it is connecting to check for new data. / It Blinks blue if you get a new text message, instant message or miss a call. Another cool thing is that you can log into all three instant messengers at the same time.(Yahoo, AOL and MSN) This can be quite challenging when you have 3 friends trying to talk to you on 3 different messengers. You can even customize every tone or message so you know who is trying to reach you. You can even have it vibrate differently for each function.It can send emails in a snap. It is probably one of the most user friendly phones out there; once it has been set up. Game play is easier and more fun on the sidekick than most flip up phones. It actually resembles the feel of a gameboy in some aspects of it’s build. Overall it is a pretty cool phone; if you like to stay connected to your friends and family. I chose it because it was 100 dollars cheaper than a sidekick 3. It also has multi-colored covers that are easy to change for around 20 dollars. (see examples above)

Cons:

It has GPRS instead of EDGE. That basically means the internet speed is a little slower than the newer phones like the sidekick 3. Of course we all know it doesn’t have the MP3 player, Bluetooth, Camera and extra storage slot. I actually have about 4 total complaints in all…The above doesn’t really bother me much at all. I knew all that before I bought this phone. My first complaint is the phone sound quality. I can’t say I have ever had a descent, clear phone call since I have had it. The best phone calls are when I use the speakerphone. Isn’t that the main reason we buy a phone in the first place??? Pretty sad huh?My next complaint is that it only limits you to 3 email accounts. In otherwords you can only have 3 pop emails sent to your phone. I know this makes most of you say “Who has more than 3 email accounts?”. You would be surprised…. It is like saying “Who has more than 3 passwords?”. My third complaint is the size and carrier of this device. I really wish they could have made it a little smaller and lighter. It is like carrying a Nintendo DS or an old 80’s cell phone. This thing is huge! Maybe I need to gain weight or something but if your belt isn’t tight…Your pants are going to drag…My final complaint is not necessarily with the phone…so I guess it really falls towards T-Mobile. The pop mail feature stopped working with my yahoo account. I am forced to have my email forwarded to my phone. I hate this because I can’t keep the emails I want to save on the server. They claim they are working on it but it has been weeks. Well that’s all my complaints…

🙂 GadgetToGet?

This is worth getting if you like to text message and instant message without paying a lot of money for a phone. If you want to do more than that; then I would suggest looking elsewhere. Would I buy it again? No…I would most likely pay the extra hundred dollars for the Sidekick 3. I would definitely make use of the MP3 player, Bluetooth, Camera, Edge network and Extra storage slot. The only other deciding factor on this type of phone is that T-Mobile’s Sidekick plan is cheaper than the blackberry plans. It includes everything for only 20 dollars. (Unlimited Internet, text, emails and pictures). The blackberry plan doesn’t include unlimited text messaging. I guess it boils down to personal preference.