Competition is really heating up in the low cost, off-contract smartphone market these days. Motorola's Moto G, revealed just last week, is the meteor that could potentially change the landscape here in the US when it strikes early next year, offering specs that far exceed anything we've been conditioned to expect for $179. But that's the future. As for now, Americans looking for an affordable but capable off-contract handset can now pick up the HTC Desire (or, more specifically, the HTC Desire 601) from Virgin Mobile for $279.
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If you habitually rock climb, scuba dive, ski cross-country, or do any of the things you might regularly see on a heath food or Viagra commercial, you're probably in the market for a ruggedized smartphone. And if you're on Verizon, your options have been somewhat limited as of late (try not to drool over AT&T's shiny new Galaxy S4 Active, please). Verizon just made the Casio G'zOne Commando LTE official: it's a super-sturdy Android device in the same vein as the former Commando and the G-Shock watch line.
Well, the day is here, boys and girls – Samsung's newest flagship is a go. As expected (and never doubted), it's called the Galaxy S4, and it picks up where the GSIII left off. Offering even more eye-tracking features, more horsepower under the hood, and a few tricks from the Note II's playbook, the GS4 is a worthy successor to the world's most popular Android phone. Let's get down to the nitty gritty.
If you're a dedicated Cricket customer looking for something new and shiny (without breaking the bank), hang on to that Christmas bonus for a little while longer. The prepaid carrier announced today that the HTC One SV, itself only just debuting in the UK, will be available on January 16th. The mid-range ICS phone will run $349.99 on Cricket's non-subsidized 3G and LTE plans.
To refresh your memory, the One SV appropriately sits between the One S and One V models.
The much-awaited One X+ and VX for AT&T have finally had their availability dates hammered down - both handsets will be released this Thursday, November 16th. The X+ is HTC's refresh of its flagship One X handset, though aside from some additional memory, the first Tegra 3 processor with LTE, and a spiffy new all-black pain job, it's basically the same phon. Those upgrades are substantial, though, and should make it a serious contender this holiday season.
If you've been considering a jump from U.S. Cellular to Verizon for the Droid RAZR M, you may not have to make the change after all. USC just announced its newest 4G LTE handset: the Motorola Electrify M. Like its name suggestions, it's basically a Razr M, albeit with a few visual changes.
The Electrify M sports a 4.3-inch "borderless" display, along with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear facing camera with HDR, 1.3MP front shooter, 2,000mAh battery, water and scratch resistant coating, NFC, and Android 4.0 (will be upgraded to 4.1).
About a week ago, we got a look at the LG Spectrum 2 and all of its innards thanks to Best Buy. Now, Verizon has made it official. It's not going to rock any socks off, but for $99 after mail-in-rebate and a new two-year contract, it's really not a bad piece of kit:
- 4.7" True HD 1280x720 IPS display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage, microSD card slot
- Global Ready
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
- Android 4.0
It's not winning any awards for most stylish, best all around, or...
Well, sounds like Google decided to go ahead and announce its new Nexus devices without the fanfare or mega-event today, and just spill the beans to the world via the web. First to be announced was the Nexus 4, by LG.
Basically, this confirms everything we've seen thus far - it looks exactly like the leaks, has the same specifications, and will come in 8GB and 16GB flavors, at $299 and $349, respectively.
Well, the long-awaited (and rumored) HTC One X+ is official. HTC took the wraps off this not-so-secret handset earlier this morning, stating that it would be available in several different regions. Now, AT&T has announced that it will be the exclusive carrier of the device here in the US, and it will hit stores "in the coming months."
For those who may not have caught the news this morning, the One X+ is essentially the same as its predecessor on the outside, but is an entirely different beast on the inside:
- 4.7" 1280x720 display
- 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.6MP front camera
- 2100mAh battery
- Android 4.1 with Sense 4+
Also announced by AT&T today is the HTC One VX, a nice mid-range smartphone with decent specs:
- 4.5" qHD Super LCD2
- 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage, microSD card slot
- 5MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
- Android 4.0 (will be upgraded to 4.1 "shortly after launch")
Much like the One X+, there's no certain date when the VX will be released.