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[Updated] Hands-On Review Of Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G

When offered to preview Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S offering, the SPH-D700, also known as the Epic 4G, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. While my first personal-use Android device was the Nexus One, I’ve handled my share of Android smartphones, and my history of smartphone use has included several Samsung phones over the years. This being the first Galaxy S device I’ve personally handled, I’m glad to say that Samsung does not disappoint, and I can highly recommend the device to users who need a physical keyboard and can sign up for a contract with Sprint.

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Editorial: Convincing Your Non-Techie Friends To Go Android

I have always been a techie. As a child of the 80s I had an IBM PC with a 10 megabyte hard disk that had to remain completely immobile and level or risk scratching, I had a 300/1200 baud internal modem and I stayed up all night downloading a 64 kilobyte game that, at the time, was the coolest thing I had ever seen. My wife, on the other hand, thought anything with a screen needed rabbit ears to get good reception and that PC stood for popcorn.

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Motorola MB520 Kobe Specs And Benchmarks Leak Out

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Been thinking that AT&T's Android offerings are rather...how shall we put it....measly as of late? Sure, the Dell Streak and the Samsung Captivate are nothing to scoff at, but the latter is a member of the Galaxy S family, a line of phones coming soon to all four major carriers (as well as a few regionals), while the former is a 5-inch phone/tablet hybrid currently running Android 1.6 that, in all probability, won't be getting FroYo for at least a few months.

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What's Around The Corner For Verizon

It's no secret that Verizon loves Android, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's featured heavily in a leaked roadmap.

Yesterday, BGR confirmed the Droid Pro, Droid 2 World Edition, and Motorola Tablet, and now PhoneArena is reporting that they have a "trusty source" inside Verizon that has given them a sneak peek at the device release schedule for the rest of the year.

Let's start with September: we "should" see the Droid 2 World Edition released, and it will be the first Android phone to support both GSM and CDMA networks.

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The Eye Escapes - Get Droid 2 Live Wallpapers On Your Android Phone

It happened to the Droid X, it happened to the Galaxy S, and now it's happening to the Droid 2. The Droid 2's live wallpaper, the one with the evil red eye, has been extracted and is ready to be used on any other device running Android 2.0 or above.

Oh, and as if that wasn't enough, it now comes in nine versions, including:

  • the original wallpaper
  • modified versions called Evil Andy and Evil Grey Andy
  • a mod with the eye from the Droid X, only on the Droid 2's background image
  • a Cyanogen Mod themed one
  • a BlackDroid edition
  • a green theme
  • a gold theme
  • and a wallpaper where the eye is from the Droid 2 and the background is from the Droid X.
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Samsung Epic 4G Review Roundup: Keeps The 4G Fire Burning

After months of leaks, announcements, and the releases of its sister phones, the Epic 4G is here... sort of. While the device won't go on for sale for another two weeks, the big players in tech have managed to snag some early review units. We've filtered through the roundups and come up with the four that we deemed most worthy. Let's take a look:

Engadget

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Chris Ziegler (who seems to get all the flagship phones) spent some time with the Epic 4G and came away extremely impressed, despite a having a few minor niggles:

So is it the right phone for the job?

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[BREAKING] Sprint: Samsung Epic 4G Will Be Available August 31st For $249, Pre-Orders Start August 13th

UPDATE: Customers can reserve their smartphone for purchase at www.sprint.com/epic4g beginning Friday, Aug. 13

Well, it would appear we were off a bit on our August 20th estimate. Sprint has just informed us that the Epic 4G (the first Galaxy S keyboard phone, and the first 4G keyboard phone) will be available for purchase on August 31st on the Sprint network, specs below:

  • 4” Super AMOLED Capactive Touch Screen (Resolution: 480x800)
  • Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard
  • TouchWiz 3.0UI overlay
  • 1GHz Hummingbird A8 Cortex Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • MicroSD external storage
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera
  • Sprint 4G Service
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 720P video recording
  • FM radio support
  • Android 2.1
  • 1500mAh battery

Sprint’s official press release on the Epic 4G:

Samsung Epic 4G will be available beginning Tuesday, Aug.

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Universal Androot App Offers One-Click Root On A Multitude Of Devices (G1, Nexus One, Droid, Droid X, Hero, X10, Streak, And More)

Looking for an easy way to root your Android Device? Universal Androot may just be what the doctor ordered. The one-click root fad seems to be catching on and Universal Androot is an app that covers multiple Android devices, making it easier for those who may be reluctant experience the mighty wonders of root.

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Universal Androot is the simplest root/unroot method I have seen to date and probably the safest - it has been confirmed as working by multiple users (apparently it uses the same exploit used to 1-click root the Motorola Droid X).

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VR Tunnel - A Brain-Melting 3D Live Wallpaper

Want a live wallpaper that will make your friends’ heads explode? XDA-developers member chopsui is the man you are looking for. Check out the video he posted on YouTube in July to get an idea of just what you’re in for.

In a manner similar to the popular Labyrinth motion-controlled game, VR Tunnel LWP uses the phone’s accelerometer to judge the viewing angle and turns the viewpoint into the tunnel accordingly.

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Screen Colour Calibration Gets A Universal Version, Takes Aim At More Phones

After several rapidly-iterated versions, storm99999’s Calibration Settings hack is branching out from the Nexus One. Now at version 4.1, the hack has morphed into a standalone application with a GUI allowing you to set individual levels for each of the Red, Blue and Green subpixel channels.

It also no longer requires CyanogenMod 6 – I have it running fine on my rooted, stock FRF91 Nexus One. A user has reported that it is working well on their Samsung Galaxy S running the leaked JP3 firmware.

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