When we think of "budget" phones, a $500 Galaxy S III may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, MetroPCS' usual strategy of having customers buy phones off contract and save money on the service is in full swing here. The device comes with a hefty price tag up front, but pick up the carrier's $50/month plan for unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of data, and you're looking at around $1700 over the course of 2 years. Compare that to, say an $80/month plan with a $200 device ($2120 over two years) and you could face some steep savings.
Update: You can download a batch script to root your DROID 4 now (you'll need to have USB debugging and Unknown Sources enabled in the Application settings menu). Find the file on this page, and if you can spare it, take the time to donate to Dan Rosenberg for finding the exploit. All proceeds will go directly to charity, in this case, the American Red Cross.
Widely known and respected security researcher Dan Rosenberg has evidently uncovered a root method for the Droid 4, in addition to a universal Motorola root method. Though the Droid 4's root access was discovered less than a day after its release, both exploits are being withheld until a $500 bounty is raised.
When the news broke that the Digital Pen would be sold independently of the HTC Flyer, it wasn't well received. While this is one of the more unique features of the Flyer, its lack of comparable hardware to other Android-powered tablets, along with the $500 price tag plus another $80 for the stylus, was just asking a bit much.
However, you can now stroll into Best Buy and pick up the Flyer and the Digital Pen for a combined price of $500. We're not entirely sure what prompted this price drop - perhaps Flyer sales have been lower than expected and the double-B wanted to offer some encouragement to those who are on the fence.
Even though Sprint has yet to get a Honeycomb tablet that actually runs on its network, that hasn't stopped it from at least trying to sell some new-tablet-tech. Just like with the Motorola XOOM, the Now Network has opted to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 void of any 3/4G connectivity, and instead will be offering the Wi-Fi only version.
The 10.1 inch, 16GB, Tegra 2-packing Tab will hit Sprint's online store on June 24th for $500, and arrive in retail stores exactly one month later for the same price. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure why a wireless carrier would decide to offer tablets without its own network connectivity embedded deep within, but I'm sure there's some sort of near-logical explanation...
The unnamed dual-core 10.1-inch Toshiba Android tablet that we got to play with at CES this year has oddly remained anonymous for an extraordinary amount of time - in fact, we still don't really know what its final name will be. An earlier rumor suggested it could be called "Antares," and today's freshly discovered Newegg pages curiously neither confirm nor deny that name, simply listing its 3 variants as ANT-100, ANT-102, and ANT-104. Could ANT be short for Antares? Sure. Could they both be just internal codenames? Just as well.
Besides the model numbers, Newegg let us in on the pricing structure for the 3 models:
All tablet variants are equipped with Wi-Fi and aren't tied to a specific cellular provider, providing a few sweet spots for those who don't need the full 32GB of memory (I'm having trouble seeing the XOOM selling well after this at all at $600).