Android has a mysterious case of gigantism, and I'm not entirely certain why manufacturers keep feeling the need to have a bigger phone than the next guy. The size war (all male anatomical euphemisms aside) is on, and we're not sure when it's going to end. Take a look at these device charts for the three major Android manufacturers in (pretty much) chronological order of release:
I won't lie: I'm not in the habit of applying cases to my phone. After all, my EVO 3D is hardly fragile, and cases often add bulk to a handset and distort its aesthetics.
So when I received an offer to review Trident's latest addition to its premium mobile protection portfolio, the Kraken AMS, I was skeptical. Nevertheless, I'm never one to turn down a review unit, so I accepted it, tested it out, and found myself somewhat surprised.
We've been hearing information about the HTC Rezound (codenamed Vigor) for quite a while now, and HTC just officially took the wraps off of this beasty. Like most other new HTC devices, it's packed with Beats by Dre, and, similar to the Sensation XE, has those wicked red capacitive buttons. It's quite impressive in terms of hardware spec:
4.3-Inch 720p (1282*720) display
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
16GB built-in storage, 16GB microSD card
8P camera, 2MP front cam
Beats by Dre
4G LTE with simultaneous voice/data capabilities (like the Thunderbolt)
At the beginning of the month, we broke the news about a huge security vulnerability in several HTC phones, including the Thunderbolt, EVO 3D, EVO 4G, and possibly more. Not long after word of this issue hit the 'net, HTC issued a response acknowledging it, as well as promising to deliver a patch to correct it. Looks like they are making good on that promise now, as several HTC devices are currently receiving an OTA update to correct this vulnerability.
Update:Well, what do you know -- Verizon just updated the support documentation for the Tbolt to reflect the newest build... and it just so happens to be 2.11.605.5. Yep, the exact same as this build. Looks like this is the official OTA, folks. Check out the full changelog here.
Thunderbolt owners have been waiting a long while to get Gingerbread -- too long, considering this phone was once Verizon's flagship.
After yesterday's absolutely insane phone announcement-bomb, HTC and Sprint have subtly unveiled the EVO Design 4G. If you're looking for an upper mid-range device that won't break the bank, the Design 4G has your number, as it's packing decent, but not (yet) outdated hardware:
4-inch qHD display
1.2Ghz single-core Snapdragon processor
5MP rear shooter with HD video capture (720p), 1.3MP ffc
It looks like the touchscreen isn't the only piece of hardware on the Sensation that works when it wants to. Posted today on XDA-Developers, Sensation owner zmfl recounted his experience with the audio signal coming and going on his phone, and having received confirmation of the issue from other members there, enterprisingly figured out the cause of the problem and its solution.
Put simply, the paint around the Sensation's 3.5 mm headphone jack tends to wear away or chip with use.
It's been eleven days since Android Police published this story detailing the discovery by Trevor Eckhart of some serious security issues within HTC's more recent software. Three days after that HTC responded, and now, a further week or so later, we are seeing reports of an "important security update" being pushed to HTC Sensations throughout Europe.
Screencap by FG1234 of Android-Hilfe.de
While HTC does not specify exactly what the ~9 MB update addresses, the timing seems right to relate to the preceding story.
Looks like Wirefly has cracked open the box for the HTC Amaze 4G and put it through its paces. As always, Bob Kovaks does a great job of showing of the phone's features, including a bandwidth test, benchmarks, a look at what the camera is capable of in both still shots and 1080p video, as well as touching on other features. Before you watch the video, here is a quick look at the guts of the Amaze:
4.3-inch qHD Super-LCD
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon
8MP rear shooter capable of 1080p video capture, 2MP ffc
16GB internal storage, microSD card slot
Android 2.3.4 with Sense 3.0
Now that you know the deetz of this beasty, have a look at what Wirefly had to say about it:
As stated in the video, Wirefly will donate $1 to the Susan G.
We've been hearing tidbits of information about an HTC device codenamed Runnymede for a few weeks, but the waiting game is now over. HTC officially announced the device as the Sensation XL, and it packs mediocre specs in an oversized shell:
4.7-inch 480x800 Super LCD
1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon
16GB internal storage (no SD Card slot)
8MP rear shooter, 1.3 ffc
Android 2.3.x with Sense 3.5
While the spec list may be less than impressive, there is one thing to be said about the device: it's dead sexy.