A small and vocal element of the Android community have been begging for a decent QWERTY phone ever since the original Motorola DROID was retired, and a huge and vocal part of BlackBerry's userbase has been clamoring for the company to switch to Android OS before it goes the ignominious way of Palm and Nokia. So the BlackBerry Venice, which has been leaked six ways from Sunday, is a welcome if late addition to the struggling company's lineup. The latest leak shows off what looks like a production-ready phone in sharp photos from every angle. It's a looker.
The photos popped up on a Vietnamese website, Tinhte.vn. Read More
The LG G Flex is big, slightly curved, and generally overpriced. Now you can add one more thing to that list - it's available from T-Mobile right on schedule. Anyone who wants to own this phone commitment-free for $672 (or for $28 a month over the course of two years) can do so right away, both online and in stores.
Maybe you have your eyes set on the LG Optimus F3Q instead. Sure, this Android 4.1-running, 1GB of RAM-toting, 4GB of internal memory-packing handset is far from cutting edge, but it's one of the few QWERTY sliders out there. Read More
If you've been holding your breath for LG's curved, flexible G Flex and... well, the somewhat less remarkable Optimus F3Q to come to Magenta, then you won't have to wait much longer. T-Mobile announced this morning that both smartphones will be available starting on February 5th online and at retailers. The G Flex will cost $672 ($28 a month on T-Mobile's two-year payment plan), while the budget QWERTY slider will cost $312 ($13 for 24 months).
The G Flex is up for preorder on T-Mobile's website now. AT&T has already announced its intention to bring this unique phone and its 6-inch curved screen to the States, and the Ma Bell version will be available just one day sooner. Read More
Alas poor QWERTY, I knew him, Horatio! A fellow of infinite texts, of most excellent data entry. Here hung those keys that I have tapped I know not how oft. Where be your Tweets now? Your emails? Your Google+ posts? Nowhere around here, that's for sure - the QWERTY slider phone has become rare in the last year or so, with only the Samsung Stratosphere II, the LG Enact, and a BlackBerry or two filling the once-swollen ranks. But it looks like T-Mobile is getting at least one more QWERTY phone, the LG Optimus F3Q, if the indefatigable Evleaks is correct. Read More
The QWERTY-equipped smartphone is a dying breed. The LG Enact is the only one running Android that has come to Verizon all year, and it's not exactly looking to set the world on fire. After a pair of leaks, it's now available on Big Red for $19.99 with a two-year contract or $349.99 unsubsidized.
What can twenty bucks get you? Aside from the slide-out keyboard, you get a 4-inch, 800x480 LCD screen, a 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8GB of storage plus whatever you put in the MicroSD card, a 5MP rear camera, and a skinned version of Android 4.1. Read More
When last we saw the LG Enact, it was looking like a decidedly ho-hum budget phone for Verizon whose only differentiator was an oddly retro 4-button layout. Evleaks has graced us with yet another look at the phone and... well, it still looks pretty ho-hum, but now it's a slightly more interesting QWERTY slider. Verizon hasn't had a new Android phone with a physical keyboard since the Pantech Marauder over a year ago.
It's just too bad that QWERTY fans now have to hang out in the shallow end of the spec pool. Read More
NEC's first entry into the American Android market isn't exactly auspicious, but it does fill a much-neglected niche. AT&T is now offering the NEC Terrain for sale, right on time and online only. $99.99 on contract gets you the QWERY candybar phone with a miniscule 3.1" screen, or you can shell out $429.99 to own it outright. Considering its ruggedized, semi-waterproof build, that's not such a bad deal... but you will have to live with Ice Cream Sandwich, a year after Jelly Bean 4.1 was released. Ouch.
That small screen hides some pretty respectable specifications: the NEC Terrain is powered by a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, with a full gig of RAM to back it up. Read More
Update 11/1/12: The Mach will come out on November 11th for $99.99:
Sprint's on a roll here lately with the 4G LTE device announcements. We already know the company is getting the powerhouse Note II, as well as its first LTE tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and LG's newest flagship, the Optimus G.
Of course, they want to cater to the needs of all customers. We all know there's a market for QWERTY sliders, and the newest member of Sprint's smartphone family brings just that to the table. Dubbed the LG Mach, this is a solid mid ranger with a seemingly outstanding form factor:
- 4" 800x480 display
- 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8960 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 5MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
- QWERTY slide-out keyboard
- 4.64" x 2.56" x 0.48", 5.92 ounces
- 1.700mAh battery
- Android 4.0
Unfortunately, there's no word of when the Mach will be available or how much it'll cost, but we'll let you know as soon as the information is available. Read More
US Cellular's LTE selection just gained an additional member: the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. Available online today for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the device comes with fairly middle-of-the-road features, such as:
- A slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- A 1GHz processor
- A 4.0-inch touchscreen
- A 5MP rear-facing camera and camcorder
- A front-facing camera
In an effort to promote its LTE network, the carrier will be lowering the handset's price to a somewhat more reasonable $129 (also after a mail-in rebate) in markets where 4G is either currently available or will be accessible by the end of the year.
While it isn't exactly the next Galaxy S III, it never hurts to expand a carrier's 4G barnhouse. Read More