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T-Mobile G2 Review Roundup: Vanilla Android Is The Way To Go

I've said it before and I'll say it again: stock Android is the way to go. I hate it when manufacturers add custom UIs, bloatware, and unnecessary lag to our beloved Android operating system, so, naturally, I was overjoyed to hear that the T-Mobile G2 would ship with a stock build of Android. Early reviewers seem to agree with this, and overall, they seem to think highly of the device. Let's take a look at some of those reviews that have been posted so far.

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HTC Merge Shots Emerge: Complete With Brushed Metal Keyboard...And Bing

BoyGeniusReport just got a nice clear photo of the HTC Merge, a device we may or may not have seen pass through the FCC with a red keyboard, better known as the dual-mode QWERTY slider for Verizon. The phone appears to be running Sense, and is now rocking a rather svelte brushed-metal style keyboard - one with a markedly different layout to the G2.


There's also the whole Bing thing.

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Leaked HTC Lexikon Stock ROM Points Towards A Future On Verizon

It’s difficult to keep track of all the leaked device names out there, we know, but if you can cast your mind back a month or so you may remember the mysterious HTC Lexikon and HTC Bee phones whose details were sourced from the 911sniper blog. Well, the same guys over in China have just posted what is believed to be a copy of the Lexikon’s operating system, complete with “VERIZON” in the filename, and a render of the phone to keep you hooked.

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Motorola Charm Review: The Pixel-Faced Killah

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Getting my hands on the Charm was no mean feat. Motorola didn’t seem keen to send out review units to anyone in a hurry, so I took it upon myself to go buy one, under the pretext of it being a gift for my girlfriend (she has a Nokia 1661 for chrissakes).

That in itself was quite a quest, as not a single store in the state of Maine seemed to have one in stock.

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BlindType Keyboard To Come To Android - Type Anywhere On Your Phone's Screen, Even With No Keyboard Present

In a market that is rapidly becoming saturated, we have yet another entry. BlindType is a replacement software keyboard, but it’s one with a little twist. As the name might suggest, BlindType seeks to remove the visual aspect of typing on your smartphone’s software keyboard. Know the QWERTY layout by heart? This keyboard is for you.

Irrespective of where you tap on the screen, BlindType can figure out where on the keyboard you meant to hit by comparing the positions of your previous keypresses.

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Motorola Officially Announces CHARM For T-Mobile USA Running Android 2.1, Goes After BlackBerry Users

While Motorola didn’t do a great job keeping CHARM under wraps, they did manage to hide a few features of the candy bar phone until today’s official press release. Given the amount of MOTOBLUR and social-networking talk going on in the CHARM’s somewhat lengthy introduction, we’ve broken it down and provided you the juicy bits for easy digestion:

  • 2.8” 320x240QVGA TFT LCD touch-capacitive display with Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.1 with the newest "enhanced" version of MOTOBLUR
  • 3 Megapixel camera
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard
  • 2GB Removable MicroSD card included (expandable to 32GB MicroSDHC)
  • Accelerometer
  • WiFi B/G and N (Single-band 2.4GHz)
  • Can capture 24FPS video (we assume that is with VGA 640x480)
  • Secondary noise-cancellation microphone with CrystalTalk PLUS technology
  • Compatible with T-Mobile HSDPA 3.6
  • Support for Adobe Flash Lite
  • 1170mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

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Additional MOTOBLUR and social networking features are described in the press release.

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HTC Vision Shows The World Its Keyboard, Blurrycam Style

Though Samsung has already promised the first Android “superphone” with a physical keyboard in the Samsung Epic 4G, some people may still be waiting on HTC – after all, they’ve produced some great keyboard touting Windows Mobile handsets, but as far as high powered Android handsets go, their selection has been a bit anemic. However, it appears that is about to change with some leaked shots and specs of the upcoming HTC Vision.

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Galaxy S Pro Confirmed - Coming To Sprint, Will Sport 4G And A 5-Row Keyboard

Galaxy S, a long-awaited Super AMOLED beauty from Samsung, will not be feeling lonely this summer, as Galaxy S Pro - its keyboard bearing sibling - will be joining Sprint's ranks as well.

The phone will have a 5-row spacious physical QWERTY keyboard, which has a refreshing row dedicated to numbers. Compare it to Motorola Droid's keyboard pictured below to see the obvious differences. We approve.

Additionally, as evident from the photos so gracefully flipped and watermarked by AndroidCommunity, Galaxy S Pro will support 4G, finally giving the recently launched EVO 4G someone to hang out with.

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