Just last week, LG revealed the Spectrum, an impressive new flagship phone for Verizon. A glance at the spec sheet showed some impressive numbers on paper, and we went hands-on during CES and came away impressed. The essential specs:
- 4.5″ True HD IPS display (1280x720 at 329DPI), protected by Gorilla Glass
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
- 8MP rear camera, shoots 1080p video, 1.3MP front camera
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
- 4G LTE
- Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 update promised)
- 1830mAh battery (optional 3000mAh extended battery available at launch)
- Dimensions: 5.33″ x 2.71″ x .41″
- Weight: 4.99 oz.
In its continuous journey to bring blazing fast LTE to the entire country, Verizon Wireless will be hitting the "on" switch in five new markets tomorrow, January 19th. The markets in question:
- Glens Falls and Utica, NY
- Lawton, OK
- Brownsville and McAllen, TX
Big Red is also expanding 4G LTE coverage in three existing markets:
- Atlanta, GA
- Houston, TX
- Spokane, WA
Congratulations to all who live in the above mentioned areas - you're going to love the enhanced connection speed. Read More
According to Verizon's system update documentation, owners of big red's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can expect a software update any time now. While it isn't the Ice Cream Sandwich users are undoubtedly craving, the update (bringing system software to I905-EL01) offers quite a few interesting features.
Among these are improvements to Samsung's Touchwiz UX, a new Social Hub widget, built-in photo editing capabilities, and The Daily – a news app that allows users to "access the best of print, web, and broadcast news from around the world."
The update also brings Bluetooth 3.0 compatibility, additional support for more Wi-Fi routers, DivX, security patches, enhancements to TouchWiz's music and video players, and built-in support for "industry standard VPN clients." There's no word yet on just when the update will be available, but we'll be here to keep you updated. Read More
If, like many LTE Galaxy Nexus users, you are frustrated by Verizon's choice to block Google Wallet from Samsung's hottest new device, and don't want to root just yet, XDA has some good news. It turns out that Google's standard Wallet APK can be installed on the Nexus' LTE variant without issue.
The news came after many rooted users reported issues using a flashable .zip file to get Google Wallet up and running. Read More
After a rollercoaster of emotions and months of waiting, the back-from-mythical Galaxy Nexus was finally released on Verizon yesterday, but were the main reasons for the delays, in fact, related to unstable and poor connectivity? I've had endless problems with connectivity on the Thunderbolt (even with the latest firmware), and plenty of you had similar issues with pretty much all other LTE devices.
Can the Galaxy Nexus be no different? Read More
If you're the proud new owner of a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, then your device should be receiving its first OTA update sometime today. It's mostly a bug-fixer, with a few optimizations thrown into the mix:
- Optimized Mobile Hotspot when used with VPN.
- Optimized 3G/4G data sessions for faster response times.
- Fixed an incorrect notification that “data wasdisconnected due to roaming”.
- Wi-Fi now automatically reconnects when returning to a known Access Point.
There's no doubt that a good number of you are foaming at the mouth waiting to get your hands on the Galaxy Nexus, which is finally available today. While we've already seen a few sites drop the price a bit, none have been able to match the price that LetsTalk is offering the GN for: $155 for new customers, $175 for upgrades. That's half-off the price that VZW is asking for new customers! Read More
Verizon teased us with the white Droid RAZR last week when it announced the Droid Xyboard, and now the official release date has been outed for tomorrow, December 15th for $299 with a two-year agreement. The white variant sports the same powerful specs and its all-black predecessor:
- 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear shooter, front facing camera
- 16GB built-in storage, 16GB microSD card
- Android 2.3.5
- 7.1mm thin, 127 grams
- 1800mAh battery
- Made with Kevlar fiber
- Gorilla Glass
- Motorola Splash Guard
- Webtop cabpable
- 4G LTE
- Bluetooth 4.0
It's also worth mentioning that if you pick one of these up, you can get $100 off the [overpriced] Droid Xyboard, so if you're in the market for both, now is probably the best time to buy. Read More
If you've got a Droid Incredible 2, you may want to grab it and hit the Settings > About phone > System updates option, because a new OTA update just started rolling out. This one is mostly a big fixer, but it does add a bit of new functionality to the device:
- Includes Google BT/DigiNoTar security patch.
- Includes Google security patch for upgrading libpng to 1.2.46
- Includes Wi-Fi password security patch.
Inspired by the (sort of) pending release of the Galaxy Nexus (and the hilarious VZSucks coupon being offered for one at Negri Electronics), I'm curious: would you ever switch carriers for a phone? Have you before? Or does the phone come second to the network? Read More