15
Jul
samsung_vibrant
Last Updated: February 4th, 2012

Manufacturers take note: this is how it’s done. A mere two weeks after the Vibrant was announced, this Samsung’s Galaxy S variant for T-Mobile is now up available for order at T-Mobile’s online store.

The Vibrant is currently listed at a $499.99 off-contract price, or $249.99 plus a $50 mail-in rebate with a 2-year contract.

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What do you get for your money?

  • 4.0” Super AMOLED 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen
  • 16GB onboard storage
  • 5 MP autofocus camera capable of recording 720p video
  • 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0
  • Swype text input

Better Deal From Wirefly

There is a better deal available though, which we posted about a few days ago: if you order from Wirefly, which offers free shipping and free returns, you will not have to deal with annoying rebates and will in addition save another $50.

14
Jul
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The moment you've been waiting for is here - Droid X order page just went live at VZW's site.

You can pick up this bad boy for $199... that is, of course, if you are OK with potentially eating a $350 termination fee and never seeing your device rooted or running a custom ROM.

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If, however, you don't care about rooting or custom ROMs, then pop open that browser and spill the cashish, because Motorola's new Droid X is a beast.

14
Jul
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Were you planning on holding off on your purchase of one of the US Samsung Galaxy S variants because you require root? Well, worry no more – the root method used on the international version of the Galaxy S has proven to work on T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant and AT&T’s Samsung Captivate.

Two methods are already available, and both are fairly simple. Read the instructions below, or check out the source link for the most up-to-date instructions.

14
Jul
lockeddroidx

On the MyDroidWorld forums, site founder p3droid has recently shared some new and disheartening information about the Droid X. While we reported that the Droid X is locked down with an encrypted bootloader, it now seems Motorola has taken an extra step to ensure no one starts tinkering under the hood.

In the event that the bootloader, kernel, or ROM are noticeably compromised, your Droid X will try to brick itself.

14
Jul
SimpleRoot OTA 1.47.651.1 Edition Now Unlocking Root And NAND On Post-OTA EVO 4G Phones

This article mentions rooting and flashing of custom ROMs. If you’re unfamiliar with either term, hit up our primers here and here for additional information

Remember the 3-click SimpleRoot app that brought full root, including permanently unlocking NAND (that's something unrevoked doesn't do), to your EVO 4G? I sure do, as that's exactly how I rooted my EVO. However, If you applied the latest god forsaken EVO OTA, you may have found that that version of SimpleRoot no longer worked.

13
Jul
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Boy Genius Report is claiming today that T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is expanding into 19 more metropolitan areas throughout the United States on July 21st. The full list:

    • Austin, TX
    • Baltimore, MD
    • Birmingham, AL
    • Cincinnati, OH
    • Cleveland, OH
    • Columbus, OH
    • El Paso, TX
    • Ft. Worth, TX
    • Hawaii, HI
    • Indianapolis, IN
    • Jacksonville, FL
    • Kansas City, MO
    • Louisville, KY
    • Milwaukee, WI
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • Portland, OR
    • San Antonio, TX
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Wichita, KS

    T-Mobile is certainly trying to get the jump on Verizon and AT&T’s soon-to-exist LTE networks.

    13
    Jul
    phone_unlocked

    Samsung has been very good to us lately – yesterday, I came home to find the (pink) Intercept on my doorstep, and today they delivered a Captivate to Chris (yea, I got the short end of that stick.) This may not be the crown jewel in Samsung’s collection, but it serves as a phone for the masses.

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    It’s funny (but not surprising) to see Android moving down the phone spectrum – or rather, maybe Android is just keeping its spot and the hardware has caught up to it.

    13
    Jul
    IMG_4041[12]
    Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

    Our friendly neighborhood FedEx employee stopped by this morning with our Samsung Captivate, so I figured I’d do a quick unboxing video, snap some pictures, and give you guys our initial thoughts before our review in a couple days.

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    The box itself is fairly boring, sticking with a generic “You bought a cell phone on AT&T!” design rather than trying to shake things up a la the EVO 4G’s eco-friendly box design, or Apple’s sleek iPhone packaging.

    13
    Jul
    htc aria

    Nobody was happy to learn that the HTC Aria would be locked down in the same way as its predecessor, the Backflip, and be unable to install non-Market apps. Fortunately, HTC has given Aria owners a sort of “fix” through an update in their desktop client.

    The newest version of HTC Sync for Aria (which you can download for Windows here) gives users the ability to load an APK onto their phone, which means they now have access to a host of new apps that are not available on the Market.

    12
    Jul
    Eris-update2-600x448

    As usual, Droid Life has come through with some Mr. Blurrycam photos. This time, they’re from Verizon and show that the Droid Eris will be receiving a software update on July 17th at midnight (ok – techincally, it’s July 16th at 11:59 PM – but for all intents and purposes, that’s the 17th). The update isn’t Android 2.2, but that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given that the phone has been discontinued.