It’s not uncommon to see the big chains try to get a piece of the smartphone launch action with price reductions by mail-in-rebate. However, the hassle that this process usually entails doesn’t make things all that enticing to customers. Thankfully pre-orders for the G2 aren’t yet open on T-Mobile’s website, so prospective buyers now have the pleasure in knowing they’ll be able to get in instant discount with RadioShack, bringing the price down to $149.99 on a two year contract.
TmoNews has scored what could be a leaked internal document on the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch HD. I want to say up front (although this is purely my own opinion) that I think it could be fake. I'm not convinced of that, but I'm certainly not convinced it's real, either. That said, here's what it provides for specs:
- Android 2.2
- "1 GHz Dual Processor"
- 4 GB ROM, 8 GB mSD card included
- 5 MP rear, VGA front cameras
- Looks like HDMI-out of some sort (microHDMI?)
Other features: the front facing camera can obviously be used for video chat over 3G, HSPA+, and Wi-Fi.
The Galaxy Tab is really shaping up to one awesome tablet, and if this latest rumor from the Wall Street Journal turns out to be true, a lot of people will be able to experience it for themselves.
Apparently, "three people familiar with the matter" told WSJ that Samsung already has deals with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T that involve a certain 7-inch tablet - deals similar to the ones made for the Galaxy S line of phones.
Looks like both Wirefly and Amazon Wireless are up to their old, price-slashing tricks again. This time their sights rested on the brand new Samsung Fascinate for Verizon Wireless.
The new $99.99 deal, offered by both sites, is a 50% discount off carrier subsidized price of $199.99.
While the BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) deal offered by Verizon itself technically averages out to about the same price, if you just need 1 Fascinate, Amazon Wireless or Wirefly are the way to go.
Planning on picking up the Samsung Fascinate? Might want to take a look at this first: BGR has Verizon's known issues list for the Fascinate in their hot little hands. None of the issues necessarily seem major, but there are quite a few little ones - which can certainly add up.
Many of the issues seem like minor oversights. For example:
- Alert notifications can't be changed
- Caller ID bug when you're on the line and get a second call
- Soft key backlighting isn't tied to screen timeout (it should)
- When deleting emails, there's no status bar/window - so it appears the phone is hanging
- Downloaded apps are sorted by date downloaded rather than alphabetically
- During activation, there's no reboot warning before the phone does so
Another area with a fair number of bugs seems to be email:
- Email sync error - sometimes screen goes dark and throws an error
- When Exchange security policy is in use, you can't change email password
- Lock and Lock screen issues when using Exchange ActiveSync
- Corporate email special characters issues
- Corporate email inbox error
It's important to remember that phones on all carriers have similar lists, they just generally don't make it public.
This morning, T-Mobile sent out the press release officially announcing the T-Mobile G2. The release mentioned that the phone would be available for pre-order in limited quantites for existing T-Mobile customers later this month - but that doesn't quite jibe with the fact that Best Buy's pre-sale begins tomorrow for a very reasonable $200 (with 2 year contract, obviously). They even mention an official release date: October 6.
The specs are in the announcement link and picture above, but in case you're too lazy to read, here's a brief rehash:
800 MHz CPU (new Snapdragon architecture)
3.7" 480x800 screen
Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
Personally, I'm just waiting to see how that new Snapdragon CPU stacks up to its higher-clocked siblings, and how well it overclocks.
It's never long before a phone is rooted, especially not if a member of xda-developers can help it.
Well, it looks like Samsung and Verizon's latest baby, the Fascinate, is no exception, as Dirrk, Junior Member of (you guessed it!) xda-developers has just hacked the device into running the Superuser app...aka rooting it. Don't take my word for it though, check out the guide below:
Admittedly, posting news on a comparatively lame Android phone is somewhat out of character for us; even more so, nerding out over the hardware of yesteryear. That said, there's a lot of value to be found among the masses in cheap, capable goods such as the upcoming Huawei IDEOS, a 2.8" Android 2.2 phone. The kicker? Rumor pegs the price at less than $200 - conceivably low enough to be used for prepaid plans.
What may be surprising is that there are not one, but two of these widgets: a widget that shows the messages you have in your inbox:
as well as the same widget for managing your Voice settings that was leaked a few weeks ago:
What may be an even bigger surprise is that Google has now made both of these widgets available to non-G2 devices through the Android Market.
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.