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Motorola Droid Pro Review: Android Has Been Blackberry-ified, But Hath The Blackberry Been Slain?

Introduction

And with that, we solidly conclude that Android truly has visited 99% of the mobile form factors out there. That's right, people, the Motorola Droid Pro has arrived in the Android Police offices, and after spending the last week or so with it, I can tell you - with a straight face, nonetheless - that RIM's got serious competition here. The handset isn't exactly all that and a piece of cake, but it's definitely up there, at least for enterprise customers.

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EVO Shift 4G Specs Leaked, Could Be Sprint's Desire Z

XDA-developers, who originally leaked details on the phone under the codename HTC Knight, have now provided more information on this bad boy, now known as HTC EVO Shift 4G (model number PG06100). Most of these specs aren't too surprising, but do leave a lot of room for questions:

    • Android 2.2
    • Sliding QWERTY Keyboard
    • 3.7″ Screen
    • 800Mhz Processor or 1Ghz Dual Core Snapdragon according to a different source
    • 512MB RAM
    • 5 MP Camera or 8 MP according to a different source
    • Sprint 4G

    Assuming the 800 MHz processor and 5 MP camera are correct, then this is almost definitely Sprint's version of the Desire Z (the same as T-Mobile's G2).

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    T-Mobile Expands HSPA+ Coverage To 8 New Areas

    T-Mobile is claiming that they have the largest "4G" network in the country, and they must be pretty serious about defending that title - they've just rolled out their HSPA+ network, theoretically capable of download speeds of 21Mbps, to these eight areas:

    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Grand Junction, Colorado
    • Harlingen, Texas
    • Lafayette and South Bend, Indiana
    • Montgomery, Alabama
    • Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia
    • Youngstown, Ohio

    These were all listed on T-Mobile's 4G coverage map as "coming soon", so if you're still on that list, T-Mobile is probably already working to cover you.

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    T-Mobile Announces A Buy One, Get One Free Holiday Smartphone Promotion

    Today, a T-Mobile representative emailed us about a big holiday BOGO (buy one, get one free) Black Friday promotion the company is launching this holiday season. This promotion will feature all Android smartphones, the Galaxy Tab, as well as WP7 devices, although it's worth pointing out that the Tab unfortunately does not qualify as one of the free devices.

    The BOGO is good for all T-Mobile family plans, including Even More and legacy customers who activate two or more lines, and for those who upgrade at least one eligible line.

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    MetroPCS Prepares To Launch Its First Android Phone, The LG Optimus M - $229 Without Contract

    The latest carrier to secure a version of LG's newest entry-level phone - the Optimus One - is MetroPCS, the country's fifth-largest carrier. It will be the carrier's first Android phone, and will cost just $229 with no contract and $50 for a monthly plan that grants access to unlimited data, talk, and text. The phone will be available in stores and online on November 24, just in times for the holidays.

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    Motorola DEFY Review: It Doesn't Break The Mold, But Doesn't Break, Either

    Motorola was kind enough to hook me up with one of their latest handsets, the Motorola Defy. Here's a video primer for the review that all your friends will be talking about tomorrow. If you read the review without it, you'll be in the dark:

    The Defy is, put quite simply, a great device - and excluding Motoblur, the bane of many Android users' existence, the thing flies. It admittedly doesn't have much "WOW" factor after you're done throwing it at your wall and into a bathtub, but it doesn't really need it.

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    Verizon Finally Announces The Motorola Droid 2 Global Via Facebook: $200 On Contract After $100 MIR

    Verizon has finally announced the Motorola Droid 2 Global on the Verizon Facebook page. It may seem a bit backwards since the pre-order has been going on for a while - but now it's officially official. The D2G will be priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate - which means you'll be paying $299.99 upfront.

    Unlike the original Droid 2, Global owners will be provided with a SIM card so they can use the phone overseas.

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    Get Sprint's Galaxy Tab $50 Off Black Friday Deal Early During RadioShack's "Shack Friday" (November 21st-24th)

    While everyone in the U.S. is awaiting the Black Friday, the largest retail event of the year, RadioShack decided to start the party early and is kicking off its own event called Shack Friday.

    Mirroring Best Buy's and Office Max's Black Friday deals, The Shack will be offering Sprint's version of the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab for $50 off retail, which means you can pick up the device on contract for $349.99.

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    Sprint's HTC Knight To Be A WiMax QWERTY Slider?

    Even though it's only the third largest network in the United States, Sprint has a habit of cranking out some pretty nice Android devices. With the legacy of the EVO and Epic to live up to, the rumored HTC Knight is going to have to be something pretty special to be considered a true flagship. But will it really be the flagship we're all hoping for? Boy Genius Report got a tip today which adds further confusion to the matter.

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    The Mother Of All Deals: Motorola Droid Pro, Droid X, Droid 2, And Droid Incredible On Sale For A Mere $0.01 At Amazon

    Wow... that's the only word I have to describe what Amazon Wireless pulled this morning. Amazon and Wirefly oftentimes offer killer deals compared to the carriers (like yesterday's $50 Droid Pro Wirefly deal), but this one is just ridiculous. All of the Droid phones, including the newly released Droid Pro, are exactly 1 penny over at Amazon Wireless for new Verizon customers:

    In addition to the free 2-day shipping and the absence of any tax, all activation fees related to establishing a new account are waived.

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