Last Updated: March 22nd, 2011
What an absolutely insane week it has been for unlocking encrypted and signed hardware!
Update: How disappointing - nenolod turned out to be a fraud, and the whole thing was a hoax. It seemed too good to be true, and it was.
First, the Thunderbolt, which turned out to be HTC's most closed off device ever, was cracked wide open by team AndIRC within days after release, including our own Justin Case (jcase), Jamezelle, scotty2, and others.
This morning, however, we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel for devices that have been uncracked for many months - namely, Motorola Milestone and possibly Droid X, Droid 2, Charm, and other devices from the Sholes family (this, apparently, does not include the Atrix 4G).
Last Updated: July 24th, 2011
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. Several broken promises later, and I was on the bus to Boston, having been assured that there were “less than 10” units in stock in T-Mobile’s downtown store.
Last Updated: July 3rd, 2011
Not everyone needs a new phone at this time of year, especially as you probably got your last one some time around Christmas, but if you’re in the market for a decent Android phone on your college-sized budget, here’s the what you’re looking at if you’re one of the four major carriers:
- Motorola Droid - Affordable doesn’t necessarily have to mean cheap, and such is the case with the original Motorola Droid. While Verizon itself no longer carries the original, (it’s been dropped in favor of the Droid 2) it can be had for the price of $0.00 (or, at most, $0.01) at third-party retailers like WireFly, Amazon, and LetsTalk.com.
Last Updated: December 22nd, 2010
Are you in the market for a strikingly rectangular low-end messaging phone running Android 2.1 and Motoblur? Come on, you know you want one!
If so, the Motorola Charm - you know, that squat little Motorola messaging phone for T-Mobile with a 2.8 inch screen and a non-slide out physical QWERTY keyboard right below it - is now officially hitting T-Mobile on August 25 for what T-Mobile USA has said on Facebook to be an "affordable" $74.99, despite the rumors that it would be free on a new two-year contract.
Of course, the specs aren't anything special:
- 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)
- WiFi B/G and N (Single-band 2.4GHz)
- Can capture 24FPS video (we assume that is with VGA 640×480)
- 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
But hey - it's not meant for us geeks; it's aimed at the kind of people who post statuses on Facebook like "Still recovering...too many parties!" (see the picture above for more on that).