More and more devices are becoming available with NFC - but what does that actually mean? First and foremost, NFC stands for near field communication. Basically, when you get your device close enough to something equipped with NFC - like a tag or a mobile payment center - it invokes an action on your device. Google Wallet is a perfect example of NFC in mainstream use; simply touch your phone to the payment terminal and the rest is done for you.
Everyone screws up at some point in life, but when a company as big as Sprint puts up a front-page banner showing a completely different, highly anticipated phone in place of one that's over a year old, we're going to have no choice but bring it up. And maybe even point the finger. Like so:
I'm sure we all wish the Nexus S 4G looked like that, but that is most definitely not it.
Samsung first unveiled its newest duo of Galaxy Tabs back in February at Mobile World Congress, but left one key element out: pricing and availability. That final veil of mystery has now been removed, as the pair are now officially official.
The Tab 2 7.0 is the replacement for the Tab 7 Plus, but doesn't offer a whole lot in way of upgrade:
- 7-inch 1024x600 TFT display
- 1GHz dual-core TI processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 3.2MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
- Android 4.0 with Touchwiz UX
What the Tab 2 7.0 does do, however, is hit a pretty nice price point: $250.
Update 2: Turns out that HTC is ready to make good on this issue, but only by telling customers to return their chipped phone to the store from which it was purchased and get a replacement. If, however, you'd rather send it off to HTC to be repaired, that's always an option.
As promised just over a week ago, the LG Viper is now officially available for pre-order via Sprint. While it may not be as exciting as the other hotly-anticipated phone coming to Sprint any day now, the budget-conscientious Viper packs some respectable specs for its class, and carries the distinction of being Sprint's first LTE phone:
- 4-Inch 480x800 display
- 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- LTE (4G)
- 5MP rear shooter, VGA front-facing camera
- 4GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- NFC and Google Wallet
- Android 2.3 (will likely be updated to Android 4.0)
The Viper is listed at $400, less $250 instant savings and a $50 mail-in rebate, bringing the total price to just $100 if you pick it up on a two-year contract.
Anyone that has ever spent any length of time with an e-ink based e-reader like the Kindle or Nook can attest to their uselessness in dark spaces. Now it looks like Barnes and Noble is going to be taking a crack at fixing that shortcoming of e-readers in an effort to gain some traction in its battle against Amazon. Leaked signage points to an updated Nook Simple Touch with a front-lit screen, and it might be here sooner than you think.
Well, that was fast. Not more than a week after the release of the HTC One X and S in Europe, and Koush has already pumped out a fully working version of ClockworkMod Touch for the pair.
If you have any of the devices supported by CWM Touch and you aren't running it, then you're seriously missing out. Touch recovery is, by far, the most intuitive way to use recovery on your device.
Kindly refrain from drooling into your keyboards for a moment while we fill you in on today's deal: HTC's latest high-end phone, the One X, packing 32GB of storage, Android 4.0, a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and an unlocked GSM radio is currently available from Daily Steals for $629. For those of you who buy your phones unlocked, grab your wallets.
Update 4/11/12: The deal is back for one day, though this time through eBay (thanks, Daniel).
Up to this point, the only thing we've know about the HTC Incredible 4G is... well, not much. There have been rumors here and there, but nothing all that concrete about the device (aside from a potential launch date). Thanks to a trusted source, however, we now not only have more information about the device, but some images to go along with it.
Smile for the blurrycam!
We first heard about the all-plastic brother of the ASUS Transformer Prime, the Transformer Pad 300, back at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. While we were given the bulk of the details (including price) at that time, we were, as usual, left without one important detail: a release date.
Thanks to a bit of new information that made its way to Google Shopping last night, it looks like the TF300T could be right around the corner.