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Why Samsung Is Awesome: Road SMS Helps You Text While Walking

Up front, I’m going to say I never text while I drive because typing correctly and driving well are mutually exclusive – you can only do one at a time. That said, this app is cool, and it’s even cooler that it’s from Samsung (who has been super cool lately – check out our unboxing and hands on for the Intercept and Captivate, and a Vibrant unboxing is coming soon.)

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It’s called Road SMS, and it’s pretty self explanatory.

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Move Over T-Mobile, Samsung Vibrant Now Available From Amazon.com For $149.99, With A Free 2-Day Shipping

Samsung Vibrant - the Galaxy S series representative on T-Mobile - is going live today, July 15th, and T-Mo already made it available in their online store for $250-$50 rebate.

A few days ago, we also pointed out that the phone is also available from Wirefly for $50 cheaper than T-Mo - $149.99.

Well, it looks like today Amazon.com followed suit and is now offering the Vibrant at the same cool $149.99 delivered for free in 2 days.

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Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S Series Phone Now Available At T-Mobile's Online Store

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.

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Motorola Droid X Now Officially On Sale From VZW - Here Is All You Need To Know

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.

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International Samsung Galaxy S Root Method Working On Vibrant/Captivate (T-Mobile/AT&T)

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.

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Unboxing: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini / Mini Pro

You didn’t think the unboxing goodness was over did you? Well just in case the Captivate and Intercept didn’t quite fill your appetite, here’s a two-in-one unboxing for you: Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.

In November 2009, Sony Ericsson announced its entry into the Android arena by adding the X10 to its XPERIA line. Three short months later, SE decided to put the X10 under a shrink-ray to create the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.

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Chance Of Unlocking Verizon’s Motorola Droid X Gets Even Lower: Say Hello to eFuse

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.

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Cage Fight, Part 1: Why Android Will Win The Smartphone War

Pundits have been saying for some time now there’s no sense in trying to predict a winner of the smartphone war. Some say that the marketplace is large enough to accommodate everyone and that cage fights make no sense because the iPhone and Android phones cater to different audiences. Really?

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While some may not like labeling winners and losers, there are winners and losers in business every day.

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Cage Fight, Part 2: Why Apple Will Win The Smartphone War

I have to say, I disagree with Kenny’s view that Apple is losing to Android. In fact, when Artem asked me what I thought of his article a few weeks ago, I went off for about 15 minutes listing reasons it was just plain wrong (at which point, I then debated back and forth with him for another 20 minutes).

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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.

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