HTC's latest flagship Android device will be available on May 6th, but you can watch our unboxing today! The HTC One X sports a large 4.7inch 720p display, unibody polycarbinate body, LTE antenna, and one of the fastest processors available today. This is one of the first phones to ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and it is skinned with HTC's Sense 4.0. We will be putting the One X through our riggerous tests and see if it is worthy of all the hype. Please stay tuned.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM:
Price: $399 off contract through Google's Play Store
- Great 720p screen
- Ice Cream Sandwich lives up to the hype
- Silky smooth performance
- Sub-par camera sensor (camera app is amazing)
- Not comfortable to hold
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first, and currently only, phone that runs Android's latest operating system: Ice Cream Sandwich. This review is going to focus on the device as a whole, which includes Ice Cream Sandwich, but will go in depth on the operating system at a later time. It is hard not to compare the Galaxy Nexus to the Galaxy S II line of phones but in reality the two phones do not share much in common. Being a Nexus device the Galaxy Nexus is considered Android's premier device, for the time being at least. One thing to note about the GSM version of the Phone is that it is not officially available for sale from any carrier in the US, and thus is sold completely unlocked, and will work on the HSPA+ networks of both AT&T and T-Mobile. For me this is important because it allows users to create a Wifi network for no added cost.
In the evolution of the website I think it's time to update how I review products. I no longer think it's enough to just give a flat impression of a phone or tablet. It's not fair to anyone if every phone is compared against everything that has come before it, no matter what market it is targeting. My solution is to review products based on what niche they are trying to fill. Not every phone is trying to be the biggest and baddest on the market, many phones have a target audience and aren't meant for consumers on the bleeding edge.
Going forward the reviews on Gadginator will be based on how well the device matches up with it's target audience. This will allow the site to review a wider range of products and not punish companies for making a niche device. I have a backlog of reviews I have been working on, that will be coming out shortly that use this new format, and I would love to hear feedback!
Tickets for this year's Google I/O developer conference officially went on sale this morning at 7am. At 7:06am I attempted to buy my ticket, when I selected my ticket I was greated with a loading page saying they were searcing for available tickets. After having this page displayed on my phone for 24 minutes I check on my computer, and it says it's sold out. So much for early bird gets the worm, I'm assuming someone found a way to game the system and buy these in bulk.
There are already Google I/O tickets for sale on Ebay for $4,000, which is 4x the face value.
Navigating the world of gadgets can be tricky for even for the most tech savvy person. This is why many of us turn to experts to review and give us their opinions on the latest tech devices. I wanted to ask the experts what gadgets they own and use every day. Knowing what the pros use can give us some amazing context on the gadgets we know and love. For each “Gadgets the pros use” I will ask a tech expert a few questions about what gadgets they use, and why.
In this edition of Gadgets the Pros Use I was lucky enough to talk to Paul Miller. Paul has been a professional tech writer since 2005. He used to write for Engadget and was part of the all-star team hired to start the site TheVerge.com. He is a senior editor at The Verge and is part of the three man team that creates The Verge’s very popular weekly podcast.
Name: LG Nitro HD
Price: $199 with two year AT&T contract
- Beautiful 720p Screen
- Great performance
- Blazing fast AT&T LTE data speeds
- Flimsy USB flap
- LTE is power hungry
- Poor camera quality
AT&T is aggressively expanding the coverage of its LTE network, and also expanding the lineup of phones that take advantage of that network. The LG Nitro HD is the third LTE Android phone released for AT&T thus far and while it shares many features with the previous two phones it is also able to differentiate itself from the pack. The focal point of the LG Nitro HD is the amazing 4.5 inch 720p screen, which is the first 720p screen on any AT&T phone. Looking down the spec sheet of the Nitro it can go toe-to-toe with any other phone on the market, and we wanted to know if it was able to live up to expectations.
Like most Apple rumors I am assuming this report isn't true, but that doesn't mean I can't hope that it is true.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is testing out a smaller form factor of the iPad. This smaller iPad features an 8inch screen, original model has 9.7inch, but keeps the current screen resolution. This means that with the smaller screen and current resolution that Apple could call the screen a "retina display."
These days it is getting harder and harder to tell one phone apart from another. They are all the same basic design, a rectangle slab of glass. This video from LG is teasing a phone that features a 5inch 4:3 aspect ratio screen, that will look like nothing else on the market.
In what must be great news overal for Samsung and Android, Samsung's Galaxy S line is starting to get the Apple rumor treatment. There have been several rumors about the next generation Galaxy S III device. The latest rumor coming out of BGR who is saying that the phone could be as thin as 7mm. This would make it a whole 0.1mm thinner than the Droid RAZR at its thinnest point.