The first Nokia Windows Phone 7 device is about to hit American shores, and it’s coming to none other than... T-Mobile? It might not be the network people were hoping for, but it’s also not the device either. The Lumia 710 is the budget-friendly Nokia handset, and is going to sell for $49.99 on a 2-year contract. No one looks to be carrying the higher-end Lumia 800.
Car nuts race their rides to see who’s machine is the fastest. Fitness fanatics run marathons to test their physical limitations and endurance against that of their fellows. Geeks and gearheads? Our battles are fought and won on the basis of how capable our hardware is. While our desktops and laptops might be a thing of wonder to behold, carrying them around with us for the sake of collecting the accolades we deserve isn’t always convenient. Carrying around a smartphone or tablet, however, is. Benchmarking also provides the added benefit of telling you how well your phone manages the current version of your handset’s operating system and apps, as well as whether future OS upgrades will slow all that zippy mobile computing hotness to a bag of sluggish hardware fail. If you’re the owner of an Android handset, there’s a lot of options out there to see how hard your phone rocks. Here’s three of our favourite free benchmarking tools, along with the reasons why you should use them.
As AT&T fights valiantly to save its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, at least one company is waiting in the wings for it to fail. America’s second largest satellite TV provider, Dish Network may enter into a partnership with T-Mobile to form a more robust carrier. It just so happens that Dish has gobs of the one thing that T-Mobile is lacking: wireless spectrum.
Things just keep getting worse for AT&T as it tries to ram its $39 billion T-Mobile buyout through the courts. The Justice Department has asked a judge to postpone the start of the case seeking to block the merger, which was slated to start in February. AT&T was hoping that a quick resolution to the case would allow it to continue with the deal. Now that could be impossible.
It’s the nightmare of any developer. Some esoteric element of a developer agreement results in an app being yanked. The only difference this time is that it’s not Apple’s App Store that’s taking a hard line with a dev, but Google’s Android Market. The developers of the popular visual voicemail app YouMail were shocked when Google informed them yesterday that a complaint from T-Mobile resulted in the de-listing of the app. Yikes.
While not offering any specifics, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has again raised the issue of family data pricing. Consumers have been begging for a carrier to move in this direction for years, and McAdam seems at least open to the idea. According to the CEO, a family data plan for multiple devices could arrive in 2012.
Somebody had the good idea to put a camera into a cellphone. This was a good idea. It was a great idea. What made it even better was including a slot for a Micro-SD card. I have a 32-gigabyte chip in my phone and I haven’t run out of storage yet. I can shoot photos or movies wherever I go—and email them immediately. I can read e-books or listen to music or watch videos. (The Samsung Galaxy phone has a great screen.)
The smartphone is a combination of many good ideas and its overall usefulness should be a guide for all manufacturers of portable electronics. So why doesn’t the iPad have a memory card slot? Why doesn’t Amazon’s Kindle Fire have a slot for an SD card? Who knows, but here are some other good tech ideas that need to be implemented ASAP.
This is the story that will not die. When will the US variant of the Galaxy Nexus launch? According to a new investigation by ComputerWorld, pre-orders are happening tomorrow (November 29) and the device will be coming out on December 8th. This jives with earlier rumors, but how official is this “confirmed” information?
Android fans in the US have been waiting with bated breath for Verizon to announce availability of the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Nexus. After various rumors of delays, an interesting Big Red holiday ad started running last night, with the Galaxy Nexus listed for a downright reasonable $199.99 on a 2-year contract. This is much lower than the expected cost of $299.99. Could this be the best deal on Verizon this holiday season?
With China contributing such a huge chunk of the world’s human population and being the world’s largest cellphone market, it should not surprise anyone that it’s said to have overtaken the United States in smartphone shipments during the third quarter. According to research firm Strategy Analytics’ latest research, China is now the world’s largest smartphone market in terms of total shipments. Hit the jump for more.