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Motorola DROID 4 Hands-On and Unboxing

Motorola DROID 4 Hands-On and Unboxing

The fourth iteration of Motorola's ultra-popular DROID line for Verizon has arrived and with its 4-inch qHD scratch and scrape resistant screen, full QWERTY keyboard, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 4G LTE connectivity, this may well be the best installment in the series yet! This device is quite reminiscent of the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX that've also just been released by Motorola and Verizon, the corners, the display, and even the back shape. The difference here is in the edge-lit keyboard, the loving embrace of the core DROID branding, and the fact that it's got a big 4 at the end of its name -- let's have a look at what it means to continue on with the DROID line.

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ZTE V9A Light Tab 2 Android tablet revealed

ZTE V9A Light Tab 2 Android tablet revealed

The folks at Clove have revealed a brand new ZTE 7-inch tablet that'll be hitting the market in February, not too many days away, and with it an inexpensive price tag you'll all enjoy. Though this tab won't quite match up with the undeniable value proposition of the upcoming ASUS MeMO, the Light Tab will have 4GB of ROM, 3G connectivity (something the ASUS tablet wont have, at least at first) and a gigantic 3400mAh battery inside. This tablet will also feature Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1.4GHz processor, and a couple of cameras on the side.

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LG Android VMware Horizon Mobile hands-on

LG Android VMware Horizon Mobile hands-on

One of the official CES 2012 awards this year, a Design & Engineering Showcase Award to be exact, was awarded to LG Electronics for their groundbreaking implementation of a bit of software by the name of VMware Horizon Mobile. This VMware invention has been around for a few months now, but has never been shown off in a fully functional manner like this, here with LG on their Verizon Mobile 4G LTE LG Revolution device. What it represents is an ability that you, the business person, has to create a sandboxed version of Android running on your device so that you can have added security and perfect version compatibility - that make sense to you? Have a peek at our hands-on video for more insight.

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Exclusive Insider Talk: Lenovo Racer-A hands-on with Stephen Miller

Exclusive Insider Talk: Lenovo Racer-A hands-on with Stephen Miller

Here at CES 2012 during Showstoppers, we've been fortunate enough to get a personal interview with no less than Lenovo's own Stephen Miller speaking all about the 1st IA platform smartphone based on the Intel Medfield chip, the Lenovo Racer-A SmartPhone, aka the K800. This device is part of the Idea Smart Phone K series and has a 4.5-inch 720p multi-touch display with fabulous viewing angles. This device is capable of playing back 1080p, 30 frames per second video - it's also got a 720p wireless display, full 3D media center, and an 8M AF camera on the back. The processor is the real hero here as it is, believe it or not, a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Medfield SoC.

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Pantech Burst Hands-on

Pantech Burst Hands-on

This week AT&T have revealed several new devices on their LTE network, notably a couple of Pantech devices that will be offered together - a tablet by the name of Element and a smartphone, which we've got here, by the name of Pantech Burst. The Burst has a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen at 480 x 800 pixel resolution, has a 5 megapicel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front - the back capable of 720p recording. This device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box, has 16GB of onboard memory with a microSD card slot for expansion by 32GB if you wish, and it feels pretty nice to hold, if I do say so myself.

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Verizon LG Spectrum leaked, 1.5GHz dual-core, 4.5-inch HD display

Verizon LG Spectrum leaked, 1.5GHz dual-core, 4.5-inch HD display

The entirety of a press release has leaked for the upcoming 4G LTE device by the name of LG Spectrum, an Android device made with high definition content and speed in mind. What's inside is no less than the highest grade set of specifications, starting with a 4.5-inch True HD IPS display complete with Gorilla Glass (maybe Gorilla Glass 2?) and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor. According to whoever leaked this device to Droid Life, we'll almost certainly get a much closer look at this device next week at CES 2012, or later in the month without a doubt.

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Tablets: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Tablets: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When the year 2011 is looked back upon by the Google historians, they'll mark it as the first time they officially made an effort to bring the Android platform to devices with displays larger than handheld smartphones - what we saw, as a result, was everything from the XOOM to the ASUS Transformer Prime. The folks at Google created a version of their mobile operating system Android titled Honeycomb and numbered version 3.0. This operating system began its life in the wild on the Motorola XOOM, a 10.1-inch tablet that by the end of the year would be replaced by the XYBOARD, a tablet which physically in weight and thickness to the iPad 2 - the dominant force in the tablet space throughout the vast majority of this past year.

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Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When we look back at this year, we'll think of it as the year of the birth of the dual-core mobile super chip, the double CPU processor becoming the status quo for a smartphone or tablet running Android, this the single most important thing to those who use the devices as tiny computers while the term "4G" dominates the memories of the masses, but it's developers that mattered most. There's no thinking about Android this year without recognizing that it's still running alongside Apple's iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad 2 as its primary competitors, and as its own user interface changes drastically, its competitors instead tweak functionality inside their already set-in-stone aesthetic. Then there's the battles between manufacturers, carriers, and Android versions too, but none of this existed outside the underground of hackers, developers, and tweakers galore!

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Huawei Honor (U8860) Review

Huawei Honor (U8860) Review

When Huawei sent over their new and soon to be released smartphone set to debut in Asia in Q4 called the Huawei Honor (U8860) also known as the Glory, I was expecting another run of the mill Android smartphone for the budget crowd like their previous devices. I couldn't have been more wrong. The Honor offers a 1.4 GHz processor, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, an HDR capable 8 megapixel camera and a huge battery. I quickly realized this was a much better phone than I'd thought. Now that I've had some time with it here's my thoughts.

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Motorola DROID 4 dual-core LTE QWERTY slider revealed semi-officially

Motorola DROID 4 dual-core LTE QWERTY slider revealed semi-officially

When it comes to the DROID line as carried by Verizon, there's no knowing which manufacturer is going to get to have their hardware graced with the name, but usually it's Motorola - and here in the DROID 4, the trend continues. What you're going to get in this several-times half-leaked device is a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the newest version of Motorola's custom user interface over Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. This device is of course also running on Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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HTC EVO Design 4G Review [Video]

HTC EVO Design 4G Review [Video]

Here we have the *near* smallest smartphone to carry the legendary EVO namesake, and with a 4-inch S-LCD display with qHD resolution and price tag of under $100 right out of the gate, we've got to wonder if this is the perfect package for petite palms. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is powered by a 1.2Ghz single-core processor from Qualcomm, all inside a smartphone that's a scant 4.80 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches in size. It's tall, it's substantial, and it's made to be your everyday hand-sized EVO at an inexpensive price.

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Samsung Stratosphere Review [Video]

Samsung Stratosphere Review [Video]

The next step forward in having the mobile world adopt a connection speed isn't always necessarily straight to the newest high for specs, and the Samsung Stratosphere is here to prove it. Fitted with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard complete with Android menu shortcuts and coming in as the second Samsung handset to work on Verizon's 4G LTE network, the Samsung Stratosphere isn't here to win any benchmark wars with its single-core 1GHz processor and relatively thick chassis, but it IS the only 4G LTE device on the market with a full QWERTY keyboard, and the 4-inch 800 × 480 Super AMOLED display doesn't hurt none either. Will the Stratosphere access a market just waiting to be tapped? We shall see!

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