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Root Access to Android OS Easy as One Click

August 19, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Root Access to Android OS Easy as One Click

So it’s reported that, that full access to an Android OS device is as easy as downloading a 4MB app called FlashRec and executing it. The app basically replaces the devices recovery ROM with a less restrictive one, so completing the process requires asking the device to do recovery. The user-friendly aspect? This hack is kind enough to allow backups of whatever it overwrites, so returning the whole setup to “pristine” condition is possible.
hat’s the point of “rooting” the Android OS? It pretty much opens up the device to any modified Android OS of a user’s choosing, allowing customization on …read more

Showdown of “New Generation” Smartphones

June 11, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Showdown of “New Generation” Smartphones

In attempt to get more people to their website BillShrink recently came out with this well-made digital flyer that compares the so-called “new generation” smartphones:
Here’s that table in real-text form:

iPhone 3GS (AT&T)
Palm Pre (Sprint)
Android G1 (T-Mobile)

Storage Capacity
16GB
8GB
1GB (Expandable SD Slot)

Talk Time (hours)
5
5
5

Standby Time (hours)
300
300
130

Camera Megapixels
3.0
With Video Recording & Editing
3.0
3.0
With Video Recording

WiFi?
Yes
Yes
Yes

GPS
Yes
Turn By Turn (& Digital Compass)
Yes
Turn by Turn
Yes
Turn By Turn (& Digital Compass)

Voice Commands?
Yes
No
Yes

App Store
iTunes App Store
Palm App Catalog
Android Market

Price (With Contract)
$199
$199
$149

Price (Without Contract)
$599
$550
$399

Service Plans
Unlimited:
$99.99 – Voice
$30.00 – Data
$20.00 – Messaging
Unlimited Voice, Data, & Messaging:
$99.99
Unlimited:
$99.99 – Voice & Messaging
$24.99 – Data

Total Costs (+Tax Over 24 Months)
$3,600
$2,400
$3,149

Sidekick LX Already Available from T-Mobile

April 20, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Sidekick LX Already Available from T-Mobile

As of last April 17, that is, and only for T-Mobile subscribers in the US. The rest of us will have a chance to grab the newest Sidekick on May 13. In any case, the specs below will probably remain the same:

Quadband GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA capable (3G and 3.5G capable in other words)
Oh, and GPS too (support for Live Search as well)
5.1″ long, 2.4″ wide, 0.6″ thick, 5.7 ounces heavy
3.2-inch LCD (854×480 resolution) swivels out to reveal QWERTY keyboard
3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash
Video capture and playback capability
Web browser that can do YouTube
MP3 player, streamed music player
Bluetooth …read more

8 Megapixel Samsung SGH-T929 to Hit T-Mobile US by March

February 5, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

8 Megapixel Samsung SGH-T929 to Hit T-Mobile US by March

Samsung promises that the high-end Memoir—currently famous for its integrated 8 megapixel camera and Xenon flash—will be available via T-Mobile by the end of this month. Which means it better be available by March, lest the renamed Samsung SGH-T929 fall under the “delayed” column.
In any case, interested owners can expect all the bells and whistles. With Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface running things, the Memoir may not be for everyone, but aside from the big-time optical hardware, you’ve also got built-in Assisted GPS and full HTML support promised. Updates on price and availability to follow, but let’s hope this phone …read more

Nokia 7510 Now on T-Mobile Line-Up for $50—After Rebates

January 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Nokia 7510 Now on T-Mobile Line-Up for $50—After Rebates

The rarity of a Nokia product getting subsidized by a US carrier notwithstanding, the Nokia 7510 (aka the Supernova) is now available from T-Mobile. The clamshell comes in three colors, features a 2 megapixel camera that can do video, a music player, and all those other pre-installed apps you’d find on a mid-range Nokia. Other features like the FM radio, microSD slot, Bluetooth, and 2.2″ QVGA screen round-out the phone.
Be warned though: The 7510 is advertised as only costing $50. But we all know such a low price applies after a mail-in rebate (which takes forever to resolve) and the …read more

First Android Phone (T-Mobile G1) Debuts. Ewww.

September 23, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

First Android Phone (T-Mobile G1) Debuts. Ewww.

Seriously, can you call this anything else but ugly?

The G1 Phone is $179, and will be out on October 22. Good thing the price is low, and let’s hope that it doesn’t come with some two-year strings attached. (techcrunch.com)

T-Mobile CEO Not Pleased With Unlocked Phones

September 11, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Services

T-Mobile CEO Not Pleased With Unlocked Phones

First, T-Mobile CEO Robert Dotson discloses that over 30% of T-Mobile phones in NY are unlocked. Strangely, he also declares that this isn’t a good thing:
“If you look at just unfettered access in an open world, all of us would probably agree you have a pretty poor experience at the end of the day,” he said. “you realize that [technology] is most productive when it happens in an environment that has some stewardship and control in it.”


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