Motorola Android Razr

My favorite cell phone was for many years, the Razor (& the Krazr)

All the best rumors about the release today say that Motorola and Google have teamed up to release something similar with the Android operating system on it.
Check out the teaser video:

Will it have Ice Cream Sandwich? I can’t wait to find out.

Engadget will be blogging the press conference today in real time on THIS SITE. Check it out!

For the Hands On Up close pictures, check out the slideshow.

Verizon iPhone Has Antenna Issues

According to Consumer Reports, the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless’ network has a similar problem to the AT&T version. If the phone is held in a certain way, it could cause dropped calls or problems dialing out. This is due to blocking of the antenna which is in the band around the phone.

Consumer Reports tested the Verizon iPhone 4 and found that covering tiny gaps in the metal band surrounding the phone’s edge causes “meaningful decline in performance.”

In conditions where cell signal is weak, the iPhone 4 would drop calls when the user covered the gaps by holding the phone in a specific — but natural — way. This issue can also be avoided by using a cover on the phone which prevents contact with the antenna.

Consumer Reports conducted similar tests last summer on the iPhone 4 that runs on AT&T Inc.’s networks. In both cases, the publication has decided not to include the phone on its list of recommended smart phones.

Touchscreen Competition

Here was the June 2009 Top Ten List of iPhone Competitors

The Samsung F700 was released soon after the iPhone so was obviously compared with it (and did well). The LG Prada KE850 Nokia’s concept phone – Aeon

Obviously, HTC, Samsung and Google have released the Android based phones since then, but I thought it worthwhile to take a look at what has come before. As they say, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it in the future.

Since the introduction of the Apple iPhone on January the 9th, the world has gone touch pad crazy, touch pad technology is the way of the future and many companies have heard the call and made their own touch pad phones in direct competition with the iPhone. This is a top ten list of iPhone Competitors, some of the phones are the real deal, some are just concepts at the moment, all are cool.

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Coming in at Number 1 is the recently announced Samsung F700 ultra slim phone, answering the call early Samsung have come up with a splendid touch pad phone. Main features of the phone include a 5 megapixel camera, touch pad technology, impressive downloads speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and a cool slide out QWERTY Keyboard, which is something the iPhone is lacking. With their first deluge into touch pad phones Samsung seem to have hit a home run straight of the bat. Continue reading

iPhone 4 Verizon Review

cnet verizon iPhone review

The good: The Verizon iPhone 4 offers a hot-spot feature not available on AT&T’s device. Performance was better in most regards.

The bad: The Verizon iPhone 4 lacks world roaming and the ability to access voice and data simultaneously. The hot-spot feature didn’t work with all devices.

The bottom line: The Verizon iPhone 4 has much in common with its AT&T counterpart, but varying features and different performance give it enough room to stand apart. It won’t vastly change your iPhone experience, but we welcome the consumer choice that it brings. Continue reading

Smartphones: Buy Now or Wait?

It’s great that Verizon and Apple have decided to play nice and provide the iPhone on the Verizon network for those who want it. But it will still be a 3G phone. It will several other limitations as well.

4G is right around the corner, as well as updates to Android OS (Gingerbread, anyone?)

So how does a consumer decide whether to pick up a phone or wait for something that may take another 2 years?

Retrovo created some great charts to help you decide when to buy based on your carrier, hardware, OS and features. (click images to view larger versions) Continue reading