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iPhone 5 LTE

The new iPhone 5 was announced by Apple with a 4″ Retina display with a resolution of 1136 x 640, 16:9 aspect ratio, and is 7.8 mm thick weighing only 112 grams. They also include an upgraded A6 processer that is 2 times faster than the A5 processer that is also smaller and uses less battery. The phone also has LTE built in that on the same radio will work with global carriers. iOS 6 is the installed operating system, and includes updates to how iOS works, apps that are developed for the old 3.5″ screen will scale automatically.

Global LTE works with most major carriers globally, including Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T in the United States. The WIFI works with A/B/G/N running at both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz with speeds up to 150Mbps. Battery with normal use of 4G and 3G talk or video playback is 8-10 hours.

They updated the connector to a new smaller 9-pin connector called “Lightning” that is 80% smaller, and there is an adapter to convert the old connector to the new one. They also are including updated headphones named “EarPods” that are made to send the sound into your ear better and fit into your ear better.

The camera was updated to 8MP 1080p with 40% faster capture, better low light, panorama mode, and easer sharing. The front camera is 720p HD, and works with FaceTime. There was also an improvement to the speakers to include noise-canceling ear peace, wideband audio, and 20% smaller. It also includes 3 microphones on the front, back and bottom.

iOS 6 includes updates to iCloud sync of Safari, new maps with navigation and satellite imagery, share photos by saying “Share” when photo is selected, and updated Siri to include movie searches, restaurant searches, and Tweeting with your voice.

You can pre-order September 14th and ships September 21st in the United States, and September 28th in other countries. This includes 100 countries and 240 carriers. Prices below

Colors Black or White 16GB $199
32GB $299 64 GB $399

Older modules will be available at reduced prices and do get updated to iOS 6.

iPhone 4 8GB FREE iPhone 4S 16GB $99

RadioShack No-Contract Wireless using Cricket

RadioShack is now working with Cricket Wireless to offer a set of no contract plans and limited set of phones with the service. Prices range from $25 to $60 a month for service, and the cost of the phones is $39.99 for the feature phone, $149.99 for the Android 2.3 Smartphone. They also have Cricket’s Muve music service included with the smartphone plans. The smartphone plans say they have unlimited data, but get slowed from 3G to 2G after 1 to 2.5GB of data. Check out the table of the plans below.

Plan Details $25/mo Feature $35/mo Feather $50/mo Smartphone $60/mo Smartphone
Minutes per Month 300 1,000 Unlimited Unlimited
Unlimited Text Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unlimited Muve Music No No Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes Yes Yes (1GB 3G Speed) Yes (2.5GB 3G Speed) w/ Tethering

For people who don’t want a contract and are looking for just a phone or a smartphone with no contract this isn’t too bad of a deal. I looked up my zip code on crickets website and it showed that I was covered and after some research found out that that’s because they are using Sprint’s Network. There was no details on bringing your own device to this service or indication on how many more devices they will be adding to the RadioShack branded wireless service.

Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 8

If Android is not your style the new Windows Phone 8 phones (wow that is repetitive) are coming out and Samsung has their new Samsung ATIV S is not a bad looking device. One thing about Windows Phone is that the makers have to have a preset of specifications that each phone should have, this is to help make better devices. The phone that Samsung released at IFA is said to look like a Galaxy S III but running Windows Phone 8. Below are some specs…

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processer
  • 8 MP rear / 1.9 MP front camera
  • HSPA+ / GSM
  • 16/32GB storage with 1GB RAM and microSD (SDXC) card slot
  • Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, GPS

Some people really like there Windows Phone phones, I think it’s an interesting interface but I like others are already invested in other systems like Android or iOS. Also Windows Phone has lots of apps but may not have as many of the big ones that you will find on other systems.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

More IFA releases this from Samsung, the Galaxy Note II. This is the new version of the popular large screen Android smartphone that comes with a stylus dubbed the S Pen. This phone has a large 5.5″ screen, Android 4.1 and 1.6 GHz quad-core processer. Full specs below.

  • 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED screen
  • Android 4.1
  • 8MP front, 1.9MP back camera
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core processer
  • S Pen and digitizer
  • 16/32/64 GB Memory, microSD (up to 64GB), and 2 GB RAM
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, mHL, GPS
  • 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+
  • S Pen applications

The Note II comes with a lot of extra applications and customizations to make using the S Pen more useful on Android. They also include a bunch of Samsung apps that you may or may not want to use. But from the looks and specs this is a good upgrade to the Galaxy Note.

Sony Xperia T, V, and J Smartphones

 

IFA 2012 in Berlin is a big electronics show that is similar to CES where companies are releasing products they will have out for the holidays. Sony was the first major company with a press event and they have released a bunch of new products including a set of three new phones in there Xperia line of phones called the T, V, and J. Not too original but they range in size from the 4′ J to 4.6′ T. Below is an overview of the three phones.

Xperia T Xperia V Xperia J
1.5 GHz dual core 1.5 GHz dual core 1 Ghz
4.55″ 720p HD Screen 4.3″ 720p HD Screen 4″ Screen
Android 4.0 (upgradable to 4.1) Android 4.0 (upgradable to 4.1) Android 4.0
13MP Camera 13 MP Camera 5MP Camera
Up to 16 GB / 32 GB microSD Up to 8 GB / 32 GB microSD Up to 4 GB / 32 GB microSD
HSPA+ / GSM EDGE HSPA+ / GSM EDGE HSPA / GSM EDGE
7 hrs Talk / 450 hrs Standby 7 hrs Talk / 400 hrs Standby 5.5 hrs Talk / 618 hrs Standby
Black, Silver, White Black Pink, White Black, Gold, Pink, White

Some other things that are cool, the T and V have MHL / TV connectivity, NFC, PlayStation Certified. The V also has better audio what they call Clear Audio+ and LTE. The T may also be called the TX depending on where you live.

Samsung GALAXY S DUOS

If you’re looking for a Dual SIM phone but want a good smart phone you may want to check out the Samsung GALAXY S DUOS. It has 2 SIM card slots that are always on, Android 4.0, 4.0″ screen, and 4GB internal storage. No info has been given on the processer or speed and is said to be out in September in Europe.

  • Network: HSDPA 7.2 M 900/2100 EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
  • Display: 4.0″ WVGA(480×800) TFT
  • OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Camera: Main(Rear) : 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash Front: VGA Camera
  • Memory: 4GB internal memory microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 1,500 mAh
  • Other: A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, WI-FI, MicroUSB, Samsung TouchWiz, Stereo FM Radio

Dual SIM isn’t something popular in the United States, part because half the carriers use CDMA and part because plans are so expensive. But in Europe and Asia most people like dual SIM so they can have their work and personal phone numbers on the same device and only have to carry one phone with them.

Will keep an eye out for more details and release dates.

Google Play Store Smart Updates

If you use an Android Phone you most likely get your apps from Google Play Store, but updates can take lots of time and data if you have lots of apps. But earlier at Google I/O, Google talked about the new update system that would only download the parts of your apps that changed along with encrypting them so paid apps couldn’t be ripped off.

Reports now show that system has been started and will work even on older phones (2.3, 4.0 …) and can save you lots of data when updating apps. When you update an app it will download the part you need then start installing it if that’s all you need before the full download is done. This update should happen the next time you load the Google Play store on your device and happen without you having to do anything because the Play Store updates its self all the time.

Verizon 4G LTE now covers 75% of US Population

With a new group of cities added to Verizon’s 4G LET data network in 337 cities, they claim to have 75% of the US population covered.

With more 4G LTE coverage than all other networks combined, you can experience the speed and power of Verizon in more places. Verizon 4G LTE is available in 337 cities, covering nearly 75% of the U.S. population.

New cities include:

  • El Dorado / Magnolia Arkansas
  • Russellville Arkansas
  • New London County Connecticut
  • Fort Pierce Florida
  • Melbourne / Titusville Florida
  • Columbus Georgia
  • Rome Georgia
  • Burley Idaho
  • Mattoon Illinois
  • Anderson Indiana
  • Muncie Indiana
  • Manhattan / Junction City Kansas
  • McPherson Kansas
  • Lafayette / New Iberia Louisiana
  • St. Joseph Missouri
  • Bozeman / Livingston Montana
  • Kalispell Montana
  • Missoula Montana
  • Goldsboro / Kinston North Carolina
  • Roanoke Rapids North Carolina
  • Rocky Mount / Wilson North Carolina
  • Zanesville Ohio
  • Meadville Pennsylvania
  • Punxsutawney / Dubois / Clearfield Pennsylvania
  • Orangeburg South Carolina
  • Sherman / Denison Texas
  • Cedar City Utah
  • Logan Utah
  • Rutland / Bennington Vermont
  • Lynchburg Virginia
  • Winchester Virginia
  • Bellingham Washington
  • Beckley West Virginia

If you are looking to see if you can get Verizon 4G LTE in your area check out there up-to-date map and city finder.

Too bad my city isn’t on the list I did talk with some of the techs that were installing the antennas that I can see from my house but they just haven’t finished it for my area. When I was in Denver I tried my Galaxy Nexus and it was fast but nothing will take the place of Cable or DSL Internet.

YouTube App for PS3

If you’re a PS3 user and you like YouTube good news, you can now download the YouTube app from the PS3 store today that lets you watch videos from your PS3. It was designed for big screens making it easy to use from your couch. The other great feature was the fact that you can use your mobile phone or most likely your tablet to search, control, and load up more videos easier while other videos are playing.

  • Search: Finding the videos you want is easier than ever, with search suggestions and instant video results while you type.
  • Your subscribed channels: Sign in to find the latest videos from your YouTube subscriptions, which now also includes official music videos.
  • Your phone as a remote: With a quick pairing process, you can control YouTube on PS3 with a smartphone. Find a video on your phone and with a button it’ll play on the big screen. While the video is playing you can control it from the phone, or keep browsing YouTube for the next one.

You can get the new YouTube app sometime today in PS3 Store under My Channels.

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE on Sprint with Keyboard

Good news for fans of smartphones with keyboards the Motorola PHOTON G 4G LTE that runs on Sprint will be available August 19th for a price of $199.99. This phone is running Android 4.0.4 ICS 1.5GHz dual-core processer, 4.3″ display, and all the wireless goodies such as LTE, NFC and WiFi. It does have extra Smartactons applications that are Motorola’s extra add-on applications for Android.

But if you like having a keyboard, want the new Android 4.0.4, 4G LTE, and the updated new hardware this phone looks like it would be good for a good upgrade.

Name: Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE
Carrier:
Sprint
Price:
$199.99 at launch with 2-year contract.
Available:
August 19 2012 (Pre-Order August 13 2012)

Specs and Features

  • PC-like 5-row keyboard
  • 4.3″ ColorBoost™ Display with scratch-resistant glass
  • SMARTACTIONS™ extend battery life, automate tasks and suggest ways to improve and personalize your smartphone
  • 4G LTE Speed
  • Splash Guard coating protects against spills and splashes
  • 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Business Ready Worldphone
  • Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 8MP Camera with HD Video Capture
  • 1.3MP Front-Facing Camera for Video Chat
  • NFC for sharing content and pairing with accessories
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