And the third and best reason is that the Nexus 4 is less likely to turn your child into an airhead than an iPhone or another phone with a handset-maker designed interface.
What? Really? Are you serious?
- Droid – I hate the Droid marketing moniker. It’s disruptive to the potential beauty of Android and a marketing tool that has brainwashed all the Normal People™.
- RAZR – Why reuse an old flip phone brand? Was Droid not good enough for you? And improperly spelling Razor? Seriously? You can’t misspell I. (Just saying.)
- HD – 720p. Does that sound like 1080p to you?
Enough whining. The battery in the RAZR HD is potentially great at 2500 mAh. Engadget seems to think the phone is rock-solid which means to me that it feels incredibly dense and solid like an iPhone 4. So this isn’t a bad deal, but I wouldn’t go for it personally.
Besides this being the time where I say it’s not confirmed until it’s actually announced, I’m surprised. I definitely had no expectations of an Amazon phone tomorrow. I thought of a gimmick for Amazon but that has since deteriorated into what I now think of as a bad idea.
I hope they delay until it’s finished. (What if they pull an first generation iPad-style announcement? Announcement now and then shipping actually in late November? I’m pretty sure Apple did that since FCC leaks would have revealed the iPad’s existence anyway, Amazon doesn’t have too much to lose if the FCC blabs.)
So we’ll see tomorrow if this is even mentioned.
The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is Boost’s version of the Epic 4G Touch and will launch on September 6 for $369.99.
I knew it was going to be a Galaxy S II, but I was going the placement on Virgin Mobile and a little cheaper. Virgin probably wanted to avoid placing another phone on top of the Evo V.
Virgin Mobile was also a part of tonight’s festivities, announcing that it’ll soon offer the Samsung Galaxy Reverb. The Galaxy Reverb features a 4-inch display, 1.4GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras as well as Android 4.0. Virgin says that the Reverb will be launching in September for $249.99.
Virgin’s phone doesn’t offer that much, but anyone who hates Sense UI and maybe — just maybe, uses their phone, would prefer the faster processor.
That changes today with the introduction of “Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data,” an add-on for the company’s voice / text plans that includes throttle- and cap-free access to its HSPA+ airwaves (which are now up to 42Mbps in many markets). The package costs $20 for “Value” plans — those that aren’t tied to a subsidized device that you purchased directly from T-Mobile — and $30 otherwise, but the catch is that you won’t have hotspot capability.
That doesn’t sound like a horrible deal. T-Mobile will support a Galaxy Nexus while Virgin Mobile will not. Someone seems to get it.
On At The Nexus #32: Hey There Mitch, I made the pitch for Amazon’s phone. I thought of the differentiation Amazon might use to make themselves standout.
The iPhone brings the best of the hardware and software together, Android brings the best of choice and variety, Windows Phone brings the best of an alternative purely digital interface into the market. Each of these phones brings something unique to the market. Amazon would be hard pressed into bringing a phone into such a crowed market covered with this competition.
Amazon’s going to make a phone, so what can they do differently? Sure, they can design a unique interface but not everyone is obsessed with details. No, instead, I think Amazon might hit a sweet spot that has been a consumer’s dream for so long. I think Amazon could make their own MVNO (potentially on Sprint’s network) and offer a special plan for their Amazon phone. You buy the phone for relatively cheap (about $100) and then you get a relatively cheap service too, for, let’s say, $35 a month or $30 a month with lock-screen ads.
Amazon still has room to disrupt the phone market even though other angles have been covered. You can listen to some more detailed thoughts via the podcast around 36:00.
The iPhone 4 and 4S was today. Everyone talks about how the iPhone coming to the prepaid market is a big deal and I talked about that too. It is a big deal, assuming the handset prices come down more than they have. But today wasn’t just the release of the iPhone. It was also the release of another HTC phone on Virgin Mobile. The HTC One V.
I wondered why Virgin would bring the Evo V 4G and the One V to market so close together and clearly the answer is this: they are carving out discrete price points and phasing out the Triumph. How can Virgin justify the Triumph with $229 (which is a sale price) when the Evo V 4G is $299 and the One V is $199? The Optimus Elite, easily a more stable phone than the Triumph, is even just $149. Virgin Mobile is covering every price point they can. And they did a great job. Now, let’s hope they keep delivering.
It is definitely my luck that less than a week after writing a stellar review for the Evo V 4G, something goes amiss. Today, I get a text message from a friend and I try to reply back as one would normally do with a cell phone. I put my phone down after hitting send and then wonder why there was no response about ten minutes later. I check my phone and I find this fantastic error message:
radio interface resource shortage
Cause Code: 64
Error Class: 2
Today, Apple had their highly anticipated iPhone event. Yesterday I wrote about what I wanted from Apple and the event in terms of features and amazing magical revolutionary products. So? How did that go? Well, as someone cleverly stated, the S stands for Saw That Coming.
I will recount, painfully, each of the things I wanted to happen, briefly and instead what took its place. Here we go.
No More 3GS
Oh, you know that incredibly old and lame phone? It sucks. And it’s still here. Why would anyone want a chrome-back phone? Because it’s free? People care about purchase price? That’s insane.
It’s kind of funny that there are to S phones in the lineup now. Maybe S is for space, as in a space between the important things in life, I mean, product releases.
Oh. What year is it again?
Since Apple kept the 3GS, I don’t know what the plan is. It stopped making sense. They could have eliminated the entire version of future-forward looking apps for developers by removing the 3GS from the line up.
Finally, a score. The battery life in the iPhone 4S is slightly better than the iPhone 4. How much better? I think talk time has increased an hour. Who talks on their phones? Still, an increase is an increase and and anything is better than nothing.
Just because Tim Cook alludes to something in a one-off interview doesn’t mean anything is going to happen. Actually, that’s not quite true. Tim addressed the buying price of the iPhone 4S by making older models really cheap. It’s easy to gather $99 for an iPhone 4. That’s easy.
It’s the plan price. Apple didn’t address that problem this time around but it should happen, one of these years.
However, Apple is going to get Sprint into the action. Virgin Mobile lives on Sprint. They have made the iPhone 4 compatible with Sprint too, so it appears that the iPhone 4 is now also a world phone.
It was underwhelming. Since the iPhone 4S was introduced along side dulled products such as the iPod touch white and the iPod nano huge button versions, it seems to fit. How do you go through an eleven month cycle, and magically add another four, and come out with a non-significant version? Well, I wouldn’t know what to do either.
This raises questions though. The iPad 3 is probably going to be the next big mobile device, the MacBook Pro probably will be the next updated consumer computer, and there is iOS 6 waiting in the wings. The question is: what will these be like? The iPad 2 and iPhone 4S are relatively lame products, and the iPod touch 4G/5 is probably worse since it didn’t even get a new processor.
A long time ago, American Telephone & Telegraph was the only communications provider. Eventually, the government realized that AT&T was a monoploy and most of today’s anti-competitive laws were formulated and the company was broken into what was called seven baby bells. In my freshmen year of high school, I wrote a terse report on the baby bells and their split from their parent.
When I wrote that report, I was looking at it from today’s perspective as an outsider. I was looking at it as, “Yeah, more companies all trying to get ahead, offering the best deals, the better services. Better, better, better.” That was true to a degree of course, one company has no competition and no real reason to lower prices until it truely has a technology advantage to do so. The government pressured the price drops instead by splitting AT&T into bits.
Recently I heard a different take on the split. This is paraphrased from a guy in the know, or at the very least with a view from those days.
Back then as one company, Bell Labs, they made everything. You know, Unix, can’t do anything without that now. Oh, they made the transistor. Really can’t do anything without that now. They were innovating back then because they had the money. Now we just buy technology because we don’t have enough money to innovate. And as one company, there was one technology that no matter where, everything used it so was easier to work with, now we have all these different technologies.
That’s true. Back then, Bell Labs made amazing things. They kind of made Unix, they essentially made the transistor and I’m sure they made other equally amazing and profounds things I use everyday and I simply don’t know about. It’s also true that different companies use different wires, jacks and thinga-ma-jigs.
After the big split, smaller regional bells bought neighboring bells and grew up. One of those was UsWest, which later turned into Qwest (hence the west in the name) and now CenturyLink. Companies change: merging and splitting. It’s the nature of the game, isn’t it? Look at Southwestern Bell, then SBC Communications, they bought their way into the AT&T name. Verizon is constructed by majority of baby bells descendants.
From AT&T we learn they want to buy T-mobile, a major competitor. Fine, but why? Because with T-mobile’s network, AT&T could expand their 3G and 4G services to all of the United States. Fine – but they forgot to mention that they could do it without buying T-mobile too. It would be only a tenth of the price to expand their own current coverage, $40 billion to buy T-mobile or $4 billion to expand it on their own. Withholdings like that cast a suspicious light on the situation.
Not enough money to innovate? I realize it’s still expensive to operate telecommunications. Fewer people do. It might as well be magic to most people, it’s still mostly scientific magic to me, but nonetheless, magic. Not enough standards? Well, pick the best one and then make everyone use it. That’s the idea of standards after all. One company’s standard isn’t a standard if there is only one company to agree to it.
The fight for land ranges on.
With the release of the Motorola Triumph, you might want to trade in your old Virgin Mobile phone. If you plan on it, here are the estimated amounts offered by Best Buy via their Best Buy Trade-In program.
Note: I estimated all of these numbers via Best Buy’s web calculator and with the default options; none of the options were altered.
The old LG Rumor Touch can still take the bite of tax off in most areas coming in at an estimated $36.
Gift Card Value: $36.00
Mail Check Value: $24.00
The iky Intercept is still work something after; the trade-in value of $53 – certainly that will pay for a huge chunk.
Gift Card Value: $53.00
Mail Check Value: $35.00
The good ol’ BlackBerry 8530 isn’t too bad either, coming in at just over $60.
Gift Card Value: $63.00
Mail Check Value: $41.00
Finally, although you may not want to part with your precious LG Optimus V, it might just be worth it. Coming in at a value of nearly $70, it’s a huge chunk of that initial Triumph investment.
Gift Card Value: $72.00
Mail Check Value: $47.00
You should be able to trade in your old phone at Best Buy in person, get your card and then promptly turn around and buy an awesome phone. I would lower every estimated price by just 10% or so and keep in mind that I changed no settings in the calculator. You should really try it for yourself.
In the next couple weeks, I’ll be upgrading to a new Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile. I don’t use that many apps but even so they are hard to keep track of. Honestly, my initial thought was that I’d remember the apps I used most and slowly rediscover the apps which I did not use nearly as much.
But instead, I needed to get a list of apps on my Android phone. I make a list of applications on Windows before every re-install and Android is not really an exception. I looked into the market for an app to do this and there it was.
Downloadable in the Android Market, MyAppsList allows you to easily export a list of applications you have either downloaded via barcodes/qrcodes or via the market. This little app can save it as HTML with clickable links to the respective pages in the market. You can then save that generated list for safe keeping via email.
MyAppsList allows you to quickly generate a list of all the applications you have installed on your device and save it to the clipboard, save it to the SD Card or email it to a friend.
It supports vB Code (to post to forums), HTML and plain text.
MyAppsList is also a useful tool to create a list of installed applications as a personal backup.
Apparently I run my phone with 23 installed apps and I now have them safely remembered in an email somewhere. So if you ever need to swap or restore your phone, by keeping a periodically updated app-list will certainly ease the transition.
Apparently you can walk right into your local Best Buy and purchase the brand new phone on Virgin Mobile, the Motorola Triumph.
A SlashGear review demonstrates the strong points of the Motorola Triumph in a post with pictures and with an additional video coming soon. But the treasure was in the comments.
I have this phone and it’s activated. I went to Best Buy on 7/16/11 and bought it when it was discovered in the cabinets behind the register. They didn’t even know they had it and made no comments about whether or not it could be sold or activated. Swapped it out with my existing Virgin Blackberry plan with the phone activation… no trouble doing so. Love it!!
– via AOx4
Although there does seem to be a different story when it comes to activation; that is, you can’t activate until Wednesday upon launch.
I have this phone now, you can get it at best buy for 269 w/ a 10% discount coupon that can be found online. You can’t, however, activate it until 7/20…
– via John Zampier
Before I buy, I’m waiting for more reviews. I’m curious about battery life and responsiveness.
Like Unlike the infamous Intercept, Triumph comes with only a single two processors. The Optimus V contained two processors, one for regular computation and then for graphics. That allowed everyone whom experience the molasses Intercept to breath a sigh of relief.I don’t have any specific information about the CPU and GPU in the Triumph so we’ll have to wait and see.
It has yet to be seen if the Triumph can truly triumph. You can expect more reviews up to launch from and thereafter when more Normal People™ get their hands on it.