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Samsung TouchWiz UX Hands-on

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Samsung-TouchWiz-UX-Hands-onBack at CTIA 2011, we managed to get a small sampling of the Samsung TouchWiz UX interface running on prototype units of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but after some wait, we’re finally able to experience it in all of its glory. Stopping by the Samsung Experience Center in New York City, we managed to get our review unit updated with the actual final build of the new customized Honeycomb experience – and honestly, we’re rather excited to see how Samsung is able to further beautify the already gorgeous platform.

Visually, the TouchWiz UX interface shares many commonalities with its smartphone platform brethren with its adjustable live panels. Though nice, it’s not the most visually alluring interface we’ve seen – mainly because it’s a bit more static with its approach, as opposed to employing a ton of 3D transition effects. Regardless of that, some will appreciate that live panels are customizable in size so that you can lengthen them to your liking. Moreover, things like the weather and clock live panels offer all the usual set of pertinent information. With some others though, like the Gmail and Social Hub ones, there’s a bit of interaction with them. Unfortunately, the TouchWiz UX interface appears to have some noticeable performance issues with the tablet’s responsiveness – and it’s more prominent with live wallpapers active…

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HTC EVO 3D for Europe Hands-on

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HTC-EVO-3D-for-Europe-Hands-onFor HTC Europe, it’s been a good day. We were very kindly invited to share in the opening of a UK HQ, and also given the opportunity to try out their latest Europe wide release – the HTC EVO 3D. Yes, you heard it, EVO and Europe in the same sentence.

HTC are bringing the EVO line to Europe starting with their 3D offering. The HTC EVO 3D should be on general release in the next couple of months with no word as to price-point or carriers just yet. Specced almost identically to its US counterpart, the EVO 3D runs Android Gingerbread along with Sense 3.0 on top. You’ll find a dual core 1.2GHz processor and the two 5MP cameras everyone’s talking about. This enables you to capture 3D photo and video content and either view it all on the on-board 3D display, or externally. 3D content can also be viewed from YouTube, and should be released on the HTC Watch service later this year…

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HTC EVO View 4G Unboxing and Hands-on

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HTC-EVO-View-4G-Unboxing-and-Hands-onA few weeks ago we took a look at the Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer, but today we present to you the HTC EVO View 4G, the Wi-Max variant that will be available in Sprint stores starting on June 24th.  Despite the name change, the two devices are nearly identical with a few major differences.  For starters, the EVO View 4G has a different black and red color scheme that keeps it in line with the rest of the EVO family of devices.  More importantly it brings cellular data into the mix with support for Sprint’s 3G and 4G networks…

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Motorola Photon 4G Hands-on

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Motorola-Photon-4G-Hands-onGladly accepting their arrival in the high-end category, Sprint finally emerges with some recognizable and noteworthy Android powered smartphones from Motorola’s camp that are sure to give customers a taste of what the longtime manufacturer is capable of delivering. In a sweltering day in New York City, the two manage to come together and announce the Motorola Photon 4G – a device that has some similarities to AT&T’s Motorola ATRIX 4G.

Holding it for the first time, it employs a subtle design style similar to the ATRIX 4G, but thankfully enough, it feels rather larger and more sturdy. The increase in size is due to its much larger 4.3” qHD display that instantly comes to life exuding some excellent looking visuals that will attract anyone. Additionally, we like the tough nature of the handset thanks to the soft touch matte material coating its sides and rear. Not something you see that often, it’s suffice to say that some will be receptive to seeing the handset sporting a kickstand – so it’ll work perfectly for those long periods of video watching…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Unboxing

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Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-10.1-UnboxingBeing one of the few manufacturers to quickly jump into the whole tablet craze last year, Samsung is gearing up for one hot summer now that their updated Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is ripe for the taking and is looking to make its mark in the industry. Sporting an eye-catching and razor thin chassis, this model will first go on sale in the US starting tomorrow, June 8th – albeit, it’s only going to be made available in through the Best Buy Union Square store in New York City first.

Considering that Samsung trumped the iPad 2 in terms of overall thickness, we’re rather surprised to find a larger sized retail packaging for the Honeycomb flavored tablet. Then again, it’s holding within its belly a sizable 10.1” tablet. In any case, an image of the tablet graces the front and back of the box, while some noteworthy specs are mentioned in the rear. Overall, there’s nothing rather impressive about its packaging, mainly because we find only the usual set of accessories inside that are fairly standard amongst tablets. These include the customary documentation booklets, proprietary USB cable, wall charger, US plug adapter, stereo headphones, and an extra set of ear buds…

Read the full Unboxing at PhoneArena.com!

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HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile Unboxing

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HTC-Sensation-4G-for-T-Mobile-UnboxingAcross the big pond, our friends are getting situated with the HTC Sensation 4G as we speak, but T-Mobile customers will soon have the chance to check out what all the ruckus is all about with this refreshingly new handset. Expected to launch June 15th for the customary 2-year contract price of $199.99, it’s seemingly going to make some waves thanks to its intriguing design and updated HTC Sense experience.

Much like most of the previous 5 or so high-end Android smartphones for T-Mobile, like the T-Mobile G2x and Sidekick 4G, the retail packaging with the HTC Sensation 4G follows in the same path. Naturally, an image of the handset prominently graces the box with the T-Mobile and HTC Sensation 4G names all present throughout its sides. Moreover, we’re presented with some noteworthy specifications in the rear to get people drooling about this high-caliber smartphone. Inside though, there isn’t anything particularly exciting since it’s packed along with the usual set of items – like the micro USB cable, wall charger, stereo headphones with clip & ear buds, and an appropriate quick start guide.

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Motorola DROID X2 Hands-on & Unboxing

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Motorola-DROID-X2-Hands-on---UnboxingUndeniably, it can be argued that the Motorola DROID X was the single most successful handset released last year for Verizon – especially when it arrived on the scene exuding that larger than life status. Obviously, it’s one gargantuan handset that doesn’t mess around, even more when it’s filled to the brim with some of the good old high-end specs you’d normally expect to find. Fast forward to roughly a year later, we’re seeing its successor starting to make its rounds boasting some upgraded hardware – while still retaining its predecessor’s distinguishable looks.

Peeking at its retail packaging, we’re hard pressed to expect finding anything inside due to its compact look, and at the same time, it just barely seems big enough to even accommodate the handset itself. Regardless of that, the handset is fitted inside along with the wall charger, microUSB cable, and usual set of documentation. Sadly though, there isn’t anything else out of the ordinary in terms of additional accessories with the handset, but then again, that’s basically what we come to expect nowadays…

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Samsung Droid Charge unboxing

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Samsung-Droid-Charge-unboxingOn April 28th, Verizon will release its second 4G LTE smartphone, the Samsung Droid Charge SCH-i510, which will sell for $299.99 (after rebate) with a 2-year contract.. We recieved our review unit a few hours ago and so far we have been pretty impressed with what we’ve seen.

The large 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display at WVGA resolution shows crisp text and images with good color saturation. With the brightness turned all the way up on the Droid Charge, it is easy to view outside on a sunny day, where the TFT display on the HTC ThunderBolt is dark and hardly visible.

We also like that there are physical button on the bottom of the Samsung Droid Charge, similar to the Motorola DROID X, which cuts down on them being pressed accidentally. The overall size of the Droid Charge is pretty close to the ThunderBolt, though the ThunderBolt is slightly thicker and a bit heavier. But one thing we do prefer is the soft-touch coating on the back of the ThunderBolt, which gives it a nice grip, instead of the slick plastic back on the Droid Charge.

Included with the Samsung Droid Charge is a 1600mAh battery, 32GB Class 2 microSDHC memory card, wall charger with a detachable 1-meter microUSB cable, and user guides.

Below is our unboxing video, and be sure to check back for our upcoming full review of the Samsung Droid Charge.

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Samsung Replenish Hands-on

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Samsung-Replenish-Hands-onContinuing to show their commitment to be one of the most eco-friendly carriers in the country, Sprint is finally moving out of their comfort zone of mostly catering to the feature phone side, and instead, they’re making the move into the smartphone realm.  Today, we got the chance of checking out their latest green-friendly device, the Samsung Replenish, which should appeal to business savvy users out there thanks to its portrait style QWERTY form factor and flare for Android 2.2 Froyo.

Striking at the heart of RIM’s BlackBerry line of devices, the Samsung Replenish will quickly get some comparisons, but it’s notably longer than the usual BlackBerry. Constructed out of plastic with some chrome accents, it naturally makes the device light weight; however, it doesn’t quite embody the solid construction that’s evident with most of RIM’s upper end devices. Nonetheless, we like the feel of the buttons on the keyboard, though somewhat tiny, it definitely has a decent tactile response when pressed…

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HTC Sensation Hands-on

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HTC-Sensation-Hands-onHTC fans have been feeling left out of the dual-corathon that’s been taking over the likes of Samsung, LG and Motorola in the past months. While MWC saw them up the ante to 1.5GHz in their Flyer tablet, their phones topped out at 1GHz. Queue the HTC Sensation – a 1.2GHz dual core goliath with a 4.3” screen with a resolution of 540×960. Throw an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording into the mix and our appetite is well and truly whet.

With its 16:9 aspect ratio, there really is no doubt where this handset excels. Bright and vibrant, the SLCD technology tantalizes, while the beautiful curved glass beveling adds a subtle sense of quality.

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