Author Archives: Chris Burns


AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Review [Video]

Welcome back to one of the quickest and highest selling Android-based smartphone series in the Google-based mobil OS' history, here representing with the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. This device is the third smartphone to be released with the Galaxy S II name attached, and it's certainly not the last, having been preceded by the original international edition Galaxy S II and the largest display-having version yet in the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, followed here in the states by the T-Mobile version (also titled Galaxy S II), it having the same large display as the Epic 4G Touch at 4.5-inches but with a different processor than all released versions at this time. This 4.32-inch Super AMOLED Plus display-having dual-core chip toting handset is under the magnifying glass today here by yours truly at Android Community.

AT&T Impulse 4G by Huawei Review [Video]

When it comes to AT&T, it's difficult not to get lost in the fold, the massive amount of devices this carrier carries, especially when it comes to Android. What Huawei has done here is to not concern themselves with being the biggest, the best, the thinnest, or the lightest, instead coming forth with one of the most plain and easily pocketable devices I've ever seen carry Android. If there was a phone that I'd peg for most likely to be recognized for it's designers, this certainly would win the award for being the opposite of that. Is this Huawei the key to commonality here in the States?

Pantech Breakout Review [Video]

Welcome to the most affordably priced 4G LTE device to be released on Verizon yet, a device made by Pantech to not only give customers a choice of a cheaply priced bit of access to the highest speed network in the USA, but a reinforcement of their still tiny Android-based representation here in the United States. We've got a review of the Pantech Crossover, the first time we got hold of a Pantech Android smartphone. It's here though that we see a real fighting representation of the Pantech brand, complete with 4G LTE to download all your favorite apps and browse the web at the fastest speeds around. Then there's the brand new Pantech interface, completely unique in the Android world.

Samsung Galaxy S II global sales at 10 MILLION

It appears that the next generation in the radically popular Galaxy line from Samsung is hitting just as many plateaus as its predecessor, today the Galaxy S II being reported as hitting 10 million in global sales. This is the model GT-I9100, the original version of the device that you'll remember seeing first in Chris Davies original review of this device. It's been one of the most tantalizing devices for the USA for some time now as it's been blocked from release for whatever reason or another, but just a couple weeks ago we've seen the drop begin. What will sales be now that the states have versions of the handset as well?

HTC Bass aka HTC Runnymede leaks on video

It's someone in the UK that gets the credit (or the blame?) here, folks, for a video that shows off the soon to be revealed (or revealed again, if you count the multiple leaks across the internet) HTC Runnymede aka HTC Bass. You should know that this is going to be one of the first HTC devices to work with Dr. Dre's Beats audio integration, one we expect to come packed with branding galore, a gigantic 4.7-inch display, and a lovely white front and back. Have a look at this video and let us know what you think.

Motorola XOOM 2 Revealed in leaked photos [UPDATE: More photos revealed]

It appears that the XOOM will truly have a followup in the future, the very near future it seems if these photos are to be taken as images of a real live test unit of the upcoming tablet from Motorola. This device is said by our source here to be tagged with the product number MZ617 and indeed called XOOM 2 (at least for the time being, that is.) The source of the photo also mentions that there's an HDMI and microUSB port (or two ports, one single port would mean MHL), some "big" physical flush buttons on the back, a SIM card slot, and "no SD slot at first glance." Sound alright so far?

Archos 80 G9 Hands-on and Unboxing [Video]

We've got products coming out of our ears this week here at Android Community, the newest of which is the Archos 80 G9, a lovely new Honeycomb tablet sitting itself up to compete with the now-saturated tablet market here in the USA. This tablet has a unique shape and size, feels just divine to hold with one or two hands, and does indeed have a built-in kickstand to allow you to do your everyday work and play with complete ease. Will this tablet drown in the sea, or will it have a fighting chance at taking a sizable bite out of the fledgeling Android tablet market?

RadioShack soon selling Barnes and Noble Nook and Nook Color

Just when you thought you couldn't get a Nook at RadioShack, they come up and surprise you by carrying the Nook. They've also got the Nook Color, both of these device available very soon in most if not all of their thousands of locations across the USA and Mexico. What you need to know is that while Barnes & Noble continues to grow their eReader business, their competitors are either dying (Borders, just this past weekend, rest in peace), or re-ramping up so as to avoid the massive Nook pain. Do you own a Nook yet? Do you plan on picking one up in the near future?

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Unboxing and Hands-on [Video]

In the mail today we've received a lovely surprise, no less than the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. What we've got for you below is a full hands-on rundown of the features you'll be working with here on the AT&T iteration of this device specifically along with a brief review of what this device will contain in our full review. Remember that this is not the first time the Galaxy S II has been released here in the states, but it is the closest we've gotten to the original version yet - more on that in the deep! AT&T, are you the best carrier of this device yet?

Motorola ELECTRIFY Review [Video]

Let's go ahead and get hands-on with this above-average super powerful dual-core Android handset that'll make your robots explode with pleasure. This is the Motorola ELECTRIFY and it's being carried here in the USA by none other than U.S. Cellular. This is the first time we've gotten to see such an amazingly powerful device on this carrier, the ELECTRIFY running with the big dogs here with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor as well as what Motorola calls Webtop functionality for a fully immersive multi-purpose Android experience, complete with Motorola's newest user interface to guide you.