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The only iPad feature I’m jealous of is contract-free mobile data

Apple unveiled its latest iPad in San Francisco yesterday, and as usual, the tech world and more established media swooned at the shiny new piece of engineered obsolescence. As a die-hard Android fan, I wasn't moved - sure, the screen is nice (even if it's still the wrong ratio) and the processor is impressive, but my distaste for Apple as a manufacturer, developer and corporation is more than enough to overcome any fleeting feeling of hardware lust. But there's one feature that remains exclusive to the iPad that I want, badly, and it isn't coming to Android any time soon: wireless data without a contract.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 due March 1st for $499 says equipment guide

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is one of Samsung's most hotly-anticipated tablets - or at least it was, back in August before both CES and Mobile World World Congress. Speaking of CES, it was there that Samsung announced its intention to bring an LTE version of the tablet to Verizon, and according to a listing in the carrier's equipment guide, it's due to hit retailers on March 1st - in just three days. The cost? An eye-watering $499.99 on contract, or $699.99 without a commitment.  Rumors that it comes with a free e-book entitled "How to Completely Botch a Product Launch" are unconfirmed.

DROID Fighter and LG Cayman leak for Verizon

Mobile World Congress officially kicks off on Sunday but we are slowly starting to see plenty of leaks and details this past week. Today another leak has just revealed two upcoming smartphones for Verizon Wireless and most likely they'll be 4G LTE phones. The DROID Fighter and LG Cayman have both broke cover and are coming in the next month or two.

Motorola DROID X update coming soon

Motorola didn't forget about the DROID X for those concerned. Apparently they launched a beta "soak test" software update late last week for a few forum members to test out. Today it is finally official as Verizon is giving us all the update details. Currently listed as coming soon we expect the DROID X update to land this week, more details and change log available below.

Android Community Weekly: February 18, 2012

It's time to rehash the entire weeks top stories and bring everyone up to speed before next week's big MWC event in Barcelona, Spain. First up, specifications of the HTC One X, set to be their new 'hero' device, surfaced early Wednesday morning. The One X has also had its ROM leak to the public, which made a later Android 4.0 port to the HTC Sensation a reality. The port sports HTC Sense 4.0, yet they've had to disable the Rosie launcher, keyboard, and HTC's lockscreen. They've been replaced with more stable substitutions for the time being.

Android Community Evening Wrap-Up: February 17, 2012

TGIF, and now that the work week is coming to a close, lets go over today's top stories. First up, let me mention our own Michael Crider recently returned from a 3-day business trip from Dallas-Fort Worth to Las Vegas. He took the RAZR MAXX along to see how long the massive 3300mAh battery would last. It managed to last 3 full days of communication and mobile web access with 4G LTE turned off. 3300mAh may have been the 'sweet spot' we've all been waiting for after all.

HTC Fireball spotted again in WiFi certification

We've caught a few fleeting glances of the upcoming HTC Fireball in Verizon Wireless' internal computer systems, but there's still no official word on the phone from either manufacturer or carrier. It's definitely out there, though:  Ameblo spotted a filing for the new phone in the Wi-Fi.org certification database. That doesn't mean much beyond the fact that it comes with WiFi (go figure) and that HTC and Verizon have already settled on plans to sell it. The only other thing we can say for sure is that it's a 4G LTE phone.
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