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Nexus S 4G Review

Well what do you know? It's a Sprint Nexus S for your vanilla enjoyment. We got a brief, very brief, and I mean BRIEF look at this device back at CTIA 2011 down in Orlando and found that the only big difference between it and the original to be the weight and the look under the battery cover. Remember the Spy Shot Epic? There's also no slot for a SIM card - no need now that it's not on T-Mobile, right? Right? Right. Sprint's showing off what it says are 4G speeds here, will it stand up to the test? And what other secrets does this newest iteration of Google's Gingerbread flagship hold?

Nexus S 4G smartphone hits stores

We reported late last month that the Nexus S 4G smartphone would be landing on May 8, which was yesterday. The smartphone is cool and supports speedy 4G connectivity with the WiMax Sprint network. The phone is nice looking too with smooth, rounded edges and a glossy black sheen to it. For me the most notable design feature of the smartphone is the slight curve to the device and the contour display follows that curve.

Motorola XPRT and Titanium revealed: New(ish) phones, Old Android

Motorola has unveiled a pair of new CDMA Android handsets, the Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium. The XPRT is a rebadged version of the Motorola DROID Pro, complete with a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard and World Phone capabilities, while the Titanium is a rugged iDEN device to replace the Motorola i1, with a 3.1-inch touchscreen, QWERTY and a Military Spec chassis resilient to dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. Bizarrely, the Titanium runs Android 2.1 Eclair (the XPRT gets 2.2 Froyo) which seems almost stubbornly out-of-date. Both handsets have a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi b/g (b/g/n on the XPRT) and Bluetooth, along with a microSD card slot, GPS and push-to-talk. Frankly neither is particularly exciting. The XPRT will go on sale on June 5, priced at $129.99, while availability and pricing for the Titanium will be announced later in 2011. Press Release:
Sprint and Motorola Unveil Two Android Devices for Business: Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium New Android smartphones target professionals with enhanced business-class experiences; Motorola XPRT offers enterprise-grade security and enhanced MOTOBLUR experience on an Android World Phone; and Motorola Titanium pairs best-in-class Nextel Direct Connect with Android OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 05, 2011 - To meet the growing demand for mobile devices with industry-leading enterprise features, Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) will launch two new smartphones with enhanced business-ready capabilities, built on the Android™ platform. Motorola XPRT™ is the first Android smartphone from Sprint to deliver enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Motorola Titanium™ leverages Sprint’s industry-leading Push-to-Talk capabilities as the first Nextel Direct Connect® smartphone built on Android 2.1. “We are pleased to extend our portfolio of products directed at business-users with these two powerful and versatile Android devices,” said Paget L. Alves, president – Sprint Business. “Motorola XPRT delivers the security features enterprise customers demand without scrimping on the latest in technology, while Motorola Titanium is a rugged Android smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect’s sub-second Push-to-Talk.” Motorola XPRT will be available on Sunday, June 5, in Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), for $129.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Pricing and availability for Motorola Titanium will be announced at a later date. “Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium blend feature-packed consumer experiences with an optimal set of productivity and security tools,” said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president of sales, Motorola Mobility. “We are pleased to partner with Sprint to deliver each of these unique business-ready devices to their continuously growing enterprise customer base.” Packed with Productivity Tools Designed for business users, Motorola XPRT offers a sleek, compact design built on Android 2.2, Froyo. This full-feature world phone is equipped with a pinch-to-zoom capable touchscreen, 3.1-inch HVGA display, full QWERTY keyboard and 1GHz processor with Adobe Flash 10 web browsing. Enterprise managers and workforces across field service, field sales, healthcare, retail, utilities, manufacturing and transportation/distribution industries will benefit from its feature-rich capabilities, enterprise-class security and data encryption. Motorola XPRT delivers business-class security features with 256-bit AES data encryption and controls the IT department will appreciate, including the ability to remotely handle functions like enabling pin or password lock, password recovery and data wipe on both the phone and SD card if lost or stolen. Motorola XPRT comes loaded with MOTOBLUR™ offering personalized content, including email and social media updates, delivered right to the user’s home screen. It enables convenient viewing of news feeds, updates and messages from social media sites from a single screen. Additional key features of Motorola XPRT include: Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download Google™ mobile services, such as Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Talk™, Gmail™ and YouTube™ Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®) and personal (POP & IMAP) email Worldmode – CDMA (EVDO Rev. A), GSM/UMTS (HSPA) – international roaming service available in more than 200 countries 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously 5-megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR Wi-Fi® b/g/n 1860 mAh Lithium-ion battery Motorola XPRT requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes). Sprint also offers great value with international service add-ons for Motorola XPRT. For just $4.99 per month, the Sprint Worldwide Voice Add on offers discounted rates while traveling in more than 100 countries. For only $2.99 per month, you can make local calls in Canada, call back to the United States and even receive calls in Canada for just $0.20 per minute. That’s a savings of $0.39 per minute over standard roaming charges. While roaming in Canada, Mexico, China, and other destinations data rates start as low as $0.002 per KB (on CDMA networks). To sign up to learn more about Motorola XPRT, please visit www.motorola.com/XPRT. Leading in Push-to-Talk As the successor to the popular Motorola i1 launched by Sprint last year, Motorola Titanium is sleek and attractive, yet durable. It is the first iDEN device to combine Sprint’s best-in-class Nextel Direct Connect and Android 2.1, Éclair, for a feature rich business-class experience. It features a full QWERTY keyboard and 3.1-inch touchscreen display. Built military-grade tough, Motorola Titanium is certified to Military Specification 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. With more than 17 years of expertise, Sprint is the industry leader in Push-to-Talk, serving the world’s largest Push-to-Talk community with millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national Push-to-Talk network. Nextel Direct Connect has set the industry standard for Push-to-Talk worldwide. More U.S. workers communicate in less than a second with Nextel Direct Connect than with any other Push-to-Talk service. Additional key features of Motorola Titanium include: Support for Nextel Direct Connect Services, including Direct Connect, Group Connect®, International Direct Connect®, DirectSendSM, Group Messaging and NextMail® Android Market for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™ and YouTube Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP3 & IMAP) email 5-megapixel camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and flash Wi-Fi b/g Stereo Bluetooth GPS navigation microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB 1820 mAh Lithium-ion battery To learn more about Motorola Titanium, please visit www.motorola.com/titanium.

Sprint confirms Nexus S 4G drops May 8 for $200

The Sprint Nexus S 4G will drop on May 8, the carrier has confirmed, taking the existing Nexus S smartphone and giving it a shot of WiMAX goodness. Announced last month, the Nexus S 4G has the same 4-inch Super AMOLED "contour display", NFC and 5-megapixel rear camera. There's also a front-facing camera, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and A-GPS, along with USB 2.0 connectivity. Sprint has obviously left Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread alone, which means the Nexus S 4G will be first in line for future OS updates. The Nexus S 4G is priced at $199.99 with a new, two year agreement. You'll need a mandatory data plan, too, obviously.

Sony Ericsson XPEIRA acro Presentation Pics Leaked

The following is a collection of presentation slides that appears to have been leaked from Sony Ericsson Japan. The slides show a device by the name of XPERIA acro which will roll out with interior and exterior aesthetics quite similar to those seen on recent XPERIA phones, with one or two major exceptions. In order to fly into the Japanese smartphone market, one that's still nothing compared to the flip-phone market mind you, a device must have instant-payment capabilities. That why this sassy little lady has NFC.

Samsung Replenish Comes Early to the Party

Samsung has created a rather cool, and green, Android handset with the Samsung Replenish. Samsung has deliberately incorporated recycled and recyclable plastic into it's design in an effort to stem the growing amount of eWaste that is plaguing the eco system with tossed cellphones. And who doesn't like keeping Mother Earth happy?! But there's more ...

Samsung Nexus S 4G clears FCC

Spring has sprung and a ton of smartphones have made their way through FCC testing, including the Samsung Nexus S 4G. Listed as model SPH-D720, the Nexus S 4G has been cleared for WiMax channels, pointing towards a Sprint release. Sprint has already hinted of a Spring release, but other that that, mums the word. Originally, we reported that Best Buy was going to launch it April 6th. But as of this writing, that hadn't happened, probably waiting to clear the FCC before launching a full court press. There's plenty of time left in Spring, however, so no need to panic yet.

Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G to ship running Honeycomb

Sprint has apparently confirmed that its HTC EVO View 4G - the WiMAX-toting version of the HTC Flyer will indeed arrive running Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the box. According to a mention on the Sprint "coming soon" page, the 7-inch slate has "Android 3.0 just for tablets." There's also "redesigned HTC Sense"; HTC plans to skin Honeycomb just as it has done with Gingerbread, so the UI of the Flyer won't resemble other Android 3.0 tablets like Motorola's XOOM. That includes the rotating 3D carousel homescreen and of course modifications to suit the Flyer's digital stylus. Previous rumors had suggested that Google might be blocking Android 2.x to 3.x upgrades for tablets, but HTC has since re-confirmed that it intends to release an update to Honeycomb for those early releases of the Flyer which arrive with Gingerbread. That could be any time in Q2, though there has been talk of the first units dropping this month. [via NetbookNews]

Sprint launching NFC to compete in 2011

The Now Network plans to launch a commercial Near Field Communications (NFC) service in the US this year. The new venture stands to compete directly with the Isis NFC joint project between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Sprint's NFC also wants to be a more open solution, with the ability to allow for any smartphone user to make an NFC purchase. Sprint will also start out taking revenue from coupon advertising, rather than taking a percentage of each transactions.
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