As if the tweets didn't already give it away, Sprint made it official and introduced its first Windows Phone 7 handset today, the HTC Arrive.
Dropping its original moniker of HTC 7 Pro, the Arrive will go on sale March 20 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. The smartphone offers all of the hallmark features of Microsoft's revamped mobile operating system, including Zune and Xbox integration and the people and pictures hubs.
Mobile World Congress 2011 is over, and the gang's back together once again, but before we say adios to MWC, we thought it'd be good to recap some of the highs and lows of the show. Plus, Nokia may have signed on with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7, but the Finnish handset manufacturer says it's still committed to Symbian. We discuss their future, as well as RIM's, and much more (hologram phones!) on this week's episode of Dialed In.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) … Read more
AT&T said on its Facebook page that the update will be available starting tomorrow. A link to Samsung's Web site will be provided where you can find the update and instructions on how to install it.
The carrier also revealed that the HTC Aria will get Froyo as well, but did not provide a specific time frame for that update.
Unlike Sprint's last event, which was shrouded in mystery and a lot of hype, the carrier is taking a more subtle approach with its next handset.
Spreading the word via its Twitter account, Sprint revealed that on February 24, it will introduce a new phone with a "hub for gaming, music, pictures, and video." You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that it will most likely be a Windows Phone 7 handset, since these hubs play a central role in Microsoft's mobile operating system.
Of course, the question remains about which … Read more
Another Mobile World Congress is in the bag, and as the CNET crew leaves Barcelona we can take stock of the mobile madness that was. It was my fourth year attending the show, and I can report that 2011 was one the busiest I've seen, with a ton of new smartphones and tablets. It was a lot to handle, but Bonnie Cha of CNET Reviews; Ariel Nunez of CNET TV; and Maggie Reardon, Stephen Shankland, and Elinor Mills of CNET News were along for the ride.
As with any trade show, Mobile World Congress offered a series of satisfying devices and a couple of instances where companies fell short. Here's the report from Barcelona as we saw it. And don't forget to check out Maggie's insights in her Ask Maggie column. … Read more
Welcome to The 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at email@example.com. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Question: My question is regarding RIM and their BlackBerry line of phones. They seem to be getting a lot of bad press lately. One item that keeps coming up is that they stick to their "stoic" candy bar style design and how it's out of style (they keep mentioning that it doesn't draw in the younger generation).
I am 23 years old and I find their signature BlackBerry design to be perfect and really somewhat unique. I say unique because everyone is either doing a slider or a touch-only slab. There are many young people who don't like sliders and still want a physical keyboard. The other thing that comes up is their lack of respectable specs (processors etc.) and their OS. I for one have always questioned why their OS is considered "antiquated" especially since it does all of the same things that other OSes do.
My question is: Why is RIM getting so much heat for their BlackBerry line, even when the new versions coming up have touch screens and updated processors? Is there too much hype over Android and iOS? Aren't people aware that Android is fragmented? Isn't the overall user experience more valuable to people? Let me know your thoughts and thanks for reading this. -- Adam, via e-mail
That's one meaty question, Adam. You are right that RIM has been on the receiving end of some bad press, particularly in comparison with the other smartphone operating systems like Android and iOS. While many people like yourself consider themselves hardcore BlackBerry fans, the fact is that BlackBerry has been around for much longer than Android and iOS, and is therefore seen by many as a dinosaur in the mobile space. It also doesn't help that BlackBerrys have long been seen more as corporate gadgets than consumer ones. As other smartphones gained more consumer mindshare, BlackBerry seems to have lagged behind in that space.
However, I actually agree with you that the strength of the BlackBerry lies in its iconic candy bar style.… Read more
Preorders of the Motorola Atrix 4G are already in progress, but if you've been waiting to check out the dual-core Android smartphone and its laptop dock in stores, you only have a few more days to wait.
AT&T said today that the Atrix 4G will be on sale in stores on February 22. Meanwhile, preorders will be shipped for delivery on February 21. If you opted for an in-store pickup, you can stop by an AT&T store on February 21 as well.
The price of the handset is $199.99 with a two-year contract. You … Read more
Despite the Nokia and Microsoft headlines at the start of the show, this year's Mobile World Congress was definitely dominated by Android. Most of the 15 or so smartphones that were announced in Barcelona, Spain, sported either 2.2 Froyo or 2.3 Gingerbread, which is music to our ears. Here's a list of all of the smartphones that were announced at Mobile World Congress 2011.
LG Optimus 3D: Yes, it's 3D on a phone! Though we're not sure if it's for everyone, it's certainly an impressive leap in the mobile space.
Samsung Galaxy S II: Samsung continues its Galaxy S series with the superfast and shiny Samsung Galaxy S II.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play: Sure we had our misgivings about its Super Bowl ad, but the Xperia Play does look like a decent phone. But will it be the true "PlayStation Phone" that people might be expecting? We'll see.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo: Sony Ericsson released other smartphones too, like the Neo with the 3.7-inch touch screen.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro: This is the Neo with a slide-out keyboard.
ZTE Skate: ZTE releases its first "jumbo phone" with a 4.3-inch display, but it only has an 800MHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera.
ZTE Amigo: ZTE also announced a couple of other Android phones. The Amigo has a slide-out keyboard and a 3.2-megapixel camera.
ZTE Blade: The ZTE Blade does not have a keyboard, but just a 3.5-inch touch screen. It does run Android 2.1, but ZTE promises it is upgradable to 2.2.
BARCELONA, Spain--Sony Ericsson got the ball rolling at Mobile World Congress when it announced its long-rumored and it-was-hardly-a-secret Xperia Play. As the "PlayStation phone," the Xperia Play combines a cell phone and a gaming device like few other handsets have.
Though we posted out initial hands-on impression shortly after the unveiling, it was difficult to get serious time with the device at the company's crowded press conference. So to take a second look, I trekked up the hill in Barcelona to Sony Ericsson's massive booth that it shared with Ericsson.
I'll warn you that I'… Read more