Epic 4G accessories

Itching to know what Epic 4G accessories will be available at launch? A look at the latest Sprint Playbook (that internal document that might as well be posted on its website) gives us a pretty good look. Screen protectors, a smattering of cases, media dock and battery chargers should all be on hand. Standard fare, to be sure, but it’s nice to see that some of the official Samsung accessories announced the other day will be on hand.

We get another look at pricing — $499 outright (which actually isn’t bad at all), and $249 after contract and rebate. We already knew that, but it’s nice to reiterate that you’ll actually be spending $350 up front. Also interesting in the Playbook is that apparently you’ll be forced to activate the phone when it’s purchased, even if you buy it at the full unsubsidized price. No "cold phone purchases," it says. (Is that SOP?)

You can check out the whole thing at the source link. [SDX Developers] Thanks, Numus.

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What fun is an Android device when it isn’t loaded up with some of the most amazing applications that exist? Granted, finding them can be a daunting task to some, but here at Android Central we love to make your live easy. Hit the break to check out what some of your trusted staff recommends to you this week.

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Sleek and elegant Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is of size 109 X 52 X 15mm. It weighs only 117 g. It is a handy and convenient to hold mobile with a set of advanced features.


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We know that our readers visit us from across the globe, but if you happen to live in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area in Minnesota, we’ve got a surprise for you!  If you’re interested in making some new friends, talking Android, and having some great food/drinks, we’d like to invite you to the first Twin Cities Android meetup at the sponsored by Android and Me, and a few other Android related blogs.

Since our site covers both Android and Windows Mobile, we would also encourage our WM followers to attend the event as well.  Don’t worry, we’ll try to keep the OS bashing to a minimum. 

Here’s the details:

When: Thursday, August 26th at 5pm
Where: Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, 3001 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

For all those interested, I ask you to please RSVP to minneapolisandroidmeetup@gmail.com so that we can provide the Uptown Cafeteria with an approximate head count so they can accommodate all of us. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via twitter or leave a comment below.  Hope to see you guys there!





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Epic 4G

By now everybody’s heard that the Sprint Epic 4G will be available for sale August 31, for $249.99 on contract after the usual rebates.  Compare this to the Evo 4G (and most other ‘top tier’ Android smartphones as well) pricing at $199.99 after the same rebates, and on the same contract.  Quite a few seem to think that Sprint dropped the ball as far as pricing is concerned, and that the extra 50 clams will scare buyers off. 

Turns out that the guys and gals in the Epic 4G forums have already set up a poll about this very subject.  Have strong feelings one way or the other on this?  Hit the forums and let your voice be heard! [Android Central Epic 4G forums]

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Droid 2 panoramic picture
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Taking panoramic pictures isn’t unique to the Motorola Droid 2. But Motorola’s way of doing it deserves mention. (Click here for our Droid 2 camera test.) The above picture was taken with the Droid 2, and it’s dirt simple. You set the phone to panoramic mode and press the shutter button, which starts the process. The phone tells you how much to move to take the next picture, and beeps when you’re in the right position, which is helpful when the sun’s in your eyes. Press the shutter button again when you’ve got what you want. The phone then stitches everything together into what you see here.

It’s a pretty sweet deal and is a no-brainer. For another version of this same picture taken with the Droid X, ease on past the break.

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If you’re dying to know what HTC has been working on for the past few months, we suggest you mark September 15th on your calendar.  HTC has just send out invitations to the media to a press event they will be hosting on September 15th in London.  As usual, no details about the event have been revealed, but we’re pretty sure that HTC will be showing off at least a few different Android and Windows Phone 7 devices.  The date does fall pretty close to the expected launch of the HTC Vanguard on T-Mobile USA, but HTC typically does not announce U.S. specific devices at their international press events.  That being said, the HTC Vanguard could be launch in both the U.S. and EU just like the HTC Dream.   

Other phones we could expect to see unveiled at HTC’s London event include the HTC Ace (Desire HD), HTC Mozart, HTC Vision, HTC Schubert, and the HTC Glacier.  If that list looks a bit long, keep in mind that HTC is expected to unveil 6 new phones and ship over 8 million units in Q4 alone.





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Droid 2 benchmark tests

12 August 2010

Droid 2 benchmark tests

Here you go, folks, a slew of benchmark tests with the Motorola Droid 2. We’re doing this batch with a quorum of Android 2.2 devices — the original Droid, the Droid 2, the Nexus One and the Evo 4G.

One pretty major caveat, however, is that the Linpack test doesn’t appear to be working properly with the Droid and Droid 2, both of which use TI OMAP processors. The Nexus One and Evo 4G are scored just fine. You’ll see what we mean, and if someone wants to explain things to us, we’ll be at the bar. Video after the break.

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Whether stepping foot into the Android Market for the first time, or just looking for something new to use on your brand new Motorola Droid 2, we’ve got you covered. The Market is loaded with applications, the variety is insane, and the selection is just plain wild. Searching can be a bit overwhelming at times, so lets take a look at some good foundational applications to get you on your way. Be sure to also check out our review section which we are rapidly filling with software reviews.

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Motorola Droid 2

We’re knee deep in the Motorola Droid 2, and it’s time for the initial video hands-on. In a nutshell, it’s a softer, more gentle version of the original Droid, with the same screen, an improved keyboard, beefed up internal specs and Android 2.2 with Motorola’s new user interface. But you knew that already, right? Hands-on after the break. And more to come soon.

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