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Research in Motion, now christened BlackBerry, after renaming itself to the obvious, pulled out the somewhat anticipated (mostly hyped), BlackBerry Z10 phone. A phone that BlackBerry hopes will end the past few years of woe. Equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for more if needed), LTE speed, NFC support, front and rear cameras and a 4.2-inch display, BlackBerry may be late to the game, but they came to play. Priced at $200 and loaded with the BlackBerry 10 OS, the BlackBerry Z10 is the biggest leap forward for the company since, ever.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the latest entry to the Samsung Galaxy S lineup. Following the success of the previous two editions of the phone, Samsung refines key features and pushes the Galaxy S brand forward with the latest model. With a 1.4GHz quad-core chip packed behind a ginormous 4.8-inch Gorilla Glass 2 covered HD screen on the front, 8 megapixel camera, up to 64GB memory under the hood, customized Android 4 on the dash and chrome bezel around the edges, the Samsung Galaxy S III is looking to be the must have Android phone. And, just in case 64GB is too small an amount of storage for your media needs Samsung was nice enough to add a microSD card slot so you can go crazy with it and double up to 128GB of storage should you choose. Available in two color options; Marble White and Pebble Blue, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the official device of the Summer Olympics.
If you are split on deciding whether you need to get a new smartphone or to go with a new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note makes your decision that much easier. With a massive 5.3-inch HD touchscreen, the Samsung Note is large enough to be a small tablet, yet small enough to be a phone (just barely). Equipped with the latest network specs to handle 4G LTE, HSPA, EDGE and Wi-Fi, the Galaxy Note is ready for all of your data and multimedia needs.
Powered by a 1.4GHz Dual Core chip, the genre bending Android device comes with 16GB of memory (expandable with a microSD card), an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixels for the front, accelerometer, digital compass, Samsung apps, handwriting recognition software, access to Android Market and more. And in case your digits get numb you can skip the touchscreen and use the Samsung S Pen to write any notes you need to take the old fashioned way.
With an eight megapixel camera bolstered with Carl Zeiss lenses to help you capture all those important moments, a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen for all the media you can possibly consume, WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth and a 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor with an updated chipset to handle LTE all wrapped in a soft to the touch polycarbonate frame, the Nokia Lumia 900 is first Nokia Windows Phone with 4G LTE.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is a great looking phone, but are looks enough to return Nokia to glory? Just in case its looks do not convince you to buy, Nokia is said to be giving the Lumia 900 an aggressive price with the hopes of making the new Microsoft Windows 4G phone appear even more attractive and thus more likely to get into your hands.
Touch and type together with no sliding, the new Blackberry 9900 and 9930 combine the benefits of an easy to use QWERTY keyboard with a capacitive touch screen display, 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB of memory on deck with room for up to 32GB if you need it, the new Blackberry’s mean business. NFC tech, so you can wave and swipe your phone for transactions, 5-megapixel camera to snap a few photos, HD video recording ability, accelerometer, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the newest Blackberry OS, Blackberry 7.
Known internationally as the HTC Droid Incredible S, the follow up to the Droid Incredible, has rolled out as the Flash supporting, HTC Droid Incredible 2 in the US. If 4G is no big deal (pssst…it’s not 4G really), Verizon Wireless carries the updated Android handset for $199 with standard two-year commitment. With an 8-megapixel camera, 4-inch screen and 1GHz Snapdragon chip the Incredible 2 steps up slightly from Incredible 2010, but allows you to play on the world stage, as the handset is a global smartphone. Also as a 3G Mobile Hotspot, you can connect up to five of the devices toting around in your pack, and take your geekery to the next level while receiving your fix of caffeine tranquilizers in your favorite coffee bean brew house. We wouldn’t actually suggest connecting five devices, just saying that you can…if you need to.
Patience is a virtue.
After lengthy delays, the world’s best selling phone, the Apple iPhone 4 is now available in a new color, white. The astoundingly popular phone with high-resolution Retina display, five-megapixel camera with LED flash, FaceTime, HD video recorder, your choice of either 16GB or 32GB storage and the latest version of iOS can now be yours. Except now, you can have the glass body and stainless steel of the iPhone 4 in all white construction. Those of you who have been holding out can now joyously upgrade your current iPhone so you can finally have the White iPhone 4 for which you have been patiently waiting.
Announced at CTIA 2011, the Sprint bound HTC EVO 3D Android based smartphone is the latest in a recent barrage of HTC devices. Taking advantage of the newest available technology, the HTC EVO 3D has a high-resolution 4.3-inch QHD glasses-free 3D display and a dual 5-megapixel camera that allows you capture HD video in 3D as well. The newest HTC Android phone also functions as a wireless 3G/4G hotspot, has Wi-Fi, GPS, 1GB of memory and 4GB of internal storage to save your media and data (expandable to 32GB), all powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, the HTC Sense interface and Gingerbread, the latest Google Android release. The HTC EVO 3D world tour starts later in the year and the smartphone will hit the US on the Sprint 4G network.
The HTC Thunderbolt is Verizon’s first 4G LTE smartphone and the new Verizon flagship is now available for purchase and breaking sales records in the process. Pop out kickstand, high resolution 4.3-inch touch screen display, 8 mega-pixel camera with LED flash on rear, a 1.3 mega-pixel lens on front and a 720HD video recorder all powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The HTC Thunderbolt pairs HTC Sense with Android 2.2, 8GB of on board memory and a 32GB microSD card for $250 with contract, $600 without and for $180 if you buy from Amazon and are willing to wait for the mail to arrive.
If you were not in a rush and decided not to pre-order the Palm Pre 2 you are in luck. Verizon Wireless still happens to have some Palm Pre 2 phones in stock. Even more to your benefit and of testament to your patience, the last Palm branded device (HP acquired Palm HP in 2010 for just over $1 billion U.S.) is now available for purchase from Verizon Wireless ($99 w/ terms). With a multi-touch screen, a 1GHz chip backed by 512 RAM, 16GB of hard drive space to store your digital stuff, 5-megapixel camera and a QWERTY keypad, I am sure the Palm Pre 2 will serve as a nice parting gift for you to remember Palm.