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    Google Android 3.0 and Motorola Xoom: Hands-On, Awesome

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 2:34 am

    Today I got my first hands-on time with the Motorola Xoom tablet, running Android 3.0. And the one-two punch proved a compelling experience. It's a very different experience than what one gets on today's Android 2.2 tablets (led by Samsung Galaxy Tab), or on Apple's iPad.
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    Dell Streak 7: Solid design, mediocre display

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    The Dell Streak 7 is a study in contrasts. This Nvidia Tegra 2-based Android tablet counts smart and subtly sharp design among its strengths--unfortunately, its unimpressive display and inelegant software implementation constrain its appeal. T-Mobile's aggressive pricing--at $200 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract (as of February 1, 2011), it's $100 less than the Samsung Galaxy Tab on the same carrier--may make the Streak 7 worth consideration, but the device's numerous weaknesses might not outweigh the value price.
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    Review: Sprint's HTC EVO Shift 4G

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    Not all phones are revolutionary -- or need to be. Some, like the HTC EVO Shift 4G from Sprint, are worthy just because they fill an important gap in a product line.
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    HTC EVO Shift 4G: Fast and affordable

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 10:19 am

    The flood of 4G phones at CES 2011 started with the HTC EVO Shift 4G ($150 with a two-year contract from Sprint). Available January 9, the Shift 4G is a follow-up to last year's popular HTC EVO 4G, the first 4G phone on Sprint's WiMAX network is somewhat of a lesser version of its brother. If you are a keyboard addict and don't like the large size of the EVO 4G or the high price of the Samsung Epic 4G, the Shift 4G might appeal to you.
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    Save e-mail attachments to Android phones

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 11:26 am

    If you use an Android phone, you almost certainly use the bundled Gmail app--and you almost certainly have encountered the annoying inability to save e-mail attachments onto your device. Save My Attach does what it says, without any fuss.
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    Best smartphones by carrier

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 9:59 am

    Most of us favor one mobile carrier over its rivals, though the reason for our preference range from well-matched voice or data plans to superior network coverage in your area. But whatever the reason, you probably want to use the best phone your carrier offers. Lucky for you, the experts here at PCWorld have compiled a list of the best cell phones, by carrier, to help you out in picking your next phone.
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    Nexus S: Excellent, but misses potential

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 9:57 am

    The first phone to ship with Android 2.3 (also known as "Gingerbread") as the well as the follow-up to last January's Nexus One, the Nexus S (available unlocked for $530 or for $200 with a two-year plan from T-Mobile) is a joint effort between Samsung and Google with some impressive features. The hardware is gorgeous, and Android 2.3 delivers some useful enhancements; but with no support for HSPA+ or expandable memory, the Nexus S falls short of its potential.
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    Review: Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread)

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Android 2.3 (more deliciously and seasonally appropriately known as "Gingerbread") isn't a huge overhaul of Google's mobile operating system, but the whole interface feels more refined and more responsive. In addition, Google has built some notable new features into the operating system.
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    Samsung's Galaxy Tab makes a strong case for buying an iPad

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 10:58 am

    A few nice capabilities don't overcome an ill-conceived 'tweener' tablet with an ill-fitting Android OS.
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    Samsung Continuum: Two Displays Not Better Than One

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 9:23 am

    When we first heard about the Samsung Continuum ($200 with a two-year contract from Verizon), we were equally skeptical and intrigued. Does a full-touch smartphone really need a secondary "ticker" display? While we found the ticker display more useful than annoying, it still might not be for everyone--and it can occasionally be a pain to use.
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    Protect your Android phone with security apps

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 11:37 am

    You back up data on your computer in case it crashes, and you might install LoJack on your car to help recover it in case someone steals it--so why shouldn't you protect your Android phone? Most people carry a lot of sensitive data on their phones. If someone steals your handset or if you happen to lose it, all that personal information is suddenly not so personal anymore. Your phone is an investment, so you should safeguard your contacts, photos, texts, videos, and music.
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    Apps for Printing Photos From Android Phones

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 11:49 am

    With mobile phone cameras getting better and better, more people are using their smartphones as their primary cameras. Eventually, you'll want to print the cherished family photos that you've saved on your phone. Rather than dealing with MicroSD cards and USB cables to transfer your photos to a computer, wouldn't it be nice if you could print them directly from the phone?
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    Where Android beats the iPhone

    Posted March 4, 2010 - 10:51 am

    Android's openness, flexibility, and Java foundation make it the best choice for many developers and the businesses that depend on them
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    The Smartphone Forecast for 2009

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 10:56 am

    The Palm Pre and the Apple iPhone 3G S are the smartphone standouts of 2009, but they're not the only news. Operating systems are receiving updates, new devices are debuting, and app stores are growing by the day. Here's what to look for from the six big operating systems in smartphones today.
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    Clash of the handsets: Smartphones for business

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Apple iPhone, Android G1, AT&T Fuze, HTC Touch Diamond, and three flavors of BlackBerry compete for one pocket.
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    Android apps: Free downloads for the people

    Posted April 8, 2009 - 10:07 am

    There are many free Android applications out there already, like Gmote. Gmote is a cool app that turns your phone into a remote control for your computer. Is this useful? You tell me. But it sure is nifty.

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    The G1 is no iPhone, but Android has promise

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 9:47 am

    Most G1 reviewers will probably agree that, in a nutshell, the software is nice but the hardware underwhelms.
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    Hands on with HTC's Google phone

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:24 am

    T-Mobile, Google and HTC unveiled the highly anticipated Android phone in New York on Tuesday, and I got a chance to try out the new handset at HTC's office in Taipei.

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