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Pico

He says Galaxy S phone, which of course that's what the Captivate is, just slightly redesigned for AT&T. Chances are it's going to T-Mobile (surprise?) so a huge guess is that it'll look similar to the T-Mobile Vibrant. Don't know if that's any better to you, lol.

 

user posted image

 

As they say, it's tapered/gets thinner at the bottom edge, so that might mean it's got a big redesign.

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matthew1g
http://gizmodo.com/5676008/hands-on-the-nexus-two-by-samsung

 

 

"When I first saw it from 10 feet away, I thought it was the Galaxy S," says our source, who got to handle one. "I was a little surprised it was the Nexus Two," because it's so different from the Nexus One.

 

It's black and shiny, built with glossy plastic. Up close, though, it's "got this curve to it." While the screen, which our source thinks is the same 4-inch AMOLED affair from the Galaxy series, is flat, the front is "sort of concave" with hard edges. And the back is curved. The tapering makes it feel thinner than Galaxy S, though it might be about the same thickness. "It feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot ways."

 

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I was hoping for a Captivate clone. I HATE the current Galaxy S design, looks like the iPhone 3. barf8bd.gif

MEH. never got to handle a galaxy in my own hands but I've seen it running around in people's hands.. it looks like a cheap plasticy phone. They seriously need to put some Sammy Wave design concepts in their galaxy line. Can't explain how awesome it felt in my hand. Sh*t, If I had money to waste, I'd get the wave just for the way it feels in your hand.

 

I just saw the HTC merge.. Not sure how i've skipped this phone, but hell if it works on GSM900 and UMTS2100 I'll bite. That being said, I'll take sense off as soon as I get it. Really not a fan of the whole interface.

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jelly

 

He says Galaxy S phone, which of course that's what the Captivate is, just slightly redesigned for AT&T. Chances are it's going to T-Mobile (surprise?) so a huge guess is that it'll look similar to the T-Mobile Vibrant. Don't know if that's any better to you, lol.

 

user posted image

 

As they say, it's tapered/gets thinner at the bottom edge, so that might mean it's got a big redesign.

When I hear Galaxy S, I think of the phone that's actually called Galaxy S - the Euro variant. It does look pretty similar to t-mobile's version. Nasty. If I want to carry a soap bar in my pocket I'll buy that, not a phone. I want angular design. Even Apple has learned with their iPhone 4 and its aluminommy sharp edges.

 

OEMs, ODMs: WOULD YOU STOP COPYING THE IPHONE 3 ALREADY? IT'S A RIDICULOUS, NASTY DESIGN. STOP IT. JUST STOP.

 

There. They'll all read it and learn now. ^_^

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Pico

If only it was that easy, jelly. tounge.gif

After searching for "Galaxy S" in google I see that the Vibrant and the regular Galaxy S are basically the exact same design... so yeah, may be good to expect it to be very similar. Although I've read it's going to be a mixture of metal and plastic casing, similar to the original Nexus One. So who knows... maybe they'll do it right. In my opinion, Samsung has never really made an great looking phones, either mediocre or ugly.

 

I agree, the Galaxy S has a bland, boring design. The best looking model would probably be the Captivate (although it looks a lot like an X10, lol) in my opinion as well, but due to several reasons I would go with a different Galaxy S over it.

 

@matt, the Merge looks pretty great. Rumors are saying it'll have a 3.8" screen and global capabilites... not sure what else aside from the obvious by looking at it. I vaguely recall hearing it might have a 1.2 or 1.3Ghz processor? It's definitely going to have a Snapdragon variant, and aside from Quadrant and Linpak scores, it seems that the TI OMAP and Hummingbird chips perform a good deal better at the same frequencies.

 

For a realistic phone by Christmas, I want one with: 4-4.5" screen, slide out QWERTY (with HTC's great-as-usual-layout), 1.5Ghz or a 1Ghz dual core, 512MB-1GB RAM, plenty of storage (current storage capabilities are fine with me), a good speaker, decent-to-good battery life, 5-8 or higher MP camera with HD video and Xenon flash, HARDWARE menu/home/back/search keys on the front with an optical trackpad, front facing camera for video calls, 4G capable... and of course the most current version of Android at the time, rootable mainly to disable the bloatware that's inevitable to be on it. Is that too much to ask for?!?!? tounge2.gif

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lordjubblydave

Check out this Interesting Rumour Gingerbread could be here sooner than we think.

 

I also bought the ZTE Blade / Orange San Francisco and for £99 i am incredibly impressed, so much so i sold my Galaxy S

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XMike

Does anyone know a good tutorial on rooting? And I mean everything that goes along with it, including the software I need and stuff. If it matters what phone, it's the t-mobile G1. I figure I'll mess around with it since it's going to be new and factory set and I'm going to be upgrading to a better phone soon anyway, so by then I'll know what I'm doing and hopefully I won't mess anything up.

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Pico

Check out the XDA-forums subforum for the G1/Dream. It most likely still has pinned topics on the G1 on how to root.

Iirc, you need to flash 1.5 on it to get the root exploit available, then you can load a custom bootloader and custom ROMs, etc. Although it may have become easier since the good ol' days when the G1 ruled the Android scene.

 

Aside from that, get a new phone! lol... I just want to say, I've tried all the top ROMs that have been on for that phone up until about 6 months ago. I've found the Super D (D is for donut, 1.6) was the quickest. Any other ROM was sh*t... they didn't really have any glitches, but they were just sloooooww. Stay away from Sense. Even CyanogenMod 6 (2.2) was terrible. And yes, I've had a Swap partition on my SD card and that made no difference.

It's funny to think I actually though Flash 10.1 may perform in any functional way on that phone...

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Ronnyboy

I've been looking at the Samsung Intercept. Anyone here have one that can give me an opinion?

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Emotion98.3
I've been looking at the Samsung Intercept. Anyone here have one that can give me an opinion?

Expect some lag since i owned a HTC Hero which is pretty much the equivalent on the Intercept except the Intercept has a slide out keyboard. The Intercept does have a small processor speed increase but really sometimes that doesn't make a difference, if your going through sprint, i would buck up and buy an EVO 4G like what i own. No slowdowns whatsoeverrr.

 

Its still a good phone, and i believe it did get Froyo, but probably wont get the Gingerbread Update.

 

 

But Nontheless, if your looking for an mid-level smartphone, its perfect for facebook/twitter/internet/messaging.

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Pico

Is that the Intercept in your sig?

 

From what I've gathered on it when it first came out, it's a mid-range smartphone. I don't remember the exact numbers but from a quick educated guess I'd say around a ~700mhz processor and 256MB RAM. Probably a <5.0MP camera, ~3.2" minimum res screen, and Andorid 2.1?

/checks google

 

Damn I'm good, close. 667Mhz, 240x400 res, 3.2MP camera. Right on everything else.

With those specs, it's going to perform decently. I'd advise against using an performance-based features such as live wallpapers as I'm sure it slows it down and kills the battery a good deal. Other than that, I can see it handling most tasks, and multitasking, with a good amount of speed. Transitions from an app to another app would probably give a second or two lag, and scrolling speed through menus might be a little choppy. But it's not going to be like G1 slow tounge.gif

 

If you can come up with the cash, it'll be a whole 'nother world getting the Epic 4G. That's a full-fledged superphone in my books. Excellent processor, awesome graphics, well laid out keyboard and a great (4.0") screen and plenty of storage space built in.

 

Here's an analogy you may understand:

The Interceptor is to the Epic 4G as the DeLorean is to Doc Brown's time machine. lol.gif

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David.

I'm looking to buy a new smartphone(Android based),and so far the ones I have found interesting(from youtube reviews) are-

1) Samsung Galaxy S

2) HTC desire HD.

 

I am looking for unlocked phones as I do not reside within the USA. However I fear fragmentation issues and hence I am holding out on buying them.I have read unconfirmed reports regarding Nexus S. Should I wait for that phone to release? Please help me out

 

Thanks.

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jelly

F*CK YEAH

 

Finally gave in. It turns out the Defy is dirt easy to root.

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Pico

Glad you finally got an Android phone! The 800MHZ IMAP should do nicely, after rooted OC that bitch to 1-1.2Ghz and I bet it'll run as good as my X. 512MB RAM is the minimum I would go with for an Android phone, and I see that phone has it as well so that's good. Should work out great, let us know how good it is after you've had it for a bit.

Also, that's the rugged phone right? Like waterproof and all that? Definitely nice to have. My X would be f*cked if it was dropped in a the toilet/cup of coffee, lol. I have dropped it HARD from about 5 feet up and it bounced around on hardwood flooring. I almost had a heart attack, lol. But it came out with out a scratch. Now, if it were cement, it'd probably be a different story, hahah.

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jelly

I don't think I'm gonna OC it, 800MHz should be enough. I'd prefer to retain a semblance of battery life and longevity. tounge.gif

 

First thing I'll do is root it, install LauncherPro and delete all the MotoBLUR/Motorola cruft. That should make it faster all by itself.

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Ronnyboy
Here's an analogy you may understand:

The Interceptor is to the Epic 4G as the DeLorean is to Doc Brown's time machine. lol.gif

tounge.gif Thanks for the analogy. But I am going through Virgin Mobile, probably gonna root and ROM it. Thanks for the help, and yes it is in my sig.

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 dice

After many failed attempts at rooting, overclocking, installations and different kernels, I've finally managed to run win 95 on my Wildfire.

It barely works, but It's awesome smile.gif

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trip

Good news!!! Android market changed and now as a developer you have to give a rating to any new apps. There is a (M)ature rating now. So it sounds like android will allow for mature based apps. I'm not saying that because it would be fun to have a porn app on my phone. I'm saying that because ,as a developer, it opens up a sweet market to exploit.

 

@Pico, I'm still working on those vid tutorials - didn't want you thinking I forgot or was blowing it off.

 

If anyone one has any ideas on a mature app please PM me. I will spit the profits.

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Pico

I was just wondering if you were still working on that just the other day, trip.

As for the rating thing, that is definitely good news. I wonder if they'll implement a way from restricting downloads on the phone and having that restriction have a password lock. I've got several calls at work with parents wondering about content controls on their children's Android phones.

 

@Dice, what are you going to do with Win95?? lol

I'd try getting Windows on my phone if it were Windows 7.

 

Now, this part isn't about Android at all, in particular. But Verizon Wireless has (finally) officially announced their 4G LTE service AND a launch date. December 5th is when it kicks into effect. Currently the only devices for sale will be an LG mobile broadband line USB stick with a $50 for 5GB and $80 for 10GB monthly plan.

Those are exact same prices for 3G on our Hotspot devices and our netbooks, so it's looking like we are going to be offering similar pricing for 4G. I didn't expect it to come at a premium and this just reinforces my expectations.

 

Why am I posting this here? Because I can't f*cking wait for us to get a 4G Android phone. I swear, if we get one with a dual core, ~4-4.5" screen and a slide out QWERTY running on 4G I will rape a f*cking duck and drink it's blood out of insane happiness. Let's just hope it comes SOON.

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Tommy-Vercetti19

 

Why am I posting this here? Because I can't f*cking wait for us to get a 4G Android phone. I swear, if we get one with a dual core, ~4-4.5" screen and a slide out QWERTY running on 4G I will rape a f*cking duck and drink it's blood out of insane happiness. Let's just hope it comes SOON.

Yeah, those Tegra processors are looking mighty impressive!

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jelly

Looks nice, but just saw a downside. No 4G speeds... No SD Slot...

 

Only thing good is the display/Android 2.3. I'll just stick with my lovely G2.

Oh, the phone isn't anything special aside from being a Google phone and as such always getting the updates first. The real news here is the Gingerbread announcement.

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Tornado Rex

Apparently someone was already working on getting 2.3 on the Evo I think it was.

 

I hope it gets shoved on the Droid soon.

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Emotion98.3
Apparently someone was already working on getting 2.3 on the Evo I think it was.

 

I hope it gets shoved on the Droid soon.

2.3 is coming to the Evo right? So its just a matter of time until Sprint/HTC releases the update.

 

I love my Evo inlove.gif

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beavis

I have an evo too! Waiting on the next update.

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Emotion98.3
I have an evo too! Waiting on the next update.

Waiting Sucks ass.

 

Hopefully We'll get the HTC Sense Update with it like on the Desire HD.

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Pico

The rumor, not based on much, is that the Nexus S may get CDMA capabilities (ie, VZW and Sprint) and with that, hopefully 4G. Better yet, LTE 4G, not Sprints' Wimax "4G."

 

Read up on Gingerbread, seems to just add some features for further hardware support, and honestly some unattractive GUI changes. The new APIs and native support for new hardware should bring some awesome features, though, so I'm definitely excited about 2.3.

 

The obvious phones should be getting 2.3, it's just a matter of time. The Droid line of phones, EVO, Galaxy S line of phones, the myTouch 4G, etc. Pretty much anything with a Snapdragon, Hummingbird, or TI OMAP 3630. Possibly some slightly lower powered phones, then afterward mid to lower range phones will come out with 2.3, and some might get updated to it.

 

I had some customer on the phone today activating a Droid X she got as an upgrade. After upgrading it I gave her a brief walk through on opening the app tray and adding apps, etc. I offered to explain how things on the phone work and she said she'll just work on it herself and I got disappointed... and was so close to trying to convince her into letting me help her when I realized I need to monitor how long I'm on the call and not waste time, lol. I love explaining how things work on Android phones, especially when the customer has at least half a brain like that lady did.

Hands down, the best calls I get around revolving Android... the worst are Blackberry calls. I swear, those phones suck dick. Slow, takes 3-5 minutes to boot up (seriously), crappy interface... everything goes wrong, so often. I seriously don't see how anyone can work with one of those. Doesn't help I'm not familiar with the interface when I need to troubleshoot. I'll take an Android call over any other call, for sure.

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Tornado Rex
Read up on Gingerbread, seems to just add some features for further hardware support, and honestly some unattractive GUI changes. The new APIs and native support for new hardware should bring some awesome features, though, so I'm definitely excited about 2.3.

Yeah I think the biggest thing is the support for better apps. I actually like the new GUI changes. IDK I tend to have a weird taste in GUIs though.

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Fozzy Fozborne

Hey guys annoying problem here:

 

I rooted my Moto Droid using the guide here. Everything went perfectly and I followed it to the letter.

 

The phone is working fine but I can't get Wi-Fi tether to work on either AndroidTether or Barnacle Wifi Tether.

 

I tried Barnacle first. The starts up fine, no errors and I click start. The log says starting, data network is ready, .ini file prepared, wifi driver loaded, wpa_supplicant started, wpa_supplicant connect, running... (in that order). It never gives me any errors and from what I can tell it's running perfectly. The problem is that no matter how many times I click "associate" the network it broadcasts (I named it Tim), it never shows up on any other device.

 

So it very well might be running correctly. But if the SSID doesn't show up, it's impossible to connect. I tried adding the network manually in Windows but it never connects because it never shows up on the list.

 

 

 

AndroidTether came second.

 

I run the app, click the green "start tethering button", then it says I used .4kB down and 0 up. After this, "Tim" shows up on my available networks and I can double-click to connect. When Windows connects to it, I get an exclamation point over the five bars. When I click on the bars, it says "no internet connection". If I right-click on them and choose "troubleshoot problems" it says "Windows could not automatically detect this network's proxy settings.

 

When I go to google or anywhere else with the laptop, it tells me it timed out connecting to the server. It does connect every time without problem, but once I connect I never get internet. On the Droid itself, the internet comes up fine and I can surf without problems.

 

 

 

Did I miss a step or something? Everyone else's experience seems to be that it just works and there aren't many toubleshooting tips.

 

Other info:

Phone: Motorola Droid running Android 2.2

Build number: FRG22D

Kernel version 2.6.32.9-g874c292 [email protected] #1

Baseband Version C_01.43.01P

 

Laptop: Windows 7, Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 AGN wireless card (works perfectly on other networks).

 

I can't think of anything else that would be relevant.

 

Thanks guys.

 

 

 

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