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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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Verizon’s iPhone commercial “It begins” and Apple’s “Two is better than one”

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

“To our millions of customers, who never stopped believing this day would come… Thank you.” Oh Verizon, you’re so customer-friendly. As the beginning of a very spectacular era begins, Verizon begins their ad campaign with gentle thanks to the “millions” who have been praying for the iPhone to wear Red. The video is fresh, as of this posting, the official YouTube video has only 303 views.

UPDATE

Apple’s new advertisement takes two of the fiercest competitors known to the wireless device industry and coerces them to waltz (if that’s what they’re implying… the music sure makes me think of that). This commercial distinctly points out that the Verizon iPhone can do everything the AT&T iPhone can do. After all, “two is better than one.” You’re absolutely right Apple, for your wallet.

Verizon's iPhone commercial "It begins" and Apple's "Two is better than one"

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

“To our millions of customers, who never stopped believing this day would come… Thank you.” Oh Verizon, you’re so customer-friendly. As the beginning of a very spectacular era begins, Verizon begins their ad campaign with gentle thanks to the “millions” who have been praying for the iPhone to wear Red. The video is fresh, as of this posting, the official YouTube video has only 303 views.

UPDATE

Apple’s new advertisement takes two of the fiercest competitors known to the wireless device industry and coerces them to waltz (if that’s what they’re implying… the music sure makes me think of that). This commercial distinctly points out that the Verizon iPhone can do everything the AT&T iPhone can do. After all, “two is better than one.” You’re absolutely right Apple, for your wallet.

Apple joins Big Red

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

This morning at 11 AM/EST in New York City, something magical happened. The Apple iPhone spread its wings and flew away – to Verizon Wireless. In my previous Verizon iPhone article here, I stated all of the speculation surrounding Verizon’s rash press conference scheduled last week. No one knew (except The Wall Street Journal apparently) that Apple fanboys on Verizon’s networks would soon be able to own this elite device. It was seemingly spontaneous, it was also very intelligent. CES has only recently come to a close and Verizon/Apple have stolen the spotlight.

The Verizon iPhone is essentially the exact same device as the AT&T iPhone. There will be no LTE connectivity – just 3G, the body style is the same except for the slight shift in the volume buttons (that requires manufacturers to create a separate line of cases specifically for the Verizon iPhone) and the only change software-wise is the inclusion of the five device enabled 3G Mobile Hotspot. The antenna issue that plagued AT&T customers has been incapacitated. Apple did indeed make slight changes to the antenna and “Verizon and Apple are confident in the results.”

Another important detail that led to rumors of a possible Sprint iPhone in the near future – the fact that CDMA (Verizon’s reliable network) is not Verizon exclusive.

Verizon customers will be able to grab a new iPhone 4 on February 10.

$199 for the 16GB model

$299 for the 32GB model

[Sources: Apple, SlashGear]

Verizon to get iPhone… maybe?

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

It has finally happened… or has it? According the a very legitimate source, The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone for Verizon is going to be announced this coming Tuesday, January 11. The reports have every single attendee at this year’s CES conference buzzing with hype and speculation because all in all… they don’t know for sure. In the article that tech journalists Shayndi Raice and Yukari Iwatani Kan of WSJ outed Verizon’s motive for their rash press event scheduled this Tuesday, they begin the article with this bold statement:

The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon Wireless.

And continued to state that a person “familiar with the matter” said on Friday that Verizon would be making this big announcement at an event in New York City. These same anonymous people stated that the Verizon version of the phone will be very similar except that it will run on their CDMA network and that Verizon has been testing and preparing for the release of the iPhone for the last few months in order to avoid the nightmare that plagued AT&T after its initial release.

However. The invitation that Verizon sent out never once mentioned Apple. It read:

Join us as we share the latest news.

And that was that. The subject of the matter was not specified and the group of people invited is slightly puzzling. A bit sketch, if you will. MG Siegler over at TechCrunch analyzed his invitation and came up with the following questions:

But that’s the other thing. Would it be Verizon and not Apple running such a high-profile show? And would they do it in New York City instead of near Apple’s home base in Silicon Valley? Certainly someone from Apple would have to be there — and you’d think it would be Steve Jobs. But there’s no mention of Apple at all on the invite. So what is Verizon inviting me to exactly? Is it some silly USB card or the iPhone 4 on Verizon? I don’t know. But color me intrigued.

He also investigated a little and discovered that Jim Dalrymple of The Loop (which exclusively covers Apple) got the green light to attend the event but Gizmodo, which is known for the iPhone 4 prototype fame (and a known buddy to Verizon), did NOT get an invite. Siegler himself should not have been receiving an event invitation from Verizon normally, that normally woud have been addressed to MobileCrunch but he is a well-known Apple fanboy. So all in all, who knows. Considering that the Wall Street Journal was the initial source to leak the story, I’d say that they have some pretty damn reliable people “familiar with the matter.” So the world will probably hear the release of the iPhone for Verizon on January 11, but then again, who knows. Only time will tell.

[Sources: The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch]

Motorola keynote at CES 2011: Atrix, Cliq 2, Droid Bionic and Xoom tablet

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Motorola’s agenda was composed of 4 items: the half computer/half smartphone Atrix, the redesigned Cliq 2, jumbo Droid Bionic and the fabled Motorola tablet. Their keynote began with a bang as a slide projected up on stage stated that their first device is the “most powerful smartphone EVER.” The Atrix is something special as it technically acts as the CPU for both a desktop PC unit and a laptop via two unique docking units. The HD dock allows you to connect the smartphone to a monitor, keyboard and a mouse (use it as a CPU) and in case you would like to go mobile, the phone also has a laptop peripheral that allows you to essentially use the phone as the power behind a netbook.

As far as specs on the phone itself? Try a pair of Cortex A9s running at 1GHz inside NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 SoC with 1GB of memory and 16GB of internal storage. The power cell behind this “beast” is a 1930mAh battery. The only specs listed for the netbook accessory (odd to be considering a netbook an “accessory” to a cell phone) are an 11.6″ screen and a 36Whr battery. When the Atrix is docked to the netbook, tack on an extra 8 hours of battery life and up to 48 GB more storage.

The second device, the Motorola Cliq 2, is exclusively for T-Mobile (as was its predecessor). This is the least interesting of the bunch, but still has impressive specs with a 3.7″ touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi calling support and hotspot connect capabilities for up to 5 devices. The Cliq 2 will be available on January 19.

So what’s so special about Motorola’s third device? Yet another member to the Droid family I suppose. Well, except for the fact that it will be one of the first phones to run on Verizon’s LTE (truly 4G) Network, and the 1GHz dual-core processors which technically equal out to 2GHz of processing power, the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM, the 4.3″ qHD display, HDMI mirroring (displays on both the phone and TV at the same time), 1080p video playback, an 8 MP camera, a front-facing camera for video calls and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 devices. I mean… didn’t the original Droid have all of these features? (The correct answer is hell no.) The sexy new Droid sibling will be dropping in early second quarter.


The last trick up Motorola’s sleeve is what everyone was waiting for. Remember that tablet I mentioned in the All Things Google article not too long ago? The one that was codenamed Everest? Well now Motorola is officially calling it the Xoom. I personally, do not like the name. Yes, it may be more unique but Everest is an epic name. Ok, down I step from my soap box and boast about how incredibly cool it is. Motorola made the statement that the device wasn’t completed yet, so there will be no official run-through of the OS (considering Honeycomb isn’t complete either) anywhere you look. However, there is a teaser video for Honeycomb that can be viewed here. Features include Google Talk-powered video calling, pretty awesome new 3D YouTube interface as well as 3D Maps, revamped email and browser. The actual hardware will include a dual-core processor, HD video recording and a 16:10 HD display to “watch movies the way the filmmaker intended.” I’ll end with a quote about the next generation of Android:

Honeycomb has been designed from the ground up for the tablet.

[Sources: CNET, Techtree, AnandTech, Engadget]