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>HTC EVO 3D Now Available for Sprint

>After much anticipation, a lot of talk, and an unboxing, the HTC EVO 3D finally launches today! $200 and a 2 year contract will get you the beast with a glasses-free 3D display, dual 5 megapixels cameras on the back for some 3D picture and video taking, and an awesome dual core 1.2GHz processor. Who’s getting one?

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>HTC EVO 3D Unboxing

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>We just got our hands on an the soon to be released HTC EVO 3D, and let us just say: HTC clearly listened to our editorial on boring boxes. This box is hot. The front is a pearl white monolith with a stylized letters spelling “EVO 3D” bumping out of the cardboard. That same bump out is featured next to it with the four encircled Android buttons (A house for Home, the four lines for Menu, a Back arrow, and the Search magnifying glass). One side of the box is yellow and has a tab to pull out the rest of the box from the pearly outside.

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The inside is crazy bright, rocking the spectrum from yellow to blue in a random geometric pattern, a stark juxtaposition from the solid white outer section. The EVO 3D sits in a white frame with a “FOCUS on driving” ad protecting the screen. Under that is the instruction booklet, USB cable, and power adapter.

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>Summer Cell Phone Buying Guide: AT&T

>Ah Big Blue. Whether that means the ocean or AT&T, you may be getting a bit of both this summer. Check out today’s buying guide to help you figure out which phone you’re going to bring to you BBQs this summer!

The Beast of the Beach: Samsung Infuse 4G

Honestly, it’s not 4G. Don’t let the name fool you. But the Samsung Infuse is still one of AT&T’s best and there’s truly not much else like it on the market. It is currently the thinnest smartphone on the market at just .35 inches (the iPhone 4 is .37 inches) and it weighs only 4.9 ounces, which is pretty shocking considering what a beast it truly is. The Infuse rocks a massive 4.5″ Super AMOLED touchscreen, giving it killer battery life and making it really easy to see in the bright sunlight. You also get a 1.2GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera with one on the front for video calls. Inside you’ll find 13GB of internal memory plus the microSD card slot. It only comes with a 2GB card in the box, but it supports up to 32GB, giving you one of the biggest amounts of storage on any smartphone. It runs Android 2.2 and is the first AT&T Android phone to let you install apps not on the Android Market, like the Amazon App Store. It’ll set you back $200, but is definitely the most bang for your buck.

Runner Up: Motorola Atrix 4G

iCan’t NOT Mention It: Apple iPhone 4

Really, you had to have known this was coming.  Like I said in yesterday’s Verizon guide, it simply is the easiest smartphone to use and it truly does have the highest number of quality apps. The Retina Display is downright gorgeous and works well in sunlight, and the camera is still the best you’ll find on any smartphone, so you can be sure your summer memories are captured properly. As far as gaming goes, only Windows Phone can match it in quality, but the iPhone just has a massive gaming library. Definitely the best if you just want a phone with a really good out-of-the-box experience. That said, while the 3Gs for $50 can seem tempting, don’t do it. The next iPhone won’t be until until September at the earliest, meaning that come September or so, your 3Gs will be completely outdated. The iPhone 4 will set you back $200 for 16GB, 32GB for $300.

Low Budget, Highly Different: Samsung Focus

If Android and iPhone isn’t your bag, you’ll dig Windows Phone 7. It features a fair amount of customization like Android, but is still a lot more controlled like iOS. Windows Phone 7 is really known for it’s radically different interface and deep integration of various services. the Zune Pass gives you unlimited music access for $15 a month, you can play some XBOX Live on your phone and rack up more achievements, and of course you get the full Office Suite. But it integrates with itself even further. For example, my Samsung Focus has music stored on it, streams podcasts through a separate app, and streams music through the Rdio app. But all of these show up in the Zune app as well. The Samsung Focus isn’t AT&T’s most expensive WP7 phone, but it is their best. For only $50, you get a beautiful 4″ AMOLED touchscreen, a 1GHz processor, and just under 7GB of internal memory. The 5 megapixel camera in it is one of the only phones to rival the iPhone 4’s camera, and the speaker on the back is almost too loud. Definitely a great price for a really good phone.

Runner Up: BlackBerry Torch

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>Summer Cell Phone Buying Guide: Verizon

>Yesterday, we covered the hottest phones on Sprint this summer, so let’s continue this CDMA trend! Here’s the ones to check out on Verizon!

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Blazing Speeds in the Blazing Heat: Samsung Droid Charge
Even though it doesn’t get as much marketing love as the HTC Thunderbolt, the Samsung Droid Charge is Verizon’s best LTE equipped phone for sure. Featuring a 4.3” Super AMOLED screen, Android 2.2, 1GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera on the back (with HDMI out for video), and a front facing camera for video conferencing. You also get some really good battery life due to a sizeable battery and Super AMOLED being easier on charge. $299 can seem steep, but it’s a great phone, has LTE, and comes with a 32GB microSD card.

Runner Up: HTC Thunderbolt

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No 4G? No Worries: Motorola Droid X2
This looks just like the Droid X. In fact, there’s not really any visual difference beyond the red “Droid X2” moniker on the back. But this is a whole new beast inside. The 4.3” screen is qHD, making it among the highest pixel density screens, other than the iPhone 4. The Tegra 2 processor is also state of the art, giving you all the dual-core action you can handle. All for $200.

Runner Up: HTC Droid Incredible II

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iDon’t Want Android: Apple iPhone 4
For you Apple heads, of course there’s long-awaited iPhone 4. The Retina Display is the sexiest screen on the market and at 3.5” it’s perfect if you don’t want a big phone. The selection of apps is unparalleled at the moment, and it gets excellent battery life. If you’re looking for something super simple and easy to use but don’t want to sacrifice any functionality, you’ll love the iPhone. The 16GB model will set you back $200, $300 for 32GB.

Runner Up: HTC Trophy

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>Summer Cell Phone Buying Guide: Sprint

Summer is upon us and many people get their upgrades or look switch things up this time of year. Be it for school, work, or play, over the next few days we’ll be helping you find the hottest handset to start the summer off right, one carrier at a time. Keep in mind, all the pricing we list is from the carriers themselves. Obviously you can shop around and find your next phone for a lot cheaper.

Best of the Best: Samsung Nexus S 4G
If you’re looking to get the absolute best phone that Sprint has to offer, you gotta grab a Samsung Nexus S 4G. For $200, you’re going to get Android 2.3 on a beautiful 4” Super AMOLED screen, 4G data, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video on the back, and a VGA cam in the front for video conferencing. It comes with 16GB of internal memory in addition to a microSD card slot. You’ll get access to Google Wallet with the NFC chip (when it launches in your city), and most importantly, it is uninhibited Android. No carrier customization, no bloatware, just the real deal.

Runner Up: Samsung Epic 4G


Best for the Least: LG Optimus S
Not looking to break the bank but still want all the goodness? The LG Optimus S is a pretty solid phone for the great price of $0. It’s a little weak with just a 600MHz processor, but it runs Android 2.2 quite well. You get a basic 3 megapixel camera but without a flash. It doesn’t seem like it should be a good phone, but it will surprise you. There’s less lag than you’d expect on most apps you’d use daily like Facebook, Twitter, and texting, and it still plays Angry Birds pretty well.

Runner Up: BlackBerry Style


Best Non-Android: HTC Arrive
Not down with the Droid? The HTC Arrive is going to be worth a look. This Windows Phone 7 device has a nice 3.6” touchscreen with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. When the keyboard is out, the screen pops up a bit too for a great view while you’re tapping away. The 1GHz processor runs the latest version of WP7 very well, the 5 megapixel camera works very well, and you’ve got 16GB of memory to work with. It’ll set you back $200, but you really won’t be disappointed.


What To Look Forward To: HTC EVO 3D
We’ve talked about it before, but the HTC EVO 3D will be upon us somewhat soon. The successor to the EVO 4G will look pretty similar with it’s 4.3” screen running Android on Sprint’s 4G network, but that’s where the similarities end. The EVO’s screen is qHD on 2D, and rocks the glasses-free stereoscopic 3D, which will work great on The Green Hornet, which comes preloaded. You have a 1GHz dual-core processor to help the dual 5 megapixel cameras for 3D pictures and video taking. It’s not official, but you can expect it for $200 sometime in the near future.

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>Google Announces Google Wallet, Google Offers

>Today, Google announced possibly one of it’s biggest initiatives to date, Google Wallet. Wallet will attempt to almost completely replace your wallet, money clip, or pocket book with just your smartphone. Using Near Field Communication, or NFC, chips, phones will be able to interact with existing MasterCard PayPass equipment at the register of stores, and of course new equipment will be coming out for it on both the consumer and business side.

When you first load the Google Wallet app up, you can enter in existing MasterCard (for now, more to follow) credit or debit cards, as well as a prepaid Google Card for you Visa and AmEx users. You will select a PIN, just like its plastic counterpart. When you get to checkout, you tap your phone to the PayPass reader, enter the PIN, and you’re done. But that’s not it. Vendors will also allow you to tie your loyalty and membership cards to your phone as well.

Even if you’re not interested in ditching the leather and plastic, Google will be launching Google Deals as well. It’s only in beta and available in Portland, New York City, and San Francisco for now, but more will be coming soon. While it may just look like a Groupon clone, sending you a single local offer a day, it does tie in with Wallet and also includes check-in deals (like 4Square) and you’ll start seeing NFC equipped ads. The email will have links to print the coupon or have it sent to your Wallet. And Wallet will take care of the whole thing in one fell swoop. So when you go to buy your jeans, it will take off the coupon amount, add in loyalty bonuses, and pay, all in one tap.

Overall, it’s pretty cool stuff, but there are some security concerns. Google promises that all of your sensitive information will be contained in the NFC  chip only, and that there are multiple layers of security under the PIN code, but no electronic system is perfect. NFC payments have been huge in Japan for many years, so it is a doable system, it just remains to be seen if many companies other than the ones mentioned will get behind it. That said, Google is off to a strong start, partnering up with MasterCard and big companies like American Eagle, Subway, RadioShack, Walgreens, CVS, and many gas stations.

The other big problem is that right now only one phone is equipped with the NFC chip: the Samsung Nexus S, and that phone is only on the two smallest carriers in the US, Sprint and T-Mobile. And so far, only Sprint is on board. Google did say that Motorola and HTC are also committed to making more NFC equipped devices soon, but until a few really big ones hit on every carrier (and a bump from Apple couldn’t help either), then it remains to be seen if Wallet will take off, or if it will end up like their last W project: Wave. The trials start immediately in NYC and San Fran, with nationwide launch scheduled for later this summer. We’ll keep you posted here!

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>HTC EVO 3D and View 4G Preorders Are Go!

>Are you looking for your next Sprint upgrade? Just have an affinity for 3D screens? Or do you love HTC so much you need their tablet? Good news then. Sprint is now officially accepting pre-orders for both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC Flier 4G. Strangely, RadioShack and Target Mobile beat them to the punch on the EVO 3D preorders, but all three places will take just $50 of your pocket money for the guarantee of getting a device on Day One. Problem is, no one knows when Day One for either device is. Or how much they will actually cost come Day One. But no matter when and for how much, you’ll get one that day, and the $50 is put towards the purchase price.

To recap, the HTC EVO 3D is the US’ first 3D phone, with a 4.3″ qHD screen similar to the 3DS. No glasses required. You also have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor to help handle the dual 5 megapixel cameras on the back for 3D pictures and video. It will run HTC’s newest version of Sense on top of Android 2.3. The Flyer is HTC’s first tablet, rocking a 7″ screen and Android. What sets this one apart is that you can also buy a special stylus for input, making it very easy to draw and write notes.

So who’s getting one?

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