DROID 4 vs. DROID RAZR – The Evolution of DROID, Specs, and Official Pictures

The DROID 4 has come from out of no where to having us within just a couple of weeks away from launch. The current target date that we have seen from Verizon is December 8, the same day that we could potentially see the Galaxy Nexus (hard to bet on that though). This phone is what the DROID 3 should have been. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, but most importantly, can connect to Big Red’s 4G LTE network. It’s like a RAZR, only with a smaller screen and a 5-row slideout keyboard that has side-lit keys.

To see how we got from the DROID 2 all the way up to this point in about a year, we have an evolution graphic for you below. This is the perfect example of how fast the mobile landscape is changing.  (more…)

Official DROID 4 Specs, It’s Definitely a Big RAZR With a Keyboard and 4G LTE

The DROID 4 is upon us whether we are ready for it or not. The first pictures of it popped up a few weeks ago followed by signs pointing to it arriving on December 8. We also got confirmation that training has started for some Verizon shops, along with this set of official specs. Who knew we would see it so soon?

The D4 will have a 4″ screen (LCD or AMOLED?), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, DROID RAZR styling, 5-row slideout keyboard, 4G LTE, front camera for video chatting and an 8MP rear camera. This could be the DROID that many of you have been waiting for. The Stratosphere had LTE and a keyboard, but this phone has top of the line specs to go with them.

On a related note, thoughts on the tool needed to remove the back cover? It doesn’t have a removable battery, but the cover can be removed using that circular tool pictured above, so that you can insert a SIM and SD card.  (more…)

Exclusive: First Pictures of the DROID 4 by Motorola

Keyboard lovers, get ready – the DROID4 by Motorola is coming and according to our sources, has the best slideout they have “ever seen on a smartphone.” In this set of glamour shots we received, you can get a taste for what’s to come which means ultra-thin slider with DROID RAZR styling and wait for it….4G LTE. You asked for it and Moto appears to have made it.   (more…)

Samsung Stratosphere Launching October 13: Full Specs and User Manual Available

The Samsung Stratosphere stopped being a mystery long ago, but after a couple of missed release dates, we now have the official one thanks to our friends at Verizon.  You can purchase this mid-tier 4G LTE slider next week on October 13.  Pricing has not been announced, but we are expecting or assuming at least, that it will swing in around the $149 mark on 2-year contract.

We have full specs (again) for you below, as well as the user manual and some side shots.   (more…)

Full Specs for the Samsung Stratosphere, Comparisons to Other Devices as Well

When the Samsung Stratosphere first popped up on DL, most of us had fingers an toes crossed that it would be Verizon’s Galaxy SII variant.  We now know that not to be the case and will instead see a device more on-par with the Epic 4G on Sprint than anything.  That doesn’t mean it is a total flop though – remember that there is a pretty good sized group of people that cannot live without a physical keyboard and also want 4G LTE.  This will be their option, for now.

We just received the comparison specs sheets for the device from our friends at Verizon, so that those interested can get an idea as to what they might expect when the device launches on October 6.  What we have is a single-core 1GHz processor, Android 2.3, 1.3MP front camera, 5MP rear camera, 512MB of RAM, 4″ Super AMOLED display, and 4G LTE capabilities.

Verizon is calling it a “mid-tier” option, so we can hope that means it will come in around a $149.99 price point.   (more…)

Exclusive: First Pictures of the Motorola XOOM 2 (Updated)

So far we have had a couple of rumors about a follow-up to Motorola’s original XOOM, but nothing too substantial other than a mention of the name “XOOM 2″ tucked deep in a site redesign.  Today, we may change that with pictures of what we believe to be Moto’s next big tablet, the MZ617 aka the XOOM 2.

Our sources tell us that the device is similar in weight to the original XOOM, has an HDMI and micro USB port on the bottom, big physical flush buttons on the back, a SIM card slot (LTE we’re assuming), and no SD slot at first glance. From looking at the pictures, we can gather that it has a front camera, a blue rear camera housing that reads “HD”, and appears to have a 10.1″ screen.  Oh, and those new angled corners certainly remind us of the Photon 4G or the “DROID HD” – must be Moto’s new design theme.

No word on processor, although we would hope for something quad-core.

There doesn’t appear to be specific carrier branding, but with the SIM card slot you have to assume that it’ll be tied to at least one if not all of the major players.  Hopefully Moto has it figured out this time and releases the WiFi version first though.

A look at the backside after the break.   (more…)

RadioShack Expecting the HTC Vigor on October 20, Stratosphere on October 6

Last night we got a random tip suggesting that the HTC Vigor was to be rebranded as the DROID Incredible HD and would be out on October 13.  Whether that date and name are legit remains to be seen, but we know now that RadioShack is at least expecting to see the device as the “Vigor” on October 20. Well, via direct fill anyway.  And if that is indeed the case, then I would say that Verizon must be planning a pre-order for it that week?  Something to consider.  Just over a month away, folks.

And as to not shun the Epic 4G Samsung Stratosphere, we should point out that it also made The Shack’s list and is expected to be available via d-fill on October 6.  So much for this being a slow Fall?

Cheers ___!