Yesterday, somewhere around mid-day, just as Google and Motorola were pushing out all sorts of new pages for the Nexus 6, Moto 360, G Watch R, and a bundle of accessories, Verizon was announcing a new tablet – the Ellipsis 8. No one noticed, of course, because the Ellipsis line of tablets isn’t exactly meant to dominate headlines. Like the Ellipsis 7 before it, the Ellipsis 8 is a super cheap tablet, with low-end specs, that’s meant to get a first-time tablet owner to buy one as an add-on to their MORE Everything plan. You see, Verizon, in this competitive wireless industry, is hoping that tablet add-ons and other connected devices will be the
new money-grabbing, pocket-padding, billion-dollar frontier…err future of tech fun! (more…)
The DROID brand deserves the majority of credit for the amount of early success that the Android operating system had in 2009 and 2010. From the original Motorola DROID to the original DROID Incredible, this was the brand of phones that people flocked to if they wanted a phone outside of the iPhone, not just because of a great marketing campaign, but because these were top of the line phones. Ask most of the readers on this site which phone got them started on Android, and you shouldn’t be surprised to hear them say, “The OG DROID.” It’s an iconic phone that helped launch Android to the top.
But as the years have flown by, the DROID brand’s popularity has diminished, largely due to the Samsung Galaxy takeover and other competitors focusing on releasing a single flagship phone across all carriers. DROID has always been there, but it doesn’t seem to have been given the attention it had in early years. The DROID brand, since 2011, has become watered down, stale, and if I’m being honest, kind of annoying, leaving it with little influence.
And then came the DROID Turbo, a device that beats almost every other phone spec-for-spec, has ditched the red robotic eye and obnoxious “Drooooooooooid!” sounds, and doesn’t look like the Terminator designed it. It’s still a bit flashy depending on the color you choose, but it feels durable, can probably take a bullet, and is a serious competitor in a crowded space. It also might be the DROID phone you have been looking for, after all these years.
This is our DROID Turbo review. (more…)
Last month, the Google Voice team announced that they had expanded MMS support to nearly 100 North American carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. As you all know, Verizon wasn’t included in the list, for whatever reason. Google’s Alex Wiesen mentioned in their announcement that they were “big fans of text messaging interoperability” and that non-participating carriers should reach out for help on gaining the functionality, which some took as a subtle jab at Big Red. (more…)
An HTC-made tablet stopped by the FCC yesterday under ID NM80P82300, one we are assuming is the LTE-ready version of the Nexus 9. As you may have noticed, the LTE version of the Nexus 9 hasn’t gone up for sale yet, nor have we been given a release date. This could be the reason why. As Google learned with the Nexus Player, you can’t sell a product unless it has been given the green light from the FCC. (more…)
Verizon unveiled the Employee Edition of the DROID Turbo on its website today, showing off an exclusive to folks who are currently employed by Big Red. Priced a tad cheaper than the regular models at $99 on-contract and $499 off contract, the Turbo Employee Edition features what appears to be a smooth black kevlar backside, with special “Limited Edition” branding and serial number attached to the back near the camera. (more…)
As carriers have introduced Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) throughout 2014, the days of real HD Voice calling are almost upon us. That is, as soon as carriers start working together. AT&T and Verizon are the first to announce that they will soon have VoLTE interoperability between their customers. (more…)
A US availability date for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has been announced this morning by Samsung as November 14. Well, they expect that it will begin arriving in carrier stores (Sprint is one) around that time – except at AT&T. AT&T announced availability this morning, as well, giving us a firm November 7 date for the arrival of this interesting device in select stores.
Other carriers will likely announce availability at any moment, so when that happens, we will update this post. (more…)
On Friday, Verizon joined AT&T in announcing that a couple of their data plans would now include more data at the same price. Their $80 and $100 MORE Everything plans are jumping up to 10GB and 15GB of data per month, respectively. Previously, the $80 plan came with just 6GB of data, while the $100 plan had 10GB. (more…)