If for some reason our reviews weren’t enough to help you make your next smartphone or tablet purchase, feel free to check out this new video series that Verizon uploaded this morning. Each video runs about 2-minutes long and covers all of the top features of their most popular smartphones. You’ll see highlights for the Note 2, RAZR HD, DNA, Galaxy S3, etc. (more…)
In 2012, we saw the Android smartphone world reach heights that I don’t imagine many predicted. On a spec front, 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, 2GB of RAM, HD displays, longer battery lives, and incredibly thin bodies. It seems like just yesterday that we were asking DL readers if they had a dual-core or single-core phone, yet here we are, with dual-core phones already becoming a thing of the past.
On a manufacturer front, 2012 was the year that Samsung proved that it really was the only big fish in a bowl full of minnows. We saw Motorola kick off its life as a Google-owned company, HTC struggle to make money even while releasing amazing phones, and LG take its turn as the face of the Nexus phone program.
In this post, I thought we’d talk a bit about all of that by listing out my top 10 phones of the year. (more…)
Verizon launched a new holiday promotion this morning, one that includes $50 discounts on two of their more popular phones, the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. Normally priced at $199 and $299 on contract, the RAZR HD can be had for $149 with the RAZR MAXX HD dropping in at $249 (on new 2-year contract). If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our review of these phones.
We’re also seeing discounts to the Incredible 4G LTE ($49) and DROID RAZR M ($49).
Back in August, we talked about a root checker that Motorola had built into devices like the RAZR and RAZR MAXX. To see if a device was rooted or had been rooted in the past, all you had to do was boot into recovery and look towards the middle of the screen for “qe” in yellow lettering followed by a 0/0, 0/1, or 1/1. If a “1″ was included at all, that meant your device had either been rooted before or was currently rooted. It was a sneaky move, to say the least. (more…)
Earlier this week, we wrote that Verizon was starting to push out the Jelly Bean update to owners of the RAZR HD and MAXX HD, but it was in small batches. This morning, it seems to be a wider push and we have a lot of readers writing in to say they are getting the update. With the update, owners will be able to take advantage of Google Now, enhanced notifications, Project Butter, and an improved keyboard. Beyond that, Verizon and Motorola also improved voice and data connectivity, the user experience in the calendar, and Back Up Assistant. They removed Verizon Video and Color application, but added in the suite of Amazon apps.
Go grab it!
The update is 276MB in size.
Cheers Erick, and Lee!
To help manage the massive notification light on devices like the RAZR HD, Motorola has created a Notification Light Widget that can be downloaded from Google Play for free. It’s about as simple as it sounds – tap it to turn your notification light off, tap it again to turn it back on. It should work for other devices as well, even those not made by Motorola. And even if your device has a way to turn this off through Settings, this is a quicker shortcut that can be applied to a home screen.
This morning, DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD owners are waking up to Jelly Bean. Verizon has started to push out build number 9.1.41 to devices in batches, as usual. With the update, owners will be able to take advantage of Google Now, enhanced notifications, Project Butter, and an improved keyboard. Beyond that, Verizon and Motorola also improved voice and data connectivity, the user experience in the calendar, and Back Up Assistant. They removed Verizon Video and Color application, but added in the suite of Amazon apps.
The update is 276MB in size.
Cheers Michael, Carlos, Craig, Jason, and Justin!
The Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update for the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD has been approved by Verizon as build 9.1.41. With a soak test scheduled to start any day now, we can’t imagine that the rollout of the update to all owners of the device will be far behind.
As expected, the update includes all of the new Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now, better notifications, an improved keyboard, better Voice Search, Project Butter, and more. Beyond that, Verizon and Motorola also improved voice and data connectivity, the user experience in the calendar, and Back Up Assistant (ugh). They removed Verizon Video and Color application, but added in the suite of Amazon apps.
Update: Verizon has announced the update, confirming that it starts next week “in phases.”
The update is 276MB in size. (more…)