It's been the source of much clamor: the best smartphone on the States' best network. And today the clamor finally became official. Aside from an integrated tethering function, everything about the Verizon iPhone is the same as its AT&T brother.
At Verizon's CES press conference, we got a full look at the range of devices that'll use VZW's new 4G network (for more info on the confusing world of 4G, check out our explainer). The phones and tablets are definitely of a type, exclusively running Android, but they all look pretty solid. They're more important because they'll be your way in to next-gen, super-fast mobile speed.
The legions of CES tablet wannabes can give up now: Motorola just killed it with their much-rumored Xoom tablet, an iPad-sized black slab whose beauty is within, in its Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. Designed by Google from the ground-up with touchscreen tablets in mind, it's the first software experience that looks like it can go toe-to-toe with Apple's iOS.
Almost every high-profile smart phone to be unveiled at CES this week boasts a super-fast "4G" network connection. But depending on the carrier, "4G" can mean many different things. Here's the breakdown.
It's that time of year again--when the electronics megacorporations, the big box retailers, the Chinese wholesalers, the media companies and so many more descend on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. Big splashers like Google and Apple are perennial no-shows, but it's here where the trends in mainstream gadgets are solidified for the year. Click on for a guide to what to expect this week in our live coverage.
Samsung's Android-running Galaxy Tab tablet just popped up at Sprint, where (unlike at Verizon) you'll have the option to sign up for a two-year contract in exchange for a $200 price cut, down to $400.
As we watch the future of the internet drastically moving toward wireless broadband access, a joint policy proposal by Verizon and Google could spell doom for openness on anything but the traditional wired web
Google and Verizon announced a joint vision for the future of net neutrality this afternoon--a plan that may wield significant influence in the ever-intensifying debate over who controls the internet and its content. The plan calls for strictly regulated openness for today's wireline broadband--the DSL or cable internet you likely have at home. But for wireless networks (read: the future), the story is different.
At first glance the just-announced Verizon Droid X by Motorola looks a ton like Sprint's HTC EVO 4G, and at second glance the two handsets are more or less comparable (save for the EVO's 4G connectivity, which doesn't do most of the country any good, anyway).
Besides world peace and a visit from the Publishers Clearing House van, the one thing I want in life is an always-on Internet connection—and, I want it affordably. More specifically, I want always accessible, reasonably priced, quick and dependable wireless Internet. After all, my broadband connection through the cable company is technically always on, but it's worthless once I walk out of the house. It stands to reason, then, that only a mobile provider will ever be capable of fulfilling this wish.
It dawned on me while on vacation recently that I actually already have what I've always wanted. The problem is that it's a last-generation definition of what Internet access is and needs to be.