Yes, not every phone is perfect. And while the Droid X is going under every sites check list, some handsets are suffering from something more serious than sub-par software: a major defect in it’s 4.3 inch screen.
A small amount of early adopters have reported (and shown on YouTube) that either their screens will flicker at an amazingly fast (and unusable) rate, or the bottom half of the screen simply fails to show anything.
Verizon and Motorola have acknowledged that some handsets do have an issue, but it has already been fixed in units shipping currently. For those who are experiencing the issue, you can call Verizon and expect a replacement unit. “Motorola has resolved the issue and is continuing to ship the phones. Any consumer who experiences a flickering or banding display should contact a Motorola customer support center or Verizon Wireless,” a Verizon Wireless spokesperson told Engadget.
There were all sorts of new devices shown at CES 2010, but only a few brought huge innovation to the table.
Many new 3-D televisions were introduced at CES such as the Panasonic TC-P50 VT25. Now you can watch Avatar 3-D in your living room.
The Motorola Backflip was introduced, It’s a nice cute phone that has unique features like a backflip keyboard and a touchscreen sensor on the back. It runs Android 1.5 and can be upgraded to 2.1. Its price and carrier will be announced at a later date.
Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid is a netbook-like device with a detachable 11.6 in LED tablet screen all in one unit. The screen has a core processor, therefore making it a seperate entity from the laptop when it is detached. You can use the tablet to use touchscreen features when you use certain applications and even use it as an e-book reader. The price is $999.
Tivit Mobile TV Receiver takes air signal and turns it into Wi-Fi so you can watch TV-channels right on your phone when you’re on the go. It is compatible with the iphone, itouch, blackberries, android phones and PCs. It will be available in March and will cost you around $100.
Intel Wireless Display lets you output your computer screen to a larger display via wireless. The product is simply a Netgear box.
AT&T will soon be getting some phones in Android flavor, thanks to this year’s CES.
Dell has announced it’s Mini 3 smartphone, and expects for it to ship in the first half of 201o to AT&T.
The device will most likely carry the specs of a 3.5-inch 640×360 display, Bluetooth, 3 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, microSD, and GPS.
AT&T themselves have stated that they’ll be launching a total of 5 new android devices for 2010, which will come from Motorola, Dell (mentioned above) and HTC. The Motorola device has a “unique form factor”, and running Blur. HTC will have three devices, one of them being an exclusive deal with AT&T. But hey, that could just mean a case redesign….
Side note: Since Android is coming to AT&T, could this be the end of AT&T and Apple’s exclusivity deal? Uh oh…
Motorola is releasing their antidote to the iPhone sickness with the DROID. The Droid is an Android phone that will be front and center on Verizon on November 6th for $199 (with a contract). (Funny that Verizon’s CEO stated that Apple’s decision to let the iPhone run on Verizon was all theirs, especially considering Verizon was the first to REJECT the iPhone.)
Android 2.0 will be front and center, along with Visual Voicemail, a 3.7-inch display (854 x 480 resolution), 5 megapixel camera (with dual-LED flash), a bundled 16GB memory card and a beta version of Google Maps Navigation. There’s also a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3G, WiFi, voice-activated search and over-the-air Amazon MP3 downloads.
We heard earlier this year that Motorola was making an Android phone for T-Mobile. The rumor was definitely true. Motorola introduced its first Android (1.5 cupcake) phone: Cliq.
This touchscreen smartphone includes a lot of features such as : MotionBlur, new widgets, HTML Google browser, Google maps, Picasa, Google Voice Search, Gtalk, e_mail client, and QuickOffice Suite. It has 3G capabilities, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone comes preloaded with Amazon mp3 store, Youtube, Shazam, LastFM, and Imeem. Not only that, it streams updates from Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace on your home page. Rated talk time is 6 hours and up to 13.5 days of standby time.
The Motorola Cliq will come to T-Mobile later this fall.
Can the Moto Cliq stand up to the iPhone or even the Pre? They have got lots of competition ahead of them.
Motorola has spilled some very unappetizing beans with its first quarter results. The company missed its projected sales figure of $5.62 billion, posting $5.4 billion, $1.8 billion of which were in its handsets division. The cellphone space is where the company seems to be hurting the most — sales were down 45 percent there — though some projections had it faring worse than that. Overall, Moto’s looking at a $291 million loss, or $0.13 a share, which, even in this economy, can’t be the greatest of news.
On the bright side, during the earnings briefing, CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed that Motorola will indeed introduce “differentiated Android-based devices” in time for the holiday season this year. Hooray for that, anyway!