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Old 02-11-2011, 03:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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These up-and-comers from the smartphone world will redefine the boundaries of mobile computing with full HD video playback, dual-core processors, and more.
LG Optimus 2x

We’re sick of the iPhone, too. Despite antenna issues, Draconian app store rules and an engineered inability to run Flash content, Apple’s flagship smartphone has done to the smartphone market what the Romans once did to Europe.

The good news: Now a marauding horde of smartphone manufacturers under the flag of Google Android are back for their turf, and they’re not just cobbling together iPhone-wannabes anymore. From the world’s first dual-screen smartphone to a phone with all the processing power of a laptop - and a dock that turns it into one - these next-generation smartphones will all bring something totally unique to the battlefield when they arrive soon.
LG Optimus 2x

The pitch: Two is always better than one, which makes the LG Optimus 2x, the world’s first dual-core smartphone, quite a catch. Nvidia’s hotrod Tegra 2 processor enables rich gaming, fluid multitasking and even 1080p video capture. With the HDMI output, you can hook it up to your TV and watch movies on the big screen, in 1080p.

Skeptic’s slant: Apps have to be specially developed to take advantage of the dual-core design, which means few of them will really tap into what the Optimus 2x can do at launch.

Availability: Rumors have the Optimus 2x launching in late March or early April, but LG will launch the Optimus 2x as a “world phone.” That means it won’t be showing up at the store down the street with a hefty subsidy like phones that carriers officially adopt – you’ll have to snag it online, without a contract, for a hefty sum.

Motorola Atrix 4G

More from DigitalTrends.com:

Guide to the Motorola Atrix

Samsung teases with supersized Infuse 4G

1080p gaming on LG’s Optimus 2x


Motorola Atrix 4G

The pitch: Plug Motorola’s Atrix 4G into its optional dock and the humble smartphone becomes a 13-inch notebook, giving you a full-size screen, keyboard, and even a separate battery to charge the phone as it sits.

Skeptic’s slant: The optional laptop dock will cost you $500, and because it doesn’t run Windows 7, it does a lot less than a $350 netbook would.

Availability: AT&T will open the Atrix 4G for preorder on February 13, and begin shipping units March 6 or earlier. The phone itself runs for $199 with a two-year contract.
Kyocera Echo
Kyocera Echo

The pitch: When the Echo’s little 3.5-inch touchscreen starts to feel a little cramped, slide it apart and a second identical screen rises up to meet it, providing a combined 4.7 inches of glowing LCD. The two screens allow you to browse side-by-side websites, read an e-mail in one screen while you reply in another, and even play games like The Sims where one screen acts as a controller, similar to the Nintendo DS.

Skeptic’s slant: Not many apps will work with the dual-screen functionality right off the bat, and running two screens at once will cost you big time on battery life.

Availability: Sprint will offer the Echo for preorder within the next few weeks for $199 with contract, but it won’t begin shipping until spring.
Samsung Infuse 4G
Samsung Infuse 4G

The pitch: With a whopping 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus Screen and a body as deep as a pencil, the Infuse 4G will be both the largest and thinnest phone in AT&T’s portfolio. Thanks to HSPA+ 4G, it will also be one of the fastest on the network. And did we mention it shoots 1080p video?

Skeptic’s slant: Sprint’s 4.3-inch EVO 4G already dropped jaws (and stretched pockets) with its screen size. Is a 4.5-inch screen on a phone really practical?

Availability: Samsung’s Infuse 4G will arrive in the second quarter of 2011 exclusively on AT&T.
HTC ThunderBolt
HTC ThunderBolt

The pitch: Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset will also be the first to support Skype-to-Skype video - with or without Wi-Fi. No more clambering around to find a hotspot when you want to videoconference, and being limited to friends with Facetime. It packs the same jumbo-sized 4.3-inch LCD and 8-megapixel camera as Sprint’s EVO 4G.

Skeptic’s slant: It’s warmed-over EVO 4G on Verizon. On second thought, maybe that’s not such a bad thing after all.

Availability: Rumors once pointed to a Valentine’s Day release, but the latest leaked documents now show “no ETA.”
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Right, that's it I am lodging a complaint with the WTF commission sub comity on technology about this.

OK mobile phones (smart phones) there is 3 basic functions a phone in the early 21st century should provide - Voice, SMS and Email you can do that with a cheep processor and minimal ram and a microSD card slot for storage of data. When it comes to having the power of laptop in your pocket that isn't running a full OS there is something inherently wrong with the design and consumer base as a whole.

If I had to dicate the design features for a "Smart Phone" this is what I would want other than the 3 basics I outlined above -
2.5 - 3in screen
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1 5mp camera on the back no useless vid chat camera on the front.
Decent email suite that can spell check.
And a OS that isn't android, or the iphoneOS or mobile windows.

I am sorry but phones that are becoming laptops that are less practical than the popes meat and two veg is winding me up.
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I have a nokia 1600 and I'm sticking with it.

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yeah i think that quote missed the mark a bit... the romans definitely had better coverage than AT&T.
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yeah i think that quote missed the mark a bit... the romans definitely had better coverage than AT&T.
I am still amazed at how fast they could send a message from Judaia to Hadrians wall 1 week if i am remembering right that's ****ing impressive for 2000 years ago in anybody's book.
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Idk about you guys but whenever I had my smart phones I was really tired of how slow that crap was. Having something dual core in my pocket that won't lag when I scroll down a browser menu would be nice.

Look at the Roman quote from a different perspective, they are right.
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Idk about you guys but whenever I had my smart phones I was really tired of how slow that crap was. Having something dual core in my pocket that won't lag when I scroll down a browser menu would be nice.

Look at the Roman quote from a different perspective, they are right.
Current high end smartphones are already lag free. I was planning on upgrading to the Motorola Atrix but the more I think about it it doesn't seem worth the money. Everything on my Captivate is already blazing fast, the Atrix's screen would be a downgrade, and if past Motorola phones are any indication I would likely be giving up the ability to run custom rom's.

As much as I dislike Apple I do think they changed the direction of smartphones for the better. I never would have spent the extra money to get something like a Blackberry or one of old Symbain phones like a E63 but IMO the current top of the line Android/iPhone/WP7 phones are well worth the money for someone who wants email/web access on the go. In a lot of situations my Captivate has actually managed to replace my netbook, it's so much easier to pull your phone out to check a web page or view a pdf than it is to get out a laptop, find a place to sit it, and wait for it to start up.
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I have played with almost every top end phone and I can find a way to make them lag doing everyday things I normally would do on my phone. The biggest culprit being multitasking.
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I just think they need to re-think interfaces and do more code optimizations. They are bloating apps for phones almost as bad as regular operating systems. Some devs have it in thier mind they are developing for a full quad core desktop pc when they are really developing for an underpowered phone.

and sometimes these silly gestures you need to do for some things take longer then just having a menu for the action.
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I have played with almost every top end phone and I can find a way to make them lag doing everyday things I normally would do on my phone. The biggest culprit being multitasking.
I own what was until very recently the fastest Android phone and with a good Froyo ROM it's completely lag free. I imagine the Nexus S would be even faster since it has Gingerbread which was optimized for Hummingbird processors.
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