Downloading data with the AT&T iPhone, which runs on a 3G HSPDA network, is twice as fast as downloads with the Verizon iPhone, which runs on EVDO, according to mobile research firm Metrico Wireless. But the average load time for an "average Web page" is the same on both devices.
When the iPhone user is on the move, AT&T's iPhone completed "around 10 percent more data download sessions than the Verizon iPhone. The opposite was true when the iPhone was stationary," Metrico found.
"There are many factors that determine Web performance. Speed isn't the only one," a Metrico spokeswoman said. "There's also OS trends, rendering time, latency on the network, etc. This report's findings are based on a standardized average Web page. Larger Web pages may offer different results."
As expected, Apple introduced the world to the iPhone 3GS this morning during their WWDC 2009 keynote. It looks the same as the current iPhone 3G, glossy back and all, but is much faster. Heck, the S in 3GS stands for “speed” even. We are talking about messaging 2.1x faster, SimCity bring 2.4x faster, viewing an Excel file being 3.6x faster, and loading NY Times being 2.9x faster. Nice!
7.2Mbps HSDPA is now supported in the iPhone 3GS, which means cell connectivity will be twice as fast as well. Aside from speed, you also now have a 3 megapixel camera built-in, which supports autofocus by tapping on an area, as well as auto white balance and auto macro shots. The iPhone 3GS also supports video, which will record at 30fps VGA, and is editable right on the iPhone 3GS. After editing, you can share directly to YouTube, MobileMe, email, or even MMS. You also get a built-in magnetometer compass, Nike+ support, and a very nice voice control feature that will dial people, as well as allow you to control music playback just by talking to the phone.
The iPhone 3GS goes on sale on June 19th, and can be pre-ordered now. It will cost $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for 32GB. These prices only apply to new and end-of-contract customers. If you are a current iPhone 3G customer, you may have to pay up to $599 for the 16GB model, and $699 for the 32GB. Ouch.
It’s Dick Tracy time with Orange’s touch watch/phone. Aside from its full touchscreen interface, the LG G910 has 3G HSDPA, video calling capabilities, a built-in MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity and comes with its own headset. Orange is part of France Telecom which has over 177 million customers and Europe will be the first to enjoy the wearable phone. No exact date or price was mentioned but after reading their press release, the company is undoubtedly going after the higher end customer.
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HTC has two new upgrades. The 107.85 x 53.1 x 13.7mm Touch Diamond2 has a 3.2-inch WVGA screen, GPS, HSDPA, Wifi, a 5 megapixel cam with auto-focus support for most audio and video files and a Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU at 528 MHz. The 116 x 59.2 x 17.25mm Touch Pro2 has the same CPU a 3.6-inch WVGA display, HSDPA, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a QWERTY keyboard. Both will run Windows Mobile 6.1.
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We just got our hands on a Palm Treo Pro, which we are in the process of
reviewing. Before we hit you up with the review of this Windows Mobile 6.1-based smartphone, we figured we’d get you a bunch of images of the good. One thing I can say for certain, I like the build quality of the device, and it feels nice and solid in the hand. Stay tuned for the full review, but for now, enjoy our Palm Treo Pro unboxing gallery.
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Novatel has just announced the future release of their new MiFi 3G portable hotspot, and we are officially excited. Using the MiFi, you’ll be able to grab the signal from your EV-DO Rev. A or HSPA account, and share it over Wi-Fi to a group. For example, you can hit up Starbucks with two buddies, break out the MiFi, and all three of you can hit the Internet without paying for Starbucks Wi-Fi three times. The MiFi device itself looks just as awesome as its usage scenarios, as it just as long and wide as a credit card, and isn’t really that tall. Novatel is also touting that the battery will last for 4 hours when used actively, and 40 hours when on standby. Nice.
Mark our words - we are going to be keeping an eye on the news leading up to the Novatel MiFi official release. Expect to see if available for purchase in for first half of 2009.
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ASUS announced that they would soon be releasing a smartphone with a touch interface and a whopping 800MHz of processing goodness. ASUS is featuring a new touch interface they have named “Glide,” which overlays the Windows Mobile operating system. The P565 features not only speed, but a 2.8-inch VGA touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 640. The face is what you would expect for a touchscreen device, but what you cannot see is the leather that lines the back of the device, clearly aiming it for a business environment. The P565 incorporates Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, GPS, 256MB of flash, with 128MB DDR SDRAM, an SD slot, Blutooth, a 3 megapixel camera, and supports HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900, Class 10. No word yet on price or when it will launch, but it certainly should be a very capable device once it comes to market.
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The new AT&T Samsung Epix i907 has been showing up in AT&T stores recently as expected. The phone is basically a Blackjack, but benefits from a touch screen incorporating Haptic feedback, a QWERTY keyboard and optical mouse. The phone uses Windows Mobile 6.1 for the Core OS and supports 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz HSDPA 3G networks and carries a built-in GPS. The i907 also incorporates a microSD slot, 2 megapixel camera, and costs $199 with a 2 year contract. If the iPhone isn’t your thing because tactile QWERTY keyboard is needed, this may be for you.
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If you are a T-Mobile customer and happen to live in Vegas, you will be happy to know that T-Mo’s 3G network just launched in your region. So, if your phone is capable is hitting up 3G speeds, get ready for a nice, enhanced speed boost. For all the rest of you on T-Mobile, we know it sucks that only NYC and Vegas get 3G, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, as the company expects to drop 3G on another 20 markets before the end of the year, along with a few new phones to take advantage of it all.
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Due to be released this summer is the Blackberry Bold. The smartphone features a 624MHz Intel PXA270 processor, a fully redesigned QWERTY keyboard, 3G HSDPA connectivity, and a HVGA 480 x 320 pixels TFT LCD with 65,000 colors. As with previous Blackberrys, the Bold has cam and video recording, social networking, GPS with maps and turn-by-turn directions, Wifi and Bluetooth capability, IM, e-mail, and BlackBerry Media Sync to transfer desktop iTunes music files.
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