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iPhone 4S teardown

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone 4S teardown

As is customary, the folks at iFixIt have gotten ahold of the iPhone 4S a day early, and they've posted a teardown gallery that shows off all the innards of the Apple smartphone. Click on over and take a look at the craftmanship.


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Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 set to launch October 19

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Rumors, Software

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Android fans, set forward your alarm clocks next Monday: the rumored Nexus Prime (or, Galaxy Nexus) is rumored to be launching on October 19!

According to Engadget, Google and Samsung will unveil the so-called Nexus Prime on Oct. 19 during All Things Digital's first Asia conference in Hong Kong. Android VP Andry Rubin and Samsung EVP of product marketing Won-Pyo Hong will be in attendance.

Rumors about the Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus?), Google's third Nexus smartphone, have been circulating all year long. According to the latest rumors, it'll come with a curved glass touch-screen display, Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and support for 4G LTE networks.

Click to continue reading Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 set to launch October 19


Turns out texting while driving is even more dangerous than we thought

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Transportation

Texting and drivingIn case you need and more proof that you shouldn't be texting while driving (or really, doing anything at all with your smartphone,) it's just been found that the practice is more dangerous than originally thought:

Drivers were asked to stop when they saw a flashing yellow light, and their reaction times were recorded, Yager said.

The typical time it took a driver who was not texting to respond to the flashing light was one to two seconds. But when the driver was texting, the reaction time extended to three to four seconds, and the texting motorist was 11 times more likely to miss the flashing light altogether.
Yager said the reaction time was the same whether the driver was typing a message or reading one.

One in five motorists admit to texting, emailing, and checking social networks while driving.


Apple sells over 1 million iPhone 4S pre-orders in 24 hours

1 million iPhone 4s preorders

This morning Apple announced that it had sold over 1 million iPhone 4S smartphones within the first 24 hours that they were available for pre-order. No matter how you look at it, this is a monstrous number, and crushes last year's iPhone 4 figures, which were "only" 600,000 on the first day. These 1 million pre-orders obviously don't include all the folks who'll be lining up at Apple, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint locations this Friday to buy the iPhone 4S directly. The device goes on sale at retail locations at 8:00 am on October 14th.

This is a shout-out to all the media who were calling the iPhone 4S underwhelming and disappointing--apparently over a million consumers disagree.


Another midnight iPhone pre-order fiasco

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone pre-order fail

With the fifth iPhone launch looming, you'd think that five years would be enough time for major companies like Apple and AT&T to get this stuff working. You'd think. Unfortunately, when the iPhone 4S pre-orders were supposed to start at 12:01am PDT today, it took about 40 minutes before Apple's online store came back online, and things quickly went downhill from there. While Verizon customers seemed to be able to make purchases with ease, and even Sprint's site held up well despite some slowness, AT&T's systems continually crashed and burned until Apple threw in the towel and implemented a reservation system two hours later so that people could reserve a device and get to bed, coming back later to complete the transaction.

Here's looking to next year's improvements...we hope!


Google and Samsung delay Android 4.0, Galaxy Nexus event out of respect for Steve Jobs

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

In what can be described only as a truly classy move, Google and Samsung have decided to delay the launch event for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The event was originally scheduled to happen on October 11 at CTIA, three days before the launch of the iPhone 4S, and one day before the launch of iOS 5 and iCloud:

"Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11. Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product. We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course."

"We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs's passing."

Nice job, guys.


Confirmed: Sprint offering unlimited data on iPhone 4, iPhone 4S

Sprint logoOne of the big news items coming out of Apple's Let's Talk iPhone event yesterday was that Sprint is finally going to be carrying the iPhone. In fact, not only will the iPhone 4S be available on the nation's third-largest carrier, but the $99 iPhone 4 will also be sold as well. Today we get news that Sprint has confirmed that it'll be offering unlimited data plans.

“We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein. Sprint’s $69.99 plan includes unlimited data and 450 voice minutes as well as unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Unlimited calling and data costs $99 a month.

This makes Sprint the only US carrier to currently offer the iPhone alongside an unlimited data plan, as both Verizon and AT&T have caps in place for anyone who isn't grandfathered in on an unlimited plan. If you're wanted to pick up a new iPhone and want to make sure you've got unlimited data, Sprint's looking might fine right now.


Video: Watch the Apple iPhone 4S event now!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Videos

Let's Talk iPhone video

In case you didn't hear, Apple announced the iPhone 4S this morning at its Let's Talk iPhone event. If you missed the chatter, don't fret--Apple's posted a video of the entire event for you to watch and enjoy at your leisure. Click on through to see Tim Cook and crew do their best to get you excited about the next Apple smartphone.


How to trade in your iPhone for cash and cover the cost of the iPhone 4S!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Hot Deals

Trade in iPhone

Now that the iPhone 4S has been announced, we figured we'd share how you can get cash for your old model that you can use to put towards the cost of the new one. Did you know that, in most cases, you can get more for your iPhone than what you originally paid for it (if it's a recent model?) The reason is that you likely bought your device with a two-year contract, but when you sell it, the buyer is getting it contract free. For example, Amazon trade-in is offering me $342.50 for my like-new $299 32 GB iPhone 4 that I own. That's enough money to upgrade to a 32 GB iPhone 4S, and is just a little under what I'd need to get a 64 GB model.

Sound good? Here are a few services you can use to trade in your old iPhone (or any other gadgets!):

Gazelle: The easiest of the bunch, they'll even send you a pre-paid label and box to ship your stuff in!
Amazon Trade-in: Offers higher trade-in value than Gazelle, but only pays you in Amazon credit

Of course, there's always eBay and Craigslist, but Gazelle and Amazon are two ways to get quick, guaranteed cash for your old stuff.


iPhone 4 now $99

iPhone 4 $99

Amongst all the other news from the Apple Let's Talk iPhone event, centered on the new iPhone 4S, is the fact that the iPhone 4 has dropped in price to $99 with contract. Yeah, we know that the iPhone 4S is now the new hotness, but seriously--the iPhone 4 at $99 is still a fantastic phone. Oh, and if you're on Sprint, you'll be able to get both the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 soon as well!


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