Nokia is trying incredibly hard to get back on their feet in hopes their new device will astound consumers with a low pricing point. The Nokia Astound will be priced at $79.99 and be available in April. Although it will be running the Symbian OS, it comes with some powerful specs and features that come standard on any high-end smartphone including an 8 megapixel camera, 3.5-inch amoled display, and 8 GBs of internal memory with external microSD card support. I don’t know about you, but being able to get features that even the iPhone 4 can’t beat for less than half the price sounds pretty astounding to me.
LG and T-Mobile are making plenty of heads turn this year at CTIA. They’ve recently announced the availability of the G2x which comes with Android 2.3, a Tegra 2 Dual-core processor, and 4G compatibility. The new smartphone is identical to the LG Optimus 2x (both in specs and design), but comes back rebranded under T-Mobile with some increased capabilities. I’m sure you’ve heard of rumors about T-Mobile merging with AT&T, but any plans won’t effect the launch of this device or others for quite a while. The G2X is scheduled to be released later this spring and we expect it to cost around a couple hundred whenever it drops.
If you’re one of the many that lack the self control to not answer that phone call or take a look at that text message while driving, Sprint may have come out with the perfect app for you. Sprint’s Drive First app, recently unveiled at CTIA, detects when your phone is in motion and will automatically send your incoming calls to voicemail in an effort to make sure you keep your eyes on the road. This new app will also block text-message alerts and even auto-respond to the message sender that the driver is currently unavailable. After 30 seconds of no motion, the app will automatically allow calls and texts again. Read more
Tablets are quickly redefining the entire wireless market, and the Blackberry Playbook is going to be no exception. Watch the video of the live demo from CTIA 2011 and you'll quickly notice why. This ultra-portable tablet looks and feels great, measuring less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound. It also features a vivid 7-inch high-resolution display that is highly-responsive with a fluid touch screen experience, web browsing with support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, true multitasking, HD multimedia, advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a robust development environment. As if Blackberry couldn't get any smoother.
It seems like Sprint and HTC are generating plenty of buzz with their new eye-popping devices. Built with the Gingerbread (2.3) version of Android, HTC EVO 3D features America's first QHD 3D 4.3-inch display and a powerful 1.2 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® dual-core processor. HTC EVO 3D also features dual 5 megapixel cameras, which can be used to capture both high-quality conventional and stunning 3D images and videos. I'm sure you'll hear much more about the EVO in the coming months, but until that time, enjoy our quick demo video of the device at CTIA.