Bad news for those who thought they were going to get the Nextbit Robin smartphone for Sprint and Verizon customers. Nextbit announced that they have decided to cancel plans to launch a CDMA version. Originally, Nextbit was not planning to release a CDMA version. Due to high customer demand, the company decided to try to launch a CDMA version when they started receiving a high influx of user requests.
Nextbit CEO, Tim Moss, said the idea was rushed, and the answers were not clear. The Kickstarter campaign was only 30 days long. The decision to start investigating a CDMA version did not begin until two days into the campaign.
Moss explains that because of the late decision the company was not prepared to meet the demand, “We had to go with the best information we could get before the campaign was over, and over time it turned out that this information was not accurate,”. He goes on further to reveal the cost was much higher than anticipated, from estimated thousands to estimated millions. With little knowledge of when the device would be complete and ready to ship, the company decided to cancel the request altogether.
No need to worry if you already pre-ordered your Nextbit CDMA version. The company has promised to credit each backer their entire pledge including any extras such as accessories and shipping costs. As an added bonus, Nextbit is offering each CDMA backer a 25 percent discount code on one order from the company’s online store.
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T-Mobile’s has come out with their first Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It is a good piece of hardware, but it doesn’t have enough great apps to be compelling. It’s hard to compete with other units like it for a variety of reasons, I feel not having enough apps is the largest one. The iPad makes it difficult to set itself aside from the others. Sprint also has its own version that actually came out two weeks ago, but just last week had the chance to play with this version. Both are part of the same line of device and make up the first true tablet competitors to the iPad. I will say this, this unit is sort of a new breed, because unlike the iPad, they’re truly small and light enough to be used on the go. In any case, they’re well built and worth watching, though they need more custom apps to be truly useful. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is about $399-$599. After playing with the unit I feel that the speed is great, nice camera that takes good pictures, and overall great performance.
This unit has 16GB of internal storage plus a memory card slot and the T-Mobile’s 3G network is very fast and reliable which is key. The Galaxy Tab can’t hit T-Mobile’s maximum HSPA+ speeds of 7Mbps, but its got a healthy 2Mbps on the Galaxy Tab’s HSPA 7.2 modem using the Ookla speed test app. The device also has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and it had no trouble connecting to our WPA2 protected network. There’s no Wi-Fi sharing mode, though, but there’s a USB tethering mode. Looking over the web reports it is documented that some people have achieved 7.0 hours of video playback time, with screen brightness set to automatic. The battery life for the galaxy is shorter than the iPad’s battery life, but Apple’s tablet is larger, thus the larger battery. The Galaxy Tab model runs on Android 2.2. But here’s the biggest problem with the Tab: there is currently one good app for Android tablets. It is the new Wall Street Journal app, and it’s just beautiful, with a ‘virtual newspaper’ look and feel that is far easier and more fun to read than, say, the New York Times’ or the AP’s list format. It is reported that more apps are coming, but who really knows when that is happening.
- Device Specifications
- Screen Size- 7 inches
- Storage Capacity- 16 GB
- Dimensions- 7.48 x 4.74 x 0.7 inches
- Weight- 13.4 oz
- Networking Options- 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 3G
- Email Access- Dedicated email app
Blackberry’s old flip phone was simply not a good product and many of our clients had this unit and it always broke in one way or another. The OS side of the unit worked fairly well with little problems, it was more on the hardware side. The button construction, as well as the flip hinge always seemed to break in one form or another. BVA would also get a lot of feedback that the signal was poor on the phone when other Blackberry’s got full signal. I had the opportunity to play with one last week which was a pleasant surprise and I am sold on it.
Interestingly enough it still was a popular phone for many executives due to the flip feature and the small physical footprint that it has. It does have a 5 Mexa-pixel camera which is pretty slick and has good resolution. The BlackBerry 9670 Flip Phone (Blackberry Style) is for Sprint, the second smartphone from RIM running the new Blackberry 6 OS. It is the first BlackBerry flip phone with a full, four-row QWERTY keyboard. This makes typing on the phone so much easier and the keys are the same size as a regular Blackberry keypad. The clamshell flip phone design is sturdy and polished, an attractive form factor seemingly fitting for a BlackBerry. Unfortunately, the Style does not support Sprint’s 4G WiMax network, instead offering 3G EVDO Rev A and 802.11n for connectivity. The Style comes with two low resolution screens—an external screen showing the clock, waiting message indicators, callerID information or media information when the Style is closed—and an internal screen for normal operation when open.
Effective November 8, 2010 Microsoft kicks off the release of Windows Mobile 7, adding to the number of Exchange-ready phones available to the Business World. Pre-release reviews have been mixed, but even the most negative reviews I’ve seen, seem to see this OS as a serious player. Initially on devices from AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will also have phones, shortly into the next year. Phones will come from manufacturers LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell. For more information on Windows Mobile 7, got to http://www.windowsphone7.com/.
To learn more about our launch lineup, check out the Windows Phone site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx)
If you would also like to check out some mobile apps for the phone you can take a look at this site as well (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx)