Dell Venue Pro unboxing, hands-on and HTC HD7 comparison videos

Here are several videos of a Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 device bought yesterday at a Microsoft Store in the US. As you will see in the first unboxing video the device (or just the battery) is apparently an engineering sample according to the label on the battery. Microsoft and Dell will have some explaining to do here. How come are they selling non-retail products ? Anyway, the second video will give you a quick tour of the device and a closer look at the micro-sd slot. The other videos will show you the Venue Pro going against the HTC HD7 Videos after the break:

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The Dell Venue Pro has a Micro-SD slot

The picture above is a bit small but you cansee that the Dell Venue Pro apparently has a Micro-SD slot hidden behind a warranty void sticker (that was peeled off for this picture). So what does it mean? Well you can now easily void your devices warranty and add a high capacity memory card to your device without disassembling it or maybe just follow Microsoft’s recommendations and don’t do anything..It’s up to you.

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Windows Phone 7 is finally out in the US: Get your device now

The day has finally come and all of you you living in the US can now buy a Windows Phone 7 device (well..unless you are on Sprint or Verizon and don’t want to change carrier). You currently have the choice between 4 handsets: the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro. Head over to Microsoft’s online store for the first three and to Dell Mobility’s website will be your best bet if you plan on getting Venue Pro but so far it is not listed there yet. Amazon is also selling the HTC and Samsung devices alongside the LG Quantum which is on pre-order.

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Dell Venue Pro to be on sale November 8th in Microsoft’s Stores and November 15th directly from Dell

All you Dell Venue Pro fans should be happy to learn that the handset will apparently be on sale at Microsoft’s Stores (in the Us) on November 8th and later directly from Dell (on the website) on November 15th. I’m guessing that there’s probably going to be a limited stock at first so you will probably be lucky to be one of the first few to get the beast. T-Mobile is the carrier and if you can’t get the Venue Pro you should be able to get your hands-on the HTC HD7 instead.

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The HTC HD7 is certified for launch

The HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 handset that we are all expecting to see  in its official form tomorrow has received its global certification and should be ready for primetime later this months. Nearly all of the WP7 devices that we know about have been certified in the past few weeks. The only one that is missing is the mysterious Asus E600 that is apparently only going to be launched in early 2011. There are, as far as I know, only three device partners scheduled to launch Windows Phone 7 based devices this fall: LG, Samsung and HTC (that’s a total of 8 devices).

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T-Mobile HTC Schubert / HTC HD7 pictures revealed

Here’s what looks like the T-Mobile’s HTC Schubert aka HTC HD7/ HD3 which is supposedly launching on November 17th in the US. You will notice that the device features a slightly different design compared to the other shots with have seen before (this one seems to have a speaker grill under the three capacitive buttons at the bottom of the device). This version of the device will apparently also feature 16GB of internal storage (compared to 8GB on the European version).

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Windows Phone 7 Worldwide Launch event on October 11th

It’s now official like a referee whistle. There’s Windows Phone 7 worldwide launch event talking place in NYC (and everywhere else in the world I guess) on October 11th. But this is apparently not really related to the Open House press event taking place on the same day in NYC. The WP7 event will be held at the Microsoft Technology Center located in Microsoft’s NYC office  and doesn’t seem to be a press event (members of the press have already received their Open House invites which AFAIK don’t even mention Windows Phone 7) . So I’m guessing that this is aimed at Developers, marketing, retail partners. T-Mobile will also be present to showcase its WP7 devices. Stay tuned for more…

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T-Mobile myTouch HD internal document hints at DLNA and Dual Processors?

A recently leaked T-Mobile marketing flyer reveals some new info about the upcoming myTouch HD Android handset. The device, which I guess is the HTC Glacier (?) will apparently feature a DLNA functionality dubbed”Screen Share”, a 5Mpix camera and a Front facing VGA camera for video calls/chat oon T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.  The most controversial part though is the “1Ghz dual processor” bit that may suggest that the device packs a MSM8260 or MSM8660 Qualcomm chipset like earlier rumoured after the leaked benchmarks. Fact is, that those benchmarks have never proved anything (just browser GLBenchmark to see that and low-end myTouch Slide can bench as high as an HTC G2 with the new Adreno 205…) and that Qualcomm has already announced that the MSM8260 or MSM8660 where slightly delayed and start to hit retail in early 2011 instead of Q4 2010. The regular SnapDragon SoC (and all other MSM chipsets) are also technically Dual-Processors (ARMv7 Scorpion CPU + AMR Baseband DSP …) so i can be a marketing typo/mistake.

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Sim Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S in less than five minutes without rooting it

The Samsung Galaxy S is shaping up to be one of the best smartphone released this year and things are getting even better. For those who don’t know yet, several mobile operators in Europe are actually selling their own branded versions of the Galaxy S totally sim-unlocked. I don’t really know how this happened or if this is still the case but the first batch of phones shipped in France for example didn’t get locked before hitting retail. But if you are in the possession of a sim-locked handset (especially in the US with the Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate and Epic 4G) you can now easily unlocked your device in less than five minutes for free and without even rooting it. Thanks to dagentooboy over at XDA-Devs here are the instructions:

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T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Vision Desire Z in the wild

One more leak for the day. This time it’s the T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Vision aka HTC Desire Z. The device is obviously owned by the same person who just leaked Samsung Cetus shots (the picture were taken on the same desk / table). Nothing to fancy that we haven’t seen before, the design and colors look a bit similar to the recently seen HTC Schubert / Mozart. The T-Mobile G2 is obviously an Android powered device and should feature the same specifications as all the current high-end Android handsets on the market (Snapdragon SoC at 1GHz, 3.7″ screen etc..) . More pictures after the break:

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HTC Vision in the wild again and headed to T-Mobile as the HTC G1 Blaze

We already knew that the HTC Vision was going to be on T-Mobile’s rosterthis fall and the picture above finally confirms it (see the T-mobile logo?). According to Engadget’s tipster the Vision will probably be known as the G1 Blaze when it finally hits retail later this year. Nothing new has been spilled though. The 3.7″ screen will either be AMOLED or SLCD and the qwerty keyboard definitely looks spacious enough to be usable. Good to see Android devices with hardware keyboards after the avalanche of touchscreen only devices in the past months. The HTC Vision / G1 Blaze will go head to head against the Motorola Droid 2 and Samsung Epic 4G.

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Samsung Vibrant on sale now

The Motorola Droid X isn’t the only flagship Android handset hit the retail stores today. If you are on T-Mobile and wish to get you hands-on of the most powerful Android handset on the market, to days is your lucky day. T-Mobile is now selling the Samsung Vibrant aka Samsung Galaxy S for $199.99 with 2 year contract. The Vibrant is basically a re-branded Galaxy S so if you want to know more about it just hit up the Galaxy S posts below.

Source: T-Mobile

HTC Schubert Windows Phone 7 handset launching November 17th on T-Mobile

After yesterday’s rumored HTC Gold UK launch date comes the HTC Schubert which will supposedly launch on T-Mobile US on November 17th according to a leaked roadmap. As I said yesterday, the HTC Schubert is probably the same device as the HTC Mondrian, Gold, Mozart etc… Interestingly it also looks like LG may have its LG Panther / GW910 Windows Phone 7 handset out around the same time as you can see in the leaked roadmap pictured above where there is non-Android LG handset launching in November to…

Source: AndroidSpin

All Samsung Galaxy S phones will get Android 2.2 this year

Nothing terribly new here. but it’s good to have an official statement about the future Android 2.2 upgrade of the Samsung Galaxy S handsets (the Samsung Epic 4G, Captivate, Vibrant and Fascinate) will receive Froyo (with obviously Adobe Flash 10.1 support) in the coming months.

Source: Twitter

Samsung Vibrant announced: T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S

T-Mobile is announcing today its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S; The Samsung Vibrant. Unlike AT&T’s Samsung Captivate this one doesn’t have a re-designed form factor and looks nearly identical to the original handset and only lacks the front facing button at the bottom of the device. The Samsung Vibrant will launch July 21 for $199.99 on a two-year contract and will come with a 2gb-SD card pre-loaded with the movie Avatar, The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition. Full Press Release after the break:

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All T-Mobile myTouch 3G handsets will get Android 2.2

Good news for all the T-Mobile users who own one of the Android myTouch 3D device. According to the screenshot above the whole line of myTouch 3G handsets will receive an update to Android 2.2 in the coming future. But don’t get you hopes up for Flash support because the ARM11 chipset of your phone isn’t supported by the plugin (only Cortex A8 / AMRv7 cores will be compatible).

Source: TMOnews

The Samsung Behold II will only get Android 1.6

Fragmantation Fragmentation…Bad news for all the Samsung Behold II owners out there, the handset will only receive an upgrade to Android 1.6 and nothing more.:

Samsung Mobile and T-Mobile USA are planning to update the Behold II to Android 1.6 which provides access to Google Maps Navigation, Google Voice Search capability and quick search box for Android.

The update will also supply additional benefits including Swype, an improved Media Player, updated core Android applications and improved Bluetooth capabilities. However, the Behold II is not upgradeable beyond Android 1.6.

Source: Twitter

T-Mobile’s HTC HD2 updated ROM is back again

Well, well, T-Mobile has finally re-upped the ROM update for the HTC HD2 today and based on what they are saying it was taken down just because of server bandwidth issues on their side (!) and not issues with the ROM itself. So if you have already flashed this ROM earlier there’s no need to do anything. Here’s T-Mobile’s official statement:

Due to overwhelming demand, some customers experienced slow download times when attempting to access the HTC HD2 software update from the T-Mobile Web site. As a result, we temporarily removed the link from our Web site to ensure the best possible customer experience.

Now that we have solved our server issues, we are happy to announce that the software update for the HTC HD2 is now available on the T-Mobile Web site for customers to download and install on their HTC HD2 smartphone.

If you have already downloaded and installed the software update to their HTC HD2, please continue to use your device as normal. You do not need to reinstall the software.

Source: T-Mobile via WMExperts

T-Mobile US HTC HD2 ROM update pulled once again

Will this ROM update ever be released one day? According to T-Mobile the latest ROM update for the HTC HD2 was causing some issues and has temporarily been pulled for further investigation. This Rom was initially released ten days ago and then pulled down a couple of hours later. It was finally re-released last week but it now looks like HD2 owners will have to be patient and wait for a correct update in the coming days.

Source: TMonews