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It’s been a hard week for smartphone users, what with BlackBerry service outages, iOS5 upgrade troubles, and fake Netflix apps. Will smartphones continue to have a long life? What exactly is 4G? Does the iPhone 4S live up to expectations? We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of CrowdGadgets.
00:00:38 – iOS 5 and iPhone 4S discussion
00:09:34 – Samsung offering $2 Galaxy S II handsets to potential iPhone 4S buyers
00:11:56 – BlackBerry outage
00:14:57 – How long can modern smartphones last?
00:19:03 – What is 4G?
00:23:05 – Trojan alert: Fake Netflix app could steal your login data
00:26:30 – Stable release of CyanogenMod 7.1 available for rooted HTC EVO 4G, coming soon for rooted EVO 3D
00:28:45 – Dell selling unbranded, unlocked US 4G Streak 7s
00:29:39 – Dell chooses Windows 8 over Android for tablets
00:31:40 – Be A HeadCase bottle-opening HTC EVO 4G case finally available
00:35:25 – OtterBox Defender case for HTC EVO 3D now more than 50% off at Amazon
00:36:37 – CrowdGadgets newsletter announcement!
CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network, which includes Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, and StreakSmart. Read the latest news from the network below.
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The US Senate has asked wireless carriers to set a specification for 4G, defining in concrete terms the minimum data speeds, network reliability, coverage, pricing, and much more. Samsung, meanwhile, decided to set up shop next to the Sydney Apple Store and sell Galaxy S II handsets for a mere $2. What a way to rain on Apple’s iPhone 4S parade, which has already been fraught with iOS5 upgrade issues. Thankfully, the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” rollout continues to proceed as planned. Finally, BlackBerry users have a new device to look forward to when they’re not struggling with network outages.
The FiiO E6 portable headphone amp, which was announced in mid-August and discussed on the second episode of the CrowdGadgets podcast, is finally available for purchase. How does it hold up against other portable headphone amps? Does the $20 price tag come with good performance? Read our review to find out!
Good and EVO
It’s not often that most people get overly excited about accessories, but it is a very real possibility with the Be A HeadCase beer bottle-opener/case for the HTC EVO 4G. And while we’re at it, how about more than 50% off the OtterBox Defender series case and holster for the EVO 3D? If that’s not enough to make you jump out of your chair and shout for joy, what about CyanogenMod 7.1, which is now available on 68 Android devices, with more on the way? Just one word of caution: in the midst of your joy and excitement, please just watch out for fake Netflix apps that double as Trojans and steal your login info!
Nothing But Tablets
Motorola is finally putting the finishing touches on the Xoom. Dell, meanwhile, is hoping that Windows 8, not Android, will help it sell some of its upcoming tablets. iOS5 made its debut this week. While some people are enjoying the new features, Nothing But Tablets has only heard criticism from readers… again, again, and again. Samsung, meanwhile, has been dealt a blow in a legal battle against Apple: sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 have been blocked in Australia.
The iPhone 4S was released this week, and Pocketables has posted photos of the unboxing. It had better be a good device, as smartphones are sticking around longer and longer. But is Siri is as impressive as Apple would like users to think? Not everyone thinks so.
Some people have been concerned about the future Streak 7 line of pocket tablets, but Dell has decided to reassure users and give them another chance to believe in it by selling unlocked US 4G Streak 7 models for just $399.99.