CrowdGadgets Episode 14
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Does the new $19 unlimited everything plan from Republic Wireless really have what it takes to shake up the wireless market? Is the dual-screen LG DoublePlay really worth the price of admission? What does Nokia have up its sleeves for CES? Does anybody care about Adobe Flash? We tackle these questions and more on this week’s episode of CrowdGadgets.
00:00:25 – Holiday giveaway reminder
00:01:08 – iOS 5.0.1 impressions
00:04:24 – Adobe is done with Flash for mobile, focusing on HTML5
00:07:56 – Republic Wireless discussion: worth the $19/month?
00:16:43 – Calob hopes webOS doesn’t end up in HP’s hands after all this
00:17:56 – More data plan changes coming soon for HTC EVO View 4G users
00:19:37 – Beware of using universal Sprint chargers with your HTC EVO
00:20:49 – Could visiting torrent sites get your Sprint contract terminated?
00:24:25 – LG DoublePlay review
00:29:31 – HTC confirms Ice Cream Sandwich for HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G
00:35:06 – Nokia reportedly launching Windows Phone handsets in the US at CES
00:35:45 – Samsung releases Focus S and Focus Flash, HTC TITAN launching on November 20 on AT&T
00:36:09 – ChevronWP7 Labs open for business
Hosts: Calob Horton, John Freml, Stuart Cope, and William Devereux
Podcast Editor: Calob Horton
Newsletter Editor: John Freml
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CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network, which includesAnythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables,StreakSmart, and ZuneBoards. Read the latest news from the network below.
News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network
The HTC TITAN Windows Phone will be available on AT&T for $199.99 starting November 20. It joins the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash, which hit AT&T this week for $199.99 and $49.99. Those holding out for a Nokia device won’t have to wait long either, as they’re expected to launch around CES. Android also got good news, with HTC detailing upgrade plans for Ice Cream Sandwich. And surprisingly, Adobe is done with mobile Flash.
The Soundmagic E30 is in stores, and Anythingbutipod has an in-depth review of the new pair of headphones. Does the gadget produce sound as magical as its name implies? It has a clear, natural, and dynamic sound quality with a good over-the-ear design, and we enjoyed it so much that we gave it an Editor’s Choice award. But we don’t want to spoil too much, so head on over to Anythingbutipod for the full details.
Good and EVO
It’s official! The HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G are both getting official OTA updates to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in early 2012. Thanks, HTC! Also, since Sprint decided to cancel unlimited 4G for mobile broadband devices, they’re trying to lighten the blow by reducing plan prices and, in some cases, upping the data caps. Finally, should Sprint threaten to cancel service just for visiting torrent sites? Let us know what you think!
Nothing But Tablets
Asus has announced their new tablet, the Transformer Prime. With an optional keyboard dock that has a USB port, SD card slot, and an additional six hours of extra battery life, it will help turn the tablet into a useable laptop, like its older brother, the EEE Pad Transformer. Also, original iPad users are able to use multitouch gestures with iOS 5.0.1, after Apple allowed this “iPad 2 only” feature on this first generation device.
This week on Pocketables, we reviewed the LG DoublePlay, a new Android device from T-Mobile with two screens. We find it to be a fantastic concept in theory, but is it enough to justify the $99.99 on-contract price? Read our review to find out! Plus, we take a look at how HP has completely ruined its chances with webOS and what it can do to fix the situation (like selling the software and patents outright).
The Dell Streak 7 was the first Streak device to take the limelight at StreakSmart this week because of its Honeycomb update. Before this, there was no way to charge it from a USB port on a desktop or laptop computer. But after the update, we were stunned to find that it actually charges from USB hubs! Also, we review the Dell Streak 10 Pro, the only Streak that’s yet to officially see US shores.