CrowdGadgets 24 | Reviews Galore

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The CrowdGather Gadget Network is full of reviews. Anythingbutiphone delivered its verdict on the HTC TITAN; Anythingbutipod took a look at the Yurbuds Ironman Endure Pro headphones; Nothing But Tablets put Tough-Luv’s Tri-Axis case through its paces; and Pocketables reviewed the Motorola DROID BIONIC, Samsung Galaxy S II, and Noreve’s Tradition C case. And be sure to listen to the CrowdGadgets podcast for discussions about the latest news in the industry.

00:45 – Could it soon be illegal to jailbreak or root a device in the US?
06:30 – Transformer Prime WiFi and GPS signal issues may be traced to poor internal connectors
11:26 – Pandora gaming handheld to ship en masse next month
11:42 – Fact check: Calob meant to say “2,800 people”
14:32 – Here’s a new way to get out of your Sprint family plan ETF-free
17:28 – HTC EVO View 4G gets EOL-ed by Sprint
19:36 – Coming soon in HTC’s Sense 4.0…
22:18 – EVO Design and original EVO 4G receive updates to remove Carrier IQ
22:29 – HTC plans to narrow smartphone lineup in 2012
25:30 – HTC Titan II also launching on March 18, Samsung and Sony Android handsets to follow
26:11 – AT&T to offer the Nokia Lumia 900 for $99, according to report
30:00 – More than one million Nokia Windows Phones sold in 2011, according to estimates
31:41 – iSuppli: Android and Windows Phone will lead the market in 2015
35:21 – Mike Lazaridis, Jim Balsillie out as CEOs at RIM, replaced by Thorsten Heins

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CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network, which includes Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, StreakSmart, and Zune Boards. Read the latest news from the network below.

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Having reviewed the HTC TITAN, we can safely say that it is one of the best Windows Phones on the market. But with its successor, the HTC Titan II, and Nokia Lumia 900 hitting AT&T on March 18 for $199 and $99 respectively, it might be wiser to wait a bit longer. Big changes are also afoot at RIM, which has replaced its dual-CEOs with Thorsten Heins. HTC has also decided to focus on fewer devices.


Cowon has released the Z2 in Korea, a follow-up to last year’s D3 Android media player. Thankfully, the company has managed to work out many of the bugs and hardware issues found in the previous model. We also published our review of the Yurbuds Ironman Endure Pro headphones, designed for athletes, by athletes. Unfortunately, this model is more frustrating than its predecessors, due largely in part to the poor sound quality and large ear loops.

Good and EVO

Good and EVO took a closer look at the PoonSense kernel for the original HTC EVO 4G, as well as Ice Beta, the latest Android 4.0 custom ROM for the EVO 3D. We also showed readers how to leave their Sprint contracts free of any early termination fees (ETFs). And on a sadder note, it looks like the EVO View 4G tablet will be discontinued soon, right after getting its long-awaited Honeycomb update.

Nothing But Tablets

We reviewed Tough-Luv’s Tri-Axis case and found it to be an excellent accessory for the HP TouchPad. The genuine leather feels great, and the Velcro is very useful. If something bigger is more your style, the COMO EA Yacht takes advantage of the iPad to replace its instrument panel. Finally, with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s exception for jailbroken devices set to expire soon, could it become illegal to jailbreak or root your device?


Pocketables reviewed the Motorola DROID BIONIC, a great device with very compelling performance. At $49 on Amazon Wireless, it’s a fantastic deal for a 4G LTE phone. We also reviewed Samsung’s Galaxy S II, which is still one of the best Android devices on the market. Finally, we took a close look at Noreve’s Tradition C case for the aforementioned Galaxy S II, a great accessory provided you’re willing to make a few modifications.

Zune Boards

The awesome and award-winning Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone will be available on AT&T Wireless on March 18, according to AT&T’s leaked roadmap for the first quarter of the year. This date lines up with previous reports, which also listed the same release date. The Lumia 900’s retail price, however, is even more exciting. The roadmap states that the device will go for a very attractive $99 when purchased alongside a two-year contract.

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CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network. It brings together the latest news and tech updates from Anythingbutipad, Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, StreakSmart, and Zune Boards. In September 2012, it became the official newsletter of Pocketables.