CrowdGadgets 32 | Biggest Launch Ever

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AT&T is preparing for the biggest smartphone launch in the history of the company—yes, even bigger than the iPhone—and the hosts of the CrowdGadgets podcast take a look at the recipient of this lavish attention: the Nokia Lumia 900. But will it drown out the HTC Titan II? Of course, the podcast isn’t all about AT&T and Windows Phone. Tune in to hear our thoughts on the HTC EVO One’s rumored specs, T-Mobile’s data price hike, PlayBook sales figures, cheap Kindle Fires, iPad battery issues, and much more.

01:06 – No podcast next week
01:22 – AT&T’s launch of the Lumia 900 will be its biggest ever
05:03 – Will the HTC Titan II fail because of the Lumia 900?
07:31 – ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’ controversy discussion
16:20 – AT&T/Windows Phone update situation
20:26 – HTC EVO One rumored specs
23:58 – Sprint LTE coverage map leaks
25:40 – T-Mobile data price hike
26:32 – NVIDIA promises to have $199 Tegra 3 tablets this summer
29:59 – Amazon refurb Kindle Fire sale
32:30 – RIM announces it has one million PlayBook customers
36:22 – Apple’s 4G branding for its iPad is causing the company problems in Australia

Hosts: Calob Horton, John Freml, Stuart Cope, and William Devereux
Podcast Editor: Calob Horton
Newsletter Editor: William Devereux

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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.

News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network

Anythingbutiphone

AT&T will have its biggest-ever device launch on April 8 for the $99 Nokia Lumia 900, which is up for pre-order now. The HTC Titan II will be released on the same day for $199. If you’d rather get a free phone, Microsoft is giving them away until April 5, provided you don’t mind a bit of controversy. Also, changes are afoot at RIM, the Sprint/WiMAX deal is no more, and are smartphones the future of finance?

Anythingbutipod

Here at Anythingbutipod, we’re passionate about portable media players. But as smartphones have increased in popularity, thanks to their all-in-one nature, the market for PMPs has leveled off somewhat. That doesn’t mean they aren’t relevant, however. When it comes down to storage capacity and battery life, most smartphones still can’t match a PMP. We continue to use our media-dedicated devices on a regular basis, but we’d love to hear about your usage patterns.

Good and EVO

Are you getting excited for the next HTC EVO? We certainly are. So while you wait for the official announcement, why not take a look at Sprint’s projected LTE coverage map and participate in our latest poll? We also recommend checking out our review of the myCharge Portable Power Bank 6000 accessory. This pocket-sized 6000mAh charger can help keep your EVO going for four times longer than the standard EVO battery.

Nothing But Tablets

Taposé, an iPad app that got its start on Kickstarter before the service went big time, has finally been released. Nothing But Tablets has several tutorials to show you how to
get the most out of the app. We also reviewed the Cregle iPen, despite its false claims of originality. In other news, CyanogenMod has begun releasing nightlies for the TouchPad, and we’ve put together a glossary of common—and often confusing—tablet terms.

Pocketables

We hope you enjoy unboxings, because Pocketables has plenty of them! First up is the LG Spectrum, a high-end Verizon LTE phone that costs $199 on contract. The style reminds us of something that might come from Samsung’s design team. Check out
our unboxing
to see what we mean. If phones aren’t your thing, you might enjoy our unboxing of the ZTE Optik tablet. At just $99 on contract, the Optik is Sprint’s budget tablet.

StreakSmart

In a move that was inevitable, Dell has killed off its smartphone operations in the US—for now. The company’s Venue and Venue Pro devices have run their course, said a Dell spokesman, leading to a discontinuation. This, however, isn’t the last we’ll see of Dell-branded smartphones. Dell believes that its mobile products are just as important as its information technology (IT) ones. That’s pretty big, given that Dell is rebranding itself as an IT company.

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CrowdGadgets

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.