News of the Google Nexus S may have surprised nobody, but that doesn't stop us from dissecting the specs on this first Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone while Kent steals off for some rigorous testing. In the meantime, U.S. Cellular makes some notable moves, the crew spills their holiday wish lists, and Bonnie seems to have undergone an unusual makeover.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
Acer claims its new 4.8-inch Android smartphone has the "soul of a tablet." Seriously? At that size, maybe they should just call it a tablet, soul and all. We also discuss the Dell Venue Pro, Motorola Olympus rumors, the burgeoning 4G market, and all the latest reviews.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
News Dell Venue Pro now on sale Acer unveils 4.8-inch Android smartphone AT&T Facebook account confirms Motorola Olympus Content ratings latest feature on Android Market Snap up the AT&T R225 for $20, contract-free … Read more
This week's episode of Dialed In is brought to you by the letters L and G, as in LG Electronics, because the company has certainly dominated the headlines these past few days. LG looks to be making a big push in the smartphone market, as it continues to release new smartphones for the U.S., including possibly the first Android device to have a dual-core chipset. Plus, U.S. Cellular and Cellular South detail their LTE plans--well, sort of--and we come to the defense of basic cell phones. All this and more on this week's Dialed In.
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It's a big day Dialed In for as we hit our 150th episode, Bonnie makes it back to San Francisco for a special visit, and Jessica marks the day before her birthday. We also have a lot to get through today as the usual preholiday deluge of new phones is reaching its height. As it always does, Samsung is spinning out the most new models with six handsets unveiled in just the last week. Also in the podcast, Jessica examines the minimum requirements for an Android phone, Nicole polls readers on what kind of keybaord they prefer, the first … Read more
Well, so much for that rumor. Facebook held a mobile event at its Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters today, but it didn't reveal the Facebook phone. In fact, the company pretty much shot down that idea. Still, there was plenty of mobile-related news surrounding the popular social networking site, and Jessica Dolcourt is here to give you the full scoop. Plus, we discuss the new data plans from Verizon and U.S. Cellular and recap the week's reviews and news all on Dialed In episode 149.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) … Read more
The financial barrier to owning a smartphone is getting lower and lower, in part thanks to the open-source (read: free) Android operating system that can allow manufacturers and carriers to shave costs. We've seen our share of entry-level Android phones for $100, but a $30 handset is a jaw-dropping steal, and it's going to be available through T-Mobile with a two-year contract. We also tick off the list of new mobile handsets coming out in the next month, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab for all four major carriers. And stick around for our top-five favorite Windows Phone 7 … Read more
There's a new Palm handset! It's the Palm Pre 2, and it's... very similar to the old Palm Pre. Oh well. However, we do get excited about the RIM BlackBerry Style, cheaper prepaid plans, 4G in the Big Apple, and yes, even the Verizon iPhone. Also: A special report on the new FaceTime for Mac.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
Over the years we've seen various hacks and apps that let you add speed-dial icons to your iPhone's Home screen. But not many of them let you customize those icons to include photos. Custom Dial 6 does exactly that, giving you six quick-dial icons with the photos of your choice. Unfortunately, the end result is disappointing.
It's easy enough to set up your icons: just tap one of the six numbered slots, then tap the photo icon to choose an image from your collection. Alas, the app doesn't allow you to snap a new photo on … Read more
We missed a show last week due to CTIA so we had a lot to discuss this week. And if the load of Android news from CTIA wasn't enough, Microsoft debuted its first load of Windows 7 devices at a big event in New York City two days ago. Bonnie was there to capture it all with hands-on analysis of the handsets and her predictions about how they'll fare against the other smartphone operating systems on the market. We also get to our latest reviews where, guess what? Bonnie loves the T-Mobile G2! Kent refuses to say "… Read more
Dialectic is a scriptable dialing utility for telephone power users that can save you time making and managing calls, whether via a landline, Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, or VoIP. Dialectic integrates with Address Book and other similar apps, including Microsoft Entourage and Now Contact, as well as Marketcircle Daylite, FileMaker Pro, launcher apps like LaunchBar and Quicksilver, and many others. Thanks to recent updates, Dialectic also supports Exchange, CardDAV, and LDAP accounts configured in Address Book.
This high-powered utility gives you system-wide dialing using contextual menus (and system-wide "speed dial"), voice-activated dialing, and auto-redial and incoming call detection, even … Read more