The Shift 4G is a phone that many enjoy but what do the so-called experts think? Well, here is a snippet from The Street:
” No question, at $150, the Shift is a legitimate choice for business use.
What you don’t get
This Shift falls short of having a truly flawless design, a truly easy-to-use keyboard and a truly svelte size.
Call me a phone snob, but as effective a business toolas the Shift might be, this unit is simply not HTC’s best effort. First off, although it is not a monster like its cousin the EVO, the Shift is surprisingly bulky. I measured its thickness at five-eighths of an inch — fairly honkin’ for a smartphone.
Seems like the onset of the iPhone 4 on Verizon has caused a stir even among Sprint’s advertising strategies. If you recall, Verizon was also bashing the iPhone about a year ago and then stopped mysteriously. Well, we now know that the reason for this was due to the fact that Verizon and Apple were in negotiations about bringing the device to the carrier.
In the same manner, Sprint has pulled a very prominent frame from it’s Android vs iPhone commercial. namely, this shot:
A rumor and point of discussion about Sprint adding LTE that has been floating around for some time seems to be confirmed by internal documents viewed by an anonymous Sprint employee.
Could this be what the big announcement is about?
A Sprint employee told the mod team that he saw some interesting information in an internal report by network folks talking up 2011 projects. He said, “check out the last bit of the quote.”
“… we have become the target state for all Network Vision Core Switching platforms, including the new LTE nodes.”
For some previous discussion, check out this article posted in May of last year. (Edit: Fixed the link.)
Now, I was told at CES by someone who works with Sprint and has signed an NDA that the carrier will be releasing Windows Phone 7 devices in February.
So, maybe we’ll see Sprint announce an industry first WP7 phone (or iPhone 4 or 3D Android phone or all of the above) that will be WiMax/LTE capable.
We will definitely find out one way or another on Feb. 7 makes its big announcement.
So, what do you guys think?
That’s correct you read it right. Starting on January 30th Sprint will be charging $10 extra for all smart phones! This is definitely going to make some people very upset and I am sure some will want to get out of their contract. However that is not going to be possible, because if you currently have a smart phone then you will not be charged the fee. However if you upgrade, get a new line, or do an esn swap you will then be charged the $10 fee. Read after the break for full details on the new fee.
We were lucky enough to have the first appointment of CES at the NLU Products booth! Fernando was gracious enough to install one of Bodyguardz new products, the Dry Apply protector, on my HTC Evo. Here is the promised video.
Also, as a followup, the screen protector has completely cured. The air bubbles are gone and the screen protector is very clear. I would actually rate this higher than the Zagg Invisible Shield products as the Zagg IS can sometimes have an orange peel effect, and is stickier.
At this point you might be asking yourself, “Why Daniel, where can I get one of those antimicrobial screen wipes that your phone is laying on?”. You can find them over at http://toddygear.com/; we ran into Todd Gabel, for which the product is named at our hotel and they were nice enough to hand out a few samples! The cloth has 2 sides, one for cleaning and another for polishing, with an antimicrobial coating.
At CES, Corning(yes, the same Corning that makes Pyrex) had a large booth displaying their latest product, Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass is a new product that has been released on a number of smartphones and other electronic devices instead of the standard glass or polycarbonate screens. It is extremely hard to break and scratch, which makes it perfect for touchscreens. In their demo at CES, they were repeatedly knocking it with a metal ball.