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    Power to the pocket: The next generation of superphones - Yahoo! Shopping


    NO Pre 3 on list

    LG Optimus 2x
    The pitch: Two is always better than one, which makes the LG Optimus 2x, the world’s first dual-core smartphone, quite a catch. Nvidia’s hotrod Tegra 2 processor enables rich gaming, fluid multitasking and even 1080p video capture. With the HDMI output, you can hook it up to your TV and watch movies on the big screen, in 1080p.

    Skeptic’s slant: Apps have to be specially developed to take advantage of the dual-core design, which means few of them will really tap into what the Optimus 2x can do at launch.

    Availability: Rumors have the Optimus 2x launching in late March or early April, but LG will launch the Optimus 2x as a “world phone.” That means it won’t be showing up at the store down the street with a hefty subsidy like phones that carriers officially adopt – you’ll have to snag it online, without a contract, for a hefty sum.


    Motorola Atrix 4G
    The pitch: Plug Motorola’s Atrix 4G into its optional dock and the humble smartphone becomes a 13-inch notebook, giving you a full-size screen, keyboard, and even a separate battery to charge the phone as it sits.

    Skeptic’s slant: The optional laptop dock will cost you $500, and because it doesn’t run Windows 7, it does a lot less than a $350 netbook would.

    Availability: AT&T will open the Atrix 4G for preorder on February 13, and begin shipping units March 6 or earlier. The phone itself runs for $199 with a two-year contract.



    Kyocera Echo
    The pitch: When the Echo’s little 3.5-inch touchscreen starts to feel a little cramped, slide it apart and a second identical screen rises up to meet it, providing a combined 4.7 inches of glowing LCD. The two screens allow you to browse side-by-side websites, read an e-mail in one screen while you reply in another, and even play games like The Sims where one screen acts as a controller, similar to the Nintendo DS.

    Skeptic’s slant: Not many apps will work with the dual-screen functionality right off the bat, and running two screens at once will cost you big time on battery life.

    Availability: Sprint will offer the Echo for preorder within the next few weeks for $199 with contract, but it won’t begin shipping until spring.


    Samsung Infuse 4G
    The pitch: With a whopping 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus Screen and a body as deep as a pencil, the Infuse 4G will be both the largest and thinnest phone in AT&T’s portfolio. Thanks to HSPA+ 4G, it will also be one of the fastest on the network. And did we mention it shoots 1080p video?

    Skeptic’s slant: Sprint’s 4.3-inch EVO 4G already dropped jaws (and stretched pockets) with its screen size. Is a 4.5-inch screen on a phone really practical?

    Availability: Samsung’s Infuse 4G will arrive in the second quarter of 2011 exclusively on AT&T.


    HTC ThunderBolt
    The pitch: Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset will also be the first to support Skype-to-Skype video - with or without Wi-Fi. No more clambering around to find a hotspot when you want to videoconference, and being limited to friends with Facetime. It packs the same jumbo-sized 4.3-inch LCD and 8-megapixel camera as Sprint’s EVO 4G.

    Skeptic’s slant: It’s warmed-over EVO 4G on Verizon. On second thought, maybe that’s not such a bad thing after all.

    Availability: Rumors once pointed to a Valentine’s Day release, but the latest leaked documents now show “no ETA.”
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    I know, Ruby thinks few pixels less doesnt matter, well to general people, if the greatest hardware is not there, webOS wouldnt matter.
    If this helped you hit thanks.
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    kkhan, wouldn't it be a better idea for you to move on to another platform? Based on your recent posts/threads you seem extremely dissatisfied with what's been announced. Of course, everyone's entitled to their own opinion and criticism is always a great asset, but perhaps HP/Palm does not want to pursue the strategy you consider to be their best option.

    Also, out of sheer interest: what's keeping you here?
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    the fact that the echo is on the list should speak volumes
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    Another thought - when was this actually written? Usually things are written before they are published and this is rather soon after the Pre3 announcement.

    The Pre3 sounds like a really cool phone and it's about the size I would like to have - but there are plenty of people who may demand more in a "superphone" thats not detracting from the Pre3.

    What does the Pre3 have to offer against these guys besides potentially fast performance and sweet UI? The extra gee whiz features on these phones go above and beyond just a great phone - and they seem almost excessive in many ways if the target is corporate user.

    Want a killer superphone? Get one or wait and see what HP brings to the table but don't think that the Pre3 is a failure because it doesn't compete with those.
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    This makes me laugh. If we are paying attention to someone who says that the Kyocera Echo is going to be a great phone.... dream on. And another thing is, I don't see a date when the article was written. It may have been put up a day ago for all I care but I still would have to have a date when it was written. Who ever wrote this abviously wrote it before the 9th or has no technological brain...
    EDIT: the Kyocera Echo will not be a great phone. It has the potential to be a good phone but not to be great..... to be great or not to be???
    "Life is Hard... it's harder if your stupid"
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    If (and it's a big if) HP can actually pull off their interconnected vision. They will have a great chance. At some point, the "specs race" that is driving vendors to one-up each other will give way to reason.

    It has in about every other industry. There will always be baseline improvements in capability, but some of this stuff and no value and some actually detracts.

    How will battery life fare with a quad core processor? How does having two screens forming a "super screen" impact your own tablet products? What will running 3g, 4g, Wi-max, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth, etc affect heat dissipation and component life? How thin and large can you make a device before it physically cannot handle flex stress? (Transparent Aluminum for the front of the phone?)

    It won't become apparent right away, but at some point common sense will kick in and the "bubble" on this market will burst also. The leading player will be the product which balance performance with a complete user experience.

    HP- may not be that company, but the apparently understand the idea and are working to build a complete user experience with solid products.

    RIM- very reliable but perhaps the least cutting edge of the manufacturers out there. but they are attempting to step up.

    Apple - understands this better than most. Their products do NOT have the most bells and whistles, but the experience (hardware and software-wise) is solid.

    Android - The gadget guy's (or gal's) dream, but the overall experience is not as even as it needs to be. They have covered that with an abundance of form factors, but are also working to improve the user experience.

    In other words, any list today is only about bragging rights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Note View Post
    If (and it's a big if) HP can actually pull off their interconnected vision. They will have a great chance. At some point, the "specs race" that is driving vendors to one-up each other will give way to reason.

    It has in about every other industry. There will always be baseline improvements in capability, but some of this stuff and no value and some actually detracts.

    How will battery life fare with a quad core processor? How does having two screens forming a "super screen" impact your own tablet products? What will running 3g, 4g, Wi-max, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth, etc affect heat dissipation and component life? How thin and large can you make a device before it physically cannot handle flex stress? (Transparent Aluminum for the front of the phone?)

    It won't become apparent right away, but at some point common sense will kick in and the "bubble" on this market will burst also. The leading player will be the product which balance performance with a complete user experience.

    HP- may not be that company, but the apparently understand the idea and are working to build a complete user experience with solid products.

    RIM- very reliable but perhaps the least cutting edge of the manufacturers out there. but they are attempting to step up.

    Apple - understands this better than most. Their products do NOT have the most bells and whistles, but the experience (hardware and software-wise) is solid.

    Android - The gadget guy's (or gal's) dream, but the overall experience is not as even as it needs to be. They have covered that with an abundance of form factors, but are also working to improve the user experience.

    In other words, any list today is only about bragging rights.
    Agreed, something that I really like that Ruby said in the Engadget Interview is that his idea of apps. He sees it that apps are important but they aren't everything like apple has make them. He sees them as patches for the OS's missing features. One of them he directly quoted was Skype. Did you know that there will be no Skype app on WebOS? This is because they hard working with Skype and DEEPLY integrating it into the OS. This is the best way to start off because everyone is using Skype and of those who don't, almost non of them use any of the horrible replacements. The beauty of it is that it doesn't have restrictions like FaceTime. It can go to any OS including mobile and desktop. This is the perfect fit for video calling!
    "Life is Hard... it's harder if your stupid"
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    What's funny is the Pre3 is internally competitive with a large amount of those phones. The only one on the list that bests the Pre in both RAM and Processor is the Atrix.
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    It's all Android. Perhaps that gives us insight to the author's personal opinions?

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