~FACTORY UNLOCKED~ APPLE IPHONE 3GS 8GB AT&T TMOBILE ++ACCESSORIES++ $165.00End Date: Thursday Jun-20-2013 20:11:35 PDTBuy It Now for only: $165.00Buy It Now | Add to watch list Apple iPhone 4 16GB Smartphone AT&T - Water Damage - As-Is $109.50 (11 Bids)End Date: Wednesday May-22-2013 7:37:24 PDTBid now | Add to watch list Apple iPhone 4S - 16GB - Black (Sprint) Smartphone BAD ESN $240.00End Date: Thursday Jun-20-2013 16:46:00 PDTBuy It Now for only: $240.00Buy It Now | Add to watch listRelated Posts:
Last Friday, I told you how to get your Google Nexus 4 working on LTE networks in Canada. All through this past weekend and today, I’ve been using that device as my primary phone on the LTE band the entire time. And despite some definite reduction in battery life, I couldn’t be happier with the Nexus 4 now that it’s playing nice with Rogers’ LTE network.
To be clear, the Nexus 4 was a strong contender to begin with. I agree with Chris Velazco’s review: Google’s done a great job creating an untouched Android experience in an attractive hardware package thanks to OEM partner LG. But the lack of LTE was a sore spot, and one that didn’t sit well with me, especially since, as primarily an iPhone user, I just got access to next-gen mobile networks on my daily device via the iPhone 5. And the speed difference isn’t inconsequential: you can see from my network tests in the original how-to post that the LTE network here is orders of magnitude faster than the standard HSPA+ 3G one.
In terms of practical use, that means lightning fast loading of web pages, effortless media streaming and just less time in general waiting for any kind of content grabbed from the web to display. The LTE network was consistently available and strong in my home network of downtown Toronto, and despite the lack of official support from Google or LG, I noticed no unusual drop-outs or failures to connect, in general.
The one sore spot for the Nexus 4 initially was that for some reason, being on a true 4G network disabled Google Now from refreshing. Since this is actually one of my favorite things about Android Jelly Bean, I was more than a little disappointed. Switching to 3G or Wi-Fi got it to refresh, but otherwise, it would just spend a lot of time trying to load and then produce its most recent results instead, ignoring my current location.
Luckily, as of Sunday night, Google now works fine on LTE connections, with no changes to system preferences or updates conducted on my part. It’s almost as if a benevolent fairy at Google flipped a switch and turned the feature back on, knowing it would make all of us Canadian amateur hackers very happy. Regardless of why, Google Now has been working consistently on 4G since.
The last remaining anxiety I had about using the Nexus 4 on LTE full-time was around battery life. But those fears have proven to be mostly unfounded. When Chris reviewed the Nexus 4, he found that it wasn’t all that strong on battery life: it was doing 5.5 hours on a testing loop. When being actively used on LTE, especially for data-intense tasks like streaming video, the Nexus 4 consumes power at a fairly rapid, almost alarming rate. But used normally, it still manages to conserve juice well when in standby mode, and I’ve found that I can at least make it from morning to night with my usual usage habits, which as you might imagine can be fairly demanding.
All in all, my experience with the Nexus 4 as an LTE device gives me plenty of hope that Google will officially support it in an update, and possible release LTE versions compatible with U.S. and international networks down the road, too. Even without it, a $ 300 smartphone this good is a triumph, but with LTE included, it’s a nearly unbeatable package.Related Posts:
There’s something immediately striking about Nintendo’s Wii U proprietary disc format that’s hard to notice in photos — it’s got rounded edges, both outside and in. It feels different than any other disc we’ve handled before; Tim swears he’s seen a round-edged disc in the wild, but we’ve never seen such a thing ourselves. It’s as if the folks at Nintendo took sandpaper to every edge of every disc, making them all the more friendly to the touch. It’s a little detail, but it’s a nice one.
As we learned when the console was initially announced, the Wii U’s “proprietary high-density optical discs” hold up to 25GB of data — equivalent with that of Sony’s single-layer Blu-ray format on the PlayStation 3, and much larger than the Xbox 360′s dual-layer DVD format. Of course, all logic and statistics aside, having now handled a round-edged disc, we never wanna go back. We’ve taken some super up-close photos of Wii U karaoke title Sing Party, as well as comparison shots alongside its hard-edged Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 brethren, which can be found in the gallery below.
Gallery: Nintendo Wii U proprietary disc
Joseph Volpe contributed to this report.
MOTOROLA XOOM MZ602 32GB, WI-FI + 4G VERIZON ONLY 10.1IN - BLACK 10.1" TABLET $227.95End Date: Thursday May-23-2013 14:57:38 PDTBuy It Now for only: $227.95Buy It Now | Add to watch list Motorola XOOM MZ602 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G (Verizon), 10.1in - Black - EXCELLENT COND! $150.00 (0 Bids)End Date: Wednesday May-22-2013 12:51:52 PDTBuy It Now for only: $300.00Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list Motorola XOOM MZ602 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G (Verizon), 10.1in - Black $189.99End Date: Friday May-31-2013 0:13:57 PDTBuy It Now for only: $189.99Buy It Now | Add to watch listRelated Posts:
We’d heard that the International Telecommunication Union was close to approving Super Hi-Vision as an Ultra High Definition TV standard, and the UN agency hasn’t waited long to confirm the rumors. The recommendation to use NHK’s 7,680 x 4,320 format has gone unopposed and should define the parameters for incredibly detailed 8K video worldwide. This shouldn’t lead anyone to return that 4K TV just yet — once again, it’s important to remember that NHK still won’t start any kind of wider testing until 2020. That’s also assuming that the first 8K sets are down to Earth instead of the incredibly expensive 145-inch variety.
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Samsung galaxy s phone (Verizon) $73.00 (5 Bids)End Date: Wednesday May-22-2013 8:15:50 PDTBid now | Add to watch list New 4.0" Multi-touch Android 4.0 Dual Sim WIFI Smartphone AT&T T-Mobile Unlocked $63.95End Date: Monday May-27-2013 19:22:44 PDTBuy It Now for only: $63.95Buy It Now | Add to watch list HTC Droid Incredible Verizon Wireless Wifi 8.0 MP Camera 8GB Android Cell Phone $64.95End Date: Wednesday Jun-19-2013 10:07:32 PDTBuy It Now for only: $64.95Buy It Now | Add to watch listRelated Posts:
The charming folks at Rebtel wanted you and yours to have a great July 4th (even if you’re British, South African, Chinese, or any other nationality that doesn’t celebrate the Fourth). That said, they’re offering four 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 tablets with $ 100 in calling credit from Rebtel. Fireworks!
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