January 2011 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for January 2011. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

SmartPhone Articles for January of 2011

Below are the 116 SmartPhone articles for January of 2011

Innergie mCube Slim Universal Adapter Review

The mCube Slim from Innergie is designed to be a universal charger for computers and smartphones. It has good intentions, but falls short in the most important category: compatibility. Read[...]

HTC EVO Shift 4G Briefly Listed for Sale on Amazon.com

Although the HTC EVO Shift 4G has not yet been officially announced, this Android OS smartphone is expected to debut very soon. The latest evidence of this was a listing[...]

Apple iPhone Hit with New Years Bug

A bug in the latest version of the iOS has reportedly caused problems for thousands of iPhone users around the world. Alarms set for Jan. 1 and 2 did not[...]

Motorola Citrus Review

The Motorola Citrus is an entry-level Android OS smartphone available on the Verizon Wireless network. Antoine Wright has spent the past few weeks with this device and offers this review.

Samsung Says Android OS 2.2 for the Samsung Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant, Epic 4 Still on the Way

Samsung says the long-delayed upgrade to Android OS 2.2 for the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S is still in testing. The company says it will be available "as[...]

VIZIO to Release Its First Smartphone

VIZIO, a company better known for its affordable and popular HDTV sets, has announced that it will be making its entry into the smartphone market with the Android-based VIZIO VIA[...]

Samsung Continuum Review

The Samsung Continuum is an Android OS smartphone with an unusual design built around two Super AMOLED touchscreens, as well as a set of other high-end features. Jen Edwards brings[...]

HTC Starts Giving Out Details on its Next 4G Smartphone

HTC has started a "teaser" advertising campaign for a smartphone it's going to officially announce later this week. So far, some of its high-end features have been revealed, such as[...]

Apple iPhone Still Suffering from New Years Bug

A great many Apple iPhone users are complaining that the Alarm Clock app on their smartphone continues having problems for a third day, despite Apple's claim that these should have[...]

Most Popular Smartphones of December 2010

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. December's list showed there were a lot of[...]

Verizon Could Be Prepping Three 4G Smartphones for a CES Debut

Verizon has promised to unveil the first smartphones with support for its LTE network this week. Despite this carrier's best attempts at keeping these devices under wraps, quite a few[...]

Sprint Announces HTC EVO Shift 4G

Sprint's 4G family just got a little bigger today when the wireless carrier officially announced an addition to its second generation of WiMAX-enabled devices, the HTC EVO Shift 4G. This[...]

HP Unveiling Its Next webOS Devices on Feb. 9

HP has invited journalists to an event next month during which the next generation of webOS-based devices will be announced. The invite hints that both a smartphone and a tablet[...]

Photos Possibly Reveal True Name and OS of the Playstation Phone

More details have surfaced regarding the still yet-to-be-announced PlayStation Phone from Sony Ericsson, the most notable being that it isn't going to be called the "PlayStation Phone" at all.

HTC ThunderBolt To Be One of Verizon’s First 4G Smartphones

An ad in this month's Rolling Stone magazine has given the world a sneak peek at the HTC ThunderBolt, an upcoming smartphone with support for Verizon's LTE network. The official[...]

HTC Inspire 4G Headed for AT&T

HTC has given the world an early glimpse of an Android OS smartphone that's going to be offered by AT&T. Few details are currently available on the HTC Inspire 4G,[...]

Amazon Introduces Kindle App for Windows Phone 7

The latest mobile platform to get a version of Amazon.com's Kindle eBook app is Windows Phone 7. The free application brings many of the features of the Kindle eReader to[...]

LG Optimus Black Will Be a Slim Smartphone with a NOVA Display

LG revealed the Optimus Black at CES today, and among this Android OS smartphone's features will be a 4-inch NOVA display, available for the first time on a mobile device[...]

AT&T Pre-announces Three Android OS Smartphones with 4G

AT&T has revealed some of the details on a trio of cutting-edge smartphones. These devices will all run Google's Android OS, and support this carrier's HSPA+ network. Two of these[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Hands-on Preview

AT&T officially announced plans to offer the Motorola Atrix 4G yesterday. Brighthand's Ed Hardy was at Motorola's official launch event for this cutting-edge Android OS smartphone, and brings us some[...]

Motorola Droid Bionic to Feature Verizon 4G Support

Another member of Motorola's Droid family is on the way, and it's an LTE smartphone. Verizon made an announcement for the Droid Bionic at CES today, offering more information than[...]

Motorola Cliq 2 Officially Confirmed at CES

Leaked photos and bits of information are all we had to go on previously, but Motorola officially announced its Cliq 2 today at CES, confirming the rumors about this 4G[...]

HTC ThunderBolt to Spearhead a Generation of 4G LTE Smartphones

The HTC ThunderBolt was unveiled today, and as part of Verizon's lineup of 4G devices, it will be one of the world's first LTE smartphones. This device is going to[...]

Verizon Prepping 4G Smartphones from Samsung and LG

Two next-generation smartphones from LG and Samsung were revealed at CES yesterday during Verizon's presentation on its 4G LTE network. The LG Revolution and the Samsung i500 were two of[...]

Dell Venue Smartphone Unveiled at CES 2011

Instead of continuing to ride the fine line between smartphone and tablet as it did with the Streak, Dell picked a side and announced the Venue, an Android-based smartphone, at[...]

Apple iPhone Might Debut on Verizon Early Next Month

Verizon passed on the opportunity to announce that it's going to start offering the Apple iPhone 4 at the Consumer Electronics Show, but the announcment may come next week, and[...]

VIDEO: Motorola Droid X Overview

Does the Motorola Droid X have the right features to make it a great smartphone? Our overview could help you decide just that.

Microsoft CEO Promises Windows Phone 7 Improvements

During a keynote address at the CES tradeshow, Steve Ballmer laid out some of his company's plans for Windows Phone 7. This smartphone operating system is going to get support[...]

HTC ThunderBolt Hands-on Preview

The HTC ThunderBolt is going to be one of the world's first LTE-equipped smartphones, and is poised to become Verizon's new flagship model. HTC was demonstrating this upcoming device at[...]

HTC EVO Shift 4G

This model has a 3.6-inch, WVGA, capacitive multi-touch display and a landscape-oriented sliding keyboard. The EVO Shift 4G offers more than just Sprint’s WiMAX service — it also has Wi-Fi[...]

Verizon Could Offer iPhone 4 with Unlimited Data Plans

Rumors of the iPhone 4 coming to Verizon have reached a fever pitch, and the latest indicates that Verizon will offer Apple's smartphone with an unlimited data plan -- something[...]

HTC EVO Shift 4G Now Available from Sprint

Sprint has introduced a new smartphone that supports its WiMAX network. The HTC EVO Shift 4G runs Google's Android OS 2.2, and has a sliding keyboard, 3.6-inch display, and 5[...]

CES 2011 Brought a Wave of 4G Android OS Smartphones

The 2011 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show has finished up, and this year, no less than eleven smartphones were unveiled. All of these are going to be high-end models[...]

Smartphone Users May Get to Cool Off This Summer with Android OS Ice Cream

People have barely digested the sweet news of Android OS Honeycomb, and yet there is already more on the way. The next mobile operating system update from Google, Android OS[...]

Apple iPhone 3GS Price Drops 50%

When the iPhone 4 debuted last summer, iPhone 3GS was kept around to offer customers a low-cost option. This device is now even more affordable, as its price has been[...]

Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint Gets Price Cut

The Samsung Epic 4G just got an epic price drop, as Sprint has lowered the subsidized price of the smartphone from $250 to $200 with a 2-year contract, bringing its[...]

Verizon Getting the Apple iPhone 4 Next Month: It’s Official

After literally years of rumors, leaks, and speculation, Verizon Wireless has just made it official: it's going to start offering a version of the Apple iPhone 4 in February. This[...]

Apple iOS 4.3 Could Bring Mobile Hotspot Software to All iPhones

Verizon's version of the iPhone 4 includes software that enables it to share its cellular-wireless data connection with other computers. This feature is reportedly going to be a standard part[...]

A Faster, Better Version of the Samsung Vibrant Is on its Way

Specifics about the long-rumored Samsung Vibrant 4G, a follow-up smartphone to the T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant, have finally begun to emerge. Pictures of a document advertising the upgraded model have leaked[...]

HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone Might Debut from Sprint in February

At CES last week, Sprint's CEO showed off his company's upcoming model running Windows Phone 7. Today, Sprint invited journalists to an event that could be the launch of this[...]

Apple Could Be Dropping the Home Button on Next-Gen iPhone and iPad Models

Apple's going casual -- next generation iPhones and iPads are supposedly losing the only button really featured on the devices. New versions of these two popular Apple products will most[...]

Samsung Galaxy Player Hands-on Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Player was on display at CES, and Brighthand's Ed Hardy took it for a test drive. This Android OS device is going to be a small handheld[...]

Next-Generation BlackBerry Bold to Sport a Touchscreen

Details on a device code-named the BlackBerry 'Dakota' have leaked out of RIM. This model will have a great deal in common with previous devices in the BlackBerry Bold series,[...]

Release Date for the Motorola Atrix 4G Leaks Out

Although AT&T took the wraps off the Motorola Atrix 4G at CES last week, the carrier has yet to announce a release date for this innovative Android OS smartphone. A[...]

BlackBerry Torch 2 Will Be a Significant Upgrade

The BlackBerry Torch may be struggling a bit in the fiercely competitive smartphone market, but Research in Motion is having another crack at it with the upcoming Torch 2. This[...]

Verizon Ending its ”New Every Two” Discount Program

Looks like all good things do come to an end: Verizon is going to end its "New Every Two" discount plan tomorrow... right on the heels of its other major[...]

U.S. Cellular Offering Buy-One-Get-One-Free Deal for Android OS Devices

U.S. Cellular has launched a buy-one-get-one-free deal on all of its Android OS models, most notably the HTC Desire, Samsung Mesmerize, and even the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Verizon’s iPhone May Not Have the ”Death Grip” Problem

When AT&T's version of the iPhone 4 debuted last summer, users complained that holding this smartphone in just the right way would cause their calls to drop. Some experts say[...]

Motorola Droid Pro Gets a Small System Software Update

Verizon has introduced a maintenance update for the system software on the Motorola Droid Pro. This isn't an upgrade to Android OS 2.3, but instead fixes some bugs.

Users of Android OS 2.3-based Samsung Nexus S Furious Over Glitches

Starting late last month, users of the Samsung Nexus S have made myriad complaints on the Web about the Android OS 2.3-based smartphone, citing issues that include forced bootups during[...]

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Once Again on Medical Leave

Steve Jobs, the long-time head of Apple, has gone on medical leave. He won't be handling day-to-day operations, but will continue to be involved in running the company.

The BlackBerry Storm 3 Lives

RIM is apparently continuing its slow shift towards more touchscreen devices, with details about the BlackBerry Storm 3 leaking out over the weekend. This is apparently going to be the[...]

Verizon Tweaks the Samsung Fascinate’s System Software Again

A minor system software update has been released for Verizon's Samsung Fascinate. This brings a number of small enhancements to this smartphone, but not the long-overdue upgrade to Android OS[...]

Skype Acquires Video Chat Software Developer Qik

The video chat powerhouse Skype has announced, via its blog, that it has finalized its acquisition of software developer and former rival Qik.

T-Mobile G2 High-End Android OS Smartphone Now Available for Free

The T-Mobile G2 normally sells for $200 with a two-year contract, but for a brief time this Android OS smartphone is available with no money down when purchased with a[...]

Samsung Vibrant 4G Might Not Debut Until Late February

Rumors of an updated version of the Samsung Vibrant have been circulating recently, and now a potential release date for this Android OS smartphone has leaked out. This model will[...]

Sprint Increasing the Cost of Its Smartphone Wireless Data Plans

Sprint has just announced that it is adding a "Premium Data add-on charge" to the monthly fee for any smartphone activated on its network after the end of this month.[...]

LG Ally Android OS 2.2 Upgrade Moving Closer to Release

A system software upgrade to LG Ally will be arriving soon, according to information leaking out of Verizon. The upgrade to Android OS 2.2 brings many enhancements to this mid-range[...]

Apple iPhone Sales Up 86% Last Quarter

Apple has announced that it sold 16.2 million iPhones during the fourth quarter of last year, an increase of 86% over the previous year. This is a new quarterly high[...]

Verizon’s iPhone Unable to Make Calls Outside of the U.S.

Those considering getting Verizon's version of the Apple iPhone 4 should consider that this model will not be able to make calls in Europe or much of the rest of[...]

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Review

Windows Phone 7 is the latest mobile operating system from Microsoft, and used on a number of smartphones from HTC, Samsung, and LG. Jen Edwards brings us a review of[...]

Starbucks Now Letting Customers Buy Coffee with a Smartphone

Starbucks launched a mobile payment system in most of its U.S. stores today, allowing customers to pay for their morning coffee with an iPhone or BlackBerry.

Toktumi Line2 VoIP App Now Available for Android Devices

Toktumi has released a version of its popular Line2 application for Android OS phones and tablets. The app allows users to add a second phone line to their smartphone, or[...]

LG Ally Finally Receives Its Android OS 2.2 Upgrade

Users of the LG Ally have been waiting for quite a while for an Android OS 2.2 upgrade, but the wait is over. The newer version of Google's operating system[...]

Apple iOS 4.3 Beta Reveals New iPhone Photo Sharing Service

The next version of Apple iOS is starting to take shape as a new beta has been released to developers for testing, revealing new features such as a new cloud-based[...]

T-Mobile Pre-announces the Samsung Galaxy S 4G

The follow-up model to the Samsung Vibrant is no longer a rumor. T-Mobile has just officially announced plans to release the Galaxy S 4G, which will be the first smartphone[...]

Google Still Says Android OS 2.3 Upgrade for the Nexus One Is Coming Soon

When Android OS 2.3 debuted on the Samsung Nexus S in December, most users of the Nexus One thought they'd be getting an upgrade in short order. Their wait has[...]

Verizon Will Pay Some of Its Customers $200 To Upgrade to an iPhone

There is good news for Verizon customers who received a new phone for Christmas: Verizon will give you a $200 discount off the price of a new iPhone 4. This[...]

T-Mobile Planning the Return of the Sidekick

The Sidekick is one step closer to resurrection now that T-Mobile has confirmed that a 4G version of the discontinued T-Mobile phone is on its way. The next version of[...]

HTC ThunderBolt Could Debut in Mid-February

The HTC ThunderBolt could be out in the middle of next month -- several weeks earlier than Verizon had previously said. This high-end Android OS model is going to be[...]

Google’s Android OS 3.0 Is for Tablets, Not Smartphones

Tablets are getting an exclusive treatment when Android OS 3.0, aka Honeycomb, hits the market: the new version of Google's operating system will never see the light of day on[...]

Samsung Vibrant Gets Its Long-Delayed Android OS 2.2 Upgrade

An upgrade to Android OS 2.2 has just been released for the Samsung Vibrant. Among other changes, this new version of Google's operating system brings support for Adobe Flash to[...]

SMS Bug Squashed in the Google Nexus One and Samsung Nexus S

Google has begun sending out maintenance updates to the Samsung Nexus S and Google Nexus One. This is intended to fix a serious bug in these devices in which SMS[...]

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Users Have Now Downloaded 10 Billion Apps

Demand for iOS software continues to be very strong. As a result, downloads from the iTunes App Store have now passed the 10 billion mark, a milestone reached in about[...]

New App from T-Mobile Aimed at Preventing Distracted Driving

DriveSmart is a new application available to some T-Mobile customers that can automatically detect when a user is driving and turns their phone into a quiet, unobtrusive paperweight until they[...]

Smartphones: the ‘New PC’ or a Swiss Army Knife?

Is the smartphone really "the new PC," or is it more like an "electronic Swiss Army knife"? Some are suggesting that -- with the introduction of new software apps and[...]

HTC EVO Shift 4G Now Available at Deep Discounts

The HTC EVO Shift 4G debuted earlier this month for $150 with contract, but some online retailers are already offering this Android OS device as much as $60 off that[...]

Details Leak Out on the Samsung Galaxy S Follow-Up

Devices from Samsung's Galaxy S series were released by all of the top U.S. carriers last year. Its successor is going to be announced next month, and some of the[...]

NVIDIA Tegra 3 Could Be the First Quad-Core Processor for Smartphones

The Tegra 2 dual-core processor only recently saw the light of day in mobile devices, but apparently NVIDIA is just getting started: the graphics giant intends to put out two[...]

White iPhone 4 May Finally Be Moving Closer to Release

There is good evidence that the long-awaited version of the iPhone 4 in a white outer casing is going to hit store shelves before too much longer, though the release[...]

Streaming Music App from Play.fm on Sale for iPhone, Android OS, and Windows Phone 7

Play.fm, an online radio service specializing in recordings of DJs and live performances, is now offering a mobile app that streams the station to pretty much any smartphone.

Google Cloud Print Coming Soon to a Large Number of Mobile Devices

Google has just announced that the beta version of Google Cloud Print will be coming to a wide range of smartphones over the next few days. This free service will[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Laptop Dock Could Be Surprisingly Affordable

One of the things that is going to set the Motorola Atrix 4G apart from its rivals is its laptop dock, which will turn this Android OS smartphone into a[...]

Samsung Gives the World an Early Look at the Galaxy Ace

Though images and specs of the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 have already been leaked, a more official and detailed posting of the Android OS smartphone is now up on Samsung's[...]

Early Verizon iPhone Adopters Can Get a $30 Unlimited Data Plan

Verizon's COO said today that his company is going to offer customers who get an iPhone 4 an unlimited data plan for $30 a month. However, this offer won't last[...]

LG Optimus 3D Apparently Set to Debut at Mobile World Congress

While things are still up in the air about whether or not LG's upcoming G-Slate will feature a 3D display, evidence of a 3D-enabled Optimus smartphone has surfaced in the[...]

Verizon Will Charge iPhone Users $20 a Month for Mobile Hotspot Service

Verizon's version of the iPhone 4 will have a feature not available to those with AT&T's version of Apple's smartphone: it will be able to share its cellular-wireless data connection[...]

Verizon’s BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Curve 3G Upgraded to BlackBerry OS 6.0

Verizon has released major operating system upgrades for two of its smartphones from RIM. Users of the business-oriented BlackBerry Bold 9650 or the consumer-friendly BlackBerry Curve 3G can now install[...]

Google Voice Now Lets Users Port Existing Numbers

News just came from Google that Google Voice users now have the ability to port their existing mobile phone number to their Voice account. This makes it easier for people[...]

LG Vortex Review

The LG Vortex is among the latest entry-level Android OS smartphones available through Verizon Wireless. In Adama D. Brown's review, learn how this model offers nearly all of the same[...]

Samsung Announces Four Entry-Level Android OS Smartphones

Though the Mobile World Congress is less than a month away, Samsung couldn't keep it in any longer: the company announced today that four entry-level smartphones would be joining its[...]

Next-Gen Apple Peel Makes an iPhone 4 Out of Your iPod touch

There is now only a fine line between the iPod touch and the iPhone, what with the recently unveiled next-generation Apple Peel 520 bridging the gap between the two devices.

Future BlackBerry Devices Might Be Able to Run Android OS Apps

The operating system powering future BlackBerry smartphones might be able to do something very unusual: run applications written for the rival Android OS. This would be part of RIM's switch[...]

Microsoft Has Sold More Than Two Million Windows Phone 7 Devices

Microsoft says that its Windows Phone 7 platform has now reached the two million mark. It took the software giant's new smartphone operating system about ten weeks to reach this[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Will Launch at the End of Next Month

Motorola's CEO didn't exactly announce the launch date for the Atrix 4G, but Sanjay Jha did say that this cutting-edge Android OS smartphone is going to be out around the[...]

Motorola Droid Bionic Not Coming Until Mid-Year

There's bad news for fans of Verizon's popular Droid line of high-end Android OS smartphones. Despite being pre-announced at CES early this month, the Motorola Droid Bionic isn't going to[...]

AT&T Letting Some iPhone Users Switch Back to its Unlimited Data Plan

It looks like AT&T is making one last stand to hold on to some of its iPhone users before losing them to Verizon, even switching some of them to its[...]

Sony PlayStation Suite Bringing PlayStation Games to Android

Sony is about to get a leg up on the competition, as its PlayStation games are about to spread to another platform -- smartphones running Google's Android OS. Also unveiled[...]

Samsung Continuum Gets a ”Bug Fix” Update To Its System Software

Samsung and Verizon have released a upgrade to the operating system on the Samsung Continuum. This fixes a long list of bugs, but does not bring this smartphone up to[...]

Facebook and HTC Not Dealing to Make Facebook Phone

Sorry online socialites, but it does not appear that Facebook will be launching a branded phone anytime in the immediate future. The company has denied published reports that it's working[...]

BlackBerry Curve Touch Revealed, Could Lack Physical Keyboard

Research in Motion could be planning to make a radical change to its long-running Curve series -- an upcoming model will reportedly forgo a keyboard and instead be designed around[...]

Verizon Offering $200 for AT&T iPhone Trade-Ins, But Better Deals Are Available

Verizon is doing everything it can to lure in former AT&T faithful, including offering a trade-in service for devices. This includes offering over $200 for a gently-used iPhone 4[...]

BlackBerry Storm3 Could Debut this Summer

New information has emerged on the Blackberry Storm3, the next generation of RIM's touchscreen-only smartphones for business users. Previous reports have indicated that this model will be released later in[...]

Leaked Images Shed More Light on Sidekick 4G

Not long after the return of the Sidekick in 4G form was confirmed by T-Mobile, some pictures of the device leaked out and have now hit the Internet. This device[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Could Cost Less than Expected

Many people have been expecting the Motorola Atrix 4G to debut at the typical $200 with contract, but information leaking out of retailers indicates that this cutting-edge Android OS model[...]

Are Smartphone Cases Really Necessary?

Brighthand's Site Editor has always carried his smartphone around without any kind of a case, but a recent mishap has caused him to reconsider this. So he's looking for reader[...]

Verizon Releases 3-D VZ Navigator VX for Droid Smartphones

Verizon has added an extra-dimension to its VZ Navigator service, with the new VX version offering 3-D city models for select locales.

Android Market Changes Coming to Boost Sales

Apparently Google is not satisfied with the way things are going with its Android Market, and it's looking to fix that, starting with the way apps are purchased. It is[...]

Apple iPhone 5: What the Rumors Say [UPDATED]

Saying that Apple is going to release an updated version of its wildly popular smartphone this summer is a safe bet -- predicting what the specifications will be is much[...]

Net Neutrality: Will It Protect Consumers or Hurt Businesses?

The proponents of net neutrality believe that Internet service providers should not be allowed to block their customers from using services offered by rival companies. Not surprisingly, some wireless service[...]

Price for the Motorola Atrix 4G Desktop Dock Revealed

Users of the Motorola Atrix 4G are going to be able to turn their smartphone into a nettop computer, but doing so will require a desktop dock. The price for[...]

Verizon Customers Can Pre-order an Apple iPhone on Thursday

Verizon won't introduce its version of the iPhone 4 until Feb. 10, but this carrier's current subscribers will be able to put in a pre-order a week earlier than that.[...]

Samsung Fascinate and HTC Droid Incredible Get Big Price Cuts

Verizon has cut the price of the Samsung Fascinate in half,and has also dropped the HTC Droid Incredible and Motorola Droid R2-D2 down below $100. These price cuts might be[...]

Dell Planning ”Several” More Windows Phone 7 Models

Straight from the horse's mouth, it appears that Dell has plans to add more models to its lineup of smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system.

Verizon Ends Mail-in Rebates for High-End Smartphones

Starting today, mail-in rebates are going out the window for Verizon's top-tier phones. This carrier has decided that any phone over $150 that formerly had an attached rebate will instead[...]

Samsung Nexus S Review

The Samsung Nexus S is the first smartphone to run Google's Android OS 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. Reviewer Jen Edwards says this cutting-edge device has a beautiful 4-inch contour[...]