October 2011 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for October 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 October of 2011

Below are the 108 SmartPhone articles for October of 2011

Facebook Will Be Timeline of Your Life, for Good or Ill

In a new policy known as "frictionless sharing" Facebook will become a full representation of your life. As part of a new system, users' activities in third-party apps will be[...]

Most Popular Smartphones for September 2011

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. Not surprisingly, devices that have debuted in the[...]

LG Marquee Debuts from Sprint, Nova Screen and All

Sprint has just begun offering the LG Marquee, a mid-range Android smartphone that sports a Nova screen, a type designed to be brighter while also more energy efficient.

AT&T Launches Redesigned Samsung Galaxy S II

A version of one of the most popular smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S II, has just debuted from AT&T. This carrier decided to redesign its version, though,[...]

Warning: HTC Android Devices Feature Massive Security Flaw

Several HTC Android devices feature a serious security flaw that allows hackers to access phone numbers, GPS, email addresses, SMS and more, according to numerous reports. The HTC EVO 3D[...]

Google’s Powerful Chrome Web Browser Headed to Android

A new version of Google Chrome that runs on Android is in the extreme early stages of development, with the updated user interface already completed. Chrome for Google could boost[...]

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Review: Has It All

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is one of the most advanced smartphones available from Sprint. Jen Edwards brings us a review of this device, which is a version of the[...]

Zune Officially Dead, Confirms Microsoft

Microsoft has officially confirmed that it will no longer be producing its Zune music players, though it will continue to offer support for the music devices. Microsoft promises to still[...]

HTC Responds to Claims of a Major Security Flaw in Its Android Smartphones

HTC has released an official statement regarding reports of a massive security flaw in its Android devices. The company has concluded that while their software does no harm to customers'[...]

Apple iPhone 4S Unveiled, No iPhone 5 in Sight

Apple's new CEO has taken the wraps off the iPhone 4S, which will have a faster processor and a better camera than its predecessor. This will be the company's new[...]

Apple Unveils More iOS 5 Details: Voice Control and Other New Software and Services

The new and improved iOS 5 is coming from Apple, this much we knew. But what we didn't know was that it's coming so soon: October 12. Upgrades are coming[...]

Teaser Video Stars the Samsung Nexus Prime

You have our attention Samsung! The company just raised our anticipation even higher after posting a teaser video for the Samsung Nexus Prime. The next-generation Nexus smartphone is expected to[...]

Norton Anti-Theft Service for Phones, Tablets and PCs Now Available from the Cloud

Fending off big rivals, Symantec on Tuesday released Norton Anti-Theft, the first in a set of planned cloud security services for smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch vs. HTC EVO 3D: Which Sprint Smartphone is Top Dog?

Brighthand has tested all of the top smartphones, and can provide you with the insight you need to make the right decision. Today we're comparing two smartphones from Sprint, the[...]

Steve Jobs, the Man Behind the iPhone and iPad, Has Died

Steve Jobs, one of Apple's co-founders and its CEO during many of its most successful years, passed away today. He had resigned as Apple CEO in late summer as a[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

The Skyrocket is a member of the popular Samsung Galaxy S II series that’s available from a great many wireless carriers around the world. It sets itself apart from the[...]

T-Mobile Adds myTouch Q and myTouch to Lineup

T-Mobile is introducing two mid-range Android smartphones to its myTouch collection. The T-Mobile myTouch Q will sport a 3.5-inch display and a sliding keyboard, while its cousin, the myTouch,[...]

Sprint iPhone Pre-orders Start Tomorrow, Will Include Unlimited Data

Sprint is going to start taking pre-orders on Friday for the newly-announced Apple iPhone 4S. It will be the only wireless carrier offering this smartphone with an unlimited data plan.

Samsung ”Nexus Prime” Details Revealed: New Name, Huge Screen, More

Looks like we've been good this year. Instead of having to wait until Tuesday for Samsung to reveal the specs of the next generation Nexus smartphone, a new report has[...]

iPhone 4S Can Now Be Pre-ordered from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

The three largest U.S. wireless carriers have just begun taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4S, the latest smartphone from Apple. This model will begin shipping a week from today.

Samsung Nexus Prime and Android OS 4.0 Delayed

Samsung and Google have decided to cancel their event scheduled for next week. This was expected to be the unveiling of the Samsung Nexus Prime, the first smartphone running Android[...]

Sprint Switching to LTE, Dropping WiMAX for 4G

In a move than has been expected for months, Sprint has announced that it's going to build an LTE network to replace the WiMAX one it currently uses to offer[...]

Considering Upgrading to the iPhone 4S? Read this First

Pre-orders have begun for the Apple iPhone 4S, and there are millions of people asking themselves, should I upgrade to this new model? Brighthand's Site Editor has analyzed this device[...]

Dell Might Be Out of the Windows Phone Business

Dell was among the companies that released a device running Windows Phone last year, but there are signs that this might be its only offering with Microsoft's mobile operating system.

Samsung Stratosphere with Verizon 4G LTE Launching Later this Week

One of the models apparently on the docket for the CTIA tradeshow this week is the Samsung Stratosphere. This Android smartphone will have a sliding keyboard and a large Super[...]

CTIA Fall 2011: What Smartphones to Expect

The fall edition of the CTIA tradeshow will be held this week in San Diego. This annual event is a popular venue to unveil new smartphones, but the biggest announcement[...]

iPhone 4S Pre-Sales Probably Exceed Most People’s Expectations

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S last Tuesday a great many people responded with "That's all you got?" Nevertheless, sales of the new model, a moderately-updated version of the smartphone[...]

Verizon and Samsung Officially Unveil 4G LTE Stratosphere

Verizon Wireless and Samsung officially announced today that the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Stratosphere smartphone will launch this Thursday, October 18.

Motorola Droid Bionic vs Motorola Droid X2: Which Droid Is Better?

With similar designs and many of the same features, it is tough for Verizon customers to choose between the Motorola Droid X2 and Motorola Droid Bionic. We offer a head-to-head[...]

Motorola and Verizon Hosting Press Event Oct. 18, May Unveil RAZR Smartphone

Motorola and Verizon Wireless sent out invitations for a press event next Tuesday, October 18 in New York City that they may be using as a platform to announce four[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II from T-Mobile First-Look Review

T-Mobile is about to introduce its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, and Brighthand already has a unit in hand for testing. Read on to learn our first thoughts[...]

Samsung Adding Two Android Smartphones to AT&T’s Lineup

Samsung has announced its two latest additions to its Android lineup for AT&T with the Captivate Glide and the Double Time. The Captivate Glide will sport a 4-inch Super AMOLED[...]

Motorola Atrix 2 to Hit AT&T on Sunday

AT&T has just announced the Motorola Atrix 2, along with four other new Android smartphones. The Atrix 2, which will pack a 1GHz dual-core processor, goes on sale Sunday for[...]

T-Mobile Releases Improved Bobsled VoIP Service

T-Mobile has announced improved functionality for its Bobsled by T-Mobile VoIP service, which allows users to make calls from a computer, tablet or smartphone over a data connection. It now[...]

HTC Amaze 4G

The HTC Amaze 4G sports what T-Mobile claims is the best camera in any smartphone. Aside from this, the Android device sports a fairly high-end set of features, such as[...]

T-Mobile Launches Its Samsung Galaxy S II

T-Mobile's Galaxy S II is available today. The super smartphone made by Samsung costs $230 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. It is loaded with features, but[...]

iOS 5 Is Here

After a long wait, Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 5, is now available on a number of devices, including the company's latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S.

BlackBerry Outage Issues Spread to U.S. and Canada

Like BlackBerry owners in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa who have been experiencing sporadic outages of messaging and email service for the past three days, the issue spread to[...]

HTC Amaze 4G Camera-Oriented Smartphone Now Available From T-Mobile

The HTC Amaze 4G is now available at T-Mobile stores nationwide. It is loaded with perks, including what T-Mobile claims is the best camera in any smartphone, but customers yearning[...]

Samsung Stratosphere

The Samsung Stratosphere, the first handset with a physical QWERTY keyboard on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, has a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. It includes a 1.3MP front-facing camera, as well[...]

RIM Claims Fix for Global BlackBerry Outage

RIM just released a statement in which it claims to fix the service issue plaguing its BlackBerry users this week. The issue caused three days of outages of BBM messaging[...]

Apple iOS 5 Upgrade Review

The day users of the iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch have been waiting for has arrived: iOS 5 is now available. Brighthand has everything you need to know to[...]

Samsung Stratosphere Hits Verizon’s 4G LTE Network Today

The Samsung Stratosphere, the first handset with a physical QWERTY keyboard on Verizon's 4G LTE network, launched today at the Big Red.Available at all Verizon Wireless stores and online, the[...]

Samsung SAFE Program To Make Its Smartphones Secure Enough for the Enterprise

Samsung Mobile announced its "Samsung Approved for Enterprise," or SAFE, program for enterprises at CTIA this week in San Diego. This is designed to make smartphones that were first designed[...]

Apple iPhone 4S

The fifth-generation smartphone from Apple includes a 1GHz dual-core processor, up from the 1GHz single-core CPU in its predecessor. Also on the improvements list is an 8MP camera, while its[...]

iPhone 4S Won’t Fit in Many iPhone 4 Cases

The shape and size of the Apple iPhone 4S is very close to that of its predecessor, but it's not exactly the same. This means that many cases that were[...]

Apple iPhone 4S is Here!

The iPhone 4S is here! Eager shoppers who pre-ordered the latest edition of Apple's smartphone last week will receive their phones today. Those who were late to get their orders[...]

BlackBerry Outage Luring Europeans to iPhone

RIM managed to anger BlackBerry users around the world with a three-day service outage this week. Our European correspondent says the timing for this - right before the launch of[...]

Samsung Stratosphere Preview

The Samsung Stratosphere launched at the CTIA tradeshow this week, and Brighthand's Site Editor was on-hand to try this new smartphone out. What makes this Android device interesting is it's[...]

iPhone 4S Brings Record Sale Days to Sprint, AT&T

The iPhone 4S hit store shelves yesterday, and both Sprint and AT&T are reporting the sold record numbers of this new smartphone and its sister models. Verizon has not yet[...]

Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

The Samsung Galaxy Player isn’t a smartphone — it’s a handheld computer for those who want to watch movies, play games, access the Web, or read their emails on a[...]

Samsung Galaxy Player Now Available in Stores

Today is the U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy Player. This isn't a smartphone - instead it's a handheld computer for those who want to watch movies, play games, access[...]

Motorola Atrix 2 Hits AT&T Store Shelves at $100

AT&T has begun offering the Motorola Atrix 2. This is the latest smartphone from this carrier that supports Motorola's Webtop technology, so it can be converted into laptop or desktop[...]

T-Mobile Announces Dual-Screen LG DoublePlay

T-Mobile has officially announced its latest smartphone, the "LG DoublePlay". The device will have a large main display and a full slide-out, split QWERTY keyboard, with a small secondary display[...]

Apple iPhone 4S Sales Hit 4 Million in Launch Weekend

The numbers are in and Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, has sold over four million units since the device launched on Friday. The latest-generation Apple handset runs the company's[...]

RIM to Offer Free Apps to BlackBerry Users as an Apology for Last Week’s Outage

RIM has announced its plan to offer subscribers more than $100 worth of new BlackBerry games and utilities as an expression of its appreciation for their patience during the service[...]

Motorola Droid RAZR Exposed by Over-Eager Sneak Peek

Motorola has released another sneak peek at its Spyder smartphone, though this time the teaser site left less for the imagination. Designed as an incomplete puzzle with the missing pieces[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9930 vs. BlackBerry Torch 9850: RIM Smartphone Smackdown

The BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the Torch 9850 are two of RIM's most recent smartphones with BlackBerry OS 7. Can't decide between them? Read through out this head-to-head comparison and[...]

Apple to Release iPhone 5 in Nine Months

With dust from the launch of the iPhone 4S barely settling, buzz is already circulating about Apple's next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 5. Apple will reportedly be returning to its regular[...]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android OS 4.0 ”Ice Cream Sandwich” To Be Unveiled Tonight

Google has posted on Twitter a promise to reveal "what's new from Android" tonight. This is almost certainly going to be the debut of Android OS 4.0, which has the[...]

Motorola Droid RAZR Bringing a Super-Thin Design to Verizon

Motorola and Verizon have just announced the latest addition to Big Red's 4G lineup with the Droid RAZR. The smartphone will boast a Gorilla Glass-coated 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display,[...]

RIM Announces New OS for BlackBerry Devices: BBX

RIM announced today its latest OS, BBX, which will be the first platform from the company to unify its BlackBerry smartphones, PlayBook tablet and embedded systems under the QNX operating[...]

Motorola Droid RAZR Hands-On Preview: Slim but Powerful

The Motorola RAZR was one of the most popular feature phones of all time due to its thin and slick design. Now the RAZR is back as perhaps the thinnest[...]

Google Reveals the Details of Android OS 4.0, Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Google has revealed the details of Android OS 4.0. This includes a new user interface designed to run on a wide range of screen sizes, from a small smartphone's display[...]

Apple Sold 17 million iPhones Last Quarter, but Missed Analyst Mark

While we've heard about Apple selling over 4 million iPhone 4S devices within the first three days of sales, the Cupertino company announced some new numbers yesterday. The company's unit[...]

Sprint Bringing Out the Mid-Range HTC EVO Design 4G

The newly-announced HTC EVO Design 4G will have a mid-range price but include some high-end features, such as a qHD display, 4G, and dual-cameras. It's going to be released by[...]

Nokia to Finally Unveil First Windows Phone 7 Handsets Next Week

Nokia will be launching new devices running Windows Phone next week at Nokia World, confirms Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer claimed the first Windows Phone 7 handsets produced by Nokia,[...]

Android OS 4.0 Upgrades Should Be Out By Year’s End

The full unveiling of Android OS 4.0 was last night, and today users of smartphones and tablets running the previous versions are wondering "When can I upgrade?" According to Google's[...]

Images Reveal AT&T’s Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash

Last month AT&T pre-announced two upcoming Samsung smartphones, the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash. While the carrier was carefree to share the specs of these handsets, which are both[...]

ThinkFree Mobile Office for Android OS Review: An Office Suite for Phones

The full version of ThinkFree Office is the least costly of all the paid Office-compatible suites for Android. Is it worth $9.99 to you? Read the full review to find[...]

HTC Amaze 4G First Look Review

T-Mobile recently introduced the HTC Amaze 4G, an Android smartphone that has one of the best cameras available on a handset. It's no slouch in other areas either -- it[...]

With Steve Jobs Passing, Apple Looks to New Leadership

With the passing of Steve Jobs, two men who previously worked behind the scenes have been thrust into the limelight: the new CEO Tim Cook, and the head of product[...]

Apple iPhone 4S Review: The Best Gets Better

Apple's fifth-generation smartphone isn't what many people were expecting - instead of a re-designed model, the iPhone 4S is a speed-bumped version of last year's offering. How does this new[...]

Verizon Commits to Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was unveiled earlier this week, and Verizon Wireless has made itself the first U.S. carrier to officially promise to offer it. The Galaxy Nexus will be[...]

HTC EVO Design 4G

The HTC EVO Design 4G has a mid-range price but includes some high-end features, such as a qHD display, 4G, and dual-cameras. Review HTC EVO Design 4G Review: A Good[...]

Sprint Salutes the Motorola Admiral with PTT

The Motorola Admiral, Sprint's first Android-powered handset to offer the carrier's Direct Connect Push To Talk service, is now available at this carrier's stores. The business-oriented smartphone costs $100 with[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9900 Finally Coming to AT&T

Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile all introduced the latest versions of the BlackBerry Bold in August, but not AT&T. This carier says the wait won't be much longer, however.

10 Cool Business Apps for iPhones and Android OS Phones

Here are ten of the coolest apps for taking care of business while you're on the go, whether you're using an iPhone or an Android-based device.

Demand for Free iPhone So High, AT&T Is Sold Out

Some people demand the latest and greatest, but not everyone. Case in point: AT&T is selling the free iPhone 3GS faster than Apple can make it.

HTC Promises Android OS 4.0 Upgrades for as Many Devices as Possible

Google announced Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) a few days ago, and many people are eagerly awaiting a system software upgrade for their smartphone or tablet. HTC says it[...]

Samsung Transform Ultra Slated for Sprint

Samsung has just announced its latest Android smartphone, the Transform Ultra, which will be heading to Sprint. Powered with an Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread OS, the device will feature a[...]

HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone Launching Next Week from T-Mobile

After announcing it last month, T-Mobile has revealed the launch date for its first Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone that will be able to access its 4G HSPA+ network.

4G World: Qualcomm Gives the Scoop on its New 2.5GHz S4 Snapdragon Processor

Qualcomm's vice president of product management, Reiner Klement, spoke at 4G World today, where he detailed the company's next generation Snapdragon system-on-a-chip, the S4.

LG DoublePlay Said to Hit T-Mobile Nov. 2

An unconfirmed report may have revealed the release date for T-Mobile's latest LG smartphone, the DoublePlay. Though T-Mobile has yet to confirm, we could be seeing this unusual dual-screen device[...]

Motorola Commits to Android OS 4.0 Upgrades for Three Recent Models

Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was unveiled a week ago, and since then device makers have starting talking about when current smartphones are going to be getting upgrades. The[...]

4G World: Qualcomm’s Hellberg Talks Future of HSPA+ and LTE

As part of Qualcomm's "3G & 4G and Chipset Evolution" workshop at 4G World in Chicago, Qualcomm's director of technical management, Rasmus Hellberg, spoke on the future of 4G wireless[...]

Samsung Exhibit II 4G Launches Tomorrow at Walmart

T-Mobile has just announced the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, an Android-based smartphone which will be available starting tomorrow, Oct. 27. Running on the carrier's 4G HSPA+ network, the Exhibit II[...]

4G World: Sprint Aiming for 12 LTE Smartphones by Mid-2012, Switching to LTE Advanced in 2013

Sprint recently announced plans to switch from using WiMAX as its 4G standard to LTE. The carrier has revealed more details about this plan at 4G World, going on now[...]

Nokia Reveals Its First Windows-based Smartphones

Nokia has just unveiled a slew of new Microsoft Windows phones at the company's Nokia World. This includes both high-end and mid-range devices in the new Lumia series.

Motorola Droid Bionic vs. Motorola Photon 4G: LTE and WiMAX Go Head-to-Head

Although they sport different looks, the Motorola Droid Bionic and Photon 4G have a lot in common, including being cutting-edge phones on two major carriers. We compare both to help[...]

4G World: News From the Floor

A round up of a couple of the more interesting news, software, and devices from the 4G World show floor, including Google Wallet and Huawei's T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile Hotspot.

Motorola Droid RAZR Can Now Be Pre-Ordered from Verizon

Verizon is now taking pre-orders for its latest high-end Android smartphone, the Motorola Droid RAZR. This model won't be short on features, including a large screen and dual-core processor, even[...]

4G World: The Future of NFC

Speakers at the NFC Summit at this year's 4G World had plenty to say about the future of NFC (Near Field Communications) and its potential applications for mobile payments and[...]

Google Nexus One: No Ice Cream Sandwich for You!

The original "GooglePhone" has reached the end of the line: it is too out-of-date for Google to be able to release a version of Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)[...]

Corel Slingshot for iOS Review: Share Photos From Your iPhone Through Facebook

Corel's Slingshot app lets you easily share pictures from your iPhone through Facebook and email. Read the full review to see its strengths and weaknesses of this free app.

The End of Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson is coming to an end. Sony Corp will be buying out its Swedish mobile phone partner, Ericsson, for $1.5 billion, as it pursues an opportunity to better integrate[...]

4G World: Where Does 4G Go From Here?

The "Next-Gen 4G Devices" superpanel at the 4G World conference discussed some of the factors that are going to drive the adoption of high-speed wireless networks, including apps and mobile[...]

Motorola Droid 4 Will Sport 4G LTE

Images and specs of the fourth-generation Droid have leaked out, giving the world an advanced look at this upcoming Verizon model. It's apparently keeping the sliding keyboard from its predecessors,[...]

Sprint’s Costs for iPhone and LTE Are Going to Strain the Company

Sprint Nextel Corp. has revealed key details of its recent deal with Apple to sell the iPhone. While the launch of the successful device will hopefully further the company's turnaround,[...]

Smartphone Growth Declines in 3Q, But Total Phone Market Still Growing

It appears smartphone growth declined in key mature markets this past quarter. Economically strong regions like the U. S. and Western Europe experienced a year-over-year decline of shipments of mobile[...]

New HP CEO: No Decision On webOS Yet

HP CEO Meg Whitman says that her company is still considering what to do with the webOS. Her predecessor had ended production of smartphones and tablets running this operating system,[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Review: T-Mobile’s Best Android Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S II pulls out all the stops, offering virtually every feature a smartphone shopper is looking for. T-Mobile's version of this Android device has a 1.5 GHz[...]

4G World: AT&T Impulse 4G by Huawei Impressions

Chinese manufacturer Huawei was one of the few exhibitors showing off its consumer devices on the show floor at 4G World in Chicago. Among those devices was the AT&T Impulse[...]

LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Landing at AT&T on Sunday

AT&T has just announced its first 4G LTE smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. While Sprint and T-Mobile launched their versions of this smartphone earlier this fall, AT&T[...]

HTC Vivid Bringing Its 4G LTE Speed to AT&T

AT&T has just unveiled its first pair of smartphones with 4G LTE support. One of the will be the HTC Vivid, a cutting-edge device with a dual-core processor and a[...]

HTC Rezound Music-Oriented Smartphone Makes an Early Appearance at Verizon

The HTC Rezound for Verizon made its first appearance in an ad running in a few Big Red stores three days before the two companies are set to announce the[...]

HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone Arrives Early at T-Mobile

The HTC Radar 4G wasn't scheduled to launch from T-Mobile until Wednesday, but it's available now on this carrier's website. The device runs Windows Phone 7.5, the latest version of[...]

HTC Rhyme Review: A Phone with a Feminine Touch

Verizon's HTC Rhyme isn't your usual Android smartphone. It sports a design and accessories that have been crafted to appeal to women, which is why Brighthand asked a woman to[...]