November 2009 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for November 2009. 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 November of 2009

Below are the 113 SmartPhone articles for November of 2009

Samsung Moment

This smartphone is a slider featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED touchscreen It is available exclusively from Sprint, and supports this carrier’s EV-DO Rev. A wireless[...]

HTC Droid Eris Will Be the Most Affordable Android Device on the Market

A document leaking out of Verizon Wireless essentially confirms that this carrier is going to release the HTC Droid Eris next week. This will apparently be the most affordable Android-based[...]

Samsung Instinct HD Review

The Samsung Instinct HD is a smartphone that emphasizes its high-resolution camera. Jen Edwards brings us a review of this touchscreen-based device, which is the first in the Instinct series[...]

Use Your iPhone To Identify Stars and Constellations

Distant Suns is an iPhone application that lets users identify the planets, constellations, over a hundred galaxies and star clusters, and thousands of stars.

Samsung Moment Now Available from Sprint

Sprint has released its second Android-based smartphone, the Samsung Moment. This new model features a 3.2-inch AM-OLED screen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an optical joystick, fast processor, and Wi-Fi.

T-Mobile USA Now Lets New Customers Buy the Motorola Cliq

When T-Mobile USA released the Motorola Cliq last month, only this carrier's current customers could buy it. This smartphone is now available to anyone who is interested in a slider[...]

Motorola Droid May Be Released by T-Mobile USA

Verizon is going to launch the much-anticipated Motorola Droid later this week, and an unconfirmed report says this Android-based smartphone with a very large touchscreen and sliding keyboard is also[...]

Most Popular Smartphones of October 2009

At the beginning of each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones and other mobile devices that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks.

Redfly Mobile Companion Now Compatible with BlackBerry Smartphones

Celio Corp has just released software that allows the Redfly the be used with some of the latest BlackBerry models. This accessory, previously available only for Windows Mobile, turns a[...]

Motorola Milestone Will Be Europe’s Version of the Droid

The Motorola Droid has been making big waves in the U.S., and now Europeans don't have to feel left out: this high-end smartphone sporting a large touchscreen and the latest[...]

HTC HD2 Global Debut Coming Next Week

One of the most anticipated smartphones of the season is close to release. The HTC HD2 is going to be introduced by T-Mobile UK, apparently making it the first carrier[...]

Xperia X10: Sony Ericsson’s First Android Smartphone

Sony Ericsson has taken the wraps off the Xperia X10, an upcoming smartphone running Google's Android OS that will be packed with high-end features, including a very large, high-resolution display[...]

Beta of Opera Mobile 10 Web Browser Released for Symbian S60

Opera has created a native version of its Opera Mobile web browser for Symbian S60v3 and S60v5 devices. This is an advanced browser with ties to its desktop counterpart.

Celio Redfly for BlackBerry Review

The Celio Redfly is an accessory that turns a smartphone into a netbook by giving the phone a large external screen and keyboard. Software released today allows this to work[...]

Samsung Moment Review

Sprint's second Android-based smartphone, the Samsung Moment, features a 3.2-inch AM-OLED screen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an optical joystick, fast processor, and Wi-Fi. Jen Edwards brings us a review.

HTC HD2 Uber Smartphone Definitely Coming to the U.S. Next Year

The HTC HD2 is launching in Europe this week, but Americans won't be left out for long -- HTC promised today this very high-end smartphone will be released in the[...]

Verizon Promises Tethering Support for the Motorola Droid

Although Verizon isn't going to offer tethering on the Motorola Droid at launch, it will add this feature early next year. This feature will allow this Android smartphone to function[...]

Over 100,000 Apps Now Available on the iPhone App Store

Apple has just announced that developers have created over 100,000 apps for the App Store, the official source for iPhone and iPod touch software

New Study Warns that Cell Phone Use May Slightly Increase Cancer Risk

An extensive study overseen by the World Health Organization has found that cell phone use may cause a slight but measurable increase in several types of tumors, some of which[...]

Samsung Jack Gets an Upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5

AT&T has released an operating system upgrade for the Samsung Jack, jumping it up to the latest version of Microsoft Windows Mobile. This brings some tweaks to the user interface,[...]

Verizon Stores Will Open Early on the Droid’s Launch Day

Many of Verizon Wireless retail stores will open early tomorrow for the launch of the Motorola Droid, a hotly-anticipated Android-powered smartphone.

Verizon Will Launch the BlackBerry Curve 8530 Later this Month

BlackBerry Curve 8530 is going to be available from Verizon Wireless in time for the holiday shopping season. This is an updated version of one of RIM's most popular consumer-oriented[...]

HTC Droid Eris Is Coming To Verizon Tomorrow for a Low Price

Verizon Wireless has just announced that it will release the HTC Droid Eris tomorrow, making it the second Android-based device this carrier has scheduled for that day. The Droid Eris[...]

Photoshop Mobile for iPhone Enables Photo Editing on the Go

Photoshop.com Mobile for iPhone debuted not too long ago, and quickly proved to be popular -- it was downloaded over 1 million times from Apple's App Store in the first[...]

Sprint Commits to the BlackBerry Curve 8530, Too

Sprint has promised to introduce the BlackBerry Curve 8530, the latest model in the venerable Curve series of consumer-oriented smartphones.

Motorola Droid Review

The Motorola Droid turns heads with its WVGA+ display, sliding keyboard, 5 MPx camera, and a 16 GB memory card. Brighthand Editor Ed Hardy brings us a review of this[...]

Motorola Droid

The Motorola Droid was once the flagship Android OS device, and though it has been surpassed by bigger and faster models, that’s to upgrades it’s still running the latest version[...]

Verizon Has Launched the Droid and Droid Eris

The wait is over: Verizon Wireless is now offering the Motorola Droid, the new flagship of Google's Android OS. It also just put the HTC Droid Eris on sale, a[...]

Verizon Doubling the Cost of Tethering the Droid

Verizon has promised that Motorola Droid users will be able to tether their smartphone at some point next year. This carrier has also revealed that it's going to ask customers[...]

Dell Mini 3iX Android-Based Smartphone Gets FCC Approval

Dell's first Android smartphone just took another step toward being released in the U.S.: it has received FCC approval. And the version being approved has features not seen in this[...]

Palm Demos Graphical webOS Development Tool

Palm demonstrated an upcoming development tool for webOS apps yesterday. This graphical tool has been designed to simplify the process of making software for devices like the Palm Pre and[...]

Apple May Release a $99 iPhone 3GS Soon

Apple is reportedly considering replacing the iPhone 3G in its lineup with a stripped-down version of the newer iPhone 3GS. This will supposedly have the same amount of storage as[...]

Samsung Behold II Getting Close to Release

Although T-Mobile USA has committed to releasing the Samsung Behold II in the near future, is hasn't said exactly when. That date is clearly getting close, as this carrier has[...]

Photoshop for Android Now Available

Adobe Systems has released a version of Photoshop.com Mobile for Android, giving users of smartphones running Google's OS some basic image-editing tools and photo-sharing capabilities.

Nokia Learning Many Lessons from Ovi

Nokia's Ovi platform has taken its share of knocks for poor service, implementation, and weakness as a competitor to the Apple iTunes platform. In a recent interview, one of this[...]

Barnes & Noble Seeing Heavy Demand for Nook E-Book Reader

When Barnes & Noble unveiled its electronic book reader, it said the Nook was scheduled for a late November release. The company is apparently going to make that deadline, but[...]

Verizon Puts the iPhone on the Island of Misfit Toys

Verizon Wireless' TV ad campaign attacking the Apple iPhone continues. The latest commercial evokes a holiday classic, with the iPhone appearing on the Island of Misfit Toys.

Nokia X6 Music Smartphone to Be Available This Week

Nokia's latest music-oriented smartphone, the Nokia X6, will be released in just a few days, alongside other music announcements from the Finnish mobile device maker. The X6 will be a[...]

Pricing for T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Bold 9700 Leaks out

Although T-Mobile has promised to release the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in the near future, it hasn't revealed what it plans to charge for this upcoming smartphone. That hasn't stopped this[...]

Slacker Radio Now Available for Android

Google's Android is the latest mobile OS to get a version of the Slacker Radio app. This gives users of smartphones like the Motorola Droid and HTC Hero free access[...]

Google Buying Mobile Advertising Company

Google, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire AdMob, a company specializing in mobile advertising, both on websites and in software. This will expand Google's ability to serve ads in[...]

Motorola Droid May Soon Get a System Software Update

Verizon Wireless and Motorola are reportedly working on an update for the system software on the Motorola Droid that will fix a number of small bugs. A similar software update[...]

HTC Considering Making a Netbook

The chief executive for HTC says his company is considering offering a netbook, if it can come up with a design that's unique enough to stand out from the competition.[...]

02 Asking More for the Motorola Milestone Than Expected

O2 Germany is now taking pre-orders for the Motorola Milestone, the GSM version of the Motorola Droid. Potential customers may be surprised by the cost though, as an earlier rumor[...]

iPhone Mini May Be Headed to Verizon Next Year

The next generation of Apple's iPhone will be available from both AT&T and Verizon, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This device will supposedly be significantly smaller than the[...]

Nokia N900 High-End Smartphone Now Shipping

Nokia has just announced that the highly-anticipated Nokia N900 has started shipping. This device -- the first smartphone running the Linux-based operating system Maemo -- has a WVGA screen, sliding[...]

Verizon Sold 100,000 Motorola Droids on Launch Weekend

The Motorola Droid debuted last Friday, and one market analysts estimates that around 100,000 units of this Android-based smartphone were sold in the first few days it was available.

Google Making Wi-Fi Free in Airports Across the U.S. this Holiday Season

Google Inc. has just announced that it is working with airports across the U.S. as well as several hotspot providers to offer free Wi-Fi as a holiday gift. Free access[...]

Windows Mobile 7 Will Go to Device Makers in Early 2010

Smartphone makers will reportedly get Windows Mobile 7 in the first quarter of next year, allowing them to begin work on a new generation of smartphones. These won't be released[...]

T-Mobile USA Rolling Out 3G Service at 7.2 Mbps this Year

T-Mobile was slow to get on the 3G bandwagon, but it has worked hard to catch up. By the end of next month, it will have HSPA service running at[...]

DataViz Documents To Go 2.0 for Android Review

DataViz Documents To Go 2.0 lets users of Android-based phones work view and edit Microsoft Office files. Mark Shryock brings us a review of this app that includes support for[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9700

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the second model in this series. It has the same general design as its predecessor, including a QWERTY keyboard, but with a new look. It[...]

Nokia X6

The Nokia X6 is a high-end Symbian^1 smartphone with a focus on music playback. It has a tablet shape with a 3.2-inch, 360×640 touchscreen. Tis smartphone also includes 16 GB[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Debuts in the U.K.

Vodafone and T-Mobile UK have become the first carriers worldwide to offer RIM's latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Bold 9700. This version is smaller than its predecessor, but still sports an[...]

Nokia N900 Already Getting More Affordable

The Nokia N900 hasn't even debuted yet, and a price competition has already started, causing several retailers to bring their prices down to about $100 below the official one. Still,[...]

Windows Marketplace for Mobile Now Lets Consumers Shop on their PC

Microsoft's software shop debuted with the release of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices last month. Although it was created to be an on-device way to get apps, there is now a[...]

Saygus Vphone Will Be a High-End Android Smartphone

A small company might make a big noise in the Android market: the Saygus Vphone will be a high-end smartphone with a large touchscreen, sliding keyboard, and a video-conferencing camera.[...]

Motorola Droid Users Are Heavy Web Surfers

The Motorola Droid launched a few days ago, and owners haven't wasted time making use of the web browser. According to a web analysis company, over a third of web[...]

Palm Pixi Selling for Just $25

The Palm Pixi, the second webOS-powered smartphone, is set to be released exclusively by Sprint this weekend. The official price is $100, but one online retailer has undercut that by[...]

Samsung Behold II Will Launch Next Week

T-Mobile USA has made it official: its next Android-powered smartphone will debut in just a few days. The Samsung Behold II will be this carrier's first with a large AM-OLED[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9700 First Impressions Review

The BlackBerry Bold 9700, sometimes called the Bold2, is smaller than its predecessor, but still sports an HVGA screen, keyboard, Wi-Fi, 3G and more. Shaun Mahal brings us his first[...]

Small System Software Update Released for the BlackBerry Bold 9000

RIM and AT&T have introduced a small update for the system software on the original BlackBerry Bold. This is not the much-anticipated upgrade to BlackBerry OS 5.0, however.

AT&T Responds to Verizon’s Attack Ads

In recent weeks, Verizon has been running a series of commercials which emphasize that its 3G network is significantly larger than AT&T's. AT&T has issued a statement that defends its[...]

T-Mobile Will Introduce the BlackBerry Bold 9700 on Monday

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will have its U.S. debut on Monday. T-Mobile USA will be the first carrier in this country to offer RIM's latest smartphone, which will also be[...]

Palm webOS 1.3.1 Brings Yahoo Calendar and Contacts Synchronization

Palm is releasing a new version of the system software for the Palm Pre and Pixi. webOS 1.3.1 brings additional support for synchronizing with Yahoo's services, as well as[...]

Adobe Flash Player for Android, webOS Will Be Available in 2010

Adobe Systems has promised users of phones running Google's Android and Palm's webOS that they will get a browser plug-in with Flash support in the first half of next year.[...]

Palm Pixi

The Pixi can be thought of as the successor to Palm’s popular Centro series. Like those earlier consumer-friendly models, it has an easily pocketable design with a touchscreen, keyboard, and[...]

Palm Pixi Is Now Available

Sprint is now offering the Palm Pixi, an entry-level webOS-powered smartphone that is the successor to Palm's Centro line. Like those earlier models, it has an easily pocketable design with[...]

Palm Pixi Video Preview

The Palm Pixi is debuting today, and Brighthand has a video overview of this new device, the second with Palm's webOS. This smartphone has a slimmer design than its predecessor,[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Now Available from T-Mobile

T-Mobile has just released the BlackBerry Bold 9700, making it the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to do so. This device -- sometimes called the Bold2 -- has an[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Expected in February

The Android-based Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is scheduled to launch in February, meaning a relatively long wait for those interested in this device's very large, high-resolution display and 1 GHz[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 -- sometimes called the Bold2 -- sports an HVGA screen, keyboard, Wi-Fi, 3G and more. Shaun Mahal says this device's enhanced feature set and improved design[...]

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Coming Soon to AT&T

AT&T has become the latest wireless carrier to commit to offering the newest version of the BlackBerry Curve. This inexpensive smartphone's hardware and software have been updated, and it offers[...]

Microsoft’s Smartphone Software Store Expands to Windows Mobile 6.1, 6.0

Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft's on-device app store for smartphones, was once available only for devices running the latest version of Windows Mobile, but support has now been extended to[...]

Palm Pixi First Impressions Review

The new Palm Pixi is in many ways a successor to the Palm Centro: small, inexpensive, and useful. Jen Edwards says the second webOS-based smartphone -- which debuted from Sprint[...]

Mark/Space Releases Beta of Desktop Sync Software for Android

Mark/Space has introduced a beta version of its desktop synchronization software for most smartphones running Google's operating system. This can sync contacts and transfer music and video between Android 1.x[...]

Nokia E72 Debuts in Europe

The Nokia E72 QWERTY smartphone was announced this summer, and it has just now been released in Europe. The U.S. release for the replacement for the popular Nokia E71 isn't[...]

Sprint’s Samsung Moment and HTC Hero Now Selling for Just $100

Thanks to an electronics retailer, both of Sprint's Android-powered smartphones are available for well below their suggested prices. Sprint is asking $180 each for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment,[...]

Did Motorola Fix the Droid’s Camera?

Many users of the Motorola Droid are reporting that their smartphone's camera is working better today. Neither Verizon nor Motorola has said anything, but the software for this model has[...]

Smartphone Holiday 2009 Buyer’s Guide

There has never been a better time to get a smartphone, either for someone on your shopping list or as a little present for yourself. Thereis a wide array of[...]

HTC Prepping an Android Smartphone with 1 GHz Processor, Large Screen

Evidence is mounting that HTC will soon release a new Android-based phone with a large touchscreen and a fast processor. According to unconfirmed reports, this model is headed for Verizon[...]

Samsung Behold II

The Samsung Behold II is T-Mobile’s first with a large AM-OLED display, and the first Android phone with the TouchWiz user interface. It has a tablet shape, and includes a[...]

Samsung Behold II: Launch Day

T-Mobile USA has just begun offering its latest phone running Google's Android OS. The Samsung Behold II is this carrier's first with a large AM-OLED display, and the first Android[...]

Samsung Behold II First Impressions Review

The Samsung Behold II is a Google Android-powered smartphone designed for a chic look but containing powerful features. Antoine Wright brings us his first impressions of this device, which is[...]

Nokia N900 Now Shipping To Early Adopters

Nokia has begun shipping its first Maemo-based smartphone to customers in the U.S. who pre-ordered it. The Nokia N900 is not yet available for those who put in an order[...]

Rumors of a gPhone Still Persist

Even though Google has settled into the role of making an operating system for others to use, rumors of a Google-branded phone still circulate on the Web. The latest of[...]

Mysterious Firmware Update Released for Sprint’s HTC Hero

Sprint and HTC have released a system software update for the HTC Hero. However, they have done so without revealing any of the changes that are included.

Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 Beta Now Available

Microsoft is launching Office 2010, and this includes a version for Windows phones. Like its predecessors, this suite of apps lets users edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. The latest[...]

Apple’s Super-Sized iPhone Tablet May Launch Later than Expected

Apple's unannounced but much-rumored tablet computer apparently isn't going to debut in the first half of 2010 has had been previously thought. Instead, the release has been pushed back by[...]

Palm Pre Now Available for $80

The giant webstore Amazon.com is now offering the Palm Pre at well below the regular price for those who are switching to Sprint to get this webOS-based smartphone. The Pre[...]

Judge Says Verizon’s Ads are ”Sneaky” but Allowable

The two largest wireless carriers in the U.S. are fighting it out in federal court over a series of TV ads. AT&T wants Verizon's latest commercials blocked, but a judge[...]

Samsung Omnia II May Finally Be Coming Early Next Month

The long-awaited Samsung Omnia II may finally be getting close to release by Verizon. According to an unconfirmed report, this Windows Phone with an AM-OLED display and the TouchWiz user[...]

First Images and Details of the Motorola Motus Come to Light

Specifications and an image of what will apparently be Motorola's third Android-powered smartphone have leaked out. This device will supposedly have much in common with the Motorola Cliq, but with[...]

Palm webOS 1.3.1 on the Way to Europe

Palm introduced webOS 1.3.1 in the U.S. a week ago, and now this system software update is heading for Palm Pre users in Europe. The major enhancement is support for[...]

Samsung Omnia II Will Definitely Launch Next Week

Verizon has made it official: the Samsung Omnia II is going to be released early in December. This smartphone will have an AM-OLED display, the TouchWiz user interface, and the[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Preview

The Android-based Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has drawn a great deal of attention with its very large, high-resolution display and 1 GHz processor. TechnologyGuide Editor Jerry Jackson brings us his[...]

Google Maps Navigation Now Available for Android 1.6

Part of the debut of Android 2.0 was the launch of Google's new, free, navigation service. This is also now available for phones running Android 1.6, such as the T-Mobile[...]

BlackBerry Media Sync Updated with New Options for Photos

RIM offers a free app that lets BlackBerry smartphone users synchronize their multimedia files between their PC or Mac and their mobile device. There's a new version of this software[...]

HTC Droid Eris Available Free for New Verizon Customers

The HTC Droid Eris is the least expensive Android OS phone released this fall, and now one retailer is selling it for even less: free for those are switching to[...]

Gameloft Promises Android 2.0 Games

Recently, there were reports that one of the biggest mobile game developers had lost interest in Google's Android OS, but Gameloft says that it's prepping games for several versions of[...]

Much-Anticipated N900 Now In Stock at Nokia

The Nokia N900 began shipping to a lucky few last week, but it's now listed as "in stock" on Nokia USA's website. Other retailers are still waiting for their supplies[...]

Next-Generation iPhone Apparently Already Being Tested

Apple has apparently begun testing its next smartphone, even though this is not expected to be released for many months. A third-party software developer reports that one of its apps[...]

Barnes & Noble Nook E-Book Reader Won’t Be In Stores this Week

Barnes & Noble has been nearly overwhelmed by pre-orders for its upcoming Nook e-book reader, to the point where it has decided to not bring this device to its stores[...]

Xbox Live Client Now Available for iPhones

Hard-core Xbox gamers and iPhone users can now use their smartphone to send/receive messages from other Xbox Live users and keep track of their friends' stats.

Nokia N900

The Nokia N900 has the same general shape as Nokia’s earlier Internet Tablets: a slider with a large WVGA touchscreen and a landscape-oriented keyboard. However, unlike its predecessors, this is[...]

Android 2.1 Getting Closer to Release

When Android 2.0 was released earlier this month, those with devices running the previous version began to wonder when they would get an upgrade. That date is apparently getting close[...]

HTC Hero, Samsung Moment Now Available for $70

Sprint's launched its first two Android-based devices this fall, and thanks to the retailer Best Buy the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment are available at an especially low price: $70[...]

New Beta of Palm OS Emulator for Nokia Internet Tablets Released

The most recent beta of the Palm OS emulator for Nokia Internet Tablets was set to expire, but Access Co. Ltd. has released a new one. This has no new[...]

Palm Pixi Review

The new Palm Pixi is in many ways a successor to the Palm Centro: small, inexpensive, and useful. Jen Edwards brings us a review of the second webOS device, which[...]