February 2011 SmartPhone Articles

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

Below are the 110 SmartPhone articles for February of 2011

AT&T to Greatly Expand Its Catalog of Android Devices

Now that its iPhone exclusivity is coming to an end, AT&T appears to be ramping up its Android OS support, if a leaked internal document from the company is legitimate.[...]

Upcoming LG Optimus Smartphone To Sport 3D Display and 3D Camera

LG officially staked its claim as the first company to offer a full 3D smartphone when it announced today that it will be unveiling the LG Optimus 3D at the[...]

HTC Inspire 4G To Be a High-End Smartphone for a Mid-Range Price

AT&T has just announced that the HTC Inspire is going to debut much earlier than expected. This high-end Android OS model is going to break new ground for AT&T in[...]

Most Popular Smartphones of January 2011

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. January's list includes a number of upcoming high-end[...]

Samsung Gets Specific About the Galaxy S 4G

In anticipation of a February release of its Galaxy S 4G smartphone, Samsung made an official statement today about the details of its "fastest smartphone running on America's largest 4G[...]

View a Remote PC’s Desktop from Your iPhone with join.me

The free screen-sharing software of LogMeIn's join.me service is now available for all iOS devices. People everywhere can connect their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches to a remote desktop, have[...]

Verizon Hints that the HTC ThunderBolt Is Coming Soon

When the HTC ThunderBolt was unveiled at CES, Verizon said it wouldn't be on the market until March at the earliest. The wireless carrier has now suggested that the launch[...]

New Android Market Website Allows Users to Find, Buy Apps on their PC

While most of the focus during today's event at Google headquarters went to Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) and tablets, there was an announcement that affects smartphone users: the Android Market[...]

HTC Inspire 4G First-Look Review

AT&T's next smartphone is going to be the HTC Inspire 4G, which is going to have a high-end set of specifications: a 4.3-inch display, Android OS 2.2, an 8 megapixel[...]

Verizon Customers Can Now Pre-order an Apple iPhone

Verizon Wireless has just begun taking pre-orders for its version of the Apple iPhone 4 from its current customers. Those who plan to switch to this carrier to get Apple's[...]

HTC ThunderBolt Pre-orders Could Start on Sunday

In the wake of a broad hint from Verizon that the HTC ThunderBolt is going to hit store shelves soon comes a report that the retailer Best Buy is going[...]

Apple iOS 4.3 Might Be Released for the iPhone on February 13

A couple of reviewers may have spilled the beans about the timing of an upcoming iOS update: though it has yet to be confirmed, speculation has pointed to a February[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Price and Release Date Announced

AT&T has just revealed what the Motorola Atrix 4G is going to cost when it debuts early next month. Those who are eager to get their hands on this cutting-edge[...]

Dragon Dictation for iPhone Review

Dragon Dictation is a free voice-to-text app for the iPhone and other iOS-based devices. It allows users to dictate emails, Facebook posts, and other messages with just their voice. Daniel[...]

Dell Venue Now For Sale, Shipping Later this Month

Dell has begun taking pre-orders for its next smartphone running Google's Android OS. The Dell Venue is going to offer a high-end feature set, highlighted with a large AMOLED screen[...]

AT&T Outlines Details of Mobile Hotspot App, Also Improves Tethering Plan

AT&T has given the details on its new mobile hotspot application, which will launch later this month. One nice feature of this is being carried over to the company's current[...]

Verizon iPhone 4 Is Already Sold Out

Demand of Verizon Wireless' version of the Apple iPhone 4 was expected to be high, but is was apparently higher than expected. Just a day after this carrier began taking[...]

HTC Inspire 4G Can Now Be Pre-ordered

The HTC Inspire 4G isn't set to launch until later this month, but those who are eager to get AT&T's first Android OS smartphone with a 4.3-inch display can now[...]

Verizon Takes Controversial Measures to Prevent Wireless Data Slowdown

Much to the dismay of data hogs on the Verizon network, it has recently been revealed that Big Red is going to be throttling the data speeds of those users[...]

America Has Become the LTE Role Model

In this inaugural column, our European correspondent Dragan Petric explains why Verizon was able to launch its LTE network well ahead of just about all European countries. This is just[...]

Apple’s iPhone and Other iOS Products Now Account for 2% of Global Web Traffic

A recent evaluation of which operating systems people across the globe used when browsing online has shown that devices running Apple iOS account for 2.05% of worldwide web browsing. [...]

Palm Pre 2 Could Finally Be Coming to Verizon this Month

When the Palm Pre 2 was unveiled last year, HP said this webOS-based smartphone is going to be released by Verizon Wireless. More than three months later, this still hasn't[...]

HTC ThunderBolt with Verizon 4G Can Now Be Pre-ordered

The hotly-anticipated HTC ThunderBolt can now be pre-ordered exclusively from the retailer Best Buy. This high-end Android OS model is going to be Verizon's first smartphone with support for its[...]

Having Your iPhone Stolen Can Have a Happy Ending: A Real-World Experience

Last week. Allison Johnson, Site Editor for Digital Camera Review, got some bad news. Her boyfriend had just been mugged, and the thieves got away with his iPhone 4. But[...]

Nokia E7 To Begin Shipping this Week

The Nokia E7, which was originally scheduled to launch late last year, is finally going to start reaching customer's hands this week. This business-oriented device is going to run Symbian^3[...]

TeleNav GPS Service Launching for Verizon iPhone

A TeleNav GPS app will be available in the iTunes store shortly after the launch of the Verizon iPhone on February 10. The navigation software will have a couple of[...]

Smartphone Shipments Grew Strongly in 2010, But Some Companies Did Better than Others

The market for smartphones is growing rapidly, with all companies showing an increase in the number of units shipped from 2009-2010. Some companies, however, have experienced significantly more growth than[...]

Sprint to Reveal Dual-Touchscreen Android Smartphone Tonight

Sprint looks to double the pleasure of its customers later today when it officially reveals the Echo, an upcoming dual-touchscreen smartphone running Google's Android OS.

Some Lucky People Already Getting their Verizon iPhone

Verizon's official launch date for the Apple iPhone 4 isn't until Thursday, but some of those who pre-ordered this device last week got a surprise package this morning.

Sprint’s Kyocera Echo Will Sport Two 3.5-inch Displays

Sprint has taken the wraps off the Kyocera Echo, an upcoming Android OS smartphone with an unusual design featuring a pair of 3.5-inch touchscreens. This device can be put into[...]

TI Announces New OMAP 5 Processors for Mobile Devices

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a powerful new family of processors that it claims will make smartphones and tablets as capable as PCs. TI's OMAP 5 chips will not be[...]

Mark Your Calendars: the Apple iPhone 5 Could Debut on…

The dates for Apple's next Worldwide Developer Conference may have leaked out. Steve Jobs has used this event in previous years to announce his company's new smartphones, raising the possibility[...]

Verizon’s 4G-enabled HTC ThunderBolt Delayed

Bad news for those of you who are waiting with baited breath for Verizon to release the HTC ThunderBolt: it looks like this high-end Android OS smartphone has been delayed,[...]

Kyocera Echo Hands-On Preview

The Kyocera Echo is going to sport an unusual design featuring not one, but two 3.5-inch touchscreens. Jacqueline Emigh was at the official unveiling of this upcoming Android OS smartphone,[...]

Gmail’s Priority Inbox Going Mobile for More Than Just Android OS

Google's Priority Inbox, an innovative way of automatically highlighting important email messages, had only been available on PCs and Android smartphones, but is now making its way to a host[...]

Best Buy Offers Electronic Buy Back Program; Competing with eBay and Craigslist

Best Buy is looking to take old -- but not too old --technology off of customers' hands. The electronics behemoth has launched a buy-back program, offering up to 50% of[...]

Verizon iPhone 4 Online Sales Resume, but Delivery Won’t Be Quick

Both Verizon and Apple are now taking orders for this carrier's version of the iPhone 4. But those ordering this highly sought after smartphone today could still face a wait[...]

HP Pre3 and Veer webOS Smartphones Unveiled

HP has just officially announced a pair of webOS 2.1 smartphones: the Pre 3 is going to have a 3.6-inch display, while the Veer will be a much smaller option.[...]

Verizon iPhone 4 Now Available in Stores

People lined up outside Verizon and Apple stores overnight to get the first version of the iPhone 4 to be offered by a carrier other than AT&T. This smartphone went[...]

HP Breaks Promise — webOS 2.0 Upgrades for Palm Pre and Pixi Not Coming

Jon Rubinstein, the head of HP's mobile division and former CEO of Palm Inc., has some bad news for most users of his company's smartphones: the Palm Pre and Palm[...]

VIDEO: HTC ThunderBolt Preview

Here is Brighthand’s video preview of the HTC ThunderBolt.

Nokia May Put Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 on Its Future Smartphones

Nokia and Microsoft apparently aren't far from teaming up in an attempt to compete with the dominance of Google and Apple in the smartphone market, according to an unconfirmed report[...]

T-Mobile Offering All Its Smartphones for Free in Pre-Valentine’s Day Sale

Valentine's Day and free smartphones don't necessarily seem to go hand-in-hand, but they will this year as T-Mobile offers its entire phone line-up (including smartphones and new models) for free[...]

Nokia Dropping Symbian and MeeGo, Going with Windows Phone 7

In a dramatic change of strategy, Nokia announced a plan this morning to make Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 its default operating system. In the future, Nokia will stop developing operating[...]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Pricing Revealed

During Samsung's official Galaxy S 4G statement earlier this month the company released a ton of specs about this upcoming Android OS smartphone but didn't disclose one important detail: price.[...]

HP Pre 2 Now Available for Pre-order for Verizon Customers

Talk about having your thunder stolen. The HP Pre 2 smartphone, formerly the Palm Pre 2, is now available for pre-order through Verizon on HP's website. The news, unfortunately, comes[...]

4G Smartphones to Take Over Mobile World Congress 2011

This year's Mobile World Congress kicks off on Monday in Barcelona. Dragan Petric will be covering this large phone-related tradeshow for Brighthand, and brings us this preview of what to[...]

Rethink Ink

Today's inkjet printers are fast, dependable and surprisingly affordable. However, selecting the right model is not an easy task, especially if you consider some of the 'hidden costs' associated with[...]

HTC Inspire 4G

This high-end Android OS model breaks new ground for AT&T in a number of ways. It is this carrier’s first smartphone with a 4.3-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) display. The[...]

HTC Inspire 4G Now Available from AT&T

AT&T has just launched the HTC Inspire 4G, this carrier's first smartphone with a 4.3-inch display. The Android OS device also sports mobile hotspot software, Flash Player 10.1, and[...]

Confession Via an iPhone App Gets Catholic Church Approval

A new iPhone application Confession: A Roman Catholic App released by Little i Apps is not exactly confession, at least not yet. Instead, it's something of a stop gap between[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Will Sport a Dual-Core Processor, 4.3-inch Display

The successor for the popular Galaxy S Android OS smartphone has just been officially announced. The Samsung Galaxy S II will have a larger display than its predecessor, a faster[...]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play PlayStation Phone Headed for Verizon

The long-anticipated PlayStation phone is now official. Dubbed the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, this Android OS smartphone is going to feature a set of dedicated gaming controls. It is going[...]

Nokia Shows Off Concept Windows Phone 7 Models

Just a few days after announcing that it was going to start using Windows Phone 7 on its smartphones, Nokia has shown off some concept designs for future smartphones running[...]

Apple Working on Smaller, Cheaper iPhone for Release this Summer

Apple is going to release a version of the iPhone that's about half the size of the current one, according to an unconfirmed report. This upcoming model will supposedly sell[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-On Preview

The Samsung Galaxy S II was officially announced yesterday, and Brighthand's Dragan Petric was there to take it on a test drive. This device will have a 4.3-inch touchscreen and[...]

Mobile World Congress 2011 Brings a Range of High-End Smartphones

Every February, Mobile World Congress is held in Barcelona. This event is going on now, and a number of cutting-edge smartphones have already been announced. Keep up with the latest[...]

XPERIA pro and XPERIA neo on the Way From Sony Ericsson

The recently unveiled XPERIA Play isn't the only new member of the XPERIA family to come out of the Mobile World Congress, with Sony Ericsson also announcing the XPERIA pro[...]

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Getting Greater Support for Multitasking

In his keynote address at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laid out his company's plans for a pair of upgrades to Windows Phone 7. These will[...]

AT&T Giving iPhone Users 1,000 Bonus Rollover Minutes; Others Can Nab Them as Well

AT&T lost a lot of customers to the new Verizon iPhone. The cell phone carrier would like to thank those who stayed on, and as a show of gratitude has[...]

LG Optimus 3D to Bring Glasses-Free 3D

Unveiled at the MWC, the LG Optimus 3D will not only sport a 4.3-inch, glasses-free 3D display, but will also feature three other Ds: it will be the world's first[...]

LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D will not only sport a 4.3-inch, WVGA glasses-free 3D display but it will also be able to record videos in 3D, thanks to its dual 5-megapixel,[...]

Apple Could Be Considering an iPhone with a Sliding Keyboard

One of the designs Apple is thinking about for its next-generation iPhone would be the first with a physical keyboard, according to an unconfirmed report. This would please many potential[...]

HTC Incredible S and Desire S Build on Last Years Smartphones

HTC has announced a pair of smartphones that build on a couple of its most popular current models. The HTC Incredible S and Desire S will be Android OS devices[...]

Facebook Seamlessly Integrated into HTC ChaCha and Salsa

Many smartphones out on the market have features that focus on social networking, but how many of them have a dedicated Facebook button? Two, now that the HTC ChaCha and[...]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Hands-On Preview

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play is an Android OS smartphone that will feature a set of dedicated gaming controls and the ability to play PlayStation games. Dragan Petric brings us[...]

Google’s Eric Schmidt Stays Tight-Lipped About Android Future Plans

For those that were hoping that Google CEO Eric Schmidt would shed some light on the company's plans for Android during his keynote today at the Mobile World Congress must[...]

LG Optimus 3D Hands-On Preview

The LG Optimus 3D will not only sport a 4.3-inch, glasses-free 3D display, but will also feature a 3D camera, and a dual-core processor. Dragan Petric brings us this preview[...]

Adobe Flash and AIR Show Wide Adoption on Smartphones

Adobe took the Mobile World Congress as an appropriate venue to announce that its Flash player and Integrated Runtime (AIR) software have achieved a widespread presence on mobile devices.

Motorola Droid X 2 on Its Way to Verizon

Motorola and Verizon are reportedly working on a follow-up to the Motorola Droid X. Exactly what the features of this upcoming high-end Android OS smartphone will be is a matter[...]

Nokia Given Free Rein With Windows Phone 7

Not only did Nokia manage to secure a partnership with Microsoft, announcing recently that it will be bringing the Windows Phone 7 OS to its phones, but it has also[...]

Dell Product Roadmap Shows Three High-End Smartphones This Year

A document showing all the smartphones that Dell is going to release in 2011 has leaked out. This will include two models running Google's Android OS and one with Microsoft[...]

Microsoft Crosses System Boundaries, Releases Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac OS X

The Windows Phone 7 Connector is now available in the Mac App Store, and will allow users who have smartphones running Windows Phone 7, but do their computing with Mac[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Will Launch Much Earlier than Expected

AT&T had promised that the Motorola Atrix 4G is going to be available by March 6, but now, this carrier says that the launch date for this cutting-edge smartphone is[...]

Samsung Captivate Android OS 2.2 Upgrade Released, Then Quickly Pulled

The long-awaited upgrade to Android OS 2.2 for AT&T's Samsung Captivate was released today... only to be quickly withdrawn. Currently, it's not clear if this system software upgrade was released[...]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Can Now Be Pre-ordered

If you're looking to lock in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 4G from T-Mobile, Wirefly is the place to go. This well-established online smartphone retailer is currently taking pre-orders for[...]

HP Pre 2 with webOS 2.0 Now Available from Verizon

It's been a slow grind for the Pre 2, but the phone has finally officially made its way to Verizon. This

Apple Could Be Working on More Affordable but Not Smaller iPhone

There has been a war of unconfirmed reports this week. According to some sources, Apple is going to release an iPhone this summer that's half the size of the current[...]

Mobile World Congress Was Dominated by Google’s Android OS

The biggest European mobile technology show of the year has now closed down in Barcelona, leaving a record number of global smartphone premieres behind (as well as a few tablets).[...]

Samsung Epic 4G Finally Getting Its Android OS 2.2 Upgrade Next Week

The system software on the Samsung Epic 4G is about to get a long-awaited upgrade. Sprint has promised that Android OS 2.2 for this model will be released in a[...]

Apple’s App Store Unfazed by Competition

The Apple App Store has held strong in the face of competition from the Android Market and other brands' stores. Reporting from industry analysts at IHS Inc. shows that Apple's[...]

HTC Inspire 4G Review

AT&T's latest smartphone is the HTC Inspire 4G, which has a high-end set of specifications: a 4.3-inch display, Android OS 2.2, an 8 megapixel camera, and mobile hotspot software. Jen[...]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Will Cost More than Expected

T-Mobile's next Android OS smartphone is going to debut on Wednesday, but those who are interested in the Samsung Galaxy S 4G should hurry up and put in a pre-order[...]

HTC ThunderBolt Launch Could Still Be Over a Week Away

Those who are eagerly looking forward to the HTC ThunderBolt are probably starting to feel a bit frustrated, as the launch date for this device, which will be Verizon's first[...]

Microsoft’s First Windows Phone 7 Update Will Make Future Updates Easier

Microsoft has begun sending out a new version of Windows Phone 7. However, this is not the highly-anticipated update that will bring support for copy and paste. Instead, this is[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G

When functioning on its own, the Motorola Atrix 4G will have a tablet shape and a qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen. It is going to run Android OS 2.2 on[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Smartphone, Netbook, and Nettop Now Available from AT&T

Today is the launch date for AT&T's Motorola Atrix 4G, a cutting-edge Android OS smartphone that can be turned into a light-duty laptop or desktop computer with a pair of[...]

Verizon Wireless V Cast Music Turned into a Full-Fledged Music Store App

Verizon has taken some steps forward with its V Cast Music app, adding several features that increase the store's usefulness and applicability for Android OS users. This includes the ability[...]

Samsung Epic 4G Can Be Manually Upgraded to Android OS 2.2

The long-awaited Android OS 2.2 upgrade for Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G is now available. Among other changes, this brings support for Adobe Flash to this smartphone's web browser, and fixes[...]

Apple iPhone 5 Launch May be Pushed Back Until this Fall

An industry analyst says that the iPhone 5 won't debut this summer like everyone is expecting, but supposedly has been delayed several months. If true, this move could have a[...]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G First-Look Review

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be the first smartphone to fully support T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. Jen Edwards brings us a review of this model, which is gong to offer[...]

Google Nexus One Finally Getting Its Android OS 2.3 Upgrade

Google has given Nexus One owners the news they have been waiting for since December: an upgrade to Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) has started going out.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Released by T-Mobile

T-Mobile has just introduced its latest Android OS device, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, an updated version of the Samsung Vibrant. This is the first smartphone to fully support T-Mobile's[...]

Samsung Captivate Long-Awaited Android OS 2.2 Upgrade Coming Tomorrow

There's good news for users of AT&T's Samsung Captivate: an Android OS 2.2 upgrade is going to be released tomorrow. This is going to bring support for Adobe Flash Player[...]

Android OS 2.3.3 Coming to Samsung Nexus S Bringing NFC Support

Google is releasing an Android OS 2.3.3 update to the Samsung Nexus S, and with it comes a special new feature: near field communications. A still-emerging technology, NFC is expected[...]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G

The Galaxy S 4G features a 4-inch, super AMOLED touchscreen in a bar shape. It runs Google Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz, Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, and this[...]

AT&T Pulls the Plug on Third-Party Resellers

AT&T is tightening its market, with recent announcements from some third-party retailers stating that the carrier has pulled its services and devices from their programs.

HTC Arrive To Be Sprint’s First Windows Phone 7 Model

Sprint has just announced plans to offer the HTC Arrive, which will be this carrier's first device running Microsoft's operating system for smartphones. When it debuts next month, this model[...]

AT&T’s Dell Streak 5 Gets Android OS 2.2 Upgrade

Users of the version of the Dell Streak that is SIM locked to AT&T can now upgrade this tablet phone to Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). This is a significant upgrade,[...]

Windows Phone 7 Update Not Going Smoothly

The rollout of the first Windows Phone 7 update -- which, ironically, is intended to make future updates an easier process -- has been experiencing a few speedbumps. This is[...]

Samsung Captivate Android OS 2.2 Upgrade Finally Released

The latest device to get a long-overdue upgrade to Android OS 2.2 is AT&T's Samsung Captivate. This new version of Google's operating system, which was unveiled in June of last[...]

HTC ThunderBolt Might Not Debut Until Mid-March

When Verizon first announced the HTC ThunderBolt, the carrier said this cutting-edge smartphone wouldn't be available until March. Despite a number of unconfirmed reports that the debut would be in[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G First-Look Review

The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the first phones to hit the market with a dual-core CPU. Continuing the cutting-edge trend is a qHD display, fingerprint scanner and unique[...]

Samsung Epic 4G Update Suspended

Sprint and Samsung have pulled the plug on an over-the-air update sent out to Epic 4G phones on account of a small number of customers who experienced technical issues, resulting[...]

President Obama Provides Details on Promise of 4G Wireless Coverage Across America

By reallocating portions of the broadband spectrum assigned to local television stations, President Obama hopes that 4G coverage can be provided across 98% of America. This was one of[...]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Headed for Verizon

One of the models unveiled at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow earlier this month was the HTC Incredible S, a high-end Android OS smartphone which will reportedly replace the original[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Galaxy S II is the follow-up to the very popular smartphone from 2010. It has a larger display than its predecessor, a faster processor, and better camera. This model[...]

Consumer Reports: Verizon iPhone Suffers from the ”Death Grip”

The new version of the Apple iPhone 4 reportedly has the same flaw that the AT&T one does: holding this smartphone in just the right way can cause phone[...]

HTC Trophy to be Verizon’s First Windows Phone 7 Model

Promotional posters and now in-the-wild pictures have confirmed the existence of the first Windows 7 Phone for Verizon: the HTC Trophy. The Trophy is rumored to debut at some point[...]

Motorola Prepping More Smartphones That Can Convert to a Netbook and Nettop

AT&T's Motorola Atrix 4G will be the first in a series of similar devices, according to Motorola's CEO. Sanjay Jha promised that there will be several more devices that can[...]