February 2012 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for February 2012. 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 2012

Below are the 96 SmartPhone articles for February of 2012

See the BlackBerry London in All Its Glory

In what seems like a deliberate leak, an image and basic description of the BlackBerry London has appeared on the Web. This gives the world the best look yet at[...]

No Samsung Galaxy S III at MWC 2012

Samsung announced today that they will not be unveiling the highly anticipated Galaxy S III at MWC this month. This has been pushed back until later in the year.

T-Mobile Quickly Cuts Price of the Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone

Despite being released in the U.S. less than a month ago, T-Mobile has reduced the price of the Nokia Lumia 710. The quick 20% price cut is likely a sign[...]

U.S. Cellular Announces Its First 4G LTE Smartphone: the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator

Today, U.S. Cellular announced that it will introduce 4G LTE service next month, along with the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator, the first 4G smartphone for the carrier.

Samsung Took the Top Spot in Smartphones in 2011

Last year, for the first time ever, Samsung sold more smartphones than any of its competitors. It shipped 95 million units in the 12-month period, narrowly beating Apple.

Motorola Droid 4 Could Finally Hit Verizon Next Week

The much-delayed Motorola Droid 4 might launch from Verizon a week from today. This Android smartphone with a sliding keyboard was officially announced last month, but it was first expected[...]

Most Popular Smartphones for January 2012

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. The recently-release Galaxy Nexus leapt to the top[...]

4G Means More Customer Service Calls for Carriers

A J.D. Power and Associates report released today showed that owners of 4G-enabled devices were more likely to contact their service providers for customer service than owners of less technologically[...]

Nokia Lumia 900 Available for Pre-Order at Microsoft Retail Stores

Those looking to score a unit of the upcoming Nokia Lumia 900 can now reserve the smartphone by visiting a Microsoft retail store. This requires only a small down-payment.

Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Features Leaked

Numerous features of Microsoft's next-generation Windows Phone 8 platform, aka "Apollo", have leaked out. Many of the most-requested features of this operating system are apparently on the way.

Madden NFL 12 App on Sale for Super Bowl

With the Super Bowl this Sunday, EA has reduced the price of its Madden NFL 12 app to $1, down from the usual $5. This deal is good on both[...]

MacPhun FX Photo Studio Review: Cool Photo Sharing & Special Effects for iPhones

If you're an iPhone owner, you're probably taking tons of photos. Is MacPhun's Photo FX Studio app worth the 99 cents? Read the full review.

LG Spectrum Review: Cutting-Edge Features for a Reasonable Price

Although LG isn't a name often associated with cutting-edge smartphones, the LG Spectrum aims to change that, featuring a big, beautiful screen, powerful processor, and support for Verizon's 4G LTE[...]

Samsung Galaxy Note Can Now Be Pre-Ordered from AT&T

A few weeks ago, AT&T committed to offering the Samsung Galaxy Note later this month. For those who can't wait to get their hands on this cross-over smartphone/tablet, they can[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Rumored to Launch in May

The phone that most expected to be shipped shortly after MWC 2012 may finally have its release date... and it's not for some time. Sources claim that the Samsung Galaxy[...]

Smartphone Sales Up Dramatically Last Year

According to a report by market-research firm IDC, the worldwide smartphone market grew 54.7% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the whole year, shipments were up a very[...]

BlackBerry Curve 9370 Review: A Solid Entry-Level Smartphone

The BlackBerry Curve 9370 is an entry-level smartphone that is not only a capable little device, it's also extremely affordable. The only thing bringing it down is something rather significant:[...]

Motorola Droid 4 to Launch on Friday: It’s Official

Verizon Wireless has just made it official: the Motorola Droid 4 is going to hit store shelves at the end of this week. This will be the first entry in[...]

31 Billions Apps Downloaded Last Year; BlackBerry App World Claims 6 Million Daily Downloads

A report released by Juniper Research shows that more the 31 billion apps were downloaded to mobile devices in 2011. And that's just the start, as the firm products a[...]

BLOG: Windows 8 Is Going to Boost Sales of Windows Phone Tremendously

The most recent blog post from Brighthand's site editor includes his prediction that the release of the next version of Microsoft's operating system for desktops, notebooks, and tablets is going[...]

Symantec Rolls Out Norton Safety Minder for Android OS

With one out of three kids using smartphones for Internet access, Symantec today released Norton Safety Minder, an Android OS security app aimed at helping parents monitor the use of[...]

Unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 to Ship from Microsoft Retail Stores

Microsoft revealed in CES 2012 that it will offer the Nokia Lumia 800 in its retail stores. Today, the company has announced that it will start selling the device as[...]

Vonage Releases VoIP App for Android and iPhone, Allows Free Mobile Calling

Those looking to communicate with users all over the world will now have a chance to do so with Vonage Mobile. This app promises free high-definition calls and free texts.

iPhone GPS Navigation Apps: Three Free (or Cheap) Options

The iPhone makes a great GPS, but navigation software for Apple's smartphone with turn-by-turn directions is often quite expensive. Fortunately, there are some good options that won't break your bank.

Motorola Droid 4

The latest in the long-running Droid line, this model has a large sliding keyboard and touchscreen like its predecessors. Unlike unlike it earlier models in this series, though, the Droid[...]

Google Rumored To Be Prepping a Cloud Storage Service

For years, Google was rumored to have been working on a cloud-storage service that would allow users to store their files online for free. New reports are claiming that the[...]

BLOG: Is the iPhone 4S a 4G Device? Depends on Who You Ask

The most recent blog post from Brighthand's site editor takes a look as a surprisingly difficult topic: whether Apple's latest smartphone should be considered a 4G device or not.

HTC Lays Out Its Android OS 4.0 Upgrade Plans: There Are Winners and Losers

HTC has just announced that it is going to starting introducing Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrades for a few smartphones by the end of next month. Other models[...]

Best Smartphones from Verizon this Winter

Verizon Wireless offers a broad selection of smartphones from a wide array of companies, and running a variety of operating systems. Choosing from all these isn't an easy task, but[...]

Google Working to Fix Security Hole in Wallet App

A significant security problem has been found in Google Wallet that would allow a lost or stolen smartphone running this app to be used to transfer money without the original[...]

Verizon Holding a BOGO Sale on the Droid RAZR Series

Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers can purchase any of the Motorola Droid RAZR devices and receive a second one for free as part of a buy-one-get-one free sale.

HTC Droid Incredible 3 Photos Leaked?

Several photos have been released showing a mystery HTC phone headed for Verizon. Some speculate could be the upcoming HTC Droid Incredible 3.

Apple Probably Planning to Introduce iOS 5.1 Next Month

Apple introduced iOS 5 last fall along with the debut of the iPhone 4S. An unconfirmed report says the next significant update, iOS 5.1, is going to be released in[...]

Motorola Droid 4 QWERTY Smartphone Debuts from Verizon

Today is the launch date for the Motorola Droid 4, the latest entry in Verizon's long-running series of Android smartphones with large keyboards. The new model is the first in[...]

T-Mobile Selling All 4G Smartphones For Free Today Only UPDATE: Sunday Too

Head over to T-Mobile today, select any of this carrier's smartphones with 4G service, and walk away with the phone for free. Updated

IBM: BYOD Brings Security Woes, Consumerization & Hassles Over iPhone Vs. Android OS

With more employees bringing their own personal smartphones and tablets to work, employers are weighing Apple's iOS vs. Google's Android OS, including associated security and management concerns, IBM officials said[...]

Valentine’s Day Roundup: Ten Best Love Apps for iPhone and Android

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, love and romance are suddenly in the air. Here are ten apps for iPhones and Android phones that just might help you woo[...]

HTC’s First Quad-Core Smartphone Could Be the Endeavor

A device previously called the HTC Edge has supposedly received a name change. The specs for this smartphone have also leaked out, including a quad-core processor.

Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Android Smartphone Details Leaked

Those looking for a cheap Android handset need look no further than the Samsung Galaxy mini 2, the specifications for which were leaked over the weekend. An official unveiling is[...]

LG Prepping Semi-Miraculous Windows-Powered Smartphone

Photos of the LG Miracle were leaked on a Romanian trading site late last week, showing the design and features of this upcoming Windows Phone. Despite its over-the-top name, it[...]

Take an Early Look at the LG Optimus Vu Tabletphone

Between the hints LG has been dropping and several leaks, a somewhat clear picture of the LG Optimus Vu has come to light. This Android device will have a display[...]

LG Optimus 3D 2 Details Slip Out Ahead of MWC 2012

It seems like Mobile World Congress won?t be filled with surprises this year, as the specs of a great many of the smartphones geared for a grand unveiling at the[...]

Nokia Lumia 710 Review: Windows Phone, Now With 4G

The Nokia Lumia 710 is the first Windows Phone with 4G connectivity, but the fact that it's on T-Mobile's network hinders its performance somewhat. Does this handset still manage to[...]

HTC Smartphones May Soon Offer PlayStation Games

As new mobile devices are being made ready for an unveiling at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, HTC might be preparing news that will appeal for both the mobile[...]

4G: Taking Extreme Speed to New Limits

Brighthand has added new content to its special report dedicated to 4G wireless networking. This includes a report on AT&T's newest high-speed wireless network, as well as an article about[...]

Motorola’s First, Intel-Powered Android OS 4.0 Smartphone Revealed

Photos of the Motorola's first, smartphone built around an Intel processor have leaked out. The device that was pictured was also shown running Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

European Lumia 900 to Headline Nokia’s MWC Offerings

The wraps came off of the U.S. version of the Nokia Lumia 900 last month, but the Europeans have been waiting their turn. That wait may be over at MWC[...]

BLOG: Smartphones Keep Getting Bigger and Better

The most recent blog post from Brighthand's site editor takes a look at the ever-increasing size of smartphones displays, and why this positive form of inflation is happening.

Google Wallet Security Fix Goes Out

A significant security breach found in Google Wallet was addressed thanks to a fix issued by Google late last night.

BlackBerry 10 OS Will Include Widgets

Some screenshots of the next version of the BlackBerry OS have leaked out, giving the world the best glimpse so far. These show that RIM is adding support for homescreen[...]

Motorola Promises Android OS 4.0 Upgrades for Select Verizon, AT&T, Sprint Smartphones

Select Motorola smartphones will be receiving an Android OS 4.0 upgrade sometime this year. Exactly when many of these will be introduced is an open question, however.

Apple Modifying iPhone to Better Protect Users’ Data from Third-Party Apps

Several days ago, news came out that some iPhone apps are sending to their developers personal information about their users without permission. Apple announced today that it is going to[...]

Verizon’s Motorola Droid Bionic Drops to $100

Verizon has cut the price of the Motorola Droid Bionic by two-thirds. This Android smartphone debuted in September, and includes support for this carrier's 4G LTE network as well[...]

FCC to Kill Off LightSquared’s 4G Dream

LightSquared, the company that hoped to develop a wholesale 4G LTE wireless broadband communications network with satellite coverage across the United States, will be suspended indefinitely by the Federal Communication[...]

Apple Making OS X More Like iOS

When the iPhone and iPad first debuted, Apple sought to make these mobile devices work like its desktops and laptops. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and features[...]

Six Great Apps To Turn Your Apple iPhone into a TV

We all hate missing our favorite TV shows. Now, if you have to be away from your TV, you can always turn to your iPhone. With the right software (and[...]

Nokia Lumia 800 Entertainment Bundle Now in Microsoft Stores

An entertainment bundle featuring the Nokia Lumia 800 is now available at Microsoft retail stores. This is the only way people in the U.S. can purchase this Windows Phone.

Nokia Is Back in the Saddle in Europe

Brighthand's European corespondent says that three years of suffering is just about all that Nokia could take. The giant smartphone maker has managed to put itself back in the game[...]

Controversial Smartphone Manufacturer Foxconn Has Doubled Employee Pay in the Last Three Years

Foxconn, which produces smartphones and tablets for a wide variety of companies, has drawn considerable criticism for its employees' working conditions. Today, the company announced a significant pay raise for[...]

Sprint Provides the Best Phone Purchasing Experience, Says J.D. Power

While the quality of smartphones increase, a report by J.D. Power says that overall satisfaction with the process of purchasing these devices has declined. Still, some companies are doing better[...]

Google Has Been Tracking What You’re Doing on Your iPhone

The Safari web browser blocks companies from using cookies to track what web sites people are visiting. Google found a work-around, but this company had to stop using it once[...]

Apple Settles iPhone 4 ”Death Grip” Lawsuit

Apple has agreed to settle a lawsuit related to a fault in the design of its smartphone that debuted back in 2010. The company is going to have to give[...]

Samsung Galaxy Note

Thanks to its 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy Note skirts the line between smartphone and tablet. The device also has a stylus. This device runs Android OS 2.3,[...]

HTC One X Will Be a Quad-Core Android Smartphone

Sometimes companies apparently can't settle on a name for an upcoming product. Case in point: HTC's first smartphone with a quad-core processor has gone through two or three names already;[...]

AT&T Introduces the Samsung Galaxy Note Super-Size Smartphone

Those who are interested in a hybrid smartphone/tablet should check out the Samsung Galaxy Note. This device -- which sports a very high-resolution, 5.3-inch display -- has just been released[...]

LG Optimus Vu Tabletphone Unveiled, Will Compete with Samsung Galaxy Note

Some companies just can't wait for tradeshows to unveil their hot new products: over a week before MWC kicks off, LG has just formally announced the Optimus Vu, one of[...]

Research Firm Predicts Windows Phone Will Supplant iPhone by 2016

Based to a survey of developers by Ovum, the U.K. research firm says the Nokia-Microsoft deal is re-drawing the smartphone landscape and will make Windows Phone into a strong equal[...]

ZTE Pre-announces Two Upcoming Android OS 4.0 Smartphones

ZTE is looking to get a head start on its competitors by pre-announcing the release of two upcoming Android OS 4.0 headsets. These will be on display at MWC next[...]

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX Review: Spectacular Battery Life

Verizon recently took the unusual step of introducing the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX just a few months after the original Droid RAZR came out. The newer model isn't quite as[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Coming Soon to U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular customers looking to get their hands on a powerful Samsung handset will get the chance with the Galaxy S II.

Samsung Takes the Wraps of Two Budget Android Smartphones

Today, Samsung announced the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy mini 2. The entry-level Android smartphones are going to be released to the public later this year.

Sony PlayStation Vita

The Sony PlayStation Vita is the replacment for the PlayStation Portable (PSP)But it’s more than just a portable gaming machine, with two cameras, a web browser, Bluetooth, WiFi, and even[...]

Google Android OS 4.0 Smartphones Likely to Dominate Mobile World Congress 2012

The center of the mobile world's attention is going to be on Barcelona next week, as that's where the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) will bring the big names in[...]

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G to Ship from T-Mobile in March

Samsung and T-Mobile announced that the Galaxy S Blaze 4G will be available for purchase in late March. This will be faster than the standard version, and also a bit[...]

Fujitsu To Reveal Quad-Core Smartphone Next Week

Fujitsu is apparently hoping to make a big splash at the Mobile World Conference with the unveiling of a quad-core smartphone. This will be well supplied with cutting-edge features.

T-Mobile Commits to Launching 4G LTE Service Next Year

T-Mobile has just announced that it is going to upgrade its cellular-wireless data network so it can offer 4G LTE service. This should significantly improve the speed and bandwidth of[...]

Samsung Rugby Smart: Rugged, but Affordable AT&T Phone

Early next month, AT&T subscribers will be able to purchase the Samsung Rugby Smart, a smartphone designed to withstand extreme conditions.

Samsung Galaxy Note Review: Is Bigger Really Better?

The Samsung Galaxy Note is an Android smartphone that's large enough to skirt the line of being a tablet. It supports AT&T's super-fast 4G LTE service, and even comes with[...]

Apple Buys Chomp to Improve iTunes App Recommendations

Apple has purchased a small company that provides a service to help smartphone users find apps they might be interested in. Presumably, the plan is to integrate this into the[...]

Midway Arcade Now Bringing Classic Games to iPhones

Remember the days of playing Joust and Defender in the arcades? Well the days of classic games in arcades are gone, but thanks to Midway, you can play these games[...]

Apple iPhone 5 To Include New ”Micro Dock” Port

Cherish your current accessories iPhone users. It looks like Apple is getting rid of the current 30-pin dock connector found on iPhones, iPads, and iPods to make way for a[...]

Sony PlayStation Vita Review: Taking Mobile Gaming to a New Level

The Sony PlayStation Vita is a very capable mobile gaming console, but it's more than that as well -- it boasts a web browser, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even optional 3G[...]

HTC One S Headed for T-Mobile USA

The newly-unveiled HTC One S already has a home: it will be released in the U.S. by T-Mobile this spring. The smartphone is going run the latest version of Google's[...]

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 Gaming Handheld

Today at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Samsung announced an addition to its line of gaming-oriented handhelds: the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2.

AT&T’s HTC One X Won’t Have a Quad-Core Processor

There's good news and bad news for AT&T subscribers. You're going to be able to get the newly-announced HTC One X. Problem is, the version you're going to get will[...]

Nokia Unveils Entry-Level Lumia 610 Windows Phone

Nokia unveiled the newest addition to its Lumia family of smartphones at MWC 2012 today, the Lumia 610, which is designed to be an affordable, entry-level smartphone targeted at younger[...]

Samsung Takes the Wraps Off Galaxy Beam Projector Smartphone

Today, Samsung announced the Galaxy Beam smartphone that contains a projector that allows users to display and share multimedia anywhere on a large luminous projector screen.

MWC 2012: HTC One X, One S, and One V Hands-On Preview

HTC used the day before the start of the annual Mobile World Congress to unveil three new Android smartphones. The One X is clearly going to be its new flagship,[...]

No Surprise, Nokia Says Lumia 900 Headed to Europe Next Quarter

Nokia said last month that the Lumia 900 is headed for the U.S. carrier AT&T. To absolutely no one's surpise the company said today this high-end Windows Phone is also[...]

Nokia Announces 808 PureView Smartphone With Breathtaking Imaging

Nokia is set to release the 808 PureView, a device that will revolutionize cameras on smartphones for years to come. The device will feature a whopping 41 megapixel camera.

MWC 2012: Huawei Ascend D quad Hands-On Preview

The Ascend D quad is Huawei's latest serious attempt to enter the arena of top smartphone models. It has a quad-core processor and a large screen with the highest pixel[...]

The ZTE Era Joins the List of Quad-Core Powered Smartphones

Although ZTE announced a plethora of devices at MWC this week, one of the handsets that stood out was "the Era". This joined the ranks of quad-core smartphones unveiled this[...]

MWC 2012: LG Optimus 4X HD Hands-On Preview

LG was one of several companies to unveil a smartphone with a quad-core processor at this week's Mobile World Congress. Learn about the powerful mutimedia capabilities of this device by[...]

HTC One X Might Be Headed for Sprint

Although the HTC One X is currently exclusive to AT&T, HTC may be releasing a fairly similar handset dubbed the HTC Jewel to Sprint.

Skype for Windows Phone Beta Released

After many long months of waiting, videoconferencing enthusiasts with a Windows Phone can finally rejoice: Skype is finally available for devices running Microsoft's operating system.

iPhone Users Can Now Watch Sprint TV for Free

Sprint has introduced a version of its streaming TV service that works on the iPhone. This includes some free channels like Disney and ESPN Mobile, as well as subscriptions that[...]