April 2009 SmartPhone Articles

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

Below are the 112 SmartPhone articles for April of 2009

HTC Magic

Available in European markets starting in the spring of 2009, the HTC Magic is a quad-band GSM phone running Google’s Android operating system. It features a 3.2 inch touch screen,[...]

Second-Generation Samsung Instinct Coming in a Few Weeks

Sprint is following its popular Samsung Instinct with a replacement that will offer a curvier design, an improved web browser, instant messaging, and more.

HTC Snap Will Be a Windows Phone Focused on Messaging

HTC Corporation has just announced its latest QWERTY smartphone, the HTC Snap. This slim Windows phone will be the successor for the HTC Excalibur, and have a strong focus on[...]

Nokia Point & Find Released for U.S. and U.K. Markets

Nokia has released a new service called Point & Find which enables users to utilize their mobile's camera to get more information about real-life objects.

Samsung Mondi WiMAX-Enabled Handheld Unveiled

The newly-announced Samsung Mondi is part of an emerging class: the Mobile Internet Device. This means it will be a portable computer bigger than a phone but smaller than a[...]

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Palm Pre Will Be Able to Run Palm OS Apps Thanks to a Third-Party Emulator

Palm, Inc. has just made an announcement that will significantly change how many people look at the Palm Pre: an emulator from MotionApps to allow Palm's upcoming webOSsmartphone to run[...]

DataViz Documents To Go Office Suite Now Available for Android

DataViz has just released a version of its widely-used Office suite for devices running Google Android. This allows users to view, edit and create native Microsoft Word and Excel files[...]

HTC Snap Preview

The HTC Snap is a newly-announced QWERTY smartphone that will be released later this year. The unveiling was at the CTIA tradeshow, and Brighthand's Ed Hardy was there to get[...]

Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds of March 2009

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the handhelds and smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks.

VIDEO: HTC Touch Pro2 Preview

VIDEO: HTC Snap Preview

MotionApps Classic Palm OS Emulator for Palm Pre Preview

MotionApps has announced an emulator that will allow the Palm Pre to run legacy Palm OS software. Brighthand's Ed Hardy was briefed on this upcoming app, and has a video[...]

BlackBerry App World Now Available

Following a trend in the industry, Research in Motion is the latest to launch an on-device software store. This allows many BlackBerry users to shop for software directly on their[...]

Samsung’s First Android-Powered Smartphone Will Debut in June

A Samsung VP says that his company's first foray into Google's Android operating system will be released in June, and will be followed with more models later this year.

HTC Touch Pro2 Preview

The HTC Touch Pro2 is an upcoming high-end Windows Mobile smartphone with a large, WVGA touchscreen and a sliding keyboard. Brighthand's Ed Hardy recorded a video overview of this device,[...]

Beta of DataViz RoadSync for Android Now Available

RoadSync uses the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol to provide Android devices with secure, wireless, and direct push synchronization with an Exchange Server.

Opera Mobile 9.7 Announced but Not Yet Available

Opera Software has unveiled the new Opera Mobile 9.7, the latest version of its web browser for smartphones.

Nokia E75 Being Released Today

Nokia has just introduced the Nokia E75. This S60 smartphone has a large keyboard and an emphasis on mobile messaging.

T-Mobile May Introduce HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Snap in July

Although T-Mobile hasn't yet committed to releasing the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Snap, numerous unofficial sources indicate these Windows phones are headed for this carrier. And the latest of[...]

New Redfly Software Lets Users Control Their Smartphone with Their PC

Celio Corp, maker of the Redfly Smartphone Terminal, has released a beta of software that lets Windows computers control Windows phones.

Samsung Instinct s30 Preview

Sprint is going to introduce the Samsung Instinct s30 later this month. Brighthand's Ed Hardy had a few minutes with the replacement for the original Instinct, and recorded a video[...]

Samsung Impression

The Samsung Impression is the first phone widely available in the U.S. with a 3.2 inch AMOLED touch screen. This device runs a proprietary operating system, but still offers many[...]

TechnologyGuide Launches Software.NotebookReview.com

Today, the sites of the TechnologyGuide.com family are proud to announce the launch of a new hub for the latest software reviews and news -- Software.NotebookReview.com. From anti-virus to image[...]

Samsung Impression Impresses with OLED Display

The Samsung Impression has just been released by AT&T. This is the first phone widely available in the U.S. with AMOLED technology.

VIDEO: Samsung Instinct s30 Preview

Gmail Improved for iPhone and Android-Powered Devices

Google has introduced a new version of Gmail for the iPhone and Android web browser. The company promises this email service is faster and has better support for offline viewing.

BlackBerry Storm 2 Could Have Wi-Fi

The BlackBerry Storm launched late last year, and word of its replacement is just now starting to circulate. According to an unconfirmed report, this device will be introduced later this[...]

Samsung Impression Preview

The Samsung Impression is AT&T's latest high-end featurephone. It's the first phone widely available in the U.S. with an AMOLED display, and Brighthand's Ed Hardy has a video preview.

Spb TV Is a New Option for Streaming Television Service

Spb Software has released Spb TV, a player that allows Windows phones to watch streaming television channels. This is a subscription-free option that includes a channel guide.

VIDEO: Samsung Impression Preview

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Ten One Design Pogo Capacitive Stylus Review

The Ten One Design Pogo Stylus is a pen-input device designed for use with the latest capacitive touch displays, including the nes found on the iPhone, iPod touch, T-Mobile G1,[...]

System Software Update Released for the HTC Touch HD

HTC has released a minor update for the system software on the HTC Touch HD.

Verizon Launching HTC Touch Diamond at Long Last

Continuing its long-held practice of introducing most of its smartphones well after its competitors, Verizon Wireless is launching the HTC Touch Diamond today.

The Latest on Nokia’s Next Internet Tablet

According to an unconfirmedreport that surfaced this week, Nokia plans to release later this year a device will apparently be the replacement for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet.

Google’s Web Calendar for iPhone and Android Gets Event Management

The smartphone version of Google Calendar has allowed users to check their schedule for some time, and it has recently acquired a way to respond to invitations and change attendance[...]

VIDEO: HTC Touch Diamond2 Preview

HTC Touch Diamond2 Preview

The HTC Touch Diamond2 is an upcoming Windows phone with a WVGA display. Brighthand's Ed Hardy has a video overview of this device, and also put together some first impressions[...]

Palm Pre Now Scheduled for Mid-May?

This week, we may have moved a step closer to learning the answer than many have been asking for months: when will the Palm Pre be released?

Cronk Games Cronk for iPhone Review

Cronk is a Bejeweled-esque game offered through the Apple App Store for the iPod Touch and iPhone. The cool graphics, classic or timed modes, and skill-testing gameplay definitely put this[...]

Minor Software Update Released for Sprint’s HTC Touch Diamond

HTC has released a small software update for Sprint's version of the Touch Diamond Windows phone.

BlackBerry OS 5.0 for the Bold and Curve 8900 Leaks Out

BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 owners who can't wait for an official release now have the option download a beta of the next version of their smartphone's operating system.

Despite Illness, Steve Jobs Helped Design iPhone 3.0

Apple CEO Steve Jobs went on medical leave early this year, but he still took part in the design of the iPhone 3.0 software update that was announced in March.

Nokia E63 Review

The Nokia E63 is a low-cost, high-value Symbian S60 smartphone. Antoine Wright has taken a few weeks with this model and presents his opinions on it.

Samsung Propel Pro

The Samsung Propel Pro is an enhanced version of the original Samsung Propel, and it runs Windows Mobile 6.1. It features a tablet shaped design with a 2.55-inch display on[...]

Touchstone Dock for Palm Pre Could Be a Pricey Option

The Palm Pre won't come with a cradle, but users will have the option of getting the Touchstone docking station. The downside of this is it's starting to look like[...]

Google Announces Android 1.5 with Significant New Features

Google has started giving the world its first official information on Android 1.5, the next version of this company's operating system for smartphones. Some of the major enhancements in this[...]

Samsung Propel Pro Now Available from AT&T

AT&T has just released the Samsung Propel Pro. This is an enhanced version of one of this carrier's featurephones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile. It includes a sliding keyboard, Wi-Fi, and[...]

HTC Magic Preview

The HTC Magic will be the second smartphone running Google's Android to be released by a major carrier. Brighthand's Ed Hardy has a video overview of this device, and also[...]

Palm Treo Pro Available Unlocked for $360

The GSM version of Palm's latest Windows Mobile phone -- the Treo Pro -- is now available from a couple of U.S. sources for $400. This is well below the[...]

AT&T Hoping to Keep its Hold on the iPhone Until 2011

AT&T's agreement that makes it the exclusive U.S. provider of the Apple iPhone reportedly expires next year, and not surprisingly this wireless carrier wants to extend it.

VIDEO: T-Mobile Shadow II Overview

VIDEO: HTC Magic Preview

T-Mobile Shadow II Review

The T-Mobile Shadow II is a Windows phone with a portrait-oriented, sliding keypad. Its support for this carrier's VoIP service adds tremendously to its usefulness.

Brighthand Quick Survey: Wireless Carriers

At Brighthand, we've been wondering about wireless carrier loyalty. Do you change carriers as the wind blows, or do you tend to stick with one through thick and thin?[...]

HTC Snap With T-Mobile 3G Snaps Up FCC Approval

A rumor that T-Mobile USA will be offering the HTC Snap has moved much closer to reality, as the FCC has approved a version of this Windows phone using this[...]

Samsung Instinct s30 Will Sell for Much Less than Previously Thought

The Samsung Instinct s30 is apparently going to be available at a much lower price than had been expected, as Best Buy is going to offer this upcoming smartphone for[...]

Next-Generation T-Mobile Sidekick LX Will Have Professional Features

T-Mobile USA has just unveiled a new version of the Sidekick LX. Although this line of smartphones has sometimes been dismissed as "kiddie" smartphones, this upcoming model appears ready to[...]

Windows Mobile Needs Easier Incremental Updates

Some smartphones can be easily and seamlessly updated with new features, but not Windows Mobile; its update process is about as cumbersome as possible. In his latest editorial, Ed[...]

Hulu App May Be Coming to the iPhone

iPhone users may soon have access to the wide variety of TV programs available on Hulu.

Samsung Instinct s30

The Samsung Instinct s30 is the follow up to the original Instinct. This device will be almost the same size as its predecessor, but slimmer. It will also have many[...]

MotionApps Demos the Gaming Capabilities of its Palm OS Emulator for the Palm Pre

Many Long-time Palm OS users were thrilled when MotionApps announced plans to release an emulator that will allow the Palm Pre to run legacy Palm OS applications. A new video[...]

Sprint Launches the Samsung Instinct s30

The Samsung Instinct s30 has just debuted from Sprint. This consumer-oriented smartphone offers a touchscreen, GPS, and wireless broadband.

Sony Ericsson’s First Android Phone Not Coming Soon

Sony Ericsson's CEO is bullish about Google's Android operating system, but he says it will be some time before his company releases any models running this OS for smartphones.

And the Manufacturer of Apple’s Netbook Is Going to Be…

The parade of information about Apple's upcoming netbook continues. The latest report indicates which company may be handling the manufacturing of this device.

AT&T Upgrading Its 3G Network to 7.2 Mbps

AT&T is now installing a software upgrade on its cell towers that will bump the download speed of its 3G network to 7.2 Mbps. This is just the latest step[...]

FCC Reveals a Nokia Device Possibly for Sprint or Verizon

FCC documents have revealed that Nokia has a dual-slider smartphone in the works -- possibly for CDMA carriers in the U.S. This N-series device will almost certainly run Symbian S60[...]

Pharos Traveler 127 Review

The Pharos Traveler 127 may look like a BlackBerry at first glance, but it's a Windows Mobile Professional smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Its built-in GPS[...]

HTC Touch Diamond Gets a Pair of Hotfixes

HTC has released a pair of hotfixes for bugs in the Touch Diamond.

Nokia E71x Could Debut from AT&T in Early May

AT&T has committed to releasing the Nokia E71x but hasn't yet said exactly when this is going to happen. According to an unconfirmed report, the big day is just two[...]

Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 Offers Different Modes for Work and Play

Spb Software has just released Spb Mobile Shell 3.0, a new version of its alternate user interface for Windows phones. This application takes into account two different scenarios in which[...]

Acer Netbook with AT&T 3G Service Going for $80

Netbooks are low-cost laptops, and when they come with a wireless carrier's subsidy, prices are reduced even more. Case in point: the Acer Aspire one is now available with AT&T's[...]

Palm Drops the Unlocked Centro to $200, Adds Two Colors

Palm, Inc. is now offering the unlocked version of the Palm Centro in two new colors and at a much lower price.

VIDEO: Pantech Matrix Pro Hardware Overview

OtterBox Impact Case Now Available for the BlackBerry Curve 8300

OtterBox is now offering a skin-style case case for the BlackBerry Curve 8300 series. This new Impact Series case offers protection in a slim design.

Facebook for BlackBerry 1.5 Integrates the Phone and Online Worlds

A new version of the Facebook application for BlackBerrys has been released. This offers greater integration between this online service and the smartphone.

Bluetooth 3.0 Promises To Be Much Faster

The Bluetooth SIG has formally adopted Bluetooth 3.0, which will offer significantly faster data transfers than its predecessors by including a bit of Wi-Fi.

Moving to Symbian S60: One Year Later

Antoine Wright moved to using Nokia's Symbian OS devices a bit more than a year ago. In a conclusion to his Moving to Symbian S60 series, he takes a look[...]

TechnologyGuide.com Launches Green Tech Info Center

In honor of Earth Day, we're launching a new Green Technology Info Center designed to bring together the latest news, tips, and tricks for saving money while saving the environment.[...]

Proporta Celebrates Its Birthday with 15% Off Sale

Today is Proporta's 13th birthday, and to celebrate this online retailer is offering customers a 15% discount on all Proporta-branded hardware products for one day only.

LG Versa’s Game Controller Now Available

Verizon has just launched a clip-on game controller for the LG Versa that offers an 8−way directional pad and several additional buttons.

Acer Confirms Its First Android Phone Will Probably Debut this Year

The chief of mobile devices at Acer has essentially confirmed earlier reports by saying his company will likely launch its first phone running Google's Android OS this year.

MSI, Others Prepping Android-Powered Netbooks

MSI is reportedly getting ready to unveil a netbook running Google's Android. This would make it one of several companies prepping very low cost laptops based on this operating system.

Google Product Search Enhanced for iPhone and Android

Google has released a version of its product search service that has been tailored for Android or iPhone devices.

LG Arena Preview

The LG Arena KM900 is a touchscreen-oriented smartphone with an emphasis on multimedia. Ed Hardy brings us a video overview of LG's new flagship device.

Downloads from Apple’s App Store Top One Billion

Customers have now downloaded one billion applications from Apple's iPhone App Store. This on-device source for software has been a phenomenal success, especially considering the company was originally opposed to[...]

A Million T-Mobile G1s Have Sold in the U.S.

T-Mobile USA has sold over a million units of its exclusive Android-based device, the T-Mobile G1. This carrier hasn't made a big deal out of this announcement, possibly because it[...]

Analysts Say the Palm Pre Could Sell for Significantly Less than the iPhone

No one outside of Sprint knows what this carrier is going to charge for the hotly-anticipated Palm Pre, but some market analysts have gone out on a limb to say[...]

Neither an Apple Netbook nor a Mac Tablet Seems Very Likely

There have been persistent rumors for the last several months that Apple is working on either a netbook, a tablet, or maybe even both. But there's a problem: there are[...]

Palm Pre Could Launch with a YouTube Player

Palm, Inc. has promised that the Palm Pre will eventually get support for playing Flash video, but some leaked images of this phone show that it may come with a[...]

Android 1.5 Coming to the T-Mobile G1 Next Month

The T-Mobile G1 will get an update to the latest version of Android in the next few weeks. This will bring a number of enhancements, including on-screen keyboards, more home[...]

Get a 16 GB iPhone 3G for Half Price

AT&T is now selling the version of the iPhone 3G with 16 gigabytes of internal storage for just $150, which is half the regular price. There's a small catch[...]

The iPhone May Be Heading to Verizon

Since its debut two years ago, the iPhone has been exclusively available from AT&T, but this may change soon. Apple is supposedly considering a deal that would bring this very[...]

Samsung Unveils Its First Android Phone

Samsung has just officially announced its first phone running Google's Android. The Samsung I7500 will be a cutting-edge device with a 3.2-inch OLED touchscreen, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, and Wi-Fi.

Samsung Impression Review

The Samsung Impression is one of AT&T's latest high-end phones. It's the first phone widely available in the U.S. with an AMOLED display, and Jen Edwards gives it high marks[...]

Android 1.5 Now Available for Developers’ Phone

An unlocked version of the HTC Dream created for developers can now be upgraded to Android 1.5, allowing programmers to test their software before the upgrade is available to regular[...]

An Early Glimpse of the Verizon XV6175

Details are starting to firm up on the Verizon XV6175, a messaging-oriented Windows phone supposedly scheduled for release this summer. This has not yet been officially announced, but that hasn't[...]

First Details Emerge on Two Possible iPhone Models for Verizon

Just yesterday came word that Apple and Verizon are in talks to bring the iPhone to this carrier's network, and today a few details have leaked out on the first[...]

Verizon May be Getting on the Android Bandwagon

Strong evidence has emerged to indicate Verizon Wireless is going to release a phone running Google's Android operating system. UPDATED

Palm Pre Launch Could Still Be Over a Month Away

Sprint has committed to releasing the Palm Pre in the first half of this year, but won't get any more specific than that. According to a recent rumor the launch[...]

VIDEO: LG Versa Overview

VIDEO: LG Arena Preview

First Beta of Nokia’s Maemo 5 SDK Released

The Software Developer's Kit (SDK) for Maemo 5, the next version of the operating system that powers Nokia's Internet Tablet devices, has been released.

Microsoft Denies Report that It’s Developing Its Own Phone

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft is in talks with Verizon to release a phone under its own brand. A Microsoft spokesperson says there is no truth to[...]

Verizon’s and Motorola’s First Phone Running Google’s Android Will Be…

The Motorola Calgary will supposedly be not only Motorola's first device running Android, but also the first phone running this new operating system to be released by Verizon Wireless.

New Screenshots Show the Palm Pre Running Google Maps and More

The release day for the Palm Pre is still not known, so those eager to get their hands on the first device running the webOS will have to be content[...]

VIDEO: Samsung Impression Overview

Nokia N97 Preview

The Nokia N97 is an upcoming top-of-the-line smartphone featuring a touchscreen, sliding keyboard, and a host of sensors and wireless connectivity options. Ed Hardy brings us a video overview of[...]

Android 1.5 Already Being Sent to the T-Mobile G1

T-Mobile in the U.S. and the U.K. has begun sending T-Mobile G1 users an upgrade to a new version of Google's operating system for phones. Android 1.5 brings a number[...]

Details on the webOS-Based Palm Eos Leak Out

The original Palm Pre has not yet been released and a full description of the follow-up model has already emerged. The Palm Eos will supposedly be much thinner than its[...]

VIDEO: Nokia N97 Preview