April 2011 SmartPhone Articles

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

Below are the 112 SmartPhone articles for April of 2011

U.S. Cellular Launches Inexpensive Samsung Gem Android Smartphone

Today U.S. Cellular is launching an Android OS phone for people on a budget, with its release of the reasonably priced Samsung Gem. This device is aimed at people looking[...]

Google Tightens Its Grip on Android

Google has decided to move a bit closer to Apple's approach to business and has begun to lock down its Android operating system, requiring hardware manufacturers who want first access[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Review

The Samsung Galaxy S II will come with a 4.3-inch touchscreen and dual-core processor, but will still manage to be very slim. Dragan Petric brings us a review of this[...]

Verizon Prepping Four Cutting-Edge Android OS Smartphones for Release in May

A roadmap of Verizon Wireless' plans for May has leaked out, and this shows that the carrier is going to introduce no less than four high-end smartphones that month. This[...]

Apple iPhone 5 Could Sport an 8 Megapixel Camera

An off-the-cuff remark from the CEO of Sony seems to indicate that Apple's next-generation smartphone will include one of Sony's 8 megapixel cameras when it debuts later this year.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Gets Its Android OS 2.2 Upgrade

HTC hasn't forgotten about the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, and has released a significant system software upgrade for this mid-range model that debuted last year. Among the new features is a[...]

Most Popular Smartphones for March 2011

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. This month's list is a mix of old[...]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 and Samsung Droid Charge Prices Leak Out

The HTC Droid Incredible 2 and Samsung Droid Charge are two of the high-end Android OS smartphones that Verizon is expected to release later this month. Those who are considering[...]

Orange Cinema Series Movies Available While Offline on Android Phones

Bluestreak Technology announced today that the company has partnered with the European wireless carrier Orange to develop an Orange Cinema Series video on-demand application for Android OS phones and tablets.[...]

HP Pre 2 webOS Smartphone Now Available for Free

Verizon introduced the HP Pre 2 in February for $150, but this newest webOS-based smartphone is now available for free with a two-year contract. This device has a 3.1-inch touchscreen[...]

HTC ThunderBolt First-Look Review

The HTC ThunderBolt is the first smartphone able to connect to Verizon's 4G LTE network. It comes equipped with a large touchscreen and 8-megapixel camera. Jen Edwards brings us her[...]

Nokia E7 Debuts in the U.S.

After launching in Europe this winter, the Nokia E7 has just become available in the United States. Possibly the last model to debut with Symbian^3, this smartphone sports a large[...]

Samsung Gem Entry-Level Smartphone Coming to Verizon

Last week U.S. Cellular introduced the Samsung Gem, an entry-level device for first-time smartphone users. And now it appears, based on some recently captured photos, that this Android OS device[...]

Apple iPod touch 5 Might Include 128 GB of Storage

Some images supposedly showing the next-generation iPod touch have leaked out. If these are real, they show that Apple has redesigned the Home button on its next handheld, and is[...]

Nokia Astound

This consumer-oriented Symbian^3 smartphone sports a high-resolution 8 megapixel camera but sells for a low price. It is T-Mobile USA’s version of the Nokia C7. Like all Symbian-powered devices, it[...]

HP Prepping First webOS Smartphone Without a Keyboard

HP is reportedly working on a webOS-based phone that will use a very popular design: a bar shape without a keyboard. This model will apparently be the first running this[...]

T-Mobile Launches the Nokia Astound with 8 Megapixel Camera

T-Mobile has just begun offering the Nokia Astound. This consumer-oriented Symbian^3 smartphone sports a high-resolution 8 megapixel camera, 8GB of storage, and a touchscreen, but sells for just $80 with[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Getting a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor Upgrade

Samsung is going to increase the speed of the processor in the second generation Galaxy S. This change will make an already-cutting-edge smartphone into something even more powerful. However, it's[...]

Nokia Ovi Mail Migrates to Yahoo

The Ovi Mail service for Nokia users is being migrated to Yahoo to provide customers with extra features benefits. However, a number of customers have found the move jarring.

Verizon Getting the HP Pre 3 webOS Smartphone

When HP officially unveiled the Pre 3 early last month, the company didn't say which wireless carriers will be offering this webOS-based smartphone. New evidence suggests that one of these[...]

T-Mobile G2x To Debut in Two Weeks

T-Mobile has just announced the price and release dates for its first smartphone with a dual-core processor. The T-Mobile G2x is also going to sport a 4-inch display and Google's[...]

Apple iOS 4.3.2 ”Bug Fix” Update Coming Soon

Another small update to Apple's mobile operating system is reportedly in the offering. iOS 4.3.2 will supposedly fix a few bugs, as well as make a few other small changes.

Launch Date for the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Revealed

Those who are interested in the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G won't have long to wait: T-Mobile announced this morning that the first Android-based model in this long-running series of consumer-oriented smartphones[...]

Introducing Brighthand Mobile!

We've created a new and totally mobile version of Brighthand that puts all our smartphone news, reviews and evaluations in the palm of your hand, so you can make the[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Will Debut This Month as Scheduled

Samsung says that a recent report that the Galaxy S II has been pushed back to June is incorrect, and this high-end Android OS smartphone will launch this month. The[...]

T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Bold 9700 Gets Long-Awaited BlackBerry OS 6.0 Upgrade

T-Mobile subscribers with the BlackBerry Bold 9700 can upgrade this business-oriented smartphone to BlackBerry OS 6.0, the latest version of RIM's operating system. This is a major upgrade that brings[...]

Dragon Search for iPhone Review

Dragon Search from Nuance Communications, Inc. is a free voice-to-text app for the iPhone that lets you speak search terms, and get results from Google, YouTube, and several other popular[...]

Verizon Wireless Killing One-Year Contract Option

Verizon Wireless is doing away with its one-year service agreement option, citing a lack of customer interest. Most consumers go with a two-year contract instead, but they have other options[...]

Nintendo 3DS Review

The Nintendo 3DS is the latest handheld offering from the Big N, and with it comes a first for gaming: glasses-free 3D. Is there more to this portable device that[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G on Sale for $50 this Weekend Only

The online retail giant Amazon.com is having a sale on the Motorola Atrix 4G today and tomorrow. AT&T charges $200 for this cutting-edge Android OS smartphone, but Amazon is asking[...]

Take a Closer Look at Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible 2

Although Verizon has yet to announce the HTC Droid Incredible 2, this carrier's plan to release this high-end Android OS smartphone in the near future is an open secret. As[...]

Apple iOS 4.3.2 Details Emerge

Apple is reportedly working on iOS 4.3.2, the second "bug fix" update to the latest version of the iPhone's operating system. Sources at Apple say that this is going to[...]

HTC Arrive Review

The HTC Arrive will be Sprint's first device running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, plus it will have a QWERTY keyboard and a slide-and-tilt screen. It's not going to be released[...]

Apple iPhone 5 Might Not Be Coming this Summer

Apple has launched a new iPhone model in early summer four years in a row, but reports coming from parts suppliers in Asia indicate that the next version won't go[...]

New Details on the HTC Droid Incredible 2: Worldphone, 16 GB of Storage

A document leaking out of Verizon Wireless has revealed some new information about the HTC Droid Incredible 2. It's supposedly going to have more storage than its very popular predecessor,[...]

T-Mobile Unveils the Cutting-Edge HTC Sensation 4G

T-Mobile has officially announced the HTC Sensation 4G, a phone that had come to be known by its "HTC Pyramid" codename. This upcoming Android OS model will include a range[...]

Nokia Announces E6 and X7 Symbian Smartphones

Nokia took the wraps off two smartphones today, the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7, both of which will feature the newly updated Symbian operating system. The X7 is going[...]

Entry-Level iPhone Might Debut Next Year

A research note put out by a market analysis firm predicts that Apple is going to introduce a new low-cost version of the iPhone in the coming months. Previous unconfirmed[...]

AT&T Prepping Its First Smartphone for the Pre-paid Market

The LG Thrive is coming to AT&T, and will be this carrier's first smartphone to be available on a pre-paid, no-contract basis. A second version of this Android OS device[...]

T-Mobile Now Offering Cheapest Unlimited Data, Calling and Texting Plan

T-Mobile has just begun offering a new service plan that includes unlimited voice calls, texts, and wireless data -- including access to this carrier's 4G network. This plan costs $80[...]

Motorola Droid X Getting Android OS 2.3 Upgrade

Reports are coming in from around the Web that users of the Motorola Droid X are getting an over-the-air update to Android OS 2.3, the latset version of Google's operating[...]

Microsoft Reveals More Details on Next Major Windows Phone Update

Even as it is struggling to get the first significant upgrade to its Windows Phone operating system to consumers, Microsoft is already talking about the next one coming down the[...]

Nokia’s First Two Windows Phones Could Be Modified X7 and N8

Nokia is supposedly going to take a shortcut to get its initial models running Microsoft Windows Phone on the market: it's going to take two devices that were designed for[...]

Wirefly is Taking T-Mobile G2x and Sidekick 4G Pre-orders, T-Mobile is Not

Third-party phone retailer Wirefly has started taking pre-orders for the T-Mobile G2x and Sidekick 4G smartphones. Oddly enough, T-Mobile itself hasn't shown any indication that it will offer these devices[...]

Apple iOS 4.3.2 and iOS 4.2.7 Released for AT&T and Verizon iPhone

Apple has just introduced a pair of minor operating system updates. AT&T's versions of the iPhone, as well as the iPad, iPad 2, and the iPod touch are getting iOS[...]

Kyocera Echo First-Look Review

The Kyocera Echo will be an Android OS smartphone with an unusual design featuring not one, but two 3.5-inch touchscreens. Brighthand Site Editor Ed Hardy has been taking this innovating[...]

TechnologyGuide’s Survey on Business Tech

Are you a technology innovator? Or, do you prefer to wait until the dust settles a bit before choosing a computer or smartphone for your business or home office?[...]

T-Mobile G2x

The T-Mobile G2x is one of the most advanced smartphones on the market, thanks to its 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen, 4G, and[...]

Motorola Droid X2 and LG Revolution Prices Leaked

Two upcoming additions to the Verizon smartphone lineup have had their prices revealed, with information leaking out about both the Motorola Droid X 2 and LG Revolution. These are just[...]

T-Mobile G2x Now Available Online

Today is the launch date for the T-Mobile G2x, this carrier's first smartphone running the Android OS on a dual-core processor. However, this smartphone is currently available only online --[...]

Creating Apps Without Coding

In his latest column, our European correspondent Dragan Petric takes a look at several options that allow non-programmers to create smartphone software, and also considers how this is going to[...]

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G First-Look Review

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is the first in this long-running series of consumer-oriented smartphones to run Google's Android OS. Adama D. Brown brings us his first impressions of this model,[...]

Kyocera Echo

The Kyocera Echo is an Android OS smartphone with an unusual design featuring a pair of 3.5-inch touchscreens. This offers a number of different configurations depending on what the user[...]

Kyocera Echo Dual-Screen Smartphone Now Available

The Kyocera Echo can now be ordered from Sprint. This Android OS smartphone has an unusual design featuring a pair of 3.5-inch displays. It also has a 1Ghz processor, 8[...]

VIDEO: Apple iPod Touch Video Overview

How does the Apple iPod Touch stack up against older versions? Our video overview will help you figure that out.

HP Veer webOS Smartphone To Launch from AT&T in Early May

When the wraps came off the HP Veer in February, HP said it would be on the market this spring. Now, a launch date has emerged in early May. The[...]

Samsung Creating Dual-Core 2 GHz Smartphone Processor

Further blurring the line between smartphone and computer, Samsung Electronics is developing a dual-core, 2GHz mobile processor for release as early as 2012.

HTC Prepping Smartphone with a 16-Megapixel Camera

HTC is supposedly getting ready to raise the bar in smartphone cameras -- a video promo for a handset with a 16-megapixel camera has leaked out. This device would have[...]

White iPhone 4 Gets a Hard Release Date

Apple's Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing tweeted last month that the white iPhone 4 would be available this spring. Some new information details when exactly this season Apple plans[...]

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Launching Today

The BlackBerry PlayBook has just started hitting store shelves. This is RIM's the first foray into the tablet market after being one of the top smartphone makers for many years.[...]

Why Today’s College Student Should Have a Smartphone

Phones today have become mobile connections to the entire world, doing just about anything a laptop can do. According to Brighthand's intern, a college student himself, anyone attending a university[...]

Verizon’s Motorola Droid Bionic Delayed

The debut of the Motorola Droid Bionic has been pushed back, and this cutting-edge Android OS smartphone might not hit store shelves until next quarter. This will likely disappoint some[...]

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

This is the first model with the “Sidekick” name that runs Google’s mobile operating system, and the first with a touchscreen, but it retains the hardware keyboard its predecessors were[...]

Apple May Be Revamping the iOS Multitasking Controls

Support for running third-party apps in the background was added to the iOS last year, and now information leaking out of Asia indicates that Apple is going to modify the[...]

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Now Available

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G has just debuted. This consumer-oriented smartphone is more powerful than its predecessors that bore the same name and is the first with a touchscreen, though it[...]

Apple iPhone 5 Might Debut this September

Despite Apple's long-held practice of releasing the new version of the iPhone in early summer, this year's model will reportedly debut several months later. The Reuters news agency, citing unnamed[...]

T-Mobile G2x, LG G-Slate Now in a Store Near You

The T-Mobile G2x debuted last week online, and this cutting-edge Android OS smartphone can now be found in this carrier's brick-and-mortar stores. T-Mobile is also launching the LG G-Slate, an[...]

HTC ThunderBolt Review

The HTC ThunderBolt is Verizon's new flagship smartphone. It's the first to support this carrier's new 4G LTE network, and sports Google's Android OS, a large display, an 8-megapixel camera,[...]

Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate Finally Gets Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) Upgrade

Users of the Samsung Fascinate can finally upgrade this smartphone to Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). This brings support for Adobe Flash 10.1 and other enhancements to this smartphone.

Microsoft and Nokia Partnership Now Official

Though it was initially announced back in February, the 5-year, $1 billion agreement between Microsoft and Nokia -- resulting in a switch to the Windows Phone 7 operating system[...]

Samsung Droid Charge To Debut from Verizon Next Week

Verizon Wireless has just announced that it's going to introduce its next 4G-enabled smartphone, the Samsung Droid Charge, near the end of this month. This high-end handset will sport a[...]

Get Paid to Recycle Your Old Smartphones this Earth Day

As today is Earth Day, its the perfect opportunity to consider recycling. The mobile retailer Wirefly has an eco-conscious buyback program that not only can help save the planet but[...]

Samsung Nexus S 4G Debut on Sprint Moving Closer

Sprint has promised to release its own 4G version of the Samsung Nexus S, but hasn't said when this is going to happen yet. There's new evidence that this debut[...]

Is Your iPhone Tracking Your Location?

The recent news of the iPhone and iPad having a hidden file that keeps track of the device's location has led many to believe that a clear breach in privacy[...]

RIM Unveiling a Single Smartphone at BlackBerry World

Recent reports indicate that Research in Motion (RIM) will only be announcing one device at this year's BlackBerry World. This news comes as a surprise considering the host of smartphones[...]

U.S. Cellular Discounting Android Phones in Graduation Promotion

In honor of it being that time of year (or close to it) when the kids are wrapping up high school or college and preparing to leave the nest, U.S.[...]

Motorola Defy Can Now Be Upgraded to Android OS 2.2 (Froyo)

A significant upgrade for the system software on the Motorola Defy is now available. The most notable enhancement in this is support for Adobe Flash 10.1, but many other improvements[...]

Samsung Droid Charge Can Be Pre-Ordered at Below Regular Cost

Verizon is going to release the Samsung Droid Charge next week, and those who are eager to get this high-end Android model can already put in a pre-order -- and[...]

Aluratek Bump Review

The built-in speakers make listening to music or any kind of audio on your smartphone or tablet a bad experience. Ed Hardy brings us a review of the Aluratek Bump[...]

T-Mobile G2x Hands-On Preview

The T-Mobile G2x is this carrier's first smartphone running the Android OS on a dual-core processor. It also has a large touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera, and other high-end features. Jacqueline[...]

Apple iPhone Could Be Headed for T-Mobile

A prototype iPhone 4 with support for T-Mobile USA's wireless frequencies has turned up "in the wild", raising the possibility that a third U.S. carrier will be offering Apple's very[...]

T-Mobile G2x Getting an Upgrade to Android OS 2.3 Soon

The T-Mobile G2x debuted last week running Android OS 2.2 (Froyo), but the company promised today that an upgrade to version 2.3 (Gingerbread) is in the offing.

Motorola Droid Pro Gets a Security-Oriented System Software Update

A maintenance update to the system software for the Motorola Droid Pro is now available. This is not an upgrade to Android OS 2.3, but instead makes this business-oriented smartphone[...]


Brighthand got a preview of the HTC EVO 3D. Check it out to see what the smartphone can do.

VIDEO: HP Pre 3 Preview

Watch our video preview to discover what features the HP Pre 3 has.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Set to Launch this Week

The anticipated HTC Droid Incredible follow up, the Incredible 2, is just days away from availability. The worldphone is likely already in the stockrooms of many Verizon stores and should[...]

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Review

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is the first in this long-running series of smartphones to run Google's Android OS. Adama D. Brown brings us a review of this consumer-oriented device, which[...]

Leaked Images Might Reveal the Apple iPhone 5

A pair of images purportedly of Apple's next-generation smartphone has appeared on the Web. These are in-line with previous reports that the iPhone 5 will have a larger display than[...]

Sprint Reveals the Launch Date for the Samsung Nexus S 4G

A WiMAX-enabled version of the Samsung Nexus S is on the way from Sprint, and it's going to debut in less than two weeks. This smartphone is one of the[...]

Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible 2 Officially Set to Launch in Two Days

Verizon Wireless has stopped being coy and finally made it official: the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is going to hit store shelves on Thursday. This will be the follow-up to[...]

Verizon Announces Casio G’zOne Commando Rugged Android Smartphone

Verizon will soon be serving Froyo in a nearly indestructible dish: The carrier has just announced plans to release the rugged Casio G'zOne Commando Android 2.2 smartphone in the very[...]

HTC Doubleshot Cutting-Edge Smartphone Could Be Coming this Summer

A number of unconfirmed reports in the last few days have revealed many of the details of the HTC Doubleshot. This Android-based smartphone will supposedly have a very fast processor,[...]

Apple iPhone in White Finally Debuting Tomorrow

A version of the Apple iPhone 4 in a white casing is going to be released on Thursday, over ten months after it was first unveiled. With the iPhone 5[...]

HTC HD7 Windows Phone Available Free for a Short Time

T-Mobile is holding a special deal on the HTC HD7, this carrier's only model running Microsoft Windows Phone 7. For today and tomorrow only, this high-end smartphone can be purchased[...]

Qik Video Connect Brings iPhone and Android Users Together

Software developer Qik is crossing boundaries with its new Qik Video Connect smartphone app. This will give iPhone and Android users the opportunity to video chat with one another.

Verizon’s 4G LTE Service Is Down

Users of the HTC ThunderBolt across the United States are reporting that they are unable to get a connection to Verizon's 4G LTE service. The carrier has acknowledged that there[...]

Neither Apple nor Google Is Tracking You

Apple has released an official statement in regards to growing concerns with iPhones and their alleged location tracking function. This comes in the wake of inquiries from lawmakers looking to[...]

HTC Droid Incredible 2

The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is the replacement for one of Verizon’s most popular models of last year. It has a bigger display than its predecessor, a front-facing camera, and[...]

Casio G’zOne Commando

Verizon’s Casio G’zOne Commando is a smartphone designed to take a beating and keep on running. It meets Military Standards 810g for immersion, rain, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation[...]

Google Docs Goes Mobile with Android App

Google has announced that it will help augment the productivity potential of smartphones with the Google Docs for Android app. This provides some of the base document creation and editing[...]

Verizon’s LTE Network Running Again, but Samsung Droid Charge Delayed

Users across America are reporting that Verizon's 4G service is running again after an outage yesterday. Nevertheless, the carrier has decided to push back the launch of the Samsung Droid[...]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Now Available from Verizon

Verizon's latest Android smartphone is the HTC Droid Incredible 2, the replacement for one of this carrier's most popular models of last year. It has a bigger display than its[...]

Nokia Windows Phone 7 Devices May Arrive by Q4

For those disappointed about the long wait for the first Windows Phone 7 Nokia smartphones, there may be a small ray of hope: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop mentioned the possibility[...]

VIDEO: Motorola Atrix 4G Lapdock and HD Multimedia Dock/Webtop Access Kit Overview

Is the Motorola Atrix 4G Lapdock and HD Multimedia Dock/Webtop Access Kit the future of technology? Watch our rundown to see what you think!

Verizon Launches Rugged Casio G’zOne Commando

Today marks the launch of the Casio G'zOne Commando, a device designed to take a beating and keep on running. Despite this, it has a large display and the other[...]

iPhone 4 in White Available at Long Last

In what has to to one of the most delayed releases in smartphone history, Apple today introduced a version of the iPhone 4 in a white casing. It first announced[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Lapdock and HD Multimedia Dock Review

Along with the introduction of the Motorola Atrix 4G came the debut of the Lapdock, a docking station that promises to turn your smartphone into a fully-featured laptop. Can your[...]

Google Talk Gets Video Chat in Android OS 2.3.4

Google Talk for Android is getting video support, something that will help Android compete better against the iPhone. However this update will only be available for smartphones with a new[...]

Samsung Captivate and Fascinate, BlackBerry Curve 3G Free Until Tomorrow

The retailer Best Buy is announcing the return of "Free Phone Friday", with a sale on Verizon's Samsung Fascinate, AT&T's Samsung Captivate, and Sprint's BlackBerry Curve 3G. The retailer is[...]

HBO Go Released in Apple App Store and Android Market

HBO has just released HBO Go for both the iPhone and Android smartphones. The app provides mobile access to much of the network's content, and is available free to all[...]

Take a Look at AT&T’s Version of the HP Veer webOS Smartphone

AT&T could release the HP Veer as early as Monday, marking the world debut of this tiny webOS smartphones. Some of the press images of AT&T's version have leaked out,[...]

AT&T Brings High-Speed Uploads to the Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC Inspire 4G

AT&T had a bit of a scandal earlier this year when users discovered that their "4G" smartphone offered very fast downloads, but much slower uploads. This issue has now been[...]