Nexus 6 Review: The New Standard of Android

Easily the Nexus 6 is the best Android device on T-Mobile, period. The Sony Xperia Z3 is a great competitor, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but Android 5.0, Lollipop, makes a HUGE difference. Of course, currently released devices will eventually get the update to Android 5.0, but why wait? Fragmentation is the biggest argument that iPhone fans use against Android advocates, so just eliminate that completely with the Nexus 6. This phone is the first device to receive the updates to Android as Google publishes them. There is no need to wait for manufactures and carriers to bake in their bloatware, then wait for approval, then be tested, then finally be pushed out, and hoping they caught all the major, annoying bugs before rollout. If the Z3 Compact or the Motorola DROID Turbo were available on T-Mobile, we would have a different discussion on our hands, but since that is not the case, the Nexus 6 is the only choice going forward for an Android customer on T-Mobile.

The 6-Inch Monster
Many may be concerned, worried, or just plain scared about having a 6-inch screen, but trust me it is worth it. Open hands and eyes welcome the switch to an AMOLED display! The screen is drop dead gorgeous and extremely pleasing to gaze upon. A number of people claim there is not a noticeable difference on smartphone’s small screens after a resolution of 720p and that anything beyond that is just hurting battery life, graphics performance, and keeping phone prices artificially inflated. Whether or not that may be true, I ask you to try this out first. Go to an AT&T or Best Buy and look at the Samsung Galaxy Alpha (720p), the Samsung Galaxy S5 (1080p), and then the Note 4 (2K) to see the difference that resolution makes for the latest generation of AMOLED screens. Okay, I am just saying that there is just something elegant about the Note 4’s screen, which makes it stand out above all the others. In other words, it is B-E-A-U-TIFUL! The colors pop out at you, and they are exceedingly accurate and vivid. It even seems the brightness of the screen can illuminate the night sky. Straining to see the screen outdoors is outdated. This does not include the fact that the viewing angle of the screen reaches 180 degrees. This is exactly what you can expect to receive with the Nexus 6. Never again will Nexus users have to deal with calibrating washed out colors or avoid the sun because the glare on the screen is too harsh. More than likely, most of you are worried about the mammoth sized screen, but fear not! I am here to tell you that it is not necessary to reach up to top of the phone at all. Google has eliminated any need of this by building the double-tap-to-wake feature into Lollipop, which was originally exclusive to only the LG G2 and LG G3. More importantly, they moved the notifications alerts displayed on the lockscreen to the center of the screen to facilitate one-handed operation of the Nexus 6 and phablets overall.

Nexus 6

Larger than Life or Misunderstood?
Consider this, the Nexus 6 is the virtually the same physical size as the iPhone 6 Plus, and only a little bit bigger than the Note 4. It is also very close in thickness to the Motorola X (2014), yet the Moto X has a dismal 2300mAh battery compared to the Nexus 6’s massive 3220mAh. The reason that the Nexus 6 is thicker than the average smartphone is mainly due to the gigantic battery found inside. Shocking, so what precisely is the problem with the Nexus 6 being the same as the Moto X while it increases battery size dramatically? I will take a thicker phone in exchange for a larger battery any day, especially since the Nexus 6 is already bigger in general! That said I am going to refrain from discussing the battery any further, because I discuss the battery life further down in my review.

Do not be surprised when you go to pick up the Nexus 6 and it is much lighter than you expected it to be. It is literally only 12 grams heavier than the iPhone 6 Plus, and 10 grams over the Note 4. If you have held either of those devices, you know that they are not a burden at all. A mere 10 to 12 grams really does not make that significant of a difference. What you should take away here is that the Nexus 6 is super comfortable to hold in the hand, and it has not caused me any cramping at all. The total package and design of the phone is essentially flawless in almost everyway. The only thing I would change is the button placement. What I mean by that is if I could have decided where the buttons were on the device, I would have liked to put the volume buttons in the upper-middle on the left side, and the power button to be lowered a smidge, but that is just my personal opinion. I actually love the ergonomic design of the G3’s volume and power button placement on the back to be able to make the Nexus 6 that much slimmer, though I might just be asking for too much.

Steep Pricing, Still Competitive
I have noticed that price has been noted as a concern of many, but look at it this way, the direct competitors to this device are all more expensive and either lacking in performance, features, design, or a combination of all of the above. The iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 are both priced at $750, the Z3 is $630, the “stunning” Note Edge will be a ridiculous $870, and even the infamous iPhone 6 is $650 at full price. All the rest of the devices available on T-Mobile are either outdated by hardware or software by the Nexus 6. So, why exactly is the $650 price point of the Nexus 6 a problem when all the other options are just as expensive, more costly, and/or just inferior products? Just because the Nexus 4 and 5 were cheaper, does not mean that every product developed by Google has to be the same cutting-edge price. People have been demanding a bleeding-edge Nexus device; well your voices have been heard loud and clear. This time by the newly titled “King of Android,” Motorola, who is proving to be a clear and present threat to all smartphone manufactures. The Nexus 6 is just another superior device that the Motorola can claim as one of their own. Best of all, T-Mobile is selling the Nexus 6 fully unlocked right out of the box. Can it get any better?

The Battery that Never Ends
Finally, it is time for the ever-important battery discussion. Google has also done wonders with Project Volta featured in Android 5.0. This feature in Lollipop will have the greatest impact on all current and future Android devices. Google has employed a massive amount of battery optimizations that are immediately present on first day of usage, or should I say the first two days. You WILL get two days out of this phone; I would bet on it. This holds true for everyone unless you are a hardcore tweaker, video watcher, or game player, which you should already understand that there is no phone out yet that is going to last you over day, let alone 12 to 16 hours. In a typical day with normal usage, I am able to get through it without ever needing to worry about the Nexus 6 dying or needing to find a place to get my next charging fix. Even if I do need to charge the phone, the new Turbo Charging technology developed by Motorola works phenomenally. Turbo Charging mode enables once the battery in substantially depleted. If I recall correctly that means below 15% of battery life. Plugging the Nexus 6 into the charger that comes in the box with the phone will super charge the phone to over 30% in literally 15 minutes. This is enough battery life to easily get you through the rest of the day until you can return home. The Turbo Charging technology floored me by how quick it was able to charge the enormous 3220mAh battery found within Nexus 6 by just using the standard microUSB 2.0. The only downside to this is the part where I noted that this is only if you use the Motorola Turbo Charger. That means you cannot expect your friends charger to perform in the same manner. As well, it compels you to carry the charger around, or buy a spare to keep with you incase of an emergency. However, I want to reiterate that this is not necessary for most individuals simply because the battery will not die that fast or often!

Simple Yet Satisfying
The camera has to be the single most improved feature in the Nexus line. The Nexus 6 sports a 13-megapixel OIS+ camera, and man does it take great shots! It does not let you down at all. The focus, clarity, and quality of the photographs the Nexus 6 takes are 1000% better than the Nexus 4 and at least 500% better than the Nexus 5. I am still disappointed in the simplicity and complete lack of features of the Google Camera software, but that said, I could not be happier with the performance of the point-and-shoot ability of the hardware. The videos are even crisp and stable without any signs of choppiness or pixilation. I know with my old Nexus 4, videos were horrendous, and the Nexus 5 was not much better. Audio quality is subpar, but I will take what I can get. I have not come across a phone that can record exceptional audio while simultaneously videoing a scene. Professionals’ rare usage of the high-end camcorder’s onboard microphones supports my findings. The best video cameras in the world can still have terrible stock microphones. Sometimes it is necessary to record the audio in different setting or time. When that is not an option, the Nexus 6’s microphone does a decent job, but that still might be a stretch.

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Goodbye Beats and BoomSound
The sound playback of the Nexus 6 is spectacular. It far exceeded my expectations. I previously owned an HTC One M8, and it was amazing when it came to sound quality. The dual stereo speakers on the front of the Nexus 6 replicates the same performance I experienced with the M8, if not even outperforms it. This is shocking considering the “BoomSound” amplification that the HTC touts as the clearest and loudest sound quality for a smartphone. While that may have been true previously, the Nexus 6 has overtaken the M8 in this category along with a magnitude of others.

A Realistic Point of View
Furthermore, I am going to switch gears and be realistic for a moment. The Nexus 6 is a developer device for a reason. The phone’s target audience is skewed more towards the experienced and technologically inclined Android user, and I am reluctant to say that I would not recommend it for a first time Android user, let alone a novel smartphone adopter. There are many other devices much simpler and easier to use than the Nexus 6. I say that with a grain of salt, because I still agree that this is the best Android device on T-Mobile. It is definitely a learnable device for anyone, but only if you have the time and patience to practice and play with the phone to understand it completely. The colossal size of the screen does make it highly appealing the older generation and folks with deteriorating vision. Now, I will say that the Nexus 6 is the most finger friendly phone I have ever used, and that has not been something I have considered important since the pre-iPhone era of Windows Mobile.

Top of the Line Hardware Helps A Lot
To round out the specifications of this monster and touch on them a tad, the Adreno 420 GPU equipped within the Nexus 6 blows away every other smartphone/phablet out there in benchmarks and graphics performance. The only GPU the Adreno 420 has not beaten is NVIDIA Tegra K1’s integrated Kepler GPU found in the Nexus 9, but that is not a smartphone CPU/GPU, so technically it does not count. The previews of the Nexus 6 conducted so far by technology news websites have them all raving about the superb performance by this innovative beast of a GPU! Clocking in at whooping 2.7GHz, the Snapdragon 805 CPU found inside the Nexus 6 is no slouch either. Android 5.0 and 3GB of RAM combined with the already impressive CPU makes the phone seamlessly glide through applications and processes. Multitasking has never been smoother or faster when switching between windows. The device never seems to slow down or hesitate ever, even when running the most intense applications, benchmarks, and games. There just does not appear to be a program out yet to wholly test the upper limits of the Nexus 6 and its hardware.

Front of Nexus 6

Observations and Analysis of the Smartphone Market
Moreover, Google’s move to a phablet design for the Nexus 6 signifies something much deeper, larger, and more elaborate than just avoiding competition with the Moto X. The decision to construct the Nexus 6 as a phablet forced Google to make the appropriate changes in Lollipop to increase the usability of phablets in general, and it certainly has made an immeasurable difference. Once manufactures administer Android 5.0 to their phablets, such as the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Note 4, and ZTE ZMAX, it will become clear how effective the alterations were to the Android phablet family. Google prided themselves on making Android increasingly efficient in utilizing the larger screens of the phablets, as well as limiting the focus of the phone to the bottom portion of the screen. This is noteworthy due to the difficulty experienced when using a phablet on older versions of Android. Characteristically, Google created Android to provide more features, customizations, and functionality to the users throughout the entire phone. This is current even today in Android 4.4.4, KitKat. It is fundamentally required to access the top portion of the screen to be able to use the phone fully. Therefore, it caused excessive objections for users considering purchasing a phablet. Potential phablet consumers uttered, “My thumb cannot reach the notification bar,” more times than needed. This hurt the phablet market drastically, and even though there is a gargantuan demand for bigger and larger phones, Google’s Android continued to neglect its biggest potential marketing opportunity. Well, it took until Apple to finally make a move to capture that market share to finally realize that Google could not ignore the obvious gap any longer. Thankfully, it is definitely not too late for Google to fix this lapse in judgment. Reflecting on Apple’s “Bendgate” blunder with the iPhone 6 Plus and the new rumors of recalling the 128GB models, they showed inexperience in an area where a growing number of Android manufactures have been targeting for years. This is a completely reversal of roles in the industry. Apple is normally the leader in innovation and known to produce the highest quality products; however, it seems they have lost their grip and fortunately, Google and manufacturer followers are in a position to take the reigns from the technology giant. Will they be able to maintain the strategic advantage they have over Apple, or will Android falter their first major opportunity they have had in this never ending battle?

A Side Note for Wi-Fi Calling Users
To those of you who rely on Wi-Fi Calling on T-Mobile need to wait until next year. In order to meet the new “Wi-Fi Unleashed” requirements, the Google will be issuing an update for the Nexus 6 in early 2015. This feature is being baked into Android 5.0 and every phone running Lollipop from here on out. The lack of this feature alone notably hurt the sales of the Nexus 4 and 5 on T-Mobile. The same can be said for the iPhone users who attempted to switch to T-Mobile before the iOS8 announcement and update. When the Wi-Fi Calling support update is rolled out to the Nexus 6, there is no question that this is the only Android phone for you. Potentially, this is the only phone that you should even consider.

Korey’s 2012 Holiday Wish List

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It is finally time to sit down and write out my holiday wish list. Kenneth and Chance had their opportunities to list out what they want, however their’s just is not good enough. Barring pricing from my holiday wish list, this is what I came up with.

(At the bottom is my reasonable Holiday Wish list)

[heading]$299 Nexus 7 3G[/heading]

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So you are telling me that not only is Google’s Nexus 7 the best valued 7-inch tablet in the market, but it now comes in a 32GB flavor with 3G unlocked?! And it is under $300?!?! Sign me up! You must be crazy to not want this tablet this holiday season. Though, as Chance mentioned before, for $100 more you could go with the Nexus 10, but it is WiFi only.

[heading]$899 Surface Pro (Early 2013)[/heading]

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A few months ago, I told Chance that I wanted the Surface if the price was right. After Microsoft announced it at $899, I was severely disappointed, but with no price limitations I definitely want it as my 10-inch tablet. I believe it is the best tablet on the market.

Many claim the iPad 4 is the best, which it is a close second, its limitations of the iOS software is what holds back the iPad in this category for me. With Windows 8 Pro, the Surface is an actual laptop replacement. While not limiting me to just a tablet software, I can still use all of my programs and games.

Just include the keyboard and extended battery, please! (Microsoft, I’m looking at you on this. Bring down the price or else your product will fail.)

[heading]$3,749 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display[/heading]

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By far the best laptop ever. I would never buy it or ask for it due to the outrageous pricing by Apple. But in a world where money doesn’t matter, this is the only option. I’m just going to list some specs of what I would choose and remind you of the 2880×1800 resolution 15-inch display at stunning 220 pixels-per-inch.

  1. 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
  2. 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  3. 768GB Flash Storage

[heading]$600,000 Panasonic Ultra HD 152″ Plasma HDTV[/heading]

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Chance tried and failed, Kenneth though he would be the winner of the most expensive TV. Well, how about this 152-inch 4K x 2K definition Full HD 3D plasma display from Panasonic. It is the world’s biggest display. It is the most gorgeous display I’ve ever seen. This would be the best Christmas gift ever.

[heading]Tebow to the Dolphins not the Jags[/heading]

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Jags will probably continue to suck even with Tebow because they do not have a good team. I’m sorry, but if they get Tebow it’ll probably boost attendance only until they realize they still suck. Dolphins have a legitimate chance at making the playoffs each year. Too bad the Dolphins are in the same division as the Jets. It is what will block this trade/restricted free agency.

Reasonable Holiday Wish List

[heading]Nexus 7 3G[/heading]

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It is only $300…please? See above if necessary.

[heading]Apple Lightning to Micro USB Adapter[/heading]

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Whenever I can finally use my iPhone 5, I will definitely need this for quick connectivity to chargers at places other than my house.

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I need an extra for my car so I can listen to Pandora again from my iPhone.

[heading]Business Casual Clothing[/heading]

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I need a completely new and updated wardrobe. All these new clothes I want are extremely expensive. They are really the thing I need the most. I also need good, comfortable, formal business shoes. Two pairs if possible, I have to wear them to work and I’ll burn through one pair in no time. I heard Clavin Klein makes a nice shoe.

Google’s Nexus 10 Caught on Video

Yesterday we uncapped the hydrant of Nexus 10 leaks with a plethora of pictures showing off its hardware and software components. Today, we’ve uploaded a (very) short video to show off the tablet, which you can check out above. Google will launch the Nexus 10 on Monday (event will be rescheduled due to weather conditions) alongside Android 4.2 and a brand new LG Nexus phone. If you missed yesterday’s Nexus 10 article, then we’ll catch you up.

Follow BriefMobile on Twitter. We’ll be releasing new information about Google’s next tablet as we get it!

The Google Nexus 10 features a Samsung Exynos 5250 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. It’s a dual-core Cortex-A15 chip that blows the socks off of most competitive mobile processors in benchmark contests. Central to the speed of the Exynos 5 Dual is the ARM Mali-T604 graphics processor, which more than doubles the 3D performance of the Samsung Galaxy S III’s chip.

Inside, the tablet houses 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There may be additional storage options available at launch. NFC, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 5-megapixel rear camera are all included.

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Nexus 10 – GPS Settings

Essential to the Nexus 10’s spec sheet is the 10.1-inch display (possibly of IPS variety) with a 2560×1600 pixel resolution and 298.9 pixels-per-inch. We’re told the display is “gorgeous” and reproduces colors more like HTC’s SLCD2 than the Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays.

Samsung’s used a polycarbonate material on the back of the device that looks and feels like brushed alumnium to an extent. We’re told the device is extremely light and thin. And, the edges of the device were described as rubbery.

Nexus 10 (Below) — Acer A100 (Top)
Nexus 10 (Below) — Acer A100 (Top)

T-Mobile Prepping Nano SIMs for the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 was just announced, and once again, T-Mobile was left off the ballot. That doesn’t stop them from still preparing for the device. Knowing that a number of subscribers are iPhone users, T-Mobile wants to make sure their customers have everything they need to use the new iPhone 5 on their network. They are producing a nano SIM card which no device on their network uses.

The nano SIM is expected to be available from T-Mobile in October. It will be available through all channels by mid-October. T-Mobile’s LTE won’t be ready til 2013, but I wouldn’t expect any iPhone 5 to support it. So, will any of you be getting a nano SIM to use the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile? If so, which GSM variant are you going to purchase?

iPhone 5 Will Not Support SVDO on CDMA Carriers

The Verge is reporting that the iPhone 5 will not support simultaneous voice and data for Verizon or Sprint. A Verizon representative informed them that, “[t]he iPhone 5 was designed to allow customers to place a voice call on the Verizon Wireless network, while letting customers access the Internet over the WiFi.” Sprint hasn’t commented on the matter just yet, but it is safe to assume that if Verizon doesn’t support SVDO on the iPhone 5, then neither will Sprint.

What this basically means is that the iPhone 5 will not be capable of surfing the internet on 3G data while talking on the phone. Sprint did confirm that the iPhone 5 does not support their new 1x Advanced network and will not be able to take advantage of the HD Voice capabilities that comes along with it.

Rather disappointing to hear about this for the CDMA carriers. Apple is truly behind on technology when it comes to their products. Not only did they forget the NFC chip, but the lack of SVDO and HD Voice hurts the phone even more. Does this change whether or not you will be getting the new iPhone, or does it not really bother you? Tell us in the comments below!

Sprint Announces the Affordable Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE

The SPH-L300 is finally official. The Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will begin resale on the 16th for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The Victory, which we leaked a couple months ago, will sport a dual-core 1.2GHz S4 processor, a 4-inch screen, and debut with Android 4.0. As well, it will feature a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a NFC chip with Google Wallet support.

This device is powerful, yet affordable. The device appears to have a brushed aluminum finish, but as we reported earlier the device is still plastic. It is certainly a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy S III for Sprint customers. It has the same exact CPU as the SGSIII, but the specs are toned down a bit to make the Galaxy Victory $100 less expensive than its big brother.

PowerSkin Launches First NFC Enabled Case for Galaxy S III

The first ever NFC case was debuted today by PowerSkin. The case is made for the Samsung Galaxy S III. It is silicon based and contains a 1500 mAh power for that extra boost when you need it. The case went on sale today for $79.99, but if you order it from today through September 19, you will receive a free portable speaker.

Finally a case that doesn’t hinder the NFC capabilities. Hopefully we will see more of these to come in the future. Maybe even the possibility of enabling a non-NFC device to have the capability. (iPhone 5 anyone?)

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PowerSkin® Launches First-Ever NFC-Enabled Smartphone Battery Case

Designed for the Samsung Galaxy S III – the top-selling U.S. smartphone in August – this new PowerSkin® features patent-pending technology

Free portable speaker, valued at $39.99, will be included with orders placed during first week

Costa Mesa, CA – September 13, 2012 – PowerSkin®, maker of shock-absorbing, battery-boosting cases for smartphones and gaming accessories, debuted the first-ever NFC-enabled smartphone battery case for the Samsung Galaxy S III, outfitted with silicone and 1500 mAh of power, and including a bonus free portable speaker on orders placed through 9/19/2012.

NFC is a wireless connectivity technology that allows devices in close proximity to each other to communicate via magnetic-field induction. PowerSkin’s® patent-pending technology enables NFC transmission to pass through the silicone case for quick information sharing.

“User convenience is paramount to PowerSkin’s® product designs,” said Shaun Ng, Product Manager for XPAL Power / PowerSkin®. “By integrating proprietary NFC technology into our battery cases, we’ve given users the ability to share information quickly, securely and wirelessly with nearby devices, making the exchange more convenient than ever.”

PowerSkin® Samsung Galaxy S III features:

  • On / off button located on the side gives users power on demand
  • 1500 mAh rechargeable battery extends talk time up to 2.83 hours (up to 97 hours standby)
  • NFC enabled for quick information sharing
  • Smart Power Management shuts off PowerSkin when phone is fully charged for zero loss of power
  • Included cable allows users to sync data while re-charging
  • LED battery lights display charging status
  • One-piece, soft-touch, silicone case slides on seamlessly and protects against shocks, drops and dust

The Samsung Galaxy S III PowerSkin®, $79.99, is available today on www.Power-Skin.com with a free portable speaker bonus until September 19th.

To learn more about PowerSkin® products visit www.Power-Skin.com, and follow PowerSkin® on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PowerSkinCases, on Twitter @PowerSkinUSA, and onPinterest.com/PowerSkinUSA.

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LG and Qualcomm Pairing Up for an Event on the 19th

LG sent out invites earlier today with the quote, “Live without boundaries,” written across a blackout device. Many believe that LG will be announcing the Optimus G. This device is rumored to have the APQ8064 CPU inside. Just for your information, that is the Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, which is quad-core krait based. We, however, have our fingers crossed for the revealing of the LG Eclipse for Sprint which we leaked a few months ago. Whatever it is, we will keeping you up to date on the event and what is revealed.

iPhone 5 Confirmed by Apple’s Search Engine

It is all but official now folks! Thanks to Apple’s own search feature on their website, we have been enlightened as to what the next iPhone will be named. It will be called the “iPhone 5″ even though it is the sixth generation device. As well, the company’s search engine revealed that the device will be equipped with LTE. There are no other details about the device that can be found, but at least the naming debate can finally come to an end.

Apple Web Store Closed Before Announcement

Earlier today, Apple shut down their online store due to updating. This is of course to prepare their site for all the new equipment that is going to be announced later today. We assume it will go back online as soon as the event is over. Many believe that Apple will be announcing the next generation iPhone, a 7-inch iPad, revised iPods, and all new accessories to handle the highly rumored 9-pin dock.

This announcement is one of the most anticipated events of the year, mainly due to the excessive demand for the iPhone. Recent rumors indicate the iPhone 5 will start pre-orders on the 14th and that the device’s sales will be great enough to push the GDP of the US back up. We are all just waiting to see how true these mock-ups have been. Stay tuned!

Motorola and Intel Preparing for an Event on the 18th

Hot off their major DROID family event, Motorola is already teasing another major event, this time with Intel. There have already been rumors surrounding an Intel-powered RAZR device, and this seems to seal the deal. Many believe the incoming device will be a RAZR M variant with an Intel CPU. Is this going to be the first Intel Android device to launch in the States? If so, which carrier(s) will it support? Many of these questions will hopefully be answered on the 18th. Catch the teaser video below.

Sprint 4G LTE Going Live in 100+ Cities Over Next Few Months

Sprint has announced today that its LTE rollout plan still remains aggressive, committing to rollouts in an additional 100 cities over the next few months. A few cities from the enormously long list that will be seeing 4G LTE from the Now Network in the near future: Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

Bob Azzi, Senior VP, assures that Sprint is doing all it can to get the LTE up and ready as soon as possible. Along with the addition of 4G LTE, Sprint is upgrading 3G, network backhaul, and towers with the new ESMR 800 band.

Guaranteeing the additional 100 cities by years end means that 4G WiMax is one step closer to irrelevance. WiMax, presently available in a mere 79 cities, is being dropped in favor of a faster and more reliable 4G LTE network.

This news comes prior to an imminent 4G LTE iPhone announcement, a possible Galaxy Note 2 release, and a pending LG Eclipse drop. Are you excited about this news? Let us know in the comments below!

[press]Sprint 4G LTE Available in More Than 100 Additional Cities in the Coming Months

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 10, 2012 – Continuing its aggressive momentum in delivering a top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that the 4G LTE network build is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Some of the major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months are Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

The 4G LTE Network build is under way in the following areas:

Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
Albermarle, N.C.
Anderson, Ind.
Asheville, N.C.
Athens, Tenn.
Athens, Texas
Austin, Texas
Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Mass.
Baton Rouge, La.
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md.
Boston
Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
Charlotte, N.C.
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chicago
Clarksville, Tenn.
Cleveland, Tenn.
Coamo, Puerto Rico
College Station, Texas
Columbia, Tenn.
Columbus, Ind.
Cookeville, Tenn.
Crossville, Tenn.
Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla.
Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.
Fayetteville, N.C.
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Gainesville, Fla.
Gary, Ind.
Goldsboro, N.C.
Greenville, N.C.
Greeneville, Tenn.
Guayama, Puerto Rico
Hammond, La.
Harriman, Tenn.
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.
Hutchinson, Kan.
Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Johnson City, Tenn.
Jonesboro, Ark.
Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill.
Kerrville, Texas
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.
Kinston, N.C.
Knoxville, Tenn.
Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
Lancaster, S.C.
Lawrence, Kan.
Lincolnton, N.C.
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
Lumberton, N.C.
McPherson, Kan.
Memphis, Tenn.
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla.
Morgan City, La.
Morristown, Tenn.
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Muncie, Ind.
Nashville, Tenn.
New Orleans
New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.
Ocala, Fla.
Ocean Pines, Md.
Palatka, Fla.
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass.
Philadelphia
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
Rochelle, Ill.
Rockford, Ill.
Rocky Mount, N.C.
Salina, Kan.
Salisbury, Md.
Salisbury, N.C.
San German-Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.
Sevierville, Tenn.
Shelby, N.C.
Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C.
Springfield, Mass.
Statesville-Mooresville, N.C.
St. Thomas, USVI
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
Topeka, Kan.
Tullahoma, Tenn.
Tupelo, Miss.
Warrensburg, Mo.
Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.
Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
Wichita, Kan.
Wichita Falls, Texas
Wilson, N.C.
Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass.
Yauco, Puerto Rico
During the pre-launch phase, customers with capable 4G LTE devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, at which point we expect coverage, performance and reliability to get even better. Eventually, the markets will fill in until coverage largely matches the existing nationwide 3G footprint. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have completed the nationwide build out of the all new 3G and 4G network.

Currently, Sprint offers the new 4G LTE service in 19 metropolitan areas: Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Newnan, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Ga.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Kansas City, Mo./Kansas City, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; Waco, Texas; and St. Joseph, Mo.

According to management consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting, mobile data is expected to comprise 95 percent of the global mobile traffic by 2015. Sprint’s network strategy, known as Network Vision, is designed to meet these growing demands. With Network Vision, customers can expect to benefit from an updated 3G network and new 4G LTE network, enabling expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster data speeds as the improvements are rolled out across the country.

“The mobile industry is going through an incredible change – smartphones, connected devices, and the seemingly unlimited supply of new applications and services are changing consumer behavior in dramatic ways,” said Chetan Sharma, founder and president at Chetan Sharma Consulting.

As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead.

Sprint was the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G on the WiMAX network in 2008 and began rolling out 4G LTE to customers on July 15 in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and surrounding cities.

Unlimited + Sprint 4G LTE = Game-changing wireless offer for customers

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent and Sprint is clearly the best choice in wireless. Customers with capable devices can combine Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE networks and enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint network. Data usage continues to increase and consumers value Truly Unlimited data because it’s simple and straightforward – no metering, no throttling, and no need to share data, which increases the likelihood of a surprise monthly bill because of overage charges.

Coupled with unbeatable plans and fast devices, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience in the past few years. The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries measured, over the last four years. And Sprint has been ranked Highest in Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-service Wireless Providers three times in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.

Sprint’s Network Vision project expects to be largely complete with the all-new network by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.[/press]