We all knew it was coming, and today Google made it official. Google worked closely with it’s partner, HTC, to develop what Google touts as “the next step in Android evolution.” While it still remains to be seen if this Android powered phone has what it takes to compete with Apple’s iPhone, one thing is certain, the hardware is sexy. The specs include a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Compass, GPS, accelerometer, light and proximity sensor, five megapixel camera with LED flash, stereo bluetooth, and multi-color notification LED under the trackball. The phone is priced at $179 with a 2-year T-Mobile contract, or $529 to purchase it unlocked direct from Google.
Size and weight
Weight: 130 grams w/battery
100g w/o battery
3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
800 x 480 pixels
100,000:1 typical contrast ratio
1ms typical response rate
Camera & Flash
Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
2X digital zoom
User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions
Cellular & Wireless
UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
A2DP stereo Bluetooth
Power and battery
Removable 1400 mAH battery
Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G
Up to 7 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G Up to 250 hours on 3G Internet use
Up to 5 hours on 3G
Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 7 hours
Audio playback: Up to 20 hours
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz
Operating system: Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)
Capacity: 512MB Flash + 512MB RAM
4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)
Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver
Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
With the coming of the 3.0 software update comes a number of bugs as well. This is one that drove me nuts. If you are experiencing duplicated app icons (or in some cases darkened or greyed out icons), follow this procedure as a temporary fix.
New Method: This method has been verified to work, and will not erase your apps saved data:
1) Select an app with incorrect icon, remove it.
2) Go to app store and download it again.
3) During installation, hold the power button and turn off your iPhone!
4) Turn on your iPhone again and all your app icons are back to normal.
the key thing is that you can reinstall an app that doesn’t have saved data, but still fix the problems with those that do have saved data, without losing it!
WARNING: This fix will cause saved data to be deleted from your apps, so if you have a saved game or something it will be reset.
1. Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
2. Sync your phone to backup any new apps you may have downloaded
3. Click on the iphone icon, then the “Applications” tab at the top
4. Uncheck “Sync Applications” then hit apply. (this will erase the apps from your phone)
5. Once the sync is complete, RE-check “Sync Applications” and hit apply to restore your apps to the phone
6. Your icons should now be restored to normal.
Note: If you completely shut off your phone or do a hard reset, the icons may get messed up again. If this is the case, repeat the process to fix. Hopefully Apple will get this figured out soon!
If this worked for you, please leave a comment 🙂 Thanks!