Droid Maxx, Mini and Ultra Gets Android 4.4 KitKat Update Starting Today

Starting today the Droid series is getting a brand new system update in the form of Android 4.4 KitKat. That’s right, if you are a user of Droid Maxx, Mini or Ultra you will be able to download Android 4.4 KitKat on your phone starting today. While this new system update is available starting today it will be rolling out in phases. Continue reading

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GoWireless Holiday Buyer’s Guide – Cutting Edge Smartphones

In the world of smartphones it can be tough to stay on the bleeding edge. With a two year contract it can be important for you to buy the latest device so that it stays relevant and updated throughout your agreement. If you are in the market for the latest in tech then you may have already made up your mind about your next phone, but read on to see what we think you could do to grab the latest and greatest.

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD

Long name, but this phone can be described in one word, powerhouse. First things first, if you are looking for a phone that you never have to fret charging no matter how much you throw at it, then stop reading and come to GoWireless because we found your new phone. With a large 4.7 inch Super AMOLED screen, this display is perfect for watching movies and playing games. It also can stand up to gaming. While running the newest Modern Combat, we were able to play with absolutely no hiccups from the phone. Extra setting like Smart Actions can let you use GPS to control things like alert sounds, playlists and other OS functions. The best part is that you can run all of this, all day long. With a 22 hour talk time battery life, you will never have to run around looking for a charger.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Sure the S3 may be the most dated of the three phones we chose for this guide, but the fact remains that the Galaxy S III is an amazing device. The proof is in Touch Wiz, the skin that Samsung uses on the phone. What used to be a cluttered mess, is now a polished refined interface that adds many useful and cool software tweaks. Things like S-Voice, which will use your voice to search for answers and locations, are great to add value down the road. One of the best features is the picture in picture mode. The fact that you can text and watch a video at the same time, creates true multitasking in a way that is not available on any other phone. With the S3 recently becoming the number one phone with over 30 million units sold, it is no surprise that the S3 is worth the hype, and it is still one of the best options on the market.

HTC Droid DNA

Just announced, this phone is a BEAST. The shining point has got to be the screen on this phone. The first 1080p display in the US with a 446 ppi density, there is no better screen. For anyone looking for media consumption, web browsing, or just a great looking phone, look no further than the Droid DNA. If the screen wasn’t enough, the build quality on this phone is in a class above. Thin, light and extremely powerful, there are few phones that can match this sheer feel of the future in your hands. No great thing is without a caveat, and the DNA definitely falls short in one area, battery life. This is not your all day phone. It’s a tradeoff that will have to be made to experience this great device, but with this beautiful screen, built in beats audio and powerful Droid OS, it seems worth it.

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Jelly Bean comes to the RAZR M

On November 9th Motorola and Verizon announced that the Droid RAZR M would be receiving the all new Android 4.1 Android update. Bringing a slew of new features like Google Now which acts like a specialized productivity assistant. One of the biggest upgrades is what Google calls Project Butter, which optimizes the phone to be up to ten time faster than previous versions. Google has been doing much better on supplying updates than in the past and, with their recent purchase of Motorola, it seems as though they are really starting to nail the timeline.

Motorola also recently updated the Droid Bionic to Android 4.0. With Jelly Bean soon coming to the RAZR HD and HD Maxx, it seems as though Motorola is serious about competing with Samsung for the top spot on the Verizon Network. For more info on these phones or the updates, come by your local GoWireless Store and speak with a Wireless Consultant today!

Source:  The Verge

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This post is an original post written by Jake Calland, Store Manager of the Forest Graves Mill Center Mall location in Forest, Virginia.

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Phone Review: Motorola RAZR HD and HD MAXX

Last year when the Droid RAZR and the Droid RAZR Maxx were released, it was seen as a fresh step by Motorola to stand out in an otherwise fairly crowded mobile space.  Since its release a lot has happened, Samsung and Apple have both fired back with the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 and the Droid RAZR HD comes into an even more crowded space with pressure coming from Microsoft for the holidays.  So can Motorola keep the momentum going? Can they quell the tide of competition? Read on to find out!

Immediately you will notice changes to the RAZR product line. First off, it’s heavier than most high-end phones on the market.  Weighing in at almost 6 ounces this phone is not for the weak armed.  To help you make a comparison, the Galaxy S III is 4.6 ounces, the iPhone 5 is 3.9 ounces, and the original Droid RAZR was 4.8 ounces. Now, I know that may not sound like a big deal, but in day to day use it makes a difference.  Personally, I liked the added heft.  A heavy phone reminds you that you are carrying a personal computer, but also it has a feeling of quality. This phone is solid and extremely well built. The Kevlar fiber that wraps around the device adds a great feel to the device and fits in the hand extremely well. With the phone being a 4.7 inch device, it is fairly large. If you are looking for a Motorola phone, but do not want the size of this, then you may be better suited to look at a phone like the RAZR M (read more).  The somewhat interesting decision Motorola made was on the differences made between the RAZR HD and the RAZR Maxx HD.  Both are relatively equal in size.  A millimeter is about all that makes the difference, but when the MAXX can tout a 22-hour battery life compared to its 12 hour little brother, the size tradeoff is practically a non-issue.  Make no mistake, if you can spring the extra $100, get the RAZR MAXX HD.  I won’t go into much more detail about the size, if you are looking for a hero device, you are probably not too worried about the size, so let’s get into software.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it here.  As far as software skins go, Motorola does it right? The Android platform has come such a long way in the last year and Motorola has been doing a fantastic job of getting out of Android’s way and letting the OS shine.  Short of a Nexus line device, Motorola keeps the phone fairly clutter free of changes.  The changes they have made revolve more around their software options like Smart Actions and not around key OS functions.  The result is a great skin that runs along at a blistering pace.  Not once has the phone locked up or lagged on operating tasks in our testing.  Camera shutter speed was unbelievably fast and opening apps was as fast as it’s ever been on a Motorola device.

Overall this is a huge win for Motorola.  For the second year in a row, they have come to the table with excellent hardware and gorgeous software.  The RAZR name is iconic in mobile, starting with the original Motorola RAZR back in 2004. And now, in 2012 they continue the tradition with an excellent piece of hardware that is perfect for the power user.  Look out Samsung, Motorola is on your tail.

PROS:

  • Excellent display, colors are crisp and viewing angles are great
  • Absolutely fantastic battery life on both, especially the MAXX
  • Kevlar backing makes the phone feel practically indestructible

CONS:

  • A little large for many and much larger than its predecessor the Droid RAZR
  • No noticeable size difference between the RAZR HD and the RAZR MAXX HD

Who is this phone for?

If you are looking for a hero device for media this is a great option, though, the sound is a bit low for those of you looking to run up some Netflix data.  If you need a phone that will last you well into a second day with only one charge, then get to a store immediately and pick this up. However, if you are looking for all these features but the phone is just too large, its little cousin, The RAZR M is still one of the best options on the market.

Make sure you follow GoWireless on Twitter or Like GoWireless on Facebook to stay up to speed on the latest Verizon Smartphones and News.  You can also visit http://tiny.cc/m5wfkw to find a Store near you for more information.

This post is an original post written by Jake Calland, Store Manager of the Forest Graves Mill Center Mall location in Forest, Virginia.

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DROID RAZR M by Motorola – Offers High-End Power and Sleek Style

 

The RAZR M shares much in common with the original Droid RAZR at half the price. The phone runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual core CPU. It has 8 gigs of internal storage and a micro SD card slot and NFC. The Droid M is also crafted with an ultra thin chassis. Its most eye-catching feature is a sizable 4.3-inch AMOLED screen encased in an edge-to-edge bezel. It’s one of the smallest bezel that has ever surrounded a smartphone’s display. This gives the device a sophistication not many handsets can match. The phone’s back is covered by Motorola’s signature Kevlar fiber coating protecting it from scratches and scrapes. Its rounded edges all around make it comfortable to hold.

Pros: The affordable Droid Razr M features a fast processor, a lovely 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, 4G LTE, and long battery life. It’s also compact and attractive.

Cons: The Razr M‘s 8-megapixel camera with LED flash takes unimpressive images and is encased under a reflective plastic panel, which, unfortunately, is a fingerprint magnet. Also, the battery is sealed inside and isn’t removable.

Overall, If you’re not a shutterbug  and looking for a convenient portable smartphone with plenty of high-end power and features that won’t break the bank, the Motorola Droid Razr M with its sleek style, fast CPU, and great battery life is an excellent choice.  It offers many of the advanced capabilities you’ll find only in premium smartphones at an affordable price.

Make sure you follow GoWireless on Twitter or Like GoWireless on Facebook to stay up to speed on the latest Verizon Smartphones and News.  You can also visit http://tiny.cc/m5wfkw to find a Store near you for more information.

This post is an original post written by Jake Calland, Store Manager of the Forest Graves Mill Center Mall location in Forest, Virginia.

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