March 2, 2011
Verizon has been best known for their coast to coast wireless coverage and fewer dropped calls than competitors. And of course their commercials showing an army of network engineers ensuring they can be heard from anywhere. Did you know that in the first half of this year they will be launching 10 new 4G devices to run on their 4G LTE network, which is
currently available in 38 markets across the country, expanding to 175 markets by the end of 2011 and the entire nation by the end of 2013. According to Verizon their 4G LTE network is:
… the fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network in America, which delivers speeds up to 10x faster than current 3G networks. Average, real-world data rates are 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink, and 2 to 5 Mbps per second on the uplink.
I've had a difficult time trying to figure out the differences between 3G and 4G, so I like this analogy they gave me: If Verizon Wireless’ 3G and 4G networks were cars driving on a highway, the 3G car would travel at a fast pace of 100 miles per hour while the 4G car would travel at a super fast pace of 1000 miles per hour, or 10 times the speed of the 3G car. Not bad.
With that network in place, here's a rundown of 10 sweet devices that will leverage the speed of the 4G network in the coming months (numbers correspond to the image above):
- Xoom by Motorola – Winner of Best of Show at CES 2011, the Xoom is the first Android tablet running Google’s Honeycomb software designed specifically for tablets to optimize the user experience. Note: the device is 3G at launch, but upgradable to 4G. It is priced at $799 and available now.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab – With a 7-inch enhanced TFT display and Android 2.2, this tablet has a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder to enable video chat capabilities. It is priced at $499 and available now.
- HTC ThunderBolt (exclusive to Verizon Wireless) – With HTC Sense 2.0 and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, this phone brings the thunder by offering a 4.3” WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording and playback.
- LG Revolution – This smartphone device offers HD support for streaming, playing and recording video onto a large 4.3-inch touch screen. It runs Android 2.2, video telephony support with front-facing camera and mobile hotspot capability to share a 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The phone is not yet available for purchase.
- DROID Bionic by Motorola – This new Motorola phone offers Android with Adobe Flash and HTML5 support, front-facing VGA camera and a ‘See What I See' video feature. It also offers a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch HD quality screen, HDMI connectivity and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512 DDR2 RAM.
- Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone: Powering Android 2.2, Google Mobile services which include Google Search, Maps, Gmail and YouTube, this smartphone offers a brilliant 4.3-inch touch screen display. It is powered by a 1GHz application processor and offers an HTML5 Web browser, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities. It also includes the Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub to ensure you get all your latest social media notifications pushed directly to you.
- Novatel MiFi 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – This mifi device is small enough to fit in the palm of the hand and shares Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE and 3G networks with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
- Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – This dual-mode mifi device offers a wireless access point to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE or 3G networks.
- Compaq CQ10-688nr – This compact laptop offers a 10.1-inch diagonal anti-glare widescreen display and is powered with the Intel Atom N455 processor. It offers up to 8.5 hours of battery life, multi-format digital media card reader, webcam and multiple connectivity options.
- HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – This compact laptop offers an 11.6-inch display with HP CoolSense Technology. It can stay powered up to 10.75 hours and totes a hefty 320 GB of storage with full-size, island-style keyboard, multi-format digital media card reader and HDMI port. It also offeres Dolby Advanced Audio for great sound and GPS for mapping and navigation while on the go.
Of course Verizon customers can also use the Apple iPad (3G).
Verizon's 4G LTE network has launched in Baltimore, where Verizon will be the title sponsor at this week's Tech Cocktail Baltimore mixer event on Thursday, March 3rd. Come see the local Verizon Wireless team as they demo the 3 tablets, their new CDMA iPhone 4 and a host of other devices.
Disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines, we are disclosing that Verizon Wireless is a paid sponsor of Tech Cocktail.
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