LG Optimus 7 Windows OS phone coming to AT&T

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The new LG Optimus 7, which is currently available in Europe, should be coming over to the U.S. on the AT&T network sometime soon. I personally prefer the sleek look and design of this model over its sibling, the LG Quantum, which is a bit thicker due to the slide out keyboard. The LG Optimus 7 on the other hand is thinner and has a 3.8 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Also programs on the phone should run smooth and quick with the 1Ghz Snapdragon chipset.

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding these new phones that utilize the Windows Phone 7 OS. On the initial home screen, you'll see "Live Tiles" instead of the ubiquitous apps that we're all used to seeing. The Live Tiles are continually updating with alerts of new messages, updates and emails. It's definitely an easier way to stay on top of your friends status updates and such. The new Zune interface is also worth a look. With 16GB of space, the phone is ready to handle a good chuck of your multimedia files. And the Zune app looks to be very user-friendly and a nice alternative to iTunes. Be sure that you have a windows Live ID that's linked to your XBox, Zune and MSN accounts. From what I understand, your Live accounts must match in order to fully take advantage of the features.

One neat little ability that all the Optimus series phones has is the voice to text feature. So users can simply update their facebook status or send out a new tweet without having to type it all in. The process is now hands-free since the phone is smart enough to automatically transcribe your voice into text. That'll definitely come in handy in our instant-sharing-social-media world of today.

HTC Droid Eris wifi issue with Linksys WRT160N

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Here’s a quick little tidbit for all you HTC Droid Eris users out there. I’ve been having problems getting the phone to recognize our home router (a linksys WRT160N). I initially thought that the wifi component of my phone went bad or something. We have several other wireless devices that connect with our router just fine including the Nintendo Wii, our blu-ray player and two other laptops. So, I didn’t think the router was an issue. But turns out there’s a little security setting on the router that prevented the HTC Eris from recognizing the wireless signal. I can’t really explain the reason why but changing the security encryption from “TKIP or AES” to just “AES” fixed the problem. I believe the router default setting is “TKIP or AES” so you will have to manually change this setting if you run into this issue. Again, my wireless router is a wireless-N device with security WPA2 activated and SSID on. anyway, thought I’d post this just in case someone else out there is pulling their hair out over this matter.

The $99 HP Touchpad – can’t beat the price!

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You know, I wasn’t expecting all that much when I initially purchased the $99 HP Touchpad. Yes, I’m one of the “lucky ones” that got in on the deal right when HP slashed their prices. But anyway, after playing around with the new tablet, I have to say that I like it a lot. Sure WebOS is doomed and developers won’t be creating many more new apps for a dead platform. But just look at what you get for $99 – a sharp 9.7-inch screen, intuitive user interface, integrated WiFi which gives you access to facebook, youtube, email etc. All the essentials are there.

As recommended by other users, I did have to do some tweaks to improve performance which included the big OTA update and installing preware which allows you to grab some helpful “homebrew” patches. I did notice a vast improvement in speed and response after doing these tweaks so be sure to do them if you haven’t done so already.

I’m currently keeping an eye out for one more. I’d like to get the kids one of their own. yeah, I know, touchpads are pretty much no where to be found at this point. HP recently stated that they’ll manufacture a limited run of the touchpad to help fullfill orders but they weren’t that specific on exactly how many or when. Rumor has it that this last batch will amount to approximately 100,000 additional touchpads and will be available around November. That won’t be enough to match demand so look for a massive feeding frenzy when that last batch gets released.