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  • LG’s Optimus prime-time smartphone

    Review: LG P970 Optimus Black. It’s big and it’s black. And really skinny. The obvious conclusion is that LG is going head to head with iPhone with the P970 Optimus Black by eschewing any exterior adornment. LG also clearly decided that it was going to go with one big stick: size counts. The display is BIG and BRIGHT. Instead of the iPhone’s relatively cramped 3.5", you get a giant 4" slab of pixelly action. But LG was also building to a lower price-point, so you get 480x800 pixels but only 233 pixels per inch. The iPhone’s 960x640 gives you 326ppi....

  • HTC tells Apple to get lost on patents

    Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC has dismissed fresh patent infringement claims by US giant Apple as the legal battle between the rivals escalated. Apple Monday filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) -- which is already reviewing three other disputes between the two -- over five cases linked to technology used in the iPad and iPhone. It has also lodged a suit in a US District Court in Delaware. "HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market," said HTC general counsel Grace Lei in a statement. "HTC strongly denies all...

  • The iPhone SLR Mount

    The new iPhone SLR Mount from Photojojo has garnered quite a bit of buzz around the Interwebs lately. The mount is an iPhone case-adapter combo that lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4. This gives your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus by utilising your existing telephoto, wide angle, macro or your fixed lenses. The iPhone SLR Mount might seem like just a novelty...

  • Every day 500,000 more Androids active says Google

    More than 500,000 devices running Google's Android software are being activated every day, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday. Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system and a Google vice president for engineering, made the announcement in a message on his Twitter feed, @Arubin. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day," he said. Rubin said the number of Android devices being activated is growing at 4.4 percent week on week. Google announced during a developers conference in May that 400,000 Android devices were being activated every day, up from 300,000 in December. A number of leading handset manufacturers use...

  • Meego’s last gasp with Nokia as N9 unveiled

    Nokia's latest attempt to win back market share with its N9 phone received mixed reviews this week as it was shown to analysts and media at ComminAsia in Singapore. It is likely the last major phone Nokia will show running the promising Linux-based mobile operating system before it throws its lot in with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7. Fans lauded the N9's ease of use without any "home" button -- a feature of the iPhone and other rivals -- while detractors mocked what they saw as its outdated Meego operating system. Unveiled by Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop at the CommunicAsia...

  • BB Bold still the messaging king

    Review: BlackBerry Bold 9780. This is the best BlackBerry you can buy today. But should you buy it? BlackBerry fans looking for a high-end BlackBerry experience have a choice between the 9780 and the Torch 9800, and there's a third contender on the horizon that might steal your heart. The 9780 has amazing strengths, but maybe not the ones you're looking for. The handset itself is handsomely austere. Understated and almost completely black, the 9780 is the most likely weapon of choice for Wall Street types. The build quality, light weight - and of course the fact that it comes...

  • Samsung Galaxy S II: The galaxy strikes back

    Samsung scored a smash hit with the Galaxy S, a phone that almost single-handedly established it (along with Android) as a viable threat to the iPhone hegemony on big, flat, beautiful, minimalist, keyboardless smartphones. Time passed, other phones came, Samsung got back to work. And now, ladies and gentlemen, live and in the plastic, the Galaxy S II. I had lunch with a friend yesterday. She has a Galaxy S. “Oh, you have the new one,” she said a little dismissively. An IT pro, she’s been up and down the tech block, round and round the upgrade carousel. "Whatever," her...

  • Microsoft unveils ‘Mango’ Windows Phone update

    Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its mobile phone software and new handset partners on Tuesday as it seeks to claw back market share from Apple and Google. The Redmond, Washington-based personal computer software powerhouse said the update to its Windows Phone operating system, code-named "Mango," features over 500 new features and faster browsing with Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Microsoft said Mango will be available for free to existing Windows Phone 7 customers and will ship on new phones this fall from Samsung, LG and HTC and new partners Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE. Microsoft said it is also working on a Mango...

  • The best high-end smartphones the world has to offer today (or soon)

    If you’re in the market for a high-end smartphone, you might be faced with an overwhelming choice. We did the hard work for you, and so we present you with the six best high-end smartphones you can buy today, and three you’ll be able to buy very soon. Let’s get started. Apple iPhone 4 What is there to say about this phone that you don’t already know? While acknowledged by many to be the world’s best phone, it is loathed by others for its closed ecosystem that comes with an expensive price tag. Whatever your view, there’s no denying its appeal. With...

  • Android steams ahead in US

    Smartphones powered by Google software widened their lead on BlackBerry handsets in the US market during the first three months of the year, industry tracker comScore reported on Friday. At the same time, Android is growing quickly in Europe, taking market share from Symbian. Android smartphones dethroned BlackBerry in January by capturing 31.2 percent of the US market and that share grew to 34.7 percent by the end of March, according to comScore. BlackBerry handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM) lost ground in the quarter, ending March with 27.1 percent of the US market. Apple was close behind RIM...