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Mobile Phones

  • The five top smartphones of 2012

    As another year draws to a close, you’ll start seeing an incredible amount of “best of” lists popping up and in the modern world, there are few of those lists which can be as relevant as this one, the best smartphones. We’re so attached to our devices that life before smartphones can seem a lifetime away for those lucky enough to have one, and when it comes to significant releases, 2012 has been a bumper year. This year has seen the release of some incredible handsets, and here are my top five: 5. Nokia Lumia 920 This is the only Windows driven...

  • BlackBerry’s flagship maybe christened the ‘Z10’, comes in black and white

    With RIM's BlackBerry 10 event a little over a month away, we've been referring to the company's flagship full touch device as the "L-Series". According to a leaked image courtesy of Unwired View, that's no longer the case. The leaked image refers to the new BB10 smartphone as the "Z10". Not groundbreaking news we know, but it does roll off the tongue slightly better than "L-Series". It's also a streamlined shift from the pedantic alpha-numeric handset titles of the past. The far more interesting aspect of this leak, shows off the colour variants the Z10 will be available in. We're all...

  • ZTE unveils its U887, a new 5-inch entry-level phablet

    ZTE is the latest manufacturer to enter the 5-inch phablet market with the U887. ZTE's newest phablet offering is designed to appeal to the lower-end user, as the company is set to release higher specced devices sometime down the line. The U887 seems aimed at testing the waters, before the company begins releasing a full-range phablet lineup. The ZTE U887 sports some modest specs, but it should be able to handle the needs of most smartphone users. Its 5-inch screen displays 800 x 480 resolution quality, not enough to compete against the HTC J Butterfly, Oppo Find 5 or soon...

  • 15 gadgets to put under every geek’s Christmas tree

    What does every geek need for Christmas? No, not a boyfriend/girlfriend/inflatable love pillow. What they need are the most tricked-out gifts that tap directly into the geek vein. The list below is our pick of the most useful, desirable and plain kooky gadgets of 2012 that should be firmly squeezed into every nerd's Christmas stocking. TRAVEL 1. Pocketcell Rechargeable battery packs are getting more and more common but few are as slim, simple to use or quick to charge as Pocketcell. Sleek and flexible, the tiny body will give your iPhone +25 hours more juice and around 4-5 hours for an...

  • Huawei Ascend D2, flagship Android ‘phablet’ set for CES 2013 unveiling

    Huawei look set to enter the "phablet" fray, with the scheduled unveiling of the Android powered Ascend D2 at CES 2013. This is the second known device that the Chinese manufacturer will showcase, the other being the Ascend W1 which runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS. The news broke thanks to a message posted on the Senior VP of Huawei Technology's Sino Weibo page, who sated his concern over the D2's, yet to be disclosed, high price point. He attributed the sizable price tag to the quality of specs that the D2 sports. The specs for this "Dream Phone" include a...

  • Gradiente unveil ‘iphone’ handset powered by Android

    Brazilian manufacturer Gradiente has recently shown off its latest smartphone, the "iphone Neo One". We know what you're thinking -- this will be the newest addition to a growing list of lawsuits that Apple is involved in. But the interesting thing is, the Brazilian company owns the rights to the name, "iphone", so Apple will have to find another means of attack. The one thing that Apple will not have to worry about is competition from a spec and performance standpoint, as the Neo One is somewhat lacking when put up against the major players. It runs Android 2.3...

  • HTC M7, rumoured Android flagship stuffed to the gills with high-end specs

    It appears that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is at it again. The smartphone developer has had details of its latest Android project leaked thanks to Unwired View. If this leak is legit, the M7 might be the one smartphone we can't wait to get our hands on. As far as we can tell, the listed specs would see the M7 usurp the HTC One X+ as the company's Android phone of choice. Let's run through the specs, the M7 is rumoured to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor, clocked in at 1.7Ghz which is on par with the One X+. The...

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand is the dual-sim middle child of the Jellybean family

    This is who Samsung is targeting with its new S3-lite, the Galaxy Grand: “users with a fast-paced mobile lifestyles who demand more from their phone.” With a 5-inch screen, 1.2Ghz dual-core CPU and a dual-sim option, the Grand is looking mighty fine indeed. Here’s a picture. Let’s harp on about the specs for a wee bit. We’ve mentioned the tastiest bits up top, but the Grand still holds a few tasty treats for us. Obviously, Jellybean’s a must and is the OS of choice for the Grand. The 8-megapixel camera, possibly the same as the S3’s, has “zero shutter lag” and...

  • The Find 5, Oppo’s impressively specced flagship smartphone

    Chinese manufacturer Oppo has just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Find 5, which as the name would suggest comes fitted with a 5-inch 1080p display encased within a 8.8 mm thin body. This is the exact same display that users will find on the HTC J Butterfly, an Android smartphone exclusive to Japan. The Find 5 also boasts a couple more high-end specs to keep users interested. The Find 5 is set to run Android 4.1.2 Jellybean supported by Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor and 2GB RAM. It is powered by a 2500mAh battery that should...

  • BlackBerry 10 L-Series images leaked, looks damn fine

    With RIM's BlackBerry 10 event coming 30 January 2013, more and more details are coming to the fore regarding the new OS and product lineup. Vietnamese site, Tinh te posted a plethora of images showcasing the new L-Series smartphone, which is set to be the flagship device on which RIM will pin its hopes for the new BlackBerry 10 OS. Looking at the beautiful close-ups, the device looks polished and we'd be surprised if this wasn't the final hardware set to debut early next year. The L-Series obviously hinges off the design of the Dev Alpha B units that...