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  • HTC J Butterfly unveiled in Japan — girly name, awesome screen

    The J Butterfly is the latest mobile device from HTC. It's the first smartphone to feature a 5-inch 1080p full-HD screen and it's now available for pre-order from Japanese telecommunication company KDDI. Full specs on the device are still to come, however Engadget has released a few details -- the majority of which look quite promising, including the fact that the device runs Android 4.1 (JellyBean). Its dinner-plate-sized screen, dubbed "Super LCD 3", is supported by a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor as well as a Snapdragon's CPU. The J Butterfly is also equipped with a 8MP rear camera and 2.1MP front camera....

  • With the Padfone 2, ASUS updates its smartphone and station combo

    At an event in Taiwan earlier today ASUS CEO Jerry Shen unveiled the new Padfone 2. A revamped version of its Padfone, which made its original debut in April 2012. The smartphone and station have both gone under the knife. The smartphone's undergone an OS redesign and the station's had much of its fat trimmed such as the unnecessary battery space which has now been done away with. This all adds up to net weight of 649g, trimming a significant 205g from the original, making it lighter than the iPad. Engadget has released more information on both devices, the smartphone...

  • Rascarlo custom Nexus ROM review

    What’s in a ROM? I’ve mentioned  a few times in my older posts that custom ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus aren’t really needed anymore, because of where stock Android is. JellyBean is a fantastic OS, but luckily with Android we are spoilt for choice, and although we don’t need them, using custom ROMs, which are stable, is a lot of fun and they do offer a number of awesome enhancements to an already great OS. I’ve been using Rascarlo’s RasBeanJelly for the past three weeks and I have to admit, I don’t see that changing any time soon. It’s built straight...

  • Last chance before it’s made redundant: iPhone 4S now available for FNB customers for R295 monthly

    South African banking giant FNB is now offering the iPhone 4S for R295 monthly in its already healthy lineup of smartphones and tablets. There are well over 20 smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II to select from, if an FNB customer needs a brand new device. But none of those mattered. It's the iPhone 4S that makes the biggest splash in the pond, and it's now available for qualifying FNB customers. It's not just a vanity addition for FNB. No sir, according to the bank “43% of Banking App users have downloaded the Banking App on iOS...

  • Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is official: an average device with Android 4.1

    We wrote about it yesterday and like all good rumours, it came true. It's always coming true, the more secret a device is the more everyone knows about it. So many of us knew about the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini and it's as predicted, a mid-range device with 1Ghz CPU. There's 1GB RAM, NFC, Android 4.1, a 5MP camera on the rear with a VGA camera on the front. The screen is not even a patch on the Galaxy S3. The Mini has a 800x480 resolution packed into the cosy 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. Early reports state that...

  • LG Optimus G primed for 19 October launch

    LG's not a well-known mobile brand outside of Japan, China and Korea, but it's nonetheless pumping out exceptional smartphones such as the Optimus G, which drops 19 October in Japan. It's got a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, with a 4.7-inch screen, a mind-boggling 13MP camera which is no PureView but will do, Android 4.0, DMB tuning and FeLiCa wallet which is just a fancy name for NFC. This little beauty comes out in both black and red. Japan's native telecom, NTT DoCoMo will be the first company to carry the Optimus G. Actually a very attractive phone Is this the phone to beat...

  • Samsung Galaxy S III Mini specifications, screenshot, price, unceremoniously leaked before tomorrow’s launch

    Holy shit. We published this story of the Galaxy S III Mini, and now the price, plus images and specs have been released. Read on! Honey, I left the S III in the wash and now it's... smaller Right, there's a 4-inch screen which is the selling point of the S III Mini. It's a tiny little nipper compared to poppa S III. There's Android 4.1 or JellyBean as the mad people call it, a screen resolution of 80x480, a paltry 5MP camera, a dual-core 1Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM and a possible price of US$510. The announcement is tomorrow but...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review: the Note is back, bigger and better

    It hasn't even been a year since the original Samsung Galaxy Note launched. It was a work of genius for old Samsung. Many (including us, we admit) were not convinced. Who on earth would want something so big to make their calls and surf the internet, even with a glorified stylus? Cue awkward silence. Millions of you, it would appear. The Samsung Galaxy Note has sold by the bucketload. And while it is most definitely a niche device, it's done wonders for Samsung's balance sheet. How do you follow that up? With something better, of course - the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. If...

  • Nokia’s new mid-range Lumia series, now powered by Windows 8

    Nokia will announce a new range of Lumia smartphones: the 800 series. The range has two offerings, the 810 and 820 both scheduled for release later this year. The 810 is currently doing the rounds and sources at The Verge say it will be unveiled at a Nokia event 29 October. The event will also reveal further information on Windows 8 as it makes its way onto both the 800 and 900 series. Early specs show that this version will feature a 4.3-inch display protected by scratch-proof Gorilla Glass. The device is also packing an 8MP Carl Zeiss designed camera...

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini rumored for 11 October release

    Samsung is possibly set to unveil the Galaxy S3 Mini in the coming weeks. Rumor mills have been working overtime following a leaked image of an invite to the German press. Spreken ze Deutsch? For those of you not fluent in German, the invite basically translates to "That's how big small can be". This has led many to believe that it refers to the S3 Mini which would be a welcome addition to the Samsung range. The rumored specs on the S3 Mini are a 4-inch AMOLED screen and 5 megapixel camera which immediately addresses the size issue of the S3,...