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Mobile Phones

  • Google ‘Android Event’ reveals its juicy secret 29 October

    The invitation is scant on detail. "The playground is open. Join us for an Android event" it says. On 29 October, whatever Google has planned will be known to us, and our best guess is a new Nexus device. Perhaps the Nexus 10, or 4? There are some eerie coincidences though. Microsoft is holding a Window 8 Phone launch event on the same day. The majority of the rumours point towards a new Nexus, built by LG. But a safer bet is a brand new Nexus lineup of devices suitable for most budgets. Possibly even an iPod Touch version...

  • Sony Xperia Miro review: a budget handset, does it do enough to stand out?

    It seems like only yesterday that we were putting the Sony Xperia Tipothrough its paces, but here already, with just the smallest of spec boosts, is the Sony Xperia Miro. The entry-level smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded as it is, so it's a surprise that Sony has seen fit to release two handsets that, on paper at any rate, are incredibly similar. That it has launched them so close together is even more baffling,...

  • Asus Padfone 2 hands-on review: a second gen smartphone/tablet hybrid

    We've got our hands on the Asus Padfone 2 - Asus' second attempt at a smartphone/tablet pairing. In case you don't know, the Padfone is an original Asus concept that brings together a tablet and a phone; the tablet itself is essentially a dummy device which the phone slots into. There is a battery for extra life inside the tablet, but otherwise all the processing power, memory and more comes from inside the phone. The company says it has listened carefully to the customer feedback on the original Padfone and has made some significant improvements for the device's second generation – notably...

  • 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...