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Mobile Phones

  • Amazon threatens with 6 new tablets, cue rolling eyes

    According to US retail store Staples, Amazon is readying for not only a new Kindle Tablet, but six new devices. Or is it? Staples has listed six new SKUs or Stock Keeping Units. Now, it could point to six new devices, but it may also mean that six versions of similar tablets will soon be available. Let's say that there'll be six shiny tablets from Amazon. What's it's goal then, to saturate the market...

  • China welcomes Jelly Bean with the ZTE N880E

    This is China's first Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) phone, the ZTE N880E. It's a coup. Not only is the ZTE N880E the first Jelly Bean smartphone in China, but the prime contender of being the initial Android 4.1 device to come from the emerging markets. Rejoice, Android fans. The ZTE N880 is thin (10.4mm in chubbiness), has a decent-sized screen at 4-inches, rocks 4GB RAM and a 1Ghz CPU. Overall, no alarms and no...

  • ‘What hammer?’, says thinnest smartphone ever as it pounds in the nails

    At 6.65mm thin, the Oppo Finder is not only the thinnest phone in the world, but apparently also the strongest. Says who? This video, that's who. The iPhone 4S is 9.4mm thin, the Galaxy S III is 8.6mm so the Oppo keeps its cool with this anorexic format. As for specs, the Oppo Finder ain't nothing special. It packs a 4.3-inch display, with a Super AMOLED plus screen, 1GB RAM and Ice Cream...

  • iOS 6 for iPhone 3GS adds VIP mail, shared photo streams to the mix

    With each new iOS update, an older iDevice gets left in the dust. iOS 6 is no exception to this hard and fast rule. There are many new and tasty features for iOS 6 that'll never make it to the iPhone 3GS, but at the least shared photo streams and VIP mail have made it onto the list. Thank the gods of Silicon Valley for small mercies. iOS 6 Beta 3 dropped yesterday...

  • New gesture recognition tech for smartphones and tablets revealed

    Developers are always finding intuitive and natural ways for people to interact with their devices. ABI Research has released a report stating that the latest technology they're turning their heads at is introducing gesture recognition to smartphones and tablets. Pantech already began selling its Vega LTE handset with gesture recognition technology in Korea during November last year. The report said that by 2017, 600-million smartphone will use gesture recognition technology. This is merely the...

  • China-only smartphone from Phillips rocks 13-hour battery life

    Who is Phillips again? The company that cranks out stereo systems and microwave ovens? Not so, Phillips is a still a player in the mobile phone race, albeit sticking to the Chinese market for its top-end smartphones. The latest such device is the Philips W732, a cantankerous 4.3-inch mobile phone with a frankly astonishing battery life of 10-hours and more. We won't mince words. It's a bog-standard smartphone. It rocks Android 4.0,  1GHz-CPU (single core), an 800x480 LCD...

  • Google Now, the Android-powered fortune teller we always wanted

    Watch this, and wonder what Google isn't capable of: Whether all these ambitious new developments by Google are going to work in the real world or not, I feel that it's on the edge of the next step in our information age -- integration. Google Now is a whole new approach to technology and how it affects our daily lives, attempting to predict our next move and provide information that can assist us. Making...

  • Reviewed: Sony Xperia Sola — mid-range onslaught

    There was much speculation about Sony’s survival in the cellphone market after losing its Ericsson connection, but it's come up with an excellent range of phones to make their own mark. The Xperia Sola comes as an added option in the mid-range Android market in order for Sony to strengthen its onslaught. What you see The phone is somewhat smaller than the Xperia S and, weighing in at 107 grams, fits nicely into the hand and has a good solid feel. The matte finished plastic backing helps to hide fingerprints and will also make scratching less visible. The translucent band of the Xperia U,...

  • Coming soon: the Amazon Android smartphone

    Google and Amazon are pairing up to release an Android smartphone, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Working hand in hand with Amazon is the notorious Foxconn, otherwise known as that company with the bizarrely high suicide rate. Want details of the Amazon Android phone? Tough, there are none. This is leaked information at the very highest level, but let's pretend that the phone will be a tiny version of the Kindle Fire, Amazon's...

  • Enter the Nexus: How Jelly Bean saved my life

    I like being right on the cutting edge of whatever is happening in the Android universe and the only way one can do that is by using a Nexus device. I recently acquired my second Nexus, and have had to say goodbye to my trusty Nexus S. When I got my Nexus S it was running Gingerbread and it ran it very, very well. Then the jump came to Ice Cream Sandwich and I was left slightly underwhelmed, but I am happy to report that my brand new Galaxy Nexus has shown me just how good Ice Cream Sandwich really...