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Mobile Phones

  • 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...

  • BlackBerry 10 L-Series hands-on [Video]

    As promised, a hands-on video comparing the new BB10 L-Series with the Dev Alpha B handset courtesy of Tinh te. This video does a good job of showcasing the effort that RIM has put into creating a device that is both good to look at and easy to interact with. The video also details the camera quality of the L-Series as well as keypad and contact dialing UI. We also get a sneak peek at the enhanced gestures that BlackBerry has been touting with the BB10 OS. Just something else to note, the video's in Vietnamese, but it does give...

  • The Galaxy Note II: inching toward Nirvana

    "It's gorgeous, can we keep it?" That's what my girlfriend asked when I unboxed the Galaxy Note II. A few days later, the answer I've come up with is "God I hope so". That the beloved was so enamoured with Samsung's newest device is hardly surprising. She's an S III owner, having recently escaped a two-year-old, slightly wonky BlackBerry. It would be mad of her not to love it. I was determined that I wouldn't be so easily impressed. I own the original Note*, I love it and, apart from some glitches caused by my own failed attempt to...

  • Windows Phone 8 Portico update begins OTA roll out to HTC 8X

    The rumoured Windows Phone 8 update has begun rolling out to select HTC 8X users according to WP Central. The update which we initially thought to be named Apollo Plus, is now dubbed "Portico", keeping in line with the Windows Phone OS trend of names ending in "O". This update was also believed to be rolling out in early 2013, but it appears 8X users will experience the love before others. The new features seem to extend exclusively to text messaging with SMS Drafts, SMS Call Reject and Mass SMS Deletion. None of these additions are ground breaking, but...

  • Gearburn’s best of 2012

    Christmas shopping sucks. All those decisions, all those gadgets and you with a credit card burning a hole in your pocket, these are the first-world problems we have to deal with. But not if you have a shopping guide, care of Gearburn. Below, we’ve listed the top games, gadgets and mobile phones of 2012. Click each section and enjoy the ride.        

  • HTC 8S’ always-on Wi-Fi points to new feature in Apollo Plus update

    HTC's second Windows Phone 8 specific device, the 8S, currently runs an always-on Wi-Fi connection, non-existent in other WP8 smartphones. This always-on Wi-Fi feature essentially means users Wi-Fi connection will remain active even in lock screen mode. Windows Phone Program Manager Joe Belfiore, who we're all familiar with from the WP8 event 29 October, said an always-on Wi-Fi setting would be a part of the first update for Windows Phone 8. We initially reported that the first update, dubbed Apollo Plus, for Windows Phone 8 would be rolling out to users January 2013. However full details on the updates contents...

  • Meet the Lumia 620: Nokia’s $249 WP8 powered smartphone

    Nokia unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 offering at Le Web in Paris earlier today. The Finnish manufacturer says this newest addition to its smartphone lineup is designed to appeal to younger consumers. Key aspects in the 620's design has seen Nokia "softening the roundness and radius of the product" in an attempt to create a more tactile and organic feel, according to the company's Executive Vice President of Design, Marko Ahtisaari. Specs for the Lumia 620 include a 3.8-inch WVGA display supported by a Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1Ghz and 512MB RAM. Other features see the Lumia 620 fitted...

  • HTC’s Titan III rumoured to be new WP8 flagship

    Update According to reports on WP Central, Microsoft has officially stated that the listing of the HTC Titan III seen by Xbox Live users was a typo. The post was intended to say Titan II. We'll take Microsoft at its word for now, but the question still begs. Why list the Titan II? which runs WP 7.5, when HTC have released the 8X, which runs WP8. Doesn't quite make sense, we'll be sure to keep all readers of the Gear updated on further developments. HTC may have another WP8 device up its sleeve with rumours regarding the Titan III doing...

  • Best smartphones of 2012

    The average lifespan of most smartphones for the tech obsessed is 18 to 24 months. It's reaching that time again, when we need a fix for our mobile addiction. The festive season presents a better excuse than any to get our hands on the latest and greatest. We've put together a list of the top smartphones currently available to keep users satisfied for the year to come... we hope. HTC One X+ The HTC...