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Mobile Phones

  • Samsung ATIV S the ‘impossibly thin’ Windows 8 Phone revealed at IFA 2012

    It's IFA season and the prettiest flower has just bloomed. Samsung revealed the ATIV S, and the world looked on at its first Windows 8 Phone. Here's what we know: Windows says "The ATIV S is a superphone that’s equal parts powerhouse and head turner." Superphone? Why not. The specs alone make our brains bleed blood. Samsung pretty much has the market cornered when it comes to Super-AMOLED displays and the 4.8-inch HD screen...

  • Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

    We loved the Galaxy Note when it launched last year, so you can imagine how eager we were when we first heard that it would have a successor. That successor launched today in the shape of Galaxy Note 2. And just as the original note looked like an up-scaled version of what was then the top smartphone in Samsung's range, the Galaxy SII so this new device looks a lot like a giant SIII. That said, the phablet is a little squarer than the phone, so while they're similar the SIII can retain its unique sense of identity. On...

  • Galaxy S camera, the love-child of digital devices spawns at IFA 2012

    From the godfathers of mobile phone information comes this meaty story: Samsung's hard at work on a 16MP Galaxy S III camera, aptly named the Samsung Galaxy S camera. What now? Here's everything we know. It's going to be an Ice Cream Sandwich-based, 16MP camera with that gorgeous SuperAMOLED display. The screen will be a beefy 4.8-inches, which is more than ample for ICS OS. Not what the Galaxy S Camera will look like, but a decent mockup regardless We have a hard time believing random sources, but site promises that the tipster's information is solid. That's as legitimate as any tech...

  • 5-inch LG Intuition readies for September for $200

    The world needs another 4G, LTE, 5-inch smartphone like the LG Intuition. Come 15 September (the date of the LG Intuition press pack shots), that itch will be scratched. The LG Optimus Vu, now renamed LG Intuition will launch on the US Verizon network for US$200. For just under US$200, the 5-inch LG Intuition is pretty much in direct comparison to Samsung's 5.3-inch Galaxy Note which sells for roughly US$550. Verizon's ad for the Intuition LG's Intuition, with its 1.5-Ghz CPU could possibly take the Note to task, but since there's been no mention of screen resolution or other added features,...

  • Sony Xperia S successor released without much fanfare

    It may not be as popular as a Samsung S III or iPhone, but Sony's Xperia S still has style in bundles and an quirky originality that's hard to miss. The not-very-much anticipated successor to the Xperia S has just been released, without as much as a shout. It seems more like an updated version of the S. The plan is possibly to breathe more life into one of the less well-known smartphones out there, and to maybe give the big-guns a run for their money. The processor has been upgraded, from 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz dual-core. It'll also run Android...

  • FNB adds new phones and lower prices to its device lineup

    South African bank FNB, known for these radio ads and well, banking has added the Samsung Galaxy Pocket to its range of smartphones and tablets. And why should we care? Because until now, FNB's list of devices, which it sells on its online banking website, have never been this cheap. Sure, there's the Blackberry Curve 8520 for R70 monthly but it's not really a smartphone we would recommend. The Galaxy Pocket though is...

  • Droid RAZR HD outed by wild tutorial videos

    The Droid RAZR HD has been teased like a two dollar hooker over the past weeks but now this YouTube user has gone and dumped a few videos detailing the ins and outs of yet another (probably) underwhelming smartphone from Motorola. The videos are all tutorials, but from what we've seen, it's a pretty standard Android 4.0 phone. Watch this: Early and most likely spot on rumours reckon that the phones runs a Snapdragon S4...

  • Galaxy Note II barely mentioned in crappy Samsung teaser video

    It's 38 seconds of nonsense. "When magical moments come alive", "such a small and light thing" says the video directed by Wim Wenders, a prolific German documentary maker. Cue happy shots of the sky, inject hipster sex appeal and boom, instant viral smash hit. There's a big door, a small door and then "everything becomes an inspiration". It's as crappy and misleading as Samsung's last teaser for the Galaxy S III. Lord...

  • Finland hosts World Mobile Phone Throwing Championships

    Haven't found an excuse to chuck your mobile phone in a while? Well, Finland has hosted the 13th annual Mobile Phone Throwing Championships this past weekend, lending people from all over the world the chance to throw their phones, in mock or ernest anger, for some well deserved relief from social obligations. The event was held in Savonlinna, Finland. The conditions must have been ideal because a new world record was set by Finnish Ere Karjalainen with a huge throw of 101.46 meters, who obviously won the event too. Second place was taken by a South African named Jeremy...

  • HTC One X South African users get Android 4.0.4 update

    "Within a week or so", the Android 4.0.4 update lands for South Africa HTC One X owners.  So what's in store? There's Ice Cream Sandwich, an "improved Sense experience" which delivers a map menu function to the recent app key, beefed-up tab management via a dedicated tab switching button, and new features for the camera such as white balance and continuous auto-focus. What else? There's tweaks to the memory and improved platform stability. Finally, there's now...