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Mobile Phones

  • PadFone formally unwrapped at MWC: Behold the tablet-frankenphone

    First revealed back in May of last year, Asus’s phone-tablet hybrid, the PadFone, has been officially introduced in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. At first glance the PadFone appears to be a fairly unassuming device. It runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2GHz a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip with an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear facing shooter with LED flash and f/2.2 autofocus lens and VGA front-facing camera. Depending on the model, internal storage ranges from 16GB to 64GB, but can be expanded thanks to a microSD...

  • Sony reveals new NXT Android smartphones — Xperia U, P, S

    Sony, recently freed from its cumbersome Ericsson union, has announced two new and delightfully shiny Xperias, namely the Xperia P, and Xperia U. The Xperia S was unveiled earlier this month and is now shipping globally. The Mobile World Congress, itself a hotbed of new ideas and devices, saw Sony revealing its first new range of NXT Android smartphones. The Xperia S is known to us. The Xperia P, not so much. The P...

  • A second glance: Nokia’s Lumia 800

    Nokia has had a rough couple of years in the eye of the public but in the emerging markets it's still the king of the castle. Its dominance in markets such as Africa has remained mostly unchallenged in recent times. Nokia was the phone that taught me about mobile. I had the Nokia 6310 back in the day and that was definitely the most stable and effective communication device I've ever used, ever. I have an historical affiliation to its brand and its phones but I have to admit, it's lost me recently. I've tried Android, Blackberry, Samsung and...

  • ZTE: Launching eight new phones at MWC, plots world domination

    ZTE wants to be a top three manufacturer by 2015 and it's launching eight new phones at MWC next week to kickstart its plan for world domination. The Chinese manufacturer is coming out guns blazing, announcing in a press release today that its new range of Android and Windows Phone devices will boast high-end features such as LTE and quad-core processors. The presser didn’t contain information about which phones will be introduced, but we have an idea of what to expect. First, there’s GSM/LTE band PF200 running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which will feature a 1.5GHz processor, 4.3-inch qHD...

  • The LG Optimus 4X HD, world’s first quad-core smartphone

    Two cores, boring. Three cores, passé. Four cores, now we’re talking. The Optimus 4X HD, a 4.7-inch monster of a phone boasts an impressive 1.5Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 CPU. Too much, too soon? LG doesn't think so. The LG Optimus 4X HD is one of the billions of new smartphones which will be shown off at the MWC 2012 and while it may not be the sexiest, it damn well should be the...

  • LG introduces beautiful new Optimus L3, L5 and L7 smartphones

    LG today, announced its new L series of smartphones. The preliminary announcement comes one week ahead of MWC 2012 and introduces us to three new models, the LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7. On the low-end of the spectrum, the L3 has a 3.2-inch display and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The L5 sits in the middle with a 4-inch display, 1500 mAh battery and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Rounding off the triumvirate, the L7 is a high-end offering with a 4.3-inch display and also runs ICS. Both the L5 and L7 have leatherette back panels with metal highlights. In...

  • LG Optimus LTE Tag: Control your phone settings with NFC stickers

    There’s something refreshing going on over at LG. First the crazy looking Optimus Vu and now the innovative Optimus LTE Tag, announced yesterday, with its NFC stickers. Similar to Sony’s Smart Tags, LG’s Tag+ system uses NFC tags/stickers to change your phone’s settings. For example, place a pre-defined NFC tag on your car’s dashboard and swipe it to launch your phone’s GPS and Bluetooth app. When you get to the office, swipe another tag to mute your phone and turn on Wi-Fi. To the delight of your 3 year old, the LTE Tag comes with sheets of both pre-defined and...

  • Control YouTube with a Clik

    Clik. You’re controlling your computer with your smartphone. There are existing apps which let users control computers with mobile phones, but Clik turns the process into pure genius. Any computer with a browser can be controlled by Clik. Let your journey begin with a single download. It’s a damn simple process, as no extra hardware is required. What impressed us though, is the speed at which Clik operates. Firstly, install Clik. Next, open...

  • Chrome for Android: the web weighs in

    Chrome, the popular browser from search giant Google, has been officially released for Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The web weighs in on this landmark mobile browser. Mashable Zoe Fox from Mashable states an interesting fact regarding Chrome for Android, that only 1% of the current Android market has access to the download. According to statistics, 99% of Android phones activated within the last two weeks don’t run Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)....

  • BlackBerrys brutally dropped, bent and submerged

    This article is for both the BlackBerry haters and lovers out there. The Hardware Support Lab at RIM posted three videos giving some insight into the testing performed on BlackBerry handsets during their development. If you have a sensitive stomach, please look away now. Bend test The bend test ensures BlackBerrys can handle “posterior pressure”, or more simply, being sat on. Check out this video of a BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 being Torch-ered (come on, I had to, how often do I get to make that joke?). Drop test Every new BlackBerry model gets dropped hundreds of times before the hardware is deemed strong...