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Mobile Phones

  • 6 ways smartphones still simplify our lives

    I barely remember the years before I owned a smartphone, specifically, the days before I had this phone. Some people don’t realise just what a bigger screen and a processor similar to a PC can do. Never mind the screen and processor, apps have saved my life from ridiculous clutter, missed appointments and declined cheque card transactions. Many of us take these advantages for granted, but some of us still use our phones for their native tasks only. I send one SMS per week, max. Our use of cellphones vary so much from their native purposes that some use...

  • Huawei’s new Honor 2 is a 4.5-inch HD smartphone that runs ICS, why?

    Although Google's Android event, scheduled for 29 October, had to be cancelled due to "force majeure", it did not stop Huawei from unveiling its new smartphone, the Honor 2. This latest offering serves up a 4.5-inch HD touch display at an impressive 326PPI, as close as you can get to Retina Display quality. The Honor 2 is powered by Huawei's own K3V2 1.4 Ghz quad-core processor, which is disappointingly supported by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Upgrading to Jellybean will definitely be the first order of business after purchase. As far as storage capacity goes, the Honor 2 packs a decent...

  • Qualcomm and Project Ray team up to develop smartphone for the visually impaired

    A partnership between US telecom giant Qualcomm and Project Ray looks to integrate smartphone technology and specific user interfaces' to create a mobile device for the visually impaired. This is not Project Ray's first foray into mobile devices, having integrated its touch functionality, voice-command protocol and online audio books for 2G devices in the past. This new device, dubbed "the Ray", will incorporate "eye-free" operating systems and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors all set to run on a as yet-to-be-specified Android device. Features for the "Ray" smartphone include a motion-display interface, text messaging with vocal read-out, voice-command navigation and audio-book functionality. The device...

  • Nokia Lumia 510, the $199 budget smartphone powered by Windows

    The Nokia Lumia 510 is the latest phone to be unveiled by the ailing Finnish mobile giant. This device is specifically aimed at a lower-end consumer price point, placing it slightly above its current Asha range of budget handsets. Full details on the device have not been disclosed, but Engadget report the smartphone as sporting a 4-inch display and 5MP camera (rear only). Other specs include a 800Mhz Qualcomm processor as well as 4GB of "non-expandable" storage, added to an expected US$199 price tag, the Lumia 510 is an entry-level device that will target emerging markets. In terms of...

  • The Phablet is back: Samsung Galaxy Note II hits African Shores

    Breathtaking The Samsung Galaxy Note II was officially unveiled in Cape Town during the African leg of its World Tour. It's undergone numerous enhancements, making it the one smart device we couldn't wait to get our hands on. The look of the Note II draws on the style and design features of the Galaxy S III, expanding them to fit the Note II's 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen. Supported by an Android 4.1 Jellybean OS and 1.6 Ghz quad-core processor, the Note II is one of the most powerful smart devices on the market. That S-Pen in action Although Samsung has...

  • 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...