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  • 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...

  • Moto RAZR and MAXX snag ICS upgrade for eager South Africans

    Own a Motorola RAZR or MAXX? Live in South Africa? Then relish in the delight of Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0 which is goddamn finally making its way to these sturdy smartphones. Only a "select number of users" will be lucky enough to get the ICS update, which rolls across the country to everyone else in the coming weeks. This is what Motorola calls its "standard upgrade process". Regardless, there are plenty...

  • Samsung Galaxy S III vs iPhone 4S: The drop test

    This is the shit we crave. Breaking, smashing, dropping, hurting and murdering the latest smartphones. Frankly, the cracked screens and broken cases make us cringe, but some men just want to watch the world burn. The iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S III are squeezed through the wringer in this smartphone snuff video. Thanks to these brave technosexuals, we don't have to mess with our precious devices. Watch the video, and learn...

  • Reviewed: Nokia Lumia 900

    I had some time with the recently launched Nokia Lumia 900 last weekend. As an avid Windows Phone fan, I’ve been looking forward to using the latest and greatest Nokia. The Lumia 800 was a slight disappointment on launch as it had less features than my HTC HD7 with the stock version of Windows Phone. To be honest I was very surprised to find that the Nokia Lumia 900 came with the latest software out of the box. Microsoft updated all Lumia devices last week to software version 8773 which included things like internet sharing et al. Setting up the...

  • Samsung Galaxy SIII: is it still real love after a month?

    Now that the excitement has worn off, and the mocking of the "designed for humans, inspired by nature" ads has commenced, Gearburn brings you the real deal. What it’s like to live with the Samsung Galaxy SIII. It's too damn big. The Galaxy SIII is really nice, but the screen-size war is as useless and distracting as the printer-and-scanner resolution war, or the camera megapixel war, or the king-size cigarette war. Bigger is not necessarily better -- particularly when your thumb strains to reach the far side of the screen (and I have really big hands). We once had big...

  • Download and install Jelly Bean, Android 4.1 preview for Galaxy Nexus

    Let's check off a few things first: Got a Nexus? Is it rooted? Can you handle a few bugs and errors? If you answered yes to these questions and crave the early build of Android 4.1, then read on. Thanks to these enterprising geeks, users can quickly install Android 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus. The instructions are fairly simple, but we're not going to teach you how to root your device. It's an...

  • iPhone 5: The ultimate rumour roundup

    We can taste the iPhone 5 now. It's been a long time coming, but 2012 could be the year of Apple's latest masterpiece. The Gear favours the iPhone 5 and has long been reporting on rumours that have leaked from camp Apple. Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming iPhone 5. iPhone 5 Next-gen iPhone ripped open, pictured, shamed -- 10 August It can only be speculated whether these parts are real, but they all fit together very nicely, don't they? Possible thinner battery for next iPhone could mean big things -- 10 August A thinner battery could mean a slimmer...

  • Stabbing beats touching with the Samsung Galaxy S III

    Anyone who can watch this video of the Galaxy S III being sliced without cringing deserves massive respect. Thanks Gorilla Glass. On iPhones, Nokias and most new Android phones, Corning's Gorilla Glass is the bastion of broken screens. This video though cuts deep, real deep. Magically, nary a scratch is left behind. This is probably the best ad for the Galaxy S III ever made. So yeah, try this at home kids...