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Mobile Phones

  • 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...

  • BlackBerry 10 series revealed: meet: L-Series, N-Series and the UI that keeps it together

    A teeny, tiny internal document has revealed the L and N-Series Blackberrys, code-named London and Nevada respectively. So here's Mr. L-Series: There's a 768x1280 screen res, 55mm wide and a 356 PPI screen. Shit! That beats the iPhone's Retina Display and HTC's One X. And here's Ms. N-Series: A 720x720 screen res, 52–53mm wide with a 330 PPI. Double shit, that still beats the iPhone. Interestingly, the N-series is the first BB 10...

  • Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know

    From the skunkworks at Microsoft, a new mobile OS emerges. The Windows Phone Summit was the platform for Windows Phone 8 and this is what you need to know about it. Buzz words A shared Windows core is a highlight of this updated OS. Windows Phone will now have access to grown-up Windows software, supposedly. This will make life easier for developers as well. Hardware drivers developed for Windows PCs will slot into Windows...

  • Reviewed: HTC One X — bright and beautiful

    Let me preface this review by saying that if the lovely people at HTC (or some benefactor with some extra cash lying around) would be kind enough to deliver a nice white HTC One X to the Gearburn office soon, I will reconsider my plan to run away with the review model. Alternatively, I am willing to name my first born child (or my next cat) ‘One’ or ‘X’, if this would suffice as payment. Okay, I am being (slightly) hyperbolic, but if you can spend a day with this phone without thinking it deserves some sort of shrine, please...

  • Vodacom launches smartphones for the visually impaired

    Emerging markets mobile giant Vodacom today announced the launch of smartphones for the visually impaired in its South African market. These will include the Nokia C6 Zoom, Nokia E6 and Nokia C6 Speaking. The C6 and E6 will feature Talks software, which allows the phone to be accessible to visually impaired customers. This software translates text into speech, allowing the visually impaired to access data on their phone that was previously inaccessible,...

  • 10 revolting phones and ridiculous accessories

    There's a metric-ton of crappy phones and accessories. From golden covers to condom holding cases, the tech world is filled with gadget abortions like these. Below is the very best of the worst. Phones that you will never own 1. Lamborghini TL700 -- It seems rich people don’t mind lower standards when their phones can look as grotesque as the new Lamborghini smartphone. It runs an outdated Android system and sports a crocodile skin back. Classy. Not for the faint of heart, pretty much like their cars. At US$2750, it’s a relative bargain compared to the rest of this lot. 2. LG...

  • Nokia PureView sets sights on next-gen Lumias

    The PureView 808, last seen merrily snapping 41-megapixel shots, is making its way to next-gen Lumia phones, says Nokia bigwig Chris Webber. "You can expect we'll be bringing PureView technologies to the Windows Phone platform in future Lumia devices." Webber won't reveal when the PureView tech will rocket its way to future Lumia models, but he assures megapixel-hungry fans his company is "absolutely committed" to bring this dazzling image sensor to Windows phones. Let's...

  • New and juicy iPhone 5 rumours plus concept shots

    WWDC is this week. Crack for the Mac inclined. And the most anticipated product is the iPhone 5. Whether it is released or not, only Apple can say, but here are some rumours flying around the web. Design The biggest rumour about the iPhone design is that it will have a 4-inch display, up from the previous 3.5-inch display that has become the norm for iPhones. This is to contend with all the Android...

  • Gearburn gets hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III

    And here we are. Roughly a week after its international launch, we got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S III. It's not the phone we expected to see, but it's still a damn fine piece of tech. Let's dig right into Samsung's iPhone eater. You can't feel the 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU when you flip this glorious piece of plastic in your hands, but you can feel the love Samsung has poured into the design. And holy hell, it really looks like a mega-sized Galaxy S I. It's gloriously large, but supernaturally thin. The layout is very sparse and...