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Mobile Phones

  • Getting to grips with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was pretty big news when it launched. It holds the honour, after all, of being the first phone to come preloaded with Android 4.0, better known as Ice Cream Sandwich. At CES International 2012 we managed to get our hand on it for the first time. First things first, it’s big. With a 4.5" screen, it’s a little bit smaller than Samsung’s hybrid phone tablet offering, the Note, but it’s still not what you’d call discreet. This small size difference will, of course, mean that comparisons with the Note are inevitable. Thing is, nearly everyone in the...

  • Intel announces smartphone play at CES

    Intel is probably best known for its pc and laptop processors, but the tech giant announced that it is making a play in the smartphone market here at the renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Intel announced that its chips will first be available in the Lenovo K800 smartphone. As with most things in life, however, there is a catch. The phones will only be available in China. Well, at first anyway. At the launch event, Liu Jun, senior vice president of Lenovo joined Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini on stage to reveal exactly what we can expect...

  • Gorilla Glass 2 to debut at CES 2012

    Without it, your fancy smartphone would have been cast to the back draw of your gadget graveyard years ago. It’s installed in a half-billion phones globally. It’s Gorilla Glass and version two is coming out at CES 2012. Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass announced its latest iteration, Gorilla Glass two. Gorilla Glass protects against scratches and the floor, which it seems most smartphones are magically attracted to. There is no word on...

  • Ask Ziggy — Siri’s Windows Phone equivalent

    Siri was the saving grace of the iPhone 4S, and now there's a Windows Phone equivalent in the form of "Ask Ziggy". Ziggy, a free app available now for download from the Windows Marketplace, is one user's attempt to usurp Siri. Although impressive, Ask Ziggy does not have the vocal chops of Siri but makes up for it by offering many of the functions which iPhone 4S users have been privy to: status...

  • Gearburn’s top mobile phones of 2011

    It’s been a dramatic year for the mobile phone industry. Nokia leaped from a burning platform to became hesitantly convalescent with Microsoft’s aid. Google breathed new life into a floundering Motorola Mobility. RIM continued to bleed with its shares losing more than 70% of their value this fiscal year alone. Apple lost its visionary CEO, while HP killed its WebOS phones, and almost canned WebOS entirely, deciding at the last minute to Open Source it. Amidst all of this, just about every major handset manufacturer was tied up in some form of patent litigation, and topping it all off,...

  • Smartphone snooping firm denies snooping

    The California-based Carrier IQ, makers of the smartphone software that security researchers insist is snooping on users has been hit with a slew of lawsuits - and has stepped up defence of its creation. By Friday last week, lawsuits totalling hundreds of millions of dollars had been filed in three US states against Carrier IQ and smartphone manufacturers HTC and Samsung, accusing the companies of breaking privacy and wiretapping laws and demanding they...

  • Turn your Android or iPhone into a Windows Phone now!

    iPhone and Android users, feeling left out of the Windows Phone party? Fear not, for Microsoft has now launched a Windows Phone emulator which runs a browser-based demo on competing mobile operating systems. I tested it out on my iPhone 3GS and the experience is pretty much a flawless Windows Phone interface on the devil's phone. HTML5 powers the Windows Phone demo and allows users to tiptoe through the Metro-UI, enjoying basic functionality such as flicking through screens and selecting contacts. The primary feature of the...

  • Review: HTC Sensation of a near miss

    I have a soft spot for HTC. My trusted Desire was my first Android-powered device, and needless to say, I love it. It’s a great piece of kit: well built, still snappy after all these years and the battery life no worse than most new phones. So how does the Desire’s new big brother, the Sensation, shape up? By my reckoning, HTC is the Android manufacturer that places the most emphasis on build quality, and it shows throughout its range of devices, from the entry level Wildfire, to this latest offering. It was up against some heavy expectations baggage -...

  • ‘Buffy’ stabs at the heart of Facebook phones

    Users have been bombarded with 'Facebook' phones this year. Most of them, with the Vodafone 555 blue as a prime example, were pretty standard devices barring a couple of tweaks which gave users a direct path to the social network. AllThingsDigital now claims that Facebook itself is looking to make a mobile phone. Codenamed 'Buffy' (after the vampire slayer played by Sarah Michelle Geller), the project is reportedly a collaboration between the social networking giant and Taiwanese manufacturer, HTC. According to AllThingsD, the phone is planned to run on a version of Android heavily tweaked by Facebook for better integration...

  • Review: Motorola Razr cuts to the quick

    The Motorola dev people have spent a lot of time on the new Razr. It shows. It oozes loving attention. And not in the old Motorola “WTF did they spend all that time on this arb feature for?” No, the new Razr XT910 simply exudes the scent of hard work, clear thinking, clever features and slick hardware crafted from premium materials – Gorilla Glass, kevlar weave and machined aluminium. Is this the phone that returns Motorola to the top of the mobile phone pile? The new Razr is striking. Not beautiful, but the ludicrous thinness (7.1mm apart from the big...