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Mobile Phones

  • Android steams ahead in US

    Smartphones powered by Google software widened their lead on BlackBerry handsets in the US market during the first three months of the year, industry tracker comScore reported on Friday. At the same time, Android is growing quickly in Europe, taking market share from Symbian. Android smartphones dethroned BlackBerry in January by capturing 31.2 percent of the US market and that share grew to 34.7 percent by the end of March, according to comScore. BlackBerry handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM) lost ground in the quarter, ending March with 27.1 percent of the US market. Apple was close behind RIM...

  • HTC Desire Z: The pocket computer with built-in phone

    There’s one kind of buyer for this phone. Any other owner will be vaguely dissatisfied that you can’t keep it in your pocket if your pants don’t have a belt. That you have to be ultra-careful not to drop it. And that’s it. That’s the very short list of deal-breaking flaws of the Desire Z. It’s heavy, and a little fragile. Are you that buyer of the HTC Desire Z? Yes, if you will tolerate its beastly proportions because you want more than a phone in your pocket. Yes, if you basically want a pocket computer in your pocket that...

  • Redbull HD charges into the mobile market

    Red Bull is the master of branding and has conquered virtually every market of cool. However with its recent foire into the mobile world, it is still uncertain as to whether their risky venture will pay off. Gearburn takes a look at RedBull mobile’s flagship phone, The RedBull HD, in an attempt to uncover what it is that make this undertaking different. RedBull Mobile is essentially picking up where Virgin Mobile left off and...

  • Android phones that will enhance your love life

    In August of 2010, OkCupid.com released some vital industry statistics: iPhone users were having more sex than users of any other smartphone brand. BlackBerry users were in second place, and then in third - or dead last if you prefer - were the fandroids. OkCupid extracted EXIF data from photographs to figure out which smartphones 9 785 of their 30-something members were using, and crossed it with all kinds of user behaviors and found data on the number of sexual partners for each major smartphone platform. At the time the research was conducted, male and female iPhone users had an average...

  • BlackBerry vs iPhone? A tale of two smartphones

    In November of last year, my phone contract was up for renewal and I got an... oh, to hell with it! Yes, I got an iPhone 4. I suppose that at times, my overwhelming fascination with BlackBerries could have been construed as evangelical, and so, news of my apparent defection spread as heresy. I own a BlackBerry Curve 8520 and a BlackBerry Bold 9000 and I have the type of affection for them that a (good) father has for his children. The decision was a hard one to make. I had sleepless nights and at times, engaged in existential...

  • 1.5-million Windows 7 Phones sold in first six weeks

    Microsoft has released its first sales figures for new Windows Phone 7 smartphones, saying more than 1.5 million of the handsets were sold by manufacturers in the first six weeks. Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, said sales were "in line with our expectations -- especially when compared to other new platform introductions." "We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence," Berg said in a statement. Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its mobile phone operating system in October as it...

  • Are you looking for the best smartphone in the country?

    According to Gartner, smartphone sales increased by 96 percent in the third quarter of 2010. Over 80-million of more than 400-million handsets sold over this period were smartphones. That’s about 1 in 5 of all mobile phones sold worldwide, and a lot of this phenomenal growth can be attributed to the meteoric rise of the Android platform. As South Africans, we stand with our noses pressed up against the window, watching the likes of Europe, Asia and the US get first dibs on the latest smartphone technologies. Although the influx of smartphones into our country is less timely, and more...

  • Google unveils Nexus S

    Google has unveiled its second branded smartphone, the "Nexus S", made by South Korea's Samsung. Google said the Nexus S, which comes nearly a year after the Nexus One, which was a critical success if not a huge commercial hit, is powered by the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Gingerbread. Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin said the Nexus S would be the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform, used by handset makers around the world. It will be available in the United States from December 16 from Best Buy stores...

  • The hitch-hiker’s guide to the Samsung Galaxy i9000 S [Review]

    The universe is a vast and ever-expanding entity of incomprehensible size. As one attempts to make sense of it, certain shapes take form that reveal it for what it truly is -- one giant confusion scattered with billions of galaxies. In many ways it resembles the smartphone universe, where the options of shapes, sizes and functionality are close to infinite. Yet somehow, in the ever expanding smartphone galaxies, there is one that shines brighter than the rest: The Samsung Galaxy i9000 S. The Galaxy, at the time of its release, was the flagship Android in Samsung’s range. This fact was...

  • Blackberry Pearl 9105: Entry-level form meets high-end function

    If you’re a BlackBerry purist, you might view the Pearl 3G 9105 with its T9-style keyboard as blasphemous; the result of an unholy union between a Nokia "candybar-style" handset and a traditional QWERTY-style BlackBerry smartphone. Look closer however, and you’ll find a powerful device that cleverly bridges the gap between run-of-the-mill feature phones and high-end BlackBerry smartphones. A wolf in sheep's clothing, the Pearl 9105 comes packing top-tier features, including a 624 MHz processor, high speed HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS and Research In Motion’s advanced SureType technology for hammering out text on a compact, yet gorgeous 360 x...