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Mobile Phones

  • LG Optimus LTE Tag: Control your phone settings with NFC stickers

    There’s something refreshing going on over at LG. First the crazy looking Optimus Vu and now the innovative Optimus LTE Tag, announced yesterday, with its NFC stickers. Similar to Sony’s Smart Tags, LG’s Tag+ system uses NFC tags/stickers to change your phone’s settings. For example, place a pre-defined NFC tag on your car’s dashboard and swipe it to launch your phone’s GPS and Bluetooth app. When you get to the office, swipe another tag to mute your phone and turn on Wi-Fi. To the delight of your 3 year old, the LTE Tag comes with sheets of both pre-defined and...

  • Control YouTube with a Clik

    Clik. You’re controlling your computer with your smartphone. There are existing apps which let users control computers with mobile phones, but Clik turns the process into pure genius. Any computer with a browser can be controlled by Clik. Let your journey begin with a single download. It’s a damn simple process, as no extra hardware is required. What impressed us though, is the speed at which Clik operates. Firstly, install Clik. Next, open...

  • Chrome for Android: the web weighs in

    Chrome, the popular browser from search giant Google, has been officially released for Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The web weighs in on this landmark mobile browser. Mashable Zoe Fox from Mashable states an interesting fact regarding Chrome for Android, that only 1% of the current Android market has access to the download. According to statistics, 99% of Android phones activated within the last two weeks don’t run Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)....

  • BlackBerrys brutally dropped, bent and submerged

    This article is for both the BlackBerry haters and lovers out there. The Hardware Support Lab at RIM posted three videos giving some insight into the testing performed on BlackBerry handsets during their development. If you have a sensitive stomach, please look away now. Bend test The bend test ensures BlackBerrys can handle “posterior pressure”, or more simply, being sat on. Check out this video of a BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 being Torch-ered (come on, I had to, how often do I get to make that joke?). Drop test Every new BlackBerry model gets dropped hundreds of times before the hardware is deemed strong...

  • Nokia lifts the lid on the white Lumia 800

    Nokia you tease. Why not throw another gorgeous Lumia in our faces? Wish granted, with the white Lumia 800, an ivory dream phone scheduled for release in February. The white Lumia 800 builds on the success of the latest range of Windows Phones which “received rave reviews around the world,” according to Ilari Nurmi, Vice President of Product Marketing, Nokia. Nothing new, save for a lick of paint The white Lumia 800 is exactly the same as the previous model, save for its white iPhone 4 styling. It contains the same user friendly Windows Phone 7.5 OS with “head-turning design and the...

  • ADzero – The bamboo unibody Android smartphone

    If you’re like me, you’re tired of your phones sinking. Kieron-Scott Woodhouse’s unique bamboo smartphone designs are something else. In an attempt to break free from the smartphone industry’s general design malaise, the 23 year old final year product design student at Middlesex University experimented with fresh ideas in his free time. Woodhouse’s designs received an enthusiastic reception at a design show during London Design Week last year and he was subsequently contacted by a technology entrepreneur who, with the aid of a hardware engineer, will help bring his design ideas to life in 2012. Their first collaboration is called...

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 delayed and rumour roundup. Caught on video?

    Bummer. It doesn’t seem like the Galaxy S3 will be making its appearance later this month at MWC 2012 as rumoured. Samsung told Techradar that there will be a separate launch for the S3 in the first half of this year: Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the...

  • Hands-on with Nokia’s Lumia 710 and scorching Lumia 800

    At a recent launch event in South Africa, we got some hands-on time with Nokia's new Lumia 710 and 800 handsets. Read on for our first (or second) impressions. Hardware Both the Lumia 710 and 800 are powered by 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM and run Windows Phone "Mango". Both handsets also use micro-SIMs, so be prepared to do the SIM swap shuffle. The main differences between the mid-range Lumia 710 and 800 are related to display type, flash memory, camera and build quality. The Lumia 710 has a 3.7" LCD screen, 8GB of flash memory, and a 5MP camera with an f/2.8 aperture,...

  • Nokia Lumia 710, 800 launch and cost details

    Nokia's final hope, the Lumia range of smartphones, is set to land in the hands of South African customers on 7 February. Both the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 will make their way to the country's shores care of South African telecom, Vodacom. The mobile provider promises that, for R279 a month, users can enjoy the Nokia 800 on a Business Call contract with 100MB data thrown in. No word yet on the contract price of the Lumia 710, which will only see the light of day come the second quarter of 2012. Also launched is the Nokia Purity HD...

  • Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro — unforgettable it ain’t

    When I first got my hands on the Xperia Pro, I thought I was going to be pondering the merits of a slide-out keyboard in a touch-screen world. Then I started playing with it and was overwhelmed by how unimpressive it is. Sure it packs some serious fire power, but it just doesn’t leave an impression. It's a bit like that nice couple next door, with their two mid-sized sedans. Perfectly nice to have a conversation with, but the whole time you'll be looking at the whiskey-drinking, Mustang-driving designer and his indie-singer girlfriend across the road. It’s funny that we’ve got...