Archive for September, 2012

By September 25, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be in store on October 1st

Note 2

Samsung Mobile UK has today announced that the Galaxy Note II will be available from Monday 1st October from the Samsung Brand Store at Westfield, Stratford City and across all major networks in the UK. The Galaxy Note II launches with Android 4.1 JellyBean and an upgraded Google Now service, which includes new features such as contextual search. With a 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor and HSPA Plus, owners of this new device can enjoy super-fast screen transitions and performance when browsing the Web, as well as quick app start-ups.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “The introduction of the original Galaxy Note was a great success – we succeeded in creating an entirely new category and went on to sell more than ten million devices globally. With the Galaxy Note II, we’re not only expanding the category, we’re also evolving the technology to the point where it genuinely feels as though you’re using a traditional pen and paper. What’s more, it’s a device that everyone can use – whether that’s a fashion designer drawing a new design, or young professionals using the multiscreen and pop-up features to edit a document, send an email and browse the web – all at the same time.”
“We were delighted by the hugely positive response we received when we first announced the Galaxy Note II at IFA back in August. The Galaxy Note II is a whole new level of innovation and we are confident users are going to enjoy the updated features and design of our latest Galaxy device when it hits the shelves on the 1st of October.”

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By September 25, 2012 Read More →

Apple iPhone 5 unboxing video

iPhone 5 unboxing video Announced a little over a week ago, I’ve just managed to get my grubby paws on the new iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5 has had something of a mixed reception, many reviews claiming it’s just a longer iPhone 4s and that it’s a lot of money to pay for an extra row of icons. However, there are just as many reviews claiming it as the best phone ever and lauding its stunning looks and performance.

As is our way, we’re unboxing a black iPhone 5 in the video below and you can see it beside the 4s and compared to the white version.

 

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By September 23, 2012 Read More →

Utano Barrier T180 unboxing video

utano-barrier-t180-ip67-rugged-android-phone-gps-3g-[5]-175-p We’ve looked at ruggedised phones quite a bit in the past, from those truly built to be life proof like the JCB toughphone range to those from Motorola and Sony which tend to more water and dust proof than truly drop and shock proof.

Clove Technology sent us over the Utano Barrier T180 to have a look at. This is a true IP67 rated android smartphone that has the added benefit of dual-sim capability.

This is the first time we have seen a dual SIM Smartphone within the UK which uses Android. Anyone who regularly travels abroad will understand the benefit of being able to use alternative network providers in different countries, without having to constantly remove the battery.

The rugged design of the Utano Barrier T180 means that it can be taken to where you need it. It is able to withstand water, shocks and dust, so you don’t need to be constantly worrying about it.

Not only do you want your Smartphone to be tough, you also want it to be capable of running the latest apps. The Utano Barrier T180 features a 800MHz Qualcomm processor, so you’ll be able to experience a responsive user interface and access to your favourite media.

To ensure that you can fully utilise your apps a 3.2″ capacitive IPS panel has been included. This provides bright vibrant colours and has the benefit that you have a wide viewing angle. It will also bring videos and photos to life, so you can fully enjoy them.

 

But hang on a moment, isn’t this just the JCB Pro-smart in new clothing??

See for yourself in the unboxing video below.

 

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By September 22, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Beam unboxing and demo video

samsung-galaxy-beam-2012 Remember the Pico Pocket projector that we reviewed a few years ago? Well what happens when one of those mates with a mobile phone? You get offspring that look like the Samsung Galaxy Beam of course!

We never got to play with the original Beam announce a in 2010 (the i8520) and to be honest I don’t even know if that made it to market in the end, maybe it was a little too soon but this new model Galaxy Beam (i8530) is on sale now and you can pick it up from the chaps at Clove Technology.

The Beam has quite a decent specification even without the projector; rocking 768MB RAM, Dual Core 1GHz CPU and 5MP camera. It may not be top of the range but add in the DLP projector and we’re looking at a whole new proposition.

The nHD projector (where the hell did nHD come from?!) is 15 lumens and 640×360 pixels. It doesn’t sound too bright and really it isn’t but get a reasonably dark room and the little LED powered projector does a half decent job. How practical that is within real world environments is perhaps questionable. I’m not sure that rocking up to a meeting with this little device in tow and asking for the lights to be turned off and the blinds closed would really cut it nor can I see it working so well with your mates in the pub.

One disappointment is in the OS department, the Beam ships with Gingerbread 2.3.6 which I hope would see an upgrade in the very near future.

Anyway, check out the unboxing a demo video below and see for yourself.

 

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By September 21, 2012 Read More →

It’s iPhone 5 Friday

iPhone 5

Today is the day many of you have been waiting for – it is iPhone 5 Friday!  We already know that pre-orders of Apples new iPhone have been huge and it will be interesting to also see what retail sales are like over the weekend and if stores have enough stock, I suspect they won’t!
So if you are still in two minds whether to commit to the iPhone 5 or not you can find below the links to the major UK networks to get your order in online. I can’t say how long you will have to wait for one as clearly all pre-orders will ship first but I wish you luck.

Orange iPhone 5
T-Mobile iPhone 5
Three iPhone 5
Vodafone iPhone 5
O2 iPhone 5

 

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By September 20, 2012 Read More →

Clove announce pricing for the two new HTC Windows Phone 8 devices

WP 8X by HTC Graphite Black 3views

Although the HTC 8S and 8X won’t be available until November Clove have today published the prices of the two new Windows Phone 8 handsets and although you can’t actually pre-order you can register your interest with them and you will be notified via email nearer the time.

The HTC 8X will set you back £399.98 including VAT and the 8S will be a fair bit cheaper at £224.99 which seems pretty good value to me.

Head on over to Clove for the full run down of the devices. They will look after you. Nice guys.

 

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By September 20, 2012 Read More →

Sennheiser introduces its first multi-platform gaming headset and it looks to be a right bobby dazzler

Sennheiser has today announced its first multi-platform gaming headset, the U 320. Whether you prefer to game on PS3®, Mac, PC or Xbox 360®, or all of the above, the U 320 consistently delivers the best sound quality on all devices for a truly immersive gaming experience. Perfect for those who want to enjoy high-end gaming without accumulating multiple headsets for multiple devices.

Headset

The average age of gamers today is 25 and ‘mature gamers’ play on consoles more than they play on PCs, which is why Sennheiser created the U 320, to offer a consistent high-quality sound experience on every platform. So, if the kids have hijacked the Xbox®, there’s nothing to stop you from simply plugging the headset into a Mac, PC or PS3® to enjoy your gaming time alone without disturbing others.

The U 320 is born out of Sennheiser’s 65-year experience pursuing the perfect sound, and is designed to emphasise the different types of distinctive gaming sounds. The sound spectrum of the U 320 is superbly amplified, resulting in the legendary Sennheiser sound. Plus the bass boost is easily adjusted to fit your need for clear explosions, crashes or background music.

Thanks to great comfort, the U 320 is wearable for as long as a gamer wants to enjoy the getaway from everyday life. The open-acoustic design helps you keep a cool head, and the soft-padded unique CircleFlexT design ensures that the ear pads adjust automatically, making the game experience a comfortable thrill.

“The U 320 ensures the best conditions for enjoying your favourite game. We’ve worked hard to develop a consistent sound, regardless of the platform, and believe that our efforts will contribute to players everywhere enjoying a better sound experience,” says Product Manager Christian Ern of Sennheiser Communications.

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By September 19, 2012 Read More →

New Windows Phones 8 devices from HTC

WP 8X by HTC California Blue 3views

HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and Microsoft today unveiled the first signature Windows Phones, the stunning Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC. The smartphones feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and boast iconic design, immersive studio-quality sound with Beats AudioTM and incredible camera capabilities.

“Pairing these beautiful new HTC phones with our Windows Phone brand is a big milestone for both of our companies and our partnership.” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “Together we are offering customers a simple choice and a truly unique experience.””We’ve been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.”

The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone has a clear, differentiated vision and the consumer experience has been widely recognised as being groundbreaking, innovative and fresh. With people as its inspiration, HTC designed the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC in way to blend the virtual and the physical utilising a 3D pillow-like design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles. The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are perfectly sculpted with a dramatic taper making them feel thin in the hand. Because colour is such an integral part of the Windows Phone experience, HTC is bringing bold, sophisticated and adventurous colours in a premium matte finish to these devices including California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow for the Windows Phone 8X, by HTC and Domino Black- White, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Grey-Yellow for the Windows Phone 8S by HTC.

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By September 19, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 185: Who’d have a contract?

Web bannerGareth and James get stuck into the iPhone 5 contracts and struggle to like the deals currently available from the networks. There is however a clear winner. We have a huge range of bargains and James has a new hat!

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By September 18, 2012 Read More →

The Motorola RAZR i with a 2GHz processor is announced

RAZR i

Sept. 18, 2012 – Motorola Mobility in partnership with Intel Corporation introduced the powerful MOTOROLA RAZR i with Intel Inside®: the new full-screen smartphone that fits in the palm of your hand. Its Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display spans from edge-to-edge with virtually no border – giving you more screen with less phone. RAZR i is the first smartphone that can achieve speeds of 2.0 GHz thanks to a fast Intel® Atom processor. Jump from a game to a text and over to a playlist, then off to browse the Web – all without stopping and on a long-lasting battery that is 40 percent more powerful than the competition.

The power of Intel Inside means you also get an instant-launch 8-megapixel camera that can load in less than a second. Just use the dedicated camera key so you get the shot you want. When there’s action involved, multi-shot mode lets you snap 10 pictures in less than a second. And with the illuminated sensor located on the back and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities, you’ll get a great shot, even in challenging lighting conditions.

“Together with Intel, we’re redefining what people can expect from a mobile device. A camera that launches in an instant, Web pages that load blazingly fast and a device that’s the perfect balance of screen size and fit in hand,” said Jim Wicks, senior vice president, Consumer Experience Design, Motorola Mobility. “RAZR i delivers just that when you put an Intel-fast processor in a beautifully designed phone and add in extra long battery life.”

“Motorola RAZR i with Intel Inside naturally blends together the value propositions of high performance Intel Architecture and great battery life, Motorola Mobility device innovation and the Android platform,” said Erik Reid, general manager, Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “Intel’s goal is to provide compelling technology options that translate into great user benefits and experiences. RAZR i is a great proofpoint in the collaboration and we’re thrilled to be working with Motorola to bring this edge-to-edge experience enhanced with Intel Inside to people around the world.”

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