Archive for 2012

By September 19, 2012 Read More →

New Windows Phones 8 devices from HTC

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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

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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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By September 16, 2012 Read More →

Huawei E355 3G+ WiFi Modem & Router unboxing video

huawei-e355-3g-hspa wifi-usb-internet-modem-unlocked Huawei have a great track record when it comes to 3G dongles and WiFi devices. This latest E355 model is among the smallest on the market.

The Huawei E355 is a 3G dongle plus Wi-Fi modem and router, giving you your own personal Wi-Fi hotspot. Just pop a SIM card into the E355 and connect it to a USB power source and your away. Up to five devices can connect to it simultaneously and there is no connection manager or complex start up procedure. This means you don’t need a PC or laptop to use it, just slot it into a USB power adapter to plug it into a wall socket for when you’re at home or in the office. You can even attach a microSD card (up to 32GB) into the E355 to use it as a USB stick. It’s very portable too, shorter than a packet of sweets (9cm) and weighs 40g.

Check out the quick unbox below to see what it looks like and if you want to pick one up, head over to eXpansys, they’re on offer at just £69.99 at the moment!

 

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By September 14, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 184: Apple My Hero

Web bannerGareth and James talk iPhone 5 and Blackberry 10. The lauch of the iPhone 5 has brought with it both over and underwhelming additions to Apple’s premiere platform. James also shares as much has he can about the Blackberry 10 operating system due to rock the new year!

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By September 13, 2012 Read More →

iPhone 5 specs and design

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Unless you were asleep yesterday you will be aware that Apple announced the iPhone 5. If you are planning to get one, and i’m sure one or two of you may here’s the run down of the full specs.

On a personal note – I wasn’t particually excited with the resuluts. Yes, it is bigger but it is still an iPhone. I shall be holding off getting one in anticipation for BlackBerry 10 in Q1 2013. Matt will get the iPhone though so expect his full review in the coming weeks.

iPhone 5
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By September 13, 2012 Read More →

The 22-inch Viewsonic Android Tablet

ViewSonic-VSD220We have mentioned on the podcast before the oddity of a 22-inch Viewsonic Android Tablet. Obviously, the idea of a giant Android tablet was both ridiculously cool and ridiculously impractical. As it turns out, the concept device didn’t actually end up as a tablet. ViewSonic wizened up and ditched the internal battery of the device. Now it is simply the ViewSonic 22-inch Android VSD220 Smart Display, and will be hitting US retail stores in October at a price of $399.99.

This thing is basically just an Android powered monitor, which really takes on a whole different dimension if you think about it. Some future evolution of this beast could basically replace the desktop computer completely. In fact, for some users, this specific device itself could do that already. Here’s a spec/feature breakdown followed by a press release:

  • 1,920 x 1080 full HD screen that is touch-enabled
  • Dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP 4428 processor
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • A micro HDMI port
  • Three USB ports
  • A microSD card slot
  • Ethernet
  • A 1.2MP webcam with integrated microphone
Posted in: Desktop Computing
By September 13, 2012 Read More →

HTC One X going cheap at Expansys

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Looking for a top end Android smartphone? Expansys may have the answer. They are currently selling the HTC One X for only £399.99 sim free with free shipping, which is quite a bit cheaper than some other sources. The device is the EU variant but comes with a UK power adaptor.

If you missed our hands on video and testing you can catch up here.

The One X is in stock right now so why not grab yourself a bargain.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Phones
By September 12, 2012 Read More →

EE 4G LTE Speed Test

Yesterday saw the launch of EE’s 4G LTE roll out and at the press event in London I got to go hands on with a few of the 4G supported handsets. Just in case you were wondering how fast LTE can be watch this video. Pretty awesome!

4G LTE from EE

 

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By September 11, 2012 Read More →

Fighting fire with fire Samsung Vs Apple

apple-vs-samsung1According to a late breaking story from last night, Samsung isn’t messing around with their counter-attack on Apple. Insider sources are claiming, Samsung will sue Apple for violating its LTE patents with the iPhone 5 just as the phone is announced tomorrow. Here’s the quote,

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"It’s true that Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States ? Apple’s home-turf ? are our primary targets,” said an industry source.

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