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By June 29, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 174: The Google I/O 2012 show Part II

Web bannerGareth and James share what they have learned from Google I/O thus far. New hardware, software and some exciting revelations to behold. Gareth gives his thoughts on the Nexus 7 whilst James just might be persuaded to try Google+ again.

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By June 29, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry 10 delayed until Q1 2013

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It isn’t a good day today in the RIM camp. As well as holding an earning call to announce its first quarter of 2012 results Research in Motion announced that BlackBerry 10 would not launch in Q4 as stated but instead in Q1 2013.

Many will be disappointed by this news but RIM need to ensure that they get the new operating system 100% right.

With sales down the company are going through some major restructuring, however CEO Thorsten Heins is confident that BlackBerry 10 will be worth waiting for.

You can see the full press release below:

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By June 28, 2012 Read More →

Carphone Warehouse to stock the Nexus 7

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Carphone Warehouse have today confirmed they will indeed be selling the Nexus 7 tablet from Google next month. They have said the Nexus 7 will be priced at £199.99 standalone or for free on a tethered contact. I presume this means they will only sell the 16GB version.

Commenting on the launch, Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse, says, “Consumer demand for tablets has exploded in just over two years since the launch of the first generation iPad. The wide range of devices now available means that consumer choice and buying power is stronger than ever. Google clearly believes that there is further scope to grow the market and the competitively priced Google Nexus will serve to make tablet devices more accessible to customers. 

“The meteoric rise in the popularity of tablets can be attributed to changes in the way we are using the internet, managing relationships and consuming media. Our lives are more connected and ‘always on’ than ever before. It’s all about convenience; people don’t want to have to go to a desk and sit at a computer to surf the internet, do some online shopping, chat with friends or update a Facebook status – tablet devices lend themselves perfectly to all these activities, all from the comfort of the sofa. Whilst laptops have catered to this need in the past they are slightly cumbersome and awkward; tablets offer the ideal solution and represent the direction home computing is likely to take in the future as demand for clunky home desktop PCs decreases.”

Google Nexus features a 7 inch screen, quadcore processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB memory. It will be the first (and only for the next four months) tablet to run the new Jelly Bean operating system.

 

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By June 28, 2012 Read More →

Win a HTC One V: Competition

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Whoop, it is competition time again and what a beauty we have for you. The nice people at Three have donated a HTC One V to us to give away. As a bonus the device will also come with a PAYG SIM, which will include an all-in-one 15 add-on (a month of AYCE data, 300 minutes and 3,000 txts).

If you missed our unboxing video of the HTC One V you can catch it here and in addition the full specs of the device are below.

To enter, all you have to do is follow tracyandmatt on Twitter and retweet the following tweet: "RT @tracyandmatt: I want to win the HTC One V with #tracyandmatt and #ThreeUK: http://http://bit.ly/htconecomp" You can also click the retweet link below to save you copying and pasting the phrase. Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw. You’ll have to keep following us as we’ll notify winners via DM.

RETWEET ME!

The winner will be picked in seven days from today and entries are restricted to the UK for various reasons.

Good luck!

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By June 27, 2012 Read More →

The Nexus 7 tablet confirmed

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Over Google I/O today the Nexus 7 tablet has been announced and it was pretty much what we expected to see.

Manufactured by ASUS the new 7 inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will go on sale here in the UK for £159 for the 8GB version and £199 for the 16GB.

Under the hood of the Nexus 7 is some sweet stuff. This includes a Quad-processor with a Tegra 3 12-core GPU. Weighing only 300g and combined with a battery that will support up to 9 hours of video playback I think Google’s new creation may be quite popular.

Although we get WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC there is no 3G modem on board which I know will disappoint many. However, for the price, the Nexus 7 is a real bargain.

 

Posted by: James

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By June 27, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 174: The Google I/O 2012 show Part I

Web bannerGareth and James run a little coverage of what to expect from the Google I/O 2012 conference that will probably be happening whilst you listen. They give their predictions and share their excitement of some of the rumoured announcements. Also the HTC Desire C gets a review, the Sony Smart Headset and the Three Value MiFi.

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By June 27, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

Samsung GALAXY S Advance Samsung have been shooting out all sorts of devices since they got big with the Galaxy S2 and recently under the radar they’ve released the Samsung Galaxy S Advance a couple of months before the Samsung Galaxy S3. Now as I write this, everyone knows the S3 is going to be a BIG seller but i can also guarantee it is going to be one of the most expensive phones on the planet, so I’d recommend at looking at this phone if you’re not ready to be spending nearly half a grand on a mobile phone! Check out my full review below:

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By June 26, 2012 Read More →

Carphone Warehouse releases ‘Bill Angel’ app to tackle mobile wastage

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Carphone Warehouse has stepped up its campaign against wasteful mobile tariffs by launching a free smart phone app, designed to tackle the £4.8bn excess wasted on unsuitable minutes, texts and data deals every year. The launch marks the first time a major retailer has developed a mobile usage app for customers and comes as new research by the UK’s largest mobile retailer has found consumers are now more concerned about mounting mobile phone bills than other household costs such as gas and water.

The free Bill Angel app, available on Android, iOS*(due 27 June) and Blackberry (due 7 July) monitors call time, text messages and internet data usage; automatically sending alerts to users when they approach and go over their contract limits.

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By June 26, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire C Review

HTC Desire C ReviewIn the not too distant past the ‘Desire’ range of smartphones from HTC were their flagship range, this was until MWC 2012 when HTC announced the excellent ‘One Series’. At that point I didn’t think that we would see a Desire branded handset from HTC again, but to my utter surprise here I have the brand new Desire C for review.

It’s the beginning of a new range of devices from HTC aimed at giving absolutely everyone a chance to own an Android smartphone on any budget.

So how does this little device fair against its competitors? And does it do the Desire brand name the justice it no doubt deserves?

Well to find out you will have to read on.

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By June 26, 2012 Read More →

Windows Phone 7.8 home screen – Video

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Following on from last weeks announcement by Microsoft where they detailed Windows Phone 8, many current Windows Phone users were left initially disappointed as Microsoft confirmed that current hardware would not be upgradable to WP8.

However, they then went on to explain how Windows Phone 7.5 would get an update to 7.8 to allow for the same home screen user interface as on WP8. This came as a breath of fresh air to me being a Windows Phone user as I am not sure I can make the financial commitment to invest in new hardware.

Microsoft have released a nice new video via their YouTube channel giving a quick demo of the new user interface that all Windows Phone users can expect in the coming months.

You can see the video below:

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