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By April 24, 2014 Read More →

Is the OnePlus really a $1 smartphone?

oneplus-one-announcement-02-970x646-cGoogle’s Nexus does not seem to the only modestly priced powerhouse on the market. OnePlus have launched the inexpensive One, a $300 high end phone with some killer features.  OnePlus will be available at some point between April and the end of June in America, UK, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. The is no exact release date however review samples have made their way to various outfits.

Most interestingly the OnePlus will run Android, but it’ll be a custom version of the popular CyanogenMod. Running on the new Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and a 3100mAh non-removable battery will be inside the device.

Other specs include a 13-megapixel, six-element, f/2.0 Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor. Image stabilization and slow-motion recording at 720p will be standard, and a fast 0.3s shutter speed is promised. The camera also shoots video in 4K (Ultra HD), and selfie fans will welcome a 5-megapixel front camera fitted above the screen.

What’s that about $1? Their website brags that you might be able to acquire the device for as little $1, however there is a timer counting down. 

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By April 22, 2014 Read More →

Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile yet still be known as Nokia

398079-nokia-and-microsoftNokia and Microsoft have sent a joint email to Nokia account holders talking about the process of data transfer between the two entities. It would appear with the sale of Nokia’s Devices & Services business to Microsoft, a Microsoft Finnish affiliate named Microsoft Mobile will assume “responsibility for your personal data and the contractual relationships for the products and services related to this business.” The email adds that customers “should experience no difference as a result of the sale.”

Essentially, the name of the will be changed to Microsoft Mobile, however, Microsoft is likely to continue using the Nokia as the consumer-facing brand. 

Privacy, Data Protection and Service Terms Information Regarding the Sale of Nokia’s Devices & Services Business to Microsoft

 

Hello,

We wanted to share some important information about your data privacy and contracts.

Nokia currently expects to complete the sale of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft in April 2014. With the completion of this transaction, a Microsoft Finnish affiliate* assumes responsibility for your personal data and the contractual relationships for the products and services related to this business. Microsoft cares deeply about your privacy and the protection of your personal data and will continue to collect and use your personal data in the same ways and for the same reasons as Nokia, and you should experience no difference as a result of the sale.

Also, please note that Nokia will continue to run its businesses, including HERE location-based products and services, which are not part of the Microsoft acquisition. The responsibility for your personal data and your contractual relationship relating to these Nokia products and services remains with Nokia. Nokia continues to be committed to the highest standards to protect your privacy and your personal data.

We wanted to give you notice of these changes. Our commitment to your privacy remains paramount. To learn more about Microsoft’s and Nokia’s privacy policies and service terms, click here. You may also contact us at: Microsoft Mobile Oy, c/o Privacy, Keilaranta 7, 02150 Espoo, Finland or Nokia Corporation, c/o Privacy, Keilalahdentie 4, 02150 Espoo, Finland.

Sincerely,

Chad Fentress

Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Nokia

Brendon Lynch

Chief Privacy Officer

Microsoft

* With the completion of this sale, the Nokia Devices & Services business will be part of this Finnish entity, Microsoft Mobile Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.

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By April 19, 2014 Read More →

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact unboxing

xperia-z1-compact-gallery-02-1240x840-dad66cd05b7d66abf67ab3f1e7cee212Sony released the Xperia Z1 Compact a little before the Z2 and the it seems to be a happy medium between the Z1 and Z2 in a smaller form factor.

Here we take an initial look at Sony’s modestly priced, smaller, high-end phone. This device has almost everything you would expect from the Z1 and more, combined into a smaller handset. Also features the water resistant technology, Walkman software and and elegant design.

 

 

 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact specification:

  • Dimensions -127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm (5.0 x 2.56 x 0.37 in)
  • Weight - 137 g
  • Display – 720 x 1280 IPS LCD
  • Data - HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Camera - 20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash + 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
  • Processor - Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • Internal memory - 16 GB, 2 GB RAM

 

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By April 17, 2014 Read More →

Project Ara reveals some interesting prospects

project-araFor those who are not aware Project Ara is the fruition of a much fabled modular phone, a phone with interchangeable parts. The idea of being able to add functionality to your phone by purchasing a module, be it a larger screen, better camera or some such and clicking it into the appropriate bay. Project Ara developers’ conference is currently taking place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. An exciting announcement yesterday was their first Project Ara “gray phone” will launch in January of 2015 for $50. Quite a bit aways although it’s great to have is on the map, for now.

To spice things up there is $100,000 up for grabs for one lucky developer who comes up with the best module. Obviously the will really help as an incentive to push creativity beyond standard bluetooth, camera and wifi modules. Developers will be judged on novelty, functionality, elegance, quality, impact, and commercial potential. Two runner ups will be receiving all-expense paid trips for up to 3 people to the next Project Ara devcon and will be guaranteed hardware for their project.

The challenge will kick off in May, Google will make available around 100-200 units of the prototype hardware to developers and it will draw to a close in mid- September.

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By April 14, 2014 Read More →

The Amazon Phone with Holograms?

amazon-smartphone-tmc-1The Wall Street Journal are reporting that online superstore Amazon is finally ready to make a smartphone, with a release scheduled for this summer. In the wake of their set top TV box, Amazon will be covering pretty much all bases when it comes to tech aside from a phone. Sources say Amazon has already started showing off the phone to developers, and is planning to announce the phone in late June, with a release in September. Rumour has it that Amazon are hoping to turn some heads by using retina-tracking and will feature 3D-like holograms that seemingly jump off the display.

When I hear 3D holograms and phones I can’t help but think “Help me Obi One Kenobi, you’re our only hope.” A 12″ holographic projection of an incestious princess standing in the palm of your hand. I’m sure this is still a long ways off yet, however an announcement in a couple of month will hopefully get the Rebel Alliance hot.

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By April 13, 2014 Read More →

Gigaset SL930A Unboxing

91VRAGXPpZL._SL1500_Putting a smartphone’s functionalities into landline phone is the name of the game here. The Gigaset SL930A not only handles your home phone responsibilities but connects to the Internet and allows you to download apps from the Google Play store is Android is running the show. The Gigaset SL930A has a 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen with a full-touch user interface for quick, easy navigation. One of the interesting features is the included HDSPTM sound performance. With a standby time touted of up to 140 hours the Gigaset SL930A also comes with a preinstalled answering machine app with up to 55 minutes recording time.

 

 Gigaset SL930A specification:

  • 3.2″ (TFT-VA 320×480 )capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GB Storage
  • MircoSD card support
  • 1GB RAM
  • ECO Mode – manual reduction of transmitting power by 80%
  • Expandable to up to 6 handsets
  • Dimensions handset (H x W x D in mm) 134 x 58 x 16
  • Dimensions base station (H x W x D in mm) 105 x 132 x 46
  • Standby time: 200 hours
    • Talk time: 20 hours
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By April 12, 2014 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S5 delayed

SM-G900F_charcoal-BLACK_01-300x300Clove Technology are reporting that On-line retailers have suffered a set back in shipping the Samsung Galaxy S5 today, they did not arrive with the retailers in the first place. Inside it looks as though the S5 will instead arrive on April 14th. Not the worst delay in the world however enough to generate a few unhappy faces. This is not the fault of the retailers, Samsung have delayed it themselves. No reasons have been given right now however we have, in the past, heard tell that Samsung are having problems with the Galaxy S5′s 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera sensor and difficulties in moulding the 6-element optics.

Clove have pointed out that the  S5 is still subject to a region lock, but they have made it clearer how to remove this.

European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.

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By April 1, 2014 Read More →

Amber Gold HTC One (M8) available at Carphone Warehouse

image006Nope, it’s not an April fools joke, Carphone Warehouse really do have the HTC One (M8) in Amber Gold.

The brand new HTC One (M8) is now available in trendy Amber Gold first at Carphone Warehouse. It is available to purchase online at http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/htc/one-m8 and on the telephone from today (Tuesday 1 April) and in selected stores from tomorrow (Wednesday 2 April). Prices start from £38 with a £49 upfront cost or free from £42 per month.

A Carphone Warehouse spokesperson says, “Over the past 12 months we’ve seen more gold handsets launch than ever before and that trend looks sure to continue this year as their popularity with consumers shows no signs of abating. HTC’s Amber Gold is a very tasteful colour option and fits the premium feel and unique metal design of the HTC One (M8) perfectly. This is the newest smartphone on the market and in the newest colour so we’re excited to help our customers get hold of it ahead of everyone else.”

The HTC One (M8) is built with a lot of attention to design with a durable high quality metal unibody and the subtle gold effect on this metal makes this the perfect choice for the fashion conscious.

Featuring stereo speakers and HTC BoomSound™, the HTC One (M8) is ideal for when you want to get the party started. It also comes with a Duo Camera, which lets you take brilliant shots in any light thanks to HTC UltraPixel technology, before adding professional looking effects. In addition, the HTC One (M8) has been designed with selfies in mind, featuring a 5MP front camera – ideal for capturing your best side.

Carphone Warehouse is offering £100 cashback on the new HTC One (M8) in all colour variants (Amber Gold, Glacial Silver, Gun Metal Grey) on Pay Monthly and Upgrade deals. For more information, visit http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/htc/one-m8

 

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By March 31, 2014 Read More →

HTC One (M8) full hands-on video

M8_PerLeft_GunMetalWe’ve had our HTC One (M8) for a while now so thought iut was about time that we recorded a full hands-on video to show off some of the more important features and take a more detailed look at the hardware.

In the video below I’ll show you the hardware and discuss the specification before booting up and playing with the OS and user interface to look at some of the features that have changed in HTC Sense 6.0. I’ll also show you some of the elements that are part of the Duo Camera experience that features so heavily in HTC’s push of the HTC One (M8).

So what do we think of the HTC One (M8) so far? We’ll I’m really impressed with the design and build quality but that’s no surprise from and HTC device. Performance-wise the M8 is great and out-performs anything else that I’ve previously used. The camera is brilliant and the Duo Camera features allow for some really creative shots.

It’s a long video so I’m going to come back to some of the other features in another video soon…

 

 

HTC One (M8) specification:

 SIZE: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

WEIGHT: 160 grams

DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p

 

CPU SPEED

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU

 

PLATFORM

  • Android™ 4.4 with HTC Sense™ 6
  • HTC BlinkFeed™

 

MEMORY

  • Total storage:  16/32GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)

 

NETWORK

2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

 

3G – WCDMA:

  • EMEA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
  • Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
  • AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
  • Sprint: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 14.4 Mbps
  • Verizon: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps
  • TMUS: 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps    

 

CDMA:  

  • Sprint: 800/1900
  • Verizon: 800/1900  

  4G – LTE:

  • EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
  • Asia: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz
  • Sprint: FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz
  • Verizon: 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz
  • TMUS: 700/AWS MHz                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

SIM

  • Nano SIM

 

SENSORS

  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Gyro sensor
  • Barometer sensor

 

CONNECTIVITY

  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
  • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer,
  • HTC Connect™
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection  (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
  • Support consumer infrared remote control

 

SOUND

  • HTC BoomSound™
  • Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
  • Sense Voice

 

CAMERA

Duo camera

  • Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera, BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens
  • HTC ImageChip 2
  • 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
  • Secondary camera: capture depth information

 

Front camera

  • 5MP, f/2.0, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
  • Gallery with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image Match

 

MULTIMEDIA

Audio supported formats:

  • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10)
  • Recording: .aac

 

Video supported formats:

  • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording: .mp4

 

Location

  • Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
  • Digital compass

 

BATTERY

  • Capacity: 2600 mAh
  • Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
  • Talk time: Up to 20 hours for 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 496 hours for 3G
By March 30, 2014 Read More →

Specs of the Padfone X released by AT&T

asus_front_charger_storyEven though Asus officially announce the new PadFone X in January, they didn’t reveal the specs of the device. Asus doesn’t have to worry as AT&T revealed the full specs of the device recently. We still don’t know when or at what price the device will arrive, but we at least know it is coming to AT&T. 

Here’s that spec-breakdown:

The Asus PadFone X phone section -

  • 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • A microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Dimensions are 143.93×72.46×9.98 mm, and it weighs 150 grams

The Asus PadFone X Tablet Dock - 

  • 9-inch 1,920×1,200 touchscreen
  • 1 MP front camera
  • 4,990 mAh battery
  • Dimensions will be 250.4×172.25×11.63 mm, and it will weigh 514 grams

With each successive generation of this innovative device it keeps getting better and better. Asus has done a great job at refining and perfecting their technology.

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