Archive for May, 2013

Expansys drop the Samsung ATIV S price by half


Looking for a Windows Phone? You may want to take advantage of the massive price drop Expansys are currently offering on the Samsung ATIV S. You can pick it up SIM free for just £244.99 – down from £499.99!

Features you’ll love:
  • HD Super AMOLED 4.8 inch display
  • Windows 8 – fresh new operating system with live tiles
  • 8MP Camera with LED flash – 1.9MP snapper on the front
  • 16GB Storage – microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Large 2300 mAh battery

Head on over to Expansys and grab yourself a bargain.


Posted by: James

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The Sony Xperia SP is now available on Three’s Ultrafast network on both Monthly and Pay As You Go price plans through online and in all Three stores.

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The Ultrafast ready Sony Xperia SP is available for £26 a month with no upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and for £29 a month with no upfront cost on The One Plan. Both plans come with no surprise out-of-bundle data charges and all-you-can-eat data.
The device is also available on Pay As You Go for £349.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

With a stunning premium design including a high-quality HD 4.6 inch screen the XperiaT SP offers the ultimate viewing experience. Perfect for scrolling through pictures, browsing the web or watching YouTube clips on Three’s new Ultrafast network. The colour changing notification bar can also be personalised to show when a call or text is received or even set to pulse to the beat of music – a must have to avoid missed calls and messages.

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By May 31, 2013 Read More →

HTC One just got sexier

htc-one-nexusJust as the Samsung Galaxy S4 has an exciting, new vanilla Android experience, HTC is offering the same experience for the HTC One, a phone widely regarded as the best on the market at the moment.

Removing what might be considered bloat this version of HTC One has had the pretty overlay of HTC Sense removed to make way for a pure Android experience. Recently, the same treatment had been given to the Samsung Galaxy S IV announced by Google at their Google I/O conference earlier this month. The HTC One had been rumoured as another possible experiment and it is only today that it has been confirmed as true, love it ?  check these products to make your testosterone run.

Some will not understand the reasons for getting rid of the pretty interface on top of Android however anyone who has been using a Nexus device over the past few years will understand the benefits of the no-frills approach. Allowing developers more freedom, a fresh canvas for customisation and reported improvements to device stability and speed.

You can find out more over at the HTC Blog and check out Matt’s review the device here. It will be interesting to see if this becomes standard play for devices and how well they sell.

Posted by: Gareth

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By May 30, 2013 Read More →

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By May 30, 2013 Read More →

Nvidia Shield is ready to go


Nvidia has published a blog post taking a detailed look at the behind-the-scenes effort regarding their Android-powered handheld gaming device called Shield. In case you’ve missed it, the pre-orders are live for these devices as of May 17th and will run you $350 to snag one right now. While the behind-the-scenes look is pretty interesting, Nvidia has posted another video that showcases the final firmware of Shield, pre-loaded games that will come with it and more.

Up until now the firmware has been worked on and it looks like Nvidia is finally happy enough with it to call it a final build, at least for the device’s launch. As with any firmware there will be updates that happen and new features added, just like anything else running Android. Nvidia also shows off some pre-loaded games which will be coming with the device: Sonic 4 Episode II and Expendable Rearmed.

While the video seems more like a commercial than anything else, at least we get to check out the final firmware and some games in action on it.


Posted by: Gareth

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By May 29, 2013 Read More →

The Mobile Tech Addicts podcast will return!

Web bannerFans of our Mobile Tech Addicts podcast have been emailing, tweeting and calling to ask us if or when the show will return. We’ve always planned a return but our length of absence has been longer than expected. Gareth, our show host, has been building a brand new sound studio and the process has taken rather longer than expected.

So, the good news is that we are due to return with the show next week. We’ll have some new stuff going in as well as a separate NEW SHOW that we’ll tell you all about during the podcast.

We’re really excited about getting back to it along with some of the new stuff we have planned.


Posted by: Matt

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By May 28, 2013 Read More →

Lumigon T2 in stock and exclusive to eXpansys

Lumigon T2 Lumigon may not be a name that you have heard much yet but the Scandinavian company has recently launched their new T2 smartphone and it’s currently an eXpansys exclusive.

The new smartphone T2 from Lumigon integrates a sleek Scandinavian design, audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®, Google Android® platform and several innovative features. It is designed to stand out from the crowd and enable the user to make a stylish statement.

T2 is designed with clear references to Lumigon’s origins in terms of Scandinavian design traditions renowned for simple and solid elegance. This is seen in the chosen materials – stainless steel and glass – as well as the minimalistic composition of the device.

The combination of an infrared remote control integrated in the top of T2 and a built-in learn function turns T2 into a universal remote control.

Furthermore T2 features a 3.8″ ultra-sharp screen with high resolution. It is powered by a 1.4 Ghz QualcommTM SnapdragonTM processor, which offers a fast and seamless browsing experience.


Lumigon T2 Tech specs

  • Platform: Android 4.0
  • CPU: 1.4 GHz Qualcomm SnapdragonT S2 processor
  • Memory: Internal phone storage: 8GB / RAM: 1GB / MicroSD, up to 2 TB
  • Display: 3.8-inch screen, 480×800 pixels resolution, Corning® Gorilla® Glass with anti-fingerprint coating
  • Camera: 8 megapixel camera with flash, backside illumination sensor
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® 3.0 / Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n / 3.5 mm stereo audio jack / Micro-USB / NFC / Infrared receiver and transmitter
  • GPS: A-GPS
  • Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz / 3G/UMTS 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz & AWS / Data 3G/HSDPA+ 14.4 Mbit/HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/GPRS/EDGE
  • Sensors: compass, G-sensor, gyroscope, proximity and light sensors
  • MS3 sound chip from Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®
  • Battery: User-replaceable lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions: 116 x 59 x 9.9 mm
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By May 25, 2013 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One compared (Part 1)

s4_one The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are two of the most popular devices on sale at the moment and are going head to head for the top smartphone spot. In fact the HTC One has already won a couple of industry awards, including Best New Mobile Handset at MWC earlier in the year.

I’ve been using the HTC One for a few months and the Galasy S4 for a couple of weeks so I thought it was about time that we started to compare some of the key features of both devices.

For the sake of full disclosure, I should say that I was not expecting to like the Galaxy S4. I wasn’t a big fan of its predecessor, the S3 and I was already using and very much enjoying the experience of the HTC One. However, after just a short period of time with the S4 I like it too!

The questions I most frequently have via Twitter at the moment is ‘Which is better the S4 or the HTC One?’ or ‘Should I buy the S4 or the HTC One?’. I think these questions are almost impossible to answer in isolation, there are many factors to be considered as each device is, obviously, different and therefore better at some things than others.

At time of writing this first part, of what a suspect will end up being 3 or 4 posts over the next week or so, I haven’t been able to make up my mind either. I’m switching between the S4 and One throughout the day depending upon what I want to do so I am also hoping that writing these comparison articles may help me decide too!

So in this first part I’m going to talk about the cameras on each device. As we have discussed in other posts on the site before, HTC have been quite brave with the choices they have made with the HTC One camera. Instead of chasing more and more megapixels HTC have gone the other way and reduced the pixel count down to 4.0MP while increasing the size of the individual pixels on the sensor. The result, they call the Ultrapixel camera, yields an over 300% increase in the amount of available light, and more light equals better pictures, in theory.

Samsung have have been rather more conventional with the S4 opting for a 13MP sensor. That’s not to say that it’s not a good sensor and that it’s not a good upgrade from the S3 but it’s the approach to cramming in more pixels.

So lets take a look at some of the photos. In all the samples below, there is no editing or cropping. HTC One on the left, S4 on the right:


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By May 24, 2013 Read More →

TV Is Changing at Warp Speed

cool sofa In an increasingly media saturated culture, you might assume the number of households with televisions would be on the rise. But according to the folks at Nielsen, TV households dropped from 115.9 million during the 2010-2011 season to 114.7 million the following year. At first glance, it seems that people are simply watching less television, but perhaps the state of TV is actually changing.

There are a number of factors at play here, from the diminishing impact of network channels, to the new formats available to TV consumers. Basic cable and satellite packages run consumers about $30 a month, as noted on, while a streaming option like Netflix offers a range of TV and film content for $8 per month. As with the smartphone revolution that preceded it, it appears that the way we view and pay for TV is changing quickly.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 sales booming


Samsung Electronics today announced that global channel sales of its Galaxy S4, a life companion for a richer, fuller, simpler life, has surpassed 10 million units sold in less than one month after its commercial debut. Launched globally on April 27, the phone is estimated to be selling at a rate of four units per second.

The Galaxy S4 sets a new record for Samsung, generating sales quicker than any of its predecessors. Sales of the Galaxy S III reached the 10-million mark 50 days after its launch in 2012, while the Galaxy S II took five months and the Galaxy S seven months to reach the same milestone.

“On behalf of Samsung, I would like to thank the millions of customers around the world who have chosen the Samsung Galaxy S4. At Samsung we’ll continue to pursue innovation inspired by and for people,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

The Galaxy S4 was developed to enhance the meaningful moments in our lives through its innovative features and superior hardware. It has the world’s first Full HD Super AMOLED display that showcases images at their very best on a 5-inch screen with 441ppi. Equipped with a powerful rear 13MP camera, the Galaxy S4 also boasts a Dual Camera function that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. The Galaxy S4’s new and innovative software features include Air View and Air Gesture for effortless tasks, while it also keeps people up-to-date with information about their health and wellbeing using S Health.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in more than 110 countries and will gradually be rolled out to a total of 155 countries in cooperation with 327 partners. Samsung is planning to introduce more colour variations to meet various consumer tastes and preferences. In addition to the currently available White Mist and Black Forest, new colour iterations will be added this summer, including Blue Arctic and Red Aurora, followed by Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn. UK availability on these colour variations is to be confirmed.


Posted by: James

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