Our tour around the CES 2012 booth continued with Polaroid and their Android-running smartphone Polaroid SC1630. The 16 megapixel device is one of the very few phones to offer optical zoom, which lets it easily stand out in the crowd.
Back in the days, when this one was going by as Altek Leo it hardly turned into a great success, but now it has an even higher resolution camera and some of Kodak’s image processing magic, so it should have better chances on the market. Read more »
Yesterday we told you about the newly introduced Canon G1 X large sensor compact and now that CES is officially underway we even got a change to try it out. The 14 megapixel camera was naturally enjoying quite a lot of attention, but we still managed to get a unit for a quick photo session.
The Canon G1 X is built like a tank – once you hold it in your hand you just know that it is capable of enduring quite a lot of torture. Read more »
We stopped by the Pantech booth at CES 2012 to see two more additions to the AT&T lineup of LTE-touting devices. The 4″ Pantech Burst smartphone and the 8″ Pantech Element tablet were kind enough to pose for a few pictures.
The $49.99 (on a contract, of course) Pantech Burst actually turned out a pretty nice Gingebread smartphone, upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich later in the year. Its dual core chipset and Super AMOLED display allow it to make way better first impression than most other smartphones in its class. Read more »
The HTC Titan II is one of the hottest smartphones to be announced so far at CES 2012 and with its impressive 16 megapixel camera even hopes to become one of the devices of the season.
Just like any Windows Phone 7 Mango device, the Titan II feels incredibly smooth. The Microsoft platform will make sure that you won’t feel the absence of a dual-core CPU, when navigating the UI or when opening and closing apps. Read more »
Huawei surprised quite a lot of people with their announcement of the Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S smartphones at this year’s CES. The smartphone maker was previously known for its affordable devices with modest functionality, but these two are aiming to take on the big boys out there.
The great news is that impressions made by the Huawei Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S based on their specs sheets, still stood after we got a chance to play with them. The two ultra-slim droids are really solidly built and those 4.3″ Super AMOLED screens of qHD resolution are every bit as impressive as they sound. Read more »
The announcement of the Apple iPad 3 is just a few months away now, so naturally the rumor train is starting to pick up speed. In today’s scoop we are talking display, camera and the fate of the current iPad after the release of its successor.
Once again, we are hearing that the iPad 3 will have four times the resolution of the iPad 2, which will reportedly be marketed as Retina display. Quadrupling the iPad 2 resolution on the same screen estate will give you pixel density of 264 ppi, which on a screen this big should feel as good as the 326ppi of the last two iPhones. Read more »
It appears that the promised untethered jailbreak tool for A5-touting devices isn’t as close to public availability as we all hoped. A couple of days ago the popular indie developer pod2g said that if we are lucky enough we might get it in a week, but maybe our luck just ran out.
It turns out that the jailbreaking tool for the newest iDevices – the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S that pod2g developed relies on the user having a developers account. And since most iPhone and iPad users don’t have such account (and it costs $100 a year to create one) it’s impossible to release the tool for public consumption. Read more »
When the Compact Flash association made those XQD memory cards official, you really wanted to give them a try right? We mean, the speed promised was so impressive that you wouldn’t be a proper geek if you didn’t.
It appears that Sony will be the first company to actually give you the chance to do so, as the Japanese just unveiled the first two XQD cards. Sony also announced a card reader for connecting the 16GB and 32GB units to your computer and an ExpressCard adapter. Read more »
What do you do you call it when you take a Smart cover, downsize it enough to fit the iPhone and add a touch of genius to it? The answer is the latest Kickstarter project, called TidyTilt – one of the best rear covers for your iPhone that you are ever likely to see.
TidyTilt serves three different purposes – it can shield the back of your precious smartphone, act as a kickstand or help you keep your headphones or cable neatly organized. Using it does involve attaching a steel frame to the back of your iPhone, but that is supposed to be quite easy to remove if find it to be too much. Read more »
Shortly after it announced its new monster of a camera, Nikon published the first sample photos and a video captured with the D4. We only got a handful of samples, but at these early stages we should be happy that we got anything at all.
We got three base ISO sample photos to demonstrate the kind of sharpness and dynamic range that the big fella offers and an ISO 6400 image, which should give us an idea of its high ISO performance. Read more »
Remember those creepily realistic Steve Jobs action figures that we saw the other day? Well they may not happen if Apple has its way. The Cupertino-based company has already sent its team of legal sharks to deal with the manufacturer.
Apple says that it owns the likeness of its late founder and releasing the 12-inch action figure on the market would be a criminal offense. However In Icon (the manufacturer of the toy) seems unfazed, saying that it won’t stop production. Read more »
The popular file syncing app SugarSync just got an update, which makes it even easier to keep the multimedia files on your computer and your smartphone/tablet synchronized. The update hit both the Android and iOS versions of the app, but the change logs for the two seem a bit different.
On iOS, the SugarSync version number jumped to 2.5 and it got batch uploads for multiple photos and videos. The rest of the changelog follows below: Read more »
The hacking community only managed to gain root access to the Asus Transformer Prime monster of a tablet yesterday, but now everyone is free to try it. Okay, not everyone, as the released tool only supports Windows computers, but we guess that would be good enough for most people.
The rooting procedure is as simple as installing the required USB drivers (if you haven’t done so already) and running the executable file, provided by -viperboy-. Read more »
It feels like it was yesterday that we saw the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus official announcement and we are already welcoming it to our office. Oh wait – the announcement really was yesterday, which makes us especially glad to introduce this one to you.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus has some pretty big shoes to fill as its predecessor is one of the most successful products that the Koreans released in 2011. You don’t need to look much further than our own specs page to see that the original Galaxy Ace has been enjoying tremendous interest, so the Ace Plus needs to be quite an upgrade. Read more »
Nokia has just announced that its car mode app for Belle-running smartphones is now available for download. The software that makes your smartphone much easier to operate while you are driving has hit the Nokia Store and you can now download it directly from your Belle smartphone.
The Nokia software engineers have created two versions of the app. The first of them is called Nokia Car Mode and offers Nokia’s leading turn-by-turn navigation, as well as the overall smartphone experience into the car environment, while also bringing Nokia Drive, traffic updates, Nokia Music and voice calls while driving. This one is free to download. Read more »