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Nokia N8 gets a pretty impressive panorama feature

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There’s little doubt that Nokia N8 is a pretty great photography tool, but one feature it notably lacks out of the box is Panorama shots. Luckily the Finns are going to add that with a separate app that should hit the Ovi store soon.

In the sample above it’s incredibly hard to detect where the three stitches are (the panorama was created from four shots and measures 4306 x 1280 pixels at full stretch). Read more »

Phantom Black HTC Legend seems fit to live up to its name

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The HTC Legend was one of the prettiest handsets out there even before but now it closes on perfection. HTC has just announced a new “Phantom Black” color option for the Android-running device and the official shot really makes me drool.

The aluminium unibody is as sleek as always but now the back is in unison with the plastic patches on top and on the bottom. Read more »

Nokia N8 in all its 12MP glory next up for review, video and camera samples inside

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Digicams are already feeling the heat as the Nokia N8 enters the doors of our office. Are mobile phones just about to deal a deadly blow to the digicams?

Nokia N8

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Samsung Galaxy Tab comes by the office, the hands-on video awaits you

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The first Samsung Android-running tablet is up for review and a quick hands-on video is due. The Galaxy Tab is certainly among the most interesting devices of the year and we felt like we should give you a heads up of what to expect. In addition to our IFA preview, that is.

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Ovi Store on the rise, welcomes 200 000 new members each day

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The Ovi Store was suffering a bit of a crisis at the beginning of the year with its downloads standing still in a moment when all the competitors were taking huge leaps forward. But apparently Nokia managed to put its app distribution service back on the right track as the store is now welcoming 200 000 new members each day.

Other encouraging numbers are the 2.3 million downloads per day and the 70 developers who have already passed the 1 million mark. Read more »

LG GT540 Optimus 2.1 (Éclair) update goes live, screenshots inside

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LG seems more focused on Windows Phone 7 than Android recently but it doesn’t mean they have forgotten about their Google OS devices. In fact they just released the official Android 2.1 update for what seems to be their most successful handset this year, the LG GT540 Optimus.

LG Optimus gets Android 2.1

It’s only available for the handset in the Baltic region at this stage so the rest of the world will have to wait a while longer. Or they could take matters in their own hands and use a third party tool to flash their handsets with that Baltic ROM. Read more »

BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 pays us a visit, we rush to give you an unboxing video

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We had a short break but now we are restarting our series of unboxing videos of the handsets we get for a review. Next up is the Pearl 3G 9105 in all its BlackBerry goodness.

It’s hardly as cool as the Torch 9800, which we reviewed last week, but the little fella certainly has a charm of its own. Read more »

RIM says their QNX tablet UI will replace BlackBerry OS in the future

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Remember that hot tablet OS that RIM revealed the other day along with their PlayBook tablet? You know, the one that looked so colorful and user-friendly and so not BlackBerry?

Well it turns out that the company has some big plans for it, so big in fact that they stretch outside the tablet realm. Read more »

BlackBerry Playbook announced – the dual-core tablet to rule them all

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RIM might be having a bit of hard time adapting their smartphones to the rapidly changing market but it might turn out that it’s all because they have been focusing their efforts elsewhere. The company just entered the tablet market with a bang, announcing their 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook, running a new BlackBerry Tablet OS.

Coming with a SVGA (1024 x 600 pixels) multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, the PlayBook is the first tablet to sport a dual-core 1GHz CPU. And it makes quite good use of it too – both the front-facing and the primary camera of the device are capable of recording full HD video (yeap, that’s sweet 1080p footage) and on board the PlayBook has what RIM calls “true multitasking”. And with 1GB of RAM you are unlikely to have “out of memory” issues either. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab Official Demo video is here to show you what the tablet is all about

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Okay, okay, I know this isn’t as good as trying it in person, but, at least for the next few days, that’s all we get. Samsung just published an official demo video, showing their Android-running tablet performance and cool features.

According to Samsung the purpose of the video is to objectively present the key features of the Galaxy Tab so no “graphic effects” (I’m not sure that’s exactly what they meant) have been applied. Anyway this video should give you an excellent idea of what the Galaxy Tab real-life performance will be like.
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Triple-core 1.5GHz Marvel CPU amazes the smartphone world

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Because even the most powerful hardware currently available on the market can’t hold a candle to what Marvel just announced. So unless you want to start seriously hating your current smartphone I suggest you stop reading now.

No, I’m kidding, of course, read further down for more info.
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Make way, Panasonic introduces 18MP touch-driven GH2 and a 3D lens to go with it

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Oh, boy, is this year’s Photokina good! Panasonic is the next big player to make a major announcement at the interchangeable lens camera front. The Panasonic DMC-GH2 belongs to the Micro Four Thirds gang and packs a new 18MP multi-aspect sensor, which produces 16MP shots.

The Panasonic GH2 also offers full HD video capture and manual video shooting controls plus a sweet 460k dot tilt-and-swivel 3-inch touchscreen with smoother Live View thanks to the doubled live stream framerate. Read more »

Sigma announces SD1 flagship DSLR, 46MP of Foveon goodness

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At the start of Photokina show Sigma announced their new SD1 flagship DSLR. And by the looks of it, it might be the next big thing in photography. Packing a new 46 MP APS-C Foveon sensor the camera promises to deliver so much detail that you’ll never be temped to look back.

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Nokia E7, C7 and C6-01 8 megapixel cameras are fixed focus only! Are they kidding us?

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Now who saw that one coming? When Nokia announced the C6-01, C7 and E7 everyone was so excited about their HD-capable 8 megapixel shooters that the fact that they lack of autofocus somehow slipped away even from our usual scrutiny.

Bummer! Photography might not be all about macro shots but still a good percentage of all shots are from distances shorter than 1 meter. And as it turns out the C7 will be unable to deliver in those cases. The E7 and C6-01 are quoted to have 50 cm as its closest focus distance but it still doesn’t come anywhere near true autofocus. Read more »

New Nokia N8 camera samples are here, ready to blow up your mind

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Straight from the Nokia World 2010 show floor here comes a bunch of photos created with the Nokia N8 that might seriously shake you up. Or at least if you are one of those guys who thought mobile phones will never match digicams for image quality.

Prepare to be seriously impressed and check out some of those shots. Read more »