Android 2.2 Froyo comes with arguably the best web browser of all current mobile platforms, but you will hardly be able to tell that if you take a look at the Android Market. There are just so many alternative browsers available that you would think they are the hottest commodity around.
Mind you, I’m not complaining here – competition is a great thing and it’s the users that win the most in the end. That’s why the announcement that Opera is going to release their full-fledged Opera Mobile browser over the coming month is excellent news. Read more »
Hot on the heels of our full Nokia N8 review here come the results of the Finnish flagship’s battery test. With the N8 battery being non-user-removable (or at least not without a Torx screwdriver) the battery life will probably be more important to potential customers than usual.
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Now that was a press conference that will be talked about for quiet some time. Along with the official launch of the Windows Phone 7 OS, Microsoft and their partners revealed almost a dozen new phones to run it.
The WP7 launch event surprised us nicely with 11 new announcements
With the WP7 minimum requirements standing at the top of currently available technology there isn’t much to choose between all those new offerings. They all have 1 GHz Snapdragon CPUs, large WVGA screens and generous amount of RAM and internal storage. Read more »
The Nokia N8 hit the shelves less a few days ago but the guys over at ifixit already gave it their disassembly treatment. The metal-clad handset has been given a rating of 8 (out of 10) for easiness of repair. Unless you need to replace the glass over the display (which requires a heat gun) you can tear the Nokia N8 flagship apart with nothing but a set of Torx screwdrivers.
And you would only need one such screwdriver to take out the standard BL-4D Nokia battery. It’s by far not that hard to change, despite the Finnish company claiming that it is not user-replaceable. Still this will probably void your warranty so you might do better taking your N8 to a Nokia service center if needed. Read more »
Remember the smartphone-controlled quadricopter that stroke us with its awesomeness back in February? It missed its target launch date by a week but it’s already hitting the shelves and is waiting for you to go and get it.
The lucky fellas who live in the USA can snatch a shiny new Parrot AR.Drone for a penny under 300 dollars from Brookstone, Amazon or the company’s own online store. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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?
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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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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 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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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