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HTC DROID DNA Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset performance examined in detail

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We managed our usual set of benchmarks on the freshly announced HTC DROID DNA and its Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. We were curious to see how the four Krait cores and the Adreno 320 GPU handle the FullHD screen screen.

The latest Qualcomm chipset didn’t disappoint and we saw the HTC DROID DNA post some pretty impressive scores in our tests. Its high-end rivals were often found lagging behind and at times they were feeling downright underpowered. Read more »

Google aims to prove how great the Nexus 10 screen is with these impressive photos

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The Retina-beating screen of the Google Nexus 10 sure sounds great on paper, but does it have the real-life performance to back it up? Google’s Romain Guy is keen to prove so, by posting several impressive shots.

Yes, what you see here is not a rendering, but a real photo of the actual Google Nexus 10, captured with a DSLR camera. The screen was even compared with a printed magazines to highlight its impressively low reflectivity. Read more »

New Google Nexus lineup promo video released: Google Now in focus

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Google has just unveiled two new additions to its lineup of Nexus devices, plus a couple of new versions of the popular Nexus 7 tablet. And, as the tradition goes in such cases, the company has released a promo video, highlighting the strongest points of the newly announced devices.

In this case the video is mostly focused on the Google Now voice-operated service, demonstrating how you can ask your Nexus device just about anything and it will immediately find the answer for you. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III: The aftermath

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So, you’ve read our Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III comparison, but there are still some questions you had that remain unanswered? Well here is the place to ask them – just post them in the comments section and we’ll do our best to answer them.

To get the conversation started, we’ll go through some of those posted in the comments section of the comparison itself. Read more »

Apple to offer live stream for its iPad mini event tonight

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As a welcome break of tradition, Apple is going to offer live streaming of its iPad mini event tonight. The company will let you become a part of the unveiling of its latest product through its web site or, if you happen to own one, through Apple TV.

As you probably know by now, Apple is going to hold an event, which starts tonight at 17:00 GMT and should see the introduction of the first 7.85” iOS tablet, probably called iPad mini. Sporting a more compact design and a more attractive price tag than its larger sibling, the iPad mini should help iOS get an even firmer grasp of the tablet market. Read more »

Samsung releases Galaxy Note II kernel source code

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Samsung has just released the source code of the Jelly Bean kernel of its Galaxy Note II phablet. This will presumably open the floodgates and custom ROMs and kernels for the device will now start appearing at a rapid rate.

All the open-source bits of the Samsung Galaxy Note II code are now available for download from the company’s website and if you happen to be a developer interested in the device you might get them right now. Read more »

Nokia Asha 308 and 309 promo videos surface

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Nokia just unveiled the two latest additions to its Asha lineup and to convince you of their worth, it has dedicated a promo video to each of them. The Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 each got just over a minute of footage, highlighting their key strengths.

Check out the two short clips here: Read more »

Was Apple aware of the iPhone 5 build quality issues?

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The chipping issues of the anodized aluminum back cover of the new iPhone caused a real storm this weekend and it seems the saga is not going to end anytime soon. Apple’s latest smartphone turned out to be way less durable than its predecessor and that made quite a lot of its early adopters angry.

And while build quality issues are not uncommon in an industry where time is so precious and technology is oftentimes pushed close to its limits, Apple might not be an innocent victim here. The latest development leads us to believe that the company was fully aware of the sensitive nature of the iPhone 5 back panel, but still proceeded with its manufacturing. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 back panel scratch test suggests you better buy a case

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The iPhone 5 anodized aluminum body might be bending the laws of physics and everything, but it’s also shaping out to be quite sensitive. First we learn that some units come chipped out of the box and now we get this scratch test, which confirms that peeling the paint from your brand new iPhone 5 is easier than you might have thought.

The video is created by the ever helpful ifixit and shows how the iPhone 5 back panels handles keys and metal rings. The iPhone 4S was subjected to the same tests for comparison’s sake and it seemed to handle them way better than its successor. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 display compared to Nokia Lumia 920, has its “Most advanced” title snatched

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Back at the Apple iPhone 5 announcement event, Phil Schiller claimed that the new iOS flagship has the world’s most advanced display yet. It appears, however, that this might not be entirely true, as one Nokia fan is keen to point out. He did a spec-by-spec comparison of the iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920 and the latest Apple smartphone didn’t really manage to impress there.

The PureMotion HD+ screen on the Nokia Lumia 920 packs some impressive technology and it’s hard to argue with the facts listed in the following slides. Read more »

Apple releases a series of iPhone 5 ads, hopes to make you lust after its new smartphone

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two weeks, you must know that Apple’s latest smartphone went on sale yesterday. To celebrate the occasion, the company has released a series of TV ads, dedicated to the iPhone 5.

The first video focuses on the new screen of the iPhone 5, which according to Apple is a perfect fit for the reach of your thumb. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 faces the Galaxy S III in a drop test, the sight makes us shiver

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When a hot smartphone comes to the market it has a number of tasks to complete on its launch day. After ticking the “being subjected to a teardown” box, the iPhone 5 is now facing the drop test challange.

And, as if seeing one ultra-expensive gadget crash against the floor isn’t painful enough to watch, we’ve got a second one to accompany it while taking the fall. The iPhone 5 is joined by the Samsung Galaxy S III in this experiment, conducted by Android Authority. Read more »

London Underground joins the “Mock Apple Maps” bandwagon, offers iOS 6 users free maps

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Apple Maps are taking hits left, right and center lately. Just about everyone had something to say about the product Apple selected to replace Google Maps in iOS, but this last attack comes from the most unexpected of places.

What you see above is a message from the staff at Hackney Wick underground station in London. The guys working there obviously saw the opportunity to make a great joke at the expense of the troubled app and didn’t hesitate to take it. Read more »

Google is reportedly ready with the native Google Maps app for iOS

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Despite its great look, the Apple Maps app -which replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 – has been subject to some heavy criticism over the past few days. The incomplete coverage and numerous inaccuracies made most users miss the iOS 5 days, when they could actually go places.

However, salvation might be on the horizon, as we got a report saying that Google is already done with the development of an iOS-6 compatible Google Maps app. Read more »

WP8 concept smartphone looks super cool, does a funny thing to the Windows button

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Design is the one of the areas where we feel WP smartphones do pretty well. The Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 were considered by many (us included) as two of the best-looking handsets the industry has seen and virtually all of the recently announced WP8 handsets look equally as impressive.

Yet when we saw the latest concept design posted on Yanko Design, we just fell in love with it. Inspired by the Windows Phone UI, the colorful handset is not only a great looker, but also really different from anything we have seen so far. Read more »