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HTC Evo 4G LTE battery test is over, the results are impressive

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In our review of the HTC Evo 4G LTE, we noted that the Sprint Wireless exclusive smartphone one ups its AT&T relative – the HTC One X, on a couple of instances. The bigger, 2000 mAh battery is one of the Evo features, which is certain to make the owners of its polycarbonate bodied relative jealous.

We already put the HTC One X for AT&T through its paces in our battery test, and came quite impressed with what we saw. Naturally, the expectations towards the Evo ran even higher, given its larger battery. Hit the break to find out how it did. Read more »

HTC One X for AT&T battery test is over, see if it outperforms its quad-core sibling

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As most of you probably know by now, the HTC One X for AT&T packs a different chipset than its NVIDIA Tegra 3 rocking, global sibling. A Qualcomm made, Snapdragon S4 chipset with two CPU cores is the reason for the US available HTC One X’s LTE connectivity.

This means that testing out the battery life of the two HTC One X versions is the perfect showdown of the battery efficiency, which the latest and greatest Qualcomm and NVIDIA chipsets offer. Read on to find out which one came on top. Read more »

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III hands-on and S Beam demo videos are here

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After we were done shooting the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III from every possible angle, testing its chipset’s computing prowess and examining its HD screen, we finally found time to capture a couple of videos of the newly announced smartphone.

After all, synthetic benchmarks do not necessarily reflect real life performance, so we thought you might want to see how smooth the Galaxy S III actually is. We took a brief tour around its user interface and we tested its NFC-based S Beam feature. Read more »

HTC Titan II battery test is over, check out how it did

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There is a general consensus by now, that LTE connectivity and long battery life don’t mesh well together. Therefore, we were a bit skeptical when we started testing the endurance of the HTC Titan II. After all, the smartphone has a fairly modest 1730mAh battery, which, not only needs to cover for the LTE radio, but also has a massive 4.7″ screen to light up.

We kicked things off with a look at the talk time of the imposing smartphone. Read more »

HTC One X battery test concludes, the results are inside

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So here we are at the end of the HTC One X battery test and we are ready to share the results with you. If you wonder how efficient that Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 architecture is and whether the companion core makes up for the four power-hungry ones, here is the place to find out.

The HTC One X bright 4.7″ HD LCD is certainly hard to feed, but you can’t blame the huge 1800 mAh power pack for lack of trying. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 900 (AT&T) battery life test is completed, results inside

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Windows Phone running handsets are generally perceived to go easy on their batteries, due to the relatively modest hardware ticking inside them. The AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 900 however, has added LTE connectivity to the list of typical Windows Phone hardware specifications. Therefore, we were a bit cautious with our initial predictions.

As always, we will take a look at the smartphone’s talk time first. Read more »

Lenovo unveils 9.7″ IdeaTab S2109 with Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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Lenovo just introduced the latest addition to its lineup of Android-powered tablets. The Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and packs a 9.7″ 4:3 IPS LCD with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (sound familiar?).

The IdeaTab packs a standard microUSB jack for charging and data transfers, while a microHDMI enables high-res TV-output. The on-board microSD card slot makes storage upgrades a breeze, while the four speakers at the back aim to deliver the best audio in the tablet world. Read more »

Amosu Couture unveils iPhone 4S color series, charges 1299 quid for it

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There’s no denying that the Apple iPhone 4 is one of the hottest looking pieces of technology around. However there are a couple of issues with its design – first, it’s almost two years old now so it’s getting a bit boring, and second, the phone sold in millions, so you can’t stand out much carrying it as too many people have it.

Well, here comes Amosu Couture with a solution for both of these problems. The company, which specializes in luxurious customizing of smartphones announced the iPhone 4S color series. Read more »

Samsung begins manufacturing of 80MB/s-capable microSD cards

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Over the past few years microSD card manufacturers have mostly focused on increasing the capacity, rather than improving the speed, but as mobile chipsets improve, things are obviously starting to change. Samsung just announced that it has begun mass production of its first UHS-I microSD cards, which should deliver a significant increase in performance, compared to their regular counterparts.

The new 16GB memory cards come with a 20nm 64Gb chip with toggle DDR 2.0 support and an advanced Samsung controller, which enables it to achieve a maximum read speed of up to 80MB/s. That’s a quadruple increase compared to its predecessors, but naturally you’d need an UHS-I compatible device to enjoy it. Read more »

Google announces Project Glass, lets you peek into the future

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File it in under unlikely to happen soon, but the Project Glass that Google just unveiled is one of the most exciting pieces of technology we have seen recently. Started by a group of Google employees, the project aims to make organizing your daily routines and sharing stuff with your friends as easier than it has even been.

Forget about using smartphones – all you need is a futuristic looking band on your head, your voice and Internet connectivity. We’ll let the following video do the rest of the talking as we don’t think words can do the promised experience justice. Read more »

Dropbox referral bonus doubled, maximum free storage upped to 16GB

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Don’t you just love competition? While Dropbox is still the most popular public cloud storage provider, the heat that it’s feeling from the competition (most notably the upcoming Google Drive) is forcing it to improve its service quite rapidly.

Today, the company announced it’s doubling the referral bonus and upping the maximum allowable free storage limit. From now on you’ll be getting half a gigabyte of extra free space for each of your friends that you manage to convince to start using Dropbox (note that they’ll get half a gig too) and you’ll be able to use those bonuses for obtaining up to 16GB of free storage. Read more »

Amazon Appstore hits version 2.3, fixes notification issue

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One of the most popular alternatives to the Google Play Store, the Amazon Appstore just got an update, bringing its version number to 2.3. Raising the initial download file size cap from 20MB to 50MB, the Amazon Appstore now matches what the original Android app repository has to offer.

Unfortunately, the Amazon store still has no support for secondary downloads – a feature which allows the Play Store to host apps up to 4GB in total size. On the other hand, the update finally solves the issue, where update notifications will pop up even if you have disabled the feature. Read more »

Google Chrome 18 released with extended GPU acceleration

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Google has just released a new version of its Chrome web browser, giving it some extra weapons in the battle for dominance of the browser market. Three and a half years after its initial release, Google Chrome hits version number 18 and brought further-reaching GPU-acceleration support and extended WebGL support.

Google Chrome 18 enables GPU-accelerated Canvas2D on Windows and Mac computers with a discrete GPU or an APU, which should lead to a dramatic performance improvement in some web applications. Gaming has been specifically mentioned, but all graphic-intensive web apps should feel better on the new Chrome browser. Read more »

Evernote for Android updated with speech-to-text and new widgets

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The extremely popular memo app, Evernote, just got a pretty major update in its Android reincarnation. Version 3.6 brings speech-to-text support a new theme and several new widgets, which should help it serve its role as an extension of your brain even better.

So from now on you will be able to dictate your notes, rather than create them with the on-screen keyboard. Naturally, voice notes are also supported, but there are times when you need to have the memo’s text, rather than just an audio file. Read more »

Nokia Panorama app for the N9 hits the Nokia Store

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Nokia delivered on its promise to release a panorama app for its N9 former flagship. The application is called Nokia Panorama and is already available as a free download in the MeeGo section of the Ovi Nokia store.

The Nokia Panorama application aims to produce smooth panoramic images by automatically capturing and processing input images into a panorama, directly on your Nokia N9. Your N9 needs to be running PR1.2 firmware for the app to work, though. Read more »