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Nokia puts its phones through grueling tests, brags about it on video

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Over time Nokia phones have built up a reputation of being indestructible and Nokia reminds us of this with a cool video with pleasant music that describes the decidedly unpleasant process a phone has to go though.

“If testing shows a phone can be better, it’s back to the drawing board,” says the video. Here’s what testing includes. Read more »

Leaked battery pack for Nokia Lumia 1020 adds 1020mAh, tripod mount and better grip

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 / 909 / EOS (there are competing reports of what it will actually be the final name) will launch on July 11 and go on sale as soon as August (or even this month) and now we’re even starting to see accessory leaks.

The first to leak is a battery pack that adds another 1,020mAh of juice, an extra 35% according to Izestia.ru. That would put the Lumia 1020 battery at around 2,900mAh as well as provide a very comfortable grip that will improve the EOS handling as a camera. Read more »

Barnes & Noble and Amazon cut the prices Nook and Fire tablets in the US and the UK

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Barnes & Noble recently cut the prices of its Nook HD tablets in the UK, but the price cuts now got extended to the US too and Amazon is fighting back with price cuts of its own Fire HD tablets (again both in the UK and in the US).

In the US the 7″ B&N Nook HD costs $129 for the 8GB version and $149 for the 16GB version. In the UK the prices are £99 and £129 respectively. Read more »

Early HTC Butterfly S benchmarks show it beats HTC One, trades blows with Samsung Galaxy S4

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Early benchmarks for the HTC Butterfly S are in and unsurprisingly it muscles the HTC One out of the way. It gives other flagships a run for their money too, topping several benchmarks and coming close to the top in the rest. And this is with early, unfinished software too.

The Butterfly S packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with four Krait 300 CPU cores clocked at 1.9GHz, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Those are the same specs as the Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 and better than the HTC One (same chipset, but CPU is at 1.7GHz, GPU is probably clocked lower too). Read more »

Nokia videos tell of the company’s innovations in mobile phone imaging

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Nokia has a long history of bringing innovative camera tech to the mobile phone market and it has prepared several videos celebrating that. Part of their success is due to its exclusive collaboration with Carl Zeiss (now just ZEISS), which is famous for precision instruments – Zeiss optics have won three technical Oscars according to one of the clips.

Nokia also pioneered the Optical Image Stabilization in mobile phones, which is the subject of another video. Read more »

Galaxy S4 consumer guide has the answers for the 140 most common questions

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Have an issue with your Samsung Galaxy S4? Samsung’s Consumer consultant guide is here to help with answers to 140 common questions.

The guide is split into two parts – the first troubleshoots issues with some of the advanced features of the Galaxy S4 (like teaching you to use Smart scroll properly), the second handles issues like Wi-Fi connection problems, failed updates and so on. Read more »

Nokia sends out invites for #ZoomParty, teases low-light imaging prowess of the Lumia 1020

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Nokia is planning a “Zoom, Reinvented” event for July 11, which will start 11AM in New York. The fun will start after dark though – a new invite has been sent out for the #ZoomParty, which starts at 7:30PM.

The party bears a new tagline too, “Zoom. Reinvented, after dark.” This is all in preparation for the Nokia Lumia 1020 / EOS launch. Read more »

B&N cuts Nook HD and HD+ prices in UK, e-Ink readers discounted too

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London mayor Boris Johnson, Barnes & Noble and Evening Standard are organizing the Get Reading festival, which will be held in Trafalgar Square on June 13. To get you ready, B&N cut the prices of its Android-powered (with full Play Store access) Nook HD and HD+ tablets to £99 and £149 respectively.

If you prefer e-Ink, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight (what a name, huh?) is currently at £69 (down from £109). The non-GlowLight model can be found for £29 here or here (a few other places too). Read more »

Xperia Honami camera app ported to Xperia Z, ZL and Tablet Z, brings manual settings and AR features

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The Sony Xperia Honami is expected to be Sony’s foray back into the cameraphone business and leaked software gives us a peek of what to expect. XDA-Developers member krabappel2548 has ported the camera app to the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z.

The Sony Xperia Honami is expected to run on a Snapdragon 800 chipset and pack a 20MP camera that shoots 4K video, but the lesser sensors didn’t prevent the current crop of Xperia devices from running its camera software. Read more »

Nokia and HTC grab IDEA Gold awards for their WP8 handsets

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The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) recognized a number of gadgets from the mobile world for pushing design forward. Nokia nabbed two Gold awards, HTC got one and so did the emergency SpareOne phone (that works on a single AA battery).

Nokia scored two gold awards, one for its Lumia range – specifically the Lumia 920, 820 and 620, the first batch of Nokia’s second-gen Lumias – and one for its overall colors and materials strategy. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active battery life tests are done, results inside

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a the water resistant version of the regular S4 and just like it has a Snapdragon 600 chipset with the four Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.9GHz and a 2,600mAh battery.

But the two differ on one key factor for the battery test – the screen. AMOLED and LCDs both have their strengths and weaknesses, so let’s see which one does better when you draw the line. Read more »

Good news for smartwatches: apps can read and dismiss notifications in Android 4.3

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An Android 4.3 build for the Samsung Galaxy S4 leaked a few days ago and it was found to contain some hidden enhancements that point the way to some new features in the future. They have to do with notifications.

The first is a Notifications screen, which acts as history of all your recent notifications, even the ones you’ve dismissed (those are the grayed out ones, the others are notifications still visible in the notification area). Read more »

Nokia Lumia 925 ad looks virtually identical to the Lumia 928 promo

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Nokia put out a new ad for the Lumia 925 in the UK and it looks very, very similar to the Lumia 928 ad we saw some time ago. Seriously, it includes most of the same shots, even though the phones aren’t exactly identical.

Both phones boast great low-light photography thanks to their Optical Image Stabilization and optimized sensors. Still, the 928 has xenon flash, which the Lumia 925 does not. Read more »

Wireless Charging Plate can charge both your Lumia and your toothbrush

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Wireless charging is slowly gaining traction with smartphone makers. But here’s an unexpected use – it can also help with your dental hygiene.

No, really – inquisitive Reddit user el_n00bo_loco decided to put his electric toothbrush on top of a Nokia Wireless Charging Plate (like the one we reviewed the other day). Read more »

Nokia puts 200 Lumia 820 units together to make an impressive video wall

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Nokia may have just snatched a Guinness record away from Sony – for the video wall made up of most smartphones. Using 200 Nokia Lumia 820 phones, Nokia Developer Champion Rudy Huyn created the installation and showcased it at the Microsoft BUILD conference. Sony’s wall was made up of 196 Xperia ZL phones.

The phones were arranged in 8 rows of 25 phones and were all controlled from a single Lumia phone. Together, they showed an animated display of live tiles for a selection of Windows Phone apps and also an interactive map with Bing Maps. Read more »