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Oppo N1 running CyanogenMod 10.2 hands-on

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The Oppo N1 is the first smartphone offered with CyanogenMod out of the box. It’s a great milestone for the CyanogenMod team and we have installed the custom Android ROM on the N1 to see what the experience is like.

Currently, the CyanogenMod 10.2 version is available for the N1, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. However, Oppo and the CyanogenMod team promise that version 11 will be out soon. Read more »

‘Tomb Raider I’ for iOS game review

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The original Tomb Raider game was a milestone in the world of gaming. You could say it singlehandedly created the third person action, adventure genre and made it what it is today. Even today, it remains a benchmark in terms of level design and masterfully combining action, platforming and puzzle solving elements all in one game.

Seventeen years after the original game debuted on the PC and consoles, Eidos (now Square Enix Inc) has ported the game over to iOS. The mobile version features the complete first game, along with the extra levels found in the 1998 re-release, Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business. Let’s see how good this port is. Read more »

‘Cut the Rope 2′ for iOS game review

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The original Cut the Rope is one of the all time great games on the mobile platform. Featuring simple yet challenging gameplay and lovable animation, the game won many hearts around the world and ended up being downloaded millions of times on various platforms.

Now, after releasing several variations of the original game, ZeptoLab has released a true successor in the form of Cut the Rope 2. With new characters, new gameplay mechanics and updated visuals, Cut the Rope 2 seems ready to reinvent the game. Let’s see how well it manages to achieve that. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1 Matchday 4 final scores

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Round 1 of the Smartphone Champions League is now complete and we now know what smartphones will be taking part in the Round of 16.

The last matchday of the first round turned out to be pretty uneventful with all handsets that managed to secure an early lead holding on to it until the end. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1, Matchday 4

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The last four Round 1 games in the Smartphone Champions League are starting today and we’ll get to learn the names of the final four participants in the Round of 16. You can check out the results from Matchday 3 to see the smartphones which already qualified.

We’ve got five manufacturers in action today – Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Samsung and Apple are all in the mix. You probably already know this at this stage, but in case anyone missed it we should note that the draws are only based on popularity in our database, so some strangely matched pairs are bound to clash. Now let’s see who’s facing who in the third day of the Champions League. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1520 battery life test

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Our review of Nokia Lumia 1520 is ready, and now so is the phablet’s battery life test. We already gave you a peak of the phablet’s impressive scores and now is time for the full breakdown.

Lumia 1520′s battery has admirable capacity of 3,400mAh, but the device also comes with a massive 6″ display to light up. Previous Lumia encounters have shown Windows Phone 8 to be a mixed bag when it comes to effeciency, but this is a completely new version we are having here. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 3 final scores

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The third matchday in our Smartphone Champions League is now complete and the Round of 16 bracket is three quarters complete.

Games turned out to be pretty one-sided affairs this time around with no comeback stories worth writing about occurring. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League Round 1, Matchday 3

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Our Smartphone Champions League is in full swing and it’s time for Matchday 3. You can check out the results from Matchday 2, which turned to be was a real nail-biter.

Anyway, let the battles in Matchday 3 commence. Today, we have some equally interesting matches, which are well worthy your attention and participation. Mind you, the draws are only based on popularity in our database, so some strangely matched pair are bound to clash. Now let’s see who’s facing who in the third day of the Champions League. Read more »

Jolla hands-on

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Finland-based Jolla’s quest as the self-proclaimed savior of MeeGo took a significant step closer to reality with the release of its Jolla smartphone.

The Sailfish-powered smartphone makes its way in front of our camera with the hopes of providing something different amidst a sea of Android and Windows Phone handsets. Join us as we take a closer look at what it brings to the table. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 2 final scores

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The second batch of games in our Smartphone Champions League are now over and we now get to learn the names yet another 4 participants to the Round of 16.

We got even more surprises this time around, with 2 of the 4 unseeded handsets progressing at the expense of their initially more popular rivals. This comes to show that sheer numbers don’t count for much here, when they are not backed up by enough loyalty. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 2

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The Matchday 1 of our Smartphones Champions League is now over and it’s time for Matchday 2. We have another batch of four games for you to vote on.

Today the four games of our tournament see the LG G2 vs.HTC One, Nokia Lumia 520 vs. LG Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z vs Sony Xperia L and the Samsung Galaxy S DUOS vs the Nokia Asha 501. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 1 final scores

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The first four games of our Smartphone Champions League are now over and we now get to learn the names of the first 4 Round 2 participants.

The first four games produced the first major upset with the unseeded Nokia Lumia 1020 knocking out the odds-on favorite Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This was by far the most interesting game of the day, scoring over 40,000 votes. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 1

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The first eight contenders in the first edition of our Smartphone Champions League are ready to go head to head. You can read the rules for the tournament here, where you’ll also find the full tournament bracket and more information on the competition.

Round 1 of the tournament sees the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5, Google Nexus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Nokia Lumia 625. Read more »

Announcing the GSMArena Smartphone Champions League

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GSMArena.com has a current rankings page that sorts phones by the daily interest in them from our readers. We use that to keep our finger on the pulse of what’s popular, but it can be useful to our readers too. But the daily rankings shift quickly as a new popular phone is launched and at the same time slowly as old popular phones take quite a while to go down the ladder.

This is why we decided to launch the Smartphone Champions League – a knockout tournament to determine which phone you, our beloved readers, like the best. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Go!’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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After teasing the game a few months back and doing a soft launch in New Zealand, Rovio finally launched Angry Birds Go! internationally across all major mobile platforms. Angry Birds Go! is the first 3D Angry Birds game and features go-kart racing along the lines of Mario Kart and Sonic Racing.

Rovio certainly has a popular franchise on its hands. Let’s see if it can successfully shoehorn it in a completely different genre the way Nintendo and SEGA did. Read more »