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HTC Butterfly S poses for our camera before its full review

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The HTC Butterfly S, a refresh of the original HTC Butterfly (DROID DNA in the US) released this January, comes as yet another flagship from the Taiwanese company, this time in the 5-inch display range.

Apart from the larger display, the Butterfly S has a beefier processor than the HTC One, and a huge 3200 mAh battery. Read more »

V-Moda Crossfade M-100 over-ear headphones review

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The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 over-ear headphones are the company’s flagship offering at the moment. V-Moda has taken a unique approach with their development – over two hundred audiophiles, world-class DJs, and Grammy-winning musicians have collaborated on the M-100’s tuning and features.

Despite being around for less than ten years, V-Moda has firmly established itself as a premier designer and manufacturer of high-end headphones. A few months back, I came out impressed after spending quality time with the V-Moda Crossfade M-80 model. Read on to find out what it’s like having the bigger brother as a daily driver! Read more »

Oppo R819 battery test is over, here are the results

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The Oppo R819 is impressively thin at 7.3mm, but that didn’t come at the cost of the battery – 2,000mAh sounds good, when you consider other minis like the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini duos and the HTC Desire 600 dual sim both have about 1,900mAh batteries.

The chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A7 and PowerVR SGX544 should be very power efficient too, but it’s driving a 720p screen rather than qHD like on some other minis, that’s about 78% more pixels to draw. Read more »

Oppo R819 flies into our office, lands right in front of the camera

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The Oppo R819 was announced just hours ago and we’re ready to share our first impressions of the new dual-SIM Android. It’s impressively thin and light and the screen looks great too. But can the up-and-coming company challenge the established players?

Samsung and HTC both have dual-SIM versions of their flagships, but those are hard to find and expensive. In comparison the more affordable R819 aims for broader availability, while also offering a quad-core chipset and a good camera. Read more »

‘Plants vs. Zombies’ for iOS game review

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The original Plants vs. Zombies was an enormous success. Initially released on Windows and Mac back in 2009, the game was later ported to iOS next year and several other platforms over the years, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Android, Windows Phone and even BlackBerry 10. It is one of the most popular tower defense games and also one of the most popular mobile games of all time.

The sequel to this smash hit comes four years after the original. However, the late release is not the only thing the ‘It’s about time’ tagline is referring to. The game travels through various time periods and lets you play in different locations. The new game also features some brand new plants, zombies, gameplay mechanics and game modes. So what are we waiting for? Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »

‘Friday’ for Android app review

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It is always tough to keep a track of things that we do in our day to day lives. Our memory is not always helpful enough and we find it hard to remember what happened on a particular day, at a certain place or at a definite hour. That’s when ‘Friday’ for Android comes to the rescue. Today, we will take a look at the features of the app and how it can help make your life better.

With Friday, your memories are bound to last forever. The app works like a virtual brain and captures each and every event happening around you. Read more »

Motorola Moto X for AT&T unboxing and hands-on

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As the first smartphone developed from scratch during Google’s ownership of Motorola, the Moto X has generated a good deal of interest. The smartphone will begin landing on the store shelves in the United States next week, on August 23.

After previewing the handset, we’ve been spending quality time with a retail unit of the smartphone for AT&T. Hit the break for an unboxing and hands-on of the Moto X! Read more »

Huawei Ascend P6 battery life test completes, here is the full breakdown

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Our review of the Huawei Ascend P6 is almost done, but until it pops on our homepage why don’t you check out the smartphone’s battery test. Huawei did manage to make this the world’s slimmest smartphone, but did it come at the expense of battery life?

The Huawei Ascend P6 runs on a somewhat dated quad-core Cortex-A9 processor though Huawei says it did a lot to optimize its consumption. The low-power IPS display should be gentle on the 2000mAh battery as well, but we’ll have to see it to believe it. Read more »

The waterproof LG Optimus GJ battery life test completes, check out the scores

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The LG Optimus GJ is a rare midrange smartphone offering that also features IP-certified water resistance. It’s based on LG’s famous Optimus G flagship with a new watertight chassis and a beefier battery.

The Optimus GJ lacks some of the connectivity antennas found on the G, like NFC and LTE, and with the larger battery should have the edge over its flagship predecessor. Read more »

HTC Desire 600 dual sim battery life test finishes, results inside

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Carrying premium design features is always welcome for any dual-SIM smartphone out there, but the HTC Desire 600 dual sim isn’t just for show. Its main purpose is to be available when needed especially considering its call for double duty.

At first glance the dual-SIM droid from HTC doesn’t seem likely to impress here, as it packs a relatively modest 1860mAh battery. Hopefully, HTC has done the necessary Android and Sense 5 UI optimizations to make the most out of the available juice. Read more »

World’s thinnest smartphone visits HQ, watch the Huawei Ascend P6 star in a hands-on

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Huawei Ascend P6 is widely advertised as the world’s slimmest smartphone to date. Indeed there is no thinner smartphone in our database so far and we just had to see it live. And here it is – the Ascend P6 knocking on our office doors.

Huawei Ascend P6 is powered by company’s home-brewed chipset – the K3V2 – featuring a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 processor, a 16-core unnamed graphics unit and 2GB of RAM. We’ve already met this configuration within the Ascend Mate phablet and we know it performs very well on a 720p screen. Read more »

‘Pivvot’ for iOS game review

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Pivvot is a brand new game for iOS from developer Whitaker Trebella. The game focuses on minimal interaction with dead simple controls and delivers the complications through some seriously challenging gameplay. Add to that minimal visuals and a funky soundtrack and we may have a recipe for success. Let’s see how the game is in practice.

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Here goes the LG G2 in some hands-on video action

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Today at the LG G2 launch event, we captured a rather lengthy video detailing the key features of the newly announced smartphone. The list is long and quite impressive.

The video kicks off with a look at the hardware design of the LG G2, followed by walkthrough of the UI highlights. Read more »

LG charges the Android hill: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

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LG is storming the Android hill once again with its latest flagship smartphone, the G2. Dropping the Optimus moniker doesn’t mean the company is skimping on features. Powered by the mighty Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, the LG G2 simply blows the competition out of the water in terms of processing prowess.

However, does it manage to keep the same sort of performance going in the other departments? That’s what we are going to see right here in one of our traditional comparison tables. We’ve put the LG G2 against the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One to if G2 does indeed fall short somewhere or if it will produce a clean sweep. Read more »

Element Case Atom and Eclipse cases for Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on

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The California-based designer and manufacturer of smartphone and tablet accessories Element Case recently released a duo of premium covers for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Dubbed Atom and Eclipse, the cases feature quality materials and a Sound Boost System which notably improves the multimedia experience delivered by the Korean smartphone flagship.

With a primary focus on Apple smartphones, Element Case has established a reputation for making some of the highest quality protective cases money can buy, using only premium materials such as metal, carbon fiber, and wood. Read on to find out about the company’s latest Samsung Galaxy S4 offerings! Read more »