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Battery tests for Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 complete, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 is one of the few smartphones with IP67 rating – it combines simple durability and advanced functions, so it needs to prove its endurance both when trekking in the wilderness, but also when enjoying modern conveniences like browsing the web.

A 1,700mAh battery is on the low side of what we would have imagined for a phone that’s likely to spend a lot of time away from an electricity socket, but let’s see if the Xcover 2 can counter the limited capacity with efficiency. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Express enters our battery test gauntlet, comes through with flying colors

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Samsung’s just-released LTE-toting midranger, the Samsung Galaxy Express, is the company’s first dual-core Krait offering for the international market.

It not only offers LTE connectivity for emerging LTE markets in Europe and Asia, but also comes with a beefy 2000 mAh battery, which churns out some great performance when combined with the latest Android Jelly Bean. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 battery tests are done, results are inside

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The BlackBerry Z10 has serious ambitions to become the business phone, but there’s one major requirement – it should be able to last during long hours spent at the office or traveling between meetings.

With a 1,800mAh capacity the Z10 battery isn’t the biggest around, but it has an OS designed just for it at the moment (unlike Android that runs on many different devices with many different chipsets). Read more »

Smartphone king wanted: HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z vs Galaxy S III

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HTC One is now official and it’s maker is hoping it will be its best chance of reclaiming the smartphone throne yet. Armed with 4.7″ 1080p display of insane pixel density, a 1.7GHz quad-core Krait CPU and a build quality like that, the HTC One is certainly in the running for the smartphone of the season.

But competition might disagree and Sony in particular will be keen to point your attention in the direction of its own Xperia Z. So we decided to pit them against each other and see which one comes on top. The Samsung Galaxy S III joined the fun, too, to show how much smartphones have evolved for the better part of a year. Read more »

Sony Xperia E dual battery life test breakdown is here

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Our review of Sony Xperia E dual is done, so we took our time to do a proper battery test. The results are ready for you to check out.

The Xperia E dual us running on a dated single-core chipset and comes with a 3.5-inch HVGA display, but features dual-SIM functionality with dual stand-by support. The smartphone draws its power from a 1530 mAh battery. Read more »

HTC Butterfly lands in our office, check it out before the review ninjas take it away

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The HTC device which made a big name for itself by being the first with a 5″ 1080p screen from a major manufacturer has finally arrived in our office.

We were able to snap a few pictures and even get a quick video of the device in action before sending it off to reviewland, so join us for our first impressions of the HTC flagship and its FullHD screen. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z makes it to our headquarters, we film the first encounter

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It’s finally here, folks. The retail unit of Sony Xperia Z has just landed in our office and we are ready to give you our traditional unboxing and UI demo video.

The Xperia Z was announced at CES in Las Vegas last month and was undoubtedly the most interesting device at the event. It features a 5-inch 1080p display enhanced with Sony Mobile BRAVIA 2 engine. Read more »

Marshall Major Pitch Black headphones review

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There’s hardly any doubt that Marshall audio products have achieved cult status after decades of being the sound equipment of choice for legendary music artists of all genres. The company has also made an entry into the highly lucrative market for audio headphones with the Minor line of earbuds and the Major on-ear collection. Given Marshall’s reputation for quality, I barely hesitated when I got a chance to spend time with a pair of its on-ear creations.

The Marshall Major Pitch Black headphones are fairly affordable for the brand cachet they carry – a lot of major retailers sell them for under $100. Now, let’s find out if they are worth your hard-earned money. Read more »

‘Shapes & Sound: The Shape Shooter’ for Android game review

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It’s not often that we come across exclusive game titles for Android. The only other Android exclusive title we have reviewed so far was Puddle THD, which is in fact so exclusive that it only runs on NVIDIA Tegra devices.

Today we have for you the review of Shapes & Sound: The Shape Shooter, a new 2D action game available only on Android. The game looks interesting and seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback. So let’s see how good it really is. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 battery tests are done, results inside

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The Oppo Find 5 has ambitions of playing in the big leagues – it certainly did well enough during our review to be allowed entry. But high-end phones with their powerful chipsets and big screens can munch through a battery in record time.

Good thing it has a 2,500mAh battery – Motorola’s MAXX phones aside, most 5” or less phones have far less juice. The battery’s non-removable, too so it’d better be good. Read more »

Sony Xperia E dual pays us a visit, to stay for a review

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The Sony Xperia E dual is the next guest in the office ready to be taken through our usual review routine. But before the review is complete, as the tradition goes, we shot a short video to get you ready for what’s coming.

The Xperia E dual is the dual-SIM sibling of the Xperia E midranger. It is powered by a single-core 1GHz Cortex-A5 processor, the Adreno 200 for graphics and 512MB of RAM. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 arrives at our office, gives a presentation on the platform’s future

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The BlackBerry Z10 represents a major step forward for the company (formerly RIM, now just BlackBerry). We put it in front of our camera almost as soon as we pried it out of its box. We couldn’t help it but share with you the first glimpse of how well a touch-only BlackBerry of the new generation will handle, considering the unflattering response that the Storm and the Torch got.

One thing is immediately clear – the BlackBerry Z10 is far removed from the Storm, both in terms of hardware and in software. Read more »

‘Little Inferno’ for iPad game review

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Little Inferno made its public debut last year as one of the launch titles for the Nintendo Wii U. Made by the designers of the popular game World of Goo and Henry Hatsworth, the game was lauded for its unique gameplay and won many awards. After that it was released on Steam and has now made an appearance on the mobile platform with the iPad version.

There is a pyromaniac in every one of us and that’s whom the game is made for. You simply set fire to things in this game, and then do it in various combos to create bigger fires and earn more points. All of this is wrapped in a mysterious story that unfolds as the game progresses. Sounds interesting? Let’s find out more. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus battery life test results are in

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Yesterday we published our in-depth Galaxy S II Plus review and now is the time to share the details of its battery test with you.

The smartphone offers the same battery as its predecessor, but offers a more efficient chipset and a new Android release, which should lead to an improvement in its endurance. Read more »

Samsung Ativ Odyssey made a trip to our office, here is a hands-on

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For some reason, Samsung decided not to bring its Ativ S Windows Phone 8 flagship to the United States. Instead, the Korean giant released the Verizon Exclusive, LTE toting, and seriously pocketable Samsung Ativ Odyssey.

The Samsung Ativ Odyssey looks and feels a lot like a mini version of the Ativ S. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Read more »