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Nokia 808 PureView snaps its way into the office, we get shutter-happy

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It’s been a hard wait since February when the Nokia 808 PureView was announced at the MWC, but now the monster cameraphone that grabbed everyone’s attention has finally arrived in our office.

Yes, the 41MP sensor-touting behemoth is here and it’s ready to blow your mind away. We are already working on its detailed review, but until it is complete, we thought you might want to check out a quick video of the smartphone in action, garnished with our first impressions. Read more »

We take Nokia 808 PureView for a walk, camera and video samples await you inside

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If you are following our Facebook page (and if you aren’t, you really should), you probably already know the Nokia 808 PureView is finally in our hands. And you can bet we didn’t waste any time and started putting the mammoth 41MP sensor through its paces.

Thankfully, the weather today was gorgeous and the 808 PureView could really flex its muscles. We began by shooting a quick video with the PureView to see how good that 1080p footage is. Read more »

Video stabilization tested: Samsung Galaxy S III vs. HTC One X

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Real-time video stabilization is available on both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. We already did a comprehensive shootout between those two, but we thought you might find it interesting how they fare in this particular challenge.

Both phones have 1080p-capable 8MP cameras and quad-core processors, but their video-recording capabilities are not exactly the same. Read more »

Sony Xperia P battery life gets tested, 1305mAh found lacking by WhiteMagic screen

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The Sony Xperia P packs a special screen with WhiteMagic technology, which promises a lot of power-saving – up to 50% Sony says. But the other variable we need to consider here is the battery – and its meager 1305mAh capacity.

So, the screen may seem well suited to display web sites (which are predominantly white) with its white subpixels, but the battery is smaller than the one on a Samsung Galaxy S, which came out two years ago with a similarly-sized screen and a single core chipset. Read more »

Sony Xperia U pays our office a visit, turns it into a disco club

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Numerous smartphones go through our office each week, but rarely does one of them leave as good a first impression as the Sony Xperia U.

Its price tag suggests that the Xperia U is an entry-level smartphone, but its powerful chipset makes sure performance is as good as on the high-end Xperia S. Now add the cool design with the interchangeable bottom caps and the color-changing transparent stripe and you get what is undoubtedly one of Sony best efforts this year. Read more »

LG Optimus L7 joins the review queue, the hands-on video awaits you

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It’s been over three months since the LG Optimus L7 was announced back at the MWC. The mid-ranger promised to bring some high-end features at an affordable price and we are here to check if it delivers.

After we finally got to welcome the Optimus L7 to our office, we were surprised to see how good it actually turned out to be. Read more »

Sony Xperia P struts its aluminum unibody in front of our camera, enchants with its WhiteMagic screen

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It’s an Xperia party in our office we welcome Mr. P on stage – a sharp-witted, aluminum clad gentleman. He’s a bit of a magician too, promising to show us WhiteMagic if we look at its screen closely enough.

The Sony Xperia P has an aluminum unibody design styled after the NXT series design with an illuminated transparent strip. The other thing on the outside – the 4″ qHD Reality display – also makes it unique among Sony’s current offerings as it contains a fourth white subpixel. Read more »

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 Focus 2 came by to show us its LTE credentials

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The arrival of the AT&T exclusive, LTE enabled Samsung Focus 2 to the market is hardly a surprise, given the fact that the competition on the US market is already sporting LTE connectivity. However, in order to avoid clashing with the likes of the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II, the Korean creation undercuts both in terms of price and specs.

The Samsung Focus 2 (unsurprisingly) features a single-core, Scorpion CPU, clocked at 1.4GHz, and Adreno 205 GPU. Read more »

Which virtual personal assistant is best for you? Siri vs. S Voice vs. Speaktoit Assistant

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Traditionally, personal assistants are for the wealthy with their lack of time for trivial chores. But with the introduction of Siri on the iPhone 4S everyone could suddenly have a personal butler to boss around. Shortly afterwards, a plethora of Android variations followed, giving users choice as wide as the Moon.

The latest one of the bunch is called S Voice. It is a love child of Samsung’s hate towards Apple and desire to pack as many features as possible in the Galaxy S III. It’s only logical then to see which one will serve you best – Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s S Voice or the third-party Speaktoit Assistant for Android. Read more »

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III battery life test concludes, results come out promising

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We’re done testing the battery endurance of the new Samsung flagship and we are ready to share the results with you. The I9300 Galaxy S III has a huge 2100 mAh battery, but its 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED still causes concern.

It was also interesting to see how the new-generation Exynos 4212 Quad chipset fared. It has no companion core to handle less demanding tasks, but all of its four Cortex-A9 cores are built on a 32nm process, so they should be pretty efficient. Read more »

HTC EVO 4G LTE dropped by, here’s the video

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HTC EVO 4G LTE is the latest product of the partnership between Sprint Wireless and HTC. Like its predecessors, the smartphone aims to tick all the boxes in term of both hardware and software features. The latest EVO is also bound to take the role of a flagship for Sprint’s brand new and quickly developing LTE network.

A quick look at the spec sheet of the HTC EVO 4G LTE should be more than enough to reveal the handset’s close relation to the HTC One X for AT&T. Read more »

HTC One X for AT&T stopped by for a review, here goes the hands-on

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In order to get along with AT&T’s LTE network the HTC One X has lost two CPU cores, compared to its global sibling. Naturally, we were curious to find out if a change of personality has resulted from this fact.

The AT&T exclusive HTC One X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with two Krait CPU cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III lands in our office for a hands-on

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The brightest star in the Samsung universe has landed in the office to get our regular hands-on treatment. The Samsung Galaxy S III is currently riding the hype wave as the most anticipated Android phone, and for a good reason.

Inheriting the burden of being one of the best Android phones around from its predecessor, the Galaxy S III has everything it needs to be on top of everything else. Let’s dive right in at what exactly that is. Read more »