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Google Nexus 7 takes on the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

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The Google Nexus 7 tablet is finally official and it’s time to see if it can do the job it’s meant for – be a real-world alternative to the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

The Android tablet manufacturers (except for Asus and its Transformer prime) learned the hard way that their tablets need to be as affordable as possible to gain some traction. Amazon led the way pricing its Kindle Fire at $199 and made a huge impact, but eight months later there has only been one slate to come close to its price point, while still offering decent hardware – the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Read more »

LG Optimus Vu drops by our office, brings its stylus with it

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The phablet market came as a bit of a surprise – no one expected the Note to sell as well as it did. Now that the class gained traction, though, the LG Optimus Vu, has big dreams for its future.

It sets itself apart with L-series styling, a 4:3 screen and comes with a nice, easy to handle stylus in the box. Read more »

Editorial: A few thoughts on Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft officially pulled the curtain on Windows Phone 8 at yesterday’s Windows Phone Summit and we see promise of exciting times for the industry.

While it’s temptingly easy to pass verdicts before we’ve actually seen any real WP8-rocking hardware, here go a few of my thoughts on the announcements. Read more »

We go hands-on with the Huawei Ascend P1, have a quick look at its features

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We say welcome to the Huawei Ascend P1. While it gets ready to step in front of our camera, let’s go over the basics. The Ascend P1 is an Ice Cream Sandwich droid, with a dual-core processor, a 4.3″ Super AMOLED screen and a 8MP camera.

The Ascend P1 has an attractive, distinctive design and takes care to get most things right. Read more »

Nokia 808 PureView vs Olympus E-PL2 vs Canon 5D Mark III vs Apple iPhone 4S: 38MP shootout

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After seeing the Nokia 808 PureView ace our blind test and comfortably beat even a Micro Four Thirds camera, many of you wanted to see how its 41MP sensor does against higher res cameras. We now suggest you take a comfortable seat and get ready to find the answer.

This time we used the full resolution mode on Nokia 808 PureView, which is the only one that shows the true capabilities of the monster sensor. We shot the same image with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is our workhorse DSLR, the Olympus E-PL2 large-sensor interchangeable lens camera, which was soundly trashed in the blind test and the Apple iPhone 4S, which should serve as a reference for the improvement the Nokia 808 brings to the smartphone world. Read more »

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 »