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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 »

HTC One S for T-Mobile hands-on

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The Big Magenta exclusive HTC One S is currently the top dog in the wireless carrier’s smartphone lineup. We did get a chance to spend some quality time with the device, so here go some impressions for you.

Hardware wise, there is practically no difference between the T-Mobile flavored HTC One S and its global version, save for the former’s support for T-Mobile’s superb 42Mbps HSDPA network. Read more »

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III hands-on and S Beam demo videos are here

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After we were done shooting the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III from every possible angle, testing its chipset’s computing prowess and examining its HD screen, we finally found time to capture a couple of videos of the newly announced smartphone.

After all, synthetic benchmarks do not necessarily reflect real life performance, so we thought you might want to see how smooth the Galaxy S III actually is. We took a brief tour around its user interface and we tested its NFC-based S Beam feature. Read more »

We take a closer look of at the Samsung Galaxy S III PenTile matrix display

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One of the big mysteries ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S III announcement was about its screen – will Samsung use a SuperAMOLED HD display similar to the one on the Galaxy Nexus or go the SuperAMOLED Plus route like the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

We got close enough to the S III to snap a macro shot, which quickly revealed that Samsung has chosen a PenTile matrix for its flagship droid. Read more »

Beast wars: Samsung Galaxy S III takes on the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus

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Eager to continue the success of the Galaxy S II, Samsung has loaded its successor, the Galaxy S III, with everything latest and greatest in the mobile world.

But to get on the smartphone throne the new Samsung flagship will need to outdo the current kings of the hill – the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. All of them have HD screens and run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and they are all after your hard-earned cash. Here’s how they stack up. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 battery test finishes, results come out impressive

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The battery test of the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 is done – it took some time, but the Y Duos is quite different from most other phones we’ve tested, both because it’s a dual-SIM phone and because it’s a fairly low-end Android.

We couldn’t run the video battery test as our standard test videos just wouldn’t work and a lower-res video wouldn’t make for a fair comparison. We doubt many people will be interested in watching a movie on a 3.14″ QVGA screen anyway. Read more »

HTC Titan II battery test is over, check out how it did

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There is a general consensus by now, that LTE connectivity and long battery life don’t mesh well together. Therefore, we were a bit skeptical when we started testing the endurance of the HTC Titan II. After all, the smartphone has a fairly modest 1730mAh battery, which, not only needs to cover for the LTE radio, but also has a massive 4.7″ screen to light up.

We kicked things off with a look at the talk time of the imposing smartphone. Read more »

HTC One X battery test concludes, the results are inside

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So here we are at the end of the HTC One X battery test and we are ready to share the results with you. If you wonder how efficient that Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 architecture is and whether the companion core makes up for the four power-hungry ones, here is the place to find out.

The HTC One X bright 4.7″ HD LCD is certainly hard to feed, but you can’t blame the huge 1800 mAh power pack for lack of trying. Read more »

Reading the fine print on what rights Google, Microsoft and Dropbox have on your files [EDITORIAL]

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Yesterday Google launched its Drive cloud service allowing you to upload virtually anything and have it synced across multiple devices. Sounds great and bringing a bit more competition to the mix has never hurt anyone.

But what happens once you store there that music piece you’ve been working on for so long? Or the concept art for that cool project at work? Do you still remain its owner and what do you allow the cloud storage provider to do with it? Google, Microsoft and Dropbox have different approaches how they handle the legal part of things and it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Read more »

We’re done testing the HTC One V battery life, here are the results

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The HTC One V just completed its final lap in our battery test course and we’re ready to share how the most affordable member of the One family did. It has a relatively small LCD screen and a single CPU core, so its 1500mAh battery should last longer than the slightly larger battery in the One S, which has a bigger AMOLED screen and two CPU cores to feed.

HTC haven’t listed any official battery life numbers on their site, so this is our first look at how long the One V lasts on a daily basis. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 does a short interview in front of our camera

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 doubles on a lot of the specs of its predecessor. For instance, the CPU has an extra core, there is a second camera on board, more than twice the number of pixels on a bigger screen, along with extra RAM, built-in storage and so on.

The Ace 2 dropped by our office and while it can’t stay long, we’ll have enough time for a preview (it’s a pre-production unit anyway). But first things first, it’s time for a quick hands-on video. Read more »