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Alcatel Idol X+ hands-on

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Alcatel has slowly been building momentum in the midrange segment, and has accrued quite a following in emerging markets, particularly in South America.

Its latest Alcatel Idol X+ offering is an update to its flagship Idol smartphone, this time with a “true” octa-core processor from Mediatek that also comes with a boost to its battery, but still manages to retain the same slick design at a competitive price point. Read more »

LG G2 mini hands-on

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The second-generation LG G family of smartphones is now complete with the launch of the G2 mini. The phone keeps the familiar design characteristics of the G2, which includes the rear-mounted controls as well as extra thin bezels.

The LG G2 mini packs a 4.7″ IPS LCD display, which LG claims takes 71% of the phone’s surface. Unfortunately, it’s only qHD resolution, which results in a pixel density of 234 ppi leaving it behind its 720p rivals. Read more »

‘Hitman GO’ for iOS game review

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Hitman GO is a brand new game for the iOS platform that shares almost nothing with the other Hitman games. Whereas the Hitman games have traditionally been third person action games with a focus on stealth but with this latest mobile release, developer Square Enix has decided to go with a whole new style of gameplay with turn based puzzles in a scale-model style visuals.

Let’s see what that is like. Read more »

Nokia XL hands-on

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Another member of the Nokia X family decided to pay our office a visit. The Nokia XL is the largest Android-powered member of the recently announced X-family of phones. Think of it as a grown-up Nokia X, as it packs a 5″ IPS LCD display of the same WVGA resolution as its smaller brother.

The Nokia XL features the same build materials and design as its smaller brother, but it’s notably heavier as you could expect. It weighs the rather hard to bare 190 grams and gives an almost tank-like impression. It really takes away portability points, though. Read more »

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual benchmarks

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Sony announced its Xperia T2 Ultra in January and the phablet was designed specifically for Asian and African markets where the big screen smartphones are all the rage. We took the 6-inch device for a benchmark spin and stacked it up against some of its competition.

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor along with 1 GB of RAM. The specifications of the phablet are quite decent for the mid-range, but has the company managed to get the most out of it? Let’s find out! Read more »

‘Impossible Road’ for iOS and Android game review

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Impossible Road is a very minimal arcade game with really tough gameplay, similar to games like Super Hexagon, Flappy Bird and Pivvot, that are easy to play but ridiculously hard to master. The game was released on iOS last year and received a positive response from gamers.

The developers have now released the game on Android so we thought we’ll finally take it for a spin and see how it plays. Read more »

Nokia X dual-SIM battery life test

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You’ve probably noticed our in-depth review of the dual-SIM Nokia X is now live on our homepage. Now it is time to share with you the full battery benchmarks breakdown to see for yourself how the Nokia X stacks against the competition.

Nokia X is running on a very-low powered Snapdragon S4 Play chipset with a dual-core Cortex-A5 processor, but it comes with a rather modest by today’s standards 1,500 mAh battery. We didn’t expect some impressive battery performance not just because of the small battery, but also because the dual-SIM connectivity and the 4″ screen display that needs to be lit up. Read more »

Qualcomm, LG and Airtel join forces to bring LTE experience in India

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While many countries across the globe are enjoying the latest standard for wireless communication, the huge market that is India is struggling to keep up the pace with current technology. The lack of LTE enabled smartphones along with the high cost for deploying the next-generation networks has kept the country stuck on 3G.

Now, two of the biggest names in the tech industry – Qualcomm and LG have joined forces to bring the fourth generation mobile telecommunications technology experience to the consumers in the sub-continent. Read more »

Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones review

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The Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones are the company’s most fashionable personal audio product at the moment. The headset brings the head-turning looks of the Sennheiser Momentum headphones in a more compact form factor, coupled with a lower price tag.

Founded in Germany in 1945, Sennheiser is one of the most revered audio equipment brands in the business today. The company’s vast product range covers everything from budget-friendly earbuds, through high-resolution digital recording microphones, all the way to integrated audio systems for use in conferences and conventions. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is bound to become one of the hottest selling handsets and so it must undergo heavy scrutiny. Battery life is an everyday worry, especially with bigger screens and faster chipsets.

The Galaxy S5 screen isn’t much bigger than that of its processor (5.1″ vs. 5″), but it is brighter. The Snapdragon 801 chipset should also offer a big performance boost over the Snapdragon 600 of last year. Read more »

Sony MDR-10RBT wireless over-ear Bluetooth headphones review

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The Sony MDR-10RBT are Sony’s mid-range wireless Bluetooth headphones. Although they lack the noise cancelling feature from some of Sony’s more expensive models, they do include some niceties such as NFC connectivity and aptX support, not to mention a friendlier price.

We decided to give them a try and see what they sound like. Read more »

Nokia X synthetic benchmarks

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Here is another teaser for our upcoming Nokia X review – benchmark scores! We were able to make some tests shortly after the Nokia X was announced on the MWC in Barcelona, but this time around we can finally run all benchmarks on a retail-ready unit.

The Nokia X is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A5 processor coupled with half a gig RAM, which should be barely enough to run a standard Android Jelly Bean version. Luckily Nokia has done some great work optimizing the Android OS and its proprietary launcher, so the final OS is relatively smooth and snappy, with almost no visible lag. The apps from the Nokia Store run great too. Read more »

‘Monument Valley’ for iPad game review

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Monument Valley is a brand new game for the iPad designed around the concept of impossible objects. The game combines beautiful visuals, soothing music and clever and challenging puzzles based on manipulating the environments and your perspective of them.

We have been playing the game on the iPad for some time now and these are our thoughts. Read more »

Nokia X camera samples

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Nokia X has entered our review queue. We’ve already gave it some hands-on treatment in front of our camera. And while we are still working on our review, we’ve decided to give you a glimpse of its imaging capabilities.

Nokia X features a 3.15 MP fixed-focus (or as Nokia loves to call it full focus) camera. It is capable of capturing CIF videos at 30 fps plus 180-degree panorama shots at 2500×500 resolution. Read more »

Nokia X unboxing and hands-on video

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This is not a joke! Nokia X has just arrived at HQ and joined our review queue. The Finns’ first Android-based handset running on the so-called Nokia X Software Platform is quite interesting indeed, so naturally we gave it our traditional hands-on treatment.

Nokia X platform is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Microsoft services in its core replacing Google’s, plus a proprietary lightweight and Asha-like launcher. Read more »