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BlackBerry Bold 9780 dares come to our office, we do a hands-on video

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We just got a retail unit of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and you can bet we’ll be doing a full review of the thing. The BlackBerry OS 6 running smartphone is only the second RIM-made device that comes with a 5 megapixel shooter.

With a thing like that as its key feature you can tell that the Bold 9780 is hardly the most feature-stuffed handset around. Yet, much like its Bold 9700 predecessor the interest it generates is tremendous. Read more »

Unboxing the Motorola MILESTONE 2, texting and SNS are in its blood

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Time for another unboxing – on today’s menu is the Motorola MILESTONE 2, or DROID 2 as it’s called States-side. The Motorola messenger kept a lot of the highlights of the original, while updating much of the features. Here’s what we found in the box…

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Samsung I9010 Galaxy S Giorgio Armani blesses our office with its presence, the hands-on video is inside

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We are pleased to welcome a real celebrity in our office. The Samsung I9010 Galaxy S Giorgio Armani is the seemingly perfect blend of smartphone muscle and high-end looks.

Carrying the Armani logo and combining the 1GHz processing power of the Cortex A8 CPU with the fastest growing operating system and the gorgeous 4” Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S Giorgio Armani is a handset that simply cannot go unnoticed.

We are already hard at work on the full review, but until it is complete here’s a quick video and some live shots to whet your appetite. Read more »

Here is what NVIDIA Tegra 2 can do for you

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I bet you’ve seen the NVIDIA Tegra 2 moniker been thrown all over the place these days. CES 2011 is over now and we saw a slew of smartphones, tablets and whatnot’s powered by Nvidia’s latest and greatest mobile platform. So what’s all the fuss about it and how high should you place your expectations for your next dual-core smartphone?

Tegra 2 chips

It sure sounds like the next best thing in the business and we’re more than happy to serve your curiosity by delving deeper into what stands behind this label up there.
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Here is my list of the best iOS games of 2010, signed and sealed

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I’m sure you don’t need to hear about mobile gaming evolution over the last few years once again. The Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS pocket consoles have millions of fans and some really good titles, but mobile phones, and especially the iOS devices, keep threatening their existence. Every new iDevice eats deeper and deeper into their sales.

The introduction of the iPhone 4 and the Apple iPad this year marked a turning point in the iOS evolution. Thanks to the superior hardware of these devices – proper processing power and high resolution – we can now play mobile games we’ve only dreamt of before.

The Apple gadgets don’t have the means to be a game changer (pun intended), but they are preferred by millions of users and the AppStore gaming demand grows by the day. This, of course, brought us lots of quality game titles in 2010.

Here are the games that deserved my money and might easily get yours.

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The Top 10 video games to watch out for in 2011

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It’s that time of the year that I like to take a look back at the past year and set my hopes for the next. So as a second part of a gaming mini-series I intend to do this holiday season I plan to point you to some of the best video games to look out for in the upcoming 2011.

I already took you through the Top 10 video games of 2010 and you can tell it was a good year for gamers like me. But when I look at the upcoming games, I’m sure 2011 will be THE year.

We are going to see the ending of a few trilogies, reboots of popular and fundamental classics, and if we are lucky “forever” will be equal to 14.

Let’s take a look…

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The Top 10 video games in 2010 as I saw them

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It’s that time of the year that I like to take a look back at the past year and set my hopes for the next. So as part of a small mini-series I intend to do this holiday season I plan to take you through the best video games this year and the best video games to look out for in the upcoming 2011.

Year 2010 offered us lots of gaming titles, but most of them were sequels of popular and best-selling games. That way the publishers didn’t take any risks with new franchises and bet on safe ones instead. This is not a bad thing, but aren’t we tired of seeing 2,3,4…13 in the game titles? Of course there were some exceptions like Alan Wake, Heavy Rain, Vanquish and Red Dead Redemption, but generally most of the games I played throughout 2010 were sequels.

Anyway, it was a good gaming year and I definitely can’t complain of what I got to play with in 2010.

It’s always hard to tell which game is best so I won’t put any ratings to the titles I’ve chosen to pinpoint. The ten games below surely made quite an impression and deserved equal places in my heart. I know everyone has a personal favorite (mine is Mass Effect 2), but let’s admit – when a game is good enough, nothing else matters. And the good games of 2010 are:

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Sony Ericsson Satio, HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Mozart full-resolution samples enter our Photo Compare Tool

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A couple of weeks ago we introduced our new Photo Compare Tool and since then we’ve been working hard to fill up its database with more samples to make it all the more useful. We are now pleased to announce the first series of new additions, lead by the third 12MP cameraphone Sony Ericsson Satio and the only 8MP WP7 device HTC 7 Mozart.

The other handset to have debuted in the PCT is the HTC HD7 (its review is due today). We have also added Read more »

Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type pays us a visit, here’s what the first touch S40 UI looks like

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It’s not every day we give a special attention to an S40 handset, but Nokia X3-02 really deserves it. Besides being Nokia’s first touch-enabled phone from the S40 series, X3-02 is perhaps among the most beautiful ones too.

Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type is available in White Silver, Dark Metal, Petrol Blue, Pink and Lilac. We have the White Silver version and it’s been great so far.

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Nokia N8 battery test results are out: good but not the best

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Hot on the heels of our full Nokia N8 review here come the results of the Finnish flagship’s battery test. With the N8 battery being non-user-removable (or at least not without a Torx screwdriver) the battery life will probably be more important to potential customers than usual.

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We finally got our hands on the Nokia 5250, let’s get to business

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The Nokia 5250, company’s most affordable full touch smartphone, was unveiled a month ago and now we’re already holding our Nokia 5250 review unit in our hands. And while the 5250 is still cooking, the unboxing video is ready.

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LG GT540 Optimus 2.1 (Éclair) update goes live, screenshots inside

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LG seems more focused on Windows Phone 7 than Android recently but it doesn’t mean they have forgotten about their Google OS devices. In fact they just released the official Android 2.1 update for what seems to be their most successful handset this year, the LG GT540 Optimus.

LG Optimus gets Android 2.1

It’s only available for the handset in the Baltic region at this stage so the rest of the world will have to wait a while longer. Or they could take matters in their own hands and use a third party tool to flash their handsets with that Baltic ROM. Read more »

Breaking: Samsung Galaxy Tab official teaser video released, official announcement due in 9 days

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The Samsung tablet is just around the corner and, understandably, rumors about it are intensifying by the hour. But now we have something that’s better than any rumor or blurry spy shot – an official promo video.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The video doesn’t say much about the tablet itself but it still confirms that it will be running Android 2.2 and will support video-calling. There will also be a second camera at the back of the 7-inch tablet and it will allow full web browsing (which probably means Flash support).

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HTC Aria pays us a visit, still trying to tell it apart from the HD mini (Updated!)

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Shhh… The “La donna e mobile” aria is about to start. By which I mean, we just got the HTC Aria and we’re on to unboxing the little fella. We somehow missed how the Aria went from AT&T USA only handset to a worldwide phone, but here it is in our hands – a genuine quad-band Android smartphone with dual-band “Euro” 3G support all in a mini form factor.

But we digress. Here’s what this Android loving HTC HD mini look-alike has to offer…
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Apple iPad camera connection kit review

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As a photographer, I was eager to see if my iPad could serve the double purpose of storing my photos and videos when I’m out in the field.

Typically Apple, the iPad camera connection kit was posted in their online store with only the bare minimum of information. I went ahead and bought one anyway and now that I’ve been using it for a week now, I’m ready to pass on everything you may need to know about this little bit of hardware (plus some things you may never need).

Apple iPad camera connection kit
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