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Our Samsung Galaxy S II battery life test is complete, check out how it did [TEST]

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True, you have seen us put the Samsung Galaxy S II battery thought its paces before, but we thought you might be interested to see how it does over our new testing course. So here goes the Samsung Galaxy S II battery life test, revisited.

The Android smartphone comes with a 1650 mAh battery and a pretty large 4.3″ screen. Judging by those specs alone, we probably shouldn’t expect the Galaxy S II to top our charts, but the power-efficient Super AMOLED Plus might help it put in a decent performance. Plus, its latest Android update is said to improve battery performance, so who knows. Read more »

The Making of Lumia 800 – baby steps in the Nokia factory

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If you just bought a Nokia Lumia 800, you might want to check this one out. The Finnish company released a series of photos depicting the different stages of the making of the smartphone.

The photo story isn’t focusing so much on the process of adding the different bits and pieces together to create a smartphone, but more on what happens next. There are some cool photos of white glove-wearing Nokia employees who put the assembled Lumia 800 through a few tests to make sure everything’s working fine. Read more »

First Galaxy Nexus buyer accidentally gets a developer device, gets it promptly replaced

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The first ever buyer of the first every official Ice Cream Sandwich phone was a certain Alex Ioannou in the UK. He seemed rather happy with his purchase in the picture that was tweeted from Samsung UK’s Twitter account.

Unfortunately for him, his happiness was short lived because when he switched on his new Galaxy Nexus, he discovered he had gotten something that he hadn’t really paid for. Read more »

Google releases a whole bunch of Galaxy Nexus videos, shows of all the cool new features

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Unlike the last time when the Nexus S was announced, Google released just one video so far for the Galaxy Nexus. But now that the phone has launched in the UK, we’re suddenly seeing a whole bunch of videos dropping in on YouTube on the Google Nexus account.

These videos cover a large portion of the phones features, from the new Android Beam, to the Panorama mode, Face Unlock, etc. There is also a new ad, which for once, shows actual people doing normal things with their phone instead of robots doing some weird things. To watch all of these videos, click more. Read more »

Game On: Gametel Gaming Controller promises real gaming for Android gamers everywhere

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Mobile gaming has been a fast growing market, especially since Apple’s App Store propelled game companies and developers to dizzying heights once they’d gotten the ball rolling (Rovio’s 51st title became pretty popular, you might know it).

graphics from Gametel site

So far however, the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY has really been the only device with the mobile gamer truly in mind especially on Android. A new peripheral however, hopes to level the playing field somewhat with a classic D-pad, four button, shoulder button configuration, one that retro games will know and love. Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro battery test draws to a close, check out how it did [TEST]

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Yet another smartphone dared to try its capabilities in our new battery test. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro is here and, knowing how many fans the manufacturer has, we are sure many will be interested to know how it did.

The Sony Ericsson battery has 1500 mAh of capacity, which is not quite as impressive as what the Galaxy Note (the only other droid we’ve tested so far) had to offer. It is important to note however, that the device has a screen more than two times smaller than that of the Samsung phablet, so we were pretty interested to see the results. Read more »

HTC Rezound shows off the Beats audio in a new video, projects it as a weapon of mass destruction

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Don’t buy the HTC Rezound. Seriously, don’t. Not unless you care about the well-being of the people around you. Because if this new video from HTC is to be believed, the Beats audio in the new Rezound can turn it into a weapon of mass destruction.

In a CGI sequence lifted straight from the movie ‘Inception’, listening to music on your HTC Rezound with the Beats audio apparently causes everything around you to explode like there’s no tomorrow. And looking at all the destruction there probably won’t be a tomorrow if you continue to listen to the music. Read more »

New Nokia N9 video ad is too epic to miss [VIDEO]

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You know that we are really into nicely shot video ads and super cool smartphones. And we struck gold on both counts with that clip we just stumbled upon.

It’s a Nokia N9 TV advert for the Chinese market, featuring Fan Bingbing, which is reportedly one of the most popular actresses in China. The 2:22 minutes of dramatic black and white footage certainly make for one of the most impressive video commercials we have seen. Read more »

Siri cracked open, its secrets revealed

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Apple made such a big deal of the iPhone 4S voice assistant, Siri that it was bound to attract the hacker’s attention. And, sure enough, the protocol of the service was cracked open we have most of the Siri mysteries revealed.

A group of hackers set up a proxy server and made the iPhone 4S send its Siri traffic through it to the Apple servers. That way they could monitor what gets sent and received and could see what was going on under the hood. Read more »

HTC Rezound 2750 mAh extended battery will give your smartphone ultimate endurance, wider waistline

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The HTC Rezound is packing a reasonable 1620 mAh battery, but with LTE connectivity and a 4.3″ HD screen reasonable is not always enough. That’s why HTC released an extended 2750 mAh unit for their flagship droid, which should allow it to last for days on a single charge.

Of course, there is a price that needs to be paid and in this case we are not even talking about the outrageous $60 cost of the battery itself. The real sacrifice here is the added millimeters around the Rezound waistline. Read more »

We take a closer look at the Motorola RAZR XT910, careful it’s sharp [VIDEO]

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The RAZR name should ring a bell to any mobile phone enthusiast who’s followed the industry over the past decade. Motorola struck gold with the original RAZR line back in 2004 thanks to its low-profile clamshell design and attractive material choices.

Motorola RAZR XT910 Home Screen

After a somewhat tumultuous time since the original RAZR’s heyday, Motorola have decided it’s time to bring the RAZR name back with the intention of proving that they’ve still got ‘it’. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note battery life test ready, here go the results [TEST]

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It’s episode three of our new battery test and we have the Samsung Galaxy Note starring this time. The phoneblet has a 2500 mAh battery, which is much larger than that of the average smartphone, but it also has a very power-hungry 5.3″ screen.

As a direct result, the Samsung Galaxy Note’s performance in our test was quite unusual. While it got a monstrous score on the telephony part, its web browsing endurance were quite disappointing. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Read more »

Unboxing the HTC Sensation XL – entering the lair of the 4.7″ droid with the Monster headset [VIDEO]

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XL – a universally recognized label for stuff bigger than regular. But don’t worry, the HTC Sensation XL fills its XL clothing with a 4.7″ screen rather than whatever the gadgetry equivalent of flabby fat is.

No, sir, this soldier here is a lean mean fighting machine. The XL packs virtually the same hardware as the recently reviewed HTC Titan – that means a single 1.5GHz CPU core and 8MP camera. But it’s a Sensation and like its sibling (the recently reviewed XE), it comes with the Monster iBeats headset which gives a hefty boost to the value for money of the package. Read more »

3GB free Dropbox storage with HTC smartphones, here’s the fine print

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HTC and Dropbox have been mum about their deal for additional 3GB of free storage which was promised to come with every HTC device. Yes, according to some reports old HTCs seem to be receiving the free space, too. Well, now with the HTC Rezound being currently available for grabs, the deal with Dropbox has become active.

This is confirmed by user NightAngel79 over at Phandroid forums, who has purchased the Rezound recently. He reports that the Dropbox app doesn’t come preinstalled with the device and the 3GB of free storage become available to your account only when you download the app and sign in with your Dropbox account. Read more »

CyanogenMod team working to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to all supported devices in two months time

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If you own one of the 60+ devices supported by CyanogenMod, you can rest assured that your droid gadget will be getting a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) one way or another. The Cyanogen team announced they have already started working on CyanogenMod 9, which will be based on ICS.

We can expect results as early as two months from now (keep in mind the ICS source code was just released). It will probably take most makers and carriers much longer than that to put out the ICS update for their devices. Read more »