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HTC J butterfly promo video is out, shows off the 1080p screen

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The promo video for the freshly announced, Full HD display-packing HTC J butterfly has been released. Naturally, the short video clip is focused on the handset’s design and hardware highlights, with the 5″ 1080p getting the most attention.

It is needless to say that we are quite jealous that this monster of a smartphone is exclusive for the Japanese carrier AU/KDDI for the time being. Read more »

Watch three ASUS Padfone 2 video ads right here

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Asus just completed presenting their latest smartphone – the Padfone 2. We already gave you a really good idea of how it looks like and we even have a hands-on article straight from the announcement event. But if you didn’t have the time to watch the event itself, you might have missed these Padfone 2 video ads.

The clips were first shown during the unveiling event in Milan, but there are finally available online separately. And these are actually pretty nice. Enjoy! Read more »

Galaxy Note black clipping issue fix is underway, a Samsung developer confirms

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As we reported this summer, lots of Samsung Galaxy Note users have been complaining from a nasty display bug causing black clipping and banding in images and videos with dark shadows.

Fortunately, Samsung hasn’t turned a blind eye to the problem and is has started working on a solution. Better late than never, as they say. Read more »

iOS6 jailbroken thanks to redsn0w, only tethered for now

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The popular jailbreaker’s tool redsn0w has received a major update today. The new version is not only capable of jailbreaking iOS6 on A4 devices (like the iPhone 4), but it also comes with enhanced functionality regarding iOS5-to-iOS5 restores, now that Apple doesn’t allow those any longer.

Unfortunately, the jailbreak solution is tethered-only, meaning that once you use it, you would have to connect your device to redsn0w every time you reboot it. Read more »

Latest LG Optimus G video ad is a compilation of mini-ads

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We don’t often get mobile phone video ads as long as the one we are about to show you. Technically, it’s not a movie as the name suggests. It’s a compilation of visually attractive mini ads for some of the key features of the Optimus G.

I admit, the vibe in the ads is kinda unusual and at times the metaphors used are kinda strange (such as a man flexing muscle to show the power behind the chipset), but still, they are kinda nice. Read more »

Lumia 820 and 920 wireless charging accessories pricing revealed

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Since the next generation Lumia announcement lots of people have been wondering on the pricing of those shiny wireless charging accessories. Well, the good news is that it has now been revealed, but the bad news is that you probably won’t like it.

Clove UK is already taking pre-orders for the wireless charging shell, plate, stand and pillow. The accessories will be released alongside the Lumia 820 and 920, whenever the two smartphones launch. Read more »

This iPhone has been sleeping with the fishes for 6 months and it still works

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Modern day smartphones are great at many tasks, but unfortunately, swimming is not among them. Ken Hovanes learned this the hard way when he accidentally dropped his iPhone in a lake about six months ago. The water in the lake was 2m deep and murky back then so Ken gave up on retrieving the device and bought a new iPhone.

Fast forward to more recent times. After finding the lake waters have slightly receded, Ken went to search for his iPhone again. And he found it, still sitting on the bottom. What surprised him most however, is that it still worked. Read more »

Motorola RAZR i battery life test concludes, results are inside

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We’ve just concluded our in-depth review of the Motorola RAZR i and its Intel Atom Medfield chipset inside and now it’s time to shine a light on its battery performance.

The Motorola RAZR i achieved some pretty good scores in all of our tests, but its talk time endurance was partucularly impressive. Read more »

Black and white LG Nexus 4 pop up in Carphone Warehouse inventory

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The rumors that the next Nexus device is going to be LG-made, got yet more backing today as an LG Nexus 4 was spotted in Carphone Warehouse’s inventory listing.

In fact we’ve got two different items in the list – one for each of the available color versions. Read more »

HTC Desire V goes through our battery test, see how it fared inside

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HTC Dual-SIM Android smartphones aren’t something we come by every day, so when the HTC Desire V came by our office, we were eager to test how it’ll fare in our battery test. Especially since its main selling point is the ability to facilitate two SIM cards.

The HTC Desire V gets its juice from a standard for its kind 1650mAh Li-Ion battery, so you shouldn’t expect it to run circles around the heavyweight champions like the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Motorola RAZR MAXX HD. Read more »

LG Optimus G for AT&T hands-on

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Fresh off our in-depth preview of its Korean relative, we enjoyed some quality time with the AT&T-bound LG Optimus G at an event in New York City. The recently unveiled LTE smartphone is set to hit the carrier’s shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.

There’s no difference between the specifications of the LG Optimus G for AT&T and the Korean version we’ve encountered, save for the camera unit on the back. The AT&T version of the smartphone has dropped the 13MP unit for an 8MP one. Read more »

Sony Xperia SL drops by the office, shows its speedier CPU to our camera

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The Sony Xperia SL is finally in our office and is ready to join our review queue.

The Xperia SL is to the Xperia S, what the Arc S was to the Arc last year – it adds a speedier CPU (1.7 GHz instead of 1.5 GHz) and comes with Android 4.0.4 out of the box. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Express, Galaxy Rugby Pro, and Galaxy Note II for AT&T hands-on

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We encountered AT&T’s freshly announced LTE trio of Samsung Android smartphones at an event in New York City. Headed by the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the bunch also includes the brand new Galaxy Express mid-ranger, and the rugged Galaxy Rugby Pro.

We’ll begin with the Android 4.0 ICS booting Samsung Galaxy Express. The smartphone sports a 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display, which is taken directly from the US crop of Galaxy S II devices. Read more »

HTC One X+ and HTC One VX for AT&T hands-on

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We managed to spend some quality time with the freshly announced HTC One X+ and One VX for AT&T at an event in New York City. The LTE duo is bound to hit the carrier’s shelves in the nearest future.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean booting HTC One X+ is bound to be the company’s flagship when it becomes available. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note II battery life test is complete, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the most impressive droids out there and judging by our mailbox everyone was interested to know more about its its battery performance. Well, we are finally done with the tests, and we are now ready to share the results with you. The tests took a while to complete, for reasons you’ll see shortly.

The Galaxy Note II has a beefy 3100mAh battery – 1000mAh more than the battery in the Galaxy S III, but 200mAh less than Motorola’s RAZR MAXX battery. And there’s a large AMOLED screen and a quad-core processor to feed. Read more »