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Google may actually be enjoying Apple’s Maps mishaps

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As of iOS6, Apple replaced the well-known Google Maps app with one of their own. And ever since its launch, there’s been strong controversy surrounding it. Map data and POIs have frequently been found to be inaccurate by users around the world and satellite imagery has been rather spotty, interchanging between high and low res, different times of day and even seasons all on the territory of one and the same town.

The new Maps app has been rushed to the market and it’s far from ready for prime time. And that got the anger of users, who have been voicing their discontent online quite loudly (and originally, too). Read more »

Nokia Asha 308 and 309 promo videos surface

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Nokia just unveiled the two latest additions to its Asha lineup and to convince you of their worth, it has dedicated a promo video to each of them. The Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 each got just over a minute of footage, highlighting their key strengths.

Check out the two short clips here: Read more »

Sony Xperia T battery life test completes, results are inside

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The Xperia T is Sony’s first go at a Snapdragon S4-powered phone (not counting the Japan-only Xperia GX), and should give us an idea what to expect from the similarly spec’d Xperia TX and Xperia V.

The Sony Xperia T features a 1850mAh battery, which is one of the biggest we’ve seen in a Sony smartphone. Remember the 1305mAh batteries in a few fairly recent Xperias? Yeah, that wasn’t enough. Read more »

Was Apple aware of the iPhone 5 build quality issues?

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The chipping issues of the anodized aluminum back cover of the new iPhone caused a real storm this weekend and it seems the saga is not going to end anytime soon. Apple’s latest smartphone turned out to be way less durable than its predecessor and that made quite a lot of its early adopters angry.

And while build quality issues are not uncommon in an industry where time is so precious and technology is oftentimes pushed close to its limits, Apple might not be an innocent victim here. The latest development leads us to believe that the company was fully aware of the sensitive nature of the iPhone 5 back panel, but still proceeded with its manufacturing. Read more »

The HTC 5-inch phablet to be the Google Nexus 5?

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It will soon be a year from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus announced, and if Google keeps with the tradition, we should be seeing its successor. According to a tip we received, the device to replace it might be the oft rumored HTC 5″ phablet, known as Droid Incredible X or One X 5. There’s no way to confirm the validity of the tip so take it with a pinch of salt, but it certainly sounds plausible.

Our anonymous tipster claims that the Google Nexus 5 will run on Android 4.1.2, which brings bugfixes, Project Butter improvements, extra lockscreen functionality as well as other minor tweaks. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 back panel scratch test suggests you better buy a case

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The iPhone 5 anodized aluminum body might be bending the laws of physics and everything, but it’s also shaping out to be quite sensitive. First we learn that some units come chipped out of the box and now we get this scratch test, which confirms that peeling the paint from your brand new iPhone 5 is easier than you might have thought.

The video is created by the ever helpful ifixit and shows how the iPhone 5 back panels handles keys and metal rings. The iPhone 4S was subjected to the same tests for comparison’s sake and it seemed to handle them way better than its successor. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 display compared to Nokia Lumia 920, has its “Most advanced” title snatched

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Back at the Apple iPhone 5 announcement event, Phil Schiller claimed that the new iOS flagship has the world’s most advanced display yet. It appears, however, that this might not be entirely true, as one Nokia fan is keen to point out. He did a spec-by-spec comparison of the iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920 and the latest Apple smartphone didn’t really manage to impress there.

The PureMotion HD+ screen on the Nokia Lumia 920 packs some impressive technology and it’s hard to argue with the facts listed in the following slides. Read more »

The Apple iPhone 5 uses an 8MP sensor by Sony

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Sony has long been the key supplier of imaging sensors for the iPhone and other high-end smartphones. As it seems, the iPhone 5 again uses Sony’s tech for its main camera module.

A closeup shot revealed the Sony branding on the iPhone 5 image sensor, though no specific model number was found. In contrast, the iPhone 4S image sensor has already been identified as a Sony IMX145. Read more »

Motorola joins the club of Apple’s map service critics, claims your iPhone 5 will get you lost

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This should hardly catch you by surprise, given that the company is under Google ownership. Motorola has followed Nokia’s example, and released an ad, which pokes fun at Apple’s far from perfect Maps service.

The ad, released by Motorola in Twitter and Google+ put the Apple iPhone 5 next to the company’s latest DROID RAZR M. Both devices have the same search query entered with Apple’s handset returning a rather questionable result. Read more »

HTC Desire V walks in our office, the hands-on video is inside

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When thinking dual-SIM Android smartphones, HTC doesn’t usually come to mind. That’s about to change, however, with the Desire V, the company’s first international dual-SIM Android-running handset.

Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI 4.0 on top, the Desire V packs a 4-inch WVGA screen wrapped up in a neat looking plastic body. Read more »

Apple releases a series of iPhone 5 ads, hopes to make you lust after its new smartphone

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two weeks, you must know that Apple’s latest smartphone went on sale yesterday. To celebrate the occasion, the company has released a series of TV ads, dedicated to the iPhone 5.

The first video focuses on the new screen of the iPhone 5, which according to Apple is a perfect fit for the reach of your thumb. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5 faces the Galaxy S III in a drop test, the sight makes us shiver

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When a hot smartphone comes to the market it has a number of tasks to complete on its launch day. After ticking the “being subjected to a teardown” box, the iPhone 5 is now facing the drop test challange.

And, as if seeing one ultra-expensive gadget crash against the floor isn’t painful enough to watch, we’ve got a second one to accompany it while taking the fall. The iPhone 5 is joined by the Samsung Galaxy S III in this experiment, conducted by Android Authority. Read more »

Latest Qualcomm ad targets Intel’s new Atom processor

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Following Intel’s recent foray into mobile processing with the Motorola RAZR i, Qualcomm has released a video comparing it to their Snapdragon CPU.

What’s more, Qualcomm are comparing the Atom processor to the Snapdragon S2 architecture, which was first announced back in 2010. Read more »

The iPhone 5 gets a teardown, reveals goblin-made screws and unicorn blood battery (not really)

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Looks like someone managed to get their hands on an iPhone 5 ahead of the launch date and as any normal person would do with a brand new super expensive device, chose to open it up and expose its insides to the Internet.

Now this is not the usual iFixit teardowns that we are used to seeing, with their surgical precision and quirky humor. Instead we get a completely silent teardown from iPhone-Garage with just pictures to tell us what’s going on. (Update: iFixit teardown is now online. Link inside.) Read more »

We take the Sony Xperia T 13MP camera for a spin, give you some samples to feast your eyes on

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Recently, we decided to take advantage of the last few vestiges of summer weather, and test out the camera on the new Sony flagship, the Xperia T.

Sony promised great things from the 13 MP Exmor R sensor – let’s see if the Xperia T delivers. Read more »