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Pantech Burst for AT&T visits us, packs a lot of ambition

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Let’s be honest here – when talking high-end, dual-core Android smartphones, Pantech surely won’t be on top of your list of brands. The Korean company is mostly known around the world for making highly affordable feature phones, or low-end smartphones, with its home market being an exception of sorts. The aforementioned facts make the AT&T exclusive Pantech Burst quite interesting, as it aims to (cautiously) change the company’s image in the United States, where the market is brimming with options.

Believe it or not, the LTE sporting Pantech Burst has a spec sheet, which can compete with the top dogs in its segment. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy W gets to taste some CM9-based Android ICS love

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Samsung may still be mum on the Galaxy W for the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update, but the dev community is already making progress on it. We just got a video of CM9-based Android ICS running on the mid-range droid and the future looks brighter for its owners.

The ROM is still in the very early stages of its development and we don’t even know if all of the hardware is operational. The public beta is said to be on its way, so we’ll find out soon enough. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T comes our way, here’s the hands-on

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Despite looking just as imposing as its global sibling, the LTE packing Samsung Galaxy Note I717 for AT&T certainly is a different character from the international N7000. For starters, the U.S. bound phoneblet has gone through the same treatment as its local cousins from the Galaxy S II family, which includes having four touch-sensitive buttons at its front, instead of the three button configuration with a hardware button at the center of the global version. The AT&T Galaxy Note has also ditched the mighty Exynos chipset for Qualcomm-made silicon instead.

Like I mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset with two Scorpion cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. The GPU is Adreno 220. Read more »

Quadrant benchmark updated, now properly tests multi-core phones

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Quadrant is a highly popular benchmarking tool that tests CPU, I/O and 3D graphics capabilities on your Android device.

The new version features much-needed support for multi-core processors, as well as full Android Ice Cream Sandwich support. Read more »

iFixit gets to the nuts and bolts of the Motorola Droid 4, find it hard to repair

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iFixit, everyone’s favorite source of tech gore, got their hands on the Motorola Droid 4 and have taken it to the inevitable conclusion – torn to pieces. This is all in the interest of science, of course, to determine how easy the phone is to repair.

The results weren’t too rosy for the latest Droid – it scored even lower than the previous iteration. Read more »

Viber surpasses 50 million users

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Viber, the free application that allows you to make voice calls and send text messages to other users free of charge via 3G or Wi-Fi, has hit the 50 million user milestone.

Viber users put out some 150 million calls and almost a billion text messages per month, giving other competing services like Skype and Vonage a run for their money. Read more »

Carbon app for Twitter now available on Windows Marketplace

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Twitter users using Windows Phone 7 devices have been waiting for this one for quite some time now and it has finally released. The Carbon app is now available on the Windows Marketplace and can be purchased for $1.99.

Although it is a bit unusual for a Twitter client to charge money for you to use it, this one promises to be well worth the price. Carbon makes great use of the Metro UI to create a visually brilliant interface. But it’s not just a pretty app and comes with all the important features built-in, such as multi-account support, Read Later, image upload, custom URL shortening, threaded direct messages and image & video previews. Read more »

Siri takes on the role of model tour guide and band manager in its latest outing [VIDEO]

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Apple may have opted against a spot amongst the other big names promoting mid-Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean the marketing team have been standing idly by.

Siri makes for an unassuming 3rd wheel

The iPhone 4S features in two new ads, which were released by Apple last Thursday and Siri is again the star of the show in both instances. Read more »

JUMP lets UK users switch phones while on contract

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Phones4u, one of the UK’s largest independent mobile phone retailers, has unveiled a program which lets you upgrade to a new phone every six months, regardless of your carrier contract.

While being able to rub the latest iPhone or Android device in your friends’ faces every six months does sound enticing, the new service does some weight to your monthly phone bill. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 800 camera update in the works

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It’s almost certain that the Lumia 800 won’t be the Nokia flagship once the company’s MWC press conference comes, but that doesn’t mean it won’t get any more love from its maker. On the contrary – the company is about to release a camera update for the WP smartphone.

The official confirmation was brought by Nokia’s own Damian Dinning, who refused to share any details on the target release date or the specifics of the update. Read more »

Nokia releases Maps Suite 2.0 for Belle

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Nokia Beta Labs, Nokia’s developer portal which allows users to test out beta versions of upcoming apps for Nokia phones for free, put out the latest version of its Maps Suite software for Belle—the most recent version of the Nokia OS.

While still technically in development, the new version provides some pretty cool functionality to the apps which come with Map Suite (Drive, Maps, My Location, Places, Public Transportation, Weather), specifically geared to take advantage of new Belle features. Read more »

White out: A look at the Nokia Lumia 800′s bright and shiny new outfit [HANDS ON]

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We took a trip into London this morning to pay a visit to Nokia who have been itching to show off the latest edition to the Lumia 800 family.

The Lumia 800 family

The white Lumia 800 joins the existing lineup of black, cyan and magenta handsets and we expect it to hit UK stores in March this year. Read more »

Google preparing its own Cloud Storage service, says WSJ

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Google is close to launching its very own Cloud Storage service, at least according to the Wall Street Journal. The file-storing service in question would be in direct rivalry against Dropbox, one of the hottest cloud-storage providers out there.

The main purpose of Google’s cloud service, called “Drive”, will be to meet users needs for storing files when using mobile devices like smartphone, tablets and laptops and to eliminate the need to manually sync them across desktops and vice versa, according to people, who are close to the development of Drive. Read more »

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX review

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The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX looks so familiar, you can easily mistake it for its slimmer brother from certain angles. Aside its massive built-in battery and a change in the internal memory capacity, the newcomer in Verizon’s LTE lineup is identical to the DROID RAZR, which broke cover in November last year.

Quite frankly, I never thought that battery capacity will be the star feature in a high end Android smartphone, but, given my experience with a number of top notch devices from the past year, it makes perfect sense. After all, I witnessed several Android top dogs with massive spec sheets display battery performance, which puts their daily usability in question, thus forcing me to walk around with a charger in my pocket. The DROID RAZR MAXX is clearly aimed at this painful issue. Read more »

Blackberry OS 7.1 leaked for the Bold 9790

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The most recent version of BlackBerry OS is now unofficially available for the BlackBerry Bold 9790.

The update, released early last month by Research in Motion, is officially available only to a limited number of BlackBerry devices. Read more »