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HTC Desire Z now in UK stock, drops by our office, we get it on video

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We got our hands on one of the new HTC Desire phones – the HTC Desire Z. HTC don’t make much QWERTY-packing phones, and with Android the situation is worse – the Desire Z is the only other phone besides the original Android, the HTC Dream (G1). It’s fair to say we were excited what HTC had done with the new HTC Sense UI among other things…

It comfortably coincides with the market launch of the Desire Z in the UK.

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Eclair-running Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 hands-on video and HD sample

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Sony Ericsson might have dropped from the top five manufacturer list but their XPERIA X10 flagship is back near the top of the smartphone food chain. The Eclair update took a while but it’s finally here and it brought HD video along so the wait might have been worth it.

And now we are giving you the chance to see both of those new XPERIA X10 perks through a couple of short videos. Read more »

Sony Ericsson talks more about the XPERIA X10 Eclair update, we give it a spin

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The long awaited Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 update that takes the flagship to Android 2.1 Eclair is already being distributed as we speak. However it seems that a good portion of the users had some issues or questions about the update process so the company R&D team conducted an impromptu Q&A session in their blog.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 running Android 2.1 Eclair

Apparently the exact launch dates for the update in each region are still unknown, but if you happen to live in the Nordic region, Russia, Singapore, Indonesia or most of Africa you should already have access to the update. And the troubles Scandinavian users had with the Android market yesterday were caused by the Google servers and not by the update. Read more »

Gameloft launches five HD games for the Nokia N8, C7, E7 and C6-01

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Don’t give up on the Symbian gaming just yet. Gameloft just launched five games for the latest Symbian^3 platform – Asphalt 5 HD, Avatar HD, Hero of Sparta HD, Guitar Rock Tour 2 HD and GT: Racing Motor Academy HD.

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Nokia C7 comes by the office, we get down to work

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Nokia C7 lacks the charisma of the N8 with its state-of-the-art camera and anodized aluminum body, but it’s still a slim midrange Symbian^3 device with metal casing and great all round connectivity, which is more than enough to make it attractive.

And as the tradition goes, we have prepared a bunch of live photos and a short unboxing/user interface video for you to enjoy until we prepare the full review.

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Rant: Nokia new naming convention is no less than a mess

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Okay someone had to step up and say it – Nokia’s new naming convention is a total failure. And I’m not talking about some minor setback here – it’s a full-scale epic fail.

Now I’m not saying they did that on purpose – their intentions probably looked good on paper. Place a letter in front to indicate series affiliation and follow it by the number showing the device’s place in its own series pecking order. Great idea, right – keep it nice and simple?

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Everest gets 3G connection, you can make video calls from the top of the world

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Mount Everest in Nepal now has 3G coverage, allowing hikers and tourists to use mobile internet and make cheaper cellular calls. The only possible connection until now was via expensive satellite phones.

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HTC HD7 reveals a hidden microSD slot occupied by an 8GB card

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I thought the only Windows Phone 7 device going to offer a microSD slot is the Samsung Focus. But there is a real possibility many of the currently announced WP7 smartphones sport an expansion slot, it just may be hidden.

As it turns out, the HTC HD7 has a sealed microSD slot right next to its SIM bed. And it’s not empty at all – there is an 8GB microSD card in it.

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Lead designer of Nokia C7 talks about design and influences

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We’re getting ready to review the Nokia C7, so this caught our interest – the lead designer of the C7 talking about the process he went through. It’s interesting to see what goes on on the other side – how those phones that we’re reviewing get to be the way they are?

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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 N900 gets a software update, Ovi Suite support

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It is not the long awaited MeeGo dual-boot update, but as far as I am concerned any software update is good news. And Nokia just gave one to their last Maemo handset, the N900.

The update mainly focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements, adding “hundreds of tweaks and fixes that will make your N900 run faster and smoother than ever”. Read more »

LTE-enabled LG Android smartphone makes an unofficial appearance

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It’s no secret that Verizon is strongly committed to LTE and the first handsets supporting the standard should hit the shelves in a few weeks. It’s only now though that we are getting a hint of what they might look like.

The sleek LG device pictured above is one of the first additions to the LTE army and if its specs are as good as its looks it might turn out to be a real killer. So far we can only confirm the Android OS, an HD-capable camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. Read more »

OTECH F1 phone has Quad SIM support, probably glows in the dark, too

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Well, here’s something curious that popped into our email inbox – the OTECH F1. You might want to sit down for this – it has four SIM cars. Yep – four, 4, f-o-u-r. But wait, there’s more! All four cards are active all the time, not just one or two…

This is getting ridiculous – safety-razor level of ridiculous. It started of with one razor blade, uh sorry, SIM card, then came dual-SIM, then triple SIM and now this. Check the photos below – 4 SIM cards, 4 signal strength indicators and little use for such a thing.
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Synapse will custom-build the Android smartphone of your dreams (Update: Or not?)

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If you’ve always been waiting for a company to start offering custom Android smartphones, you’re in for some good news. Synapse, a German company that we’ve hardly heard of before, is about to start dispatching the first custom-made Android smartphones in a few months (if they can get their website running, that is).

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Lumigon is one sweet Android smartphone from Denmark

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More proof, if proof was needed, that Android is all the rage these days was just thrown our way. Another manufacturer just entered the smartphone war and has the Google OS as its weapon of choice. We give you the Lumigon – a high-end device coming from “the heart of Scandinavia”.

The most interesting part of the Lumingon smartphone is its 1 GHz Freescale i.MX51 processor, which is making its cell phone debut with the device. Read more »