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iPad Mini and Galaxy S4 are the most fragile devices, study shows

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A recent study put a bunch of different pieces of tech to the test to see which of them would be the most likely to break. The top of that list? The iPad Mini.

Following close behind was the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, Apple and Samsung products dominated almost all of the list. Read more »

Samsung and Swarovski launch limited edition Galaxy Note 3 covers and matching bracelets

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Samsung and Swarovski have announced a partnership for an exclusive lineup of accessories for the popular Galaxy Note 3 phablet. They will be showcased at Samsung Galaxy Lounge on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

There are three limited edition Note 3 battery covers with three matching bracelets. Read more »

50 Cent says he needs a cameraphone, Nokia sends him a Lumia 1020

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Did you know that 50 Cent used to have a BlackBerry? That’s old news now – at an interview at CES the rapper mentioned that he switched to an iPhone because that’s where “all the cool stuff” is and mentioned the camera will be the primary consideration when he starts looking for a new phone.

Someone at Nokia’s marketing team caught wind of that and, of course, sent 50 Cent a Nokia Lumia 1020. Read more »

Jolla launches two new Other Halves

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Jolla has launched two new Other Half covers for the recently released Jolla smartphone. They are called Keira Black and Aloe. Until now there were no Halves beyond those coming in your retail box by default.

Both Other Halves will bring new look on your Jolla phone, new tones, wallpaper and some other exclusive stuff, which hasn’t been confirmed. Read more »

iOS’ Google Maps app gets an update

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Google Maps’ navigation application is constantly improving, and the latest update has made it that much better with real-time route updates.

While travelling, if a faster route becomes available to you, the application will display a pop-up alert and ask if you’d like to take the faster route. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo battery life test

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo shares lots of common features with the original Note 3 model, but is powered by a brand new hexa-core Exynos 5260 chipset with two Cortex-A15 @ 1.7GHz and four Cortex-A7 @ 1.3GHz cores. We have never met this chipset and we were really curious about its battery management. We also wondered if the lower resolution will help the Neo outlast its bigger brother, given that batteries are almost equally matched – 3,100 mAh for the Neo vs 3,200 mAh for the original Galaxy Note 3

Now that our review is live for everybody to read, we took our time and did a thorough battery benchmarking. The results are in and we are ready to share them with you. Read more »

Pebble appstore launches today with 1000 apps and watchfaces

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The anticipated Pebble Appstore that was announced at CES 2014 is now live. It provides a unified place for developers to distribute their Pebble apps and packs over 1000 apps and watchfaces at launch.

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Initially, the store launches for iOS only, but the Android version will follow shortly after. The app store features separate categories for apps and watchfaces – Daily, Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, and Games. Read more »

Samsung will show Tizen at MWC, despite it not being ready

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There’s a reason why there hasn’t been much reported on Samsung’s home-grown Tizen OS; it’s because there isn’t much to show.

The hopeful mobile operating system isn’t receiving much love from both carriers and developers, and it’s causing major delays for Samsung. Read more »

Archos considers making a Windows Phone handset

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In an interview for Trusted Reviews Archos CEO Loic Poirier said his company considers making a Windows Phone handset. However, he didn’t specify exactly when this might happen.

We will launch a Windows Phone handset when the time is right, said Poirier. He adds, that the Windows Phone market has become mature enough for Archos to enter, but for now, it’ll keep its focus on Android. Before anything else we are focused on Google, he notes. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 1320 battery life test

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With our review of the Lumia 1320 under way, we managed to run the smartphone through our battery life test gauntlet and we are now giving you the scores. With an endurance rating of 105 hours, its premium brother the Lumia 1520, set the bar pretty high leaving no room for mediocre performance on Lumia 1320′s side.

And at least on paper we shouldn’t expect the Lumia 1320 to flop. It sports an identical battery to the Lumia 1520 – a 3,400 Li-Ion unit as well as the same 6″ display, which is even of lower resolution this time. Read more »

Xperia Z1 Compact kernel source files outed by Sony

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Sony has been on a kernel releasing rampage as of late. When T-Mobile’s Xperia Z1s hit stores last week, its kernel source was made public the same day it went on sale. It looks like the Japanese company is following the same trend with the Xperia Z1 Compact. The device was just outed by Sony, and its kernel source was released shortly after.

So why all the fuss behind releasing the source kernel for a phone? By having access to said kernels, developers are able to create better custom ROMs for smartphones. Read more »

HTC Desire 700 dual sim battery life test

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The HTC Desire 700 dual sim is reporting for battery testing duty with a 2,100 mAh juice pack, the only 200 mAh smaller than what the HTC One has. With a screen of far lower resolution and a far less demanding chipset it actually looks capable of beating its elite stablemate here.

The Desire 700 dual sim is quoted at 582 of stand-by and close to 12 hours of talk time. Can it live up to the claims? Results are inside. Read more »

See the Motorola Moto G handle water like a champ

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You’d never think that an affordable offering such as the Motorola Moto G with no IP rating or anything will survive being submerged under water for even a few second. When Motorola said it’s wrapping the insides of the phone with a water-resistant nano-coating, many though that’s more of a marketing trick, than anything else.

That’s certainly not the case, as YouTube reviewer Erica Griffin has discovered. In fact the phone dived under water for a nudge over 40 minutes and the result is quite shocking. Read more »

The maker of gyroscopic OIS for Nokia makes the component available to other manufacturers

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According to a report in The Register, Nokia’s highly-effective gyroscopic OIS tech has become available to other manufacturers on the open market. The tiny part made by ST Microelectronics was previously exclusively available to the Finnish manufacturer.

The dual-axis gyroscope for image stabilization carries the model number L2G2IS. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact battery test

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The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact promises to be everything the big Z1 is except in a smaller package. The reduction in size, however, meant less room for the battery and the Z1 Compact has a 2,300mAh battery compared to a 3,000mAh battery for the big one.

That’s still great for the class – the HTC One mini has a 1,800mAh battery and the two are roughly the same size. Read more »