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It’s Jelly Beans for dinner – the Google Nexus 4 comes to our office

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The Google Nexus 4 is a much sought after phone, but we finally managed to secure a review unit. As usual, we’re going to take it for a quick spin in front of our camera before we get to writing our review.

While the quad-core Krait processor and the 4.7″ WXGA screen are great, we have to admit we spent quite a while just playing with the back. Read more »

One of a kind Samsung Mobile Store opens in Paris

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Samsung opened its first Samsung Mobile Store in Paris, France on December 1. It’s dedicated to mobile devices only and offers a similar experience and support as the Apple’s Retail Stores.

The store spreads to 170 square meters and you can find and try every one of the latest Samsung’s smartphones, players, slates, portable cameras and notebooks. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 620 promo video shows the Lumia-exclusive features and many color options

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Nokia just unveiled a third member of its Windows Phone 8 lineup, the Nokia Lumia 620. It’s a budget offering that will take on the HTC Windows Phone 8S. Anyway, the first promo video for Nokia’s new phone is out and it offers a glimpse at the looks of the phone and its many colors (7 in total).

The video also goes over the exclusive features that the 620 is getting for being a part of the Lumia range. Read more »

The Sony Xperia E and Xperia E Dual video ads go live in FullHD

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Hot on the heels of just announced Xperia E and Xperie E Dual we now have their first video ads.

We’re not talking high-end devices here, but rather simple smartphones that won’t break the bank. Read more »

Microsoft kicks off #DroidRage again, asks for your Android malware horror stories

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Last year in December we reported about the #DroidRage trend that Microsoft started on Twitter, asking Android users their horror stories about using their phones and the people with the best stories would get a free Windows Phone 7 device.

This year, they are back again with the same hashtag, asking Android users for their best/worst Android malware horror stories. They haven’t exactly mentioned what prize the winners will be getting, only referring to it as a ‘get well present’ but it’s likely that it will be a Windows Phone again this year. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 goes through our battery tests, here’s how it did

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The Nokia Lumia 920 brings big innovations in mobile tech with its PureMotion HD+ display and optically stabilized Carl Zeiss camera lens, but what about the battery? It’s a 2000mAh unit – more or less on the same level as the Android flagships and the biggest Nokia has put in a smartphone.

But is it enough? How does it compare with the Lumia 820? Armed with a watch, a calculator and patience we set off to find out. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note II gets a 6400mAh battery, takes a shot at immortality

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The 3100mAh battery unit of the Samsung Galaxy Note II already propelled it to an impressive endurance rating in our battery test. I do however, reckon that there might be some users out there who would appreciate some extra juice at their disposal – just in case they need to jump start their car in a cold winter morning. Mugen Power’s humongous 6400mAh battery is aiming at those Galaxy Note II owners.

The laptop worthy battery unit is scheduled to ship on December 21, priced at a hair less than $100. Read more »

Voice-over-LTE tests show it uses double the power of regular 2G CDMA voice calls

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Everyone is talking about how fast the 4G LTE data speeds are but most people seem to have forgotten that 4G was supposed to bring a new VoIP-based calling to replace the old circuit-switched 2G and 3G systems. So, why isn’t Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) here yet? The answer seems to be battery life.

In the US, one carrier does support VoLTE and Spirent-Metrico ran tests comparing it to good ol’ CDMA. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro will hit the shelves in January, starting from $899

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Roughly a month after its Windows RT sibling made it to the market, Microsoft announced pricing and availability of its Surface Pro slate. The tablet will be available in January, priced at $899 for a model with 64GB of memory, and $999 for a version with 128GB built-in.

The Microsoft Surface Pro will not come bundled with a Touch or Type cover. You will have to spend some extra cash to have one of the handy covers at your service. The tablet will however, come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology in the box. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds now available for the Nexus 4

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The CyanogenMod team has been teasing version 10.1 (that’s based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean) for various devices with just screenshots, but Nexus 4 users can now actually grab a nightly release of the ROM and take it for a spin.

The Nexus 10 tablet will be getting CM10.1 soon as well, but the team doesn’t give any hard deadlines. Read more »

Jolla’s CEO answers user questions about Sailfish, demos it on video

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Sailfish OS is the big hope of MeeGo fans everywhere. Jolla, the people behind Sailfish, showed off their creative new UI about a week ago and how it takes MeeGo’s heavily swipe-based interface even further. But the short video was not enough for all the MeeGo enthusiasts out there, so Jolla’s CEO, Marc Dillon, took the time to answer some user questions.

Mr. Dillon demos the things that are working on a Sailfish-running phone, including how many apps the UI can handle at one, landscape mode, going between app and homescreen, and more. Read more »

New test Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy Note packs Multi-View mode and many new features

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The Galaxy Note is one lucky phablet. Not only did it get an official update to Jelly Bean, which is still rare enough, but it is also about to get a new major update, bringing the cool Multi-View feature from the Note II.

If you are impatient, you don’t even have to wait any longer to get some of the Multi-View action on your Galaxy Note, as a test firmware with build number N7000XXLSA is now available for download. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III mini battery life test finishes, the results are inside

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The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is a scaled down version of its big namesake – that means a smaller 4″ screen, two CPU cores instead of four and a smaller battery too, with 1,500mAh capacity.

Did the battery life scale accordingly, is it still the same, or even better? That’s what we’re here to find out. Read more »

Nexus 4 glass back could crack with temperature change

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Although not a lot of people have managed to get their hands on Google’s latest and greatest smartphone, we have already started seeing some complaints from the early adopters. One of the major issues so far has been a buzzing in the earpiece that a significant number of owners are reporting.

But by far the biggest pain point is the glass back on the Nexus 4, which has an affinity to crack when the device is dropped. However, it seems that dropping may not be the only way to break the glass. It can also break with something as simple as temperature change. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 920 taken on rough ride through the desert for the ultimate optical stabilization test

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The Nokia Lumia 920 features optical image stabilization (OIS) for its 8MP camera and while Nokia dropped the ball when it was discovered its promo video was not shot with the 920 at all, fans took it on themselves to reshoot the sample. But riding a bike is too mellow, driving a four by four through the desert puts lot more stress on the OIS and is much cooler too.

UK Mobile Review has a series of posts on how its team did the test, culminating in a 8 minute long video of them driving across sand dunes in the desert near Dubai. Read more »