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AT&T will be the exclusive US carrier to offer the Pebble Smartwatch

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AT&T announced that it will be the exclusive wireless carrier to offer the popular Pebble Smartwatch in the United States. The gadget will be available online and in over 500 AT&T stores this Friday, on September 27.

AT&T will be charging $150 for the Pebble Smartwatch. The device is currently in the record books as the most successful KickStarter campaign to date. It works with both iOS and Android devices. Read more »

Apple iPhone 5s is in the house, the hands-on video shows its Touch ID glory

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This is it – Apple’s flagship device for 2013 – the iPhone 5s. The new phone comes to sweep iFans off their feet with a new Touch ID home button, a 15% larger camera sensor, the spanking new Gold color option and a 64-bit Apple A7 processor.

At first glance the iPhone 5s looks identical to the iPhone 5 but when you look closer, you start seeing the differences. There’s a dual LED flash, the Space Gray version replaces the Black one of old (and looks grayer indeed), while on the front the home button now has a sapphire glass-covered sensor with an aluminum ring around it. Read more »

LG G2 for AT&T hands-on

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The LG G2 has been on sale in the United States for a couple of weeks now, so I managed to snag some quality time with an AT&T version of the company’s flagship. The smartphone is offered by AT&T for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

Save for the lack of FM radio, the AT&T LG G2 sports the same specs as its international sibling. Read more »

HTC Desire 500 battery life test

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The HTC Desire 500 is running on the Snapdragon 200 platform, which should be rather easy on its battery. The trade-off is low performance, but that’s not what we are discussing in this blogpost.

Behind the back cover of the Desire 500 lies a 1,800mAh battery, which is at least on par with most rivals in the same market space. Android 4.1.2 and the Sense 5 UI on top of it are going to be heavily relied on to ensure the Desire 500 lasts as long as possible. Read more »

New Oppo N1 promo videos reveal making-of process

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The just-announced Oppo N1 came out with its fair share of fanfare at its unveiling in China, and the manufacturer has posted a few videos detailing the device.

Both highlight Oppo’s design strategy for its new flagship, with one paying particular homage to its manufacturing process. Read more »

iPhone 5 touchscreen found to be over twice as fast as its Android-based rivals

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Touchscreen latency is the time lag between an input on the screen and the device reacting to it. It affects the user experience directly and a high latency is what causes the perception of lag on devices.

In a test conducted by a company called Agawi, we get to see how some of the current smartphones on the market fare when put in front of a high speed camera shooting at 240fps and a custom built measurement device called Touchscope. They compared the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4, the Galaxy S4, the Lumia 928, the HTC One and the Moto X. The result, Apple’s devices being way ahead of the rest. Read more »

Hackers claim to have cracked the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s

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According to a claim by the hackers of the Chaos Computer Club, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s has been successfully cracked. The biometric security system has been broken by “using easy everyday means.”

The Apple fingerprint sensor has a higher resolution compared to the ones used so far. Read more »

Hands-on with the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One

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We managed to spend some time with the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One at a press event in NYC. The smartphone is available in the United States for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.

In the flesh, the Best Buy exclusive blue HTC One actually sports a darker shade of the color than the version which broke cover during IFA. Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 1020 battery test

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is for the majority of the company’s fans the best smartphone to have come out of the Nokia-Microsoft partnership so far. It has presumably the best display Nokia currently makes, as well as presumably the best camera that’s even been fitted to a smartphone.

We have yet to test those on our dedicated review, but one thing we did already test is battery life.

A 2,000mAh battery doesn’t sound like much, but it powers a frugal dual-core processor and an AMOLED display. Combine this with the efficient Windows Phone 8 OS, and the Lumia 1020 promises to be a long-distance runner in our battery life test. Read more »

The Nokia Lumia 625 battery test

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The Nokia Lumia 625 arrives as one of the final Lumia smartphones from Nokia, and looks to build on the name set forth by the budget-range Lumia 620.

This time around the device sports a larger display at 4.7-inches, but also features a 2000 mAh battery. With such a hefty battery having to only power a dual-core device, we expected great battery perfomance and the Lumia 625 delivered. Read more »

Apple is blocking unauthorized third-party Lightning cables with iOS 7

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It appears that Apple is blocking non-certified Lightning cables from charging iPhones running iOS 7. The move is line with a warning from the Cupertino giant, issued during the launch of an iOS 7 pre-release version.

Certified cables from Apple contain a chip which allows them to get authenticated by the new OS. Read more »

The Sony Xperia Z1 battery tests are done, here’s the score

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The Sony Xperia Z1 draws the crowds with an impressive camera and powerful chipset, but it’s also worth mentioning that the slender phone packs a large battery as well. It’s got a 3,000mAh fuel tank capacity, let’s see if it will go longer than the Xperia Z Ultra, which has virtually the same size battery (and chipset too), but proved to be a bit disappointing.

Well, the smaller screen should make a big difference (that’s 40% less surface area), but will that be enough? Read more »

Unlocking the Sony Xperia Z1 bootloader disables camera functionality, the company is working on it

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Sony has been pretty open to the developer community of its Xperia line-up of products, and that’s more than fantastic for the open source community. However, as it has been recently found out, unlocking the bootloader on the Xperia Z1 renders the camera nonfunctional.

As a result, while it is still possible for advanced users to unlock the bootloaders on their Xperia Z1 smartphones, they should have in mind this caveat. Read more »

Sony kicks off new marketing campaign with the Xperia Z1

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Sony has started its brand new marketing campaign for the Xperia Z1. Called the ‘the best of Sony, for the best of you,’ the new campaign highlights the new features of the device, such as the camera and the waterproof functionality.

The campaign will be launched simultaneously in 25 markets around the world and begins with a new TV commercial. Read more »

Apple gets colorful with the new iPhone 5c and iOS 7 commercial

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Apple has released a new TV commercial that showcases the new iPhone 5c and the iOS 7 update together. Apple already mentioned during the 5c keynote how both the 5c and the iOS 7 have been designed to work well together and this ad shows just that.

When iOS 7 was first unveiled, it may have seemed just a tad bit too colorful for some tastes but it’s clear now that it was designed clearly with the new iPhone 5c in mind, which is definitely Apple’s biggest product this year and one that’s going to sell the most. Read more »