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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins spotted at NBA game with upcoming BB10 devices

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We are still quite a way from the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices but recently RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was spotted with one of them in public.

At a Lakers game a few days ago, both Thorsten Heins and RIM Senior Vice President, Software Product Management Andrew Bocking were spotted using BB10 phones and taking pictures with them. You can see that the phone Heins is using has the usual BlackBerry sticker on the back that they reserve for test devices but it’s strange seeing the CEO of the company in public using devices that are yet to be announced publicly. Read more »

Google Nexus 4 drop test shows how good that Gorilla Glass protection actually is

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The Google Nexus 4 is the latest smartphone to star in a drop test, falling hard from at least five feet on pavement.

The phone was dropped twice and managed to survive the first one with minor scratches. As for the second one… Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Premier goes through out battery life test, here go the results

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The Samsung Galaxy Premier is the latest in the line of Samsung droids to undergo out battery test gauntlet, and the dual-core 1.5 GHz device showed some great battery endurance – especially in regards to video playback.

Lets take a look at how this mini powerhouse performs in other areas as well, including talk time and web browsing. Read more »

Philips announces W832 Xenium dual-SIM droid, promises impressive battery endurance

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Philips has announced its W832 Xenium dual-core Android smartphone. It’s a 4.5″ dual-SIM device that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The W832 Xenium offers dual-standby and supports 3G networks on one of the SIM cards. Read more »

New paint jobs for Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III mini might be coming soon

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The Samsung Galaxy S III launched with only two color options but Samsung added new colors over time. Rumor has it that it’s now turn for the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III mini to get new paintjobs.

The Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III mini will get three new color options each and they’re somewhat different (in name at least) from the colors that the Galaxy S III is available in. Read more »

Nexus 4 gets a teardown

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Now that the Nexus 4 has finally been released, it will go through the same motions as every other recent major device. There will be the drop tests, torture tests and the infamous “Will it blend?” tests later, but for now we have the iFixit teardown to kick things off.

First things first, the Nexus 4 does not have a user-replaceable battery, which means the back cover requires more than just a push to come off. Once you get the Torx screws out, you have access to the insides of the device. Read more »

Nexus 4 camera exhibits purple tint, just like pretty much any other camera

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Back when the iPhone 5 was released, one of the complaints was about the camera, specifically the purple tinting that was observed in some of the photographs. But if you thought this only happens on the iPhone 5′s camera, you are in for a surprise.

The image above is part of a panorama shot through the camera on the Nexus 4 and as you can clearly see, there is purple flaring where the bright light source enters the image. Read more »

Facebook for iOS and Android updated to v5.2 with sharing, tagging, smileys, and news feed sorting

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Hot on the heels of the mobile Facebook website update, the latest new features arrive to the native Facebook apps for iOS and Android. The two biggest new changes include the option to re-share stories from your news feed and the ability to tag people in status updates, comments and photos.

Of course, there is also the addition of smileys, hearts and other emoji in messages and you can now sort the articles in your News Feed just as on the main website. Unfortunately, there are still some silly limitations. Read more »

Lumia 920 goes against keys, a particularly long knife and a mallet

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There are drop tests and then there are ‘throw everything you have in your house at it’ tests and today we are going to take a look at one of the latter.

The test involves keys, knives and mallets and looks like it was devised by Adolf Hitler himself when he was not planning on taking over the world or trimming his mustache. And at the receiving end of these objects is the new Nokia Lumia 920. Read more »

New leaked firmware for Galaxy S3 (I9300XXELK4) brings split-screen view mode and other new features

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been enjoying Jelly Bean for some time now. But a handful of features that we first saw on the Galaxy Note 2 have been out of reach so far.

The split-screen view mode, for instance, allows big-screen smartphones with plenty of oomph to display too apps at the same time. Today’s good news is that you can now get this and other new features on your Galaxy S3 via a pre-release official firmware.

Rumors suggest these enhancements are to arrive officially to S3 owners this December as a sort of a Christmas present. But obviously presents will come early this year. Well, sort of, this one’s more like a teaser. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 820 drops by the office, shoots a Cinemagraph

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The Nokia Lumia 820 stopped by for a quick visit and the first thing we did was put it in front of our camera. The phone is the second Windows Phone 8 handset from Nokia and it differs from the 920 flagship in several areas.

While it misses out on the PureView and PureMotion action, the Lumia 820 actually has several advantages over the Lumia 920. Read more »

Here are some interesting things you may have missed about the Lumia 920

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Nokia’s official blog Conversations has posted an article detailing 10 things you might have missed about the Lumia 920.

Did you know that the camera decoration and side buttons are made out of zirconium? Or that the LED flash on the back is a higher-powered dual one? Hop after the break for more. Read more »

Sony Xperia go goes up a snowy mountain, suffers various accidents, lives to tell the tale

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The Sony Xperia go just can’t catch a break – the durable Android handset was tortured in the summer and now the same guys are back to torment it in winter conditions. The poor guy was thrown around, ran over, jumped on, bashed, dunked and put through other trials.

The Xperia go sports an IP67 certification, giving it dust and water resistance, but it also seems to handle subzero temperatures quite well. Read more »

HTC DROID DNA takes on the quad-core Android competition

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HTC just announced their DROID DNA monster smartphone, but does it have what it takes to challenge the current flagships? The 5″ 1080p is one-of-a-kind at the moment, offering unmatched sharpness. And the Snapdragon S4 Pro is the most powerful chipset in an Android phone right now, though it’s not the only phone to use it. But there are plenty of other variables to consider.

To make the comparison easier, we’ve made a head-to-head table, pitting the HTC DROID DNA against the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Check it out! Read more »

HTC DROID DNA official videos are live for your viewing pleasure

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HTC just announced the DROID DNA for Verizon – a 5-incher droid with a super impressive 1080p display and a 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor.

It’s a Verizon exclusive and hits the stores in a week. To help push the smartphone HTC already published a couple of promo videos on YouTube. Read more »