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Watch the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 keynote right here

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Samsung started the IFA with a bang yesterday with a ton of new products. There was the highly anticipated Galaxy Note II announcement, some Windows based ATIV tablets and some surprises in the form of the Android based Galaxy Camera and the world’s first Windows Phone 8 device in the form of the ATIV S.

If somehow you missed the event while it was streaming live yesterday and would love to catch up with it now, we have you covered. Head past the break and catch the entire event in action. Read more »

Which is the brightest star in the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III vs Galaxy Note

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is arguably the biggest star of the IFA 2012 and many were wondering if the second-gen phoneblet will actually be worth the hype. And what better way to see if the Note II delivers than to compare it to the Galaxy S III best-seller. We’ve also thrown in the original Galaxy Note to give you an idea of the kind of progress Samsung has achieved over the past year.

The Galaxy Note II has undergone a complete redesign, and now looks like a proper bigger brother of the Galaxy S III. But is the bigger screen, the S Pen and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean be enough for the Galaxy Note II to steal the show from the company’s current Android flagship? Read more »

Watch the promo videos for the new Xperia phones right here

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Sony announced its new Xperia droids just minutes ago and to get you better acquainted with them, it released three promo videos that highlight each phone’s strengths.

Check out the videos after the break. Read more »

Nokia promises “change” with Windows Phone 8 handsets

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Nokia’s official Youtube channel has been updated with a “Things are about to change” video, which hints at some new developments on September 5th.

As you might now this is the date when Nokia is holding a joint event with Microsoft in New York City. And that can only mean one thing: Windows Phone 8 devices are coming. Read more »

Samsung Canada sends a customized Galaxy S III to a long time fan as a gesture of gratitude

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Few months ago, a Canadian Samsung fan Shane Bennett contacted Samsung Canada on their Facebook account and asking for a free Galaxy S III because he has been a loyal customer of the brand for the past few years. In return for the phone, he attached a drawing of a fire breathing dragon that he drew.

Of course, you can’t get free things in return for drawings, which is why Samsung Canada politely declined but returned the gesture with a drawing of their own, a kangaroo on a unicycle. This led to a lot of positive publicity for Samsung after the image was posted on reddit and so eventually, they decided to not just invite Bennett to an exclusive Galaxy S III launch party but eventually send him a customized version of the phone, too. Read more »

Motorola RAZR MAXX battery life test is complete, the impressive results are inside

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The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX has been our battery life champ for a long time, but it’s time to retire. It’s GSM-loving twin, the Motorola RAZR MAXX has the advantage that we’re testing it with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and not Gingerbread which the DROID version ran back then).

ICS has shown a tendency to improve battery life, but the question is by how much? Well, a lot as it turns out. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II Crystal Edition unveiled

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Samsung has released yet another edition of its Galaxy S II former flagship. A special crystal-studded version is aiming to attract some more female customers to the Samsung camp.

The new edition is set to feature white leather back panel covered in exactly 129 Swarovski crystals. Read more »

Samsung will throw in a Galaxy Tab 2 if you get a new Galaxy S III or Note and trade in your old phone

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UK residents who have purchased (or plan to purchase) a new Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note can send their old phone to Samsung for a new Galaxy Tab 2 tablet.

Currently, the only trade-in devices accepted are the iPhone 4/4S and Samsung Galaxy S II, although there are plans to add additional devices as early as next week. Read more »

Samsung tells the story behind the Galaxy S III design on video

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With all the trials and jury hearings Samsung was forced to reveal a lot of information concerning its design ideas – both hardware and software.

However, now we get to see what’s the inspiration behind the company’s current top dog – the Galaxy S III. Read more »

Samsung I9103 Galaxy R ICS source code released, ROM builders rejoice

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Samsung have just released the source code of the ICS kernel of their Galaxy R Android smartphone. This will presumably open the floodgates and custom ROMs and kernels for the device will now start appearing at a rapid rate.

Samsung engineers took their time with the Galaxy R ICS update, delivering it several months after the release for the Galaxy S II, but that was to be expected given the difference in popularity (and price) between the two handsets. Read more »

Tough and touch – the Sony Xperia acro S comes by for a visit

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The Sony Xperia acro S stopped by our office and brought along its powerful 12 MP snapper and HD Mobile BRAVIA display in an attempt to impress us.

If you thought that the Xperia acro S is just another smartphone, you thought wrong. It’s an IP57 certified device, meaning it’s dust resistant and can survive when submerged in up to a meter of water for as long as 30 minutes. Read more »

Guy switches from Android to a Lumia, Nokia decides to film and share the whole story

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Oh, this is a “Dear Diary” moment! Christopher Taylor of Glasgow got fed up with his clumsy Motorola Atrix and decided to go down Windows Phone path via the Nokia Lumia 800.

Nokia, being in dire need of good publicity, decided to film the freshly-converted Chris and post the story on YouTube. The nerve, right, on Google’s own turf! Read more »

Motorola RAZR MAXX comes by our office with its friend, Android ICS

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The new Motorola RAZR family has a long distance runner in its family – the RAZR MAXX. The phone isn’t new and we’ve already reviewed the CDMA version for Verizon and the GSM version of the regular RAZR, but Motorola pushed out the ICS update about a month ago, so we thought we should put it through our review routine.

The Verizon version has been our battery test champ for quite a while now and no phone seems like it can dethrone it. We will, of course, do a battery test on this one too, just to check if there are any differences, but that will come later. Read more »

New Jelly Bean firmware for the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III breaks loose

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Many adventurous Samsung Galaxy S III owners are now enjoying Android Jelly Bean after the first official Android 4.1.1 ROM for the device leaked.

Now, there’s a new one, with a build date of August 14, which brings some fixes and cool new features to Samsung’s Android flagship. Read more »

Google Play Store’s upcoming gift cards pose for some spy shots, definitely headed our way

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In case you weren’t convinced enough that Google Play Store gift cards are in the works earlier today, we have another argument to help you in the process. Photos of the actual gift cards have surfaced, thus proving that the Google Play Store is about to get yet another step closer to its Apple rival.

As you can see in the photo above, the Google Play gift cards will come in at least $10 and $25 flavors when launched. Read more »