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HTC One mini 2 battery test

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The HTC One mini 2 boasts many hardware improvements over its predecessor – it packs a bigger 4.5″ screen, the same Snapdragon 400 chipset but with four Cortex-A7 cores, instead of two Krait ones. There’s also a bigger 2,110 mAh battery over the 1,800 mAh unit of the One mini.

The software is new as well compared to when we reviewed the HTC One mini a year ago – the HTC One mini 2 launches with the most recent Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense UI 6 right out of the box. Read more »

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra battery life

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Our in-depth review of the 6″ Sony Xperia T2 Ultra has been around for a while and it’s time we give you the full battery breakdown. The phablet packs a huge 3,000 mAh battery to power the massive 6″ IPS 720p display, plus it’s quad-core Cortex-A7 processor should be lightweight on the battery.

We were disappointed from the battery performance of the Sony’s previous phablet – the Xperia Z Ultra – so we didn’t expect miracles from the T2 Ultra either. We couldn’t have been so wrong. Read more »

Gionee Elife S5.5 hands-on

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We met the Gionee Elife S5.5 back at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and we were absolutely impressed by its build quality. While the brand may not be terribly familiar with most people out there, it’s going to quickly gather traction if it continues to make such extraordinary smartphones.

Why this fuss? For starters, the Elife S5.5, along with the Allview X2 Soul, is the slimmest smartphone in the world right now and measures just 5.55mm thick. It features a metal frame which gives it a premium feel, while the glass back panel improves the feel in the hand even more. Read more »

Weekend Poll: HTC One Mini 2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the other compact droids

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The HTC One Mini 2 is up there with the best looking compact smartphones currently on the market. The competition in this particular market segment has heated up considerably as manufacturers give their best to remain an important part of the 4-4.5″ market even after the flagships shot way past this mark.

So, it’s time for one of our classic poll battles to reach out for your opinion on how much of a chance does the One Mini 2 stand against its competitors. We’re pitting it against the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, LG G2 mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the Motorola Moto G LTE. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 630 battery life

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Nokia Lumia 630 is the first smartphone to run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. It is also the first WP handset ever to offer dual-SIM support, but we had the single-SIM version at our disposal.

We weren’t particularly optimistic about the phone’s 1,830 mAh battery, but the quad-core Cortex-A7 processor should be quite energy-efficient. Anyway, Nokia promises 600 hours of stand-by or half a day on 3G talks in one charge. Let’s check if we can squeeze the same from our Lumia 630. Read more »

HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon edition mini review

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Announced late last month, the HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon edition brings enhanced audio abilities to the Taiwanese company’s already excellent smartphone flagship. The latest addition to the M8 lineup is exclusively available for Sprint Wireless in the United States.

In addition to its solid audio credentials, the Harman/Kardon edition M8 also comes with a brand new, exclusive paint job. To top things off, the handset comes bundled with a high-end Harman/Kardon in-ear headset and six months of free Spotify Premium music streaming. Read more »

A trio LG G3 promo videos show its camera, design and display

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LG has just released a trio of G3 promo videos and they are available for everyone to see. The clips cover key features of the phone focusing on the camera, design and display of the upcoming flagship.

LG has even put up a special website for its May 27 event. It’s all but confirmed that the company is going to host a live stream there, too. Read more »

HTC Desire 816 battery test

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The HTC Desire 816 has one of the smaller batteries of all 5.5″ smartphones, 2,600mAh. There are a couple 2,500mAh but that’s hardly an excuse. Great battery life is one of the key selling points of phablets, second only to the large screen (actually those are the two selling points), so has this hurt HTC’s second phablet?

The answer is not so much, even without the use of HTC’s power saving modes. Read more »

Huawei Ascend P7 battery test

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After passing our review gauntlet it’s now time to shine a light on the Huawei Ascend P7 battery life.

The phone managed a decent endurance rating of 53 hours and we’re going to break down why. The Ascend P7 has to power a 5″ IPS LCD of 1080p resolution along with a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor with a 2,500 mAh battery – a slightly below average capacity compared to direct rivals of similar specs. Read more »

Galaxy S5 prime capable of 225 Mbps downloads?

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The rumor mill is churning again, and this time, it’s about some supposed download speeds of the Galaxy S5 prime.

Not only will the high-end version of Samsung’s latest flagship receive an upgraded chassis, but the handset should receive an under-the-hood performance boost as well. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 630 hands-on

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The first smartphone to run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box – Nokia Lumia 630 – was released officially on May 14. Today we finally managed to grab a retail unit and we are ready to take it for a spin.

Nokia Lumia 630 is not only the first WP8.1 device, it is also the first ever released Windows Phone headset with dual-SIM support. The single-SIM Lumia 630 is super cheap at about €140, while its dual-SIM flavor goes for €20 more. Read more »

First Braille phone debuts in UK, made using 3D printer

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UK phonemaker OwnFone announced what it claims is the world first phone for people with visual disabilities. Both the front and back panels of the phone are made using a 3D printer, which allows for additional customization, according to the company.

The phone is also available in a non-Braille version with the raised text on the keypad. “3D printing provides a fast and cost-effective way to create personalized Braille buttons,” says Tom Sunderland, inventor of the phone. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 930 sample videos show the optical image stabilization in action

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The Nokia Lumia 930 is coming soon and while there have been preliminary reviews out there there hasn’t really been too much focus on its camera performance.

As we all know, Nokia puts good camera optics and performance high on its priority list. Judging by the Nokia Lumia Icon’s review we can look forward to the Nokia Lumia 930 as the two are practically identical, hardware-wise. The difference is that the Lumia 930 sports Windows Phone 8.1 from the get-go. Does the latest software make a difference in terms of optical performance – let’s find out. Read more »

Element Case Ronin II Cocobolo for iPhone 5s review

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The Element Case Ronin II collection sits on top of the manufacturer’s range of Apple iPhone 5s accessories. Crated in the United States, cases from the product lineup feature high-end materials like aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, carbon fiber, as well as various exotic woods.

Based in San Carlos, California, not far from Apple’s own Cupertino campus, Element Case has been crafting iPhone cases since the introduction of the original back in 2007. The company is part of the small club of iPhone case makers whose products’ finish matches that of the Apple iPhone. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 battery life test

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The Sony Xperia Z2 comes six months after the Xperia Z1 to displace it from the top of the Sony foodchain by means of a better chipset, bigger display and a bigger 3,200 mAh battery.

The increase of just 200 mAh doesn’t sound like much when factoring in the 0.2″ bigger display and faster hardware but may turn out important in the end. We’re going to look at the Sony Xperia Z2 numbers and compare them with those posted by the Xperia Z1 to see the difference. Read more »