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GSMArena feature lab: Introducing our new battery life test

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You’d be surprised to know, battery life tests are the most time consuming and the most criticized articles that we do. And in the same time, they are of high interest to the readers. The previous iteration of our battery test required that we have the phone around for at least a week after the reviewing routine is over. It included many different tasks, which took quite a lot of time and meant that the tested devices couldn’t be used for anything else for days in a row (so that the test is as controlled as possible).

And with so many tasks involved, many of you found it hard to compare our testing scenario to their typical usage. It was hard to persuade those of you that never give their smartphones a rest that it’s possible to use a phone for two days without recharging it. Read more »

New Toughpad tablets by Panasonic are the marines of the slate world

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Staying true to its Toughbook series of notebooks, Panasonic has decided to transfer some of its experience to the tablet scene with the 10-inch Toughpad A1 and 7-inch Toughpad B1.

Both the Android-running slates are designed and built to withstand hard abuse and the elements alike. Interested? Here are some specs for you. Read more »

Watch the new Nook Tablet demo, looks sharp and snappy [VIDEO]

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The Nook Tablet was announced yesterday and it looks like it’s going to be a worthy adversary for the Kindle Fire, as TechCrunch has got a short demo of the unit on video.

On it, the VP of eBooks for Barnes & Noble demonstrates some of the key features of the Nook Tablet like the comic book viewer, video player and much more. Unsurprisingly, the tablet performed without a hiccup or shadow of doubt. Check the video and see for yourself. Read more »

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 launched exclusively to the Xperia Play

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Football fans all over the world, rejoice! Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, one of the best football manager games around, has hit the Xperia Play exclusively. Other dorids wil have to wait a bit before they can get in on the action.

As you might expect from the Pro Evolution Soccer series, the 2012 edition has been licensed by UEFA. As a result, the game features the UEFA Champions League, The UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S II gets Android ICS and a 2x performance boost thanks to a MIUI ROM

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That’s right fellas, there’s no need to wait any more. You can have an Android Ice Cream Sandwich firmware up and running on you Samsung Galaxy S II right now, thanks to the skillful developers behind the MIUI ROM.

The great news is this thing is blazing fast. The first benchmarks indicate that the performance has doubled compared to what the stock Galaxy S II has to offer. The Quadrant score is over 5,000, compared to 3,500 before the update (higher is better here). Read more »

ASUS Transformer Prime launch gets delayed, will arrive in December with Ice Cream Sandwich [RUMOR]

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The tension in the air is unbearable as tomorrow is the rumored launch date for the ASUS Transformer Prime. Unfortunately, we might have to wait a bit more until December.

According to DigiTimes citing sources close to the “upstream supply chain”, the reason for the possible delay is that the Transformer Prime will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, instead of Honeycomb. Read more »

Synaptics shows cool Windows 8 integration, lets you use a laptop’s touchpad as a sort-of touchscreen

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The upcoming Windows 8 is a huge jump ahead in terms of touchscreen usability, but some worry that’s at the cost of non-touchscreen usability. Well, Synaptics are showing off a cool concept which uses the touchpad on a laptop to mimic a touchscreen.

The concept is called Synaptics Gesture Suite (SGS) and works surprisingly well for some gestures – switching between app with a horizontal swipe, docking apps to the screen, using tabs in Internet Explorer all seem highly usable and cool. Read more »

Developer demonstrates security flaw in iOS with an app, gets kicked from the developer program

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Yesterday, Charlie Miller released a video about an app that exploited a flaw in Apple’s code-signing on iOS devices, that allowed his app to run malicious code to run on an iOS device. The app was actually submitted to Apple under the guise of a stock market app and managed to get through their vetting process.

When Apple learned of the real purpose of this app, they immediately pulled it from the App Store and later also removed Miller from the iOS developer program. Can’t say this was unexpected as Miller clearly violated Apple’s policies. Read more »

iOS 5 camera has a hidden panorama mode, can be unlocked if you are a developer

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Apple demonstrated a lot of new features in the iOS 5 camera application in their recent events but they missed out on one: panorama mode. That’s because this option is not available to users and has to be unlocked manually.

To unlock this feature, you first need to have a developer account. According to the developer who found it, you will first need to locate on your device. Read more »

New dual-core Barnes&Noble Nook Tablet with Android announced, costs $249

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Barnes&Noble has just announced an upgraded version of the widely popular Nook Color. Unassumingly called the Nook Tablet, it uses the same 7″ VividView IPS LCD screen with 1024×600 pixels resolution. It has nearly 180 degrees viewing angles and is fully laminated for minimal reflections and glares.

The Nook Tablet uses the Nook Color body, but has a completely different core – a TI OMAP 4430 chipset with a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and 1GB RAM. The internal storage is 16GB, expandable via microSD card slot. The new hardware means that HD video playback is easily possible with the Nook tablet. Read more »

The Apple iPad market share in 2011 to remain over 65%, analysts say

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We all know that the iPad is still the tablet to beat, but the kind of dominance it enjoys in the tablet market doesn’t cease to amaze us. According to the latest estimates, provided by the market analyst from Canaccord Genuity, the Apple iPad and iPad2 will account for 65% of all slates shipped in 2011.

Despite the increased competition, the iPad managed to stand its ground and Apple will complete the year as the largest tablet manufacturer by selling north of 39 million units. According to the estimates, Samsung will come in second, shipping just 5 million slates, whereas Asus will somewhat surprisingly catch third place with 3 million tablets shipped. Read more »

Mozilla spills some details on its upcoming mobile OS

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It’s no secret that Mozilla has been working on a mobile OS since the summer, but now the developers have actually something real to talk about and not just plans.

The web based operating system will carry the name Boot 2 Gecko and you can see early sketches of parts of the interface. Currently, Mozilla devs are testing proprietary, single-vendor stacks with new APIs for camera, SMS and telephone capabilties and more being built. Read more »

Microsoft builds a giant Windows Phone in NYC [TIME-LAPSE]

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Google like to build a reasonably-sized little statues celebrating the releases of the major Android OS builds, which are really cool, but Microsoft is trying to top their effort.

To celebrate the four new Windows Phones that are coming in the US for this years’ holiday season, the Redmond company has built an actual massive six-story-tall Windows Phone. And they’ve shot a cool time-lapse of putting it together. Read more »

Samsung pitches its Omnia W smartphone with new promo video

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You might have forgotten about the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-running Samsung Omnia W, which was announced in the end of September.

Expected to hit the shelves this month, the Omnia W is Samsung turn at giving WP 7.5 a spin and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset with a 1.4GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 graphics and 512MB RAM. Read more »

Panasonic announces LUMIX DMC-GX1 and LUMIX DMC-3D1, priced at $700 and $500 respectively

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Panasonic has announced two new cameras, the LUMIX DMC-GX1, which is their latest Micro Four Thirds camera and the LUMIX DMC-3D1, which is a point and shoot 3D camera.

The LUMIX DMC-GX1 features a 16.01 megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine and is capable of shooting at ISO 12,800. It uses a contrast auto-focus system, which is more accurate than a phase difference system. The auto-focus system is also really fast and is claimed to focus in just 0.09 second. Read more »