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Check out the impressive Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen in action [VIDEO]

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With all the hot features of the Samsung Galaxy Note you may have forgotten that the phoneblet comes with a nifty little accessory called the S Pen. Unfortunate choice of naming aside, the S Pen might turn out to be one of the hottest features of the Galaxy Note as it adds quite a lot of extra functionality.

Samsung has included cool gesture controls that you can use with the S Pen, like making a screenshot and making notes on top of it and launching the notepad from anywhere in the interface, opening contexts menus and whatnot. The fancy stylus seems to offer pretty good response time and allows for the kind of accuracy that lets you create some pretty impressive sketches right on the Note’s 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED screen. Read more »

Android ICS makes full use of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’ HD screen, here’s the proof

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When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was announced last week, giving us the first taste of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, many of you wanted to know if the smartphone uses its entire screen, or if the menu navigation keys are always there, taking up a part of precious screen real estate.

Well, tonight we got the chance to play with a Galaxy Nexus version that’s closer to the retail one, and we can give you the answer. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] Nokia 800 and 710 web benchmarks are out, turn as good as you’d expect

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We conclude our coverage of the second day of Nokia World 2011 with a portion of benchmarks of the newly announced WP smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 were both present so we could check out how those 1.4Ghz Snapdragon chipsets fare.

To put their performance into perspective we threw in the HTC Radar and an HTC 7 Mozart running the Mango update into the mix. The Radar has a chipset very similar to the two Lumia smartphones, but its Scorpion CPU is clocked at 1GHz. It should show us what kind of an advantage the extra 400MHz of clock speeds actually bring. The 7 Mozart not only has a slower CPU than the two Nokia smartphones, but also a weaker GPU (Adreno 200, instead of Adreno 205) so we’ll see how much of a difference that makes. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] Watch Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO, speak about the new Lumia phones and beyond

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It’s very hectic here at Nokia World. That’s why, unfortunately, we couldn’t get the opportunity to have a quick chat with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop about the direction of the company and how he sees the future of Nokia.

However, Thomas Ricker over at This is my next managed to get Elop’s point on various topics ranging from the N9 to Windows Phone 7 and Android. And he’s squeezed it all in under three minutes of densely packed footage. Here’s the interview itself. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] NFC Tag writer apps opens new horizons to everybody, watch how it works

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NFC is gaining more ground and here at Nokia World, we caught a glimpse of something quite intriguing – an NFC Tag writer application for Symbian.

It allows you to quickly transfer various information and even actions to a blank, writable NFC tag. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] Nokia Research Center demos an amazing hydrophobic coating for phones

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The Finnish company had a pretty interesting prototype to show us at the start of the second day of Nokia World 2011. It looks like the mobile industry gets more and more into working and investing on innovations to protect your phone from the elements. Recently, with the announcement of the Motorola RAZR, the company proudly boasted the RAZR’s specially developed SplashGuard coating, which protects the internals of the device from accidental water splashes.

Now it’s Nokia’s Research Center turn to laugh at the face of this pathetic technology with their latest piece of innovation. They have created an amazing hydrophobic coating for phones which could change the way we use them. Read more »

ASUS Transformer Prime live photos show its magnificence

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Live photos of the Transformer Prime has hit the web. The quad-core monster of a table, pending its announcement for November 9, is one of the most anticipated devices of the year and now with its looks sort of revealed our excitement has gone through the roof.

That’s how the Transformer Prime will look like with its laptop dock on. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] Perhaps Lumia was not the best name for Nokia’s new Windows Phone lineup?

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I must point out that I never thought that I will discuss etymology in this blog but, heck, since it is directly related to Nokia’s freshly announced Windows Phone creations, I figured that it fits the bill.

After a full day of Nokia World coverage from London, we did come quite impressed with the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. A lot of effort has gone into developing the hardware and software of the smartphone duo. However, the same cannot be said about the selection of the name of the two handsets.

Apparently, the meaning of the word ‘lumia’ in colloquial Spanish is Read more »

Corning announces the environmentally friendly, high performance Lotus Glass

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With Gorilla Glass already the synonym for high performance and durability in mobile displays, Corning Incorporated announced the next great thing in display glass technology called Lotus Glass. Despite not having as tough a name as its predecessor, Lotus Glass offers higher performance, while being easier on the environment.

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The Nokia Lumia 800 vs. Nokia N9, siblings separated at birth [TABLE]

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What we have here is something unheard of before. Two phones with the same body, but extremely different personalities. On the left side we have the freshly announced Nokia Lumia 800, the company’s first Windows Phone 7-running smartphone, and on the right, we have the Nokia N9 – the first, and unfortunately, probably the last MeeGo-running device for the Finnish phone manufacturer.

Now, these two are quite alike on the outside with their unique polycarbonate unibodies (which I’m extremely fond of, I admit) but the hardware on the inside couldn’t be more different. Read more »

Battle of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phone 7 phones [TABLE]

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Stephen Elop announced today the new family of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-running devices, the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.

And now we are going to briefly answer the question you all are asking right now: which one should I go for? And here is the answer. Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] We take the Nokia Lumia 800 8 megapixel camera for a spin, return impressed

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During our hands-on time with the Nokia Lumia 800 at the Nokia World event we managed to put its camera to a test, as well. We returned with a bunch of photos, which we are now about to present for your viewing pleasure.

The image quality is a story of two parts here with the Lumia 800. At pixel level they might not be the most impressive around as the amount of detail and the noise levels are only average. However when downsized for viewing on a computer screen or the phone itself they are really impressive. Read more »

Your MasterCard now lives inside the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360

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It seems like the future is happening today, as RIM has announced that the Blackberry Bold 9900 and the Blackberry Curve 9360 are the first ever SIM-totting NFC smartphones to be certified as MasterCard PayPass approved devices.

This means that both Blackberries have met the various security, interoperability and functionality requirements set by MasterCard and can now be used to pay at various NFC enabled stores around the world. The way any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to connect your MasterCard to your SIM card in either the Bold 9900 or the Curve 9360.

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[Nokia World 2011] Here is an official Nokia Lumia 710 hands-on treatment for you

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Today Nokia announced two Windows Phone-based smartphones – Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. We already saw a bunch of Nokia Lumia 800 promo videos today, so now it’s the Lumia 710 turn now.

It’s a hands-on video from Nokia Conversation YouTube channel. Enjoy! Read more »

[Nokia World 2011] Here are the new Nokia Asha phones, on video

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You can’t blame Nokia for bad organization. The Nokia World keynote went well and the Finish manufacturer has even taken care of posting a rich array of promo videos for their new toys to YouTube. In this case we’ll be focusing on the Asha family of S40 phones.

The videos are short and colorful and showcase each of the key selling points of the new Nokia devices. We’ve naturally compiled them up below for your viewing pleasure. Read more »