HTC christened its new series of HTC One Androids today with the announcements of the One X, One S, and One V. While the X and S are arguably the stars of the show, especially with the One X and its quad-core performance, the One V still managed to make a strong showing as the smaller, budget-targeted alternative.
The One V is crafted from a block of aluminum, just like the classic HTC Legend with which it shares many design cues. We’ve got the same large, angled base, only we’ve lost the Legend’s optical mouse, leaving it looking a bit sparse. HTC’s also [...]
Nokia shocked the wireless industry early today by introducing a smartphone whose camera features an unprecedented 41-megapixel sensor. The Nokia 808 PureView, as it’s known, is a Symbian Belle-powered handset with four-inch nHD ClearBlack AMOLED display, 16GB of storage, and class 10 pentaband HSDPA broadband data. And while the camera is capabale of capturing humongous images, the purpose of all those pixels is to bring more detail to smaller five- and eight-megapixel shots. The PureVieW sensor is said to pack the equivalent of seven pixels into one, enabling tight digital [...]
Virgin Mobile will carry the HTC One V later this year, we’ve learned. One of three handsets introduced by HTC at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress late last month, the One V is a 1GHz-powered, Android 4.0-based handset sporting a 3.7-inch, WVGA display, 512MB/4GB of RAM/ROM, and skinned with Sense 4.0. The One V will join other Androids on Virgin such as the recently-announced Venture and upcoming Chaser and LG Optimus Elite (also headed to Sprint).
Virgin is expected to offer the five-megapixel, Beats Audio-infused One V for under $200 when it arrives in late [...]
If you thought our videos came out right every single time, you’re in for a treat. As a matter of fact, certain shows require around 20 minutes of footage out of which only 5 minutes will go live.
Covering events on video, as opposed to a show, is a different story. You work long hours, walk long distances just to go from one device to the next, and when you’ve got manufacturers like LG launching 6 to 7 devices on one show, going from L3 to L7 can become a tongue twister.
So here’s a little something to add some laughs to your Sunday afternoon. MWC [...]
With all the handsets that manufacturers have brought together for display at the MWC, we’re learning a lot about what the next generations of smartphones and tablets will have to offer. While we’d heard about a lot of this hardware before, the expo is giving us a chance to flesh-out our knowledge with previously-unknown details. Those are great to have, but even when we get the full picture on the hardware, oftentimes critical launch information isn’t available. Sometimes that means waiting for a carrier to make an announcement, but today we get some insight into the [...]
It’s that time of the year again, when we’re both happy and sad, excited and disappointed all at the same time. Last year’s Mobile World Congress was all about three things: Android, 3D and speed offered by emerging dual-core processors. This year’s show was not that much different at all, if you come to think of it.
It’s safe to assume that everyone who was there — or following our MWC coverage — understands that, again, Android was all over the place. With or without Ice Cream Sandwich on smartphones or tablets, the Google platform [...]
The LG Optimus 4X HD is LG’s top of the line device and was announced a couple of days ago at Mobile World Congress. It’s very much a follow up to last year’s Optimus 2X, and ups then umber of CPU cores from 2 to 4 thanks to the Tegra 3 chipset. It has an impressive 4.7″ 720p screen and 16GB of inbuilt storage.
In this hands-on demo, we get to see a look at how the 4-Plus-1 setup of the Tegra 3 works in action with an on-screen CPU meter that changes based on number of cores used. Obviously, when the phone is idle, only one core is active, but when you [...]
The new Sony line-up consists of the Sony Xperia S, Xperia U and the Xperia P. We’ve seen all of them in our respective hands-on videos but this time it’s time to get into more details and see how they compare to one another.
And because we know you want to see even more comparison videos we threw in the hottest phones on the market at the moment: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Galaxy S II as well as the Apple iPhone 4S. Check out the video below and let us know of you poison of choice: Xperia S, P or U?
The LG Optimus VU should be a decent competitor to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note even though it does’t come with its own stylus. At five inches it falls in the “phablet” category but LG has tried a different approach.
The main selling point of the phone is the 4:3 aspect ratio which should allow for better content viewing and note taking. However, you’ll have to use finger input to take notes. The device itself is slim and rather fast thought the unit was running Gingerbread (Ice Cream Sandwich should be installed once the phone starts [...]
So, on the original Star Trek series, landing parties exploring alien worlds often carried the “Phaser II,” which was essentially just a more-powerful cradle for the diminutive “Phaser I” which plugged into it. Star Trek Enterprise did something similar with their portable universal translator. Since no one watched Enterprise, I’ll fill you in: a handheld communicator latched into the top of another device, serving as the “ears” of the translator’s processing unit.
These sci-fi analogies doing anything for ya?
Point is, our [...]
When Samsung released its Galaxy Note, it helped show us how introducing some technology to a plain, old stylus can really make it that much more interesting; adding a side button input to the S Pen opens up a new world of gesture commands. Samsung liked how well that worked so much that it’s continuing to offer the S Pen with newer devices. The company’s not alone, though, when it comes to finding ways to spruce-up old stylus designs for use with today’s smartphones and tablets; Texas Instruments has a technology it’s been demoing at the Mobile World Congress [...]
After taking a quick look at the Sony Xperia S in our hands-on video we thought you’d like to see the Sony flagship being reviewed so we’ve got the first video from our series here for your viewing pleasure.
The Sony Xperia S comes in white and black, inside a carton box which only features the Sony branding; interestingly, the good old Sony Ericsson logo survived. Besides the phone, the box contains a microHDMI cable (which is always welcome), USB cable for sync and charge, headphones, charger, screen protector and your usual literature.
Don’t look for [...]
Last night, we talked about Google’s presence at the Mobile World Congress and the large bowl of jelly beans it had out, feeding speculation that Jelly Bean will be the company’s next major Android revision. We thought Google was just being playful, and weren’t expecting any sort of official comment on the matter, but sure enough one Google exec stopped to say a few words on future plans for Android, possibly giving us some insight into the release of Jelly Bean.
One issue we’ve seen under discussion is how the next big Android release might advance the [...]
First there was the ZTE Tania Windows Phone and then came the ZTE Orbit, the Chinese company’s second smartphone powered by the Microsoft platform, this time in its Tango iteration. Same as with the Tania, the Orbit is aimed towards those who don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on a device.
The specs are modest with a four-inch WVGA screen, five-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage with no front-facing webcam (sorry future possible Skype users). Whether you will want to buy one largely depends on your location and you [...]
Unfortunately the situation with the Transformer Pad Infinity 700 is the same like in the case of the HTC One X. Those of you who will be out buying a 3G or a WiFi-only version will get the nVidia Tegra 3-powered version but those looking for the LTE variant will have to settle for the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU clocking at 1.5GHz.
Other than that, there’s great stuff like full HD resolution screen, Gorilla Glass 2 to protect it, two-megapixel front facing camera, eight-megapixel main shooter as well as a metallic back, opposed to the Pad 300 which has a plastic back [...]
Asus has quite a number of tablets already on the market but that doesn’t seem to stop the company from announcing and later on releasing even more. At this year’s MWC the company introduced the Padfone which we’ve seen ear lie and now we’re taking a look at the Transformer Pad 300.
It’s a more budget tablet but it still has what it takes in the specs department. nVidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 SoC is powering the device with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen of 10.1 inches in diagonal. There’s a 16GB version of the Pad 300 but there will be [...]