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 [...]
Regardless of whether you love the “PadFone” name or not, chances are you’ll love this device. Why? Because it’s an awesome concept! You have a smartphone which turns into a tablet and then a tablet which turns into a notebook.
Everything you do on the tablet is basically done on the phone because the tablet acts just like a docking station with an external display, speaker and charger. The brains still remain with the enclosed phone and the situation is the same once you dock the keyboard on. The only difference is that both the keyboard and the tablet [...]
Nokia Drive is the Finnish company’s take at navigation which is included with all of the phones coming from Espoo, including the recent Windows Phone line-up. However, the initial iteration of the software, while working perfectly, had a couple of missing features.
The new version of Nokia drive will support full offline navigation, which means that if you have the proper maps necessary for your trip already downloaded on your phone, you can put the device in Airplane mode of disable data while you’ll still be able to take advantage of navigation. Finally! Check out [...]
The Nokia Lumia 610, alongside the Lumia 900, are the two new Windows Phones Nokia launched at this year’s MWC and we’ve taken a separate look at both of them with the occasion of our hands-on videos.
This time we are comparing the two against each other and then we throw in the HTC Titan and the last year’s LG Optimus 7 so that you can have a better look at what to expect if you are preparing to grab a Lumia 610 Check out the comparison video below.
Nokia Lumia 610 is the newcomer, joining the Lumia family of Nokia Windows Phones alongside the Lumia 800, Lumia 710, AT&T Lumia 900 and more recently, the Lumia 900.
Cyan, magenta, white and black versions are available and they all pack a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 256MB RAM, and 8GB of storage space. It will probably be the cheapest among all but it surely looks unique and it has a lot of potential. Whether it will help Nokia start selling volumes, only time will tell. Until then, check the hands-on out below!
Nokia PureView 808, the 41-megapixel uber-cameraphone Nokia just launched has landed in our hands and we had a lot of questions. It is definitely a worthy follow-up to the Nokia N8 — considered the king of camera phones long after its release — so make sure to watch the entire video.
The phone is capable of capturing a maximum image dimension of 38.1 megapixels but it defaults to five. You also have the option to shoot eight-megapixel images but once you go full resolution you’ll be amazed by the detail the sensor paired with the Carl Zeiss optics is able to [...]
We’ve previously seen the hands-on video with the newly announced Nokia Lumia 900 — the international version of the AT&T Lumia 900 — and this time we’re checking the phone out side-by-side with other Windows Phones.
Probably comparable in size with the Lumia 900 is the HTC Titan (even if it is the first Titan and not the second one, on AT&T’s 4G LTE). As you can see in the video below, they’re pretty similar in dimensions but then again the Nokia design shines compared to the rather dull HTC (though some of you might disagree; it [...]
Many hoped that the Lumia 900, originally launched as an AT&T 4G LTE Windows Phone at CES, will arrive in an international form for European users and not only, and it looks like the prayers have been recently answered.
Sporting the same specs as its American cousin, the European Lumia 900 packs a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of ROM. It shares the same looks as the Nokia N9, the Lumia 800 and, of course, the AT&T Lumia 900. Check for our hands-on below.
The budget-friendly Lumia 610 has been rumored for quite some time, and finally, Nokia has made the new Windows Phone 7.5 device official. It has a 3.7″ WVGA screen, 256MB RAM, and 8GB of storage space. The battery is a bit small at 1,300 mAh, though with a smaller screen, it should provide enough juice (in this case, 6.5 hours of talk time). Look for the Lumia 610 in Q2 for around $250 in blue, white, pink, and black.
Nokia also announced the availability of their flagship Lumia 900 as a world phone with DC-HSPA+ for twice the speed of HSPA+. Beyond data, the specs are [...]
Once it became clear that Google was naming Android releases alphabetically after deserts, Android fans started making their own predictions about what Google might come up with further down the line. Some of them have been really tricky to guess, like Froyo and Ice Cream Sandwich, but there really aren’t that many strong possibilities for J. As such, Jelly Bean seemed as strong a candidate as any, and late last summer we heard that same name attributed by a “trusted source” to the next Android version. While we’re still not quite at the point where [...]
Last year, we learned about Toshiba’s ten-inch AT200 tablet, a dual-core OMAP4-based model Toshiba more recently announced will be coming to the US as the Excite X10. For the MWC, it looks like the manufacturer has been trying to simultaneously shrink-down the size of the X10 while outfitting it with some more powerful hardware. We don’t yet have a name for what it ultimately came up with, an Ice Cream Sandwich-running 7.7-inch Tegra 3 tablet.
By keeping the same 1280×800 resolution as the X10, this smaller tablet will benefit from increased pixel density, [...]
If 2011 was supposed to be the “year of the tablet,” with over 100 new models announced at that year’s CES alone, 2012 may be shaping up to be the year of the “phablet,” the phone-tablet hybrid whose widespread usefulness has yet to be proven. While the survivors of the first battles of the tablet war have upgraded their normal-sized offerings, the novelty-generating buzz seems to be emanating from elsewhere. The spotlight currently sits on smaller devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note and LG Optimus Vu, and to a lesser extent, on rumors of devices with [...]
We can all remember the good old times when we considered, at least once in our lives, to purchase a mini projector (maybe like the Pico) to go with our smartphone; regardless of the content you want to show off, it could be sometimes useful to have such a functionality on a device.
Samsung seems to agree with that and the new Galaxy Beam, just announced in Barcelona at MWC, features a mini projector on the top part so both business users and casual owners of the phone who use it for entertainment can take advantage of it.
Aside from that 15-lumen projector, [...]
We already knew that ZTE had some big plans for the Mobile World Congress; it seemed like the manufacturer could barely contain its excitement, announcing a few models in the past week leading up to the show. We also knew that the company was planning to lift the curtain on an additional eight devices at the MWC, including both Android and Windows Phone models. Today we finally have a chance to get a look at what ZTE has to offer.
The two most interesting models from ZTE’s new lineup have got to be the quad-core Era (above) and the Windows Phone ZTE Orbit. The Era gets our [...]
The LG Optimus 3D was the star of LG’s booth in 2011 at MWC since it was the world’s first glasses-free 3D smartphone which could capture its own three-dimensional content using its back dual-cameras.
LG decided to follow-up on the model even though it didn’t sell as well as some would have expected it to. Many considered 3D on a smartphone more of a gimmick than a need or a feature but, however, one year later, Barcelona meets LG Optimus 3D Max (aka LG Optimus 3D Cube in its home, South Korean market).
It packs the same WVGA glasses-free [...]